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This is one of those questions that should have a clear, easy answer, but when you ask "what do Christians believe about this" you will likely get a lot of different answers. I'm going to put a preface explaining why those answers vary, and then go into a purely Scriptural view, which is the view you will likely hear from the pulpit of any Church you visit. ...


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Very interesting question. First, what should be the goal of ecumenism? I believe it has to be reunification. Pardon my translation of choice (NIV) (added own emphasis) Paul talks about our differences in 1 Corinthians 12:12-14 12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all ...


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James 2:14-26 answers your question perfectly. Faith is shown through works. I've included the excerpt below *. Symbolically, sin can be likened to nakedness, whereas clean white robes represent good deeds which are obviously tied with faith. Revelation 19:8 8 She has been permitted to dress in fine (radiant) linen, dazzling and white—for the fine ...


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The concept of carte blanche goes back at least to Roman law, from which it was received into early medieval European civil and canon law. 1, 2 The basic idea is that someone with authority (A) can choose a delegate (B) to represent them, with "full powers" meaning that A agrees in advance to be bound by whatever B decides to do. B may well be given more ...


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Whether a person hurts our feelings is a different matter than whether that person has sinned against us. For example, my doctor might tell me I am overweight. In that case, my doctor would be acting lovingly toward me. If my feelings are hurt, then I am the one with the hard heart in that example. Therefore my counsel is to be especially careful in ...


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The first principle is that we should recognize the way we treat our neighbor is evidence of our feelings towards God. Therefore we should try and do what we can to obtain forgiveness from our neighbor before boasting about our religious virtues: So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, ...


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To my knowledge, while both 1. and 2. of your hypothetical are indeed both implicit and expressed purposes for Protestant/Catholic ecumenism, the primary purpose is to ensure that Christian witness itself is not diminished because of Christian infighting. Reconciliation tends to be the goal of Protestants in ecumenism, Reunification tends to be the goal ...


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Some definitions of "forgiveness" from the web: the act of excusing a mistake or offense stop blaming or grant forgiveness; "I forgave him his infidelity"; "She cannot forgive him for forgetting her birthday" absolve from payment; "I forgive you your debt" To pardon, to waive any negative feeling or desire for punishment; To accord forgiveness ...


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Reconciliation is a process which involves several distinct phases, not necessarily in this order: Conviction Repentance Confession Forgiveness Restitution So, in my view, forgiveness is a part of an overall process of reconciliation. 1 John 1:8-10 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess ...


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The question, as stated, presents an misunderstood view of the economy of salvation. And although it is ultimately a mystery, we can say a fair amount about sin and salvation that makes Christ's sacrifice more reasonable sounding, and the possibility of "self-salvation" far less reasonable sounding. In essence, God created humans to be like God, humans ...


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Since we already know the end of the Story, let's see where the Church is headed: Revelation 19:6-10 (ESV) 6 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,    “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God    the Almighty ...


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Catholic teaching states that you must make a sincere effort to confess all mortal sins in the sacrament of confession. It is often encouraged that all grave sins be confessed as soon as possible, and certainly all mortal sins. However, if the sinner is unable to confess before death, the effortful intent to confess is taught to be valid, provided it is a ...


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There are two reasons why the sacrifice needed to be perfect. First, if the sacrifice was not perfect, the sacrifice would only be paying for his own sins. Second, the perfect life of the sacrifice satisfies the human side of the covenant, so by receiving the righteousness of the sacrifice, the saved person receives the fullness of the promises. (This is ...


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The word ecumenical has changed over time. Originally, it meant a general council of the Catholic Church, where the Pope and Bishops would get together and condemn heresies, or clarify some point of Dogma. For example the Council of Trent was convened to condemn what they called Protestant heresies. Today the word ecumenical means to "The principle or ...


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The usual text for reconciliation is found in Matthew 181: If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or ...


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“Not everyone who says to Me, .. ....but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter." What is the Father's will? Does the Father's will exclude " .. prophesying, casting out demons, ..... performing miracles" in the name of Jesus? The works of those who do not qualify to enter do not seem evil at all in themselves. They ...


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I think John 6:40 addresses "the will of God" that Jesus brings up in Matt 7.21-23 in a satisfying way: John 6:40 (NASB) For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”


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At the very least, all of creation will be "reconciled" - ie, made right again - at Christ's second coming: "For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know ...


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The real question is: why can't you accept to be loved by your Father? Why would it it would enrage me if your father took punishment for you? You say: "it's completely unfair".Well, yes, it is. But this is the difference between Grace and Law. The Law "convinces you of your sins" and tells you what is not good. The Grace enables you to love. In the old ...



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