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Opening The OP as first posted had issues - cf. this and this - and I am not sure that they have been resolved with the latest edit. In the the latest edition, the question For those who consider (1) to be sinful, what is the Biblical basis for thinking so? does not specify which group of Christians these are. The answer Since the question mentions ...


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To add to Gordon James' well-sourced answer, I'd like to address a few of the remarks expressed in the question directly. "Why can't God simply make us all vanish? Maybe because God is not able to!" God certainly can. "Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." ...


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What is the Biblical basis for the Baptist belief in a singular day of salvation Here is a description of one Baptist view. Those who were saved before the cross are saved by faith, but receive their eternal life at the first resurrection. Hebrews 11:39-40 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God ...


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What's the Biblical basis for “all Christians will be together in heaven some day”? One verse that comes to mind is one that is often used with rapture theory, but does talk about both those who have died in Christ and those who are alive being joined together at his return and remain with him. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain ...


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The statement means God knew mankind would not be perfect and holy character, i.e. that they would sin. God is unique in character. (Refer to references of "the Holy One of Israel", for example: unique in character is the intended message of this name God gave Himself to Ancient Israel). There was zero chance mankind would be of the same character. So, ...


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Someone once remarked on a different SE website, "Etymology is not my destiny," or something to that effect. To that person, where a word came from and the meaning of that word when it came into existence should not control its meaning for him today, whether today is 10 years ago or 10,000 years ago. I would add to that sentiment by suggesting that meanings ...


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The Bible does not give a lot on marriage, nor does it give a lot on divorce. In the book of Matthew Jesus gives us an idea of what God feels about the sanctity of marriage: Matthew 19:3 through 9 NKJV The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? And he answered and said ...


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Some Christians would say that the abusiveness of the husband is proof that he is not a Christian, and the wife is therefore able to divorce him based on Paul's words in 1st Corinthians 7. The key point is in bold. 1 Corinthians 7:10-15 ESV To the married I give this charge (not I, but the Lord): the wife should not separate from her husband (but if she ...


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When God killed all of the firstborn in Egypt he passed over the houses of those Hebrews who had put blood on their door mantels: Exodus 12:29 And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all ...


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Should a woman cover her head in Christian worship? Why has this practice stopped, and why has it stopped mostly in the last 70 years? Might we be offending the angels because we are not practicing this? The reason for the change in Christian worship is fashion. Women were told that they should have their head covered and they did this and it became the ...


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Gnostic Light Fundamentalists believe that the statements in the Bible are literally true So hopefully I get away with answering. What is the biblical argument that homosexual attraction is sinful (as opposed to just lust) The way to know is if you can really hear what is being said to you. If an attraction pulls you from reality to "Imagine Things ...


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A thorough answer to this question would first require a detailed analysis of Fundamentalist literature going back to "The Fundamentals". We would be looking for articles and books that confirm that Fundamentalists did or do view homosexual attraction itself as sinful. Such an answer would be easy to find. Examples of the Fundamentalist view of homosexual ...


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"and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold" (Numbers 12:8). This is the answer. The Lord only showed a representation of Himself, at times in the figure of a man. No one saw His spiritual essence. As we see elsewhere in Scripture, frequently when men saw an angel, they fell as dead men; how much more would it be to see the essence of God? Also, The ...


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It is an almost universal view among biblical scholars that there are two distinct creation stories in Genesis, written by two different authors at different times. The first story is in Genesis 1:1-2:4a and was written by an anonymous author now known as the Priestly Source. The second is in Genesis 2:4b-25 and was written by the Yahwist, or 'J Source'. ...


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Is this the one? John 8:24 ESV I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins. This is Jesus speaking to the Jews.


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I will answer the question with reference to Jesus's teaching on how we should pray: Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. It can be noted that the prayer is not "Do not let us be tempted", but rather "Do not let us be led into temptation". Therefore Jesus is not condemning temptation itself, but what we do with temptation. This ...


