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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
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?
Sep
27
reviewed Reviewed Looking for a study
Sep
27
reviewed Reviewed Was Jesus a separate god?
Sep
26
comment Does Satan actually laugh?
You're right. I fired up the flame thrower and did away with the whole thing.
Sep
26
comment When did the teaching that salvation can still be obtained by people after their physical death first appear in the Christianity?
If it were really that simple this question wouldn't even be such an issue. The problem is, those verses have simple and widely acclaimed alternative interpretations that take the subject a whole different direction from the belief that you hold to about them. Depending on your hermeneutics, these verses might be no evidence at all. You would need corroborating evidence from the time to show that is how they were understood, which is lacking or there wouldn't be a debate on the meaning of these in the the first place. Summary: I don't think this answers the question at all.
Sep
26
revised Which Christian sects promote faith healing?
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Sep
26
comment Which Christian sects promote faith healing?
There is no question when it comes to the issue, I am biased. However that's not how I meant that -- what I was suggesting was a caricature at the far end of a spectrum, but I also know that what most people from non Christian backgrounds including yourself imagine this belief to be is likely to be more like that caricature than anything else and the place you'll find anything resembling that is in Pentecostalism.
Sep
26
reviewed Leave Open Does a Christian have to believe in Hell?
Sep
26
comment How is Derek Prince viewed by mainstream Christianity
@Wikis: Anybody who believes, practices and promotes the idea that daemons are more than just active in the world but that they can possess and captivate born again Christians is bound to run foul of a large swath of Christianity. Add that to how many controversies he came down on the wrong side of, and even if he switched positions the right way on some of them, he changed positions several times on a few things leaving even people who wanted to accept him skeptical about where his anchor was floating.
Sep
26
comment How is Derek Prince viewed by mainstream Christianity
@Wikis: Yup, it seems so.
Sep
26
comment How do protestant youth group ministers reach apathetic parents of religious education students?
Please see the discussion on this question type on meta: Is methodology advice to pastors too subjective to deal with here?
Sep
26
reviewed Close How do protestant youth group ministers reach apathetic parents of religious education students?
Sep
26
comment How is Derek Prince viewed by mainstream Christianity
@Wikis I'm sure this is a case of huge diversity and depends on your circles, but at the least one would have to say he is only accepted by some parts of mainstream Christianity. All the circles and traditions I am aware of rate him somewhere between shaky and outright charlatan -- with a few exceptions mostly from stay-at-home-watch-christianity-on-tv folks. At the very least, Mike's observations about how a few specific names would likely view the guy is pretty right on. I wouldn't call those guys representative of all of mainstream Christianity, but they are certainly major players in it.
Sep
26
answered Which Christian sects promote faith healing?
Sep
26
awarded  Enlightened