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Questions tagged [nature-of-man]

relating to the theological definition of anthropology - that set of doctrines which attempt to understand how God created the spirit, soul, and mind of a human being, and to ascertain that for which he destined and how he is subject to the natural laws

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Do emotions dictate our destiny/faith? [closed]

What is the natural human behavior one can ask? Many times people don't do good things because their emotions prevent them from doing so. It is good to be nice and friendly but if my emotions make me ...
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Do Catholics believe that God is actively “fighting” Satan?

Do Catholics believe that God is actively "fighting" Satan? Or do they believe that Satan is a "tempter" who only tries to corrupt humans? I vaguely recall stories from the Old Testament when God ...
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On the Catholic Perspective on the incarnation of Jesus, according to St.Thomas Aquinas: Two natures, one Person

To understand St.Thomas theology, we must understand the metaphysics that goes hand in hand with his theology. For the notion of Person, the previous notion of Suppositum or Hypostasis seems to be ...
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Does the Bible say we will die sinning? [closed]

Psalm 51:5 conveys we are "Born" sinners. 1 John 1:8 conveys we are sinning "Presently". But is there a scripture that says we will "Die" sinners. I was under the notion we can't stop sinning, an ...
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What is the biblical basis that people who are attracted to the same sex were not created by God that way?

cf. Does God create some people Heterosexual and others Homosexual? [closed] It is quite common for people who identify themselves as homosexual to say that God created them this way. Some way ...
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According to Catholic teaching, where does the disorder stem from?

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered." They are ...
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How does the mainstream Christian view of the physical body differ from that presented in The Gospel of Thomas?

What is the value of the physical body in mainstream Christianity? Sometimes it seems to be very negative and to encourage one to concentrate primarily or even almost solely on the spiritual realm. ...
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Thomism, Natural Law and our Fallen Nature

One of the foundations of Thomistic philosophy is Natural Law, which at its basis holds that "committing evil does not accord with human nature". (Thomas Storck, "Four Sins that Cry to Heaven." New ...
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Are there any denominations that believe that Jesus' body was separate creation than was mankind?

Before starting I must begin by saying that as a Southern Baptist I believe with all my heart that Jesus was and always will be fully man and fully God. And I also believe that his death and ...
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What is the Biblical basis for saying that God can annihilate human souls?

We know that God is love and He is merciful. However, the idea of eternal torment seems too horrifying and doesn't seem to be in parallel with the nature of God. My argument is that, if God were ...
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Is the height of first century Judeans evidence against the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin? [closed]

Does the fact that the average height of Jews in the Roman Province of Judea in the first century was 5'0 impact negatively on the authenticity of the shroud since the height of the figure on the ...
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Did any other early church fathers besides Origen teach the pre-existence of souls?

Origen taught about the pre-existence of our souls, which, among many other of his teachings, was later condemned as heresy. Did any other early church fathers teach this doctrine?
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Is John 3:23 contradicted by 1 John 4:5-6? Does the born again experience happen by the Holy Spirit or by both the word of God/Gospel and Holy Spirit? [closed]

Is John 3:23 contradicted by 1 John 4:5-6? From this comes following: does the born again experience happen by the Holy Spirit or by both the word of God/Gospel and Holy Spirit? And he said unto ...
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Are humans above angels? [closed]

In this verse Hebrews 2:7 it says that we are a little lower than the angels. My question is, if Jesus (God) took the human nature and this way he shared his divinity with the human nature. Doesn't ...
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Are there other denominations that believe in pre-human existence?

I was wondering whether the pre-human existence of a believer was accepted among any christian groups/denominations other than Mormons, or are Mormons the only group that believe in a pre-human ...
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Is there any substance to the claim that Origen supported reincarnation?

Origen of Alexandria is considered one of Christianity's greatest systematic theologians, and it is said that he was a believer in reincarnation. Is there any substance (textual evidence) to the ...
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In what way does God derive pleasure from us? [closed]

Philippians 2:13: For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. I understand that this question deals with infinite concepts and it's impossible for us to ...
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Who if any Evangelicals still believe that Adam was created with “a perfect knowledge of God” and everything else?

I was just reading a little bit of a book by British academic Jonathan Edwards (note: not the famous one) called "A Preservative Against Socinianism" published in 1698. On page 16 Edwards says ...
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Are we avatars (incarnations) of God? [closed]

The scriptures states that the believer is the temple of God, that God is within us, that if we give something to a child of God its as if you gave it to God, that we are one with God in Christ... etc,...
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Heart, Mind, Soul and Spirit [closed]

Is there a diagrammatic representation of soul, spirit, heart and their components based on the tripartite view of man? I understand there can be overlapping but I'd like to know if there is a visual ...
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Is life hereditary?

When a baby is born, in many cases the baby will be born already breathing, and in some cases even crying. According to Genesis man did not come to life until God breathed the breath of life into him:...
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In Reformed Theology, what are seen as the implications of Traducianism versus Creationism (of the soul)?

Traducianism says that one's soul is derived from one's parents' souls, but creationism says that God creates a soul for each body. The Wikipedia articles are a start, but I'm especially interested ...
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Why did God not want man to have the knowledge of good and evil? [closed]

When God created man, he created him with the fore knowledge that man would eat from the forbidden tree, and even with the knowledge that man would bring sin into the World; God created the tree in ...
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In the Anglican and Catholic church, are any of man's creative ideas seen as original?

I mean, did Shakespeare invent 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' or was it a reflection of the pre-existing, eternal God? Ditto Dickens and Oliver Twist, ditto Spielburg and Jurassic Park, ditto the Beatles ...
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Where did the concept of separate races originate? [closed]

I want to preface what I say with a statement saying this is not in any way related to any kind of Prejudice! I only want to ask how we got from the family of Noah to having so many so called races. ...
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Where did the trait in man come from which causes him to deny the superiority of God?

