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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
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.
Jan
14
comment What's the main logical basis that is put forth by those Christians who don't believe in the existence of God?
I think this is far more common if less vocal instance of "Christians" who don't belief in God. They are more frequently agnostics than atheists, although the distinction is not important ... whether in actual belief of just pragmatic function there are masses of cultural Christians who do not believe in the deity described by orthodox Christianity and do not in any real sense worship any sort of deity.
Jan
14
comment What's the main logical basis that is put forth by those Christians who don't believe in the existence of God?
Moderator note: Please take your discussions to our chat room. Comment threads are not the place to carry on debate about any issue. Please save comments for improvements/corrections to the actual post in question. Thank you.
Jan
14
comment Does Genesis 9:5 say that God holds animals accountable for killing humans?
Also, there are plenty of translations that are both scholarly and read well in English. For example this verse in the ESV is both a clear and seems to be an accurate rendition here.
Jan
14
comment Does Genesis 9:5 say that God holds animals accountable for killing humans?
Whatever the Hebrew might say, that translation isn't clear in English so it isn't very useful for reasoning out what the verse means. Also SE frowns on answers that are not useful apart from reading an offsite link.
Jan
14
comment Does Genesis 9:5 say that God holds animals accountable for killing humans?
In light of other verses cited that seem to say the opposite about culpability, what doctrine would you reference for this claim?
Jan
13
comment Has the name “Jesus” ever been used for naming Jewish children since the Savior's incarnation?
If your question is really specific to the Jewish community and Hebrew language, then you should ask on Mi Yodeya. That question is off topic here and if that's all you want to make this it will be closed here. If you'd like to turn this into a more general question about whether people in the Christian community ever name their children with derivatives of His name, we can keep it, but it needs editing. Meanwhile I would suggest that it would be a much more interesting/expert level question to ask if any Christian traditions have beliefs about special linguistic significance of the name.
Jan
12
comment Has the name “Jesus” ever been used for naming Jewish children since the Savior's incarnation?
@SoftwareMonkey: Very interesting. I actually knew that and clean forgot!
Jan
12
comment Has the name “Jesus” ever been used for naming Jewish children since the Savior's incarnation?
How is this a question about Christianity?
Jan
11
comment If Jesus was Sinless and had Free Will, how is the rest of creation not a mistake?
@psr: That's very amusing, but there is a difference between "contrary to" and "just not a part of in the first place". In your case you have a very limited nature to start with. You are finite. The logic doesn't apply the same way to an infinite being.
Jan
11
comment What is the use of faith if God doesn't need/require anything from humans to save them?
Heads up I'm trying to help the OP make this a useful question rather than a pedantic one. You might check the current edit and adapt your answer as necessary (or help edit the question if you have ideas to make it better!). I am deleting my own answer since it hardly applies at all now. Yours comes closer...
Jan
11
comment What is the use of faith if God doesn't need/require anything from humans to save them?
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Jan
11
comment Does God need/demand humans' faith for them to be saved? If so, why?
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Jan
11
comment Does God need/demand humans' faith for them to be saved? If so, why?
This edit looks like a much better place to start. I have edited the other question this spawned along a similar vein.
Jan
11
comment What is the use of faith if God doesn't need/require anything from humans to save them?
I have edit this question along a parallel track with the way the other question got edited. How does this look?
Jan
11
comment What is the use of faith if God doesn't need/require anything from humans to save them?
Related: Does God need/demand humans' faith for them to be saved? If so, why?
Jan
11
comment Does God need/demand humans' faith for them to be saved? If so, why?
Related: What is the use of faith if God doesn't need/require anything from humans to save them?
Jan
11
comment Does God need/demand humans' faith for them to be saved? If so, why?
@AffableGeek: I don't think what got implemented is at all what wax was suggesting, and makes this question kind of awkward. Suggestions on how this could be made into a good question rather than a funky one? Please help edit it!
Jan
11
comment What is the use of faith if God doesn't need/require anything from humans to save them?
Please don't just act because you feel forced. That just make more mess because if you don't understand, it only means the actions you take will only make less sense. In this case you were not asked to split the question, you were asked to add focus and detail to your original question.
Jan
10
comment What is the Biblical basis for Unconditional Election?
Welcome to Christianity.SE!