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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.


Dec
30
comment Is there biblical evidence of “cavemen”?
@AffableGeek: The OEC view on Genesis 5 is that while it may be literal, that has no bearing on the age of the Earth, but only on age of the human race. I don't think it's really possible to discuss the age of the earth without some discussion of Genesis 1/2.
Dec
30
comment Is there biblical evidence of “cavemen”?
I hope you will agree those items (while clearly not conclusive) do count as "Biblical evidence" :)
Dec
30
comment Is there biblical evidence of “cavemen”?
You can see a (very superficial) summary of a few in this answer of mine.
Dec
30
comment Is there biblical evidence of “cavemen”?
there cannot be a "biblical" old earth creationist stance. This is simply untrue. There is plenty of Biblical evidence (according to OECs, and TEs) that Genesis (specifically chapter 1) are not intended to be taken literally. Furthermore, calling a literal reading of Genesis 1 the "plain reading" is, I believe, doing it a huge disservice. This "plain reading" wasn't even considered as a possible interpretation (at least not by any serious Bible scholars or theologians) until the last 150 years. If this was the "plain" reading, surely it would have a longer history than this.
Dec
30
comment How to define an independent interference by God?
I think identifying a "good and perfect gift" often is difficult. Often we do not receive what we want, but rather what we need. In those situations our emotions often make a good and perfect gift appear less than good or perfect. The Bible also tells us that God works all things for the good of those who love the Lord; even things that appear tragic or otherwise "bad," God can turn into "good and perfect gifts."
Dec
29
comment How to define an independent interference by God?
What would true, independent interpersonal interference 'look' like? How do you know your father (or mother, or spouse, or best friend) treats you they way they do because they love you, and not strictly out of random chance? Every interaction with a loved one 1) can be explained to be a rather unlikely event, but still not proof of love, and 2) is only real to one person.
Dec
28
comment Is the age of the earth in the Bible?
Good answer; and thanks for pointing out some of the common alternate interpretations!
Dec
27
comment Why would God create beings with the capacity to sin?
@JohannesSchaub-litb: I think most would say the trinity is beyond understanding; not that it actually contradicts logic. There's a very big difference between those two concepts.
Dec
25
comment What is the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit?
@JohannesSchaub-litb: "On a global basis?" I'm not sure precisely what you mean. It seems to me that the Son is the part of the trinity that was "most limited" in the old testament (although there are some who believe even he appeared on some occasions).
Dec
25
comment What is the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit was "within reach" throughout the old testament. It was just on a more limited basis. In fact, the Holy Spirit is mentioned as early as the second verse of the Bible. The Holy Spirit also interacted directly with people on multiple occasions in the OT. And the fact that Matthew 12:31 describes events that took place prior to Pentecost suggests that Jesus believed that blasphemy of the holy spirit was at least a concept worth teaching about prior to Pentecost.
Dec
25
comment What is the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit?
@JohannesSchaub-litb: Granted. But that doesn't answer the question.
Dec
25
comment What is the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit?
Why can this sin only be committed after Pentecost? Every doctrine I know of on this topic would say that Satan committed blasphemy of the holy spirit, which clearly happened prior to Pentecost.
Dec
25
comment Does my monk go to heaven?
Grace is what allows us to enter heaven, despite us having earned hell.
Dec
24
comment Does my monk go to heaven?
Well, you're right in that everyone has earned that fate. Of course the message of Christianity is that God has intervened to save us from hell.
Dec
24
comment Does my monk go to heaven?
Even so, every person on earth has sinned, according to the Bible.
Dec
24
comment Does my monk go to heaven?
has lived a good life, and not sinned by our definition. Which definition is this? Clearly not a Biblical one...
Dec
24
comment Can a human ever be happy in the afterlife while not loving God?
I think this question depends a lot on your definition of "happiness." Some people, in this world, are "happy" when they cause other people pain. That is to say, they experience pleasure by causing suffering. If this is your definition of happiness, then I would argue that some (perhaps even most or all) people may be temporarily "happy" in hell. However we are often referring to an "inner contentment/joy" when we talk about happiness on a more philosophical level. And in this sense, I do not believe anyone in hell can ever be "happy."
Dec
18
comment Is civil divorce OK for Catholics, are there mitigating circumstances?
I don't think Malachi 2:16 proves that "forming their conscience" to divorce is the same as "the very heart of sin." I think a strong case can be made that God hates capital punishment, too; but He still commands it certain cases. In other words, just because God hates something does not necessarily mean it is always sin.
Dec
15
comment Where did angels get their wings?
It doesn't actually say this, but Luke 2:13 refers to "heavenly hosts" which are often depicted as "floating in the air above the shepherds" (although according to the scripture, they could just as easily have been standing or lying on the ground, or climbing trees). But if they were in the air (as "heavenly hosts" might naturally be), they clearly need wings to stay there, right?! :)
Dec
15
comment Where did angels get their wings?
Everyone knows that angels get their wings when a bell rings!