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At one level, this question is easily answerable. Christianity is based upon the idea that Jesus is who He claimed to be. And He said, in John 14:6 I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. And if Jesus is who He claimed to be, then Christianity must be the only true religion, because He said ...


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I personally believe this to be a matter of conscience and Christian liberty. The introduction to the wikipedia article on yoga reads: Yoga (Sanskrit, Pāli: योग yóga) is a physical, mental, and spiritual discipline, originating in ancient India. The goal of yoga, or of the person practicing yoga, is the attainment of a state of perfect spiritual insight ...


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I would say it's impossible to do so without first acknowledging that the historic grounding in and modern implementation of pagan spirituality is real. The next step would be identifying how both Hinduism (or spiritual Indian wisdom or whatever moniker you give it) and Christianity see the intrinsic relation between the spiritual and physical realms. If ...


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Most of Christianity –including Catholicism and Protestantism¹– makes a distinction between saving faith vs. generic faith. One can have faith in your toaster's ability to evenly heat your toast or faith in the laws of physics but these kinds of faith don't make you right with God. As you pointed out even other religions have things they call "faith", and ...


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In Revelation 22 it says: Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.” Christianity is not by nature a conquering faith. In 1 Corinthians 5: I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral ...


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This is going to be a rather vague answer, mainly because even within the 'extreme liberal Christians' that you describe there is a huge range of belief. This answer is going to do no more than skim the surface of them. In the UK, one of the best-known 'liberal Christians' is David Jenkins, former Bishop of Durham. Jenkins famously gave an interview, just ...


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Al-Hallaj (AD 858–922) was a Sufi mystic from ~900 years after the time of Jesus. He was enamored of the Jesus he knew of, but his own sources and influence were primarily Islamic and his idea of who Jesus was matches the non-divine prophet of Islamic teaching rather that the divine savior of Christianity. He tried to live after the pattern of the stories he ...


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The same way it was lost in the first place. For the same reason that Cain killed Abel. Noah was saved physically from the physical calamity, but he was not regenerated. He was not yet saved from sin. He was still a sinful creature as were the other members of his family. The promise from Genesis 3:15 was not yet fulfilled. The Bible and indeed all of ...


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Lactantius, in his Divine Institutes, refers to a god named Hesus: The Gauls used to appease Hesus and Teutas with human blood. (Chapter XXI) In addition, Wikipedia has an article on a god named Esus or Hesus which appears to fit the bill. But the name does not appear anywhere in Eusebius; neither do Krishna, Mithra, Zeus, or Horus. Thus, the quote ...


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Logically, there can only be one true religion. If it is, indeed, true that Jesus is the Eternal Son of God, the Second Person of the Trinity, who became a man when He was born of a virgin 2,000 years ago, lived a sinless life, died a vicarious death and rose from the dead, and if it is, indeed, true that salvation is available to mankind through faith in ...


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I'm sure much could be written about the specific meaning of the Hebrew word for gods, but let me focus on one important interpreter's take: Paul the apostle. In 1 Corinthians 8:4–6, he quotes Isaiah and Deuteronomy to make his case that eating food sacrificed to idols is not inherently wrong: Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know ...


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There is an exclusivity about the Christian religion, properly understood, for which many Christians do not apologize. The "founder" of the Christian religion is Christ, of course, and the claims he made about himself as recorded in the Bible leave little doubt that he considered himself to be the sine qua non of all true religion. He made seemingly ...


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Frisbeetarianism is a parody religion, along the same lines as Pastafarianism. It is sometimes attributed to comedian George Carlin: Frisbeetarianism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck. (source) It's also attributed to comedian Jim Stafford in 1975. In answer to your question then, no, it's not a form of ...


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In John 18:36 Jesus states: My kingdom is not of this world; if my kingdom were of this world, My attendants would fight that I might not be betrayed to the Jews. But now My kingdom is not from here. Jesus makes it clear here that the Kingdom of God - his life's work - is not something that is part of human government. Furthermore Matthew 10:14-15 ...


