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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.


Feb
5
comment Are there any sects of Christianity that still practice animal sacrifice?
I didn't ask whether WoF or anybody else agreed with the practice. I asked whether any groups do it. As such, "most reports are likely false, well might have but they are wrong" does not answer the question.
Feb
4
comment Why are Christians sure that prayers to Jesus are answered when “Jesus” wasn't the name he used?
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Feb
4
comment Why are Christians sure that prayers to Jesus are answered when “Jesus” wasn't the name he used?
See also Should "Jesus" be rendered "Yeshu‘a" in English?
Feb
4
comment Why are Christians sure that prayers to Jesus are answered when “Jesus” wasn't the name he used?
When you write here, please make the effort to properly capitalize. This isn't Facebook, and our style guide would be more equivalent to what a university would expect to see in a thesis paper than what you might doodle to your friends. If nothing else use something like this on your text before you post.
Feb
4
comment Is 'sola gratia' as a soteriology traceable in the period leading to the Protestant Reformation?
Could you add summaries of the significant points in these men's theology that make you think they fit the bill for this question? How did each of them express their ideas on soteriology?
Feb
4
comment Why can't there be another fall?
I think this is a good question but would be an excellent one if you went ahead and narrowed it to just how non-Calvinist Protestants deal with this issue (and whether in that subset there is more than one line of reasoning).
Feb
4
comment Is Jesus still human in Heaven? Does He still need to sleep?
(Reference data point: how would a Mormon answer this question? The way you have it framed, their interpretation of cosmology, other worlds and God having a body would be a valid answer, as would one from an Unitarian who believes Christ was just a good man who died and turned to dust. Such and answer competition should be specifically excluded by a proper question framing.)
Feb
4
comment Is Jesus still human in Heaven? Does He still need to sleep?
I think this is askable, but the framing could use some tightening up. Right now it really isn't much different from the generic "truth about X" questions we get, crossed some "what does the Bibile say about X". I would appreciate if you re-framed this so it would be about Christianity rather than about the issue itself. I think in this case an overview question asking what (if any) different positions are on the nature of Christ's current form is fine, but if you don't have a specific doctrinal tradition it mind then make sure the answers called for must cover all the bases.
Feb
3
comment Visitors giving money to the church
I actually started an answer already but with work and other issues I havn't had time to finish it. Unfortunately this site tends to attract a lot of half baked stuff, but there are a few gems too if you are patient. I don't know if my answer will be one of those but I'll try to make it decent.
Feb
3
comment Visitors giving money to the church
@Jay […cont] However with a bit of domain expertise it is sometimes apparent that an issues falls orthogonal to denominational lines and needs to be scoped according to a theological construct, and in a few rare cases it just doesn't matter because the issue is so basic that an overview answer could cover all the bases in one shot to different positions satisfaction all at once. I judged this question to be that rare later case, but time may still prove that to be a bad call on my part.
Feb
3
comment Visitors giving money to the church
@Jay This is purely a judgement call. The issue is whether a question has enough boundaries that an answer could come along and definitively sew the issue up so that there would be no need for more input. For a majority of questions scoping to a denomination is the most logical way to do that as it makes them definitively answerable. [cont…]
Feb
2
comment Visitors giving money to the church
Squirtle don't worry about a denominational scope for this. The major differences in practice fall cross-wise to denominational lines so that isn't really helpful (unless you were actually researching a denomination). It's a broad question and I think you need an answer that identifies the breakdown in methods. Sorry you haven't gotten that yet, but good answers take time so be patient.
Feb
2
comment Visitors giving money to the church
@caseyr547 first of all this site does not have overlords in the sense you seen to imply, and secondly folks with much more experience here (including myself as a mod) have disagreed with you on the need to scope this to a denomination (see my assorted comments on answers). Please stop stating things are rules that are not.
Feb
2
comment Visitors giving money to the church
@caseyr547 If you have any concerns or questions about either my actions as a moderator or this sites general guidelines, the proper venue for that is the Christianity Meta site. You may freely post a question there raising whatever concerns you wish. In the mean time, all comments along those lines will continue to be removed from the main site as they are out of place here.
Feb
2
comment Visitors giving money to the church
@caseyr547 That is incorrect. You can't just answer form any one position. If a question like this is posed against all of Christianity answers must attempt to represent all of Christianity, which in this case is going to take a serious overview and breakdown of some different methods and who employs them. I didn't close this question because I think its possible to do, but that is not an invitation to throw up a bunch of answers that one person or group thinks is true. That's just not how this site works.
Feb
2
comment Visitors giving money to the church
This doesn't explain the broader context of extant Christianity. What you think is right/true isn't relevant on this site so much as explaining existing practices and teachings. It this case there is going to be a lot of explaining to do to cover all the basis for the various ways churches handle offering collection.
Feb
1
comment Did Jesus sacrifice his soul to save ours?
The pair of expressions in Matthew 26:38 and Matthew 12:18 (without all the other stuff in this question) might make a good question on Biblical Hermeneutics. You could ask just about whether 'my soul' in each is an expression about feelings in the original Greek or whether they indicate anything about the nature of the being. Since they are a pair of similar expressions from the same author I thing you could fit them in a single question.
Jan
31
comment Does the Bible forbid a man from dressing like a woman?
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Jan
31
comment Was the wine in The Last Supper fermented?
I've never heard this before but it's interesting. Can you supply some references for where you get this theory?
Jan
31
comment Did Evil enter the World when Man sinned, or was sin already in the World but man did not know what it was?
You're going to have to specify exactly what you mean by 'created' for this to work. Most Christian creeds include a note about Him not being the author of evil. Unless you can pin down the distinction this is contrary to most Christian interpretation.