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Why is faith so much more important than being a good person?

I recently had a debate with one of my friends in which he asked "Why would a good and just God not make salvation dependent on ethics, but rather on gullibility, as the Christian God has?" and I ...
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What is the Biblical evidence that Jesus' mother was one of His disciples?

The Roman Catholic Church venerates Mary as not only having been blessed to be the mother of Christ, but also as having been born without sin (Immaculate Conception), and to have been a perpetual ...
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Why do Christians appeal to personal gain and inducing fear when attempting to “convert” people?

I have many times witnessed christians trying to convince or convert atheists or people of other religions to christianity as well as all sorts of arguments and quarrels regarding christianity. I'm ...
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Do I Belong to Christianity? [closed]

I've recently started doing bible study with a good friend (a devoted Christian). I started at first out of curiosity about what Christianity really is about. However, as the study went on (half way ...
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Is guessing a way to God? [closed]

If I 'guess' that there is a God and live accordingly, could I be considered a true believer? Can faith only be revealed? Is believing not a form of guessing?
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Reading “Mere Christianity” and having a hard time with book III, chapter 12

I am reading "Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis and just finished Chapter 12 in the 3rd section. In this chapter he is discussing the idea that we need to realize we cannot fight sin ourselves, but we ...
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Is faith in The Holy Trinity a choice or a gift?

In the past and up till now, the majority of humans have believed in some form of deity. Now assume out of all those deities, only the The Holy Trinity is the only true God: And this is eternal ...
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What is the Biblical Basis for a Good person going to hell simply for not believing?

The scenario is as follows: Believer, average life, many mistakes/sins. Asks forgiveness and tries everyday to be better. Goes to heaven. Non-believer, better life than the believer, fewer mistakes ...
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C.S. Lewis's petitionary prayer paradox

The problem I am submitting to you arises not about prayer in general but only about that kind of prayer which consists of request or petition.... I have no answer to my problem, though I have taken ...
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What in Christian faith lies behind subject of science? [closed]

Specifically: Some Christians say that their faith is the source of moral values, but this is a subject of ethics. Some say it is personal relationship with God, but personal relationship is a ...
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How did Pascal reconcile his wager with 2 Corinthians 9:7 and Psalms 50?

I'm not asking about a justification or an attack on Pascal's Wager. I'm just curious how/if Blaise Pascal, being an intelligent and analytical fellow, reconciled his famous gambit with 2 Corinthians ...
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What does it mean for a priest 'to lose faith'?

In some movies, often comedies but sometimes not, they show a priest who is experiencing certain troubles/suffering because he 'has lost his faith'. It is possible, in the course of the movie, that ...
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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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Three Views on Salvation, Faith, and Works [closed]

Are the following three interpretations correct? Salvation by Works: You claim Jesus is Savior + Lord. Then you do works. When your works hit a certain level, you are saved. Salvation by Faith: ...
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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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Would the bible draw parallels between the spies returning from Canaan and modern biblical criticism?

When the spies returned from Canaan, to verify the kind of land God was going to gives them, all but two said, among other problems, that there was 'big strong men' there. Therefore, if they tried to ...
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When Jesus gave Peter his name (rock) what is the significance that he then said upon a ‘different’ kind of rock he would build his church?

When Peter made his famous confession, Jesus responded by saying: And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. (NIV ...
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Dying for Christ [closed]

Matthew 16:25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. Dietrich Bonhoeffer When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and ...
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What is the scriptural evidence that faith comes from God?

I've heard both of these claims, and they seem to have irreconcilable differences: God does his part (the call/invitation), now you do yours (respond in faith) God not only gave his son for you, but ...
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How do you explain the Christian Message to people who have no Christian vocabulary or context?

Original Question: Is it possible to give some brief description of Christian faith to non-believing listeners without exposing them to context requiring faith? If yes, can you provide one? Any term ...
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Who are “Born again” Christians?

"Born again" is a term most often attributed to Christians. Yet what exactly does it mean, and what does the the use of the term encompass? What is a "born again" Christian? Are they of a specific ...
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Troubled people showing interest in reading the Bible: how to explain to them that faith is a lifestyle and not an “ATM”?

I get that often. I meet a lot of people who have some sort of troubles in their life and they show interest in reading the Bible to heal themselves. However, the majority of these people just ...
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Calvinist Regeneration, Interpreting Colossians 2:12

I am convinced that the scriptures teach of a God who is completely sovereign in salvation. I am a monergist. I can cite several passages that make me think this way. I think if you look at some of my ...
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Vacillating passion for Christ [closed]

Throughout a person's life they might experience some incredible highs in their relationship with Christ. They might receive answers to prayers and/or a bounty of unexpected blessings. A person might ...
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Open my eyes so I may see

2 Kings 6:15-17 (KJV) 15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, ...
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How to contemplate without the urge to have to comprehend

What makes people feel they have to figure it all out? How can someone strengthen their spirituality through contemplation while avoiding a desire to try to understand everything?
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Are there any studies on why some doubters quit faith and others double-down on it? [closed]

Every person comes to moments when they question what they believe. For me, I was born into a fundamentalist Christian home, came to doubt that worldview, and after lots of soul searching and ...
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Christian Position on the meaning of Faith [closed]

We are told, 'The just (upright) shall live by faith.' So I have a question for the Christians here. How do you understand faith? This does not have to be strictly biblical (since the scripture does ...
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How should a Christian feel inside? [closed]

What does the Bible say about how a Christian should feel inside? Should it be: Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be ...
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What is saving faith?

