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  1. atpollard

    When do you "expect" Jesus to return?

    Technically, the Apostle John did that. I just believed them (John and Thomas).
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    Where did the holiday Christmas come from?

    Not completely. Like so much in life, there are no simple answers, so the "facts" will prove whatever goal you set out to prove. Let's start with Scripture: In the OT, there are no records of any celebrations of the anniversary of anyone's birth. "Birthdays" are a concept alien to the Jewish...
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    Where did the holiday Christmas come from?

    You are speaking of the English word, so a good Dictionary can help with the origin of the word: Christmas, from Middle English (AD 1150-1480) Christemasse, from Old English (AD 450-1150) Cristes mæsse (literally, Christ's mass).
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    Where did the holiday Christmas come from?

    FYI: Late December to Early January is the rainy season in Israel, when the hills are lush with green grass and it would be practical for Multiple Shepherds and Multiple Flocks to gather together and remain in one place (as opposed to the arid season when a single shepherd and a single flock...
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    When do you "expect" Jesus to return?

    John 20:28-29 [NKJV] And Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed [are] those who have not seen and [yet] have believed." Are these words ambiguous (κύριός μου καὶ ὁ θεός μου)?
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    Don't call yourself a Christian when you live like the world.

    Hanlon's razor Mißverständnisse und Trägheit vielleicht mehr Irrungen in der Welt machen als List und Bosheit. Wenigstens sind die beiden letzteren gewiß seltener. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1774) [Translation: "misunderstandings and lethargy perhaps produce more wrong in the world than...
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    Don't call yourself a Christian when you live like the world.

    Easy for you to say ... you are in Australia and can't talk to either of them over a cup of coffee (yuck) or tea (yum) at Denny's. ;) [Which is how 'insight' comes about ... breaking bread and talking in an informal setting where you get to know people as people rather than "opposing...
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    Sola scriptura?

    [summary from the OP]: The Apostles teach @theefaith using: Smoke signals Sign language Radio TV Internet or In person Therefore, it is foolish to trust in only the written word (sola scriptura). [Personally, I found the premise hardly worth discussing and a misunderstanding of what the...
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    Pains and suffering

    “God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.” - Saint Augustine
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    Pains and suffering

    “I have learned to kiss the waves that throw me up against the Rock of Ages” ― Charles H. Spurgeon
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    Are the five solas biblical?

    Actual, no ... that is not what Sola Fide ("Faith alone") means, so your train of thought has already jumped the tracks. ;)
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    When do you "expect" Jesus to return?

    Kudos for at least being systematic in your unorthodoxy.
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    When do you "expect" Jesus to return?

    Were all those who were alive changed and caught up with Him in the air? 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God...
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    When do you "expect" Jesus to return?

    Midnight in Jerusalem is 5 PM Eastern Standard Time. ;)
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    When do you "expect" Jesus to return?

    No, that is High Noon in Jerusalem on the Sabbath. It just seems like a good time for God to make a triumphal return. Sort of like an ultra-orthodox Western Gunfight between Jesus and EVIL ... :)