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  1. Ezekiel 18:20 (KJV) says "The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him." John 3:16 then confirms the context of Ezekiel 18:20. Doug
  2. Bill, So what of Enoch (Gen 5:24) and Elijah (2 Kings 2:11) which the latter part of the verse says, literally, "Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven"? That sure sounds like go to heaven to me. Doug
  3. Bill, The word "perish" in John 3:16 is translated from the Greek "apollumi" meaning either (1) to be lost (2) to perish or be destroyed (in this case, both interpretations are correct). Notice the word destroyed, NOT die. In 1 Cor 15:53, perishable (corruptible in the KJV) is translated from the Greek "phthartos" meaning decayed, i.e. (by implication) perishable -- corruptible (imperfect in this context) which make perfect sense in the interpretation of the entirety of the verse. Numbers 17:12 the word perish is translated from the Hebrew word 'abad' meaning to wander away, i.e. lose
  4. Neon, You make some great points but let's separate fundamentalist Christianity from radical Christianity. They are *NOT* one and the same. Radical Christianity is nothing different, more or less, than radical Islam. They just use different methods to the sometimes common end. Much of what you talk about such as killing abortion doctors, Uganda kill the gays, etc. can be traced to radical Christianity. To say radical Christianity is a greater threat to American culture than Islam could have some merit. One, radical Christianity takes to the extreme (and wrongly so) what the Bible teaches,
  5. I can't disagree more. Yes, there are issues; yes, church enrollment is on the decline in some church denominations; I won't deny that. The reasons are not so clear cut, however, as Mr. Spong may surmise. Christianity does NOT need to change, people need to change. Biblical Christianity will never die. As an example, my church (Affiliated with Southern Baptist Convention) is thriving and growing and always has since I joined it some 13 years ago. Yes, the primary staff has changed several times due to callings, but our church is stronger today than at any time since joining. Maybe we are t
  6. George, You ask some very thought provoking questions. I'll break this down into two parts, OT and NT We know much of the OT, at least through Isaiah, was already in written form by Jesus' day. The Bible records in the NT about use of scrolls for teaching and Jesus taught from Isaiah in one instance. NT is not so clear. Except for the 4 gospels, nearly every other book in the NT was a letter from someone to someone or some group. ie the Pauline letters. These would have been in some written form. Same for Revelation that was written by John the apostle on the island of Patmos. Saf
  7. Dearest Rabbi, I don't disagree with your statement above. Bottom line here is a direct vs indirect interpretation of virgin. Ok, so what if the correct translation is "young woman"? Did not Mary say to the angel Gabriel "How can this be as I have not known a man?" That is about as direct confirmation of her virginity without actually using the word. It doesn't change a thing scripturally. Doug
  8. Hi Marsha, I'd beg to differ on the above. How does 2 Peter 3:9 fit the mold you refer to above? Doug
  9. So what did God give Jesus to us for if not to believe on Him and have everlasting life? The above makes no sense and appears a contradiction in terms. II Peter 3:9 says "God is not willing that any should perish". I take it to mean that, quite literally, God does not want anyone going to hell. Period, end of story. God said it, that settles it. Let's break that down. If God doesn't want anyone going to hell, then how do we, as sinners, get to Heaven when God cannot allow sin into heaven? John 3:16 holds the answer. 2 Peter 3:9, likewise, refers to ALL people, not a specific group. So
  10. Hi Kath, The above paragraph bring out some very valid questioning. Personally, I *do* believe it matters whether or not people are believers in Jesus. That said, you make an excellent point about not wanting to be referred to as a Christian but for a different reason as I. I say that because your last statement "that's still based on the Bible" leads me to believe you have challenges with the Bible? Am I reading that right? Now your statement "so many Christians don't really follow what Jesus was all about" couldn't be more true. Like you, I prefer another name other than Christian
  11. Nick, I agree 100%. Would you not agree your assessment mirrors the time of Jesus? Pharisees and Sadducees, especially, couldn't agree on things and did not like the teachings of Jesus as it 'trampled' their own beliefs. Doug
  12. The last statement of your quote could not be more true. As I have said elsewhere, ALL denominations are man-made so are necessarily flawed as Man is flawed. Most denominations would fall into the degenerate category. There are very few that work hard to follow Biblical teaching in its entirety. Not to say those few are more perfect than others, they just try not to succumb to societal or secular pressures. It is with great sadness, for instance, to see PCUSA succumb to those pressures as so many other denominations have over the last 25-30 years. There are few that hold steadfast. Doug
  13. Actually, no. Here is what Jesus actually said the most important commandment is: One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, "Of all the commandments, which is the most important?" "The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:28-
  14. Hi Steve, Excellent question! Personally, I see it as a problem. Your first paragraph pretty much emphasizes that. I would re-word your first sentence to read "39,000 denominations", dropping the word "Christian" because, primarily, 39,000 denominations can't all be right. Also note that the word Christian itself has a root of Christ, implying a relationship with Christ. Of the whole, there are very few denominations whose foundation is built on a relationship with Christ. In its simplest terms, ALL denominations are man-made so they are flawed as Man is flawed. The word 'religion' t
  15. To get a deeper understanding of Isaiah 7:14, this is a good read: http://www.bibleanswerstand.org/immanuel.htm While I don't agree with the explanation that Jesus is a mere man, the rest of it explains the relation between Isaiah 7:14 and Matt 1:23 as well as other NT verses that speaking of Jesus' conception and birth. Doug
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