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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
10
comment What does Revelation 6:12 mean?
1) Revelation is very metaphorical. 2) There are solar eclipses "all the time", but they don't stop the seasons. 3) I really have no idea what Revelation 6:12 is talking about :)
Oct
10
comment Why did Jesus protest before performing his first miracle?
The "plain reading" of much of scripture is what has lead to much heartache--the Jews are still waiting for a Messiah who fulfills a "plain reading" of scripture. I think we know that Jesus often spoke in ways that were intentionally unclear to certain people.
Oct
10
comment What is unique about Christianity?
@Sklivvz: Are you suggesting this is a list question?
Oct
10
comment What is unique about Christianity?
That seems like a pretty weak distinction... at any rate, it's nothing close to a "fundamental difference" I'm looking for in this questions.
Oct
10
comment What is unique about Christianity?
The wikipedia article on the Golden Rule mentions 15 other religions (14 if you down't count Judaism) that also have some form of the Golden rule, as distinct from the Silver rule.
Oct
10
comment What is unique about Christianity?
I know that's your point. I'm saying that the Islam and Taoist quotes you linked to don't support your point. They're about doing good, not just about avoiding bad.
Oct
10
comment What is unique about Christianity?
The Taoism and Islam quotes at that page sound a lot more like "Do to others as you would have them do unto you" than "Don't do to others what you don't want them to do."
Oct
10
comment What is unique about Christianity?
Which religions are you referring to that say don't do to others what you don't want them to do?
Oct
10
comment Is it easy to live a Christian life?
I think the theme throughout most of the Bible, and especially the NT, is that it is very DIFFICULT to live according to the gospel... but that it's worth it.
Oct
9
comment What is unique about Christianity?
@JamesBlack: If the message is some how fundamentally unique, too, that's fine... I'd be curious to see answers from both angles.
Oct
8
comment Is prayer to Jesus required for salvation?
A logical analogy would be "Those who follow a map will not get lost, but arrive on time." We cannot assume from this statement that everyone who does not read the map will get lost. There may be other ways to avoid getting lost.
Oct
8
comment Is prayer to Jesus required for salvation?
No, it doesn't mean that. "Those who believe, will not perish." It says nothing of those who do not believe, except that one possibility is that they will perish. To see what happens to those who do not believe, we must look to other verses.
Oct
8
comment How do Christians explain commonalities between their religion, other major faiths and obscure isolated tribal belief systems?
I'm not sure the point of "which is normally decided by their parents' faith, or the country and culture they are born in to" phrase... Is that really relevant to your question? It sounds a tad argumentative...
Oct
8
comment Is prayer to Jesus required for salvation?
@brolliant: You completely missed my point.
Oct
7
comment Is prayer to Jesus required for salvation?
@brilliant John 3:16 (and the others) doesn't draw that line. It says "Whoever believes...will have eternal life." It doesn't say the inverse: "Whoever does not believe will not have eternal life."
Oct
7
comment Is prayer to Jesus required for salvation?
I agree that hearing things about Jesus greatly adds to a person's accountability. But where to draw the line? If a person has only heard the name "Jesus" in the context of a swear, is that sufficient to be accountable? What if they've only heard that Jesus was a Rabi? What if they read tomes on Jesus, but from an anti-Christian standpoint, and have never heard the true story? My point is, there's either a magic line where someone's knowledge of Christ is sufficient, or there isn't. Since the Bible never says that specific knowledge is necessary for salvation, I believe there is no such line.
Oct
7
comment Is prayer to Jesus required for salvation?
Yes, I saw that. I don't think that's a particularly useful distinction, however (thus my answer.) IOW, I don't think the requirements for salvation change magically once someone hears the name 'Jesus Christ.' I will clarify my answer, though.
Oct
6
comment If the Holy Spirit is God, and God can not be in the presence of sin, then how can the Holy Spirit dwell in me a sinner?
I think it needs to be established that "God cannot be in the presence of sin" before this question makes any sense.
Oct
5
comment Does the Bible make any allusions to life on other planets?
Interesting interpretation... and I think I agree... it's best used humorously in the context of ET life :)
Oct
3
comment As a protestant, may I participate in the Eucharist (Communion) when visiting a Catholic church?
Even protestants who don't believe in the Real Presence of Christ believe they are doing much more than consuming tasteless wafers and bad wine.