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Are there any Christian groups or denominations that believe that non-Christians have access to the power of the Holy Spirit?

Addressing some misunderstanding Speaking from mainstream (Trinitarian) groups, your question contains several implicit misunderstandings leading to the framing of your question: Holy Spirit is a ...
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They will see but will remain blind

Acts 28:27 (Matt 13:15 is almost identical) For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their ...
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According to Catholicism, how should Christians react when an unbeliever dies?

According the Catechism of the Catholic Church Since Christ died for all, and since all men are in fact called to one and the same destiny, which is divine, we must hold that the Holy Spirit ...
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What is an overview of Christian viewpoints on the eternal destiny of individuals who die never hearing the Gospel?

What is an overview of Christian viewpoints on the eternal destiny of individuals who die never hearing the Gospel? Many peoples have as yet not been evangelized and are considered uncontacted people! ...
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How does the power of the Holy Spirit manifest in Christians, as opposed to non-Christians who don't have access to this power?

This seems to be a variety of a question often asked by atheists, "What is a good thing that only people who believe in God can do?" Although not without its own legitimate purpose, I think ...
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Are there any Christian groups or denominations that believe that non-Christians have access to the power of the Holy Spirit?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints believe anyone can feel the power of the Holy Ghost. All honest seekers of the truth can feel the influence of the Holy Ghost, leading them to Jesus ...
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Why aren't all unbelievers given a "Road to Damascus" moment, according to Catholicism?

TL;DR (1) Because He doesn't need to, and (2) it's not His style. 1 Samuel 3:18 What is pleasing in the LORD’s sight, the LORD will do. If you look at how well the Apostle Paul spread the Faith, ...
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Is repentance of sins possible outside the Gospel?

Is repentance of sins possible outside the gospel? Yes, since God plants conscience in every person's heart. But see next paragraph below. What does repentance of sins look like for a non-Christian ...
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According to Christianity, to what extent can non-Christians develop and manifest the fruit of the Spirit?

For the most part all Christianity hold to the doctrine of original sin. This means that human nature was cursed in Adam and subject to a total sinfulness under the law, separate from God, with no ...
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When did the "upside down cross" become a symbol of anti-Christianity?

Eugène Vintras (1807–1875) may be the first to use the inverted cross in a distinctly anti-Christian way. He was a Gnostic revivalist operating in France during the middle of the 19th century. He ...
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What is an overview of Christian viewpoints on the eternal destiny of individuals who die never hearing the Gospel?

As per OP's invitation to post answers which complement answers already offered I would like to address a specific part of Ken Graham's very comprehensive post. There he lists Exclusivism as the ...
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What is the current stance of the Catholic Church regarding the legality of non-Catholic religions?

it would seem that Pius IX orders that all religions bar Catholicism are to be declared illegal by the State. States are to prevent false religions from publicly spreading their errors, but the false ...
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According to LCMC Lutheranism, why is human imagination considered evil, when unsaved people do some amazingly good things?

This issue is addressed in the Augsburg Confession, which the LCMC accepts as "normative for our teaching and practice," like many other Lutheran groups. First we'll briefly look at the &...
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What are the most challenging objections to the divine inspiration of the Bible?

"What are the most challenging objections . . . ? " After over half a century of reading and studying and meditating on the holy scriptures (Genesis to Revelation, 66 books, TR/KJV/YLT/EGNT)...
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Do any Christians purport to make testable predictions that any unbeliever can verify in their lifetime?

I'm not sure of the angle you're coming from with this question but I'll answer it as I understand it. Yes, some do purport to make 'predictions' in the name of Christianity. Most would be described ...
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What did the Early Church Fathers believe about the fate of the unreached?

As requested from above here are some quotes from the early church fathers concerning the salvation of all, including those who never had a chance to hear. Clement Of Alexandria (150-215 AD) “He says ...
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Can people who don’t believe, yet don’t not believe in Jesus Christ, still make it into heaven if they’re a good person?

I'm going to ignore the very wishy-washy "don't not believe" bit for a moment to just address "Can people who don’t believe [...] still make it into heaven if they’re a good person?&...
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5 meaningful contacts with Christians before considering the claims of the gospel

In marketing, this is referred to as the number of "touches" required to make a sale or convince someone. It is not unique to religion, nor does it guarantee success. In marketing, this is ...
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Respect for other religions

In this context, 'respect' is defined as: due regard for the feelings, wishes, or rights of others. In order to show respect for other religions, it is not necessary for Christianity to defer to other ...
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Accuracy of History Channel's The Bible

How closely the movie is to Scripture depends on which Translation and which Denomination you are asking about. The producers of the film are a Catholic couple and the movie compares quite closely to ...
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A Warning from Jesus

The best explanation I heard on this passage goes like this : "Depart from me all those who professed to be my followers, yet lived your lives as if I had never given you commands to live by". In ...
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Do any Christians purport to make testable predictions that any unbeliever can verify in their lifetime?

Yes, many times - and it's not worked out well for them Any claim or prediction which could be proved true can equally well be proved false if it does not match the real world. Over time, many ...
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What did the Early Church Fathers believe about the fate of the unreached?

The only person I could find clear on the matters is St Augustine that offers no hope to those who have not heard: CHAPTER 2 [II.]—FAITH IN CHRIST NOT NECESSARY TO SALVATION, IF A MAN WITHOUT IT CAN ...
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A Warning from Jesus

I think KJV has a more accurate (and clearer) translation of this. 21 ¶ Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my ...
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A Warning from Jesus

An excellent few verses from the Book of Mormon 25 What, do ye suppose that mercy can rob justice? I say unto you, Nay; not one whit. If so, God would cease to be God. 26 And thus God bringeth ...
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Do non-Christians go to hell?

Do people practicing religions other than Christianity go to Hell? The first part of the answer begins by addressing whether God is fair. Abraham challenged God on this. “Far be it from you to do ...
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Do non-Christians go to hell?

The official Catholic position should be clear from paragraph 16 of the document Lumen Gentium issued by the Vatican II council. I found a good commentary on the document here, especially chapter 2.3....
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