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by Philip
Fri Nov 11, 2011 7:12 pm
Forum: Christian Theology
Topic: Free will and Omniscience
Replies: 271
Views: 40678

Re: Free will and Omniscience

While various aspects Five Pointers believe are no doubt true, the horrendous idea that men were, effectively, born without ANY choice or even the ability to choose Jesus (EVEN WITH the availability and necessity of God's help) to RECEIVE salvation did not enter the church for its first 15 centuries...
by Philip
Fri Nov 11, 2011 3:48 pm
Forum: Christian Theology
Topic: Free will and Omniscience
Replies: 271
Views: 40678

Re: Free will and Omniscience

Great, Rick! Sorry if I was redundant on the way to my points.
by Philip
Fri Nov 11, 2011 2:47 pm
Forum: Christian Theology
Topic: Free will and Omniscience
Replies: 271
Views: 40678

Re: Free will and Omniscience

Rick, Unconditional Election is the doctrine which states that God chose those whom he was pleased to bring to a knowledge of himself, not based upon any merit shown by the object of his grace and not based upon his looking forward to discover who would "accept" the offer of the gospel. My explanati...
by Philip
Fri Nov 11, 2011 1:31 pm
Forum: Christian Theology
Topic: Free will and Omniscience
Replies: 271
Views: 40678

Re: Free will and Omniscience

Rick can't reconcile: God has elected, based solely upon the counsel of his own will, some for glory and others for damnation So, just what is God's WILL? This is explained in 1 Timothy 2:4: His will is that He "...wants ALL people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." But we know He...
by Philip
Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:44 am
Forum: Christian Theology
Topic: Free will and Omniscience
Replies: 271
Views: 40678

Re: Free will and Omniscience

RickD wrote:I still cannot reconcile God choosing, without any doing on man's part, eternal damnation for some people. It's VERY simple. God chose before our births our eternal destinations, based upon: 1) His merciful and loving choice to love us and reach to us FIRST; 2) To give us free will and ...
by Philip
Wed Nov 09, 2011 5:51 pm
Forum: Christian Theology
Topic: Free will and All loving vs. Predestination and Devine ****
Replies: 122
Views: 17448

Re: Free will and All loving vs. Predestination and Devine *

Call it what you will - whatever theological identification, whatever term. But the bottom line is that it's an enormous mistake to believe that God has not put a choice before EVERYONE (whether to follow him, to repent, to accept Jesus, etc), that they can ALL choose to obey - or not. In Acts 17:30...
by Philip
Fri Nov 04, 2011 10:13 am
Forum: Questions for Christians
Topic: I need a short concise answer please
Replies: 27
Views: 5705

Re: I need a short concise answer please

Knowing beforehand is still knowlwdge... True, knowing beforehand is indeed knowledge. But God's knowing the freely chosen acts of man beforehand in no way means that GOD causes men to act sinfully, as our sinful actions are merely a carrying out through action of what is already in one's heart and...
by Philip
Fri Nov 04, 2011 7:20 am
Forum: Questions for Christians
Topic: I need a short concise answer please
Replies: 27
Views: 5705

Re: I need a short concise answer please

If we didn't have free will, then ALL of our decisions would be GOD'S decisions. But as we know that God cannot sin, and as we know that as men we constantly do so - and most horrifically at times - then we also know we have free will.
by Philip
Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:46 pm
Forum: Questions for Christians
Topic: I need a short concise answer please
Replies: 27
Views: 5705

Re: I need a short concise answer please

If we do not have free will, then God would be the cause of our sin. Our free will also comes within precise parameters God has set for us: We cannot fly or walk through walls. Our days are fixed, and God at times intervenes, sways, and sometimes completely alters events as he so desires - despite o...
by Philip
Tue Nov 01, 2011 6:36 am
Forum: Christian Theology
Topic: David and Johnathan in Samuel
Replies: 4
Views: 1400

Re: David and Johnathan in Samuel

Well, let's see, scripture tells us that David had eight wives and (at least) ten concubines. That sounds pretty heterosexual to me!
by Philip
Mon Oct 31, 2011 6:47 am
Forum: Christian Theology
Topic: Are we afraid hard questions around here?
Replies: 25
Views: 3763

Re: Are we afraid hard questions around here?

First of all, although meant to be a comparison to the Biblical story, the setup of the scientist's scenario is an extremely poor parallel: The scientist is obviously this scenario's supposed parallel of a God figure. Supposedly very intelligent because he is a scientist, he sets up a scenario any ...
by Philip
Sun Oct 30, 2011 3:43 pm
Forum: Politics and World Events
Topic: Petition for Palestinians to Keep their Homes
Replies: 23
Views: 4908

Re: Petition for Palestinians to Keep their Homes

Yes, I think as Christians we should support Israel. However, we must realize that 1) Israel is not a theocracy today; 2) Most Jews in Israel are secular in personal practice; 3) Israel as a nation and as individuals can and have done things they shouldn't have, at times they've treated people in wa...
by Philip
Sun Oct 30, 2011 3:26 pm
Forum: God and Science
Topic: Alien Life
Replies: 64
Views: 12674

Re: Alien Life

Interesting take on this and a bit about UFOs can be found here: http://carm.org/does-bible-tell-us-if-t ... er-planets
by Philip
Wed Oct 26, 2011 4:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion & Introductions
Topic: What's your occupation?
Replies: 21
Views: 4547

Re: What's your occupation?

St.Monica said, Couldn't handle blood Yep, that's me as well. If it's dead, I can handle it, live bleeding people, not so much (ironic my Avatar is known for cutting heads off, eh?). Also, I'm a communications and marketing guy. Tried to avoid all mathematics in college, but STILL had to take colleg...
by Philip
Wed Oct 26, 2011 11:55 am
Forum: Christian Theology
Topic: Did Jesus believe in ghosts?
Replies: 39
Views: 7644

Re: Did Jesus believe in ghosts?

knew a woman I worked with - she had a Phd from Harvard. She was convinced that a ghost in the neighborhood frequently dropped in and had even gone for a ride in the car with her and her boyfriend. Most of those I've known with such stories are real non-nonsense, serious, intelligent people. I'm wo...