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Genesis 2: 15-24 and Genesis 3: 1-24 tells the story of our beginning; And simply stated: The woman snared by the dazzling of jewels which was Satan's appearance and her child like-mind could not properly understand, the words she heard; She taking it to her husband and by his own desire accepted the words of the fallen immortal son, Satan, he created to ...


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The question is: Some faithful Christians believe that it is not a sin to be homosexual and I would like to know the line of reasoning and/or Scripture passages that they use as their basis. I can answer this from the perspective of a minister in the Swedenborgian Church of North America, a Christian denomination that does not regard homosexuality ...


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Adam and Eve were given only one restriction but they were also given a few instructions. They were to "tend and dress" the garden, and they were to multiply and replenish the earth. Failure to do these things would also have been contrary to the word of God and thus a sin. Eating of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil was the only sin ...


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Lets start with the serpent: Genesis 3:4-5 (KJV) 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods.. Which is a lie, they were already "like" gods Genesis 1:27 (KJV) 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of ...


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I can offer up the Mormon perspective on these verses. The Book of Mormon has a wonderful explanation of the purposes and the nature of creation in the Book of 2 Nephi. 10 And because of the intercession for all, all men come unto God; wherefore, they stand in the presence of him, to be judged of him according to the truth and holiness which is in ...


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Notice that in Genesis 3:22, God says "now the man is become like one of us," after Adam had eaten the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. God was not equating the angels with himself, so in using the plural he could only have been referring to other gods. Indeed, Keel and Uehlinger say in Gods, Goddesses and Images of God in Ancient Israel, ...


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I believe that the verses in Genesis makes it clear that Cain deliberately murdered Abel out of envy. (God regarded his brother's sacrifice, but not his own.) We know that God does not kill everyone who knowingly breaks the law, and so I don't think His mercy to Cain contradicts Cain's guilt. Banishment in pre-modern times was next door to a death sentence. ...


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Cf. Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) | usccb.org Q. For who is the RCIA? A. RCIA is for the uncatechized candidates both baptized and unbaptized for the purpose of bringing them into full communion with the Catholic Church. Q. Are baptized but uncatechized candidates for reception into the full communion of the Roman Catholic Church ...


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I'm going to disagree slightly with Andrew Leach on this one. As far as excommunication: since you obviously weren't a member of the Church at the time, excommunication is obviously impossible. The information Andrew gives on excommunication for abortion is valuable, though; you should certainly be aware of just how seriously the Church takes this action. ...


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It is a sin of the gravest seriousness, and results in excommunication by virtue of committing the act (this is what latae sententiae means: one does not have to be declared excommunicated; procuring an abortion procures excommunication). It must be confessed. As the excommunication is not reserved to the Apostolic See, any priest with the faculty to remit ...


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It is an interesting question. And the answer is different if we speak of a sinless man vs. a man already in sin. The sinless man: At what point did Eve and Adam sin? Most Christian denominations would agree that they did not sin until they ate of the forbidden fruit. For the sinless, temptation becomes sin when it is manifested in action. The sinful ...


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Martin Luther may have said, "You cannot prevent a bird from flying over your head, but you can prevent it from building a nest in your hair!" And so it is with temptation. "Tempting thoughts" come and go during (perhaps) every waking hour of a Christian man's life. That's the bird flying over the head. This is perhaps no truer than in his thought ...


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The question is what is meant by "abiding in Him", and being "born of God". Some argue that simply accepting Christ satisfies both these; others that baptism satisfies both these; yet others take it as a lifelong mission to "abide in Him". Many verses emphasize that if we love Him, we will follow His commandments. So to me, the logic works this way: those ...


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We should not charge interest, as stated in numerous places in the Bible: Luke 6:34-35 And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons ...


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Just a quick note to add to a helpful question and answers. Many overlook that Paul's emphasis on sexual immorality flows from the Jerusalem Council's ruling in Acts 15, where they explicitly instructed him to address certain topics to the churches he planted. Sexual immorality and avoiding practices that caused division--those were the two topics they ...


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Why does 1 John say Christians are unable to sin? 1 John 3:6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. 1 John 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. One of the problems in translating something between ...


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John 3:3 3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. In other words: Don't claim to be saved from sin, only to continue in the old sinning ways. If you want to abide in him, don't sin (repent, better yourselves, etc.) (verse 6) To show that this is more what he meant than "Christinas can't sin, or aren't held ...


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First off, concerning 1st John 1:10, though we are saved by Christ, we still retain the sin nature we were born with. There are those who claim that there is no wrong, e.g. moral relativists, who believe that there is no such thing as sin or evil. So, they claim they have no sin. Our sins are covered by Jesus' sacrifice, which means that, in essence, they ...


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When did sin and evil in the universe first appear? We may not able to distinguish between the universe and our solar system in Biblical references so it may be that the door is left open for other solar systems. For our purposes we can only approximate that the temptation of Eve in Genesis chapter three indicates that Satan was already lying prior to the ...



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