— Charles Darwin
Anonymous asked: Could you write something on why you think the three NT verses that mention homosexuality are issuing a blanket condemnation of all same-sex activity rather than condemning the homosexual sexual activity that was prevalent in the cultures Paul was addressing (pederasty for Greece [Corinthians and Timothy]) and pagan orgies for Romans?) Given that in two instances Paul lists it alongside murder, adultery, etc, I find it hard to see how it could apply to loving, monogamous gay relationships.
Paul doesn’t use the word for pederasty, he uses a word that he takes from the Septuagint: arsenokoitai. It literally means “men who lie with men.” So to read what Paul condemns honestly, we have to say that Paul says that men having sexual relations with other men is a sin. He doesn’t leave an exception open. He just says all same gender relations are among those things that Christ suffered and died for.
Anonymous asked: If baptism is "required" for salvation y did Jesus tell the criminal in Luke 23:43, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with Me in paradise" if the criminal did not get baptized? This is a lot like what hppnd n Ac 15. But in Ac 15:11 it is was resolved. Making baptism a "requirement" for salvation would mean Jesus' grace was not sufficient. Now Iam not saying that a person should not get baptized, but I am saying that it is not required. I'll b pray for God to reveal Himself to u. Blessings
(1) I didn’t say baptism was required for salvation. (2) Baptism is one of the means whereby God extends His grace to us. It is “for the forgiveness of sins” like Peter says in Acts. It is God’s work, not ours. You’re still confusing baptism with something we do. (3) God has revealed Himself to me, and to the world, in the writings of those men who knew Him: the prophets and the apostles. In these writings the promise of Baptism is made explicit. Your position didn’t arise until about 400 years ago, and the anabaptist movement has been universally denied by the Church. I appreciate your prayers though. :)
Remember when that girl compared a fetus to a tapeworm
Like where do you come off amirite