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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.


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".
Jul
14
comment In the parable of the sower, what exegetical reasons are there to interpret the third type of soil to be genuine Christians?
You say "to me it seems", then go on to explain a position that most Christian's I've ever heard of would disagree with. Can you explain what Christian group(s) hold this view and hence in what way this answer is representative of Christianity rather than just your personal opinion?
Jul
12
comment How to prove that Jesus is true God using the Bible alone?
@gideonmarx I'm sorry I don't know what you are asking for.
Jul
11
comment How was Abraham able to rescue Lot?
This does not look like a Biblical Hermeneutics thing. It's not really about a specific text or how to interpret the words, as worded it's very much asking for a doctrinal stance.
Jul
11
comment Does 1 Peter 3:21 teach Baptismal Regeneration?
This question appears to be off-topic for this site as it is looking for a "true" interpretation of something without giving any sort of scoping rules for who is to answer. This sort of question would be more appropriate on [bh], but you should do a bit of research first in order to ask a truly textual question there.
Jul
10
comment Why wasn't Solomon's polygamy sinful?
Mod notice @Jesse et all: Comments are not the place to engage in debate over theological issues. Criticizing a point in a post in hopes that it can be improved is fine, but leave it at that. Either the OP edits to fix or they don't. If you think an answer is just wrong and can't be easily fixed, provide a better one yourself. DV if you think it's not helpful to the question. If you want to chat, take it to Christianity Chat, but long debate threads in comments are not helpful to the site.
Jul
10
comment Where Does Jesus Say “I will save humanity”?
@JREAM You want the greatest mystery imaginable, the most profound belief in Christianity and the most extraordinary event in history to be explained ... in what ... 20 words or less? I think maybe you're going about this all wrong. It's writ large through the whole Bible, why expect answers here to boil it down to one verse?
Jul
10
comment Do any Christian groups sell all their possessions as it seems the Early Church did?
@Jesse This might help you get your head around what's going on around here: meta.christianity.stackexchange.com/a/3824/30
Jul
10
comment Do any Christian groups sell all their possessions as it seems the Early Church did?
@Jesse That is a completely pointless objection to this answer. Not only does it already make clear how the terms are used in relation to the groups involved, but you don't seem to understand the way the term is used here or in Christianity in general. For the purposes of this site "denomination" is just a convenience moniker for a group of people with similar beliefs and practices that have some relation to eachother on account of those things.
Jul
10
comment Do any Christian groups sell all their possessions as it seems the Early Church did?
Thanks for that. I've re-opened the question and it can be answered now. I'd encourage you to still maybe ask a second question about the historical situation of the early church (your original #2 question) as a separate post.
Jul
10
comment What is the basis for an omnipotent God allowing imperfect transmission of his Word?
Most of this is pretty good. My one quibble is that it kind of glosses over the issue of language. There is much more to the issue of why we have so many translations that just Greek/Hebrew being "hard to translate". Even an easy to translate language (say a modern one for which usage and and context are known in all cases) would still leave us with multiple translations as that is not really the issue, only an exacerbating factor.