He did not say that he would be allowed to join ISIS. He said that such a radical, violent interpretation of the Quran is the only possible outlook, and that he would have felt that he should join ISIS if he wished to live as the Quran dictates. He says this about how he read the Quran after having determined to judge the Quran ON A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD with the Bible.SEG wrote: ↑Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:54 pmPlease explain how ISIS would let him join them? Also explain how Paul could survive a stoning then 5 lashings of 39. Both miracles perhaps?
He did NOT join ISIS; He did not try.
See, SEG, this is why I jump onto you about honest citations. When you go off half-cocked like this because someone else has gone off half-cocked, it's got to be a bit embarrassing for you, isn't it?
As for Paul -- these things did not happen all at once. These happened over a course of years. If he were given 5x39=195 lashings all at once, the last 120 strokes would likely have been applied to a dead man. But for a single event, the mortality rate was about 12.5%. So given that they did not all happen at once, his chances of surviving 5 separate events spaced over time would be .875^5, or 51.29% -- meaning that of 10,000 given the 39 five times over a course of several years, 5129 would have survived with varying degrees of impairment.
That's just the statistics of it; One might further argue that the 87.5% of those who survived a single such event were made of sterner stuff, and thus would have been more likely to survive it a second time; etc., and the 12.5% who typically died were the weaker folks. One might also argue that "that which does not kill me makes me stronger," as Nietzsche put it, thus the risk of death by shock would decrease since the prisoner knew he had survived this previously. And so forth. But 51.29% is sufficient.
Stoning? There are two possible answers, one being that he was thought dead (stunned); while sore he would still have been able to walk especially with help. The other is that he was dead, and God raised him, but the text does not say this. Luke only describes what he saw, namely, that Paul got back up and walked back into town. Presumably with help. Keep in mind that Paul was in good physical condition, since he and Barnabas were in the middle of a walk by foot from the middle east across Turkey, Macedonia, and Greece.
Now if you're going to argue that miracles don't happen because miracles don't happen, you are welcome to run round that circle to your heart's desire.