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Looking for an apologetic to the "Cosmic Child Abuse" objection

According to the doctrine of the Trinity, Jesus being the Son of God means that He is fully God made manifest in human form (John 1:14). Jesus is simultaneously both fully God and fully man. As such, ...
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According to believers in the inexorable damnation of the unreached, how is God not unfair for letting someone be born in unreachable conditions?

There are three common landing points that most believers fall into: (personally I progressed in my own thoughts along all three and don’t think its of absolute importance as to which place a person ...
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How is God's 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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Does the Catholic Church rank the cardinal virtues?

From the Recapitulatio of Fr. Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P.'s De Virtutibus Theologicis (p. 20), a commentary on St. Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologica II-II, he gives the following categorization ...
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Can the forensic justication doctrine be characterized as false justification contrary to fact and truth?

In other words, a person is declared righteous despite being a sinner, and remain an ungodly sinner, but God overlooks justice for him and let him go. Is it acceptable if we characterize this as a ...
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How can God be loving and just whilest creating people for His wrath? I cannot wrap my head around Calvinism!

"Please help me understand how God can be characterized as merciful, just, and righteous within the Calvinist framework." I will do my best, for I have studied Reformed/Calvinistic theology ...
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Is it an act of justice to abort an unborn child as that child would then go to heaven?

I'm sure most Christian groups will point out the gross misunderstanding of "justice" here. Justice is "giving someone their due", in this case giving the (still) helpless baby ...
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Is God more just than he is love? (Catholic perspective)

St. Thomas Aquinas (Catholic perspecitve) tells us that within God, all His 'attributes' have to be, within Himself, identical. Due to divine simplicity. Here are my personal thoughts, as a Catholic, ...
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Looking for an apologetic to the "Cosmic Child Abuse" objection

From a Christian perspective, your question contains two erroneous premises: first that every person will be saved (universal salvation) and second that “Jesus descended into the deepest depths of ...
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According to Eastern Orthodoxy why did we inherit the sin of Adam and Eve?

The sin is a damage we do to ourselves. Adam and Eve damaged themselves and we inherited this sin, like child inherits damage if his mother smokes or drinks alcohol during pregnancy.
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According to believers in the inexorable damnation of the unreached, how is God not unfair for letting someone be born in unreachable conditions?

For all have sinned.... The first part of the answer is that in the absence of Christ's death on the cross, justice demands that all humanity suffer eternal torment because of our sins. Thus fairness ...
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How is God's 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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According to believers in the inexorable damnation of the unreached, why should they be punished in Hell and not be given more merciful alternatives?

The question is similar to Abrahams appeal to the lost in Sodom. Abraham does not want God to destroy the whole city but pleads for mercy: Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away ...
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Is it wishful thinking to believe there must be a god as there would be no justice for unpunished criminality?

The fact that there is, within humanity generally, not only a social conscience regarding co-habiting, procreation, family life, community life, national life, international life, but also an ...
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Can the forensic justication doctrine be characterized as false justification contrary to fact and truth?

It is contrary to human reason for the Judge of all the Earth to exact legal (forensic) punishment on one who volunteered to be punished in the stead of many criminals. Especially as that volunteer ...
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What is the biblical basis for carrying out social justice in opposition to the justice system?

The Bible has many examples of carrying out God's commands despite opposition from secular, or even religious authorities. For example, Daniel and his fellow exiles were ordered not to worship God by ...
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According to believers in the inexorable damnation of the unreached, how is God not unfair for letting someone be born in unreachable conditions?

I'm just going to assume this question is on-topic and answer accordingly. This results in assuming certain other things to be a certain way because changing them renders the question off-topic. Thus, ...
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Why was King David spared of the death-for-death rule of Exodus 21?

Ex 21:12-14 is "case law", about how to administer justice when someone assaults and kills a person deliberately as contrasted with accidentally. It is implicit that the killer did it with ...
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How can Romans 13 be reconciled with authorities who could act unjustly?

All governments (authorities, kings, judges etc) act unjustly. There is no question about that. There has not been a century, or a single country, where the authority Christians are to respect has not ...
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Why did God kill a man for picking up sticks on the Sabbath?

This can be especially touchy because on the surface both Jesus (Mark 2, Matt 12, Luke 6) and David (1 Samuel 21) did the same thing. It's important to pay attention to the whole text. The man in ...
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Modern religious law it still applicable?

I have to agree with DJClayworth in that I'm not sure which verse(s) you're referring to from Leviticus 20 have been associated with which modern law(s), but I did want to try and help answer the ...
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Looking for an apologetic to the "Cosmic Child Abuse" objection

As curiousdannii commented, "The cosmic child abuse argument is usually leveled against penal substitutionary atonement believers, not universalists." For clarity, it would be best to leave ...
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How does one reconcile the principle of justice with the doctrine of original sin?

Original sin is not so much an action of a person, but rather a position into which one is born. As such, the idea of justice (merit of reward or punishment) does not even enter the equation in ...
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In Luke 18:8, does the Geek word translated “quickly” mean “suddenly” in this instance?

The word is τάχος Strong 5034 which Thayer (see the link for Strong) renders as 'quickness' or 'speed'. So in the construction used in verse 8, ἐν τάχει, Thayer tells us that the meaning is quickly or ...
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What is the biblical basis for NOT believing that everyone has a fair chance to be saved?

Romans chapters 1, 2, and half way through three takes the reader through a series of self-examinations. the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood ...
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Why was King David spared of the death-for-death rule of Exodus 21?

It's a difficult passage. Psalm 51 is central to the incident concluding that forgiveness is for God alone not primarily the sacrificial system of the Mosaic covenant. Psalm 51 (NIV) ... When the ...
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Why was King David spared of the death-for-death rule of Exodus 21?

In the first place, laws are not carried out unless there is some authority which can enforce them. Who can enforce a law against a king of that era? In any case, who knew about it, apart from Joab ...
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Why was King David spared of the death-for-death rule of Exodus 21?

Why was King David spared of the death-for-death rule of Exodus 21? If one was to give an answer as to why King David was spared from the death penalty for orchestrating the death of Uriah the Hittite ...
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Why was King David spared of the death-for-death rule of Exodus 21?

The OP question begs an additional query: by whom or what was David spared? I will attempt to address this first assuming he was spared by the Law and second assuming he was spared by God. Spared by ...
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How is God's judgement of man fair when he judges them without considering their deeds?

Were Esau and Pharaoh judged by God without consideration of their deeds? Esau God's words, "Esau have I hated," appear in Malachi 1:3, and were written literally centuries after Esau ...
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