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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
8
comment Why doesn't the bible prohibit slavery?
Asking for speculation on why God does or doesn't do/say something is not a good fit for this site. It may make for an excellent discussion topic, but that's not what SE is about. If you can frame your question more along the lines of "Why does X tradition condone slavery?" that would probably be a much more answerable question.
Dec
6
comment Are the images we draw of Jesus correct?
@Richard: This assumes that Jesus' appearance never changes. Perhaps Akiane saw an appearance, which may or may not have been the same appearance he had during his natural life in Israel..?
Dec
6
comment Is there any real significant difference between Protestantism and Catholicism?
"To a Protestant, the Bible represents the totality of faith." I'm not entirely sure what you're getting at here, but I suspect it's not accurate. While there are some protestants who may tend to "worship" the Bible (effectually holding it in authority over even the creator), I don't think this is an official doctrine of any protestant group. I think a more accurate statement regarding the Protestant view of scripture might be something along the lines of "To a Protestant, the Bible represents God's most complete and perfect revelation of Himself to humanity."
Dec
6
comment Is there any real significant difference between Protestantism and Catholicism?
I think a better definition of protestant would be "split from the Catholic church during the protestant reformation." This excludes, naturally, the Catholic church from which it split, the Orthodox church, which already existed as a separate entity prior to the reformation, and it also excludes the Anglican church, which had a separate split. It would also exclude any other churches that existed outside of the Catholic church at the time of the reformation, but I'm not aware of any such churches that survive today.
Dec
2
comment Why do some traditions *not* celebrate Christmas or Easter in any official fashion?
Easter is clearly an "invented date" as well, since it changes every year.
Nov
29
comment Why do adherents to the priesthood of all believers still have organized congregations?
Congregational worship is not about "access to God." It's about living in community with other believers. If it was only about "access to God," then even Catholic and Jewish worship (which do use priests for some form of "access to God") would be quite different.
Nov
28
comment Do Evangelical leaders (televangelists, megachurch pastors, etc…) not consider themselves Protestants?
This smells a little bit like a list question. :) I suspect no single answer will be appropriate for all televangelists, pastors, etc. Are you interested in just knowing if any evangelicals consider themselves non-protestants? Or are you looking for a denomination or other group that falls into this category?
Nov
28
comment Significance of virgins in the Catholic church
I can break this into multiple questions if appropriate. As PeterTurner has pointed out on his recent question, we know so little about each others churches, it sometimes hard to know how to properly scope a question. :)
Nov
28
comment “God created the world” - why can't he correct it?
Welcome to Christianity.SE! There are several problems I see with your question. First, it makes several assumptions: God made a mistake; God is powerless to correct problems, etc. It also seems to be asking several different questions, some directly, some implied: Why did God send his son? Why does evil exist? Why hasn't God corrected all wrong already? I think for this to be a good question, you must narrow the focus to one of these questions, or to challenging one of these assumptions. Many good questions could be made from this (in fact, many of these have already been asked)
Nov
26
comment Inconsistency in Biblical interpreatation (Genesis & Judges)
I'm not sure it is fair to say "this is usually taken as an indictment against homosexuality." This may be a common interpretation, but I don't think it's fair to say it is the most common interpretation. Furthermore, no "doctrinal scope" is specified by which we can answer this question, except to make similar stereotypical generalizations about some (possibly common) viewpoints.
Nov
24
comment Significance of Genesis 1 verb choices
Welcome to Christianity.SE! Thanks for taking the time to answer. While I don't disagree with your answer/opinion, I would encourage you to read this post about how to support your answers: What makes a good supported answer? We do make a point of answers needing more than just one Christian's opinion. Some things to consider adding to your answer would be which Christian doctrine addresses this issue, where the doctrine comes from in Scripture, and what Christian traditions hold that doctrine.
Nov
24
comment Are funerals a way to reduce the time of the dead in purgatory
The Jews at the time of (and before) Christ had burial rituals that are documented in the Bible. I don't know how similar they were to modern "funerals," but the Bible speaks of professional mourners who would be hired to mourn for days/weeks after the death of a loved one. I don't think most of them did this in response to a purgatory doctrine, since the doctrine of Heaven and Hell didn't even exist in its modern form until after Christ.
Nov
22
comment How is love greater than faith?
@JustinY: Yes, it's more clear now. Although I think it still suffers from the assumption that salvation is the goal. Although that's quite a different assumption than the one I got out of it earlier.
Nov
22
comment How do adherents to inerrancy reconcile the fact that some part of the bible were added later?
@JimThio: If you have a question about polytheism in the Jewish/Chrsitian Bible, that would probably be best as a separate question, not a comment on this unrelated one.
Nov
22
comment Career as a Means of Worship
You might be interested in the book The Lay Ministry Revolution: How You Can Join. It talks in depth about this topic. I don't know that it addresses the "career instead of family" question, though. (Disclaimer: I'm the son of the one of the authors)
Nov
22
comment Faith without reason?
@Thom: This is not a Christian site. This is a secular site about Christianity.
Nov
19
comment What is the Catholic concept of grace?
Thanks, @PeterTurner. I started reading it, but have to go to a wedding... I'll read the rest later. :)
Nov
15
comment Mass readings about husbandly conduct
According to Ephesians 5:25, the entire life of Christ could be interpreted as instructions for how husbands ought to behave. I have no idea how often any priests (or other congregational leaders/teachers) connect these dots when teaching. :) (NOTE: I realize the entire life of Christ can apply to the lives of anyone, husband, wife, or unmarried. So it may not be a very interesting observation anyway.)
Nov
15
comment Should “Jesus” be rendered “Yeshu‘a” in English?
One reason I can think of not to change at this point: It would likely alienate you from people you're trying to minister to by saying/implying that the word they use is "wrong." It would be seen as "holier-than-thou" by many people. Using familiar language when witnessing/ministering can be very important, as evidenced by some missionary stories I've read. Eternity in their Hearts I recommend for some of these stories.
Nov
15
comment Significance of Genesis 1 verb choices
@PeterTurner: I didn't so much forget it, as intentionally survey only the verbs used to describe the creation acts themselves. Although I can see how an argument can be made that the speaking of a command could be considered a creation act--at least if it weren't for the creation acts having also been explained with other verbiage after the command form. That doesn't mean I wouldn't appreciate an answer that took the 'said' verb into account. :)