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by mattrose
Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Eschatology
Topic: My Uncle's Question
Replies: 7
Views: 4306

Re: My Uncle's Question

It seems that every time I mention that the resurrection is necessary, someone concludes that I believe in "soul sleep." How can I believe in soul sleep if I don't believe in souls? ψθχη is translated as "soul" in some versions. But how could the rich man have been talking to his soul? Were there t...
by mattrose
Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Eschatology
Topic: My Uncle's Question
Replies: 7
Views: 4306

Re: My Uncle's Question

Yes, I considered mention that some Christians believe in 'soul sleep' or some variation... but I don't personally hold that view and didn't want to muddy the waters more than I already had :)
by mattrose
Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Eschatology
Topic: My Uncle's Question
Replies: 7
Views: 4306

My Uncle's Question

One of my uncles sent me this question via email and I thought I'd share it and my reply ................................. Dear Matthew, A couple of recent funerals have got me to thinking about things of a religious nature, and I am asking for your thoughts here. I understand that when our souls go...
by mattrose
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: The Pentateuch
Topic: Was Joseph a Calvinist?
Replies: 28
Views: 8112

Re: Was Joseph a Calvinist?

God must have prevented the brothers from killing Joseph... I still see Gen 45:5 expressing a hard truth in what God determined for Joseph, but without micro-managing every iota of circumstances to place him in Egypt. God can do this with the highest regard to flexibility among free-will agents. Bl...
by mattrose
Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: The Pentateuch
Topic: Was Joseph a Calvinist?
Replies: 28
Views: 8112

Re: Was Joseph a Calvinist?

Ok my friend, I apologize for my muddled response and will try to find common ground in your understanding of the text Thank you for continuing in dialogue :) Let me unpack this by stating: a) God can prevent evil, allow evil, or be the causing agent of calamity/harm (Isa. 45:7) b) God allowed the ...
by mattrose
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: The Pentateuch
Topic: Was Joseph a Calvinist?
Replies: 28
Views: 8112

Re: Was Joseph a Calvinist?

Hi Matt, I didn’t say the brothers had no alternatives, I said their ultimate response was God ordained, that's if you take Joseph’s words at face-value in Gen 45 & 50 . But don’t you know your argument contends that Joseph made fallacious statements against God? So to disprove a Calvinistic procli...
by mattrose
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: The Pentateuch
Topic: Was Joseph a Calvinist?
Replies: 28
Views: 8112

Re: Was Joseph a Calvinist?

My postings are always my speculative opinion. I argue for my views not because they are facts, but because I believe them. My point is that the opinion I am presenting is an alternative (non-calvinistic) way of reading the Joseph story AND that it actually takes the context of the story more seriou...
by mattrose
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: The Pentateuch
Topic: Was Joseph a Calvinist?
Replies: 28
Views: 8112

Re: Was Joseph a Calvinist?

I would be careful surmising that Joseph’s conclusion was in error concerning his brothers’ folly at God’s direction. Actually, I did not suggest that Joseph's conclusion was in error. I suggested that calvinistic interpretations of his statements were in error. There are multiple ways of interpret...
by mattrose
Sun Jul 15, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: The Pentateuch
Topic: Was Joseph a Calvinist?
Replies: 28
Views: 8112

Re: Was Joseph a Calvinist?

Yeah, I think it's reasonable to conclude that Joseph was a spoiled brat. He was the favorite child of his father despite being the 11th son born. The older 10 were out working and Joseph was sent to check on them and gave them a bad report. That could be interpreted as either helpful to his dad or ...
by mattrose
Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: The Pentateuch
Topic: Was Joseph a Calvinist?
Replies: 28
Views: 8112

Re: Was Joseph a Calvinist?

Part of the equation is that Joseph was basically a spoiled favorite child who didn't have the sense not to tell his brothers about his dreams which he surely must've known would antagonize them. Not telling them those things, and probably a zillion other things we don't know about, would've gone a...

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