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by smiley
Tue Sep 07, 2010 4:17 am
Forum: Christian Theology
Topic: Question about salvation assurance 2...
Replies: 6
Views: 1292

Re: Question about salvation assurance 2...

He is, of course, incapable of telling you how "good" you have to be to prove that you "truly believed". Do I have to give away all my property to the poor like Jesus said? Leave my family to serve Him? No? How do you know? Do I have to repent of all my sins? Every single sin I've ever committed? Or...
by smiley
Sat Sep 04, 2010 3:58 am
Forum: Philosophical Discussions
Topic: Question about a modified problem of evil...
Replies: 12
Views: 3010

Re: Question about a modified problem of evil...

There is little doubt that the scriptures say that God is working all things out for His glory. Which verse are you referring to specifically? How would you handle God's statement about Paul. I will show him how much he must suffer....... That Paul must suffer to spread the Gospel. Just the way he ...
by smiley
Sat Sep 04, 2010 3:00 am
Forum: Christian Theology
Topic: Question about salvation assurance...
Replies: 82
Views: 15251

Re: Question about salvation assurance...

There are literally tens of thousands of people who prayed not to fall away like James, and yet still fell away. James is perfectly right that he should tremble in fear on the "true faith will endure until the end" theology.
by smiley
Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:29 am
Forum: Philosophical Discussions
Topic: Meaning and purpose to Atheists...
Replies: 257
Views: 49187

Re: Meaning and purpose to Atheists...

How can you be an atheist and believe in life after death? What kind of life after death are they referring to? A person's future as worm food? Does this have anything to do with the late atheist philosopher AJ Ayers? Just curious. Thanks. :wave: All I know is that the statistical fact of the matte...
by smiley
Thu Sep 02, 2010 3:37 pm
Forum: Philosophical Discussions
Topic: Meaning and purpose to Atheists...
Replies: 257
Views: 49187

Re: Meaning and purpose to Atheists...

Well, to begin with, not all atheists are pure naturalists. There are atheists who believe in an after-life. But since you're probably wondering about the former, I would say, the fact that they have no meaning in some universal, eternal sense, doesn't mean that they have no meaning at all. And so, ...
by smiley
Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:52 pm
Forum: Philosophical Discussions
Topic: Question about a modified problem of evil...
Replies: 12
Views: 3010

Re: Question about a modified problem of evil...

jlay wrote: First- What is your view of scripture?
What do you mean? And how is this relevant to the topic?

If you're asking me if I think it was inspired by God, then yes, I do.
by smiley
Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:16 pm
Forum: Moral and Ethical Affairs
Topic: Lie
Replies: 19
Views: 4282

Re: Lie

Abraham lied twice to save his life, and God not only did not chastise him for it, He even punished the Pharaoh and threatened him with death because he acted upon being fooled into believing Abraham's lies. I hear there are also passages that indicate that God Himself lied, but I haven't read those...
by smiley
Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:03 pm
Forum: Philosophical Discussions
Topic: Question about a modified problem of evil...
Replies: 12
Views: 3010

Re: Question about a modified problem of evil...

Smiley, This is the classic, "I don't like the way things are. I don't like God's M.O. So, therefore he isn't true." Wrong. This is a purely logical problem. It's not about what I like. Why should we care what you describe as 'loving?' You shouldn't. I am working under the definition of loving that...
by smiley
Thu Sep 02, 2010 12:50 pm
Forum: Philosophical Discussions
Topic: Question about a modified problem of evil...
Replies: 12
Views: 3010

Re: Question about a modified problem of evil...

This is one of the things that, in my opinion, make absolutely no sense on Classical Theism. The "glory" answer is a Calvinist one, and quite frankly, it's total nonsense. A loving God who lets millions of people, including little children, be raped, enslaved, tortured, mutilated, starve to death, a...
by smiley
Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:16 am
Forum: God and Science
Topic: Would god approve of apologetics?
Replies: 7
Views: 1406

Re: Would god approve of apologetics?

It seems you've forgotten Jesus Himself constantly engaged in arguments on the street. And we are told to imitate His life.
by smiley
Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:11 am
Forum: Questions for Christians
Topic: Questions about refuting Islam...
Replies: 7
Views: 1749

Re: Questions about refuting Islam...

If you're interested in anti-Islam arguments, you can find a comprehensive list of Muslim vs. Christian debates here:

http://commonsenseatheism.com/?p=171
by smiley
Wed Sep 01, 2010 12:01 am
Forum: Questions for Christians
Topic: Why are there so many non-believers?
Replies: 43
Views: 8443

Re: Why are there so many non-believers?

And while I have come up with some more or less satisfying answers to it, they require adopting either Open Theism or Inclusivism. I have to say, I was close to abandoning Christianity when I realized how futile it is to try to rationalize this issue on Classical Theism. You have come close to aban...
by smiley
Tue Aug 31, 2010 11:48 pm
Forum: Questions for Christians
Topic: Questions about refuting Islam...
Replies: 7
Views: 1749

Re: Questions about refuting Islam...

The Qur'an is like an Old Testament that never had a Jesus Christ to rebuke all the violence in it.

Anyhow, the truth or falsehood of the Islam faith isn't dependent on how it relates to modern morality.
by smiley
Tue Aug 31, 2010 11:26 pm
Forum: Christian Theology
Topic: Questions about Molinism, Calvinism, and Arenianism...
Replies: 15
Views: 6417

Re: Questions about Molinism, Calvinism, and Arenianism...

does this show that the Bible does indeed contain contradictions and or show that either parts of the Bible or (God forbid) the whole Bible is not inspired? It shows that there are apparent contradictions. Now, of course, it is possible to reconcile them with some effort. The question is which one ...
by smiley
Tue Aug 31, 2010 11:06 pm
Forum: Questions for Christians
Topic: Why are there so many non-believers?
Replies: 43
Views: 8443

Re: Why are there so many non-believers?

Yes.. Well a careful examination of all faiths should be in order.. That meaning studying all the faiths.. Such as Islam, Buddhism, Mormonism, etc.. Okay, I don't know where to start. 1. A very minority of people on the planet have access to the holy books of all religions in the world. 2. An even ...