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I am Chief Cryptographer at Ripple Labs and one of the architects of the Ripple payment system.


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revised How does the Arminian view of salvation account for God's sovereignty?
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answered How does the Arminian view of salvation account for God's sovereignty?
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comment What is the verdict on an unjust judge?
I believe I answered that in my first paragraph. The price has been paid. Certainly there has to be some limit to the amount of judgment rendered. A finite crime cannot demand an infinite sentence.
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accepted Biblical passages that relate to Christian unity versus doctrinal accuracy
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comment What is the verdict on an unjust judge?
I agree. Fair judging means judging that is appropriate to the context and purpose of the judgment. As our judging is appropriate to the context, so is God's. If you were judging whether someone was a good friend or not, you wouldn't swear in witnesses or follow written rules of evidence. And surely God doesn't do these things when he judges because they're not appropriate to His context.
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answered What is the verdict on an unjust judge?
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comment When are souls “received”?
By the way, the term for this process is 'ensoulment'.
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comment How do you know you are perceiving the same God?
Then I would answer that there really aren't many objects that could easily be confused with the Christian God. It's not impossible, I suppose it could happen, but it's certainly not a problem for practical purposes. There aren't a lot of Christians running around worshiping different, existent Gods.
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comment Biblical passages that relate to Christian unity versus doctrinal accuracy
Are there Biblical passages that suggest that this kind of incomplete unity is okay? Or not okay? (I don't mean to suggest that it's bad.)
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comment How do you know you are perceiving the same God?
That's true, but I don't think those circumstances match the circumstances of the question. But yes, if the questioner was imagining circumstances where that's possible, then it can happen. If you're talking about a person who thinks his nose is god, then he is indeed too far off to have the same referent as the majority of Christians. You'd have to completely miss the divine though.
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comment How do you know you are perceiving the same God?
You cannot perceive anything non-existent. Perception requires an existent object of perception. But to answer what I think is underlying your question: Suppose there's one coin on a table. If three people know different things about that coin and some of them are even wildly inaccurate, so long as there only is one coin, and they all know enough accurate information to separate that coin from the rest of the universe, then they are all referring to the same coin. An error doesn't eliminate the reference. (Even if one thought it was a quarter and one a nickel.)
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comment Biblical passages that relate to Christian unity versus doctrinal accuracy
I would say there the question is even more appropriate. Where there are doctrinal issues, the importance of doing God's work can justify the separation. Where there are none, any Biblical passages about the importance of unity would be even more relevant. If there are denominations that truly agree on doctrine and don't reflect any lack of unity, they can just be ignored for purposes of this question -- it's not about them.
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comment How do you know you are perceiving the same God?
Presumably they're all monotheists, so there is no issue of them perceiving different gods.
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asked Biblical passages that relate to Christian unity versus doctrinal accuracy