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Saved from the web by a job in industry. Coding GUI for computer-aided railway realignment machinery.

At last a job where I have time to do stuff properly and don't have to worry about loads of unfixed bugs coming back to haunt me.


Mar
6
comment How do sola-scriptura-people-who-reject-transubstantiation interpret these verses?
I get that, but the last passage that Anonymous cites (in his question) seems to show that even the disciples who were there with him 'misinterpreted' what he was saying as being literal. I'm not sure that his answer made things any clearer...
Mar
6
comment Why did Elizabeth keep herself hidden while pregnant?
I find the contrast interesting between your (obvious - to us) 'psychological' explanation, and Calvin's more 'spiritual/theological' ones. Times change.
Mar
6
comment What are the main differences between 7th Day Adventists and Catholic/ Protestant churches? Are there any similar denominations?
Nice informative answer but a bit hard on the eyes. You might like to try breaking it up into less of a 'wall of text'.
Mar
6
comment What are the main differences between 7th Day Adventists and Catholic/ Protestant churches? Are there any similar denominations?
"Meeting Him at the end" - but not for long, if they're annihilationists? (Only half tongue-in-cheek)
Jan
27
comment Is Mary's virginity evidence that sex is always sinful?
@SoftwareMonkey, yes, in retrospect I am surprised I didn't say could instead of would. That said, the fact that Jesse 'forgot' David when presenting his sons to Samuel tips me in the direction of favouring the hypothesis. I'm not a Hebrew scholar, so I've no idea if your interpretation of 'in' translates back into the original or not.
Dec
9
comment Can I believe in evolution and still be a Christian?
My understanding was that God is still in his 7th day...
Dec
9
comment Can I believe in evolution and still be a Christian?
Late to the party here, but I'd add a 7th point, which is that the whole idea of there being a "before death and suffering entered the world" goes out the window too. This appears to me to have ramifications in multiple directions.
Nov
11
comment Sarah laughed at God and He did not mind
I think that we must also allow the Bible to retain some if its mysteries. As when both Mary and Zacharias said "How can this be?" with wildly different consequences: we can guess at their motivations (and God's), but not much more.
Nov
11
comment Does any church follow the Apostolic Tradition of Baptism ‘in the nude’, or was that never the tradition?
To be honest, I don't find the naked thing particularly shocking, and it is in keeping with the symbolism of death/rebirth - and of leaving old things behind, and even of being shorn of our riches when passing the 'narrow' gate.
Jul
23
awarded  Caucus
Jun
13
comment The Bible seems to allow polygamy. Why doesn't the church?
Related discussion (mostly in the comments)...
Feb
7
awarded  Student
Feb
7
awarded  Scholar
Feb
7
accepted “Conciliated your heavenly affections”
Feb
7
comment “Conciliated your heavenly affections”
And the second bit, I would understand "appealed to your common Head", it's the "from you" bit I don't get...
Feb
7
comment “Conciliated your heavenly affections”
Thanks for taking the question seriously. As it stands, I may need some help translating your answer! Is it pushing things too far to say "conciliated their heavenly affections" is equivalent to "prevented them from feeling too bad?".
Feb
7
asked “Conciliated your heavenly affections”
Jan
24
comment Why did Mary ask Jesus to make wine at the Wedding at Cana
@Narnian, I'd say it is significant, because it's the first recorded miracle. If you believe in the Law of First Mention. But I agree, Mary didn't ask/tell Jesus what to do, she didn't come with proposed solutions. She came with the problem, and trusted him to be the solution. In this she is exemplary. (And this is what the Catholic priest preached last Sunday at an ecumenical service I attended).
Dec
7
comment Does knowing a spirit's name give special powers in controlling that spirit according to Christian theology?
Did you meet the church priest? Did he give you any tips on painting? :)
Dec
7
comment Are chapter and verse divisions international?
Note: (at least some) French Bibles have the same "off by one" difference in Psalms.