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Why does Jesus value leap of faith more than those who rely on direct evidence?

he would have to accept any word of mouth relating any miraculous claim that was supposedly witnessed by anyone ever That's quite the extrapolation there. He was asked to believe what his core group ...
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According to Christianity, is only the Christian faith a gift from God?

Most of Christianity –including Catholicism and Protestantism¹– makes a distinction between saving faith vs. generic faith. One can have faith in your toaster's ability to evenly heat your toast or ...
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Where did the formula, "Good works are the fruits of faith," originate?

Clement of Rome, Clement of Alexandria, and Didymus the Blind said things that could be mistaken for the formula, but don't fit all the criteria. The first one to use it unmistakably is Origen, in ...
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Why does Jesus value leap of faith more than those who rely on direct evidence?

We are not required to have a 'leap of faith' : we do have evidence. Thomas was given the opportunity to be one of the first to believe the report of Jesus' resurrection without having personally ...
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Why is faith the quality that God chooses to reward?

Clarifying righteousness First, let's review the Biblical meaning of righteousness. The first paragraph of the Righteousness article of Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology edited by ...
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Can faith be based on hope rather than belief or intellectual assent?

Christian faith is not based on wishful thinking: "Oh, I hope I get to heaven." Christian faith is not based on belief in a religious system: "Oh, by performing all those rituals and ...
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Why does Jesus value leap of faith more than those who rely on direct evidence?

The answer begins where the problem began; in the Book of Beginnings, in the Garden of Eden and in what has corrupted humanity. The temptation was "When you eat of it your eyes will be opened and ...
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According to Protestantism, are we saved by faith into a repentance of law-following?

Although it is true that Christians believe salvation comes through faith in Jesus Christ, it is not true that Christians believe they are under the Mosaic Law. Jesus came to fulfil the Law and has ...
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Since transubstantiation is Roman Catholic Dogma, are self described Roman Catholics who reject it in heresy?

According to the Roman Catholic definition of heresy and the Pew Research survey, are 22% of Roman Catholics in the United States heretics and automatically subject to excommunication? Assuming that ...
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If you believe that Messiah Jesus is a human being what logic you have to guess that he could be a God or son of God?

The Christian logic is that God (Allah) incarnated into a baby that was miraculously conceived within Maryam's womb without sexual intercourse, a doctrine called the Virgin Birth. While being Jesus, ...
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Why does Jesus value leap of faith more than those who rely on direct evidence?

You have to realize that Jesus himself had foretold his resurrection (John 2:19, Matthew 12:39-40). In addition to this, there was Scripture prophecy to the same effect (Ps. 16:10 cf. Acts 13:35, Luke ...
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Isn't it illogical for an atheist to go to hell?

It is illogical for an atheist to think they would go to hell. Given they have arrived at the conclusion God does not exist, then they must also disbelieve in any place of eternal torment after death. ...
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Isn't it illogical for an atheist to go to hell?

The illogic is in the question itself. You say: “God gives me reason. … God doesn't exist”. Asking a question based on two mutually exclusive facts doesn't make logical sense. One can't believe both ...
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Is there no salvation among any Christ-professing faiths, apart from the restored gospel of the Latter Day Saints? (LDS perspective)

“Salvation” and “saved” are used in the scriptures in multiple contexts with several different meanings. In one context, all of God's children will receive Salvation from Physical Death. Whether they ...
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Why does Jesus value leap of faith more than those who rely on direct evidence?

The issue with Thomas was that he already had evidence, but he wanted a specific kind of evidence in addition to that. Jesus told them that He was leaving then coming back, even taking them to His ...
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Are there other Christian authors besides WLC who believe that all Christians have access to a direct, self-authenticating experience of God?

Here is a well known Christian author who is certainly not on the fringes of Christian thought: If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God ...
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Is the Christian Religion based on "Faith in Faith" or does it have a foundation of "Acceptance of Facts"?

You ask for a definition. All right. As far as I'm concerned, the essence of Faith is trust. Specifically, trust in a person. There is no point in being ashamed of this. The demand for "facts&...
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How is the concept of validating one's beliefs through personal experiences reconciled with the principle of not testing or challenging God?

There is a testing which is by faith and a testing which is of doubt and hubris. The answer lies in the difference between putting God to the test ala Matthew 4:5-7: Then the devil took him to the ...
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What is the biblical basis for proving God's existence using purely rational arguments, and how is this reconciled with the essential role of faith?

There is an extremely easy way to answer your question. Introduction We can notice that God exists using senses and reason alone. For many religions, Creation is tinged with divine qualities (...
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Is belief or faith the same as idolatry?

To paraphrase your question, it seems like you're asking if the transcendence of God precludes true knowledge of God. The answer is no. The transcendence of God means that God is beyond our full ...
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Do Protestant Trinitarians believe that Christianity can be 'proved' without faith?

Paraphrasing your question I think it is instructive to clarify the meaning of "proof". Your question already distinguished two meanings related to two different faculties of the human soul,...
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Why is faith the quality that God chooses to reward?

The Bible states that, "Without faith, it is impossible to please [God]; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him" (...
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What are the most common reasons that cause Christians to deconvert to atheism/agnosticism?

What's wrong? What are the most common reasons that cause Christians to lose their faith and turn to atheism, agnosticism or skepticism? Well... it's hard to arrive at a factual answer. The only ...
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What kind of 'faith' justifies or imputes righteousness to a sinner as per the teachings of the Bible?

Protestants who believe the Bible to be God's inspired word carefully study all that it says on the matter of faith, and those who have the kind of faith the Bible advocates discover what God's ...
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How do Christians define knowledge and faith?

Short answer In the context of your Q, comparing "faith" vs. "knowledge" as defined in the Q is like comparing apple and orange: The "intellectual content" of a person's ...
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Can we say that all those who the Father draws are those who Jesus draws unto himself by his death?

Various verses in John's gospel show that the key point is that - first - the Father has given certain ones to Christ. And Jesus said that all whom the Father had given him would be saved. None would ...
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How is the concept of validating one's beliefs through personal experiences reconciled with the principle of not testing or challenging God?

Regarding "testing" God, He invites us to do it: Prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall ...
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If saving faith in Christ is a God-given gift, what prevents God from giving this gift to everyone?

The faith that saves can be available to anyone: The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some people understand slowness, but is being patient with you. He does not want anyone to perish, but ...
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