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Christ is using his ability to perform miracles as evidence that he is God, and therefore has the right and the ability to forgive sins. He is saying, anyone can say "Your sins are forgiven," without any evidence that they have the authority to do so. But only God can heal a paralytic. So by performing such a miracle, Christ is proving that he has the ...


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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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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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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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You must take verses 5 and 6 together, as they're a single statement. Christ has just told the paralyzed man that his sins are forgiven, and the teachers around Him that saw it believed His statement of forgiveness was blasphemy as only God can forgive sins. They failed to recognize that Christ was God. So, He then makes a point of showing them that it's ...


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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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Mathew 18:21-22 This verse says we should forgive seven times seventy "Period!" It doesn't say we should forgive seven times seventy, -asterisk- except for non- believers. Christians are called to (Love) even our "Enemies!" Mathew 5:44 But i tell you, Love your enemies an pray for those who persecutes you. (NIV) I'm pretty sure that conveys forgiving ...


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Hebrews 9:22 answers this question definitely: Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. (ESV) The author of Hebrews goes on from this verse to say that the spiritual things needed to be purified with greater sacrifices than that of animals, and pointed to the ...


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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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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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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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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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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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It is vitally important that you look at the previous few verses in order to get context. Let's take the whole passage in the NIV: Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is ...


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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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According to this article: Has Martin Luther's "Snow-Covered Dunghill" Mystery-Legend Been Solved?! the answer to the question is, "No, he did not say that, but it sounds like something he would have said." Luther said: Conceived in sorrow and corruption, the child sins in his mother’s womb. As he grows older, the innate element of corruption ...


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The Catechism of the Catholic Church, in its discussion of this sacrament, quotes the Letter of James: Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the Church and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he ...


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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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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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