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Control Systems Engineer.

Most people want to stick their head in the sand and ignore problems, in an effort to avoid conflict. I refuse to be that passive person. Problems are there to be fixed, which means that first they have to identified. Denial is not just a river in Egypt.


Mar
8
comment Is John 7:53-8:11 original to John's gospel?
@Bruce, no Bruce I'd say wikipedia is incorrect, though it may be because of dating fallacies. It'd be pretty pretentious for anyone to claim that is was added in in the 5th century.
Mar
8
comment Is John 7:53-8:11 original to John's gospel?
@swasheck, we have a huge amount of texts with these verses (and others) and the textual critics do their best to come up with a logical scheme to cast doubt on the veracity of those verses. Their standard appeal is to use some form of dating to say that since a version or two didn't have it in it, then they're right and all the rest are wrong. Very poor logic, but obviously as this question points out, they succeed in casting doubt on the integrity of scripture.
Mar
8
comment Is John 7:53-8:11 original to John's gospel?
@swasheck, it was in the majority of texts before they made the canon, so pretty far back.
Mar
7
comment Is John 7:53-8:11 original to John's gospel?
The big problem with textual criticism is that it leads to this kind of cutting out of portions of the Bible. There are some Biblical penalties for doing this that they should really assess.
Mar
2
comment Was the discounting by the manager in Luke 16 a dishonest act?
Discounting is a business process that happens all the time, where one will take less money earlier so that he can have the cash on hand instead of getting it later. It's not a dishonest process, but one worked out between both parties for mutual benefit.
Feb
16
comment Does Gen 1:1 refer to day 1 or the entire 6 days of creation?
@Jon, a good book that answers Sailhammer (and other theories like framework) is James Jordan's Creation in Six Days‌​.
Feb
16
comment Does Gen 1:1 refer to day 1 or the entire 6 days of creation?
While I don't have the specific answer to your question, here's a link to a blog post I did on Gen 1:1.
Feb
14
comment What role should textual (lower) criticism play in biblical hermeneutics (if any)?
I wouldn't say 'always' a bad thing, but 'most always used to diminish the authority and authenticity of scripture' I would (of course I wasn't really clear on my other comment).
Feb
6
comment Has the meaning of “Love” changed enough to warrant substitutions in Bible translations?
Actually, rethinking things is what does change culture on the physical scale, with the Grace of God and Power of the Holy Spirit changing it on the spiritual scale. In other words, the grace of God enables men to think differently, and it that rethinking is what God uses to change men's hearts. Culture is religion externalized.
Feb
6
comment Has the meaning of “Love” changed enough to warrant substitutions in Bible translations?
The Bible is always to be taken as a whole, so you always have the larger context. One of the components of exegesis is to analyze the nearer context to see if the word is being used differently. Sometimes that takes some study.
Feb
5
comment Does the Shibboleth story help us date the book of Judges?
Please don't tag questions that don't apply to the whole 'old testament' or 'tanakh' as such. It dilutes the effectiveness of the tag. The 'judges' tag tells us the location in the text.
Jan
14
comment What is the head covering referring to in 1 Corinthians 11:4-6?
@GalacticCowboy, every rule/law in scripture comes down to a matter of the heart. There is a principle behind it all, but the specifics still matter. Paul used the principle of not muzzling the ox that treads the corn to show that it's ok to pay pastors, but that didn't make muzzling the ox any less relevant.
Jan
13
comment What is the head covering referring to in 1 Corinthians 11:4-6?
Good article, but realize that unless the Bible specifically tells us that something is for the culture of the day (which usually involves abrogation) then it still applies today. We judge the culture by the Bible, not the other way around. God wrote his word for all people, for all time. So it's still unbiblical (shameful) for a woman to have short hair, and a man to have long hair.
Jan
11
comment Was Goliath killed twice?
The KJV does a better job by inserting the text "the brother of". It's critical in Bible translation/exegesis to always look at the parallel passages in the Bible.
Jan
2
comment Why did John take Mary, who was married, into his home?
@Ryan, because it was a custom, and with his INFINITE wisdom, he decided that John should take care of her.
Dec
30
comment Why did John take Mary, who was married, into his home?
@Ryan, Yes, Jesus always obeyed God's law, but he often showed how he fulfilled it, and to us it seems like he changed it. He did it with the sabbath, and he did it in this case with familial responsibility.
Dec
27
comment Why did John take Mary, who was married, into his home?
@Ryan, No, we know she had other sons (and daughters). If he was referring to cousins, he wouldn't have mentioned both brothers and sisters. Also, Galatians 1:19, "But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother." Jesus delegating the responsibility shows us just how close John was to him.
Dec
21
comment 1 Cor 7:21 Is there any justification to translate this “remain a slave”?
Short answer: NO.
Dec
16
comment How did the gospels get their names?
This question is too broad, you should ask separate questions on particular authors and books.
Dec
5
comment New American Standard Bible vs English Standard Version: Which one's more faithful to the original text?
They're both literal translations, but this question is way off-topic for this site.