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Jan
31
comment Jesus and the adulterous woman: was stoning a practical possiblity?
Why the leading and trailing gibberish that isn't even part of an answer?
Jan
5
comment Is there any evidence that 'knei bosem' is cannabis or ganja?
@JimThio Both in this comment and your original question, you're chasing false cognates. The site you linked also makes this mistake and demonstrates very poor understanding of the languages it comments on. You should let these much more educated answers set the record straight. No, the connection you are trying to make is not there.
Dec
21
comment What does it mean that the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than John the Baptist?
«Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”»
Dec
17
comment In Isaiah 14:12 did the King James translator make a mistake using the term Lucifer to describe morning star?
@BruceJames Reformed Christianity (and many other theological traditions including before the Reformation) would agree with you on that point. Satan is God's Satan, a created being that operates only subject to God's authority. Anything less and God becomes not-so-sovereign. So a more accurate statement would be "Some Christians may see it that way…", but ascribing that form of idolatry to all of Christianity is not accurate.
Nov
22
comment What is the difference between ζωὴ and ψυχὴ?
Glaringly wrong is the methodology employed here. This site is more about methods and the process of applying interpretation techniques than it is about specific conclusions. Even wrong-conclusions are sometimes up-vote worthy if they teach something useful about methodology. This is the opposite of that. Parsing an interlinear Bible is simply not the tool for this job. You really need to learn the limitations of —and appropriate applications for— the available tools so you don't end up in a broken hermeneutic circle.
Nov
22
comment What is the difference between en/eis for Pauline “Faith in Christ” phrases?
@enegue That's not how the system works. Nobody is required to leave comments with downvotes, and dowvoters are not supposed to wait to give you a chance to avoid them. They are supposed to sort the answers by relative usefulness based on the current state of the answer. No commenting or waiting is required for that. Also they are reversible so if your answer changes voters can change their vote. Also typically comments asking about DVs are discouraged: instead if you are legitimately confused why your posts are not well received you can ask on Biblical Hermeneutics Meta for feedback.
Nov
19
comment Gal 5:18 vs John 3:16
@Smartis + flaggers: This question isn't worded in a way that would work on Christianity. We don't do truth questions about how thing "should" be interpreted. This could be edited to ask specifically about how a certain theological framework resolves this issue, but an analysis of the text and whether they are or not in conflict would be more the scope of this site to handle.
Nov
19
comment Why did Paul use χρηματισμός to introduce his quotation from the Elijah narrative in Romans 11?
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Nov
16
comment What is the relationship between light and life in John 1:4b
The assertion «Adam's life simply IS, by the same reasoning that God IS» is neither supported by the text in question here nor, indeed, anywhere else in Scripture. Only the second Adam is talked about it terms of being co-eternal.
Nov
13
comment What sort of phrasing is “the many” in Romans 5?
You're killing me man! This question was actually not for myself so much as a Turkish pastor friend of mine who doesn't speak English at all and is trying to preach through Romans. I posed the question based on a combination of his misunderstandings and my own inability to succinctly defend exactly why this bit meant what I thought it meant. Thanks for addressing the specific misconceptions, that did make it a lot easier to sit down and talk through. However working through 30 pages of your [very specifically worded] paper trying to translate the gist of it into Turkish was a bit taxing.
Nov
7
comment Terminology of “goodness” in Romans 7
Actually, you do have to be a master to spot when something that seems obvious to untrained eyes actually involves important subtleties. I may not know Greek but I am bilingual and I know from experience that the sort of thing your asserting is obvious might actually have other explanations. And it seems you are unable to rule out other possibilities because you don't even know what they might be. Ergo my assessment that this unconvincing.
Nov
7
comment Terminology of “goodness” in Romans 7
I'm sorry but this is utterly unconvincing. You may even be right —the mastery of Greek that would be needed to verify or debunk this is above my paygrade— but I don't see any evidence presented there that backs up your conclusion. You've taken a couple disparate texts from different authors with different immediate contexts, ignored seemly a lot of uses where each term could potentially be construed differently, and drawn out something tenuous based on the English renderings. I would expect an answer to teach something about the Greek approaches concepts such as "inner" vs. "outer".
Nov
5
comment Does the original Hebrew support the NLT of Genesis 6:3?
@seedy3 This and several other "unanswered" questions you might run across actually did get answered early on, but more recently the contributor, for personal reasons, went through a process to have their contributions removed. Normally such posts would be anonymized and remain visible to the community, but there were complications and we ended up having to remove them entirely in this case. Hence a few old questions around here are again in need of answers.
Nov
5
comment Does Revelation 22:5 contradict 1 Corinthians 15:28?
@WoundedEgo SE sites are community moderated. If you think my answer is crappy down-vote it. If you think it doesn't answer the question or show its work or otherwise doesn't qualify to be on this site then flag it as such. Flags first go to high rep community members for validation and even if it escalates to moderators to for review I recuse myself from handling flags on my own posts. If you don't want just a binary pass/fail review then post on meta and ask the community what they think of the post and invite discussion on whether it should be deleted or not.
Nov
5
comment Does the original Hebrew support the NLT of Genesis 6:3?
Please see the discussion on our meta site about this answer. I have undeleted it on the benefit of the doubt and to make discussion about it earlier. That being said I think it needs to be edited to at least touch on the specifics of this verse to really fit this site.
Nov
4
comment Does the original Hebrew support the NLT of Genesis 6:3?
This answer only presents an argument from authority: scholars were involved in the translation ergo their translation must be good. This does not answer the actual question asked or fit the motif on this site of actually examining the text in question. This is interesting tangential information but answering this question on this site will require diving into the actual Hebrew text.
Oct
6
comment 1 Cor 13:10 - Did Paul use “perfect” [teleios] in the sense of maturity?
Even with the edits I'm having trouble seeing how this question is really unique. Whether or not to open the related cessation can of worms or not is up to answers depending on how they think it factors into the text, but the basic question about what the word means in context seems to have been asked already. On the other hand it sounds like you have a very definite answer in mind. Perhaps what you mean to do is answer one of those other questions? If you think the extant answers are straw-men, why not posit an answer that you think isn't?
Oct
6
comment What does Paul mean by 'Completeness' in 1 Corinthians 13:8-10?
@Jas3.1 I'm not sure it's fair to call that "the cessation position". Yes this verse gets cited by a lot of cessationists in support of their position, but many others (myself included) will cringe at that handling of this verse even if they agree with the gist of the position.
Oct
3
comment Was Paul arguing that Christians are the “true Temple,” in contrast The Temple?
Honestly as worded it's a little puzzling to me what you see as the alternatives here, but maybe that's for answerers to sort out anyway…
Oct
3
comment Who is the “man of lawlessness” in 2 Thess 2?
Trying to turn the passage around to make this a "confession" that Jesus wasn't God at all is a bizarrely misguided interpretation that takes the plain sense of the words and twists them to say the opposite of what they say. This is a terrible application of basic hermeneutics. Argue that the book is corrupt or the author disillusional or whatever you like — virtually anything would be more rational than taking words that specifically disprove your point and trying to pretend that they support it.