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    But I think Hebrews 11:3 is talking about...

    But I think Hebrews 11:3 is talking about everything being made from nothing.

    "By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what...
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    Yes, but Hebrews says "what is seen was not made...

    Yes, but Hebrews says "what is seen was not made out of what was visible" (Heb. 11:3), this would mean the initial act of creation was ex nihilo.

    Blessings,
    Lee
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    :bump: Bumping again...

    :bump: Bumping again...
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    But creation ex nihilo implies a Creator! It just...

    But creation ex nihilo implies a Creator! It just means God did not create using pre-existing matter or energy.

    Blessings,
    Lee
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    The use of ἐκεῖνος here. We are just now...

    The use of ἐκεῖνος here.


    We are just now discussing that grammar is not always followed, in constructio ad sensum.


    Grammatically, it is not the postcedent, but logically, it is.
    ...
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    And the clearest verse about creation from...

    And the clearest verse about creation from nothing is Hebrews 11:3:

    "By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was...
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    Well, we are not safe from suffering, but we are...

    Well, we are not safe from suffering, but we are also very safe indeed!

    "You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death....
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    C.S. Lewis said something to the effect of...

    C.S. Lewis said something to the effect of "There's never been a good time to be an artist, or a poet--people have always been composing on the front lines, making rhymes while the plague stalks...
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    But I meant John 16:13: "ὅταν δὲ ἔλθῃ...

    But I meant John 16:13:

    "ὅταν δὲ ἔλθῃ ἐκεῖνος, τὸ πνεῦμα τῆς ἀληθείας, ⸂ὁδηγήσει ὑμᾶς⸃ ⸄ἐν τῇ ἀληθείᾳ πάσῃ⸅· οὐ γὰρ λαλήσει ἀφʼ ἑαυτοῦ, ἀλλʼ ὅσα ⸆ ⸀ἀκούσει λαλήσει καὶ τὰ ἐρχόμενα ἀναγγελεῖ...
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    “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not...

    “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken...
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    Well, it doesn't matter, this is still...

    Well, it doesn't matter, this is still constructio ad sensum:

    "A grammatical construction in which a word’s inflexion is determined by the semantics of the word or words with which it associates,...
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    Actually, "the heavens and the earth" is the...

    Actually, "the heavens and the earth" is the Hebrew way to say "the universe". So the earth, and the state of it being a watery chaos, is included in "in the beginning, God created the heavens and...
  13. Jesus is recorded as saying "Who of you convicts...

    Jesus is recorded as saying "Who of you convicts me of sin?" (John 8:46). So if people knew of Jesus' sinning back in the gospel days, this would be instantly refuted.

    So there is evidence that...
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    The Biblical Big Bang

    From Reasons to Believe...

    The Hebrew verb translated “created” in Isaiah 42:5 is bara’ which has as its primary definition “bringing into existence something new, something that did not exist...
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    :bump: Trying to get my post to appear...

    :bump: Trying to get my post to appear...
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    No, "the Spirit himself" is in the modern...

    No, "the Spirit himself" is in the modern translations, and note the following constructio ad sensum:

    Ταῦτα λελάληκα ὑμῖν παρʼ ὑμῖν μένων· ὁ δὲ παράκλητος, τὸ πνεῦμα τὸ ἅγιον, ὃ πέμψει ⸆ ὁ πατὴρ...
  17. No, the need is that we need mercy, not that God...

    Why does God NEED to show mercy?[/quote]
    No, the need is that we need mercy, not that God needs to show mercy.


    I don't think it's an ego trip, God bears sin, and sin cost Jesus death on a...
  18. Yes, free from sinning. That's true, and...

    Yes, free from sinning.


    That's true, and that puts me back in bondage, until I repent.

    Blessings,
    Lee
  19. That's correct, he is the potter, and we are the...

    That's correct, he is the potter, and we are the clay.


    But I don't believe that people who are sinning have free will.

    "Jesus replied, 'Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to...
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    Not always! "αὐτὸ τὸ πνεῦμα συμμαρτυρεῖ τῷ...

    Not always!

    "αὐτὸ τὸ πνεῦμα συμμαρτυρεῖ τῷ πνεύματι ἡμῶν ὅτι ἐσμὲν τέκνα θεοῦ..." (Ro 8:16)

    "The Spirit himself", we read, but "himself" is neuter singular.


    No, "ὃ" here just means "that...
  21. Certainly, though by this logic, why should God...

    Certainly, though by this logic, why should God do anything at all?


    I'm not arguing that God must show mercy, it's out of his love and grace that he shows us mercy. Not out of some standard that...
  22. God has a purpose for the wicked, though: ...

    God has a purpose for the wicked, though:

    "What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction?...
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    Well, "non-selectable in the current context"...

    Well, "non-selectable in the current context" would be implied.


    That is, two mutations that are required to be simultaneously present.

    Blessings,
    Lee
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    No, Jesus is a person before and after the...

    No, Jesus is a person before and after the incarnation, "which" is just to agree with "life" grammatically, but clearly "eternal life" refers to Jesus before he appeared, and after he appeared, for...
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    In rereading Edge of Evolution, I discovered I...

    In rereading Edge of Evolution, I discovered I misrepresented Behe's edge:

    Still, I think it’s better to err on the side of caution, allow room for the odd exception like sickle hemoglobin, and...
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