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While I believe there are political reasons to support or not support Israel, I don't feel any of those are "Christian" reasons to support Israel. God has blessed Israel and therefore is guiding them, in general, in the correct direction, and we should support this. Israel is a Jewish state. Unless God is guiding the people to follow Jesus, I'm ...


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Christians throughout history have differing interpretations of how the faithful should approach civil governments. I would point you toward a seminal work addressing this topic called Christ and Culture by H. R. Niebuhr. One position (Christ against culture), advocated by those like Mennonites, argues for total withdraw from the political sphere. Another ...


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When I hear Libertarians talking about how each person's only responsibility is to themselves, I tend to think of Cain. When God asked him where his murdered brother was, he flippantly responded, "Am I my brother's keeper?" (It's not my responsibilty to look after him! He ought to take care of himself!) I don't think most Christians would consider him good ...


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Actually it's the other way round: More studies: http://freethinker.co.uk/2009/02/18/poorest-countries-are-the-most-religious/ http://www.zahablog.com/?page_id=782


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This issue isn't really anything to do with Christianity, although it's an issue which Christians sometimes take sides on. When the State of Israel was created in 1947-48 Jerusalem was given a special status, not a part of Israel proper: "The City of Jerusalem shall be established as a corpus separatum under a special international regime and shall be ...


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They don't "relate to the US", except insofar as the headquarters of the church happen to be located in the US. There aren't "international branches" of the LDS church; there is one worldwide church. The church is organized into individual congregations, known as wards or branches (a branch being a smaller congregation in an area where the church is not yet ...


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From a general Christian perspective, I believe that assisted suicide is wrong. I have multiple reasons for this. The obvious, but too obvious, answer is that God commands that we shall not murder. A common objection to this argument is that it's not murder if the person is suffering and wishes to die. Perhaps so, so allow me to argue a separate point. ...


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I think this has to do with whether biblical laws should apply to non-Christians or not. 1 Corinthians 5:12-13 (ESV) 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? 13 God judges those outside. "Purge the evil person from among you." So, we should not seek to judge outsiders. Not even by ...


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Without having understood the doctrine of the two kingdoms, it's not possible to understand Luther's theology in its full extent. It's a misunderstanding to think that by the justification by faith alone all laws have lost their importance. As short as possible: a Christian lives under two completly different kingdoms, where the one is "God's kingdom under ...


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Catholicism does not keep a comprehensive list of what does and does not constitute a sin; there are too many actions with moral consequence to allow for such a list. Although the Catechism of the Catholic Church does point out several actions (including procuring an abortion) as sins, even grave sins, it says nothing specifically about voting for candidates ...


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If you restrict libertarian rules to the realm of governing and not personal responsibilities, then these views do not necessarily conflict. Ayn Rand would propose that it is everyone’s personal responsibility to earn what they receive which is hard to reconcile with the view that you should love thy neighbor and the Golden Rule. Sure you can help others too ...


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There are a host of "end times" prophecies that cover Israel, in both figurative and literal senses, and that God is not "done with her" yet. The clear list, along with debated lists, would be far too long enumerate herein. We know that Israel as God's chosen people was fulfilled in the coming of Christ, and that as a nation per se, they do not hold the ...


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The charges being brought against Jesus was that he was "King of the Jews", meaning that he claimed earthly authority over the Jews. The charges, therefore, were charges against the authority of Rome. You can see this more clearly if you read the full passage (using your source translation): John 18:33 (NWT) So Pilate entered into the governor’s ...


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The question is very well addressed in a guide published by Catholic Answers. In a nutshell, the answer is that a Catholic (and, frankly, every human being, regardless of religion) is bound in conscience never to support public policies that encourage abortion, and this duty includes the grave obligation to vote for those candidates who will best protect ...


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The issue comes down to the difference between the church and the government. If Jesus was speaking to the government when he spoke the golden rule, then yes, there would be a conflict. If he was speaking to individuals within the church, I don't believe there's a conflict at all. If a person holds that the Golden Rule was given to those who follow ...


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There isn't much evidence to support this hypothesis. The countries with the top ten incomes per capita are a mix of Islamic, Atheist (at least trending that way now; historically Christian), Christian, and Buddhist. If you look at a broader trend across countries, the U.S. is a highly-religious outlier, but basically the trend is downwards; the more ...


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Your referring to the "not-insignificant number" of 8 million Jehovah's Witnesses? John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom (kingship, royal power) belongs not to this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My followers would have been fighting to keep Me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, My kingdom is not from here (this world); ...


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I look at it from a different point-of-view. Should another religious group, perhaps animists, or we could go with a non-religious group such as vegans, push their views, if they had the majority? So, if the majority of those in power were vegans, and they passed a law banning any meat or products from animals not willingly given (so honey for example ...


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For one, Catholic Priest are bound by canon law not to participate in politics. They are not to play an active role in political parties or in directing trade unions unless, in the judgement of the competent ecclesiastical authority, this is required for the defence of the rights of the Church or to promote the common good. Source I have heard, from ...


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Depending on what you mean by "involved in politics" - perhaps. Certainly if you look at the history of both Israel and the early church you will see many examples of those "in politics" who were also redeemed (Paul writes that the household of Caesar greets those to whom he is writing in Philippians). Likewise, Nehemiah was cupbearer to the king, and ...


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The problem comes in that if we are to deem all life with intrinsic value then we are faced with the same problem that abortion and the death penalty brings. Do we succumb to nihilism and then deem the life of certain convicts and / or unborn babies is worthless or do we reject nihilism and deem that it has worth. Do we grant the doctors the right to end ...


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Creator and Lord I suppose the Biblical basis for Theonomy begins with the fact that God created everything and everyone, and is therefore Lord of all creation. "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." (Genesis 1:1, NASB) "Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and ...


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This is actually a question I asked at my church during the last election season. I'll break this down into 2 parts Voting: I don't see any scriptural support for or against it. I reject the notion that it is a sin not to vote, as I haven't heard any sound scriptural evidence. I have heard people use "Pray for your leaders" (1 Tim 2:2) and "Submit to ...


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I've never found something that would really suggest we have a Christian obligation to take part in politics, or not to take part. As far as voting, democracy is a relatively recent innovation. To whatever extent there was a sense of civic participation and responsibility, it was generally focused on the local community, not the government.


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The soldiering is not shown being "bad" or "immoral". Actually, some particular soldiers are shown as evil (the ones who killed Jesus, who guarded his tomb), but there are some who are shown as good people (compare Luke 7:1-10). From John 18:10 (also Matthew 26:51): Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off ...


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What is the Biblical support for Christians fighting in the military? The support is not to the point that it is encouraged or mandated, but that it is allowed. Here the centurion is not rebuked for his profession but commended for his faith. Matthew 8:9-10 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he ...


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If you want to understand why the PCUSA's hymn committee rejected the hymn, then you should read its brief statement of faith. The statement of faith focuses heavily on grace, and satisfaction theology tends to focus on works. The line from the song in question is very much based in satisfaction theology and thus contradicts the statement of faith.



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