Since man was created in the image of God, which I consider to be that God created man with those traits, common to God himself. The power to reason, and so on. In that light I find it difficult to ...
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What Scriptures tell us what man having free will actually means? [closed]

I have been given many different opinions as to what having free will actually means. Some have said that it means only that we have a choice of whether or not to accept salvation, others have said it ...
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What is the biblical basis for the Dual Nature of Man as opposed to the Tripartite Nature?

A common belief regarding the nature of mankind is that we have a body, a soul and a spirit. This is known as the Tripartite Nature of Man (or trichotomism). Some, however, hold to only a Dual nature ...
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What is the essential argument in favor of the tripartite nature of man?

A common belief regarding the nature of mankind is that we have a body, a soul and a spirit. This is known as the Tripartite Nature of Man. What is the essential argument in favor of this view? I ...
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How is the belief that Christians are both adopted and begotten sons of God reconciled?

If one is begotten, then one cannot be adopted by those same parents. The idea of being begotten means that you are the biological progeny of your parents. In other words, the woman whom you call “...
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Does Christianity as described in the Bible support dualism of the mind and body? [closed]

Certain passages in the Bible seem to support Dualism, while others seem to support Materialism. Definitions of Dualism and Materialism: I do not know where I pasted this from, but as curiousdanni ...
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Can humans aquire 'infinite' joy when they are finite beings? [closed]

I read CS Lewis say that the Beatification is an "infinite good" and, hence, "infinitely outweighs the negations" (the stuff we shall leave behind here). He also argued, in Letters to Malcolm, that we ...
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What about the “beforelife”?

It is a common concern in all humans to know about the afterlife, but what do religions say about the beforelife? Some religions say reincarnation, and I think the vast majority of the rest just takes ...
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Is it a good guess that Heaven's joy surpasses even the keenest felt here? [duplicate]

Jonathan Edwards said terms like 'joy' and 'ecstasy' were too meager to describe the greatness of the happiness in Heaven. Was Edwards right in saying our strongest words come nowhere near the reality?...
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Did God create man to replace the fallen Angels? [closed]

As near as I can determine from Scripture; Creation and ejection of the rebellious angels, both happened at about the same period. That led me to begin to wonder, since it seems logical to me that ...
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Do humans have free will? [duplicate]

Something confuses me. God is omniscient, meaning He knows everything, including our decisions in life. God says we have free will, but how is that so if I can't make the choice to not do something ...
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Is the philosophy of René Girard compatible with mainline Christianity?

Rene Girard is a French historian and philosopher. The premise of his works is summarized by Wikipedia: mimetic desire: all of our desires are borrowed from other people; mimetic rivalry: ...
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Does anyone know where CS Lewis said (or maybe implied) the following…?

"Several times, then, Lewis suggests that heaven will be a place where thinking and experiencing come together. On earth we think about what love is; in heaven Love is a Person we can experience. On ...
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Do any denominations believe in reincarnation? [closed]

In discussion with others about God's will in situations that don't have any answers (i.e. - difficult prolonged situations) I hear a lot of (as also mentioned in this question and answer) that God is ...
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Does the indwelling of the Holy Spirit encompass a person's body, soul and spirit?

The Bible affirms in more than one place that the Holy Spirit indwells the believer. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are ...
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Isn't CS Lewis's idea that time is still successive in Heaven frustrating? [closed]

C.S. Lewis: If that [to travel hopefully is better than to arrive] were true, and known to be true, how could anyone travel hopefully? There would be nothing to hope for. Am I missing ...
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CS Lewis said time continues in Heaven…Peter Kreeft says that is exists more as a 'point'…which is right? [closed]

In Letters to Malcolm, CS Lewis says, as we are finite, so time will always exist as progression with the past falling away behind us. Peter Kreeft seems to follow Lewis on most views and yet seems to ...
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When the humans' freedom of choice was firstly stated in Christianity?

When and where was it firstly stated in the history of Christianity that a human being has a personal freedom of choice and that God respects it?
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What does the LDS church teach about what men and women did or do in the pre-existence?

I understand that the LDS Church believes that everyone existed in the spirit world prior to their conception in the womb in the physical world. What specifically, though, does the pre-existence ...
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What is the Word of Faith teaching on “little gods”

Rather than assuming Wikipedia is accurate, I thought I'd as for a better sourced answer to the question. Wikipedia's article on the Word of Faith movement lists various controversies regarding Word ...
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According to theistic evolutionists, at what point did humans evolve enough to be considered special to God?

Disclaimer - Even though my personal views are well-established, I'd like to point out that I am not out to make a point with this question, and I am absolutely not out to establish whether any ...
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Without God is there only evil?

The Bible says in a few places that God does only good things and is full of only goodness: James 1:13 - 1 John 1:5 - 1 Corinthians 14:33. I think we can Biblically support very well that God is not ...
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What is the biblical basis for considering gender to be purely physical/biological?

In my other question, I asked what the biblical basis was for considering gender to not be merely physical, but also present in a person's soul and/or spirit. However, there are some who believe that ...
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What is the biblical basis for considering gender to be not merely physical/biological?

From the perspective of the tripartite nature of man--that men and women have a body, a soul, and a spirit--is there a biblical basis for the position that gender is not merely present in the body or ...
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Is there only one God (or אֱלֹהִים, or θεός) by nature?

Men may be called "gods" (equivalent to Hebrew אֱלֹהִים (elohim) or Greek θεός (theos)) according to office, because they assume God's authority on earth. For example, in Exo. 21:6, it is written, ...