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Relationship between an individual Christian and God, and different ways to perceive or live this relationship.

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How do Christians who subscribe to the "religion vs. relationship" dichotomy make sure that their own relationship with God is genuine?

Many Christians emphasize the importance of having an actual relationship with God/Jesus as opposed to merely being religious. The previously asked question What is the origin of the "religion vs....
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How do Christians who emphasize the "religion vs. relationship" dichotomy respond to claims of "relationship with God" in other religions?

Many Christians emphasize the importance of having an actual relationship with God/Jesus as opposed to merely being religious. The previously asked question What is the origin of the "religion vs....
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What is an overview of measures commonly adopted by Christians to overcome "spiritual lukewarmness"?

Revelation 3:15-16 (ESV): 15 “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out ...
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Does it matter whether a hallucinogen blurs delusion and reality? [closed]

Datura is a plant whose seeds have been used in religious rituals since prehistory. Ingesting Datura seeds will induce a hallucinogenic experience characterized by "anticholinergic delirium",...
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How do Christians discern genuine spiritual experiences from hallucinations?

When believers appeal to their private spiritual experiences to argue for their faith, skeptics typically respond by dismissing their stories entirely, conjecturing that these are more likely cases of ...
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How do Christians approach the evangelization of individuals who have had profound spiritual experiences in other religions?

Spiritual experiences can play a very important role in shaping an individual's worldview and religious convictions. Just a single profound mystical experience can dramatically change a person's ...
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What is an overview of how contemporary Christians discern that God is giving them instructions to follow a very specific course of action?

By 'very specific course of action' I mean some specific assignment that cannot be inferred from just reading the Bible. For example, in the case of missionaries, the question about when and where to ...
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How often do Christian missionaries follow the example of Acts 16:6-10 in order to make decisions as to which country/place they are to go to preach?

Acts 16:6-10 (NIV): 6 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. 7 When they ...
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What are some exercises, according to Catholicism, to keep a mindfulness on Christ?

So throught my life my relationship with christ was very "secular", although I believed in the religion only on sundays or on rare ocasions would I remember of christ. But this has changed, ...
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Are there any scriptural objections to using Ignatian Spiritual Exercises according to Protestants?

Ignatian Spiritual Exercises has been around for centuries, yet only in the past few decades Evangelicals and Charismatics started to appreciate it: In a 1990 The Way journal article Why Ignatian ...
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Are there any Christian groups or denominations that teach how to discern between Godly, demonic and psychological experiences?

According to a Christian worldview, experiences can be either natural or supernatural. And if they are supernatural, they can either come from God or Satan. In other words, only 3 possible options. ...
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The Sacrament of the Present Moment? [closed]

What did Jean-Pierre De Caussade mean in "God Living in Souls and Souls Living in God?" This is chapter 2: "How to Arrive at the State of Self-Surrender and How to Act Before Reaching ...
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Are there any denominations that teach their members how to hear God's voice better, as exemplified by the Apostles in Scripture?

From time to time I have come across people who claim to have heard the voice of God speak to them in various circumstances. To someone who has never experienced this firsthand, this may sound a bit ...
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Difference between spirit and soul and consciousness

From my reading of the Bible, spirit gives Man a consciousness of God and soul gives Man a consciousness of the self and the body gives Man consciousness of the world. Spirit is also the immaterial ...
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Are Satan and Lucifer the same entity/being? [duplicate]

I’m highly confused about this. Whenever I search up something about the princes of hell or just satanism in general (out of curiosity), they always say something like Satan, ___ , Lucifer, ____ as if ...
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What is meant by "Selling one’s soul to the Devil"?

I've become very interested (by it I mean curious) about "selling one's soul to the Devil" in the past few weeks. You probably have heard the most popular examples of this: Robert Johnson, ...
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Whether Ignatian spiritual exercises are good for the discernment of vocation according to Thomistic understanding of vocation?

All I know about Ignatian spiritual exercises was orally transmitted to me from priests and others, therefore I may misunderstand Ignatian spiritual exercises and in that case please correct me. ...
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The Glory Be prayer and consolation - Catholic Spirituality

Is there a Catholic author who discussed how praying the Glory Be prayer can provide consolation? I am looking for a book/article on that topic.
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Are spiritual pleasures > carnal pleasures, according to Catholicism?

Does Catholicism consider spiritual pleasures greater than carnal/sexual/bodily pleasures?
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How do spiritual fathers of Catholic Church explain a sudden urge to pray?

I'd like to know how Catholic spiritual masters explain the urge to pray. Is it considered inspired by the Holy Spirit? Should we surrender to that urge? I was doing some research on that topic, but I ...
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How is praying understood within the "Death of God" theology?

Theologians like Hamilton and Altizer defend a "secular Theology" that tries to banish the Deus ex machina of traditional Theism. So far so good, but how does one pray before God etsi Deus non ...
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War between the ‘inner being’ and the ‘fleshly nature’

When people are saved, what is God’s purpose for not sanctifying the ‘flesh’ when the spirit is reborn to prevent the struggle believers have in obeying Him? (Evangelical perspective) The Apostle ...
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Is Meister Eckhart's teaching condemned by the Roman Catholic Church?

