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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
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.
Nov
3
awarded  Good Answer
Nov
3
comment Is 1 Thessalonians 4:17 the only verse that supports the rapture?
See my other comment on this usage of Luke, but that passage can hardly be used as support of a rapture. If such was a given, then it could fit, but nothing in it contradicts a no-rapture understanding of events either. In fact if anything, you have to stretch the normal usage of the concepts to make it fit.
Nov
3
comment What scripture is used to support a “Pre-Tribulation Rapture”?
Even if you take a rapture for granted, taking this verse as a defense of it is a very weak hermeneutic and probalby does your position more harm than good. The context of the clause you highlight is much more readily understood as praying for endurance and protection during something, not removal from it. Otherwise you would have to say that it was the strenght of a person that gets them raptured. The AMP translation here is also somewhat misleading by providing multiple possible interpretations of phrases and stringing them together rather than using the most appropriate one in context.
Nov
3
comment Did early church fathers understand the doctrine of trinity?
Quite honestly this answer reads like revisionist history itself and fails to engage the first hand statements of the early church fathers. I realize political wrangling happened for various reasons but that doesn't give us a reason to blow off every other factor. You haven't quoted a single early church father here which is what the original question was about. Their writings prior to the emperor shenanigans show clear beliefs in a triune God.
Nov
3
comment Did early church fathers understand the doctrine of trinity?
This doesn't address the original question about the beliefs of the early church fathers. Can you edit to hit on the issue asked about?
Nov
2
comment Do Jehovah's Witnesses believe the 144 000 are from Israel?
Part of the issue here is that most groups don't interpret Glations 3/4 the way that the Jehovah's Witnesses do. This answer leaves a bit to be explained. Could you detail for us how specifically those passages are interpreted and how those interpretations answer this specific question? Thanks.
Nov
2
comment Why do Jehovah's Witnesses exclude pagan influences from their doctrine?
Welcome to Christianity.SE and thanks for taking the time to answer. Yes it does help ... although we would love to see the expantions as well. Summaries are great and you should keep that in your answer, but more detail for those that want it would be great, esp references to official doctrinal statements etc.
Nov
2
reviewed Reviewed Who was the 12th Apostle - Matthais or Paul?
Nov
2
comment Who was the 12th Apostle - Matthais or Paul?
Twelve types of apostles? Can you identifify which Christian tradition you are speaking for here? Can you give us any sources to show where this view is coming from?
Nov
2
comment Does God lie? And does devil tell the truth?
@aeoril That's more like it! That edit just made a non-answer into an excelent answer. Welcome to the site by the way. Have you had a chance to check out the faq or peruse the important stuff on meta? Those might help you get an idea about what's going on around here. I realize it's more than a little different from your usual online forum.
Nov
1
reviewed Reviewed Was the marriage between Abraham and Sarah incestuous?
Nov
1
comment How long is it necessary to repent for an act of sin?
This isn't a polling site. Questions here aren't for throwing the net wide and seeing what you can dredge up. In order to not do that, we expect some research effort from questioners to formulate question that calls for an expert answer. Please either do a little research to figure out who you realy want to hear from or if you are realy looking for something comparative, take the time to figure out what the issue is and formulate a question that calls for an answer from somebody with cross-tradition expertise.
Nov
1
comment Does God lie? And does devil tell the truth?
I agree the verses you point out are relevant, but we're looking for for a little more than this from answers around here. Can you edit and add some explanation here? If you don't, this will likely be removed as it doesn't meet any of our guidelines for good answers.
Oct
27
comment Is there a significant difference between salvation by faith with works and salvation by faith and works?
I think you're answering the wrong question. The question isn't who taught what or what is "right", but what the difference between the two views would be. We're actually pretty picky about that around here. Please consider editing your answer to actually address the question without soap-boxing your view (which, particularly from your first scentence, is disputed so you're going to need some references too to show who's view you are representing). See also What makes a good supported answer?
Oct
25
revised Are there any Christian denominations that don't believe Jesus is the only way to salvation?
Cleanup punctuation, add links, fix typos.
Oct
24
reviewed Close Why do Christians need to promote their religion to non-believers?
Oct
24
comment What does a Christian believe an evil spirit IS?
"Should Christians__" questions in general boil down to searches for truth on an issue. As far as the scope of this site is concerned, truth questions are out of bounds. If you want to re-work this so that it asks something ABOUT CHRISTIANITY -- as in who believes what and why -- that would be fine, but trying to resolve whether something SHOULD be one way or another is not a constructive question for this format.