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comment Is the breaking of bread in Luke 24:31 meant to be understood in terms of the Last Supper?
@Joseph The Catholic Church did that for centuries, out of convenience and the mistaken assumption that the priest acted in behalf of the laity in drinking the cup.
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comment How is 2 Maccabees 12:40-46 to be understood?
Sorry, 1st sentence of your reference answered my question. That is even more interesting; where does Eastern Orthodoxy 'place' the souls that receive 'graces' of prayers after they die?
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comment How is 2 Maccabees 12:40-46 to be understood?
Thank you for your response! I wanted to deal with this text separately from the Luke 12:47-48/1Cor. 3:13-15 as it is more problematic-and considered "Appocryphal" by much of Christianity. I had to post this question quickly as my work was making demands, so I appologize if it showed. Yes, it is a tightrope between textual and theological analysis-I hope more can answer from a textual basis. I didn't realize Eastern Orthodox supported this practice-do they also support "Purgatory"?
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comment Adam created after the seventh day?
Thank you once again for your excellent answer!
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comment Adam created after the seventh day?
While I disagree with the differing authors of Genesis, you took exception to explain why-hence +1
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comment What is the context of Luke 12:47-48?
Thank you Don, for your astute comentary! I appreciate how it adds to understanding this difficult subject.
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comment What is the context of Luke 12:47-48?
@Mike I realize from reading my comment it sounded rather oblique. To summarize: 1)If Hell's torments last for all eternity, how does one escape with 'few stripes'? 2) How do you reconcile "he shall be saved, yet so by fire"? 3) Is "Instant Sanctification" at the time of death/resurrection supported by these passages?
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comment What is the context of Luke 12:47-48?
Thank you, Don, for your answer! I won't repeat the same comment I made to Mike-but I would appreciate your thoughts on this matter.
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comment What is the context of Luke 12:47-48?
@Mike Thank you for your answer! What begs the question is this one, along with 1 Cor. 3:15-17 seem to refer to a 'fire of reproof'. Whereas one can make the case for'many stripes/few stripes' in Hell-although eternal torment is promised to those who are there-how does "few stripes" fit in, in the 1 Cor. 3:15-17 passage it explicitly says "...he shall be saved, yet so by fire", which is clearly a reference to a time of purgation-although I don't want to call it "Purgatory". What it does call into question is the notion of "Instant Sanctification" when a believer dies, and gets resurrected.
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comment Does the Bible say Purgatory exists?
@Davïd It didn't fly there, either.(I spent 2.5 hrs, only to have the answer rejected) I propose asking,"What is the context of Jesus's statement in Luke 12:47-48" and see where it takes you.
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comment Are sins of the future forgiven? John 20:23
@Daи I would have suggested a broader meaning of what "forgiveness" means, in context with the scripture. It still is a step away from application, but goes beyond a technical 'verb tense', which is is less than what the OP asked for. Thank you for allowing it to stay, as the answer addresses the OP's concern(w/o the 'church' element).
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comment Are sins of the future forgiven? John 20:23
@rhetorician Good answer, Don. I agree w/ScottS, an "Are" needs to be included before "...we are therefore...". It's too small of an edit(less than 7 characters) so you will have to do it. Otherwise-+1.
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comment How old was Samuel when Hannah took him to the temple?
@IonicaBizau Good question, the Bible doesn't spell out how long 'weaning is', so we must decide from context what it must be.
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comment How old was Samuel when Hannah took him to the temple?
+1 for this answer; I always thought 'weaning' was considerably longer than 1-2 years old, and the thought of a 5 year old boy breastfeeding....let's not go there. I agree with your point-he would have no use to Eli at a younger age; yet 'nourished in the Word' as a 6 year old seems to fit the narrative.
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comment Why would Jesus ask, “the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?”
Thank you, Don, for an excellent rendition.
Apr
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comment Does the woman in Revelation 12 go down to the earth from the heaven?
@All That is the "WESTERN PARADIGM" and it's NOT the model of which Scripture was written. It is our 'blind spot', because we are so successful in the empirical world-we believe that 'success' qualifies us in examining the spiritual one. The other 'model' is the Jewish model; to understand 'Truth', you sat under the ministry of one who was known to understand Truth, and were their disciple(literally: to pour water on the hands of the one who taught you). Paul sat under Gamaliel, the disciples asked Jesus, "Where do you live?" There was no "University of Jerusalem", that's the Greek Paradigm.
Apr
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comment Does the woman in Revelation 12 go down to the earth from the heaven?
@All I'm going to share something; I know it sounds harsh, but when you look at these passages, keep this in mind and you will begin to see the truth. As Westerners we have all been influenced by the "Greek" model of the universe; we look at things "empirically" rather than "What Truth is God trying to convey to me?" We want to 'examine' everything under a microscope, use gas spectometry, run a waveform analysis, and ultimately "test" Truth by running it through our hypotheses and graph the results to determine the margin of error whether or not something is Truth. Not!
Apr
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comment Did Jesus help drunk people to get even more drunk?
I am not going to honor those statements by addressing them. Good day to you, sir.
Apr
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comment Did Jesus help drunk people to get even more drunk?
Why is there an implication of drunkeness? If your point is to prove Jesus 'contributed' to the delinquency of others by performing a miracle, that borders on blasphemy.
Apr
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comment Did Jesus help drunk people to get even more drunk?
I don't know what the purpose is of asking this question-you asked a simular one which was answered. Is there a stated purpose, or are you being contentious?