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Catholics should be wary of the acceptance of eastern, non-Christian religious concepts. EFT appears to have similarities with acupuncture, so I did some looking for acupuncture since EFT is lesser-known. I came across the following: The Western form of acupuncture, which is based on science and not Taoism, is acceptable for use by Christians. However, ...


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No, the diversity of sects is due to the sin of man. 2 Peter 2:1But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there shall be among you lying teachers who shall bring in sects of perdition (αιρέσεις απωλείας) [lit. "heresies of perdition", false religions] and deny the Lord who bought them: bringing upon themselves swift destruction. All ...


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There is so much stupidity in this article I don't know where to even start (I would just trash the whole thing). Constantine returned to the gathering to discover that the presbyters had not agreed on a new deity but had balloted down to a shortlist of five prospects. That alone should be enough to ignore this entire article. Nicea was set up in order ...


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I'm going to go on record here as a "sort of" liberal Christian. Although there are no Bible citations to support my belief, I will say that I think God is infinitely loving, and that he does not want any soul to perish in the lake of fire. To that end, I believe that after one dies, one has a chance to see God's revelation revealed to him and one last ...


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Christianity holds that Jesus is unique in being the incarnation of God; there is no other occasion on which God himself became fully human, lived, died, and rose again in order to save us. (This is not to deny that there have been other occasions before and since when God has revealed himself to humans in some way.) This is clear from the New Testament ...


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While I am not part of this group, from conversations with a fair number who are, the core of what they identify is that it is the moral and philosophical teaching of Christ that is important. I'd possibly even say it is fair to say it isn't a religion but rather a semi-spiritualist philosophy, similar to Buddhism. The idea is that we are flawed, naturally ...


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According to the SBC's FAQ, the best place to look for SBC views on various issues is in their resolutions: The Southern Baptist Convention makes official statements regarding specific issues by means of resolutions passed at our annual gatherings each June. The SBC has a searchable online database of all their resolutions, and search results for each of ...


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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 religions or to accept that they hold any theological truths, although they may teach moral truths. It is only necessary to accept the rights of others to ...


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In order to answer this question, we need to make some careful distinctions, and we also need to define the terms properly. First of all for something to be “demonic” or “Satanic,” it has to be more than simply evil; if it is demonic, it needs to be associated with the active influence of an fallen angel (i.e, a “demon”); in general, “Satanic” refers to ...


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The Church has never recognized polygamous unions formed outside the Church. The authority to enter into a polygamous union is given in Doctrine & Covenants 132 and can only be done (when it was authorized) inside an LDS temple (when temples were available) by Priesthood holders authorized to use the Sealing Keys. Hypothetically, back when the Church ...


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I see many of the other answers here seem a little out of focus. The OP is asking for some Roman Catholic points of view, and while the history lessons are pretty neat, I would rather provide an answer to the OP. Do Catholics believe that everyone should convert to Christianity for their own salvation? Yes. Catholics believe that it is better for people to ...


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Because quite frankly, we see the Christ and Jesus as entirely distinct entities. We believe in salvation through the Christ--but the mechanism of salvation is that we enact his teachings and so avoid destroying ourselves. We believe in the Christ--but that Christ is an abstraction to be pondered upon and worked towards, not something that was manifested ...


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The LDS Church uses this phrase. They divide the priesthood into Melchizedek Priesthood and Aaronic Priesthood. Melchizedek Priesthood is described on their site as follows: “There are, in the church, two priesthoods, namely, the Melchizedek and Aaronic” (D&C 107:1). The Melchizedek Priesthood, which is “after the Order of the Son of God” (D&...


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Let's try to address all the questions here. God moved Cyrus heart. That statement itself doesn't mean that Cyrus became a worshipper of God. God can move the hearts of all sort of people to do all sorts of things (for example read how he moved the heart of Pharoah in Exodus). All it says is God caused Cyrus to do a specific thing, i.e. make a proclamation. ...


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Catholics believe this, in fact recently the Pope said atheists can get into Heaven Source: http://www.catholic.org/news/hf/faith/story.php?id=51077 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fate_of_the_unlearned#Catholic Seventh Day Adventists believe that non Christians can get into Heaven Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seventh-day_Adventist_theology#...


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