An epistemological understanding in which the adherent gives tacit assent to the thing

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About the belief in the after-life as indicated in the Old Testament [on hold]

I read Einstein did not believe in an after-life yet he considered himself a Jew. The thing is when King Saul consulted some fortune-teller or something like that and spoke to the ghost of Samuel (if ...
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Was Thomas a believer before seeing the resurrected Jesus?

A friend of mine and I had a debate this evening about whether or not the apostles were actually believers in Jesus. She claimed that since the Bible does not illicitly say that each man declared ...
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What is “Christ Consciousness”?

I have heard this term used and would like more info about this idea. From a Christian perspective, what is Christ Consciousness? Thanks.
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Why is it impossible for some people to believe and impossible for others to NOT believe? [closed]

Some people don't try to find God don't even go looking but it seems that everywhere they look they see evidence of it and they cannot help but believe, it's so in their face. While others, they ...
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Can the belief of Jesus' listeners be considered belief unto salvation?

During my daily study of the book of John, I've come across several statements like this one from chapter 8:30, which says: "As he was saying these things, many believed in him." Is there any ...
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What does Paul mean by “Love believes all things?”

In 1 Corinthians Paul says Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:7, ESV) This has long puzzled me from a couple of angles. ...
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What is the minimum amount of action required to get in to heaven? [closed]

I've had this discussion with a number of my Christian friends, and have never managed to get a definitive answer. There may not be just one, but I'd like some scriptural backings for each opinion, ...
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Is Jesus alive? Or did he die 2000 years ago? [closed]

People believe Jesus is alive and will never die. Has this belief any value or is it a mere opinion, desire, without any evidence supporting it? Isn't this belief a desire of it being true out of fear ...
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Why do we have to go to organized institutions to practice our beliefs?

I believe in God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. People insist on going to church to express these feelings, beliefs, etc. Why are religious institutions necessary? My personal experiences with Church ...
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Fake Jesus reincarnations [closed]

Is the Church (Body of Christ) active in any way, to expose fake Jesus reincarnations? For clarification: are there any missions that include reaching the victims of false Jesus reincarnations that ...
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Can you renounce part of the bible, and still be a Christian? [closed]

A really simple question, the title says it all really. Just to provide some background as to what I'm on about: I was raised Roman Catholic. As, I suspect, many of you know, the Catholics and ...
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What is required to get into heaven [closed]

In Luke 10:25-28, Jesus seems to answer that all it takes to get to heaven is to love God and love your neighbor. Is there any reason to believe his answer is incomplete here? I've read others state ...
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Define “believe” from the Christian prospective [closed]

The statement "I believe in Jesus" is often used by Christians,but how should "believe" be defined? Should it would be defined as trusting, accepting and embracing the teachings and philosophies of ...
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What does it mean to “Believe in Jesus” [closed]

Pastors state that one must believe in Jesus in order to go to heaven. What does "believe in Jesus" mean and how do you support your answer? I've asked Christians, but they most often respond that ...
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Huxley? Agnoticism and Christianity. Both at the same time? [closed]

Are they call agnostic theist? I believe it's wrong to say I'm certain of things. But I want to believe in God? Knowledge and belief is two different things right? Or did I not understand Huxley's ...
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Why are many Christians antagonistic towards the idea that God has a form?

Many Christian theologies from the past and present are against the idea that God has a form. The common argument I found is something like this; "God is Spirit and spirit has no form, hence God has ...
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What does the Catholic Church say about the experience of Joy felt by the martyrs?

Is it worth even being skinned alive like St. Bartholomew? In Earthly terms, you wouldn't allow THAT to happen to you even for the adoration of the planet's most lovely woman or the richest bounty of ...
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What are some good resources that explain the rational reasons behind the faith for a questioning Atheist? [closed]

I have been contemplating the existence of a god for years now, and have settled upon the idea as a remedy to the absurd. I would like to believe in God, but my mind is so apt to lean on reason that ...
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Why fasting prayer? [duplicate]

I want to know what is fasting prayer and why we want to do the fasting prayer. What does the Bible say about this?
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What is the difference between Belief and Faith?

