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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
3
comment Tax Deductible Giving, is this unbiblical?
@LCIII please don't answer questions in comments.
Jul
3
comment Tax Deductible Giving, is this unbiblical?
If you want to know nitty gritty on how these verses can be interpreted you can ask on Biblical Hermeneutics, but leave your speculations oue of the question. If you want to know what various doctrinal positions are on giving and how specific traditions edit this to do that specifically. As it stands this cannot be answered here in a very constructive way because its an opinion question.
Jul
2
comment Is lust sometimes not sinful?
This question specifically asked about the Greek and Hebrew definitions and how they line up. Can you show how they fit in the context of your answer?
Jul
1
comment What core LDS doctrine(s) contradict the Protestant doctrine of salvation by grace through faith?
@LCIII This answer clearly and correctly states the issue: the main things that define Mormonism are all completely different from mainstream Protestantism. You can't just bootstrap one or two doctrines back onto it and call compatible, if you did that it wouldn't be Mormonism any more. The question you thought you could ask is a fallacy and simply cannot be answered with anything more direct. This is the correct answer to your question, if you want something else then your question would be too broad and we'd need to close it as being unanswerable.
Jul
1
comment Why do Protestants hold “prayer services”?
Note to all: A more focused version of this question has been posed here. I have reverted this to the original to reflect what these answers were based on, but the likely eventual fate is for the whole thing to be removed unless somebody comes up with a way for it to be not-too-broad without making another entirely different question.
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?