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Sin is not merely defined by one person encroaching on another person's rights. Pride, greed, envy, bitterness, and many other such things are sins, but they do not encroach on anyone else's rights. So, then, why are these considered sins by God? It seems the key point is that each of them is a departure from the righteousness of God. In the case of two ...


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Prohibition on teaching Tertullian does indeed forbid Christians from pursuing the profession of a school teacher, in De Idololatria, Chapter 10: Undoubtedly Christians are not allowed to be schoolmasters or teachers since such men are involved in a variety of idolatrous practices. He saw the profession of his time and culture to be intimately connected ...


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Some Protestant groups, like those represented by the conservative R.C. Sproul Jr and the Acton Institute, believe that even if the government does nothing but evil, one nonetheless is obligated to pay taxes to support it, because what the government does is not the responsibility of the people supporting it but the fault of the government itself. This is ...


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From your comments you are asking strictly about members of the opposite sex who live in the same house, without any kind of sexual relations. There is, as far as I know, no absolute prohibition on this. In fact I have known several Christians who have shared houses with members of the opposite sex and nobody has objected in any way. However I do understand ...


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The short answer is “no.” First of all, the Church is not in the habit of listing all possible sinful behavior. The vast majority of possible behaviors are left to the prudent judgment of the faithful: only when certain things are particularly grave violations of the natural law does the Church speak out about them. (See the Catechism of the Catholic Church ...


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Mason Wheeler's answer covers a lot of ground. There are some other approaches to this that are also worth considering though. One is to look at "the law of the land" - in many countries, many drugs are illegal and therefore the Bible passages that urge us to obey and respect the laws of our countries therefore apply to drug use/misuse as well. (Example ...


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First, beware of false premises. Food provides sustenance to the body. It contains calories and vital nutrients. Drugs do not, so it would be a mistake to equate them with food. In fact, drugs tend to have the opposite effect from food: instead of nourishing the body, they harm it. Second, simply because "everything created by God is good," that does not ...


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Short version: The rule is about appearing nice, clean-cut, and respectable in line with current cultural norms. It's a matter of practicality - just look nice, in order to better represent the Church and therefore, God. From an address President Dallin H. Oaks gave to the 25,000 students of Brigham Young University. Unlike modesty, which is an eternal ...


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There are many covenants which are recorded in the Bible. Some are made by people, some are made by God, and some are made between God and people. The terms Old Testament (Covenant) and New Testament (Covenant) are general terms which are referring to two specific covenants. The Old Testament is a term which refers to the Mosaic Covenant which was between ...


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I think your answer lies in The Threefold Uses of the Law, and more specifically, Romans 7:1,11,24 1 Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, "You shall not covet." ... 11 For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. ...


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The Roman Catholic Church has always supported Fertility Awareness methods of family planning - previously the Calendar method as a form of birth control. The church is not opposed to family planning - only to methods they would consider equal to killing children who have already been conceived or otherwise frustrates the unitave marital act. Being open to ...


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"Meat" in this sense means, and has historically meant, what used to be called "flesh meat", which St. Thomas Aquinas described as "the flesh of animals that take their rest on the earth" [including birds, who rest in trees on the earth] (Summa Theologica, Second Part of the Second Part, Question 147, Article 8). Exceptions to the rule of "no meat on ...


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Christians throughout history have differing interpretations of how the faithful should approach civil governments. I would point you toward a seminal work addressing this topic called Christ and Culture by H. R. Niebuhr. One position (Christ against culture), advocated by those like Mennonites, argues for total withdraw from the political sphere. Another ...


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Yes. They're called the Biblical Canon. The books of the Holy Bible were originally a number of separate documents that the Church leadership officially agreed to be the authoritative collection of documents on their faith.


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Within Protestantism there are many views regarding the proper way to keep the Sabbath, even among those who generally agree that Sunday is the most appropriate day to observe it. I'll provide a brief overview of three of the main views: Spiritual Sabbath, Continental Sabbath, and Puritan Sabbath. Spiritual Sabbath This view is held by many Protestants ...


