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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.


Mar
11
comment Refuse the Call of God?
Please understand that this is not a "bad" question, it just isn't on topic for this site. As DJClayworth noted it is really something you should take up in the context of your local church or some other community of believers, not a secular site. We try to stay clear of things that boil down to pastoral advice or discussion leading up to an answer that is essentially personally counseling. You can ask factual questions about various Christian traditions and find out what other people do, but not what you should do with your life. Does that make sense?
Mar
11
comment What Bible versions can be used for free applications?
As a question that polls other people's opinions, I agree that this needed to be closed as not constructive to the format of a SE site. Please understand that doesn't make it a bad question, just not the kind that SE tries to cater to. As an answer to your question, I would look into making your app use the open source sword project as a backend so that you can use any of the various Bible modules that they have already licensed for use.
Mar
11
comment How literally do you take and universally apply what Jesus said?
I also would like to welcome you to the site. As others have noted, this question is either too broad or too specific,depending on where the emphasis gets put. Frankly I don't see a way to balance this -- because the balance this calls for is really the issue of interpretation that all of Christianity is in discussion over. And this is not a discussion forum where such issues can continue to be re-hashed. This isn't a church. If you can figure out a question to ask that focuses on what some documented Christian tradition uses as an answer, that might work, but not look for a canonical answer.
Mar
8
comment How should a Christian respond to “Does this dress me look fat?”?
I would suggest that this question is a false dichotomy and the issue you really need to work on as a Christian is your the thought pattern that would ever get you into a position of lying vs. insulting.
Mar
8
comment How should a Christian respond to “Does this dress me look fat?”?
I think this answer does a good job of pointing out the false dichotomy being posed by the question in that a Christian evaluating the situation isn't necessarily choosing between lying and not lying.
Feb
28
comment What does it mean that someone managed to live beyond 120 years?
@DanAndrews: Asking for what something means to Christianity is still on topic here. When a question like this is not directed at a specific tradition, answerers are expected to identify their doctrinal framework if relevant and give an overview of different positions if they are significant. This is usually not feasible for large or divisive issues, but works ok for questions like this where broad generalizations can be made across many Christian doctrinal traditions.
Feb
28
comment What's the pope's justification today?
Does anybody see a reason to keep this closed question around in light of the replacement question asked by @cwallenpoole? I can merge this into that one or vise versa in an attempt to keep the site clean and still get everybody where they were looking to end up. Thoughts community?
Feb
28
comment What's the pope's justification today?
@DJClayworth Consider your vote withdrawn in light of Marc's ghost vote. ;)
Feb
28
comment What deuterocanonical books are quoted in the New Testament?
Yes actually there are quotes in the NT from apocryphal books. 1st Peter comes to mind but I don't have references right now so I wont make this an answer. Being quoted, however, didn't make a work authoritative or inspired. Paul quoted Greek poets!
Feb
27
comment What does it mean that someone managed to live beyond 120 years?
@Marc, naww that's hardly even an issue of you interpret the literal meaning of the text to be referring to averages.
Feb
26
comment What's the pope's justification today?
This question is not very well setup for this site. I understand how there is a kernel of a valid question here and have no problem with that being asked, but it has to be asked in a way that fits this sites' guidelines. We are different from Skeptics or Philosophy. We have pretty much agreed as a community that questions should be asked from a neutral standpoint on the issue being questioned. I'm willing to help edit it into shape if the OP wants to do so. That would need to start by removing all of the judgements about the issue and just ask the simple kernel of a question.
Feb
26
comment What's the pope's justification today?
Ok fist of all sorry about the hit and run mod job here. I was mobile last night and my battery gave out while commenting on this close. I actually would probably have rejected the migration but couldn't figure out how to do it. Now, about this question ...
Feb
24
comment Why is the Bible so short?
Even so taken as a whole it still does seem short as a narrative of the world from creation to Christ to the new earth and all the important interactions between God and man.
Feb
21
comment Was Onan really struck dead by God for masturbating?
Maybe not the link, but the bit you quoted is actually pretty ambiguous. One could easily read it as a call to manufacture this belief rather than a statement about which belief is alien.
Feb
21
comment Where did Noah find polar bears and penguins in Palestine?
This answer was never meant to be a bucket. It was only meant to anecdotal point out how many of the problems posed aren't as slippery as they are often made out to be.
Feb
20
comment Is it possible to be both a humanist and a Christian?
Affable can you catch me in chat sometime so we can discuss why I think the wording on this needs to get mashed around some before it makes a good question? Yes I realize I'm being harder on you than I would on a new user, but I think you can help us set an example for good questions rather than discussion-y ones that mess with our site scope issues.
Feb
20
comment What is a “non-theistic” Christian?
Hey cwallenpoole: I know we've set a bad trend lately by letting a few through, but questions (as well as answers) should always be stand alone with enough background on the topic to ask without linking. People should never have to follow links to other answers, chat or comment threads in order to understand a question. If anything, include them in a post-script or even comments on the question. Thank you.
Feb
20
comment What are modern Christian views of the soul?
Welcome to Christianity.SE. I've been thinking about how this question could be answered, and my first thought was that the Christian definition of a soul is not anything personality traits or the way we feel orexperiencethings. I think @MarcGravell pointed out one of the major issues with this in that science does't even make claims to touch on the issues involved, so I don't see anything to "reconcile". If you did want a comparison, you would have to provide what definitions you were working with.
Feb
20
comment Is it possible to be both a humanist and a Christian?
Even those such as myself that espouse Total Depravity don't equate depravity with worthlessness. No mater how broken and even evil our choice to sin has made us, we are still created in the image of God and it would be a dis-service to call something worthless that God has explicitly said has value to him.
Feb
17
comment Does the Bible support slavery and (White) Superiority in the context of American Slavery?
@AffableGeek: Yes, in fact that is the best and only way to preserve the record. As soon as somebody sees the "move this to chat" link, please click it so the record is preserved, the discussion can go on and we can clean up the Q&A end of things. Thanks. Unfortunately in spite of several requests, the ability to executively do this isn't something even a mod can do, those "abusing" the comments have to take the initiative, but even they can't do so until the "abuse" is well underway :(