The Flood appears to change nothing nor to advance the biblical plot. What’s the point of including it? Is it possible to pray in a secular way by defining “I pray that” as being “I hope that”, etc.? Why do heaven and hell appear so late in the Bible? Is there any passage in the Bible that deals with suicide as a moral question, as an act prohibited by God? Some say Origen was the most profound Christian thinker of the Pre-Nicene period. What is your opinion? It has always puzzled me how the persecutions of Christians attributed to Nero seemed to take place so quickly after the supposed death of Christ. Is it possible there was already a recognizable “Christian” movement in Rome at this time that had so many followers it was perceived as a threat? Might Jesus have been crucified to represent the way the Passover Lamb was laid out? If Luke was an associate of Paul and not a disciple of Jesus and Paul clearly never met Jesus either how can apologists call the gospels “eye witness” accounts? Why isn’t Jesus’ resurrection considered to be his “Second Coming”? What does the New Testament say Jesus said about sexual behavior? If Satan is a fallen angel who has rebelled against God, how does this concept square up with God using Satan as his lackey?
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What about apologists who use the Old Testament distinction between ceremonial and moral laws to essentially write off the Old Testament as “yesterday’s news” (i.e., “we’re Christians and we follow Jesus!”)? What is Mark 9:42-50 supposed to mean? What on earth is all of this talk about salt losing its flavor? What does salt have to do with the fires of hell? Do you think Mormons have to make a larger giant leap of faith and further suspend critical thinking skills than other Christian denominations? Is The Black Stone actually YHWH? Is it the Holy of Holies carried in the Ark? Could you explain a little bit about process theology and liberation theology? What is the difference between a homily, a hermeneutic and the idea of exegesis?
Does form criticism negate gospel midrash, being rival explanations? When did the Trinity concept take hold in Christianity? Could Jesus have still been the savior had he died in some other way? Is there any reason to believe Levitical dietary laws were based on divine revelations about nutrition and health? Doesn’t J. Atwill’s theory of the gospels plus Josephus being propaganda to pacify rebellious Jews depend on an unrealistic estimation of popular literacy and the availability of books? Do any orthodox fundamentalists believe Melchizedek was a preincarnate theophany of Jesus? What do you think of Hoffmann’s suggestion that the Gospel & epistles of John circulated as a separate canon like Marcion’s? When did the OT notion of faith as obedience and loyalty get replaced by the NT notion of faith as unsupported belief? Isn’t circumcision harmful after all?
Parallels between ancient myths and Star Wars? Is syncretistic Catholicism perhaps closest to originalÂ Christianity? Before the church was established with its traditions and dogma, how did the really smart people get drawn into the church? Couldn’t they see that it was being dreamed up as they went along? What if the Christian Church was originally established so that the populace could be controlled, but as the church became more powerful, they began to believe that the myths they had been teaching were true? Where did theÂ originalÂ authors of scriptural stories get their ideas? Possibly from dreams? How/why did you continue to cling to religion even after your disenchantment of it?
You say no one but Nazis believe Jesus wasn’t a Jew, but isn’t that implicit in the gospels?