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According to Report G2009-2 of the 2009 Synod of the Church of Sweden, In Official Communication KsSkr 2009:6, the Church [of Sweden] Board notes that in the Lutheran tradition, marriage is a part of the secular order and has nothing to do with salvation. (p. 10) This would seem to suggest that the Church of Sweden considers that no "biblical basis" ...


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What is the particular basis or argument for this belief? Is there any biblical basis for this? I once saw an interview with Graham Edge of the Moody Blues. He was describing a choice they made for the direction of their music back in the 60s. He said that they chose to follow cerebral music (citing a comparison to Simon and Garfunkel) as opposed to ...


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Since certain types of music, like rock, were designed to make the music physically compelling and easier to dance to, many people believe they are not edifying for a believer. They believe that such music is trying to appeal to the flesh, especially in a sensual sense that Christians should avoid. Also, if such styles are wrong, then it would follow that ...


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Starting with a couple of passages Acts 11:16-18 (RSVCE) 16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, ‘John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 17 If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could withstand God?” 18 When they heard ...


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Before answering your question from a Biblical standpoint it is necessary that we understand what Baptism is and is not. What Baptism is: Baptism is an Earthly acknowledgement that we believe; that God is Sovereign of the Universe; That we believe that and only God is the supreme creator of all things, and holds the key to eternal life; That we believe ...


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No, scripture gives us the sense that baptism should be reserved for the genuinely penitent*: 7 John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you ...


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Perhaps you underestimating Jesus Sacrifice. Jesus Sacrifice is just as applicable to past sins as it is to future sins. In other words Jesus sacrifice was a one time sacrifice for sin of all times. I apologize for the length of my answer, but every point seemed necessary to convey the message. If Jesus sacrifice can extend into the future and atone for ...


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What is salvation according to Scripture? The OP has the right understanding. People are saved from their sins by Jesus Matt 1:21 (RSVCE) 21 she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Why is a sacrifice required? Again OP has a right understanding. God is good, merciful and just. In ...


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The umbrella term for the doctrines that include Modalism is Unitarianism. The scriptural support for Modalism is the same as that for the Trinity, except they interpret the scripture as speaking of God as one person manifest in our dimensions in differing modes. I would argue that the Unitarian interpretation involves ignoring multiple key scriptures that ...


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From the comments of other answers, it appears that you are asking if a Christian has sin in their life, does it inhibit us from communicating the Gospel. If this is the question, then The answer is No. See the book of Jonah. In this book we have a man who unapologetically ran from God and harbored hatred of the Ninevites before during and after his ...


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First of all, what do you mean by "bad people"? If we accept John's counsel, that is, If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us (1 John 1:8, RSV) are we not all "bad people", including all of the Bishops of Rome, and all the Metropolitan Patriarchs of the East, and indeed, all Christians throughout all time? And if we ...


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Your question is a little more complicated than one might think at first blush! "Bad people" are the operative words, in my opinion. Bad people may attempt to preach and teach God's Word, but they do so for base motives, which could include (but are not limited to) the following: money fame power lust for any of the above, and/or lust for sexual ...


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This seems to be a pertinent passage on the topic 1 Cor 13:1-3 (RSVCE) The Gift of Love 13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, ...


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The Bible says that Lucifer( Satan's former name)was a cherub(Ezekiel 28:14). Cherubs are not cute little chubby angels but are in truth actually pretty frightening to look at. Cherubs are twenty cubits long, had four faces(of an ox, lion, eagle and man), an enormous wingspan, huge flaming swords and are covered in eyes according to Ezekiel and Isaiah's ...


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The Against, Apologeticism Against Predestination In one response Ephesians 3:7-18 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. 8 Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, 9 and to make plain to ...


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Genesis 9:3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. After the flood, man had permission to eat meat. It may be that the climate after the flood would include severe winters and times that plants would not grow readily. The permission to eat meat may have been tied our need to store food ...


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The Ezekiel passage seems to be split in two as already noted. The first section (1-10) seems to be talking about a man (prince). The second section (11-19) seems to be talking about a king. We know from Daniel that there are demonic forces assigned to or involved with political and geographic areas. Daniel 10:13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia ...


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You are assuming that Jewish thought has been monolithic on the subject for 2000 years. Even at the time of Second Temple, they were not. The Rabbinic interpretation in particular, favored oral transmission, making "exegesis" hard to track, but by no means non-literal. All in all, then, rabbinic tradition continued the pattern of translation, but ...


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I understand why we shouldn't take vengeance--because our judgement would almost certainly be faulty and out of an unloving intent. But it seems like God would be acting on the vengeance in our hearts if he were to do it himself. 1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. ...


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First off, this bit of your question: I take vengeance in this context to mean that God will intercede for a wronged person and give the other party their come-up-pance here on earth I'm sorry, but there is no reason to think that. I'm not saying it's wrong, but you can't assume it because there is nothing in the passage to support it. The general ...


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Why did Onesimus feel an obligation to return to be a slave? Although the Bible does not give us a direct answer to that question we do have some clues to a possible answer. If we examine closely the epistle to Philemon, we find that: Paul begins by reminding Philemon that he owes a debt to Jesus. Philemon 1:8 Wherefore, though I might be much bold ...


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Unfortunately, I see this author using incorrect history of the Lord's church. There "is" only one church that Christ stated He would build (Matt. 16:18) and His church which is "The Body of Christ" and is made up of faithful believers who subscribe to the single doctrine of the bible. This assembly began on the day of Pentecost and still exist today and ...


