I have been taught that when the bible talks about prayer it is in a tense that means on-going. Is this true? If so, is this state of tense used in other areas..specifically when refering to drinking or being drunk?? I wonder if we are to never drink? Become drunk? Or stay drunk? I am very inte...
Thanks for the answer - it's a good one. May I request that you cool it on the invectives and other weasel words? If you don't mind, I'd be happy to edit them out for you. Otherwise, this is a good answer. — swasheckApr 5 at 15:01
@swasheck please have a go at this ^^^^ if you have the time :)
I would suggest he is referring to Jeremiah 2:13 & 17:13 and that by doing so, he is making two points:
He is indeed the same as the God of the Scriptures (as he has amply pointed out in previous chapters).
By the new covenant, those who believe in him will have him dwelling not just around but...
We haven't gotten that far on meta yet but my instinctive action plan with this would be -- even though it almost qualifies for my definition of not an answer -- to do nothing. It won't get more than a handful of upvotes just floating there and it should be clear to anybody reading through that it's not what the site is about.
Whether the user responds (great) or not I don't think the post is actionable beyond comment and possibly downvoting (which I was going to hold off on until they had a chance to maybe read/respond to the feedback).
On the other hand if the same user were to throw up a few more posts of that grade that skip straight to the answer instead of dealing with the interpretive process, I would crack down on it, starting with downvotes, even firmer comments on the new posts, reminders and eventually post notices on the older ones that they should have invested in before moving on, and eventually deletes if they keep going after a round or two of such feedback.
I hesitate to mention this, but... It is possible to create custom (per-site, not per-post) notices. All the normal caveats apply though; you're kinda wrapping a big roll of crime scene tape around the post, and there are precious few situations where comments or straight-up deletion isn't more appropriate. — Shog9Mar 21 at 18:42
for reference ^^^^
once we have more on meta, maybe a custom post notice could even include links to 2 or 3 relevant meta posts
Which by the way is why I'm dissatisfied with your answer here, I was hoping for a step further than more ideas to hash around that eventually become our policy to just coming out and saying what you think the conclusion should be as you would explain it to somebody just getting started.
I have attempted an edit on your question. The more I attempted to sort through what you were trying to say, the more I realized how much of it is really just a thinly-veiled ad hominem strawman argument. I agree with the ultimate conclusion (which you state near the beginning), but I also think that there's another answer that fits the format better. — swasheck32 secs ago
@Caleb I think you're right about the current post not being (further) actionable, but if it becomes part of a pattern we do need to act. We've had some users who start out like this and learn (great!), and some who just keep doing the same things over and over and at some point we need to say "enough already".
@JackDouglas Ok, so let's take this "show your work" thing seriously: you get an answer that doesn't... You'd leave a comment and say so, right? Maybe even down-vote? If it's a poorly-written answer making outlandish claims with absolutely no justification given, you could even delete.
So when would you add a banner?
Maybe the answer is well-written, looks to be attracting a lot of support, but fails to completely support the (intuitively correct) conclusions it presents?
And the author isn't responding to comments?
So you want to hang a sign on it, simultaneously warning readers and encouraging anyone who can to edit in the missing links to supporting text.
@Shog9 now I think I know what you are going to say to this, but what would you feel about having one of these custom banners per mod so we can make them a bit more personal? (so a little footnote saying which mod posted the notice…)
@swasheck Why what? Why am I not qualified to post answers here? Because I don't know enough about the subject matter. I don't even know enough to frame good questions, never mind good answers. Now, I could educate myself (and I do, to a certain extent, just by hanging around here), but I also have a lot of other things I want to educate myself on.
A little more seriously: look, I don't want to be the lone voice "keeping things honest" or the conscience of the community or the nudge or whatever you want to call it. The times when I look at the people participating in some aspect of the site and it's "Monica and the mods" make me sad, not happy. If this community is going to go anywhere we all need to own it, and I try to model (what I think is) good behavior, but if nobody else takes up that mantle and joins me, I've failed.
@MonicaCellio Yes. My impression, as an observer who just pops in now and then, is that it's been getting better recently (or, at least, that the validity of your concerns has been accepted), but I could well be wrong.
This is a good answer, laying out clear arguments and responding to another answer on the same question. This is way better than having that kind of discussion in comments like we sometimes do. Kudos to Jas (who I can't ping directly):
Short Answer: Abram did indeed depart from Haran after his father died, as the Old Testament indicates, and as the New Testament explicitly claims. (Terah was 130 years old when Abram was born.)
Good question. (This happens to be one of the most commonly asked -- and addressed -- "discrepancie...
@JackDouglas does it show its work, in your opinion? I'm not so much trying to pick on this one as figure out how we would handle answers like that. (I also recognize that it's an old answer, and a rollout of "show your work" will need to be gradual.)
@swasheck Funny story: I wrote on my blog about the Mi Yodeya haggadah project, and in passing said that this was also helpful to me personally as I was going to finally get to lead a seder, and it would be of the "talk about stuff as much as we want" variety, not the "when do we eat?" variety. And somebody commented on that post asking "how can I score an invitation?", and I said "wait, where do you live?" & the answer was "New Jersey, but I'd totally drive to Pittsburgh for that". [cont]
So in the tradition of "let all who are hungry come and eat" I said "sure!". And then, in discussing the seder with other guests, was (quite reasonably) asked this person's name, to which I could only say "um, (handle)?". And I didn't even have a pronoun. The internet is like that. (Alas, he (I learned 'he') had to cancel at the last minute. :-( )
@MonicaCellio It is consistent with the version of Sensus Plenior that Bob uses. In fact, he seems to have held back some because there's a lot going on in that section of Ezekiel that he could have connected. It also does a fair job of showing his work, except that it's missing a couple of principles of SP that he applies, but doesn't explain.
