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On the surface, Christ's suffering may not appear necessarily unique in respect to the levels or duration of either physical or emotional pain, but it was certainly unique in respect to the nature of the sufferer and the spiritual dimension of the suffering: The completely innocent Incarnate Creator suffering at the hands of his rebellious creation; and the ...


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Short answer: The reason is, that Jesus' suffered and died in our place. This is how the bible puts it in Romans 5:6-8 ESV: 6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in ...


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Any time you hear anything along the lines of "I'm trying to be a Christian", a giant red flag should immediately go up in your mind. Whoever said that is either playing fast and loose with words or they have completely missed the point. Being a Christian is a binary state (our position as either lost or saved in the eyes of God) that is not determined by ...


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The extraordinary thing about Jesus' suffering is not so much its physical intensity, but the fact that He, the Second Person of the Trinity, deigned to suffer. He did not have to, but he specifically wished to save us by enduring suffering. We should also keep in mind that Jesus, being God, had (and has) perfect knowledge of all the sins committed in the ...


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I think I know what you're getting at with this question, but you've got to consider what St. Paul says: Col 1:24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the church, And that was at the beginning of the Church. It's not that St. ...


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Jesus' death was sufficient simply because DEATH is the punishment for our sins, not suffering. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that the Savior must suffer for a long time to cover our sins, only His death. If you look at all these verses, we'll see that "Christ died" and it is enough: ...


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Note: The quotes I offer here are taken from the 1983 Catechism of the Catholic Church. There is an online version here. Numbers are the paragraph numbers for each point. 601 The Scriptures had foretold this divine plan of salvation through the putting to death of “the righteous one, my Servant” as a mystery of universal redemption, that is, as the ...


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Here's a quote from G.K. Chesterton which I think explicates a Catholic view of the subject: “That a good man may have his back to the wall is no more than we knew already, but that God could have His back to the wall is a boast for all insurgents forever. Christianity is the only religion on earth that has felt that omnipotence made God incomplete. ...


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Yes, your arguments are correct. Here is some expansion and support… The first and best answer to suffering is the freewill defense. For God to make free creatures is worthwhile; truly free creatures are able to act for good or evil. People who cannot do certain things are not truly free. A person needs no other response, but other responses are available ...


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Luke 13:22-28 (NIV) Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?” He said to them, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. Once the owner of the ...


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How loving is it to not give someone justice for being wronged? If I killed your close family member, would it be loving for someone to simply say "that's too bad" and not atone for the murder of your family? Love does not just require grace, but also justice. Doing wrong has a very real cost, both emotionally and physically and that slack has to be ...


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No there isn't any theology that ever says Christ's sacrifice and redemptive work is lacking anything in order to save us. Suffering and death are a natural result of Sin. As a Christian you put to death your earthly members and you crucify the works and desires of the flesh for the love of Christ and of mankind. Assisi and Bernadette are not recognized as ...


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I would respectfully disagree with @bruised_reed's statement .. Christ's suffering was not unique in respect to the levels or duration of physical or emotional pain Indeed, it was unique. All of God's righteous wrath was poured out on Christ. A wrath for all the sin that had been committed and the sin yet to be committed. I do not think as finite ...


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While I believe that it is through faith alone we are saved, the only caveat I would like to put forward is the parable of the sheep and the goats in Matthew 25. 31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from ...


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If there is an all powerful Creator, why does evil exist? Another way of thinking about it is to consider who initiates wicked actions, which gives two possibilities, Divine responsibility or human culpability. God directs his subjects to commit sins for reasons unknown to us. This is known as predestination. The troubling implication is that we should ...


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This question indeed must have made many a person think which ever religion he may believe in concerning the existence of "evil and Suffering". To many the one responsible is the devil or satan as referred by the church.It is very true in the mind of many that all the wickedness and evil around us is caused by the devil. As a bible believing Christian we ...



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