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This answer presupposes that the claims of Christianity are true. Since Christians believe this, and this site is meant to give a "Christian" view of things, that's the presupposition required to properly answer this. I realize that many people don't believe the claims of Christianity, but the Truth of the claims isn't what's being asked or what's relevant ...


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You must confess all mortal sins that you're aware of and any venial sins you feel compelled to confess. You are not absolved of any mortal sins you withhold, and intentionally withholding mortal sins not only invalidates the whole confession, but is a mortal sin itself. (catholic.com) And, if left in a state of mortal sin, you're expected not to receiving ...


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"Messianic Judaism" is not a single denomination or sect; the term covers a broad range of beliefs and practices. Various groups exist; often the disagreements concern the extent toward which the Mosaic law must be followed today. I'm going to answer based on the views of two groups: the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA), and the Union of ...


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It's because of The Great Commission given by Jesus Christ. Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV) 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” It's the ...


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As Chesterton himself has said, The difficulty of explaining “why I am a Catholic” is that there are ten thousand reasons all amounting to one reason: that Catholicism is true. I could fill all my space with separate sentences each beginning with the words, “It is the only thing that…” As, for instance, (1) It is the only thing that really prevents a sin ...


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Evangelism is Christian proselytizing To proselytize means to attempt to convert a person from one religion to another. To evangelize means to proselytize for Christianity.


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In Peter's sermon at Pentecost he accuses the members of his audience of delivering up Jesus to be crucified: "Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know—this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan ...


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Idolatry: This law was necessary because the gentile new comers were mostly idol worshipers. They did not know the law of Moses on idolatry. It was necessary to inform them that idolatry is a sin, otherwise they might start making idols of Jesus and bow down before it. Adultery: This law also was required because the gentiles did not come from a stricter ...


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The prohibition from eating the meat of strangled animals is essentially the same thing as the prohibition from eating blood. If an animal was strangled, that means its blood was not drained from its body. Therefore, eating the meat of strangled animals was another method of consuming their blood. The Mosaic Law outlawed the consumption of blood. Lev. 17:...


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Approaches First of all, some people may evangelize in ways that would be considered "aggressive", but many others are not. In fact, the situation often determines the appropriate approach, so the same person could approach the same person in completely different ways, depending on the situation. When my mother saw me as a child wandering close to the ...


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This isn't really about Christianity, but let me answer anyway. First, please note that Christopher Hitchens was an extreme and vociferous opponent of both Christianity and Islam. Learning about Christianity from him is like learning about America by reading Soviet Cold War propaganda. By "reformed and recovered Christian fundamentalist", Hitchens means ...


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According to canon law on mixed marriages (i.e., marriages between a Catholic and non-Catholic), 1917 Can. 1060 … if there is a danger of perversion to the Catholic spouse and children, that marriage is forbidden even by divine law. Also—regarding the children, the procreation and education of whom is the primary purpose of marriage—it is required that ...


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This answer is my personal opinion, no more, but it is the personal opinion of an aging man who has read almost every word Lewis ever wrote, most more than once. When Lewis returned to the faith, he was doing what many do, looking for a spiritual home that was also a social orthodoxy. This can be seen if you read his memoirs, Surprised by Joy. Shortly ...


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According to Catholic tradition, rarely questioned, the Roman church was led by the apostle Peter, who appointed his successor as bishop of Rome, and that Rome had an unbroken series of bishops down to the present day. At first, the bishops of Rome were not known as 'popes', but even the earliest Roman bishops could now be referred to as popes. According to ...


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Nowhere in the Bible will you read of any prophecy about Jesus appearing to Muslims in dreams and visions. Perhaps that’s because Islam (and Muslims) did not exist till the 7th century. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam#History The first-hand evidence you provided of Jesus appearing to Muslims in dreams and visions is overwhelming and undeniable. There ...


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Christians go to missions inspired and commanded by the book of Matthew. Precisely: And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I ...


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It is the Engel Scale. Originally it went from -8 "Awareness of supreme being, no knowledge of Gospel" to +5 "Stewardship" but now it is often shown as going from -10 to +10 (see eg Bill Hybel's Just Walk Across The Room). A quick Google search will reveal multiple variations, see eg this YWAM variant:


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This answer attempts to give an overview of the processes for gaining a Christian education in the Church. Depending on the denomination, this may be called catechism, confirmation, or discipleship. Throughout Christian groups, all encourage new converts to begin familiarizing themselves with the Bible by reading it and listening to it. In this answer, we ...


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According to the Catholic Church's canon law on mixed marriages, 1983 Can. 1124 Without express permission of the competent authority, a marriage is prohibited between two baptized persons of whom one is baptized in the Catholic Church or received into it after baptism and the other of whom is enrolled in a Church or ecclesial community not in full ...


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Those who baptize infants are bound by Canon Law to raise those children Catholic. A Catholic parent must Can. 1125 1/…do all in his or her power so that all offspring are baptized and brought up in the Catholic Church. Thus, unless the Catholic parents utterly fail in their duty, it is nearly impossible for a child to be baptized Catholic and not ...


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The Holy Ghost will give direction It's hard to prove a negative, but the reference books for missionaries are preach my gospel and the missionary handbook, neither of which seem to define the term. Therefore, in an edge case, the missionaries probably would not know what to do. By default, they would therefore pray about it (most likely in their hearts if ...


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By conversion to Christianity, I take that to mean when a person turns to Christ after repenting before God of their sins. I do not take that to mean baptism. The difficulty here is that although Christian denominations (including Evangelical denominations) record baptisms, I am unaware that they record the age of the baptismal candidate. As for when a ...


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Introduction (personal opinion) Before presenting the Catholic Church's teaching on abandoning a person's childhood Catholic faith, I would like to review the connection of all elements in your question: God, heaven, the Catholic church, Atheism, the meaning of Catholic practice, and the fear of not going to heaven if Atheism turns out to be false. God, as ...


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In the same wiki to which you linked, there is a section on Converts to Judaism, which states that all "mainstream forms of Judaism today are open to sincere converts..." Even in the halakhic perspective, there are ways to become a full Jew. I would add that there has always been a path to becoming a Jew (think about Rahab and Ruth). And, since there are no ...


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But in general, we like him, so why didn't he like us? In addition to the quotes from the obvious books to consult C. S. Lewis and the Catholic Church and C.S. Lewis and the Church of Rome, an National Catholic Register article in 2017 titled Why C.S. Lewis Never Became a Catholic cited several more references and interviews with Peter Kreeft, George Sayer (...


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I have not read the passage in question before, but given what I know about Hitchens, he likely means that Dr. Michael Shermer used to be a Christian fundamentalist, but is no longer. A Christian fundamentalist is someone who argues that Christianity ought to only have a small number of doctrines, such as the inerrancy of the Bible and the Virgin-birth of ...


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The Association of Interchurch Families, England, has published a copy of the following First Trilateral Agreement on Interchurch Marriages between the Catholic Church and the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church (1994). The Agreement states The Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church is an autonomous church under the authority of the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of ...


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Suffer the little children to come unto me, for such is the kingdom of God. (Paraphrased) It is entirely the opposite. Unless you are converted and become as one of these little ones, you shall in no wise enter the Kingdom of God. Mar 10:13-16  And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that ...


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