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Sep
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comment Would it have been possible for Jesus to sin?
@Richard Whatever the outcome, it was the will of God. Remember that sin is separation from God and that Jesus is God. How can he be separated from Himself?
Sep
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comment Why are certain non-harmful behaviors considered sins?
@Ingo He could but that also would also be messing with His will. Remember that God created the world as we experience it. It is not often that God would violate His own natural laws, or modify the world after the fact if He didn't have to. The idea isn't to make it easiest but to allow us to know him through our own will and desire. God didn't want to create a nation of people who survived but didn't know Him. He wanted to create a nation of people who survived because they knew Him.
Sep
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answered Would it have been possible for Jesus to sin?
Sep
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comment Would it have been possible for Jesus to sin?
However, Jesus was also God, so how would He be able to choose to disobey God if he was God? That'd be like going against your own will, which is a logical impossibility. Jesus was also fully human, but that means he experienced temptation and suffering like us. But His will was God's will as they were one in the same. (And I will make this an answer, too, but elaborated.)
Sep
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Sep
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answered Why has God punished every human for one person's sin?
Sep
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revised Was Christianity intended to have denominations?
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Sep
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comment What is the argument for papal succession?
@tjameson No, they are not. They are considered good reads and often contain insight that is very helpful, based on Scripture. But they will never be considered the same as Scripture. In much the same way as St. Augustine's City of God isn't Scripture, Papal letters and encyclicals would not be, either.
Sep
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answered Was Christianity intended to have denominations?
Sep
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comment How do Roman Catholics understand salvation in light of Romans 3&4?
Indeed. Good works are an evidence of a heart turned towards God. If one says that they are saved but their actions do not reflect the love of God in their heart, then one must question whether they are saved in the first place. (Ideally, this would be a good yardstick to measure oneself against, in my opinion.)
Sep
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Sep
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comment Is Christian mysticism an oxymoron or is it a legitimate path for a Christian?
I like that link, but it seems overly simplified. I'm currently reading "Guidelines For Mystical Prayer" by Ruth Burrows. I like the book, but it seems that the link you posted is only really scratching the surface. What's described in the link isn't wrong information (I know fully well the kind of contemplative prayer it is describing) but it seems to leave a lot out.
Sep
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comment Is Christian mysticism an oxymoron or is it a legitimate path for a Christian?
@Jenny More or less. And in the sense that some saints of the Church, I have read, have been called "mystics of the Church". An example would be St. Teresa of Ávila.
Sep
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comment Is Christian mysticism an oxymoron or is it a legitimate path for a Christian?
@Roy Thanks for the link, but unfortunately I already have looked it up (and referenced it in the aforementioned debate). My friend threw it all out due to its lack of Scriptural references (to his liking) and also considers it to be a shoddy article. So I am hoping for something else, if possible.
Sep
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asked Is Christian mysticism an oxymoron or is it a legitimate path for a Christian?
Sep
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comment What does Matthew 5:27-30 (“Cast off your eye/hand/etc”) mean?
@George By that you use historical context and compare your interpretation with how the rest of Scripture reads. It must be consistent within itself, and make historical sense. Jesus uses allegories and parables quite a bit, and this would simply be an example of such a one. Notice that Jesus never advocated violence for sinners, and even advocated against it. He decried "an eye for an eye". If he were to be teaching that we must cut off our hands because we use them to sin, then that would not be consistent with his overarching message of love.
Sep
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answered Who saved people before ~33AD?
Sep
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comment What does Matthew 5:27-30 (“Cast off your eye/hand/etc”) mean?
@George I would, but if it came down to that, the situation already has become dire. It would be similar to being given a choice between dying or losing a leg. Full disclosure, I doubt most of us would ever encounter such a situation, if it is even possible for there to be one. I consider it to be an extreme example used to make a point, which the New Testament does a lot.
Sep
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comment What does Matthew 5:27-30 (“Cast off your eye/hand/etc”) mean?
@George Cummins In the same vein though, most people aren't doing all they can to avoid sin, before even approaching cutting off your hand. If you cannot avoid sin without cutting off your hand, then it is better to do so. However, in 99% of the cases, we don't have to go that far to avoid it. Usually it means as the answer says: stop going to the beach, get rid of the smartphone, etc. The level of sacrifice needed isn't necessarily going to be that great, but if it is the only thing that you can do, then even perspective says yes, it is better to do that than sin.