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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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There are rewards promised in the Bible. "Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. (Revelation 22:12, NIV) The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. (1 Corinthians 3:8, NIV) According to Bible ...


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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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This seems like your main question: "But if God created Satan (originally) as a good (i.e., sinless) being who only entertained good thoughts, what was the original cause of Satan's evil or sinful thoughts?" That's tough to find a scriptural answer to because the first historically noted thing about Satan was that he was proud. Isaiah 14:12,13 KJV How ...


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No, it is not. It is an old saying, but there is no biblical basis for it whatsoever.


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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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There are indirect passages that state this. John 3:16-17 ESV For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. John the Baptist had this to say: John ...


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C S Lewis, apparently in Mere Christianity, does mention the concept of not knowing the concept of dark or light: My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with ...


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God's message to King Saul through prophet Samuel, after Saul disobeys God, is: 1 Samuel 15:22-23 (RSVCE) 22 And Samuel said, “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. 23 For rebellion is as the ...


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The Bible doesn't have any clear and unambiguous statements of the second person of the trinity saying that he would come to earth to save humanity before he did so, but once he was here, Jesus did indicate that it was a completely deliberate move which he chose himself. One great passage which talks about this is John 10:6-18. It should give you a good ...


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I didn't remember that statement from Jesus in the Bible, either, so I did a text search of a number of translations on Bible Gateway for that phrase, and it does not appear in any that I searched. Searching for individual words also does not show a result of any verse that substantially matches the meaning of the phrase. The closest verse I can think of ...


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This is because the person is looking for the answer and stopping at Jesus - without continuing to God. Yes, they are one and the same, but bear with me. We know God does this for us because He LOVES us: John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. ...


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The Sin of Disobedience [stemming from] Pride (the one most oft stated) It is assumed that the readers of this answer know of the Thomists vs. Scotists1 motive for the Incarnation. They both tackle: Would the incarnation would not have taken place at all, had not man sinned? This answer adopts the Scotist view: Jesus Christ was the End of creation ...


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Satan (the Enemy, Adversary, Evil One, etc) never rebelled against God, nor was he (to our knowledge) ever in Heaven or an Angel. The Isaiah 14:12-13 verse is not talking about Satan at all. The word "Lucifer" is derived from the latin "lux ferre", which simply means "Bringer or Light" or "Bringer of Dawn" or similar incantations depending on who you ask. ...


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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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Some would argue that a text about a man who lived and died is a "spiritual song", and not a hymn, as one commonly accepted definition of a hymn is "A song in Praise of God". Having written that, I would not be at all surprised to find that the stanza did, in fact come from a text included in a hymnal. The problem is, many hymnals index the texts they ...


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There is a Christian doctrine of dreams, and it derives from all of the Biblical accounts where dreams are referenced. The Bible does not make a significant distinction between lucid and non-lucid dreams. The Biblical doctrine teaches that all dreams derive from one of three sources: God, demons, or from within ourselves. Because dreams do not ...



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