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I live and work in San Antonio, Texas.


Jul
24
comment Was the text of Matthew 28:19 changed?
Vince - I added some edits to focus on the texts and not worry about who added to them (Nicea or otherwise). The Hermeneutical question is Was there an addition made to the texts, and, if so, by whom and when?
Jul
23
comment What, exactly, counts as a “vain repetition” (Matthew 6:7)?
Matt - thanks. We want to be sure that we do not load the questions with implicit, pre-biased answers. We want to let the texts speak for themselves. Few of us are interested in opinions (whether from you, from me, or others) - we just want to know what the Biblical text says. Your re-phrased question looks good - thanks!
Jul
23
comment What, exactly, counts as a “vain repetition” (Matthew 6:7)?
Matt - we are going to have to rephrase your questions, because this site is deals with the texts and their meaning, and therefore excludes discussion of dogma. We do not defend or advocate (or judge) the religious views of others, but welcome the analysis of the Biblical texts.
Jul
23
comment Is Jesus Christ the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit?
Vince, welcome - I refined your question; hope I captured the gist of your question. Also, feel free to copy the formatting for future posts (for example, how to display and hyperlink the verses for easy viewing). Thanks!
Jul
18
comment What did Paul mean when he said, “ We are seated in the heavenly realms”?
@Jas3.1 - We are still the biological descendants of Adam on this earth (physical bodies), and thus we are still exposed to our inherent rebellious Adamic nature. Thus we are to consider our bodies "dead," since we were united with Christ's death on the cross (Rom 6:5-6).
Jul
18
comment Are the thoughts of the Gentiles conflicting in Romans 2:15?
Frank is there any tie to the New Covenant in the context, where the law is written on the heart (Heb 8:10 and Heb 8:16)?
Jul
17
comment What nuance does “before my face” convey in Exodus 20:3?
Friend - please provide an analysis that will better help us to understand your view. Anecdotes do not always help to sway the views of others. If you have an interesting view, please describe your analysis! Thanks!
Jul
15
comment Forgiveness, yes or no?
Thanks for joining us! If you like, you can hyperlink your verse citations, so that with a click anyone can check the verse (to include its wider context). I had a quick question for you: Do you think that overlooking sins (forgiveness or passing over) is warranted in cases where the believer is sinning against the collective body of believers, or perhaps against the authority of the one who is leading those believers? In other words, is there a difference between sinning one-on-one (forgiveness is always unconditional) and sinning one-on-many (forgiveness is sometimes conditional)?
Jul
14
comment What evidence supports Matthew as Paul's source?
I read the article, and the author points to The Fragments of Papias, where there is mention of the writings of Matthew as one of two source documents for the gospel accounts--the other being Mark's Gospel. (Please click here.) Finally, eschatological passages in Thessalonians had possible referents to Mark (Chapter 13). So there appeared only one passage in Matthew that aligned in concept with one passage from Paul, and that concerned the wisdom of the Lord hidden from "the wise and intelligent," who never seem to arrive at truth.
Jul
11
comment What does “teachers of the Torah” mean in 1 Timothy 1:7?
@fdp - I use antinomianism in context of the Christian New Testament (for example, fornication or drunkenness), which were not "unlawful" by the standards of Roman Law.
Jul
11
comment What does “teachers of the Torah” mean in 1 Timothy 1:7?
@fdb - Thank you for holding me accountable; I have added more information (to include some Biblical references) to back my suppositions. Thanks!
Jul
11
comment Was Abiathar the son of Ahimelech or was Ahimelech the son of Abiathar?
Thank you for your observations. My comments followed what I saw in the text, especially since the two Abiathars and Ahimelechs had respectively come from two different Levitical family lines. While the idea of copyist error is the most convenient explanation, it would however not be the most literal.
Jul
11
comment What's the difference between a “lying tongue” and a “false witness” in Proverbs 6?
@ScottS - Thank you for your comment. The malicious witness can tell the truth, and in this technical sense he is a false (שֶׁ֫קֶר) witness. Since no one stepped forth as the accusing witness to cast the first stone at the adulterous woman (Deut 17:6-7), there was therefore no witness to accuse the woman as an adulteress. If someone cast the first stone, he would have indicted himself as malicious (false witness), who would receive the same punishment intended on his victim (Deut 19:19). The key point is that malicious people try to use the Law for purposes other than was intended by the Lord
Jul
11
comment What's the difference between a “lying tongue” and a “false witness” in Proverbs 6?
@ScottS - Thank you for the comment. My understanding is that the witness is false not because he lies, but because his intent is malicious. For example, the woman caught in adultery. Jesus invoked the same principle. It was not that the woman was not guilty of adultery, but that the witnesses were malicious in their intent. When Jesus challenged anyone to cast the stone, they would have incurred the punishment of stoning upon themselves (Deut 19:19). That is, they accused the woman of adultery in the absence of her husband, who could have chosen to forgive and be reconciled with her instead.
Jul
8
comment Is the “7th seal” opened before the “6th seal” book of Revelation
@Bagpipes - Seal 7 contains the 7 trumpets, and Trumpet 7 contains the 7 bowls. The structure suggests the linear sequence of events, and therefore does not suggest any collateral or concurrent (or parallel) occurrence of the events.
Jul
8
comment Is the “7th seal” opened before the “6th seal” book of Revelation
@Jas3.1 - do the edits above provide sufficient detail to understand the overall view?
Jun
27
comment Are there two different types of “tongues” spoken about in the NT?
@user2479 - I made several major edits in response to your comments. Thx.
Jun
26
comment NIV Bible by Biblica different on Luke 1:37
@Susan - the correlation of ῥῆμα with λόγος is from Paul; that is, he correlates the λόγος-Christ with ῥῆμα in Romans 10:7-8, which is reference to the ῥῆμα in Deut 30:14 (LXX), which comes down from heaven to save man. So like English, the concept can include synonyms within the same language (in this case, Greek).
Jun
26
comment Luke 4:6-7 How do we read that Satan receives authority over the kingdoms of the world?
I deleted your reference to the iBook, because we cannot access the book from within the United States. Also, if you do reference a book, what relevance does the book have to your question? You do not want to post your reference (or source) without some qualification as to what and why you make such reference. Nonetheless, thanks for the question! Please feel free to re-edit your question as you deem appropriate in accordance with our guidelines on this site.
Jun
24
comment What is the “profound mystery” Paul was speaking of regarding Jesus in Ephesians 5:31-32?
Thank you for the clarification. If you have the background, please cite the sources: the closer the sources to the Biblical text, the better. Also, your readers may not have the breadth of knowledge that you have, so feel free to expound your thoughts. THANKS!