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The verse your article talks about is Nehemiah 5:10 which says: I likewise, and my brethren, and my servants, might exact of them money and corn: I pray you, let us leave off this usury. Some translations also say "interest" in place of "usury." This is an important distinction... A prohibition against usury is only a prohibition against "exorbitant ...


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There are many times in the Bible we as Christians are called to give to the poor such as "If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth." 1 John 3:17-18 NIV So, while it is said that ...


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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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The closest would be the model prayer given in Matthew chapter 6 as part of the Sermon on the Mount. This prayer is understood by most to be an example, or model, rather than something to be repeated verbatim. So, no, there are no specific mandatory prayers given in scripture, other than that we are to pray — and to pray without ceasing. Mandatory ...


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No, you're not a hypocrite, for two reasons: The Bible instructs us to be charitable (James, chapter 2, verses 14-17 says that if faith "does not lead to action, it is in itself a lifeless thing" and Proverbs, chapter 11, verses 24-25 says that "A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed"). But it does not say that it has ...


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The Bible advises wisdom, not naiveté: 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21 (ESV): 20Do not despise prophecies, 21but test everything; hold fast what is good. Proverbs 2:9-11 (ESV): 9Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path. 10For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. 11Discretion will protect ...


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It really depends on the policy. The general idea--helping those in need when they cannot help themselves--is certainly compatible with the Gospel. But a lot of welfare programs go beyond simply helping people. By the way they're implemented, they cause recipients to grow dependent on welfare and have a greater incentive to continue participating in the ...


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In 1 Corinthians Paul writes “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. (1 Cor 6:12 ESV) “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. (1 Cor 10:23 ESV) There is no law against watching ...


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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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These people are likely thinking of verses like these: John 15:18-20 (NIV)     18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember ...


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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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I personally believe this to be a matter of conscience and Christian liberty. The introduction to the wikipedia article on yoga reads: Yoga (Sanskrit, Pāli: योग yóga) is a physical, mental, and spiritual discipline, originating in ancient India. The goal of yoga, or of the person practicing yoga, is the attainment of a state of perfect spiritual insight ...


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I would say it's impossible to do so without first acknowledging that the historic grounding in and modern implementation of pagan spirituality is real. The next step would be identifying how both Hinduism (or spiritual Indian wisdom or whatever moniker you give it) and Christianity see the intrinsic relation between the spiritual and physical realms. If ...


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No. Actually yes it is of course quite possible, but if someone is asking this question at all, it is likely that there is some other issue. Fellowship and the community of saints is such a basic part of the Christian faith that someone who wants to avoid that part on purpose has probably not understood the purpose of church at all and may not have the kind ...


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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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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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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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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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Proverbs 31 is considered (by many) to be the model of what a godly woman should be. In this chapter, we see that this woman is actually quite industrious: 10An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. 11The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. 12She does him good, and not harm, all the days ...


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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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There are many kinds of curses, and Christians are certainly affected by some. The first curse against any humans is found in Genesis 3:17: To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will ...


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First of all, this is definitely something that should be left to God. A great example is in Jude: Jude 1:9 (NLT) 9 But even Michael, one of the mightiest of the angels, did not dare accuse the devil of blasphemy, but simply said, “The Lord rebuke you!” (This took place when Michael was arguing with the devil about Moses’ body.) Satan is ...


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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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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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This is opinion only, but I'll throw my two cents in. I'm also not going to add in supporting Bible verses as I'll stick to commonly accepted, cross-denominational concepts that any Christian should be familiar with. (If comments ask for verses, I will come back and edit them in.) Most of the self-help books that I've read personally are, in retrospect, ...


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First off, "boys" is a very unfortunate translation here, as the original word properly means "youths" (teens/young men, not children.) And a group of over 40 youths coming out to confront a single man with angry words is a lot more than simple "jeering". Imagine the scene! His life was most likely in danger. (Remember when Abraham sent Hagar and Ishmael ...


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Summary: As you noted, the concept of a "personal relationship with Jesus" could be argued from Scripture, but it is certainly not emphasized in any way. Relationship with God is almost exclusively described in Scripture as a communal experience. The emphasis on "personal relationship" is a modern emphasis, and is rooted more in Enlightenment thinking ...


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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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