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Jul
5
comment According to Scripture, how should we interpret Scripture?
@Jack No, but that's why I included the quote from an Eastern Orthodox site. The church has always believed that he primary purpose of the scriptures is to reveal Christ. And in practice, since I am finding that they all do, as it gets documented, it will become more difficult for skeptics to deny.
Jul
5
comment Where did Abel get the idea to sacrifice sheep?
@swashek "Which animal was sacrificed is left to speculation and is largely irrelevant," I added scriptural support for the animal being a lamb.
Jul
3
comment Is “puppies” a justifiable translation of κυναρίοις?
"Historically it was a term that the Jewish population used for Gentiles" This author claims there is no documentary support for the claim. marknanos.com/Phil3Dogs-Reverse-1-17-08.pdf
Jul
3
comment How many people were killed by violence in the old testament?
Everyone who was alive in the OT, except Enoch and Elijah, died. They were all killed by Adam's transgression.
Jul
2
comment What are the strict set of rules followed by sensus plenior?
I use the term 'orthodox' loosely. There is such disagreement on so many points that it is impossible for it to agree with everyone's interpretation. But it should be shown that the fundamentals are orthodox, and secondary issues do not place it outside of normative Christianity.
Jul
2
comment What are the strict set of rules followed by sensus plenior?
I started a room here chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/3959/sensus-plenior so we don't have to sort through other conversations.
Jun
30
comment Is Jesus giving the Spirit in John 20:22?
I suppose that considering them redundant terms is not a bad thing, since they are all one God. But it loses some of the depth of meaning when we blur distinctions that are made between Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
Jun
30
comment Is Jesus giving the Spirit in John 20:22?
I don't know how to make it clearer. I enumerated them:The Spirit of God, The Spirit of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. You can find all three used in the NT. They are just another expression of the Trinity.
Jun
30
comment The Eye of the Needle
@Jas thanks for the input, I spelled it out more clearly.
Jun
30
comment Is Jesus giving the Spirit in John 20:22?
"The Spirit of the Holy Spirit " where do you get that?
Jun
30
comment Was Greek Mark's second language?
OK, if we assume that they gospels were written thirty to sixty years after Christ. AND it takes the average seminary student two years to think himself competent, then even "uneducated" Peter had the chance to go to seminary fifteen to thirty times to get the language down before he wrote anything. It is a bit absurd to claim that even Peter couldn't have written in fluent Greek.
Jun
30
comment Why did the tabernacle use the colors blue, purple and scarlet?
It is more important to me that SP is not seen as free-for-all allegory, but there is a formal method for interpreting, and a formal method for evaluating the interpretation. There is no other method of interpretation as rigorous.
Jun
30
comment Why did the tabernacle use the colors blue, purple and scarlet?
The altar is also made of wood/Man covered with brass/sin covered by the blood of the lamb and burnt up in tribute to His total devotion. We could also say that judge, but it has to be the same thing everywhere it occurs. And the purpose of the riddles is to draw us into meditation upon his word. It sure does that!
Jun
30
comment Why did the tabernacle use the colors blue, purple and scarlet?
In the same 3+1 relationship, the prophet is the summation of the prophecies contained in the voices of priest, king and judge, and the judge is the executor of the judgements found in the voices of the other three. So separating them is a subtle endeavor. I've given myself a 30% on the surety at this point, so any other insights are welcome.
Jun
30
comment Why did the tabernacle use the colors blue, purple and scarlet?
In SP we don't pit one opinion against another, we bring scripture to bear upon it. Yes. the altar has a relationship to the priest, but the priest speaks of esoteric things in a hidden language. The altar is his voice to the earthly. The prophet speaks of the earthly in the hidden voice.
Jun
30
comment Why did the tabernacle use the colors blue, purple and scarlet?
The altar has four horns... The four voices... that is the Word, or Prophet. The rest is covered with the sovereign will of the King who executes righteousness. You can't judge one system by the result obtained in another. What would be the basis of your judgement?
Jun
30
comment Rod and Staff (Psalm 23)
Now that the goats are older and can defend themselves against single dogs, and since they come to me when I want them, I carry a dog dazer, a pocket of shredded wheat and a .48 ;-)
Jun
30
comment Rod and Staff (Psalm 23)
I have goats. When they were young I carried a rod and a staff. The rod was to defend the goats against dogs. Though the curved staff was as long, it was not as strong having been bent into a curve. The curve would break easily if used as a weapon. I carried the staff so I could draw the goats to me.
Jun
19
comment Does the story of the thief on the cross imply that Jesus believed religious practice was unnecessary for salvation?
Symbolically, his feet were nailed to a cross, so he was unable to work in the flesh or in the spirit. However, he did what we are called to do: "You are my witnesses." His 'work' which validated his claim was to proclaim Christ. So when we 'work' in faith, they are not works, but acts which acknowledge God as God.
Jun
17
comment In Dispensationalism what rule determines applicability of a scriptural demand?
Here is an illustrative example: In covenant theology, the symbols of the first covenant are replaced with new covenant symbols, while retaining the meaning of the first. In dispensationalism new symbols are created with new meaning. Covenant churches baptize infants rather than circumcise. Baptism is done by sprinkling retaining the meaning of the blood being sprinkled on the whole congregation. Dispensational churches baptize by immersion based on a literal application of the symbols in the NT. Are these accidental distinctions or guided by a hermeneutic?