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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
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.
Oct
2
comment What are the differences between the different millenialisms?
This graph has a few issues :) For one, the existence of a "rapture" is a distinctly modern pre-mil view, yet it's mis-labeled here on the historic pre-mil timeline.
Oct
1
comment How do Christians justify their belief and how do they convince others of their belief?
eWolf: Please do stick around and participate, your question is very well thought out. Excuse us while we we try to figure out how to make things work around here, this is a beta site and we're still trying to figure out how to fit a hard topic into the SE format. It's not your fault and I think we all agree we'd be happy to see more specific questions!
Oct
1
comment How do Christians justify their belief and how do they convince others of their belief?
Is this too broad to be constructive?
Oct
1
comment How do Christians justify their belief and how do they convince others of their belief?
+1. Good answer -- even if I still don't agree it's a reasonably scoped question :)
Oct
1
comment How do Christians justify their belief and how do they convince others of their belief?
Perhaps you could ask specifically about how Christians arrive at some specific piece of doctrine. The whole thing is both undefinable in the context of a secular QnA site and too much to ask for in one question. The second part of the question will self answer itself based on how people answer you :-)
Oct
1
comment How do Christians justify their belief and how do they convince others of their belief?
First of all welcome to Christianity.SE. I wish everybody was as diligent at identifying their assumptions going into a question! However I think the issue is not that this is fundamental but that it is broad. There is no way one or even a dozen questions can cover this ground without inviting a million different opinions and a thousand valid answers.
Oct
1
comment What did the animals eat when they emerged from the ark?
For all we know, a bunch of them DID get eaten! However if Noah brought along food for the time in the ark I'm sure it helped tide them over while they reproduced enough in the outside world to survive. If God made them cooperative to all come to the ark in pairs I'm sure he could arrange a little bit of social engineering afterwards too.