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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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Note this site is NOT about Judaism. There is a separate site for that.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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comment Why is the Trinity a Trinity?
Many classic Christian confessions have been formulated specifically to refute this way of trying to understand the Trinity. I would suggest checking out Allen Vander Pol's book on the Trinity for a easy to grasp but not overly simplistic look at the Christianity concept of "the Trinity".
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comment Why did Paul want God to repay Alexander the metalworker?
@MonikaMichael: I'm no pacifist, but do you see my point about there being more than one way to be angry with someone -- and that this post doesn't differentiate between them as possibilities?
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comment Why did Paul want God to repay Alexander the metalworker?
@MonikaMichael: I don't think we're speaking the same language yet. I'm not arguing that there isn't righteous anger. In fact I argue for that all the time! However, I am trying to say that your comment of "a little bitterness is justified" towards somebody who tried to harm you on account of Christ is not at all the same thing as righteous anger against an enemy of God. The OP's question talks about "hating a man and wanting him to suffer". That's not at all the kind of thing we see defined in Deuteronomy 32:35.
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comment Why did Paul want God to repay Alexander the metalworker?
@MonikaMichael: I've had people try to get me killed too. Literally. Bitterness isn't what I feel toward them nor would it be justified. However, I would warn my congregation about them if occasion arose so that they stay out of harms way if possible, while also advising anyone dealing with them NOT to take their anger out on them directly but that "God will punish them appropriately."
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comment Why did Paul want God to repay Alexander the metalworker?
Really? Your hermeneutical key to this passage is that he sounds angry to you and you know no leaders are perfect therefore he must be having a lapse in judgement in the pages of what we take as divinely inspired advice to Timothy & a church? This might be a valuable side-note to keep in mind for all our Bible reading but it hardly seems like the main factor at work in this text.
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comment Did early church fathers understand the doctrine of trinity?
Excellent point on the Trinity not being a controversial issue until some heresy popped up that denied it and needed to be rejected in so many words. Throughout history many creeds and confessions are simply written to articulate what was already known to be orthodox teaching in direct response to some heresy that tried to redefine established doctrine. The councils that wrote them did not convene to generate new doctrines, they responded to conflicts by documenting what was agreed to be true on the issues of the day.
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