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If we have no control over the lusts of the flesh, then all the commands in the Bible to refrain from sin are pretty absurd and waste of time and space. Of course we have the ability to say no to temptations, as is cited in many passages of Scripture that urge us to do so. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and ...


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Paul actually answers this quite well, in Romans 7: 21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I ...


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To understand this perspective, it is better to think of "death" as "a separation", rather than "a ceasing to exist". So, when you "die", your spirit is separated from your flesh, and from this world. 1) The second death is the ultimate separation of (the spirits of) sinners from the presence of God. 2) Indeed, (the spirits of) those who are "resurrected" ...


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One possible interpretation is that the tree of life would have given them eternal physical life. After the Fall, this would have been in a state of separation from God. So, God prevented them from living forever in this state of separation. God's purpose was that they live forever in communion with Him.


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The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that every human body is human because it has a soul imparted by God. 364 The human body shares in the dignity of "the image of God": it is a human body precisely because it is animated by a spiritual soul, and it is the whole human person that is intended to become, in the body of Christ, a temple of the ...


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It helps to first know what the word "Spirit" actually means, which is more of a question for the Hermeneutics site. I do see you've been asking questions about the meaning of the word there, so I'll include a brief bit here as introduction. From http://www.pickle-publishing.com/papers/soul-and-spirit.htm In the New Testament the word for "spirit" is ...


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Other places Pink mentions his tripartite view of man are: Gleanings in Genesis, p. 107 "Is it not clear then that the ark divided into three stories more than hints at our threefold salvation in Christ? The salvation which we have in Christ is a threefold one, and that in a double sense. It is a salvation which embraces each part of our threefold ...


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Generally speaking, the Hebrew Bible does not distinguish between "body" and "soul." The Hebrew word for life, nephesh refers to the "vital life forces," that is, breathing, pulse, etc. There certainly are intimations of afterlife in the HB, but most scholars agree that an eternal soul was not part of Israelite Religion—at least not in the Platonic sense. ...


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The short answer is no. There are many reports of people "seeing" Heaven or Hell and coming back, but as for entering, there is no return. That being said, Heaven and Hell are spiritual states (at least before Second Coming/Apocalypse) and not physical places; so, in theory, being in Heaven or Hell would rule out "presence" (in a non-physical sense) on ...


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The best work on this is undoubtedly Jonathan Edwards's Religious Affections. In that book, he makes a painstaking case that emotions are not a reliable indicator in any way whatsoever of true religious experience. Interestingly, Edwards's work came before the late 1800's, when the emotional revivalism of people such as Charles Finney became so much more ...


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Commentators do not all agree on what happened here, but from the context the most plausible is that God overtook the wicked witch with a vision of Samuel to rebuke Saul. The rebuke is even in part for wickedly seeking a medium in the first place. God on occasion put additional sting and irony into his rebukes by taking a strange person to act as his ...


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I am unaware of any locations in the Bible that support the claim that our spirit goes to heaven upon our death, however, I'm sure Jesus was have believe the portion of the Bible that was already written at that time which stated that upon death ones spirit goes out, but a person goes in to the ground and has no thoughts (Ps 146:4; Eccl 9:5-6). 1 Co 15:52 ...


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I think we must take the trees as literal but also symbolic because of God's promises annexed to them. The tree of life represented the case of Adam obtaining eternal life by obedience to God and in resisting the tree of death. In other words Adam could never be allowed to eat from the tree of life so the concern is hypothetical only, God would never and ...


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In Jude 9, we read: But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, “ The Lord rebuke you!” This is often taught as the body of Moses was taken into heaven. We also know that Elijah ascended in a fiery chariot in a whirlwind: And as they ...


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As far as I know, angels are different beings from us as they do not procreate. Matthew 22:29,30 says: Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. Because they do not procreate, ...


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There can be no definitive answer on this. The easiest way is to compare all the different translations and make your own conclusion, for yourself and not for others. Examples: Ecclesiastes 11:5 NIV - As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother's womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all ...


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The first verses you cite (Acts 19:5-6) do not teach what we today call being "baptized into Christ Jesus" (Romans 6:3; Galatians 3:27) or being "baptized by one Spirit into one body" (1 Corinthians 12:13). We can safely conclude the Ephesian believers were already baptized into Christ Jesus, or were baptized by one Spirit into one body (i.e., the body of ...


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Human beings are rational animals. Thus, if a cloned human were truly human, it would have a rational soul. St. Thomas Aquinas writes in Summa Contra Gentiles, lib. 2 cap. 87 tit. that "the human soul is brought into being through the creative action of God," not through a biological processes, which is only the soul's instrumental cause, but as its ...


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Acts 2:38 Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." Depending on your doctrine, in Acts 8 they DID have the HS. The apostles just added the GIFTS (i.e. miracles) of the HS to them so they can make miracles, get bitten by snakes ...


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Regarding your question, if it is a matter of deceit or not - consider the original context. First you should read the whole chapter: 1 Kings 22 The subject has to do with truth, amazingly. 13 The messenger who went to call Micaiah said to him, Behold now, the prophets unanimously declare good to the king. Let your answer, I pray you, be like ...


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Some times we ascribe more power to Satan than he actually has, and less to God than he actually has. In saying: 1st Samuel 16:14 KJV But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him. they were attributing power to the correct person. So now that I have you completely confused, let's take a look at the ...


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God is Completely Sovereign All events can be credited to him in the sense that nothing happens without him at least allowing it, even if he is not exactly the agent of delivery. This is not necessarily to say that what happens is his highest preference (e.g. he would have preferred that Adam and Eve not sin), but it conforms to his (permissive) will. He is ...


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The key verse for understanding the punishments associated with eating from Tree of the Knowledge and Good and Evil is Genesis 2:17. In English: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Much ink has been spilt over the question of why that death was not immediate. ...


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The tree of life symbols the eternal life. If Man accepts the tree of life , he will live forever, however man accept the tree of knowledge, sin will inject into him . I believe God afraid Adam live forever with sin.


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According to Matthew 17:9, what they saw was a vision, and not the physical bodies of Moses and Elijah. Matthew 17:9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, "Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead."


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We know that "out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks". However, being able to entirely determine the state of someone's soul via their words is a talent not entrusted to [most] people (the exceptions being accounted-for in the Bible with the Apostles). A period of witnessing all of the components of a person's life - words, actions, approaches ...


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Are you asking if, in general, Jesus taught that there is life after death? Or are you looking for specific discussion of the word or concept of "spirit"? If the former: Matthew 22:23,29-32 "The same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Him and asked Him ... Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not knowing the ...


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Excellent question. You're right, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot on the topic in Scripture, so I'm going to give this the best try I can. Jesus seems to imply that his spirit will be with God the Father when he died. Luke 23:46: Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he ...



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