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Yes, there is school of theological nihilism influenced by Nietzsche, known as the "Death of God" movement. Probably the most famous individual associated with it is Paul Tillich. This work explores the idea that the traditional concept of God has "died", and the extent to which faith (or reason, or ethics, etc.) can still exist in such a world. We can argue ...


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2 Peter 3:9 ... maybe? The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.


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I believe you are referring to Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. (KJV)


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Is an English translation of the letter publicly available, and where can I find it? If you are talking about finding it online, you aren't going to have any luck. These letters, as far as I know, are not available to read online. However, if you are willing to spend some money, an English book compilation of the letters by George Mastrantonis can be ...


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For pastorship, it depends on the doctrine. As for an Elder, this is what Titus 1:6 NIV says An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient I can recall an Elder loosing his sword/title because his teen daughter had an incident at a house party. He was very ...


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The Ante-Nicene Fathers (ANF) volumes are all freely available online, along with many other Patristics. I got over 300 hits with a search for "golden calf." and found several notable quotes. Keep in mind that the Fathers often allegorized/spiritualized scripture while discussing living for/in Christ. You can also study the passage and select works that ...


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I don't know exactly what you are referring to, but lets look at some of the usage of Father in the Old Testament. The most interesting usage is probably the way in which God identifies himself as a Father to his people. The adjective "spiritual" isn't even introduced, he just pronounces that he is the father of Israel and likes the various things that he ...


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Unfortunately this point is not clearly understood for the majority of the Christian World because there is little written on the subject of the priesthood. It is hard to know exactly what Paul was referring to in this passage without some further light and knowledge shed on this subject. From the King James Version of the Bible, the only suggestions given ...


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Having been a Mennonite for all my adult life, and attending a Mennonite Brethren church for the last 8 years or so, I have never heard of The Shepherd of Hermas, or any of the other books you mentioned. However, Mennonites, and many other denominations, often use written resources in sermons, corporate worship (recitations, hymns, songs), etc, that are ...


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For some reason modern popular authors that deal with this subject are more of the autobiographical nature, such as Joni Eareckson Tada who has various books and lectures about taking joy in God's sovereignty, where she herself has been in a wheelchair for over thirty years.  Another person along the same line that I remember is Corrie ten Boom whose story ...


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Tozer often preaches very insightfully about sanctification by discarding many superficial views that causes us to make Christianity fake and hypocritical.  A man who is truly vexed by the sin of the world, and truly despised by it, can't help but feel lonely.   Jesus was a man of sorrow: He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and ...


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Hebrews 11: 1 says "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." This is probably one of the most fundamental verses you can quote when asked about faith. It is the most obvious and clear definition of what it means to believe something especially God. Knowledge is pretty much the same as faith. We all know the color of ...


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Your question is not an easy one to answer in that nihilism takes many shapes and forms, and therefore it is hard to pin down how nihilism relates to any particular part of the Bible. For instance the commonly known divisions of nihilism fall into the following categories Metaphysical nihilism, Epistemological nihilism, Mereological nihilism, Existential ...


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Gregory of Nyssa's Life of Moses isn't exactly two characters talking, but as an expository allegory, you may find it right up the same alley. What Nyssa does is to write a biography (a hagiography, really) of Moses, following him through the Exodus and Numbers' narratives, but expounding up the various symbols therein. These symbols are highly ...


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Several spring to mind. In no particular order: Galatians 6:5: ...each one should carry their own load Principle: don't transfer your burdens to others. 2 Thessalonians 3:10: For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” Principle: (similar to above) don't rely on others hard work, earn your own ...



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