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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 In what different ways is the word “cult” used as a label inside Christianity?
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asked In what different ways is the word “cult” used as a label inside Christianity?
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answered In what different ways is the word “cult” used as a label inside Christianity?
Nov
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comment What is the difference between a church and a social club?
@JimG. The numbers prove you wrong. The response to your meta post showed overwhelming support for long answers being perfectly appropriate. As I've said elsewhere, you don't have to read them, but starting comment threads based on that is not constructive. Obviously clarity and quality and priorities, however your opinion on length alone is not representative of the community. Also, this site is not intended to save a generation of Christians! We are not a church or even a ministry of it. If anything we want to avoid being that. We tend towards the academic, if that doesn't suit you, tough.
Nov
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comment Can an atheist go to heaven?
@KazDragon: I believe your objections are unfounded. Whatever you believe about what defines a Christian, this question asks specifically about going to heaven and those verses are clear statement about the issue. Your second objection about the language of the verse is completly irrelevant. The verse quoted here is King James English and "therefore" is not being used in the way you are trying to read into it. No context is really needed, and the word isn't even used in modern english translations.
Nov
7
comment Can an atheist go to heaven?
@KazDragon: My quote links to the source so you can easily verify this yourself, and yes it is correct. Capitalizing pronouns that refer to God is a tradition used by many but it is by no means ubiquitous. Many translations do not do this, and ESV is an example of one that does not.
Nov
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reviewed Reviewed Proverbs 1:14 compared to John 13:29
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reviewed Reviewed Passage in Bible saying: Every morning I wake up a new person?
Nov
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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
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Nov
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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reviewed Reviewed Who was the 12th Apostle - Matthias or Paul?
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comment Who was the 12th Apostle - Matthias 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?