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Was there any promise of eternal life associated with any of the Mosaic Law. For instance, was animal sacrifice promised with eternal life? No. Eternal life is foretold in the Old Testament, but never as a promise associated to obedience to Mosaic Law. The following verses refer to life after death, hinting at the eternal nature of life. This ...


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From my experience, I have found two things to help teenagers. : When I talk about heaven, I'm always quick to point out that the "golden harp on a cloud" picture that we have of heaven isn't biblical, and frankly it would be kinda boring. Instead, I point out that eternal life with God is anything but static- we re still growing in heaven! Don't focus as ...


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Unfortunately, some things that are professed in Christianity simply cannot be proven by any known scientific methods that I am aware of. It is, for the most part, a mystery to those of us who are still living. If the students are in a Catechism class, I would suggest simply teaching what is part of the catechism and referencing what the catechism says ...


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Yes, there is. What happens to Satan? The New Testament is the story of Christ's victory over sin and death. This happened with his death and resurrection, but the final accomplishment of his victory is delayed until the end of time. Matthew 25:31-46 quotes Jesus saying that at that time, he will return to judge all people. 1 Corinthians 15:22-26 explains ...


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Salvation is often mentioned, and Psalms 9 carries the idea that the soul lives on after death, but the most direct teaching I could find is in Daniel 12:2 Daniel 12:2 And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, Some to everlasting life, Some to shame and everlasting contempt. Here are some of the more obvious teachings ...


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I think we're reading our cultural bias back into this text - namely by saying that it is talking about salvation in terms of "in" or "out" and our soteriological context. That is a very Western concept, and was largely foreign to the apostles. For them, salvation was found only in the Church (referring here to the gathered and 'sent' people of God, not to a ...


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In a family, the firstborn son had special privileges that set Him above all others. Jesus, in ushering in the resurrection for all, had the privileges of that firstborn son. Note: For a long time, I used to think of this strictly in chronological terms - but it isn't warranted. Elijah & Elisha resurrected dead people. Lazarus and Jairus' daughter ...


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Christians are diverse in their view about time and eternity but nonetheless, it does not affect orthodox teachings. Eternity- without beginning or ending. The Father, Son and Spirit are the only persons who are eternal. Time- the measure of any activity done either by sense in action (as in "I did it") or by sense in the stars, moon and sun (as in 9:30 ...


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The comments are quite right about an LDS viewpoint being that it hasn't been revealed yet as doctrine. However your question is asking how God exists or when the beginning of everything was. The problem is you are asking an infinite question with only the capability of a finite mind. Joseph Smith attempted to help our finite minds understand that of ...


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John's thought in his letter includes verses 18 and 20. Here's 1 John 2:18-20 (NRSV) Children, it is the last hour! As you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. From this we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with ...


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Are they not into it because they do not feel it is real or because they don't care about the difference? If they think that living forever (in some sense) and living only for a normal human lifespan are equivalent, you can invite thought-experiments about what things would be like for them in 40, 60, 80 years. Most teenagers have plenty of imagination to ...


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I agree with David and Affable Geek's answers: teens tend to think they are indestructible so you might not break through. Lord willing, they will survive long enough to remember your wise teaching. A suggestion that I have which probably can't be applied to your situation is to take a look at John Piper's Desiring God. According to Piper, God isn't just ...


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There is a distinction between living forever on earth and eternal life. Although we are not given overt and explicity details about this, it appears that the tree of life enabled Adam and Eve to live forever on earth. Prior to the Fall, this was great. After the Fall, however, this would have caused mankind to remain in an unredeemed body that is ...


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First off I'd like to state that this is, in my opinion, clearly not a parable because the Bible does not state it as one like it does in these many citations: Matthew 13:18 Luke 6:39 Luke 12:16 Luke 15:3 Luke 18:1 Luke 18:9 Luke 19:11 If Jesus was speaking of reality then 'The End' had technically already come. Is this correct? So, to answer this ...


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In this passage Jesus is telling a Parable. Parables are stories intended to make specific points. They are not descriptions of reality. They are not "true stories". If you try push them too hard you will lose the point that is being made. We have no reason to think that there actually was a person called Lazarus to whom this happened. There is no reason to ...