Meister Eckhart was a thirteenth-fourteenth century philosopher, theologian, and mystic who lived and worked in the Dominican Order. In later life, he was accused of heresy and brought up before the ...
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Is the book "The Supernatural Occurrences of John Wesley" a legitimate collection of Wesley's journal entries?

The Supernatural Occurrences of John Wesley, written by Daniel R. Jennings, claims to be a compilation of John Wesley's supernatural experiences. The book claims to be compiling these stories from ...
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Where in the Pentateuch does it indicate that it's better to sin against God than against your spiritual director?

From The Ladder of Divine Ascent: Do not be surprised at what I am going to say (for I have Moses to support me). It is better to sin against God than against our father; for when we anger God, ...
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Does the Catholic church have an officially-sanctioned, organized form of spirituality analogous to Orthodox hesychasm?

According to my understanding, hesychasm, along with asceticism, is the official, traditional, and uniformly accepted spiritual path of the Orthodox church. Is there an analogous, well-defined, widely-...
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What does the Orthodox church consider to be the defining features of Christian meditation?

There are many different kinds of meditation or prayer, Christian and non-Christian. However, I am confused regarding actual difference because these varieties, both Christian and non-Christian, seem ...
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What distinguishes Christian meditation from the Catholic tradition from non-Christian meditation? [closed]

There are many different kinds of meditation or prayer, Christian and non-Christian. However, I am confused regarding actual difference because these varieties, both Christian and non-Christian, seem ...
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Hearing Bell sounds - What does the Bible say about bells? [closed]

Recently I have heard many bell sounds during times of heavy spiritual warfare & physical troubles. I know i'm not crazy because I've had relatives and friends hear them as-well. They come from ...
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What is "Christ Consciousness"?

I have heard this term used and would like more info about this idea. It really sounds like a hippie thing...
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What does 1 Corinthian 2:15 mean?

Is this verse saying that spiritual people are above the judgment of those who are not spiritual? Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others....
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Is spirituality different than superstition? [closed]

Since Enlightenment we seem to have entered an age where “reality” is often confined to empirical explanations. Yet the Bible speaks of a spiritual reality that is not open to empirical investigation. ...
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Is there any protestant method how to deal spiritual dryness?

In Catholic tradition, there are books on spiritual dryness (Dark Night of the Soul by st. John of the Cross is the most famous) and it is mentioned in Catechism of Catholic Church too. Eastern ...
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What arguments have been advanced against "Angel Therapy"?

From AngelTherapy.com, I found this short description: Angel Therapy is a non-denominational spiritual healing method that involves working with a person's guardian angels and archangels, to heal and ...
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Do Western Christians confuse Mysticism with Emotionalism? [closed]

I repeatedly hear Western Christians repudiate mysticism. This post is NOT about the merits or dangers of Christian mysticism. Another question addresses that sufficiently. This question deals with ...
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Where does one draw the line between spritiual attack and spiritual defense? [closed]

I recently uploaded a picture to Facebook in the style of the KEEP CALM posters, which said "KEEP CALM, JESUS IS COMING". I knew before I posted it that I would likely receive spiritual attack from ...
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Why do Evangelicals like a spirituality book by a 16th century Catholic monk?

I recall in my early days as a Christian I remember reading a book called ‘The Practice of the Presence of God’ by a Monk called Brother Lawrence in France. It always baffles me a bit that this book ...
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Reformation objections to lectio divina?

It is becoming popular in Protestant circles to embrace traditional Roman Catholic (RC) mysticism, such as the practice of lectio divina. For example, see this page on the website of Timothy Keller's ...
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What is the correlation between cosmic energy and Christianity? [closed]

At Church (Calvary Chapel) I don't remember exactly what the pastor was talking about but he mentioned the phrase "cosmic energy" when relating to what it is to be in Christ. I was surprised just by ...
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Vacillating passion for Christ [closed]

Throughout a person's life they might experience some incredible highs in their relationship with Christ. They might receive answers to prayers and/or a bounty of unexpected blessings. A person might ...
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Neurotheology and God [closed]

Does the field of Neurotheology present a threat to Christianity? Neurotheology is a field of science that tries to correlate brain states to spiritual experiences, such as speaking in tongues, ...
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Is Christianity with reason wrong? [closed]

Is it wrong to try to reach God with reason instead of faith? I really believe that logical reasoning is the way to get closer to God but since I was a kid my parents and relatives keep telling me ...
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When to attribute things in this world to things not of this world [closed]

Some Christians take every situation and claim "God did this" or "the holy spirit is moving in this place" when something good happens, and "Satan did this" or "this place has evil spirits" when ...
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How did the Inquisition impact modern Christianity?

Related Question How did the Crusades impact modern Christianity? How did the Inquisition impact modern day Christianity own sense of morality and spirituality? What do these things mean to a ...