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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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comment What does it mean to say “Jesus died for our sins”?
Could we ask you to edit in some kind of reference to show what part of Christianity is represented by this view?
Oct
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comment Why should a sinner suffer forever in hell fire?
I actually think there is merit to this thought, but 'd like to see you address why this answer is not just a lead in to Annihilationism -- which seems like a relevant thing for answers to cover on this question.
Oct
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comment Why should a sinner suffer forever in hell fire?
I've raised a related question sparked by your claim that this is consistent with JW theology: Do Jehovah's Witnesses believe in annihilation? I'd love to see you weigh in there. As for this answer, I would still like to see historical references and official references that show this is actually consistent with JW doctrine. I don't know enough about it to verify, but the interpretations are clearly not orthodox Christian so you might be right, I'd just like to see them identified.
Oct
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asked Do Jehovah's Witnesses believe in annihilation?
Oct
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comment “I will lift Your Name”
@DanAndrews: As asked, this is very much a doctrinal issue and not a textual one. A different related question could be asked on Biblical Hermeneutics, but this one wouldn't fit there at all.
Oct
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comment You might be a “fundamentalist” if ___
I'm actually looking for a lot more than a dictionary answer. It's a decent supplement, but is no authority on Christian affairs. Common usage is clearly scrambled enough that identifying to different usages would be useful. In fact to anybody with knowledge of hermeneutics, the phrase "literal interpretation" is itself very problematic and does not actually carry the kind of weight some people think it does. If that is the definition of fundamentalist, then the questions we have tagged fundamentalism are not focused enough.
Oct
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comment You might be a “fundamentalist” if ___
This is fine as far as it goes, but it doesn't address any of my sub-questions or clear up the confusion.
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revised You might be a “fundamentalist” if ___
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comment You might be a “fundamentalist” if ___
Please reserve the answer space for serious answers. Jokes inspired by my very dubious question title should be contained to comments or taken to Christianity Chat.
Oct
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asked You might be a “fundamentalist” if ___
Oct
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comment From a Fundamentalist viewpoint, what does it mean to “take the Bible literally”?
There is a lot of good stuff in this answer, but I would disagree right off the bat with the idea that "Biblical Literalism also goes under the moniker 'the historical-grammatical method of interpretation'.". The H/G hermeneutical approach is used by people who don't fall into the "Biblical Literalist" camp, although that is hard to define because it seem to be used two ways. Speaking of which, defining that term would help this whole topic.
Oct
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revised Does the Bible make any allusions to life on other planets?
Added links, formatting, quoted whole verse.
Oct
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comment Does the Bible make any allusions to life on other planets?
This is actually a great and relevant answer, but I think it could be improved by noting that what official position these ideas have in relation to major Christian traditions. In other words, are these folk religion ideas, are they official in any specific sects or do they have a place in orthodox Christianity?
Oct
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revised Does the Bible make any allusions to life on other planets?
Minor edit, formatting change highlights the main point of the answer, added link for people who don't know what Gnostic is.
Oct
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revised Do any denominations have official doctrine regarding humans on other planets?
For or against questions tend to go berzerk OR never get answered properly. They are basically polls. If you want an "against" answer, I suggest asking that specifically. For now it looks like this is a better question just looking for the few cases that give an affirmative answer.
Oct
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comment What is the relationship between the Book of Mormon and the Bible?
Adding a definition of "infallible" according LDS theology would be helpful here. Even in orthodox Christian circles the word carries different meaning from tradition to tradition. Also, addressing the same point Daniel did about the importance of "later revelation" would also be helpful.
Oct
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revised What works do the LDS Church recognize as Scripture?
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revised How are the different covenants related to or different from each other?
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Oct
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revised What is the difference between a covenant and a contract?
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