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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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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 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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How do proponents of the “free-will defense” against the problem of evil explain that God can be free and immune to moral evil at the same time?

This question is answered directly in the text of the Bible. 14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. ...
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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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Why does God, according to his own words, "create evil"?

At the outset, we need to grasp the significance of the sentence preceding the one you quoted: There is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is none else. This is the Lord God Almighty, creator ...
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How do proponents of the “free-will defense” against the problem of evil explain that God can be free and immune to moral evil at the same time?

You're switching your morality definitions between your premises. One counter to your premises that shows this comes from divine command theory which, essentially, states that God's will is the ...
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How do Latter-day Saints answer the question of why human beings are not created with a perfect character from the outset?

Why are human beings not created with a perfect character from the outset? The Pre-mortal Existence My denomination teaches that we existed as spirits prior to physical birth. As taught in The Family -...
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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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How do proponents of the “free-will defense” against the problem of evil explain that God can be free and immune to moral evil at the same time?

To paraphrase an idea from Dale Renlund, God does not simply want us to be well-behaved pets in the celestial living room, but to be full heirs of His glory (see Romans 8:17). This life, then, is a ...
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How do Christians that believe in creatio ex nihilo answer the question of why human beings are not created with a perfect character from the outset?

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. -...
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How do Christians that believe in creatio ex nihilo answer the question of why human beings are not created with a perfect character from the outset?

This is a good question for highlighting various assumptions around God's purpose for humanity and the terms we associate with it like "perfection" and "character". To begin, ...
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What is the name for belief when a person believes that Devil exists but is not so sure about the God part?

What is the name for belief when a person believes that Devil exists but is not so sure about the God part? The short answer is confused. One can not accept the notion of evil without existence of ...
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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'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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Are good and evil in Christianity ultimately based on maximizing wellbeing and minimizing suffering?

The righteousness of God is mentioned twelve times in the bible. This is the measure of good and evil. Nothing else can be. Matthew 6:33; Romans 1:17; 3:5; 3:21; 3:22; 3:25; 3:26; 10:3; 10:3 (again); ...
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What are counterexamples to the position that Christian morality is ultimately utilitarian (i.e., that God is utilitarian)?

Utilitarianism is the doctrine that actions are right because they are useful. It is a doctrine that claims that the greatest happiness of the greatest numbers should be the guiding principle of ...
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What are counterexamples to the position that Christian morality is ultimately utilitarian (i.e., that God is utilitarian)?

What are counter examples to the position that God is utilitarian ? DEFINITION : That property in any object, whereby it tends to produce benefit, advantage, pleasure, good, or happiness ... [or] to ...
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Why does God, according to his own words, "create evil"?

This explanation is extracted from the New English Translation version: God is ultimately sovereign over his creation, including mankind and nations, in accordance with his sovereign will, he can ...
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What is the difference between Christian Hedonism and Utilitarianism?

One definition of utilitarianism from ethical philosophy: a family of normative ethical theories that prescribe actions that maximize happiness and well-being for all affected individuals. Another ...
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How do proponents of the “free-will defense” against the problem of evil explain that God can be free and immune to moral evil at the same time?

Evil is defined as 'contrary to God's will' ergo it is impossible for God to be evil and his having free will has no effect on this. The point often at issue is in fact this definition of evil. ...
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How do Christians that believe in creatio ex nihilo answer the question of why human beings are not created with a perfect character from the outset?

There are things that even an omnipotent God cannot do. For instance, God cannot create a four-sided triangle. If something has four sides, it is by definition not a triangle. One attribute of perfect ...
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Latter-day Saint understanding of James 1:13-15, God's omnibenevolence and God's free will?

I'm not sure I see that God cannot be tempted with evil => God is not capable of moral evil. There are some things in this life that don't tempt me in the slightest, but I'm still fully capable of ...
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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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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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