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

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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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How did “credibile est, quia ineptum est” become “credo quia absurdum”?

The quote "Credo quia absurdum" (I believe, because it is absurd) is ascribed to Tertullian. But Tertullian never wrote this: what he wrote (De Carne Christi, V, 4) was "Prorsus credibile est, quia ...
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Does believing in Jesus Christ save me, or do I have to do something more? [closed]

James 2:17 says that faith is not enough. Does that apply to salvation? Is belief (or faith) in Jesus Christ enough to be saved, or is one expected to act on that faith? If works are required for ...
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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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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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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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What is the Biblical evidence that Jesus' mother was one of His disciples?

The Roman Catholic Church venerates Mary as not only having been blessed to be the mother of Christ, but also as having been born without sin (Immaculate Conception), and to have been a perpetual ...
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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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C.S. Lewis's petitionary prayer paradox

The problem I am submitting to you arises not about prayer in general but only about that kind of prayer which consists of request or petition.... I have no answer to my problem, though I have taken ...
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Which scriptures are used to justify ignoring feelings?

Having attended a number of churches, at least one of which claimed to be 'non-denominational,' I have been subjected to listening to this teaching, which I have seen used to try to convince people ...
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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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Does the Catholic Church rank the cardinal virtues?

The three theological virtues which serve as the basic foundation for all others are faith, hope, and love. The cardinal virtues which build upon them are temperance, justice, wisdom, and courage. ...
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Can theology still be defined “the science of faith”?

According to Wikipedia, Richard Hooker (March 1554 – 3 November 1600) was an English Anglican priest and an influential theologian. He was one of the most important English theologians of the ...
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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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Why did the disciples have to be silent about the supernatural event of the Transfiguration? (Catholic perspective)

The story of the Transfiguration in Matthew 17:1-9 concludes with these words: As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, "Do not tell the vision to anyone until the Son of ...
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What assures Christians that they alone are saved?

Christians claim that "they are saved by the sacrifice of Jesus." But there are also members of many other faiths who claim that they are saved. For example, apart from affirming Jesus to be the ...
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What happens to people who have never heard about Jesus? [closed]

There seems to be general consensus inside Christianity that in order to be saved, you must have faith, and that this faith has to be in Jesus Christ. Here is one verse sometimes cited for the ...
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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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What is the biblical basis for salvation by faith alone (sola fide)?

One of the key issues in the Reformation was the doctrine of Sola Fide, that is, that salvation is by faith alone, apart from works. What, then, is the biblical basis for this belief?
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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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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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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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Interpretation of the scripture “One Lord, one faith, one baptism?” [closed]

Ephesians 4:5 states there is "one Lord, one faith, one baptism." Some Christians interpret this to mean that a single denomination (with its beliefs, doctrines, and practices) constitutes the "one ...
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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 Biblical basis for saying one won't be healed if they lack sufficient faith?

I've heard it said in discussion with teachers in a Pentecostal church, "If you pray and believe, God will heal you." The teaching seems especially motivated by passages like Mark 5:34 and Mark 10:52 ...
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How do I have self confidence, self esteem and work hard if I am a true Christian? [closed]

In church we learn to not lean on ourselves. We learn we can do nothing with our own power. That we must completely let go of control and let God. That everything that happens is from God and that we ...
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What is an overview of Protestant explanations of the difference between dead faith and perfect faith in James 2?

In James 2:17-22 (KJV) it reads: 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, ...
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According to the Catholic Church, are Jews saved without faith in Jesus?

According to recent news stories, the Vatican has issued a report saying that Jews can be saved without faith in Jesus (see for example here). This sounds very strange, so my questions are: Does ...
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What is the background of the words “notitia,” “fiducia,” and “assensus” and how do they relate to the biblical notion of “faith”?

The book Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview (page 18) describes notitia, fiducia, and assensus as the three essential elements that make up the biblical notion of "faith." notitia ...
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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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How do “Sola Fide” adherents reconcile with the three aspects of faith?

Historical Protestantism (particularly in the Lutheran and Reformed traditions) have since the Magisterial Reformation held to two doctrines relating what is required of an individual for salvation. ...
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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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Why doesn't faith heal like it did when Jesus was alive? Aka, “yes-no-wait” [closed]

Throughout the Gospels, people suffering various ailments would come to Jesus to ask for healing. Almost always, Jesus responds by (1) praising their faith and (2) healing the person. Of course, many ...
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What is biblical view on curiosity? [closed]

What is biblical view on curiosity? Is curiosity sin and therefore impossible for God? One reference is rom.10:17 that tells that first proclaiming the gospel, hearing it and faith cometh, but before ...
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Did Augustine teach sola fide?

It is popularly taught that the reformers declared five distinctive elements of theology that differentiated them from Rome: salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, for the ...
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Has the Catholic Church made any comparative study of the faith of Martha vis-a-vis that of Mary?

At Luke 10:40-42 we read : " But Martha was distracted with much serving; and she went to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But ...
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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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What is the biblical basis for the belief that good works are the fruits of faith?

It is common for Protestant doctrinal statements to say that good works are the fruits of faith. For example: We confess that good works are necessary fruits of faith in the life of a Christian and ...