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Nothing to do with religion / God / whatever, but there seems to be a fundamental flaw in your argument here. Event A causes event B within the universe. God decides that he does not want event B to occur so he stops event A from happening. Event A no longer happened and therefore God would never intervene in the first place. Go to 1. The ...


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Both Genesis 6:5 and 1 Chronicles 28:9 (and myriad other passages) indicate God can understand our thoughts. So, can God "hear" our silent prayers? Of course! Is it better to pray out loud than to pray silently? Since there seem to be no instances in the Bible of a recorded silent prayer (other than in the Epistles where Paul writes how he prays for ...


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I don't think there is any Biblical evidence of this. However, if we assume he can't, directly (which I suspect) then I'm sure he can indirectly, through a combination of body language, experience of humans and knowledge of specific individuals. Say for example you look twice at an attractive member of the opposite sex - you don't need to read minds to have ...


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I find it curious that no one mentions the one instance where a prayer is explicitly mentioned as being silent and it was answered. 1 Samuel 1:9-19 (NLT)  9 Once after a sacrificial meal at Shiloh, Hannah got up and went to pray. Eli the priest was sitting at his customary place beside the entrance of the Tabernacle. 10 Hannah was in deep anguish, ...


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Nehemiah 2:4 (NWT) In turn the king said to me: “What is this that you are seeking to secure?” At once I prayed to the God of the heavens. It is not expected that Nehemiah prayed out loud to God in front of king Artaxerxes, but he probably made silent prayer.


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The Bible indicates that God is eternal and outside of time. As we understand from science, time, space, and matter all came into existence at once. The Creator of time, space, and matter must of necessity be outside of time, space, and matter. God reveals in the Scriptures that He is eternal (outside of time) and He is spirit (outside of space and ...


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There are an awful lot of assumptions here. There is but one way to stop B There is no way to stop B if A has happened Etc But it mainly boils down to this main flaw in the logic: Event A no longer happened and therefore God would never intervene in the first place. Go to 1. Being all knowing God would of course be able to know the possibility of ...


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The theological term here is kenosis From Phillipians 2:6-7 though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself ... In short, Jesus gave up the perks of being God in order to identify with humanity.


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A Lutheran pastor I know addressed this question for me years ago. He said that Satan cannot read or control the thoughts of Christians. He further said that Satan can implant thoughts into our mind, but it is up to us whether we allow our minds to linger upon the thought. I believe he cited demon possession as an exception to this, but Christians are ...


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There are two theories in regards to this: Jesus is not part of God. See also: Is there Biblical basis for unitarianism? Jesus and God are joined in the Trinity, but separate in thought and will. See also: Biblical basis for the doctrine of the Trinity Would it have been possible for Jesus to sin? Take your pick.


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I hate to answer your question with a question, but since this is a mystery, I don't think you can logically consign yourself to one of Richards options. Not that those ideas aren't logical, they just don't quite fit, or satisfy me as a Catholic. The commentary in the NABRE is not very useful, it just says not to doubt the veracity of the verse. But ...


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Looking at the context, one can see that the weakness and foolishness are seemingly so from a perspective of Jews (for whom the weakness of the cross is a stumbling block--this seems to be implied in the mocking presented by the chief priests, elders, and teachers of the law in Matthew 27:41-43, that God would express his power by physically saving his ...


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I'm sure there are other references, but for example: Omnipresence: Psalm 139:7-12 describes God being everywhere. Omnipotence: I can't think of a Bible verse that says, "God is omnipotent". But Deut 4:37 (and many similar verses) talk about God's "might power". Gen 17:1 and others refer to God as "Almighty". Job 11:7b "Can you find out the limits of the ...


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I believe you miss a few key points about the halting problem. Just because there is no algorithm that can decide for every input program if it will halt, does not mean that no algorithms exist for any given input. See: Are Impossibility Proofs Possible?- Halting Problem for examples. You assume that God would have to function over every single ...


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Why Did God Create the Universe (or, at least, Humanity)? The answer to that will speak to your question about God's foreknowledge. I will propose an executive summary: the purpose of humanity1 is to know and love God. (Jn 17:3) The testimony of the Scripture is at least compatible with this idea, though I find more than just circumstantial evidence in ...


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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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Reading minds to my knowledge is solely something for God to do, as it is He who discerns the thoughts and the heart. However, that doesn't mean that satan doesn't do a good job of inference. he is also said to send fiery darts, which would of course be in various forms spiritually, including thoughts and temptations. That covers implanting thoughts, but not ...


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This verse is an excellent example of how certain elements of the Bible are not meant to be taken literally. St. Paul is using metaphorical language to convey the paradox of the Cross. It is crucial to look at the broader context of this verse in order to correctly deduce what St Paul is teaching. Notice the connection between verse 25 and verses 18-21: ...


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Two possible explanations. 1. God appears foolish to men: 1 Corinthians 1:25 (New Life Version ) God’s plan looked foolish to men, but it is wiser than the best plans of men. God’s plan which may look weak is stronger than the strongest plans of men. The very idea that we are all sinners and God Himself had to come down to earth in human ...


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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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Short answer(s): Was Jesus omniscient regarding earthly matters? No. At least not at all times. (eg. In Luke 2:52 Jesus is said to grow/increase/advance in wisdom depending on translation - these all imply either a lack of omniscience, or at the very least an unexercised omniscience) Is there a notable doctrine of major denominations about this? ...


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The God of the Bible states "I declare the end from the beginning." In comparing God to an algorithm, you go against the fundamental claims of God --that is, you create a straw man to knock over. God is not an algorithm, waiting for an asynchronous user event or for some unseen input data. God is the author of the data and thus by necessity of being its ...


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You're assuming that self-reference is required somehow, that God has to "evaluate himself" (whatever that means) when making decisions, and that his decision-making is based solely on observation and not on any sort of predictive ability. There's a much simpler conceptual model: "Something important is about to happen. There are three possible outcomes. ...


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It may be that Satan has always defied God, or (and) that he believes his own lies. The Bible doesn't touch the subject directly.


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Only God can know what is in our minds. Even the saints and the Virgin Mary cannot know what's going inside our inner thoughts if we don't let them know (in our prayers). The same rule applies to our guardian angel. So the devil cannot know what goes in our minds. But we should consider Satan is very intelligent and he can read clues, as we can read in ...


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It is, I suppose, conceivable that God is not bound by the laws of logic. But if true further discussion is impossible, as how are we to consider the possibilities except by using logic? I can't imagine how I could prove this either way. Will I present a logical proof that logic always applies? But if logic doesn't apply, then the proof is invalid, and the ...


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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 is a big debate between the so-called Classical Theists who believe that God's knowing everything is absolute and includes exhaustive foreknowledge of the future as a certain absolute not merely as possible contingencies, and the Open Theists who believe that God only knows everything that's possible to be known and that the future is not possible to be ...


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A google search looking for a meaning/definition of the omni prefix will give you a bunch of references that saying it denotes an "all-" meaning. The suffix words can be defined as: Potency: power; authority. - Luke 1:37 Presence: the state or fact of being present, as with others or in a place. - Psalm 139:7-12 Science: the state of knowing. - Job 37:16, ...


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Christ did not “pretend” to be not God but rather, he chose to not use his Godhead. He literally became similar to his brethren in every way ( Hebrews 2:17) for he became similar to men ( Philippians 2:7), he was sent similar to sinful flesh ( Romans 8:3). It is true that he does not know the day and the hour ( Mark 13:32) and it is equally true that all ...



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