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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.


Jun
30
comment Why do Protestants hold “prayer services”?
Your edit is a really good question, but it is so completely different from the original that I would suggest asking it as a new question. Otherwise we obsolete all the current answers and the whole thing gets messier.
Jun
28
comment Can a Christian marry his deceased brother's wife?
@DJClayworth Knock yourself out. I adjusted the question to what you suggested would be answerable as "What does the Bible say about" would introduce considerable difficulty.
Jun
27
comment Can a Christian marry his deceased brother's wife?
According to who? Questions like this need to be scoped to some specific theological tradition as different groups using the name "Christian" have different doctrines on many issues like this. This site is not the place to figure out which one is "correct".
Jun
26
comment Do Catholics believe that they are actually eating the body of Christ? Does this make them cannibals?
@Zoe That would be a subject for another question, but you should lookup transubstantiation before asserting that there is a misunderstanding as that is a Catholic doctrine. Whether or not it it or is not in the Bible or what you think the apostles had to do is irrelevant as this is a question specifically about that Catholic doctrine.
Jun
26
comment Do Catholics believe that they are actually eating the body of Christ? Does this make them cannibals?
@Zoe Please don't use comments to discuss/debate theological issues, they are just for dealing with issues to the post. This particular post happens to be focused on asking Catholisism's perspective. This makes it not a place to refute their views.
Jun
26
comment Does Jesus's soul exist before his incarnation?
@Graviton Thanks for clarifying that.
Jun
26
comment Does Jesus's soul exist before his incarnation?
<obsolete comments removed>. Jayarathina it looks like I read this one wrong and you had guessed correctly the capital "O" Orthodox was a misnomer.
Jun
25
comment Does Jesus's soul exist before his incarnation?
Are you asking this in regard to Eastern Orthodoxy (capital "O") or othodox Christianity (lowercase "o")? There seems to be some confusion and it would be good if you could clarify.
Jun
25
comment Does the Bible say that it is better to have been born after Christ?
@Onlyheisgood. Please do not use the comment system to reply in depth to feedback on your posts. Instead make any changes you think the feedback warrants as edits to the post (and not just relpies there either, actually adjust the original post). If you don't think the post needs changing then just leave it, but don't use comments to debate the issues please.
Jun
25
comment If JW believe they should use Jehovah to be accurate why don't they use Jesus' real Hebrew name?
@Onlyheisgood. Please don't use the comment system to answer questions. If you have an answer, post it as an answer so the feedback system can work as designed. Meanwhile reserve comments for dealing with issues with posts (not their theological content).
Jun
25
comment What happens to people who have never heard about Jesus?
@Onlyheisgood. Please don't use the comment system to discuss issues or give counter-points to theological issues. If you think you can answer better, answer yourself. If you want to chat, please start there. The long series of verses and discussion you've dumped on a lot of answers recently is not an appropriate use of the comment system.
Jun
24
comment Why is the funeral/burial several days after death?
In my experience this is purely pragmatic, as @Daи said. I have not run across any theological reason to go one way or the other. I know of no major (contemporary) traditions where it matters particularly. It's actually rather disconcerting to me the way Islamic funerals are rushed. The hurry to get the body in the ground causes all sorts of extra hassle and chaos on top of grief. Without the theological component driving the hurry I'm not surprised the trend is for Christians to take a couple days to go through all the steps. A good answer to this would have to deal with history though...
Jun
23
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I'm glad to see your name in here late or not! For the record: only one of your post flags and a handful of comment flags have ever been declined which is exeptionally good. Your meta participation to date has already been a big help and your focus on helping new folks get their heads around the projet is just the sort of thing we need.
Jun
23
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Since the inception of this site we have maintained a pretty solid consensus that the purpose of this site is not evangelistic. As a moderator you would be expected to uphold and enforce this and all other guidelines set in conjunction with the community. Can you comment on why you think you would be suited for this work if even your nomination implies your personal purpose here is expressly counter-cultural in that respect?
Jun
21
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Lets say—for the sake of the argument—that what you say about lambs and wolves is true. In such a case there would still be a lot more lambs in the fold than wolves and would not any lamb worth his salt (mint jelly?) be interested in speaking up and joining forces with the other lambs? The SE platform is designed for just that! What does your lack of initiative on meta to date tell the other lambs about your interest in reforming this community? How could you even know if meta was censored seeing as how nothing you ever said there has been removed?
Jun
20
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You appear to have ignored the difference between the main and meta sites. I am not twisting words, I used them very precisely. On main you have 6 deleted posts (and lots of deleted comments). On meta (which is where you should have posted if you had really tried to petition the site in regard to a concern about guidelines or moderation) you have zero deleted posts (and zero deleted comments). Why have you not availed yourself of the proper venue to air out a concern about this site and the handling of your posts? And having not done so how can you say "it's been done"?
Jun
20
comment Why are Christians sure that prayers to Jesus are answered when “Jesus” wasn't the name he used?
@NickNo I wasn't referring to you in the first place, but yes the community here does actually have some expectations for writing style.
Jun
19
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Links or it didn't happen dude. Calling your bluff round two: your meta profile has zero deleted posts so there is not conspiracy to suppress your concerns about the site there. Moderators are not able to eradicate content either on meta or main even if we wanted to. We can mark it deleted but it still exists and high rep site users can still review our actions. Protip: steer clear of falsifiable statements when running for office.
Jun
19
comment Covering of the hair for women, and beards in 1st Century Palestine
This is, unfortunately, now too old to migrate. Of course I discovered that after I edited it to be suitable for migration there. I would suggest the OP ask it over there using revision 3 (copy-paste from the source is fine) over on History. In the mean time I'll revert this one to the version more suitable for here, but I suspect it will get closed as this is not really the best place for it.
Jun
18
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@Flimzy That may be. It would be really nice if more users pitched it close voting and doing other reviews. Closing questions actually takes more time than most of the flag handling because it is hand holding and educating rather that the more mundane cleanup routine. He could also have been complaining about the two weeks one mod was busy with personal things and I disappeared to Africa and he was left with AllTheFlags™. It's nice to be able to share the load around when convenient but it's at a point where if we are ever down a face or two the site suffers. Hence elections!