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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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While there is a certain amount of room for ambiguity, the consensus of scholars is that in Genesis 1:26-27 God is creating all of mankind in his own image, not just Adam (or Adam and Eve). It is agreed by most churches and denominations that each person retains at least part of the 'image of God' within him- or herself. Genesis 9:6 would tend to back this ...


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From a Christian perspective, without God there is nothing. Scripture tells us that God continually sustains everything. Without God's sustaining power, all creation would cease. Colossians 1:15-17 (ESV) 15  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16  For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, ...


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According to the Westminster Confession of Faith: The Son of God, the second person in the Trinity, being very and eternal God, of one substance and equal with the Father, did, when the fulness of time was come, take upon Him man's nature,(1) with all the essential properties and common infirmities thereof, yet without sin;(2) being conceived by the ...


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Your question is essentially the age-old question of vitalism versus mechanism. That is, is life purely a process that can ultimately be understood and explained in terms of the same physics and chemistry that govern non-living things (mechanism), or is there something fundamentally different about living things (vitalism). Or to put it another way, is there ...


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As someone who suffers from bipolar and had a recent incident of major depression within the last twelve months (related to the bipolar), I will have to say, yes, yes we can. This most recent bout of depression what characteristic of the disease: severe lows triggered by nothing. The question isn't whether a person with mental illness can be saved, the ...


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Well, taking advntage of the God's mercy and forgivness is certainy not a right thing. In my opinion, unless we compeletly sway out of God's way, we should not worry to much about what kind of sins we do everyday; unless it is serious. We are humans, after all, we all make mistakes. Like Jesus said in the bible: Matthew 26:41: 41 Stay awake and pray ...


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It's clear that God formed our bodies in our mothers' wombs. Job 31:15 NIV Did not he who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us both within our mothers? Isaiah 44:24 “This is what the LORD says— your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the LORD, the Maker of all things, who stretches out the heavens, who ...



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