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In Acts 9 there were witnesses when Jesus Christ spoke to Saul. 3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” 5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 6 “Now get ...


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Reasoning can take you a long way. Just look at this community. Being a part of the StackExchange network, a good percentage of the members (including myself) come from a highly technical, scientific background, and would likely revolt at the thought of rationality being incompatible with Christian faith. The problem is that reasoning is only a process. ...


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It would be unnatural to never have doubts. If you blindly accept everything you are told then you will end up believing in lots of contradictory things. When you have a doubt, turn it into a challenge to get answers. Read the scriptures to find answers and pray for affirmation and your doubt will be replaced with confidence.


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The Apostle Peter believed him to be "authentic": Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless, and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, as also in all his letters, speaking in them of ...


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Yes. And God's grace is such that you can just be honest. Consider Mark 9:24, one of my favourite NT verses: 'Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”' Doubt mixed with faith is natural. Jesus' response is not recorded - so apparently He was neither surprised nor condemning.


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If I may, here is my idea of the scientific view: yes, it can. If you look for arguments against Christianity, thinking that you may find some, but you don't find any, this is evidence in favor of Christianity. Evidence, you see, is all about correlation. Whether or not your shoes are untied is strongly correlated to whether or not they appear to be untied. ...


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I'm focusing here on the aspect that you are finding it possible to relate to; namely Deism. Deism is, in the conventional form, the "light the blue touch paper and retire" deity - i.e. that sets up the initial conditions, and then bows out. And this is where it gets interesting, since Deism traditionally breaks the link with all supernatural activity, and ...


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Isaiah 1:18 (ESV) “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. The Christian God is a God of order, and He is the author and sustainer of all of creation, which, I believe, explains the transcendental ...


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Historically, there have been four sources of Theology: Scripture Tradition Reason Experience Each of these is a tool that we can use to answer questions about God, and each has its pros and cons. The best theology draws from all of these sources. A good resource for understanding the pros and cons of reason as a source of theology is the "Theology ...


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The truth should not hide from argument. Truth is like an anvil: you should be able to take the biggest hammer you have and bang on it all day and not break it.


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I hate to be the only one to throw down scripture on this, but I think it's important in order to get a full view of this answer. James 1:6 NIV But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. Romans 14:23 NIV But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, ...


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Warren has already noted that the apostle Peter vouched for Paul's authenticity and a_hardin noted that there were other witnesses to his conversion and life before and after. We could continue with these references of people that vouched for him personally. Another approach can also be taken. An interesting thought experiment can be played by taking Paul ...


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The answer is simple and these fragments all support it: No - we shouldn't test God. We shouldn't demand revelations, we shouldn't demand signs and miracles, as it is stated in the fragments you are citing. Yes - we should test revelations. As Saint John the Teologian states: Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of ...


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Taking an action based on your belief is not the same as acting in faith, if the thing you are placing your faith into has criteria which do specify the requirements for being a true member of that faith. The Christian faith sets out the criteria which will indicate if the follower is truly faithful. These criteria are set out in the words and example of ...


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The key difference is that the Torah is speaking to the letter of the law, Paul is speaking to what Jesus says of it. As Jesus says in Matthew 5: 17“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not ...


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Personally, I do believe all events portrayed actually happened. However I do not think there is any requirement in Christianity that you understand or even believe everything just perfectly so -- cross your t's and dot your i's -- in order to be saved. You can not be convinced of the exact details in the gospel accounts and still believe in Jesus as ...


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My father once told me that choosing the right person for your wife is a much bigger decision than choosing the right religion (and he has degrees in theology, so I like to think he knows what he's talking about). The reason being that if you break the union between a man and a wife, chances are you're not going to be welcome back. However, God always ...


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Absolutely yes! It is okay to have doubts. In fact, doubt is an important part of a journey of faith. A good friend of mine (and many others) likes to say The opposite of faith is not doubt, but apathy I would venture to say that God would much rather us be honest doubters than dishonest believers. God can handle all of our doubts. He is not ...


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Many religions claim to be the only true religion, including most branches of Christianity. Among the major Christian traditions, are there any documented statements of faith that include the possibility that their own beliefs might not be the "one true religion"? In other words, is there any literature treating religious doubt accepted in the ...


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My answer to question this isn't based on Bible verses, But based on my overall view of his life. Luke wrote in detail about the Missions of Paul in Acts. The suffering of Paul in his entire life leaves me doubtless on the life of Paul. Luke humbly hides himself, since he wanted us to focus on the great Apostleship of Paul. So I can't think that Paul was an ...


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The answer is an absolute Yes. It is not only in prayers and not only in the Old Testament but in the New Testament too: It is important to see that Jesus himself endorses a critical stance. Thomas the Apostle speaks (John, 20, 25): "I won't believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound ...


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John 8:44 states that the devil is "a liar, and the father of it" meaning the one who started all lying. Lies are things that are not true. Doubt would be that ground where we feel like we are wavering or considering two positions, one of which is true and one of which is false (a lie). In 1 Kings 22:21-22, a spirit proposed to cause the downfall of Ahab by ...


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From the Temptation of Jesus Christ (Matthew 4:1-11), we can see 3 ways of temptation by Satan in order to introduce doubts in our faith. Ignoring the word of God: Satan told Jesus to turn the stones into bread. Satan always reminds us of our daily needs and make us worry over it instead of putting our faith in the Word of God. This introduces doubt in us ...


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First of all, be assured that you are more than your thoughts and emotions. You are made in the image of God, a mystery that can't be contained as a sum of thoughts. A moment's reflection will reveal that not all the thoughts in your head can properly be called your own---earworms, for instance. Doubts may similarly have crept in from the outside, or been ...


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Simple Answer Yes It is how Lee Strobel and Josh McDowell came to Christ You can read their books it is very good at explaining their story A case for Christ and Evidence that demands a verdict They both where skeptics who did not believe in Christianity, but they investigated the evidence and found out that Christianity has a lot going for it.


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Yes, most of the Psalms! The Psalms express deep doubts about God - "where are you?", "Why are you letting your faithful people be oppressed?", "Why am I in such pain?", etc. You can find the full range of human emotion in the Psalms, expressed directly and honestly to God. If David can do it, we can do it.


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Reasoning can be a pathway to faith, but is not a requirement. If reasoning involves logical arguments, AND if you start with the appropriate premises, you can arrive at faith. If you do not accept the right premises, reasoning can drive you away from faith. Of course, many faithful come to faith without relying on reason at all. Abraham, for instance, ...


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I really like this question. Unfortunately, my response, in trying to deal with the "modern" in modern biblical analysis, necessarily refers to non-scripture sources. Time of Apostles: Genesis 3:17 (Before Apostles) And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, ...



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