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Belief, trust, and loyalty towards God, Jesus, and the Christian religion.

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Since transubstantiation is Roman Catholic Dogma, are self described Roman Catholics who reject it in heresy?

The answers and comments to this question have made it clear that transubstantiation is a Roman Catholic Dogma. Of Dogma the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: The Church's Magisterium asserts ...
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Which Christian theological frameworks support anchoring one's faith in a direct encounter with God?

I've identified several potential pathways for why someone may embrace Christianity: Option 1: Influence of birthplace, culture, and upbringing, possibly resulting in a 'cultural Christian'. See ...
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Why don’t I feel anything (gratefulness etc.) when people talk about how great God’s love for us is? [closed]

During a sermon, the pastor said something about how grateful we should be that God’s love is so great that he would die for us. He talked more about how much God loved us to even come back for us (in ...
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Is professing verbal belief in Jesus Christ worth nothing, in itself, given what Jesus said to many who believed on him in John 8:30?

As Jesus continued his discourse, where many believed on him, he then goes on to say their father is the devil! It ends up with those very ones trying to stone him. Is there a contradiction between ...
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Does pisteuō mean Believe or obey? [migrated]

pisteu heard that pisteuō means to obey. But that passive tense of pistis means to believe. Accordingly John seems to use active tense pisteuō rather than Pistis in his gospel. If this is true then ...
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What is the biblical basis for proving God's existence using purely rational arguments, and how is this reconciled with the essential role of faith?

To steelman the case for proving God's existence using reason alone, I think one of the best contemporary examples of how this could be done is found in Edward Feser's book Five Proofs of the ...
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Which Christian denominations do not prioritize seeking a tangible experience of God's presence?

To provide context, some time ago I posed the following question: Which denominations consider it commendable to pursue a profound mystical union with God?. Answers suggested that denominations ...
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What are the essentials of the Faith? [closed]

Please list the essential points of the Gospel. Please use Bible quotations to back up your answers. A short list I've been pondering: God's Character and Nature Our brokenness from the Fall Christ ...
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Is there scripture stating we will realize an unmistakable event or experience immediately upon salvation during God's Ephesians 3:2 "age of grace"?

If there are unmistakable events or experiences that prove "true" salvation, how would we then be able to discern a deceptive event or experience that was administered by Satan? Isn't this ...
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Does the pine cone statue at the vatican represent the pineal gland? [duplicate]

The pineal gland of the human brain is where the drug dmt is formed, can it mean something?
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How will unity of the faith be brought about?

Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ What denominations have advanced an ...
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What is the biblical basis for the concept of "activating", "triggering", or "igniting" God's promises?

The concept can be found in several Christian sources: GOD’S PROMISES AREN’T AUTOMATED, THEY’RE ACTIVATED 3 Keys to Activating God’s Promises in Your Life Activating the Promises of God: Unlock the ...
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Can faith be based on hope rather than belief or intellectual assent?

I've been reflecting on the interplay between faith and hope, especially when hope entails some degree of uncertainty and lack of intellectual assent but a strong desire for something to be true. ...
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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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Logical Paradox of Saving Faith in Jesus Christ? [closed]

To provide more context addressing the seemingly unfit and vague closing reason, this is a follow up question from one of my comment threads of my previous question. Suppose 1000 people are ...
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Is it possible for an unbeliever who is steadfastly unconvinced or skeptical to genuinely embrace a saving faith in Christ?

I often find it helpful to illustrate my point with extreme cases. Let's examine some well-known examples of unbelievers: Graham Oppy, a distinguished atheist philosopher specializing in philosophy of ...
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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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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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How can one attain the faith necessary to activate God's promises? [closed]

Faith stands as a crucial and foundational element in Christianity. Numerous facets of the Christian experience, embodied in empirically testable Biblical promises meant to be lived and experienced in ...
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How is the concept of validating one's beliefs through personal experiences reconciled with the principle of not testing or challenging God?

Some Christians find it essential to validate their beliefs through personal experiences, as discussed in How crucial is it for Christians to 'gain a testimony' validating the truth of their beliefs?. ...
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If works must follow from a genuine faith, how can a Christian still sin?

Does a Christian just temporarily stop believing that Jesus died and rose again every time they sin or something?
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Justification by faith in light of Romans 14

I've been a Christian for about 5 years now and I'm in a non-denominational setting. However, I'm having a hard time agreeing with my pastors, who are telling me that if I believe in Jesus (a type of ...
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In modern emerging Evangelicalism, how does less focus on General Revelation imply a more Experience-oriented religion?

According to experienced Christians, "If anything, a focus on General Revelation should correlate with more experience focus, as people relish in the signs of God." It is so true that when ...
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Natural Theology (Intellect) vs. Spiritual Experience (Heart)?

How integral is a personal experiential aspect to Christian belief in addition to natural theology? Can one rely solely on natural theology, or is a personal encounter or experience considered ...
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Old Testament verses about faith in the promised Messiah

I am looking for Old Testament verses about faith in the promised Messiah. It would help to have Old Testament scripture to show continuity with New Testament scripture concerning the promise of the ...
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The edge of faith and the limit of Theism, "the spiritual blindness"

I am an autistic person who has been searching in faith and religion for some kind of positivism in my life surrounded by problems not important now. So, I've debated with the religious leaders in the ...
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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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What Are the Way of Repentance and the Way of Eternal Life?

