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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.

  • I am a parent
  • I am a husband
  • I am a software developer
  • I am a Freemason
  • I am a Scottish Rite Freemason
  • I am a Royal Arch Freemason
  • I am a Shriner
  • I am a member of the Order of the Eastern Star
  • I believe in the teachings of Jesus
  • I believe in one God
  • I do not know if your belief is right or wrong and I will never judge you

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comment What is the difference between man's soul and spirit?
Please consider reading the previous answers before adding your own. Weigh your answer with the others to see how it could be greater or different than those already presented.
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comment why did God choose Mary to be the mother of jesus
According to whom? Catholicism would state the Mary was chosen while still in the womb due to immaculate conception. This tradition is not shared by Christian denominations. Why Mary's mother (Jesus' grandmother) was chosen has never been explained (as far as I know).
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revised Fasting from a OT and NT perspective
removed islam
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suggested approved edit on Fasting from a OT and NT perspective
Jun
26
comment Heard of near death experience to heaven without hell after suicide?
Your previous comment about defining either didn't exist or I didn't read it before my comment. We agree
Jun
26
comment Heard of near death experience to heaven without hell after suicide?
IDK Flimzy, if he tags it to one of the fringe denominations who hold this belief, it would be on topic, no?
Jun
26
comment Does the Bible support the concept of 'balance' between 'two extremes'?
Is this question fine? You have two hypothetical groups in a hypothetical situation. If the question was only, "Is there biblical support for being "balanced"?" it may be better but "balanced" would need to be defined clearly.
Jun
26
comment Heard of near death experience to heaven without hell after suicide?
I have never heard of anyone truly coming back to life after being verified as dead. Aside from one story. Oh and being on YouTube give it no authority.
Jun
26
comment How do Premillennialists explain Matthew 25:31-46?
Is your question really, "What is the basis of the '1000 year reign' belief?" or "How are the '1000 year reign' belief and Matthew 25:31-46 reconciled in the premillennialist/chiliasm tradition?"
Jun
26
comment What exactly IS Hell?
" Few Christians would consider the ancient view, of a place with devils and pitchforks, to be anywhere near accurate." - I would argue that devils and pitchforks are not "ancient" as they are not part of Judaism. Please read: chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/1594422/jewish/… I would agree that it is the common or mainstream belief. In the OT, hell is just a dark pit and a place of ever lasting death / ever lasting nothing.
Jun
26
comment How do Jehovah's Witnesses understand the essential nature of hell, and how does it differ from that of Seventh-day Adventists?
Whom do you want answers from? Hell is real in some traditions. However, belief in it and in heaven is by faith and not by scientific proof. Please read: christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/1017/…
Jun
25
comment What is the basis for missions in a wider hope/inclusive framework?
"What are some resources for theology.." This is a discussion question and not easily answered in the context of 'one correct answer' as other people will have different resources. Please consider using CHAT or even a Discussion question in Meta
Jun
22
comment Oh would the kids grow up and practise if one is Hindu and one parent is Christian and now the Christian has decided to turn towards jahovah
In Indian cultures, it's not uncommon for the wife to change religions to match the husband. If she chose not to, then this is not a typical Indian cultural arrangement.
Jun
21
comment Why did Calvin reject these Catholic doctrines about Mary?
Yeah, I don't see how that invalidates anything. But back at the ranch. Was Mary Jewish? Was Joseph Jewish? Their marriage would not have been complete until it was consummated. So, either she was never fully married (only in the first stages) or she eventually lost her virginity. There is really no way around this. The "assumption of Mary" is extra biblical and there is no biblical basis for us to believe that it was necessary. I almost think this question should be broken up to answer each point.
Jun
19
comment How should a Christian deal with destructive higher criticism of the Bible?
There are some concerns raised here. hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/2283/… Also, books of the bible didn't have titles as we expect today. They gave some name to the bible and for instance, they called Mark's book "Mark".
Jun
15
comment Why did Calvin reject these Catholic doctrines about Mary?
Of Interest: christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/17890/…
Jun
15
comment Luke 10:18 Satan's Name?
even better, it's been answered there: hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/16808/…
Jun
15
comment Luke 10:18 Satan's Name?
hermeneutics.stackexchange.com
Jun
15
comment Why did Calvin reject these Catholic doctrines about Mary?
@curiousdannii I don't see in the bible where it supports or rejects Mary being sinless. I don't understand how it would invalidate the Bible. Can you help me understand what would be invalidated if Mary wasn't Immaculately Conceived, Mary being assumed before death, and that Mary is a perpetual virgin?
Jun
15
comment Why did Calvin reject these Catholic doctrines about Mary?
Really, it comes down to "What is Biblical about them?" I don't know that they "reject" them as much as they do not "accept" the beliefs which lead to them - since they're extra-biblical. Like eating fish on Friday or lent.