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This response addresses the question from a Reformed perspective, informed by concepts such as monergistic regeneration and sola gratia. The Westminster Assembly, in the Confession (quoted below), taught that the elect were chosen by God "before the foundations of the earth." Regarding your question as to God's choice of the elect & the sins of the ...


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It is clear how Christ feels about children in Matthew 18:2-4, He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom ...


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My Background That... entirely depends. I am a former Protestant and have spent several years helping in Catholic youth ministry. My wife is a former DRE and now acts as a consultant DRE/retreat coordinator for a couple of parishes. We often talk about how those parishes run their ministry and how it might be improved. What I did as a Protestant One ...


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Of course we are speculating about things not fully revealed in scripture, so we must start be saying we are looking for an opinion on the subject. Here is my opinion which assumes God’s elections stands before the creation of the world: Since God chose all the elect (parents and children) before the foundations of the world, a parent’s behavior has no ...


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No, there is no specific commandment to, 'love,' your parents. Neither the Hebrew, 'ahav,' or the Greek, 'agape,' which may fairly be described as, 'love,' are commanded with regard to parents. We are however commanded to both, 'ahav,' and, 'agape,' almost everyone else, from The Lord to our enemies. I guess it is assumed that we will love our parents ...


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Yes. We are commanded to love even our enemies, and specifically to care for our parents. This is a primary way in which we put our faith into practice, and people who neglect their parents cannot persist in the faith. In 1 Timothy 5:3-8, Paul is instructing a young pastor in caring for elderly widows in the Church. Give proper recognition to those ...


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In this context, it seems clear that "honor your parents" includes "love". But that does not imply, necessarily, feelings of affection. Jesus sharp words to the Pharisees about this commandment is instructive (Matt 15:3-6), and it focus on the "wealth" meaning of the Hebrew word. "But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to ...



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