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    People came to Jesus. By the dozens. You know the...

    People came to Jesus. By the dozens. You know the history of America's Great Awakenings.
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    It worked for Jonathan Edwards and many others....

    It worked for Jonathan Edwards and many others.
    Again, if that's what the person needs to hear, yes. Tailor the message to the person's needs.
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    We are to tailor the message to the person.

    We are to tailor the message to the person.
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    I'm thinking it'll be way better than that. The...

    I'm thinking it'll be way better than that. The end of the book shows us Earth 2.0 and it looks a lot more interesting than a garden.
    As for prime rib, I'll say the same thing that Billy Graham said...
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    Interesting articles. The first one makes my...

    Interesting articles. The first one makes my point for me then backpedals a little. I would quibble with the subject of footnote 6 because nothing in Gen 1:29-30 requires that all the creatures be...
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    Humans and cows and ducks leave seeds behind,...

    Humans and cows and ducks leave seeds behind, too, they just look like calves, children, and eggs.
    There are lots of plants that don't leave seeds, and there are lots of seeds that we chew up and...
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    What happens to a carrot when you pull it up and...

    What happens to a carrot when you pull it up and eat it? Or a turnip? What happens to the grain plants when you harvest the seeds?

    They die. "No death" is based on a misinterpretation of Romans...
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    You have been given sufficient examples for just...

    You have been given sufficient examples for just about anyone. But no amount of evidence will be enough for you because you're determined to deny the truth. Both called for stoning of gays,...
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    Not the topic we were currently working on. ...

    Not the topic we were currently working on.



    Also not the topic we are currently working on. But the answer is easy: the common good. Duh.



    The one who makes insulting comments such as...
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    They all attended church. But check out...

    They all attended church. But check out Jefferson's Bible. Deist all the way.

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    But even if that was true, it is still an appeal to religion in the declaration of rights, and that is the...
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    Lots to go through here, but I couldn't let this...

    Lots to go through here, but I couldn't let this go by.



    Wrong again. You have no understanding of the founders' religious beliefs. These guys were not Christians, they were deists....
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    Bakker and Falwell, to name just a couple. I...

    Bakker and Falwell, to name just a couple. I suggest you look it up.



    Circular reasoning. You assume that the thing we're talking about is a crime and you equate it with others without any...
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    Father Forgive Them

    Today's question: them who?

    Luke 23:34 is missing from many of the oldest and most reliable manuscripts we have. Bruce Metzger, in the Textual Commentary to the 3rd edition of the UBS Greek New...
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    Many prominent evangelicals have called for the...

    Many prominent evangelicals have called for the execution of women who have abortions and the doctors who perform them. Others have called for adulteresses to be executed (but not adulterers, funny...
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    That's as may be, I don't know. I know a lot of...

    That's as may be, I don't know. I know a lot of ADD adults have taken it since childhood and continue to. We know as much about the actual inner workings of the brain as we know about Martian ducks....
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    They already cut her loose. They don't give...

    They already cut her loose. They don't give stimulants in-house, and that's the only treatment they can think of for ADHD. I don't understand, because there are lots of others. Today there are meds...
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    JL: I'll pass that along to her, thanks!

    JL:
    I'll pass that along to her, thanks!
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    Sorry, stuff has been happening. She went public...

    Sorry, stuff has been happening. She went public with it so it's okay to tell, my oldest daughter checked herself into a mental hospital. She's extremely ADHD like me, and she hasn't been able to get...
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    When did I do that?

    When did I do that?
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    God is the subject of the whole thing. The entire...

    God is the subject of the whole thing. The entire collection from cover to cover claims to be people at various points in human history having encounters with a being greater than themselves. The...
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    Not bailing at all. That statement you made is...

    Not bailing at all. That statement you made is the kind that is designed to cut off any further discussion. I merely acknowledged it. If it felt like an insult, maybe ask why.

    I'm happy to keep...
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    And with that statement, all further discussion...

    And with that statement, all further discussion is shut down by definition. I thought you were better than that.
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    Incorrect. We're not talking about belief, we're...

    Incorrect. We're not talking about belief, we're talking about having an open mind. If we live in a closed system where such things don't happen, well, then, we do. But that can't be proven. In fact,...
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    It's literally the first sentence of the book. If...

    It's literally the first sentence of the book. If you insist on approaching a book of that kind with a view that says "such things don't happen" renders your approach pointless. The only way to...
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    Too many people use that line without first...

    Too many people use that line without first asking the really hard question: what does the Bible really say about this? That requires more than just reading the KJV or any other translation. It...
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    Sorry, but that's off topic. I said no such...

    Sorry, but that's off topic. I said no such thing. I said that with a book of this type we have to take a different approach than just "common sense". We have to go back to author's intent and the...
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    The final verses of Mark, I am convinced, are not...

