On June 10th, 2018, Paul McAndrew asked the Mentionables:
What was to happen if any of the scape goats returned to Jerusalem?
These are the answers from the team
The problem of evil is a common affront to the Christian worldview. Why does an all-powerful and all-loving God allow a world where humans commit atrocities on a daily basis?
The typical response to this is, in brief, that in order to be free, humans have been given the option to freely choose whether they are going to accept God or reject him. The freedom to choose leads some people to choose to act in selfish and evil ways.
However, if free will is responsible for evil, and there is no evil in heaven, does this mean that humans in heaven have no free will?
An attitude of not answering questions does no favors to anyone in your congregation if you’re a pastor. Someone who is questioning is someone who is wanting to learn. When your children go to school, you want them to ask the teacher questions so you can learn. Do you not want them to learn at church?
On June 9th, 2018, Mikhail Kosenkov asked the Mentionables:
Is tri-person-hood an essential attribute of God that stems from the necessity of God's own nature, and thereby, being a necessary attribute, there can be no possible world where God is not tri-personal? Or, is it logically possible for the Godhead to consist of four or more Persons? If it is logically possible for the Godhead to consist of four of more Persons, then can God wonder why He happens to be tri-personal?
Here are the answers from the team.
In this article we will explore several cases where the author of the book of Exodus engages in polemics against the Egyptian mythological view of the world. This will be brief as it is only included to serve as a paradigmatic example of what we observe in the earlier chapters of Genesis. However, before exploring the role of polemics in the Exodus narratives, a proper understanding of the nature and function of polemics must first be presented.