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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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The Apostle Peter certainly treated Paul's letters as God's word, elevating them to the status of written scripture: He [Paul] writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own ...


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1 Corinthians 7:12 has an interesting phrase (emphasis mine) Now to the married I command, yet not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart from her husband. But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife. But to the rest I, not the Lord, say: If any brother has a wife who ...


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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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Abstract Whether Paul's letters are God's Word to us depends entirely on the criteria you use. I will list a number of criteria and evaluate the letters. Did Paul think he was writing God's Word? I asked and answered the above question separately (it was getting to long for this space). In summary, I think Paul had some inkling that he was writing ...


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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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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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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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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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Simple answer of no use to you: At Mass when Paul's epistles or any other non-gospel reading is read or sung, the lector says. the word of the LORD To which the people respond. thanks be to God We say this even when the reading is some bummer out of Job or Lamentations or all the Maccabees just got killed.


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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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Peter himself considered Paul's writings to be scripture in 2 Peter 3:15,16: and consider [that] the longsuffering of our Lord [is] salvation--as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which ...


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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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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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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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