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Mormons believe both passages, (1) That Adam and Eve were commanded to multiply (Genesis 1:28). (2) Unless these partook of the fruit of the tree of knowledge Adam and Eve could not have children (2 Nephi 2:23). And along with other Christians, they also believe (3) God commanded them not to partake of the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis ...


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Wikipedia offers some reasons why cards, specifically of the "French Design" (that is, a "standard" 52-card deck) might be prohibited, especially by sects which take a fairly strict anti-pagan, or anti-astrological stands: Popular legend holds that the composition of a deck of cards has religious, mystical, or astrological significance.[citation needed] ...


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Short version: The rule is about appearing nice, clean-cut, and respectable in line with current cultural norms. It's a matter of practicality - just look nice, in order to better represent the Church and therefore, God. From an address President Dallin H. Oaks gave to the 25,000 students of Brigham Young University. Unlike modesty, which is an ...


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Christanity != The Bible The Bible isn't Christianity. Christianity is about believing in Jesus (and all that it entails). We learn about Christianity from the Bible, but we really learn about Christianity from other Christians. This is the primary mode of the transmission for the faith. John 13:35 (NASB) By this all men will know that you are My ...


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For Christians that are creationists, and that accept the doctrine of the Trinity, yes. From CARM.org, which believes and advocates both doctrines. The idea that Jesus is Creator is one of the arguments to support that Jesus is God. * CARM is not alone in this belief, but I decided to link to only one reference. To anyone who rejects the idea of ...


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The primary reason why serious Christians cannot switch denominations is because the doctrines surrounding salvation have eternal consequences. For instance, the Catholic Church clearly teaches that the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian faith, and that without a valid transubstantial reception of the Eucharist the human soul will ...


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There are some highly specific laws of the Old Testament that neither Mormonism nor hardly any other Christian denomination enforce. Some of these include: Leviticus 19:19 - sowing fields with mingled seed or wearing garments with mingled thread Deuteronomy 25:5 - directives concerning childless widows Etcetera There may exist certain directives in the ...


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To understand the doctrine of baptism for the dead, it's necessary to first understand the doctrine of baptism, and the crucial role it plays in LDS theology. Baptism is held to be essential for the salvation of everyone with the maturity to be capable of committing sin. The fourth Article of Faith states: 4 We believe that the first principles and ...


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This is not completely hypothetical. In the mid-300s, Pope Liberius may have signed a statement supporting what later became known as Arian heresy. That he did so in exile and possibly under torture is mitigation, and the story is complex, but it is a more concrete version of this question. In any event, there was clear pressure from the Emperor that came ...


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According to The Family: A Proclamation to the World, IN THE PREMORTAL REALM, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshipped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize their divine destiny as heirs of eternal ...


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I like your question. It is well thought out and sincere. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I strive to have a close relationship with my God. I will answer your questions to the best of my ability in the order they were asked. I will refer to hymns in my answer because they often convey the doctrine simply and beautifuly. ...


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I spent most of my formative years in a Mennonite church, and identify with the Mennonite concept of pacifism. So I will attempt to answer from a Mennonite Pacifist perspective, based primarily on my understanding, as taught to me by Mennonites, of this view (as opposed to my personal opinion on this view, which does vary slightly on a few points), and when ...


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This is an ancient custom which predates Christianity. Pliny (Natural History 28.5) records a custom among the Romans of greeting someone who sneezes: Why is it that we salute a person when he sneezes, an observance which Tiberius Caesar, they say, the most unsociable of men, as we all know, used to exact, when riding in his chariot even? Some there are, ...


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If you read a bit further on, you see that this particular group of Nephites--known as the Ammonites after Ammon, who converted them to the Gospel--was exceptional. The Ammonites made this covenant to bury their weapons and never take them up again as part of their repentance for past sins before they accepted the gospel, and the rest of the Nephite nation ...