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Catholics The main requirement for a Catholic who has received First Communion is that the person must be in a state of grace (the person has been to confession since committing a mortal sin). As for divorced and remarried persons, non-marital intercourse is a mortal sin and divorces are not recognized by the Catholic Church so... The person must also ...


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Pope Pius VIII, Traditi Humilitati (# 4), May 24, 1829: “Jerome used to say it this way: he who eats the Lamb outside this house will perish as did those during the flood who were not with Noah in the ark.” Pope Gregory XVI, Commissum divinitus (# 11), May 17, 1835: “… whoever dares to depart from the unity of Peter might understand that he no longer shares ...


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To say that from Apostolic times the Blessed Sacrament was reserved in the Tabernacle within a church would not be correct There is an opinion among some historians that in the early centuries of the Christian era, say from the first to the fourth, no provision was made to keep the Blessed Sacrament in the churches or in places where the ...


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Bye has given you a great answer, that represents the best of Christian thinking on the subject. I'm going to give an answer from a very different perspective, but essentially saying the same thing, for no better reason than I feel like it. It's from the perspective of a scientist/mathematician. Let's assume the worst case scenario, which is that a) there ...


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@Lizzy Welcome to C.SE! These biblical verses sans footnotes come to mind Rev (RSVCE) 4 It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are chaste; it is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes; these have been redeemed from mankind as first fruits for God and the Lamb, Heb 8:11 (RSVCE) 11 And they shall not teach every ...


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The initial definition links health and wealth and the arguments 'against' then challenge the 'wealth' side. The health side, to my mind is unambiguous. Jesus healed everyone who came to him. There are some he didn't heal but they didn't actually come to him. This is New Teatament and it is physical. It is manifestly for this life. Healing was part and ...


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Your consternation probably stems from the tendency we have of thinking of God and Heaven in Earthly terms. Even though Jesus did have a human form he is actually a Spirit who according to John 1:1 was in the beginning with God and was God. Sometimes it is easier if we think of Jesus physical body as clothing for the real Jesus which is a Spirit. The Deity ...


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Please see the link below. In a nutshell, at present the Church distinguishes between the writings attributed to her (which the Church acknowledges may have been done by someone else who then put Emerich's name to those writings) and Emerich herself, her life being one of extraordinary virtue (hence her beatification as a saint). ...


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The ark of the covenant is an old testament type for the Blessed Virgin Mary. Both because of holiness (read: set-aside-ness) and because of what they contained. I think I heard this point from Scott Hahn, but I'm pretty sure its an ancient sort of teaching. The reason that the Bible (the new testament at least) says that the ark contained the Rod of ...


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As far as I can tell, there is no scriptural basis for a Tabernacle with the Blessed Sacrament. The Tabernacle found in Catholic churches follows from the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark was said to hold Manna (See Exodus 16:32). (The new Testament corollary being the Eucharist.) You can see the similarities in design (e.g. the two angels facing each other) ...


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As well as the scriptures quoted in the answers to the linked question (which I will refer to briefly in this answer as well), of primary consideration should be how abortion is a transgression of the original command given to mankind: 27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created ...


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Mostly the answers here were using ignorant comprehension. This is common in Seminary with this issue. (no offense) If one goes through the entire Bible in English and Greek, you come up with an entirely different answer. For instance the personality of the Spirit is not Unique apart from God. The Bible references no verse that the Spirit desires ...


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The Pharisees were trying to trap Jesus into convicting the adulteress on the basis of their incomplete recitation of (what we know as) Leviticus 20:10. In similar fashion, we see in Matthew 4:6 the devil tempting Jesus using an incomplete recitation of Psalm 91:11. Jesus' response to the Pharisees is to write something in the dust. The Jewish Encyclopedia ...


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Protestants believe Peter was a leader amoung the apostles and may have been the leader, however, in the authority structure of the church, as it appears in the NT, he never seems to have ultimate say, and nowhere is it written that the other leaders in the church looked to him only for any final word on things, although his word was respected and accepted, ...


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Jesus write on the ground after asking the people was....NOT GUILTY ... Because in the Law of God, the case is proven if there's 2 witness. But they accusing only the women no one can prove that she is guilty. So, Jesus judge NOT GUILTY., because only God can judge us.


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According to the NT, the tabernacle serves as a symbol of the heavenly one. Heb 8:5, Heb 9:9, Heb 9:23-24, Heb 10:1; Col 2:17 Spiritually speaking, Christ spoke of His body as the temple (John 2:21). Paul spoke of the church as the body of Christ (1 Co 12:27). Jesus is the "way" and the "image" of God (John 14:6, Col 1:15). God created them male and female ...


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To accomplish God's desire to make his abode among his people, [...]. He wanted to walk among them, be their God, and they his people1. 1. cf. Lev 26:11-12 (RSVCE). Please see also this Moses' intercession [cf. Exod 33:14-16]: 14 And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” 15 And he said to him, “If thy presence will not go ...


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The term 'Primacy of Peter' is primarily a Catholic term and comes highly loaded - in it's normal usage, it is inextricably linked to and fundamentally inseparable from the institution of the Papacy. It is worth noting that the original meaning of Primate is: one first in authority or rank (source, emphasis added) While Protestants generally do not ...



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