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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.


Oct
15
reviewed Reviewed Why did God speak Hebrew?
Oct
15
comment Why did God speak Hebrew?
Welcome to Christianity.SE. Can you edit this answer and add some references for the ideas you forward, particularly showing who holds such a doctrinal position and what their basis is? In particular the idea that the language issue at Babel affected people's ability to communicate with God as that is not a mainstream Christian understanding. See What makes a good supported answer? for more ideas on how to formulate answers for this site. Thanks.
Oct
13
comment What is the moral status of common-law marriage?
If a state requires a legal action to recognize marriage and two people wandering around declaring themselves married without having done the legal step, then they are guilty of lying too. But this whole discussion is arguing over chaff ... the main point is that the state doesn't define marriage in the first place, we only follow its laws in so far as they are consistent with Christian doctrine and are binding on us as citizens.
Oct
13
comment What is the moral status of common-law marriage?
@ZackMartin: You're trying to pull out a detail that ought to stay set in the big picture. Two atheists are sinning by not acknowledging God's reign in their life. Defining a specific sin in the context of over-arching life of sin isn't very helpful. As for your specific question, if the state requires registration and two people don't do it, then yes that would be sin by way of not regarding the law of the land. If it doesn't require it, then it doesn't really matter. But the state not requiring something doesn't lower the standards for what marriage is.
Oct
13
revised What is the moral status of common-law marriage?
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Oct
13
revised What is the moral status of common-law marriage?
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Oct
13
answered What is the moral status of common-law marriage?
Oct
12
comment Do Jehovah's Witnesses believe the 144 000 are from Israel?
Exemplary answer!
Oct
11
comment When did the Oriental Orthodox Churches start being called 'Orthodox'?
Did you intend this answer as a comment on or reply to the content of James T's post above?
Oct
11
comment Do people in non-Christian cultures use swear words related to the dominant religion?
No. Where religious imagery is invoked at all (not a universal thing) the Christian God and his Christ are a fairly ubiquitous dumping ground.
Oct
10
comment What is God's shape or form?
@slater: The definition of "Christian" used on this site typically means "anybody who claims to be such", even those who mainstream Christianity would label as heretical cults. Part of the definition of what makes a cult is that they CLAIM affiliation with a larger entity that likewise rejects them as being genuine parts of it. The scope of this site is all of self professed Christianity including it's heretics.
Oct
10
comment What is God's nature?
The edit is better since it helps show how this applies to the way he relates, but seriously, "There can only be one answer." doesn't ring very true when there are a number of similar expressions by which the Bible introduces him to us. What happened to "God is Spirit" or "God is light" or "holy" or "righteous" or "jealous" or any number of the other "God is" statements in the Bible?
Oct
10
revised heresy wiki description
Generalize to avoid the Catholic/Protestant distinction and so it also works for other traditions/sects/etc.
Oct
9
comment What would happen to somebody voting in opposition to a proposition at LDS General Conference?
@Matt: No offense taken, I'm quite amused myself both at my own mistakes and the mirth they cause others on a regular basis.
Oct
9
answered What is God's nature?
Oct
9
revised When did “tithing” come to mean “giving 10% of your gross income to the Church”?
Previous edit added a shade of meaning not present in the original and then bolded it. Removed that emphasis and reverted to the more nuanced statement.
Oct
9
revised Besides works versus grace and indulgences, what were the external practices of the Catholics that offended so many reformers?
Previous edit entirely changed the sense of this statement/question.
Oct
9
comment What would happen to somebody voting in opposition to a proposition at LDS General Conference?
@Matt: At least some anonymous editor had a sense of humor about my utter inability to deal with homophones. The longer I am away from English speaking lands, the worse the problem gets.
Oct
9
comment Why are some people born into famine and starvation?
Welcome to Christianity.SE. You'll note that (in keeping with the spirit of editing to improve quality as mentioned in our faq) I have edited your post with some English and formatting issues to help it fit better on our site. I've also clarified the position being spoken from. This will improve it's reception as people will judge it based on how well it represents that view, not on whether or not they agree with that view. I would love to see you around and would draw your attention to the fact that we have a lot of questions that call specifically for jehovahs-witnesses doctrine.
Oct
9
revised Why are some people born into famine and starvation?
Rewrite to fix some English issues, clean up the formatting, and properly identify the perspective being written from.