A common soteriological view among Evangelical Christians (such as myself) is that we are saved by grace, through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9). However, this belief is usually accompanied by a ...
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What is the biblical basis against Sola Fide (salvation by faith alone, apart from works)?

One of the key points of the Reformation was the doctrine of Sola Fide: that salvation is by faith alone, apart from works. The Reformers thought this was in contrast to the doctrines of the Catholic ...
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Does Christianity solve personal problems?

If I pray and truly believe God will turn around a personal problem, does Christianity support that will help solve the issue? Example: What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye ...
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How do I have self confidence, self esteem and work hard if I am a true Christian? [closed]

In church we learn to not lean on ourselves. We learn we can do nothing with our own power. That we must completely let go of control and let God. That everything that happens is from God and that we ...
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How can we apply relying on Jesus in situations where it appears we have to rely on ourselves? [closed]

I ask the question for a real reason. I would like to make more money to support my family and live in better conditions. I feel I have to rely on myself to go back to school, work hard and then get a ...
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Is there a Christian perspective on the matter of “delusion”?

What I mean by this is, in other communities of people, there may be certain ways to measure a delusion. An atheist may define it differently than a theist. The official DSM has a specific way to ...
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Could more miraculous works bring more persons to faith? [closed]

There are those who say that if they saw the miracles that happens in the time of Moses, or the disciples they would surely have faith. What are the Biblical reasons for miracle? Is it to create ...
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What is the biblical basis for salvation by faith alone (sola fide)?

One of the key issues in the Reformation was the doctrine of Sola Fide, that is, that salvation is by faith alone, apart from works. What, then, is the biblical basis for this belief?
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Is belief a work into salvation? [closed]

Is the placing of one's faith in Christ for salvation, a work? - Can I produce faith on my own? How does the Bible answer that question?
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Is Christianity with reason wrong? [closed]

Is it wrong to try to reach God with reason instead of faith? I really believe that logical reasoning is the way to get closer to God but since I was a kid my parents and relatives keep telling me ...
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Does God need/demand humans' faith for them to be saved? If so, why?

According to soteriologies (e.g. Arminianism) that require humans to make a decision to come to God, why is that the case? What does God gain from faith? Put another way, why does he require a ...
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“How do I get more faith?” - how to understand Jesus' answer? [closed]

The question, "How do I get more faith?" has been posted here. When I read it, my mind went to the time the disciples and Jesus had a similar dialogue: Luke 17:5-6 The apostles said to the ...
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Faith without reason? [closed]

Many people claim that religion is just the unwarranted belief in things without evidence or reason, or that faith is antithetical to reason. If we do believe in God based on evidence, what would be ...
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How is love greater than faith? [closed]

1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV) 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. Sola-fide states that faith alone brings salvation. In this oft-quoted ...
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Is there a significant difference between salvation by faith with works and salvation by faith and works?

I used to think that sola fide meant salvation by faith irrespective of works. Then I started reading about it and realized it means salvation by faith with works. Works are necessary for ...
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How do “Sola Fide” adherents reconcile with the three aspects of faith?

Historical Protestantism (particularly in the Lutheran and Reformed traditions) have since the Magisterial Reformation held to two doctrines relating what is required of an individual for salvation. ...
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When do we as Christians draw the line on self-defense? [closed]

At what line do Christians stop at self defense? Take a look here: Matthew 5:39 But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. ...
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Can you be Christian while wishing death upon another? [closed]

As an American on 9/11 I wanted death to come to all who planned or contributed to the attacks. As a Christian, I felt conflicted. Should I be feeling this anger? Am I right in thinking that Osama bin ...
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What does it mean to be “weak in faith”?

There have been some questions and answers which discuss the strength of one's faith such as Why do OEC discount the literal interpretation of the book of Genesis? There is also a question which asks ...
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Are more “extreme” Christians actually weaker in faith? [closed]

From my past experiences I've noticed a trend that, the more faith or belief a person has (or say they have) in their religion, the quicker they are to get angry when people challenge their beliefs. ...
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Why do OEC discount the literal interpretation of the book of Genesis?

This is to rephrase the question Are scientific findings a test to Christians' Faith? It seems to me that, without any outside interference, the Bible itself gives no suggestion that the Book of ...