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I'd give a similar answer to this question as I did the other one, except that having read some of these books already, I doubt I could read them now without being nauseated by what I'm reading. There are certain things that, once you read them, you can't get them out of your head. (pornography, for example). I've read some very anti-Christian books and ...


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You must read any of these books the same way you would read the Bible and any other work for that matter: in context. Any deeper examination of your faith by asking question or reading arguments counter to your beliefs, if read earnestly, and in the spirit of truly wanting more understand should only draw you closer to your faith. For instance "The God ...


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There is no biblical precedent for formal disassociation with the church, other than excommunication. Excommunication is a church censure for some gross act for which as Paul says, one must be "handed over to Satan," with the idea that the offender will repent and (hopefully) be reinstated. 1 Corinthians 5 goes into this. One might be excommunicated for ...


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Praying TO something is different than praying FOR something, so I don't think there is a good way to make a connection to the golden calf issue. That being said, that seems like a very selfish prayer to make. It is quite possible that such a prayer shows that that money and success (individual or corporate) has become an idol. The example prayer we have to ...


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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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To look at the various aspects of your question from a Catholic point of view... If one's entry into the church is solemnized by baptism... What does the Catholic Church teach about baptism? 1213 Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), 4 and the door which givesaccessto ...


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I would like to quote the apologetic mandate verse 1 Corinthians 7:1-2 (New International Version) We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. The new atheist movements books as hard as they are to swallow is good books to have under ...


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I assume you're talking specifically about his conflict with the Catholic Church over his support of Copernican astronomy. If that's the case, there were several verses. 1 Chronicles 16:30 Psalm 93:1 Psalm 96:10 Psalm 104:5 Ecclesiastes 1:5 These are all verses that, taken out of context, seem to indicate that the earth is stationary. However, this ...


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Perhaps your mind will be eased by considering the origin of the phrase, the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. In Matthew 12:22, Jesus performed several miracles. The people were amazed. But the jealous Pharisees said, "This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils." This is the remark that prompted Jesus to talk about the ...


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Honestly, I think this is as much a question about Italian culture as it is about any Christian belief. The Italian culture produced laws against blaspheming saints; in the USA there were sin taxes and then the prohibition movement. I'm not sure that the reasons why are directly Christianity-related. That said, one can point to common beliefs that ...


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Mark's answer is certainly true, but there is more to the story. To find out, we realy need to read this passage in context. Matthew 12:22-37(NIV): 22 Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. 23 All the people were astonished and said, “Could this be the Son of David?” ...


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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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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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Scene: The captain's office in a frontier fort, somewhere near enemy territory. Enter a sentry. Captain: What is it? Sentry: I think it's possible that there may be some enemies out there, sir. Captain: Enemies? Where are they? How many? How are they armed? What direction are they heading? Are they coming here? Sentry: I'm not really ...


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I am not suggesting that we are not to guard our hearts and minds. It is important to remember Romans 12:2 (KJV) which begins; And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,... When operating in the world it seems important to not go blindly. When faced with debate about evolution, for example, it would be ...


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Yes. Each of us, even we atheists, have a core set of principles and beliefs at our heart. These are the primary motivating sources for those things we do throughout the day. Based on the principle that it's better to be motivated by a truth than by a falsehood, I would say it is imperative for all people to continually challenge and refine their internal ...


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The concept of prohibiting books is silly, all knowledge from both sides of the spectrum are viable sources. It is for the reader to discern what makes sense and what doesn't make sense. Would an atheist feel prohibited from reading the bible, just because he/she isn't a proponent? No, of course not, never fear knowledge, only fear the prohibition of it.


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Centuries earlier, Aristotle had refuted heliocentricity, and by Galileo’s time, nearly every major thinker subscribed to a geocentric view. Many people believe wrongly that Galileo proved the heliocentricity. Galileo could not answer the strongest argument against the heliocentric theory, which was made nearly two thousand years earlier by Aristotle: i.e. ...


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While the three persons of the Trinity are one God, they are three persons. If it is possible to talk about one of the persons alone (and it clearly is) then it is also possible to blaspheme against only one.


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There certainly is! 1 Peter 5:7 NLT Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. I think anger falls under the category of "all worries and cares." Especially if you consider frustration a form of anger. Take a look at these passages of David and Habakkuk expressing their frustration at God: Psalm 4:1-5 ESV Answer me ...


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Under Trinitarian principles, there is one God who reveals himself in three persons. One way to think of this is as a coin, where the front, the back, and the surface around the circumference are three distinct views of the coin. One can act against one view, making a mark on the front without affecting the other two. In like manner one can act against one ...


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The same story found in Matthew 12 is echoed in Mark's gospel in chapter 3. Except in Mark's account we see Jesus actually clarify what blasphemy against the spirit was. 22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.” 23 And he called them to him and ...


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We also have to consider that in the Italian language, blasphemous phrases are commonplace and generally regarded as standard verbal interjections in informal environments. It is therefore not so surprising that laws concerning blasphemy had a certain complexity in Italy, but eventually were completely decriminalized in 1999 (a good article describing how ...


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From a Non-Denominational Standpoint, if you are worried about what God will think, then you need not worry about what the Church goers are saying about you. if you are leaving a church because it interferes with you being one with God, then it doesn't matter what "the church" is going to say about it. the church is there for you, not the other way around, ...


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In short, no, not if you don't have a very good reason to do so. Traditionally, in Catholic seminaries, there was a section of the library called the "Hell Section" and a seminarian had to get permission from the rector of the seminary in order to go into the Hell Section -- which was locked -- to get a book contained therein. The simple reason for this ...



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