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

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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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Is righteousness by faith real or merely something God does? [closed]

Is righteousness by faith mentioned in Rom. 3:22 something that changes our character or merely something God does in the books of heaven to save us but that does not change our character? 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?

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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To what extent is training in apologetics necessary to be fully convinced that Christianity is true? [closed]

Is in-depth training in philosophical and historical arguments for the veracity of Christianity a necessary condition for someone to be able to reach an extremely high level of confidence that ...
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Is believing on God for salvation the same as believing in Jesus as Christ?

I'm interested in answers particularly from Evangelicals who might disagree with this idea, as well as those who agree with it. I'm especially interested in theological considerations - ie. does this ...
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predestination beliefs

Reformed Protestants believe that God selected individuals at the time of the beginning of the world and predestined those individuals for salvation. Orthodox believe that God knew at the time of the ...
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What are the most common reasons that cause Christians to deconvert to atheism/agnosticism?

What are the most common reasons that cause Christians to lose their faith and turn to atheism, agnosticism or skepticism? Are these reasons only effective against young Christians? What about pastors,...
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Why is faith the quality that God chooses to reward?

Assuming that faith in Christ is what gives sinners access to grace and salvation, and that faith is necessary because the alternative (knowing God) would leave no room to actually measure our ...
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Do Protestants agree that every individual has 'two or three witnesses' to attest to truth?

In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. [2 Corinthians 13:1 KJV (TR undisputed)] The establishing of truth by 'two or three witnesses' is attested by Moses, ...
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Did Adam need to have faith for his salvation?

As ridiculous as this question may sound, I believe it has some point. Did Adam need to have faith for his salvation? If yes, what kind of faith? Definitely, he didn't need to have faith in the ...
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Do any Christian groups or denominations believe that miracle-working faith can be cultivated through prayer and fasting?

I've been putting together an answer to my own question What is an overview of conditional Biblical promises for truth seekers that can be empirically tested in their lifetime?. While doing this ...
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Do Protestant Trinitarians believe that Christianity can be 'proved' without faith?

Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe. 49 The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die. 50 Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. ...
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How do Word-of-Faith and Pentecostal churches interpret Romans 12 when Paul says to think "according to the measure of faith that God has assigned"

The little personal interaction I've had with Word-of-Faith and Pentecostal churches is that they believe that with enough faith God can and will do anything through you. Is my summary correct? If so, ...
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Abraham's Temptation: only a matter of Faith, or also of Hope? [closed]

Caravaggio: The Sacrifice of Isaac (1603) In Genesis 22 we read that God tested (or "put to the test", or "tempted" - the Hebrew verb נָסָה [nacah] bears all these meanings) ...
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Was Abraham justified by faith alone or works also? [closed]

I ask this question in this forum as I am seeking the truth. a. I have always been taught that faith in Jesus and his sacrifice saves me from sin. b. I listen to a lot of Rabbi's and learnt that Sin-...
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The Christian Duck Test? [closed]

If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck. There is arguably little difference between the lifestyle of the Stoic and the lifestyle of the ...
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Do Protestants accept the doctrine of free-will?

Protestants accept the doctrine of faith alone. If they accept the doctrine of free-will, how do they reconcile James 2:20-24 faith is dead without works, since works to do good is a free- will of man....
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According to Catholic Church, to what extent is faith a gift of God in terms of Romans 12: 3?

We see St. Paul telling the Romans (Romans 12:3) the following: For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think ...
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According to Protestantism, are we saved by faith into a repentance of law-following?

Just have a question regarding faith and works: A person has eternal life solely by faith in Jesus Christ (as in believing every word Jesus said, including his claims that he is God), but by believing ...
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Can People Who Aren't Saved, Heal in Jesus’ Name?

For backstory, I've recently been looking for confirmation that I'm really saved. I've started to repent of all my sins (that I know of) about 1-2 weeks ago. I've pretty sure I've been saved since I ...
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If there were sentient aliens, would Jesus be their messiah also? [duplicate]

Let us suppose that there were aliens, that like us are gifted with souls and free will. Would they have their own alien messiah, or would Jesus be their messiah?
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What make us believe in Jesus? [closed]

There is no proof that the Bible comes from God but we still believe in Jesus Christ .I think that nobody was there when the Bible was been writing but how can we believe ? It is not logical for me ?...
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How does the Catholic Church explain the juxtaposition of two tenets of faith with two different pre-conditions at Roman 10:9?

