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Is belief in God a matter of choice, a bestowed gift, or a result of reasoned consideration of evidence?

It’s possible that I may be proposing a false trichotomy, but when considering belief in God, I identify at least three distinct possibilities: Belief as a Choice: Belief in God might be a decision ...
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What is an overview of the positions regarding the relationship between God's foreknowledge and its impact on Free will?

The relationship between God's foreknowledge (or omniscience) and the free will of humans seems to be a complicated topic where multiple positions exist. Regardless of my position (which you can read ...
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What beliefs do Christians hold regarding how humans can interact with the supernatural?

Given that my previous question was not well-received, I will try again with a different one. To the best of my knowledge, Christians believe in a supernatural realm where God resides, along with ...
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What are the official positions of the various denominations on LLMs?

LLMs (Large Language Models), the technology behind ChatGPT, BingChat, Gemini, Mistral AI, etc., is on the rise, and the current and future generations will use this technology as a primary technology....
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What is an overview of positions on whether there is something wrong with letting an LLM "play the role of God"?

LLMs (Large Language Models), the technology behind ChatGPT, BingChat, Gemini, Mistral AI, etc., is on the rise, and the current and future generations will use this technology as a primary technology....
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Do all moral humans go to heaven?

Given a person X who leads a "moral life" based on the law laid out in the Bible. Given that X does not believe in the existence of God or any other God. If the Christian Faith happens to be ...
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What are the views of Reformed Protestants on Pentecostalism and the Charismatic movement?

Building upon my previous question Similarities and differences between Christian Mysticism and the Charismatic movement? and the excellent answer by GratefulDisciple, I would like to delve deeper ...
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What are the views of Reformed Protestants on Christian mysticism?

Building upon my previous question Similarities and differences between Christian Mysticism and the Charismatic movement? and the excellent answer by GratefulDisciple, I would like to delve deeper ...
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What are the various definitions of "Repentance"?

I previously asked this question: Is the Holy Spirit a necessary presupposition for repentance? What became apparent from that question, however, is that there are many opinions or views on what "...
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Similarities and differences between Christian Mysticism and the Charismatic movement?

Steven J. Lawson speaking at the 2013 Strange Fire conference in a lecture titled The Puritan Commitment to Sola Scriptura (video here, transcribed by Mike Riccardi writing at the Cripplegate blog) ...
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How do Latter-day Saints determine which manuscripts should be considered Scripture? [duplicate]

The New Testament makes several references to "Scripture" or "the word of God", but without specifying a concrete canon: Passage (ESV) Content Acts 17:11 Now these Jews were more ...
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According to Christians not affiliated with the LDS Church, is the LDS doctrine of salvation inconsistent with the Bible?

The following is an excerpt from pages 471 and 472 of Mormon Doctrine, by Bruce R. McConkie:   1. Unconditional or general salvation, that which comes by grace alone without obedience to gospel law, ...
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What is the biblical basis for the Holy Ghost revealing truth privately and personally in an absolute and unmistakable manner?

I understand this belief is held by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as indicated by the following quote: This is the true, solid evidence of religious faith. Millions upon millions ...
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How is 2 Maccab 12:42-44 interpreted by denominations not accepting the existence of purgatory?

We read in 2 Maccab 12:42-44: Then, Judas, that great man, urged the people to keep away from sin, because they had seen for themselves what had happened to those men who had sinned. He also took up ...
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How do Christians outside of the LDS faith interpret the reported spiritual encounters of Latter-day Saints with the Holy Ghost?

Latter-day Saints believe in the concept of 'gaining a testimony'. I provide supporting quotes in my previous question How crucial is it for Christians in general (not only LDS) to “gain a testimony” ...
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Which churches regularly give altar call (like "raise your hand if you accept Jesus") in their service?

I have seen testimonies of converts from America describing they raised their hands when the preacher asked "who wants to accept Jesus as their Lord?" or something like that. Which churches ...
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Which theologies / denominations adopt the "already but not yet" paradigm for the Kingdom of God?

