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Jan
3
comment Is spirituality different than superstition?
There are studies on Christian Ontology and Epistemology. Both topics include opinions on the nature of reality and the supernatural.
Jan
3
answered What is the Biblical definition of what makes one a Christian?
Dec
23
awarded  Yearling
Dec
17
awarded  Necromancer
Nov
27
comment What is the Biblical basis for Unconditional Election?
Sorry Paul, just noticed that. I've expanded my entry a little to include your suggestion.
Nov
27
revised What is the Biblical basis for Unconditional Election?
Expanded reference from comments.
Aug
23
awarded  Yearling
Apr
25
comment Are there “rational” criteria for which books appear in the Bible?
This page seems to have a lot of good information on it, if you need to cite sources: inplainsite.org/html/how_we_got_our_bible.html
Apr
18
comment Biblical Prophecy and Fulfillment
I believe that most dispensationalists disagree about the meaning of the final week (and the destruction of the temple) and consider that a period of tribulation that has not happened yet. This is one of the key texts for either side of that issue.
Apr
18
comment Why did Jesus refer to Gentiles as dogs?
Thankfully, we have some help from Hebrews 11:17-19. God was testing Abraham, and Abraham believed that God was able to resurrect Isaac from the dead to fulfill his promise. I am not disagreeing that Jesus was testing the woman. I just think that the testing was solely on her patience, not on her ability to bear insults as well.
Apr
12
comment Why did Jesus refer to Gentiles as dogs?
You are saying that he used a slur against her, knowing that she would humble herself and thereby glorify her? What if a chief priest insulted her in the same way and for the same reason? Would it be ok? How is this different from the man in Romans 6:1, who thinks he can sin and be absolved of guilt because his sin glorifies God?
Apr
11
comment Why did Jesus refer to Gentiles as dogs?
The Bible also tells fathers not to provoke their children. Jesus called the Pharisees to repentance by "insulting" them and calling them hypocrites. This woman already had faith and repentance, so there was no reason to "insult" her.
Apr
10
comment Why did Jesus refer to Gentiles as dogs?
We do have to answer to him for proper interpretation and for dishonoring him, though.
Apr
9
comment Why did Jesus refer to Gentiles as dogs?
Young's literal shows Jesus using little dogs as well, though many of the other translations do not. I see wild dogs as being so different that to associate them with pets would be ridiculous. More importantly, I find it really hard to believe Jesus insulting someone like this. When he did insult people, he was very clear about it, like with the Pharisees.
Apr
6
comment What are the differences between the different millenialisms?
Interesting. I never knew that. I always thought that they agreed on the tribulation.
Apr
6
comment Why did Jesus refer to Gentiles as dogs?
The Jews used "dogs" as a common insult, referencing wild dogs. Jesus' reference was different, giving a picture of children's pets around the dinner table. While Jesus was making a strong statement about the relationship between the gentiles, the Jews, and himself, it was not an insulting one.
Apr
6
awarded  Critic
Apr
6
comment What are the differences between the different millenialisms?
I thought that in Amillenialism and Postmillenialism that the Tribulation had already passed, usually referencing the period around 70 AD and the destruction of the temple. But you mention the Tribulation in Amillenialism as a future event. Am I missing something?
Mar
21
answered Do miracles violate the laws of physics?
Mar
20
answered Does the Bible espouse moral absolutism or moral relativism?