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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.


19h
comment Do you believe in the theory of Common Grace?
Who is "you"? This is not a discussion forum: we're looking for questions that generate definitive answers here. I personally believe in Common Grace but this site is also open to many different perspectives some of which do not. This sort of question is just a discussion starter or poll, which we don't do here.
19h
comment Did Jonah die and raise from the dead?
@mojo I think you missed the point of my comment entirely. The question asks specifically about Pentecostal views and this answer does not even mention that group, much less cite something relevant showing that this is their view.
1d
comment Did Jonah die and raise from the dead?
"Probably not"? Is that what Pentecostals officially believe? That he might have but probably didn't die? Where are your sources for identifying this as Pentecostal belief?
1d
comment Is there a Biblical basis for born-again virginity?
This has some good points but I think you're missing a few things. The related imagery is is actually much more poignant that you suggest—not only are believing sinners relationship to God painted using marriage imagery, but God's chosen people are described as "adulterous" and having "prostituted themselves", but part of God's work of sanctification is purifying them and giving them clean hearts. Given how many times those patterns are repeated in various contexts I don't think it would be a stretch to say there is a Biblical basis for the idea (if not exactly for the pop-culture version).
2d
comment Why doesn't the Catholic Church kill heretics anymore?
The question specifically references heretics, not criminals. It would be useful for an answer to do more than glaze over the connection (or disconnection) between the two.
2d
comment Why doesn't the Catholic Church kill heretics anymore?
Moderator notice: Comment threads which debate subject matter issues will be removed. If you want to discuss something with someone take it to Christianity Chat. If you feel an answer is wrong, downvote it and optionally leave at most one comment explaining how it is wrong and/or could be fixed or improved. The solution for wrong answers is to provide a correct answer, not to debate wrong ones and try to convince the author of their error (if any).
2d
comment Why doesn't the Catholic Church kill heretics anymore?
@jlaverde This question calls for answers that cite historical events and official Catholic documentation, not personal attacks. Remember we are not here to judge what is right or wrong, only to document what is. Stick to that and you won't have a problem.
2d
comment Do you have to have a certain amount of intelligence to get into heaven?
@JimG. No amount of intelligence will—in itself—give you the power to avoid sin. That's where you've gotten things cross-wired, intelligence isn't directly linked to either salvation or sin. With at least three people trying to point this out to you have you considered stepping back and considering whether you might be connecting the dots wrong somewhere? You're simply not dealing with theology the way Christianity does or not using English language the way most people do. It's probably worth figuring out which of those you've got wrong (or at least understand how your beliefs are different).
2d
comment Do you have to have a certain amount of intelligence to get into heaven?
@JimG. You are conflating two issues—levels of intelligence are completely unrelated to the kind of "having knowledge of" that most Christians belief is necessary to have faith. They are completely separate variables and you are trying to imply they are the same. Most branches of Christianity belief hearing of / knowing something of the gospel is necessary for salvation, but that faith is granted irrespective of "intelligence". Very smart people may never hear the gospel or come to faith while someone incapacitated by mental disability might.
Jul
29
comment Do Christians receive the same inheritance as Messianic Jews?
Answering a broad quesion like this without even mentioning the spread from dispensationalism to covenant theology is a huge oversight and turns this into a truth debate rather than a documentation of 'Christian' beliefs.
Jul
29
comment Do Christians receive the same inheritance as Messianic Jews?
Answering a broad quesion like this without even mentioning the spread from dispensationalism to covenant theology is a huge oversight and turns this into a truth debate rather than a documentation of 'Christian' beliefs.
Jul
29
comment Do you have to have a certain amount of intelligence to get into heaven?
This may be your opinion or even the belief of some groups but it is blatantly contrary to the belief of most major theological traditions.
Jul
25
comment Why should we pray if God knows everything?
You can think God is in a hospital if you like, but I've never heard of any Christian group that agrees with you. As written this is simply not representative of Christianity's views on this subject.
Jul
24
comment Bishops have no free will?
A) Use a Bible in a language you speak and B) use a dictionary. Either or both of those things would save you from this sort of misunderstanding.
Jul
19
comment How could God hold Adam and Eve accountable for sinning when they didn't know evil?
See also: Why is Adam considered the original sinner?
Jul
19
comment How could God hold Adam and Eve accountable for sinning when they didn't know evil?
See also: If Adam and Eve were perfect, why did they choose to sin?
Jul
19
comment How could God hold Adam and Eve accountable for sinning when they didn't know evil?
See also: If Adam and Eve didn't know good from evil, how can we say they sinned (according to Roman Catholicism)?
Jul
19
comment How have prominent apologists answered those who claim that Jesus does not love his enemies?
You are presuming a definition of what "love" does that would require it to be corrupt and unjust. God is love, but he is also holy and just. The question you really need to be asking is how God can justify sinners and still be considered just. If he were to be legitimately accused of hypocrisy, that would be were it's at. This question is just begging the question using your own personal (and limited) definition of what "love" does or does not do.
Jul
19
comment What is the Catholic point of view towards animals?
@AndrewLeach Can I suggest you work the extra tidbits from your comment into this answer and then flag obsolete comments?
Jul
19
comment Why do JW think other faiths are unbelievers?
#4 seems completely inconsistent with what I know of JW doctrines. Are you sure this is representative of their perspective (as asked by this question)? Can you source that or any of the other claims here using their doctrinal statements or teachings?