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comment Is an intellectual comprehension of the gospel by the earthly mind required for salvation?
The middle part of your answer speaks to practice and policy, but the first and final parts of your answer spoke to me with power from the tenderness of God's heart. Thank you for that.
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comment Do any Christian groups regularly practice the “lifting up of holy hands” during prayer?
@Anonymous Probably not...the image given by this verse is one of holding hands out front or over one's head, and most likely with the hands separated. The hands are usually held upward as a gesture "towards" God as if he were above us...like if gesturing heavenward
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comment Do any Christian groups regularly practice the “lifting up of holy hands” during prayer?
@DavidStratton I'm familiar with charismatic groups lifting hands during singing, but no so much during prayer...and if so, always thought it to be more along the same reasons for doing so during singing. Do the charismatics lift hands during prayer in response to this verse (which is the focus of my question), or just because it "feels right"? I'm interested that many Christian groups lift up hands during prayer as I rarely recall seeing it done in a number of the Protestant denominations I've been a part of over the years.
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comment Is an intellectual comprehension of the gospel by the earthly mind required for salvation?
@Dan I would like a variety of perspectives if it is acceptable under the site's guidelines
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comment Is an intellectual comprehension of the gospel by the earthly mind required for salvation?
@Anonymous Yes, I believe you're correct. For example, Psalm 139:13 talks about how God was forming our inward parts and knitting us together in our mother's womb. If someone wanted to argue from this (and possibly other supporting scriptures) the possibility that because God is intimately present with us while in our mother's womb that it should be possible for him to reveal himself to us spiritually and for us to respond in like manner, then this would be the type of answer that might apply. (Or even better, scriptures that directly answer the question, if they exist)
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comment Is an intellectual comprehension of the gospel by the earthly mind required for salvation?
@Anonymous I think the "what happens after death" angle is a bit different than what I'm asking. I'm trying to get at whether or not it is possible to actually know God before you die if you find yourself in one of the conditions I've described.
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comment How have major theological traditions handled “continuing to indulge in sin when saved?”
I upvoted after fully reading the answer. Yes it is long, and I was originally hesitant to read it. Yes it seems way out of the norm for the typical length of answers on SE sites. But after fully reading the last part of the answer by Hagin and realizing how it does in fact correctly address the OP's question, I went back and read the rest of the top part of the answer. Other than possibly removing some of the summaries of different types of sins from Renner's quote (a few would have been adequate to make the point), I wouldn't have changed anything else with this answer.