    The final verses of Mark, I am convinced, are not authentic. Besides the manuscript evidence, there is so much in it that doesn't fit Mark's style. Then there's the shorter ending that appears in...
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    Yep. There are less than a handful that really...

    Yep. There are less than a handful that really affect anything. In fact, the overwhelming majority of variants, as we call them, are basic misspellings. There are the big ones like 1 John 5:7, but...
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    But as the New Testament shows us, "common sense"...

    But as the New Testament shows us, "common sense" and "rational intelligence" can't account for everything. As C.S. Lewis put it, no study of probabilities within a given framework will ever be able...
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    Nobody claims 100%. But we get mighty close. And...

    Nobody claims 100%. But we get mighty close. And the work still continues. Each new edition of the UBS Greek New Testament, for example, has a thorough re-evaluation of the manuscripts by a committee...
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    It's no overstatement at all. Again, I refer you...

    It's no overstatement at all. Again, I refer you to Metzger's book. He presents the material in an understandable way.



    And we have manuscripts that reflect pretty much all of them, so it's not...
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    Gnosticism is well documented and understood...

    Gnosticism is well documented and understood through the discovery of the Nag Hammadi documents in 1945. The Oxyrhynchus papyri have told us loads about the time and especially the language. The...
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    Got a documentary source for that? The pre-Nicene...

    Got a documentary source for that? The pre-Nicene papyri don't seem to show any such development.
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    Uh uh. It's an understanding of the culture and...

    Uh uh. It's an understanding of the culture and language. "God my savior" means exactly what it means. If she had simply been expressing her joy with one of the many names of God in her scriptures,...
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    Contrary to RC theology, the former does not...

    Contrary to RC theology, the former does not imply the latter. Grace is unmerited favor. It's something given despite the recipient not deserving it. Being "full of grace" suggest just the opposite,...
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    I think you mean baby Jesus. I haven't seen...

    I think you mean baby Jesus. I haven't seen anybody claim the Spirit was Mary's father.

    The notion of Mary being immaculate grew out of flawed logic.
    1. Jesus, it was reasoned, was sinless. ...
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    More precisely, they have Joseph as the...

    More precisely, they have Joseph as the ostensible father, but both make it clear that the Spirit was the real father of Jesus.
    Matthew came before Luke, at least that's my conclusion (I don't buy...
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    No specific sin is listed for Simon either, but...

    No specific sin is listed for Simon either, but when he meets Jesus he cries that he's a sinful man. It doesn't matter.
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    I wouldn't say "praised" so much as "not...

    I wouldn't say "praised" so much as "not considered a problem". Judah was ready to have Tamar put to death until she revealed who the father was and what he had done, so she was considered a sinful...
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    All good questions. Matthew played with the...

    All good questions. Matthew played with the genealogy to make everything come out in 14s, and that may have something to do with why he traced the line that he did. We still don't fully understand...
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    I'm gonna get syncretistic and suggest that the...

    I'm gonna get syncretistic and suggest that the 72 were sent to whomever they came across that was in need, whether Jew or Gentile. He didn't specify one or 't'other. To me that says, both.

    As for...
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    Then the next question is, what did it have to do...

    Then the next question is, what did it have to do with what they were telling him?
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    Oh, for - since I'm the one who raised it, let me...

    Oh, for - since I'm the one who raised it, let me be clear: YES I AM SURE. I AM THE ONE WHO MADE THE NON-POINT SO YES, I KNOW WHAT I MEANT.

    Honestly, this is getting absurd.



    My wife focuses...
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    Satan said "I have been given authority" but it's...

    Satan said "I have been given authority" but it's not about authority. I don't understand, but then, you give very little to understand.



    I'm not sure why you think you get to define "the...
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    I Saw Him Falling

    In Luke 10:18, the 72 preachers have returned and they're ecstatic about all the things they could do for people, all the wonders they were able to perform. Jesus responds (this is my translation,...
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    Okay, I'll bite. What is I saying?

    Okay, I'll bite. What is I saying?
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    That's the one. His analysis of the infancy...

    That's the one. His analysis of the infancy narrative got him kicked out of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS). I was at that annual meeting and watched it happen. That was when/where I lost...
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    The authors had different purposes in mind....

    The authors had different purposes in mind. Matthew played with the genealogy a lot to make into sets of 14. Opinions differ as to why, but it's clear that he saw some significance in the number....
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    Correct. The former is a verb form, the latter is...

    Correct. The former is a verb form, the latter is a noun. "I'm asking" vs. "I'm making a request."
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    Different in connotation, yes. προσευχῇ...

    Different in connotation, yes. προσευχῇ (proseukhē for those who don't read the script) is a generalized term that includes worship, supplication, adoration, general conversation, any type of talking...
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