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There are many times in the Bible we as Christians are called to give to the poor such as "If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth." 1 John 3:17-18 NIV So, while it is said that ...


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The typical reformed answer on this is that the Old Covenant is fulfilled in the the Death and Resurrection of Jesus and that we are now living under the New Covenant. Lets look at this specifically point by point. Leviticus 11:7-8 and Leviticus 11:11-12 have been fulfilled by by Acts 11:6-9 6I looked into it and saw four-footed animals of the earth, ...


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Sin is not merely defined by one person encroaching on another person's rights. Pride, greed, envy, bitterness, and many other such things are sins, but they do not encroach on anyone else's rights. So, then, why are these considered sins by God? It seems the key point is that each of them is a departure from the righteousness of God. In the case of two ...


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It really depends on the policy. The general idea--helping those in need when they cannot help themselves--is certainly compatible with the Gospel. But a lot of welfare programs go beyond simply helping people. By the way they're implemented, they cause recipients to grow dependent on welfare and have a greater incentive to continue participating in the ...


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In 1 Corinthians Paul writes “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. (1 Cor 6:12 ESV) “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. (1 Cor 10:23 ESV) There is no law against ...


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No, you're not a hypocrite, for two reasons: The Bible instructs us to be charitable (James, chapter 2, verses 14-17 says that if faith "does not lead to action, it is in itself a lifeless thing" and Proverbs, chapter 11, verses 24-25 says that "A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed"). But it does not say that it ...


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The closest would be the model prayer given in Matthew chapter 6 as part of the Sermon on the Mount. This prayer is understood by most to be an example, or model, rather than something to be repeated verbatim. So, no, there are no specific mandatory prayers given in scripture, other than that we are to pray — and to pray without ceasing. Mandatory ...


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These people are likely thinking of verses like these: John 15:18-20 (NIV)     18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember ...


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No. Actually yes it is of course quite possible, but if someone is asking this question at all, it is likely that there is some other issue. Fellowship and the community of saints is such a basic part of the Christian faith that someone who wants to avoid that part on purpose has probably not understood the purpose of church at all and may not have the kind ...


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There are many kinds of curses, and Christians are certainly affected by some. The first curse against any humans is found in Genesis 3:17: To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will ...


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First of all, this is definitely something that should be left to God. A great example is in Jude: Jude 1:9 (NLT) 9 But even Michael, one of the mightiest of the angels, did not dare accuse the devil of blasphemy, but simply said, “The Lord rebuke you!” (This took place when Michael was arguing with the devil about Moses’ body.) Satan is ...


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No, the Bible does not support the concept of 'balance between two extremes'. What the Bible supports is walking in God's ways, which means operating within boundaries in some areas, and being as extreme as you can be in other areas. In some cases operating within God's boundaries looks like 'balancing between two extremes', but that is not an accurate ...


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This is opinion only, but I'll throw my two cents in. I'm also not going to add in supporting Bible verses as I'll stick to commonly accepted, cross-denominational concepts that any Christian should be familiar with. (If comments ask for verses, I will come back and edit them in.) Most of the self-help books that I've read personally are, in retrospect, ...


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Christians throughout history have differing interpretations of how the faithful should approach civil governments. I would point you toward a seminal work addressing this topic called Christ and Culture by H. R. Niebuhr. One position (Christ against culture), advocated by those like Mennonites, argues for total withdraw from the political sphere. Another ...


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Some Christians divide the Mosaic law into three components: Moral, Ceremonial, and Civil. Moral laws apply to all believers at all times: the Ten Commandments, the Shema, etc. Civil laws were for the governing of the nation of Israel. They may be valid today but the punishments listed with them might not apply to us. Ceremonial laws were for the worship ...


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First off, "boys" is a very unfortunate translation here, as the original word properly means "youths" (teens/young men, not children.) And a group of over 40 youths coming out to confront a single man with angry words is a lot more than simple "jeering". Imagine the scene! His life was most likely in danger. (Remember when Abraham sent Hagar and Ishmael ...


