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by steve
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Christian Evidences & Challenges
Topic: Trusting Genesis and the Christian Faith
Replies: 4
Views: 4221

Re: Trusting Genesis and the Christian Faith

As I understand it, the only objection to the authenticity of that passage in Josephus is that it sounds too much like a Christian wrote it. Its style, and manuscript evidence, seem to point to its authenticity. As for the "Christian-sounding" portions, some believe that what Josephus actually wrote...
by steve
Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Poetry and Wisdom
Topic: Recent thoughts on Job...
Replies: 30
Views: 5117

Re: Recent thoughts on Job...

Paidion, I have not made any comments regarding the deaths of non-believers. What I have said is that the believer is the recipient of many promises of God, including promises of protection from gratuitous harm. That God allows some harm to befall us for a purpose and protects from other instances o...
by steve
Tue Oct 09, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Poetry and Wisdom
Topic: Recent thoughts on Job...
Replies: 30
Views: 5117

Re: Recent thoughts on Job...

There is nothing capricious in God's wishing to postpone a person's death to the most opportune time. That was going to die sometime was inevitable. There is nothing capricious about God's decision concerning the right time for that to take place.
by steve
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Christian Evidences & Challenges
Topic: Trusting Genesis and the Christian Faith
Replies: 4
Views: 4221

Trusting Genesis and the Christian Faith

This correspondence came to me today. I thought I would share it: ---------------------------------------------- Steve, I Hope you’ll have the time to reply. I’ve never asked you any questions before because I enjoy the search for theological truths. I’m an evangelical but I have a friend who recent...
by steve
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: Poetry and Wisdom
Topic: Recent thoughts on Job...
Replies: 30
Views: 5117

Re: Recent thoughts on Job...

Hi Matt, I am not sure what is gained theologically by seeing God's permission of evil as more general than specific. In either case, the character of God is the same. The difference is in the daily assurance given to the disciple. In seeing God's intervention as personal and specific, we are affirm...
by steve
Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Poetry and Wisdom
Topic: Recent thoughts on Job...
Replies: 30
Views: 5117

Re: Recent thoughts on Job...

If you are curious about what my position is, I recommend my last post (the one from which you quoted). The answers to these questions are included there. Please read it again.
by steve
Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Poetry and Wisdom
Topic: Recent thoughts on Job...
Replies: 30
Views: 5117

Re: Recent thoughts on Job...

A prime example in the New Testament is found in Matt 16:23, where it is recorded that Jesus called Peter "Adversary" because he had said that it would never happen to Jesus that He would suffer and be killed and be raised to life again (vs 22). Unfortunately it is translated as if Jesus called Pet...
by steve
Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:16 am
Forum: Poetry and Wisdom
Topic: Recent thoughts on Job...
Replies: 30
Views: 5117

Re: Recent thoughts on Job...

However, later on, the perception was that Satan COULD do evil without permission from God, and therefore had to be resisted. This was the perception in Jesus' day as well as in the days of the early church that followed, and thereafter right to the present day. I would be fascinated to see any bib...
by steve
Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: The Courtyard
Topic: Salvation
Replies: 1
Views: 1696

Re: Salvation

There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who want to follow God, and those who don't. This was the case in Israel as well. Jesus came to cal the former, and had no place in His kingdom for the latter. Those who wanted to follow God became Jesus' disciples, and Jesus explained His parables ...
by steve
Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Major and Minor Prophets
Topic: God’s disparate treatment of David vs. Saul
Replies: 1
Views: 1067

Re: God’s disparate treatment of David vs. Saul

I have no biblical information to answer this issue, other than the general principle that God deals with people according to justice. Both David and Saul expressed words generally sounding like repentance, but David's was accepted while Saul's was not. I have to assume that, in God's assessment, Da...

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