• Spiritually speaking, what are some more reliable platforms on the internet to discuss religion?

    I'm getting a bit tired of Yahoo's shoddy programming where all of the questions vanish daily.
    I'm getting a bit tired of Yahoo's shoddy programming where all of the questions vanish daily.
    12 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 month ago
  • Do you think it is possible to choose what you believe?

    If you see me set two coins on a table, can you choose to believe I set only one and sincerely believe that was the case? Or, can you merely lie, saying I set only one, but you'd still believe it was two? Do you choose to believe something, or is it a passive result of your observations?
    If you see me set two coins on a table, can you choose to believe I set only one and sincerely believe that was the case? Or, can you merely lie, saying I set only one, but you'd still believe it was two? Do you choose to believe something, or is it a passive result of your observations?
    14 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 month ago
  • Why would allowing priests to marry help the situation if there wasn't a rash of priests having consenting age-appropriate relationships?

    I've heard the argument that priests should be allowed to marry, but I don't fully understand it. It isn't as if raping children at any time was more acceptable than finding a consenting adult relationship, or even getting a hooker. If they were going to break rules, why didn't they break them in that way? Why are we to expect... show more
    I've heard the argument that priests should be allowed to marry, but I don't fully understand it. It isn't as if raping children at any time was more acceptable than finding a consenting adult relationship, or even getting a hooker. If they were going to break rules, why didn't they break them in that way? Why are we to expect allowing marriage would alleviate a problem if they were never tempted by consenting adult relationships in the first place?
    14 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 months ago
  • Who is the most interesting god you think to be a myth?

    Do you find any story about a god or gods emotionally compelling or amusing, even if you don't believe them to be true?
    Do you find any story about a god or gods emotionally compelling or amusing, even if you don't believe them to be true?
    11 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 months ago
  • Christians, is there any verse in the bible that you disagree with or believe is incorrect?

    If so, what is the objection and what is the verse?
    If so, what is the objection and what is the verse?
    4 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 months ago
  • Is the will of Jesus the same as the will of the Father?

    Luke 22:42 (KJV) "Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done." How is it that the Father and Son are one if they have two separate wills?
    Luke 22:42 (KJV) "Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done." How is it that the Father and Son are one if they have two separate wills?
    9 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 months ago
  • For Christians who think the serpent in Genesis is supposed to be Satan, does Satan currently have legs?

    Genesis 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
    Genesis 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
    18 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 months ago
  • Why do Christians say the lion shall lay down with the lamb?

    I've seen a number of Christians claim this as prophecy, claiming to to be scripture. But, the closest verse I can find is Isaiah 11:6, saying the wolf will live with the lamb, and the lion shall eat hay. Does a verse saying lion and lamb shall lay also exist elsewhere? If not, how did this notion spread through Christianity?
    I've seen a number of Christians claim this as prophecy, claiming to to be scripture. But, the closest verse I can find is Isaiah 11:6, saying the wolf will live with the lamb, and the lion shall eat hay. Does a verse saying lion and lamb shall lay also exist elsewhere? If not, how did this notion spread through Christianity?
    15 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 months ago
  • Do Christians believe that Trump's immigration policies fall in line with these biblical passages?

    Leviticus 19:34 The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God. Exodus 22:2 Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt. Job 31:32 The alien has not lodged outside, For I have opened my doors to the traveler.
    Leviticus 19:34 The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God. Exodus 22:2 Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt. Job 31:32 The alien has not lodged outside, For I have opened my doors to the traveler.
    1 answer · Religion & Spirituality · 4 months ago
  • Do Christians believe that Trump's immigration policies fall in line with these biblical passages?

    Leviticus 19:34 The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God. Exodus 22:2 Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt. Job 31:32 The alien has not lodged outside, For I have opened my doors to the traveler.
    Leviticus 19:34 The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God. Exodus 22:2 Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt. Job 31:32 The alien has not lodged outside, For I have opened my doors to the traveler.
    11 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 4 months ago
  • How was Jesus supposed to be tempted by what he already had?

    When the devil is tempting Jesus, he offers him land. Matthew 4:8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” If Jesus is God, and God is already the ruler of the universe, how is this temptation... show more
    When the devil is tempting Jesus, he offers him land. Matthew 4:8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” If Jesus is God, and God is already the ruler of the universe, how is this temptation supposed to make sense? It seems akin to someone walking into your house and saying, bow down and worship me, and I shall give you the TV that you already own.
    9 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 4 months ago
  • Why don't we see any instances of saints wandering around preaching after they have died anymore?

