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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 Shouldn't Mary’s genealogy be Jesus' family history?
Jesus emphatically declared God to be his father. There is nothing blasphemous about this wording.
Aug
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revised What is the origin of the Evil Eye in Christianity?
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revised Is Jesus lying in John 7?
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comment Question about Christian Dating
Now if you'll excuse me, I have someone to meet...
Aug
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comment Question about Christian Dating
You'll find some questions are just too broad to throw out there to all of Christiondom. You'll find we don't do questions that are going to solicit a wide range of opinions and perspectives. Instead of asking "How should a Christian date?", this would be a place to ask questions about specific Christian traditions like "Do Menonites have any standardized dating practices?" What makes a good focused question?
Aug
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comment Question about Christian Dating
Sorry mate, but one of the lines in our faq states "Your questions should be reasonably scoped. If you can imagine an entire book that answers your question, you’re asking too much." Not only have hundreds of books been written on this topic, but you could write a whole series on how all the different Christian traditions have handled this.
Aug
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awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
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awarded  Enlightened
Aug
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comment Why did Paul want God to repay Alexander the metalworker?
@AffableGeek: Do you have any references for ancient Patristic scholars? See comments on the question and my answer, but every commentator we've found so far has explicitly said the opposite. I agree with this as a general concept to help us understand the characters of Scripture, but I think you are misapplying it to a scenario that shows evidence of the contrary. This is dangerous in that it will tickle the fancy of a modern reader and allow them to miss an important bit of teaching. It may be a harder reading in general but in this context it's an easy way to excuse away our own problems.
Aug
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comment The extent of different approaches to Revelation
It's going to be very hard to include historic Christianity in these figures because the edges between views have shifted and it's very hard to categorize many old Theologions using our current understanding of terms.
Aug
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comment The extent of different approaches to Revelation
Related background for those who don't know what the different millennium views are about: What are the differences between the different millenialisms?
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revised The extent of different approaches to Revelation
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Aug
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revised Does the Dome of the Rock have any importance to Christianity?
Note this site is NOT about Judaism. There is a separate site for that.
Aug
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awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
7
comment Did early church fathers understand the doctrine of trinity?
@JBunyan A couple of topical commentaries, a book on Trinity I happened to have on my desk, a Catholic history site that came up on Google and a couple Wikipedia articles. There is lots more, I honestly had no idea there was so much when I started writing. I figured I'd be pulling together a few threads, which is why I started with the "argument from lack of controversy over the later creed" but I found myself drinking from a fire hose.
Aug
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revised Which is hell: punishment, or revenge?
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comment Why did Paul want God to repay Alexander the metalworker?
@JBunyan: Young's & KJV were both written at a time with the use of the verb "may" was used in ways that it is no longer commonly used. Scripture translation has a fixed source but a moving target. Languages change. When reading any translation one must also understand the language and culture it is targeting. If that is old English, one must know the colloquialisms of the day. Notably, every commentator I've checked (9 of them so far) has agreed that there is no indication of Paul's personal feelings here in favor of his pronouncement of God's position and reminder that it is in His hands.
Aug
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comment Why did Paul want God to repay Alexander the metalworker?
@JBunyan: I usually read ESV but usually reference several before commenting on anything. I looked at all the translations there as well as a few others, and don't see any "decidedly more antagonistic" tone. A couple translations use the construct "may the Lord", but this would pose no conflict to a reading that has Paul pronouncing that the issue is turned over to the Lord rather than showing personal hate himself. Notably, every commentary on that site and two more that I checked locally agree on this.
Aug
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comment What is the significance of water from Jesus' side?
@treehau5: I agree it's important, but in studying that Psalm for this answer I found it's not quite as simple as that. You might note I didn't call that out as a Mesinic prophecy because ... well ... it isn't exactly. It's a promise God makes to all of a certain class of people, part of a covenant he has with them. John later uses this and combines it with this item on the cross and shows us that Jesus was one of that class and that God kept his promise to him. Since our end of the covenant has been upheld in Christ we are also assured that God's promises to us will be met.
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