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    Agape Love is the Type Used to Love the Darkness?

    This thread is actually the continuation of a rabbit trail a number of us headed down in a separate thread. It got interesting/enjoyable enough to think it is worth its own thread. The pop evangelical culture I grew up in defined agape love as "God's type of love" and held it up as kind of a...
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    Bible Study Love of Life In COVID-19 Times

    And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. (Rev 12:11) During times of health, wealth, and prosperity I find it easy to ignore thoughts of death. During this time of being bombarded with news of...
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    Questions Regarding Free WIll

    First, I will define free will as the ability for a person to choose to do good or evil, regardless of the influences, for good or for evil, that may work upon them. I know from posts on this site that a number of writers find this as part of the foundation of their Christian doctrine. I'd like...
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    Does God owe us...

    ...the offer of salvation? Are all people entitled to God giving them the opportunity to be saved from their sin? It seems to me the objection Paul anticipates from his reader in Romans 9,"...“Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” (Romans 9:19 ESV) has it's root in the...
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    Who'd a thunk...

    Last night I met at church with a small group of folks to pray. The room had been prepared for Good Friday services with a large wooden cross constructed from railroad ties. As I sat pondering the cross in front of me, my mind went to the beyond-imagination nature of God's plan of salvation...
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    Calvinism: why such animosity?

    First, I will out myself and declare myself a Calvinist. By Calvinist I do not mean I support everything John Calvin ever did or write; it means my doctrine aligns with the points described by the acronym TULIP. What I find curious is the level of dislike and vitriol from Christians toward...
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    Premise: God's Highest Goal Is the Increasing Display of His Own Glory

    First, a working definition: Glory is the essence of a thing that evokes esteem and praise of that same thing. (A bit awkward, but I hope it works.) Believing this premise has been very helpful in making other things "make sense." For instance: If God's glory is his highest goal, then it would...
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    [_ Old Earth _] God's Role In Evolution?

    Question born of curiosity asked to any Christian who has accepted all living things, including man, is the result of a long progression of evolutionary events: What role, if any, did God play in the progression? More broadly, I guess I am wondering what impact does such a worldview have on a...
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