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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.


Dec
22
comment Why would God create beings with the capacity to sin?
Perfectly reasonable question but you need to ask for a specfic tradions view on this or about specific differences or something else that can make answers objectivly verifiable.
Dec
22
comment Are there any tenets of Gnosticism that are still present in the church today?
You have some points here but your description of classic Christian theology is missing the main point: we aren't being saved from ourselves. Nor is the gospel we openly proclaim in any way comparrable to the gnostics secret knowledge.
Dec
22
comment Did Adam and Eve's Progeny Commit Incest?
Even if you interpret Nephilim to be non-human creatures that can cross-breed (which is debated) trying to apply that possibility as a solution to this problem creates far more problems than you started with and causes God's judgement to be inconsistent.
Dec
21
comment Is Christianity functionally polytheistic?
Votes mean whatever those who cast them feel like they mean, but I think in your complaints about downvotes you are overlooking one of the primary possibilities. You will find it on the hover text for the downvote button. Rather than presuming people find your questions offensive or confusing, I would suggest that some have "not shown any research effort" and several including this one are probably just thought of as "Not useful". It's possible that people expecting to learn about Christianity's views don't think your speculations about how it looks from the outside are useful to them.
Dec
21
comment How should a Christian evaluate whether a particular action a sin or not?
@BenDunlap: Yes this should be refined and split up some. I'll do that sometime when it's not after 3 am :)
Dec
20
comment Does my monk go to heaven?
As for the "nuance" section, I still assert that "knowing" the law does not equate to "possible to follow". Paul goes to great lengths in the following chapters of Romans to demonstrate how the law whether spelled out through Moses or understood through creation and our conscience does nothing but condemn us because we are incapable of following it.
Dec
20
comment Does my monk go to heaven?
It is of course Scripture, the question at hand is it relevant scripture and is it properly interpreted. Frankly I don't think that verse applies very well to this situation. It is given in the contexts of faithful vs. unfaithful servants, not servants vs. non-servants. I would apply that verse to people who God has genuinely redeemed but through whatever circumstance where exposed to bad teaching and perhaps the way they lived their live and ministered was not what it could have been had they been properly trained in God's word (the will of the master).
Dec
20
comment Does my monk go to heaven?
You don't have to speak for God or even speculate. He speaks quite plainly for himself. Take Nineva for example. Although they did not know right from wrong and it was God's will to save them he could not just break his own rules and pardon them as innocent. He sent them a messenger to inform them of their guilt and offer them the chance to believe and repent.
Dec
20
comment Does my monk go to heaven?
From a strictly Scriptural perspective you err. The Bible makes it clear that it is not possible for anyone to keep God's commandments perfectly. "All have sinned" and "are without excuse". This isn't a matter of limiting God's grace it is a matter of Him being consistent with his own word. Although men know enough about the law by nature to follow it if it was in their natures, we also know that it is impossible for us by nature (even if we do know it plainly) to follow it to perfection. Not difficult, impossible.
Dec
19
comment Is Abraham in heaven?
@DanAndrews: You are right to bring up this issue. The thing is, without Jesus, God could not have saved Abraham. Abraham's faith (whether he knew the details or not) was based on Christ's work to come. Without the propitiatory work of Christ covering both past and future believers, God would not have been able to save Abraham without becoming an unjust judge. God never had any other plan for saving men other apart from his Son the Christ.
Dec
15
comment Does the diversity in doctrines among Christian traditions indicate that there are multiple “truths”?
@rpeg: You were not banned, you were suspended, and it wasn't for asking questions people didn't like. Your points were temporarily suspended but returned at the end of the suspension so you can pick up where you left off, minus hopefully the behavior that you were suspended over.
Dec
14
comment Does the diversity in doctrines among Christian traditions indicate that there are multiple “truths”?
Of course many of them haven't been careful. Others have been careful but used the wrong inputs or started with the wrong premises. Others have carefully and deliberately made wrong decisions. This is a problem caused entirely by human nature, not the nature of the God we believe in.
Dec
14
comment Unfulfilled prophecies?
I would argue that the only items here that are unfulfilled are final judgement related (which comments on the question have talked about needing to exclude) and all the others here are in active fulfillment right now. Good prophecies mind you, but not unfulfilled.
Dec
14
comment Does the diversity in doctrines among Christian traditions indicate that there are multiple “truths”?
Opinion is not the same thing as interpretation. There is already a wide admittance that since what we believe always boils down to interpretation of the facts of the case, our methods for interpreting matter. But doctrine isn't just "religious opinion", it's sets of believes that have been carefully developed based on facts, history, scholarship, experience, etc. For the Christian tradition I subscribe to, most importantly they are weighed against the Bible as the ultimate standard. Hence an answer that cites established doctrine is in a different league than one that spouts personal opinion.
Dec
14
comment Why doesn't the bible prohibit slavery?
@rpeg: Yes, your understanding about the site is wrong. We are not about giving one right answers to life's persistent questions, we're about giving one right answer to specific questions about Christianity. In this case you are asking a vague "why" question about something that isn't self-documented, so in effect you are asking for interpretation, which is something that various Christian traditions vary. Some might not have a doctrine about this at all, some might but come to different conclusions. Think of it like having to include your distro when asking a Unix question on U&L.
Dec
14
comment If believing that Jesus is God is that important, why doesn't Jesus say it more often?
@JimThio: There is certainly more than once sense in which Jews or anybody else could use the term, but Jesus very clearly pronounced himself to be God himself and when he used that term everybody knew what he meant by it.
Dec
12
comment Are the images we draw of Jesus correct?
Hey Fred there has been some discussion about whether this question is even on topic for this site. Would you mind if I try editing it to be so? It would be a fairly significant change but I think I can explain better by trying it than trying to explain it and I'd rather do that than just shut it down. Savy?
Dec
12
comment Why doesn't the bible prohibit slavery?
I think Richard has made a good case for this being a doctrinal question. Who's interpretation would you trust as an answer to this question or whose interpretation do you want to learn about? It will be people's interpretation methods (closely related to their doctrinal framework) that determines how they answer this. Northern states used the bible to condemn slavery, southern states to defend it. Obviously somebody was misunderstanding it somewhere but that's not the point here. The point is who do you actually want to learn about here?
Dec
10
comment Why doesn't the bible prohibit slavery?
Spiffy. FFR when you quote or link to a translation the hover tip on links often contains a clue to the translation if you know what to look for in URLs, but I was (and often am) on mobile and that is a piece of information you can't get without going off-site unless its spelled out in the text. Thanks, and good reference link. +1
Dec
9
comment Under what conditions can a “good” or “charitable” act actually be sin?
Please note: I have edited this question to be more in line with our site guidelines and hopefully garner some more concrete reference answers. Please have a look at the new form and consider updating your answer if needed. Thanks!