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Does Romans 14:14 betray a shaky conviction of St Paul in relation to clean and unclean food?

We see St Paul writing in Romans 14:14 (NRSVCE): I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. St Paul appears to ...
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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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According to Protestant interpretations, is Romans 3:5-6 a text relating to Theodicy or something else?

We read: “But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unjust who inflicts wrath? (I speak as a man.) Certainly not! For then how will God judge 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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According to Catholic scholars, does St Paul compromise his knowledge of horticulture in Romans 11:24?

We see St Paul telling the faithful in Romans 11:24 (NRSVCE): For if you have been cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much ...
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What is the reformed perspective of why God continues to give breath & life to those who are sinners in Adam?

I am aware of Romans chapter 9 and it’s eternal implications for eternal destinies, especially given the Reformed interpretation of it. I am also aware of the doctrines of “Original Sin” & “God’s ...
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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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If everyone has a fair chance to be saved, then how is this reconciled with Romans 10:11-17 & John 6:44?

This question is scoped to Christians who believe that: humans have libertarian free will (or at least are given temporarily some form of genuine freedom of the will through divine grace in specific ...
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Does Romans 13:1-2 contradict the actions of civil disobedience taken by the apostles?

Romans 13:1-2 (ESV): Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists ...
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Romans 9 from an Arminian Perspective

Arminians, how do you interpret Romans 9 from an Arminian perspective? Specifically, verses 13-23. Specifically, the traditional Calvinistic understanding of Romans 9 is that it teaches predestination ...
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What is the simplest, clearest interpretation of the English text of the Authorized Version on Romans 9:5?

Please give me your natural reading of this English language Bible verse from the Authorized Version. Romans 9:5 (AV) Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is ...
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Does Romans 8:1 Cast Doubt On Purgatory?

Romans 8:1: There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. How do Catholics respond to the apparent incompatibility between this verse and purgatory? That being that we ...
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In what sense are "vessels of mercy prepared beforehand" in Romans 9:23?

Rom 9:23 "What if He did this to make the riches of His glory known to the vessels of His mercy, whom He prepared beforehand for glory" I'm trying to better understand various ...
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What does Paul mean by "divine nature", as revealed through creation?

In Romans 1, the Apostle Paul says 18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what ...
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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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Can the forensic justication doctrine be characterized as false justification contrary to fact and truth?

Forensic justification is defined as strictly legal declaration as justified, rather than reckoning or acknowledging someone as righteous to justify him. In other words, a person is declared righteous ...
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How do deniers of the personhood of the Holy Spirit interpret Romans 8:26-27?

Romans 8:26-27 (ESV): 26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 ...
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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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What kind of "condemnation" is a believer exempt from in Romans 8:1?

I've been looking up several of my reference books for a good definition of condemnation, but evidently it's simply "judgment" based on its context, including in Rom. 8:1. It's clear from ...
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What is the biblical basis for believing that some sense of Deity exists in humans?

This view is called “Sensus Divinitatis” and is described as the natural capacity for humans to perceive God. I understand from this Wikipedia article on Sensus divinitatis that although the concept ...
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How do Christians that advocate libertarian free will interpret Romans 9:14-24?

Romans 9:14-24 (ESV): 14 What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God's part? By no means! 15 For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I ...
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What is the "glory of God" in Romans 3:23?

In a gospel presentation, we might use Romans 3:23: "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." What have sinners fallen from, exactly, with regards to the glory of God? The ...
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What exactly is the falsehood that St. Paul is referring to at Roman 3: 7?

We see St. Paul, while discussing about the merits and demerits of believers getting circumcised, posing an open question at Romans 3:7 (NRSVCE): But if through my falsehood God’s truthfulness ...
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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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How do those who believe that Jesus is a created being understand the verses which say everything that was created was created by him?

There are some people who claim that Jesus is a created being, but this claim is nowhere confirmed, rather the Bible says: Everything became through the Word, and without the Word did not become one ...
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How is Gods judgement of man fair when he judges them without considering their deeds?

In America, our judicial system is built on the idea that a man is assumed innocent, and then proven guilty with evidence. In contrast, Paul wrote: Romans 9 10-18: ...there was Rebekah also, when ...
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Is there a consensus among early Christians on Romans 9?

How did the early church interpret St. Paul in Romans 9? Is there a consensus in early Christianity regarding the relation between predestination and free will?
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Romans 9:14 to 9:24 and free will

Do all Christians believe in predestination? If not, for those who don't, how do they explain Romans 9:14 - 9:24? 14 What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be! ...
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What is Paul saying in Romans 7:15 - 7:25?

