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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 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?
Jan
6
comment Does “Mere Christianity” represent the core of Christian belief?
Hey Jon thanks for coming by. This is an absolutely awesome question!
Jan
6
comment Does God change?
See my comment on your other answer but this is not a place for general philosophizing on a topic or discussing other religions. We are looking for verifiable (with links or quotes to doctrinal writings of specific Christian traditions given on request) answers about how Christianity views an issue.
Jan
6
comment Why does Moses have compassion that God lacks?
Ron this is not a general Philosophy site or a place to air out your own views, however you developed them. The reason you were asked for references is because we want to hear what part of Christianity believes this way. This site is for for answers about Christianity from it's own perspective, usually specifically the perspectives of specific Christian traditions. As far as I can tell this answer does not reflect any documented Christian worldview or those of any Christian interpretation of the text in question. Please consider the local site guidelines in formulating your answers.
Jan
6
comment Why did the devil tempt Eve first?
Affable and @Marc: I've noticed the same thing in life but it's particularly evident on this site. Sometimes it's way more productive and even peaceful to just flat out disagree! It's an art I think many Western cultures have begun to loose.
Jan
4
comment Why did the devil tempt Eve first?
This makes some sense, but I think you're missing a very important observation that we do know from the text and that is that when Eve was tempted Adam was right there with here "at her side". Arguably he failed his duty -- missed his mark -- before ever he bit into that fruit in not stepping in to protect his wife. Whatever Eve knew or didn't know about the command isn't that important considering that Adam was witness to the whole thing and could have stepped in to clear things up.
Jan
3
comment Is paganism compatible with Christianity?
@MarcGravell: He wasn't the dissident some modern activists would make him out to be. Sure he bucked authority, but the authority that is came out against was the spiritual authority of the Jews because he had a higher one. Interestingly he did not rebel against Rome like the Jews were hoping he would and he advocated strongly for respect of authority including domestic, religious and political -- he was only a dissident when it came to the Jewish interpretation of their Scriptures. Even then it was their mis-understanding not the source material he objected to.