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No. The general accounts of men, angels and the interaction between the two makes a pretty clear distinction that they are different KINDS of beings. Both are created by God but each has a different purpose and different destiny. We understand some things they do not. They are not bound by some of the physical limitations we are. One interesting note is ...


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I'm going to make an assertion here (and I would be very happy to be shown wrong, in which case I'll readily delete this): there is no Biblical support at all for the concept of soul selling (or indeed of any other kind of explicit pact). The entire notion is a non-scriptural invention, along with such things (now generally denounced) as limbo for ...


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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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As homosexuality is a sin, it is safe to conclude that God did not "create them this way". Just like God didn't create thieves as such, murderers as such, liars as such, etc. It is as a byproduct of the fallen world in which we live that Romans 1:26-27 was written: For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the ...


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It's important to examine the basic premise: does "sexual orientation" actually exist in the first place? The concept has become ingrained enough in our culture that we take it for granted, but when you look at history, that wasn't always the case. What you see in ancient cultures is many different attitudes towards sexuality, and patterns of sexual ...


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This answer is based on the doctrine of original sin as held by at least Lutheranism. Related question: Are we born sinners? There are, in fact, two important questions here. One explicit, one implicit. The explicit question Does God create some people heterosexual and others homosexual? As other answerers have meritoriously pointed out, the Bible ...


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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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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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Has anyone thought about Job? Anyway...Paul wrote to Corinthians; 2 Corinthians 1:8-11 (NKJV) 8 For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. 9 Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust ...


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I think that since God finds homosexuality detestable, it would be safe to assume that God does not create people in a manner that he finds detestable. We see in Leviticus 20:13 that he finds it detestable: 13 “‘If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; ...


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Yes, Christians can be clinically depressed. Those who are mentally ill can be saved, I know of someone who is a severe schizophrenic, and has delusions that are contradictory to the Bible (such as he believes he is or soon will be king of the world), but at the same time, he believes in God as his personal Lord and Savior... God knows and understands, He ...


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All of Humanity is (Individually) Made in God's Image Genesis does not seem to leave the matter open to much interpretation. Genesis 1:26-27 NASB Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every ...


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At the risk of making enemies from both sides of the war over abortion, I will merely provide my opinion. There is no way of knowing when God breathes a soul into a fetus. At conception? Somewhere in the Middle? Biblically we know it happens in the womb at some point because babies in the womb respond to God. For example: When Elizabeth heard Mary's ...


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One concrete example from the Bible of a prophet judging God is from the book of Habakkuk. The book begins with the prophet Habakkuk judging God for His inaction: Habakkuk 1:2-4 2 How long, O LORD, will I call for help, And You will not hear? I cry out to You, “Violence!” Yet You do not save. 3 Why do You make me see iniquity, And cause me ...


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Clinical depression is an illness (related to imbalances of chemicals like domine in the brain). A Christian can get Cancer (an illness) so it follows that a Cristain can have clinical depression.


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I believe we can be friends of God. (And not just because I'm a fan of the song) Jesus tells us if we do what he commands we are his friends. John 15:13-15 NIV 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does ...


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Here is how I would explain the viewpoint behind the comments you quote in your question. I do hold a belief about the nature of people that says that since the fall they are inherently bad, totally corrupt. This doesn't mean they were created that way, just that the corruption that we inherit from the first Adam is so complete that we can do nothing truly ...


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I think that the best answer here is that the Scriptures are not entirely clear on how original sin is transmitted. One thing that we do know (or believe the scriptures to teach) is: The sin nature is passed on to us from our fathers and not our mothers Sin entered the world through Adam - Romans 5:12 - not Eve who sinned first. More directly taught in ...


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To sell something (legally), we have to own it. I believe that we have no ownership over our souls, disregarding of our religion beliefs. I beleave that we, our souls belongs to God, our Creator: Ezekiel 18:4(NIV): For everyone belongs to Me, the parent as well as the child—both alike belong to Me. This opinion has confirmation in one of known ...


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If you do an in depth study of the the Greek on 'soul' and 'spirit' they are essentially the same thing. However they are different is that one is viewed heavenward, and one earthward. The soul is the essential life of man ‘looking earthward’ and the ‘spirit’ that same principle of life breathed (like wind) into man from God, that can look towards and ...


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An "avatar" is a Hindu term and is a "deliberate descent of a deity to Earth", the coming of a Hindu god in the flesh, if you will. For Christianity, Jesus Christ would fulfill this purpose, not regular people. In English, the term is more closely translated as "incarnation", but more accurately as "appearance" or "manifestation". <-- also per above link. ...


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The question here is what is the biblical basis that God does NOT create homosexual people as homosexuals. It is understandable that homosexuals might feel they were created that way because the Bible says that they are under a compulsion that is a result of a judicial act of God. They misunderstand this compulsion as something that they were born with as ...


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I have never read a line that claimed God or life in general was "fair". Fairness seems to be a concept that we have developed to evaluate our interactions with each other. In addition fairness is largely subjective and relative. Is there a need for fairness in our dealings with God? I suspect that if you consider what God offers for devotion and ...


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There are at least two verses in the Bible where humans and angels are directly compared: Hebrews 2:6b-7,9a (NIV) 6b what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? 7 You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. 9 What we do see is Jesus, who was ...


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There is an interesting passage in the magnificat in Luke, The phrase in verses 2:56,47 seems to indicate that Spirit and Soul basicly mean the same thing. Jewish verse uses a technique called parallelism where one line says something, and the next ,the same thing but using diifferent words for emphasis. It might be pushing it a bit but the phrasing ...


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There are some churches that teach that depression and other mental illness are not possible for a Christian - they are sinful or demonic. Most churches accept that mental illness is a part of life in a fallen world, something which Christains are not immune from. The likes of Job and Elijah are examples of Biblical characters who may have suffered from ...


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This doctrine teaches, in short, that we literally existed prior to birth into mortality on this earth, and were involved in the salvation plan. See the below excerpts from the Encyclopedia of Mormonism... Pre-Existence (Pre-Earthly Existence) The term "pre-existence," or more accurately, "premortal existence," refers to a period of individual ...


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Note: This answer was written before the OP was edited. A more direct answer is marked below, the following is build-up. The Psalms are a great place to go for this. Psalm 143:5 says I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands. (emphasis mine) A few verses down David implores God: Teach me ...


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One can hold that there is indeed Original Sin without assuming the nature of man changed. One might say instead, that the image of God was marred in man, like a coin covered in dross and scored with cuts. But the image remained. The nature - how man was made - did not differ, but his mode - as the Fathers say (I'm leaning heavily on Maximus the Confessor ...



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