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Why is there such an emphasis on Jesus's suffering - particularly by the Catholic Church?

On the surface, Christ's suffering may not appear necessarily unique in respect to the levels or duration of either physical or emotional pain, but it was certainly unique in respect to the nature of ...
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How does Jesus show love by suffering?

Short answer: The reason is, that Jesus' suffered and died in our place. This is how the bible puts it in Romans 5:6-8 ESV: 6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ...
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Why was Jesus afraid/agonizing in the Garden of Gethsemane if the Spirit of God isn't one of fear but of power?

We can identify several views regarding the suffering of Jesus. (1) That he did feel fear and grief, but did not sin. (2) That he did not feel fear, per se, but did feel grief. Within (2), there ...
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How to answer "Why do evil and suffering exist?"

Yes, your arguments are correct. Here is some expansion and support… The first and best answer to suffering is the freewill defense. For God to make free creatures is worthwhile; truly free ...
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Do Evangelical Christians interpret James 1:2 and Romans 5:3 to mean that we should enjoy our problems?

Evangelical theologians teach that these two passages do not instruct us to "enjoy" trials in the sense of getting pleasure out of them. Rather, we are to have joy despite the trials, ...
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How does Reformed Theology consider passages that may imply that God is the "subject of sufferings"?

The point Edwards makes here is that since God accomplishes his purposes in all things, even evil things, he cannot be said to be carried away by emotions and thus experience involuntary ecstasy or ...
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What is the Biblical basis for mankind being morally required to treat animals well?

It's true that the Bible says that man has "dominion" over the animals: And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea ...
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Who was the target audience of the Book of Job?

Now the question of who is the target audience for Job is a tricky one, because there is the audience that Job intended, and the audience that God intended. Since the book is not addressed to a group ...
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The uniqueness of Christ's suffering

The suffering caused by the physical cross and by the soldiers was only a tiny portion of Christ's suffering. His suffering and death was vicarious, meaning, he suffered in our place, Christ died for ...
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Why sleep put apostles into temptation?

TL:DR; Sleep does not cause temptation, prayer prevents it. How does sleep put the apostles into temptation? It doesn't. The most likely source of your question is that the cause and effect ...
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The nature and extent of the atonement of Jesus during the crucifixion

The Greek phrase "wrath of God" is οργη θεου. The phrase appears only twice in the New Testament. John writes that the wrath of God will be visited upon those who do not believe in His Son (3:36). ...
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Jesus' sacrifice covers our eternal hell?

Jesus' death was sufficient simply because DEATH is the punishment for our sins, not suffering. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that the Savior must suffer for a long time to cover our sins, only His ...
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Why is there such an emphasis on Jesus's suffering - particularly by the Catholic Church?

I think I know what you're getting at with this question, but you've got to consider what St. Paul says: Col 1:24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what ...
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Why is there such an emphasis on Jesus's suffering - particularly by the Catholic Church?

The extraordinary thing about Jesus' suffering is not so much its physical intensity, but the fact that He, the Second Person of the Trinity, deigned to suffer. He did not have to, but he specifically ...
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According to Catholicism must we all suffer in life?

Sometimes people focus too much on Christ's sufferings and not how much he poured out His love on the cross. Redemption by Christ was not so much achieved by how much He suffered, but how much He ...
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Are there philosophical explanations for why God would allow animals to suffer due to non-human causes?

Are there philosophical explanations for why God would allow animals to suffer due to non-human causes? St. Thomas Aquinas has something to say about it! The problem of animal suffering is the ...
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Why is there such an emphasis on Jesus's suffering - particularly by the Catholic Church?

Here's a quote from G.K. Chesterton which I think explicates a Catholic view of the subject: “That a good man may have his back to the wall is no more than we knew already, but that God could have ...
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How does Jesus show love by suffering?

Note: The quotes I offer here are taken from the 1983 Catechism of the Catholic Church. There is an online version here. Numbers are the paragraph numbers for each point. 601 The Scriptures had ...
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What is the Biblical basis for mankind being morally required to treat animals well?

The other answer seems to largely explain it, and I was going to comment to add this but could not for want of rep. Genesis 9:3-4 states that: Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; ...
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The uniqueness of Christ's suffering

The idea isn't that there was crucifixion or death or any number of people who have died and will die horrible deaths, but rather that it was Jesus the Messiah who had died. Who was Jesus the Messiah ...
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The uniqueness of Christ's suffering

Reading your comments to the various fine answers already posted here tells me that your unstated question is "what has Jesus's suffering to do with being born again", rather than looking ...
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According to Catholicism must we all suffer in life?

According to Catholicism must we all suffer in life? The short answer is yes. 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and ...
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Protestants, why do some Christians suffer so much more than others?

Jesus warned his disciples that following Him would not be easy: Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will ...
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Is suffering a proof against intelligent design?

No I don't really have references for this I will just answer it by logic alone. The atheist is making quite a few assumptions to make the leap from suffering to no Intelligent Designer (or indeed God)...
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What is an overview of Christian viewpoints on the 'animal cruelty' argument for veganism?

What is an overview of Christian viewpoints on the 'animal cruelty' argument for veganism? I find it hard to imagine that any Christian denomination would take such a stand as defending veganism ...
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How does Jesus show love by suffering?

How loving is it to not give someone justice for being wronged? If I killed your close family member, would it be loving for someone to simply say "that's too bad" and not atone for the murder of ...
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The nature and extent of the atonement of Jesus during the crucifixion

The word in the New Testament that is translated as "atonement" in the King James Version is καταλλαγή and it appears only once (in Romans 5:11) as "atonement" in English, but is translated as "...
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Who was the target audience of the Book of Job?

As Nigel J suggested in his comment, the book of Job is addressed to every single person on earth. Its “target audience” is every human who has ever lifted his eyes to heaven and cried out, “Why me, ...
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The uniqueness of Christ's suffering

It is abundantly clear from the scriptures that the physical sufferings of Jesus Christ during crucifixion are not those that are vicarious : Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the ...
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Does God feel and appreciate the resiliency of our suffering?

To experience suffering is to configure one's self to / with Christ ... already in the act of Baptism, which brings about a configuration with Christ, and then through his Sacrifice...the Church is ...
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