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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.


Nov
6
comment If justification is an event, when does it happen?
No mention of it happening on the cross? Do the fu. Fundamentalist Baptists you mention think it is an event triggered by repentance or the cause of repentance or no connection?
Oct
31
comment Can I just sin my whole life and in the end receive forgiveness and go to heaven?
Who do you want to hear from here? Even if I think there is only one right answer, there is a huge spectrum of doctrines on this issue. You cannot ask questions that boil down to a judgement about spiritual matters on an SE site, you will need to provide more of a framework for what kind of answer you want. See also: What makes a good focused question?
Oct
31
comment Theology question: why hasn't God stopped Satan and his demons?
I agree that life on Earth is not about life on Earth per-say, but I strongly disagree with the main premise of this answer: "life on earth is essentially a test to see if we will be faithful". This is what works-based-salvation teaches -- that only those who measure up get accepted. I don't see this teaching in the Bible and do not thing this answer represents a generalized doctrine common to Christianity.
Oct
31
comment Why does God not show Himself beyond reasonable doubt?
@Sklivvz No you only think it claims to have answers. The issue here is that it has answers to real questions, not contrived ones. You've made this question about why God doesn't conform to your personal rules for him which, unless you realize that's the wrong question, isn't going to be answerable to your satisfaction and will remain discussion bate. That's not what SE is about however much Christianity may have its answer to this.
Oct
29
comment Why does God not show Himself beyond reasonable doubt?
Welcome to Christianity.SE. Please take a few moments to read our FAQ and maybe check out the meta site as well. The privileged system is in place on SE sites partially in order to maintain strict adherence to the QnA format. We're kind of anal about keeping the signal to noise ratio down, this isn't a traditional discussion forum. Please refrain from abusing the system by using it in ways it wasn't designed to work. Would you consider editing this answer to be a full stand along treatment of this question instead of a mix discussion thoughts?
Oct
29
comment Can Satan read our minds?
Poke poke. This could be a good question but it kind of trips against the guidelines at "What makes a good focused question? I can't really start complaining about all the bad answers here until it's a good question :)
Oct
29
comment Why don't Christians celebrate the feast of tabernacles?
Please take a moment to read What makes a good supported answer? and consider how you can edit this answer to make it really good!
Oct
29
comment Why don't Christians celebrate the feast of tabernacles?
Please take a moment to read What makes a good supported answer? and consider how you can edit this answer to make it really good!
Oct
28
comment Why does God not show Himself beyond reasonable doubt?
Asking "why" God does or doesn't do something according to your subjective definitions doesn't make a good SE question, particularly without any framework for whose doctrines would be acceptable here. The debate to answer ratio pretty much demonstrates that. See also: What makes a good focused question?
Oct
28
comment What is “apostolic authority”?
Actually they both are quite broad, but with the edits I did on this one I think it would be answerable with an "overview" style answer using facts and doctrinal references to covers a couple of different doctrines. The other one isn't answerable because it doesn't give a frame of reference for what would be considered a right/wrong answer and the different views on the issue would turn into a vote war.
Oct
28
comment What is “apostolic authority”?
Good question. I've updated it a little bit to fit our guidelines a little bit better. I hope the answers to these things will help you possibly with how to word your other question!
Oct
26
comment What is the modern Evangelical view on tithing?
@Wikis: I think the question can stand, but you need to know it's an overview question and the only way to give a decent answer is to describe the various views on tithing. There are a vast array of views that fall under the banner you just created. "Evangelical" isn't a heading to which you can ascribe a single interpretation of the Bible on tithing and neither "modern" nor "those who believe the Bible is the ultimate authority" do much to narrow the field.
Oct
26
comment Can you be a Christian and not go to church?
@user928: Christening doesn't make you a Christian, it just makes your christened. Some traditions might consider that equivalent, but many would disagree. For example I think that's about as silly as wearing a Burger King kids meal crown and thinking that makes you a king. This site isn't the place to determine once and for all who is right and who is wrong, but you can learn a lot about what the different traditions believe (what their doctrines are) by asking specific questions about them.
Oct
26
comment Are there any Christian doctrines that cover lucid dreaming?
According to many of the various groups, they are different reliegions, but since they all claim the title "Christian" we have this place as a secular public forum where anybody can participate and ask about any of the different groups. Check out the first couple meta topics here for more discussion on this issue.
Oct
26
comment Are there any Christian doctrines that cover lucid dreaming?
@user928: Nobody blames you for not knowing, it's a bit of a confusing landscape. And yes there are different "versions" of the bible. There is a pretty accepted main Canon, but some groups have generated their own translations or included books considered by others to be not-inspired. You must be specific about questions around here to avoid the votes on answers becoming the stage where conflicts between these believes is played out.
Oct
26
comment Are there any Christian doctrines that cover lucid dreaming?
@user928: They have been temporarily deleted since they no longer apply the current question. As soon as they get updated by their owners to match the question we'll undelete them!
Oct
26
comment Are there any Christian doctrines that cover lucid dreaming?
@user928: I don't think the issue was whether this subject matter was on-or-off topic, only that your question didn't fit the guidelines for the scope of an individual question. I hope you find the edits we've proposed and any answers it generates useful.
Oct
24
comment Why is Jesus' genealogy traced through Joseph?
Welcome to Christianity.SE! I expect you'll get some detailed answers to this, but be aware there some other unresolved issues with the two genealogies that play into this. Down the road when you pick an accepted answer, just pick the one that was most helpful to you in understanding the whole thing.
Oct
23
comment Were some parts of the law abolished or “not one jot will by any means pass from the law”?
Good point @Richard, having the full question as the lady line helps people that ate actually answering as opposed to those scanning the question list. Introduce the topic at the top, then give background, than ask the final framed question?
Oct
23
comment Why do some Christians believe it is moral to be a homosexual?
One need hardly search that closely -- homosexual acts are denounced as sin quite prominently. Many people try to explain away these references as being no longer relevant or not inspired or various other things, but saying its hard to find in the text is a pretty week argument when many people would be glad to take you on an exhaustive tour (not a short ride). In fact part of the reason this is a contentious issue is that it sometimes seems singled out by Scripture as especially heinous among sinful acts.