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Can any sin be forgiven? (According to the teaching of the Catholic Church)

The Catholic Church does indeed believe that if the sinner fulfills certain conditions, any sin can indeed be forgiven. Paragraph 982 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: There is no ...
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Why did Stephen have authority to ask God to forgive the sins of his nonbelieving executioners?

If someone trespasses against me, personally, I can dismiss that trespass and require no remuneration, no restitution, no resolution. I can simply dismiss the event and give it no consideration ...
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How do Trinitarians explain Jesus' response to the scribes and Pharisees at Luke 5:20-24?

In Trinitarian theology, Jesus is both God and Man, so the title "Son of Man" isn't incorrect in that regard. Throughout Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus generally encourages the "...
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Can a person be forgiven outside of confession? (Catholic)

Yes, if one has perfect contrition, which Fr. John Hardon, S.J., defines in his Catholic Dictionary as: PERFECT CONTRITION Sorrow for sin arising from perfect love. In perfect contrition the sinner ...
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A story in the Bible where Jesus tested the faith of a sinner?

This question does not really fit the criteria for here, but here are a couple of suggestions anyway. First, your recollections of that 4-year-old sermon may be partially incorrect, plus the speaker ...
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Can a person be forgiven outside of confession? (Catholic)

CCC states that unbelievers can achieve eternal salvation- I would assume forgiveness is necessary for this, though I don't understand how this is reconciled with the biblical account. CCC 847 ...
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How forgiving is God?

If you are referring to the Christian God of the Bible, there are several points to keep in mind: We cannot make bargains with the God of the Bible. We cannot say, "I'll stop doing A if you give ...
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How do Trinitarians explain Jesus' response to the scribes and Pharisees at Luke 5:20-24?

First, when Jesus uses the phrase "the Son of Man," He is using that phrase technically, as we use "the Messiah" technically (whereas it meant 'king' since it means 'the anointed ...
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Protestant Interpretation of John 20:23 in Light of Matthew 9:8?

Jesus says, As the Father has sent Me, even so I send you. so the question to start, How did the father send Jesus? John 12:49 For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who ...
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Why did Stephen have authority to ask God to forgive the sins of his nonbelieving executioners?

Who says Stephen has to have authority to ask God to forgive the sins of his nonbelieving executioners? I think Stephen expressed what the Lord Jesus said at Luke 23:34, "Father, forgive them; ...
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How do Trinitarians explain Jesus' response to the scribes and Pharisees at Luke 5:20-24?

The Trinitarian stance is that Jesus Christ was unarguably a man, “Son of Man” being his most-oft-used designation. It does not make sense for your question to add, “If the Pharisees were wrong in ...
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Why can't God forgive a sinner without having to kill Jesus the righteous one?

Basically, it is because God is Righteous and judges totally righteously, which means he cannot sweep sin under the carpet and dismiss it. Now, a capricious, man-made idea of a god predominates pagan ...
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According to Baptist theology why doesn't Satan surrender?

First, "Baptist theology" is too general a term for a specific question which itself is a rather peripheral issue that is unlikely to see a uniform answer even from within one denomination. ...
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If someone is forced to take the punishment for sin (Jesus), doesn't that mean that God never forgives?

Not only is God loving, merciful and forgiving, He is also just. God will not allow sinful deeds to go unpunished: He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the ...
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How do Lutherans have their sin forgiven?

Lutherans have their sins forgiven after confession to a pastor who can absolve the penitent. Here is an extract from an article that discusses the subject at some length: The Lutheran Church ...
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What is the Biblical basis of the idea that men can be given authority to forgive sins?

What is the Biblical basis of the idea that men can be given authority to forgive sins? St. John speaks of it in his Gospel (John 20:19-23): Jesus Appears to His Disciples 19 On the evening of that ...
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Should we forgive everything?

Short answer Yes, we should forgive everyone. It's a command that we can do with the help of the Holy Spirit. Following God's example who forgave Israel FIRST, we need to forgive our enemies in ...
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How do Protestants Receive forgiveness for post-Baptismal Sins?

I know from my Lutheran days that Lutherans have a confiteor at the beginning of each service, and that they believe this confession (with repentant heart) is sufficient to bring about reconciliation ...
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What would be an orthodoxly Christian, biblically based response to a concern that a Christian could die without repenting of a given sin?

Query 1) What is the fate of those who believe in Jesus Christ but who die without repenting of something they never discovered was sinful (Simon, Acts 8, given as an example.) This example is of one ...
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Can punishment for unintentional sins be reconciled with Christians knowing they have eternal life?

Sin is sin, whether it is deliberate, unintentional, or resisted but its temptation turns out to be irresistible, leading to rationalisation and even denial that it was ‘really’ a sin. However, God ...
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A question about the difference between men and women

The foundational point of this question is incorrect. Men and women are both created in the image of God, and there is no mention of "directly" or "indirectly". The "order&...
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How can Jesus bear our sin if he was righteous Ezekiel 18:19-20

Ezekiel 18 (Personal Responsibility) is talking about a completely different thing than 2 Cor 5:16-21 (The Ministry of Reconciliation) since Ezekiel is discussing whether there is inherited sin from a ...
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Can any sin be forgiven? (According to the teaching of the Catholic Church)

"The special grace of the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick has as its effects: the uniting of the sick person to the passion of Christ, for his own good and that of the whole Church; the ...
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Can obstinacy in sin be forgiven in Catholic teaching?

Obstinacy can be forgiven, like all sin, but only once it ceases. According to Catholic teaching, the fundamental condition for receiving forgiveness is repentance founded on supernatural love for God,...
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Why did Saul's sins lead to his rejection as King of Israel, but David's sins did not cost him his crown?

The difference between Saul and David was that one offered insincere repentance while the other expressed true repentance. In David's case, we have Psalm 51 as a window into his heart. It is ...
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Calvinists: How to avoid justification from eternity?

You are asking for a solution to what you see as an intractable problem. A classically Arminian view has been stated. The Five Points of Arminianism include these three (which relate directly to your ...
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Can you explain the conflict between 2 Corinthians 5:10 and Isaiah 43:25?

There is no contradiction when we understand the nature of the "judgment seat" of Christ. That seat is in contrast to the "great white throne". For we [believers] must all appear before the ...
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If a sin is not intentional but due to psychological or physical reasoning, will Jesus Christ still count that act as a sin?

If a sin is not intentional but due to psychological or physical reasoning, will Jesus Christ still count that act as a sin? Circumstances can definitely diminish the culpability of a sin in an ...
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Should we forgive everything?

Yes we should. But beware of some traps that a simplistic understanding of "forgiveness" may bring. Other answers have laid down the theoretical theological grounds for being prepared to ...
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