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Just some guy having too many accounts on too many sites (and most of those I can't even remember ;-)


Sep
9
comment Why do Protestants allow contraception?
Yes, this is... semi-off-topic. Semi because the answer makes it clear (and correctly so) that contraception (at least for (evangelical) Protestants) ties into abortion.
Sep
9
comment Why do Protestants allow contraception?
I dispute (personally, the church I attend is almost rabidly anti-abortion) this reading of Psalms 139:13. God is an intricate part... well, he's involved. But that's not the point. What matters is: is this already a human being? "You knit me" means, to me, that I was being created. I wasn't done. So... was I already me? From day/hour 0?
Sep
9
comment Sex outside of marriage is a sin. But what about “less than sex”?
27-28... why leave out 29? Difficult, this one, isn't it? If not, why do you think it isn't?
Sep
9
comment Sex outside of marriage is a sin. But what about “less than sex”?
So, it may be better not to go to church if the service is frequented by (too) many (or any, for that matter) attractive women? Because seeing them may lead to sin? See where this can lead? Like, to ripping out your eye... we all (I hope) would see that as "being crazy" (in the medical sense). But: Jesus said exactly that. Hmmm...
Sep
9
comment How is Lutheran apostolic succession conferred?
A link in the question to what (apostolic succession)[en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostolic_succession] is (supposed to be) would have been nice (no need to use WP, if you prefer some other site, that'd be grand).
Sep
8
comment Is Christianity an experiential practice?
@Peter: ah, common ground: yes, one should not pursue for the feeling, but I posit that you cannot pursue God without the feeling. Or, you cannot know God, know that he does exist, without having felt his touch, at least for a bit. Moments? Days? Years? Not for me to say. But nothing... would be purely intellectual. So... Christianity in the definition of a relationship to the living Christ, has an experiental basis. If that means it's experiental or not... not my call tonight. :D
Sep
8
comment Do we have to obey the laws of the bible? If so, what laws?
@sty You could also, a little more serious, say that God is 42... he is the answer to life, the universe, to... everything. :D
Sep
4
comment What does the bible say about homosexuality?
Oh, what I just remembered: it should be noted that the Bible most of the time only mentions men. So, "all the men" in the story of Sodom need not mean only men.
Sep
3
comment Why is Adam considered the original sinner?
@Caleb: Pre-Fall and Post-Fall. You can smudge them together, if you like. I consider them worlds (somewhat literally) apart. Or: sure, God didn't change. But Man, and thus, the World, did.
Sep
3
comment Is Christianity an experiential practice?
You could claim it's not from a Roman Catholic POV, but Mother Teresa would prove that wrong handily.
Sep
3
comment Is Christianity an experiential practice?
What I'm saying is that it was very much experiental for Mother Teresa. You cannot have a "dry spell" if you don't even know what water is, know what I'm sayin'? No, sure, you don't have to feel Christ every single waking minute, but "not experiental" means experience doesn't play a part at all. And that is what I'm arguing against.
Sep
2
comment Why is Adam considered the original sinner?
@Caleb: Adam wasn't Eve's "head" at that point. Other parts of Scripture are after the Fall, so it's at least debatable how much import they have on this.
Sep
2
comment Is it a sin to get a tattoo?
It's the difference between wanting to draw attention to oneself, and just being in circumstances that draw attention to oneself. Of course, the latter can lead to the former, there is danger here. (You can get hooked on getting the attention, which can lead to craving it)
Sep
1
comment Is it a sin to get a tattoo?
@Richard: getting a prominent job at, say, Google. Or Microsoft. Or... at stackexchange :D Or, like Larry Wall, writing a programming language (that I hate) that helps thousands if not millions? Or Don Knuth? Should he have kept his gifts hidden in order to avoid attention?
Sep
1
comment Why should I choose one particular congregation or denomination?
Which four are very hard to do alone? I only see 2 that are... well, 1 that is impossible alone, fellowship. Another, teaching, is also impossible, or hard, depending (teach to whom?). Service? Again, to whom: if to non-Christians, "easy". Well, possible. Word of God... don't know what that exactly means in context. Worship? No other Christians needed. Sometimes even a hindrance.
Sep
1
comment Why is Adam considered the original sinner?
"authority"? I don't see where Adam got this authority you speak of.
Sep
1
comment What criteria do Catholics use to determine if an old testament character prefigures Mary?
Since, being of a more protestant persuasion, I cannot agree with the "Mary remained a virgin even after birth", I can't accept that example. But the second, the Ark... that is really something! I like it, lots (even, as said, as more of a protestant).
Aug
31
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Aug
31
comment Is Christianity an experiential practice?
I'm really curious who downvoted this, and why.
Aug
31
comment Is Christianity an experiential practice?
Oh, sure, Mother Teresa (sorry for the misspelling before) did not "feel" Christ's presence for 50 years. But oh did she feel. And, before those 50 years? She spoke with Jesus, not to him!