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It's true that the Bible says that man has "dominion" over the animals: And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:28, ESV) But there are many, many passages in the Bible ...


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Here is an answer extracted and slightly edited (and with a new final paragraph added) from my article, "Christian Beliefs that the Bible Does Teach": As we go about our daily lives, doing this or that for our fellow human beings, we naturally suppose that we are doing it by ourselves and from our own power. There’s nothing wrong with that as long ...


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What's the Biblical basis for “Without God I could do nothing”? As has been pointed out there are two ways this can be taken, ”I could do nothing at all” and “I could do nothing good” (the “good” being implied). To support the first view we need to consider that we exist and our existence is sustained by God. Psalm 127:3 Lo, children are an heritage of ...


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As indicated in this overview of YEC theories regarding the decline in lifespans, environmental changes (such as might be caused by a change in the earth's axis tilt) are not typically cited as a significant cause of the decline in human lifespans. Environmental changes in general are seen as having only a minor effect, if any, due to the continued long ...


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The idea of race is not a Christian construct. It doesn't derive from Christianity. It isn't supported by scripture. If you search for 'race' in the Bible it is only ever used to mean "human race" or "competition to see who is fastest". Race is, as you say, a social construct, and while it was commonly thought to be useful in a society that also happened to ...


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The other answer seems to largely explain it, and I was going to comment to add this but could not for want of rep. Genesis 9:3-4 states that: Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; and just as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. Only, you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. (NRSVA) This seems to often be ...


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The Original Poster raises a number of related questions, which have to do with the nature of love and how that applies to human relationships (in particular when they are abusive). From the outset, it is important to note, as freethinker26 states, that the Catholic Church does not condone or otherwise encourage abusive relationships. In reality, such ...


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It wouldn't change Christianity it all. The Bible does not suggest that it contains all knowledge and all revelation. There is a lot it does not reveal. The presence of other intelligent life elsewhere in the universe would not change our own reality, which includes the following: The Eternal Triune God created the universe of time, space and matter and ...


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Interesting question! One that I've wondered from time to time. My thought is this: Had we (human beings) not rebel against God, and instead follow His plan for us, we probably would have reached the technological advances that allow us to travel between galaxies today. And yes, we probably would find other sentient beings in this vast universe that God ...


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Historically, the position of the church on Christology has been explained as "hypostatic union, meaning that Jesus was fully God and fully man). In the late 300s, Nestorius taught that Jesus' natures were separate. The problem comes when you consider salvation. In any Satisfaction theory of atonement, the 'victim' that satisfies God's wrath must be a ...


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The Bible doesn't support this at all, so there is no scripture reference to give. Although perhaps there is a negative one. Speaking of Jesus' incarnation, the author of the epistle to the Hebrews says: Hebrews 2:16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. (KJV) That is, Jesus came to save men, not ...


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Exactly what does what else God may have created in the Universe have to do with what happened here on Earth? God is sovereign he can create as many planets and people as he desires to fulfill his wants. Whether or not he decides to extend his great love to multiple planets and peoples makes absolutely no difference in our relationship to him. It seems ...


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NO! Why? The Bible never say that we are the only people in this universe. The Bible was written for men on this planet Earth and Jesus came for the people on this planet Earth. Man is the center of interest in the Bible. God created man and when man failed to remain righteous, God came down to planet Earth to die for the people in this Earth. That's all ...


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Do our fallen, finite nature and our relationship with God set us up for abusive relationships in this life? According to the Catholic Church, yes it does predispose people for suffering and thus for abuse and abusive relationships. Man sinned, and by doing so forfeited the four-fold harmony by which he was protected from suffering and death. Some ...


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Matthew 18:18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. This does not specifically refer to co-creation, but then neither does any other scripture in the Bible. So, if we are co-creators here on Earth, as taught in the Catechism of the Catholic church,...


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A few known facts: The tribe of Levi was not allowed to be counted: "But the Levites were not numbered among them by their fathers’ tribe; for the LORD had spoken to Moses, saying: Only the tribe of Levi you shall not number, nor take a census of them among the children of Israel" — Numbers 1:47–49. The tribe of Levi was not assigned any land of ...


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In what ways do human beings reflect God? The ways we as human beings should in some way reflect the image of our Divine Creator. This may be done in many ways. To start with let love Jesus with all our heart. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. - John 3:...


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Would God allow all of humanity to be celibate? The short answer is no. This goes directly against what God said to Adam: 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth ...


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Christianity neither insists nor seems to insist, in my opinion, that there are different races of humankind. Quite the opposite. In Paul's sermonette to the Athenians, he said: And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place... (Acts ...


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This person is a deacon, which can be discerned from the fact that he is wearing the dalmatic, the deacon’s traditional vestment. (Based on the background and the logo of the Vatican Television Center, this appears to be in St. Peter’s Basilica; I suspect this deacon is proclaiming the Gospel, or—if this was taken at the Easter Vigil—the Easter Proclamation ...


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At 3:19ff. of the video you linked, it sounds like Fr. Ripperger is speaking of what St. Thomas Aquinas discusses in his Summa Theologica I q. 108 a. 8, "Whether men are taken up into the angelic orders?" Here's part of that article: On the contrary, The Lord says of the saints that, "they will be as the angels of God" (Mt. 22:30). I ...


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Without God I could do nothing. Psalm 121:1-8 (A song of ascent) says: I lift up my eyes to the mountain where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip - he who watches over you will not slumber; Indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD watches ...


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A couple things in your question kind of popped out at me. One Thing: Stewardship One thing concerns your first point. The word you didn't mention (but alluded to) is stewardship, a concept which is taught throughout Scripture in many and varied ways. A steward (an old-fashioned term for a servant, or employee, who is in charge of some aspect of his boss'...


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There can be no definitive answer on this. The easiest way is to compare all the different translations and make your own conclusion, for yourself and not for others. Examples: Ecclesiastes 11:5 NIV - As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother's womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all ...


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God created the nature and men, either directly or through evolution (that's a different question). But men created lots of other things: fire, flint tools, wheel, civilisation... This is one aspect: in some sense God created even technology, but we, men, are its direct creators. There are other aspects. If you testify about Jesus or just live with God and ...


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Check out N. T. Wright's views on the after-life in Surprised by Hope. The short, short version is that no one really knows what it will be like for sure, but we'll not be playing harps all day. It's a new heavens and a new earth, our glorified bodies will be (at least) physical, and I expect there will be work to do. And it will be done joyfully! As ...


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