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I'm a full-time software developer, working from home for a company in Atlanta, GA. I am from the USA, although I am currently traveling the world, working remotely, and learning new things.


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comment What is the justification for applying God's promises to Israel to modern day Christians?
@bruisedreed: The title offered an objective question, and I have edited the body to match. Do you think it's a better fit now?
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comment Do Christian concepts of fellowship allow for a congregation to welcome atheists to participate in their community?
On a more personal level, practically any Christian church ought to welcome non-believers and even atheists. Sharing our community with others, that they may see the love of Christ and come to their own faith, is one of the most important aspects of Christianity. However, there are groups of Christians which differ in this view, and unfortunately may be more hostile to non-believers.
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comment Do Christian concepts of fellowship allow for a congregation to welcome atheists to participate in their community?
In the current form, this question isn't really answerable here. We don't answer truth questions. This could also be seen as a pastoral advice question, which we don't answer, either. For an academic answer, you could change it to ask whether a specific Christian denomination permits non-believers to attend, but I suspect you aren't really looking for an academic answer.
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comment What is the justification for applying God's promises to Israel to modern day Christians?
I have edited your question to match your title--and to make the question on-topic. Asking if we are justified is a truth question which we can't answer, but asking what justification is used is an academic question which we can answer.
Jul
19
comment To a YEC, how does a metaphorical interpretation of Genesis 1-3 distort the gospel?
Thanks. Why that is essential in YEC theology might be worthy of a separate question.
Jul
19
comment To a YEC, how does a metaphorical interpretation of Genesis 1-3 distort the gospel?
I think this may be the best answer. Naturally, I disagree with the conclusion, but I think it may well be the best at explaining how YECs view the issue.
Jul
19
comment To a YEC, how does a metaphorical interpretation of Genesis 1-3 distort the gospel?
So this assumes that "death" in Genesis and Romans, means physical death, right? (A view that non-YECs obviously don't agree with)
Jul
19
comment When did the concept of “wine is grape juice” originate?
@MarkEdward: Alright... I thought it was a sarcastic comment originally, as "grape juice" has existed since the time the first dinosaur accidentally stepped on a grape... but if you limit your statement to pasteurized grape juice, it makes more sense.
Jul
19
comment To a YEC, how does a metaphorical interpretation of Genesis 1-3 distort the gospel?
I offer this link, again, not for the purpose of soliciting debate, but to point out that there are good answers to the "where does one draw a line between metaphor and literal?" and moreover to address your last paragraph--that there is a well-reasoned "why" answer to the creation account. bible.org/article/…
Jul
19
comment To a YEC, how does a metaphorical interpretation of Genesis 1-3 distort the gospel?
Your last paragraph also seems to be an argument out of ignorance... "I haven't heard a compelling argument" isn't the same as "There isn't a compelling argument," and is even farther from "My argument is rock-solid."
Jul
19
comment To a YEC, how does a metaphorical interpretation of Genesis 1-3 distort the gospel?
Thanks for answering. I comment, not to start a discussion/argument, but to make sure that your answer is as sharp as it can be. I see what seem (to me) to be blaring weaknesses in your answer. Your answer may address the crux of the issue, but it hinges on a lot of unsupported opinion. Specifically there is not a clear place to draw the line as to which parts of the Bible are metaphorical & The Genesis account has the style of a literal narrative Naturally I disagree with both of these points, and believe I can make strong cases against both of them (as could probably any studied non-YEC)
Jul
19
comment When did the concept of “wine is grape juice” originate?
@MarkEdward: Is your comment meant to be sarcastic? Or did you mean that Welch was the first to pasteurize grape juice?
Jul
19
comment Are there any credible writings that demonize redheads?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is is not about Christianity. History.SE might be a better place to ask about the historical persecution of redheads.
Jul
18
comment Why do Young-Earth Creationists make such a big deal about the YEC view
I see... interesting. I guess I can see your point. :)
Jul
18
comment What is unique about Christianity?
I like this answer, and I'm up-voting it, but it would be much improved if you could add some additional context, explaining what it means. (I know what it means, because I'm familiar with Lewis's quote, but not everyone will know).
Jul
18
comment Why do Young-Earth Creationists make such a big deal about the YEC view
OECs (generally) consider scripture to be just as trust worthy as YECs do. The disagreement isn't in scripture's authority or trustworthiness, the disagreement is one of literary genres. To pretend the debate is about trustworthiness is to either ignore (likely unintentionally) the true issue at hand, or a straw man (and effectively is both).
Jul
18
comment To a YEC, how does a metaphorical interpretation of Genesis 1-3 distort the gospel?
@DavidStratton: It's related, thanks for linking to that question--I hadn't seen it before. But I don't think it's a duplicate. The accepted answer doesn't talk about salvation at all, and your answer only touches on the topic, when it talks about Jesus' treatment of the creation account.
Jul
18
comment What is the current relevance of Arianism?
I think this answer, and especially the definition of "Arianism" requires references. Arian himself held that Christ is divine.
Jul
18
comment What is the oldest existing copy of Genesis?
Are you interested in the oldest complete manuscript, or would a partial manuscript satisfy your curiosity?
Jul
18
comment Do Calvinism and Arminianism cover all Christian doctrines?
The problem with this question is perhaps made obvious if one considers that both Calvinism and Arminianism affirm Christ as the savior. So to find a belief system that rejects all points of both means to find a non-Christian belief system. If that's really what you want, the question is off-topic here. I suspect that's not really what you want.