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The theological problem is to explain why Jesus apparently trusted Judas, when he ought to have known better. There are a lot of possible answers! Some have tried to find symbolic or exemplary meaning in his actions - a lesson for the future Church. Others have centered the discussion around the character of Jesus, perhaps reaching similar conclusions for ...


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From the Catechism of the Catholic Church: 2416: Animals deserve kindness as they are God's creation and under His care. Animals are God's creatures. He surrounds them with his providential care. By their mere existence they bless him and give him glory. Thus men owe them kindness. We should recall the gentleness with which saints like St. Francis of ...


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In 1 Corinthians Paul writes “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. (1 Cor 6:12 ESV) “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. (1 Cor 10:23 ESV) There is no law against watching ...


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In one sense, I don't think we should be "pleased" that he is dead. God is not "pleased", which should be our ultimate example: Ezekiel 33:11 (NIV) 11  Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your ...


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The question is: Some faithful Christians believe that it is not a sin to be homosexual. I would like to know the line of reasoning and/or Scripture passages that they use as their basis. I can answer this from the perspective of a minister in the Swedenborgian Church of North America, a Christian denomination that does not regard homosexuality as a ...


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Some Protestant groups, like those represented by the conservative R.C. Sproul Jr and the Acton Institute, believe that even if the government does nothing but evil, one nonetheless is obligated to pay taxes to support it, because what the government does is not the responsibility of the people supporting it but the fault of the government itself. This is ...


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The answer is actually pretty straightforward, but it is very difficult for people to accept. 1) God's values, desires, teachings, commandments and interactions with man were exactly the same in the Old Testament as the New Testament. In the New Testament, we learn that God is love. Jesus' "new commandment" is that we love one another. But this really ...


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The most word used is "porneia" (πορνεία), and according to Strong's means "illicit sexual intercourse" - particularly fornication, or sexual intercourse outside marriage. This of course is the real point here - Paul isn't slamming sexual desire and intercourse as a bad thing - look at Song of Solomon. What he is warning against is sex in the absence of the ...


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Who says that faith plays a more important role? As James 2:26 reminds us, "faith without works is dead." Faith plays a greater role than works in salvation (at the point of "getting saved") simply because none of our works were good enough before God to earn us righteousness. So by faith alone we are saved when we trust Jesus for righteousness. Then ...


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Biblical Christianity has not changed in its definition of morality and will never change, since it is based on the Bible, which, as you pointed out, does not change. However, there is an important distinction between Gentile believers and the Old Testament Jewish Law. The Law was a specific covenant with a specific people for a specific time, but it was ...


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God expects us to use our own minds: Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you. Psalm 32:9 And he expects us to achieve and be proud of our accomplishments, so that we don't burden others: Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in ...


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Faith without Good Deeds Is Dead (James 2:14-26 NLT) First, What is salvation? Many times, people tend to misunderstand the meaning of the salvation that Christ brings. One of the primary purposes of the salvation of Christ is the forgiveness of sins - the ultimate sacrifice in which you need to believe in order to be saved. This does not mean that faith ...


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Allowances of the law have little or no bearing on the moral standing of marriage or any other Christian practice. Where applicable we are bound to follow relevant laws in addition to the prescription of our doctrine, but this is in addition to not in place of them. Common law does not define marriage, although it may or may not make an applicable legal hoop ...


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This is a very good question and I want to address it from several different approaches. First have to go a little deeper into the reason you believe that you are here on this earth. The bible has many examples of why God put us here. At the for front among those is to prove us or test us. Judges 2:22, That through them I may prove Israel, whether ...


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The most important reaction to this should be that Osama bin Laden died without Christ, at least we presume he did, as he gave us no evidence of accepting Christ as his Savior before his death. 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, ...


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From the Catholic Encyclopedia article "Cruelty to Animals," a quote from Cardinal Manning, in which he says that man must show mercy to animals, not for their sakes, but for our and God's sakes: It is perfectly true that obligations and duties are between moral persons, and therefore the lower animals are not susceptible of the moral obligations which we ...


