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The context of Matthew is adultery--relations with a woman who is not your wife. The context of Proverbs is marriage--relations with the woman who is your wife. The difference is quite substantial. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already ...


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There's an entire Wikipedia post regarding this subject. (Thus it's my source as it's easily referenced.) 1 Leviticus 20:13 is the first: 13 “‘If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads. 2 Genesis 18-19 has the ...


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This is called the problem of theodicy. The assumptions usually made in the problem statement are, with a little variance: God is almighty and all-knowing God does not want evil in the world God is good The problem goes on to state the fact that there is evil in the world, and claims a contradiction between the assumptions and this observation. I see ...


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The verse your article talks about is Nehemiah 5:10 which says: I likewise, and my brethren, and my servants, might exact of them money and corn: I pray you, let us leave off this usury. Some translations also say "interest" in place of "usury." This is an important distinction... A prohibition against usury is only a prohibition against "exorbitant ...


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Yes Catholicism states quite clearly that atheism is a sin. Disbelieving God means that you are rebelling against God's commands and therefore sinning. Bible Atheism, throughout the Bible, is considered "disbelief". The idea is either that you believe in God, or you don't. If you don't believe in the one true God (such as atheism), it's categorized as "...


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This is a major point of Romans 6. After arguing that the coming of the law increased the number of trespasses, and that subsequently "grace abounded all the more," Paul warns those who might twist his words: 6:1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 6:15 ...


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There is a third option - The prohibition on incest didn't come about until the covenant in Leviticus & Deuteronomy, and to accuse Cain, Abel, and Seth of incest is to accuse them ex post facto. As an aside, a Young Earth Creationist would date the Creation to 4004 BC, and the Exodus (and hence the Covenant) to about 1440BC. As such, you would be ...


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In addition to Richard's post, it's important to keep Acts 15 in mind. The clearest and most unambiguous prohibitions against homosexual acts in the Bible come from the Law of Moses. It's frequently pointed out that the Law was fulfilled in Christ and Christians aren't expected to be held to its many precepts and prohibitions, such as being forbidden to ...


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There are two primary views of this. There are different levels of sin All sin is equal in God's eyes. Unfortunately, they're both pretty sound beliefs. All sins are not equal There are many verses to back up this belief that all sins are not equal. Here are some of them: Matthew 12:31-32 (NIV) 31 And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can ...


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Yes John 10:18 (NIV) No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father. Jesus, in this verse, says that he has the ability to choose whether he laid down his life or not. Because of this, he had the free will to choose to follow God's ...


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For completeness, here's the Catechism of the Catholic church's take on masturbation: By masturbation is to be understood the deliberate stimulation of the genital organs in order to derive sexual pleasure. "Both the Magisterium of the Church, in the course of a constant tradition, and the moral sense of the faithful have been in no doubt and have ...


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No no, it's not a sin. It could easily become a sin if we pervert that which was intended for good. I believe that Mary's virgin Birth was a testification to the Truth of Christ. Could you imagine what the Catholic church would have done with the Husband? "Father of God" I'm sure that would have been completely chaotic. Who's really the father of God? Well,...


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No. Enoch sinned just like the rest of us. He was taken to heaven because Christ's righteousness was imputed to him, just like it is imputed to us. Christ's death and resurrection saved all believers past and present, there is no need for any other explanation of righteousness.


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Honor your parents? Yes absolutely. Sin? No never. What is trump? Don't sin! However it should be noted that the trump card will never need to be used because on closer inspection these two things are never actually in conflict. If your parents ask you to murder your neighbor (clearly sin) it would be no honor to them if you obeyed. The same principle can ...


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The OT clearly condemns in Leviticus 18 and 20 ("If a man takes his sister [...] and sees her nakedness [...] it is a disgrace [...] and he shall bear his iniquity."). This is reinforced at other later points, but we do not find record or such a prohibition earlier. Clearly there is no way that the line from Adam and Eve continued for at least the first few ...


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1 Corinthians 6:18 comes to mind which says "Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body" I think this is telling us that asking "where is the line and how close can I get to it" is not the right way to think about it. Rather that we should be seeking to avoid ...


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When you fight against sin you rely on your own strength. When we rely on our own strength we turn away from Christ. Instead we should focus on turning towards Christ. Basically when you fight sin you focus on the sin instead of Christ. This explains why the more you fight it, the stronger it gets. Instead focus on what you want. Man cannot serve two ...


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In the Mosaic Law, God strictly forbids this: A woman shall not wear man’s clothing, nor shall a man put on a woman’s clothing; for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 22:5 NASB It must be stated, however, that this was specifically in the Mosaic Law, so it cannot necessarily be extended outside of the Jewish ...


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From the perspective of a non-Christian, the explanation you put forth makes no sense. It relies on a number of assumptions that a non-Christian doesn't necessarily hold. Regardless of whether it makes sense in the context of your belief system, it does not make sense to a non-Christian. For example: If evil is the result of the actions of Adam and Eve, ...


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As homosexuality is a sin, it is safe to conclude that God did not "create them this way". Just like God didn't create thieves as such, murderers as such, liars as such, etc. It is as a byproduct of the fallen world in which we live that Romans 1:26-27 was written: For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the ...


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It's not so much that sandals or slippers are considered to be unholy, it's that they're dirty, and removing them is a sign of respect similar to removing one's hat when entering a building, or perhaps removing a nose ring when entering a strict parent's house. From the United church of God's article on the subject: Taking off your sandals was like the ...


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Part of the confusion as modern readers is that we miss what the Pharisees meant when they referenced "the Law." For the Pharisees, "the Law" had two parts. There was the "Written Law" (תורה שבכתב), and there was the "Oral Law" (תורה שבעל פה), which they claimed was also given to Moses at Mt. Sinai. You can read more about this in the Mishnah. The Old ...


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Here is what Aquinas actually wrote: In each kind of thing the worst corruption is the corruption of the principle on which other things depend. Now the principles of reason are the things in accord in nature… and therefore, to act against what is determined by nature, is most serious and base. Therefore since in the sins against nature man transgress ...


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Yes. In questioning God, we are admitting that his knowledge and wisdom is superior to ours: “Why are you doing this?” “This doesn’t make sense to me.” “When will you rescue me from this situation?” Whereas to judge him would be to assume that our knowledge and wisdom is superior: “You are wrong to do this.” “You’ve forgotten about .......


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Actually, it never worked. Hebrews 10:4 (ESV) For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. All the OT sacrifices were useless in an of themselves. What they did all along was not actually solve something but point people to the idea that something needed to be solved and the way that had to happen was through sacrifice. All ...


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Protestants basically fall into three main camps, claiming that the unpardonable sin is: attributing the works of the Holy Spirit to the devil; or, refusal to repent even to the end of one's life; or, hatefully and willfully slandering the Holy Spirit's testimony of Christ. Within (3), there are three views regarding who can commit the sin: 3a) only ...


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