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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.


Jan
28
comment Which is hell: punishment, or revenge?
@Lost You are correct that isn't what I'm saying. Hell is hell because God is there. I'll fix this up to be more clear and defended when I'm off the road.
Jan
26
comment What is the power that Christians possess?
@MarcGravell: Yes, the doctrines of Christianity are the instigators of inner struggle and, rightly understood, will lead us into conflict with our very natures. Paul sums this up nicely. In particular God's decrees of what is right do nothing but show us how sinful we are. Anybody coming at Christianity with only this understanding without having also understood redemption and grace will undoubtedly be left in despair. Increased depression rates are something I would expect to see particularly where the Word is taught out of balance.
Jan
26
comment How does Jesus fulfill the offices of Prophet, Priest and King?
Welcome to Christianity.SE! Thanks for taking the time to answer. Have you checked out our faq? You might also cruise the Christianity Meta site especially the posts related to our site guidelines.
Jan
25
comment Do Jehovah's Witnesses celebrate communion?
I'm already aware there is a wide spectrum of thoughts on this matter, what I'm interested (and don't know) is what the specific thoughts of this one tradition are. What do you mean "if" they have an equivolent? Do they not recognize the same sacrament? Do they think other Protestants have this issue mixed up? What is the difference between an "anointed" one and any member of their tradition? Right now you raise more questions than answers :)
Jan
25
comment What education requirements are imposed on ordination candidates in the Anglican church?
Ok so the "discernment" process might be different, but are there set standards for education? could a lax diocese somewhere ordain a bunch of folks that then migrate to other diocese that they might not have met the requirements for? or are there ate least some fixed standards?
Jan
25
comment What education requirements are imposed on ordination candidates in the Anglican church?
How uniform are these regs across diocese?
Jan
24
comment What is the difference between a pastor, a priest, and a minister?
Um, although it often ends up that way for practical reasons, many traditions don't have any age requirement on elders (the English term being a misnomer.) Also, in some traditions being an elder ipso-facto means you are no longer laity! I realize there is a lot of variety in the understandings of that role, but considering it has more Biblical explanation than most of the other roll names you explain here, I think you could treat some of the possible definitions a little more throughally.
Jan
20
comment Do Old Testament individual, family and social laws and guidance apply to Christians or did Jesus come to discard OT laws and guidance?
@JohnDaveMedina: The first part, where you have inserted "also" as a comparison building on the previous item rather than creating a contrast. When the items naturally contrast, that's an awkward interpretation that would require significant justification from the text itself, which really isn't there in this case.
Jan
20
comment Where does the Bible say to read itself?
1st Peter, if I remember correctly, has some relevant exhortation towards the end of chapter 1 and beginning of chapter 2.
Jan
18
comment According to LDS (Mormon) teaching, what is the relationship between Jesus and Lucifer?
I don't see how adding content about the beliefs of other traditions help make this a more narrow question other than only bringing out any conflicting issues. I think it would be just as useful and less non-constructive to just ask about the teachings you want to know about without putting them on the defensive against another teaching.
Jan
18
comment According to LDS (Mormon) teaching, what is the relationship between Jesus and Lucifer?
Why the background statement on mainline Christianity? If this is a question about LDS doctrine, why not just ask it about LDS doctrine without framing the question as pitting one tradition against another?
Jan
18
comment Where does Jesus stand on war and peace?
Hey you around? I'm going to close this question pending the necessary edits to fine tune it as noted above. That's not a death sentence to it, it's just a hold until it conforms to our site guidelines a little better. Please feel free drop a comment here if you are unclear on what needs to be done. I'd be happy to help and I know there are lots of other folks here that will pitch in.
Jan
18
comment Where in OT does someone ask another to be his father?
@DavidLaberge: Ooops. I was using a Turkish language site to pull up verses to copy/paste because its search functions are better. I used a English translation (shown in parallel with Turkish) but forgot to replace passage names to Enlgish!
Jan
18
comment Is Christianity the sum of the actions and beliefs of its adherents or a set of actions and beliefs defined by the Bible?
The "scope of validity" as you call it for the term Christian must be defined in a per-usage and per-speaker basis. Even I will use it to mean different things. Context is king here; there is no universally understood definition. Perhaps you can re-cast this question to ask about how to interpret contextual clues to determine what meaning is being used when or what if any Christian traditions have specifically used variant meanings. What question is there here that we could offer a practical solution to?
Jan
18
comment Do Old Testament individual, family and social laws and guidance apply to Christians or did Jesus come to discard OT laws and guidance?
This interpretation would only make sense in the case of a pair of items that complemented or extended each other. It makes a kind of forced nonsensical reading in the case of an opposing pair of ideas. I think the solution here is in understanding what the scope of the "law" is being referenced in this discourse not in the semantics.
Jan
17
comment Is Christianity the sum of the actions and beliefs of its adherents or a set of actions and beliefs defined by the Bible?
I suggest that this question is not only subjective, but useless. Please don't take that personal, I'm not against you, I just don't see what an answer would accomplish. The answer is going to vary depending on who you ask (subjective) but the resulting answers are going to hing on the definition of the terms used by those people making the answers only useful to people who also use the same definitions, in which case you have not even gained an understanding of what they meant because all you have is a new dependencies on knowing what they meant in the first place. What will this accomplish?
Jan
17
comment Is Christianity with reason wrong?
Good answer! I made a small edit to a phrase in the interest of keeping the wording generic on a point I think you intended to be generic. You might check that you agree...
Jan
16
comment Why isn't the cross considered an idol?
As others have noted, this isn't just a minority view in Christianity, it doesn't properly answer the question. The question was "why don't Christians consider the cross to be an idol". The majority of Christian traditions do not consider it to be, so the question to be answered is why don't they. This answers the opposite question of what do groups that do consider the symbol of the cross to be an idol do.
Jan
16
comment Does Genesis 9:5 say that God holds animals accountable for killing humans?
Thanks for editing, but I still don't think this is a useful answer. The meaning of your personal translation is still unclear in English and it is even less clear how you decided the well established translations are wrong on this point. The change in terms you suggest does not even resolve the issue the OP asked for. Also, for a translation that multiple different groups of qualified translators in various times have unanimously agreed on, you must provide more compelling evidence than that it "just doesn't seem right" to you as modern Hebrew speaker rather than an expert in ancient Hebrew.
Jan
16
comment How can we trust the Bible after it has been translated to another language?
+1. Unfortunately the only language I've picked up living in Turkey is Turkish; Greek is simply not used in these parts any more, good points about what's involved in Bible translation and what folks should do to evaluate their trustworthiness.