Reformed Theology Best interlinear?  Calvinism

Best interlinear?

Reformed Theology Best interlinear?  Calvinism
Best interlinear?

So in some scheduled front door talks with Jehova's Witnesses, I used some previously researched information using an online interlinear to make some arguments. Now, I am a math and logic person, NOT a language person, let alone a Greek scholar. I don't know what an indicative normative form even means (or if thats really even a thing). But I could follow along decently to make some pretty interesting arguments. If nothing else, it got me interested more in interlinear translation materials, as I have never really used them before.

I think the online tool really helps, because I can just click a word and see all the other uses of it, and Google is great. But for in home Bible studies at small group or other settings, I think a hard copy would be great. I don't want an app, because 1)my screen is horribly cracked 2) I get tired of people on their phones.

So you educated people of reformed, whose knowledge I respect but do not worship and who are sinners (that reformed enough for you?), what would your recommendation be for a hardcopy interlinear translation? I found one online for a good price, linked below, but after my time with the Jehovas Witnesses, I want to make sure I get a solid academic work, as close to inspired as the original texts as one can get.

https://www.christianbook.com/interlinear-hebrew-english-bible-volume-edition/9781565639775/pd/639774?dv=%7Bdevice%7D&en=google&event=SHOP&kw=academic-20-40%7C639774&p=1179710&gclid=CjwKCAiAx57RBRBkEiwA8yZdUNhw1FfbaWgXK8pbaYdg80Wb-DJgrLc5E7C6xHr1f0K9tGLLvcpHCxoCDZwQAvD_BwE#CBD-PD-Description

So in some scheduled front door talks with Jehova’s Witnesses, I used some previously researched information using an online interlinear to make some arguments. Now, I am a math and logic person, NOT a language person, let alone a Greek scholar. I don’t know what an indicative normative form even means (or if thats really even a thing). But I could follow along decently to make some pretty interesting arguments. If nothing else, it got me interested more in interlinear translation materials, as I have never really used them before.I think the online tool really helps, because I can just click a word and see all the other uses of it, and Google is great. But for in home Bible studies at small group or other settings, I think a hard copy would be great. I don’t want an app, because 1)my screen is horribly cracked 2) I get tired of people on their phones.So you educated people of reformed, whose knowledge I respect but do not worship and who are sinners (that reformed enough for you?), what would your recommendation be for a hardcopy interlinear translation? I found one online for a good price, linked below, but after my time with the Jehovas Witnesses, I want to make sure I get a solid academic work, as close to inspired as the original texts as one can get.https://www.christianbook.com/interlinear-hebrew-english-bible-volume-edition/9781565639775/pd/639774?dv=%7Bdevice%7D&en=google&event=SHOP&kw=academic-20-40%7C639774&p=1179710&gclid=CjwKCAiAx57RBRBkEiwA8yZdUNhw1FfbaWgXK8pbaYdg80Wb-DJgrLc5E7C6xHr1f0K9tGLLvcpHCxoCDZwQAvD_BwE#CBD-PD-Description
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Reformed Theology Looking for input on a business idea.  Calvinism

Looking for input on a business idea.

Reformed Theology Looking for input on a business idea.  Calvinism
Looking for input on a business idea.

I have praying for a while for a way to get out of financial stress. Then I had an idea for a smartphone app. Learned to code a very rough version up pretty quickly (already a programmer, just in another field), and its almost ready to go. Could either go live, or find a partner to help further.

The idea would be taking state lottery information that is already publicly available, doing a bit of math on it, and then providing access to the free data and the calculated data in a filterable, more easy to access format. This would be for a small subscription fee of a couple dollars a month at most.

At first I was ok with the idea of profiting off of gambling, then went back and forth. I met with one of my pastors to discuss it. He didn't say yes or no to it, but rather instructed me to really search on how I feel about it. He made the analogy of a winemaker. Very disconnected from the end user who might abuse the substance. Whereas the bartender that continues to serve is not. And wine still has a good inherent quality.

I do believe gambling, responsibly, is a form of entertainment, but like anything else, it can be abused. After looking at numbers, it appears that people across all income levels play the lottery equally. But obviously the impacts that play has on poorer people is magnified because their disposable income is already low.

For a minimal cost, I would be providing information to help them play the games better (which tickets still have prizes left, how much overall you expect to win/lose on each game, etc…). They will play anyways. I am not responsible for their sin if they abuse it, but I should also not cause a brother to stumble.

Its been a pretty gray area for me, and still can't figure it out. I will not pursue this unless I am out the gray area. I have prayed to get out of this struggle, and then I had the idea, and I have prayed for discernment to know if its the right thing or not. I suppose not being 100% on it is discernment enough for now. I still dont think its necessarily sinful to pursue it though. Would love to hear any thoughts you people might have that would help clear my mind. Thanks all.

