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Genesis 2:24–25 (ESV): Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. Genesis pretty clearly views them as husband and wife, even giving their union as foundational to all other marriages.


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In Amos 8, the prophet declares (NIV trans.): 11 “The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign Lord, “when I will send a famine through the land— not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord. 12 People will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the Lord, but ...


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When Jesus said that the scribes and Pharisees would be charged for the murder of all the prophets, that is, from Abel to Zechariah, he indicated what he considered to be the Hebrew canon. He was speaking according to the traditional Jewish canon, in which Chronicles is listed as the last book and in which Zechariah is killed at 2 Chronicles 24:20, 21. ...


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This is actually the dominant view of Christianity: the doctrine of an intermediate state after death and before the resurrection. "Going to heaven" means being with God in a non-bodied but conscious spiritual way after we die, before we experience resurrected bodily life in the New Heavens and New Earth. The main alternative view is that of Christian ...


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The "archangel" Michael is named in only three books in the Bible: in Daniel, Revelation, and Jude. While what Daniel and Revelation say about Michael is compatible with the idea that Michael is another name for Jesus, I cannot see how this can be the case for Jude: Jude 8-9 (NIV): In the very same way, on the strength of their dreams these ungodly people ...


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There were no priests then who could marry them. But given that priests are only God's representatives on Earth, God clearly could marry them. Genesis 1:28, already quoted by others, can be understood as a ceremony of marrying: God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful ..." This has both core elements we associate today with a marriage: The ...


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There is an example in scripture, spoken by Jesus, of the prayer of a sinner : And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself ...


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The all upper-case "LORD" and "GOD" are used where the original Hebrew used the sacred name of god, YHWH (יהוה). Traditionally, that four letter name (Tetragrammaton) is not supposed to be pronounced except by the high priests on the Day of Atonement. To avoid accidentally saying it while reading the Hebrew scriptures, incorrect vowel marks are added to ...


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The Protestant view has been taken from the Jews. It was the Jews who did not recognise the apocryphal writings as inspired. A personal view is that the 62 weeks in Daniel 9:25 is 434 years of prophetic silence from the end of the OT (with the completion of Nehemiah) in 408 BC, to the start of the ministry of John the Baptist. This is based on a ...


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In Mark 10:9 Jesus says, in the context of marriage, "What God has joined together, let not man separate." Clearly, when you read of the beginnings in Genesis, God brought Adam and Eve together. (Genesis 2: 18-24)


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Not explicitly, that being said, there are a variety of scriptures that indicate that men are to be ordained to the priesthood, rather than women. There are no scriptures where it speaks of the priesthood in terms of daughters or mothers. The Priesthood has always been a Patriarchal order, even in the beginning with Adam. Examples: Numbers 3:3 “These ...


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whether Latter Day Saints worship a god that was once a man Yes God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man....He was once a man like us;1 Heavenly Father who begat spirit children, including Jehovah who came to earth as Jesus and Michael who came to earth as Adam or whether the Eternal Father is different to Heavenly Father. “Man, ...


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Thanks for asking. There are some important principles here. First it is important to understand that in Matthew 7 Jesus is not talking about trees. He is using trees as a metaphor for people. To try to learn about trees from his statement is a wrong approach. Looking at the Garden of Eden, the Tree was in fact bringing forth good fruit - its purpose was ...


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There are two considerations. One is to establish the fact of roughly 400 years of silence based on writings of that time area. In other words, this is in fact how those of that time understood that there was silence. Two is to then establish if this is shown in Scripture and specifically the Old Testament. In other words, since we know they believed ...


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The Catechism of the Catholic Church, in the section about the sacrament of marriage, states: 1604 God who created man out of love also calls him to love the fundamental and innate vocation of every human being. For man is created in the image and likeness of God who is himself love. Since God created him man and woman, their mutual love becomes an image ...


