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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.)


Nov
10
comment What are the interpretive options in 1 John 5:2?
Right, but my question is why 5:2 seems to say the opposite of that. Elsewhere he says that love for God is evidenced by love for one another, as you are explaining here, but in 5:2 he says the opposite; that we know that we love one another when we love God and keep His commandments (which he defines elsewhere as loving one another). Anyway, my question is not "can you make this fit", but "are there other interpretive options".
Nov
10
comment What are the interpretive options in 1 John 5:2?
Thank you for the time you put into this, but I don't think you answered my question. I am wondering if there are other interpretive options. The conflict I am seeing is that John very intentionally presents "love for one another" as the external evidence of love for God, but now he almost seems to reverse that, creating a circular argument that leaves the reader wondering what evidence they can actually look at to be sure of where they are at. Hopefully that helps clarify...?
Nov
10
comment What are the interpretive options in 1 John 5:2?
@Susan You seem very interested in 1 John. Are you writing a translation or commentary on the book, or teaching through it? Or are your questions just for personal enrichment?
Nov
9
comment What are the “lower parts” in Ephesians 4:9?
@Susan Regarding the variants, my logic is as follows. The history of Variant 1 seems to suggest that later tradition took it as appositional, not partitive. Variant 2 appears in many of the same later documents, suggesting that even though they added the word "parts", such an addition did not suggest that they took the genitive as partitive.
Oct
15
comment What did Paul call Christians?
Great work. Thanks!
Oct
7
comment Who is the “man of lawlessness” in 2 Thess 2?
Read Matt. 24. It's pretty hard not to see this as a reminder of what Jesus taught there.
Oct
7
comment Were 1 John and John’s gospel written by the same person?
Great question. I'll post an answer if I get time, but for what it's worth, I think the internal evidence not only supports the idea, but virtually demands it.
Sep
3
comment Does Gen 1:1 refer to day 1 or the entire 6 days of creation?
This is good. (+1) Any thoughts on Gone Quiet and Ron Maimon's conclusion that 2:3 is the other bookend (and not 2:1 as you noted)?
Sep
1
comment What kind of desire was given to Eve?
Option #2 is supported by the appearance of the same construction in the very next chapter (Gen. 4:7).
Aug
28
comment Different meanings of 'Earth' in Genesis 1
@JamesShewey Whether artwork or literature, they are ancient descriptions. And they vary drastically from culture to culture, other than obvious stuff like "stars are up, land is down". Regardless, it is a fallacy to just assert that the Bible makes the same silly errors that these other cultures made just because Hebrew culture was also old. The biblical record clearly does not teach the same nonsense that some of those pictures taught. (That the sky was actually a bent-over goddess, etc.)
Aug
22
comment What were the translators of the LXX thinking in rendering “virgin” in Isaiah 7:14?
@Susan Any time we interpret prophecy we need to think in "doubles", which is what the LXX translators did. They just emphasized the eschatological more than the local.
Aug
22
comment What were the translators of the LXX thinking in rendering “virgin” in Isaiah 7:14?
@Susan In this case I don't doubt the authenticity of the MT (2), which (as you noted) employs a term with a semantic range including both "young woman" as well as "virgin". Literary context points to "young woman" as the immediate fulfillment, but something much greater and more miraculous in the distant future. The LXX translators took this as a "virgin" birth. Since the semantic range (and nature of prophecy) allows for this it would not so much be an added meaning (3) but a sort of "ultimate meaning subtly hinted at by the text".
Aug
17
comment What does Paul mean by “unworthy manner” in 1 Corinthians 11:27-32?
I gave you a +1, but this answer would be much stronger if you were to present this "strong case" rather than simply saying "I think biblically speaking a strong case can be made".
Aug
17
comment Different meanings of 'Earth' in Genesis 1
@JackDouglas Regarding your last question, I'm not sure. That would probably be a good question to post separately for the Hebrew language experts to unpack for us.
Aug
15
comment Why did the Mosaic Law prohibit the ancient Israelites from eating pork?
I would suggest rewording the question to say "Why did the Mosaic Law prohibit the ancient Israelites from eating pork?" The way it is currently worded it makes it sound like the conclusion from reading the Bible in its entirety is that it teaches that eating pork is forbidden.
Aug
14
comment Different meanings of 'Earth' in Genesis 1
@JamesShewey I am aware that you did not come up with the image yourself; I have seen it many times before. What I am saying is that the scholars who did make it merely looked at ancient descriptions of cosmology, including a misunderstanding of the biblical text, and pasted them all together into a single "unifying" picture. This image (and those like it) represent their conclusion, not evidence. Using this graphic to support this model of ancient Hebrew cosmology is a logical fallacy. In other words, you have not presented any evidence by pasting this picture, only a flawed conclusion.
Aug
14
comment Could Adam's age have referred only to his time after the fall?
There does not seem to be any textual evidence to support that conclusion, so it would just be speculation. Imo, typically it's better to try to understand what Scripture is saying than to speculate about things the authors of Scripture weren't even trying to say (or emphasize).
Aug
14
comment Different meanings of 'Earth' in Genesis 1
That graphic was created (in part) based a misunderstanding of the biblical text. It is a conclusion. To turn around and use it as evidence of the same faulty interpretation that it was based on is a logical fallacy known as "begging the question." It is circular reasoning.
Aug
14
comment When Jesus tells the parable of the fig tree, is he referencing Habakkuk 3:17?
Short answer: probably not. Other than the same kind of tree being referenced by separate authors in totally different contexts via totally different genres, there is no evidence to support a literary dependence or reference.
Aug
14
comment What does it mean for Elisha to want “a double portion” from Elijah?
In their day the firstborn son received a double portion of the father's inheritance. Elisha wanted to be counted as Elijah's firstborn son; he wanted to carry on his legacy and receive what belonged to Elijah. In other words, he wanted Elijah's anointing to pass to him so that he could carry on Elijah's work.