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Christian, dad, and programmer


Feb
26
comment How do Trinitarians explain verses where Jesus claims to have a God?
@user1361315 When Jesus says, "Before Abraham was, I am," (Jn 8:58-59) he is equating himself with God. The Jews understood this very well, because they picked up stones to kill him for blasphemy.
Feb
24
comment Did Hosea love Gomer the prostitute?
@waxeagle I disagree that only sex is meant by this statement. What God puts Hosea through is precisely analogous to what God did for Israel even though they forsook their covenant relationship with him to serve other gods. Love here is about a continual choice, not just a one-time act. "Go and love your wife again" means "take her back."
Feb
23
comment Are there female devils cited in scriptures?
Perhaps humans could be described as incomplete in the sense that they have gender, whereas spiritual beings are not similarly incomplete. The do not need gender, hence there is no complimentary type/gender for them.
Feb
22
comment Are there female devils cited in scriptures?
God the father is never said to have a physical body. Jesus was alive before he had a physical body. The serpent mentioned in Genesis 3 isn't seen again. The fact that these spirits have appeared in physical form does not mean that they are confined to a physical body. Jesus is exceptional in this regard because of the unique nature of his earthly mission.
Feb
18
comment Can Christians be judges
@EliasVanOotegem I think it would be fine to discuss it there. It just wasn't the main thrust of this question (though you did bring it up).
Feb
18
comment Can Christians be judges
@EliasVanOotegem This question addresses capital punishment. Even though an answer's been accepted, it might still be better to discuss this topic there.
Feb
18
comment In which denominations do people consider Mary, mother of Jesus, to be the “Second Eve”?
I see numerous references to this idea in (Roman) Catholicism (if that counts as a denomination). Google doesn't turn up a hit on this idea (for me) that isn't Catholic. It seems a lot of what Catholicism teaches about Mary stem from the need for her to be sinless (at least until Jesus' birth), because otherwise Jesus would have inherited a sinful nature and not been perfect and sinless. (I apologize to adherents to this idea if my summary is inaccurate—it's not an answer to the question.)
Feb
17
comment Can Christians be judges
@EliasVanOotegem What arguments do you have for the assertion that capital punishment is wrong (for a Christian)?
Feb
15
comment Why did Jesus physically throw out the money changers instead of winning the argument with reason?
@rhetorician I would say that zeal can lead to anger. If a person were zealous, that would be a reason to get angry when something happens against the thing for which he is zealous.
Feb
14
comment Can I project more than 500 verses of Scripture over the course of a year? Or, an entire book of the Bible?
My primary goal is to act with a clean conscience. Am I depriving someone of money they have a right to expect? Am I acting within the spirit of requirements? (Often, this is the only guidance I have because the details can be extremely difficult to understand, and, in America, can be fluid until a judge sets a precedent.) If you're not depriving someone of money and you're acting reasonably, you have a fair chance at not being spanked. If you're depriving them of something they have a legal right to expect, then caution should be the watchword.
Feb
13
comment Why did Jesus physically throw out the money changers instead of winning the argument with reason?
+1 reason vs. judgment
Feb
13
comment Is there any holy language for Christians according to words of Jesus Christ and the apostles?
I don't know that most of these groups (Islam might be the only exception I can think of) think that the language itself is especially holy. The other groups just have their literature written in a particular language, and so attempt to study it so that they can correctly interpret their sacred texts.
Feb
12
comment When did the African-American population become Christian?
@AffableGeek I only said it was conceivable, not that it was probable. I don't have any sources in my head that say one way or the other about what the slaves believed. West Africa is not known for is historic Christian heritage, but I don't actually know anything.
Feb
12
comment Was removing one's shoes a special sign of respect?
@CecilBeckum Were you expecting an undisputable answer? It seems like such a thing does not exist.
Feb
12
comment When did the African-American population become Christian?
It's conceivable that some of the slaves could have been Christian when they arrived. There have been Christians in Africa for almost as long as there have been Christians. Ethiopia has been "officially" Christian since 330 A.D., though I don't know that west Africa has the same kind of heritage. This map says where some slaves came from, but does not suggest quantities, AFAICT.
Feb
12
comment Which Mormon doctrines does the Bible accually teach against?
Feel free to state why you are downvoting this answer. At least I'll learn how not to offend people when I'm trying to avoid it.
Feb
12
comment Was removing one's shoes a special sign of respect?
Naturally, what I'm offering is speculation. It's a story that (I think) fits the facts, but I can offer no proof of its validity.
Feb
12
comment Was removing one's shoes a special sign of respect?
@CecilBeckum If there weren't inherent shame (due to the fall) in being naked in public, it's conceivable that God would have wanted this. The things I've listed are all starting with things as God made them, and humans are no longer as God originally made them.
Feb
12
comment Does Paul ever actually quote Jesus anywhere?
If Paul wrote Hebrews, he authored 51.85% of the books but only 29.38% of the verses and 31.60% of the words (English translation) of NT. The numbers are closer to one fourth if he didn't write Hebrews. You were probably just using 50% for emphasis, but that number is artificially high because he wrote a lot of short letters. It doesn't take into account the gospels, Acts, or Revelation.
Feb
12
comment Is there a concept of Christian State in Christianity?
"Separation of Church and State" is not a (U.S.) Constitutional concept at all. The first amendment only prohibits the federal government from establishing a "national" religion or preventing anyone from the free exercise of religion.