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Feb
16
comment Why can't there be another fall?
Good answer... we really don't know enough about angels to read too much into it.
Feb
4
comment How do Arminians reconcile free will with God's omnipotence logically?
Pertinent CS Lewis Quote: "His Omnipotence means power to do all that is intrinsically possible, not to do the intrinsically impossible. You may attribute miracles to Him, but not nonsense. There is no limit to His power. If you choose to say, 'God can give a creature free will and at the same time withhold free will from it,' you have not succeeded in saying anything about God: meaningless combinations of words do not suddenly acquire meaning simply because we prifex to them the two other words, 'God can.'"
Feb
4
comment Why can't there be another fall?
@mojo, I'm not actually making that assertion. I agree with you, which was my point. I was using Lucifer's untempted rebellion to argue against the assertion that we would be sinless because we lack a tempter. The implication would be that the angels (and Lucifer) had more free will than us, if they were able to rebel on their own accord without an external tempter.
Oct
10
comment How does our work on this earth transfer into the new earth when God returns?
This is a great question, and has been on my mind by similar sources: A few sermons that I recently listened to by Tim Keller, and a reading of Why Christian Character Matters by N.T. Wright. I hope we get some more answers to this question.
Jul
20
comment Can Grace be irresistible and still be a gift?
@Rick, I'm not a Calvinist, and I personally don't think there's a good case for grace being irresistible. But, in general, the notion of resistibility does not contradict the notion of giftiness. Understanding the Biblical case for irresistible grace is a separate question.
Jul
18
comment Does the Bible make a distinction between Christian and secular love?
+1, Great answer!
Jul
17
comment Does the Bible make a distinction between Christian and secular love?
Good point, Paul - I think I'll rescope my question to non-Calvinism, because I have a good handle on how they would answer this.
Jun
15
comment How can we understand Jesus's omniscience?
I thought this question might have @AffableGeek written all over it :) Great answer.
Jan
17
comment Why is Infant Baptism considered to be invalid by so many Protestant denominations?
Related question: christianity.stackexchange.com/q/7560/971
Aug
14
comment For what human reason was Christ crucified?
@DanAndrews, I'm not even sure what "a secular reason" means. But the spirit of the question is asking why, from the Roman government's perspective, was Jesus crucified. This answers that nicely, and a political reason satisfies the question.
Aug
8
comment Were Annanias and Saphira guilty of the “unforgiveable” sin?
Related: What happened to Ananias and Sapphira after death?
Aug
3
comment Does God hate unborn children?
@Jay, ...In short, I think you are confusing reconciliation, or forgiveness, with love. God loves everyone, and thus has provided a way for everyone to be saved. He wants everyone to be saved - including his enemies. God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but desires them to repent (Ezek 33:11). This sounds like it can only be described as unreconciled love. As for verses where God "hates", I don't think that can be seen as the opposite of love, or the absence of love. In context, it describes him hating their actions, or acting unfavorably on them. Not "not-loving" them.
Aug
3
comment Does God hate unborn children?
@Jay, perhaps we're getting into semantics here, but to me, God wishing he could love someone doesn't make a lot of sense. I would define it more like, God loves them, but hasn't been reconciled to them. He wishes he could be reconciled to them because he loves them. Why would he want to love someone he does not love? Matthew 5 lends credibility to this, because Jesus tells us to love and pray for our enemies. Does Jesus not love his enemies? He says we must do this in order to "be perfect as our heavenly father is perfect", which implies that "our heavenly father" loves His enemies..
Aug
2
comment Does God hate unborn children?
"The idea that God loves everyone ... is not a Biblical idea" 1 Timothy 2:3-6, 2 Peter 3:9, Matthew 5:44-48, 1 John 2:2, 1 John 4:7-12
Jul
31
comment What reasons does Christianity give for “Why There Must Be A God?”
Great answer - best one here.
Jul
31
comment What reasons does Christianity give for “Why There Must Be A God?”
The lack of reasons why there must be a God does not in any way reflect on whether there is a God. Furthermore, it is quite valid to believe a thing, even though there is no proof requiring the thing. You do it all the time - I assure you. For example, most computer scientists believe that NP-Complete problems are not solvable in polynomial time. However, there is no formal proof as of yet to this effect. This neither stops us from looking for a proof, nor from believing that it is probably true, regardless of provability.
Jul
26
comment How can a loving God make a deal with the devil?
Why is Google Translate failing me here?
Jul
25
comment Are any writings of the Apostles non-Canonical?
Fascinating - great answer, as always.
Jul
25
comment Water Baptism - Is it still necessary?
@tunmisefashipe, furthermore, baptism is not meant to be legalistic. You will not find in the Bible a direct set of guidelines and rules for how to baptize. As Peter explains in 1 Peter 3:21, the physical act is not the important bit - what's important is an appeal to God for a good conscience. If the specifics of how baptism ought to be done were important, they would be covered in the Bible - they aren't.
Jul
24
comment Water Baptism - Is it still necessary?
Good answer - hits on the spirit of the question (whether baptism is still applicable today), without getting into the murky/controversial topic of whether water baptism is a soteriological event.