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Typically, proponents of this view would say something like the attraction is an indication of sin that is already present. They do not believe the attraction is inherent within that person, but rather is the effect of other sins. To support this they would often quote Romans 1. 18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the ...


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The dispute in question is different than merely temptation--only fringe, non-orthodox groups would consider temptation sin. What is at issue is 'evil thoughts' and 'passions'. The answer is two-fold. First, there is iniquity and perversion. As has been discussed elsewhere on this site, the argument that either this person or another has sinned and ...


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One of the greatest arguments against the primacy of Peter is the fact that the apostles had an argument among themselves as to which of them should be the greatest. "Now there arose a dispute among them, which of them was reputed to be the greatest. But he said to them, 'The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them, and they who exercise authority over ...


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There is no real biblical basis for any kind of dietary restrictions on Christians. While pre-Christian Judaism had many dietary restrictions they were essentially all lifted by the events of Acts 10. Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.” “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.” The voice spoke ...


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I am a JW. It didnot take Jehovah's Witnesses to help me see that Jesus is not God. Jesus spent the night of his execution in prayer to God. He died. God resurrected him. Clear enough that Jesus truly is the SON of God. Most of the "proof scriptures" point to the unity , the closenes, the working to gether of a Son and his Father. More: Jesus sent out his ...


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Let's try to address all the questions here. God moved Cyrus heart. That statement itself doesn't mean that Cyrus became a worshipper of God. God can move the hearts of all sort of people to do all sorts of things (for example read how he moved the heart of Pharoah in Exodus). All it says is God caused Cyrus to do a specific thing, i.e. make a ...


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The fact that Cyrus worshiped a different god than the God of the bible is found in Isaiah 45:1-4 KJV Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut; I will go before ...


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Did God forgive sins based on Jesus" future sacrifice? Salvation is a function of faith. Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. It is our new life in Christ which obliterates our sin. Ephesians 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, ...


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This is a contentious issue. Most notably, if for not other reason, than that it lies at some of the root of the difference between Protestants and Catholics. Again Jesus said, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you." And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins ...


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My understanding of scripture is that Jesus forgave sins based on the authority of his future sacrifice, as you stated in your question. Reason given: 1 Corinthians 15:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; you are yet in your sins And later we see: 1 Corinthians 15:22-23 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made ...


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Jesus forgave sins as he was the son of God with the authority to do so John 1:1 The Sacrifice on the cross wasn't necessarily for the explicit purpose of forgiving sins but rather to restore man to where we were meant to be in relation to God. Prior to the cross, Sin and Death had dominion over man and it is from this the Cross (the sacrifice saved us) ...


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I think it is possibly rooted in the corresponding rise of the final antichrist at that time. In researching his attributes, you find several curiosities that have been mostly forgotten by the modern Church. Referring to him in Daniel 7:25, Daniel indicates that he will seek to adjust time or time references in some way (along with prevailing laws).


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I think the Jehovahs Witnesses make the matter pretty clear on their website. TL;DR - Jehovah used to appear to the ancient prophets as "God Almighty", Jesus Christ never identified as "God Almighty". Does God Have a Name? The Bible’s answer Humans all have personal names. Wouldn’t it be reasonable for God to have a name? Having and using ...


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In this context, it seems clear that "honor your parents" includes "love". But that does not imply, necessarily, feelings of affection. Jesus sharp words to the Pharisees about this commandment is instructive (Matt 15:3-6), and it focus on the "wealth" meaning of the Hebrew word. "But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to ...


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What was John's baptism? An academic paper from Colin Brown offers an answer by surveying the historical context of John's baptism, and the (scant) details we're provided about John himself. I'll attempt to summarize his key points: The traditional picture of John standing in a waist-deep river, trickling water over people's heads is 'a scene of pious ...


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Jesus was sinless and didn't need to be baptized by John as a repentance from sin. We know this because of the many places in scripture Jesus' sinlessness is confirmed. However, Jesus did ask John to baptize him anyway, even though John was aware that Jesus wasn't a sinful candidate, in that John knew Jesus' identity and what His purpose on earth was. ...


