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Essence of priestly celibacy Celibacy = unmarried, although in this context it can also mean perpetual continence, as priests can be married (and unmarried priests have never been permitted to marry). Besides the practical reasons (which can apply to non-priests, too) of being freed from the solicitudes of married life, not being so tied to worldly ...


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Salvation is described in the Bible as through justification. Justification is recognition by God that you are his sheep, his family member. Salvation is fulfillment, the rescue of a failed mission, to subdue the earth. It's a hard task, made possible only by help from God. However only the pure can see God, and Adam's culpability through being mentally ...


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The book of Hebrews, chapter 11, is all about faith. HEB 10:38 says "the just shall live by faith." To help connect, John 3:15 says, "That whosoever believer in him should not perish, but have eternal life. " We believe in sunlight because we see it, experience it. But we also have faith that spring will come after winter, bringing warmth and sunlight. But ...


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It is possible that you have misunderstood what the Witnesses said about Satan being allowed in the new paradise earth. Revelation 20:1-3 describes how an angel comes down from heaven and, with God’s authority, binds Satan in chains and throws him into the Abyss where he is locked up for the duration of the Millennium. Revelation 20:7-10 then describes ...


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In the bible, KJV, Paul uses both in Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. and Philipians 4:18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, ...


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Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that after Armageddon Satan and his demons are thrown into the abyss (a state of inactivity)and a 1000 year long judgment day will begin. During this time earth will be made a paradise, mankind will attain to perfection, the dead will be resurrected all mankind will be judged. A brief description of judgement day can be found here ...


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In the UK, independent churches are often legally registered as charities so they can be part of the "Gift Aid Scheme", a scheme set up by the UK Government which allows the income tax portion of a gift from a UK Income Tax payer to be reclaimed back from the Inland Revenue. So if I give £80 and am a taxpayer who has already paid £20 on the £100 originally ...


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John 15:26 seems to be the basis upon which the Eastern Orthodox Church believes the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father alone. Here is a partial quote from an article regarding the Eastern Orthodox teaching about the Filioque, although it should be noted that it makes no reference to any biblical text: The position of the Eastern Orthodox Church ...


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Although the prophet Amos said God would be silent • Amos 8:11 "Behold, the days are coming," says the Lord GOD, "That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for water, But of hearing the words of the LORD. NKJV there is no direct or indirect reference to any 400 years of silence in the Bible. Interestingly Ezekiel bring an ...


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But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. (John 15:26, NKJV) Western Christians tend to interpret the sending and proceeding mentioned in this verse as referring to the same thing, but early theologians such as St. Gregory of Nazianzus who taught on this ...


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Let's examine the standard view about this passage and similar hard teachings. It is taught that believers should be ready to give up everything, but only when commanded, called, hear God's voice. In the meantime, we are expected to be shrewd, that means, wise stewards, of the resources God has kept in our care. The trouble with this teaching is that it ...


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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?” ...


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