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The laws of physics are certainly quite different from moral laws. In fact, the Bible never refers to the laws of physics as "laws". We see them as laws, because we are bound by them and are unable to break them. We don't obey them based on our own volition. Moral laws define what we ought to do, but we are under no compulsion to obey them. We have a ...


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While the word Trinity does not occur in scripture, the concept and idea of the Trinity does, if you have eyes to see and ears to hear. A detailed treatment of the Trinity with linked references can be found on GodAndScience.org. In the following scriptural quotes, all bold text is my emphasis (in fact, there is no use of italics or bold in scripture), and ...


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This question is not answerable from a Christian perspective; it presupposes God was created, but the Bible clearly teaches that God is eternal (in the truest sense of the word). An eternal being has no creator, no beginning, no end, and no cause. Rather he is the creator of all that is, the beginning and the end of all that is, and the cause of all that ...


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To date, every test science has been able to make has been done on the created universe1. It is not possible to run the tests on the person or being of the creator directly. Thus what we know about God we derive from what He reveals to us2. His creation still tells us something about Him, but they are deductions from nature. Nature itself is not God3 and God ...


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Ok, I will try my best to answer this. Jesus was prophesied to be God. Isaiah 9:6 (NIV) 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Matthew 1:23 (NIV) 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth ...


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Christianity is monotheistic as its adherents believe in only one God. The first commandment speaks about the gods of other religions. Although Christians believe in only God, they do acknowledge that other gods are believed in by non-Christians. In other words, there are many gods in which to believe, but you believe in only one if you are Christian. ...


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This is not necessarily a Catholic perspective, but I suspect the exegesis would pass muster. (Feel free to ignore if you wish) Faulty Premise #1: God is lying God did not lie. In the day she ate of it, she became subject to death. Her body (and Adams) began to decay, and went from immortality to mortality. Additionally, she and Adam were, in fact, ...


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Remember that God is completely loving, but that he is also completely just. A truly just God who already decreed that the punishment for sin is death is morally obligated to follow through on that punishment. As an example, remember in Daniel 6 that Daniel broke the law about praying to any 'god' other than Darius. Despite the fact that Darius liked ...


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The Nephilim are a subject of much debate. There are a number of views on what they were, the two prominent views being the Sethite view and the Angelic view. Both are an opinion on who or what the "sons of God" are. The Nephelim are most notably mentioned in Genesis and seem to be a driving decision to send the Flood of Noah. The Nephilim were on the ...


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No. God's ways and thoughts are so much above ours it's difficult to understand. Isaiah 55:8-9 (NLT)  8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.       “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.  9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, ...


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Gaining information is not the only reason for asking questions. Asking questions is a very powerful teaching device--not because the teacher does not know the answer, but because in the answering of the questions the students learn. Adam was hiding from an omniscient God. He had never felt the need to hide from God before. The question helped Adam ...


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Most mainline (most protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox) Christians believe that God has always existed, has no source, and no end, and that all things were created by Him. The fourth question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism is Q: What is God? A: God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, ...


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LDS understanding of the nature of the Father and the Son is drawn from the First Vision, Joseph Smith's first-hand account of an encounter with them as an answer to his prayer to learn the truth about God and religion: I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. ... When ...


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First of all, the assertion that "With God, all things are possible" is valid and scriptural. Matthew 19:26 (NIV) 26  Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” However, it would be a mistake to assume that God's omnipotence means he can act against his nature. Hebrews tells us: ...


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The apparent contradiction comes from the fact that you are misunderstanding the Heisenberg uncertainty principle. From Wikipedia: The Heisenberg uncertainty principle states precise inequalities that constrain certain pairs of physical properties, such as measuring the present position while determining future momentum of a particle. Of course, ...


