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Tom Pennington provides a variety of arguments on this here. There are three arguments I found particularly compelling: The purpose of miracles is, biblically, to establish credibility for a spokesman who gives new revelation from God. Few charismatics today claim that they are giving new, infallible, divine revelation from God. But if they aren't, then ...


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We as men and women have had flesh and blood(bodies) created for us. Flesh and blood( body) was created for The Christ. Flesh and blood (bodies)have been and still are created for Angels. Creating life,be it spirit ,soul and/or flesh is not difficult for "The" God of Creation.


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The Roman Catholic Church did change the Sabbath from Seventh Day to the First Day. This is taken from here: Q. Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday? A. We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday." -- The Convert's Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, 1951 printing, ...


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The choice of Sunday is traditional, but it is also harmonious with the Biblical account (emphasis added): Acts 20:7 NASB On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul began talking to them, intending to leave the next day, and he prolonged his message until midnight. 1 Corinthians 16:2 (NASB) On the first day ...


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The Reformed and Lutheran theologians of the late 16th and 17th centuries are often termed "Protestant Scholastics." Why? Because they took over the methodology of the Medieval Scholastics and produced vast systematic theologies. Concordia Publishing House is currently publishing one example of this, Johann Gerhard's 16 volume systematic theology. The ...


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If I understand your question as Did the Second Vatican Council change the Catholic doctrine on the Church? William Cardinal Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), published the following response (sans footnotes) on June 29, 2007: The Second Vatican Council neither changed nor intended to change this doctrine, rather ...


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it claims that non-Christians are incapable of love Like most complex subjects it is good to start with a definition of terms. The Biblical definition of love can be found in 1 Corinthians. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 The love is long-suffering, it is kind, the love doth not envy, the love doth not vaunt itself, is not puffed up, doth not act unseemly, ...


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Catholic Perspective Definitions are always useful. 113. What is sin? A. Sin is an offense against God, by any thought, word, deed or omission against the law of God. - Source: Penny Catechism, 113. Therefore since sin is an offense against God, only God can forgive sins (my thinking, no sacrifice needed except some kind of making up - ...


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Hosea 6:6 says For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings." Take this verse and the predicament humanity found itself in after Adam and Eve committed the first human sin. We had just followed in the footsteps of Satan and disobeyed a holy God, which in numerous verses of the Bible says is punishable ...


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Since God provided for the forgiveness of sins in the Old Testament, why do we need Jesus? There are several distinct aspects that need to be considered. Forgiveness for relationship. Forgiveness for judicial sin debt. The receiving of eternal life. The idea that the forgiveness is relational can be supported by comparing the following; Leviticus ...


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Yes, God forgave people before Jesus died. But take a look at the situation back then. In Numbers chapter 31, the Israelites, at God's orders, slaughter thousands of captive Midianite women and children. Deuteronomy chapter 13 says, "If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, ...


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Protestants trust what Paul and Luke wrote for the same reason Catholics, and all other Christians, believe what they wrote is correct: because the rest of the New Testament testifies to the veracity of what they say. Peter asserts Paul's writings are scripture in 2 Peter 3:14-16. The first several chapters of Acts are about everyone but Paul. And, from ...


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You forget that basically all epistles that we have (be it from Paul or not) have been written to combat false doctrine creeping in. If what Paul was teaching was so far off, there should be record of the other apostles speaking up against him. But there isn't. Note also that in Acts (I know, by Luke, but bear with me), it's actually Peter who starts with ...


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Okay I will attempt to give an answer to this question that is based on evidence. It goes along the lines of the following websites: http://www.rejectionofpascalswager.net/paulorigin.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pauline_Christianity My answer is that Protestants believe Paul's and Luke's writings for one main reason: they wound up in the New Testament ...


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Because they want to. As stated already in other answers, they may use more than one cup for sanitary or efficiency purposes. But the real answer is that the issue of whether or not the communion liquid* is distributed in one vessel or several is a non-doctrinal, purely preferential issue with most Protestants. Jesus may have used one cup, but most ...


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In majority of Protestants Churches they pray to Bless the Wine and the Bread before take the Supper and before to divide It into individual Cups, so there is not need to take the Supper in the same Cup, because now the Wine is the Holy Blood and the Bread is the Holy Body.


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Yes this idea is found in Western Protestantism. You can find a (fictitious) example described in C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters, where the senior devil is advising the junior tempter that "every time your subject shows real humility, show him that fact, and do your best to make him proud of having achieved it".


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Short Answer: Reformation and such prepares the ground for religious freedom and an actual restoration of the one church of Jesus Christ. If you dismiss the claim that up until the first big shism in 1054 (according to you), that there was one "universal, apostolic" church, you get a wholly different picture. The only way a reformation can make sense is ...


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You and the rest of mankind cannot help but sin; it's human nature, only God is perfect. Sin is a product of the five physical senses. Sooner or later, pain or pleasure overcomes reasonable persons. Ignorance is the other culprit that makes man sin; only God knows, the rest of us only think that we know.


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@timf gave a good, thoroughly biblical answer to your questions. Let me add just a few thoughts to his/her fine answer. First, and perhaps most general, sanctification is a process which is worked out in the Christian's life in fits and starts. Think of a graph of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, with its ups and downs, ups and downs, and occasionally a ...


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If I have the Spirit of Jesus in me, why do I still sin? Jesus did not sin because he had a different father than the rest of us. His father was God. Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee ...



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