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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.)


Jul
15
answered Isn't disowning someone a form of being faithless?
Jul
14
comment Interpretation of Genesis 1:26?
Hi Eli, thanks for the answer! (+1) This was very interesting. A few questions for you, though: (1) RE: "on shifting sands..." do you mean that we are better equipped to interpret it now than the ancient Rabbis were? (2) Couldn't the "other examples" be explained as a person speaking on behalf of their group? (e.g. Pharaoh: "let us, Egypt, trick him") (3) Can you cite any authoritative sources?
Jul
14
asked Catholic explanation of the “spiritual sense” of Scripture?
Jul
14
revised How many “layers” are there to the Scriptures?
Corrected spelling.
Jul
14
comment How many “layers” are there to the Scriptures?
So, to summarize, Christian theologians generally see two layers - a literal and a spiritual - whether they are Catholic or Protestant, but they differ on how to subdivide the "spiritual" layer. Jewish and secular theologians disagree with that strict division, but share some of the observations of Christian theologians.
Jul
14
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Jul
14
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Jul
14
comment Are there scriptural standards by which a hermeneutic method can be measured?
@BobJones Hypothetical, mostly. (Although I have actually seen people interpret Scripture by this assumption without thinking through it first.)
Jul
14
comment Does 1st Kings say that pi = 3?
(+1) This seems like the best answer to me. The diameter would be useful information if you wanted to fit the bowl through a door or something. The circumference would be more useful in referencing how much water it could hold. So, it seems reasonable to reference both, slightly different measurements in the way they were referenced.
Jul
14
answered What role does the Holy Spirit play in hermeneutics?
Jul
14
comment Are there scriptural warrants for using the rule of first mention?
Can you clarify "the rule of first mention"? Does it require the same word to be used, or are all verses referring to the same "thing" counted? Is it the first mention in Scripture that matters, or is it chronological? Does the "first mention" need to be a Hebrew word? Does it need to be in Genesis? Does it need to be in the Pentateuch? How are Greek and Aramaic linked to the Hebrew, since words can have a number of meanings? Once we better understand the claims we can make a more fair assessment of the rule.
Jul
14
answered Is hermeneutics primarily descriptive or prescriptive?
Jul
13
answered Are there scriptural standards by which a hermeneutic method can be measured?
Jul
13
asked How many “layers” are there to the Scriptures?
Jul
13
accepted Interpretation of Genesis 1:26?
Jul
13
comment Meaning of “Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather.”
(+1) This is the correct answer. Luke 17 describes the same conversation as Matt 24. The "where?" is not "where will they be taken to", but is in response to the preceding passage in which Jesus was telling them about His coming, and the rapture. They are asking where this will happen, to which He replies with a warning, instructing them not to think like that. The vultures (filthy scavengers) gather where there is a carcass (false prophet), but when Jesus returns, it will be evident to everyone. So, no need to worry about "where".
Jul
13
comment How many people were killed by violence in the old testament?
Are you including the people who were killed by God? Are you including those killed by the effects of sin (Adam's, etc.)? Are you including those killed by angels? Demons? Are you only looking for those killed by the people of God, or do you want us to include the people of God who were killed by heathens? What about suicides? Infighting? These are all important questions to answer before a number can be given.
Jul
13
asked Interpretation of Genesis 1:26?
Jul
12
revised How did Elijah ascend to heaven?
spelling and grammar
Jul
12
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