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    Spiritual death and physical death

    This is slightly off topic, but you’re using Paul’s words in 1 Cor. 2:6-16 to make a point that Paul isn’t making. The way to become “spiritual” as Paul uses the term is not just by becoming a Christian, but a mature Christian. This becomes apparent in 3:1 when he transitions by saying “And I...
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    Spiritual death and physical death

    True, but why would He try to extract a confession by starting off with this question? He could have been more direct by asking “What is this you have done” (which He did end up asking). Was He not making a point about a separation that now existed between Him and man?
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    Spiritual death and physical death

    I think I can best answer your question by asking another question. When Adam sinned and God came to him in Gen. 3:9 asking “Where are you,” was God seeking information?
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    Spiritual death and physical death

    Do you believe in soul sleep? If your use of the lexicon doesn’t require us to believe in soul sleep, then I don’t see how it can require your interpretation of spiritual death either.
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    Spiritual death and physical death

    Actually that's a helpful question to bring up and I'll run with it. I had previously said that "spiritual death" meant that one is in a state of condemnation. More specifically...since the word "death" means to separate a living creature into its distinct parts (soul, spirit, and body), we...
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    Spiritual death and physical death

    Yes, both of those acts would be prevenient acts of God, but I don't have the impression that this is what Arminius and Wesley have in mind when they speak of it. I might be mistaken, but that's my impression of them. I don't think that an act of self-initiated faith would be classified as...
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    Spiritual death and physical death

    I see your prooftexts and raise you a Luke 16:19-31. The best explanation I've heard for understanding Ecclesiastes is that Solomon alternates between two points of view: one of a righteous man, and the other of a wicked man. The views of the righteous man are Solomon's own; the views of the...
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    Spiritual death and physical death

    I need you to elaborate a little before I can answer your question. I'm not sure that I believe in the idea of prevenient grace as understood by Arminius and Wesley; but I believe that God sometimes does act directly on the minds of people to get them to believe. I think what probably happens...
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    Spiritual death and physical death

    I find it curious that the comparison of spiritual death with physical death not only gets misused by Calvinists, but is gratuitously misused. I feel like I've seen it used a lot more over the past week so I thought it would be worth addressing. The only analogy between spiritual death and...
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    Your belief vs your neighbors unbelief

    Read this article. It reminds me of Paul's words that I quoted from Acts 17: "...so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him..." Even Muslims can find the Lord by groping in the dark. It happened to Cornelius, after all...
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    Your belief vs your neighbors unbelief

    Right, but there's quite a gap between saying it strongly effects vs. saying it absolutely determines one's eternal destiny. "And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their...
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    Your belief vs your neighbors unbelief

    How so? The free will debate is not a debate about our preexistence.
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    Your belief vs your neighbors unbelief

    God did, of course. And this poses no problems for me. The fact that we have no control over the time and circumstances of our birth is plainly obvious; one doesn't even need a Bible to know that. But this doesn't address the question of whether we have free will.
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    For all you Dr. Fauci defenders…

    I'm starting to think that Fauci is the new George Soros. Not that I believe this stuff, but rather that people who dive deep into conspiracy theories on the internet have to have a name behind the shadowy cabal; and within ten years, I'm guessing that the name of Anthony Fauci will replace the...
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    For whom did Jesus taste death for?

    I think you're mistaken. It does secure something for the wicked...greater punishment if they do not repent. Let's keep reading in Hebrews 10:29. "Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the...
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