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Romans 3:23 (NIV) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God No one is righteous. Better is not enough. God demands 100% holiness. No one can achieve that. Therefore, we need the Blood of Jesus Christ. Only in Jesus, can we have salvation. Romans 5:12 (NIV) Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, ...


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A change in doctrine, if it is possible at all, can only be expressed with a definitive statement ex cathedra. The Pope wrote in his letter Le accolga come la risposta tentativa e provvisoria, Please accept this as a tentative and provisional response so no, it does not express any change in doctrine. In the English translation, the Holy Father writes ...


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Do Christian concepts of fellowship allow for a congregation to welcome atheists to participate in their community? In the most general terms, yes - most congregations are open to non-member participation. Saying that, it is possible different congregations have a nuanced stance in this regard - some of their meetings may be closed and it is best to ask ...


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I'm going to give a slightly different understanding of this than you may have heard before, largely because I've faced up to the same thing and wondered the exact same thing. The question comes down to this: "Isn't believing in something simply the same as doing something? Isn't it a work in and of itself?" This question always bothered me. Here's the ...


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You could give your coworker the following counterexample, which I sort-of got from listening to Tim Keller: Person who grows up bouncing from one foster home to another, ends up being abused and takes to drugs/alcoholism and crime, but finally asks for forgiveness and comes to faith. In any other worldview where your good deeds are weighed against ...


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As correctly explained in Jon's answer, non-belief in the Bible is normally in terms of practical atheism ("there is no god that impacts my life") rather than absolute atheism ("there is no higher power of any kind"). With that is mind, there are a large number of Bible verse that talk about atheism. As the OP notes, Psalms 14:1 and the ...


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From the point of view of a Seventh-Day Adventist, we welcome unbelievers, because many in the church have come from Atheism. You would be welcome with open arms.


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The Catholic Church teaches that particular judgment is final You had originally asked a hybrid question: what Catholics believe, and what the biblical basis is for not believing in Jesus and going to Hell. While a variety of scripture refers to those being with Christ, and those not being with Him, and the afterlife in parables (the Goats and the Sheep, ...


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In the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church (C&MA) of which I am a member, you would definitely be welcome when attending almost any gathering of church members, whether large or small, plenary or small group. Our church has "ministries" for almost every age group and for almost every conceivable interest or need (e.g., divorce recovery, 12-step ...


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This question, as worded, might might not be best for this site, but I see an answerable question that can be answered by some of the most fundamental Christian thinking. The question is essentially, "Why do Christians insist that everyone is a sinner even though a large portion of people are decent people?" It is clear through out the Bible that everyone, ...


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By choosing to turn one's back on God, one condemns oneself ... CCC 1033 To die in mortal sin without repenting and accepting God's merciful love means remaining separated from him forever by our own free choice. This state of definitive self-exclusion from communion with God and the blessed is called "hell." An atheist does not repent (repentance ~ to ...


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Atheists and sceptics have plenty arguments against the existence of Jesus, the divinity of Jesus, the resurrection of Jesus and even arguments that the early Christians were not persecuted. There appears to be a reluctance to accept the four Gospel records and the Acts of the Apostles as historical evidence, although anything written by historians who were ...


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That version of the Cosmological Argument simply points to the universe having a cause. The Christian response would be that the cause is God. Science confirms that the universe must have had a beginning. The Christian view is that something that does not need to be given existence must exist to give everything else existence. That something is God. God ...


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C S Lewis, apparently in Mere Christianity, does mention the concept of not knowing the concept of dark or light: My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with ...


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A Catholic Official Position Catholics absolutely welcome atheists or anyone else to attend Holy Mass. Unfortunately, as suggested elsewhere, we do not feel it is appropriate for most non-Catholics to receive Holy Communion. For example, a norm developed by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (later the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops) reminds ...


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I not sure if this question is on-topic so I would usually just comment instead of answering, but this is a bit long for a comment... In Christianity, redemption means forgiveness of sins, or perhaps more precisely the removal of punishment due for past sins. In other religions it means other things, but that is not relevant here. Since an atheist does ...


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On basic human psychology Censoring someone doesn't change their beliefs; it just prevents them from expressing those beliefs where they will be caught. However, censoring someone will absolutely harden their heart against you. As someone who grew up atheist, I can absolutely tell you that I would have spent my entire young adult life in prison, protesting ...


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The answer to this question has already been answered by an online Catholic news article, discussing this subject with the exact phrase, "just be good", in it. Upon close examination of the news article, the newswriter/blogger/journalist suggests: The Holy Father is full of surprises, born of true and faithful humility. On Wednesday he declared that all ...


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You need a way to show that things we do can have greater "moral value" by virtue of a belief in God. The idea of "by faith alone" is probably not going to appeal to a non-believer, and it is very difficult to explain in even the best circumstances. I just don't think that that's the way to go in this scenario. You can say this, which even a non-believer ...


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Good question with concise phrasing! To paraphrase, "If faith is God's gift, then those who are not given this gift are not at fault and should not be punished (with Hell)." Overview The core of your question deals with the way that man's cooperation is involved in his salvation. It is an age-old question that probably reached it's peak in the ...


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DISTINCTION OF ACT AND POTENCY. This distinction arose from the Parmenides objection. Let me summarise the argument why the change is not possible and then I will resolve the argument. Proposition (Parmenides): Change is not possible. Proof: A thing either is or is not. If it is, it is being; if it is not, it is non-being or nothing. Change requires that ...


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The main problem is your friends' world views are fundamentally opposed to yours (or at least to what they understand is yours). Most "harmless" words of encouragement between Christians fall on, at best, deaf ears to someone who doesn't share your set of "givens". Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may ...


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I'm coming from a United Methodist tradition, if that makes a difference The disciples asked Jesus why he spoke in parables. He replied in Matthew 13:11-13 (NRSV) [Jesus] answered, ‘To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to those who have, more will be given, and they will have an ...


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Theologically, the reason is that both parties are equally deserving of the same penalty. The repentance of the Christian does not make their sins less bad, but rather their acknowledgement of their fallen nature, need of a savior, and acceptance of that savior is the key to their salvation. Their attempts to live better as a result of that belief have no ...


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What happens to people, who reject God and the bible, after they die? They go to the grave and remain there, until the second coming of Jesus Christ. Is there a difference to those people who believe in other deites? No. John 5;28,29 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming: in the which all that are in ...


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There is a verse in Genesis that gives room for such interpretation: "When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days ...


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I found some insightful notes regarding this topic in an article on Grace. It is written by Fr. John Hardon, a Jesuit theologian, Although I cannot tell whether all that he wrote (and quoted below) is official Catholic doctrine, he worked with a few popes, wrote some famous catechisms editions and always remaining in the Orthodoxy. I quote (emphasis in ...


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St. Thomas Aquinas's Summa contra Gentiles ("Summary treatise against [the errors of] the pagans") was written precisely to convert those who do not accept the authority of the Christian Holy Scriptures. From bk. 1 ch. 2 ("The Author's Intention in the Present Work") [3]: …the Mohammedans and the pagans, do not agree with us in accepting the authority of ...


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Pope Benedict XVI's Encyclical God is Love is a good start, it offers the once guiding principle that Christianity is an Encounter with a Person, Jesus Christ. Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction The Gospels are the best ...


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