When reading this GotQuestion article on "already but not yet" paradigm that I often hear in evangelical sermons, I was surprised that the article author emphasized its popularity with ...
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Is the idea of soul sleep for would-be saints Biblical?

The Bible shows that Mary is in Heaven as the Ark of the Covenant (Rev 11:19), while the martyrs are crying out to God for vengeance under the altar (Rev 6:9) and the prayers of the saints are being ...
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What is an overview of Christian viewpoints regarding animal sentience and their capacity to feel pain and suffering?

What is the Christian perspective on animal sentience and their capacity for conscious experience of pain and suffering? Do Christians affirm the consciousness of animals and their ability to suffer? ...
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Are there any denominations that teach a complementarian view of heterosexual marriage, and also recognize same-sex marriages?

Are there any Christian denominations that teach a complementarian view of opposite-sex marriages (the husband should lead and the wife should submit), while also recognizing same-sex marriages? If so,...
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Are Christians theologically committed to believing that all evil and suffering in the world is non-gratuitous or necessary?

Arguments from evil, such as the logical problem of evil or the evidential problem of evil, aim to demonstrate that certain forms of suffering in the world are either unnecessary or gratuitous. ...
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Which Christian Churches or Denominations subscribe to sacerdotalism as essential?

Based in part on answers to this question, this definition from the Merriam-Webster dictionary: : religious belief emphasizing the powers of priests as essential mediators between God and humankind ...
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Are there any denominations that consider it sinful to own guns for any reason, regardless of laws?

Are there any Christian denominations that consider it sinful for believers to own weapons for any reason, even if the weapon is legal to own?
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How different is the Orthodox Church and the Assyrian Church of the East?

It is clear that the Orthodox Church and the Assyrian Church of the East are much closer both theologically and geographically than the Catholic Church and the Assyrian Church of the East. But how ...
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What is an overview of perspectives on whether the existence of the Christian God can be established solely through the use of reason and evidence?

Note: I'm interested in the Christian perspective on the question Can God's existence be established through reason and publicly accessible evidence? that I recently asked on Philosophy Stack Exchange....
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What Christian traditions reject Word of Faith teachings as heretical but still affirm the power of faith and its role in activating God's promises?

Word of Faith: Word of Faith is a movement within charismatic Christianity which teaches that those who believe in Jesus' death and resurrection have the right to physical health, that our words have ...
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What terminology do Christians use to describe specific events and experiences in the process of conversion of non-believers?

In the realm of Christian theology, different faith traditions and denominations utilize distinct terminology to signify key events in the conversion process of non-believers. Examples of such terms I'...
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What is the universe, according to Christianity?

As the title says, what is "the universe", according to Christianity? The term does not occur in the Bible, making it impossible to address this question through hermeneutics alone. However, ...
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If saving faith in Christ is a God-given gift, what prevents God from giving this gift to everyone? [closed]

If saving faith in Christ is considered a gift from God rather than an attainable skill through personal effort (as discussed in Is faith a skill that can be developed over time?), then what prevents ...
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A specific difference between Christianity and other religions

I remember once saw a Youtube video of some Christian priest mentioned about a specific difference between Christianity and other religions, namely in all other religions the messengers or founders ...
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Is faith a skill that can be developed over time? [closed]

Is faith a skill that can be developed and made stronger through effort, following a method? If such a method exists, can it be tested, and by any human being? In other words, if the most skeptical ...
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If the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is neither Catholic nor Protestant then what authority is their Church based upon

I realise there are some significant theological differences between LDS, Catholicism and Protestantism, mainly to do with the Trinity and the person of Jesus Christ. LDS doctrine recognizes Jehovah ...
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How crucial is it for Christians in general (not only LDS) to “gain a testimony” validating the truth of their beliefs?

