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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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In Trinitarian theologies, which nature is subservient to the Father?

In Trinitarian theology, when Jesus uttered the following words that indicate his subservience to the Father, which nature was Jesus "accessing" / "operating in": his divine nature,...
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Can Jesus' death be considered as a suicide?

As God is Omnipotent and Omnipresent, he already knew that is going to die and since he is all powerful he could have escaped the death. As he willingly did it, can it be considered as a suicide? As ...
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According to Trinitarianism, how many wills are involved re God? [duplicate]

A fairly straightforward question. For unitarian Christians, God has one will. Jesus is a man, and has His own will. That will is in alignment with God's (despite temptation and a real possibility He ...
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How should we react facing a disease? Should we fight against a disease? I mean, to seek for healthcare. Do diseases have a purpose? [closed]

I wonder How should we react facing a disease? Should we fight against a disease? I mean, to seek for healthcare.(Our body already do that) Do diseases have a purpose? Albert Einstein refused to get ...
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Why might have God allowed the burning of Jephtha’s daughter when he condemned child sacrifice as worship in Deuteronomy 12?

Deuteronomy 12:30-31 says: take care that you be not ensnared to follow them, after they have been destroyed before you, and that you do not inquire about their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations ...
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What is the Biblical Basis for monothelitism?

Monothelitism is the belief that Christ has only one will. It was condemned as heresy at the The 3rd Council of Constatinople, but still has many adherents, including the famous apologist William Lane ...
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Can God act against His will? [closed]

2 Peter 3:9 tells us that God is not willing that any should perish, but that all would repent. Yet most would agree that many have or will perish. So my question: Is God acting against His own will ...
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What is the Biblical Basis for the view that God's Will is always good?

In responding to the Question "Is it good because God wills it, or does God will it because it is good?" Someone said and I quote: The foundation of Goodness is God. God's will is ...
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Prayer and accepting God's will in Catholicism

Is prayer supposed to be the unique means of accepting God's will under Catholic theology? How is a good Catholic supposed to overcome resistance to or confusion about God's will? What do key ...
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What can be the Christian defence of the argument from J.L. Schellenberg’s “Divine Hiddenness”? [closed]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argument_from_nonbelief https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/divine-hiddenness/ "This argument says that if God existed (and was perfectly good and loving) every ...
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When people say "I am waiting on God." Are they afraid to take action in their own lives? [closed]

When people say "I am waiting on God." Are they afraid to take action in their own lives? I have heard so many people in the church claim that they know the will of God, and what God's will ...
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What Does "Not My will but yours be done" mean?

I need for things in about the bible to line up with our lives down here like when receiving prayer we should get what we ask for. Right now it's all negative coming from the belligerent acting ...
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According to Catholic Teaching: Why is God allowing COVID-19, when there seems to be no physical or moral good resulting from it?

According to Catholic Teaching: Why is God allowing COVID-19, knowing that many deaths are involved and many, many more are constantly getting sick. No moral or physical good seems to be resulting ...
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From a Catholic perspective what does it mean for all creatures to fulfill God's will whether they know and want to or not?

In the Diary of Saint Faustina, entry (586), Our Lord says--- And know this, too, My daughter: all creatures, whether they know it or not, and whether they want to or not, always fulfill My will. I ...
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If an individual sins because God "hardened their heart", does that make God the direct responsible of the sin (i.e. a sinner)? [closed]

In the Bible we find passages such as: Exodus 7:3-4 3 But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply my signs and wonders in Egypt, 4 he will not listen to you. Exodus 11:9-10 9 The Lord ...
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What is the function of dreams according to Christianity?

Various people claim to have seen Jesus reveal himself to them in dreams. We also know from the OT that God may use dreams to communicate a prophecy of the future. What is the general thought of the ...
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What is the Catholic practice to find God's will for lay Catholics?

In the evangelical circles, finding God's will for one's life is a very common topic, with a "recipe" that looks like this Christianity.com article: How Do We Know God’s Will for Our Lives?. ...
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Can one take up the cross of someone who is suffering from illnesses and carry them like Simon of Cyrene and pray that to God?

If family members are sick and one wants to pray for their recovery and carry their crosses can they pray to God to bestow their suffering on him or her? Is that a valid prayer? Can one take up ...
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Where in the Bible does God permit us to create? How would science fit into this? [closed]

Its was a christian doctrine that we are pro-creators. So technically, we can build or create something. However, I am a bit confused when some religious people curse science as "messing with God's ...
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Life is a Divine Test [closed]

Is Divine Test a common notion among the Christians, so that they may regard life and its difficulties such as the Corona virus, earthquakes and plagues as divine tests by God to examine humans as to ...
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How Can I Appropriately Live Life Accordingly to God's Will? [closed]

I have been struggling for the past five years. My civil rights were violated about three to four times and all being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I am currently unemployed. I ...
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Is there Biblical justification for asserting that Satan directly causes natural evil? [closed]

Believers tend to assert about how God is completely sovereign over everything, including earthquakes, diseases, floods etc. These events are what people would consider natural evil, in contrast to ...
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Does God intend or call some people to live alone forever in their life?

