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This is not necessarily a Catholic perspective, but I suspect the exegesis would pass muster. (Feel free to ignore if you wish) Faulty Premise #1: God is lying God did not lie. In the day she ate of it, she became subject to death. Her body (and Adam's) began to decay, and went from immortality to mortality. Additionally, she and Adam were, in fact, ...


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With parables you have to remember that they are directed at a specific audience, and make a specific point. Trying to extrapolate to draw conclusions outside the purpose of the parable would lead to a wrong conclusion. Parables are also used to illustrate general principles, not to lay down hard and fast rules. In the Parable of the Talents, the point is ...


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The Bible gives several ways. One of the easiest is if their predictions don't come true: When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him (Deuteronomy 18:22). Another is if ...


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I know I should probably reference these, but I'm going to appeal to common knowledge Before answering, I just want to re-emphasize two central teachings that are common to the vast majority of Christianity: It's safe to say that almost every denomination, and almost every major division within Christianity agrees that God does not and cannot lie. I'm ...


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I think to answer your question we have to address some foundational items of Christianity. First Christianity is a religion based on being saved by grace. Nothing done by you will warrant salvation for your soul. (Romans 3:23 (No one is good enough), Romans 6:23 (God gives us the gift of salvation), Ephesians 2:8 (Grace saved us)). It seems that the ...


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1 John is really the 'discernment' Epistle showing many ways that false teachers can be identified. The main thing is to look at the life and doctrine of a teacher to ensure they stick to the basic Christ centred ideas and life of love. The basic rules are: False teachers do not love Christians and they live in wickedness. Real Christians know how sinful ...


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By their fruits ye shall know them Your question is very valid. Satan is the great deceiver, he's been leading people down the wrong path for thousands of years, and he knows that the most elaborate deceptions are 90% truth. Satan discovered long ago that the most effective way to cause people to commit sin, was to make them believe that their actions are ...


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God cannot lie: Numbers 23:19, Titus 1:2, Heb 6:18 The first link is the word of God directly given to Balaam who was summoned by the king of Moab out of fear regarding the encampment of Jews near them and the possibility of war with them. The second is written by the apostle Paul in the preamble to his epistle to Titus. The third is from body of Paul's ...


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The first scripture that comes to mind is that God cannot lie nor can he repent (i.e. change) (Num 23:19). The next one that comes to mind is that Satan has no truth in him (Jn 8:44). Finally, though it is less accepted, they did in fact die in the day they sinned because God's time is much different than ours (2Pe 3:8). One thing to note to support the ...


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This is what Jesus said: 36 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. 37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah ...


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I am six months late answering this, but this same question, particularly, the "elaborate ruse", have been nagging me a long time; and this was the reason for me googling the topic, again, and this time stumbling to this site. For if I imagined myself in Joseph's shoes, it seems only natural and human to declare who you are to your brothers the moment you ...


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Oooor it could have just been the fact that this old prophet plainly lied about seeing an angel just to manipulate the man of God from Judah to disobey God and eat with him. Hospitality was a big thing in Middle Eastern times back then. But, most importantly, it seems this was a test for the young prophet, not the old prophet, as the former was the focal ...


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Truth is in the 'eye of the beholder'. What the other people thought about Abba Moses may not necessarily have portrayed him correctly. An alternative explanation is that Abba Moses had low thoughts about himself, according to the old saying: Mat 23:12 (NIV) "For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted"....


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Adam and Eve spiritually died that day - the moment they sinned and forfeited their holy status before God. Rejecting God's fellowship is just as equivalent and awful as death. That's the whole point of Christianity. To be born again and make dead men alive through the grace of Jesus Christ. John 3:1-21 3 Now there was a man of the Pharisees ...


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"Now the devil tells Eve that she will not die and that she will gain the knowledge of good and evil. Which happens from what the Bible describes." So Eve is still alive today? She is not, she died thousands of years ago, despite the devil claiming she and Adam would not die. They both did, so the devil lied. I find it hilarious how certain people go to ...


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I don't know denominational or traditional perspectives, but God didn't deceive or mislead Eve. Eve lacked faith in God. She did in fact die on that day; whether it was a spiritual death (probably more likely how God meant it), or her body started the decaying process and died in a day in the eyes of God (as mentioned by BigM). We (or at least I) am not at ...


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I think all of your points are at play, except possibly he was not seeking to punish them, but to sift their motives bringing them into desperate sates in order to fully recognize their past sins and God's mercy in sparing them. Imagine a more ordinary story and you can see how natural Joseph's actions are. Imagine your Father was a cop and his father cops. ...


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"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are of God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit which confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit which does not confess Jesus is not of God. This is the spirit of antichrist, of ...


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