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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.


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revised What makes a confession sacramental?
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comment Do Catholic priests have to report child abuse confessed in secret?
I think the issue of how and where a confession is sacramental belongs in another question. What makes a confession sacramental?
Sep
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asked What makes a confession sacramental?
Sep
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comment If the Bible has been changed over the years, can we still trust it?
@JimG. I read every word, and most of it got a second pass before making that comment. You should be more careful about what you presume about others. Not everybody's needs or desires in content are the same. Skip the long answers if you like.
Sep
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comment If the Bible has been changed over the years, can we still trust it?
More to the point however is that your answer doesn't state who it speaks for. Who believes this, what is the name for it, where does it fit into the realm of Christian belief?
Sep
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comment If the Bible has been changed over the years, can we still trust it?
I wouldn't go so far as to say it is everything, but you can't just throw it to the wind without consequences. Also, there is no need to as it actually holds up to that kind of scrutiny.
Sep
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comment If the Bible has been changed over the years, can we still trust it?
@JimG. If anything, the question would be the thing to tighten up, this is a huge topic. Each of Mike's points are both relevant and even succinct and would individually deserve more attention. They are even organized and clearly formatted. Nobody is forcing you to read them.
Sep
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revised According to the Bible, what kind of debt, if any, is lawful?
Cross linked related posts.
Sep
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comment According to the Bible, what kind of debt, if any, is lawful?
Taken to chat starting here.
Sep
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comment According to the Bible, what kind of debt, if any, is lawful?
If I were to extrapolate from your statement that 'none remains', one would quote you: "So the literal answer to your question is, all murder is lawful for Christians, we are under grace." Is that a statement you want your name next to?
Sep
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comment According to the Bible, what kind of debt, if any, is lawful?
So ... murder rape and pillage? Do the Ten Commandments and moral standards ratified in the OT and affirmed by Christ himself now mean nothing / carry no weight or significance to believers?
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
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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
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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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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.
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accepted What official statements represent Christianity's position on the Gospel of Barnabas?
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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.