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INTRODUCTION Your specific question is not overly clear, but it seems you are essentially asking if there is any doctrine worth dividing over, and you mention the many denominations that exist as problematic. I'm reminded of the satirical quote by Steve Turner: We believe that all religions are basically the same, at least the one we read was. They ...


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If we face the question squarely this is a loose 'application' of the command against idolatry applied to countries that have for the most part ceased from idolatry due to the high numbers of Christians even within the Government of those countries. Biblically idolatry is not greed or lust or pride, there are words already for those other sins. Idolatry ...


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That is because Jesus gave Peter the keys to heaven and earth (Matthew 16:19). Not keys to hell. In other words, Peter (and his successors) can bind and loose on earth and heaven (Matthew 18:18) not in hell. They do not have authority on beings outside of the church. And people in hell are outside of the Church. P.S: Christ alone has the keys to hell ...


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Firstly, understand that men and women are made in the image of God, who by His nature defines 'goodness'. There was always a 'law' before it was written on tablets of stone and given to Moses: God sets the standard of righteousness by what remains in accord to His nature and unrighteousness by what constitutes rebellion against His nature. To the extent ...


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"...is there any clear, unambiguous, direct statement in Scripture that tells whether or not animals/pets can go to heaven?" No. The topic isn't addressed in scripture anywhere.


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The following tools are good for determining what the bible says about a matter. Take, for example, this question about pets going to heaven. If you wanted to know the answer, you should consult: 1. A Concordance The first tool that just about any pastor is going to use to answer a question such as this is a concordance. A concordance is nothing more ...


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No, there is no definitive statement in the Bible on this matter. It should be noted, however, that God asserts that both the current heaven and the current earth will pass away. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. Matthew 24:35 NASB But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away ...


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Jonah 1:2 says "Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me." (NIV) So, we can say from there that they had sinned greatly in the eyes of God, and had they not repented, they would be destroyed (Jonah 3:4 says "...Nineveh will be overthrown"). Of course, your question was "why Nineveh in ...


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Job. Job, who is afflicted by The Accuser, spends most of the book shuttling between anger and faith. He remains steadfast, though he does not shy away from expressing his displeasure at the injustices heaped upon him. His friends, who express all the typically pious nonsense you still hear today from Christians trying to be helpful, are of no help: You ...


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Well, first consider the Commandment of Jesus himself: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and all your mind.". Unless we bring to God all of our emotions, including the unpleasant ones like despair, anger and doubt, we do not honestly and truly comply with the command to love with all of our heart. As to examples of ...


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The general and simple answer is a yes, but most folks get it backwards. But, the Bible doesn't need to define this in detail for us. It uses terms the Jews were familiar with, terms that we're familiar with. It simply has to say, don't make idols or don't have other gods before me, and we can readily infer the meaning. An idol is simply an image or a form ...


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As LCIII has noted, the answer to your question is "No, there is no clear, unambiguous, direct statement" to the question. So, how can anyone say that definitively? There are easily accessed tools that you can use. This post goes over a few that would probably be useful. 1. A Concordance The first tool that just about any pastor is going to use to ...


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Absolute certainty probably isn't attainable (whether absolute certainty is or should be considered attainable by humans at all might be a worthwhile question), but as brought up in Affable Geek's answer to the inciting question, you can get pretty close through use of a good concordance and topical Bible dictionary. Concordances are lists of words used. ...


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This seems like your main question: "But if God created Satan (originally) as a good (i.e., sinless) being who only entertained good thoughts, what was the original cause of Satan's evil or sinful thoughts?" That's tough to find a scriptural answer to because the first historically noted thing about Satan was that he was proud. Isaiah 14:12,13 KJV How ...


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The answer to this question is similar to the answer I gave for your other question. We read in Genesis 1:27-31 that God created man (as a race) and created both male and female. Jump ahead to Genesis 2:18-25 we see the detailed creation of Eve (and prior to that, Adam). These events both take place on the same day, the sixth, which is supported by ...


