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The fruit of the spirit are listed in Galations 5:22-23: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (NIV)


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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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The classic book on this subject is The Humor of Christ by Elton Trueblood. While it is true that the Scripture rarely tells Jesus' emotion, there are considerable places in Scripture where Jesus is most likely making a joke: When the Syrophoenician woman quips back that even the dogs get the crumbs When the Pharisees strain out the gnats but swallow a ...


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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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The first part is short for John 3:16 which reads (KJV): 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. The second part is short for Do You Believe, with 3 in the place of E, and is asked in reference to the aforementioned verse. The second part is referring ...


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Luke 10:21 On that same occasion Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your gracious will. Here Jesus is rejoicing in the wisdom, and beauty, and grace of God, and ...


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According to The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell, p125, Josephus, who died after 100AD, wrote of Jesus in his Jewish Antiquities, "...for he appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and then thousand other wonderful things concerning him." (Antiquities, XVIII, 33). However, those words are ...


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Genesis 28:18 (NLT) The next morning Jacob got up very early. He took the stone he had rested his head against, and he set it upright as a memorial pillar. Then he poured olive oil over it. Olive oil was very important in ancient Israel. It was used for not only as food and for cooking, but also for lighting, sacrificial offerings, ointment, ...


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Actually, we are all under many curses. Death: We are subjected to death, aging, sickness and deformities because Adam and Eve failed to obey God by eating the fruit from the forbidden tree. Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned (Romans 5:12, ...


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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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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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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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The long and the short, is that you won't. Clearly he had to (it would be inhuman to live to adulthood without having laughed). The Teaching Company has a set on comparative religion (I think), which makes the point: The Buddha never weeps, but he laughs. Jesus never laughs, but he weeps. But far from this being a case of "Christ's message is so ...


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It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings. (Proverbs 25:2, NIV) There's a sense in which mysteries bring glory to God and solving them bring glory to us. It's no accident that so many people enjoy puzzles and riddles or exploration and experimentation, it's just another way in which we reflect the God whose ...


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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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I think you may be adding unnecessary implications to the text. Genesis 28:5 ESV Thus Isaac sent Jacob away. And he went to Paddan-aram, to Laban, the son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother. Jacob was sent to live at Laban's house for a while. Clearly he was rushed because of Esau, but there's no indication that ...


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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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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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Probably the most applicable Scripture comes from Isaiah chapter 55: Isaiah 55:8 and 9 KJV For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. We seem to forget a few things about God that we really ...


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Matthew 19:14: Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” I think a very strong argument can be made that if there was a question of hindering children from going to Jesus, that Jesus must have been fun to be around, for the children. He must have been playful and ...


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Psalm 2:4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;


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To be sure, there are many biblical virtues, and each one, when empowered by the Holy Spirit, can be both an indication of spiritual growth and maturity and a powerful witness to a watching world. The particular list Paul provides in Galatians chapter 5 is not an exhaustive list of Christian virtues, but it is certainly comprehensive. Notice that the list ...


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One can say that we are all born cursed. Children can inherit a predisposition of a disease of their parents, whether it be Diabetes, Cancer, or other illnesses. Sin is also a sickness that has been inherited from our parents. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Psalm 51:5 When Jesus came to this Earth and ...


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This would depend on how one views God "saying" something. Do you mean a direct quote of the Lord speaking, or a verse from the Bible itself (God's Word)? If we look for word-for-word quotes by the Lord Himself, there are none that explicitly state what the fallen angels were guilty of, hence the difficulty there. However, looking through Scripture there is ...


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Isaiah 14:12-15 is probably the closest the Bible gets to describing what the devil's sin was: How are you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How are you cut down to the ground, which did weaken the nations! For you have said in your heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the ...


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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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