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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.


Sep
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comment According to the Bible, what kind of debt, if any, is lawful?
You start on the wrong foot here with an over-simplification of law vs grace issues. Is murder now lawful but just not beneficial? Being under grace rather than the law in regards to salvation changes neither the goodness of nor the need for obedience to the law. What part of the law did "debt" fall under? Civil? Ceremonial? Moral?
Sep
29
comment According to the Bible, what kind of debt, if any, is lawful?
Would an appeal to Doctrines and Covenants as an authoritative guide to interpreting the Protestant canon on this issue make a valid answer here?
Sep
29
revised Is the following rationale for sharing the gospel consistent with reformed theology?
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revised Is the following rationale for sharing the gospel consistent with reformed theology?
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revised Is the following rationale for sharing the gospel consistent with reformed theology?
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Sep
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comment What official statements represent Christianity's position on the Gospel of Barnabas?
This has some rough edges but does the best job of anything so far in summing up the issue. The witness of Irenaeus and others that would have dealt with this issue is important and answers the question about Christianity's official position. That Islamic scholarship agrees about the nature of the work drives the point home. The material's self-contradictory nature is kind of beside the point. If it was early and genuine, any difficult facts it brought to light would need to be examined. Since it clearly is not, it's display or non-display of a cross hardly matters.
Sep
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accepted What official statements represent Christianity's position on the Gospel of Barnabas?
Sep
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revised What official statements represent Christianity's position on the Gospel of Barnabas?
The manuscript itself is in Italian with a few Turkish and Arabic words mixed in.
Sep
29
answered Is the following rationale for sharing the gospel consistent with reformed theology?
Sep
29
accepted Under what conditions can a “good” or “charitable” act actually be sin?
Sep
28
comment Are Christians supposed to suffer?
Affable and I started a conversation about this question and question frameworks in general here in chat. We didn't solve the world's problems but we invite you to follow along and pitch in your thoughts!
Sep
28
comment Are Christians supposed to suffer?
-1 because I tried to answer this and realized that there wasn't really a way to do it without turning it into a truth claim question where answers are going to fight over what doctrine is right rather than answering how Christianity handles this. It's too big a topic to do a fair overview of multiple views at the detailed level of analysis you are calling for.
Sep
28
comment Are Christians supposed to suffer?
Note to the OP. I feel like this is a bad answer because you framed the question poorly. You tied our hands and, without making a wreck of the question, no Christian view can actually be represented properly.
Sep
28
answered Are Christians supposed to suffer?
Sep
28
comment Are other religions treated differently by any major branch of Christianity?
not the downvote here, but I think this answer could do with a more direct treatment of the question and the idea that non-Christian is non-Christian and why first, then if you want, expound on the history of Israel and how some traditions treat it as an exceptional case.
Sep
28
comment Are other religions treated differently by any major branch of Christianity?
"The only clearly defined enemy of the Christian God is the adversary AKA Satan." How do you figure that? Romans 5:10 and many other passages speak of un-regenerate humans as God's enemies. The Psalmist and many others speak of God's enemies in the plural and even enumerate how many there are who oppose Him. The OT prophets warned that the enemies (plural) of God would be repaid out of his wrath. Hebrews tell us Jesus enemies (plural) will be made a footstool. I think your statement is entirely indefensible. This answer was good up till "In practice, [...]", then it all fell apart.
Sep
27
comment How to compare Christian pastor credentials?
And some churches who normally prefer a rigorous set of academic qualifications sometimes appoint high school dropouts. Not that I would know of ... ehem ... any of those.
Sep
27
comment How to compare Christian pastor credentials?
I suggest you do some research into ordination for some denominations you are interested in, then bring back any specific questions you can't figure out along the way.
Sep
27
comment How to compare Christian pastor credentials?
If transposed onto a technical scenario, this question reads like "How do we compare the process of packaging and distribution of software across different operating systems?". In agriculture it would be "How do we compare the way crops are grown across different countries, climates and economic statuses?". Do these examples help to show how much scope this question lacks? You want a way to compare dissimilar items on unspecified criteria across multiple sectors?