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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.


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
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.
Dec
29
comment Are Christians bound to the laws of their country?
@Hello Please don't use the comment feature for extented topical discussion. If you have a request for clarification or suggestion to improve a post that is fine, but this is not a discussion forum and mini answers in comments is not what the tool is for. Thanks for understanding.
Dec
27
comment What is the basis for the idea that God is highly involved in human lives?
I'm afraid this is neither unique to the States nor even to Chrisianity. I don't disbelieve in the miraculous either, but you should know that not everything attributed to or done in the name of Christianity actually is.
Dec
20
comment Do Catholics believe that Jesus' time in the wilderness was meant as an allegory?
@JimG. Your funeral.
Dec
20
comment Do Catholics believe that Jesus' time in the wilderness was meant as an allegory?
According to who? Some people don't think anything in the Gospels is historical fact. Others set their clocks my it. If you are asking what Christians believe about something you need to be more specific about who you are asking.
Dec
20
comment What is the scriptural basis for Adam living forever after eating from the Tree of Life?
@LCIII On what basis did you add the lds tag? Eliya is that what you're looking for here?
Dec
20
comment Why is Jesus looking on an oddly standing stone?
@rhetorician If you think there is a problem with the site and/or have a suggestion for fixing it you can raise the issue on Christianity Meta. That's both the place to raise awareness for such issue as well as decide what site guidelines are for dealing with them. In the mean time comments are not the appropriate venue for this kind of discussion. Thanks for understanding.
Dec
20
comment What is the evidence that Jesus rose on a Sunday?
@ShaneHemingway That might be another question, maybe even one for Mi Yodeya.