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I am a Canadian, married with kid, and working in Hong Kong. I usually answer posts from a reformed / protestant / evangelical perspective.

People I have encountered on this site seem to be a ‘whole bunch of good people’. Even those who sharply disagree with my own point of view.

I am a huge sinner but am happy knowing God's grace will keep me in his grip.


Jul
3
comment What is the rock that dashes the feet of the fourth kingdom in Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream in Daniel 2?
@H3br3wHamm3r81 - Jas seems to be taking a futurist view that is why he is hesitant about making any clear conclusions as it is all still mirky and in the future under that school. A historicist would probably think Pentecost is the time when the rock struck the foot and the mountain extends past the second coming.
Jul
3
comment What is the rock that dashes the feet of the fourth kingdom in Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream in Daniel 2?
I mean citing a commentary that influences your opinion. I do not plan on accepting any answers to my Daniel questions without a citation. I feel a citation is important because if somebody likes someone's post they can read more of the same by looking in the cited reference. I am probably more insistent about Daniel as i am still a little frustrated that I had to explore around a dozen commentaries before I found one that i did not think was a load of horse manure. With all the opinions out there a reference makes it clear which one is being argued, helping the reader understand.
Jul
3
comment What do the toes represent in the final kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream in Daniel 2?
@Jas3.1 - true - the idea of growth i am biased under. can't help see the mustard seed / bush in the little rock / mountain. However I admit it is not the only assumption one can make.
Jul
2
comment What is the rock that dashes the feet of the fourth kingdom in Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream in Daniel 2?
+1 for the gist. Your answer would be much better with references.
Jul
2
comment What do the toes represent in the final kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream in Daniel 2?
FYI - I appreciate your answers but just to make my sentiments known... with hundreds of commentaries out there, many with stongly argued answers, I don't plan to accept answers that do not show some work by citing at least one reference. cheers
Jul
2
comment Which four kingdoms are represented in the statue of Nebuchadnezzar's dream in Daniel Chapter 2?
(+1) Think this is the correct answer but as there are hundreds of commentaries out there, mostly split over the Grecian versus Roman view on the legs/feet, a reference should be cited to strengthen the position taken here. By the way I will probably ask a seperate question about the toes and clay/iron as this is more difficult and less agreed in the Roman school.
Jun
16
comment What are the two bronze mountains in Zechariah 6?
@Kazark - FYI I re-worked my answer quite a bit on this.
Jun
16
comment What are the two bronze mountains in Zechariah 6?
@JonEricson - Actually you nudged me to make a revision that has been nagging me for some time to do. This pretty much wipes away my previous post.
May
19
comment Why was the priestly exam of a woman suspected of adultery not applied to men (Numbers 5:11-31)?
Well thought out answer with extra things I have not considered.
May
10
comment Are there intra-textual supports for a politicized reading of Revelation?
@JonEricson - Don't know if you got around to reading this but if you have thought you might like to know a large expanded and very well argued version in four volumes is here. I am reading this and am dumbfounded on how good some of the arguments are. But you have to start atnthe beggining and let him hook you in first, then he overwhelmes with unexpected additional proofs that just get plain incredible. I wish somebody tipped me on to this a long time ago: archive.org/details/horaeapocalypt01elli
May
3
comment Does the “fear of death” in Hebrews 2:15 refer to the dread of physically dying, or to something else?
@Joseph - yes. This fear is 'one' of the aspects of their slavery that Christ frees us from. It is one of those bondages that the Devil personally uses to torment those who are subject to his malicious rule.
May
2
comment Does the “fear of death” in Hebrews 2:15 refer to the dread of physically dying, or to something else?
@Joseph - the Greek word fear is like the English one. It is an excited emotion when encountering a powerful force. It originated from the idea 'to flee' it easily extends to panic, or when facing God who is powerful yet loving, reverence. It does not mean subject under.
May
2
comment Does the “fear of death” in Hebrews 2:15 refer to the dread of physically dying, or to something else?
@Joseph - Subjection does not change the meaning for me as that is already understood. Sinners are subject to death and subject to the fear of physical death because it is the entrance into the 'final subjection' of the second death. Same difference to me?
May
2
comment Does the “fear of death” in Hebrews 2:15 refer to the dread of physically dying, or to something else?
@Joseph - I do not think this fear is anything like a holy reverent fear which makes us willingly subject to God - that is liberating fear. This is fear over physically dying (due to the final judgment) and is a tormenting fear of bondage. The two fears are almost opposites. Deliverance versus bondage. Fear of Christ delivers sinners from fear of death. One fear is replaced by a different kind of fear.
Apr
30
comment Why is the tribe of Dan missing from Revelation 7:5-8?
@DanO'Day - great that's better. Cheers.
Apr
30
comment Why is the tribe of Dan missing from Revelation 7:5-8?
@MonicaCellio - I don't know probably all the tribes had their share in some measure of idolatry - possibly Dan was the worst?
Apr
29
comment What are the limits to the Christological hermeneutic?
I agree the hermeneutic certainly applies in this broader sense.
Apr
22
comment What is the referent of “body of Christ” in 1 Corinthians 11:29?
@Soldarnal - I think a hidden part of the exegetical decision is whether one thinks it biblical that disunity potentially triggers punishment by death or publicly disrespecting a church sacrament could potentially bring punishment by death. This assumption significantly effects our view of God's righteous judgment in setting up expected minimum standards in the New Testament.
Apr
13
comment Why does the Peshitta use the word ‘baptism’ for ‘enlightened’ in Hebrews 6:4?
I added a picture of the word enlighten to rule out a copyist mistake. It seems this it was an intentional commentary as @DanO'Day suggested.
Apr
13
comment Does Paul refer to his past or present evil/sin in Romans 7
nice stream of arguments, all going in the same direction, without anything to suggest contradiction.