@MonicaCellio Here's the strange thing: I listened to book by N. T. Wright (a Christian theologian and historian) who argues that Jesus saw himself as a replacement for the Second Temple that Ezekiel condemned. If Wright had argued the branch here was the one mentioned in Isaiah 11, I would have nodded my head in agreement. But that's because I trust him to have done the reading and analyzing.
Of course, if Wright had written the answer, it would have had lots of sources in their proper context.
so marriage is one of those topics. there is the peculiar practice in which many christians will get up-in-arms about the violation of god's standards for marriage if we allow civil unions. women aren't supposed to marry women and men, men.
however, these folks normally accept those among their midst who have also clearly violated god's ideal
there are also those occurrences in which those who most stridently hold to the purity and the holiness of god, fail to offer the grace that they have been commanded to offer by that pure and holy god.
@swasheck we certainly get doctrinal differences too, just in case that's not clear. :-) And some of it gets ugly, physical-violence ugly, like between the Chareidim ("ultra-orthodox", but they don't like that term so I try not to use it) in Israel who attack "merely orthodox" people while seeming to forget all about "right behavior" and ethics. :-(
i find this second group fascinating because i'd more closely identify with them ... but the sense in which they hold to god as the only god that someone should have and their insistence upon jesus as savior and the protective barriers that they construct to preserve this ... that sense is fascinating to me because they dont see that they're actually violating their own precepts by making the doctrine and the fences have more soteriological value than the subject of that doctrine
@swasheck I've been thinking a lot about this. My marriage isn't sacred because California blessed it, but because God did. And marriage is a symbol of the relationship between God and His people that a civil union can never be. Divorce, which is rarely condemned in our society, destroys the symbol just as surely.
@JonEricson your last clause is my point. if you want to attack/picket/rail against a civil union/homosexual marriage, then please have some intellectual integrity attack/picket/rail against your fellow parishoner bob who is on his 3rd marriage and is currently sleeping with his secretary
@JonEricson An approach that I would like to see more people take seriously is: separate the legal and religious aspects. In other words, from the state's point of view, civil unions for everybody, and they're about things like property and custody and inheritance and stuff. Marriage, on the other hand, is in the domain of individual religions, which can have whatever rules they want, and those rules are binding within those religions only.
@JonEricson ah! The presumption that close friendship implies sex? Yeah, I agree; it's possible to have the former without the latter, with people of any gender. (I wondered what you meant too but didn't want to jump in and ask.)
On the other hand, @MonicaCellio, I think I know what bugs me about this answer. It's the difference between "rules" and "guidelines". Your answer falls on the rule side (at least that's how it reads to me).
So I like Richard's guidelines because the line is not always bright and clear.
@MonicaCellio By the way, the problem with those sorts of questions is less that they are XY questions and more that they show a basic misunderstanding of the topic of the site. It reminds me of a C.SE question that got moved to Mi Yodeya: the asker got pissed off because the question was looking for Christian answers. If someone asks here, they are (or ought to be) expecting an answer that directly engages the text.
@JonEricson I learned to use boldface here more liberally from you. :-)
@JonEricson I agree with those guidelines (and upvoted and commented). And then see the recent comments starting from Jack's, which was the prompt for bringing it up again -- we both think it's clear but not everybody does.
@JonEricson and if they are fishing for application, we need to either fix the question or move it to a site where that's welcome.
@swasheck yeah, the guidance I got at one point in the last couple weeks was to bring specific cases to meta (and, by implication, wait a while), and that's not workable long-term. Especially if (like in the case I brought) there's a problem of offensive content.
@MonicaCellio If they ask "Is this talking about Jesus?" they might be interested in our answers even though they signalled they wanted to hear from Christians. So I think our guidelines need to include some more detailed triage.
So I think in that case we got a more general guideline out of it (from Shog), but it's still attached to a specific question where it won't be seen unless we link it. What do we do with that? Where do we put it?
@MonicaCellio I guess if a question seems to be biased toward answers from Judaism (heh, it could happen;) or Christianity, we should ask if they would be interested in other types of answers. If not, migrate (or close if too late).
If the question behind the question is on-topic, let's use the usual tools to clarify. (That might involve closing for a time as well.)
@JonEricson that makes sense. (And yes, if we're waiting for clarification on something that big, we should close. It sucks to spend effort on an answer that turns out not to be relevant after the OP comes back and says "no, actually I meant...".)
@MonicaCellio I'm really looking forward 6-8 weeks when we start putting questions "on hold".
I assume there will be elevator music on those questions. ;)
Speaking of which, here's a pleasant surprise:
seems like a perfect compromise to me -- softer language at the start, then hardening a bit to closed. I upvoted the "on hold" language suggestion on the original topic, too, for the record! — Jeff AtwoodMar 28 at 19:23
@JonEricson that works too. It'll be a perspective change for the folks here, though. What about questions that are closed but that we still want, like historical locks? Those sure shouldn't show up as "on hold"!
I guess this could all be accomplished with title mods -- no [closed], but [migrated], [duplicate], [on hold], [locked]...
(some of which we have, but not all)
but locked posts become invisible, so we'd need to fix that. That's why we closed, rather than locking, our purim-torah questions on Mi Yodeya at the end of each year; we want to be able to find them and selectively re-open the following year.