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I'm a full-time software developer for eFolder, Inc, working remotely. I from Wichita, KS but have been traveling the globe since June, 2013.

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Sep
11
comment How did Martin Luther see Israel?
@Andrey: Most Christians interpret the promises about Israel as not about the nation. That's my point.
Sep
11
comment How did Martin Luther see Israel?
Did he believe in the promises made for Israel? -- Which promises? And which interpretation of 'Israel'?
Sep
11
comment Christ in the context of Predestination
Predestination is usually defended on the idea that humans are so totally depraved that they could never merit salvation through their goodness? -- No, you're describing 'Total Depravity' there... Predestination, or 'Election' is a separate point of Calvinism.
Sep
11
comment Would Jesus weep for the souls in Hell?
Are you suggesting that Jesus, in his present spiritual form, has tear ducts? If so, based on what?
Sep
11
comment From Scripture, what are the signs of demonic presence?
I have edited your question to focus on your actual question. However, the question you have asked is not, in its present form, a good fit for our site, as there are many opinions on demons, and how they are manifest. Please read this post for some pointers on how to narrow your question to be more on-topic here.
Sep
11
comment What would be a typical Christian Pacifist response to 'rampant evil' - say in the form of large scale terrorism?
@gideonmarx: If India had engaged in actual warfare, almost certainly others would have died of starvation and disease as well. And yes, it's true, after their independence was won, the country broke into near/regional "civil" wars, which is quite unfortunate... but I still think their example serves as a great model for non-violent resistance to oppression. It's only unfortunate that they weren't able to follow that model to full fruition.
Sep
10
comment What would be a typical Christian Pacifist response to 'rampant evil' - say in the form of large scale terrorism?
@Bye: ... And done
Sep
10
comment What would be a typical Christian Pacifist response to 'rampant evil' - say in the form of large scale terrorism?
@Bye: That's the preamble to "turn the other cheek"... I can add that context to the quote :)
Sep
10
comment What would be a typical Christian Pacifist response to 'rampant evil' - say in the form of large scale terrorism?
I have a feeling I've overlooked some important points, but the post is long enough that I'll stop now. Please ask if you want me to clarify or expand on anything for you.
Sep
10
comment What would be a typical Christian Pacifist response to 'rampant evil' - say in the form of large scale terrorism?
I'm not sure what a "typical" Christian pacifist would say. I grew up Mennonite, so am pretty familiar with what Mennonite pacifists would say to such a thing... If you want an answer from that perspective, I might be able to put one together.
Sep
10
comment What would be a typical Christian Pacifist response to 'rampant evil' - say in the form of large scale terrorism?
There were many Christian pacifists very active in smuggling Jews, and taking other non-violent actions, during the Holocaust. Many people (C.S. Lewis sadly included), seem to think "pacifism" is "passivism", which is decidedly not the case!
Sep
10
comment How would Mormon christology be classified?
... Trinitarianism is as much in contradiction to Arianism as it is to strict (early) 'Nicene christology'. (*I say they saw the Father and Son as the same person--although they would not have used this terminology, as the concept of "person(s) in the Godhead" is a Trinitarian concept which had not yet been developed).
Sep
10
comment How would Mormon christology be classified?
You've set up a false dichotomy, supposing that "Trinitarian" and "Arian" are the only options. Mormon christology is neither Trinitarian nor Arian. In fact, Trinitarianism and Arianism are far from the only two options in "classical" Christianity, either. It's often thought that Trinitarianism was the view against which Arianism was fighting, but that's not true. Trinitarianism wasn't an established doctrine until roughly 50 years after the first Nicene creed. At the time, Nicene christology viewed the father and son as the same in essence, and person*, in contrast to Arianism...
Sep
10
comment How do Catholics reconcile a metaphorical Adam and Eve with Original Sin
@MattGutting: Catholics are not required to believe in a literal 7-day creation, or that Genesis 1-3 are literal, so requiring a belief in a literal Adam seems a bit odd.
Sep
6
comment How do Mormons interpret the warning in Revelation about adding to the book?
You could ask the same question about any Bible that contains the book of Revelation, since Revelation was not part of the Bible at the time it was written.
Sep
5
comment What do Protestants who deny transubstantiation do with the remainders of wine and bread after the Eucharist?
This is too broad. There is no single answer. When I was a young teen, my church used "regular" bread. After service, all the youth would rush up to the front to grab the bread, and have a snack. More recently, a church I attended uses wafers, which are easily stored and saved for the next occasion.
Sep
4
comment Are Jehovah's Witnesses particularly anti-violence?
So your question is, do JWs avoid military involvement out of a belief in pacifism, or out of a belief in anti-governmentism?
Sep
4
comment Can a disfellowed JW marry after being reinstated?
@bruisedreed: If it is the case that there is now formal policy on such things, that would make for a reasonable answer. The fact that we have few JW experts (a fact I'm not sure I entirely agree with) doesn't mean the question is bad, though. If the question were asked of Catholics (which almost certainly do have a written policy on the matter), I suspect it would not raise the same objection.
Sep
4
comment Can a disfellowed JW marry after being reinstated?
@bruisedreed: I think this is a perfect question. It's about a personal situation, but it's asking about established rules within the JW church. It's exactly the kind of question we like to answer here.
Sep
4
comment Has Lutheranism said anything about Islam, Muhammad, or the Qur'an?
@fredsbend: I don't think that was the least bit implied. But even so, it's still very broad.