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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
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!
Dec
15
comment Is Christianity functionally polytheistic?
@rpeg: I have (hopefully) addressed that issue further with another edit. BTW, thanks for the wonderful question (Even if the majority seem to think it's a bad question)
Dec
15
comment Is Christianity functionally polytheistic?
@rpeg: I don't believe Christianity is polytheistic in that regard either, as I don't believe the twin brothers would appear to outsiders to be sending greeting cards to multiple addresses. Although, there are some exceptions, addressed in my subscript above. If we include #1 in the view (akin to a twin who now believes he's been adopted by the state, so also sends greeting cards to the state capitol building), then yes, Chrisitanity, when observed as a whole, would appear to be polytheistic.
Dec
15
comment Is Christianity functionally polytheistic?
At first I wasn't sure; now I believe this is actually a very interesting question. rpeg's comments on my answer have clarified what was already stated in his question: He's not claiming that Christianity "is in fact polytheistic," he's asking if it functions that way, at a macro level. Perhaps the question could use some clarification, but I do believe it is a very interesting question at the core.
Dec
15
comment Is Christianity functionally polytheistic?
@rpeg: Answer updated... and hopefully better. :)
Dec
15
comment Is Christianity functionally polytheistic?
@rpeg: And my point is (I should probably edit my answer to reflect this more clearly) that it does not act as polytheistic, because no adherent to any Christian faith sends "greeting cards to multiple gods." Even if we assume that each Christian sect worships a different god (which I don't believe is true), to be "functionally polytheistic", individuals would have to behave as if there were multiple gods.
Dec
15
comment Is Christianity functionally polytheistic?
@rpeg: Do the twins in my example "functionally" have multiple mothers? Would they each send a Mother's Day card to two addresses? No. Do me and my coworker "functionally" have multiple bosses? No.
Dec
15
comment Can the Word of God and God's wisdom be beneficial to an unbeliever?
Thanks. I'm usually not shy about editing, but since that would have actually changed the meaning of your post, I was hesitant. :)
Dec
11
comment What “fundamentalist” beliefs are most commonly rejected by “moderate” Christians?
A useful background on Fundamentalism, but it fails to answer the actual question. Although I think the fault probably lies in the question more than the answer, as I believe the question is far too broad to be answered without being focused much more first.
Dec
9
comment What evidence is there that Jesus was a carpenter?
A fair point... it does at least hint at it, doesn't it?
Dec
9
comment What evidence is there that Jesus was a carpenter?
The issue is that the word translated as "carpenter" isn't actually that specific in the original language.
Dec
9
comment Is God capable of ever doing wrong?
@rpeg: The point being made here is that "right" is defined in relation to God, not the other way around. Therefore God cannot, by definition, do "wrong" because anything God does is, by definition, "right." Although I thik the answer needs to be fleshed out a bit, and hopefully include some scripture reference.
Dec
9
comment In which denominations is naturism unacceptable?
This doesn't really seem to answer the question. It's primarily an opinion piece (not that I disagree with the opinion posted). There are many indigenous tribal peoples where standard clothing is at a minimum, to the point that the majority of people are completely "naked" by western standards. Would you say that these people would have to learn to wear clothes before they could become Christians?
Dec
9
comment Does God care about who we were?
@Waggers: It is common in certain circles (and especially in Jewish ones) to never speak or spell the name of G-d, except when directly addressing Him, out of respect. You can read more over at Jewish Life & Learning, or see this post.
Dec
9
comment Does god give us a destined fate?
I think you'll need to provide a theological framework in which to answer this question. There are Christian doctrines on both sides of this debate. As such, it will be impossible to provide a "correct answer" as your question is worded.
Dec
8
comment Is God capable of ever doing wrong?
I'm not sure why there are so many down votes (especially without comments.) It sounds like a straight forward, answerable question. Unless the objection is that different Christian faiths have different views on this; but I don't think the various Christian faiths are likely to diverge on this issue.