No. I am not talking about taking the sacrament of priesthood or brotherhood or being a nun who is called to live a holy life only for Christ. I mean if a man tries hard to find a partner but it ...
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Is it possible for God to allow or tolerate something that he never originally intended? If yes, does that still make him omnipotent? [closed]

I keep reading these articles that say just because God allows something to exist or happen, doesn’t mean he intended it to happen in the first place. You take the example of divorce for example. ...
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Why did God the Father choose suffering for Christ and not the lucrative reigning power of an emperor of this world?

My witness to suffering can be elaborated by the following poem written by me. I am attaching this poem because I believe this poem a witness to my long journey with my cross assures me that I am ...
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Does God feel and appreciate the resiliency of our suffering?

First of all, this is not meant to be a personal posting. I just want to know how God feels about the intense suffering of others who really love and care for Him in the midst of their utmost ...
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Why does God choose the tiniest paintbrush to do his detailed work? [closed]

When Christ went to Golgotha to be crucified, on his way there he chose Simon of Serene, a humble man, and a complete stranger, to carry His cross. Before that God chose Mary and Joseph to be Son of ...
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What purpose do angels serve (Protestant)?

If God is omnipotent and can help His children in any situation and in any place, why does He have angels do His will? As I recall, angels are spirit like God.
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Bible changed? Example from Arminianism vs Calvinism

From my understanding and through examples in history and my life as well, God allows good and bad things to happen. Although I would always be curious as to why certain things happen, especially when ...
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What is the Reformed Protestant understanding of God's Permissive Will, His Sovereign or Decretive Will and Efficacious Will?

I have an assignment to explain the Reformed Protestant view of the differences between the Permissive, Sovereign (Decretive) and Efficacious Wills of God. My initial exploration into this subject ...
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Reiterating John 3:16, as in its whole meaning… [closed]

God says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the WORLD.” Why does God love the world so much? Or the induvial people in it? I find is vaccinating that God loves his people so much. Later in, it says, “...
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How does Jesus have two wills in light of the rejection of Nestorianism? (Orthodox Trinitarian view)

Related answered questions: Chalcedonianism is a moderate between Nestorianism and Monophysitism?, What does it mean that the two natures of Christ cannot be separated?, and Does the Chalcedonian ...
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How would miaphysites approach the question of monothelitism versus dyothelitism?

I realize that monothelitism arose in the context of Chalcedonian dyophysitism, and that non-Chalcedonians have not been forced to deal with the distinction of monothelitism versus dyothelitism ...
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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 did Aquinas and Reformation-era Protestants disagree on God's will?

Thomas Aquinas distinguished between God's antecedent and consequent wills. Meanwhile, the Reformed confessions (eg Westminster Confession) distinguished between God's decretive and revealed wills. ...
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Are we the result of God's permissive will?

After listening to this and learning more about the will of God I'd like to ask the above question. The active will of God regards what is in perfect accord with the perfect goodness and the ...
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Who are the prominent Christian thinkers that define "permissive" will?

I would like to get a better understanding of the term "permissive will". I have read a couple threads on this forum related to this topic, but neither has given me a satisfactory understanding. I ...
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How are the Decretive, Preceptive, and Permissive wills of God defined?

I've heard people talk about the Decretive, the Preceptive, and the Permissive wills of God, but I don't entirely understand them. What do they mean and what makes them distinct from each other?
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How do Calvinists understand "anyone" in 2 Peter 3:9?

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance From a ...
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What are the Catholic arguments for God having a free will?

I have noticed a version of this question (Does God have free will? ) however I would like to ask it in a slightly different way: What are the most significant biblical and other (patristic, ...
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Why isn't supralapsarianism's first decree to create?

From Wikipedia Supralapsarians believe that God chose which individuals to save logically prior to the decision to allow the race to fall and that the Fall serves as the means of realization of ...
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How do monothelites explain Jesus' prayer in the garden of Gethsemane?

...monothelitism is the view that Jesus Christ has two natures but only one will. - Wikipedia In the garden, Jesus prayed: Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but ...
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Is Jonathan Edwards's view of "philosophical necessity" compatible with the Westminster Standards?

Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) was a major 18th century theologian who, though rooted in Reformed theology, innovated in some important ways. According to J. V. Fesko, in The Theology of the ...
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What is the biblical evidence against the idea that God, pre-Fall, always intended Jesus' crucifixion?

The "tree of the knowledge of good and evil" which God placed in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:17) has long been acknowledged by Christians as a symbol of humanity's free will. Having placed this here,...
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What is the will of the Father according to the LDS vewpoint?

True and False Disciples 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me ...
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How is Jesus' will in union with the Father's? (Catholic perspective)

I and the Father are one. (John 10:30) that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. (John 17:...
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How do devils know what God permits in their doings? (Catholic perspective)

Exorcists often say demons can do many supernatural things. For example, transform/move possessed objects and so on. But they say only if God permits them to do so. From what I know the devils are ...
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How do Calvinists explain God's wanting no one to perish and electing some to judgement?

I have two ideas that have support in the bible, but seem to contradict! Please help! I am looking for a Calvinist/Evangelical answer. These two verses have the general effect that God does not want ...
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When and how was the doctrine of the one divine will established?

Many (perhaps most) Trinitarian theologians says that the Father, Son, and Spirit each possess the one singular divine will. This is a stronger statement than saying they are "united in will", which ...
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