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The doctrine you are addressing is called Total Depravity. This question will actually say much more about it: What is the Biblical basis for Total Depravity? Various denominations have slightly different nuances to the idea, but typically the following verses are first up: Romans 3:10-11: "There is none is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; ...


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The Catholic Church requires attendance at a Catholic Mass on Sunday's and Holy days of Obligation. Attending another Christian Church does not meet this obligation. The precept of the Church specifies the law of the Lord more precisely: "On Sundays and other holy days of obligation the faithful are bound to participate in the Mass."117 "The precept of ...


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What is the Biblical basis for it being wrong for couples to live together chastely before marriage? Living together “chastely” may be like trying to diet in a grocery store. The Bible describes two common states; 1 Corinthians 7:9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn. God designed humans to have passion ...


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There is indeed much evidence that silent prayer was taught and practiced in the early church. Several examples from the first few centuries will demonstrate this: Clement of Alexandria (150–215) writes: Prayer is, then, to speak more boldly, converse with God. Though whispering, consequently, and not opening the lips, we speak in silence, yet we cry ...


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Scripture (and that I mean here the law) clearly tells us that the circumcision is not to be of only physical nature. Jeremiah 4:4 Just as ritual circumcision cuts away the foreskin as an external symbol of dedicated covenant commitment, you must genuinely dedicate yourselves to the LORD. In Jeremiah 9:25, scripture says that if we are not ...


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The idea of a God that set things in motion but does not, and has not intervened since is a concept central to Deism. The view has a long history, and has had a few supporters, but is not by any means the predominant view within Christianity. Deists also reject the notion of divine revelation, including Scripture. It's not necessarily a Christian concept, ...


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The two requirements of sexual intercourse within marriage are: Procreation (to make babies) Unity (union with spouse) On the first, the Church teaches that the act must be "ordered to" procreate. Meaning that there ought to be no artificial impediment to the act of procreating. They also say that the act should be "open to life" On ...


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I don't think there is any council-wide declaration about this, but most of the clergy will advise against such practices. To see why, we need to look into the traditional orthodox spirituality (hesychasm). The Holy Fathers put a complete and definitive set of spiritual practices which include fasting, remembrance of death, remembrance of own sins, Jesus' ...


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There are a number of verses that suggest that all people are sinners, here are a handful: (all quotes are from the NRSV) Romans 3:23 "since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" 1 John 1:8 "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." Ecclesiastes 7:20 "Surely there is no one on earth so ...


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There are two ways of preventing miscarriages (spontaneous abortions): Not conceiving at all by abstaining from sexual intercourse (allowed) by contracepting (forbidden) Treating the underlying medical cause of recurrent miscarriage (allowed) If #1 is intended, yet the husband and wife still engage in the marriage act, this is contraception, and the ...


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The term you are looking for is 'Deism'. It says there is a God, but doesn't say that he does much. Indeed, Thomas Jefferson in particular, and several of the Foubding Fathers were in fact Deists, leading Benjamin Franklin to the aphorism, "God helps them who help themselves". 1 Peter, by the way, mentions that in the last days, there will come scoffers ...


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It continues verse 20; the entire statement is: "Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good." I would interpret this to mean that we are specifically dealing with prophets and prophecy here. When someone prophesies, we are not to outright reject them but to test the prophecy. If is is from God we should never let it go. If it is ...


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You've asked how various groups of Christians handle the problem of the believer who continues sinning in a particular way (presumably without even a show of repentence?) I can give you maybe three schools of thought on this. The "Carnal Christian" view: this view takes the doctrine of the preservation of the saints to a different level (one not intended by ...


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Tolerant of what? "Tolerance" is one of those words that people overuse yet never define. It generally carries the assumption that a person is only as good/strong/important as his ideas - if you reject a person's idea, you must be rejecting that person as well. You believe that the entire population of this planet with the exception of those who share ...


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This is the position of the Mormons and the Ba'hai, but not of Nicene Christianity. The problem is that there is no authority to "open the canon." The traditional marks of christianity (See What are the biblical arguments that the Bible canon is closed? and https://christianity.stackexchange.com/a/11442/1039 ) are apostolic authorship and historical ...


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