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I'm a full-time software developer for eFolder, Inc, working remotely. I from Wichita, KS but have been traveling the globe since June, 2013.

I am pro-tem moderator for Spanish Language.


Jun
30
comment What is consumerism and what does the Pope see wrong with it?
@fredsbend: I suspect the answer to "What is consumerism" would render the question "What does the Pope see wrong with it?" obsolete. If not, it shouldn't be difficult for the OP to express their confusion.
Jun
29
comment Are there any non-pacifist traditions that do not allow their members to serve as military chaplains?
Asking for a list of such traditions is likely to be judged off-topic, as it's very open-ended. If you're asking if any traditions exist that prohibit this practice, that would probably be on-topic, as then a single example would suffice.
Jun
26
comment Heard of near death experience to heaven without hell after suicide?
@TheFreemason: Sure. But that's defined then.
Jun
26
comment How do Jehovah's Witnesses understand the essential nature of hell, and how does it differ from that of Seventh-day Adventists?
We cannot answer this question for two reasons. 1) it's a truth question, which is off-topic. 2) It depends on the definition of "hell." Likely, something is real, which Jesus (and others) called "hell" (or other words which are translated to hell in English). What that is is a subject of debate: A place of everlasting torture? A temporary punishment? A state of mind? There are many answers. Most views affirm hell as real, but each also says hell is something completely different from every other.
Jun
26
comment Heard of near death experience to heaven without hell after suicide?
Defining minimum credibility is an ongoing problem here, as what I think is credible may be incredible to the next guy. For this reason, my advice would be to chose one of two possible approaches: 1) Ask for any such stories which are accepted as truth by an established church. Only certain churches even have a system of recognition of such stories (Catholics, perhaps, perhaps LDS), so this would limit the scope of possible answers drastically. 2) Ask for a single published account of such a story. This would serve to prove the concept exists, without becoming a dreaded "list question."
Jun
26
comment Heard of near death experience to heaven without hell after suicide?
The bigger problem I see, is that your question is asking for the absolute minimum possible credibility: hearsay. While this alone doesn't make the question off-topic, it does, at least in my opinion, make it completely uninteresting. I may have heard of NDEs of those who visited heaven (in fact, I have), but my having heard about it doesn't make it true, or even likely to be true. What I think would be far more interesting (to everyone, hopefully including to you) would be to ask if there are any such stories with a certain credibility...
Jun
26
comment Heard of near death experience to heaven without hell after suicide?
Welcome to our site. As your question is worded, it's not an especially strong question. First, it's worded as a poll question. "I've heard of X, have you heard of Y?" Which means literally every person could answer the question with a "yes" or a "no"--not very interesting. Although that particular issue is fairly easy to resolve with some simple rewording.
Jun
25
comment How do Christians reconcile archeology with the Bible in the account of the Battle of Jericho?
Thanks for the thorough answer, covering various perspectives. I think my question was probably "too broad" as I worded it (and I would normally VtC as such), but your answer proves that it's reasonable to answer just the same. Thanks a lot!
Jun
23
comment Could a lowborn during the middle ages read the bible?
@MattGutting: The permission aspect, within the context of the church, may be on-topic here. Access is more a question of literacy, and the availability of written materials, which is more historical, IMO.
Jun
23
comment Could a lowborn during the middle ages read the bible?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is not about Christianity, but rather about historical literacy. History.SE would be a better place to ask.
Jun
22
comment What is consumerism and what does the Pope see wrong with it?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it can be answered by a dictionary or encyclopedia.
Jun
22
comment Which, if any, Protestant bodies affirm punishment in the afterlife for the unrighteous prior to the general resurrection and the Day of the Lord?
Your title seems like a reasonable question, but then you ask 4 more distinct questions in your closing paragraph, which don't fit at all into the "Do any denominations believe this?" format. What do you actually want us to answer?
Jun
22
comment Born of water and of the Spirit
Are you simply asking where were each of the disciples baptized?
Jun
15
comment What religious beliefs did the Galatians hold when Paul first preached the gospel to them?
"Pagan" has multiple meanings. Traditionally, it means certain forms of polytheistic spirit worship. Now days it often means "anyone who's not part of a major religion." Which sense are you asking about?
Jun
15
comment Does Catholicism have a notion of “the God in me”?
Catholics certainly believe in the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, in some sense or another.
Jun
15
comment Luke 10:18 Satan's Name?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is about Biblical Hermeneutics
Jun
11
comment Drawing of a Christian helping his own assailant
@Andrew: I think you do mean to nitpick. It's also not a lithograph. It's a JPEG file representing an image, which was scanned, likely from a lithographic reproduction of a drawing.
May
22
comment Why would God permit divorce because of Israel's “hardness of heart”?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is about God's motives.
Apr
27
comment Why do people say the holy spirit is a spirit?
So your question is: "Why does the English language refer to spirits as people, rather than objects?" Seems pretty clearly off-topic.
Apr
25
comment Was Mohammed a Christian?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is about the history of Islam.