relating to the theological definition of anthropology - that set of doctrines which attempt to understand how God created the spirit, soul, and mind of a human being, and to ascertain that for which he destined and how he is subject to the natural laws

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In what way does God derive pleasure from us? [on hold]

Philippians 2:13: For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. I understand that this question deals with infinite concepts and it's impossible for us to ...
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Do Evangelicals still believe (as Jonathan Edwards did) that Adam was created with “a perfect knowledge of God” and everything else? [closed]

I was just reading a little bit of a book by Jonathan Edwards called "A Preservative Against Socinianism" published in 1698. On page 16 Edwards says something that elicits my question: For tho ...
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Are we avatars (incarnations) of God? [closed]

The scriptures states that the believer is the temple of God, that God is within us, that if we give something to a child of God its as if you gave it to God, that we are one with God in Christ... ...
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Heart, Mind, Soul and Spirit

Is there a diagrammatic representation of soul, spirit, heart and their components based on the tripartite view of man? I understand there can be overlapping but I'd like to know if there is a visual ...
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Why does God want mankind in Heaven, after they have already shown that they have the tendency to disobey? [closed]

Since Adam willfully disobeyed God's command not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, man has consistently chosen to do the things that irritate God. Why then does God not just ...
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Is life hereditary?

When a baby is born, in many cases the baby will be born already breathing, and in some cases even crying. According to Genesis man did not come to life until God breathed the breath of life into ...
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Why did God not want man to have the knowledge of good and evil?

When God created man, he created him with the fore knowledge that man would eat from the forbidden tree, and even with the knowledge that man would bring sin into the World; God created the tree in ...
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In the Anglican and Catholic church, are any of man's creative ideas seen as original?

I mean, did Shakespeare invent 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' or was it a reflection of the pre-existing, eternal God? Ditto Dickens and Oliver Twist, ditto Spielburg and Jurassic Park, ditto the Beatles ...
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Where did the concept of separate races originate?

I want to preface what I say with a statement saying this is not in any way related to any kind of Prejudice! I only want to ask how we got from the family of Noah to having so many so called races. ...
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Where did the trait in man come from which causes him to deny the superiority of God?

Since man was created in the image of God, which I consider to be that God created man with those traits, common to God himself. The power to reason, and so on. In that light I find it difficult to ...
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What Scriptures tell us what man having free will actually means?

I have been given many different opinions as to what having free will actually means. Some have said that it means only that we have a choice of whether or not to accept salvation, others have said it ...
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What is the essential argument in favor of the Dual Nature of Man as opposed to the Tripartite Nature?

A common belief regarding the nature of mankind is that we have a body, a soul and a spirit. This is known as the Tripartite Nature of Man. Some, however, hold to only a Dual nature of man. What is ...
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What is the essential argument in favor of the tripartite nature of man?

A common belief regarding the nature of mankind is that we have a body, a soul and a spirit. This is known as the Tripartite Nature of Man. What is the essential argument in favor of this view? I ...
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Can humans aquire 'infinite' joy when they are finite beings?

I read CS Lewis say that the Beatification is an "infinite good" and, hence, "infinitely outweighs the negations" (the stuff we shall leave behind here). He also argued, in Letters to Malcolm, that we ...
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What about the “beforelife”?

It is a common concern in all humans to know about the afterlife, but what do religions say about the beforelife? Some religions say reincarnation, and I think the vast majority of the rest just takes ...
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Is it a good guess that Heaven's joy surpasses even the keenest felt here? [duplicate]

Jonathan Edwards said terms like 'joy' and 'ecstasy' were too meager to describe the greatness of the happiness in Heaven. Was Edwards right in saying our strongest words come nowhere near the ...
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Was Jesus two separate individuals in one body?

I have always been told, and I thoroughly believe that Jesus was wholly God and wholly man. Since there are multiple occasions in the Bible where pre-incarnate Jesus apparently appeared to people, ...
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Did God create man to replace the fallen Angels?

As near as I can determine from Scripture; Creation and ejection of the rebellious angels, both happened at about the same period. That led me to begin to wonder, since it seems logical to me that ...
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Do humans have free will? [duplicate]

Something confuses me. God is omniscient, meaning He knows everything, including our decisions in life. God says we have free will, but how is that so if I can't make the choice to not do something ...
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Does anyone know where CS Lewis said (or maybe implied) the following…?

"Several times, then, Lewis suggests that heaven will be a place where thinking and experiencing come together. On earth we think about what love is; in heaven Love is a Person we can experience. ...
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Does the indwelling of the Holy Spirit encompass a person's body, soul and spirit?

The Bible affirms in more than one place that the Holy Spirit indwells the believer. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are ...
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Isn't CS Lewis's idea that time is still successive in Heaven frustrating? [closed]

C.S. Lewis: If that [to travel hopefully is better than to arrive] were true, and known to be true, how could anyone travel hopefully? There would be nothing to hope for. Am I missing ...
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CS Lewis said time continues in Heaven…Peter Kreeft says that is exists more as a 'point'…which is right? [closed]

In Letters to Malcolm, CS Lewis says, as we are finite, so time will always exist as progression with the past falling away behind us. Peter Kreeft seems to follow Lewis on most views and yet seems to ...
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What is the Word of Faith teaching on “little gods”

Rather than assuming Wikipedia is accurate, I thought I'd as for a better sourced answer to the question. Wikipedia's article on the Word of Faith movement lists various controversies regarding Word ...
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Without God is there only evil?

