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I will attempt to explain the Catholic viewpoint here One of the major misconceptions about the Catholic teaching on confession is that you are asking the priest to forgive your sins but the Catholic church teaching says that the priest is merely acting in the person of Christ executing Christ's forgiveness. Catholics are on the same page with Protestants ...


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Protestants generally reject this doctrine. So, what is the specific biblical argument they use to oppose the doctrine of Penance? There is no Biblical example of someone being instructed to pay for their sin by an act of penance in the New Testament. Contrary-wise we have several examples of instruction that shows a different way to deal with each other ...


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In Russia and x-USSR there is a legend about card suits mystical sense. Russian Christians claim four card suits disparage Christ's Passion, and, especially, his crusifixion. This sense is as follows: Hearts mean, according to different versions: either the sponge given to crusified Christ or Christ's heart Diamonds mean nails which were used to crusify ...


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The process of sanctification is scriptural, but the quote is imperfect in its description. While it is true that the more sanctified the person is, the more conformed he is to the image of his Savior. However, because of the weakness inherent in our fallen nature, temptation will always be apart of our lives and must be resisted. This lifetime is given to ...


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The quote is radical, but yes it is scriptural and is definitely helpful to those who are scrupulous about things, as I myself am. Sanctity is definitely biblical (for those Protestants who hold the Bible as the only authority). Just read the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7. These are not suggestions, but commands by our Lord to be holy, as our father in ...


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Not a lot to add to the verses above (Gospel references to Jesus welcoming children, household baptisms in Acts & 1 Corinthians, the parallel with circumcision), but a few comments. (a) The Bible comes to us as a whole. 2 Timothy 3.16 makes clear that all is inspired and profitable that we may be equipped for every good work. Therefore, be cautious about ...


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Matthew 5:44-48 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the ...


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Three things must be kept in mind: Everything good is from God, as such good things done by anyone (believer or non-believer) comes only from God. James 1:17: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Spirit of God is striving with men ...


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What is the rationale, bible passages, word of God, tradition (or anything else) that allows someone to feel confident calling themselves a Christian? A number of Christians see the record of having everything in common described in the first church (assembly) in Jerusalem in the book of Acts and see a pattern to follow. This has been tried many times ...


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Mormons haven an entirely different understanding of the relationship between men and angels and demons. In Mormon soteriology men, angels, lucifer, and Jesus are all children of God the Father. John 20:17 Jesus said to Mary Go to My brethren and say to them, "I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God." There are seveal verses ...


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Your question revolves around the law of love. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16(NIV) The above verse says, God loves everyone in this world, the saint and the sinner. He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, ...


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I am not aware of a verse that says explicitly that "God loves everyone equally". In fact, there's some verses to suggest that some are loved more than others, which is not your question so will be neglected1, but there are several that indicate that God indeed loves all people. The first is probably the most quoted Bible verse of all time: For God so ...


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Not anymore, God doesn't want your sacrifice because Jesus already done a great sacrifice for us in Calvary, our sacrifice for salvation is useless because we can't surpass what He did "He died and rose again the third day" (1 Corinthians 15:4). Remember one of the criminals crucified with Jesus (Luke 23:38-43) on how did he get the assurance of salvation ...


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Well, if Satan using Judas to betray Jesus to his eventual death (which would in turn defeat death, and so Satan), proves that Satan was unaware of God's salvation plan, (or thought killing Jesus would defeat him)... then why, when Peter tells Jesus (upon predicting his own death) 'it will not be so' (a temptation to Jesus to NOT go through with submission ...


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God can forgive sin without sacrifice. Psalm 40:6 .....'Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required." Jesus said that if we forgive those who trespass against us, our Father in heaven will forgive us. If we do not, then neither will our Father in heaven forgive us. (Matthew ...


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In The Rapture Exposed, Barbara R. Rossing offers a good answer for why Jesus doesn't mention the Rapture in His Matthew 24 discourse. She says (page 32) the belief that Christ will return to earth again is foundational for Christians – but this is not the same as the Rapture, which is only a recent theological development. On page 22, she explains that the ...


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Good question. I've also given a lot of thought to topics similar to this. I think it comes down to understanding better the teachings of Jesus on this. We would all accept that Jesus was illustrating the true intent of the law - about how it originates in the heart and the actions come out of that - not the other way around. Are we supposed to believe that ...


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One way to think about the problem of man's corruption is as taintedness. If I add to a glass of absolutely pure water a small quantity of extremely fine ricin powder (a virulent poison), the water is no longer fit for drinking because it is tainted--thus the glass of water as a whole is not good. However, the water in the glass is still water and as water, ...


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Before answering this question, I need to point out a few problems with the verses you supplied in support of your thesis. Genesis 6:5 had to do with a particular point in time and applied to a particular population on earth at the time; it was never meant to refer to all peoples at all times. I believe Isaiah 64:6 is referring to the Jewish people. I ...


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The problem seems to stem from a radical divergance between the commonly understood meaning of 'good' and the sense it is used in certain parts of the Bible - particularly the verses you cite as well as: "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good--except God alone. - Luke 18:19 NIV Rather than (as per Webster's) being "of somewhat high ...


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The Bible recognises the good that King Cyrus of Persia did for the Jews, historically. Not just in allowing them to return to Judah, but in funding the considerable cost of rebuilding the Jerusalem temple. For example, Isaiah 41:2 refers to Cyrus as the righteous man from the east, and Isaiah 44:28-45:4 waxes lyrical: That saith of Cyrus, He is my ...


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This story comes to mind. Remember the story of the good Samaritan? The moral of this story answers your question. No matter what religous building you belong to in faith, even if you don't consider yourself a religous person at all, you have the freewill to choose how you will handle life's situations. Even as a non believer you can still love your neighbor ...


