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comment Why don't most Protestants consider confession to be a sacrament?
I've answered the more general question of why Protestants limit the number of sacraments to baptism and communion. This seems a near duplicate.
Feb
26
comment What are the benefits of a red letter edition Bible?
@adamdport: Fixed. Welcome to the site!
Nov
5
comment What is the spiritual significance of swearing on a Bible among the various churches and denominations?
@Pacerier: We aren't commanded not to take oaths. (I, myself, swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution as an ROTC student. I swore another oath to get married.) But we are commanded to honor the oaths we make—even if we aren't holding a Bible when we make them.
Oct
17
comment Question about the PCUSA treatment of Scriptures
I'm in agreement with @TRiG: if the question is just about how PCUSA arrives at their position, the excursion to 2 Timothy 3:16-17 is unhelpful. I considered an edit, but I don't know exactly what you are asking. So I'm going to close the question as a duplicate of a more general question. If someone edits the question to be more clear/specific, it can be reopened.
Oct
6
comment Are tongues a sign for believers or unbelievers?
@bruised reed: Ah. It seems like you missed the sentence: "He seems unwilling to condemn the practice of glossolalia, but gives some good reasons to avoid it in meeting where outsiders are present." Also, when I said "this sort of tongues", I mean very specifically speaking before outsiders in a language they don't understand. The way I read Paul, when there is an interpreter, speaking in tongues (whether human or angelic) is equivalent to prophesy. I don't practice glossolalia myself, but I've observed it (even without interpretation) as potentially uplifting. (See my final point.)
Oct
6
comment Are tongues a sign for believers or unbelievers?
@bruised reed: I don't think my answer contracts those verses since it's heavily based on the very passage that includes them. It's important to understand that Paul is always building on his own arguments. Taking a few verses out of context can often mislead because he intends us to follow his logic through. I'm also not sure which part of my answer contradicts those verses.
Aug
7
comment Why is “elohim” translated as “God” and not “gods”?
Please see: Why is Elohim translated as God rather than gods? on Biblical Hermeneutics.
Jul
9
comment Can Trinity be taught only from Bible?
@gideon marx: Actually, on Stack Exchange everyone is both player and referee. It's like golf. I think Caleb is trying to help you edit your question so that it's not a duplicate.
Feb
6
comment Why can't there be another fall?
This is a sensible answer and, I believe, lines up well with the story of the prodigal son. Presumably the Father loved both sons, but the older seems to have never known it because he never tested it. Travel far enough down this path of reasoning and you'll end up at felix culpa or somthing very like it.
Oct
24
comment Why is the Trinity a Trinity?
@Flimzy: I might be overly-clever with my illustration, but I believe the premise is sound and well grounded in ancient Christian theology. I've added a section on perichoresis which is very closely related to Edward's basic argument.
Oct
15
comment Do holy relics lose power over time?
@Lennart Regebro: On Christianity, we are looking for theological evidence.
Oct
14
comment Do holy relics lose power over time?
Ironically I agree with this answer even though I suspect we disagree about the existence of miracles. As would you mind offering some evidence of your answer? It's hard to tell if it has any basis in Christianity. (To be fair, the question is sub-par.)
Aug
8
comment What is the Roman Catholic position on the validity of the marriage between an infertile man and infertile woman?
@Anonymous: Isn't this version of the question a duplicate of How does a Roman Catholic reconcile a preference for purely procreative sex with the Song of Solomon?
Aug
3
comment Does the Evangelical Free Church allow women elders?
I'm starting to wonder if the policy for elders and deacons is left to the local congregation. It's certainly strange that the denomination website is so reticent about the issue.
Aug
3
comment Does the Evangelical Free Church allow women elders?
@Caleb: So pretty soon my local congregation will start finding this answer. ;-)
Jul
9
comment What does the Bible say about birth control?
I wrote a blog post that covers this topic.
Jul
8
comment Did George Muller have a Biblical basis for not accepting illegitimate orphans?
Interesting. However, I wonder why you are asking for his biblical reasons. Perhaps he had socio-economic reasons? If the answer turns out to be practical or non-biblical how should one answer?
Jun
24
comment Who was Luke in the bible?
See also Does Luke's supposed profession matter when interpreting his work as an author?
Jun
18
comment What does messiah literally mean in the Bible?
You might consider asking about this passage: "And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him." (Mark 8:27-30 ESV)
Jun
18
comment What does messiah literally mean in the Bible?
That's not context. The Bible is a bunch of books collected in one place. Many of the books have different authors. Each author uses language in unique ways. Even within a book, words are used differently. Context can be as little as a few words.