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God does not condone rape in the Bible. This is a commonly raised objection to Christianity that's been answered ad-nauseum on apologetics websites, such as this one: http://www.rationalchristianity.net/numbers31.html Quote from the linked post: Weren't the virgin women raped? There are two parts to this objection: did God instruct or permit the ...


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There is a significant distinction between calling God "mother" and the Bible identifying aspects of motherhood (and fatherhood) as reflecting the glory and character of God. Both men and women reflect the glory and character of God in different ways, as men and women, fathers and mothers, teachers, judges, etc. However, God is spirit (John 4:23) and not ...


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It's three Persons in one Divine Nature, all separate in their personhood, all equal in their divinity. An image pulled from an old catechism diagrams the relationship like this: The legendary analogy that Saint Patrick used when educating the Irish was the shamrock: three distinct leaves in one plant. Obviously, any image we make is going to be an ...


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A Heart Conducive to Understanding Before addressing the question, it seems appropriate to address the proper spirit in which such answers should be sought. There is a very important principle in Scripture which we need to remember; You will say to me then, “Why does [God] still find fault? For who resists His will?” On the contrary, who are you, O ...


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Mainstream Christianity - Catholicism, Orthodox, and the various Protestant denominations, God doesn't have a form. He is spirit, omnipresent, and not confined to a single place. He doesn't have a form. (Although He could manifest one and speak through it, such as a burning bush...) Of course, when He came to earth as Christ (as mainstream Christianity ...


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Good question because that scripture screams that question every time it is read. I don't believe that Adam and Eve successfully hid from God. How could they if God is omniscient? Hebrews 4:13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Psalm 139:4 Even ...


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In addition to the Isaiah reference listed by Dancek, the end of Job asks powerful questions of a mortal who dared to question God's motives: Job 38 1-3 (NIV) 1 Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm. He said: 2 “Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? So no, humans cannot judge whether God is fair from our ...


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The core idea behind this doctrine (usually referred to as "Exaltation") is that the LDS church teaches that our spirits are literal children of God. Offspring are the same species as the parent, and can thus grow and develop to become like the parent. The idea of God once being a man, or man becoming a god, are extensions of this doctrine. This is often ...


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Sadly, there is no record of Jesus laughing. The closest is in Luke 10:21: At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit I'd imagine that, when He was full of joy, at the very least He had a big smile on His face. Update: apparently Jesus thinks laughing is a blessing; from Luke 6:21b: Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. ...


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(From an Evangelical, Sola Fide perspective) The question is based on a false dichotomy. Neither is more pleasing to God. Both types of giving are a sign of obedience to God, and an act of love and mercy if our motive in doing either is pure. If we are doing either simply to do so, or to "earn points" then neither is pleasing to God. If we're trying ...


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The term "only begotten" is a translation of the Greek word "monogenes". "Mono" indicates one and "genes" indicates kind. So, the very word itself indicates a meaning of "one of a kind". In the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Old Testament), the word was actually used of Isaac. It should be noted that Isaac was not, in fact, the only son of ...


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There are differing traditions about this. Only in Eastern Orthodoxy have I run into a very specific definition, where 'Image of God' is treated like a term of art with a specific, well defined meaning. Generally speaking, most Christians interpret it to mean that we share in the spiritual reality with the spiritual beings, and traits specific to God ...


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YES Basically what you're asking has been asked throughout history. Job 8:3 NIV Does God pervert justice? Does the Almighty pervert what is right? The Saints defend God Throughout the ages of biblical times, the saints have declared with trumpets the Justice of God. Job 34:12 NIV It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the ...


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Our biggest clue is from this scripture: Matthew 28:19 (NIV) Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Beyond that, I know of no other verses that limit the Godhead to three persons.


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Firstly, the Trinity is not Tritheism. This is the classic argument of the Muslim against Christianity, but it is not valid. It is not valid, because the formulation of the Trinity specifically states that God is one being who exists in three persons. The Athansian Creed (a very ancient creed dating to the fourth or fifth century predating the Orthodox / ...



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