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The verses you quote give one very obvious reason: to fill the earth, take control of it, and rule it. This might be slightly more understandable by analogy to adopted children of a good king. The king desires his children to not just like him in title (accomplished simply by the adoption) but like him in character and action (rightly using authority ...


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The fruitfulness of the creation is something God intended according to the design of the world. He made the world a certain size intending that it become full of various things including vegetation, water, animals and man. To be fruitful is not a command as though fishes that did not propagate were sinful fishes, it is more of an 'ordinance of blessing' ...


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The mainstream Christian answer is that there is no chance for repentance after death. The Scripture used to support this is Hebrews 9:27 which says And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment The protestant answer goes further saying this: (From http://www.gotquestions.org/second-chance-salvation.html) While ...


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The problem with this kind of question is that, at least within the context of Mormon Doctrine, there has never exactly been an authoritative treatise on any sort of relation to these concepts in our physical realm. I can, however, present the various theories laid forth by various 'philosophers,' so to speak, within Mormonism. An interesting book I came ...


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Reincarnation is not an orthodox Christian idea. Resurrection is.1 The most long standing articulation of this belief among Christians can be found in the Nicene Creed: I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Nicene Christians (includes all mainstream traditions, excludes some sects) believe that we live once, die ...


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Genesis 1:28 (NIV) God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” This was a blessing from God. Most of the other Bible translations also use the word "Be fruitful" and it indicates ...


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I'd highly recommend the book Surprised by Hope_ by N.T. Wright. He does a very great job of going in depth of what the bible says our hope is for life after death. It's a good read, and left me feeling very refreshed and excited. The premise focuses on the scriptures where God returns to earth to make a New Heaven and a New Earth, and we are resurrected ...


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The Catechism has this: 1026 By his death and Resurrection, Jesus Christ has "opened" heaven to us. The life of the blessed consists in the full and perfect possession of the fruits of the redemption accomplished by Christ. He makes partners in his heavenly glorification those who have believed in him and remained faithful to his will. Heaven is the ...


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There is actually very little LDS doctrine on the subject of the specific details of how Exaltation will work. (Most of the doctrine is devoted to the weightier matter of how to attain it in the first place.) But it is explicitly said that it will be a life of the same kind that God enjoys, so answers can be inferred by examining LDS cosmology on the ...


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The Bible itself is replete with commands that we are to have a reverent fear of God that is to coexist with our love of God. The fear of God is a recurrent theme in Scripture, and it is commended and linked directly with holiness. Nave's Topical Bible, for example, shows several subtopics and a multitude of individual references for the topic "Fear of God." ...


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Catholics don't believe in a second chance doctrine, as you phrased it. But some do believe that Jesus can come to you at the very last second of your life. St. Faustina continually was visited by Jesus in dreams wherein she came to learn that God's greatest attribute it His Divine Mercy. One thing alone is necessary: that the sinner set ajar the ...


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The first thing I will note is an issue with the question. It is not fair to ask "Why does God ..." because it is wholly unanswerable unless the Scripture says explicitly why, but it usually does not explain God's actions. So I will focus more on "Why do some Christians believe ..." as there is usually an abundance of text where they explain their thoughts. ...


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Man, though made of body and soul, is a unity. Through his very bodily condition he sums up in himself the elements of the material world. Through him they are thus brought to their highest perfection and can raise their voice in praise freely given to the Creator. For this reason man may not despise his bodily life. Rather he is obliged to ...


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Becoming an eternal family requires living the gospel of Jesus Christ, which includes the following: Developing faith in Jesus Christ. Repenting. Being baptized and receiving the Holy Ghost. Enduring to the end. "Enduring to the End" includes temple ordinances, such as the sealing (husband and wife or child to parents), and implies that one would be ...


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Within Christianity, the belief that humans become angels seems to stem from a misinterpretation of Jesus' words: For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. (Matthew 22:30) And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, but those who are considered worthy to ...


