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Your basic geek computer science dork. Interested in learning about compilers, AI, machine learning, and software architecture. Enjoys programming embedded systems.


Sep
27
comment According to reformed theology, does reformed theology fall apart if one removes the doctrine of predestination?
Without some doctrine of pre-d you don't have a Biblical faith. Regarding the Reformed view, if you drop pre-d, then you must redefine the effects of the fall. If you redefine this, then you must redefine the purpose of the atonement. If you redefine this, you must redefine Christ's purpose for coming in human flesh and dying. You come to a point where you have a Christ who was not God, to effect a salvation for people who don't need it since they really aren't dead in sin. We have healthy debates about this, but I don't see this as a key to Reformed Theo, I see it as key to the Bible.
Sep
27
revised Did the early Church Fathers have a complete agreement on how to interpret 1 Peter 3:18-20?
scripture added, title changed
Sep
27
suggested suggested edit on Did the early Church Fathers have a complete agreement on how to interpret 1 Peter 3:18-20?
Sep
20
comment Which are the parts of the Old Testament that point to Jesus?
If you ever write a book, your nom de plume should be "Affable Geek."
Sep
15
answered According to Reformed Theology, What is the greatest assurance of Salvation?
Sep
10
comment Martin Luther's Sacramentology
Thanks. A while ago, I watched some lectures from R. Rosenbladt regarding the Hypostatic Union. In it, he recalled a conversation once with someone where they said "can you receive spiritual consequences from material essence?" whereupon Rosenbladt asked if the person believed in the Crucifixion. I can't say that I'm on board with all of this yet, but it's making me think and challenging me to dig deeper into the scriptures. Thanks again.
Sep
5
comment Why is Jesus at the center of everything
@unregistered-matthew7.7 Are you sure that you aren't me?
Aug
26
comment Why did Christianity survive at all?
If I didn't like you and your contributions to the site, I'd point out that you're ruling out the Biblical explanations right away. ...but I won't do that because I like you.
Aug
24
comment Can a person lose his/her salvation?
@zefciu Doctrinally, I agree with you. For the purpose of the site, I think the question is legitimate.
Aug
24
comment Can a person lose his/her salvation?
@zefciu They are not duplicates, but closely related. Speaking logically, "walking away" would be a subset of all possible ways to "lose" salvation, even if it is the only member of that set.
Aug
23
comment Does any church denomination believe it possible to go one moment without sinning?
I don't understand why this question is voting to be closed. It seems like a good question. An explanation would be nice as to how it is "not constructive."
Aug
22
comment According to reformed theology: Is loving God a choice? If not, do the elect differ from robots?
This is quite a deep topic, and far too broad to answer well in an SE post. Please consider looking up the following terms as defined in a Reformed Theological work: "concurrency" and "necessitation" especially regarding their relation to "ordination" and ask some questions regarding them when you don't understand something.
Aug
22
comment Is it possible to achieve a life without sin on earth?
@Mike I'm a little bit new to it myself, so I'm not the best one to ask beyond a conversational level. However, many believe in what they term "entire sanctification," which you'll see under "What does the Church of the Nazarene believe about living a holy life?" at nazarene.org/ministries/administration/visitorcenter/questions/…
Aug
21
comment Is it possible to achieve a life without sin on earth?
@BijoyThangaraj Some sects of Wesleyanism (amongst others) say that after receiving Christ, one can and should live perfectly. They are known as the "Holiness" bodies en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holiness_movement.
Aug
21
comment How should a Christian object to those who say Paradise may be a little boring?
@warren that's my point.
Aug
21
comment How should a Christian object to those who say Paradise may be a little boring?
Simple: if they say that they wouldn't enjoy Paradise, don't argue with them. They may be correct. That's the point of Hell, a place reserved for those who have no interest in praising God.
Aug
18
comment What are the classics/giants of Biblical Theology?
@David these are not the same question.
Aug
14
comment How do Calvinists go from “X is Sinful” to “X is unable to accept Christ on his own?”
Don't get me wrong, I concur. I'm just pointing out that man's definition of "good" is different that God's. For instance, both heathens and Christians consider helping widows to be a "good" work. To the uneducated, your remarks sound like nobody is capable of helping widows when what you mean is the Biblical doctrine that in our best moments of helping the neediest widows, apart from Christ, God only sees our wickedness and works that flow from it.
Aug
14
comment How do Calvinists go from “X is Sinful” to “X is unable to accept Christ on his own?”
@Matthew7.7 It's different because what you originally posted is inaccurate. Even what I said isn't quite precise enough. Plenty of people want to search for god, just not the God of the Bible, in all of His majesty and complexity. You can make the same argument from the words of Christ, and such is argued in the works you mention in your post. You're not giving me the feeling that you've read either Luther's or Edwards's works. Why don't you set some time aside and read them and ask questions on what you don't understand?
Aug
14
comment How do Calvinists go from “X is Sinful” to “X is unable to accept Christ on his own?”
@Matthew7.7 That's more accurate. A better logical ordering may be "X is a slave to sin" -> "X is sinful" -> "X has no desire..." Or to remove the "X is sinful" entirely, as it is redundant and adds confusion.