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by coffeeblocks33
Mon Oct 05, 2015 3:05 pm
Forum: Spiritual Matters
Topic: Popular Christian vlogger Sam found in Ashley Madison database
Replies: 6
Views: 1143

Re: Popular Christian vlogger Sam found in Ashley Madison database

Like Arctic Fox said, I understand John 8:7 the same way I understand Matthew 7:1-2 and James 2:12-13. These scriptures aren't saying to never judge. They're saying be careful when you judge, because the measure you use will be used on you.
by coffeeblocks33
Thu Oct 01, 2015 2:03 am
Forum: Spiritual Matters
Topic: What Happens When the 'Moral Majority' Becomes a Minority?
Replies: 43
Views: 6338

Re: What Happens When the 'Moral Majority' Becomes a Minority?

And on what I think is an encouraging side note... right now the Church is seeing explosive growth in Asia, particularly in China. People are coming to know Jesus by tens of millions every year, despite decades of active suppression by the government. What kind of transformation could a few 100,000,...
by coffeeblocks33
Thu Oct 01, 2015 1:50 am
Forum: Spiritual Matters
Topic: What Happens When the 'Moral Majority' Becomes a Minority?
Replies: 43
Views: 6338

Re: What Happens When the 'Moral Majority' Becomes a Minority?

There is a fantastic book which this thread brings to mind, "A Peculiar People" by Rodney Clapp. It talks about how the Church has lost its status as "Sponsor of Western Civilization". Clapp says that there are essentially three responses to this loss of influence... 1) Retrenchment: "We're going to...
by coffeeblocks33
Thu Sep 10, 2015 6:00 pm
Forum: Debates
Topic: Shall We Discuss the Trinity?
Replies: 57
Views: 9850

Re: Shall We Discuss the Trinity?

Ha, ha, I'm sure there will be an awesome theology class in the New Creation for those of us who need sort out these pesky metaphysical questions. :lol:
by coffeeblocks33
Wed Sep 09, 2015 10:06 pm
Forum: Debates
Topic: Shall We Discuss the Trinity?
Replies: 57
Views: 9850

Re: Shall We Discuss the Trinity?

Well... then I guess my thinking about the doctrine of the Trinity is less nuanced than yours, Fox. I thought there was room for some agreement, but this is the "debate" forum afterall. We shall disagree, to disagree. x) I'd like to add to our discussion... while I think orthodoxy (right belief) is ...
by coffeeblocks33
Wed Sep 09, 2015 3:09 am
Forum: Debates
Topic: Shall We Discuss the Trinity?
Replies: 57
Views: 9850

Re: Shall We Discuss the Trinity?

"To be clear, I am not a believer in the Trinity myself. I hold God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit as three distinct beings who operate with a united purpose." For someone who doesn't believe in the doctrine of the Trinity, you've done a fabulous job of describing it. As long you are...
by coffeeblocks33
Thu Apr 30, 2015 9:18 pm
Forum: Minecraft
Topic: Post Requirement Complete
Replies: 1040
Views: 174406

Re: Post Requirement Complete

I've made the required 15 posts.

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by coffeeblocks33
Thu Apr 30, 2015 9:16 pm
Forum: Spiritual Matters
Topic: Halloween, should Christians celebrate it?
Replies: 33
Views: 7222

Re: Halloween, should Christians celebrate it?

1 Corinthians 9:19-23 "Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under ...
by coffeeblocks33
Thu Apr 30, 2015 9:07 pm
Forum: Spiritual Matters
Topic: An evolutionary creationist evangelizes to Christians about science.
Replies: 12
Views: 3555

Re: An evolutionary creationist evangelizes to Christians about science.

I feel like this discussion really hinges on how different traditions understand scripture. A term that gets thrown around a lot in some traditions is the "inerrancy" of scripture. There are two different kinds of inerrancy when it comes understanding the bible. 1. Soteriological inerrancy - The bib...
by coffeeblocks33
Thu Apr 30, 2015 8:44 pm
Forum: Spiritual Matters
Topic: The Rapture: The Hope of All Believers or Dangerous Heresy?
Replies: 46
Views: 8853

Re: The Rapture: The Hope of All Believers or Dangerous Here

I don't really have a dog in this fight, but IIRC, the rapture is a fairly new bit of theology. I think it came up around the 1800's, and it could be even younger (somebody correct me on this if I'm wrong). I know most (maybe almost all?) Catholics don't buy into the rapture doctrine. If I'm not mi...
by coffeeblocks33
Thu Apr 30, 2015 8:25 pm
Forum: Spiritual Matters
Topic: The Pope supports evolution and the big bang theory
Replies: 58
Views: 13166

Re: The Pope supports evolution and the big bang theory

Science and Christianity are not at odds with one another. Why? Because the entire enterprise of scientific discovery (observation, formulating a hypothesis, experimentation, etc) presupposes a *Christian* cosmology. The assumptions of science: 1.The universe is orderly. It's not chaos; there are di...
by coffeeblocks33
Thu Apr 30, 2015 8:05 pm
Forum: Table Top RPGs
Topic: Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition... We've Played It!
Replies: 6
Views: 2490

Re: Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition... We've Played It!

Wow, I've been away from D&D for so long. I first learned the incredibly complicated 2nd edition rules while playing Baldur's Gate/infinity engine games. The last PnP game I played with 3rd edition rules. It seems I've missed two complete sets of rule changes, lol.
by coffeeblocks33
Thu Apr 30, 2015 8:00 pm
Forum: Spiritual Matters
Topic: You're Free to Toke Up. But Don't.
Replies: 6
Views: 1449

Re: You're Free to Toke Up. But Don't.

I come from a Christian faith tradition that frowns upon drinking any alcohol. This seemed a bit prudish till I learned where that tradition came from. It began as a ministry to homeless men and women on the streets of LA around the turn of the 20th century. Many of the homeless struggled and suffer...
by coffeeblocks33
Thu Apr 30, 2015 6:49 pm
Forum: Arts and Entertainment
Topic: Is Batman A Terrible Superhero?
Replies: 13
Views: 3980

Re: Is Batman A Terrible Superhero?

My short answer is no... but for the exact reasons you use to imply yes. Batman's role, his existence as the never ending defender of Gotham more accurately portrays evil than any other superhero comic. In Batman (at least the new versions) evil is not a cartoonish caricature, but is truly "evil". E...
by coffeeblocks33
Thu Apr 30, 2015 6:40 pm
Forum: Movies
Topic: God's Not Dead
Replies: 41
Views: 9604

Re: God's Not Dead

What if people who don't know Christ aren't opponents to be conquered, but people in desperate need of genuine love? There is sub-culture within the church that really wants to win arguments, and "stand up for God". This adversarial approach to following Christ does much more harm than good. Winning...

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