The way I interpret it is that he's saying that if we commit sin while we are aware that it is sinful and if we hate the sin we commit then we are not really committing sin but rather the "sin which ...
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Based on what verse did Luther know that no sin can separate the believers from God?

The article in this link said: Something has gone wrong in Lutheranism. It has been more than adequately shown that regarding the doctrine of the eternal predestination of God Martin Luther ...
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Romans 11:32 according to Calvinist?

Romans 11:32 For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all Is the "everyone" including Adam and Eve before they are created ?
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How can Paul having been alive apart from the Law reconcile with the doctrine of original sin?

How can Paul's having been alive apart from the Law, reconcile with the doctrine of original sin? Romans 7:9 NASB--I was once alive apart from the Law; but when the commandment came, sin became ...
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How do Catholics respond to claims that Christianity was paganised by the Roman Empire?

The Catholic Encyclopaedia seems to suggest that the Church chose this day because it was the day of the Roman celebration: Dies Natalis Solis Invicti — the birthday of Sol Invictus, (the God of ...
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Regarding doubt, how do we apply Romans 14 in difficult situations? [closed]

Rom 14:23 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin. (NKJV) The normal interpretation of this text is that if you’re ...
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What is Paul meaning of "husband" and "married to another" in Romans 7:1-6

Romans 7 King James Version (KJV) 1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? 2 For the woman which hath ...
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Does "all have sinned" (Rom. 3:23, 5:12) include every single human being? [duplicate]

My mother and I go round and round on various Catholic vs. Protestant beliefs and in particular the Catholic belief in the pseudo-divinity of Mary. One item is whether Mary was sinless. I pointed to ...
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Why does Romans 5:19 say "many" instead of "all"? (Overview) [closed]

By one man’s disobedience many were made sinners Rom 5:19 Why does it not say "all" but "many"? Because the previous verse says: By the offence of one judgment came upon all men ...
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The word "raised" in Romans 9:17-18 and Exodus 9:16?

NIV - Romans 9:17 (17) For Scripture says to Pharaoh: "I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth. (18a)...
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How do Lutherns and Reformers explain when God's Preceptive Will goes against His Decretive Will?

Is there any insight to understand how God Himself doesn't wish any to fall away (His preceptive will) and the fact that His decretive will states that some will? Further, Zachariah and Romans speak ...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses explain Paul's apparent equating of Yahweh and Jesus in Romans 10?

Recently I was listening to a lecture by Reformed theologian Robert Cara, in which he mentioned how frequently NT writers connect and apply OT Yahweh references to Jesus. A number of examples could ...
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How do Arminians interpret God's reserving of a remnant in Romans 11:4?

Much has been written about Romans 9 and the differing Calvinist/Arminian interpretations of it. However, Arminians (and I consider myself an Arminian) usually argue that, read in context with the ...
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What does the 'will' of St. Paul mean? [closed]

In Rom. 7:18 is stated: "For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not." Does this mean that ...
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Do any Protestants teach that everyone really knows God according to Romans 1:21?

For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. (Romans 1:21, English Standard ...
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Does faith cometh by hearing only as alluded to in Romans 10:17?

(KJV) Romans 10:17 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. It seems Paul alludes to faith cometh by hearing the word of God,but in several instances in bible(Hebrews 4:...
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Romans 6:5 and "Where's Wolfius?"

In order to better understand Romans 6:5, I've been doing a word study of the Greek word σύμφυτος (sumphutos), traditionally translated "planted together" or "united with". Commentators usually point ...
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In light of Romans 3:23, how do Catholics support their belief that Mary was without sin? [duplicate]

The Catholic Church says that Mary was sinless. How do they reconcile this view with verses such as Romans 3:23? For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God....
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Who first understood the "authorities" in Romans 13 as spiritual, not secular, authorities?

In his forthcoming book, Freedom's Progress, libertarian Gerard Casey describes several different ways of interpreting and applying Romans 13:1–7. One approach in particular I had never encountered ...
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How do Catholics interpret Romans 10:9-13?

How does the Roman Catholic church interpret the simplicity of Romans 10:9-13? Romans 10:9-13 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from ...
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To the Calvinist, is Romans 9:21 potter story based on Jeremiah 18:4?

My Calvinist friend gave me Romans 9:21 and Jeremiah 18:4 to support his view that each individual since was born already either the object of His wrath or the object of His mercy. After I read ...
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Mark and Romans: are these the same Rufus?

In Mark 15:21 (KJV), the account reads: And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross. In Romans 16:13 (KJV), ...
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