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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.


Jul
9
comment Why will the sea be no more? Revelation 21:1
One possible, obvious answer is provided in the verse itself, though: "the first heaven and the first earth are passed away" -- if earth and heaven no longer exist, then obviously the sea no longer exists, either. But that's only one possible literal interpretation. More likely (IMO), this verse has symbolic meaning.
Jul
9
comment Why will the sea be no more? Revelation 21:1
I understand that this seems like a simple question, but it's really not. To answer this question requires defining a theological framework. There are many views on Revelation, some people take it literally, some take it as metaphor. And in both camps, there are many different interpretations. To get an answer on "why the sea will be no more", you must first answer according to whom?
Jul
9
comment Is there a biblical basis for the division caused by theology?
theology, which to my understanding is really just piling a lot of non-biblical ideas into what we can learn from Scripture -- Your understanding is grossly inaccurate. Theology is, simply, the study of God.
Jul
8
comment Can Trinity be taught only from Bible?
@Gulshan: "natural meaning" is a pretty arbitrary (and therefore meaningless) standard to use when interpreting any language. Ask any linguist. Words carry meaning by common consensus, and that consensus changes (over time, by region, by context, etc).
Jul
8
comment What is the basis for the belief that Eve was created on the sixth day, like Adam?
@Bye: I have recently learned that an increasing number of Christians believe the story of creation is allegorical -- I think it's the opposite: A number approaching 100% of Christians used to think it was allegorical, it's only in recent history (specifically as a reaction against Darwinism) that the concept of a literal creation account was even taken seriously.
Jul
7
comment If the Ten Commandments say “thou shalt not kill” how can a Christian fight in a war?
I have edited this question to make the implied scope a bit more explicit, so that the question more closely adheres to our current standards.
Jul
7
comment What do red garments represent for leaders in the Catholic church?
I have edited the question a bit further to be more focused on the Catholic church. I hope it's still representative of the spirit of your question.
Jul
7
comment Is modern Evangelical Protestant soteriology consistent with the early Christian idea of “theosis”?
I might suggest re-forming your question entirely. What exactly do you want to know? I'm sure a simple "yes" or "no" is not going to make for an intellectually satisfying answer. What information do you want to learn? Do you want an explanation of Theosis?
Jul
7
comment Is modern Evangelical Protestant soteriology consistent with the early Christian idea of “theosis”?
"Non-denominational" is pretty much an un-defined term, meaning that the answer to any question "Is X contrary to a non-denominational view?" will always be both yes, and no, depending on which non-denominational view you're examining. This question needs to be made more specific to be answerable here.
Jun
26
comment Is God literally moving everything around the universe?
I doubt the Catholic church has a firm view on this issue. Calvanists seem to be the ones with the strongest "God controls everything" type of philosophy. Catholics, and most other theological groups, by and large, seem to be much more relaxed on the issue, allowing for a wide range of interpretations.
Jun
25
comment Why can't God just destroy the evil if he is more powerful, or is there some kind of balance?
This has been asked before in various forms.
Jun
25
comment Why did the Old Testament command to kill?
@Steve: I agree, it does sound contradictory. And there is a good question here, but there is also a lot of room for speculation and opinions the way it's worded. This is why I suggest narrowing the focus to a specific doctrinal school of thought--this way we won't have a voting war about which opinion is best.
Jun
25
comment Why did the Old Testament command to kill?
@Steve: I like this question, but I'm afraid it's too opinionated to be well answered here. Perhaps if you can focus on what the Catholic church (or some other official doctrine) teaches about this, for instance, it would be a better question for this format.
Jun
25
comment Do Christians have the authority to forgive sin?
@Andrew: My opinion, nor that of any other individual, doesn't make for a valid answer here.
Jun
25
comment Do Christians have the authority to forgive sin?
@Andrew: I'm pretty sure it's not the opposite at all. Jesus affirmed the claim in Mark 2 that only God can forgive sins. Further, the entire Christian mechanism of salvation assumes that only God can forgive sins.
Jun
24
comment Do Christians have the authority to forgive sin?
I don't believe any Christian denominations believe humans can forgive sins; some may believe humans can declare them forgiven, at which time God forgives them. But the Bible makes it pretty clear that only God can forgive sins.
Jun
24
comment What happens to people who have never heard about Jesus?
@Onlyheisgood.: I think your comments would be better in an answer of your own. You are adding a lot of your own interpretation which requires additional sources, and attention which cannot be given in comments.
Jun
24
comment Does the garden of Eden still exist?
This is what we call a "truth" question--that is, it asks for the specific, real truth on a topic. We can't handle truth questions. There are (at least) three answers to this question, and which one is "True" depends on your opinion. 1. yes it still exists. 2. It no longer exists. 3. It never existed. Naturally, we cannot put ourselves in a position to decide which of these answers is TRUE. If you wish to narrow your question to a specific theological viewpoint, then we can answer the question from that viewpoint.
Jun
24
comment Need to know exact sacrifices required in the Old Testament Pentecost Feast
Your last question can be answered by Wikipedia.
Jun
23
comment Were Adam and Eve meant to live forever; had they not disobeyed God?
@Ragnarok: Your question is clear. The theological framework necessary to answer it is not. As I already explained, some Christian groups would answer "Yes." others would answer "No." Others yet would say "Adam and even ever existed, so your question has no answer to begin with."