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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.


Oct
14
comment How does intercession of saints and Exodus 20:3 not clash?
Welcome to Christianity.SE by the way. I realize the landscape is a little confusing. We're trying to find a balance between no references and unsupported opinion answers and becoming just a scraping machine for remote content. The article you reference is very relevant, but can you expect to also cover the verse the OP asked about and then use your own words to tie them together?
Oct
14
comment To what extent did Isaiah understand his own prophecies?
As has been pointed our, your claim that something has an "obvious" interpretation is easily falsifiable by showing that it is only one interpretation among many and perhaps even in the minority. In order to differentiate this from being pure opinion you will need to defend it with something else, perhaps an explanation of the hermeneutics used to derive such an interpretation or some doctrinal statements from Christian groups that claim that meaning.
Oct
14
comment To what extent did Isaiah understand his own prophecies?
Slightly related question on BH: What is Sensus Plenior and how does it impact the field of hermeneutics?
Oct
14
comment To what extent did Isaiah understand his own prophecies?
This is partially related to the idea of Sensus Plenor.
Oct
14
comment Question on John 4:13-14 - How do we drink of the water from Jesus?
What makes a good focused question?
Oct
14
comment Question on John 4:13-14 - How do we drink of the water from Jesus?
Please don't ask just for thoughts and opinions, we are learning that leads to low quality answers. Instead ask specifically what official teachings are on a matter.
Oct
13
comment Who is “Lucifer” in Isaiah 14?
@DavidStratton: If you are looking for doctrinal answers about the nature of Satan (even ones defended through exegesis) it is definitely ok to ask that here. The BH site is great, but focuses more on the text and less on the resulting doctrine/applications.
Oct
12
comment How do those who reject the JEPD view of Scripture's formation not limit God?
@jchaffee You still left "illegitimate" in the title. I took a stab at a rewrite. See what you think now. For future reference, see: What makes a good focused question?
Oct
12
comment Do any Christian traditions intentionally use the name 'Yahweh'?
The question here got updated a lot and will probably be re-opened soon (since I did the edit I'm waiting on the community or other moderators to agree that my change is acceptable). Your answer comes pretty close to matching the new focus of the question, but if this does open up again it could use an edit to address the specific question. Just a heads up...
Oct
12
comment Do any Christian traditions intentionally use the name 'Yahweh'?
@Flimzy Does it qualify as a question now?
Oct
12
comment Do any Christian traditions intentionally use the name 'Yahweh'?
@Ray How do my edits look?
Oct
12
comment Do any Christian traditions intentionally use the name 'Yahweh'?
I have made an attempt to re-write this question to pose a real question that might be on-topic here as well as answerable with factual references from various Christian doctrines.
Oct
12
comment Do any Christian traditions intentionally use the name 'Yahweh'?
There is potentially a question here but this question is only slightly related to Christianity because few Christian traditions hold a doctrine about not using the name. This is primarily relevant to Jewish tradition and it might be better asked on Judaism.SE.
Oct
11
comment How are the Calvinist, Arminian and Lutheran conceptions of Total Depravity different?
+1. This came up a while back in chat and I think I said I suggested we needed a total depravity vs original sin question. This is a good example of a focused comparison of two doctrines!
Oct
10
comment What is unique about Christianity?
This isn't unique. Judaism has (arguably) the same or older verifiable doctrinal records. Islam has texts too. Manuscripts aren't what make the claims of Christianity verifiable. History mostly proves the legitimacy of the texts, not what the texts claim. It's what the texts claim that is so different.
Oct
10
comment Were there provisions for salvation for non-Hebrews in the OT?
@Shathur: Yes you're right. I made the change, thank you.
Oct
10
comment What about those who lived before Christ long outside the reach of Israel?
I am interested in hearing what you think "this specific topic" that is not specifically covered in any of the questions I linked. Whatever that specific topic is might deserve a new question of it's own. I just didn't see it in here, hence the close. Is there something I didn't catch about the question as a whole that makes it different than a sum of it's parts and thus deserving separate treatment? I'm more than open to reconsidering here, I just think whatever it is that makes this question unique needs to be clear before we open it.
Oct
10
comment What is unique about Christianity?
@MarcGravell: You're turning blue, shall I call for a medic? In all seriousness however we could go through those one by one to show how the basis of those and the sense in which their resurrections is understood is fundamentally different, but I'll safe my breath and try to qualify my statement so it's more apparent in what way Christianity is unique.
Oct
10
comment What is unique about Christianity?
I think you have a valid point about the other usages being "not quite the same" and Christianity being more pro-active in this area, but this is hardly a unique or stand-apart aspect of Christianity. I know lots of religions and constituents that emphasis the pro-active nature of good works and the Golden rule. Whether other texts are quite as clear on the matter could be argued, but I would say this is getting dowvoted not because it is a false statement about Christianity but because it is not a uniquely identifying radically different aspect of it.
Oct
10
comment Where do we draw the line when questioning/testing God?
Related question that sticks to defining 'testing': What does it mean to test God?