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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
18
comment According to LDS (Mormon) teaching, what is the relationship between Jesus and Lucifer?
I don't see how adding content about the beliefs of other traditions help make this a more narrow question other than only bringing out any conflicting issues. I think it would be just as useful and less non-constructive to just ask about the teachings you want to know about without putting them on the defensive against another teaching.
Jan
18
comment According to LDS (Mormon) teaching, what is the relationship between Jesus and Lucifer?
Why the background statement on mainline Christianity? If this is a question about LDS doctrine, why not just ask it about LDS doctrine without framing the question as pitting one tradition against another?
Jan
18
comment Where does Jesus stand on war and peace?
Hey you around? I'm going to close this question pending the necessary edits to fine tune it as noted above. That's not a death sentence to it, it's just a hold until it conforms to our site guidelines a little better. Please feel free drop a comment here if you are unclear on what needs to be done. I'd be happy to help and I know there are lots of other folks here that will pitch in.
Jan
18
comment Where in OT does someone ask another to be his father?
@DavidLaberge: Ooops. I was using a Turkish language site to pull up verses to copy/paste because its search functions are better. I used a English translation (shown in parallel with Turkish) but forgot to replace passage names to Enlgish!
Jan
18
comment Is Christianity the sum of the actions and beliefs of its adherents or a set of actions and beliefs defined by the Bible?
The "scope of validity" as you call it for the term Christian must be defined in a per-usage and per-speaker basis. Even I will use it to mean different things. Context is king here; there is no universally understood definition. Perhaps you can re-cast this question to ask about how to interpret contextual clues to determine what meaning is being used when or what if any Christian traditions have specifically used variant meanings. What question is there here that we could offer a practical solution to?
Jan
18
comment Do Old Testament individual, family and social laws and guidance apply to Christians or did Jesus come to discard OT laws and guidance?
This interpretation would only make sense in the case of a pair of items that complemented or extended each other. It makes a kind of forced nonsensical reading in the case of an opposing pair of ideas. I think the solution here is in understanding what the scope of the "law" is being referenced in this discourse not in the semantics.
Jan
17
comment Is Christianity the sum of the actions and beliefs of its adherents or a set of actions and beliefs defined by the Bible?
I suggest that this question is not only subjective, but useless. Please don't take that personal, I'm not against you, I just don't see what an answer would accomplish. The answer is going to vary depending on who you ask (subjective) but the resulting answers are going to hing on the definition of the terms used by those people making the answers only useful to people who also use the same definitions, in which case you have not even gained an understanding of what they meant because all you have is a new dependencies on knowing what they meant in the first place. What will this accomplish?
Jan
17
comment Is Christianity with reason wrong?
Good answer! I made a small edit to a phrase in the interest of keeping the wording generic on a point I think you intended to be generic. You might check that you agree...
Jan
16
comment Why isn't the cross considered an idol?
As others have noted, this isn't just a minority view in Christianity, it doesn't properly answer the question. The question was "why don't Christians consider the cross to be an idol". The majority of Christian traditions do not consider it to be, so the question to be answered is why don't they. This answers the opposite question of what do groups that do consider the symbol of the cross to be an idol do.
Jan
16
comment Does Genesis 9:5 say that God holds animals accountable for killing humans?
Thanks for editing, but I still don't think this is a useful answer. The meaning of your personal translation is still unclear in English and it is even less clear how you decided the well established translations are wrong on this point. The change in terms you suggest does not even resolve the issue the OP asked for. Also, for a translation that multiple different groups of qualified translators in various times have unanimously agreed on, you must provide more compelling evidence than that it "just doesn't seem right" to you as modern Hebrew speaker rather than an expert in ancient Hebrew.
Jan
16
comment How can we trust the Bible after it has been translated to another language?
+1. Unfortunately the only language I've picked up living in Turkey is Turkish; Greek is simply not used in these parts any more, good points about what's involved in Bible translation and what folks should do to evaluate their trustworthiness.
Jan
14
comment What's the main logical basis that is put forth by those Christians who don't believe in the existence of God?
I think this is far more common if less vocal instance of "Christians" who don't belief in God. They are more frequently agnostics than atheists, although the distinction is not important ... whether in actual belief of just pragmatic function there are masses of cultural Christians who do not believe in the deity described by orthodox Christianity and do not in any real sense worship any sort of deity.
Jan
14
comment What's the main logical basis that is put forth by those Christians who don't believe in the existence of God?
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Jan
14
comment Does Genesis 9:5 say that God holds animals accountable for killing humans?
Also, there are plenty of translations that are both scholarly and read well in English. For example this verse in the ESV is both a clear and seems to be an accurate rendition here.
Jan
14
comment Does Genesis 9:5 say that God holds animals accountable for killing humans?
Whatever the Hebrew might say, that translation isn't clear in English so it isn't very useful for reasoning out what the verse means. Also SE frowns on answers that are not useful apart from reading an offsite link.
Jan
14
comment Does Genesis 9:5 say that God holds animals accountable for killing humans?
In light of other verses cited that seem to say the opposite about culpability, what doctrine would you reference for this claim?
Jan
13
comment Has the name “Jesus” ever been used for naming Jewish children since the Savior's incarnation?
If your question is really specific to the Jewish community and Hebrew language, then you should ask on Mi Yodeya. That question is off topic here and if that's all you want to make this it will be closed here. If you'd like to turn this into a more general question about whether people in the Christian community ever name their children with derivatives of His name, we can keep it, but it needs editing. Meanwhile I would suggest that it would be a much more interesting/expert level question to ask if any Christian traditions have beliefs about special linguistic significance of the name.
Jan
12
comment Has the name “Jesus” ever been used for naming Jewish children since the Savior's incarnation?
@SoftwareMonkey: Very interesting. I actually knew that and clean forgot!
Jan
12
comment Has the name “Jesus” ever been used for naming Jewish children since the Savior's incarnation?
How is this a question about Christianity?
Jan
11
comment If Jesus was Sinless and had Free Will, how is the rest of creation not a mistake?
@psr: That's very amusing, but there is a difference between "contrary to" and "just not a part of in the first place". In your case you have a very limited nature to start with. You are finite. The logic doesn't apply the same way to an infinite being.