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Christian, dad, and programmer


Jul
11
comment What's the justification for believing that God interacts with us today the same way He did thousands of years ago?
Your analogy (father, child) almost sounds like your suggesting that "humanity" has grown up or matured. This is debatable. It would be difficult to support a claim that human beings, themselves, are fundamentally different, physiologically, from human beings from antiquity. Our societies may appear grown up, but I see nothing about any contemporary society that could not be destroyed or lost within a generation. Is it important to your question that human society be in an, on average, steady incline (however that is measured)?
Jul
11
comment What's the justification for believing that God interacts with us today the same way He did thousands of years ago?
Who claims that God interacts with us in the same way? The Mosaic law is very different from the covenant Jesus made. What's written in the Bible doesn't claim God's interaction is unchanging, does it?
Jul
8
comment What is the reasoning behind the belief that Eve was NOT created on the sixth day?
+1 regarding the naming of the beasts. This is the only salient argument I've ever heard in support of the inference that Genesis 2 either happened later or that the whole account is metaphorical in some way and is not to be taken literally.
Jul
4
comment What does Jesus mean that those that can be trusted on small matters can be trusted in large matter?
How you define "small" is the problem with your illustration. Someone who's untrustworthy will be untrustworthy in many things, big and small, but not necessarily all things. So the man doesn't steal my change. Does he lie? Does he fulfill his promises? Does he behave differently when he thinks people are watching?
Jul
3
comment Tax Deductible Giving, is this unbiblical?
@AlexPaige The questions need to be answerable with some degree of objectivity. In general, asking "What does <group_X> say about this?" or "What is the <group_Y> position of this?" are preferred over "Is <Z> wrong?" You might be able to ask a "What Biblical support is there for <W>?" Among the many goals of the site guidelines is not having a screaming forum, and questions that rely too much on opinion could easily lead to that. I think you only need to reword your question in order for it to be answerable here.
Jun
26
comment Can we tell when the Roman pontiff is speaking “EX CATHEDRA”?
+1 for the examples
Jun
26
comment When does the Pope speak ex cathedra?
You should probably put some substance behind "clearly rejected effectively by current Church teaching especially Vatican Two." The rest of what you've written sounds very reasonable and rational.
Jun
24
comment What is meant by “atheism is a religion”?
No matter what word is used to describe someone who is not an actual agnostic, it seems like it ought to be possible to construct a sound, logical argument demonstrating that asserting even "lack of belief" is, in fact, a positive assertion about something one believes on the matter.
Jun
24
comment What is meant by “atheism is a religion”?
What you've said is a sound lexical analysis and is interesting. Regardless of what the word ought to mean based in its construction, however, the people who use the word as a label (though not uniformly in agreement) might not care if one tells them they are using the wrong word or change their position to conform to proper English construction.
Jun
24
comment What is the basis for the claim that Ezekiel 44 is about Mary the Mother of Jesus?
I agree that some of the messianic prophecies are not obviously references to the messiah. The question becomes: Who decides whether or not something is such a prophecy? As a protestant, I tend to leave those decisions strictly to Jesus and the New Testament authors. Is the Roman Catholic position that the church fathers (including all the popes throughout history, I suppose) have the authority to decide such things?
Jun
24
comment What is the basis for the claim that Ezekiel 44 is about Mary the Mother of Jesus?
I'm not asking about individuals but about the position of the Roman Catholic church. "Because the Pope said so" is, at least, an answer within the context of Roman Catholicism. If the Pope is infallible in matters of doctrine (the RC assumption, yes?) then the pontiff that made the assertion would be a part of a good answer. If he stated his reasoning, that would be even better. If Augustine is the authoritative origin of the idea (according to church leadership), then that would be an answer, too.
Jun
11
comment What is the relation between Christianity and Islam
@AndrewLeach I wasn't strictly drawing lines of distinction between Islam and Christianity with that statement. They do say "God is one" but the intent is that there is only one God. If you ask them what this means they will quickly get to the anti-trinitarian implications.
Jun
9
comment What does it mean that the “The Evil One snatches away what was sown in them.”
It's not about the label you give yourself. Rather, it's what you believe and how that affects the choices you make.
Jun
9
comment What does it mean that the “The Evil One snatches away what was sown in them.”
@gideanmarx Though there is not universal agreement on this point, few people can make any kind of claim that Hitler was anything other than a Christian in name only. He subscribed to Positive Christianity (by no means a Catholic as an adult), a movement largely crafted by like-minded people as opposed to a position arrived at first and believed after. By my reasoning, if Hitler acted like a Christian, Jesus would forgive him, just like the people Hitler had murdered.
Jun
8
comment What does it mean that the “The Evil One snatches away what was sown in them.”
Regarding Pharaoh, this topic has come up before (e.g. God hardens a heart? and Does God control our decisions?) and I cannot adequately address it in a comment. Summarily, I will say that Pharaoh generally had free will.
Jun
8
comment What does it mean that the “The Evil One snatches away what was sown in them.”
@gideonmarx I think it’s fair to say that we really cannot be sure of another’s salvation. God is the judge of such things, and we do not know men’s hearts. To say that most of Hitler’s victims went to Hell (I presume you’re speaking of the Jews he had murdered, though he also had 3+ million non-Jews murdered, too) is more than I could argue. Jesus said, “…the one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have set your hope.” (Jn 5:45 NASB) In the case of the Jews, I couldn’t say with certainty that they were living under the new covenant.
May
19
comment What is the theological justification for my pastor friending gay men on Facebook?
As for dealing with a problem of sin, Jesus does offer some advice/commands.
May
16
comment Why did Christians begin to celebrate other religions holidays?
What is your requirement for something to qualify as a Christian holiday?
May
16
comment A True believer and Drinking Deadly poison | What does test of Mark 16:14-18 mean?
Here's an article about The Ending of Mark.
May
15
comment What is meant by “atheism is a religion”?
@NeilMeyer So why do atheists reject the statement?