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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
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.
Jan
11
comment What is the use of faith if God doesn't need/require anything from humans to save them?
Heads up I'm trying to help the OP make this a useful question rather than a pedantic one. You might check the current edit and adapt your answer as necessary (or help edit the question if you have ideas to make it better!). I am deleting my own answer since it hardly applies at all now. Yours comes closer...
Jan
11
comment What is the use of faith if God doesn't need/require anything from humans to save them?
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Jan
11
comment Does God need/demand humans' faith for them to be saved? If so, why?
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Jan
11
comment Does God need/demand humans' faith for them to be saved? If so, why?
This edit looks like a much better place to start. I have edited the other question this spawned along a similar vein.
Jan
11
comment What is the use of faith if God doesn't need/require anything from humans to save them?
I have edit this question along a parallel track with the way the other question got edited. How does this look?
Jan
11
comment What is the use of faith if God doesn't need/require anything from humans to save them?
Related: Does God need/demand humans' faith for them to be saved? If so, why?
Jan
11
comment Does God need/demand humans' faith for them to be saved? If so, why?
Related: What is the use of faith if God doesn't need/require anything from humans to save them?
Jan
11
comment Does God need/demand humans' faith for them to be saved? If so, why?
@AffableGeek: I don't think what got implemented is at all what wax was suggesting, and makes this question kind of awkward. Suggestions on how this could be made into a good question rather than a funky one? Please help edit it!
Jan
11
comment What is the use of faith if God doesn't need/require anything from humans to save them?
Please don't just act because you feel forced. That just make more mess because if you don't understand, it only means the actions you take will only make less sense. In this case you were not asked to split the question, you were asked to add focus and detail to your original question.
Jan
10
comment What is the Biblical basis for Unconditional Election?
Welcome to Christianity.SE!
Jan
10
comment Are bad things in life Satan's doing or God testing/punishing me?
Please reference the teachings of even one group that claims to be Christian and says the problem that the thing their religion accomplishes is "avoid destroying ourselves". Also please reference in what way that group thinks that Christ was imperfect.
Jan
10
comment Will there be a second chance for salvation after the Rapture?
Welcome to Christianity.SE. Can you please cite your sources for the passage as well as reference what Christian tradition interprets it like this? You might want to check out some of our meta posts on site guidelines such as What makes a good supported answer?
Jan
9
comment What do Christians mean by “Jesus took our illnesses upon himself on the cross” and why?
This is a reasonable answer -- but to a different question. I don't think it engages the issue posed in the question. I'd love to see an overview of different takes on this and how people fill in the blanks to fit various doctrinal frameworks. I think it's a phrase used in a lot of ways and it would be useful to be aware of the range.
Jan
9
comment What do Christians mean by “Jesus took our illnesses upon himself on the cross” and why?
Did you guys know you can throw an * in a phrase search on Google to get all possible matches for filling in the blank? It seems 'sin' and 'punishment' are the most popular choices.
Jan
9
comment How does the Catholic Church understand the priesthood of all believers?
Welcome to Christainity.SE. I realize you cherry picked the bits to form a simple answer, but you should still probably credit Wikipedia since most of the copy came from there.
Jan
9
comment Is it known whether Adam and Eve had the ability to experience physical pain before the fall?
@gentmatt: I don't think your argument about this being a personal question works here for the reason the OP points out ... that any question about any historical figure could be personal. The point is do we have anything to go on? If you don't think we do, how about making that an answer: that you don't see any indication in scripture and we can't derive an idea about this from anything else.
Jan
9
comment How much realization of one's own sinfulness is needed for a person to be saved?
@brilliant: I apologize for mis-characterizing you. I am aware of the language issue, but it wasn't the wording that gave me that impression ... it was the fact that you've asked many questions that I know you know the answers too. Perhaps you do want to re-examine them to see if you have the right answers, but you should do that by asking about the specific concerns you have with them, not starting at square one as if you hadn't researched the issue already. If you have concerns about the site, express them from your own viewpoint, not the hypothetical viewpoint of somebody else.
Jan
9
comment How much realization of one's own sinfulness is needed for a person to be saved?
@brilliant: This site is not intended to be a good place to figure out the ultimate truth on any issue, it's a place to learn about Christianity and it's various doctrines and traditions. The true and the false. There is no doctrinal filter or moderation here (although we do limit to the beliefs of documented groups not individuals). People in search of truth should go to the Church. This site is not a church nor should you ever expect it to play that role.
Jan
9
comment Is the God Calvinists believe in unjust?
You definitely hone in on the root of the issue, but the illustration you ended with is dubious. In that situation it's hard not to conjure up images of people that don't deserve to be drowning in the first place. I think courtroom imagery is better suited to the case (if you can excuse the pun). The people God is busy saving are death row inmates guilty of the crimes they are charged with. Also Calvinists don't believe it's a matter of whether God could save a few more if he set his mind to it but of his sovereign choice to demonstrate his mercy by choosing to save any in the first place.