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I believe we can be friends of God. (And not just because I'm a fan of the song) Jesus tells us if we do what he commands we are his friends. John 15:13-15 NIV 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does ...


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Summary: As you noted, the concept of a "personal relationship with Jesus" could be argued from Scripture, but it is certainly not emphasized in any way. Relationship with God is almost exclusively described in Scripture as a communal experience. The emphasis on "personal relationship" is a modern emphasis, and is rooted more in Enlightenment thinking ...


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They can, it seems. The clearest example is from Luke 16:22-25: 22 When the poor man died, he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried, 23 and from the netherworld, where he was in torment, he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. 24 And he cried out, ‘Father Abraham, have ...


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I like your question. It is well thought out and sincere. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I strive to have a close relationship with my God. I will answer your questions to the best of my ability in the order they were asked. I will refer to hymns in my answer because they often convey the doctrine simply and beautifuly. ...


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I believe that the answer to this is something related to the narrative's approach. We can infer from what we know about the godhead, that the Son loves the Father, but the focus in the gospels narrative is not that, the focus is that the Father loves the Son, then, the Son loves us and the Son obey the Father. I'll try to examplify this with some text. ...


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First, a timeline. The prohibition on incest was not given until well after creation. At least as far as traditions that believe Genesis to be a historical account are concerned, Adam and Eve were the first two humans on earth, they procreated, had a whole bunch of sons and daughters, some of which paired. For more on this see: Did Adam and Eve's ...


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The usual disclaimer - this is the Young-Earth Creationist, Biblical Literal view, which is not the only view out there. Many Creationists, including Ken Ham, Kent Hovind, and others believe and teach that the relationship between man and animals was changed directly by God after the Flood. Before the Flood, man was vegetarian only: Genesis 1:29-30 ...


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TL;DR The answer seems to be a clear "Yes" on this matter. David Legg has an excellent sermon on the subject here, from which I obtained much of this research. Many people have heard the passage about there being no marriage in Heaven: Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. At the resurrection ...


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I'm fully aware that there are those who will fundamentally disagree with the Church on this point. However, I've attempted to present an objective account of the position the Church holds. The Church justifies it by saying that giving in to the temptation which the human condition provides, in defiance of the divine order which is present in male and ...


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I like to think of it this way: A carpenter has many creations. They make beautiful chairs, tables, cabinetry. He gets joy from his creations. A carpenter can also have children. However, all of his creations he makes to support his family or for his family to use. His true joy comes from his Children. He gets overfilled with joy as he sees his ...


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Sure they can. Matthew 17 (NIV) 1 After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3 Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with ...


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As the commenters have already pointed out in response to other answers, the various points in the Bible which might be seen as answering this question are ambiguous. The only passage that I've seen that claims to answer it definitively comes from outside of mainstream Christianity. In the book of Doctrine and Covenants--a collection of revelations and ...


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In Revelation 21, the future new heavens and new earth, I would conclude there will be communication based on this description. 22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24 The ...


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John 14 (NIV) says this: Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?” 23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These ...


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Paul makes a cryptic reference in 1 Corinthians 13 to what heaven will be like. He writes: For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. Simply put, he says that the relationships we will have in heaven will be far deeper than what we have now. ...


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The context of this verse: The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young ...


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I think the popularity of the phrase "personal relationship with Jesus", and "accepting Jesus into your heart" among evangelicals comes from the influence of a few evangelical figureheads in the past century such as Billy Graham, Bill Bright, and others. However, the concepts themselves - when understood correctly - can certainly be found in very explicit ...


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Short Answer Strictly speaking, the Church is as against sex among the non-married heterosexuals than it is against sex among non-married homosexuals. By teaching, the Church only accepts as correct sex between a man and a woman who are a married couple. All other sex is considered fornication, adultery, or a variety of other disordered acts. (Offenses ...


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I think it's based on when did people start to use the phrase about religious or other subjects. It's not really a church history, but a English language history. It turns out the earliest quote another group found was in 1864, but popularized much more recently into a cliche: In this coming again of Christ by the Spirit, there is included also the fact ...


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Jesus spoke of this personal relationship on at least two occasions. Here is text from John 14:15-26 with my emphasis: 15 “If you love me, you will obey what I command. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows ...


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In the first letter from John, the first chapter, there something that could be interpreted as "personal relationship", with God and Jesus. And truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. [...] If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as ...


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Mawia and Alypius gave a good answer here for a mainstream follower. That would be that mainstream teaches the immortality of the soul. They would say that the person must go somewhere after death. The other side, which is sizable and includes 7th Day Adventists, teaches that the soul is not immortal and the dead are dead; it is like sleeping or being ...


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In Luke 16, we have the parable of the unjust house manager. In verse 9, Jesus says, "I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings." This passage alludes to the idea that since we will gain friends here on earth who later invite us into their eternal dwellings, we should ...


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Here is an exerpt from an article by Fr. Steven Kostoff's (OCA Priest and he is also a member of the adjunct faculty of the theology department at Xavier University in Cincinnati, where he has taught various courses on Orthodox theology) weekly articles on Orthodoxy that does justice to the topic theologically from an Orthodox perspective: If I am not ...


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Yes, of course the Catholic Church has an ideal age to start dating: NEVER An excellent book for young men and young women approaching the idea of dating is The ABC's of Choosing a Good Husband: How to Find and Marry a Great Guy and it's corollary The ABC's of Choosing a Good Wife: How to Find and Marry a Great Girl by Steven Wood, founder of the Family ...


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No. There are only official guidelines for marriage: by the Code of Canon Law (book VI, can 1083) A man before he has completed his sixteenth year of age and a woman before she has completed her fourteenth year of age cannot enter into a valid marriage. The conference of bishops is free to establish a higher age for the licit celebration of ...


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Your question is one that I frequently encounter especially from teenagers. And usually I find that the real question they want answered is 'Is there someone God created to be my soul mate for life?' Of course neither I nor anyone else except God himself can answer that question. However I will be happy to tell you what Scriptures say about the subject. Mar ...



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