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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.


14h
comment What is the Scriptural basis for Catholics praying to Mary and the various saints?
@fredsbend See my first comment, but I see pretty major overlap in scope because the other one also asks if the basis is Scriptural. Another solution besides what I suggested of answering that question might be to pare the other Q down to just history and exclude the overlap.
14h
comment What is the Scriptural basis for Catholics praying to Mary and the various saints?
If you have read but not voted on the other question and its answers I presume you don't see them as useful or accurate. I would suggest answering that question then reviewing your answer and asking yourself how much of your answer content would be duplicated on this question. Then maybe it will be more clear how to re-word this (or the other one) so they don't overlap so much. Just because the existing answers don't cover what you would like to see covered doesn't mean you need a new question. It might just mean the old question needs a better answer.
16h
comment What is the Scriptural basis for Catholics praying to Mary and the various saints?
"What is the basis...is it in the Bible?" and "What is the Scriptural basis?" are, for all practical purposes, the same question. Different wording and the other question has a few other things tacked on but think about it: how would the answers you would give be substantially different?
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comment How does the Bible teach us to direct our prayers?
I think this is the gist of the available positions, but to give a real birds eye view of the territory you should probably include a note about the relative size of each category as far as adherence goes and note where the major branches tend to fit in.
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comment How does the Bible teach us to direct our prayers?
The Catholic perspective is not, by itself, and overview. Of course it ought to be mentioned in any self respecting overview of positions, but you must note what other options there are and what sort of groups hold them in order to qualify as an answer to an overview question.
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comment How does the Bible teach us to direct our prayers?
@FMShyanguya I think you're missing the point of an "overview". Of course not all theological traditions hold the same position, but if the number of positions is relatively small it's possible to outline what they are. In this case I think there are really only 3 or 4 major positions on the issue and it would be easy to summarize what those positions are and what sort of groups hold them in the space of a good well rounded answer. This would not be the case for more complex issues or ones with more possible positions, but this issue seems limited enough to handle this way.
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comment Are there any Catholic sects which disagree with the sinlessness of Mary?
Comments are not for discussing/debating issues. If appropriate you can edit your post to reflect any improvements or fixes you can think of in response to comments, but please don't use comments for ongoing discussion.
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comment Are there any Catholic sects which disagree with the sinlessness of Mary?
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Aug
29
comment Is God bound to future events?
You can't say «I was just approaching it mathematically literally» and call it spot-on hermeneutics unless you think the passage was intending to make a literal mathematical point. Even if this one was, the point you made out of it is not a contradiction at all. But that's the small fish and you've got a shark on the loose. Go read some books on predestination by theologians who understand it (and espouse rather than oppose it) and tell me how often they use the omnipotence paradox to explain it relevant to their other content. I think you'll find the gist of this problem lies elsewhere.
Aug
29
comment Is God bound to future events?
Really? That's the tact you want to take in response to feedback? Fine then I dare you: go ask on BH about what sort of literary device is used in 2 Peter 3:8 and how it should be understood, then self answer to say that it is a mathematical formula and therefore the Bible is built on mathematical contradictions. Then report back with how "spot on" the community there thinks that hermeneutic is.
Aug
29
comment Repentance of Believers in Christ Jesus
@FMShyanguya That timeline has nothing to do with anything. The first comments asking for clarification and close votes suggesting this be closed pending that clarification came in before there were any answers at all. This question is clearly not well enough scoped for this site. Rather than waste your time answering questions that might take another track (or in some cases be dead ends) you should help work to clarify questions so there is no apparent confusion before attempting to answer.
Aug
28
comment Is God bound to future events?
The omnipotence parodox has little to do with understanding predestination and your hermeneutical treatment of 2 Peter is bogus.
Aug
28
comment American evangelist Jean Darnell, “UK prophecy 1967” True or false?
Check a dictionary. Maybe research your idioms. Martyr != Terrorist. And there is nothing offensive about that statement other than the implication that your attitude does not seem to be helping here. Now are you going to try to learn from folks here are do you just want to be recalcitrant? If the former, please edit your question in the way(s) requested by previous commentors.
Aug
26
comment Where do Christians believe the Qur'an came from?
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Aug
26
comment some questions about guardians angels. And what jesus said about guardians angels?
Woah there you are running way ahead of yourself here. One question at a time please, and you need to consider who you are asking as there are different theological traditons under the heading "Christian".
Aug
22
comment What makes a confession sacramental?
This is all perfectly good content, but I think you missed the main point of my question. This post is hung up on the Catholic definition on "confession" as a sacrament, but it doesn't touch on the ordinary English definition, what the status of a revelation made during an ordinary social chat with a priest would be or what the initiation procedure is that officially makes instantiates the protected official act of confession.
Aug
22
comment What makes a confession sacramental?
@FMShyanguya This question accurately reflects my (lack of) understanding of the issue. That's what makes it a question. What you suggest sounds like an answer, not an edit.
Aug
21
comment Homosexual marriages in the Catholic church
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Aug
14
comment How do Catholics reconcile these verses about giving publicly and yet privately?
There are lots of different views on financial giving and it's relation to other attitudes in Christianity. This is inherently a doctrinal question, but you haven't specified what doctrinal framework you are using or want to learn about. "Christianity" and "The Bible" are too broad categories for questions, you need more scope than that.
Aug
13
comment For Catholics who object to Vatican II, what are the key issues?
Can you edit those last two clarification into your answer and explain what the overlap is (or isn't) between them?