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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.


Aug
9
comment If Jesus was God, then why did he pray?
@gideonmarx Just because all of us do a bad job of following the model doesn't invalidate Jesus prayer as a role model. Find me any major Christian group that believes Christ's prayers were not exemplary of how we should pray. Most of them would agree with you that many/most professing Christians do a poor job at living up to the standard, but they rarely deny this doctrinal position.
Aug
9
comment If Jesus was God, then why did he pray?
@ShakeebShaheen This is not a debate forum. You asked a question asking about Christianity's perspective. You don't have to agree with answers, but this isn't the place to argue about whether they are right or not.
Aug
9
comment If Jesus was God, then why did he pray?
@ShakeebShaheen If you haven't gotten your answer it is because you are not reading—either my words or the articulations of other Christianity. Pastor Stanley said it plainly, I said it in bold face at the top of my answer, and the creed I quoted articulates it in detail. The answer is in front of you. If you prefer to imitate Mr. Deedat's illogical and irreverent arguments rather that really investigating the issue you have nobody to blame but yourself.
Aug
9
comment If Jesus was God, then why did he pray?
If you need to clarify your question please do so by editing your question to be more clear, not commenting (much less picking a fight in comments). You asked what Christians believe, you'll get an answer. Whether you agree with it or not is another thing, and it is not the job of this site to convince you or "prove" a position.
Aug
8
comment Was baptism practiced before Christ?
See also: Was baptism practiced by first-century Jews?
Aug
8
comment Prominent Theologians' answer to: What is “The Parable of the Shrewd Manager” about?
@Wikis You can see re-open votes in the revision history. It looks like comments have all the discussion there is. You have all the info I have.
Aug
8
comment Prominent Theologians' answer to: What is “The Parable of the Shrewd Manager” about?
@Onlyheisgood. Comments are not for answering questions. Please stop doing that. If you have an answer that fits tho scope of the question then post it as an answer.
Aug
5
comment Are Lucifer and Satan different beings?
@TheFreemason The type of question and research that would be applicable is quite different from the one you ripped my quote out of context from. I'd appreciate being allowed to speak for myself, and I'd imagine Wikis feels the same. If I see an issue let me make my own comments. If you see an issue make your own comments. In this case I think you are trying to pigeon-hole a conclusion and you missed the fact that the premises and context are incompatable with the argument you stole.
Jul
31
comment Did Jonah die and raise from the dead?
@mojo I think you missed the point of my comment entirely. The question asks specifically about Pentecostal views and this answer does not even mention that group, much less cite something relevant showing that this is their view.
Jul
30
comment Did Jonah die and raise from the dead?
"Probably not"? Is that what Pentecostals officially believe? That he might have but probably didn't die? Where are your sources for identifying this as Pentecostal belief?
Jul
30
comment Is there a Biblical basis for born-again virginity?
This has some good points but I think you're missing a few things. The related imagery is is actually much more poignant that you suggest—not only are believing sinners relationship to God painted using marriage imagery, but God's chosen people are described as "adulterous" and having "prostituted themselves", but part of God's work of sanctification is purifying them and giving them clean hearts. Given how many times those patterns are repeated in various contexts I don't think it would be a stretch to say there is a Biblical basis for the idea (if not exactly for the pop-culture version).
Jul
29
comment Why doesn't the Catholic Church kill heretics anymore?
The question specifically references heretics, not criminals. It would be useful for an answer to do more than glaze over the connection (or disconnection) between the two.
Jul
29
comment Why doesn't the Catholic Church kill heretics anymore?
Moderator notice: Comment threads which debate subject matter issues will be removed. If you want to discuss something with someone take it to Christianity Chat. If you feel an answer is wrong, downvote it and optionally leave at most one comment explaining how it is wrong and/or could be fixed or improved. The solution for wrong answers is to provide a correct answer, not to debate wrong ones and try to convince the author of their error (if any).
Jul
29
comment Why doesn't the Catholic Church kill heretics anymore?
@jlaverde This question calls for answers that cite historical events and official Catholic documentation, not personal attacks. Remember we are not here to judge what is right or wrong, only to document what is. Stick to that and you won't have a problem.
Jul
29
comment Do you have to have a certain amount of intelligence to get into heaven?
@JimG. No amount of intelligence will—in itself—give you the power to avoid sin. That's where you've gotten things cross-wired, intelligence isn't directly linked to either salvation or sin. With at least three people trying to point this out to you have you considered stepping back and considering whether you might be connecting the dots wrong somewhere? You're simply not dealing with theology the way Christianity does or not using English language the way most people do. It's probably worth figuring out which of those you've got wrong (or at least understand how your beliefs are different).
Jul
29
comment Do you have to have a certain amount of intelligence to get into heaven?
@JimG. You are conflating two issues—levels of intelligence are completely unrelated to the kind of "having knowledge of" that most Christians belief is necessary to have faith. They are completely separate variables and you are trying to imply they are the same. Most branches of Christianity belief hearing of / knowing something of the gospel is necessary for salvation, but that faith is granted irrespective of "intelligence". Very smart people may never hear the gospel or come to faith while someone incapacitated by mental disability might.
Jul
29
comment Do Christians receive the same inheritance as Messianic Jews?
Answering a broad quesion like this without even mentioning the spread from dispensationalism to covenant theology is a huge oversight and turns this into a truth debate rather than a documentation of 'Christian' beliefs.
Jul
29
comment Do Christians receive the same inheritance as Messianic Jews?
Answering a broad quesion like this without even mentioning the spread from dispensationalism to covenant theology is a huge oversight and turns this into a truth debate rather than a documentation of 'Christian' beliefs.
Jul
29
comment Do you have to have a certain amount of intelligence to get into heaven?
This may be your opinion or even the belief of some groups but it is blatantly contrary to the belief of most major theological traditions.
Jul
25
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.