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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.


Aug
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revised What reasons does Christianity give for “Why There Must Be A God?”
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Aug
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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
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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
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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
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answered Do Calvinists believe that it is possible to be saved without believing the doctrine of predestination?
Aug
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revised Do Calvinists believe that it is possible to be saved without believing the doctrine of predestination?
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Aug
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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
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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.
Jul
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revised Are Catholics like pagans, in Evangelical vision?
Added reference to related blog post.
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Jul
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revised Can you be a Christian and not go to church?
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Jul
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revised In what sense do Mormons believe salvation is only through Christ?
Try to clarify/focus the question.
Jul
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revised Why are only some predestined?
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Jul
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comment Should Christians marry non-Christians?
Even if you call the NT teaching on this issue a "suggestion", since the teaching runs exactly parallel to the quite clear OT commands, the burden of proof would be on anyone trying to claim there was not such a commandment for Christians today.
Jul
19
comment Should Christians marry non-Christians?
@DavidStratton: Thanks for the edit, it looks alright to me now. I specifically switched up the vocab to hit the general idea without getting stuck on a definition. In particular, I think that fine lines drawn between "commandment" and "strong teaching for Christian living" are NOT very useful. Sure there are different levels of strength between, say, a proverb and the Ten Commandments, but far too often people excuse bad choices that directly conflict with Scriptural guidelines on the irrelevant pretense that we "aren't under the law anymore".