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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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I think the issue here is that you are trying to examine one point of doctrine outside of the context of the whole system of doctrines that it fits into. If you take the Calvinistic doctrine of predestination by itself and tack it on to a generic pseudo-protestant view of salvation, you'll end up with a problem such as the one you describe. God becomes ...


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While many Christians are against the death penalty, there is also biblical sanction for it. Genesis 9:6 commands the killing of those who commit murder- He who sheds a man's blood, by man shall shall his blood be shed. For many fundamentalists, such a clear case for the death penalty means that the death penalty should thus be supported. The key ...


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Alright, here's the non-trivial answer. The idea is that we are all guilty. It's pretty hard to deny this one: Romans 3:23 (NIV) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God Furthermore, while we are all guilty of sin, the punishment for this sin is death: Romans 6:23a (NIV) For the wages of sin is death If we go on in Romans 3, we ...


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I suppose it is emphatic “no”. This is because we cannot bring moral equivalency between abortion and the death penalty. Both these issues are circumstantially different to each other. One is about an innocent baby’s life being taken in the womb and other a convicted murderer being executed. A baby in the womb has committed no crime. It is inhuman not to ...


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Sometimes, God's Punishment for Disobedience is Death. This is a simple fact. The severity of the punishment often corresponds to the severity of the offense, so why was this offense so severe? The text doesn't say this explicitly, but if we assume that God could have sufficient justification for execution, then it's likely that he was knowingly and ...


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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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The Reformed take on the answer is that no one becomes a believer by chance, but rather by divine election whereby God utilizes someone to preach the gospel to sinners, and causes the sinner to be regenerated (born-again), such that they receive the gospel as good news and believe in Jesus, and thus receive forgiveness of sins on account of Jesus' death on ...


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All salvation is inherently unjust. No one deserves salvation. Eph 2:1-9 (NASB) And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the ...


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Firstly, we need to know that God is just and fair. God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you. (2 Thessalonians 1:6, NIV) But you are stubborn and refuse to turn to God. So you are making things even worse for yourselves on that day when he will show how angry he is and will judge the world with fairness. (Romans 2:5, ...


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God not only allows for the death penalty, but specifically prescribes it--and it is not because life is not sacred, but because it is. “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image. Genesis 9:6 ESV Specifically, if someone murders another, his crime is so heinous that God declares he has ...


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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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As it's been preached to me, justice, here, refers to God's faithfulness to His own promises. It does not refer to giving us what we deserve, which would be Hell. Toward us, justice would necessarily mean Hell. Instead, "Just" refers to the fact that He has promised to forgive us through the cleansing power of Christ's blood, as long as we have repented ...


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While it is not wise to base a theology on one verse, I am quoting just one because it summarises the answer to your question quite well, I think: John 6:37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. The first part, "All that the Father gives me will come to me" stresses Predestination, that ...


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If an earthly judge --charged by the state to uphold the laws of the state in a fair manner and himself known to be a good and upright judge-- were to knowingly acquit a guilty party we would rage against him. The key here is that God is not only the judicial branch, but also the executive and legislative. When a judge presides over a criminal trial, ...


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The key consideration is the definition of justice. Does justice necessitate punishment or restoration? If I steal $100 from someone, I don't need to be physically beaten. If I repay the amount--or even 7 times the amount--the offended party is restored. If another person pays that amount on my behalf, the offended party is still restored and would have ...


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Remember this is not some game where you try to follow the rules or trick the system. This is God we are dealing with. He will judge our actions and thoughts. In this case, you have a chance to return the money and you are not. This is wrong. I wish you make the right choice.


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I am still learning so any feedback would be useful here, but I do think I have some things to add to this discussion. We need to keep in mind that in a technical sense, we are driven to the honest answer that if God chose to Save anyone they will be Saved. Since there is not a direct declaration about unborn children, or those with limited mental faculty, ...


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The Essence of Justice Justice is served when the penalty for an offense is paid. For every crime, there is an appropriate penalty. We talk about this as having "paid one's debt to society", by a fine or imprisonment or whatever the sentence dictates. If someone were to be convicted of theft, the sentence may well be simply restitution of the amount of ...


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Interesting question, user158. I hope we can give plausible answers to your mind. I think that you have been listening to a parody of Calvinism. God is not unjust. You can't ask him why you were made for destruction “Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker, those who are nothing but potsherds among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to ...


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Your question seems to be different than what your references convey. In Isaiah chapter 13 and most of chapter 14 Isaiah is warning Babylon not of God striking the Nation, but of the coming overthrow by the Medes and the Persians. He is telling them that unless they change their ways God will not interfere on their behalf. Isaiah 13:17 KJV Behold, I ...


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Why did God kill a man for picking up sticks on the Sabbath? Perhaps we can start by asking a few questions to get a broader understanding of what might be going on here. What is the Sabbath? The Sabbath is a day of rest. God established the pattern of the week at creation, blessing the seventh day and making it holy "because on it God rested from all his ...


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No, there's not a specific Christian definition for this phrase. It means various things to different people based on their own values. The defiition, in general is the same as it is in the secular world - to champion social causes that are considered "Just". Beyond that, it gets into "What's 'Just'?". Put simply, there's no "Specific Christian ...


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Because God judges our hearts The man was not punished just for picking up sticks. He was punished for putting a higher value on work and self-sufficiency than on honoring the Holy Sabbath. It just so happened that his indifference towards God was played out by picking up sticks. Exodus 31:13 ESV You are to speak to the people of Israel and say, ‘Above ...


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He created the world. And rather than just stop there, He goes even further and curses the rest of humanity with a sinful nature, thus punishing humanity with a fallen nature for the sins of Adam and Eve. He also knew that millions will end up in his glory with him through Christ! Should has had He prevent that? Simple answer: If God allows evil ...


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All, Keeping this story in context, the preceeding verses (22-29) outline the ability to provide an offering for atonement from having committed sin without realizing it or "out of ignorance". So Elohim provides a way for those who are acting incorrectly by virtue of not knowing Him as they should. Next we have the admonition for those who "act ...


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For Evangelicals, Christianity Today can usually be counted on as a pretty good current "state of the church" type of statement. They define social justice as follows: It’s a tired trope that evangelicals only recently began caring about “social justice,” a buzzword that carries connotations of political activism and “the social gospel.” In fact, ...


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The intent of the Sabbath is to spend time with God remembering Him as Creator and Redeemer (cp Exod 20:8-11 & Deut 5:12-15). It is also a time to worship Him (Is 66:23) and to spend time with our families which are the image of God (Gen 1:27). God is love (1 Jn 4:8) and the two greatest commandments (Matt 22:36-40) are to love God with all our heart, ...


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I saw the movie The Stoning of Soraya M. where Soraya was stoned to death by accusing falsely of adultery. The stoning scene was so bloody and horrifying. It was a slow death and a form of torture.The stones were not big enough to kill immediately and they missed the head many times and the stones fell all over her body. This remind me of a woman caught in ...


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It is true that none are without excuse and it is true that before the foundations of the world God chose who would inherit salvation, but he locked up much of his methods in managing the universe to his planned ends under a mystery. With many subjects, especially those that involve God's all powerful, all knowing and all wise management of the universe, ...



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