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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.


Oct
20
comment Did Abraham, David and Solomon think having many wives was sin?
Related: christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/128/…
Oct
19
comment If one divorces is it considered adultery to marry again no matter what the circumstances were for this decision?
The other interpretation I'm familiar with, is that Jesus is saying that "If you divorce your wife, you're forcing her to commit adultery. If she has already committed adultery, though, then you can't be held responsible for this." One possible application being that even in cases of adultery, divorce is wrong. Other translations make this interpretation more plausible. I'm not saying I agree with this interpretation, just that I think there's room for it.
Oct
19
comment If one divorces is it considered adultery to marry again no matter what the circumstances were for this decision?
@Narnian: "It seems clear" isn't really a good argument here, as we've established in some other cases, when there are clearly alternate interpretations of that exact passage.
Oct
19
comment Are Jehovah's Witnesses allowed to marry outside the faith?
@JamesBlack: Thanks for the update.
Oct
18
comment How to handle a wife according to the bible?
This is a great question, unfortunately I don't think it fits well with this site's format. You seem to be seeking general pastoral advice. I strongly suggest you speak to your local pastor or other church elders or counselors for advice in your specific situation. For specific principles on how to respond to a non-believing wife, or in-laws, etc, I'm sure you could come up with a question well suited for this site.
Oct
18
comment Which denominations are considered mainstream in the UK?
This sounds like a list question. Furthermore, as @DJClayworth points out, 'mainstream' is a very subjective word. I have to VtC as not-constructive.
Oct
18
comment Are Jehovah's Witnesses allowed to marry outside the faith?
@JamesBlack: Have a source for "they won't be too forthcoming?" Answers here should be factual, not opinion.
Oct
17
comment Does 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 assume Christian pacifism?
@Narnian: Thanks for the update :)
Oct
17
comment Does 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 assume Christian pacifism?
A reference for "we are bound to submit to the authority of our governments" at minimum. As it's written now, it just sounds like your personal opinion. (I know it's not--but the casual reader won't know the difference)
Oct
16
comment Believers will judge the world and also, the angels?
This would be a much better answer with some sources.
Oct
16
comment Does the passage in Luke 9:49-50 support the diversity of denominations?
This seems to me like reading a specific interpretation into the scripture. I think it would be more productive to ask simply "What does this verse mean?"
Oct
15
comment Is violence against LGBT people warranted by scripture?
Good... can you update the answer with references to those?
Oct
15
comment Why does the LDS church (Mormon) put so much more emphasis on the family than most other denominations do?
Catholics (at least in many countries) put a very strong emphasis on family, too... although I believe the emphasis is a bit different.
Oct
15
comment Is violence against LGBT people warranted by scripture?
Can you provide a source for your opening statement? And maybe specific references to your other points (violence as punishment by government, etc)
Oct
15
comment What is the Calvinist view of God's sovereignty?
An interesting answer, but I note the word 'sovereignty' doesn't show up even once in your answer--and that's what the question is all about. Can you tie this back to the actual question some how?
Oct
14
comment To what extent did Isaiah understand his own prophecies?
I don't have an answer to my question. That doesn't mean I can't be critical when considering others' answers, though. But even if I did have an answer, that also doesn't preclude me from asking. The FAQ even encourages this sort of behavior--and in the past I have asked questions I knew the answer to.
Oct
14
comment To what extent did Isaiah understand his own prophecies?
@jcaffee: It seems to me that the absence of the word 'Messiah' is important, but unrelated to 2 Peter 1:20. My point of looking up the online commentaries was not to form an authoritative answer, but to see if there is a consensus (as you imply there ought to be), or if there is indeed a diversity of opinion.
Oct
14
comment To what extent did Isaiah understand his own prophecies?
I suggest reading this meta post though.
Oct
14
comment To what extent did Isaiah understand his own prophecies?
I guess you missed my point. I agree the verse says that the prophet's interpretation is now how the prophecies came about. But that does NOT mean that the prophet does not understand his prophecy. I can prophesy something from the Lord that comes from the Lord, but that doesn't mean I can't understand it.
Oct
14
comment To what extent did Isaiah understand his own prophecies?
FWIW, the commentaries I've found so far online (1 ,2) seem to agree with my interpretation--that it means God is the source of the prophecy, and not the prophet himself--and that the verse says nothing of whether the prophets understood their own prophecy. I've also found several other interpretations mentioned (Bible interprets itself, no interpretation is better than another, etc) but none that seem to agree with your answer yet.