I have praying for a while for a way to get out of financial stress. Then I had an idea for a smartphone app. Learned to code a very rough version up pretty quickly (already a programmer, just in another field), and its almost ready to go. Could either go live, or find a partner to help further.The idea would be taking state lottery information that is already publicly available, doing a bit of math on it, and then providing access to the free data and the calculated data in a filterable, more easy to access format. This would be for a small subscription fee of a couple dollars a month at most.At first I was ok with the idea of profiting off of gambling, then went back and forth. I met with one of my pastors to discuss it. He didn’t say yes or no to it, but rather instructed me to really search on how I feel about it. He made the analogy of a winemaker. Very disconnected from the end user who might abuse the substance. Whereas the bartender that continues to serve is not. And wine still has a good inherent quality.I do believe gambling, responsibly, is a form of entertainment, but like anything else, it can be abused. After looking at numbers, it appears that people across all income levels play the lottery equally. But obviously the impacts that play has on poorer people is magnified because their disposable income is already low.For a minimal cost, I would be providing information to help them play the games better (which tickets still have prizes left, how much overall you expect to win/lose on each game, etc…). They will play anyways. I am not responsible for their sin if they abuse it, but I should also not cause a brother to stumble.Its been a pretty gray area for me, and still can’t figure it out. I will not pursue this unless I am out the gray area. I have prayed to get out of this struggle, and then I had the idea, and I have prayed for discernment to know if its the right thing or not. I suppose not being 100% on it is discernment enough for now. I still dont think its necessarily sinful to pursue it though. Would love to hear any thoughts you people might have that would help clear my mind. Thanks all.
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Reformed Theology I got JW's...again.  Calvinism

I got JW’s…again.

Reformed Theology I got JW's...again.  Calvinism
I got JW’s…again.

Second time this year they came by, because I told them to come back the first time aft we we talked. They certainly do know THEIR scripture, ashamedly better than I do mine. However, I was able to stand stronger this time (God gave me the strength and patience) and was able to better defend the trinity and salvation through faith alone. But they have their little tricks, picking and choosing bible verses, while ignoring others or full context. However, It encouraged to go back and read for myself what they were quoting, and find references to my arguments once they left. I sit at my front window and can see them pull up, so next time, I plan to have a quick review of a few scriptures under my belt before I open the door. I found a couple resources with good things to ask JW to hopefully get them thinking about what they believe and why, using logic. Was curious if you fine people had any go-to verses or arguments to help them see fallacy in their theology.

Second time this year they came by, because I told them to come back the first time aft we we talked. They certainly do know THEIR scripture, ashamedly better than I do mine. However, I was able to stand stronger this time (God gave me the strength and patience) and was able to better defend the trinity and salvation through faith alone. But they have their little tricks, picking and choosing bible verses, while ignoring others or full context. However, It encouraged to go back and read for myself what they were quoting, and find references to my arguments once they left. I sit at my front window and can see them pull up, so next time, I plan to have a quick review of a few scriptures under my belt before I open the door. I found a couple resources with good things to ask JW to hopefully get them thinking about what they believe and why, using logic. Was curious if you fine people had any go-to verses or arguments to help them see fallacy in their theology.
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Reformed Theology Cross a graven image?  Calvinism

Cross a graven image?

Reformed Theology Cross a graven image?  Calvinism
Cross a graven image?

Was taking a lot about graven images last night. Initially, I thought that to include angels as well, but upon more reading, God instructed people to put cherubim on the arc as well as in solomons temple. Since he can't cause us to break his law, I draw the conclusion that angels are ok, so long as they are not used for worship. But there is a more gray area for me currently when it comes to the cross. It is a much more prominent Christian symbol found in churches. It is completely of this world. Still forming my opinions on this but interested in you fine peoples take on it and other second commandment issues.

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Reformed Theology My heart is hardening.  Calvinism

My heart is hardening.

Reformed Theology My heart is hardening.  Calvinism
My heart is hardening.

I have been a Christian for 4 years now and do love God. I have finally started to read then Bible from start to finish. Still in the OT though. It seems like for at least the last 10 years financial struggles have always been plaguing me. Things are better now than they used to be, but now I have a family and feel more pressure like it's not just my problem anymore. I am just sick of living paycheck to paycheck. It really takes a toll. I try to be gracious for all I know I am blessed with, but at the end of the day I don't find any real comfort in reading scripture or praying. They seem like more academic exercises. I KNOW God hears me and cares, but in my selfishness and self righteousness I don't feel it. I want to, and know I can't on my own but I miss that little bit of comfort it used to bring me. The only time I forget about it is random times through the worship service or when I otherwise distract myself. I try to think of ways to get myself out of this situation on my own, but God isn't limited to that. I am fighting with my logical self and my feeling self. I guess this is just getting it off my chest. I realize now I should call my elder to talk. So that's something. Any words of advice or encouragement would also be welcome. Thanks everyone for being a great community. Maybe someone else reading this is in a similar spot.

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