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The most prevalent answer to your question, by some would be original sin. but if we take a longer look at the passage in Mark, for instance: Mark 1:7 and 8 And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. 8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize ...


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Jesus' baptism was not a confession of guilt. He fulfilled the rite of baptism because He identified Himself as one of us, taking the steps we are to take. His life of perfect submission here on earth is an example to us. Matthew 3 (NKJV) 14 And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?” 15 ...


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As the Catholic Church understands the sacrament of baptism today, it has two purposes: Initiation: Baptism makes a person a member of the Church. Baptism is birth into the new life in Christ. In accordance with the Lord’s will, it is necessary for salvation, as is the Church herself, which we enter by Baptism. (Catechism of the Catholic Church ...


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The case for cessationism is in fact not based on any clear witness from Scripture. It is deemed a doctrine derived from experience, rather than by Biblical study. The only verse cited for the postulate would be 1 Corinthians 13:8, 8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where ...


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What is "to love"? "[To] love is to wish good to someone."1 The LORD says, "He who has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me; and he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”2 And his Apostle to the Gentiles in his letter to the Romans writes3, Love for One Another 8 Owe no one ...


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No, there is no specific commandment to, 'love,' your parents. Neither the Hebrew, 'ahav,' or the Greek, 'agape,' which may fairly be described as, 'love,' are commanded with regard to parents. We are however commanded to both, 'ahav,' and, 'agape,' almost everyone else, from The Lord to our enemies. I guess it is assumed that we will love our parents ...


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A program which you might try is http://bibleresources.org/bible-answers/ it has research in a variety of Bible including Hebrew and Greek plus several other languages


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Prosperity Gospellers would say that Jesus and the redemption He bought on the cross was preplanned by the Father, "before the foundation of the earth" 1 Peter 1:20 He was chosen before the creation of the world , Rev 13:8 Aramaic Bible in Plain English "those who are not written in The Book of Life of The Lamb slain before the foundation of the world." ...


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Well its in the ten commandments so no its not just folk-religion. its also stated in Colossians 3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things for this is well pleasing unto the lord. Matthew 15:4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. or Exodus 20:1-17 “Honor your father and ...


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I have found the 1 Thess.5:27 passage's inclusion of "spirit and soul and body" very compelling in that it affirms a nature given to man, one of bearing the image of God, that is easily associated with the knowable nature of God (as opposed to all that which is unknowable), His triune existence. There seems to be an example of this type of unity that may ...


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What is the biblical basis that people who are attracted to the same sex were not created by God that way? Changed to: "Does God create some people homosexual and others heterosexual?" Here is Biblical basis that applies to this question. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, ...


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Short answer to corroborate what the others have said: the name of God in the Old Testament, which is shown as LORD in the King James Version, and is translated as Jehovah or Yahweh (note: I'm not a Hebrew expert); and which is what Christ called himself in John 8:58 -- "I am", or "I am that I am", means the "Self-existent one" -- meaning his power, etc. ...


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The traditional date is Friday, April 3rd, 33 AD. The most commonly held date by modern scholars is Friday, April 7th, 30 AD. The factors in figuring this. On or near Passover. Under Pontius Pilate, who ruled 26–36 AD. Jesus was questioned by the High Priest Caiaphas. He was priest from 18 - 36 AD. Generally considering a 3 1/2 year ministry, John the ...


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When God tells you to! Example: Brother Andrew, is a Christian missionary famous for his exploits smuggling Bibles to communist countries in the height of the Cold War, a feat that has earned him the nickname "God's smuggler." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_van_der_Bijl Paul in Romans 13 seems to indicate the reasoning is to keep trouble ...


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Is there biblical evidence that God knows my unspoken thoughts? Yes, indeed there is: 12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is ...


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From a dispensationalist perspective: Before I give my answer based on Infant Baptism, I would like to give you my thoughts on baptism in total. (Keep in mind anything I do is with the King James Bible and nothing else. I will post a Question with my own Answer on this later). 2 Timothy 2:15 - "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that ...



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