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In general people change their denominations all the time. This is especially true between different Protestant denominations. I've been Anglican, Pentecostal, Mennonite and United Church. In the specific case you quote, the Jehovah's Witnesses quite literally believe that all other Branches of Christianity are apostate - i.e. they are not really Christians ...


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...not clarifications or particular interpretations that Book of Mormon might put on things that are in the Bible, but rather doctrines Mormons believe in that have no Biblical basis That can be a difficult distinction. For example, the Book of Mormon adds the belief that Adam and Eve could not have children before the Fall. And now, behold, if ...


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As regards God's Laws, NO! as regards her laws, YES! In each generation, the Church receives from the previous generation, preserves it intact, and passes onto the next generation depositum fidei1, the Sacred deposit of the faith that consists of Sacred Scripture and Holy Tradition, entrusted to her by the Apostles to whom Jesus said in Matt 28:18-20: ...


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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) elected an openly gay bishop earlier this year. On their website, they claim to "hold to the basic principles of Luther’s theological teachings, such as Grace alone, faith alone, Scripture alone."


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I think you are referring to a doctrine called Entire Sanctification, which is taught by some Wesleyan and holiness churches. A Google search on that term will give you more information, but basically, the idea is that it is possible with the Holy Spirit's help to avoid sin completely. Some Scriptural basis for this belief can be found in Romans 6, 1 ...


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The number one most quoted verse concerning this is from Ephesians 5. 22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in ...


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As a general rule, if you look hard enough, it's usually possible to find a Christian group opposed to just about anything you can think of. That doesn't mean that mainstream Christianity is opposed. Sometimes it's a fringe group, sometimes it's a vast majority of Christians. Playing cards is no exception to that general rule. This group believes that ...


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The doctrine of Prevenient Grace is seen by those who adhere to it as a natural outcome of sound Biblical exegesis. In one respect it's akin to the doctrine of the Trinity in that it resolves apparent discrepancies. With the Trinity, we have clear teachings in Scripture that there is only one God, other clear teachings that Jesus is God, and others ...


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The answer to this, in regards to Jesus Christ's divinity, would be: There is little to no difference. The differences in Mormon theology do not alter the way Christ's Divinity is regarded by Mormons vs. the regard given by Trinitarians. Trinitarians and Mormons both view Christ as Divine, and the Most Divine Possible. I will provide some background, ...


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Benedict XVI said that Genesis is based on a myth Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, in his 1995 book, "In the Beginning ...: A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall" (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, $13), has expressed well the view I am espousing here. He writes: "It has become clear that the biblical creation ...


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I like to think of it this way: A carpenter has many creations. They make beautiful chairs, tables, cabinetry. He gets joy from his creations. A carpenter can also have children. However, all of his creations he makes to support his family or for his family to use. His true joy comes from his Children. He gets overfilled with joy as he sees his ...


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Doctrine and Covenants 105:53-56 53 Three years previous to the death of Adam, he called Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch, and Methuselah, who were all high priests, with the residue of his posterity who were righteous, into the valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman, and there bestowed upon them his last blessing. 54 And the Lord appeared ...


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The following tools are good for determining what the bible says about a matter. Take, for example, this question about pets going to heaven. If you wanted to know the answer, you should consult: 1. A Concordance The first tool that just about any pastor is going to use to answer a question such as this is a concordance. A concordance is nothing more ...


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Here's an excerpt from an academic journal, concerning the morality of playing cards in Christianity. Note that it mentions Evangelicalism - the type of Christianity that was influential in the Victorian era according to the author. When Great Expectations appears three years later, games, particularly card games, are associated with the physically and ...


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The practice is not Christian, by doctrine, but became Christian by circumstance. During the Black Death, a plague which killed approximately 25% of the Earth's population in 14th century, sneezing was thought to be a first symptom of the infected. But the practice can be traced to long before that, however, it is still related to the Black Death. Gregory ...



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