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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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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 ...


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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 shall be ...


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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, as a ...


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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 of ...


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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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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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The original post states "On the contrary, scripture seems to show that humanity is incapable of doing anything good" Romans 3:11-12 is given. Consider: The Greek word used for "good" in Rom 3 is 5544. chréstotés. That greek word is only used in Romans when talking about God's goodness. The Greek word used for "good" in Rom 2:7 is 18. agathos. That greek ...


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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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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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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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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 have found two places where Sproul deals with this subject. The first is in Essential Truths of the Christian Faith, v2, where he expresses concern about the risks of "wrong images": I can't say for sure that to depict the human nature of Jesus is a violation of the second commandment. But I'm not sure this is wise because it could communicate ...


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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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I believe Luke 3:10-14, provides some guidance on this. After getting baptized from John, People who do secular jobs for their living asks what they need to do further. Here we don't see John the baptist asking them to leave their secular jobs. However its clear that we are expected to be content with what we have Luke 3 10 “What should we do then?” the ...


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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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Not wishing to re-invent the wheel, I will not repeat the biblical basis in user9485's answer regarding the Jehovah's Witness doctrine that only 144,000 people will ever get into heaven, that number being culled from the time of Christ up until the still future point at the great tribulation, when JWs say the 'heavenly calling' will end, all those remaining ...


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Since this came up a lot in the comments to the other answer, here what was said in 1916 in an exposition of the First presidency regarding the mentioning of the different father roles Jesus Christ and God the Father have: Scriptures embodying the ordinary signification—literally that of Parent—are too numerous and specific to require citation. The ...


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Did Jesus reject the apocrypha? Nowhere in Sacred Scripture has Our Lord rejected the Apocrypha. Who has the authority to declare what is Apocrypha and what is not? The comment of Lucian is quite revealing to say the least. If such a rejection would indeed have existed, then the presence of references to pious pseudepigraphical works on an even lower ...


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What is the Biblical Basis for teaching that Lucifer wanted to become the “firstborn son” of God through Eve? There is no evidence in Scripture that Lucifer desired to become the “firstborn son” of God through Eve. Even the quote from Peter Kwasniewski does not admit that Lucifer wanted to be the “first born son of Eve”. It simply does not make sense. I ...


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1. Reading the Gospels as Protestants This verse from the Aramaic scriptures tells us the virgins (we, Christians) will meet both the bridegroom and bride. A few things here: firstly only a very small number of Protestants would accept Aramaic-primacy. It also doesn't have any relevance to this question. Just because the Greek text doesn't include "...


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The basis for my answer is founded on what I understand to be a fundamentally accepted belief by all Christians. I am mindful of what curiousdannii said here: Answers don't have to provide references or quotes to authoritative sources if they think it's common knowledge that denomination X teaches doctrine Y, but authors should be ready to provide them if ...


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