Because so few characters are allowed for the question, I need to explain what it means. The Trinity doctrine is a very hot topic (all over the world, never mind on Stack Exchange!) Yet Christians who believe it know that it has practical applications in everyday living - or, at least, it ought to. Take marriage, for example. Even for unmarried believers, the principles are the same and can be applied in their relationship with God and fellow believers in the symbolic 'body of Christ', the Church, who is likened to the Bride of Christ. The Trinity is about relationships so it has many out-workings in Christian living. So, would asking about the Trinity with regard to relationships fit the bill here, though that would likely rule out disbelievers in it?
I think you're wondering whether instead of asking:
Which Bible teachings about the Trinity can be applied to personal relationships within a marriage?
it would be better to ask:
For those that believe in the Trinity, which Bible teachings about the Trinity can be applied to personal relationships within a marriage?
The first form would be controversial (e.g. responses like "There are no such teachings!", followed by a debate), whereas the second form could be safely ignored by those that believe the Trinity doctrine cannot be derived from the Bible alone.
And similarly with "For those that believe Sunday is the Christian holy day …?".
This would be like the restriction to specific denominations required in Christianity.SE questions.
Or am I missing your point?
The purpose of the new site is not to be the place for every possible question related to the Bible, but to open up an area for questions that can’t be answered at the existing sites and frequently get closed there. Many questions will work better on the other sites, though many questions on each site could be potentially reworked to fit on another one.
The term trinity is not found in the Bible. The first creed formulating the doctrine of the trinity was in the 5th century and the canon was closed in the 4th. The doctrine depends on theological study and other factors mostly beginning in the 3rd century. The other sites are probably better suited for questions on that doctrine and others not well-developed in the Bible, and indeed many such questions have been asked answered and discussed there.
If you want to modify a trinity question to work on BA, say as a relationship question, you would have to identify the specific biblical components of the doctrine and ask your question on that basis. If you want to fashion such a question, feel free to post it as an example. Thanks!
Debate is never entirely avoidable. As long as there are people with different mindsets, and with tongues by which to express them, there will be room for debate. The Bible itself is interpreted to teach many things which it does not actually teach. On some points, there is a lack of clarity. On other points, it is simply silent. Yet people frequently want the Bible to support some cherished opinion and will grasp at any text they can in order to do so.
Without here choosing to take sides on any of these, the following "Biblical" topics would all make my list of hard-to-support doctrines and highly likely to spark debate among people who claim the Bible as their standard.
- Bearing arms in war versus conscientious objector
- Being rich/wealthy vis-à-vis salvation
- Women in leadership
Beyond these "grayer" areas, there are many "hot topics" that might be discussed (which I don't see as being as "gray" but there are yet many who have not understood all of the Bible's teaching in order to comprehend the issues fully).
Some examples of issues likely to spark debate:
- Biblical contradictions
- Capital punishment / death penalty
- Divinity of Christ
- Divorce and remarriage
- Does God kill/destroy?
- Eternal hell
- Nature of God
- Nature of inspiration
- Prophecies / prophetic interpretation
- Soul (definition)
- State of the dead
- Virgin birth
In short, many different ideas and opinions are likely to be discussed. However, this should not be seen in an entirely negative light. The Bible says: "Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend" (Proverbs 27:17, KJV). I have learned many things by discussing, even at variance, the issues with others. The most important thing, as sincere seekers for truth, is to remember that we do not always know the answers, and that there is always more to learn. To be humble, therefore, and show a spirit of Christian courtesy toward others, even when their opinions may differ from our own, is essential.
Many Bible topics, including any question on the Trinity, will open the opportunity for debate. Even the saints at the Jerusalem Council (Acts 15) had a rather warm discussion before reaching a consensus. It may not be entirely possible to ask a question in such a way as to avoid all/any debate. However, if participants agree to hold the Bible as their standard, the Bible itself can have a unifying influence. God has promised that His Word will not return unto Him void, but will accomplish the work whereunto He has sent it (see Isaiah 55:11). Any examination of the scriptures done under a sincere desire to know and follow the truth will have an influence to elevate and bless the reader.
May Bible Applications prove a blessing to many!