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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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comment According to the penal substitutionary atonement view, why was Jesus' punishment not eternal?
I don't think this is broadly representative of Christian views on this issue. The understanding of the nature of death being one thing separated from another allows, in a sense, for God to die. God the father turned his back on his son and the Son experienced what it was to be cut off from the fellowship of the trinity. Lots more happened at the cross than the death of his body alone!
Jul
25
comment What did Jesus mean when he spoke of drinking new wine in his Father's kingdom?
What exactly is your question here? Could you be more specific about what in this wording doesn't make sense to you or what aspect of Christian teaching on heaven, the sacraments, etc. you are asking about?
Jul
16
comment Why was Esther not sinning when she broke the law and approached the king?
My tradition (and I have sources but not handy so this isn't an answer yet) is that there is room for civil disobedience in matters where the state goes against God's word (and some add concience). The idea is that the state still has the right to punish you for thattdisobedience and you have to submit to that even if you cannot obey the law. See also Daniel, Peter and John in Acts 3, etc. In fact commentaries on Act 3 are probably the place to get your Easter answer.
Jul
13
comment What is meant by “God is Omnipotent”?
No it's not accurate. That's the Wikipedia definition (and it's rubbish), not a Calvinistic definition at all. This answer is blatantly inaccurate in suggesting that Calvinists agree with that definition.
Jul
12
comment What is meant by “God is Omnipotent”?
This is not just a wild guess, it's a complete miss. That is simply not an accurate way to describe Calvinist's view of the meaning of omnipotence.
Jul
10
comment Fake Jesus reincarnations
@Robert The ESV translation has some hold over phrasing from much older English than you are perhaps used to seeing (it's from the same translation family as the KJV and has kept some wording choices from ASV). The sense here in the original is very emphatic indeed—more so even than "will" conveys in strictly modern parlance. You'll find it translated "will" in some translations, but the language construct here is not a bad translation, it's just one you're not accustomed to and hence don't feel the force of.
Jun
17
comment How is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrated within the domestic church?
This is quite a different question than the one you were proposing. This one seems to take as a premise what would have been the answer to your proposed question (that I said would work here). In this format isn't this sort of self answering? The question states "it's not usually observer", yet the title is asking "how is it celebrated"? Do you indent a question about how it should be celebrated? Is so according to who?
Jun
12
comment How is it just that Jesus, an innocent, would be punished for our sins?
I addressed the issue of why Jesus rather than somebody else in an answer to a tangentially related question about the significance of his death.
Jun
11
comment Does Paul ever actually quote Jesus anywhere?
You can add as many weasel words as you like—as if the truth could be buried in lawyer-speak—but this is just factually inaccurate. Unless reading and cross referencing the NT was not part of your search, "I can find no place" rings pretty hollow because Luke confirms a number of specific sayings. Furthermore the question did not even ask for quotes reaffirmed by third witnesses, only whether Paul quoted Jesus, making this answer patently false no matter how you read it.
Jun
7
comment How has the position of the Catholic Church on drugs changed over time?
I'm not sure this even answers the question that was asked. One data point tells you nothing about the delta between that point and another. Also it doesn't really matter what Galatians or Revelations says about the matter—that only clues us in as to what a Scriptural view _should be_—as the question is about what the Roman Catholic church's position was and is (and specifically if it has changed).
Jun
5
comment In the context of 1 Corinthians 7:10-15, is a Christian free to remarry if his Christian spouse falls away from God and divorces?
On BH to ask this question you would need to change the scope to be more specifically about the text itself and the original context, not it's application to Christians. In this site, you would need to change the scope to ask about a specific theological tradition's views on this matter. "Christianity" is too broad a scope as different groups have different takes on issue like this and we are not here to determine who is right, only document what extant groups beliefs are.
May
31
comment How were the authors of the four gospels literate?
@Gigi You should edit that clarification into your question because that isn't at all the impression I was left with on first pass, hence not what I addressed in this answer.
May
31
comment How were the authors of the four gospels literate?
@Gigi In your question you wrote about "fishermen and simple people" with the implication that such people were also likely ignorant in general. Your question reads as if you were going by a modern definition of literacy as being able to gain understanding through an intellectual process and communicate fluently using language. Now your comment suggests you're strictly concerned with orthography and fluency with a quill, ink bottle and parchment. Do realize how words apart those definitions are?
May
31
comment How were the authors of the four gospels literate?
@Gigi I think you're going to have to define what you mean by "literate", because it seems like you might have a very anachronistic idea of what constitutes literacy, especially in a historical context.
Apr
30
comment Can man judge whether God is fair?
@Pacerier That sounds like something for another question, not a comment. Comments on this site are for requesting clarifications or suggesting improvements to question or answer posts—not for theological discussion or asking side questions.
Apr
21
comment Bible comparison KJV vs NRSV-CE
...and I think in doing any serious research into the actual source text differences that in the end no major doctrines hinge on the variations.
Apr
21
comment Bible comparison KJV vs NRSV-CE
I edited out what was either forum style discussion (not appropriate for this QnA format) or did not address the question that was asked. What remains is an assertion you have made that relates to the question, but you have no sources to back it up. This needs some serious research to turn it into an answer.
Apr
8
comment Was there anyone specific who ever argued that God was dead?
I'm really not sure what an answer to this question would be expected to accomplish. Lots of specific people have made this claim at various times and in various context, but what is meant varies widely.
Apr
8
comment What is the Biblical basis for disbelief in the doctrine of the Trinity?
+1. Even though I disagree with the conclusions and would even take issue with some of the reasoning, this is a very clear presentation of exactly the view point this question was calling for.
Apr
7
comment Did early church fathers understand the doctrine of trinity?
Thanks for the great edits @Lee. As much time as I spend programming in languages that start at zero and 1 is the second number, you wouldn't think I could make that sort of mistake and not even notice.