What if someone else sins for you is put on hold (rightly so) for being a truth question of the form "Is X a sin?".

I think this question is interesting and could be salvaged if it is reformulated as "Are there examples from the Bible where behavior X is punished?" which seems to avoid the Truth issue and is just a question for an example from the text. That seems answerable. If there are no examples it still does not mean X is a sin, nor does a punishment necessarily mean X is a sin today. But for some issues it points in a certain direction.

So... can and should this question, or others like it, be salvaged in this way? Or is too close to the unwanted "Is X a sin?"?

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    What you're proposing is what we call a verse search question, and would also be off-topic. Because what constitutes a valid example is very much a matter of personal interpretation. – curiousdannii Sep 12 '19 at 13:44
  • @curiousdannii Hmm okay additionally it would be not really possible to answer as "No, there are no examples", right? – kutschkem Sep 12 '19 at 13:46
  • Maybe for some questions, but I think the majority would have some grey areas. The whole category is risky, and a question would have to make its case well that it can be answered objectively. – curiousdannii Sep 12 '19 at 13:49
  • Can someone kill another person for you? I think not. Leave it closed. It would be extremely hard to make this question on topic. – Ken Graham Sep 14 '19 at 13:24

I think you could ask from a Natural Law perspective, but this question makes a doctrinal assumption that says every sin is enumerated in the Bible. If there was such a group, which is doubtful. I don't think there's any way to answer the question objectively, it is off topic on at least 3 levels.

  • is X a sin
  • where is it in the Bible
  • not scoped

What one could ask (on another site, perhaps), is why did God want to kill Balaam rather than Balak?

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