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The quote is from 1 Tim 6:10 (which would have been written in Greek, not Hebrew). The Greek reads: ῥίζα γὰρ πάντων τῶν κακῶν ἐστιν ἡ φιλαργυρία Here are some translations: KJV: For the love of money is the root of all evil ASV, NRSV, TNIV: For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil NET: For the love of money is the root of all evils. The NET ...


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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 of IVF: depriving a child of his or her right to be conceived in an act of marital love masturbation to obtain semen killing many people by subjecting them to ...


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The Westminster Confession of Faith (the doctrinal standard for many Presbyterians), Chapter III, makes it clear that at least one well recognized portion of Calvinists firmly rejects the claim that God is the author of evil (emphasis added): I. God from all eternity did by the most wise and holy counsel of his own will, freely and unchangeably ordain ...


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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 blessings he had received from God (Job 1) and tormenting him when given the opportunity (Job 2) Accusing Joshua the High Priest (Zechariah 3:1-2) It doesn't go ...


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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 the woman, "Did God actually say, 'You shall not eat of any tree in the garden'?" 2 And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat of the fruit of the trees ...


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It does not mean: do not fight temptation to sin do not defend yourself Look at the context in which the passage is found: 38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if any man will ...


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Pious Christians tend to overlook a very simple truth about sin. In the short term, it is fun. And why is it fun? Because as Jesus said (John 3:19): Men love darkness, rather than the light. And why do men love darkness rather than light? Solomon noted (Proverbs 14:12): There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end thereof is death ...


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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 understanding, as taught to me by Mennonites, of this view (as opposed to my personal opinion on this view, which does vary slightly on a few points), and when ...


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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 temple. For example, Isaiah 41:2 refers to Cyrus as the righteous man from the east, and Isaiah 44:28-45:4 waxes lyrical: That saith of Cyrus, He is my ...


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Yes, your arguments are correct. Here is some expansion and support… The first and best answer to suffering is the freewill defense. For God to make free creatures is worthwhile; truly free creatures are able to act for good or evil. People who cannot do certain things are not truly free. A person needs no other response, but other responses are available ...


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When sin is defined as moving against God's will and evil is defined as the absence of God's presence it seems that sin and evil were first made when Lucifer rebelled against God and was cast from his position of glory and out of God's presence. The story is somewhat detailed in Isiah. “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! ...


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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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In the passage you mention it never says Jesus sinned or did evil. We can find the answer to that question in Hebrews 4:14-15 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in ...


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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 philosophy and theology." Other Reformed theologians share this assessment. Charles Hodge suggests that given "the feebleness of our powers" and the "limited range ...


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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 visitor opened her eyes when I remarked casually, "I have been doing 'What is Wrong' all this morning." And one minister of religion moved quite sharply in his ...


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I think it depends on your definition of good. Different people define good in different ways. Until good is defined clearly, it's impossible to answer this question with clarity. From the Christian perspective: All good comes from God (James 1:17) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with ...


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From a Christian perspective, without God there is nothing. Scripture tells us that God continually sustains everything. Without God's sustaining power, all creation would cease. Colossians 1:15-17 (ESV) 15  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16  For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, ...


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This is the NIV translation: He will be eating curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right Children are not aware of good or evil until they reach a certain age, "age of accountability", and understanding. One cannot choose to do good or evil until one is aware of what good and evil are and the differences between them, ...


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An important translation issue for this verse is that there is no definite article (the) in any Greek manuscript that precedes the word translated as "root". Thus, it is perhaps a better translation to say that the love of money is a root of all evil rather than the root of all evil. When we recall Satan's fall, it was not the love of money, but the love ...


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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 2:17). FALL Adam was unable to choose life except by the influence of God (John 6:44). Ergo, despite of the fact that God's holy influence is so convincing, ...


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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) every verse intersperses commentary on it—notably from Augustine, Jerome, and John Chrysostom; though other theologians, Church Fathers, and Doctors of ...


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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 have … had very specific warnings regarding Satan’s power, influence, and determination. Nephi prophesied more than twenty-five hundred years ago of the trials and ...


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Much, nearly all, of the inner workings of the angelic and demonic beings are not disclosed in scripture. However, on this subject there are some things that indicate each individual is not always 'pursued' to the same degree, which by inference must make us conclude each person compared is not 'pursued' equally. The attacks seem proportionate to our faith ...


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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 as: "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good--except God alone. - Luke 18:19 NIV Rather than (as per Webster's) being "of somewhat high ...


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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 particular population on earth at the time; it was never meant to refer to all peoples at all times. I believe Isaiah 64:6 is referring to the Jewish people. I don’...


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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 5544. chréstotés. That greek word is only used in Romans when talking about God's goodness. The Greek word used for "good" in Rom 2:7 is 18. agathos. That greek ...


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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 say that he's a relatively famous Christian author, so perhaps this is the quote you're looking for. Here's where I found this information: https://www....


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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 there, but this one was "What's wrong with the world" and his response was "The devil" and that was dated 1908. That counters what you, ...


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