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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
9
comment What do Christians mean by “Jesus took our illnesses upon himself on the cross” and why?
Did you guys know you can throw an * in a phrase search on Google to get all possible matches for filling in the blank? It seems 'sin' and 'punishment' are the most popular choices.
Jan
9
comment How does the Catholic Church understand the priesthood of all believers?
Welcome to Christainity.SE. I realize you cherry picked the bits to form a simple answer, but you should still probably credit Wikipedia since most of the copy came from there.
Jan
9
comment Is it known whether Adam and Eve had the ability to experience physical pain before the fall?
@gentmatt: I don't think your argument about this being a personal question works here for the reason the OP points out ... that any question about any historical figure could be personal. The point is do we have anything to go on? If you don't think we do, how about making that an answer: that you don't see any indication in scripture and we can't derive an idea about this from anything else.
Jan
9
comment How much realization of one's own sinfulness is needed for a person to be saved?
@brilliant: I apologize for mis-characterizing you. I am aware of the language issue, but it wasn't the wording that gave me that impression ... it was the fact that you've asked many questions that I know you know the answers too. Perhaps you do want to re-examine them to see if you have the right answers, but you should do that by asking about the specific concerns you have with them, not starting at square one as if you hadn't researched the issue already. If you have concerns about the site, express them from your own viewpoint, not the hypothetical viewpoint of somebody else.
Jan
9
comment How much realization of one's own sinfulness is needed for a person to be saved?
@brilliant: This site is not intended to be a good place to figure out the ultimate truth on any issue, it's a place to learn about Christianity and it's various doctrines and traditions. The true and the false. There is no doctrinal filter or moderation here (although we do limit to the beliefs of documented groups not individuals). People in search of truth should go to the Church. This site is not a church nor should you ever expect it to play that role.
Jan
9
comment Is the God Calvinists believe in unjust?
You definitely hone in on the root of the issue, but the illustration you ended with is dubious. In that situation it's hard not to conjure up images of people that don't deserve to be drowning in the first place. I think courtroom imagery is better suited to the case (if you can excuse the pun). The people God is busy saving are death row inmates guilty of the crimes they are charged with. Also Calvinists don't believe it's a matter of whether God could save a few more if he set his mind to it but of his sovereign choice to demonstrate his mercy by choosing to save any in the first place.
Jan
9
comment How much realization of one's own sinfulness is needed for a person to be saved?
The problem I think you're having is that you are an old Christian, not a young one, but trying to mash your questions into a "beginner friendly" format in order to make a point for others. This format doesn't work very well. Instead you should focus on real questions that you have yourself at whatever advanced level of understanding you have rather than focusing on whatever simple points you think others should be made to ask/answer.
Jan
9
comment How much realization of one's own sinfulness is needed for a person to be saved?
I don't get the impression that you are a "young Christian". Please be aware that all SE sites focus on experts. We mostly encourage questions that require expert answers and try to encourage the highest quality responses. That being said it is quite possible for beginners to participate and often do successfully, but we sometimes have to hold their hand a little bit and help bring them up to the standards of the site.
Jan
9
comment Were some parts of the law abolished or “not one jot will by any means pass from the law”?
@brilliant: Please refrain from long series of comments with content like this. Comments are disposable meant to bring attention to issues or improvements with a post: once the OP has considered them are often deleted. If you have so much to say on an issue, please add a complete answer of your own. It's ok to answer even if you were the asker, just make sure your answer stands on it's own merit and isn't just a reference to other posts. Thanks.
Jan
9
comment Is the eternal life unique as it is?
Are you asking about the words in these two texts or about some doctrine doctrine or multiple cycles of life? I think this could be worded better but first we need to know what the question really is about. If it's about the interpretation of those two texts it might actually be better served on the Hermeneutics site!
Jan
8
comment How much realization of one's own sinfulness is needed for a person to be saved?
I'm going to have to agree with the flag on this: this question isn't really answerable on this site in its current form. This isn't the place to definitely answers about soteriology so much as it is a good place to get answers to what beliefs Christianity holds about soteriology. In order to do that constructively questions need to be targeted at a specific Christian tradition or otherwise framed in a way that can be definitely answered and checked against documented beliefs (doctrines, creeds, statement of faiths, etc).
Jan
7
comment Is it true that Martin Luther never considered the works of the early Church Fathers?
Nothing like a little old fashioned Google'ing.
Jan
7
comment Why did priests begin to sacrifice?
This question is confusingly worded. Are you asking for the purpose behind it? How it's done? When it started? Perhaps a little clean up will help encourage a quality answer.
Jan
7
comment Where does Jesus stand on war and peace?
As you pick a more specific line of inquiry, you might also check out What makes a good focused question? and Why was my question closed? How can I get it open again? for more info on the guidelines we expect questions to live up to on this site. Thanks!
Jan
7
comment Where does Jesus stand on war and peace?
Welcome to Christianity.SE! The Wikipedia article you referred to has several suggestions for what could be meant. Obviously some different Christian traditions are going to hold different views about this. What are you trying to accomplish with this question that isn't covered there already? If you want a word study I think we'll redirect you to a Hermeneutics site. You already have a list of interpretations. If you want something more specific you should edit your question to be more specific. Perhaps you would like to know how a specific Christian tradition interprets and acts on this?
Jan
7
comment A set of traits common for all protestant believers
Interestingly there actually is Catholic doctrine stating a belief in the priesthood of all believers, but they also belief in a third tier of priesthood not recognized by Protestants, so it's a matter of definition of priesthood that sets them apart in that area.
Jan
7
comment What is the specific meaning of “day” in Genesis 1?
Not practicing any religion does not mean you are not biased -- it just means you are biased against it. Such is quite evident from your writings. Also, while it certainly lowers the learning curve, being fluent in modern Hebrew is hardly the same thing as being a Biblical Hebrew scholar, nor are you the only one around these parts with a working knowledge of the Bibles source languages.
Jan
7
comment In which denominations is naturism unacceptable?
I just approved an anonymous edit suggest that came in for this answer because it really looked like it was from you. If that's not the case we can roll it back, just be sure to be logged in when you make edits and you won't have to have them approved.
Jan
6
comment Does “Mere Christianity” represent the core of Christian belief?
We certainly struggle here sometimes, people just don't come up with very many quality questions. This sort of thing does much to raise the bar to where it should be. It fits our guidelines exactly without being contrived. I'd like to see some well researched answers on this; if it doesn't get them I may help with a bounty when it's eligible.
Jan
6
comment What are the protestant arguments against a sacramental economy?
Can we just all agree to call it the n+1 sacrament?