We read in Roman 10:9: Romans 10:9 (NRSVCE): “because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” On wonders why ...
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Why does Jesus value leap of faith more than those who rely on direct evidence?

As told in the gospel according to John, following the crucifixion, the resurrected Jesus appears in front of his disciples and greets them (John 20:19-21). The disciples then run off to tell the only ...
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Is belief or faith the same as idolatry? [closed]

So clearly there are a ton of biblical texts, the most famous being the second commandment against Idols. So given what we know about the nature of our brains today, I have a serious question: Is ...
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In what sense do faith and hope remain?

In 1 Corinthians 13, the Apostle Paul discusses various different spiritual gift, explaining that most of them will be redundant in the New Creation, and therefore "fade away". He concludes his ...
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If you believe that Messiah Jesus is a human being what logic you have to guess that he could be a God or son of God? [closed]

The Messiah Jesus is son of Maryam was a human being. He was born from a woman, he ate and drank, got up and went to sleep, suffered pain and wept… and God (Allaah) is far above all of that, Allah is ...
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How are Regeneration, Faith, and Union with Christ ordered in Reformed Theology?

In the Reformed Ordo Salutis, or order of salvation, how are Regeneration, Faith, and Union with Christ ordered? (Note that the order of salvation is a logical order, not temporal, and the believer ...
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What does the Catholic Church teach about the significance of reference to Jacob's Well at John 4:12?

We see the conversation of Jesus with the Samaritan woman at John 4: 10-12 : "Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and ...
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Does spiritual death mean loss of faith or doing a deadly sin (or sins) or separation from God?

According to Word-of-Faith movement, Jesus suffered both physical and spiritual death. They mean by spiritual death that he suffered in hell after dying, before resurrection. And suffering in hell ...
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Is there a sect who adopt "salvation by works and exaltation by both: faith and works"?

Is there a Sect or Tradition or Cult within Christianity adopts the following concept: salvation or justification by works, while exaltation or glorification by both: faith and works?.
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A question about Faith and Law before Sinai

William Huntington (1745 – 1813) preached in London to many hundreds, sometimes thousands, in the latter part of his life. After his death a number of preachers followed in his footsteps, such as ...
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Will we be reunited with our family and friends in heaven? [closed]

Yes, I have faith in God and I would really like to go to heaven after I die, not hell, no way! I trust in God and would like to see my family and friends in heaven after they die, only if they make ...
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Is it possible to reconcile Owen's trilemma with salvation by faith?

John Owen's "trilemma" argument is often used as a defense for Limited Atonement, but it appears to have an underlying difficulty: To which I may add this dilemma to our universalists: God ...
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According to Catholicism, does faith or trust in God guarantee protection from poverty?

Pope Francis said: Poverty is not inevitable! Source But in John 12:8 Jesus said: You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me. Does faith or trust in God guarantee ...
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Does the Catholic Church teach that the Catholic faith is demonstrably true?

Question: Does the Catholic Church teach that the Catholic faith is demonstrably (with certainty) true? Please provide references. Thanks for any help.
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Calvinism: alternatives to evanescent grace?

It appears to me that the so-called "Doctrines of Grace" contain a practical contradiction. The T in TULIP states that the reprobate (and even the unregenerate elect) are zealous in their ...
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Do religious people believe in bibles from the bottom of their heart? [closed]

Do they truly believe that the story actually happened? Or do they recognize the possibility of it being a fiction and try to just keep the mental lessons from them? Is religion just a guide to the ...
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Does Christianity allow for believing on someone else's behalf?

In 1 Corinthians 7, verse 14 (ESV) we can read: 14 For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your ...
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What is the "fideism" rejected by the Catholic Church?

In philosophy, fideism seems to be used as a label to refer to epistemological approaches that tend to prioritize faith over reason. And this makes sense; after all, "fideism" is just Latin for "...
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Life of Pi and how to believe [closed]

I for myself consider myself an agnostic. Because i simply dont know, but i dont reject. My girlfriend on the other hand is a firm believer and we both watched The life of Pi yesterday. Maybe because ...
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According to Eastern Orthodoxy, does Matthew 17:20 apply to all people?

In Matthew 17:20, Jesus said: "Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will ...
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What is the justification for relying on faith healing and conventional medicine?

As a contrast to What is the justification for relying on faith healing over conventional medicine?, I thought I'd ask the opposite. What is the justification for relying on faith and conventional ...
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The word "faith" in Matthew 17:20, Matthew 21:21 according to Reformed?

Matthew 17:20 And He said to them, "Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here ...
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