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The statements ascribed to Pope Francis by that article are not true. It is a hoax. See: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/jimmy-akin/dont-fall-for-this-pope-francis-hoax-5-things-to-know-and-share http://www.hoaxorfact.com/Politics/pope-francis-declares-all-religions-are-true-facts.html


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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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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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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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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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Can Christians be judges? Yes. We are told to judge others within the church. (1 Cor 5:12) As @CecilBeckham said, we are told not to judge people's hearts/righteounness. (Mt 7:1-2, Lk 6:37) We are also told not to be hypocritical in our judgment (Ro 2:1) Paul endorses the idea of governmental authority in Romans 13, and says Romans 13:4 (NASB) But ...


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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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I'll try to answer this from several different views - the main three (Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox) and also the LDS view, since the LDS view is significantly different from the other three, and deserves a distinct treatment. The mainstream Christian view (Protestant, Orthodox, Catholic) is covered by Apologetics Press in this article: What Does it ...


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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Rom 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. I believe your question is in reference to my group Pentecostal Holiness and Word of Faith. We believe that we believe in our heart unto righteousness. I will attempt to explain this doctrine. (but please do not down vote me to infinity ...


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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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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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As I recall from my time (decades ago) as an ordained and licensed Disciple of Christ minister, anyone who had publicly professed that Jesus was their Savior and Lord was freely received--with no dogmatic strings attached--into fellowship with any Disciple's of Christ assembly. What if they believed in the Trinity? "Welcome! Come worship with us and ...


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This was actually the Marcionite position - namely that the Gospel of "grace" as revealed by Paul, superceded everything else. Marcion's Canon consisted of 10 books - 9 of which were Pauline Epistles and the remaining of which was the Euangelion, a "Gospel" of sorts that rejected the bodily incarnation of Christ and understood the Hebrew Bible to be the ...


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From a Calvinist perspective, any teaching which makes God contingent on man in any way negates the supremacy of God. Put another way, who is man to say anything to God? Any choice which man makes for God is the result of an election that occurred ante praevisa merita, and is thus a decision man made long before any person "decided" he or she wanted ...


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Grace is the forgiving of sin: Mark 2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. God’s grace is a gift: Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: “Faith” enables “grace”: Romans 4:16 …it is of faith, that it might be by ...


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The Catholic social teaching on the subject of capitalism has been consistently promulgated by all of the last three popes in office. As always, the substance stays the same, although the tone and writing styles may or may not. In his 1991 encyclical Centesimus Annus, Pope John Paul II reflected on socialism and capitalism in light of the recent fall of the ...


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No, neither the Jews (those left after the northern exile) nor the entirety of the Hebrews (all those of the faith before the northern exile) held to any concept of a trinity. The ancient egyptians had a trinity, but not the Hebrews. In fact, they held to a strict monotheism as taught by scripture. Deuteronomy 6:4 The Scriptures 1998+ (4) Hear, O ...


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This question is difficult to answer because eternal progression is hard to define. Consider this quote from the Encyclopedia of Mormonism: The principle of eternal progression cannot be precisely defined or comprehended, yet it is fundamental to the LDS worldview. The phrase "eternal progression" first occurs in the discourses of Brigham Young. It ...



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