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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.


Apr
27
comment Has the notion of “legitimacy” been abandoned in the Catholic Church?
Very interesting question. I find I learn a lot more about other traditions when people from inside those traditions raise the questions.
Apr
26
comment How could a loving, just, merciful God have created such an unfair test for humans?
Hey @Jez, RiverC and Rex ... if you want to discuss the issues, please take it to chat. Comments are reserved for issues related to the post, not for ongoing discussion. Please be aware these will eventually get cleaned up (sooner rather than later if they wander off topic) and lost. If you take it to chat there is a permanent record. Thanks.
Apr
26
comment Can a Christian walk away from his or her salvation?
Welcome to Christianity.SE!
Apr
26
revised Can a Christian walk away from his or her salvation?
Fix spelling and word usage.
Apr
26
comment How could a loving, just, merciful God have created such an unfair test for humans?
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Apr
26
revised How could a loving, just, merciful God have created such an unfair test for humans?
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Apr
26
comment How could a loving, just, merciful God have created such an unfair test for humans?
@RexKerr: As for the second part of your comment, Jesus hasn't suspended hatred of sin. He continues to hate it, he has just removed it from some. This is why after you deal with justification as above you must move on to understand sanctification -- without it Jesus' actions would indeed be hypocritical.
Apr
26
comment How could a loving, just, merciful God have created such an unfair test for humans?
@RexKerr: Your concern about subverted justice does naturally stem from this line of reasoning. This doesn't make it "scripturally dubious", in fact Scripture goes on to acknowledge this problem and provide a solution. This answer was already too long to cover it all, but shortly, one must look into doctrines like propitiation and imputed righteousness to find out how it is that God can show mercy without perverting justice. It hasn't gotten properly answered yet, but I did raise this question here: christianity.stackexchange.com/q/2277/30
Apr
25
comment Christianity and extreme, seizure-like bodily shaking
Sometime when I haven't already hit the sack I'd like to pull up some related resources and put together an answer. My basic argument will be controversial but I think represent both a Biblically and historically accurate Christianity in saying that while these movements (pun intended) often come with Christian terminology attached, they actually represent an entirely different religion. There tend to be more parallels to Kundalini than to Christ.
Apr
25
comment What is the nature of eternal security?
Welcome to Christianity.SE, and great first answer.
Apr
25
answered How could a loving, just, merciful God have created such an unfair test for humans?
Apr
24
comment Are there any studies on why some doubters quit faith and others double-down on it?
Various Christian traditions do have doctrines about why this happens. If you want to learn about those ask specifically for them. As worded this is off topic.
Apr
23
comment What does Jesus say about your spirit going to heaven?
James: I converted your second answer to be an extension of this one. Please keep in mind that you can edit your own posts (and even the posts of others) across the site. See the faq for more details.
Apr
23
revised What does Jesus say about your spirit going to heaven?
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Apr
20
comment Are High School Pride Pep Rallies anti-Christian?
If you want to salvage this question, you will need to edit it to A) address it to a particular tradition that you consider authoritative and B) find a way to focus the attention less on the individual scenario and more on the principles behind it so that it can be shown how the doctrines of that tradition should be applied without the question becoming "too localized."
Apr
20
comment Are High School Pride Pep Rallies anti-Christian?
Greg, this site isn't a good place to figure out if anything is or is not "Christian" or "anit-Christian". Our site faq cites examples of questions that do not fit this site well. If you look, this kind of falls under both of the last two. You might also look through some of the meta posts tagged faq for discussions about defining Christianity.
Apr
19
comment Young Earth Creationists vs. Old Earth Creationists
@DavidStratton: I think I agree. The question is what could we do to make this both as generally applicable as possible to cover this specific commonly asked question yet make it specific enough that it requires a general answer like this one that does not turn into a permanent debate platform. Basically I'd be ok with opening it up for content like this, but we need a way to mitigate the floodgates of rubbish that this will tend to stir up as well. Thoughts?
Apr
19
comment Young Earth Creationists vs. Old Earth Creationists
This is a great answer to a poor question. What do you think we could do in the way of re-writing the question so that this kind of answer would be required and we could re-opened it?
Apr
19
comment What is the biblical basis for Postmillennialism?
+1 for a useful set of references, but I honestly don't think this should be the accepted answer to this question. All four millennium views appeal to the same sacred text. What is different isn't the proof texts so much as the hermeneutic principals and presuppositions used to interpret them. Obviously with your own view as a framework, you will interpret all these verses as supporting your view. What would really be useful here is an analysis of the way interpretation is done that supports a 'post' reading.
Apr
17
comment Does anybody teach specifically about the existence of ghosts?
The Bible has many other accounts of pagan beliefs. Their mentions don't validity them as doctrines, only acknowledge that they existed. In this case I don't think we can make a case that what Jesus was refuting here can be taken as not generally applicable just because he tackled the specific misconception. Even if the disciples wouldn't have dreamed of believing in ghosts, they had seen that guy die and his appearance would have been enough to inject all kinds of superstitions in a moment!