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FAQ Christianity

FAQ Christianity

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FAQ Christianity
What version of the Bible should I read?
That depends on why you're reading it. If you're interested in reading it because of itsimpact of western literature, you may want to stick to the good old KJV (King JamesVersion). While a more modern translation will be more accessible, based on bettermanuscripts, and updated to match the most recent scholarship, the KJV is the Biblethatbegat English idiomsand it is the Bible your classic authors are most likely toquote.Beyond that, there are two major philosophies when it comes to Bible translation;formalequivalence and dynamic equivalence. Formal equivalence is where the translators try as hard as they can to stick to what thetext actually says--even if that makes things confusing for someone who might notunderstand ancient near-east idioms and culture. Examples of translations that leantowards formal equivalence are: ESV (English Standard Version), NASB (NewAmerican Standard Version), NRSV (New Revised Standard Version).Dynamic equivalence is where the translators care less about giving you the exactwords, but instead try and give you the same idea. The issue with this is you are relyingon the translator to do interpreting for you (more so than usual, translation is inherentlyinterpretation). Examples of translations that lean towards dynamic equivalence: NLT(New Living Translation), God's Word Translation.The NIV (New International Version) and TNIV (Today's New International Version)attempt to combine the two approaches.Then there are paraphrases, like the Message by Eugene Peterson, which are less of atranslation and more of a reflection on the scriptures.
Why is the community policy necessary?
Given that the /r/Christianity community is a smaller community that is often unable toself moderate simply using the voting system, acommunity policywas established tohelp create guidelines for conduct within this subreddit.The need for such as system is best described by /r/atheism memberKni7es, 
Let's say tomorrow we wake up and /r/Christianity suddenly has over a million members, roughly proportional to the 12:1 advantage /r/Atheism has right now. They are now the 800lbs gorilla, and they decide they want to come squat in our subreddit and "debate" the poor misguided atheists. The Christians come in like the tide, flooding our threads and upvoting their own junk to the front page. Our mods are like so many sandcastles trying in vain to block users and moderate discussion, and in their 
 
frustration come down heavy-handed on the e-crusaders from /r/Christianity. Those users then take screencaps and parade about on their home subreddit, inviting more Christians to come and troll the atheists. All we want to do is have a nice safe space for questions and discussions amongst ourselves where we can be who we are for a change, but those damn oppressive Christians just won't leave us alone. Many of our members leave, and many become more firmly entrenched in their anti-theism than ever before.Along comes a couple of redditors on /r/Christianity who can see what's going on, and in the interest of mercy decide to speak out against the cyclical invasions (complete with a relevant quote from scripture, just to drive the point home). But then someone replies...
 
"They can start their own little forum, I have all the business in the world to be in any subreddits of my choosing." 
 
And that, my friend, is why.
 
What about LGBT issues?
Some of us Christians here areopen and affirming. A few don't know what to think about the question.A few more are of the opinion that it's a sin, but the way that the church has handled theproblem has been deplorable.And a few of us straight up (pun intended) believe that it's a sin with no caveats.Truth is, the community is so diverse it's difficult to pin down any set beliefs to throw onthe FAQ.To get an idea of r/Christianity's varied opinions on LGBT issues, take a look at thesethreads:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Have you heard about how Jesus is a derivative of Mithra/Attis/Horus/Dionysus/etc?
Yes. Those claims almost all stem from Acharya S (Dorothy Murdock) and GeraldMassey. The first can only be said to be willfully selling a convenient fiction to movebooks and the latter seems to have been genuinely ignorant. It should also be notedthat there are just as many, if not more, differences between Jesus and these otherancient figures as there are similarities.Seethis pagefor a more thorough discussion of this topic.
The Problem of Evil
Epicurus is credited with writing
"Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?" 
How do Christians account for evil?Once again, the answers are wide ranging.Christians have been grappling with theproblem of evil for ages.Answering Epicurus' riddle is called"theodicy." Here are a few previous discussions on the topic:
 
 
 
 
Why do you ignore the Old Testament?
Christians don't ignore the Old Testament (well most don't anyways) but they dounderstand it differently than you do.Like other issues discussed here, the question of the relevancy and interpretation of theOld Testament is answered in different ways by different Christians. In general,Christians don't ignore the Old Testament, but most of us do feel like there arehermeneutical methods to determine when and why it shouldn't be applied literally

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