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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
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.
Jul
10
comment If the Ten Commandments say “thou shalt not kill” how can a Christian fight in a war?
Mod notice: <discussion oriented comments removed> Please do not use the comment section to carry on theological discussions. If you want to talk to or debate somebody head over to Christianity Chat. Greg if you can improve your post based on the feedback you're getting do that, but don't just keep arguing in comments. Everybody else, if you have something to note about the post, what it's missing and how it could be fixed then fine, put please don't just keep arguing. This is not a venue for debate.
Jul
10
comment Is there a biblical basis for the division caused by theology?
Mod notice: <off topic comments removed> Please don't use the comment function to discuss the theological issues raised by posts. The feature should be reserved for issues related to the post, not tho post's subject matter. If you have a suggestion for improving the question or want to explain the way the site works or things like that then go ahead. Comments not doing that and going off into theological discussion will be removed. Thanks for understanding.
Jul
10
comment Does knowing a spirit's name give special powers in controlling that spirit according to Christian theology?
The last bit you tacked on this question in kind of out of scope for this site. We're not experts in Arab mythology, we're experts in Christianity. I've removed it in hope of getting it re-opened as I think the original question was fine.
Jul
9
comment Is modern Evangelical Protestant soteriology consistent with the early Christian idea of “theosis”?
I've tried to edit this into something a bit more cohesive as a question. If I've erred in matching up the parts feel free to edit again to fix them. It really wasn't clear from your original how some of the parts of the question connected.
Jul
9
comment Biblical basis for the separation of church and state
This question is a little dicey so I excuse the confusion in answering it, but in general you need to understand something about how this site works: we're not here to sort out who is right or wrong about issues. As such what you think is right (and in the case of this question even what any group believes) is not really relevant. This question is asking what the basis for a belief is. Whether that belief is right or wrong doesn't matter, this should only be answered by documenting what people who believe it see as the basis for it.
Jul
8
comment Can Trinity be taught only from Bible?
This question is based on a logical fallacy and miss-understanding about what "interpretation" is in general. You might as well ask "without reading" as say "without any interpretation". Letters on a page only mean something if you have a framework for interpreting them and that includes language and context. The only reasonable way to answer this would be to explain the basics of what "interpretation" is. Is that what you're looking for?
Jul
8
comment Is modern Evangelical Protestant soteriology consistent with the early Christian idea of “theosis”?
This is a promising question, but I do think it needs to be narrowed down a little bit. As Flimzy noted if you explain what you want to come away knowing about the theological concept that would probably be more useful in the long run than a yes/no question about compatibility.