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Trinity is a Dogma of the Catholic Church. Hence as with all dogmas a Catholic is bound to believe it in order to maintain the bond of faith. You have asked: if someone is not 100% comfortable..... Who is this someone? If they are non-baptised person, Catholic church has no official stand regarding them, only God will know. If they are baptized Catholic ...


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Taking an action based on your belief is not the same as acting in faith, if the thing you are placing your faith into has criteria which do specify the requirements for being a true member of that faith. The Christian faith sets out the criteria which will indicate if the follower is truly faithful. These criteria are set out in the words and example of ...


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Many religions claim to be the only true religion, including most branches of Christianity. Among the major Christian traditions, are there any documented statements of faith that include the possibility that their own beliefs might not be the "one true religion"? In other words, is there any literature treating religious doubt accepted in the ...


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From the Temptation of Jesus Christ (Matthew 4:1-11), we can see 3 ways of temptation by Satan in order to introduce doubts in our faith. Ignoring the word of God: Satan told Jesus to turn the stones into bread. Satan always reminds us of our daily needs and make us worry over it instead of putting our faith in the Word of God. This introduces doubt in us ...


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Insufficient Authority This answer sheds light on the question: https://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/5558/in-the-time-of-jesus-were-the-jewish-authorities-allowed-to-execute The Jews were not permitted to sentence a person to death without the consent of the governing Roman official. The above article (citing Josephus) shows how, after one ...


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Zechariah had a number of precedents which would have been an example to him. Firstly, Abraham had been visited by three 'men' and the narrative is written in a mysterious way, indicating the nature of that 'visitation' : And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and ...


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Very simply put, your assumption here is wrong: ... founded by Jesus Christ, and outside of which there is no salvation. Similarly numerous Protestant groups claim that if you don't adhere to their interpretations of scripture, you're most certainly hellbound. Salvation is in Jesus Christ, not the church. As a result of sin, everything on this earth ...


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John 8:44 states that the devil is "a liar, and the father of it" meaning the one who started all lying. Lies are things that are not true. Doubt would be that ground where we feel like we are wavering or considering two positions, one of which is true and one of which is false (a lie). In 1 Kings 22:21-22, a spirit proposed to cause the downfall of Ahab by ...


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There are uncertainties within denominations and between denominations. There are also things denominations differ on and yet are each "sure" of. An Independent Conservative Baptist Church I know of propounds a concept called "truths in tension" regarding uncertainty within the theology of the denomination. For example, the absolute, ...


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"Is there any literature treating religious doubt accepted in the tradition as part of the tradition?" That's an oxymoron, isn't it? "We believe Jesus is God, unless, of course, He isn't." That wouldn't be a statement of faith. Statements of faith are the rock-steady parts of the faith that they cling to as part of their identity.


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The term "faith" means trust -- some have watered the definition down to nothing more than "belief without proof" but we can still see the original meaning in words such as "faithful" -- we recognize that a person who is faithful ("full of faith") is trustworthy. The difference between the faith of a Christian and the ...


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The very act of bringing a sincere doubt to God in prayer could be seen as an act of faith. Think of the opposite, having a doubt, and not bringing it the Lord in prayer because you "doubt" that he cares, "doubt" that he can hear you, or "doubt" him in General. Do you see the element of faith overcoming when you bring your doubts to God in prayer? The ...


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There is a core set of beliefs that all branches of Christianity hold in common - such as Jesus being both God and man, dying on the cross for us, rising from the dead, and one day returning to end the world. And there are the things that different denominations hold different views on, but still consider each other as fellow Christians - episcopal vs ...


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These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Acts 17:11 KJV There is a simple way to know which church to follow and if it teaches based on the scriptures: Scriptures teaches Salvation through faith in Christ (Rom 10:9-10) ...


