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Are countries with other religions doomed for hell?

The Israelites were a nation whose fortunes grew or declined as the society as a whole did or did not follow God's rule. The people were collectively chosen to serve as an example (both good and bad) ...
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According to the Catholicism, is a conscious denial of the gospel of Christ a mortal sin?

The short answer is “not necessarily”. “Conscious” denial of the Gospel is not the same thing as denial “with full knowledge.” “Grave matter” vs. “mortal sin” In Catholic moral theology, a distinction ...
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Solomon’s Godly Wisdom but also Solomon's sinning by marrying “Non-Hebrew” women

Solomon knew that disobeying God’s command not to marry pagan women would be disastrous. Solomon knew full well what the Law said about such things. As to WHY he flew in the face of God’s Laws, in ...
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How do Christians define knowledge and faith?

Short answer In the context of your Q, comparing "faith" vs. "knowledge" as defined in the Q is like comparing apple and orange: The "intellectual content" of a person's ...
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According to the Catholicism, is a conscious denial of the gospel of Christ a mortal sin?

AthanasiusOfAlex's answer is long, thorough, and well-referenced, in my opinion. Here I'd like simply to offer a brief summary, in light of some of the current (2016-08-12 18:34 GMT) comments: Case 1 ...
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Changing determined fate?

Although our Father in Heaven is all-knowing, That can not, or at least should have any effect on us. If we are trying to change fate, then we must believe that we are destined to end up somewhere we ...
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Genesis 2:17 and free will

He is trying in a “soft” way (i.e. not with absolute impossibility) to suppress freedom of choice by prohibiting to obtain the required knowledge to choose. There was no suppression of the freedom of ...
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Changing determined fate?

Just because God knows what choices we will make, does not mean he wills for them to happen or that he has pre-decided our fate. The doctrine that God has decided in advance who will be saved is ...
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Changing determined fate?

The notion that because God knows your future, your fate is already decided is known as predestination (or predeterminism in philosophy). According to Mormons, predestination is false doctrine. Let'...
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What were the parameters set by Jesus to measure greatness of a student vis-a-vis the teacher as in Mt 10:24-25

Jesus demonstrated what he meant by girding himself with a towel at the last supper, then getting on his knees to wash the disciples' feet. Then he explained the significance of this action (just ...
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Whether beatific vision gives us univocal knowledge of God?

Beatific Vision is direct knowledge of God The Beatific Vision is not analogical knowledge but immediate (i.e., "with no intermediary") knowledge; it's direct, intuitive, non-discursive knowledge. ...
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What were the parameters set by Jesus to measure greatness of a student vis-a-vis the teacher as in Mt 10:24-25

Context is provided at the end of v25; "If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household" (RSV). The words which you have quoted ...
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Are countries with other religions doomed for hell?

Are countries with other religions doomed for hell? The short answer is no. I say unto you that likewise more joy shall be in Heaven over one sinner that repenteth, than over ninety and nine just ...
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Are countries with other religions doomed for hell?

You shouldn't have such an absolute and depressing view of God's justice. This is a common cause of anxiety among all of us who convert, as we think of what happened to our beloved family members who ...
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Solomon’s Godly Wisdom but also Solomon's sinning by marrying “Non-Hebrew” women

One of the purposes of the Old Testament is to demonstrate why we need the Gospel. The only solution we have to sin is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and so the scriptures demonstrate how everything we ...
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In Christian epistemology, how is Reformed Epistemology different from mysticism?

If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. - John 14:23 If one believes in the Lord Jesus Christ, if one calls on ...
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Did Jesus know he was immortal at the time of the crucifixion?

I'm assuming that you define "immortal" to mean "unable to permanently die". The Bible indicates that death is a consequence of sin: For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is ...
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Did Jesus know he was immortal at the time of the crucifixion?

No. Jesus did not have an immortal nature at the time of the crucifixion or he would not have been able to die. I do think Jesus was aware that He was eternal (John 17), mortal, and would be ...
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Is there any theological tradition holding that soon after being born, baby Jesus was full of wisdom because this baby is God?

An extremely comprehensive treatment of the historical position and evolution of this issue from the Catholic Church perspective is here. It is impossible to summarise it in this space without copying ...
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Who learned that Abraham would even sacrifice his son in Genesis 22:11?

The Patristic View The Church Fathers teach that the Angel of Lord is God, specifically the Son. The earliest Patristic reference I know of is Justin Martyr's Dialog with Trypho. Justin says to ...
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Are there any accounts of "words of knowledge" taking place outside of Pentecostal and Charismatic denominations?

Yes. I can recall two instances in my own life as a Baptist. Returning from Christmas caroling cold and tired, before I lay down for a nap, I asked God in prayer if He had anything for me to do. ...
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Intellectual work of monks as a way to getting closer to God by understanding better His creation?

Actually there is a very good guide to this topic which is based on St Bonaventure: Theology as the Road to Holiness in St. Bonaventure by Charles Thomas Carpenter (1999). A new edition of the book (...
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Intellectual work of monks as a way to getting closer to God by understanding better His creation?

St. Thomas Aquinas described the necessity of studying God's creation in his Summa contra gentiles bk. 2 (Creation) ch. 2 ("That the consideration of creatures is useful for instruction of faith&...
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Genesis 2:17 and free will

Summary Romans 6:16 (all verses KJV) Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves as doulos, to obey, his doulos ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?...
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Question about Hebrews 10:26

It does not mean that one can no longer be saved, but it does demonstrate the falsity of the claim that we are "once saved, always saved," since Paul here outlines a way in which those "...
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Which does St. Thomas Aquinas teach is greater, to know God or to love Him?

It's a bit difficult to answer a question that the OP has gone on to answer himself! I would not argue with you that Thomas Aquinas appears to think that knowing God is 'greater' than loving him, ...
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Which does St. Thomas Aquinas teach is greater, to know God or to love Him?

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we ...
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Which does St. Thomas Aquinas teach is greater, to know God or to love Him?

Antonio Royo Marín, O.P., addresses this in Teología de la caridad, pp. 139-9: as St. Thomas explains,[II-II 27,4; cf. 26,1 ad 2; I 16,1; 82,3.] by the virtue of charity we can love God in an ...
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How do Christians define knowledge and faith?

Personally, I'm inclined to accept the JTB definition of knowledge; I didn't find the Gettier problems convincing, and would say that justification, generally, is a sound and valid logical deduction, ...
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Are countries with other religions doomed for hell?

There is a story in the Bible, told in 2 Kings 5, that can help us understand this question. The story is that of Captain Naaman, an officer of high rank in the Syrian army. He was not an Israelite, ...
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