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Do any Christian denominations have any policies to prevent nepotism? Short answer: Yes The modern Catholic Church does, as of June 22, 1692. Pope Innocent XII. Innocent XII gave nepotism a death blow by his celebrated Bull "Romanum decet Pontificem," 22 June 1692. However, it does not appear to have actually ended the practice. Romanum decet ...


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Its not necessary for a person to have a religion to have good moral codes. Hammurabi (1792-1750 BC) was a Babylonian King who gave one of the First Law in the World. The law was very similar the Mosaic Law, "Eye for eye, tooth for tooth". Exodus 21:24 Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, ...


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In addition to his evangelism and church planting, Ed Stetzer conducts surveys of pastors for LifeWay. One of the survey questions he asks from time to time is: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: I believe global warming is real and manmade. Stetzer has asked the question in 2008, 2010, and 2013. In 2010 Stetzer found that the number ...


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Yes, the brain and the gonads are not permitted even if the donor is dead. The general principle regarding the donation of organs is articulated in section 2296 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Organ transplants are in conformity with the moral law if the physical and psychological dangers and risks incurred by the donor are proportionate to the ...


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Ends do not justify means. It is never permissible to do evil so that good may come about: "let us not do evil that there may come good" (Rom. 3:8). Sin sometimes must be tolerated in order to prevent a greater evil. St. Thomas Aquinas's answer to the question of "Whether the rites of unbelievers ought to be tolerated?" (Summa Theologica II-II q. 10 a. 11 ...


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Is there a 'just interest rate'? The “just rate of interest” is the fair rate of interest which should corresponds to the average gain that those engaged in business may generally expect in a determined centre. According to the Catholic Church, the Catholic Encyclopedia explains it as such: Just rate of interest Even today one can still sin against ...


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All language, whether written or spoken, whether miraculously inscribed on stone tablets, breathed in fire letters on the sky, inspired by God through a human vessel or scribbled to your friend on Facebook—due to the fundamental nature of language as a means of communication—requires interpretation. Interpretation is an inseparable part of communication. ...


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Yes, it appears from the description that Jeremiah was not completely honest with the officials. They probably were asking about Jeremiah's prophecies, and he did not tell them what they wanted to know. Whether this is technically lying depends on exactly what questions were asked and exactly what answers Jeremiah gave, but it's pretty clear that Jeremiah ...


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The existence of Moral absolutism is actually fairly easily identified biblically in verses such as: Then the LORD God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever-" - Genesis 3:22 ESV In which God specifies that Good and evil exist,...


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Is someone strapping you to a chair, propping your eye's open, and forcing you to watch pornography? If not, then you certainly have freely chosen to watch it and doing so certainly is a mortal sin because: Pornography constitutes grave matter.The sex slave / pornography industry is incredibly inhumane; giving material support to it is itself a sin. You ...


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What should a priest who commits a mortal sin just before Holy Mass do, if confession is not available? The priest in question must make a perfect act of contrition as best he can and must go to confession as soon as possible. He may under some circumstances still say Mass. The Church has very clear guidelines on this subject: When receiving or ...


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Moral virtues can exist in the unbaptized. The supernatural, theological virtue of faith is not necessary to have moral virtues. Moral virtues* can be acquired by purely natural means. Theological virtues must be infused by God; moral virtues are either acquired or infused.*The principal moral virtues are the cardinal virtues: prudence, justice, temperance, ...


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“Morality is not a constant ... evolves over time ... in a positive direction”. I don’t think I’ll agree with this premise. You are basing positivity on chronology of time. Change doesn’t necessarily mean improvement. Ancient Rome switched from Republic to Monarchy. Secondly, implicit within that argument is assumption that the morality you now have is a ...


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I have not heard any Christian claim this in any academic setting. The most Christians usually say about morality in this context is that without a transcendent law giver no absolute morality can be derived and that without one we are left with either a regress into subjectivity or a complete denial of morality. Or in other words if God is dead than all ...


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