I want to know what is the difference between Belief and Faith from a protestant perspective. Can anyone explain this to me?
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Did CS Lewis see 'pleasure' as being the purpose of our existence?

In 'The Great Divorce' a character asks, destraught, why she was born and a spirit replies, "for infinite joy!" Is that what CS Lewis thought the meaning of life was? Ultimate joy? Is there any other ...
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Would Nicene Christians consider a Unitarian Baptism sufficient for entry into the Church?

What determines entry into Christendom - baptism or belief? Say a vaguely spiritual person joins a congregation affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. Sometimes, the ...
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How Christians are expected to accommodate or view the existence and presence of other religions vis a vis Christianity?

We as Christians acknowledge the God’s plan of salvation at work first through Judaism in OT and then through Christianity in NT. So this question does not apply to Judaism. This plan of salvation ...
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Was Jesus' power limited relative to the belief of others?

Mark 6 4-6: 4 Then Jesus said to them, “People everywhere give honor to a prophet, except in his own town, with his own people, or in his home.” 5 Jesus was not able to do any miracles ...
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Christians showing purported satanic signs

I have read about satanic symbols and signs and that made me conscious of people around me doing them. Christians, relatives, people I know who I believe cannot belong to any cult. Here are the common ...
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Should we have realistic unbelief? [closed]

Jesus makes it pretty clear that because of our unbelief we will not see miracles in our life (see below). However, psychological experts warn against the dangers of unrealistic expectations. See ...
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Did Thomas touch Jesus's side?

John 20:24-29 24Now Thomas (also known as Didymus[a]), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to ...
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What core, common beliefs are held by all (or most) Christians? [closed]

Are there any core beliefs that all Christian traditions agree on? Are there any that most (>90% of) Christian traditions agree on? If a list can be made for either, are there any caveats?
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Does transcendental meditation conflict with any Christian beliefs? [closed]

I've seen many testimonies and case studies lauding the benefits of transcendental meditation. It is said that it isn't a religion and people of all religions participate in this practice. As a ...
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What were people called who believed in the “Christ” before Jesus was born?

About 2000 years ago Jesus Christ died on a cross. A person who is a believer in Jesus Christ and his teachings is called Christian. My question is what were people called who followed the Messiah ...
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Is Christianity just a belief system, or is it also a system for organizing and governing society?

Works like "Mere Christianity" try and address common Christian beliefs and help recognize the diversity of belief systems within Christian sects. The question is whether this is what all of ...
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How to define an independent interference by God?

The most clear evidence when people state their belief is experience. The reasons vary: logical expressions of belief is somewhat inverted (read this paragraph) experience is connected to intimate ...
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How do Christians explain commonalities between their religion, other major faiths and obscure isolated tribal belief systems?

Many belief systems share common themes; an afterlife, rebirth, bodily mutilation and sacrifice. To me this suggests a shared origin either in history or storytelling (Abrahamic faiths) or that they ...
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What defines official Christian belief? [closed]

Almost every Christian I meet believes in something a bit different. Is there an official set of things you are supposed to believe in order to be considered a Christian? If so, who decides what goes ...
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Suppose all traces of Christianity were wiped out [closed]

As you may guess I come at this from the point of view of an atheist. Suppose all traces of Christianity were wiped out in some sort of disaster (any other religion can be substituted here). I'd like ...
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Is it possible to know God from nature?

Is it possible for someone to learn about God without learning about him from the Bible or another believer, such as from nature?
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Is it possible to be Christian but not interpret the religion as fact?

There are cultural Jews. Are there cultural Christians who do not interpret the religion as factual? Is this possible? Apparently it's also called a "Nominal Christian" - ...