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    Flat-Earth, Slander, and Christian Ethics

    And if you really cared about what the Bible said, you'd know that no translation is perfect. Which is why we have to often see what was originally written to get a better understanding. Translations are good, but there's an Italian proverb: traduttore, traditore. It means "the translator is a...
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    Flat-Earth, Slander, and Christian Ethics

    The idea that the Middle Ages was a time of intense ignorance and darkness is a mythology we modern people crafted. The first use of the term "dark age" was in the 14th century, by an Italian scholar named Petrarch. Petrarch, as a man of what would come to be called the Renaissance, romanticized...
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    Why king of the North destroyed - Putin sincere?

    Has there ever been a time, between when our Lord said these things until now when these things have not been true? These things have been part of world history for the last two thousand years. In Matthew the Lord calls them "birthpangs"; for a comparison with that, look at what St. Paul says...
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    Why king of the North destroyed - Putin sincere?

    Let's take a gander: "And while some were speaking of the temple, how it was adorned with noble stones and offerings, He said, 'As for these things that you see, the days will come when there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.' And they asked Him, 'Rabbi...
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    Flat-Earth, Slander, and Christian Ethics

    At this point I'm half-convinced that you are a troll trying to make the Bible/Christianity look bad. -CryptoLutheran
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    Understanding New Testament Jewish baptismal practices.

    Not immerse, netilat yadayim., ritual hand washing, required that water be poured over the hands. Priests serving in the Tabernacle (later Temple) were required to wash their hands and feet (Exodus 30:17-19). This practice, under rabbinic tradition and teaching, ultimately was viewed as required...
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    Flat-Earth, Slander, and Christian Ethics

    I've seen a lot of people believe silly things in my time on these forums. This is the first time, I think, that I've seen someone make what appears to be a conscious and concerted effort to believe EVERY wrong thing. Even a broken clock is right twice a day, but this is like changing the...
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    Flat-Earth, Slander, and Christian Ethics

    When I was a very small child my knowledge of the world was incredibly limited. There were places I heard about in my limited experiences. I knew the name of the small town where I lived, I knew the name of the United States of America, and I had heard of another place called China. I knew about...
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    Jesus Stooped Down And Wrote In The Dust . . .

    Obviously nobody can ever know. But one theory that I kind of like is that when Jesus stooped to write in the dirt, He exposed the sins of those who had gathered to condemn the woman; thus "he who is without sin cast the first stone". So in this speculative theory by writing in the dirt He...
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    Incarnated Sonship or Eternal Sonship of Jesus Christ?

    A better word would be generated/generating. Compare with Greek gennao. -CryptoLutheran
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    Flat-Earth, Slander, and Christian Ethics

    You're correct about the climate. But December had been the 12th month since around 46BC when Julius Caesar reformed the old Roman calendar. The original Roman calendar was said to have ten months, but January and February were added to make a 12 month calendar sometime very early between...
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    Flat-Earth, Slander, and Christian Ethics

    That's yet another one of those oft-repeated but actually untrue statements. The fields outside of Bethlehem, even into modern times, have been used by shepherds to over-winter their flocks. So not only does the biblical narrative not suggest a winter birth is impossible, it actually offers us...
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    Flat-Earth, Slander, and Christian Ethics

    I have no idea what day of the year Jesus was born. But like almost all Christians through most of the Church's history, I celebrate the Feast of His Holy Birth on December 25th. And there are no pagan origins for this date. It is a date chosen by Christians, entirely independent of pagan...
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    Why king of the North destroyed - Putin sincere?

    All that was prophesied about the destruction of Jerusalem and her Temple. Yes. That's all been fulfilled. I won't get into a tangent about Mr. Carlson. And yes, I'm sure you're right, Putin might win an election over Biden in some places. That isn't, however, is neither a glowing endorsement...
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    Incarnated Sonship or Eternal Sonship of Jesus Christ?

    The Nicene Creed speaks of the Son's Eternal Generation; He is Son and Word; of the Father's own Being. Since there was never a time when the Father became a Father (He is Eternally the Father, that is Who He is, from all eternity) there can never be a time when the Son was not. For the Son is...
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    Flat-Earth, Slander, and Christian Ethics

    The great irony of living in the Information Age is that the flipside of having unparalleled access to information on just about any subject there is, is that the sheer volume of misinformation out there is also just as easy to access. It's 2024 and there are still people who believe that...
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    But thou shalt love thy neighbour "as thyself"

    No. I've done my own study of the grammar of the text. And encouraged you to do the same. That's a lot of unnecessary slander on your part. But I hope you have a nice day. -CryptoLutheran
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    But thou shalt love thy neighbour "as thyself"

    Jesus didn't whip any people. Do a study on the grammar of the text, when it says that Jesus took a whip and drove "them" out, it is referring to the animals. -CryptoLutheran
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    toxic christian parents

    So no Christian has ever stubbornly refused to repent, or failed to recognize that their sin is sinful? As I see it, that is a dangerous way of thinking that can lead us to shipwreck our faith. -CryptoLutheran
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    The biggest factor of modesty is: the way you dress

    Can you point to an objective standard of modest dress? -CryptoLutheran