Gaining eternal life through faith in the Lord is the longing of many Christians. But is it true that we can attain the way of eternal life by accepting the Lord’s salvation, repenting and confessing ...
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Defintion(s) of Faith in the Bible?

According to Heb. 11:1-5 (D-R): Now faith is the substance of things to be hoped for, the evidence of things that appear not. Does the Bible offer what may be considered to be a definition of faith ...
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What does it mean to be saved by sanctification and believing the truth? 2 Thessalonians 2:13

My question is for protestant Christians. If salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, then what does 2 Thessalonians 2:13 mean by saying that people are saved by the ...
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Can Christians, in good faith, hold that God is not perfect [i.e. not complete]?

If we define perfection as "complete beyond practical or theoretical improvement" then the answer may that God is not yet perfect because humans have not always responded as God intended. ...
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If I underwent baptism when I was an adult, but If now I am no longer certain that Jesus revived, then am I still a Christian? [closed]

When I was in my 20s, I was baptised. Now I am my 30s, and I am no longer certain that Jesus revived. (Positive) The following is a reason that I can believe that Jesus had revived: In Bible, his ...
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By what mechanism does Faith lead to Salvation?

As I understand, Evangelical Protestants believe that Jesus took on the sins of humanity through his death, acting as a substitute for the target of the justice of God, and that salvation comes ...
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Is the Christian Religion based on "Faith in Faith" or does it have a foundation of "Acceptance of Facts"?

Many Christians who attend church, when confronted by inquirers outside the church, who wonder why they believe in Christianity, simply respond by saying, I just accept it by faith. Or they might say, ...
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Can we say that all those who the Father draws are those who Jesus draws unto himself by his death?

John 6:44 (KJB): “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” The Bible makes it clear in John 12:32 that Jesus Christ will draw ...
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What is referred to as the “Black Week” in the recent history of Catholic Church?

What is commonly referred to as the “Black Week” in regards to the Second Vatican Council in the recent history of Catholic Church? Did it have a standing effect on the administration of the Church?
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Scriptural basis of the "Notitia Assensus Fiducia" definition of faith?

I have read about the Reformed definition of faith - noticia, assensus, and fiducia. But what is the Scriptural basis for this definition of faith? Some point to Heb. 11:1, but I do not see the ...
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If a non-believer asks a Trinitarian Christian to explain John 14:10, how might the latter oblige?

We see Jesus telling in John 14:10 the following: Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me? The words I say to you, I do not speak on My own. Instead, it is the Father ...
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Are there other Christian authors besides WLC who believe that all Christians have access to a direct, self-authenticating experience of God?

My question is motivated by the following excerpt from William Lane Craig's Reasonable Faith article The Witness of the Holy Spirit: Plantinga's model involves crucially what is usually called the ...
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How do Christians define knowledge and faith?

There have been many attempts at defining knowledge in philosophy. One of the most commonly used definitions is justified true belief (JTB), which demands that a claim must be (1) true, (2) believed ...
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How binding are encyclicals on practicing Catholic's beliefs?

I am reading through certain encyclicals from Popes on economics, and I wanted to know how binding they are on my beliefs (if I were to be a Catholic who follows church teaching). Are they binding? Do ...
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How do Latter-day Saints reconcile Moroni 10:3-7 with John 20:24-29 and Mark 16:14?

In John 20:24-29 and Mark 16:14, Jesus seems to rebuke unbelief and the request for direct evidence when indirect testimonial evidence has already been provided: 14 Afterward he appeared to the ...
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What does St Paul mean by saying "wages credited as a matter of obligation "?

We read in Romans 4: 3-5(NIV): What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an ...
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What are the beliefs and practices of Evangelicals regarding ecumenism?

I want to know what Evangelical Christians (ECs) believe regarding ecumenism and how they practice it. A very practical example is when a person converts interdenominationally. How do ECs make the ...
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Soteriology: How does God save free moral agents?

Gen. 3:1-7 shows that sin was a choice. How does the freedom of choice intersect with saving faith and the work of the Holy Spirit to convict us of sin? This question is for all who believe the Bible ...
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How do believers in modern-day miracles interpret John 20:29 & 2 Corinthians 5:7 (faith without sight)?

John 20:29 (ESV) 29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” 2 Corinthians 5:6-7 (ESV) 6 So we are always of ...
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Isn't it illogical for an atheist to go to hell? [closed]

God gives me reason. I use that reason to analyze the world around me and draw my own conclusions. How can I be guilty if my reason, given to me by God, let me conclude that God doesn't exist? Isn't ...
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Is "the law of faith" in Romans 3:27 the same as "the law of the Spirit" in Romans 8:2? If not, are they still linked?

Various laws are detailed in the book of Romans, principally via contrasts, e.g. the law of sin and death versus the gift of eternal life (as in 8:2), and the law of works versus the law of faith (as ...
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Is faith in Christ something you have forever or do you have to work at it every day to keep it strong? [closed]

What do the scriptures say about maintaining your faith in Christ? I know in Mormonism they teach that it's something you have to work at every day and slacking off can lead you to lose your faith and ...
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What kind of 'faith' justifies or imputes righteousness to a sinner as per the teachings of the Bible? [closed]

Protestant Christians in general believe that 'faith' makes a person righteous. The Letter to Hebrews chapter 11 in the N.T. talks about faith at length with specific examples. But what kind of 'faith'...
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