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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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Regarding your first question, there is a key difference between your two examples. They would be more parallel if you framed the first one like this: God is the most perfect possible being that can be thought of. Non-existence or a lack of regular competition in barbecuing championships would be an imperfection. Therefore, God exists and regularly ...


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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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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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Taking a simple definition of love as 'desiring actual good for someone because you care for their actual happiness', we can see that love arising from faith, is different in nature to secular love. Here are some of the differences: Faith brings light and knowledge upon what is actual good, therefore it produces the desire of true good for others. ...


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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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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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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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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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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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The greatest thinkers of the time (including the great theologian Thomas Aquinas, the Doctor Universalis of the Catholic church) rejected it. To quote from Wikipedia, The first critic of the ontological argument was Anselm's contemporary, Gaunilo of Marmoutiers. He used the analogy of a perfect island, suggesting that the ontological could be used to ...


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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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The short answer is that the natural man cannot love properly, and they hate the Lord and His Church (which is the focus here, cf. "let us love one another"), only the regenerate by the work of God can. For the longer answer I'll give you John Gill's commentary, both on this and 1 John 3:14 which addresses the same issue. 1 John 4:7 Beloved, let its love ...


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At present, not much of one. The ontological argument along its traditional lines, wherein God is allegedly proven to exist because the greatest being is an existent being, has been criticized by numerous Christian theologians. Most notably, I think, is that St. Thomas Aquinas rejected it on the grounds that only God could know God's nature; hence, any ...



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