The idea of “gaining a testimony” is a key aspect of Latter-day Saint teachings, suggesting a special kind of revelatory spiritual experience serving to establish the truth of specific doctrines. ...
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Do Latter-day Saints recognize Eastern Orthodox and Catholic Saints?

Contemplating the idea of saints existing outside the recognized boundaries of the Latter-day Saint church, Eastern Orthodox and Catholic Saints immediately came to mind. Notably, the Eastern Orthodox ...
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According to Latter-day Saints, should every honest, rational, and well-informed individual be able to reach the conclusion that Mormonism is true?

I have two questions actually for Latter-day Saints: If a person is rational, honestly interested in the truth, and well-informed (by studying as much of the available evidence as humanly possible), ...
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What is the success criterion for the task of 'seeking God' in Christianity?

The notion of 'seeking God' can be found in multiple passages in the Bible: Acts 17:26-27 26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined ...
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Is there a theory within Christianity that explains why some Christians report more 'spiritual experiences' than others?

After reading the answers to the question The edge of faith and the limit of Theism, "the spiritual blindness", I am intrigued by the observation that not all Christians report 'spiritual ...
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According to Pentecostalism/Charismatics, how does God manifest and interact with Christians?

I'm interested in understanding the specific ways in which God's presence and intervention are consciously experienced by Christians in their daily lives. In this question, I'm narrowing the scope to ...
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According to Mormonism, how does God manifest and interact with Christians?

I'm interested in understanding the specific ways in which God's presence and intervention are consciously experienced by Christians in their daily lives. In this question, I'm narrowing the scope to ...
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According to Protestantism, how does God manifest and interact with Christians?

I'm interested in understanding the specific ways in which God's presence and intervention are consciously experienced by Christians in their daily lives. In this question, I'm narrowing the scope to ...
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According to Catholicism, how does God manifest and interact with Christians?

I'm interested in understanding the specific ways in which God's presence and intervention are consciously experienced by Christians in their daily lives. In this question, I'm narrowing the scope to ...
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In Christianity, does belief precede religious experience, or is it the other way around?

From a theological standpoint, does Christianity prescribe either of the following: that one needs to have a religious experience first, and as a consequence one may attain belief in the truth of ...
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Are Jews still God's chosen people?

The Jews (Israelites) were God's chosen people for nearly all of Biblical history. But, they reject Christ as the Messiah. If the only path to the Father is through the Son, and Jews reject the Son, ...
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What are the main differences between Catholicism and Protestantism? [duplicate]

I’m interested mainly in values and philosophical differences in terms of the general worldviews and broader views on life, but welcome any answer that may be offered.
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What are the main philosophical differences as well as the main differences in general between Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy? [duplicate]

Again the titular question says everything that I want to ask. I’ve been able to understand to an extent the main differences between the Catholic and Protestant orientations and gather that Eastern ...
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Have there been explanations offered for why Christianity is so food centric? [closed]

I know this question is quite odd - but I would like to know of possible explanations for why the old and new covenants are so centered around food? The last supper, the bread of the presence, the ...
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Why do so many Christian religions claim The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) are not Christian? [duplicate]

What does the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints lack in Christ oriented teachings or doctrine to be considered a Christian church for those who claim otherwise? Maybe it's not what they lack ...
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Where does the idea that faith must be a condition for baptism originate from?

I have been told that I possess a very definitive view of faith in regards to baptism. So far as I believe faith in Jesus as personal Lord and Savior must be present at the time of baptism. Hence my ...
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Where did Jesus go and what did he do between His death and resurrection? (non-Trinitarian perspective)

How do non-Trinitarian Christians respond to the question where did Jesus go and what did he do between His death and resurrection? This question is asked as a parallel to this existing question. ...
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Where did Jesus go and what did he do between His Death and Resurrection?

Without going into the specifics of three days and three nights or some configuration, where and what did Jesus go and do between the time of His death/burial and His resurrection, if anything? We ...
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