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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
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.
Jan
3
comment Is there any place in the Bible or any logical argument disproving the “physical” interpretation of Christ's being the Only Begotten Son?
Welcome to Christianity.SE. Just a note about this answer however: The English dictionary isn't a good way to build a case about the meaning of an ancient Greek word. It's usage in the text of John in no way produces the logical contradiction you're trying to draw here. In fact the historical understanding of their meaning can be seen through things like the creeds with sometimes read "eternally begotten" to clearly indicate that an "origin" is not being referenced, only a relationship.
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.