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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
6
comment Once a believer, always a believer?
This passage is not related to the issue of salvation (as something provided by Christ) being retracted (or not).
Oct
6
comment How is it that someone who lived thousands of years ago can “represent” me?
@brilliant: First of all, asking for the definition of representation is not specifically off topic like the definition of Christian is. Secondly, this is kind of a list question since there is more than one view, but there are actually only a couple of them, people often don't know the names of them if I did specify, and the lines between them aren't well known. An answer could reasonably be expected to detail a couple views and would be "correct" here.
Oct
6
comment Is there any specific difference between a “Christian” and a 'true' disciple of Christ?
@brilliant: In this case the "difference" here is irrelevant to the question, so the other title was better but your definition of Christian is also not needed. You could just as easily ask "my definition of a Christian is somebody who eats only red jam on their toast, what is the difference between that and the Biblical definition of disciple."
Oct
6
comment Is there any specific difference between a “Christian” and a 'true' disciple of Christ?
All true stuff here, it just picks up the story late and misses the first step. Also, what is arbitrary about that standard creed?
Oct
6
comment Is there any specific difference between a “Christian” and a 'true' disciple of Christ?
Yes of course, but according to who? If you want specifics you must specify what POV you want to hear from.
Oct
5
comment What happens to non-believers or believers of other religions after death?
@Atheist: Actually using dictionary definitions they ARE mutually exclusive. Atheists claim to know that there is no God, Agnostics claim it's not possible to have that kind of _know_ledge.
Oct
5
comment If the Holy Spirit is God, and God can not be in the presence of sin, then how can the Holy Spirit dwell in me a sinner?
Welcome to Christianity.SE, and great question. I think it's probably the second premise here that needs re-evaluating ... can we edit this question to focus on that issue?
Oct
5
comment Take away the gospels, and how do we know that Jesus did what he was recorded to have done in terms of miracles?
As others have noted, a large portion of this question hinges on a patently false premise. Would you like to re-write it to ask about other extra-Biblical evidence without the bit about the Gospels being an unreliable witness or is there something else you are trying to ask here?
Oct
5
comment Did Jesus die earlier than expected?
@Richard I was already planning on adding that verse when I wrote this, but yes you are right that is exactly why I think he chose to die rather than being killed. If you'd like to ask why it's ok for God to commit suicide and not us, I'd be happy to answer that too.
Oct
5
comment Did the Romans not breaking Jesus' legs fulfill a prophecy?
I just covered that in my answer here: Did Jesus die earlier than expected?
Oct
5
comment How is it that someone who lived thousands of years ago can “represent” me?
@Chelonian: In that event the substitutionary death of Christ is also incoherent. If you don't accept this concept you aren't left with much, hence my asking for an explanation of how it works.
Oct
4
comment Who was Theophilus?
If you want that to be an answer, you should write it up as an answer and both word and defend it as such. As you wrote it, it appears as an extension of the question.
Oct
4
comment What are the main points of Mormons' teaching that this group of people consider contradictory to the Bible?
I think you missed the point of my edit. I understood your question and DID ask the same thing, but in a way that would encourage positive toned answers rather than negative and controversial ones.
Oct
4
comment What are the main points of Mormons' teaching that this group of people consider contradictory to the Bible?
Please don't ask duplicate questions, edit this one and then get community support to re-open it when it's ship-shape. I copied your edits from the duplicate to this one.
Oct
4
comment What are the main points of Mormons' teaching that this group of people consider contradictory to the Bible?
@brilliant: I already made an effort to save this question by rewording it in a more polite and possibly constructive way, why did you revert?
Oct
4
comment Does God need our praise and glory?
Related answer: Why did God need to plant the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the garden of Eden in the first place?
Oct
4
comment Why did God need to plant the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the garden of Eden in the first place?
There isn't a Mormon StackExchange. Since Mormons self-identify as Christian, questions about them and answers from their viewpoint are specifically on-topic here whatever other groups may think of them or their views. See Who are considered Christians here? in our FAQ.
Oct
4
comment Why did God need to plant the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the garden of Eden in the first place?
@Atheist: There is no contradicton here, for God being perfect and being selfish is not contradiction it is harmony. I would argue it could not reasonably be any other way. See my take on this here: Does God need our praise and glory?
Oct
3
comment Does the Bible stipulate priorities among personal allegiances?
There you are. I wondered where you disappeared to at the beginning of beta!
Oct
3
comment When do we as Christians draw the line on self-defense?
@warren: I would suggest that while there is overlap between these questions, your question has a confusing mix of "disaster survival" and "self-defense". That might be why it didn't get many good answers. Perhaps you could edit your question to focus on the disaster survival aspect and remove the overlap with the self-defense issue brought up here.