23,556 reputation
676198
bio website alerque.com
location Izmir, Turkey
age 32
visits member for 2 years, 11 months
seen 4 hours ago

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.


Aug
4
revised How does Christianity view participation in dangerous sports?
Attempt to re-write question so that it is answerable using current and historic church doctrines and knowledge of different traditions, not just anybodies personal opinion.
Aug
3
answered Does suffering in this life really matter?
Aug
3
awarded  Nice Question
Aug
3
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Do Jehovah's Witnesses celebrate communion?
Aug
3
comment What reasons does Christianity give for “Why There Must Be A God?”
Hey @Swrfraz and welcome to Christianity.SE. I appreciate your participation in the site and would encourage you to continue, however I need to emphisis that when it comes to answers, we are looking for things that represent Christian doctrine. This answer does not. The line of reasoning here is common among philosophers both inside and outside of Christian circles and is often held by nominal professing Christians, but at its core anybody that understands the teachings of Christianity would agree that it is contrary to the Christian faith.
Aug
2
revised How would a Reformed world view see the “Left Behind” series?
deleted 18 characters in body
Aug
2
answered How would a Reformed world view see the “Left Behind” series?
Aug
2
comment How does Christianity view participation in dangerous sports?
@Mike: The problem isn't whether or not the question is legitimate, the issue is whether or not it is a useful question to address in the SE format. Of course it's an interesting one that Christians should wrestle with, but is it framed in a way that makes it a good SE question? Can it have a canonical answer? Or is it just going to be a personal opinion magnet?
Aug
2
revised What reasons does Christianity give for “Why There Must Be A God?”
edited tags
Aug
2
comment Does God hate unborn children?
@MonikaMichael: Using answers as a way to collect unique perspectives is a bad use of the SE format and strongly discouraged. This particular answer is ok because it provides an overview of what different doctrinal perspectives would do with this without going into too much detail or trying to support one as right and the other wrong. If you want to get answers FROM a particular perspective, ask for it specifically. That provides a framework by which to objectively judge which answers are good/bad without the votes being based on whether someone agrees with the doctrine or not.
Aug
2
comment Does God hate unborn children?
@MonikaMichael: Then ask another question directed specifically at them.
Aug
2
comment Do Calvinists believe that it is possible to be saved without believing the doctrine of predestination?
@Jay: Ya technically belief and works are distinct and could be elaborated on separately, however as far as election is concerned I think it's pretty fair to lump them together and say that the grace we receive is dependent on nothing from us. The only issue to raise would be asking what it produces in us and whether correct belief is a fruit that all truly saved folks eventually arrive at or not, but that's a step or two beyond this question I think.
Aug
2
comment Do Calvinists believe that it is possible to be saved without believing the doctrine of predestination?
@user1311390: Yes, I think that is a fair summary.
Aug
2
answered Do Calvinists believe that it is possible to be saved without believing the doctrine of predestination?
Aug
2
revised Do Calvinists believe that it is possible to be saved without believing the doctrine of predestination?
deleted 16 characters in body
Aug
1
comment What reasons does Christianity give for “Why There Must Be A God?”
Moderator Note: Please reserve the comment function for items directly relating to improving the post in question. Discussions should be taken to Christianity Chat before they turn into ongoing dialogs on the issue itself.
Jul
30
comment Did the cross permanently affect the intra-trinitarian relationship?
Interesting question. I would have to agree about the death being separation thing, and that Christs death did indeed separate him in some sense from the Father, hence his call about "Why have you forsaken me?". in fact I think he experienced spiritual death (separation from God) prior to his physical death (separation from his mortal body). However with the reasoning you pose, wouldn't there be a conflict with God's immutability? Of course there must be an effect, but we cannot understand it as a permanent change to his internal character.
Jul
30
comment Christ doesn't come back until ______?
As @MasonWheeler noted, this is too broad a question to direct at all of self-styling "Christianity". Even inside of each branch / tradition / denomination / cult, there are going to be a collection of views on this issue ranging from the dogmatic to the speculative. This is the kind of question that everybody is going to feel like they have to chip in their 2c, collecting dozens of conflicting answers as time goes by, leading us to be a debate forum rather than a place for canonical answers to specific questions.
Jul
30
comment Are Catholics like pagans, in Evangelical vision?
@MasonWheeler: I don't think the Protestant view is so much that the Catholics worship a false God so much as that they worship the true God in some false ways. For a very interesting exposition on this distinction and its importance for issues beyond the Catholic/Protestant divide, check out Do Muslims, Mormons, and Christians Worship the Same God?.
Jul
30
comment Are Catholics like pagans, in Evangelical vision?
@JBunyan: I don't have any real knowledge on that point although a hunch tells me he was not by any means the first but by far the most prominent and influential theologian to date that bandied said claim. It would be interesting to trace the ebb and flow of that thought.