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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 Can I stay pure by myself?
Hello Aaron, and thank you for your question. The mission of our site is to answer factual questions about Christianity. We are not able to answer more personal questions. We invite you to consult your local church, pastor, priest, mentor, or other trustworthy counselor.
Jan
28
comment What is the 70 weeks prophesied in Daniel chapter nine?
It's usually pretty easy to find sources by searching for bits of quotes. In the event you come across some that you can't find it may be okay on occasion to quote it anyway but specifically reference it with a note saying you cannot find the attribution. That will encourage editors to add the source if they can find it and at least understand that it's not plagiarism if they can't.
Jan
28
comment What is the basis for the idea of a seven year peace treaty with Israel in the end times?
No worries. See my other comment for follow up.
Jan
28
comment What is the 70 weeks prophesied in Daniel chapter nine?
Yes, > does help denote which sections are quotes, but you still need to attribute the quote to someone or somewhere. This (and a few others) were brought to my attention by some community member flagging them for plagiarism. If you hadn't at least used some blockquote formatting I would just have deleted them but I'm sure it wasn't your intention. Howerever at some point you do need to edit this and any others that have no sources to properly credit the author of any material you've used. Thanks for understanding.
Jan
28
comment What is the 70 weeks prophesied in Daniel chapter nine?
This appears to be largely plagiarized from here with no credits. Please edit this to more clearly show what content is yours and give credit to the authors for the material that is not your own.
Jan
28
comment What is the basis for the idea of a seven year peace treaty with Israel in the end times?
The bulk of this answer seems to be copy/pasted from here. You need to edit in some credits where credit is due (and possible edit the quoted section down to just the most relevant bits to the answer). As it stands this is basically plagiarism. Please always source material when you copy/paste content that is not your own original material.
Jan
26
comment What is the difference between 'Hell', 'Sheol', 'Hades' and 'Gehenna'?
@Bye et all: Please note this is not an exegesis question looking for the correct way to understand each term in the Bible, this is a question directed at the usage of the words across the Bible according to Christianity. Any decent answer to this will need to cover the major "camps" as to what these terms are about and who understands them how rather than delving into what the correct understanding of "the bad place" should be.
Jan
23
comment When Abraham met 3 guys at Mamre, is one of them God himself?
Of course the Jews aren't going to believe it was Christ. Likewise groups such as the Mormon's have different beliefs about the nature of physical manifestations of God. But what is your question? As asked this is more a truth question than it is one about Christianity. Please direct your questions at whatever context you are interested in learning about rather than wording them like a bone to be fought over.
Jan
17
comment What does Satan look like?
[edited] This is not representative of Christianity's views (nor Biblically accurate). The issue of Satan masquerading as an angel of light is not put in the relevant context that most Christians would put it in, and side issues such as people being attracted to evil things (esp in their unregenerate state) are not explained satisfactorily.
Jan
17
comment What does it mean that God is the saviour of all people, especially those who believe?
@curiousdannii comparing with other verses (esp non Pauline ones!) makes this still a very doctrinal question. This is not easily resolved as a textual issue; one way or the other only a full blown theological framework is going to resolve this question making it a "truth" question here and a "doctrine" question on BH. As written it fits neither site.
Jan
16
comment What does it mean that God is the saviour of all people, especially those who believe?
This has far too many presumptions and is too doctrinally loaded for BH as written. I'm not sure it's okay here either but I can't migrate as is.
Jan
9
comment Did any other philosophical systems have as much influence on the early Church as Platonism and Stoicism?
As for the content of the answer, by personal observation is that there are bits in here that may be true, but it also mixes in a specific agenda that isn't an accurate representation of Christianity. It's a mixed bag but to some extent I think this ends up addressing a true premise behind the question as if it was false. Case in point: do you seriously think that less "intellectual" people bring any less philosophical/world view baggage with them? Do you think Christianity hasn't also suffered at the hands of lay people that would strip it of its actual tenets in favor of folk doctrines?
Jan
9
comment Did any other philosophical systems have as much influence on the early Church as Platonism and Stoicism?
@MattGutting and flaggers: Addressing premises of questions (esp. if that means setting the record straight on how Christianity sees the world that is different that assumptions in the question) is typically something we do allow on this sort of question. This may or may not be a good answer or even right, but my take on it is that it's not a NAA candidate.
Jan
6
comment Does Catholicism teach that the Pope is God?
Even the absurdity of saying the Pope is "a God" seems to stop considerably short of saying dogmatically "the Pope is God".
Jan
6
comment How can common believers in the Eastern Orthodox Church be sure that the Church's decisions are correct and not erroneous?
In what way is this representative of Orthodox teaching? And how are we to know? This seems more like a platitude than an actual explanation of the belief asked about in the question.
Jan
6
comment Does Catholicism teach that the Pope is God?
I've edited this down to one question. Your secondary question would make a good question here too, but we really want to keep question scopes to a manageable level so one question at a time please. You can certainly go ahead and ask that question as well.
Jan
6
comment Why do some Protestants divide the Blood of Christ into individual cups?
I believe there are at least two factual errors here. First, the number of Protestants that pray over the cup before dividing it into servings is not a "majority". Likewise Protestants don't tend to believe the wine/bread becomes anything different than what is was as a result of the prayer. So while this sounds like a plausible theory, I don't think this accurately represents Protestant doctrine.
Jan
5
comment Can science prove Calvinism wrong?
Mod notice: Comments are only for a specific purpose—suggesting improvements or requesting clarifications to posts. They may not be used for debating issues and even less so for off topic discussions.
Jan
4
comment How were the quarter-millennium anniversaries of the resurrection of Jesus commemorated?
This does not really answer the question that was asked nor does it cite any basis or references for the position. It reads more like a forum post or discussion starter than a definative answer to what was asked. Can you edit to flesh this out?
Dec
29
comment View on divorce after civil marriage in Protestant Churches?
@Anonymous You can feel iffy all you want but obviously I disagree with your analysis (which really should be on the question not my answer). This is not pastoral advice in that it's looking specifically for views of a theological tradition not what to do in his case. Also it's not too broad because it's really quite easy to generalize the answer while still covering most of the asked scope. I might have been too brief but it's not unreasonable to expect an answer to cover this. If you disagree then vote to close.