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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 Why did Christians kill other Christians during World War One?
"Rebut this false statement" is not a good constructive question format for this site. Basically the answer to this comes down to "why are non-JW's not JW's", which is simply too broad and varied to ask here. Maybe there is something more specific you'd like to know about the beliefs and practices of a specific group, but "all non-JW's" is not specific.
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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.
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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
21
comment Bible verses to overcome masturbation
Hello Lipeandarai 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.
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 meant by “the Woman” in Revelation Chapter 12?
This question appears to be off-topic. As asked here it is a "truth" question only answerable by the "true" interpretation of the passage. This has been asked already on BH (where it would be on topic if you stripped out the presupposition from the question and most of the answers) and without the baggage this comes with, so I'm not going to migrate.
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?
Jul
18
comment How comparable are the concepts of the Teaching Magisterium in the Catholic Church and the Jehovah's Witnesses view of their Watch Tower society?
Please hold off on editing until you have a substantial amount of things to fix. Each edit bumps the whole question to the home page and causes reviews to happen. You've been kind of excessive in editing this and a couple other posts. I don't mind fixing small details if it's a one time catch, but editing so many times for such little things is considered abusive use of the system on SE (and you've been auto-flagged multiple times for this). Thanks for understanding.
Jul
18
comment What are the differences between Mormonism and Islam, and how do Mormons react to comparisons with it?
There is some good content in here but it needs to be adapted to this site and this question or it will get removed. We need to remove the truth claim bits and just keep the identified differences. Also Islam's reaction to these differneces is not relevant to this question. The LDS perspective on them is what is called for here.
Jul
16
comment were the ancient Israelites of a darker skin tone?
Half of this makes sense. Half of it is meaningless strings of words. The phrase "typical Israeli/Northern African tone" conveys no meaning unless you meant to say in effect "Yellow. No blue!"
Jul
16
comment How widely held among Protestants is the belief that the authors of the books of James and Jude were half brothers of Jesus?
This question asks "how widely held" a view is. The only bit of this that answers that question is the first word "many" and the word "some". After that you spend a not of effort answering a question that was not asked about the Biblical basis for a view. Do you think you could do a better job quantifying this and focus on the question asked?
Jul
15
comment What does it mean for Christ to have been slain before the creation of the world?
@DJClayworth This is not about a particular text but about a thread of things through the whole Bible and is a very doctrinal issue, not at all suitable for BH. However well suited here, it is what it is because I don't think we can migrate this -- at least not asked this way.
Jul
15
comment Was Jesus a political revolutionary? A violent one?
Ben I have removed most of the non-constructive comments this received. It really was a mess. That being said this does appear to be off-topic as you don't seem to be looking for Christianity's perspective at all and want this answered using presuppositions that Christians would not make. History is probably a better home for what you asked here. If you like I can migrate this over there. If you want Christianity's take on things we can accommodate that here, but your question will need re-writing.
Jul
15
comment Was Jesus a political revolutionary? A violent one?
Mod notice: Comments are not the place to debate issues or leave mini-answers. If you have an answer, then answer. If appropriate answers may also point out misunderstandings present in questions, but please reserve the comment space for asking for clarification when necessary before answering or for explaining our site scope and how questions do or don't fit.
Jul
15
comment What does being Born Again mean per Catholic teaching?
If your views are relevant anywhere on this site it would be under question specifically about whatever group you actually currently represent, whether that is a reform movement inside Catholicism or whatever. Answering Catholicism questions in fine as long as you do so from the current established and referenceable teachings (whether you think these are right or wrong). If what you believe is right or true is in any way in variance with current Catholic dogma and practice, then you must identify what position you are representing for your answers to be valid.
Jul
15
comment What does being Born Again mean per Catholic teaching?
Re this statement: "This is as Catholic as it Gets, because it is the truth." However valid this sentiment may or may not be in the context of the church, it is baloney in the context of this site. On this site "Catholic" refers to the current documented beliefs of the Roman Catholic church. Historical Catholic positions need to be delineated as such and neither any argument solely from the truth of Scripture nor your view an what it should be has any relevance at all. Please STOP trying to pawn off your personal views as "true Catholicism".