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My name is Andrew Fallows - I hold a B.S. in Software Engineering from RIT. Currently on the job just outside Philadelphia. Particular areas of interest are programming languages and personal productivity, but I'm still very much in "learn everything, try anything once" mode when it comes to technology.

If you see the name 'kaldrenon' somewhere on the internet, odds are good it's me!


Jan
20
comment Are there Christian denominations that are beginning a discussion about the fact that Jesus was really the son of God?
Could you please cite examples of Christ's teaching which could be used to imply that there is no God? This is a very, very uncommon position among people to identify as Christian.
Jul
9
comment Why are Protestants from the Church of England allowed to divorce?
+1 for differentiating between the church's recognition of the spiritual effect of marriage and the legal rights that accompany it.
Jul
9
comment Why are Protestants from the Church of England allowed to divorce?
This is sufficient to explain why some denominations allow divorce in the case of adultery, but would you be able to add information about why some churches allow divorce in other cases, if any do?
Jun
26
comment Knowledge of your sin
Related to the analogies (but less to the main point, perhaps) is the Allegory of the cave, worth a read.
May
18
comment Biblical support for why something is a sin?
@Flimzy - I did consider breaking it into three questions. However, the first two questions are very closely related, and the third is actually a bit off topic for this site (as I understand it), so I felt it better to keep them together.
May
17
comment Biblical support for why something is a sin?
@DanAndrews Maybe I should edit the post to clarify this, but when I say commandments I don't just mean the 10 Commandments (with a capital C), I mean any command, instruction, prohibition, etc. And I am asking about whether the reasoning behind the command is present in the Bible at all.
Apr
23
comment Does Christianity give a reason for life experiences, such as in Hinduism?
One of my favorite quotes of late comes from a song by Relient K: "But the beauty of grace is that it makes life not fair."
Apr
16
comment What's the deal with oil?
@MarcGravell That's a good point - I debated leaving that line in, and considered expanding on it as well. To elaborate, I think that part of the purpose God (and Moses) had in requiring oil in sacrifices, rituals, and donations was to remind the Jews that they owed all they had to God. Just as sacrifices called for animals without blemish (give your best instead of your worst), the oil was a meaningful sacrifice. Though the showing off of wealth became the motive for many in Jesus' day, I was thinking in other terms.
Apr
12
comment Why did Jesus tell His disciples to buy a sword?
@Wikis I don't personally think that Jesus committed a crime, and I don't think that carrying swords was an inherently criminal act in that time. But Jesus knew that appearance would matter. If he were standing there unarmed, surrounded by unarmed followers, peacefully being arrested without hesitation, it may have made the guards think, "Are you sure this is the guy we want?" If they had doubted the chief priests, Jesus might not have been arrested, but he knew that it had to happen.
Apr
12
comment Why did Jesus tell His disciples to buy a sword?
+1 very similar to an answer I was about to give, which would seem redundant now. A good summary of the above: That particular night, Jesus wanted his followers to have weapons so that they would fit the bill of the dangerous, rebellious group that opponents thought they were. He did not want the soldiers who came to hesitate in arresting him.
Apr
9
comment Why did they choose Barabbas?
This is a good point, thanks for adding it. I am sure many people were thrilled when Jesus arrived and very confused when they realized he wasn't coming to take up arms.
Apr
9
comment How can the logical impossibility of infinite self reference be reconciled in the case of God?
Regarding your first edit, I feel that there's a flaw in this argument. It seems like you're saying "If there is an all-powerful God, such a being must exist within the scope of current human understanding." I find this assertion to be incompatible with the definition of all-powerful. I would be willing to argue that if God does in fact need to conform to human logic then he is not all-powerful.
Apr
9
comment How can the logical impossibility of infinite self reference be reconciled in the case of God?
I agree with @SanJacinto that this question doesn't merit down-voting. I do agree, as others have said, that the logical contradiction you're using right now isn't very effective for representing the thing you're really driving at, but I would love to see the inquiry get refined so that the question can be better addressed.
Apr
8
comment Why did they choose Barabbas?
@Jay An excellent point, and I agree. I suspect that in this particular, emotional situation, the chief priests were more anti-Jesus than pro-Barabbas, and that was the root of their motive.
Apr
6
comment Why did they choose Barabbas?
They were definitely both rebels, but they were rebelling against very different things.
Apr
6
comment How come Easter is associated with Eggs, Bunnies and Flowers?
@MarcGravell Fair enough - I didn't post as a separate answer for similar reasons, but I considered it worth including to the conversation.
Apr
6
comment How come Easter is associated with Eggs, Bunnies and Flowers?
See also en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4%92ostre - the name of a Germanic pagan goddess who was associated with many of these things. Section 3 of that page is especially relevant.
Apr
6
comment Why isn't God mentioned in Esther?
To expand on the answer to 2 and your elaboration, @ThomasShields, one could reason that if the book just said 'God did it,' then people would say 'Oh, well, fine then,' but if the book says 'Mordecai and Esther fasted and prayed fervently, and what they hoped for came about,' then people will say, "Perhaps this God of theirs really listens to prayer." Leading a conclusion but letting people make it themselves is a powerful persuasive tool.
Apr
5
comment What is the basis for Systematic Expository Preaching?
Not enough for its own answer, but consider Joshua 8:30-35 as possible Scriptural precedent (albeit not mandate) for this practice. biblia.com/books/esv/Jos8.30-35
Apr
5
comment How does Absalom's death foreshadow Christ?
I actually think the number of differences you list is what makes comparison between the two men interesting. As Thomas points out in his self-answer, it is intriguing because they have many similarities and also have many differences which are almost directly opposite. There is, of course, the question of whether these interesting comparisons are significant theologically, and my gut feeling is that they aren't, but it's still engaging on a literary level.