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The general belief, that I think applies to most Christians, is that Jesus' death and resurrection opens the gates of heaven, saving us from sin in general, but that we must still choose to actually enter through the gate -- to repent of our individual sins and desire to sin no more. To put it another way, Jesus' death makes repentance and forgiveness ...


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True repentance involves repairing damages done (where possible). In this case, it would mean returning the money. Leviticus 6:2-7 (KJV) 2 If a soul sin, and commit a trespass against the LORD, and lie unto his neighbour in that which was delivered him to keep, or in fellowship, or in a thing taken away by violence, or hath deceived his neighbour; ...


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Actually, it never worked. Hebrews 10:4 (ESV) For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. All the OT sacrifices were useless in an of themselves. What they did all along was not actually solve something but point people to the idea that something needed to be solved and the way that had to happen was through sacrifice. ...


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Depends, are they a believer or an unbeliever? Unbeliever (Mark 11:25 ESV) "And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” When you forgive an unbeliever you are acknowledging that they have wronged you but you will not try to seek justice yourself, ...


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I've heard a variety of theories on this topic: He "knew" (or hoped) the crowd wouldn't accept them (they were asking for men, after all) Females were considered a sub-class of society, and therefore were his "possession" wherewith to do as he pleased It was the offer of a desperate man trying to save the guests whom he suspected of being more than just ...


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Let's start with your question title. For the sake of argument let's turn it around and ask "Why would God not be allowed for forgive us?" The problem lies in God's idea of justice. We could spend a lot of time one this one, but let's keep it it simple: Isaiah 61:8 (ESV) For I the Lord love justice; I hate robbery and wrong [...] In order for Him to ...


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Building on @warren's response: Yes, righteousness does not indicate that he was perfect. Additionally, crimes against humans by humans are particularly abhorrent to both humans and God. So why, then, would Lot be considered righteous? There are also a couple of other factors that may influence our understanding of this: Context. Peter is addressing a ...


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I think you are forgetting the next line (1 Corinthians 6:11): And this is what some of you used to be. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. It seems to me that Paul is listing those sins as examples of evils that one may do to another; however, the emphasis ...


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Just because Jesus forgives you, it doesn't necessarily mean that there are no consequences in the social sense. Forgiveness from God is a purely spiritual condition, that removes the blight of sin from your soul. However, if you have wronged another through your sin, it would be expected that you make some recompense (in your example, you'd return the money ...


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It's important to remember that there were two separate things happening here. The Crucifixion was only the end of the Atonement, which needed to cover both aspects of the Fall: sin and death. When Christ was taken by the Roman soldiers, he wasn't still at the scene of the Last Supper, where Judas had been before he left to go betray him. He went up to ...


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Short answer: Yes, sorta. Long answer: Murder is a very serious sin, and while it can't be forgiven it can be pardoned. Also it will stop you from doing or holding certain church offices. See paragraph 4 of this article for more on why D&C 42 says it is unforgivable. Now to address your scripture reference. Book of Mormon: Alma 24: 10) And I also ...


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This question could also entail those who lived prior to the giving of the law, such as Abraham. Paul gives us the answer in his letter to the Romans. But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who ...


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Jesus also said: “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. (Matthew 10:16) and Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces. (Matthew 7:6) Wisdom would suggest that one choose ...


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Outside of being offered by their father in this incident, there are really only two things we know about Lot's daughters: they were betrothed or in some translations actually married to men of Sodom (Gen. 19:14 - the latter option making Lot's claims to their virginity suspect), and after the destruction of Sodom, they get their father drunk and seduce ...


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There were two main meanings to this. The first was as a symbol of Christ, whose blood makes it possible for everyone to have their sins forgiven. The second is as a sacrifice in the more traditional sense: willingly giving up something important and valuable. And when your animals are both your livelihood and the food on your family's table, giving the ...


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Jesus said to be "as wise as serpents, but as gentle as lambs.". Being a Christian does not mean checking our brains at the door when it comes to interacting with the world. Indeed, we are often called to be "discerning." My interpretation of that word is this - forgiveness doesn't mean forgetfulness. We can still be guarded when dealing with others, and ...


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According to most Christian traditions, God cannot change His mind. There are those that teach that He can change His mind, a position inherent in Open Theism. However, this is seen as a heresy by most orthodox Christian traditions. It denies the omniscience of God. From http://www.reformationtheology.com/2011/07/does_god_ever_change_his_mind.php ...


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James 5:16 (which you quoted) is pretty clear that we confess our sins to the righteous, honorable ones in the church in order to be prayed for regarding those issues. These people know what it means to sin and be shamed by it, so they will treat the confession with respect and discreetness. They themselves have struggled with sin and know its power; they ...


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The answer to your question is further on in the chapter. Hebrews 10:11-14 ESV And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be ...


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It is important to note that the default condition of the world is that of being under condemnation, according to John 3:18: Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. John 3:18 All men have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God ...


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In the Sermon of the Mount, Jesus gives commandments on how enemies and those who have wronged someone should be treated. Matthew 5:23-26 (ESV) 23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and ...


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Mark's answer is certainly true, but there is more to the story. To find out, we realy need to read this passage in context. Matthew 12:22-37(NIV): 22 Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. 23 All the people were astonished and said, “Could this be the Son of David?” ...


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Some definitions of "forgiveness" from the web: the act of excusing a mistake or offense stop blaming or grant forgiveness; "I forgave him his infidelity"; "She cannot forgive him for forgetting her birthday" absolve from payment; "I forgive you your debt" To pardon, to waive any negative feeling or desire for punishment; To accord forgiveness ...


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Reconciliation is a process which involves several distinct phases, not necessarily in this order: Conviction Repentance Confession Forgiveness Restitution So, in my view, forgiveness is a part of an overall process of reconciliation. 1 John 1:8-10 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess ...


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Short answer: yes, He can forgive if we make a vow and fall short. I'd specify that this is from [insert denomination] perspective, but I think this is agreed upon by all mainstream denominations. Longer answer, with support: Yes. Even to those that believe you can "lose your salvation", you can repent and confess it. To those that don't believe you can ...


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God did not punish Sarah because: God promised to bless Sarah, not curse her. Sarah and Abraham seem to have laughed in a sort of prophesy, because the name of their son would sound the same as the Hebrew word for laughter. God is merciful! Directly after this He allows Abraham to ask Him, repeatedly, not to destroy Sodom if there are any righteous people ...


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In the 10th chapter of The Pursuit of God, A. W. Tozer says this: Here are the facts as I see them. For four hundred years Israel had dwelt in Egypt, surrounded by the crassest idolatry. By the hand of Moses they were brought out at last and started toward the land of promise. The very idea of holiness had been lost to them. To correct this, God began at ...


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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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