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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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God knew you, as he knew Jeremiah, long before you were born or even conceived. He thought about you and planned for you. When you feel discouraged or inadequate, remember that God has always thought of you as valuable and that he has a purpose in mind for you. Jeremiah was "appointed" by God as his "Prophet to the nations." God has a purpose for each ...


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The plan was put forth by Elohim and when it was understood that a Redeemer was needed to effect the plan it was then that his Beloved and First born Son responded, "Here am I, send me"... There never was an option. "Come, Know the Lord Jesus" McConkie, General Conference, April 1977


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All people on Earth are spiritual sons and daughters of God, who is called Heavenly Father for this reason. So, all those on this Earth who "attain godhood" will be reunited with Him in one giant happy eternal family. This includes a couple and their earthly children. At this point, it becomes more speculation on my part. There may be references for what ...


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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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Why? We may never know. Ps. 103:7 "Why" would mean your looking for reason. This asks the reason God does things; thereby a peek into the grand scheme of his plans, an understanding into God's innate motivation, ultimately… inferring into the very mind of God. We are yet to fully understand the human mind, let's leave the mind of God for a later day (:


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There is Biblical evidence that, at least in certain circumstances, people in Heaven can indeed see what is happening on Earth. Perhaps the most clear example is from Revelation 19:1-3: After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: ‘Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for ...


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The word "afterlife" does not appear in the Bible. That's because the only hope we have for eternal life is the resurrection. We as Christians await eagerly for the "redemption of our bodies" (Rom 8:23) which comes about at the second coming of Jesus Christ. Here's what the Bible says in Philippians 3:20-21: "20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we ...


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I really appreciate all the comments above on this subject. There are only 2 answers - either Ananias/Sapphira were believers, or they were non-believers. If there were believers, then even though they suffered sudden death, they were saved. If they were non-believers, they were not saved. Personally, I know of many sincere christians who lied, who failed ...


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The two were believers and i presumed they were saved. They belong to the church with right doctrine They sold their property They will not be disciplined if they were unbelievers nothing to lose. They lied and not blasphemed as contemplated in Mark 3:28-29 The filing of the heart in Acts 5:3 is nothing but similar to the heart of peter in Mark 8:33 when ...


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I think we must take Ananias and Sapphira to have been believers. We are told in Acts 4:32-34 that the believers who had lands or houses sold them. Then we have two instances of specific individuals who did so. We know that Barnabas was a believer, but he is introduced as a Levite and Cypriot, neither of which designation carries any connotation of faith in ...



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