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barnacleben

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  • Still have any Gods? If so, who or what?
    The Trinity
  1. I am not "for" predestination like one roots for a football team, rather the Bible teaches that God predestines everyone to salvation through Jesus' work on the cross. Every sin has already been paid for in full. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.(1Jn2) When Jeffrey Dahmer was murdered in prison, he was a baptized believer who trusted in Jesus for the forgiveness of his sins. Jesus carried Dahmer's sins to the cross. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness o
  2. And yet many here are claiming "Egyptians" never existed, but were invented by colluding archaeologists to secure their own positions of power in the academic hierarchy.
  3. I am not working off of the same presuppositions, here are some of mine: 1) The Bible is a library of texts from many human authors, therefore it counts as multiple source documents. While the synoptics are not fully independent and share a common framework, they do do contain independent elements. 2) Jesus makes no claim to provide history with undeniable proof, but makes it clear that people will deny it. If there were undeniable proof that Christ was the savior of the world, it would make him a liar and not the savior of the world. 3) In terms of evidence and argument, my objective
  4. Thank you for the kind words. My goal is not to present original interpretations, but historic confessional ones. Since the restoration movement of the 1850s, American evangelicalism has largely divorced itself from the historic Christian church. This has led to the introduction of many novel misrepresentations of scripture that have no foundation in "the faith once for all delivered to the saints". In addition, American restorationism promoted the idea that the 1850's was the beginning of a new apostolic era. This led many to seek private revelation from God in their hearts, outside of Go
  5. If Jesus appeared to me, and standing before me commissioned me to proclaim his words as his mouthpiece then I would probably do just that. But since He hasn't, I will stick with the commission He has given: proclaim repentance and forgiveness of sins in his name to all nations. Technically, all people that developed logic as a discipline believed in the supernatural. Also, technically, all atheists believe in the supernatural. 13.7 Billion years ago, matter energy space and time came into existence. Atheists appeal to a time-independent eternal first cause of a "naturalistic character",
  6. If Jesus appeared to me, and standing before me commissioned me to proclaim his words as his mouthpiece then I would probably do just that. But since He hasn't, I will stick with the commission He has given: proclaim repentance and forgiveness of sins in his name to all nations. Technically, all people that developed logic as a discipline believed in the supernatural. Also, technically, all atheists believe in the supernatural. 13.7 Billion years ago, matter energy space and time came into existence. Atheists appeal to a time-independent eternal first cause of a "naturalistic character",
  7. In my experience, "troll" is usually used to describe insincere people who write short post to goad others others into getting angry and wasting their time with long responses. While you don't have to take my word for it, I am not bored, but in fact very busy, which is why I'm only to page 3 so far in this thread. I am not in high school, I completed graduate school 10 years ago. I have 4 children. I am actually sincere in my responses, and I'm not trying to goad anyone or inflame their passions.
  8. Back in the day, the universe was criticized as too small to be the work of an omnipotent Creator, now it is criticized as too vast. However, if we stick to the facts, the universe is just right. Given the the dynamics of the physical laws governing our reality, a planet like ours could not exist if it were more or less massive. If it were less massive, the nuclear fusion which occurred in the first few minutes after the big bang would have been less efficient, resulting in a universe that would never contain elements other than helium and hydrogen. If the universe were slightly more massi
  9. Its more like firing a bullet into a sandstorm so that it falls to rest on the point of a pin being held by a blind man with the shakes. But linking to a wiki on general relativity doesn't show a failure of the inverse square of gravity. All applied mathematics are approximate. Newtonian physics aren't false just because they don't work for extreme masses. If you are trying to persuade me that God is evil, you aren't trying very hard. I also eat sharks, and I've no cause to believe that eating them is evil. When humans kill their babies, it is evil because they are attacking the image of
  10. Jeffrey Dahmer had a lot of fun even when he was engaged in sins that did hurt people, and yet the God he knows is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love and relenting from disaster. I don't understand why you are concerned if you hurt people. I can understand not breaking the law to avoid incarceration, and I can understand avoiding harm to people when there is a possibility of payback, but what apologetic can you offer against harming others when it is in your interest? When I was an unbeliever, i couldn't unhinge my mind from the "vestigial" knowledge that
  11. But it would not be unreasonable to assume that you haven't. Not even many Lutheran pastors have sunk their teeth into Chemnitz' Two Natures in Christ. Furthermore, there are many things I believe which are not covered in the Lutheran confessions. I have no hope outside of Jesus. God's word is the power of salvation. His word makes what is dead, alive. Better, more qualified men than I have destroyed the arguments being re-offered here, sometimes centuries ago. I do not expect that re-offering those rebuttals in response is particularly useful. After all, you can read. I kn
  12. Christianity is not a pragmatic religion, particularly in the present. It is a call to believe something unrealized in this life. Not only do we hope and trust in someone unseen who seems foolish to others, but we put aside our own pleasures in light of that hope and live a life of suffering and discomfort for the sake of our neighbors. In the wisdom of the world, it is not merely useless, it is tragic folly.
  13. We may not still be called slaves, but we still have masters. To call something an institution by redefining a word, does not make it an institution. In additions Christians are called to respectfully speak the truth to power, even as they submit to suffering, persecution, and death. Paul did not resist his chains, but used his rights as a Roman citizen to gain a forum to proclaim the gospel. I think its a stretch to include Satan in the list. But yes, scripture calls us to treat people respectfully, but it also calls us to sharply rebuke those introducing false doctrine into th
  14. True, he might. As a former Reformed Christian myself, I can relate to this point of view. Reformed apologists have an answer to everything. I even heard a pastor talk about how he was able to give the eulogy at his deceased, unbelieving brother's funeral, whilst believing the man was in eternal hell. But most Christians will repeat these claims only half believing them (because they violate their common sense), and ultimately come to a realization that the argument they're making goes against their own conscience. That's why I'm curious what Ben thinks about all of this. I concur
  15. I might. It is universal for people to believe that they are correct, if they didn't they would alter their beliefs. Mutually exclusive ideas cannot both be true. Either Jesus died on the cross for the forgiveness of your sins and rose from the dead or He did not. One is true, the other is false. If what you believe is true, then what I believe is false. I don't feel morally superior to you, but I believe you are wrong. Likewise, I expect that you believe I am wrong. It is sad that you were taught so badly, so many of us are. I was taught badly too. I remember how painfully disorie
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