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This question, as worded, might might not be best for this site, but I see an answerable question that can be answered by some of the most fundamental Christian thinking. The question is essentially, "Why do Christians insist that everyone is a sinner even though a large portion of people are decent people?" It is clear through out the Bible that everyone, ...


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Although I am not comfortable thinking of the account of God's creation of Eve as being in any way allegorical or mythical, I do, however, think of the account as a kind of artistic and symbolic version of what actually transpired when God created another human being--a female human being--in His image who would complement the male of the species whom He had ...


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God is more amazing than we will ever comprehend. We still don't know what all is a part of this planet we live on, and yet He was able to create it all just by speaking. (Genesis 1) He knew how to make everything work together to sustain life. He knew how to form us so that we could function the way we do. All the intricacies that "make us tick" that ...


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It doesn't really make sense to try to reconcile DNA and Genesis. The only way to combine them is to awkwardly shoehorn our understanding of DNA into the Genesis account, and simply say, God made the DNA to look different than Genesis says it should look. For example, Genesis 1 has land plants being made first, then water creatures and birds, then land ...


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There are at least two possible answers to the question. Some Christians consider the stories in Genesis to be allegorical, describing what God did in language and concepts that the original audience would understand. Since the original audience was neither aware of DNA, or mitochondria, this would have been a detail that obscured the message. Those who ...


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Yes.Apart from John's reference to " Only-begotten" ( John 1:14,18, 3:16,18, 1 Jn 4:9) ,there is a Biblical evidence that Jesus Christ is the only-begotten son of God. The following are the exegesis of the church fathers concerning the begetting of Christ Jesus, God's Only-Begotten Son: In 1 John 5:18, Christ is said to be "begotten" from God and in 1 ...


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The Old Roman Creed hints of a perspective that might address your question: I BELIEVE in God almighty, the Father almighty and in Christ Jesus, his only Son, our Lord who was born of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary who was crucified under Pontius Pilate and was buried and the third day rose from the dead who ascended into heaven and sitteth on the ...


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Catholic Perspective Tackling the sin part Highlighting a false premise, that one must experience something for one to know/understand it. It is worth noting that experience is a type of knowledge ... This is actually quite a loaded question philosophically, theologically, etc. Theologically, there is always mystery. 2 Timothy 2:13 (RSVCE) 13 ...


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It's a huge question to ask. Does God know everything? Including every tidbit of every moment in the future? That's where one has to wonder. God definitely knows how things are going to end up. He's known what the end result would be since the beginning. And He's going to do what He plans to do. (Isaiah 46:9-10) He knows everything that is currently ...


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"Doesn't God know he's [user14269's dad] in the hospital in need of help?" i think so. "Do my prayers prompt God to action? And if I don't prompt God for action, does he help my dad anyway?" perhaps. we don't know. we do not fully understand the "mind of God". and it would be difficult (actually impossible) to run repeated experiments with all other ...


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I immediately thought of this quote when you asked that. Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend. Not that it is necessary in order to make known to God what we are, but in order to enable us to receive Him. Prayer does not bring God down to us, but brings us up to Him. Steps to Christ, Chapter 11 He does know everything but ...


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Philippians 4:6 tells us "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God." In Acts 1:13-14, after Jesus ascends, we see "And when they (the Apostles) had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and ...


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This subject is largely what separates Latter-Day Saints (LDS) from other Christians. We believe God the Father to be the literal father of our spirits, and Jesus Christ (God the Son) is actually one of our spiritual siblings. Romans 8:16-17; (KJV) 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And ...


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This answer has been written by a Christian who holds a degree in mathematics. It is difficult to undertake any serious scholarly discourse without first agreeing on the definition of words. In science, mathematics, and philosophy, we decide on the definitions of words or create new ones first, before undertaking discussion, so that when we make a ...


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What a great question! And it has a simple answer: Genesis 1:27 - Man is created in God's image - and man loves humor! Humor is actually an intellectual gift humans have, and there are many types of humor. God's mind is far superior to ours, so the sense of humor between the angels and even him no doubt differ in nature. We don't often laugh at the ...


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Scripture says he made us, and that we are made in his image. I don't really need to delve into any further scripture. We laugh, so he must too. He is the creator of us and of emotion. I will point one other scripture here though. Gen 18:15 "And Sarah said God hath made me to laugh so that all that hear will laugh with me". Despite her age, God ...


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Aquinas addresses the question from different angles a number of places in the Summa Theologica, in various parts of the "Treatise on the Most Holy Trinity" (First Part, Questions 27–43). The fundamental question is answered more or less directly in Question 27, "The Procession of the Divine Persons". Article 2 of this question, "Whether any ...


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I would only speculate from sctipture a few simple answers. It is apparent that in Christianity it is important that we identify God as our "Father" through Christ, in fact it is God's will that we know him as our Father through Christ so it is apparent that God wanted children. God is love and he loves his servants the angels but what greater vessel for him ...


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It just so happens that the Catholic Encyclopedia has an article on this. Their definition is much broader than the one you provided. It actually has extensive notes on several meanings of the term. the section in the term in the context of theology is as follows: The term Monism is not much used in theology because of the confusion to which its use ...


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The closest thing to a real concise example is the parable of the prodigal son. The story is found in Luke 15:11-32 The story starts with the son demanding his share of the inheritance, so, unfortunately, it is a difficult case to make that he found favor with his father in the first place. The son then leaves his father's house and squanders the ...


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so Steve, Assuming: God is all powerful The Bible is inspired There are copy mistakes that occur did you mean to omit assumptions that we can know the mind of God? that we can reason as God does? because the answer is pretty simple if we can admit and come to terms with the fact that we can do neither.


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What you are asking about is the rationale behind a doctrine called 'the preservation of Scripture'. The doctrine basically seeks to answer whether or not God will preserve his infalliable message, even though it is transmitted by fallable men. How are the Scriptures Transmitted? (A Primer on Preservation) A straw man would pit Jesus saying, "Surely I ...


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Your main dilemma here is on the authenticity of the Bible. On the authenticity of the Bible: It is indeed a complicated topic to discuss about the authenticity of the Bible. However, there are enough manuscripts available to produce the original text of the Bible. This question "How authentic is Codex Sinaiticus?" may help you get a better idea on original ...


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God revealed Himself as the Almighty God (Genesis 17:1, Exodus 6:3). God Himself says that He can do anything He wishes (e.g. Isaiah 46:10). Also consider, e.g. Job 42:2, Psalm 135:6, Jeremiah 32:17, Daniel 4:35, Mark 14:36, Ephesus 1:11. It is true that the Bible uses figures of speech, including hyperbole, but I believe there is no need to try to ...


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From the King James translation; There are several Scriptures which tell us that God is Omnipotent, Not the least of which is creation itself. Then the first time God brought rain upon the Earth He caused a flood which Killed all life except Those animals he saved and those eight people aboard the Ark. Beyond that we see God parting the red sea, for ...


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Much of the life and death mentioned in the Bible is in reference to the spiritual life and death. John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.



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