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Understanding the "duck test" "If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck." Using the "duck test" is like applying Occam's razor: why do we care whether there is additional element in a Christian's soul (the Holy Spirit) if the external behavior of the whole person is like a ...


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The idea that the "duck test" is valid presupposes a philosophical assumption. That assumption is that only the exterior life is valid - that any interior life or attributes, ones not visible to the outside, do not really exist. There are people who believe this, but Christianity does not admit it. There is enough teaching about the interior life ...


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If we assume that the Christian worldview is accurate, then a true Christian has something that a Stoic doesn't: the Holy Spirit. Acts 1:8 (ESV): 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” The Holy Spirit empowers the Christian to ...


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Simply because a Christian should understand that there is no salvation by 'works'. All are guilty and deserving of death no matter how much they think they have 'atoned' for their sin. Only by Christ can a man be saved and receive eternal 'heavenly' life. And his sacrifice covers all men - all will have ample opportunity to accept his payment on their ...


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