The Bible says in a few places that God does only good things and is full of only goodness: James 1:13 - 1 John 1:5 - 1 Corinthians 14:33. I think we can Biblically support very well that God is not ...
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What is the biblical basis for considering gender to be purely physical/biological?

In my other question, I asked what the biblical basis was for considering gender to not be merely physical, but also present in a person's soul and/or spirit. However, there are some who believe that ...
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What is the biblical basis for considering gender to be not merely physical/biological?

From the perspective of the tripartite nature of man--that men and women have a body, a soul, and a spirit--is there a biblical basis for the position that gender is not merely present in the body or ...
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What is the difference between mind and soul (if any)

For reference, this question asks whether there is a difference between the soul and spirit. Assuming that your spirit is the heavenly nature of man, is the soul the same thing as mind, as in ...
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In what manner does the LDS believe we may become like God? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the Mormon doctrine regarding becoming a god? Lorenzo Snow, a prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, stated: As man is, God once was; as ...
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What is the difference between holiness and righteousness?

Both holiness and righteousness are used to describe God. Additionally, we as Christians are called to be holy and righteous as well. These are two distinct words, so they must have distinct ...
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What are the differences between the spirit of God and spirit of Man?

First, I thought that the spirit Christians get from God is the same as the spirit of God. Recently, I heard a sermon that asserted they are different, but gave no more details. Which verses describe ...
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Biblical support of a Quadrichotomous view of Man

There are two common views of the Nature of Man - the Dichotomous, and the Trichotomous. However, a Quadrichotomous view can also be drawn from Jesus' answer to the challenge of what is the greatest ...
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Trichotomous vs Dichotomous views of Man

There are generally two* views of Man the Dichotomous (Soul & Body) the Trichotomous (Soul, Spirit, & Body) Notably, A W Pink ascribes to the Trichotomous view (or Tripartite). Also ...
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Is man born in God's image, or was that just Adam?

I have noticed many Christians say 'we were born in God’s image', but the scripture seems to imply that men are 'born in the image of their Father, the Devil?' For example: This is how we know ...
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What did Peter, James and John see on the Mount of Transfiguration?

During a Bible discussion for seekers last week, one of them asked a question that led me to ponder this questions. As I understand it, the body of Moses (not Elijah since he never died) should still ...
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Can a non-Christian sell his soul?

This Freakonomics podcast had an interesting discussion about a guy who challenged an atheist to sell his soul. The guy who bought claimed to be a Christian. The trope, of course, goes back a long way ...
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How is original sin transmitted?

Assuming the doctrine of original sin is true, how exactly is original sin passed down to the rest of mankind? Was the nature of man changed? If so, what exempted Christ from sin but allowed him to ...
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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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A.W. Pink and the Tripartite Theory of Man

Related I have asked a similar question on Philosophy.SE. Background Reading Arthur W. Pink's pamphlet Regeneration: Or, the New Birth recently, I was surprised to find that he had a tripartite ...
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Do people have the ability to truly love God, without God guiding them into loving him?

From this answer: Secondly, men do not hate God because of the world he created, they hate God because he is good and they are not. However consciously or unconsciously, they hate him because he ...
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What does the LDS Church teach about the pre-existence of each person prior to conception?

I have read somewhere that the LDS teaches that each person existed prior to physical conception. What are the specifics of this teaching?
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How are angels and humans different?

It might sound like a stupid question at first, because obviously humans and angels are quite different in many ways... but bear with me a moment. In one of the answers to my question What does ...
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Can a Christian have clinical depression?

God can grant an amazing peace of mind to a person. Many Christians have been totally calm and prayed for their persecutors while being tortured and killed -- like Stephen, the first martyr. But do ...
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Is it given by God in human nature to be a creator too?

We humans have a significant ability to create using our fantasy. Was this ability given to us by God, a Creator as He created man in His image, according to His likeness, or was this ability ...
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Where does God draw the line when it comes to Sin? [closed]

So I've read 1 John alot and I understand that I cannot continue to sin if I want to be a child of God's. 1 John 1:6 (NIV) 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the ...
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What is the Mormon doctrine regarding becoming a god?

Per the doctrine of the Latter Day Saints, it seems that God was once a man. Following this out just one step further leads me to the idea that it may be possible for other men to be come a god. ...
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What is the difference between man's soul and spirit?

It is easy to recognize the body as the physical matter that makes up a person. The body is clearly distinct from the soul and spirit in several ways: The body is visible to others. (When I see ...
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Can man judge whether God is fair?

Over and over I hear people pronouncing in one way or another that God is "not fair"*. Sometimes this is stated directly, other times indirectly as in "that doesn't seem fair, therefore God must not ...
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When did we begin to exist?

When did we begin to exist? I suppose there are really only two options: We were created before we were born (our spirits existed in some state similar to our state after death, without a body) Our ...
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Are Christians “friends of God”?

I've heard Christians say that an appropriate title for a Christian is, "friend of God." I've also heard preachers (eg Beth Moore) say that this is inappropriate: only certain people (Abraham and the ...