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I don't think that Christians face any more bigotry than any other group. As TRiG pointed out in his answer, there are many American Christians who have chosen to interpret their loss of special privilege in our culture to be "hatred against Christians", when in reality it results not from hatred, but from a desire for equality. However, there are those ...


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The best bet is probably to talk with the leader of the group you are considering going to. Many Bible studies welcome non-Christians. You don't have to be Christian to study the Bible and people are unlikely to get offended in most cases. Some Bible studies may be more uncomfortable for you than others depending on how they are run and what kind of ...


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See John 15: 18-19 (KJV). 18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.


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This is a two-part answer, because your question addresses two things: I should also make it clear up front that I am one of those unbeliever types. 1) Yes, wisdom from the bible can be beneficial to an unbeliever. Because wisdom from all sources is beneficial. As an unbeliever, no book holds a special place. This means that all sources can be analysed ...


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It's not like it's a video game and He needs "faith power-ups". The idea of God being dependent on us is a a ridiculous heresy. From http://cicministry.org/commentary/issue3.htm Some claim that Jesus at least temporarily lost His deity. This cannot be true if Jesus is "I AM" as He claimed repeatedly in the Gospel of John, and if He is "the same ...


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I don't think non-Christians even bother to separate the various Christian sects from each other, let alone crazy people from "real" Christians. Westboro Baptist Church, multiple Republican candidates who all say God told them to run for the presidency, and those countless pedophiles who are also priests or ministers: what's not to hate? Christianity ...


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In addition to the reasons posted in other answers here. (misunderstanding, threats to social systems, almost legitimate social stigma), we should add that the basic reason the gospel is not welcomed as good news throughout the world is our attachment to sin. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather ...


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Yes. Anyone who has the technical skill can translate material. Translation is a skill that has to do with understanding the technique and fluency in the languages/cultures, and it's certainly possible for non-Christians to have the requisite skills, just as it's possible for a Christian not to have it. That should be fairly obvious, so I assume by "trust" ...


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While A J Henderson's answer is excellent and I agree with it, I would like to add something. Many churches specifically run Bible Studies aimed at 'seekers' (which means those who are not Christians ... yet). Some of them are little more than a leader telling you what to think, while asking you trivial questions that can be answered by reading the passage ...


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People don't really hate Christians any more than they hate any other group. In much of the world, Christians have a place of privilege, embedded in society to such an extent that it's assumed that everyone you meet is a Christian, and Christian holidays and norms are part of the social calendar. (Witness the absurd nonsense spouted every year about the "war ...


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I'm going to start with some base assumptions, because I sense that the atheists are going to have a field day with this, and I'm hoping to prevent this from turning into a debate on whether or not God exists, is good, etc. The assumptions are those that are necessary for this site. IMO, the debate over the assumptions on which this site are off-topic. ...


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Any time you hear anything along the lines of "I'm trying to be a Christian", a giant red flag should immediately go up in your mind. Whoever said that is either playing fast and loose with words or they have completely missed the point. Being a Christian is a binary state (our position as either lost or saved in the eyes of God) that is not determined by ...


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Sex outside of marriage is strictly prohibited by the Bible. The Bible calls this fornication if you are not married or adultery if you are married but commit it with another person. 1 Corinthians 5 talks about this. It is for our own good that God prohibits this as this cleaves us unto the person that we commit this sin with. The Bible also tells us not to ...


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Check out MLK's stance against the Vietnam War and I think you'll learn a great deal about it. MLK went so far as to give speeches that Militarism, Materialism, Racism, and Poverty were all bad things, and lived his life to his death pushing these sorts of ideas. Although this sort of life is a good Christian one, it really doesn't sit well especially ...


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Many of the doctrines of God especial on His nature are hard for man to comprehend and even harder to put into words. The prophets did their best but even still many of the doctrines in the Bible can be interpreted many different ways. In reality there can only be one true meaning that God intended us to know. There is no such thing as a perfect translation ...


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The answer to this question has already been answered by an online Catholic news article, discussing this subject with the exact phrase, "just be good", in it. Upon close examination of the news article, the newswriter/blogger/journalist suggests: The Holy Father is full of surprises, born of true and faithful humility. On Wednesday he declared that ...


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Short Answer: No Complete Answer: The thing we must first understand is that Jesus never used his power on earth, instead he worked in conjunction with God the Father for each and every miracle. We see this time and time again where those healed by him are actually extensions of that person's faith. Luke 7 New International Version (NIV) 7 When Jesus ...


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I will try to answer this question from within Bible. As I see it from Bible, some places it is not specifically mentioned that people who were healed had proclaimed their faith in Christ. This is at Mathew: 4:23, Mathew: 12:15, 14.14, Luke: 7:18. Whereas some places even when there is no faith amongst the audience or the healed person, the healings ...


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To be sure, unbelievers can live in a certain state of fulfillment (happiness). However, that fulfillment would be limited to body and soul. A person may be very healthy and may have a great career, a great family and great relationships. Christianity would assert that fulfillment in these areas comes as a result of following the teachings of the Bible, ...


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For the most part it comes down to plain old discrimination. Many people hate what they don't understand. Non-Christians don't have the market cornered on it either. As Christians it is important we respond with love an understanding.


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In this context, 'respect' is defined as: due regard for the feelings, wishes, or rights of others. In order to show respect for other religions, it is not necessary for Christianity to defer to other religions or to accept that they hold any theological truths, although they may teach moral truths. It is only necessary to accept the rights of others to ...


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How closely the movie is to Scripture depends on which Translation and which Denomination you are asking about. The producers of the film are a Catholic couple and the movie compares quite closely to the Doughy Rheims translation. There are some striking differences between the Bible canons of Catholicism and Protestantism, but as far as the story of Jesus ...


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I would add that the Alpha series of Bible studies is very open, and non-christian friendly. It lays out the basics of the Christian belief quite well. These courses are offered by varying denominations (its not denomination specific on purpose) in most cities. You can see if there is one here. http://www.alpha.org/try P.S. I have nothing to do with ...


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Luke 13:22-28 (NIV) Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?” He said to them, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. Once the owner of the ...


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Eugène Vintras (1807–1875) may be the first to use the inverted cross in a distinctly anti-Christian way. He was a Gnostic revivalist operating in France during the middle of the 19th century. He preached the end of the age, and claimed to have received messages from Michael the Archangel and that he himself was a reincarnation of Elijah. He was condemned ...


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An excellent few verses from the Book of Mormon 25 What, do ye suppose that mercy can rob justice? I say unto you, Nay; not one whit. If so, God would cease to be God. 26 And thus God bringeth about his great and eternal purposes, which were prepared from the foundation of the world. And thus cometh about the salvation and the redemption of men, and ...


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The best explanation I heard on this passage goes like this : "Depart from me all those who professed to be my followers, yet lived your lives as if I had never given you commands to live by". In other words, all those who never tried to be holy like Jesus. And, by the way, ALL sins are mortal unless they are forgiven by Jesus. And He can forgive EVERY sin. ...


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I think KJV has a more accurate (and clearer) translation of this. 21 ¶ Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in ...



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