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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.


Apr
19
comment Young Earth Creationists vs. Old Earth Creationists
@DavidStratton: I think I agree. The question is what could we do to make this both as generally applicable as possible to cover this specific commonly asked question yet make it specific enough that it requires a general answer like this one that does not turn into a permanent debate platform. Basically I'd be ok with opening it up for content like this, but we need a way to mitigate the floodgates of rubbish that this will tend to stir up as well. Thoughts?
Apr
19
comment Young Earth Creationists vs. Old Earth Creationists
This is a great answer to a poor question. What do you think we could do in the way of re-writing the question so that this kind of answer would be required and we could re-opened it?
Apr
19
comment What is the biblical basis for Postmillennialism?
+1 for a useful set of references, but I honestly don't think this should be the accepted answer to this question. All four millennium views appeal to the same sacred text. What is different isn't the proof texts so much as the hermeneutic principals and presuppositions used to interpret them. Obviously with your own view as a framework, you will interpret all these verses as supporting your view. What would really be useful here is an analysis of the way interpretation is done that supports a 'post' reading.
Apr
17
comment Does anybody teach specifically about the existence of ghosts?
The Bible has many other accounts of pagan beliefs. Their mentions don't validity them as doctrines, only acknowledge that they existed. In this case I don't think we can make a case that what Jesus was refuting here can be taken as not generally applicable just because he tackled the specific misconception. Even if the disciples wouldn't have dreamed of believing in ghosts, they had seen that guy die and his appearance would have been enough to inject all kinds of superstitions in a moment!
Apr
10
comment What is the biblical basis for Historical Premillennialism?
@SonicTheHedgehog: I'm not sure you caught my point. Something that holds equally true for more than one view cannot be be "basis" for one of those views. Whatever hermeneutics get applied here, you must demonstrate what leads to THIS view, not just any view. Your argument is approximately like answering "Well first God created the world, then Adam fell, then Jesus died on the cross, rose and left, then someday he will come back." All millennial views agree on that anyway. The point of this question is to define how people arrive at THIS view in particular.
Apr
10
comment What is the biblical basis for Historical Premillennialism?
I'm sorry, but I don't think this answer really provides a basis for the view. It points out a number of things that are consistent with it, but those things are also consistent with some of the other views on this issue. I don't see anything here that defends this view (which I happen to also hold) over and above other interpretations or that actually provide the basis or foundation for it.
Apr
9
comment The Fig Tree of Matthew 24 and prophecy
Questions on this site need to be self contained. Posting a link to a source for extended background is fine but you must include enough summary or quotes online so that it could be answered if the source was but available. Please edit your question with this in mind. Otherwise wee do have a chat room for Article of the Week for open ended discussion on outside content. Thanks!
Apr
6
comment What are the differences between the different millenialisms?
On second review, this is just straight up wrong. The pre views are scrambled beyond explanation and it simply doesn't account for the actual distinguishing factors.
Apr
6
comment What is the biblical basis for Dispensational Premillennialism?
I think this question would benefit from having either the historic/classic variant or the modern/dispensational variant specified. Your description seems to be of the latter.
Apr
6
comment What are the differences between the different millenialisms?
@BryanRosander: I should work in an explanation of how postmillennialism places the tribulation and the connection with 70 AD. They certainly do think that is a past event so you're right that far, but Amillenialism definitely says the tribulation started after Jesus first coming and is on going until his second coming: as in not a future event but a current event. We're living in that now.
Apr
6
comment Why isn't God mentioned in Esther?
Excellent points here! I am curious what if any sources could be referenced to defend this position since it is so often glossed over our given a different emphasis in so many traditions today.
Apr
5
comment Who bought the Field of Blood, Judas or the Priests?
Welcome to Christianity.SE! Do you mind if I ask where you're from? Your set of languages and name place you in my part of the world.
Apr
4
comment What's the big deal about God's love by allowing Jesus to die and resurrect?
+1 for what I think is a great question Christians really should know an answer to, but I really would give basically the same answer here add I gave to Marc. Even though I have a vested interest add it were, as the fourth voice in a row to think this is a duplicate, I'm casting my close vote too. If you have something not answered there, please edit this question to just focus on that unique bit and we can re-open it for you!
Mar
29
comment How does the Bible describe the gender roles?
@DJClayworth: The OP specifically asked from answers from the Evangelical perspectives, not all Christians, which would have made this question far too broad. I mentioned the complementarian approach specifically because, while there are variantions on the theme, it underlies a lot of the doctrines of the various branches of Evangelical churches. There are certainly others, which is why I mentioned needing to cover other stances too, but all "Christian" viewpoints is not something we have a working definition for on this site and I disagree that that is where answers here should go.
Mar
29
comment How does the Bible describe the gender roles?
I would suggest that a really good answer to this question should include an overview that introduces some of the different stances taken by evangelicals and a robust description of complimentarianism and it's flavors.
Mar
29
comment A.W. Pink and the Tripartite Theory of Man
Welcome to Christianity.SE! Great question too.
Mar
25
comment Why do some Christian churches have classes about other churches?
I for one think that last bit detracts rather than adds to this question. I'm not even sure how I would word it as separate question because starting off with "should churches do x" generally doesn't lead to constructive questions.
Mar
25
comment Why and when did allegorical interpretations of Scripture lose their appeal?
I think a question like this could fly on Biblical Hermeneutics, but as worded it is very specific to Christianity and trends therein and thus I don't think migrating is a good idea as it stands. Would you like to try to edit it to focus on the historical hermeneutical trends both in and outside of Christian traditions or keep it here?
Mar
20
comment Does the act of sex constitute marriage in God's eyes?
This would also imply that it was not possible to be in a covenant relationship in the eyes of God without consummation. Few as they may be I think there is precedent for this being possible.
Mar
15
comment Is there a basis for Christian holidays in the Bible?
Welcome to 10k!