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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
10
comment What is unique about Christianity?
@TRiG That's odd. I have no idea who you think I'd be insulting. It was a calculated complement for David's answer. Beyond that, if anybody perceives an insult I think there must be some reading between the lines going on and as the author of the comment I say it wasn't intended.
Oct
9
comment What does it mean to test God?
@DavidStratton: I wasn't sure on that one either which is why I didn't mod-close this. While the accepted answer there gave a definition, that wasn't the point of the question and it's possible these two could be addressed more succinctly as two questions rather than as a merged duplicate. You are welcome to put in a close vote if you think otherwise. This is a good case for the community to decide rather than a mod ;) I tend to think it's useful to have this as a separate simpler question and have the other one make whatever definitions it needs to to answer the 'draw the line' question.
Oct
9
comment Why do women have inferior rights in the Bible?
This question needs some serious editing in order to be constructive. If you strip away some of the references here this doesn't read much differently than the classic pre-loaded question of "have you stopped beating your wife yet". We can do better. It's possible to ask about the role of women in the Bible and whether they are considered to have inferior or superior rights in an impartial tone that isn't going to solicit arguments. If you really want Christianity's perspective on this, ask for it without suggesting what you think it is/was and making people have to refute you.
Oct
9
comment What is unique about Christianity?
+1 back at you, great approach to showing how aspects of Christianity up in other religions but to a different purpose. Also, even the ones that claim to exalt some deity really are focused on glorifying man (some directly, some in their perceived ability to get their act together and influence the world or even a divine being, some in their very rejection of 'self' only wind up worship humanity as a whole instead of as individuals)
Oct
9
comment What does it mean to test God?
Welcome to Christianity.SE. I think this is a good question on its own, but you might be interested in checking out this related one here: Where do we draw the line when questioning/testing God?
Oct
9
comment What was Jesus' view on the authority of Scripture?
Where are you quoting from?
Oct
8
comment What was Jesus' view on the authority of Scripture?
Related question: Did Jesus consider OT events to be literal history?
Oct
8
comment Did Jesus consider OT events to be literal history?
Related question: What was Jesus' view on the authority of Scripture?
Oct
8
comment What was Satan's view on the authority of Scripture?
Parallel question: What was Jesus' view on the authority of Scripture?
Oct
8
comment What was Jesus' view on the authority of Scripture?
Parallel question: What was Satan's view on the authority of Scripture?
Oct
8
comment How is Freemasonry related to Christianity?
Does Freemasonry make any claim on the allegiances of it's membership in over or in some specified balance to the faith(s) that they old? How do they account for when incompatibilities do arise?
Oct
8
comment How is Freemasonry related to Christianity?
Neil this question (and the requested point of view) have changed dramatically since you answered in response to complaints about the original question. I am temporarily-deleting this answer since it isn't relevant to the current question any more. If you want to edit it for the new question please then flag it for moderator attention and we'll get it back online. Thanks!
Oct
8
comment What was Satan's view on the authority of Scripture?
It's not a lot, but we do actually have a record both of Satan using and being confronted with Scripture and his (lack of) a comeback. See also: What was Jesus' view on the authority of Scripture?
Oct
8
comment What is the Alpha Course?
I have closed this as too localized as it is impossible to know what your local churches are teaching under this banner, and the general aspect of Apha Courses is general reference. See the doctrine heading of the Wikipedia page for an exact answer to your question, minus knowing what modifications to the general course your local Presbyterian and Roman Catholic churches may have made . If there is some other specific aspect to this question, please edit to focus on that, then flag it for a mod. Thanks!
Oct
8
comment Atheism is the default position. Isn't the burden of proof on the Christian to assert that God exists?
@aceinthehole I think this question could use some editing love in order to not constantly attract answers from non-Christian perspectives. A little bit of careful wording in the question would make it a lot easier to enforce our policy about answers having to match the question. If you'd like I'd be to take a stab at this edit, or you can give it a shot. Does that make any sense?
Oct
7
comment How should other churches respond to a pastor and congregation who live contrary to the Gospel?
<removed comments> Some obsolete discussion about an earlier version of the question and some off-topic remarks were removed. Please keep comments for mini-meta discussions of the question, and take the general banter to chat. Thanks.
Oct
7
comment How should other churches respond to a pastor and congregation who live contrary to the Gospel?
In the interest of trying to save this question from getting closed (it's collecting votes but I think it's interesting) I am going to make a major edit. Feel free to revert or change it when I'm done. Mainly, I would suggest moving a lot of the content you posted to an answer of your own and keep the question itself as focused as possible.
Oct
7
comment Is the Israel of the NT the modern country?
Welcome to Christianity.SE, and this is a great first answer! I look forward to seeing future contributions.
Oct
6
comment Since God provided for the forgiveness of sins in the Old Testament, why do we need Jesus?
@Richard I guess I need to re-word this. I think there was forgiveness granted through the OT sacrifices too, but not through something intrinsic in them but through their faith and Christs eventual completion of God's side of the bargain. Leviticus makes it sound like the sacrifices did something because THEY DID do something, but they were not the only mechanism at work.
Oct
6
comment Is there any specific difference between a “Christian” and a 'true' disciple of Christ?
Pinging @warren -- see my other comment above as to why I don't think that's needed here, esp with your suggested title (which I support since the current one is half-off-topic).