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All forms of Christianity have to, at some point, base their beliefs in the Bible. If the Bible isn't true, then why are you bothering with any of its tenets, etc? And my problem is this: why must I become a historical and theological scholar to believe in Jesus? You don't need a theological degree to read the Bible. Indeed, most of its teachings are quite ...


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I understand your plight completely, as I underwent it myself some years ago. I would hear a person say something, but then recall scripture that says completely otherwise. How can we really trust any man whatsoever to give us the truth? How do we know we are not being deceived or misled? The answer is that you can't, there is no man alive today that you ...


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Why would Zachariah doubt Angel Gabriel? Surely the Scriptures give us the reasons. Zechariah asked the angel, "How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years." - Luke 1:18 Would not any of us doubt what was said in such circumstances. Seeing an Angel when one is an old man in itself would make most of us question ...


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The survey in question was commissioned by a group called "Cost of Conscience". This is, or was, a group within the Church of England which was originally opposed to the ordination of women priests, and later to lady bishops. It also aimed to protect the interests of persons opposed to women priests, for example by campaigning for the right of parishes to ...


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Simply reading through the four gospel accounts and Acts gives a very clear picture indeed of a time of transition, a time of further revelation, a time of in-gathering, a time of fulfilled prophecy, a time of re-structuring . . . . . . . and a time of opposition, a time of conflict, a time of violent suppression, and a time of martyrdom . . . . . and the ...


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Christians who were Jews got into the temple by walking through the gates. Jewish men (who were circumcised), Jewish women and even Gentiles had their own areas within the temple where they were welcome. The Bible has different accounts of how Jesus and those who followed him were allowed free access into the temple. Jesus, his family members and others, ...


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In Acts chapters 3 and 4 we have a record of Peter's early preaching within the temple courts after a lame beggar was healed in Jesus' name: And when Peter saw it he addressed the people: “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and ...


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The answers to your previous question establish that even Jesus considered Thomas' standards too high. But what's the right standard? John actually answers this question for us in his gospel. He provides the incident with Thomas, presumably to raise exactly the questions you have raised. However, there is an extra sentence missing from the account you ...


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Looking back many decades ago when I was a computer science student like yourself I was under the same predicament. I didn't see the fallacy of my concern, that I put too much emphasis on matters of secondary importance, i.e. my incomplete and subjective theological, historical, and philosophical understanding of the Christian faith and institutions. I was ...


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Church membership, baptism, circumcision, obedience, theology, self sacrifice, and being a good person does not save anyone. God saves sinners by grace through faith in Jesus. Salvation is a gift to be received and not social club to become a member of. Consider these verses: 13 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of ...


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I can't speak for what each denomination/Church or individual believer may mean by "one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church", but my understanding is that this phrase refers to the universal Church, not any individual denomination/Church. Though, to qualify that, the "apostolic" portion of that statement might be claimed by individual denominations/...


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I think that there's really only one thing you can do: ask God to guide you and help you find the truth and then follow whatever thoughts and feelings He gives you. That should include to some degree doing your homework of studying scripture and trying to align yourself to people and organizations that fit your best understanding of God's will. At the same ...


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I find Anchor Yale Bible Commentary (AYBC) on Rom 14:23 quite helpful. "But the one who has doubts is already condemned if he eats." The "weak" Christian, who has not yet acquired the inner liberty of the "strong," would be led astray by following the example of the "strong," because he or she would really be acting against the dictates of conscience. ...


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Honestly, I don't see where this interpretation comes from. Looking at the rest of the chapter, it seems easy to see the context. The chapter is largely a discussion of how to regard a neighbor who is more scrupulous in practice of their faith than you. He uses the example of someone who, perhaps due to weak faith, has difficulty with the teaching of the ...


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I'm answering your question along the lines of "Does the bible or logic offer any guidance as to refute 'murderous individuals' who claim to be following the bible?" SOME VERSES CLAIM PRIMACY There are verses that say, seemingly in opposition, "love your enemies" (Sermon on the Mount), and call for the wholesale slaughter of God's enemies ...


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