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Ressurection is mentioned many times in the Bible. Job also said "And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God" (Job 19:26). According to this article, the Sadducees based their doctrine only from the Torah(Pentateuch), rejecting all Jewish Oral Laws and gave no importance to the writing of the Prophets. In Matthew 22:23-33, ...


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It's anachronistic to ask the question "What is the biblical basis for this belief" because the belief came before the Bible itself. The Bible was written with the conviction in mind that Jesus had sacrificed Himself on Calvary and He had instituted a sacrament (liturgical celebration) equivalent to the Jewish Passover ceremony (seder meal) commemorating ...


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In the absence of a direct statement about which year Jesus died, we need to infer the year by indirect means. One means is to determine the year Jesus began his ministry and then add to this the number of years of Jesus ministry, to arrive at the year of the crucifixion. Luke's Gospel provides two clues as to the year Jesus began his ministry: Luke ...


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Romans 12:6-8 indicates that Paul saw the ability to prophesy as a gift that one may receive, in the same way as, for example, ministry. In 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, Paul says one may receive the gift of wisdom, another knowledge, another faith, another healing, another the working of miracles, to another prophecy and to others the discerning of spirits or ...


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What is heaven? Within Christianity, it's generally accepted that 1) first comes death, 2) then the intermediate state, 3) then the universal (bodily) resurrection. The exact nature of each of these is (mildly) disputed, but in general, it's said within Protestantism that the body "sleeps" after death until the resurrection. Whether the soul sleeps or not ...


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We should not charge interest, as stated in numerous places in the Bible: Luke 6:34-35 And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons ...


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Consider Melchizedek, the original high priest of God before Christ. Many consider him to be Christ but it does not say explicitly. Christ came to be after the order of Melchizedek, implying he was not always in the order of Melchizedek. Melchizedek can only be divine, hence: fourth Godhead. Also in revelations it speaks of seven spirits of God, which ...


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I am going to answer your question as best I can even though someone will inevitably mark my answer as bogus and chime about my being on the site long enough to know not to answer truth questions. I do not understand your question as a truth question, but a basis for true confusion. That being said here goes and if the powers that be do not like my trying to ...


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The disciples asked what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the AION (age). Many bibles misinterpret the Greek word AION as WORLD instead of what it really means which is AGE. Many church teachers today (Lynn Hyles, Jonathan Welton, Mike Miller, Andrew Walmack to name a few) agree with this and also agree that the age being referred to is the ...


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Archbishop Ussher believed that the age of the earth could be calculated quite accurately, using the biblical genealogies that go all the way back to Adam, whom he assumed to be created on the sixth day. Using the Bible and, to a limited extent, extra-biblical information, he decided that the world was created in 4004 BCE, a date that differs little from ...


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Religion requires certainty, but the certainty we read into the Bible has differed over the ages. The early Christians had that certainty, as they could not imagine the world existing without a creator to bring it into existence, and so did not need the the creation account to be read literally. Indeed, the early Christian Church Fathers, familiar as they ...


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Mary Magdalene is known as the "Black Madonna" and conflated with a fertility goddess (Isis, the Black Goddess) in Gnostic thought, popular among Templars and Cathars back in the day and with more written about it in the Gnostic Gospels found more recently at Nag Hammadi. You can read an article about the Gnostic cult of Mary Magdalene here.


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Ultimately, the Eucharist is a sacrifice because it is a memorial: a memorial of an eternal sacrifice: We carry out this command of the Lord ["Do this in remembrance of me"; cf. Luke 22:19, 1 Corinthians 11:24] by celebrating the memorial of his sacrifice. In so doing, we offer to the Father what he has himself given us: the gifts of his creation, bread ...


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The 22nd Session of the Council of Trent on the doctrine of the Sacrifice of the Mass says that, since there was no perfect sacrifice "because of the weakness of the Levitical priesthood" (Heb. vii. 11, 18.), "another priest should rise, according to the order of Melchisedech" (Heb. v. 10.) to offer the perfect sacrifice, Jesus Christ. The Council ...


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Yes. In Acts 7:56, as Stephen, the church's first martyr for the faith is being stone, he sees Christ: and said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” Also in Acts 9:3-5 we find Jesus showing Himself to Saul, who will be renamed Paul: As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light ...


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Your nemesis(!) is at least partially right. Doctrinally, at least from an Evangelical perspective, he or she is spot on. The person's behavior, on the other hand, is far from Christ-like. Paul is quite clear in Romans that the Law of God is a good thing (as Martha Stewart is wont to say--except she leaves out the words about God's Law): So then, the ...


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I am adding a bit more to this question as this view point has not been explored in the other answers: Genesis 2:1-3: Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, ...


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The biblical basis for the belief that Eve was created on the sixth day is in Genesis 1:27,31. It results from confusion between the first creation story (Genesis 1:1-2:4a), credited by many biblical scholars to the Priestly Source, and the second creation story (Genesis 2:4b-25), widely credited to the Yahwist source. Leon R. Kass explains, in The ...


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Let's look at the original question, "What is the biblical basis for the idea that it is wrong or incorrect to baptize by sprinkling or pouring the water?". I claim there's nothing wrong about sprinkling. However, as most everyone has pointed out, the Bible is full of references to submersion and no references to sprinkling. So then I would ask the ...


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It appears that there is no explicit reference in the bible to point to anything that suggests that demons have any odor. However, I really wanted to make sense of this (strange for me) phenomena, so I put some though into how to understand this, so this is might be off topic for this question and for this site; but I would think that some might find it ...


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The evidence is mixed. Mark's Gospel clearly states that Jesus was a carpenter (Mark 6:3: Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.). However, Mark is the only gospel that tells us that Jesus was a carpenter. Matthew's Gospel, ...



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