Top Forum Posts of 2016

top 2016 posts

 

Reviewing activity from this past year I decided to share our 7 most viewed threads in 2016 (in no particular order). What has caught our visitors’s eyes might surprise you.

1. Submissive Wife, What Does That Mean?

We all read the passages on submission (Ephesians 5:22, 1 Peter 3:1, 1 Corinthians 11:3). Scripture say wives should be “submissive” or “subject” to their husbands, but how so? What is meant by submissive? This topic surely requires careful diligent study.

Billy L. responded “It doesn’t mean that he should run all over you”. Why do many of us westerners think of dictators when submission is mentioned? It might be due to media, every year there are clear visible examples of abusive leadership that many wished to prevent and later want to restore (so I think we also need to ask about leadership as well)

but before going off topic there are 2 posts that I want to share with everyone from John Piper:

6 Things Submission Is Not” &
Husbands Who Love Like Christ and the Wives Who Submit to Them

The reason I say it’s a disposition and an inclination is because there will be times when the most submissive wife will hesitate at a husband’s decision. It may look unwise to her. Suppose it’s Noël and I. I am about to decide something foolish for the family. At that moment Noël could express her submission something like this: “Johnny, I know you’ve thought a lot about this, and I love it when you take the initiative to plan for us and take the responsibility like this, but I really don’t have peace about this decision and I think we need to talk about it some more. Could we? Maybe tonight sometime?”

2. Is It Okay for Trinitarian Christians to Seek Spiritual & Theological Guidance from Jehovah’s Witnesses?

I actually saw this question — made a note to revisit later — and completely forgot about it. Over 300 views, I don’t know why no one responded the answer is both easy and important.

Jehovah Witnesses may be good friends but they are not our brothers or sisters in Christ. All who reject the Triune personhood of God and claim Unitarianism do not know God to begin with so there is no spiritual guidance to be found in them, they are the mission field.

If anyone changes the identity of Jesus its because they do not know him at all and are in need of a loving friend to share the Gospel.

But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough. 2 Corinthians 11:3-4

As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:9

3. Does Blessed Simply Mean Happiness?

Jesus opens his Sermon on the Mount with the beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12), claiming that God is bringing his people happiness.

“Blessed is the divine happiness of God, its a quality of God himself. He shares his divine happiness with those he saves through regeneration, making them like himself. People can only have this Happiness of God by being “born again” because natural man is spiritually dead. So the Beatitudes describe the attitude and divine happiness that God gives…”

4. Define Omnipresence

Not a full definition (I doubt I could give one) but I gave a good description from scripture itself.

God’s Omnipresence is kinda hard to wrap our minds around. I love this topic because it reminds me that I’m never alone. God surrounds us at all times and he even dwells within his people. Even when we feel lonely he is here. His spirit has no spatial dimensions, he is boundless.

Here are six awesome omnipresent bible verses.

5. Are we Sinless in Sanctification?

Good question, If pastors present an incomplete doctrine of holiness some just might fall into error. For the Sanctification Forum I borrowed the description from GTY “The transforming process by which God’s people shed their past sinfulness & grow to reflect His holiness.” keywords: shed and grow.

I love Eddie’s response by the way.

6. Confirmation of the Bible

Peter asks “has there been actual evidence confirming the events of the bible as accurate and real ?”

Everyone should ask this question at some point in their life. Historicity & Archaeological evidences are inferior confirmations of scripture when compared to the self attestation of scripture itself… but if the Bible is true you can certainly expect to find validation in archaeology and history.

Checkout VladTubaka’s answer,
he recommends K. A. Kitchen’s book On the Reliability of the Old Testament ($32 new today) &
“F. F. Bruce’s classic” The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? ($11 new today) he mentioned some other books as well.

7. Is resurrected Jesus omnipresent?

I guess one omni question lead to another, I never even heard such a question before, so initially I was stuck.

Jesus in his resurrected body is just that. The hypostatic union still applies, Jesus’s divine nature is not affected or mixed with humanity, but it is united with humanity. Jesus still has all of his attributes Hebrews 13:8 he still is the omnipresent God and his human nature alone is still human. God’s human body is only one place at one time just like he was before he died.