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Let's take a look at Paul. The book of Acts details the spread of the Gospel from Jerusalem into wider Judea and Samaria, then off through Syria, Asia, Greece, before it concludes with Paul preaching the Gospel in the capital city of the Roman Empire. If we follow along with the way the Christians are preaching the Gospel, we find that once they start ...


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There is a fundamental flaw in the logic here. Genesis 4 clearly applies to a single person - the person who kills Cain. Generalizing this to any executioner is not supported by the text. To wit: 'Very well, then,' Yahweh replied, 'whoever kills Cain will suffer a sevenfold vengeance.' Indeed, if it did call for that, Genesis 9:6 would be ...


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Mainline Seminaries I went to a very conservative seminary and read Girard's Scapegoat, though the overall position of the school disagreed with it. However, that we read it indicates its prevalence in academic institutions. Others I know who went to mainline seminaries, however, are very well versed in Girard. In Rowan Williams' (former archbishop of ...


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If God, were only transcendant, perhaps there would be something to what you're saying, But Orthodox (in the wider sense of the word) Christian teaching is that God is both transcendant (we can't know Him fully) and Immanent - he is 'close' and fully able to communicate to his creatures clearly (at least to their level of comprehension). Orthodox ...


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Even when a philosophy is contrary to Christianity, it is often good to study it, so as to be able to understand what other people think. Such philosophies may also have valid points, despite some erroneous parts. For example, Marxism, which is fundamentally incompatible with Christianity because it is explicitly materialistic and promotes a violent class ...


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Let's clarify the definition of "sin". Sin is often defined as performing acts that are contrary to specifically noted prohibitions in scripture. In the Old Testament, prohibitions against eating unclean animals, specific instructions about performing certain rituals and ceremonies, etc. I believe the Biblical definition of "sin" is not so much about ...


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The comments are quite right about an LDS viewpoint being that it hasn't been revealed yet as doctrine. However your question is asking how God exists or when the beginning of everything was. The problem is you are asking an infinite question with only the capability of a finite mind. Joseph Smith attempted to help our finite minds understand that of ...


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@Martin.kv Good answer! I would only add Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. All things, whether good or bad, work together for good to those who love God and follow His plan for them. Like Joseph said in Genesis 50:20 to his brothers But as ...


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In a word: no, especially to your question number three. Allow me to put my answer in the form of an argument, one which Jesus himself used on many occasions. If God has no problem or difficulty whatsoever communicating within the infinite Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and does so with no falsification, no limitation (self-imposed or ...


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It is really a myth that philosophy is explicitly anti religious. Sure there are non or anti religious people among them but I'm not convinced they are more or less than any other profession. Do not think Phil people are really like the Movie God is not dead. It is not like that at all. If you want to defend the Christian world view in any academic setting ...


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Neo-Platonism (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neoplatonism_and_Christianity). Augustine was influenced by Neo-Platonism, as well as other Christian writers. I think you will find Neo-Platonism to be more more influential than Platonism. I am not expert in Philosophy enough to provide my own explanation. All I can do is provide some references. From the ...


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God has a purpose with everything that happens, good or bad and he does have a plan for each of us (Jeremiah 29:11) 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. but his will for us does not come to pass automatically because his adversary satan too has ...


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My limited understanding is that the early church fathers were as aware of platonic philosophy as Plato was of Jewish philosophy. "The Fathers of the early Church sought to explain the striking resemblance between the doctrines of Plato and those of Christianity, principally by the acquaintance, which, as they supposed, that philosopher had with learned ...


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1 Corinthians 10:23 All things are legitimate [permissible—and we are free to do anything we please], but not all things are helpful (expedient, profitable, and wholesome). All things are legitimate, but not all things are constructive [to character] and edifying [to spiritual life]. You can do anything you want - but is it productive? ...


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Cynicism has traditionally been attributed to Antisthenes, a student of Socrates. I'm not very familiar with Antisthenes, but the main current of Socrates' thought was extreme skepticism about all knowledge; the oracle said that there was no one wiser than Socrates, which Socrates, after some initial confusion, took to mean that he was wiser simply because ...


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Your definition of cynicism includes " rejecting all conventional desires for A. wealth, B. power, C. sex, and D. fame." A. Regarding wealth- His Father owns the cattle on a thousand hills- Proverbs and He miraculously fished a coin out of a fish's mouth. www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+17%3A24-27&version=CEV Any possible possession he ...


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Why The Church keeps on collecting a Tithe? To begin, the first tithe was collect more than 400 years prior to the giving of the Mosaic Law (Genesis 14:17-20). It should be obvious, then, that tithing is independent of the law, having originated more than 400 years earlier. However, the question here has nothing to do with the legitimacy or ...


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Satan thinks he is God. Isaiah 14;14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. II Thessalonians 2;4 Who opposeth and exhalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God shewing himself that he is God. ...


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Since the Philosophy tag was raised. This is what I think. Satan and the demons fear God. They are not going to fight against God. If anything Satan is out to get us. So is the antichrist who will trick us to fight against Christ Jesus. He was cast out of Heaven. Luke 10:18 NET So he said to them, I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Satan ...


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I won't give you a list of these questions for I don't know them but I think it is very important to know that Greeks, in their search for truth, somehow realized there should be a God to worship (distinct from the gods they had created in their mythology) so at the time when the apostles came, they had been worshipping a so-called 'Agnostos Theos' (The ...


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I don't believe LDS Cosmology addresses St. Thomas specifically, but your quote suggests that the LDS reject his argument: "Mormons deny ex nihilo creation." In other words, the LDS believe that everything that exists has always existed (in some form)--it needn't have a first cause. Now let me address St. Thomas Aquinas' argument: St. Thomas used an ...


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I am unsure whether other Christian philospohers have taken this farther, but I have heard several preachers say something of similar effect when talking about faith and believing. They say that we don't understand then believe, we believe then we begin to understand. Pro 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the ...



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