1. I think the Bible clearly says God is all knowing. If He wasn't, how could we trust Him to keep His promises if He can't guarantee anything because it's all a big guess? How could He have done all of the prophesies? I believe this is called Open Theism.

  2. Let me reword that "if our life on Earth won't matter after we die and go to Heaven, what's the point?"

  3. I think it would mean He'd have aliens as part of His plan. I'd be shocked, since Christianity made me stop thinking aliens were possible.

  4. I think the Bible says that everyone who seeks Him will be rewarded. But it's up to us if we're convinced. I think we have biases that lead us one way or the other that unfairly makes us some degree of gullible or skeptical. So I think God could give a person what they need, but due to strong emotional prejudices, for example, they'd reject the clear evidence.

  5. Not in this life. Earthly justice is imperfect and reactionary.

  6. I'm not saying it's unjust, because we can't just let people run around killing everybody. But it doesn't go far enough. Their punishment won't accomplish anything for their victims, and often even the survivors aren't satisfied with it.

  7. Does that mean it would be justice for a murderer to be the slave of a victim on the New Earth?

  8. No, no murders. God only gives us the will of doing something very minor. Like a lie. Or maybe lusting on a person once for 5 minutes.

  9. More free will than in heaven where god takes away our will to sin altogether. If you think in my scenario there's no free will, you also think in heaven there's no free will. Up to you.

  10. Thanks for the further example, but it doesn't really help me resolve that (perceived) central paradox. If those three minds are perfectly inseparable, then they are no longer distinct?

  11. I'd say they are inseparable from the spirit being essence that makes them up, but they are not a hive mind. They have different thoughts and do different things.

  12. The body has it's own ability/own will as Paul talks about it in romans 7.

  13. Jesus was a man. Rather than having a human soul Was the son of God. So yes.

  14. So I could say you believe that the second person of the Trinity animated a human body?

  15. Matthew 13:22 NLT The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God's word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced.

  16. I think the answer why people aren't going all in is because they are distracted by the world.

  17. Im not really sure exactly. I dont really have an issue with the possibility of a God existing, I just doubt the OT got it right there. And I very highly doubt that Jesus is in any way divine or is god.

  18. I could see some of that. I think one has to believe God exists first before they could take anything of the Bible seriously.

  19. I take the bible within the contexts in which the books were written.

  20. What do you mean and how does that affect or fit with your ideas on a God existing?

  21. I agree that 60+ years would have had most if not all real eyewitness in a grave.

  22. I'd suggest you read agnostic-atheist Bart Ehrman's Did Jesus Exist to learn that Jesus was a historical figure who had historically had disciples who were convinced they witnessed Him rise from the grave.

  23. They weren’t saved from God’s judgment on humanity. God brought the flood. It wasn’t something like a child’s parent getting his family killed because he stole something from some tribe and they retaliated by killing him and his family. This was God punishing people because their hearts were continually evil and it broke his heart so he sent a flood to wipe them out.

  24. So you take it to mean, by Paul simply telling believers not to let outsiders judge them, that in that little hand-wave he did away with volumes of teaching, including be Jesus himself, on the meanings and importance of the Sabbath?

  25. I believe Jesus kept the Sabbath because He was under the law. If all scripture is inspired by God, then when Paul said we are no longer bound by the law, God said it. That also means if Paul said we no longer have to observe the Sabbath, then God said it too.

  26. Or a seminary/Bible college. But not in a church setting. I'm still developing my guidelines on all of this, so bear with me, lol.

  27. I think they could do everything but teach from the Bible or lead a church. (EDIT: Wayne Grudem's summarized opinion).

  28. I say repent means: you see that you're sinful and need a savior. The Greek term means: to change one's mind. Once you see you're evil and need a savior, I'd say you've already repented.

  29. I say they fit exactly where science tells us. I think He had a hand in them evolving to where they were and to what they evolved into.

  30. I agree. I think the unforgivable sin is something that one does very consciously and perhaps with much effort.

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