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I'm a born-again Christian, active member of the body of Christ, husband and father, and Bible teacher. I love to study Scripture, and firmly believe it is the only credible standard for truth.

Aside from my devotion to God, His people, and His word, I don't really have any loyalty to a particular doctrine or creed.

(The guy in the picture is Zhuge Liang from the movie Red Cliff.)


Dec
2
asked What is Jesus saying in Mark 14:42?
Dec
2
revised Why did the Samaritans worship God in Mount Gerissim rather than Jerusalem?
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Nov
30
comment Is it possible to be unbiased when interpreting Scripture?
How would you address Monica's argument that the very (prominent) reality of people changing their worldviews is evidence that a bias can be intentionally bracketed?
Nov
30
revised Is it possible to be unbiased when interpreting Scripture?
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Nov
30
comment Is the Kingdom of God “within” you or “among” you?
@MichaelHampton I don't mean that He was the Kingdom, but that since He was there, the Kingdom was there. (Though, throughout Scripture the King and the Kingdom are referred to interchangeably, especially in teachings about God's Kingdom.) If He was their King, then the Kingdom was there. Regarding other passages, yes, there are, although this is an extremely volatile and complicated topic. But for starters, check out John 2:19 and ponder Jesus' meaning when He referred to Himself as the Temple while standing in the temple.
Nov
30
comment Is the Kingdom of God “within” you or “among” you?
@H3br3wHamm3r81 But the main problem I have with interpreting "ἐντος" as "inside" is that we then have Jesus standing before the Pharisees, addressing them, and essentially saying "the Kingdom will someday be inside a different group of people" ... so we have to rewrite what He actually said to accommodate that reading. (Because He didn't say "someday" and He didn't say "someone else"; He said "is" and "you".) I think taking it as "among" requires much less alteration of the original text to make it comprehensible, if that makes sense.
Nov
30
comment Is the Kingdom of God “within” you or “among” you?
@H3br3wHamm3r81 I appreciate the peer review. There are a couple of counter-points to consider with that argument. (1) Even if we take "you (pl.)" to refer to humanity, how was the Kingdom inside anyone at that time? (2) If we take "you (pl.)" to mean that the Kingdom was inside the disciples, then we have Jesus talking to the Pharisees, saying "you (pl.)" to refer to different people than the people He was talking to. (3) The "you" is plural. What does it look like for someone or something to be "in" a crowd? Does that mean it's inside each body of each person, or "in their midst"?
Nov
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answered Is the Kingdom of God “within” you or “among” you?
Nov
29
revised Is there any exegetical reason for believing the seven churches of Revelation correspond to seven successive “church ages”?
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Nov
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comment Is it possible to be unbiased when interpreting Scripture?
I've received two excellent answers so far. I'll wait a bit to see what other answers come in and how the votes come in before accepting one.
Nov
26
comment Is it possible to be unbiased when interpreting Scripture?
Since our site is heavily weighted toward exegesis questions and not hermeneutics questions, and since the hermeneutics questions that we do have are heavily weighted toward methods and not philosophy, I had trouble finding an existing tag to fit the question, so I made one up. Mods, feel free to edit the tags if you've got a better idea.
Nov
26
asked Is it possible to be unbiased when interpreting Scripture?
Nov
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answered A Clearer Explanation
Nov
23
revised Do or do not judge: How is 1 Cor. 4:3-5 not contradictory to Cor. 5:12, 6:4-5?
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Nov
23
comment Does the New Testament use the divine name “Yahweh”?
That is one prominent view, but not the only prominent view. There are significant reasons for doubting that hypothesis as well.
Nov
22
comment Does the New Testament use the divine name “Yahweh”?
Interesting. Thanks.
Nov
22
awarded  Necromancer
Nov
20
accepted Does the New Testament use the divine name “Yahweh”?
Nov
20
asked Does the New Testament use the divine name “Yahweh”?
Nov
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on When was the Torah written or compiled?