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I could be wrong, but it seems that people are confusing obedience and faith as terms. For me, faith and obedience are two separate parts of a relationship with God. Obedience is following what we beleive God is asking us to do. Faith is believing that God exists, even though he operates within our lives in a non-scientifically provable fashion. As I see ...


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Relationship with God is generally understood as being the most important thing we can hope for in all the Christian circles I am familiar with (a wide variety of Protestant denominations and movements. Often a simplistic view of the Gospel focuses on the negative, avoiding condemnation. Even here, the most consistent view of being condemned is that it means ...


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Al-Hallaj was a sufi mystic from ~900 years after the time of Jesus. He was enamored of the Jesus he knew of, but his own sources and influence were primarily Islamic and his idea of who Jesus was matches the non-divine prophet of Islamic teaching rather that the divine savior of Christianity. He tried to live after the pattern of the stories he had and used ...


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Hebrews 11;6 But without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must believe he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. James 2;14-26 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? If a brother or sister be naked and ...


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Hebrews 11: 1 says "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." This is probably one of the most fundamental verses you can quote when asked about faith. It is the most obvious and clear definition of what it means to believe something especially God. Knowledge is pretty much the same as faith. We all know the color of ...


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Given the massively fractured state of Christianity and the widely varied beliefs therein, a cross-denominational examination of soteriology could certainly yield strict, literal, and conflicting understandings of expiation and propitiation. However, I believe Roman Catholicism is a significant example wherein both concepts are used, amongst others, to ...


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Yes, God wants us to be happy, but Jesus warned against the worship of money. Somehow, I don't believe the starving kids in Africa did anything to warrant their poverty, nor do people who were born into a middle class family in the 1st world necessarily deserve their wealth. It is the old sayings "Bad things happen to good people, good things happen to bad ...



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