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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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If we believed that Christianity was merely a good way to live, then there might be a justification for simply adhering to a "live and let live" philosophy such as it pertains to society and social issues. But it's not; rather Christianity is the expression of God's plan of salvation for a fallen creation, and our moral code is the expression of God's ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Before I can answer, I must clarify several terms that you are using incorrectly/ambiguously and define how I will approach this question. I also must begin with the disclaimer that I will be answering from an Eastern Orthodox perspective. Eastern Orthodox vs. Oriental 'Orthodox' vs. Nestorianism Nestorianism was condemned at the third and fourth ...


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Whether we should allow our faith to affect our political decisions is irrelevant. everyone's political outlook is affected by their worldview. So from that perspective, it's a question based on a false assumption that we can separate our beliefs from how we vote. Everyone does that. As for whether Christians should "force their views" on others, ...


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The shift of the powerbase from the east to Europe caused a fundamental change in the worldview of the Western Church, not the least being from the influences of Greek Philosophy. Concepts such as Original Sin which find no place in Judaism and Eastern Orthodoxy began to find a foothold in Western Christian Theology, with further knockon results: Quote from ...


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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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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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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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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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This is somewhat like asking, should we try to have as rational a spouse as possible? Is it our duty? Many in history had no choice about what spouse they had. In our age, we do. Similarly, in earlier times we had no choice in who is king/leader, now we do. Why do we need Biblical support for so obvious a question? But, in case you insist: Voting is a way ...


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Simply stated, theonomy is God's law or the rule of God (Deut.27:26). Israel is the only nation ever to live under the theonomy of the living God. It is to be compared with autonomy - self rule, and heteronomy - rule by another. Concerning the Church of Jesus Christ, theonomy is an ethical mandate. It is not a political rule as such but rather the basis of ...


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As a former volunteer in a hospice I believe I have something to say about this, both to Christians and to non-Christians. How would you want to die? At first, people usually say something like "painlessly" or "quickly". Some youngsters add "young", most older people would add "after long life", "after happy life" or "after accomplishing my goals" instead. ...


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I'd like to address the "to a Christian" aspect of the question (I'm not sure the "to a non-Christian" aspect is on topic). I would argue in favour of assisted suicide, on a case by case basis. I don't intend to comment on whether it should be legal or illegal, because I think that is mostly irrelevant to the issue of its morality. The Bible doesn't have ...


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There is no "single" way to answer this, because (as usual) there is no "single" Christian view; there are Christian groups with very well versed advocates at both extremes of this, so there are no absolute answers here. I'm looking to a way to answer a fellow Christian with few knowledge of the Bible... My view in your discussion to a Christian : if ...



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