    Perhaps the most famous cephalophore (a saint who is generally depicted carrying his or her own head) is Denis, patron saint of Paris, who, according to the Golden Legend, miraculously preached with his head in his hands while journeying the seven miles from Montmartre to his burying place. Why is it that now, when most people have the ability to... show more
    Perhaps the most famous cephalophore (a saint who is generally depicted carrying his or her own head) is Denis, patron saint of Paris, who, according to the Golden Legend, miraculously preached with his head in his hands while journeying the seven miles from Montmartre to his burying place. Why is it that now, when most people have the ability to record video at their fingertips, we see no more instances of saints preaching after they have died? Granted, death by beheading isn't anywhere near as common. But, does the manner of death matter? Do you have to have been beheaded to wander around preaching after you have died?
    7 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 5 months ago
  • If Genesis is an allegory, where does it stop being allegory?

    Genesis 5 lists a lineage from Adam to Noah. Genesis 11 continues on from Shem to Abraham. And for those that like to disregard the Old Testament, this is also echoed in the New Testament in Luke 3:23-8:52. If you say that the story of Adam and Eve is an allegory, with which person do you say it transitions back to reality, and for what reason?
    Genesis 5 lists a lineage from Adam to Noah. Genesis 11 continues on from Shem to Abraham. And for those that like to disregard the Old Testament, this is also echoed in the New Testament in Luke 3:23-8:52. If you say that the story of Adam and Eve is an allegory, with which person do you say it transitions back to reality, and for what reason?
    17 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 7 months ago
  • Do you always care if the things you believe are true?

    The obvious knee-jerk reaction is that of course you'd want to know the truth. But, if you had a terminal disease, and had less than a year left to live, can you with absolute certainty say you would want to know? Would there be any appeal to you in not having that knowledge, in believing something more comfortable, like you probably had a... show more
    The obvious knee-jerk reaction is that of course you'd want to know the truth. But, if you had a terminal disease, and had less than a year left to live, can you with absolute certainty say you would want to know? Would there be any appeal to you in not having that knowledge, in believing something more comfortable, like you probably had a long life ahead of you?
    16 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 7 months ago
  • If someone told you that you would hear the wisdom of Thor if you asked in faith with humility, how would you respond?

    If someone said you had to think of Thor, truly and humbly meditate on the words he wants to speak to you, and then in complete sincerity claimed that what you thought of was literally a real occurrence of Thor speaking to you, how would you honestly respond? Would you believe that whatever you might have thought of was truly the voice of a Norse... show more
    If someone said you had to think of Thor, truly and humbly meditate on the words he wants to speak to you, and then in complete sincerity claimed that what you thought of was literally a real occurrence of Thor speaking to you, how would you honestly respond? Would you believe that whatever you might have thought of was truly the voice of a Norse god, or only your imagination?
    13 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 8 months ago
  • If suicide is an unforgivable sin, why is Samson's death held up as redemptive?

    I've seen people here arguing that suicide is an unforgivable sin. So, I'm wondering how they rationalize this with the Biblical story of Samson. In it, Philistine leaders assemble in a temple. Samson is led into the temple, and he asks his captors to let him lean against the supporting pillars to rest. He prays for strength and God gives... show more
    I've seen people here arguing that suicide is an unforgivable sin. So, I'm wondering how they rationalize this with the Biblical story of Samson. In it, Philistine leaders assemble in a temple. Samson is led into the temple, and he asks his captors to let him lean against the supporting pillars to rest. He prays for strength and God gives him strength to break the pillars, causing the temple to collapse, killing him and the people inside. It is easy Samson as a cautionary tale, what with his arson of local wildlife, trusting his wives, and murdering people to settle a bar bet over some honey. But, as the promotion for the new movie put it, "God offered grace, redemption, and a fresh chance to fulfill his purpose." So, why is his final act of murder/suicide held up as a redemptive return to God? Why would God grant Samson the strength to complete an act that God did not want done?
    16 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 8 months ago
  • Why wouldn't God act even if the action will impinge upon the free will of humans?

    I've seen many theists this week claiming that God did nothing about the shooting this week in Florida as to not encroach upon free will. But, this explanation doesn't make a lot of sense to me from a biblical standpoint. I can think of no point in the bible where free will stands as a force that binds God's hands. In fact, there are... show more
    I've seen many theists this week claiming that God did nothing about the shooting this week in Florida as to not encroach upon free will. But, this explanation doesn't make a lot of sense to me from a biblical standpoint. I can think of no point in the bible where free will stands as a force that binds God's hands. In fact, there are many instances that run contrary to that notion. For example, Genesis 19 describes how Lot's wife was turned to a pillar of salt after she looked back at Sodom. If God can turn someone to salt after disobeying a command not to look at a city, what would prevent Him from turning someone to salt after disobeying a command like, "Thou shalt not kill?"
    Religion & Spirituality · 8 months ago