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There are indeed many verses that speak of Hell as being eternal although there aren't so many that make the clear that the punishment is also eternal. Here are a couple: Matthew 25:46 (NIV) “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 (NIV) 8 He will punish those who do not know God ...


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Aristotle (384-322 BC) talked about zoe versus psyche in his treatise De Anima ("On the Soul"). However, his concept of the mortal and immortal components of the complete human is a bit different than our current understanding. An excerpt from the Catholic Encyclopedia discusses this: For Aristotle, in the case of living natural bodies the vital ...


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This article gives an argument for an alternate interpretation of the passage that does not conflict with conditional security. The author states that: Clearly then 1 John 2:19 is speaking of these gnostic teachers who went out from the apostles claiming to be super apostles and above the apostles. However, they did not continue in the doctrine of the ...


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I don't know that the average teenager would find this answer persuasive, but here's how I see it: Ask any teenager why he should go to school. Most understand that the purpose of school is to prepare you for adult life. You have to know enough math to be able to at least handle routine tasks like figuring out if you can afford that house or apartment on ...


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In Hebrew thinking/usage "breath" is what separates animals from plants. Plants have no "breath," but animals do. This same phrase is used in the account of the flood. Genesis 7:15 (KJV) And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. This phrase is used of everything that got on the ark (Ge 7:15), ...


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I think we must start by understanding that God sees all things as one..He sees The end from the beginning. He does not see as we see neither does He think as we think "For as the heavens are higher than the Earth so are My ways higher than your ways". Isaiah 46:10 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ...


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There are a number of theological perspectives that discuss how many children a couple should have. Those theologies are hidden under a different, much more sensational topic. In today's modern society the question of whether to procreate or not is hidden under the question of whether contraception is moral or not. Yes, to some groups, using contraception ...


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It depends what you mean by time. From our faith, as revealed in Scripture, we know that our experience of the heavenly state is to be without end, and without decay or corruption. However, it does not necessarily follow that there will be no perceptible succession of events. In general, orthodox theology has assumed that we will not assume God's own unique ...


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We know from Scripture that Jesus possessed a physical body like ours. He could sweat (Luke 22:44), grow weary (John 4:6), and even be endure physical pain (resurrection story). Upon being resurrected we see Jesus possess a new body. This new body can eat physical food (Luke 24:42-43), hide his appearance (John 20:14, 21:4), walk through walls (John 20:19, ...


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According to scripture. Yes. There are 2 minds at work in you. You may not realise it, but the scripture tells us in 1 Thes 5:23 that we are 3 part beings. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The part that got born again ...


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When thinking about angels the scripture does not provide details of how they followed the Devil's pride in rebellion to God. However the two things it does it impress upon us is that they fell together. In other words God allowed something to test them and this split the good angels from the evil ones accordingly. As God is omnipotent he is perfectly able ...


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It is correct that the written Hebrew Scriptures, aka the "Old Testament", says nothing specific about the afterlife. For that reason, the Sadduccees held that there was no life after death and no punishment for sins after death. Mark 12:18. The Pharisees, in contrast, believed in an afterlife and believed that the concept had been retained in the "Oral ...


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If we consider Jeremiah 1:4&5 we are told that God forms the child in the mother's womb. Therefore if God forms the child it is he who determines who will and who will not be born. Not always is pregnancy the result of intimacy, and so that alone should be enough evidence that the birth (or intended birth) of any child is a decision made by God, and not ...


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I'm thinking your definition of paradox is quite different from mine. One of the best paradoxes from the mouth of Jesus is where He said, "Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it; whoever loses his life for my sake and for the gospel will find it." Paradox requires, by definition, an apparent contradiction that turns out to be true and ...


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I don't believe LDS Cosmology addresses St. Thomas specifically, but your quote suggests that the LDS reject his argument: "Mormons deny ex nihilo creation." In other words, the LDS believe that everything that exists has always existed (in some form)--it needn't have a first cause. Now let me address St. Thomas Aquinas' argument: St. Thomas used an ...



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