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Once upon a time I worked in a factory to pay for my CS degree. I was promoted several times into engineering and then into engineering management. To switch back to my goal of a computer programming became expensive - upper end engineering salary vs mid level programmer. So I wrote code to automate engineering processes ("Expert System" if you will). Then one day I made an executive decision and made the career change and have been happier but poorer since.

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comment How does narrow-mindedness relate to the Christian walk?
I think your question can be summed up as, "Why do Christians Judge others when they are explicitly told not to?"
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comment Does the Catholic Church teach that some who died before Christ are still in Limbo? Why?
Except when it comes to who Lucifer is :) Dante's Inferno has a far greater impact on Christianity than we may think. HOWEVER, I agree that it's off topic (or should be).
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comment Lot's virgin daughters had husbands
@schuh, I read the footnote when I posted and felt that it did not change my answer. They were in the first stage of marriage. IMHO, the problem in understanding this passage is that we are attempting to apply our modern marriage understanding to a 2000+ year old passage. They were "married" but the marriage was not consummated and therefore they were still virgins. The husband and wife did not live together before consummation which explains why the daughters were at Lot's home.
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comment Lot's virgin daughters had husbands
I believe Genesis 19:14 NIV clears up the whole thing and the article is support for stages of marriage. Customs usually do not make quantum leaps, therefore the practice of multiple stages of marriage probably existed before Sinai. I doubt, but have nothing to support it right now, that the custom went from bi'ah to something with multiple paths over night. I will research further, however.
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comment Lot's virgin daughters had husbands
There were three ways to get married. What you're talking about is: Intercourse (bi'ah). After the man has addressed the marriage formula to the woman before two witnesses, the couple retires to a private place with the intent of effecting the betrothal through intercourse. The Sages considered this to be gross, virtually an act of prostitution, and in the third century Rav decreed flogging for those who chose this manner of betrothal. Nonetheless, if the marriage was performed in this way it was legally valid. I have no reason to believe this was different from the time of Gen. 19.
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comment Lot's virgin daughters had husbands
I'll have to research, but if they were virgins, then the marriages were not consummated. They may have been in the first part of marriage... let me check and maybe answer ;)
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May
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comment How do new converts to Christianity learn about the Bible, Christian faith, and Christian practices?
I would love to be a person who has no experience or knowledge of the Bible and read it. It would be quite a great social experiment to learn what the bible says w/o having the Christian colored glasses on.
May
25
comment Was Jesus' human nature included in the Trinity?
It has never been universally accepted that there was a physical resurrection. Some believed that it was a spiritual resurrection. There are issues with both sides.
May
22
comment Why would God permit divorce because of Israel's “hardness of heart”?
Did / does God allow it? I'm not sure. Just because there is a human law which says you can divorce, it doesn't mean that God allows it - even if Moses wrote it. Just because God does nothing, doesn't mean he allows it. Think of homosexual marriage today. I believe that is what this passage is saying
May
22
comment Was Jesus' human nature included in the Trinity?
Finding Jesus' fleshly body would sort of undermine <strike>the resurrection</strike> the common understanding of the resurrection.
May
20
comment Why isn't the cross considered an idol?
Just FYI, some people have suggested that other religions (specifically Hindi) believe that the statues / idols are actually the god that they're worshiping whereas Christians do not believe that the cross is God. After speaking to various different people who are Hindi (and some other religions), they do NOT believe that the statue is their god. Rather, like Christianity, they believe that it represents their god as a reminder (consider statues of Mary, Jesus, or Moses).
May
20
comment Was Jesus' human nature included in the Trinity?
I may formulate an answer later, but remember that Jesus is the incarnation of the logos. Therefore his spot in the trinity is reserved for the word - not the flesh and bone. If they found Jesus' remains tomorrow, only a hand full of denominations would have a concern.
May
20
comment What is Soul made of as per christianity?
"as per Christianity" I know of no single unified entity named "Christianity". Many denomination differ in their understanding of the soul.
May
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comment Why did Jesus use a Greek proverb when He spoke Aramaic to Saul in Acts 26:14?
Just out of curiosity, what references do you have that Jesus spoke anything but Aramaic?
May
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comment How did the Christian movement distinguish itself from Judaism?
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Split_of_early_Christianity_and_Judaism