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In the book of Ezra, God speaks to the King of the Persians, who were holding the Israelites in exile: 1In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and also to put it in writing:2“This is what Cyrus king ...


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What does it mean to pray "in Jesus' name"? Is it a magical formula that guarantees that your prayer will be heard? For example: Dear God, please give me a new bike and a chocolate cake and a magical telephone and an elephant. Also, please kill all the bad people. In Jesus' name, Amen. Does that prayer make more sense because it has "In Jesus' name" at ...


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God did not reveal everything at once to the Prophets in the past. Revelation from God is a progressive revelation. Lets see some examples- The Law was a progressive addition: God gave few laws to Noah after the flood (Genesis 9). God then gave circumcision law to Abraham (Genesis 17). At last, the complete law was given in a written form to Moses. Messiah ...


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According to most Christian traditions, God cannot change His mind. There are those that teach that He can change His mind, a position inherent in Open Theism. However, this is seen as a heresy by most orthodox Christian traditions. It denies the omniscience of God. From http://www.reformationtheology.com/2011/07/does_god_ever_change_his_mind.php ...


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God does answer every prayer, but the answer may be “No, I don’t think so.” Mgr Robert Mercer said as much in a sermon (at the funeral of a priest who, gravely ill, died a few days after ordination): It goes without saying that we are disappointed that God gave no miracle of healing. Jenny and Philip went to Walsingham. They prayed. We all prayed. ...


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ericgorr's answer is really good, but let me write a slightly simpler one. Yes, absolutely God does love everyone. He totally wants the best for them and wants them to be the perfect person they were intended to be. Now the trouble is that for Hitler, being the best he was intended to be absolutely involves not killing millions of people and starting a ...


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"3. Many people never heard the gospel." Among them are people who don't want to hear about spiritual matters; they are satisfied with this life. Paul the apostle preached the gospel to the hardened Pharisees and they would not listen. They were not thirsty; they wanted life to remain as is. They heard and did not want to change. So it is with many who are ...


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You are overlooking several very important points in your question. Jesus was telling this to his disciples, who he knew were going to establish his Church, and it can be said that he was telling them that he would provide all they needed for that purpose. It also is true for us today, but you have to remember that that promise was primarily made in ...


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I see the main flaw in your reasoning is your assumption that it is obvious that many have not heard the Gospel. Actually, Romans 1:19-20 is clear that God gives witness of the Gospel himself; "beside that which is known about God is evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature have been ...


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The Apostle Paul's letter to the Romans answers this question precisely: "For when the nations which have not law practice by nature the things of the law, they are a law unto themselves; who show the work of the law written in their hearts, bearing witness with their conscience, and between one another accusing or defending their reasonings; in a day when ...


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Mawia is correct (+1): God did not reveal everything at once to the Prophets in the past. Revelation from God is a progressive revelation. God is eternal. He exists outside what we know as "time and space". That means that he can see everything within our time and space — he is omniscient. And he doesn't change. However, in order to interact ...


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We can pray to God for anything anytime, but He is allowed to respond. The fact that we can communicate with a timeless being is itself hard to fathom. Check out this passage about Hezekiah who, upon hearing that the Assyrians would come to destroy him, prays to God. God then decides to act based on Hezekiah's prayer...or does He? Isaiah ...


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All 3 conclusions are correct. It's not man's place to pick one section of the scripture as truth and discard another. All scripture is divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit and therefore complete and without contradiction. Otherwise anyone's opinion on spiritual matters could be taken at the same level at the scriptures themselves. 1.) God desires all ...


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Keep in mind even when Christianity was at it's finest (the time of the apostles) they only accounted "the earth" as the biblical lands known at that time. It didn't account those far, far away such as the Americas and such. Consider: Acts 17:30 30 Such [former] ages of ignorance God, it is true, ignored and allowed to pass unnoticed; but now He ...


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Your question belies two very important things about God that obliterates your contentions. God is omniscient and omnipotent. God is omnibenevolent. God who knows all things and has the power to accomplish all things. We as mere humans will never be able to fathom God in his entirety. Therefore your reasoning is basically flawed. Some people ...


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The fall of Adam and Eve plunged the human race into sin. Psalms 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Romans 8:7–9 Because the carnal mind is emnity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. Man in and of himself cannot change his sinful nature. Jeremiah 17:9 ...


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God loves all humans, but does his love have limits? No. Could God forgive a person like Hitler, if he was to come to faith? Yes. From the LCMS FAQ on forgiveness & repentance: Q: I don't really understand repentance. Is it being sorry for your sins and confessing them to God or does it mean to stop committing a certain sin? Like if ...


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A man of God once told me that God answers our prayers in three ways- YES: God answers our prayer when (1) it is His will, (2) God wants to manifest His power, (3) God wants to glorify His name. NO: God says No to our request when (1) it is not His will, (2) it is not good for us and God knows best. Know that even a 'NO' is an answer. WAIT: Sometimes God ...


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The Holy Scripture speaks here from man's perspective. It does not limit God in any way. It will appear that God chooses a place when he reveals it to David. From the fact that Isaac was 'sacrificed' by Abraham on the same spot clearly shows that the all-knowing God had this spot in mind all along.


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Exodus 32:11-14 (NASB): 11 Then Moses entreated the Lord his God, and said, “O Lord, why does Your anger burn against Your people whom You have brought out from the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? 12 Why should the Egyptians speak, saying, ‘With evil intent He brought them out to kill them in the mountains and to destroy them from ...


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These sorts of questions are always difficult to answer as they often require an understanding of God's sovereignty which in many ways is incomprehensible. What a wise being with infinite wisdom, knowledge of all and unlimited power can orchestrate, manipulate, foresee and advert etc. is impossible for us to ponder. In this sense virtually any external event ...



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