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  1. Ezekiel 37 seems to have been fulfilled by St...

    Ezekiel 37 seems to have been fulfilled by St Matthew 27.51-3.

    This passage in Acts 15:

    “12 The whole assembly became silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul telling about the signs and...
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    What the Orthodox say, I don’t know - though...

    What the Orthodox say, I don’t know - though Origen touches on the matter in his treatise On Prayer.

    IMO, the Saints in Heaven do not need to be omniscient - they need to be, and in Heaven they...
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    Sticky: …which is why this thread is still going strong.

    …which is why this thread is still going strong.
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    A prayer to the Theotokos from about 250:...

    A prayer to the Theotokos from about 250: https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/orthodoxbridge/an-early-christian-prayer-to-mary/
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    I have some sympathy with his position....

    I have some sympathy with his position. Catholicism - which is criticised on many of the points mentioned above - can look extremely bizarre from the outside. Orthodoxy is in some respects perhaps...
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    And it cannot confirm the *theological* claims of...

    And it cannot confirm the *theological* claims of the NT, which are what really matter. It is small gain to know that Pontius Pilate occupied the position assigned him by the NT, if the theological...
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    The absolute centrality of Christ.

    The absolute centrality of Christ.
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    Thanks for the vote of confidence, OBP. What do...

    Thanks for the vote of confidence, OBP. What do people want a defence of ?

    One of the mods asked me to explain myself. So I did, in nauseating detail. If a nauseatingly long defence is wanted. I...
  9. Nicely spotted :teeth: A reference to Songs would...

    Nicely spotted :teeth: A reference to Songs would be in keeping with the Solomonic, royal, sapiential, and marital themes in St Matthew and the NT.

    If one goes to https://biblehub.com and looks up...
  10. The reference to Solomon ties in with St...

    The reference to Solomon ties in with St Matthew’s themes of:

    kingship
    power
    wisdom
    Jesus as Son of David
    universal kingship
    temptation
    riches
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    But not them alone.

    But not them alone.
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    St Luke shows a strong interest in the Temple...

    St Luke shows a strong interest in the Temple Liturgy, and in worship generally. He shows an equally strong interest in “the poor of the land”; and the Lucan Jesus begins His ministry, in the...
  13. To be specific, it is an echo of Psalm 110.1: ...

    To be specific, it is an echo of Psalm 110.1:

    “The LORD said to my Lord:
    Sit thou at My right hand,
    Until I make thine enemies thy footstool”.

    The passage is a speech of God to the king He...
  14. Talking of that, and time: ...

    Talking of that, and time:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7lp3RhzfgI
  15. Put them on the Ferris Wheel.

    Put them on the Ferris Wheel.
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    from Captain Janeway’s skull-throne.

    from Captain Janeway’s skull-throne.
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    First, thanks for replying :teeth: It’s always...

    First, thanks for replying :teeth: It’s always nice to have a reply from an atheist.

    Second, “Taken literally” =/////= “taken as historical fact”.

    The literal sense of a text is simply the...
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    In Roman Catholicism, there is a spectrum of...

    In Roman Catholicism, there is a spectrum of views regarding the Fourth Gospel, from the old-fashioned conservative view that treats it as historical, to the views normal in critical Johannine...
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    St Thomas Aquinas would not agree - one of his...

    St Thomas Aquinas would not agree - one of his earliest works is De Ente et Essentia, “On Being and Essence”.

    Video discussion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAZtWY7ktF8

    Book in...
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    The OP did not advocate Modalism. To do so, he...

    The OP did not advocate Modalism. To do so, he would have to have reduced the Divine Persons to expressions of the - undifferentiated - Divine Nature, so as to abolish the distinction of Persons -...
  21. God ordains many things that are contrary to His...

    God ordains many things that are contrary to His Will. To ordain X, is to give X a place in the Divine Purpose - it is not an endorsement of it. Atrocities like the Shoah, with all the misery bound...
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    Everyone knows that Jacob, or Seumas, as he...

    Everyone knows that Jacob, or Seumas, as he should really be called, gave Joseph his own tartan plaid - the very plaid worn by Adam after his fall. It is called tartan after its use in the Assyrian...
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    That makes the same mistake as the RC apologetic...

    That makes the same mistake as the RC apologetic claim that the NT is from the Church, therefore, the NT derives its authority from the Church.

    The mistake confuses

    1. being (in some sense)...
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    If Jesus is the...

    If Jesus is the Goal/Completion/Destination/Perfecting/Conclusion of the TaNaKh, then it is legitimate to read the TaNaKh in the Light of the Father’s revelation that Jesus is the Messiah.

    What...
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    Would reading the passage in light of St John’s...

    Would reading the passage in light of St John’s Gospel help ? Disciples of Jesus leave Him in chapter 6 and chapter 8. And in the Synoptic Gospels, there are the Parable of the Tares, the Man Not...
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