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I am a scripting language connoisseur, regular expression aficionado, network geek, general lover of Linux and a frequent contributor to open source software. I transitioned to programming from other work because I was too busy automating my own work environment to actually do the other work. I have a hobby interest in cartography. For more see my personal site. Most importantly, my life is defined by the grace of God given to men through Jesus Christ. It is my ambition that everything I do would reflect His glory and point people towards Him.


Nov
12
comment How do non-reformed theologists argue against “God alone matters”?
As Jon notes, the first statement here is not a doctrine held in any way by Reformed Theology. Putting God at the center of everything in no way implies that nothing outside of him has any significance. The only thing this is going to attract is people debunking a straw-man argument. Take out that issue and you're left with a very broad question that isn't reasonably answerable in any meaningful way.
Nov
12
comment How do non-reformed theologists argue against “God alone matters”?
This is not an argument against Reformed Theology since "only God matters" is not a position they hold.
Nov
12
reviewed Close How do non-reformed theologists argue against “God alone matters”?
Nov
12
reviewed Close Apologetic on suffering using a reference to Jesus
Nov
10
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Where does Jesus stand on war and peace?
Nov
10
awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
8
comment In what different ways is the word “cult” used as a label inside Christianity?
Thanks. This is all true but it doesn't present an possible Christian specific way to define a cult. In fact it doesn't answer my question, but I blame that on the question. As often happens when you do the research to answer before asking, the question suffers for not being well developed. I'll try to fix it but it might be a couple days...
Nov
8
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Nov
8
comment In what different ways is the word “cult” used as a label inside Christianity?
@GilbertLeBlanc: I actually touched on that in that "cult" was used to describe one man shows and was a label that sometimes got dropped when it survived a second generation of leadership. However I would argue the best way to define the difference between a sect and a cult is that a cult is entirely rejected as entirely heterodox while a sect may be accepted as being related to the whole but disagree on some/many issues. However I agree usage is not consistent and "sect" is often used in the places I would use "cult" and vise versa.
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Nov
8
comment What is the difference between a church and a social club?
@JimG. The numbers prove you wrong. The response to your meta post showed overwhelming support for long answers being perfectly appropriate. As I've said elsewhere, you don't have to read them, but starting comment threads based on that is not constructive. Obviously clarity and quality and priorities, however your opinion on length alone is not representative of the community. Also, this site is not intended to save a generation of Christians! We are not a church or even a ministry of it. If anything we want to avoid being that. We tend towards the academic, if that doesn't suit you, tough.
Nov
7
comment Can an atheist go to heaven?
@KazDragon: I believe your objections are unfounded. Whatever you believe about what defines a Christian, this question asks specifically about going to heaven and those verses are clear statement about the issue. Your second objection about the language of the verse is completly irrelevant. The verse quoted here is King James English and "therefore" is not being used in the way you are trying to read into it. No context is really needed, and the word isn't even used in modern english translations.
Nov
7
comment Can an atheist go to heaven?
@KazDragon: My quote links to the source so you can easily verify this yourself, and yes it is correct. Capitalizing pronouns that refer to God is a tradition used by many but it is by no means ubiquitous. Many translations do not do this, and ESV is an example of one that does not.
Nov
4
reviewed Reviewed Proverbs 1:14 compared to John 13:29
Nov
4
reviewed Reviewed Passage in Bible saying: Every morning I wake up a new person?
Nov
3
comment What scripture is used to support a “Pre-Tribulation Rapture”?
There is no cause to redefine the verb at all. Look through scripture for other usages. "Escape" does not at all have to mean being physical not present for something. This word is quite commonly used in the Bible in the context of judgement ... and whether being found guilty or innocent, the person is considered present for the trial. Never does it mean "not show up for court", or "break jail", it just means that the judge rules in your favor. In the context of this passage it would then mean not being caused any permanent damage by the tribulation.