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At least one scholar would say, this was the inherent message of Christianity, from the very beginning. In Paul Among the People: The Apostle Reinterpreted and Reimagined in His Own Time, Sarah Ruden seeks to compare Paul's writings with that of the culture in which he lived. Over and over again, her project is to show how remarkably liberal Paul is when it ...


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To answer your question at face value, the phrase "All men are created equal" isn't in the bible. That's an American colloquialism that isn't extracted word-for-word from scripture. The idea of it, though, is interwoven all throughout the scriptures but probably not in the way that you would think. Everyone is equally worthy...of condemnation and punishment ...


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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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The Reformed and Lutheran theologians of the late 16th and 17th centuries are often termed "Protestant Scholastics." Why? Because they took over the methodology of the Medieval Scholastics and produced vast systematic theologies. Concordia Publishing House is currently publishing one example of this, Johann Gerhard's 16 volume systematic theology. The ...


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I was raised as a Lutheran. Christened and confirmed. I will speak from my personal experience in the hope that it may shed some light on what can be a fearsome question; one that is fraught with the temptation to judge others. I was raised in a home that I'm pretty sure did not enjoy "the heavenly gift" or "share in the Holy Spirit". So the fact that my ...


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Lutherans believe that God elects to salvation, but not to damnation. That is to say, we believe that our salvation is due to God's election on account of His grace and mercy for the sake of Christ (i.e. God chooses us because He is merciful, not because we've done something to earn it or because He sees that we will do something to merit salvation). See, ...



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