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What are rebuttals to the argument that Christians only worship God to give their lives meaning?

God tackled this argument head on by inspiring Solomon to write the book of Ecclesiastes. "Vanity of vanities, all is vanity!" It demolishes many sources of meaning that people turn to which ...
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What are rebuttals to the argument that Christians only worship God to give their lives meaning?

I think you have rebutted the argument quite nicely in the body of your question but I will add a little to back up what you've said: but we have to take into consideration that we, humans, tend to ...
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Is Jesus atoned for us?

English grammar is pretty fluid, especially in poetry. The proper way to attach subject, verb, and object here is: He atoned for us Thus Jesus performed the actions that accomplished the atonement ...
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What did "one baptism" in the Nicene Creed mean back then?

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. ...
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Meaning of cross with Jesus on both sides

A double-sided crucifix has the same religious significance as a single-sided one. It is an artistic device that enables the image of Jesus to been seen from two sides. This is particularly useful in ...
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What did "one baptism" in the Nicene Creed mean back then?

What did "one baptism" in the Nicene Creed meant back then? Before going on I would like to point out a huge over looked historical fact about the First Council of Nicene of 325: The acts of ...
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Help interpreting a Christian allusion in Willa Cather's 'One of Ours'

My non-authoritative interpretation is that this is a preacher that takes pride in his righteousness, including forbidding alcohol at weddings. Then, when he thought about the similar situation in ...
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What is the meaning of 'scandalous' associated with the crucifixion of Jesus?

Perhaps the closest biblical connection is to 1 Corinthians 1:23: we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles (ESV) Ravi Zacharias makes this connection in an ...
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Is Jesus atoned for us?

Hymns and grammar The language of traditional hymns can take a while to get used to, since for rhyming purpose the grammatical parts are frequently moved around, especially the verbs, which are moved ...
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Meaning of the word "sons" in "Our God, Our Help in Ages Past"?

TL;DR: One possibility is that it just means "humans". Another (thanks, Paul!) is that it refers to divisions of time. Longer answer: Who is being borne away? If they are being borne away by ...
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What are rebuttals to the argument that Christians only worship God to give their lives meaning?

I would suggest rebutting the argument by turning it on its head: Giving one's life meaning is a perfectly legitimate reason to choose to believe in God. Indeed, the first great Existentialist ...
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What are rebuttals to the argument that Christians only worship God to give their lives meaning?

This argument is a classic example of a logical fallacy known as Bulverism (or "circumstantial ad hominem"). Quite simply, the argument has no relevance whatsoever to the question of God's ...
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What Does St. Francis de Sales Mean by "Sounding Periods" in Sermons?

I had never heard that phrase before. Here is an article about techniques of public speaking which uses the term in context. It seems that “sounding periods” is a type of lofty and maybe pompous ...
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Meaning of the word "sons" in "Our God, Our Help in Ages Past"?

This article informs us that Watt's song was based on Psalm 90: https://blog.reformedjournal.com/2015/01/03/time-like-an-ever-rolling-stream/ The original had three more verses that are seldom sung ...
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What is the difference between "love" and "worship"? Do "love God" and "worship God" mean the same thing?

C.S. Lewis had trouble with the idea of praise and worship, as if God were continually seeking compliments from us. He warmed up to the idea slowly. See this: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/...
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How do Lutherans interpret Matthew 15:11?

In Matthew 15:11, Jesus was responding to the Pharisees who said: "Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat." - Matthew 15:2 ESV ...
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What makes you think you are a true Christian?

I believe that I am a sinner: That I stand justly condemned before a holy God and that there is nothing that I can do to rectify my situation. I believe that God has done what I cannot do through the ...
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What is the meaning of "excellent things" in Proverbs 22:20

After comparing this verse with the New International Version and the New Living Translation Bible, it seems that the meaning of the Hebrew word used is uncertain. Both the NIV and the NLT translate ...
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Why is "Your will be done" not redundant?

In Christian theology, God is thought of as expressing His will in more than one way. This article goes into some of those categories from a Reformed perspective: https://www.monergism.com/discerning-...
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Why is "Your will be done" not redundant?

The Lord's prayer as our daily statement of purpose and petition for support My faith tells me that everything happens according to the Lord's will anyway, so why pray asking for this to happen if I ...
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What is the difference between "love" and "worship"? Do "love God" and "worship God" mean the same thing?

'Faith worketh by love' we are told, Galatians 5:6, and also it is written that 'Love is of God,' 1 John 4:7. So faith is of God. Thus it may, sometimes, be difficult to discern between the two, I ...
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What is the difference between "love" and "worship"? Do "love God" and "worship God" mean the same thing?

No, they don't mean the same things. My own view is love -> worship + something else. But worship can also arise from non-love sources (something-non-love -> worship). Conceptually, I see ...
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What is the difference between obeisance and worship?

The best way to address this question is to start with definitions. Definition of obeisance 1 : a movement of the body made in token of respect or submission : bow //After making his obeisances he ...
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Is naturalistic cosmology pointing us back to viewing stars as gods (similar to how pagans did), crediting stars with giving meaning to the universe?

A lot of the scientific literature I've read, since Asimov on (things I can comprehend, popular science, not the hard stuff) seem to make this assertion; the way scientists describes stars make them ...
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Which religions is this song inspired by and what do the metaphors/symbols mean?

The lyrics of this song suggest ideas of rebirth and reincarnation, which is neither Christian, Jewish nor Islamic but can be found within Buddhism, Hinduism and new age spirituality. Rebirth in ...
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Help interpreting a Christian allusion in Willa Cather's 'One of Ours'

The idea is contrasting their current attitude toward alcohol versus Christ's action in creating alcohol at the wedding in Cana. It is the false idea that abstaining from alcohol makes one more purer,...
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What are rebuttals to the argument that Christians only worship God to give their lives meaning?

What are rebuttals to the argument that Christians only worship God to give their lives meaning? God exists. It is an objective fact with many proofs. That God created the Universe out of nothing is ...
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Does Wm. Golding's book "Lord of the Flies" correctly present the theology of "The Fallen Nature of Man" according to Christian Protestantism?

According to this biography of him, https://www.thoughtco.com/biography-of-william-golding-british-novelist-4801336 nobody would get the faintest clue that he might be a sound writer of Protestant ...
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Does Wm. Golding's book "Lord of the Flies" correctly present the theology of "The Fallen Nature of Man" according to Christian Protestantism?

Unexpected Revelation Since posting this question, I have had the opportunity to come across quite a bit of research concerning the symbolism in Golding's famous book. This is the third most famous ...
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