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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.


Nov
19
revised Who is God referring to in 2 Samuel 7?
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Nov
19
comment How could Job be content with the second half of his life?
I have edited this question a little to bring it more in line with a doctrinal focus here on C.SE. Feel free to edit my edits if you feel they derailed the question. Note I tried to put the idea you mentioned in a comment into the question itself.
Nov
19
revised How could Job be content with the second half of his life?
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Nov
19
revised How could Job be content with the second half of his life?
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Nov
19
comment How could Job be content with the second half of his life?
@JonEricson: I think a question about whether there is any textual evidence for Job believing in an afterlife would be a great related question to ask back over on BH.SE!
Nov
19
comment How can one tell if God is in favor of a modern value or not?
Samuel In answer to your comment to @David ... no I don't think the problem here is a lack of documented doctrine, the problem is that nearly the entire corpus of documented doctrine deals with this on one level or another.
Nov
19
comment What extrabiblical sources support the existence of Jesus in history?
@NeilMeyer: This answer on a related question over on Skeptics does an excelent job of explaining both why Josephus was ever called into question on this point, what the extent of that doubt is, and why the doubt is a non-issue on this case of the actual historicity of Jesus as a character in history.
Nov
19
comment How can one tell if God is in favor of a modern value or not?
This is a really difficult question to approach (and as David noted likely to attract opinion answers) because it uses a bunch of terminology that is impossible to define (Biblle era, modern societal perspectives, progressive, etc) and also makes a number of false assumptions about Christianity in general (including what the Bible says, what historical views were, etc). Also since it is very broad. Any of the examples could be the subject of dozens of books and you're asking for a theory of understanding Christian ethics and morals. Can you figure out something you want to focus on here?
Nov
19
answered How can one tell if God is in favor of a modern value or not?
Nov
19
comment If Jesus was Sinless and had Free Will, how is the rest of creation not a mistake?
@psr No, omnipotence only applies to things that confirm to his nature. It is no conflict to say he cannot do things that are contrary to his nature. As for #2, it is quite prevalent through most Christian teaching although the level of explicitness varies widely. Romans and Colossians are good places to clearly defend this scripturally.
Nov
17
revised Why does Jesus say “Call no man your father upon the earth”
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Nov
16
comment If believing that Jesus is God is that important, why doesn't Jesus say it more often?
Jim you have the facts of the case wrong. I started to answer this by trying to set faacts straight, however quite honestly the tone of this question is sounding less and less like an honest attempt to learn about the facts and more like an agenda based rant. What do you want to do here? I'm willing to help organize this into a question the community isn't going to downvote into oblivion and maybe close, but you have to care and be willing to reconsider your preconceived ideas. Savvy?
Nov
15
comment If believing that Jesus is God is that important, why doesn't Jesus say it more often?
Dull slow heart != dumb. In fact it's quite different. And knowing that they were slow to believe actually strengthens the weight of their testimony since they were not gullible fall for anything types. It also gives me hope for some other folks that come to mind...
Nov
15
answered If believing that Jesus is God is that important, why doesn't Jesus say it more often?
Nov
12
comment Can all sin be categorized as selfishness?
@MarcGravell: I actually think this is a useless question because it is circular. For the scope of this site we're not using the world's definition of sin -- Christianity defines sin as acts (or states) of rebellion towards God in favor of our own desires. All sin is thus selfish without making any leap at all. As for homosexuality: In the case you have in mind we don't share the same ethical/moral ground: only a cultural label. I personally self identify as a abject sinner too! The unique problem with homosexuality is that many people try to justify the acts as not actually sin.
Nov
12
comment Does Jesus ever claim to be God, or the son of God?
I commented here in the first place to discuss whether this was even a valid question. I suspect not as proved by this answer. Your answer isn't valid because it hasn't answered the "real" question, only played hot potato and passed off the responsibility. Rather than noting that asking for "literal" doesn't many any sense in a cross-language situation, you do the subjective work of translating/interpreting the passage, then make a case for your completed text being a "literal" statement, by which point there isn't much meaning left to that label. Or am I just crazy?
Nov
12
comment Can all sin be categorized as selfishness?
@MarcGravell: It's an act done in response to an individuals desire/lust in rejection of God's ordinances on the issue. I don't know if it a useful line of reasoning or conclusion but it would be pretty easy to argue that such things always rely on mans self-conceived standards of morality/ethics thus making them inherently selfish. Personally I think pride is a more useful umbrella to understand sin under, but it's not so different in the end.
Nov
12
revised What are indulgences and when and why were they used?
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Nov
12
comment Does Jesus ever claim to be God, or the son of God?
-1 because this answer plays on the OP's weak definition of literal vs interpreted. I think it's actually impossible for an English translation of whatever it was Jesus said in this passage not to be an interpretation on some level -- I think your rendition of the passage is a valid paraphrase and proper interpretation but somebody should be objecting to the very idea that "literal" makes any sense at all in the context of us discussing this in a different language rather than throwing out an answer that plays off the problematic question.
Nov
11
comment Is it hypocritical to be a Christian and also be against welfare?
This would be a really compelling argument if you could demonstrate that there were government social programs that he had a choice to support or not support and/or the possibility of getting into a political position to create such. From my understanding things really didn't work that way then so that link in the argument is weak ... I agree with your conclusion but it would be interesting to back it up with a picture of what he did/didn't do in a historical context.