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1 Corinthians 15:12-19 deals with the question of whether there will be a resurrection. Some people in Corinth were saying that there wouldn't be a resurrection, but Paul says that there definitely will be one, that without a physical resurrection the gospel is useless and we will remain guilty of our sins.


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God told Adam and Eve this as part of His blessing to them. "And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth..." (Genesis 1:28) Children are a blessing to the parents, and also are part of the pleasure that God receives from His creation. "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for ...


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The geography of the afterlife is not a topic where the church had "doctrine" as such, though there have always been a variety of traditions and stories about this sort of thing. Dante's scheme does reflect an underlying theology, so I'll tackle this from a theological perspective. The layouts of Hell, Purgatory and Heaven are all in some sense "orthodox" in ...


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I believe there are many points on which Dante had disagreed with the Church teachings of his times. For example Divine Comedy was written around 1308 A.D. to 1321 A.D, in which he has depicted many Popes as suffering eternal damnation in hell namely Pope Anastasius II and Pope Nicholas III. Even though The doctrine of Papal infallibility was defined ...


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In Luke 16, we have the parable of the unjust house manager. In verse 9, Jesus says, "I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings." This passage alludes to the idea that since we will gain friends here on earth who later invite us into their eternal dwellings, we should ...


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Generally, Bible literalists might believe in a second chance. It is just that none given the second chance will take it. In Revelation 20 we are given a particular sequence of events after the glorious second coming of Christ. In the presence of everyone living, the dead in Christ are raised, then Christ returns in glorious fire. All the wicked perish in ...


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The Catholic Church addresses this is in its Catechism, which I quote at some length below. Paragraph 1026 appears to answer the nub of your question: The life of the blessed consists in the full and perfect possession of the fruits of the redemption accomplished by Christ. There is no room for doubt or regret. Paragraph 1025 says that rather than ...


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In light of a suggestion I may want to edit this answer to make the connection to the OP clearer, I am submitting this reworked version. The question being discussed is “So what is the reason God wants us to have children?” So far several theories have been submitted discussing various permutations of God’s command to Adam and Eve to “Go forth and ...


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The short answer is that, according to the Bible, Christians are neither obligated or encouraged to have children. What follows is a more in-depth, Bible based answer. Genesis 1:28 was a command given to Adam and Eve, the first humans, not to Christians. Why did got want them to produce offspring? Well, to put it simply, if they did not, they would have ...


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LDS doctrine on the subject is found in section 76 of the Doctrine and Covenants. Referring to the circumstances in which he received this revelation, Joseph Smith stated: From sundry revelations which had been received, it was apparent that many important points touching the salvation of man had been taken from the Bible, or lost before it was ...


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The parable of the rich man and Lazarus told by Jesus is probably the best Scriptural reference to afterlife in the Bible. All scripture is quoted from the King James translation. Luke 16:19 through 31 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named ...


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According to scripture. Yes. There are 2 minds at work in you. You may not realise it, but the scripture tells us in 1 Thes 5:23 that we are 3 part beings. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The part that got born again ...


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When thinking about angels the scripture does not provide details of how they followed the Devil's pride in rebellion to God. However the two things it does it impress upon us is that they fell together. In other words God allowed something to test them and this split the good angels from the evil ones accordingly. As God is omnipotent he is perfectly able ...


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There are four major different eternal destinations after this life according to Mormon doctrine: The celestial (heavenly) kingdom or glory. Those who have faith in Jesus Christ and obey his gospel (see Doctrine and Covenants 76:50-70). The terrestrial (earthly) kingdom or glory. Those who are honorable people but have not proven faithful enough. For more ...


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So what is the reason God wants us to have children? Why? Because he loves us so much. If I were to say it the way I'd really want to, I'd say: God wants us to have become children because he really, really loves us. In other words, God wants us to become living, breathing humans because he loves us so much. And his way of making humans, naturally, is ...



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