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Oct
6
comment Hebrews 9:12 - Did Jesus Christ offer his blood in heaven?
All right: who's ganging up on little ol' me? Should I start being paranoid? (October 5, 2015). Don
Oct
3
comment Exodus 21:24 - “Eye for an eye…hand for hand…foot for foot”
Thanks, @WoundedEgo! Believe it or not, my comment probably took me a half hour to compose! (No brag, just fact.) Don
Oct
3
comment Exodus 21:24 - “Eye for an eye…hand for hand…foot for foot”
Going by other passages in the Law of Moses, I'd say that pecuniary restitution would probably suffice, such that the person judging the case would come up with something fair (e.g., X number of goats or so many shekels). Moreover, even back then, I think justice would have been tempered by mercy. After all, as bad as losing an eye was (and still is!), becoming totally blind as a punishment would kind of violate the spirit of the law, wouldn't it? You know, the loss of one eye, resulting in partial blindness does not equal losing your only remaining eye resulting in total blindness.
Oct
1
comment What does the oil in the ten virgins parable represent?
@curiousdannii: I think I may be with you in this. The oil need not represent (or be symbolic of) anything. Oil in Jesus' day was fuel for a lamp. The foolish virgins did not begin their wait for the bridegroom with enough fuel, thus they missed the anticipated event, whereas the wise virgins DID have enough fuel and consequently were ready for the bridegroom. It's what they DID that distinguished the wise virgins from their counterparts: they were prepared AND ready for the big event; the former virgins were only ready. Big difference. The oil is irrelevant. Don
Sep
23
revised What is the significance of 'earthern vessel' in 'treasure in earthern vessel' of 2 Cor 4:7?
mostly errata
Sep
22
answered What is the significance of 'earthern vessel' in 'treasure in earthern vessel' of 2 Cor 4:7?
Sep
20
comment Why was Jesus baptized?
As you said in your answer, Jesus' order of righteousness and our order of righteousness are quite different. We sinners start out DEAD (in sin), and Jesus finished his work of redemption by dying in obedience to his Father's will (see Romans 5:19--in context, of course!). His finished work becomes our STARTING point in righteousness--first by justification through faith in his finished work, and then progressively as we mature in Christ and our lives become increasingly righteous through the processes of sanctification, transformation, and maturation
Sep
20
comment Why was Jesus baptized?
No, your answer does not sound too "out there" (wherever "there" is!). To add some rhetorical meat to the bones of your answer, I recommend you start with the context of the text which--as @H3br3wHamm3r81 observed--gives you in v.15 the beginning of an answer. Then you can ask, "What did Jesus mean by 'fulfill all righteousness'?" Certainly Jesus did not have to attain righteousness the way we sinners do via justification, but his obedience to the Father's will WAS a form of righteousness. In an even larger context, consider how Jesus referred to the baptism of Calvary (Mk 10:38-39)
Sep
15
comment Does Apostle Paul give a warning against different denominations?
@RadzMatthewCoBrown: Thanks. My answer may sound a bit abstract and ethereal, but I think it is mostly biblical. Denominationalism does have its weaknesses, but the Body of Christ universally IS one body. Christians from all denominations who can agree BOTH on "essentials" AND agree to disagree agreeably on non-essentials need to encourage one another to keep the main thing, the main thing; namely, the preeminence of Christ and the centrality of God in all things. "For from Him, and through Him, and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen" (Ro 11:31).
Sep
15
revised Does Apostle Paul give a warning against different denominations?
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Sep
14
answered Does Apostle Paul give a warning against different denominations?
Sep
6
revised What does μονογενὴς Θεὸς means in John 1:18?
added a thought for better clarity
Sep
6
comment What does μονογενὴς Θεὸς means in John 1:18?
@RadzMatthewCoBrown: Thank you for your encouragement! Don
Aug
31
comment What was Onan's sin?
Your second paragraph is spot on, in my opinion. Keep up the good work. (BTW, I do not subscribe to the idea that the comment section is to be reserved only for suggestions for improvement and the like. An occasional "attaboy" or "nice going" is not going to bring the whole enterprise crashing down in a torrent of effusiveness. That, however, is just my perspective, for what it's worth--which probably isn't much!) Don
Aug
24
revised Explain 1 Cor 5:5
objective case for whom
Aug
24
revised Job1:6: Who are the “sons of God”?
minor rewording
Aug
22
revised Job1:6: Who are the “sons of God”?
cleaned things up a bit
Aug
22
answered Job1:6: Who are the “sons of God”?
Aug
15
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Aug
6
comment Does 1 Peter 2:8 suggest humanity is destined or called to purposes set by God?
@BenPotter: I think his name is Constable, but Constantinople has a nice ring to it! Oh, and thanks for your vote of confidence. Don