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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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It would be wrong to think that a majority of Protestants are Zionists, but Christian Zionism is nevertheless a substantial movement, especially in the United States. There is a belief among some Christians that the return of the Jews to the Holy Land, and the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, is in accordance with Biblical prophecy. The idea ...


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The commandment (Exodus 20) "Thou shalt not steal" implies the right to private property, and this is everywhere assumed in Scripture (even in Acts 5 ). If princes had the unlimited right to tax, to any extent and for any purpose, there could be no private property. All would belong to the state, or to the prince personally. Since this is not so, there must ...


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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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There is no doctrine, policy or convention in the Catholic church that prevents a priest, or any church leader, from pronouncing on the rightness of some action or belief. Historically, over the last thousand years or so, the Pope and other church leaders have pronounced on the policies and conduct of many world leaders. In recent times the Pope has ...


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There are no requirements in the New Testament for the establishment of or abolishment of socio-economic classes, so to the most basic aspect of your question, they can exist or not. There are a few issues to address however. To begin, consider that elements of redistribution are seen directly in Acts: 32 Now the full number of those who believed ...


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When I investigated this matter (at a time when my American Baptist church was exploring this in some depth), the conclusion to support the modern state of Israel rested upon these pillars: 1) A reading of Scripture 2) A view of eschatology 3) An interpretation of history 4) A decision to accept the modern state of Israel as the spiritual continuation of ...


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Zionism, founded by Theodor Herzl, is a movement for reestablishing a nation for the Jewish people. Thus, why are some Protestants Zionists, especially in the U.S.? Is there a theological reason for this? With the doctrine of the rapture and tribulation is the future reestablishment of the nation of Israel and the completion of the prophecies for Israel ...


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The first thing to notice about the posts linked to in the question is that neither of the theologians in the discussion is claiming that all taxation is theft. Rick Phillips explicitly says "there is a legitimate basis for government taxation". The WeeFlea claims that Sproul believes that "all tax is theft" (both from links in the question). But there is no ...


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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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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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