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In the New Testament, Jesus never prescribes or approves of any particular canon Jesus doesn't anywhere speak of the canon,1 except to refer to common ways of dividing them: "the Law and the Prophets" (Matthew 5:17), "the Law, the Prophets, and the Psalms" (Luke 24:44; cf. 24:27). This latter one is significant for our purpose becaues among the Jews, the ...


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What has become known as “The Sinner’s Prayer” in Protestant circles is a comparatively new phenomenon. In some groups non-members who listen to preaching are urged to "say the sinner's prayer" and accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour - then that person is told they are now saved from their sins. Many have thought that because they repeated 'the sinner's prayer'...


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Without knowing more about the reasons for your daughter wanting to buy a new Bible, and why it is she has only these three options, it is impossible to make a recommendation. However, having background information about each of these Bibles will help her to come to a decision. Below are links to three articles, which provide a brief history as well as ...


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Being in a state of grace is defined as: Condition of a person who is free from mortal sin and pleasing to God. It is the state of being in God's friendship and the necessary condition of the soul at death in order to attain heaven. However, the Catechism makes a distinction between sins as mortal or venial so it is possible to be in a state of grace (...


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First, I would quote from the Hebrew scriptures in the Tanakh: “You guide me with your counsel, and afterwards you will take me into glory.” (Psalm 73:24) “But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself.” (Psalm 49:15) "The days of our years are threescore and ten...or if fourscore yet their strength is labour and ...


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The first precept of the Church is to go to Mass and refrain from servile work on Sundays and holy days. Grave inconvenience can exempt one from observing a precept of the Church. Grave inconvenience is, according to Fr. Hardon, S.J., a sufficient reason to excuse a person from fulfilling certain positive precepts of the Church, not of themselves ...


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Reluctance to identify Michael with Jesus may stem from the Biblical distinction between the Son and the angels. For this, see Hebrews 1-2, Colossians 1:15-20, Revelation 22:9, etc. Human beings are "lower" than the angels, the Son is "higher", and through the incarnation he "elevates" humans to a position of superiority over the angels (Hebrews 2:8, 1 ...


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The short answer is: nowhere. But your question is misguided. You cannot disprove the nature of God as Trinity by looking at how the NT authors use the word "God" (Θεός or Κύριος) because within a few decades after the revelation that Jesus was the 2nd member of the Trinity (as God the Son), the NT authors were still transitioning their terminology from ...


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Genesis 2:24 says a husband should be “joined” to his wife. Other translations say he should cling or cleave to her. Today we would say he should bond with her. Besides God, she should be his highest commitment. Adam was joined to Eve implying marriage.


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This can only be answered when one defines what it means to be married, and how one becomes married. (For a long long time in rural areas where there was no permanently stationed local priest, many people married one another by by "just" saying they were married, and behaving as if they were married.)


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While the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) are not clear as to whether the fragments were of bread alone (they only mention 12 baskets of leftovers), the gospel of John indicates that the fragments were indeed of bread. Quoting John 6:13 from NASB translation: So they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five ...


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Is there a sound doctrine or biblical explanation why Satan is called the “Ape of God”? The Adversary, in waging war against the Almighty, is understood to copy all of his acts and attributes. Popular tradition, moreover, asserts that the Devil, impotent to do anything original, has set his heart on aping everything created by the Deity. Tertullian ...


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The difference between Saul and David was that one offered insincere repentance while the other expressed true repentance. In David's case, we have Psalm 51 as a window into his heart. It is instructive to look at other Biblical leaders who sinned, and what happened afterwards. Moses struck the rock in anger, and his punishment was that he would not live ...


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Whether a day is interpretted as a literal day or as a year depends on the context. Interpretters looked at the 70 sevens of the Daniel 9 and almost unanimously decided it cannot be literal days, but it could be years. (However, some interpretters duck the whole issue and go for an indeterminate length of time.) With the 1290 days (Daniel 12:11) and 1335 ...


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I am responding out of my own Protestant upbringing : John the Baptist came preaching and said : Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance ... Luke 3:8 KJV. In answer to the question 'What shall we do then ? he explained : He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise. John does not ...


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