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What is the biblical counter-argument to the expression "the Universe provides"?

I have been given an assignment to address the view held by some people that "the Universe provides." My first thought was to investigate the New Age movement and beliefs but, although I ...
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Is praying futile given that God respects our Free Will and is omniscient?

If God respects our free will and doesn't interfere in our decisions, why should we pray for things (petition)? For example, if I pray for my daily bread, God cannot force me to go to the store, buy ...
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According to Catholic scholars, are the terms "God's Plan" and "God's Will" one and the same?

The Bible very rarely uses the term God's Plan, for instance: Ps 107:11 (NIV): because they rebelled against God’s commands and despised the plans of the Most High. Micah 2:3 (NIV): Therefore, the ...
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According to soul sleep adherents, why would God allow people to be massively misled by the parable of the rich man and Lazarus (Lk 16:19-31)?

My question is NOT about how soul sleep advocates interpret Luke 16:19-31 -- that's an exegetical question that has already been asked elsewhere. Rather, my question is about understanding, from the ...
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What is the Arminian view of God's providence?

Disclaimer: This question is not intended to suggest that God is not sovereign under Arminianism. It is simply a question for clarification, as I haven't really found a detailed description. Also, I ...
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Souls being immortal vs all of existence needing to be continually and actively maintained by God

Non Christian asking a question here. My understanding is that Christianity claims that: A) Souls are immortal. B) Everything that exists (except God Himself) needs to be continually maintained by ...
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Does everything - everything in our heart and every external event- happen according to God's plan? (Catholic)

I think everything - everything that takes place in our hearts, and everything that takes place externally - happens so according to God's plan. I don't think my opinion conflicts with our free will. ...
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Why didn't the universe fall apart when Jesus died? [closed]

In Colossians 1:16-17, it talks about how the world was made by Jesus and for Jesus. But it also says that "He is before all things, and in him all things hold together", so why didn't we all die and ...
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Can prayer change God's mind? [duplicate]

Since the Bible states that God has a plan for us, and he is in charge of our lives, then if he wants your family member or friend to die of cancer, and you don't, and you are praying for him to get ...
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How are emendations to the Masoretic Text viewed within the doctrine of inerrancy?

This was prompted by an answer to another question of mine which quoted a source that noted alternative vocalization of the Masoretic text as an example of liberal tendencies in the NRSV. This ...
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How, as a spiritual person do you differentiate your Intuition from Holy Spirit's guidance? [duplicate]

Is there some biblical verses that would support how one could differentiate spiritual guidance with our own intuition? By mistake we (at least, I) do think sometimes take decision based on my own ...
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Why, according to the Catholic Church, did the Reformation happen?

Has the Catholic church ever put forth a theological theory or statement as to why the Reformation happened? Please note.... I'm not asking about how the Reformation happened. History is what it is....
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What's the difference between 'Divine Providence' and 'Holy Spirit' in this statement?

In the 22nd annual meeting of the International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee, they released a statement that said: Jews and Christians share the heritage of the biblical testimony of God's ...
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How does one discern between thoughts inspired by the Holy Spirit and those produced from themselves [closed]

This question has been nagging at me for a while, how can one tell the difference between honest-to-God inspiration from the Holy Spirit and thoughts that are induced by themselves out of the needs or ...
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