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The verses you quote give one very obvious reason: to fill the earth, take control of it, and rule it. This might be slightly more understandable by analogy to adopted children of a good king. The king desires his children to not just like him in title (accomplished simply by the adoption) but like him in character and action (rightly using authority ...


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This is probably an issue of translation. The Old Testament passage Jesus is referring to here was written in Hebrew. By the time Jesus was born, it was translated into Greek. The people at the time of Christ spoke Aramaic, but the New Testament was written in Greek. So, Jesus likely spoke these words in Aramaic. The Greek language was much more ...


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As you have said, in John 14:6 Jesus tells us that "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." Paul and Silas tell their jailer in Acts 16 what he must do to be saved. Acts 16:29-34 NIV 29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 He then brought them out and ...


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The greatest commandment is given to us by Jesus. Matthew 22:36-40 NIV 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor ...


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The fruitfulness of the creation is something God intended according to the design of the world. He made the world a certain size intending that it become full of various things including vegetation, water, animals and man. To be fruitful is not a command as though fishes that did not propagate were sinful fishes, it is more of an 'ordinance of blessing' ...


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The Roman Catholic Church has always supported Fertility Awareness methods of family planning - previously the Calendar method as a form of birth control. The church is not opposed to family planning - only to methods they would consider equal to killing children who have already been conceived or otherwise frustrates the unitave marital act. Being open to ...


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Doubting Thomas said it well in his comment: "Jesus was just elaborating on God's Commandments from the OT; revealing their true meaning.". In that spirit, here's my elaboration. In Matthew 5:21-48, there are six it has been said statements: Do not murder Do not commit adultery Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce Do not ...


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The way I understand these passages, they do not mean that the OT law was canceled. Rather they refer to the fact that keeping the law cannot save us from Hell. We are saved by Grace alone through faith. (Ephesians 2:8) Circumcision was a sign that God gave to the people of Israel to signify that they were His. It did nothing to save them, but rather it ...


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When Peter preached the Gospel to the crowd assembled on the Day of Pentecost, many believed his words: Acts 2: 37-38 37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in ...


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Normally, I don't link to my own sermons. But in this case, I'm going to make an exception. As a Baptist pastor, I wrote this sermon specifically to address this question - Why would God prohibit making graven images? The upthrust of the answer is that images stick the thing of which the image is made in a fixed point in time. And, the truth is, that as ...


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God told Adam and Eve this as part of His blessing to them. "And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth..." (Genesis 1:28) Children are a blessing to the parents, and also are part of the pleasure that God receives from His creation. "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for ...


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The first thing I will note is an issue with the question. It is not fair to ask "Why does God ..." because it is wholly unanswerable unless the Scripture says explicitly why, but it usually does not explain God's actions. So I will focus more on "Why do some Christians believe ..." as there is usually an abundance of text where they explain their thoughts. ...


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Genesis 1:28 (NIV) God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” This was a blessing from God. Most of the other Bible translations also use the word "Be fruitful" and it indicates ...


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Bear in mind that quote marks are a modern invention. Ancient writers did not clearly distinguish between an exact quote and a restatement of what the person said. Like if I wrote, "In his Gettysburg Address, Lincoln said, '87 years ago, our ancestors created a new country in America'", people would protest that those were not the words he used, that is not ...


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The two requirements of sexual intercourse within marriage are: Procreation (to make babies) Unity (union with spouse) On the first, the Church teaches that the act must be "ordered to" procreate. Meaning that there ought to be no artificial impediment to the act of procreating. They also say that the act should be "open to life" On the second point, ...


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The greatest sin a man can commit is DISOBEDIENCE to God. The act of disobedience makes you break the rules of God. The sole aim of Satan is to have man disobey God like he did in the garden of Eden. 1 Samuel 15:22-23 22 And Samuel said, has the LORD has great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, ...


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The issue is verse 4 is not a complete sentence, you need to read verse 5 to finish it which says... You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. The prohibition is against ...


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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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The answer to this question depends on which broad system you accept when reading the Bible. Those systems that see a sharp discontinuity between Old and New Testament (e.g., Dispensationalism, New Covenant Theology, Progressive Covenantalism) will say something like, "The Old Testament laws are done away with in the different era of the New Covenant," or ...


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The short answer is that, according to the Bible, Christians are neither obligated or encouraged to have children. What follows is a more in-depth, Bible based answer. Genesis 1:28 was a command given to Adam and Eve, the first humans, not to Christians. Why did got want them to produce offspring? Well, to put it simply, if they did not, they would have ...


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Jesus said: 30 "I and the Father are one.” John 10:30 That means that Jesus has same goals, norms and moral values as His Father. Jesus had never desire for independence from God. Jesus is staggeringly connected with His Father. Jesus also said: The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me. John 10:25 So how could be Jesus's and God's ...


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1. Bilateral Covenants afford rights After the conquest of Canaan, Joshua has an interesting proposition for the Children of Israel. Reflecting on their tendencies to fall into idolatry and syncretism, he says in Joshua 24: “Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the ...


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I would think there are a few, given the nature of His position of authority over all creation. However, the question would be answered differently if you are referring to God as the Godhead (ie, the Trinity) or just as God the Father. If you are just referring to God the Father, then the answer is any form of submission. God commands us to submit to the ...


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Moses did in fact allow divorce, it was not a law only a permission. It was permitted here; Deuteronomy 24:1-4 KJV When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give [it] in her hand, and send her ...


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The greatest sin as defined in the Book of Acts is to blaspheme the Holy Spirit. To blaspheme or lie to the Holy Spirit is to deny the power it beholds as the third person of the trinity. To blaspheme the Holy Spirit is to blaspheme God as they are both part of the whole triune God. Also mentioned in the Gospels: 31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner ...


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God frequently offers people choices. One of the things you should remember is that the Israelites actually all got the choice of whether they wanted to follow God or not. It occurs on several occasions, but you can read about it in most detail at the renewal of the covenant in Joshua Chapter 24. Deuteronomy Chapter 30 and 2 Kings 18 a choice is also ...


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In light of a suggestion I may want to edit this answer to make the connection to the OP clearer, I am submitting this reworked version. The question being discussed is “So what is the reason God wants us to have children?” So far several theories have been submitted discussing various permutations of God’s command to Adam and Eve to “Go forth and ...


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Moses interpreted God. The way to experience God is to have no image of God. If we think on what an image is, then we can see that it is an expression of a person or an object in another form. For example an image formed by a camera on a film. Thus creating Gods image would be to depict God in another form. Speaking about God or thinking about God or ...


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The differences between the words you mention, and perhaps others, is more a matter of muance than substance. As an example, in the US there are two sets of documents, the US Code, which is the laws passed by Congress, and the Code of Federal regulations, which are regulations published by regulatory agencies of the executive branch. In technical legal ...


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The Magi used their Magian astrology to recognize what was happening now. But astrologers user astrology to find out what is going to happen in the future. Note that Magi's saw Jesus in a house (Mat 2:11) not in the birth place of Christ. //It appears that the stars have a knowledge.// Stars do not have knowledge on their own. But God uses nature to ...



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