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I am an American expat in the Czech Republic. I am a part-time ESL teacher, and a full-time staff researcher for the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Institute of Physics. I specialize in HR-S/TEM and computer simulation thereof.

As an aside, my favorite website is MIT's OpenCourseWare, which I use extensively to learn as much as I can in my spare time and I highly recommend it for other people to do the same.


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comment Why did Jesus have to die?
@user4659 Sorry, I misinterpreted your question then. I'm going to try answering here with a philosophical point. If we could be redeemed/forgiven because of something we as humans can achieve, then not only would Jesus' death have been unnecessary, but there would be no point in God's existence. Without a mechanism for forgiveness that is unattainable for humans (we could not take the place of Christ as atonement), then Christianity would be nothing more than a branch of Deism.
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comment Why did god create evil?
@fredsbend : I agree that it would be a good addition, however the word ra` occurs 690 times, making it difficult to index without the help of a more specialized computer program. Searching by Strong's reference number on BlueLetterBible yields 25 pages of results which I have not found a way to filter further. I will add the first occurrence I find for now, but I would like to be more complete.
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comment Why did god create evil?
Where in the Bible does it say that God created evil (the specific definition of evil)? As for your example/question of sleep, it quickly degrades into a philosophical discussion rather than a question about Christianity. For example: Is sleep really doing nothing? Isn't sleep a necessary action to sustain life? And if it is, then because we are commanded to live on the earth, isn't sleeping the necessary amount a righteous act and therefore not evil at all?
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comment How is Jesus descended from David?
@Aaliyah : There are rabbinic traditions for tracing genealogy through both the mother and the father, the older traditions being through the father. The Mishnah written in the second century AD is a collection of rabbinic oral traditions, and it does allow for the tracing of parentage through the mother rather than the father. However we don't know how long this was an oral tradition before it was codified in the Mishnah.
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comment What does it mean to be perfect?
The book of James would be a good starting place for you to read about this.
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comment Who decides if a verse is literal and what part is metaphorical
Different denominations will have different answers, and you are also likely to get different answers even within one denomination. Basically it comes down to each person deciding what they think is true (hopefully based on the entire context of the Bible) and the like-minded people will band together. As for reasons why some things are broadly considered obsolete, I recommend reading Paul's letters, especially Romans and Galatians. Then dig in deeper with a commentary, if you still have a question at that point it should be more focused and better suited for this site.
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comment Can the grace of God depart from a Christian?
The answer to this depends largely on your theological background. For example the Calvinist perspective would say that anyone who "turns away" from Christ was never truly a Christian as it contradicts the Perseverance of Saints (see the P in TULIP), while an Armenian perspective would see it simply as evidence against the Perseverance of Saints.