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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.


Dec
15
comment Does the diversity in doctrines among Christian traditions indicate that there are multiple “truths”?
@rpeg: You were not banned, you were suspended, and it wasn't for asking questions people didn't like. Your points were temporarily suspended but returned at the end of the suspension so you can pick up where you left off, minus hopefully the behavior that you were suspended over.
Dec
14
comment Does the diversity in doctrines among Christian traditions indicate that there are multiple “truths”?
Of course many of them haven't been careful. Others have been careful but used the wrong inputs or started with the wrong premises. Others have carefully and deliberately made wrong decisions. This is a problem caused entirely by human nature, not the nature of the God we believe in.
Dec
14
comment Unfulfilled prophecies?
I would argue that the only items here that are unfulfilled are final judgement related (which comments on the question have talked about needing to exclude) and all the others here are in active fulfillment right now. Good prophecies mind you, but not unfulfilled.
Dec
14
comment Does the diversity in doctrines among Christian traditions indicate that there are multiple “truths”?
Opinion is not the same thing as interpretation. There is already a wide admittance that since what we believe always boils down to interpretation of the facts of the case, our methods for interpreting matter. But doctrine isn't just "religious opinion", it's sets of believes that have been carefully developed based on facts, history, scholarship, experience, etc. For the Christian tradition I subscribe to, most importantly they are weighed against the Bible as the ultimate standard. Hence an answer that cites established doctrine is in a different league than one that spouts personal opinion.
Dec
14
comment Why doesn't the bible prohibit slavery?
@rpeg: Yes, your understanding about the site is wrong. We are not about giving one right answers to life's persistent questions, we're about giving one right answer to specific questions about Christianity. In this case you are asking a vague "why" question about something that isn't self-documented, so in effect you are asking for interpretation, which is something that various Christian traditions vary. Some might not have a doctrine about this at all, some might but come to different conclusions. Think of it like having to include your distro when asking a Unix question on U&L.
Dec
14
comment If believing that Jesus is God is that important, why doesn't Jesus say it more often?
@JimThio: There is certainly more than once sense in which Jews or anybody else could use the term, but Jesus very clearly pronounced himself to be God himself and when he used that term everybody knew what he meant by it.
Dec
12
comment Are the images we draw of Jesus correct?
Hey Fred there has been some discussion about whether this question is even on topic for this site. Would you mind if I try editing it to be so? It would be a fairly significant change but I think I can explain better by trying it than trying to explain it and I'd rather do that than just shut it down. Savy?
Dec
12
comment Why doesn't the bible prohibit slavery?
I think Richard has made a good case for this being a doctrinal question. Who's interpretation would you trust as an answer to this question or whose interpretation do you want to learn about? It will be people's interpretation methods (closely related to their doctrinal framework) that determines how they answer this. Northern states used the bible to condemn slavery, southern states to defend it. Obviously somebody was misunderstanding it somewhere but that's not the point here. The point is who do you actually want to learn about here?
Dec
10
comment Why doesn't the bible prohibit slavery?
Spiffy. FFR when you quote or link to a translation the hover tip on links often contains a clue to the translation if you know what to look for in URLs, but I was (and often am) on mobile and that is a piece of information you can't get without going off-site unless its spelled out in the text. Thanks, and good reference link. +1
Dec
9
comment Under what conditions can a “good” or “charitable” act actually be sin?
Please note: I have edited this question to be more in line with our site guidelines and hopefully garner some more concrete reference answers. Please have a look at the new form and consider updating your answer if needed. Thanks!
Dec
9
comment Is God capable of ever doing wrong?
@Flimzy: I can only speculate about people's motives here but the tip for downvoting provides some potential reasons. Lack of research and not useful could be what people have in mind. You are right that Christianity doesn't diverge on this issue at all. However different people might go about explaining it, it's pretty obvious with even trivial reading from a Christian perspective that this is the Christian view of God's character. The fact that both answers so far are one-liners kind of bears me out on this. Its off-topic or not-constructive, just not a question interesting to experts.
Dec
9
comment Is Christianity an experiential practice?
Please see our guidelines for questions in What makes a good focused question? and then read Why was my question closed? How can I get it open again? This question is quite simply not answerable because it doesn't give any framework fro what would be considered a right answer and is simply going to garner an assortment of opinions or at best, conflicting dogmas.
Dec
9
comment Does god give us a destined fate?
I think Flimzy already pointed out the main issue with this question as written and that is that this site is not a place to provide "which doctrine is correct" on any of the issues that are debated in Christianity. What we can do if you care to re-frame your question is either provide an overview of different views or detail how a particular doctrinal traditions perspective on this issue. See What makes a good focused question? and Why was my question closed? How can I get it open again?.
Dec
8
comment Who were the “wise men from the east” (Magi) spoken of in Matthew 2?
Now we're cooking with gas ;-) Thanks for editing, that's exactly along the lines we like to see.
Dec
7
comment Who were the “wise men from the east” (Magi) spoken of in Matthew 2?
Welcome to Christianity.SE. Thanks for digging up and pointing us to a related bit of commentary. SE sites however have a pretty strong bias for original content. Quoting references is great, but can you at least provide a summary of the info and how it is relevant to the question in your own words before just copy/pasting from another source? Thanks!
Dec
7
comment How does the doctrine of the URC differ from its predecessors?
Wow, this question actually interested me but so far I'm the only upvote. That a Presbyterian and Congregationalist church ever merged was news to me and considering they are named after opposite ends of the church governance spectrum, they seem an unlikely match. Great question, hope it eventually garners an answer.
Dec
6
comment What is the difference between “catholicism” and “catholic”?
First of all, I didn't endorse it as valid alternative, only that the use questioned by the OP was an attempt at an alternative (specifically forwarded about 600 years ago by a pre-reformation group). Frankly I think it's a bad alternative. And you're right it hasn't been 2000 years, but it has been upwards of 1000, but it really didn't seem to be a potential misunderstanding in the Latin original so much as every language the creed has been translated too since then.
Dec
6
comment What is the difference between “catholicism” and “catholic”?
I'm honestly not sure what you are saying here or what bit you disagree with. I'm sure I could improve the wording of my answer but I'm not sure what I'm dealing with here as an objection. I don't think your contrast here properly represents Protestant traditions who also typically don't exclude non-members from possibly being Christians in the sense of being granted salvation. We would, however, object to the implication that any humans at all are "capable" of salvation. (Which I would even argue is contrary to the catechism you quote).
Dec
6
comment How do Creationist Christians respond to the evidence for Evolution?
@JürgenA.Erhard: Of course it does, that's exactly what I was trying to do. And I think Richard explained why: the question as it was originally written did not provide enough of a framework for this not to be just a debate thread. If the OP and answerers want this question to stand they the standard for acceptable answers to this specific question is going to have to be set high enough to stay above the fray.
Dec
6
comment How do Creationist Christians respond to the evidence for Evolution?
You might check my edit, I re-worded the YEC section. I wanted to mess with the first three points too but my wording was going to make it much more verbose. I don't think "changing facts" or "changing beliefs" is fair to either side of the YE/OE debate or any other similar conflict with science. How about "re-evaluate, find the beliefs to be sound and the apparent facts to be faulty and attempt to set the record straight on the facts" and "re-evaluate, find the apparent facts to be valid and the belief to be faulty and attempt to re-cast the belief in light of the apparent facts"?