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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.


Feb
13
comment Does the Bible condemn white lies?
False witness is a specific legal term. See more about it here, but in short, that commandment says nothing about lying to protect yourself, or pathological lying, or lying to keep a birthday party a surprise, etc. It is specifically talking about lying in court, to convict someone unjustly, or to let someone off unjustly. (Please note I'm not advocating self-preserving lying or pathological lying; a strong case can still be made against those from a Biblical standpoint; just not based on that partverse.)
Feb
13
comment Does the Bible condemn white lies?
What is your justification that lying is certainly bearing false witness? My understanding is that the phrasing to "bear false witness" is legal terminology in the original language (it sure sounds that way in English, too), which seems to make the context both broader and narrower than strictly "lying." That is to say, it is possible to bear false witness without telling a "lie"--and the more relevant point, I think it is also possible to lie without "bearing false witness."
Feb
13
comment Does the Bible condemn white lies?
@DavidStratton: There's also no evidence in those verses that I see that God condemned their behavior. And given that the commandment is not to bear false witness, and not to "tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth," I think there's still a burden of proof on anyone who says lying is always wrong.
Feb
13
comment Does the Bible condemn white lies?
The only time I've ever heard any Christian defend lying was in the context of protecting the innocent. The typical example is the "I have Jews in my attic when the Nazis knock on the door" scenario. But Pharaoh’s daughter lying about the identity of Moses to protect him is a Biblical example where God apparently approved of lying. And in neither of these cases would I call such a lie a "white lie."
Feb
12
comment Is a “skeptical viewpoint” more objective than “Christian viewpoint” in matters of theology?
This sounds more like a question of philosophy or logic, than one of Christianity.
Feb
11
comment Supernatural beings in the Bible?
@Narnian: I'm not sure we can assume that all created beings are bound by time, either (maybe that's true, but I'd want to see a reference).
Feb
11
comment Supernatural beings in the Bible?
Do you have a source for "even angels and demons seem to exist within the physical universe?" Because my immediate impression is that in the Bible they (normally) do not inhabit our physical universe, but only in special circumstances are they within our physical realm.
Feb
11
comment Can we know anything about Jesus' appearance from the Bible?
Related: christianity.stackexchange.com/q/4819/20
Feb
9
comment Why are there inconsistencies in the New Testament?
I think this is a good question, so I upvoted it... but I'm also VtCing it becuase, as @Narnian said, it really needs to be split up.
Feb
9
comment How did Noah preserve fresh water fish?
I think some are getting hung up on the point of how Noah preserved fresh water fish. I think the heart of the question is: How did fresh water fish survive the flood?, regardless of whether Noah played any role. Am I correct, @rpeg?
Feb
8
comment End of the world “calculations”
Actually, Harold Camping predicted the world would end in October, 2011. May was his prediction for the rapture. Not that it really matters; both were clearly wrong.
Feb
7
comment Is/will there be time in heaven?
Don't angels exist beyond matter, and normally beyond space (at least beyond the 3 space dimensions we're most familiar with)? I have no idea if they exist beyond time...
Feb
7
comment Do those who pray to saints ascribe to them the quality of being able to hear many people at once?
It's easy to demonstrate that God exists outside of time, since according to a Christian world view, God created time. But that doesn't necessarily extend to Heaven, which God also created. We do know that heaven is "eternal," but that is also not the same as "without time." I've asked this question.
Feb
7
comment Why does Judaism celebrate Sabbath on Saturday and most Christians celebrate Sabbath on Sunday?
@MikeRiess: It addresses that, too. :) Christians traditionally celebrate on Sundays because this is the day Christ was raised from the grave.
Feb
7
comment Is there a way to prove the God of the Bible?
It is possible to demonstrate that the God of the bible is logical (either from a scientific or philosophical standpoint), however that's not the same as proving He exists. I can prove that an invisible giant rabbit is logical (by coming up with an explanation for how he's invisible, what genetic mutations made him giant, etc), but that doesn't prove he exists. It just proves I'm a science fiction writer. I think you've asked two completely unrelated questions here.
Feb
7
comment Why does Judaism celebrate Sabbath on Saturday and most Christians celebrate Sabbath on Sunday?
@MikeRiess: You're missing the point. "Sabbath" has a very specific meaning in Jewish culture (where the term came from, so they ought to know), which Christians by and large do not recognize. In that sense, Christians don't celebrate the Sabbath at all--even when they worship on Saturday. And in the sense that Christians do celebrate the Sabbath (by simply having a day of rest), they sometimes do call Sunday the Sabbath, but my answer already addressed that point.
Feb
7
comment Why does Judaism celebrate Sabbath on Saturday and most Christians celebrate Sabbath on Sunday?
@MikeRiess: Sunday is not the Sabbath. That's the whole point of the post.
Feb
7
comment How is Christian worship different than Christian religion?
@PeterTurner: That sounds to me like a valid point; marriage predates religion in the Bible, as religion (which at the core means to re-join--man with God in the Christian world view), by definition, cannot exist before the fall.
Feb
6
comment What non-Catholic Christian groups existed in Western Europe during the Middle Ages?
I disagree with your assertion that it is "almost always incorrect." The meaning (at least in this context) is unambiguous, and the same as your CE. Just the same, I'll leave your answer alone. :)
Feb
6
comment Are there analogues to the Mormon/LDS high school seminary in other Christian denominations?
Many private Christian and Catholic schools offer the same sort of thing for enrolled students.