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God hates human sacrifice. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft. (Deuteronomy 18:10, NIV) God was only testing Abraham's faith and obedience. Genesis 22 (NIV) 1 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, ...


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It's not just killing. God ask him to offer his only son. This is a picture of offering Jesus Christ after 2000 years. God want to test the faith and obedience of Abraham because God saw that he loved so much is son and Abraham passed the test.


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I have thought often about this one, especially as my own father's first male child died after half an hour of life. The only conclusion I have ever arrived at is that God had a message for Abraham. Your son is mine; but I want him alive. There were religions around at the time in which babies were sacrificed. God was instructing Abraham. In short, I ...


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I can't speak from a Catholic perspective, since I am not a Catholic. However, from my own church's perspective, based on the theology of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), I can offer an answer to the question posed in the title: Was Adam anatomically God's image? God the Father, which is the divine soul, is non-material, and therefore does not have a ...


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In the first place, I'm not sure what sort of "endorsement" you have in mind. There's no indication that I can find that either Pope Julius or any subsequent pope either endorsed or condemned the painting on theological grounds, nor indeed that any pope declared that it had any content which had to be interpreted theologically. As I point out in this answer ...


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The Catholic Church (my own Tradition) believes that being made in God's image does not have such a physical reality. This 'image' is more a reflection of His own Nature. The closest physical way we 'image' God is that humans are both Male and Female who come together to generate a Third person. This "The Two Become One" is reflecting the Trinitarian Nature ...


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In the early days of Christianity, before the existence of modern denominations and long before the advent of modern science and hermeneutical study, the early Church Father Origen regarded both Genesis chapter 1 (the first creation story) or Genesis chapter 2 (the second creation story) as not historical accounts, saying (De Principiis, Book 4.1.16): . ...


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Keel and Uehlinger say in Gods, Goddesses and Images of God in Ancient Israel, page 2 (translated from German by Thomas H. Trapp), that recent Old Testament research, at least so far as this is carried out by German-speaking scholars interested in religio-historical questions, generally assumes that the religion of pre-Exilic Israel and Judah is to be ...


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Not a reference to a Trinity of Persons Among Trinitarian Christians, the standard explanation of God referring to himself as "us" in Genesis 1:26 and Genesis 3:22 is that it refers to the Trinity of Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. However, this explanation is anachronistic. The doctrine of a Trinity of Persons in God did not emerge and become ...


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If I may, Revelation 6:12 is written for those who will be living during that time. This next verse should be the focus of those working on a diagram of the end times: 2 Thessalonians 2:4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God. These ...


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There are two basic reasons why God accepted Abel's offering and not Cain's: The nature of the offerings themselves The the spirit in which the offerings were given 1. The nature of the offerings The problem with Cain's offering was not that it was a grain offering rather than an animal, or blood, offering. Grain and wine offerings were commanded by God ...


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The account of Cain in Genesis 4:2-7: And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had ...


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That is a very good question. I have a list of questions similar to this one. Is there really an answer to something that is a mystery? If God knows the end then why create anything? God created everything to bring glory to himself. Satan was the most beautiful created angelic being. But he in his pride wanted to be God. Somehow he convinced a 1/3 of ...


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This is my first time answering so please excuse my brevity. To me the answer is very simple... God is light. There are many times in the scriptures that I remember reading this. If God is light then it makes perfect sense to me that He is the light that gave life on Day 3.


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This question is about confusion in reading the creation account in Genesis 1:1-2:4a, and the confusion arises because you are trying to see the creation story as a literal account. The existence of daylight and evening before the creation of the sun and moon is only the most superficial issue in understanding the creation story. Contrary to science, a ...



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