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Giving to the church or giving to the poor? [closed]

Which does God prefer most, giving to the church or giving to the poor?
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Since Jesus death paid our sin debt in full, why do Christians still die?

In Genesis chapter two God places the burden of death on man's sin(disobedience of God). Genesis 2:17 KJV But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the ...
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How does Jesus show love by suffering?

I wonder, how does the suffering of Jesus/God show love. I cannot believe that Jesus suffered to forgive our sins. If God is love, God doesn't need to make a terrible sacrifice to forgive our sins. ...
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How does a person determine whether they are a “false Christian” or “inconsistent Christian”? [closed]

Many Protestants believe once saved, always saved. Christians who accept Jesus get saved. They also continue sinning and no one is perfect. My question is to those who hold this position. I have ...
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Are we saved by grace or works? [closed]

Throughout the New Testament there seems to be a distinction drawn between grace and works, it is almost as if one salvation question is “who you are” and the second salvation question is “what have ...
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What is the scriptural basis for the idea that salvation can still be obtained after death?

What is the basis in the Scripture for the doctrine that those who haven't received salvation during their physical life, especially those who heard of Christ and yet chose not to pray to Him, will ...
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If all our sins have been forgiven why do we need to keep asking to be forgiven?

We believe that Jesus died for all our sins, past and future, so why do we need to keep asking to be forgiven if Jesus already died to forgive that sin?
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Moral implications of heaven and hell doctrine [closed]

Many Christians believe that when a person dies, they go to either heaven or hell. Catholics believe in purgatory, but most Protestants seem to not believe in this doctrine. Furthermore, the vast ...
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Are our sins of the future forgiven? John 20:23

Catholics say that our future sins are not forgiven (unless we confess them in the future) and say that John 20:23 (and maybe other verses which I can't remember), uses the past, i.e. "forgiven", so ...
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What is the Reformed perspective on “All people are called by God to salvation in Christ.”?

The quote in the title is taken from paragraph 16 of the JOINT DECLARATION ON THE DOCTRINE OF JUSTIFICATION by the Lutheran World Federation and the Catholic Church - linked here. Is such a statement ...
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What is the Biblical basis against the Calvinist doctrine of Irresistible Grace?

The question of what the Biblical basis is in favor of Irresistible Grace has been asked here. However, the question regarding the Biblical argument against it does not seem to have been addressed ...
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Christian denominations that believe in salvation for non-Christians [duplicate]

Are there any denominations in Christianity that believe that one can get to heaven without actually being a Christian?
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What does “saving grace” mean in Christianity?

I am not talking about "salvation" or "grace". I am talking about "saving grace". I tried looking up on Google, and the Free Dictionary explained that in Christian theology, it meant a state of being ...
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If God desires salvation for all, how come many people died without hearing the gospel?

1 Timothy 2:4 states that God wants everyone to be saved: This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God ...
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How do you “Convert” somebody to Christianity?

A highly debated topic I know. There are hundreds of answers for this, but I would personally like to know what the Bible says about this. If somebody was interested in being saved, what is my ...
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Is the biblical idea of being “born again” compatible with eastern religious ideas of reincarnation?

Just a simple question: is the biblical idea of being born again compatible with eastern religious ideas of reincarnation?
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What happens to non-believers or believers of other religions after death?

What happens (according to Christians) to people who specificially rejected the idea of God, the Bible and the christian teachings after they die? Is there a difference to people who believed in ...
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Are some people born without hope?

While reading 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 NASB 1Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, 2that you not be quickly shaken ...
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Are the names of all people originally written in the Book of Life?

The Bible speaks about the "Book of Life". It seems that those whose names are written in it will have life and spend eternity in heaven whereas those whose names are not written in it will be cast ...
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Faith vs Works for salvation

Baptists believe that faith alone is what establishes your salvation. How do they resolve: Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and ...
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Did Jesus need to die, or would mere shedding of blood have been sufficient?

Originally: St. Thomas Aquinas on salvation by a drop of Christ's Blood I heard on Relevant Radio a year or so ago something perplexing, I think it was a priest saying it, but it may have been a ...
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Did Adam and Eve end up getting saved?

After answering a recent question, it occurred to me to ask: Is there any biblical evidence regarding whether Adam and Eve have been redeemed in some fashion (and are thus going to Heaven/the New ...
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How are Romans 3:24 and James 2:17 reconciled? [duplicate]

I mean. I want to put my faith in Jesus, and I try to make myself believe that he is my Savior.. But I find myself putting more faith in "My" actions instead of his. And according to these two ...
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What must Man do to receive Eternal Life? [closed]

I don't think that any Christian would disagree that Jesus Christ is the only way to God and to your inheritance. But what is man's responsibility? That's what this question is addressing. What do I ...
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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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In Protestant faith is one's old self dying on the cross with Jesus symbolic, or the actual assumption of a new Eternal life?