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There are many covenants which are recorded in the Bible. Some are made by people, some are made by God, and some are made between God and people. The terms Old Testament (Covenant) and New Testament (Covenant) are general terms which are referring to two specific covenants. The Old Testament is a term which refers to the Mosaic Covenant which was between ...


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Well, I suggest you read A Defense of Rash Vows by G.K. Chesterton for more enlightement. Modern sages offer to the lover, with an ill-flavoured grin, the largest liberties and the fullest irresponsibility; but they do not respect him as the old Church respected him; they do not write his oath upon the heavens, as the record of his highest moment. They ...


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I do not believe that the verses cited mean that it is easy to live a Godly life, and to abstain from sin simply because we're saved. No less than Paul himself, who wrote a good portion of the New Testament struggled against his sin nature. He wrote about it often, but I think that the most raw and honest writing, which dealt directly with his struggle is ...


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The idea of a God that set things in motion but does not, and has not intervened since is a concept central to Deism. The view has a long history, and has had a few supporters, but is not by any means the predominant view within Christianity. Deists also reject the notion of divine revelation, including Scripture. It's not necessarily a Christian concept, ...


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"is it hypocritical to call myself a Christian and not support welfare programs?" It looks like this question could be read at least two ways - first, should we support the creation of welfare programs (as opposed to finding other, privately-funded ways to help the poor)? second, should we support welfare programs that have been instituted (as opposed to, ...


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In general, yes, it is allowed. However, I want to point out this verse: 1 Corinthians 10:23 (NIV) “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. This verse comes right before a passage talking about eating meat sacrificed to idols. In general, this ...


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Sure, we may read them. (1 Corinthians 10:23) But really, why read a productivity self-help book when The Ultimate Productivity blog says it all? And which is a better use of time: reading self-help books on becoming a better person, or actually helping the needy like the Bible tells us to? (James 1:27) Self-help was suggested to Jesus in the moment of ...


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David in Psalm 139:21-22 states: "Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies." It is important to remember here that God had set aside a nation for himself and at this time the enemies of David the King of Israel were also the enemies of ...


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The term you are looking for is 'Deism'. It says there is a God, but doesn't say that he does much. Indeed, Thomas Jefferson in particular, and several of the Foubding Fathers were in fact Deists, leading Benjamin Franklin to the aphorism, "God helps them who help themselves". 1 Peter, by the way, mentions that in the last days, there will come scoffers ...


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Tolerant of what? "Tolerance" is one of those words that people overuse yet never define. It generally carries the assumption that a person is only as good/strong/important as his ideas - if you reject a person's idea, you must be rejecting that person as well. You believe that the entire population of this planet with the exception of those who share ...


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TL;DR We're not commanded to give to The Church. Giving to the poor is giving to God. Giving is about demonstrating our thanks to God for providing for us in the past and our trust in God to provide for us in the future. In what way are we commanded (or even urged) to give? I don't see a command in the NT mandating details (quantity, timing, etc.) of ...


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I heard a good comment after Osama bin Laden was killed. They were commenting how people were celebrating his death, but he said that as a Christian he didn't feel like he should be happy. He would have rather that bin Laden had become a follower of Christ. I agreed with him, and believe it applies to this question. As a true follower of Christ, we ...


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Medically speaking, it's a matter for your doctor to discuss with you. From a doctrinal perspective, there is no one answer. Group #1: Some traditions hold that there is no such thing as mental illness at all, and that any depression or other mental illness are the result of sin, or demonic influence. Group #2: Others will regard the opinions of the ...


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Here are a few verses that might shed some light on the question (sorry, being a new user, I can only give you links for context for the first two due to SPAM protection on stackexchange): The book of Psalms, Chapter 27, Verse 1 "The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" The ...



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