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At one level, this question is easily answerable. Christianity is based upon the idea that Jesus is who He claimed to be. And He said, in John 14:6 I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. And if Jesus is who He claimed to be, then Christianity must be the only true religion, because He said ...


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The key Biblical passage is Mt 16:18: "And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it" (NRSVCE). Though such a citation inevitably hearkens back to certain meta-questions about the use of "πέτρᾳ," the Catholic Church has always seen it as referring to the specific ministry of Peter, ...


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History records that Pilate was not the most even tempered of men. Considering this, I find that it is quite probable that the words would have been intended more as mockery than anything else. Traditions related to Pilate are a good deal more vague. While the apocryphal "Passion (or Gospel) according to St. Peter" exonerates him, the majority of writings ...


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Scripture doesn't explain what Pilate was thinking when he said "What is truth." I know that Pilate has always been portrayed by Catholic moral theologians as the archetype of the man who wants to please everyone, of the pusillanimous man who doesn't have the courage to take a tough stand because of the personal costs. Perhaps the best dramatization of ...


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According to the doctrines of Sola Scriptura, and Biblical Infallibility we already have completed revelation from God in the Bible, and this revelation is sufficient for us to know all that God desires of/for us: "All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may ...


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Let me begin with the second question, which is simpler. The Catholic Church does not believe in modern revelation. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says 66 "The Christian economy, therefore, since it is the new and definitive Covenant, will never pass away; and no new public revelation is to be expected before the glorious manifestation of our Lord ...


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Elder Ballard is talking about the fruit of the Spirit - the "fruit" being a manifestation, consequence, or result of the presence of the Holy Ghost. This teaching is founded on a few scriptures, mainly Galatians 5:22-23 which says: 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, ...


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Logically, there can only be one true religion. If it is, indeed, true that Jesus is the Eternal Son of God, the Second Person of the Trinity, who became a man when He was born of a virgin 2,000 years ago, lived a sinless life, died a vicarious death and rose from the dead, and if it is, indeed, true that salvation is available to mankind through faith in ...


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On a loosely related question about the nature of the doctrine of Sola Scriptura and external sources of Truth, Jas 3.1 gave an excellent answer. Since Scripture adequately equips you to correct false doctrine, that implies it is the standard of truth. So the point is this: If a person teaches something contrary to Scripture, they are wrong. ...


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A bit of background: traditions and Tradition Sacred Tradition When the Church refers to Sacred Tradition, she is referring, not to practices, but to a body of doctrines that are not explicitly found in the Sacred Scriptures. A few examples of such doctrines (some of which rise even to the level of dogma, or solemnly defined doctrines that are subject to ...


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You are asking this from the perspective of a Christian. Now step back, and consider it from the perspective of the observer, here re-phrased a bit: (19) the religious authorities ask some questions (20-21) the defendant refuses to answer them (23) the defendant retorts "charges or I walk" (24) the defendant is sent to the high religious authority; what ...


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When you say "truth" I'm going to assume you mean eternal truths, such as the existence and nature of God, the legitimacy of scripture, and the gospel of our Saviour. James gave this counsel on asking questions: "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ...


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Prayer is central to receiving spiritual truths from God since by prayer we humble ourselves to a state where the Holy Spirit works effectively in us. However, are we able to discern if the answer we receive is from God's Spirit or an evil spirit? God in His wisdom has warned us: "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are ...


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So to worship in spirit means to do so with full purpose of heart. (KJV) Matt 15:8-9 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9) But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. The Lord was speaking about the Pharisees here who outwardly ...


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I listened to the provided video, and I feel you miss the key point: You will never know a spiritual truth except it is revealed to you by the Holy Spirit. This is what Elder Ballard wants to say. He is not saying that every feeling we get comes from God. He is also simplifying a little bit to get his point across. You question of "What does it mean that ...


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Though not a Mormon, I have heard Elder Ballard's argument (i.e., a line of reasoning which turns into a logical and well supported argument for the legitimacy of a belief) in religious circles all my life. It is common, I suggest, to adherents of almost all of the world's religions. Feelings are important, whether in matters of religion, or romance, or ...


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It is against God's nature to lie. One cannot call oneself 'truth' and have ever demonstrated anything other than 'truth'. If God had ever stated one thing and done another in contradiction to what He stated, then the entirety of the Christian faith (or Judaism for that matter) would be for nothing.


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The teaching that religious truth is confirmed by feeling has support from several LDS scriptures. In the Book of Mormon, Nephi tells his brothers that they had heard the voice of God several times: 1 Ne 17:35 " ... ye have heard his voice from time to time; and he hath spoken to you in a still small voice, but ye were past feeling, that you could ...


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What does it mean to worship in truth? John 4:23-24 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. Jesus announced a change in worship. Location centered ...


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This is from a VERY specific perspective, and other perspectives are likely to have a different answer (and possibly take offense, though none is meant.) From the perspective of my Fundamental, Independent Baptist Church, which regards the Bible ad God's word, written by men as inspired by the Holy Spirit, and therefore, inerrant and infallible. (Starting ...


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Christians claim Christianity is the only true religion because Its adherents believe it to be so, and their belief stems from their religion's ability to withstand the most thoroughgoing and grueling investigations into its truth claims and yet emerge unscathed. In other words, apologetically, it stands alone. Christianity is the only religion (at least ...


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I tried making this a bit short but every time found that whatever that is there is relevant for question. Christianity gets this tag from its scripture itself and the Divinity of Jesus. A Test for a true religion can be on two counts: To know how it directs its adherents in this earthly life. And to know how convincing is its claim of everlasting ...



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