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What did Jesus mean by "this generation will certainly not pass away.." in Matthew 24:34?

The word "generation" there in Greek is γενεα (genea), which can also refer to a family, stock, nation. (Strongs, definition 2b) The NASB also has a footnote here next to "generation" saying "Or race"....
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What is the biblical basis for seeing Saint Peter at the gates of heaven?

This view is based primarily on Matthew 16:18–19, in which Jesus says: And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 ...
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Why can the Catholic Church declare one person a saint but has never declared another damned?

That is because Jesus gave Peter the keys to heaven and earth (Matthew 16:19). Not keys to hell. In other words, Peter (and his successors) can bind and loose on earth and heaven (Matthew 18:18) not ...
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What is the biblical basis for seeing Saint Peter at the gates of heaven?

The idea of Peter at the gates of heaven with the keys has a long history that is sourced to the bible. Of course, as things go, sourcing alone and understanding the source may be two different ...
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Given a Catholic understanding of Hell and individual judgment, do Catholics believe that all Protestants will go to Hell?

I'm trying not to give an answer that's purely a quote from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, but the matter is discussed so well there that there isn't much I feel I can add to it: 816 "The ...
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How is Gods judgement of man fair when he judges them without considering their deeds?

Comparing the representative democracy of America with the kingdom of God is an unparalleled category error. The entire reason American jurisprudence holds a person innocent until proven guilty is ...
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How have prominent apologists answered those who claim that Jesus does not love his enemies?

You made the classic mistake people make when they question Jesus' love: they make him a one-dimensional person. So when someone says that God is love, then asks, "then why would God ...," they are ...
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What did Jesus mean by "this generation will certainly not pass away.." in Matthew 24:34?

See the verse in sequence with the previous verses to place it in its plainest context: In verses 29-31, Jesus is talking about the tribulation of those days, the stars falling, His return, and the ...
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According to the Catholic Church, does Jesus condemn those who don't believe?

People are not condemned, judged, or punished because they do not have faith in Jesus. They are condemned because of the evil acts they have committed during their life on Earth. They are saved from ...
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According to Catholicism, how should Christians react when an unbeliever dies?

According the Catechism of the Catholic Church Since Christ died for all, and since all men are in fact called to one and the same destiny, which is divine, we must hold that the Holy Spirit ...
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Why such importance given to the hour of death?

TL;DR Important due to both Particular Judgment and Purgatory The form of the question. Aren't we supposed to be judged by our whole life and not just what happens at the hour of our death? Should ...
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Why aren't other religions welcome to heaven as well as subject to hell?

Romans 1:21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to ...
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According to LDS, what is the purpose of the final judgment?

This question strikes at the core of LDS doctrine - Christ's Atonement. Excuse my hyper-compulsive inlining of scripture references in my answer, but this is one of my favorite topics. I hope the ...
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Acts 17:30 What does "overlooked" mean?

When we put several passages together to get a fuller picture, we can see in what sense "overlook" is being used. Consider the following two verses, which are similar in scope (from the NET ...
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What is the difference between the first and second resurrection in the book of Revelation?

The two events only differ on two points: Who is raised. When they are raised. Both parties are actually judged equally, and we assume the method of the raising is the same. The First Resurrection ...
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Why can the Catholic Church declare one person a saint but has never declared another damned?

The Popes as successors of St. Peter hold the keys to bind and loosen things on earth as well as in heaven (Matthew 16:19 and 18:18). The Popes have not even pronounced on the question as to the ...
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Where in the Bible does it say "I will destroy those who destroy My land"?

You may be thinking of Jeremiah 16:18: I will repay them double for their wickedness and their sin, because they have defiled my land with the lifeless forms of their vile images and have filled my ...
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Who coined the phrase "Bema Seat"?

Bimah or bema is not only a word in the Greek language. This is a phrase that was likely borrowed from Hebrew. בּימה Bema is a platform in Hebrew and is where the Word of G-d, the Torah, is read ...
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How is Gods judgement of man fair when he judges them without considering their deeds?

I write from a reformed, Calvinist point of view which includes three things: I believe in the complete sovereignty of God in all things, he does whatever he pleases in heaven and on earth (Isaiah 46:...
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How can Christians know if they are truly saved and that Jesus won't tell them "..Depart from me, I never knew you," on judgement day?

Your many questions touch on an area of Christian thought over which sincere and well-informed Christians have long debated: the assurance of salvation. Some denominations believe that such assurance ...
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How have prominent apologists answered those who claim that Jesus does not love his enemies?

Maybe a classic parable will help: Imagine a man broke into your house and murdered your dearest loved one, and then he got caught. Imagine him being in court and he swears he'll never do it again. ...
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In LDS canon, is the Final Judgement before or after the resurrection?

In Alma 40, it also states: 21 But whether it be at his [Christ's] resurrection or after, I do not say; but this much I say, that there is a space between death and the resurrection of the body,...
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What is the bottomless pit?

First, we need to know that Revelation is a prophesy about the future. The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent ...
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What is the Biblical basis for death being the last point for repentance?

What is the Biblical basis for death being the last point for repentance? Before death is the time when we do that which can be judged. Judgment of works for punishment is what comes to those who ...
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Will World end on Oct 7,2015?

No, if that prediction proves wrong the Bible will not be called a false book because it doesn't make that prediction. On the contrary it clearly states in plain language in several places that we are ...
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According to Catholicism, does the last judgement include a last chance to reconcile?

Per current teaching in the Catechism, each person earns a particular judgment: CCC 1022 Each man receives his eternal retribution in his immortal soul at the very moment of his death, in a ...
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Why such importance given to the hour of death?

The short answer you're looking for is martyrdom. The reason that the Church waives the requirement for a miracle for beatification. It should be noted that in cases of martyrdom the miracle ...
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Christian apologetics regarding the killing of innocent children during the Genesis flood

There is another way to look at this question: There is nothing different about the death of people who died in the flood and people who have died throughout history in the millenia since. The ...
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How can Christians know if they are truly saved and that Jesus won't tell them "..Depart from me, I never knew you," on judgement day?

When Jesus says that he will declare to certain people "Depart from me, I never knew you" this is lack of intimate relational knowledge and not informational knowledge. These people were ...
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What is the Biblical basis for saying that we won't have a second chance to be saved after we die?

What is the Biblical basis for saying that we won't have a second chance to be saved after we die? There is no explicit basis for this in the Bible. On the other hand, there is nothing in the Bible ...
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