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Anger is probably the most primordial of man's imperfections. Anger at God as proposed in you question would appear to fall under the following definition; A violent passion of the mind excited by a real or supposed injury; usually accompanied with a propensity to take vengeance, or to obtain satisfaction from the offending party. This passion however ...


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There are two different passages in the New Testament, both in Pauline epistles, in which greed is seemingly equated with idolatry. Since the way in which the phrases are translated can affect their meaning, as it applies to this particular context, I'll quote them each in several different versions: Col 3:5 NASB Therefore consider the members of ...


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There are no shortcuts to the process you appear to be asking about. I say that through personal experience, and from many Bible enthusiasts I have known and collaborated with over the years. There are some excellent aids to enhance your Bible study free on the internet, some are online Bible study, and for the novice there are some excellent interactive ...


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I think it would also be helpful to say that 'salvation by faith' is not something that only Paul talks about. He maintained that this had its bases in Old Testament scripture too when he quoted Genesis 15:6, 'And he [Abraham] believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness' (AV/KJV). This is at a time way before the Law had been delivered ...


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The Bible as we have it doesn't give an absolute answer to the idea of life on other planets. I say "as we have it" simply because the books of the bible have changed throughout history. Some argue that John 10:16 and first chapter of Ezekiel suggest life outside our planet and even possible visitation. Others would argue that the omission of life being ...


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The basis for the belief that Eve was created on the 6th day is a literal interpretation of Genesis 1. Genesis 1:26-28 ESV Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing ...


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The Magi used their Magian astrology to recognize what was happening now. But astrologers user astrology to find out what is going to happen in the future. Note that Magi's saw Jesus in a house (Mat 2:11) not in the birth place of Christ. //It appears that the stars have a knowledge.// Stars do not have knowledge on their own. But God uses nature to ...


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Moses did in fact allow divorce, it was not a law only a permission. It was permitted here; Deuteronomy 24:1-4 KJV When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give [it] in her hand, and send her ...


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As I have read and studied the Bible I have become convinced of three important truths: God has more to say (Deuteronomy 8:3, Proverbs 29:18, John 21:25), He will talk to the world through his Prophets (Amos 8:3), and He will talk to us if we will ask Him (James 1:5-6, Matthew 7:7). God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. If he spoke to the ...


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I think it is clear enough from the text in Genesis 1 that Adam and Eve were created on the sixth day. On the fifth day God created the fishes and birds, and On the sixth day God created wild animals and Adam and Eve. Let me post the whole passage for clarification with my own emphasis. Notice that between the "fifth day" and the "sixth day", there is the ...


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There are two separate accounts of creation in the book of Genesis. The first, which occupies the first chapter, describes the creation of the world, life, and humanity in the "7 Day" format. On the 6th day, God creates mankind, both male and female. In the second creation story which starts at Genesis 2:2 recounts the familiar story of Adam (a name which ...


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The answer to this can depend a lot on who you ask and how. The earliest beliefs in Satan were that Satan was part of God's celestial court, much like the angel of death, or the four horseman in Revelation perhaps. As we can see in the Book of Job, Satan (which means "accuser") is a kind of District Attorney of Heaven, bringing charges against the pious to ...


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Joel 2:31 is an end time prophecy that features a blood moon and a solar eclipse. Douay-Rheims Joel 2:31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood: before the great and dreadful day of the Lord doth come. John Hagee and many protestants think that end times prophecy is all about the nation of Israel and the Third Temple of ...


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Your question comes from the Bible and the Bible also yields the answer! Love and respect are in relational union throughout the Bible, most notably love in the form of grace and respect in the form of faith. Eternal Life is the offspring of the marriage between grace/faith. Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith Romans 4:16 ...


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Well it is worth mentioning that the devil was behind those evil kings and them having those beliefs of being gods opposed to God was because the devil was fueling them and or using them. As far as scripture goes when thoes things were said of those kings it was in regard to both the king and to the devil who was driving them. I also would have to say on ...



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