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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.)


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comment According to 1 Corinthians 10:1-4, does the Red Sea in Exodus 14:22 represent Jesus' Blood?
You've got me curious now... which hermeneutics class are you in, if you don't mind me asking? If you don't want to say which school specifically, could you tell me whether it's undergrad or graduate, and what branch of the church it is associated with?
Jan
22
comment Concealing & revealing in Proverbs 25:2
Hi Paul, thanks for the answer and welcome to the site. My concern with this answer is that it primarily reasons from New Testament passages without demonstrating that they are on the same topic as the proverb. I'm also still not clear why the proverb would specify "kings" in this view. Why not "the glory of men is to search out a matter"?
Jan
20
comment Was Elijah REALLY taken to Heaven?
Great question. Some factors to explore: (A) Does "ascended" have the idea of "returned" here? (B) Does "ει μαι" mean "if not" ("unless") here? (C) Does 2 Chronicles refer to the same "Elijah"? (D) Did 2 Chronicles 21 definitely take place after Elijah's death? (E) There is another NT passage that suggests Elijah was "transferred"; does the Hebrew actually mean that he "ascended" in the way Jesus did? ...anyway, I haven't studied this particular question in depth (yet), but these are some of the things I would look at before drawing conclusions.
Jan
9
comment What is the significance of the definite article in 1 Cor 14:2?
This isn't a complete answer, but hopefully it is helpful in pointing you in the right direction.
Dec
28
comment The Euphrates River Drying up?
You don't have to entertain the Mormon doctrine of people living on the sun in order to explain their teaching on it. Same with Preterism. I agree it's a flawed system, but I still think this question is interesting -- and useful. Maherlalhashbaz came before Christ, Antiochus Epiphanes before Antichrist, etc. Preterists tend to be good at the "local fulfillment".
Dec
28
comment Does Isaiah 11:3 involve smelling?
I think your answer is based on a strawman. The idea of "smelling" does not come from Christian theology, it comes from reading the Hebrew. "Delight" is an odd rendition of the word, but both Christians and non agree it fits better. That is why the Christian translations read that way. The question is how people (Christian and non) get "delight" from the Hebrew word for "smelling".
Dec
27
comment Does Isaiah 11:3 involve smelling?
You have said quite a bit about why you think Christians are wrong to take this as a prophecy about Jesus, but I don't see an answer to the actual question. What Hebrew word is used there, and what is the correct understanding of its usage? -1 for now.
Dec
27
comment The Euphrates River Drying up?
I don't disagree, but that comment would be a more relevant answer than what you posted. Just wanted to explain my down vote so you weren't wondering.
Dec
27
comment Is “revile the gods” (KJV) an accurate translation in Exo. 22:28?
@JimThio is that your down vote? (If this info wasn't useful to you I'll delete the answer; I might have misunderstood what you were looking for.)
Dec
27
comment The Euphrates River Drying up?
This does not answer the actual question. It's just a teaching on your perspective on the verse... The OP specifically asked about how Preterists would explain it.
Dec
23
comment Did Jesus subject Himself to the law of the land by paying the temple tax?
Ah, excellent line of inquiry in that case. I edited the title to try and fix the negative ring I felt it had, and focus it more on the issue you're trying to get at. Feel free to reverse the edit or notify me if you're not happy with the edit.
Dec
23
comment To whom does the Psalmist refer to in Psalm 2:6 as “the installed King of Zion”?
Great answer. +1. I was a little surprised by your statement that God did not appoint Saul to be king though... Was that a typo? I thought God appointed Saul to be king at the (foolish) request of the Israelites? If memory serves, he was anointed with oil, the Spirit came upon him, he had prophet and priest supporting him, etc.
Dec
23
comment What is the significance of both the priest and the Levite in the Good Samaritan parable?
Great question. +1. Whatever the significance, what we can be sure of is that Jesus' choice of characters here would have been outrageously offensive to His Jewish audience!
Dec
20
comment 2 Cor 5:20: “be reconciled to God” translation
@Susan Thanks for the feedback. I was thinking of translations from the Greek in those two cases. I'll update with more biblical examples when I get time.
Dec
19
comment Could Deut. 30:11-14 be a forward-looking prophecy?
Ok, DV removed. I'd still like to see the Hebrew with an explanation of why you say it is in the "imperative tense". I'd also love it if you could cite a source in support of your claim that it is sometimes argued that it should be read as future-oriented. (I would be interested in following up with that source.)
Dec
19
comment Could Deut. 30:11-14 be a forward-looking prophecy?
That sounds like the start of an excellent answer. Can you edit your post to explain that line of argument more clearly? (I wasn't even aware it was in the "imperative tense" in the Hebrew.)
Dec
19
comment Why did 400,000 men of the Tribes of Israel assemble over one rape in Judges 19:20-30 and Judges 20?
Oh, and welcome to the site! I hope you continue to contribute here!
Dec
19
comment Why did 400,000 men of the Tribes of Israel assemble over one rape in Judges 19:20-30 and Judges 20?
Great answer. +1. The only thing I might add (or emphasize more) here is that this Israeli city had become just like Sodom, which stood as an example to all Israel of ultimate depravity deserving ultimate judgment. This was not only a cause of great outrage, but also was a cause for great fear!
Dec
19
comment Could Deut. 30:11-14 be a forward-looking prophecy?
I edited the question to emphasize the contextual clues and make Paul's use if it more secondary.
Dec
19
comment “he will rule over you” — good, bad, or neutral?
Interesting. Thanks. Can you comment on the other views?