Many years ago,(I won't say just how many) I accepted Jesus as my savior in a small Baptist church. Up until that time I had never felt any guilt over sinning. Since that day though I have a guilt ...
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How does the Passover foreshadow the coming of Jesus as the Messiah?

In 1 Corinthians 5:7, Paul refers to Jesus as "Christ, our Passover", suggesting that the Passover of Exodus somehow foreshadowed the life of Jesus. How specifically does the Passover do this? ...
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Are the requirements for attaining godhood in LDS teaching the same or different for every world?

In my understanding of LDS teaching, both Jesus and Lucifer proposed plans of salvation to Elohim, and Jesus' plan was chosen. As a result, some people on earth may attain godhood if they follow the ...
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What is the importance of reading Bible personally in Catholicism?

What is the importance of reading Bible in Catholicism? Can a Catholic anticipate going to heaven by only attending the masses and going to Confession, but never read the Bible at home? Does reading ...
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What happens to unborn, unbaptized babies who die?

If we accept that unborn babies are human beings and not merely a non-human organism, and further we require baptism as a prerequisite for salvation (using it as justification for infant baptism)... ...
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Who believe that innocent children will also go to Hell?

But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. (Luke 18:16, NIV) To those ...
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What is the biblical basis for Eternal salvation? [duplicate]

When a person has been saved, baptized and practiced their faith for many years and then a circumstance occurs that seems to steer them away from their practices and beliefs, there arises a question ...
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If we are saved by grace, then why does Jesus say we must be baptized in both spirit and water?

Ephesians 2:4-9 says: But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace ...
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Can one be a practicing homosexual and also a Christian?

Many Christian groups condemn homosexuality as a sin, pointing to specific passages in the Bible and traditional Christian views on sexuality and marriage. How do these groups handle the question of ...
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What is the First Death? [closed]

Revelation 20 (NIRV) 4 I saw thrones. Those who had been given authority to judge were sitting on them. I also saw the souls of those whose heads had been cut off because they had given ...
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Does this passage imply salvation cannot be lost?

How would this passage be interpreted by someone who believes that salvation can be lost? John 10:27-30 ESV My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal ...
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Apologist for keeping salvation

Does the following verse imply that your salvation can be lost? It does not say, "... unless you've accepted Jesus" 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 NIV Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit ...
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Did Jesus sacrifice his soul to save ours?

I am not asking for an opinion, what I am asking is that you evaluate my interpretation of the Scriptures and show me where I have misinterpreted them. In the following scriptures; it is indicated ...
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What kind of baptism is essential to salvation, and what does 'essential' mean in this context?

I'm a protestant and I've often heard statements to the effect that "Catholics believe that salvation is impossible without baptism", but I've also encountered the terms "Baptism of blood" and ...
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What is the “veil” that covers the heart when the Old Testament is read?

2 Corinthians 3:13-18 (NIV) We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. But their minds were made ...
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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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What is the scriptural basis for believing the judgement comes immediately at death? [closed]

In my discussions I've talked to Christians who had different concepts about the specifics of salvation which seem to make a significant difference, at least if one's only unrepented sin is not ...
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Is repentance required for salvation?

I know that through faith alone I am saved. But is repentance a requirement for that salvation as a part of my faith? Is repentance a single act, or should it be continuous?
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Why did Jesus not stone the adulteress? [duplicate]

In John 8:1-11, a woman caught in adultery was brought before Jesus and was demanded to judge her according to the Law of Moses. Jesus told them that anyone without sin can stone her. No one dared to ...
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In Romans 8:1, what does “in Christ” mean? [closed]

What "are in christ" means in romans.8:1? How do I get to be in Christ so that I would have no condemnation?
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How does Calvinism explain how an omniscient, omnipotent, and omnibenevolent creator could NOT have a plan for universal salvation?

In the haze of discerning truth and wisdom by the hybrid application of scripture, tradition, philosophy, and experience it seems illogical that a loving creator with perfect and complete knowledge ...
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Relativism and salvation [closed]

Suppose there is a man that subscribes to a traditional, Protestant worldview as described by the Apostle's Creed (i.e. Lutherans, Anglicans, Presbyterians, etc). Suppose this man has an ...
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The Cost of Salvation [closed]

My question is, did Jesus have to die for our sins? If no, then how would we have obtained salvation. If yes, if Jesus did in fact have to die for our sins, I do not understand this. Why would God ...
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Is Salvation a State Function?

Does the salvation of a believer depend on the present state of her faith or are the different life transitions taken into account? Suppose a believer leads a life of faith in Christ. At the end of ...
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Are sinners in Satan's kingdom?

OK, people seem to agree who is in Christ's kingdom. But if there is a Satan's kingdom. Are non-Christians or sinners part of his kingdom? what does that say about rich evil politicians? Does the ...