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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 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
30
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
30
revised Are Catholics like pagans, in Evangelical vision?
Added reference to related blog post.
Jul
29
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Jul
29
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
25
revised Can you be a Christian and not go to church?
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Jul
23
revised In what sense do Mormons believe salvation is only through Christ?
Try to clarify/focus the question.
Jul
23
revised Why are only some predestined?
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Jul
19
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".
Jul
19
comment Where was Jesus during the period from His death to resurruction?
Welcome to Christianity.SE! This is a good question and I hope you get done quality answers. Just a heads up, we m might help you reframe it a little bit. This is a widely disputed issue with CHristians from different traditions coming down with different interpretations of the small evidence we have to go on. The only way this is answerable here is of answers are expected to cover the whole picture, not just advocate for one position.
Jul
19
comment Should Christians marry non-Christians?
I was with you right up to the last sentence. How can you claim there is no prohibition?
Jul
19
revised Should Christians marry non-Christians?
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Jul
18
comment Should Christians marry non-Christians?
@Dan There is lots of material in the bible that defines what makes a person Christian or not. It's not that hard to take the same doctrines we derive about salvation and use that as a starting point. On b the other hand the Bible has precious little to say in general terms as advise to people who don't recognize its basic tenants.
Jul
18
answered Should Christians marry non-Christians?
Jul
17
comment Is there an online tool for storing notes on Bible passages?
This is a question about the internet, not about Christianity. The validity of answers will change over time, making it a bad for for this format. Good question, wrong venue.