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The statement of "choosing to go to hell" is an over-simplification that really is an example of intellectual laziness, and is a great example of the difference between the "true theology" of a group and the type of pop-theology that springs up and causes great confusion. Looking at it from any side, saying that people choose to go to hell does not make ...


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From your question, and the comments I have read, there seems to be a basic misunderstanding as to what existing outside of time means, So before we get to the free will part, let's take up that first. Existing outside of time does not mean that things stand still nor that things outside of time are not sequential. Time was invented by God in Genesis, as a ...


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Can there be free will in heaven? If we consider the very nature of God, the fact that the glory of God is His self-sacrificing love, then the answer becomes clear. Yes, God desires from His creations an allegiance of love, service that springs forth only from an appreciation of His character. Only a creation with free will is capable of serving God with ...


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It helps to understand that there is more than one kind of free will. In The City of God, Book XXII, Chapter 30, Augustine speaks of a "first freedom of will," which consists "in an ability not to sin, but also in an ability to sin"; and also of a "last freedom of will," which is superior, and is not able to sin. The first freedom is a freedom that "man ...


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Understanding this question as part of "Why God, foreseeing that his creatures would use the gift of free will for their own injury, did not either abstain from creating them, or in some way safeguard their free will from misuse, or else deny them the gift altogether?"1 1. cf. Evil | New Advent. The article Evil | New Advent, presents St. Thomas Aquinas' ...


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He was created for the glory of God... There have been similar questions as to why the earth was created, and all points to only one direction, which is to glorify God. All things were made to his glory.


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I think the question to your question is, what is a well-represented or well-supported historical document, and how do you, as an individual, verify its authenticity aside from believing the claims of others? With that said, I will quote the historical source (compilation of many other sources), The Bible and use that as the authority here. To answer your ...


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This isn't really a question about Christianity, but here is an answer anyway. It's obvious from a philosophical view that people do not have absolute free will, in the sense that they can do anything they want to do. In fact only an omnipotent being can have absolute free will. Human beings are constrained by physical limitations, mental limitations, the ...


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Normally I would not answer this question since you ask about the Catholic and Lutheran denominations. However, in my Bible study I have over 16 Bibles to reference and every one of them has this verse: Matthew 18:14 (Douay Rheims version) Even so it is not the will of your Father, who is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish. We all ...


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It means that in the end, you get what you choose. If you chose evil, consequences follow. If you choose good, consequences follow. Also remember that our motives matter. There IS as difference whether I reject Christianity because I didn't understand, or because I fear that my friends will laugh at me if I openly show it. That happens more often than you ...


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I've read some great content here. I think, though, the exact answer to this question is much easier. When God had only so far made Adam, in Genesis chapter 2:16-17, God gave Adam the warning that, "You may freely eat any fruit in the garden except fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you will surely die". Adam had a ...


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When tend to think of God as merely a very powerful human who nevertheless operates within the rules of the universe we understand. He doesn't. God is outside the universe. He created it, every feature of it. He created time, he created causality and thus set the laws of logic. To ask, what was god doing when he created time is to ask, "What time was it ...



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