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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
6
comment Is prayer an integral part of worshiping, or is it possible to worship without a prayer?
I think this question is far too broad; aside from the lack of doctrinal guidelines (which I personally think is already a fatal flaw). To answer this question, definitions for both "prayer" and "worship" are necessary. Comments on one answer below demonstrate this failing. I also wonder if a better question to get at the OP's intent would be "What role does prayer play in Worship?" This may sound more general (and maybe it is), but it seems to focus less on definitions and requirements... just my 2 cents.
Feb
5
comment Neurotheology and God
I suspect the question you really mean to be asking is: Is Neurotheology compatible with Christianity? And the answer to that question probably depends greatly which Christian tradition you're asking about.
Feb
5
comment Neurotheology and God
In an absolute sense, nothing is a threat to Christianity, at least insofar as Christianity is the true and honest practice of living according to the will and commands of Christ; because in the Christian world view, Christ is King of all creation--including the human brain, human experience, and neurotheology, and those who study it, or who may try to use it to discredit Christianity.
Feb
4
comment What specific foods and drinks are forbidden by the LDS (Mormon) Church?
@MaskedPlant: Many drugs are legally available without a prescription. And even within the realm of prescriptions, those drugs that are "legal" vary; in some localities, greatly. In Mexico you can get all sorts of drugs OTC that in the U.S. require a prescription. And in many places recreational drugs (marijuana especially) are legal. Can a Mormon smoke pot in Denmark? Can a Mormon take viagra in Mexico without a prescription?
Feb
4
comment How far is too far when it comes to drinking alcohol?
@Shredder: I think the historical evidence suggests that the wine used at the time almost certainly contained at least some alcohol. The technology to prevent juice from fermenting really didn't exist. Of course this says nothing about the wine Jesus made, but I know of no reason to think he would have made unfermented wine, but anything is really just conjecture at that point. See this related queestion.
Feb
4
comment What guidelines should be followed using spiritual gifts?
I think this, like the other question, needs to be made much more specific. Teaching, for instance, is listed in the Bible as a spiritual gift, and the answer for that will be quite different, and irrelevant, to the answer for healing, as Mark's answer touches on.
Feb
4
comment How does Christ define a Christian?
The word "Christian" has different meanings in different contexts and to different people. I appreciate that this answer doesn't assume a single definition, but clearly spells out which definition it is explaining. I think the accepted answer is equally valid, but clearly for a different definition of "Christian."
Feb
4
comment What specific foods and drinks are forbidden by the LDS (Mormon) Church?
What is the basis of the "illegal drugs" category? Is that just a withholding of laws, that many/most Christians follow? Or is there something more specific there? I ask simply because what is "illegal" varies widely by locality, so I'm assuming this is a rule against breaking the law, more than against specific drugs.
Feb
4
comment What is the central idea of the Bible?
I cannot find that quote in The Bondage of the Will. And based on the grammar, I'm guessing it's just a poor translation. Can you point me specifically to where that quote is taken from?
Feb
4
comment Does Scientology claim to be Christian?
Sources please.
Jan
24
comment What is the specific meaning of “day” in Genesis 1?
@SoftwareMonkey: That's quite a different debate than the one that the OP was referring to. I also don't think the historical debate has been nearly as much a debate as the current one, and more a matter of discussion and curiosity.
Jan
24
comment What is the specific meaning of “day” in Genesis 1?
@SoftwareMonkey: Even a "literal" interpretation of "Yom" requires a metaphorical interpretation of "evening" and "morning."
Jan
20
comment Do Lutherans have a rebuttal for the Jesus > Religion argument
I don't know why corporate worship should be contradictory with the concept that Jesus is greater than religion.
Jan
19
comment Do Lutherans have a rebuttal for the Jesus > Religion argument
I think this question is assuming part of the answer: That "protestants" have, or want a rebuttal to this idea. I think the better question would be: Does X tradition agree with this idea? And I think the answer is: Some agree, some disagree, and some fall somewhere in the middle. "Protestants" is too broad a group.
Jan
12
comment Has the name “Jesus” ever been used for naming Jewish children since the Savior's incarnation?
Not only does this question seem off-topic, as it's not about Christianity, but it shows a blaring lack of research effort. A simple google search for "Jesus name" shows as the first hit a Wikipedia article with a list of famous people named Jesus.
Jan
11
comment What is the meaning of Psalm 137:9
So I guess your comment about Bible literalism doesn't really relate to the question, it's just an aside, eh?
Jan
11
comment What is the meaning of Psalm 137:9
How and why are you debating Bible literalism that this question even comes up?
Jan
5
comment Can an atheist go to heaven?
Voting to close, as I don't think this question fits the new guidelines. In fact, it probably didn't fit the old guidelines, as it specifically asks for multiple views... in other words, a list question. I think it can be a good question, if the scope is narrowed.
Jan
4
comment Why did the devil tempt Eve first?
I appreciate the update, thanks. :)
Jan
4
comment Why did the devil tempt Eve first?
Unless the Bible or some form of Christianity also has this concept of emanations, it doesn't sound like a very relevant concept here--unless you're supporting a figurative interpretation of Genesis, in which ancient, non-Christian religions may have influenced the formation of the myth.