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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.


Mar
3
comment Why did God not want man to have the knowledge of good and evil?
My personal opinion: You're taking an overly-literal interpretation of "knowledge of good and evil." There are different senses of "knowledge." To borrow an analogy from Sister Act, you can know that a doughnut is sweet without having tasted it. This is one sense of "knowledge." Once you have tasted a doughnut, you have another sense of knowledge. I believe Genesis is referring to the second sense of "knowledge of good and evil"--that is, an intimate, experiential knowledge. With this understanding, I think the reason God did not want that is obvious.
Mar
3
comment What evidence is there to show that John Wesley and John Calvin did not believe that Jesus is Michael?
I personally love this question... I think it's an excellent question. However, it's not formulated properly for this site, as it's asking for opinions--and there are exactly two answers to this question, and both have a large number of supporters. So this question can only lead to a voting war. I would encourage asking instead "What is the Biblical basis for the belief that Jesus is Michael?", for instance.
Mar
2
comment What evidence is there to show that John Wesley and John Calvin did not believe that Jesus is Michael?
Related (and suggests that Jesus is God and Michael): christianity.stackexchange.com/a/18594/20
Mar
2
comment Was the Nicene Creed accepted under duress?
I didn't quote the whole chapter for obvious reasons. One part I left out was how the creed was chosen... and it wasn't chosen by Constantine. But once there was an appearance of majority, he (allegedly) began pressuring the dissenters to sign under threat.
Mar
2
comment Was the Nicene Creed accepted under duress?
Neither the book, nor my question, suggest that Constantine cared about the theology of the creed. The book suggests that Constantine simply wanted unity, and that he used coercion to achieve, at least the appearance, of achieving that goal.
Feb
28
comment Was the Nicene Creed accepted under duress?
@aceinthehole: I don't think that is implicit. Although I probably will ask that as a followup question once this one has an answer. "God works in mysterious ways." Who is to say the creed couldn't still be valid, by the grace of God, even though it was accepted under duress? Further, asking whether it's valid requires a much larger framework to be a meaningful question here--valid according to whom?
Feb
25
comment Do not Judge others, or do we Judge others?
I wonder if this question could be clarified to ask "what does the verse 'judge not lest ye be judged' mean?" As it is, it seems to be asking for theological opinion...
Feb
22
comment What is the greatest sin?
How would you define "the greatest sin?"
Feb
22
comment What is the greatest sin?
Aren't all sins examples of "being unloving?"
Feb
13
comment Trying to understand Original Sin in light of OT
Catholics, no doubt, differ in their interpretation of the story of the fall, whether it is literal or not. So even "Catholics" may not be specific enough for an authoritative answer.
Jan
19
comment Where can I get Papyri 75 images?
@Anonymous: That's still off topic.
Jan
18
comment Where can I get Papyri 75 images?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about shopping.
Dec
27
comment According to the Bible, do animals have souls?
Soul is not what we now call spirit. Soul and spirit are distinct.
Dec
27
comment Biblical Parenting, Lying
Lying is not about intention; it's about deception. The Pharoah's orders were to kill all firstborn Hebrew children. She was hiding this fact. That is deception. It's an obvious lie.
Dec
27
comment Why isn't the Eucharist of protestant churches considered valid by non-protestants?
possible duplicate of On what grounds does the Catholic church reject sacraments of protestant denominations?
Dec
27
comment Why isn't the Eucharist of protestant churches considered valid by non-protestants?
This is a good answer, but would be improved with references, if possible.
Dec
27
comment Why isn't the Eucharist of protestant churches considered valid by non-protestants?
"It's clearly because Catholics believe that the bread and wine are the physical Boyd and Blood of Christ." Some protestant churches hold this view, too, so that's clearly not the answer. Even if that were the answer, it's not at all clear that it is--please provide references.
Dec
27
comment Is there a respectful way to dispose of old or worn out scriptures?
Good commentary, but not an answer. I don't know of any any organizations that want to receive Bibles damaged beyond use. What should be done with these?
Dec
27
comment Is there a respectful way to dispose of old or worn out scriptures?
Good commentary, but not an answer. I don't know of any prisons or other organizations that want to receive Bibles damaged beyond use. What should be done with these?
Dec
27
comment According to the Bible, do animals have souls?
@EliasVanOotegem: You could say that, but I'm pretty sure you would be wrong. You've also muddied the conversation further by bringing in the separate concept of "soul."