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Nicene Nerd

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    Hello! My name is Caleb. I'm a human from earth. I'm 22 years old, I've got one heart, and I can't fly a plane! If you understood the reference I just made, you are officially authorized to be my BFF.

    Anyway, I'm married to a wonderful woman named Ashley, with two lovely kids, and I am a Christian. Yeah, I'm some bizarre kind of Reformedish evangelical Protestant. I've grown up in the Baptist world, grown into the Reformed world, and enjoy some good help from N. T. Wright, T. F. Torrance, Karl Barth, J. Todd Billings, John Calvin, and on occasion those weird Federal Vision guys like Leithart and Wilson
    Other stuff about me: Doctor Who is my favorite TV show. I moderately enjoy without shame some Christian contemporary music and much Disney stuff. And Wicked! I think Owl City and bow ties are cool. Computers, Android, and some other tech stuff are my specialties. I enjoy reading and writing. 4 8 15 16 23 42. Forth Eorlingas!
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    Gallifrey (hiding at the end of the universe)
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    Theology, programming, reading, writing, research, debate, Android hacks, some physics, Owl City, Christian music (including Casting Crowns, Avalon, Sidewalk Prophets, Tenth Avenue North, Relient K)
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    Delivering pizza
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    Homeless Protestant (Reforming Evangelical)
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    Caleb (aka Macadamia Daze, Mixen Dixon, Slave of Elyon, Nicene Nerd, the Doctor)

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  1. Literally everything has to do with Christianity. There is no sphere of life which is unrelated to God, for He created all things.
  2. It sounds like your parents are on the right track to me.
  3. Since "her" refers to the ancient city of Rome as she was in the decadent years of the Empire before its conversion and eventual collapse, I'm not worried. I don't have a time machine or any way to get there, and she received her plagues centuries ago.
  4. Yes, I am one an ally and friend with the Catholics, a believer in Hell and the Trinity and the abolition of the Mosaic Law and the Jewish festivals, and I worship on Sunday, and celebrate Christmas shamelessly. I am all of these things, and quite proud of it, because if I were not I would be a very bad and unbiblical Christian.
  5. Among your other problems, it is simply incorrect to say that I advocated drinking blood. I did not. And blood transfusions are not drinking blood no matter how many times you say they are. I can call a pig a cow 100 times, but that won't make a pig into a cow. And you did teach to abstain from certain foods, foods with any blood in them.
  6. Drinking blood was not the main point at all. You even went so far as to ban blood transfusions, which of course is just mutilating Scripture like a two-year-old with scissors. You also tried to maintain the Mosaic Law as in presently in force. The Scriptures say this to your nonsense: "The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth." (1 Timothy 4:1-3)
  7. Ignorance? How is that historically incorrect? First, the Empire converts under Constantine and Theodosius. Second, the Empire collapses. Third, the Church remains strong in all of the nations which were once ruled by the Roman Empire.
  8. More Bible-twisting heresy, I see.
  9. I'm quite familiar with the history. If anything it would be said that the Church conquered the Roman Empire, and down the line the Church eventually split into groups which include what we now call the Catholic Church. And even if it were correct to say that the Catholic Church "came from" the Roman Empire, that would not make them in any way a part or extension of the Empire which pertains to the book of Revelation. There is no evidence for this.
  10. The Catholic Church is not the Roman Empire, and the Pope is not Caesar, in any way, shape, or form. That is eisegesis, reading your own dislikes into Scripture. If the Catholic Church can be said to be in Revelation at all, they are simply a part of the larger group of saints, those who wash their robes and follow the Lamb. And who are "people like me?" People who happen to disagree with you on something? People who don't feel the need to force the Bible to talk about their own enemies when its first message was to an ancient people about ancient issues?
  11. Sadly, the heretical view that only our spirits or souls experience eternal life is a common misconception these days. But the New Testament really only talks about the resurrection of the body. It only mentions our disembodied state between death and resurrection in passing once or twice. The paradigm for our future is what happened to Christ. He died and rose in the same body with the same identity, and what the New Testament promises is that, because we are united to Christ by His Spirit, what happened to Him will also happen to us. Coming to realize this more clearly is one of the most interesting and exciting things that happened to me in Biblical study.
  12. Psalm 104:15 also teaches that God has given mankind wine to make their hearts glad. Wisdom often comes from balance or even clashing opposites. To stick to any one side (avoid alcohol or overdrink all the time) is where foolishness begins.
  13. There is quite literally no reason at all to think we even might lose our personal identities in "heaven." But first, what do you mean by "heaven?" Do you mean where we temporarily go after we die, without body or senses? Or do you mean the New Earth on which we will physically live after the resurrection for all eternity? Bear in mind that, in the end, we will spend eternity in the same physical bodies we have no, only renewed. So why not the same mind/soul/consciousness? But it is correct to say that there will be no marriage in the age to come (Matt. 22:30 answers the question rather directly).
  14. That's silly. I'm not interested in convenience. I'm interested in understanding the Scriptures. Your interpretation is not "sound and logical" but denies the plain meaning of the text itself, which concerns itself primarily with eschatological events which were of literal near-time concern to John's readers. They describe the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70, the conquest of Christ over the pagan beast of the ancient Roman Empire (completed in Constantine's time), and eventually, after some great period of time, the final judgment and creation of the new heavens and earth. This is just the plain meaning of the text, when the linguistic, historical, theological, and intertextual contexts are all taken into account. In any case, it is bad form and bad love to simply accuse people who disagree with you of having bad motives, like unbelief. That's a sin.
  15. Why is this interpretation of Revelation so fixated on Europe and the US, rather than ancient Rome and ancient Israel? It seems to me that a proper, intertextually and historically accurate understanding of the prophecy should be about events relevant to John's original audience.