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The two are not contradictory at all. The common understanding is that Jesus is unique and the only begotten son of God. The rest of us are heirs to God - children of God via adoption. From Adopted Children of God The term “Son of God” refers preeminently to Jesus Christ’s deity (Matt. 11:25-27; 16:16-17). He alone is one in substance and glory with ...


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The verses you quote give one very obvious reason: to fill the earth, take control of it, and rule it. This might be slightly more understandable by analogy to adopted children of a good king. The king desires his children to not just like him in title (accomplished simply by the adoption) but like him in character and action (rightly using authority ...


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Within the Confessional Canon Law specifically and absolutely forbids the priest from divulging anything sacramentally confessed (Can 983). That said, and notwithstanding Canon 980, it would be possible for a priest to withhold absolution from a penitent until she has reported any crime to the authorities herself. The priest may legitimately have doubts ...


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Yes, there is a term: legitimate children Canon 1137 of The Code of Canon Law: “The children conceived or born of a valid or putative marriage are legitimate.” Canon 1061 of the Code of Canon Law “An invalid marriage is called putative if it has been celebrated in good faith by at least one of the parties, until both parties become certain of ...


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Short Answer: Yes. Just as a person can honor God without getting married, a couple can honor God without having children. From a Biblical perspective, Paul's advice in 1 Corinthians 7:17-35 is highly relevant: Only, as the Lord has assigned to each one, as God has called each, in this manner let him walk. . . . Was any man called when he was already ...


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There are two aspects to the Biblical basis for this doctrine. 1) Rationale There is a rationale, theological argument that God is just, and would not impute sin where there was no knowledge of sin or no opportunity to choose Him. This is based on Old Testament passages like Proverbs 24:12, as well as New Testament passages such as: sin is not imputed ...


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Indeed, AFAIK the Bible doesn't make any overt statements on this subject. It is, however, usually accepted that Mary was around 14 when giving birth, and was married at that time. In many ways it is perhaps fortunate that the Bible doesn't wax lyrical on the subject; your description of child marriage as a "horrible custom" sounds largely a product of ...


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The Roman Ritual prescribes 24. An infant of infidel parents may be baptized lawfully even though the parents are opposed, provided that its life is in such danger that one can reasonably foresee it may die before attaining the use of reason. Outside the case of danger of death, it may lawfully be baptized, provided its Catholic rearing is ...


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Does this mean all Mormons must marry and have children? 'Must' is a strong word, Mormons believe in agency: the ability and privilege God gives us to choose and to act for ourselves. As with all commandments, Mormons believe we have a choice, however, if we want the blessings, promises, or protection a commandment brings then we should/will make the choice ...


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Typically, the most prominent example of how "men should have authority over women" stems from Ephesians 5:22, in which Paul admonishes wives to submit to their husbands. That said, a contextual reading will bear much fruit: 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the ...


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The fruitfulness of the creation is something God intended according to the design of the world. He made the world a certain size intending that it become full of various things including vegetation, water, animals and man. To be fruitful is not a command as though fishes that did not propagate were sinful fishes, it is more of an 'ordinance of blessing' ...


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It is in D&C 68:25–27, a revelation Joseph Smith received in November 1831, that this doctrine is outlined with the age of eight years old specified: 25 And again, inasmuch as parents have children in Zion, or in any of her stakes which are organized, that teach them not to understand the doctrine of repentance, faith in Christ the Son of the living God,...


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I think it is difficult to discuss the concept of accountability without putting it into the context of other views of similar sorts, from which this concept seems to be derived from their rejection. Basically the Baptist tradition comes from the earlier Anabaptists of history who in many ways were largely defined because they could not accept views of ...


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Yes: the Catechism provides explicit guidance on this matter, and it's covered in Canon Law. The sacrament of Baptism is conferred "in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."85 In Baptism, the Lord's name sanctifies man, and the Christian receives his name in the Church. This can be the name of a saint, that is, of a disciple who ...


