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Does Sola Scriptura imply that one should expect no personal spiritual experience of the Gospel?

This Latin phrase, Sola Scriptura, points to the supremacy of scripture, the Bible. It means that the Bible should be, for Christians, the supreme rule of faith. It does not rule out individual ...
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How is the concept of validating one's beliefs through personal experiences reconciled with the principle of not putting God to the test?

There is a testing which is by faith and a testing which is of doubt and hubris. The answer lies in the difference between putting God to the test ala Matthew 4:5-7: Then the devil took him to the ...
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What do Christians mean by the expression "to be on fire for God/Jesus/Christ", and is there a Biblical basis for this concept?

From the apostle Paul's second letter to his protégé and son in the faith: I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my ...
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To what extent are Christians encouraged to make conscious efforts to "experience" God as "real"?

The Christian experience (I speak of Protestant, Trinitarianism - which is my own, personal experience) begins with the conviction of one's own sinfulness, spiritual destitution and desperate need of ...
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What are Christian guidelines for making the transition from "knowing about God" to "knowing God"?

The more relevant question is probably: Whom does the Lord know? Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is ...
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What is the Biblical basis for Christians having a "personal relationship" with Jesus/God?

There are some verses that speak to this issue. John 14:23, "Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and WE will come to him, ...
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What is the biblical counter-argument to the expression "the Universe provides"?

To treat of the creation as if it was a person capable of communication and able to answer a request for provision is idolatry : Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the ...
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How is the concept of validating one's beliefs through personal experiences reconciled with the principle of not putting God to the test?

Regarding "testing" God, He invites us to do it: Prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall ...
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Is there scripture stating we will realize an unmistakable event or experience immediately upon salvation during God's Ephesians 3:2 "age of grace"?

Those saved by Jesus have crossed over from death unto life. Not only does common sense tell us that such an extreme change should be experienced but the New Testamant is also quite clear on this ...
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Does Sola Scriptura imply that one should expect no personal spiritual experience of the Gospel?

Of note is that Martin Luther said "Unless I am convinced by the testimony of Scripture or by clear reason ...". By this I understand reason based upon (and not adding to nor departing from) ...
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What do Christians mean by the expression "to be on fire for God/Jesus/Christ", and is there a Biblical basis for this concept?

I am reading a book which is a compilation of Aiden W. Tozer's sermons on worship: Whatever Happened to Worship? (1985). In 1962 he preached a series of sermons on "Worship, The Chief End of ...
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What is the biblical counter-argument to the expression "the Universe provides"?

You could start with "Evey good endowment and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change" James ch1 v17, ...
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Does the battle between the flesh and the spirit ever get easier?

For people for whom there is no battle between the flesh and the spirit, then such people remain spiritually dead in their sins. But for Christians, this truth applies: "And you hath he ...
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What is the biblical counter-argument to the expression "the Universe provides"?

Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? - Matthew 6:26 We do not know for ...
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What is the biblical counter-argument to the expression "the Universe provides"?

The Lillies of the Field (Luke 12:22-31; Matthew 6:24-34, KJV) And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ...
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According to Protestantism, how does God manifest and interact with Christians?

If there is any sort of repeated, personal experience for an individual Christian beyond what Nigel J. has outlined above it is this: This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the ...
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How can non-believers, who cannot perceive nor understand the things of the Spirit, overcome their spiritual blindness?

The first step in true religion is that required by John the Baptist - he that hath two coats, give to him that hath none and likewise with meat, Luke 3:11. If one does not love one's neighbour whom ...
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Are all Christians expected to have a "positively meaningful and reciprocal conscious relationship" with God?

Philosophy has skipped right past the new birth. It has no choice but to do so. It is man's wisdom and the wisdom of God is foolishness in its eyes. Philosophy must ask such questions: Are all ...
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What is the success criterion for the task of 'seeking God' in Christianity?

I have to wonder whether this question is based on one of two possibilities: (1) The OP is only interested in an academic look at a theological idea, or, (2) The OP may have tried to seek for the God ...
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How is the concept of validating one's beliefs through personal experiences reconciled with the principle of not putting God to the test?

The solution is quite simple. First, there is no problem, as different things are being mixed up, so once that is seen, all becomes clear. God not only allows, but encourages, his children to ask him ...
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What are Christian guidelines for making the transition from "knowing about God" to "knowing God"?

The personal transition from merely knowing about God (intellectually, philosophically) to knowing God personally is clearly explained to all who would read and put into practice Jesus' words in John'...
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What is the Biblical basis for Christians having a "personal relationship" with Jesus/God?

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?  And what concord hath Christ with Belial?...
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Is there a Christian term for the condition of a person who subjectively feels incapable of experiencing a spiritual connection with God?

After a cursory investigation, I found the following related terms: Spiritual dryness or desolation: In Catholic spirituality, spiritual dryness or desolation is a lack of spiritual consolation in ...
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According to Catholicism, how does God manifest and interact with Christians?

"According to Catholicism, how does God manifest and interact with Christians?" I agree with the statement made above, that this is a broad (and somewhat vague) question. I will try to ...
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To what extent are Christians encouraged to make conscious efforts to "experience" God as "real"?

Those 2 books are anthropological and sociological studies of how a Christian group promotes certain conceptualization of spiritual experience in their members in the areas of prayer and relationship ...
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Which denominations consider it commendable to pursue a profound mystical union with God?

Which denominations consider it commendable to pursue a profound mystical connection with God? The three major denominations of Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy and Oriental Orthodoxy all encourage a ...
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How can one overcome the distractions of modern life to attain theosis and become a vessel for spiritual gifts?

As a protestant, I with Luther say: "Abraham left Mount Moriah, the mountain where he had been asked to sacrifice Isaac, the place where he had heard the voice of an Angel and experienced the ...
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Natural Theology (Intellect) vs. Spiritual Experience (Heart)?

The Pauline Answer to the relationship of Natural Theology to Personal Christian Experience can best be shown by the narration of Paul's trip to Athens in Acts 17:16-34: The God who made the world ...
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In Christian epistemology, how is Reformed Epistemology different from mysticism?

If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. - John 14:23 If one believes in the Lord Jesus Christ, if one calls on ...
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How do Christians outside of the LDS faith interpret the reported spiritual encounters of Latter-day Saints with the Holy Ghost?

As a Christian who has never been part of the LDS faith, but who has personally heard some of them relate their experience of being convinced of that faith, I would offer this answer. A recurring ...
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