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Apr
12
comment How should James 2:18 be translated?
Thanks, very interesting answer. Can you elaborate? It seems to me that if v 18-19 are attributed to an objector, the objector's argument would be along the lines of "Actions are important, and belief in God is not", in which case his refutation in the subsequent verses wouldn't make sense. The objector says "I have actions", and I'm having difficulty seeing how he is arguing "we can do whatever we want"
Aug
23
comment Was 'σκύβαλον' (skubalon) profanity?
"If Paul ussed offensive language, he would have weakened the argument that he was making." - I can't understand this point at all. Why not use a word that is commensurate in force with the meaning? Stronger word => Strong meaning, right?
Aug
21
comment Was 'σκύβαλον' (skubalon) profanity?
Here's an interesting article on the subject: bible.org/article/brief-word-study-skuvbalon
Aug
15
comment Was 'σκύβαλον' (skubalon) profanity?
@BlessedGeek, Much of this article is written humorously. See also: While liberals, neo-orthodox, post-liberals, feminists, historians, Methodists, and other heretics may feel obliged to remove “crap” from the Bible...
Aug
15
comment Was 'σκύβαλον' (skubalon) profanity?
@JonEricson, The thing I'm trying to get at is whether the word Paul used had the same connotation/force as the English word crap/sh*t. There is a large segment in Christianity that considers the utterance of these words a sin - so I do think it is interesting to know if the word Paul used would have had the same societal connotation/force/tabooness of these words.
Aug
14
comment Was 'σκύβαλον' (skubalon) profanity?
@swasheck, Good link, thanks
Jun
6
comment How should James 2:18 be translated?
Very interesting regarding the singular vs. plural You - but if I understand that correctly, wouldn't that place the diatribe in verse 23? Your second section seems to assume an earlier ending. I like the Blomberg/Kamell interpretation - thanks!
May
23
comment Which covenant is “New” in Galatians 3?
Thanks - so, if I understand correctly, God's covenant with Abraham is the old covenant, and the fulfilment of that promise in Christ is the new covenant?
May
23
comment Which covenant is “New” in Galatians 3?
Thanks. One thing that's still confusing is there Jeremiah passage that I referenced: "Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah". Why does God say that he will make a new covenant if it has already been made with Abraham?
May
11
comment According to Romans 5, is death caused by individual sin, or Adam's sin?
Great answer, thanks
May
10
comment According to Romans 5, is death caused by individual sin, or Adam's sin?
Thanks! An interesting perspective
May
10
comment Are women really saved by childbearing according to 1 Timothy 2:15?
This is great - I've never thought about it that way.
May
8
comment How can we determine if a text is sarcastic?
1 Cor 4:10 and 1 Cor 9:6 are good examples as well.
May
4
comment According to Romans 5, is death caused by individual sin, or Adam's sin?
@JonEricson, thanks I love John Piper. I'll definitely check that out.
May
2
comment According to Romans 5, is death caused by individual sin, or Adam's sin?
@JonEricson, thanks!
Apr
25
comment What are the possible interpretations of 1 John 2:19?
@JonEricson, I think that last statement you added is fascinating, and opened a question regarding it, if you'd care to elaborate: christianity.stackexchange.com/q/7318/971
Apr
17
comment What are the possible interpretations of 1 John 2:19?
Wow, this is amazing! Great analogy with the tomato vine as well.
Apr
17
comment Does baptizing come after discipling in Matthew 28:19?
I'm not really sure, but I think you can ask doctrinal questions, as long as the question arises from a Biblical text, and deals with doctrinal implications of a text. So I don't think you'd be out of line to ask what the implications of some verse is on infant baptism. See To what extent are “Christian doctrine” questions off topic?
Apr
16
comment Does Galatians 6:9 contain a causality that could imply works salvation?
Thanks for the reference, I think I will read it
Apr
16
comment Does Galatians 6:9 contain a causality that could imply works salvation?
I think you answer is very interesting, and pointing out flaws in assumptions is certainly a valid way to answer concerns in a passage... So +1. But I'm not sure that Paul is not arguing with a people who are saying you have to merit salvation by doing the works of the law is consistent with 3:2-5 or 5:4-5