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This response addresses the question from a Reformed perspective, informed by concepts such as monergistic regeneration and sola gratia. The Westminster Assembly, in the Confession (quoted below), taught that the elect were chosen by God "before the foundations of the earth." Regarding your question as to God's choice of the elect & the sins of the ...


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Previous answers speak of small children receiving the Sacrament, rather than imitating it as play. As for that question, Is there anything in LDS teaching that addresses this issue, or is it a matter left entirely to the judgment of parents? I'm not aware of anything that addresses this issue specifically, but more generally, Latter-Day Saints believe ...


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Oh, dear! Once we realise that this parable is about the coming kingdom of God, whose King is Christ Jesus, then any suggestion that “the king was angry and greedy” should ring spiritual alarm bells! The parable contains warnings that Christians should heed, but trying to “soft-pedal” the message simply detracts from the reality that if we claim to be ...


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God told Adam and Eve this as part of His blessing to them. "And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth..." (Genesis 1:28) Children are a blessing to the parents, and also are part of the pleasure that God receives from His creation. "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for ...


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The first thing I will note is an issue with the question. It is not fair to ask "Why does God ..." because it is wholly unanswerable unless the Scripture says explicitly why, but it usually does not explain God's actions. So I will focus more on "Why do some Christians believe ..." as there is usually an abundance of text where they explain their thoughts. ...


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Genesis 1:28 (NIV) God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” This was a blessing from God. Most of the other Bible translations also use the word "Be fruitful" and it indicates ...


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This is the official Catholic position: On April 22, 2007, the advisory body known as the International Theological Commission released a document, originally commissioned by Pope John Paul II, entitled "The Hope of Salvation for Infants Who Die without Being Baptized."[8] After tracing the history of the various opinions that have been and are held on the ...


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I know of no specific references in scripture to what age is "best" for marriage, though I have read historical accounts that state that the traditional age for marriage in ancient Jewish culture was the late teen years. Josephus might have something to say on the matter, and if he doesn't, I'm sure Edersheim does. It's also worth taking a historical view ...


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There are a couple of important points about the story of Eli: Eli is not just a father to Hophi and Phinehas - has is also a fellow-priest, possibly their superior, and responsible for their actions more than a father would be. There is no direct punishment on Eli - the punishment that is declared is that his descendants will not live to an old age. Is ...


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Disclaimer I have been studying the book of Revelation, and haven't looked at OT for a long time. Thus, if I mis-remembered the story of Eli, please correct me. Thanks! Answer Jeremiah 31:30 But everyone shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eats the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge. This does not say "die for parents of children's ...


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This is not the entire answer, however, I'd like to give you a perspective that may inform the answer. I grew up in a Christian home, where Santa Clause was forbidden, whereas my wife grew up in a Christian home where Santa Clause was a celebrated and beloved part of the holiday. When I read you question, I could almost here the voice of my mother speaking ...


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Thomas Aquinas hypothesised that a merciful God would not consign innocent babies who died without being purged of Original Sin through baptism, to hell. Aquinas said these innocents must dwell in limbo, a place between heaven and hell, alongside virtuous but unbaptised pagans such as Plato and Moses, born before Jesus had come to explain things. Thus limbo ...


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If a priest violates the seal of confession, he is automatically excommunicated, period. Even if someone confesses to being a rapist, serial killer that enjoys hitting kittens with a baseball bat, the priest violates the seal of confession, that priest is still excommunicated. There are norms for the reporting of child abuse (and often if a child is willing ...


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Jesus' remarks were that those who would receive his teachings would be like little children. Also see the Beatitudes, which provides more detail about the simple childlike faith (my words) of those that would receive him (meek, pure in heart, peacemakers, etc.). The Kingdom of God belongs to those who can accept Christ in the same way a little child simply ...


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The New Testament indicates that the Apostoles baptized all members of some families, and we can assume in a family, there are kids : "And I baptized also the household of Stephanus; besides, I know not whether I baptized any other." (1 Corinthians 1, 16) (About Lydia) : "And when she was baptized, and her household" (Actes of the ...


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