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“Illegal” is not the same thing as “sinful.” An action is illegal if it contravenes a law established by man, such as the statutes of the Federal, state, or local governments (or whatever juridical order the reader belongs to). An action is immoral (or objectively sinful) if it contravenes God’s law, which need not coincide in every case with the human ...


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As I read your question it appears that you are mistaking God's discipline with our free will. Let's begin with this statement, God is sovereign! What is meant by that is that God can do no wrong. His word is all powerful, it is his word that created all things, and all things (even you and I) are subject to his every whim. As the head of the household your ...


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The writer of Romans paints an answer with a brush wide enough to cover all these verses I think: Romans 8:29 "For whom He foreknew, He also predestined..." The all knowing God knows the heart of man and He is able to predestine/predetermine/foreordain/orchestrate according to what man will chose. And so Pharaoh chooses his path, but God orchestrated it. ...


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I not sure if this question is on-topic so I would usually just comment instead of answering, but this is a bit long for a comment... In Christianity, redemption means forgiveness of sins, or perhaps more precisely the removal of punishment due for past sins. In other religions it means other things, but that is not relevant here. Since an atheist does ...


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Protestants actually provide a variety of interpretations of this passage. The "easy" answer, that this refers to the "unforgivable sin," is held by some, but others argue that the case for that interpretation is weak, and suggest several alternatives. A couple of notes to begin: Protestant definitions of the unforgivable sin vary significantly, and ...


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Why was Jesus, who is God, baptized by John the Baptist? When Jesus was baptised by means of "the laying on of hands" (Leviticus 16:21), it was "one Man's" righteous act (Romans 5:18), which took away all the sins of humankind. When Jesus was baptized, He said to John, "Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all ...


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The means of any forgiveness is penance. The following is taken from the Catechism of the Catholic Church: ARTICLE 4: THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE AND RECONCILIATION 1422 Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have ...


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Charles Hodge provides a simple argument in his Systematic Theology (1.5.13.B). He begins on the same ground as stated in the question: that the glory of God is the ultimate purpose for everything. This, he says, implies that God manifesting himself is the "highest conceivable, or possible good," and that it is the ultimate purpose of creation, providence, ...



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