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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 Total Depravity vs the Rich Man
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awarded  Enlightened
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awarded  Nice Answer
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comment What are the mechanics of interaction with the Holy Spirit?
This site isn't just for you, it is supposed to produce lasting valuable answers. Book recommendations don't do that which is why they are of topic here. Closed questions are either destined to be edited into good ones and reopened (in which case quick closure makes sure people don't waste time giving irrelevant answers) or the are destined for deletion. Please don't try to break the rules, help the community thrive at what it is made for by modeling good questions.
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comment When Jesus gave Peter his name (rock) what is the significance that he then said upon a ‘different’ kind of rock he would build his church?
I wonder if this would not be a better fit for Biblical Hermeneutics. Thoughts?
Aug
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comment Shouldn't Mary’s genealogy be Jesus' family history?
You can add a clarification that we don't mean God had sex with marry and had a biological child, but your wording here sounds exactly like you are agreeing with Muslims objection, which runs much deeper than just having an biological issue but denies the incarnation altogether. Jesus himself and she Scriptures make liberal use of the terms "son" and "father" in their standard contexts just like you'd talk about your dad. There is nothing heretical about using the terms that orthodoxy has always used following in the footsteps of the author of our faith.
Aug
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comment Predestination, Sins of the Parents
I've removed my downvote and comments about the stuff you edited, thanks for that. Now I'd just like to point out that neither of these verses or even your initial application are something that a well studied Calvinist would disagree with. However they would find your user of the word "sovereign" to be inconsistent. You grant that he is, then fail to comment on all the places in Scripture where he personally makes a big deal out of family connections in various ways. That's what this question is about really -- how do these issues connect? Your answer doesn't help connect the dots.
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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.
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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...
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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.
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awarded  Nice Answer
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awarded  Enlightened
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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.
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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.
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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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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.