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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
2
comment Can an atheist go to heaven?
@SteelyDan: Where are you getting that notion from? To quote an Eastern Orthodox resource, "The Law of God", by Bishop Alexander Mileant, Book 3, Chapter 1, "The Purpose of Man": For each man, in order to fulfill his purpose on earth and to receive eternal salvation, it is necessary, in the first place, to know the true God and to rightly believe in Him, that is, to have the true faith.
Dec
28
comment When did the older English spelling of the endings of Isaiah and Elijah stop being used in the Catholic Church?
@PeterTurner: The chart shows usage distribution in published books by date published, not internet prolification. If you take this chart back to 1611 for example there is a crazy spike when the KJV came out.
Dec
28
comment What is the baptism requirement for becoming a Mennonite?
Very interesting tidbits. And welcome to Christianity.SE!
Dec
28
comment What happened to Ananias and Sapphira after death?
I think I would end this with "nothing in the text seems to completely rule it out ... or indicate that they were.", just to show that the doubt works both ways and there really isn't a favorable position here, but +1 because I think you've generally hit the right angle here ... the canonical answer to this question is "we don't know".
Dec
28
comment Is the age of the earth in the Bible?
I don't know who is flagging this as offensive or why but I am hereby dismissing the flags until such a time as someone raises the case on meta and explains whereby this should not be an acceptable answer and we see some feedback from the community. Although I may personally disagree with the positions held by both you and the Catholic church on this, I think citing the existence of this position is a perfectly acceptable way to answer the question. Disagree? Post to meta and lets talk it over!
Dec
27
comment Why would God create beings with the capacity to sin?
@JürgenA.Erhard: It's hard to cite one verse for that but when you read the book cover to cover and find every single example of anything God did was done for his Glory, it's easy to extrapolate. You could also check out Collosians 1:15 as a place to start. It states unequivocally that the world was created for the express purpose of glorifying Christ.
Dec
27
comment Why would God create beings with the capacity to sin?
Nathan welcome to Christianity.SE! Thanks for taking the time to answer and improving your answer per feedback. Hope to see you around more.
Dec
24
comment “How do I get more faith?” - how to understand Jesus' answer?
Related: How do I get more faith?
Dec
23
comment Why would God create beings with the capacity to sin?
İ finished up the edit. You can't have it both ways. The whole problem is that different traditons might (and in this case do) interpret differently yet claim their doctrine is Biblical.
Dec
22
comment Why would God create beings with the capacity to sin?
Please edit then flag for reopening when it fits our general guidelines.
Dec
22
comment Why would God create beings with the capacity to sin?
Perfectly reasonable question but you need to ask for a specfic tradions view on this or about specific differences or something else that can make answers objectivly verifiable.
Dec
22
comment Are there any tenets of Gnosticism that are still present in the church today?
You have some points here but your description of classic Christian theology is missing the main point: we aren't being saved from ourselves. Nor is the gospel we openly proclaim in any way comparrable to the gnostics secret knowledge.
Dec
22
comment Did Adam and Eve's Progeny Commit Incest?
Even if you interpret Nephilim to be non-human creatures that can cross-breed (which is debated) trying to apply that possibility as a solution to this problem creates far more problems than you started with and causes God's judgement to be inconsistent.
Dec
21
comment Is Christianity functionally polytheistic?
Votes mean whatever those who cast them feel like they mean, but I think in your complaints about downvotes you are overlooking one of the primary possibilities. You will find it on the hover text for the downvote button. Rather than presuming people find your questions offensive or confusing, I would suggest that some have "not shown any research effort" and several including this one are probably just thought of as "Not useful". It's possible that people expecting to learn about Christianity's views don't think your speculations about how it looks from the outside are useful to them.
Dec
21
comment How should a Christian evaluate whether a particular action a sin or not?
@BenDunlap: Yes this should be refined and split up some. I'll do that sometime when it's not after 3 am :)
Dec
20
comment Does my monk go to heaven?
As for the "nuance" section, I still assert that "knowing" the law does not equate to "possible to follow". Paul goes to great lengths in the following chapters of Romans to demonstrate how the law whether spelled out through Moses or understood through creation and our conscience does nothing but condemn us because we are incapable of following it.
Dec
20
comment Does my monk go to heaven?
It is of course Scripture, the question at hand is it relevant scripture and is it properly interpreted. Frankly I don't think that verse applies very well to this situation. It is given in the contexts of faithful vs. unfaithful servants, not servants vs. non-servants. I would apply that verse to people who God has genuinely redeemed but through whatever circumstance where exposed to bad teaching and perhaps the way they lived their live and ministered was not what it could have been had they been properly trained in God's word (the will of the master).
Dec
20
comment Does my monk go to heaven?
You don't have to speak for God or even speculate. He speaks quite plainly for himself. Take Nineva for example. Although they did not know right from wrong and it was God's will to save them he could not just break his own rules and pardon them as innocent. He sent them a messenger to inform them of their guilt and offer them the chance to believe and repent.
Dec
20
comment Does my monk go to heaven?
From a strictly Scriptural perspective you err. The Bible makes it clear that it is not possible for anyone to keep God's commandments perfectly. "All have sinned" and "are without excuse". This isn't a matter of limiting God's grace it is a matter of Him being consistent with his own word. Although men know enough about the law by nature to follow it if it was in their natures, we also know that it is impossible for us by nature (even if we do know it plainly) to follow it to perfection. Not difficult, impossible.
Dec
19
comment Is Abraham in heaven?
@DanAndrews: You are right to bring up this issue. The thing is, without Jesus, God could not have saved Abraham. Abraham's faith (whether he knew the details or not) was based on Christ's work to come. Without the propitiatory work of Christ covering both past and future believers, God would not have been able to save Abraham without becoming an unjust judge. God never had any other plan for saving men other apart from his Son the Christ.