the unmerited favor of God, from the Greek 'charis' meaning a gift (from God)

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How can God judge us if we are born sinful?

This question was asked by my Atheist friend who was raised Jewish. His point was basically that if we are all inherently sinners (Rom.3:23) than how can God hold us accountable for something we ...
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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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Does human effort oppose God's grace?

A pastor in my church once told me that "human effort does not oppose God's grace", I.E. to say, as long as you do your best (which is impossible to attain, but you try any way), God will indeed do ...
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Understanding grace

Grace is the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings Medjugorje, Message 25 June 2014 Dear children! The Most High is giving ...
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Examples of people who fell from grace and earned it back? [closed]

In the bible, it reads (forgive me as I don't have the exact passage) that the Holy Spirit will be given to those who are righteous. My question is, are there any examples of people who were ...
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Once a Catholic always a Catholic?

According to the Roman Catholic church, what is the status of someone who was baptised as a baby and left the church as a teen? Does it matter if he had Confirmation? Does it matter if he claims no ...
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What does Paul mean when he says that we are no longer under the law but under grace? [closed]

Romans 6:14:15 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. 15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God ...
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How is the teachings in the Book of James consistent with Salvation by Grace alone?

I was reading through James today and I understand his point was to convey to the Jews that only having faith - but not showing your gratitude for the grace they've received - is not good. He does get ...
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Is 'sola gratia' as a soteriology traceable in the period leading to the Protestant Reformation?

Protestants often consider the Roman Catholic church to have significantly distorted the gospel. Were there Christians prior to the Reformation who had essentially the same understanding of the ...
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Prevenient Grace - Negative Responses to Scriptural Examples of It

See what I mean by "Prevenient Grace" in the first question I asked relating to this topic. If your understanding of scripture leads you to believe the doctine of Prevenient Prace is not supported ...
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Prevenient Grace - Where/How is it Supported/Rejected in the Bible?

Before I ask my question, a definition of what I mean by "prevenient" I see a few uses of that word in questions here. When I say "Prevenient Grace" I am referring to that form of "resistible" grace ...
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Does Exodus 19:8 imply a will of the Jews to fulfill the Law in their own strength? [closed]

In Exodus 19:8 it reads: 8 All the people answered together and said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do!” And Moses brought back the words of the people to the Lord. The part I am ...
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What is the biblical basis for Antinomianism or extreme Grace?

What is the biblical basis for systematic Antinomianism or if you prefer extreme Grace? With first hand knowledge of its teachings justify this view. Wikipedia lists verses of the Bible which seem to ...
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Can the grace of God depart from a Christian? [closed]

Can a Christian fall from grace? Please refer to the verse below and shed some light. Galatians 5:4 “You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen ...
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Do Rob Bell and Tullian Tchividjian represent sides of any prior Christian controversy?

Both Rob Bell and Tullian Tchividjian have each taken heat for talking too much about grace.[*] Here is, for example, an interview on John Piper's objections to Rob Bell, and here is David Murray's ...
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How did Thomas Aquinas view grace as opposed to the church fathers?

I talked to a teacher at a theological seminary here in Sweden today, and we discussed the nature of grace: Fulfillment of natural potential or completely otherworldly? His idea was that with Thomas ...
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How does the gospel turn justice into a defender of the guilty?

Usually we think of God's justice as his perfect judgment in punishing sin and dispensing equity along perfect scales of measurement. However as we were born in sin, justice is essentially something ...
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Salvation vs Condemnation: Matthew 12

Matthew 12 ESV A Tree Is Known by Its Fruit 33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. 34 You brood of ...
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The Grace Gambit

You might be familiar with Pascal's Wager, also known as Pascal's Gambit. It states that one is best off believing in Christianity, because, if it is true, you'll be saved and go to heaven, and if it ...
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Is Galatians 6:8-9 teaching works salvation?

My understanding of the relationship between works and salvation is that works are the inevitable fruit of salvation by grace (1 John 3:6, Matthew 7:16-18). And my understanding of perseverance is ...
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Is “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” preaching heresy?

I love the song "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing." Its beautiful, and the backstory is pretty amazing. My problem is that I always shudder every time I sing the third verse. It says, "O to grace, ...
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Is the God Calvinists believe in unjust?

Who I am: ex worship leader / lifelong "Christian" of 18 years, now agnostic. Why I ask: If God is the way I am about to describe (unjust from a human perspective), why follow him? From my ...
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What is the Biblical basis that God's sacrifice is sufficient for all of our sins (past included)?

I spoke to a friend recently and they said: I feel like I've done so much in my past, and that is holding me back from having a relationship with God. How can I know that God will accept me, even ...
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How does Free Grace Theology reconcile 1 John?

My understanding of Free Grace Theology is that it separates the believers salvation from their sanctification, in that sanctification is not the necessary result of salvation. It separates the call ...
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What is the Catholic concept of grace?

This question reminded me of a question I've had for a long time: What is the Catholic concept of grace? A look at the dictionary says: grace [greys] noun favor or goodwill. Synonyms: ...
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According to Reformed Christianity, what is the meaning of “grace” (χάρις)? [closed]

According to Reformed Christianity, what is "grace" (χάρις)?
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Are questions that begin “Is it ok to ___” of primary theological importance?

Questions that begin "Is it ok to _" are often asked and I believe it is helpful to ask "how now shall we live?". However, from a theological standpoint are these questions of primary importance when ...
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How do Roman Catholics understand salvation in light of Romans 3&4?

As far as I can understand it, Paul directly contradicts the Roman Catholic doctrine of salvation in Romans 3 & 4 (see verses 3:21-22, 3:28, 4:4-6 in particular, but I'm referring to the broad ...
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Where does prevenient grace originate in the Bible?

What is the Biblical basis for Prevenient Grace? I am specifically referring to the belief that if a child is born and dies before reaching the age of responsibility, and so did not have the ...