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Joseph Smith History 1:17 17 It no sooner appeared than I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear ...


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Jesus himself equates salvation with knowing God: Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. - John 17:3 NIV Elsewhere, the scriptures negate the idea that this could be a mere intellectual knowledge about God: You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and ...


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Wayne Grudem's defense of dichotomism in his Systematic Theology, chapter 23 is particularly helpful in this regard. He lays out several kinds of biblical evidence, cleanly organizing the arguments made by previous Reformed theologians. His points are: Scripture uses soul and spirit interchangeably "Soul" departs and "spirit" departs Man is "body and ...


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In addition to man being made in the image of the Triune God as BYE has argued (and is therefore analogously also a triune being), those supporting the tripartite view of man's nature also argue that the biblical teaching of the believer being a temple of the Holy Spirit (cf. 1 Corinthians 6:19) implies trichotomism: The Bible compares man to the temple. ...


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Yes, Solomon had concubines. He also became greedy and chose to accumulate wealth and wives rather than nurturing his kingdom. If you read his story, you find that God was not pleased with his later actions, but spared him punishment during his lifetime because of his father. God told Solomon that his punishment for these things would come after his death by ...


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Acts 16:31 states They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, you and your household.” And Acts 10:43 says, About him [Jesus] all the prophets testify, that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name. Similarly, John 3:16 says For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only ...


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What is the biblical basis for the belief that people must have children? I remember reading in a magazine once years ago that people in poor countries had lots of children because that was their investment in the future, sort of their retirement program. They contrasted this with people in wealthy countries who have few children because the productive ...


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Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Matthew 6:14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.


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Perhaps the most important principle which Jesus taught his followers about forgiveness is that when asking God for his forgiveness they too must forgive those who sin against them. . . . and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors, or . . . and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, as Jesus taught us thus ...


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As you have rightly said the number one third comes from the Revelation. And that alone is solid Biblical support, since this was referring to a past event, and not prophesy. There is an erroneous, but widely accepted belief that the Revelation is all prophesy, but this verse tells us that this is not true: Revelation 1:19 KJV Write the things which ...


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This is a long answer. Please bear with me. I’m not sure how old this idea is, but its a combination of mistakes in interpretation. We always come into difficulties when we take any document out of context. The same is especially true for the Bible. That is what happens here and when done in several different bible passages, it leads to some man-made idea ...


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Anytime you want an official position of Jehovah's Witnesses on a particular topic use Google search of your key words and add jw.org . I typed free will jw.org and numerous hits came up that link you directly to Jehovah's Witnesses official website. The first one I think is a good fit to your question and I have included it below: What Does the ...


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The LDS church does not teach predestination. To Latter-day Saints, the idea of predestination is unscriptural. Not only does it deny what Paul and other prophets taught about agency, but it also limits God’s love to only a select few. Elder Joseph Fielding Smith stated emphatically that “no person is ever predestined to salvation or damnation. Every ...


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I will address some background issues prior to bringing the point home. Yes, most believe in a sinful nature for mankind. I believe along with Dallas Willard and all those in the Wesleyan tradition that total depravity is not the description of mankind. It is interesting to note that Calvin himself believed that babies are born innocent. Luther on the other ...


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Paul says in Romans 7:15, "I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do." What Paul "hates" to do here is referring to the sins against God that he commits. Also, take note that Paul was quite a godly Christian; if he can't stop sinning, then we probably can't either. Another discussion point to have with O.P.'s "...


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Romans 7:12-14 "So that the Torah truly is set-apart, and the command set-apart, and righteous, and good. Therefore, has that which is good become death to me? Let it not be! But the sin, that sin might be manifest, was working death in me through what is good, so that sin through the command might become an exceedingly great Sinner. For we know that the ...


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For completeness, I would also like to include the following: Genesis 3:23 (Brenton LXX En) 23 And God said, Behold, Adam is become as one of us, to know good and evil, and now lest at any time he stretch forth his hand, and take of the tree of life and eat, and so he shall live for ever— Genesis 11:7 (Brenton LXX En) 7 Come, and having gone ...



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