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I started out as a member of the Churches of Christ, also known as the Campbell-Stone Movement or the Restoration Movement.

At age 25 I converted to the Eastern Orthodox Church. I currently attend a Russian Orthodox parish.

I'm a C# programmer.

I have a wife and two beautiful children.


May
26
comment What is the biblical basis for and against the “filioque”?
@bruisedreed, (a) as for the biblical basis, the other answer gave it: John 15:26. It could scarcely be more straightforward. (b) You're putting words in my mouth and then disagreeing with those words, which is impolite to say the least.
Jan
31
comment Atheism is the default position. Isn't the burden of proof on the Christian to assert that God exists?
I think your "the Bible is not evidence" section would make more sense if you said that the Bible is not scientific evidence. The Bible is indeed historical evidence; if we excluded it as historical evidence on the basis you give, we'd have to exclude pretty much every extant ancient writing. But I think it's legitimate to say that the Bible does not constitute scientific evidence, any more than the writings of Plato or Homer or Augustine. Only observation and experimentation can constitute scientific evidence.
Jan
31
comment What is the biblical basis for the claim that abortion is immoral?
Marc, you'd probably get better votes if you didn't feel compelled to include the sarcasm. Obviously someone who is anti-Christian is not going to get a lot of "helpful" votes on a Christian web site. But a thoughtful answer without the intentional antagonism will get votes, as your answer about atheism and the burden of proof did.
Jan
31
comment The Godfather Baptism Killings
I'm puzzled at why you changed your accepted answer. In the scene in question, a baptism was taking place, and Michael Corleone was not the one being baptized. That being the case, his answers referred to the infant being baptized, and not to himself. That being the case, iterationx's answer is irrelevant. Your question didn't ask generally whether someone who commits murder can be absolved.
Oct
30
comment The Godfather Baptism Killings
That would seem fairly obvious. The godparent is supposed to help the godchild grow in the faith. Michael is not exactly the best candidate for this. But unfortunately there are a lot of what we might call cultural godparents, who are chosen in order to honor that person, rather than because that person would be good in that role.
May
12
comment What is a Christian's justification for a legal prohibition of homosexual marriage?
@DanAndrews, some nations in the world's history have been Christian, and some haven't. But go ahead, name any nation in the history of the world, other than in the last couple decades, that has ever had same-sex marriage.
May
10
comment What is a Christian's justification for a legal prohibition of homosexual marriage?
@MukeTever, that passage says not to decide lawsuits before unbelievers, because those unbelievers will not inherit the kingdom of God. It doesn't talk about "issues like this", but about lawsuits specifically.
May
10
comment What is a Christian's justification for a legal prohibition of homosexual marriage?
"The key claim here tends to be the assertion that Christianity (via Judaism) defines marriage and pre-dates civil institutions." Nope, I've read a lot about this topic and I've never heard that. If you think it's not a straw man, then let's see some sources. After all, StackExchange is all about authoritative answers.
May
10
comment What is a Christian's justification for a legal prohibition of homosexual marriage?
This doesn't answer the question. It offers a straw man response and then shoots it down. I'm baffled at how this got any votes.
May
10
comment Jonah and the Whale - Is there any scientific proof that it is possible to survive in the belly of whale?
Having read Skeptics from time to time, I can already tell you what they'll say, and their contempt won't be veiled.
May
10
comment Which Bible verses support adult-only baptism?
Two days, only two answers, and you've already picked an accepted one?
May
8
comment Why does the Messiah have to be God?
I think a better question would be this: "If the Messiah did not have to be God, why was Jesus nonetheless considered to be God?" We tend to approach it the wrong way around, and start with Jesus as God, and the apostles wondering whether he was the Messiah. But they followed him because they thought he was the Messiah. Not because they thought he was "God", which would have been a very peculiar thing for the average first-century Jew to think. The question is, why did they come to regard him as God, despite the strong Jewish impetus against doing so?
May
8
comment Why does the Messiah have to be God?
You'll need to explain what you mean by "have to be", then. "Messiah" is not a divine title in and of itself. Perhaps you mean "according to God's plan, the Messiah had to be God" or some such. But I think that's a somewhat different question.
Apr
15
comment Why is Easter celebrated on a different day every year and Christmas is not?
@AndrewVit, it might interest you to know that only in Germanic languages is the holiday called something like "Easter." In most languages of the world, it's called something akin to the Greek Pascha, which comes from the Hebrew Pesach, which simply means "Passover." The notion that Easter has connections with fertility rites seems to spring from the notion that the term of Easter is said to come from the name of a goddess called Ēostre. But even this is doubtful; see the Wikipedia article on Ēostre for details.
Mar
23
comment When did Martin Luther lose his Apostolic succession according to Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churchеs?
@brilliant, that's a fair question. There's a difference in the way Roman Catholic clergy are viewed by the Orthodox Church as opposed to, say, Anglican clergy. Timothy Ware's The Orthodox Church says: "Anglican clergy entering Orthodoxy, if called to serve in the Orthodox priesthood, have always been reordained, whereas in the case of Roman Catholic clergy who become Orthodox there is usually no such reordination." See also this from Wikipedia: Apostolic Succession
Mar
23
comment When did Martin Luther lose his Apostolic succession according to Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churchеs?
@AffableGeek, there is in fact a whole book on the subject, containing the correspondence: Augsburg and Constantinople: The Correspondence between the Tubingen Theologians and Patriarch Jeremiah II of Constantinople on the Augsburg Confession
Mar
6
comment Why did Jesus use the expression, “I tell you the truth”?
The fact is, we have a lot of expressions like that in English.
Feb
2
comment Who are the two witnesses in the book of Revelation?
@Sven, this question is not the kind of brain-dead simple question that would be discouraged on this site. People don't need to Google it first unless the question is so simple that the first Google result leaves nothing else to talk about.
Dec
22
comment Orthodox churches recognized by Catholic Church
Furthermore, the fact that Orthodox are permitted to receive the Eucharist (for instance) at a Roman Catholic parish doesn't necessarily mean that they will do so. We Orthodox are not in communion with the Roman Catholic Church, and we are not to receive their sacraments except in extraordinary cases. Such a case might be imminent death with no Orthodox priest nearby. From the Orthodox point of view, "recognition" by the Roman Catholic Church has little to no significance.
Nov
11
comment What is the biblical basis for the doctrine of Papal Infallibility taught by the Catholic Church?
It would be better to ask "Is there a biblical basis?". In the Roman Catholic Church (along with others), tradition is a source of faith and practice; doctrines aren't required to all have a biblical basis.