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If all demons are believers, then why are some humans atheists?

I imagine it's hard not to believe in the supernatural when you yourself are a supernatural entity. Greater evil by no means necessitates greater unbelief; while we know very little about demons, they ...
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What is the ultimate goal of a human according to Bible?

One of the most famous answers to this question comes in the Westminster Shorter Catechism, question 1: Q1. What is the chief end of man? A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ...
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Is Mary's human soul pre-existent in eternity?

In 1661, Pope Alexander VII released the Bull "Sollicitudo omnium eccl.," which reads in part: The devotion to the most blessed Virgin Mary is indeed of long standing among the faithful of Christ ...
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According to the LDS faith, if our spirits lived with God before this life, why is spiritual birth during life on earth required?

You seem to have a misunderstanding of what death is. Death is separation, not ceasing to exist. Spiritual birth is required because of spiritual death. spiritual death- separation from God (the ...
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St. Augustine and woman sexuality?

This quote is often attributed to one of the early church fathers, usually to Bernard of Clairvaux or Saint Augustine, although the earliest reference in print was in 1896. There is no historical ...
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Logical problem in Christology (from a Mormon)

The early Church debated this question in-depth over the course of a few centuries. What it means for Christ to be fully human and fully Divine is well-defined by the Church. This means that He is a ...
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If baptism cleanses original sin then why do the children of baptised parents still need to be baptised?

According to the Catholic Church (Council of Trent's Decree Concerning Original Sin): this sin of Adam…in its origin is one, and being transfused into all by propagation, not by imitation [of the ...
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Do any denominations teach that humans exist before birth?

I'm not sure if you'd include Mormonism as a Christian denomination, but the Mormon church definitely believes this. They believe that people were "Heavenly Father's" spirit children in heaven, who ...
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How to reconcile the original creation of every soul (Creationism) by God with original sin?

By yielding to the tempter, Adam and Eve committed a personal sin, but this sin affected the human nature that they would then transmit in a fallen state. It is a sin which will be transmitted by ...
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If all demons are believers, then why are some humans atheists?

The text in question states that "even the demons believe" not that "all demons believe." One can certainly picture atheistic spirits wandering in the nether gloom, perhaps unware ...
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According to the LDS faith, if our spirits lived with God before this life, why is spiritual birth during life on earth required?

I think a distinction is required between being a child of God (the Father) and being adopted as a child of Christ (the Son). According to LDS doctrine, all people are spirit children of God, our ...
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What is the source of the quote attributed to Origen, that "the soul has neither beginning nor end"?

I believe the second part of this quote is original to Hatch, Edwin, and A M. Fairbairn. The Influence of Greek Ideas and Usages Upon the Christian Church. London: Williams and Norgate, 1891, as ...
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According to the Catholic Church, is there any supernatural (non-physical, non-mathematical, non-scientific) part of a human being?

The answer can be found here in the Catechism of the Catholic Church; in particular, it says: 366 The Church teaches that every spiritual soul is created immediately by God - it is not "produced&...
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According to Catholicism, why do we need a resurrection if we have an immortal soul?

Although I am not a Catholic, I feel confident that I can answer this, as the answer is shared by all Chalcedonian Christians. This question really gets to the heart of what it means to be a human. ...
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What is the biblical basis for the Dual Nature of Man as opposed to the Tripartite Nature?

Wayne Grudem's defense of dichotomism in his Systematic Theology, chapter 23 is particularly helpful in this regard. He lays out several kinds of biblical evidence, cleanly organizing the arguments ...
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At what point is a new soul created according to the Catholic Church?

At what point is a new soul created according to the Catholic Church? The Church has not pronounced definitively on this question because at present the Church does not know. The Magisterium of the ...
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At what point is a new soul created according to the Catholic Church?

The Magisterium of the Catholic Church has not made a definitive pronouncement about the precise moment in which the soul is infused to the embryo. The most current magisterial document on the subject ...
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How does Human Nature relate to Angelic Nature, specifically regarding sin and free-will?

Paul is quite specific as to how sin entered our own sphere of existence : ... by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: [...
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God as the Ground of Being

Subject : "God as the ground of our being" Content : Creation Possession Oversight Enlightenment Living 1. Creation In Creation, Genesis 1:1, God expressed himself by creating (by ...
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Did Jesus believe that the human soul lived on after death?

Judaism in Jesus' time certainly did believe in a spiritual part separating from the physical body at the death of the body. Check out the rabbinic schools of Shammai and Hillel for proof of that. ...
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Does the Catholic Church teach that humans are superior to all other creations on Earth?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church has this to say on the Image of Man: 355 "God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them."218 Man ...
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What is the Mormon doctrine regarding becoming a god?

Tad. R Callister, General LDS Sunday School President, gave this speech at Brigham Young University addressing in depth this topic. It's found at https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/tad-r-callister_our-...
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Under what basis does the Catholic Church consider animals, in particular great apes, not to be persons?

Humans have the gift of free will given directly by God [CCC 1730], as well as a soul [CCC 1703]. Only humans have an immortal soul. Many higher mammals have the traits you speak of: wolves, most ...
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According to the Catholic Church, is there any supernatural (non-physical, non-mathematical, non-scientific) part of a human being?

Breaking down the question first, bear with me. My previous understanding of the Catholic Church's teaching was that a human being is of two conjoined natures: physical and spiritual. Glad this was ...
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LDS belief in pre-existence of the human person vs. human physical deformities

As it says in the quotation, "The revelations teach that premortal spirit bodies have general resemblance to their physical counterparts." The key word there is "general." The LDS ...
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When was the tripartite (body, soul, and spirit) view of man officially rejected by a church council?

Ludwig Ott, Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma (Book 2, §14), directs us to relevant councils: 4th Council of Constantinople (869–70) 4th Lateran Council (1215) The first of these rejects the idea that ...
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Did Prophet Jeremiah's soul pre-exist his conception in human form?

No, Jeremiah (and you and me) didn't have a soul until it was "formed in the womb" The Church teaches that every spiritual soul is created immediately by God CCC 366 It's pretty clear and ...
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What does Reformed Protestantism teach regarding 'spirit and soul and body' (I Thessalonians 5:23)

The majority position in Reformed theology is that man has two substantial natures – a material body and an immaterial soul – and that the words "soul" and "spirit" are best ...
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Why is Jesus Christ only one person despite having two minds?

There is a complex Christological history behind this question. The common ground is that Jesus Christ is of two natures, divine and human. Christ's divine nature is uncreated and pre-existent, while ...
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What is the ultimate goal of a human according to Bible?

In Jesus's great intercessory prayer in John chapter 17, he summed it up pretty clearly: 1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy ...
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