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Is there a moral goodness in In vitro fertilization?

It is a good when a new person comes into existence; God still creates a rational soul out of nothing even for those conceived as a result of sin. But it is never moral to use evil means in the case ...
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What is the Biblical basis for considering Satan the author of evil?

While the Old Testament introduces Satan and portrays him as: Inciting David to sin by taking an unauthorized census (1 Chronicles 21:1) Accusing Job of only walking uprightly because of the many ...
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Who told Eve about the fruit?

It may not be clearly represented that God instructed Eve, but it is clear that she knew: 1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to ...
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What would be a typical Christian Pacifist response to 'rampant evil' - say in the form of large scale terrorism?

I spent most of my formative years in a Mennonite church, and identify with the Mennonite concept of pacifism. So I will attempt to answer from a Mennonite Pacifist perspective, based primarily on my ...
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What's the biblical basis for non-believer's ability to do good?

The Bible recognises the good that King Cyrus of Persia did for the Jews, historically. Not just in allowing them to return to Judah, but in funding the considerable cost of rebuilding the Jerusalem ...
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According to Calvinists, how could Adam and Eve fall? How could Satan fall?

One prominent Reformed theologian, Louis Berkhof, has written that "[t]he problem of the origin of the evil that is in the world has always been considered as one of the profoundest problems of ...
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In which year did Chesterton write the 'I am' (what's wrong with the world) letter?

This story is no doubt related to the 1910 publication of Chesterton's book What's Wrong With the World, the dedication to which contains a number of jokes at Chesterton's expense: Many a mild lady ...
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According to Calvinists, how could Adam and Eve fall? How could Satan fall?

In order to know the answer to the question, we need first to know the difference between the pre-fall and fall of Adam. PRE-FALL Adam was created with the ability to choose life or death (Genesis ...
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Explain the last sentence in Matthew 6:34

One of the perhaps lesser-known works of Thomas Aquinas is his Catena Aurea, the Golden Chain. This is a commentary on the Four Gospels, one verse at a time; Aquinas gives the verse, and after (nearly)...
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How will Satan rage in the hearts of the children of men? (LDS perspective)

The Book of Mormon Student Manual quotes the following from a discourse by Richard C Edgley of the Presiding Bishopric. This is the best quote I've found that answers your question succinctly: We ...
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Women According to Bible

No. Women are not more evil than men. Perhaps the idea that they are eviler than men can be traced to the temptation of Eve in the Garden of Eden. Although Eve is described in Genesis as being the ...
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What's the biblical basis for non-believer's ability to do good?

Before answering this question, I need to point out a few problems with the verses you supplied in support of your thesis. Genesis 6:5 had to do with a particular point in time and applied to a ...
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What's the biblical basis for non-believer's ability to do good?

The problem seems to stem from a radical divergance between the commonly understood meaning of 'good' and the sense it is used in certain parts of the Bible - particularly the verses you cite as well ...
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What's the biblical basis for non-believer's ability to do good?

The original post states "On the contrary, scripture seems to show that humanity is incapable of doing anything good" Romans 3:11-12 is given. Consider: The Greek word used for "good" in Rom 3 is ...
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What is (the source of) this quote about God's turning any evil into good?

Perhaps you are referring to this quote: In God’s hands intended evil becomes eventual good. It was written by Max Lucado in his book God Will Use This for Good: Surviving the Mess of Life. I'd ...
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In which year did Chesterton write the 'I am' (what's wrong with the world) letter?

I spent the last hour scouring the last pages, of the last eight years of Gilbert! Magazine where Chesterton "answers his mail" because they always put real responses to made up questions in ...
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Is there a moral goodness in In vitro fertilization?

It's worth noting that even though IVF is a bad thing, this has no spiritual implications for people conceived in such a way. God is a master of making lemonade from lemons (Romans 8:28). In fact, if ...
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Do any Christian versions of 'Just War Theory' address cases in which foes exploit the principles of Just War to their own advantage?

Summary: No, the Just War doctrine is not intended to provide guidance at this level of detail. First a brief summary of what the Just War Doctrine is. It's intended to be an answer to the question ...
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What traditions hold that Satan is not actually a person?

The "Swedenborgian" or "New Church" denominations that accept the Christian theology of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) do not see Satan, or the Devil, as a person, but as a ...
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According to a Catholic teaching, whether Thanos did anything wrong

To continue after the manner of Aquinas: On the contrary, Our Lord says (Mark 10:19) "You know the commandments: 'You shall not kill'." I answer: The natural law, as its name implies, is written ...
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According to Catholicism, if we can thank God for our fortunes why can we not blame him for our misfortunes?

Actually, it's an apostolic concept to see misfortune as the stuff of sanctification, and thankworthy—"all joy:" James 1:2-4 (DRB) My brethren, count it all joy, when you shall fall into divers [...
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Is there Biblical justification for asserting that Satan directly causes natural evil?

Is there Biblical justification for asserting that Satan directly causes natural evil? Both in Catholic and Eastern Orthodox traditions, the answer would seem to be in the affirmative. The ...
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Do Calvinists believe that God is the author of evil?

It depends on the Calvinist: [Christ] works all things according to the counsel of his will. [This] indicates that God not merely carries all of the universe’s objects and events to their appointed ...
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Is the presence of evil necessary for good to be expressed?

From an LDS perspective, this idea isn't simply believed, but explicitly stated as doctrine in the Book of Mormon. It uses the central idea of opposition, which is touched on at various points in the ...
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What is the basis for the Christadelphian belief that Satan is not a personal being?

The following paragraphs are copied from http://www.religioustolerance.org/chr_delp.htm which in turn cited the page titled "What Christadelphians believe about the Devil" at the ...
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What is the basis for the Christadelphian belief that Satan is not a personal being?

Many years ago I spent several months having weekly discussions with a local Christadelphian couple. The husband was a prominent leader in their congregation. From the notes I took and the literature ...
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What is the origin of "cruciform theodicy"?

Here is an early writing which may have been part of what influenced Bonhoeffer in the direction of cruciform theodicy. It comes as part of a letter from Ambrose of Milan to the Christian ...
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What is the origin of "cruciform theodicy"?

In her novel The Minister's Wooing, written in 1859, Harriet Beecher Stowe offers the death of Christ as a response to the problem of evil. She does it in the voice of one of the characters, but it is ...

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