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Questions about the belief in the Lord Jesus Christ as Son of God and Saviour.

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Conclusion of Christianity?

Conclusion for Christianity The risen Christ, who lives today, offers people the benefits of his death and resurrection if they will trust in him as their Saviour and submit to him as their Lord. He has demonstrated his love in paying for our sins. He now offers to come into our lives by the Holy Spirit and to restore us to full fellowship with the living God.

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Was rev paul Jones killed by his lover?

Some time it's better to say nothing, when you don't know what to say. Makes you sound STUPID......

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Jesus Christ

Did Jesus commit blasphemy by claiming Himself as the Son of the God?

Answer 1Jesus calls himself God's son in Matthew 11:27; John 5:23 and John 5:26. When Peter calls him the son of God in Matthew 16:16, Jesus tells Peter that God revealed that to him.

But when Jesus calls himself God's son, he is not identifying himself as divine, he is identifying himself as a descendant of David, just as the scripture uses the term in Ps 29:1. The coronation hymn in Ps 2:7 declares that the king of Judah becomes God's son on the day he is annointed by the High Priest.

You see a perfect example of this when God commanded Zechariah (Zechariah 6:11-13) to annoint as king, Jesus, son of Josedech, who was the high priest. God calls him "branch" which is used to mean descendent of Jesse (David's father) in several places in scripture. -- see Isaiah 11:1; Jeremiah 23:5-6; Isaiah 4:2, etc.

Of course a Levite and descendent of Aaron is not literally a descendent of Jesse, but by the time of Zechariah, the term "branch" has become synonymous with "king", which is also spoken of as "son of God". Jesus is the second part of the Trinitarian God head. All three "persons" are co-eternal, co-powerful and co-equal.

Back in those days, it was considered blasphemy, though, he was not commiting blasphemy.

Answer

There is one small passage in scripture which testifies that Christ (Jesus) knew exactelly who He was. Remember when his parents missed him when they were journying home. That had to return to where they were last at to try and find him.

Eventually they found him with the priests and clergy discussing the gospel with them. His mother perhaps said to him somewhat curtly. "We have been looking for you for ages and we were worried". Do you remember what he said, he said words to this affect " You should not have worried mother, for I was only doing what my Father in Heaven wanted me to do". Jesus, from an early age, knew exactly who his real father was.

So basically it was not blasphemy because it was the truth.

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Another Answer:

The priests are descendants of Levi, Israel's son and are called Levites.

The Gospel is loaded with examples of Jesus knowing who He is. When His parents missed Him in Luke 2 He said, "Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?"

He referred to Himself as the Son of Man 35 times. A term the Old Testament often used for God.

He referred to His relationship with the Father 33 times.

He Prayed to His Father in Heaven 4 times, specifically John 17.

He referred to Himself as the Son of God 5 times, and was referred to as the Son of God 41 times, once in Daniel.

He addresses God as "My Father" 39 times.

He certainly does identify himself as divine.

Another View:

Certainly not blasphemy though that was the charge the religious leaders placed against HIm. Here is an example from the Gospel of John. The setting is the 7th and last day of the Feast of Tabernacles - a ritual done during this Feast is the 'water pouring ceremony' at the temple altar that now reaches its height. Jesus proclaimed: "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water" (John 7:37-38). Jesus is essentially proclaiming Himself to be the Messiah and Lord God of Israel, the source of living waters of God's Holy Spirit.

Surely, the peoply would of been amazed at the words from Jesus but just as surely, others would have been offended and these wanted to kill Him (verse 44).

So the very next day - the sacred 8th day of the Feast following the Feast of Tabernacles - Jesus is again teaching in the temple complex. In this holy setting on this Holy Day, the enemies of Jesus cast their 'foolproof' plot to trap and try to discredit Him - worthy of being condemned by the multitude. It's the well known story of the scribes and Pharisees throwing a woman before Him who was caught in adultery - and the crowd gathers to see His response.

These religious leaders quote Moses as to her prescribed punishment - death by stoning. If Jesus agrees, the position of the religious leaders would be upheld thus contradicting His reputation for compassion and forgiveness. But if Jesus said no to punishing the woman, the religous leaders would charge Him with breaking or contradicting the Law. What a spot for a mere human to be in.

Jesus, to their amazement, bends down and starts to write in the ground with His finger (John 8:6) paying them no mind - or so it seems. Was this something private for the Son of God to ponder before He spoke or could it relate to Jeremiah 17:13: "Those who depart from the Lord, 'the fountain of living waters (which Jesus declared Himself to be the day before),' shall be 'written in the earth.' This means being written in the sand - without permanence - while others strive to be 'written in heaven' (see Luke 10:20) and written in the 'book of life' in Revelation 13:8; 20:12, 15. These religious leaders surely would have gotten the meaning of the scriptural message being sent - even if they didn't see the writing itself. Blasphemy is what they thought but only the divine Son of God could be consistently perfect, judging these and all mankind at the end of the reign of man.

Additional Comment:

Nobody can say for sure that Jesus ever said he was the son of God because the scriptures where written at least 70 years after his death and by authors no one can identify. No one has ever identified who Mathew, Mark, Luke and John where. There is no historical evidence of their existence other than the scriptures that where part of hundreds of others the Church decided to include in what is now known as the Bible.

Answer 2Jesus (may God bless him) never claimed that he is son of God and what is written in some God holy books is not real God words but written by some human. Quran; Muslims God holy book; says (meaning English translation):

" O People of the Scripture, do not commit excess in your religion or say about Allah (God and same God worshiped in Christianity and Judaism) except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, was but a messenger of Allah and His word which He directed to Mary and a soul [created at a command] from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers. And do not say, "Three"; desist - it is better for you. Indeed, Allah is but one God. Exalted is He above having a son. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. And sufficient is Allah as Disposer of affairs" (4:171).

Answer-3

Al-Qur'an: Sura: Al-Maidah: Verses: 116, 117, 118

Translation:

"And when Almighty Allah will say, "O Jesus son of Maryam! Did you say to people that take me and my mother as your Lord besides Allah, he will say, 'You are free (from any kind of Partner), it does not suit me to say such (things to people) for which I have no right (to say). If I had said it, it would have been in Your Knowledge, You know even what is (hidden) in my heart, and I don't know what you know. You are the True Knower of the Hidden. 116. I didn't say to them (the people) except what You Commanded me to say that worship Allah Who is the Rabb (Lord-Provider) of you and me. And as long as I was among them I was aware of them, thus when you ascended me (to heavens) You remained aware of them. And You are witness to all things. 117. If You chastise them, they are Your slaves. And if You forgive them, no doubt You are the Supreme, the Wisest." 118

Allah Almighty is the Sole Creator, Sustainer, Provider and Ruler of the Universe. He has No Son, No Parents, No off-spring. He is Omnipotent, Omni-Present, All-Knowing, All-Seeing, All-Listening. HE and He alone deserves worship. All powers lie in His Hands. He alone is the Master of the Day of Judgment. He has No Partner, No Associate whatsoever. No one can understand Him completely. There is Nothing like Him. He is Most Merciful, Most Gracious, Most Forgiving..

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Religious Literature

What is the Christian holy book called?

The sacred text in Christianity is the Bible.

Description of the Holy Bible

The Holy Bible is a collection of 66 little books written by some 40 different people, over a period of 1600 years (2 Peter 1:21) (2 Samuel 23:2) telling the history of mankind, his fall into sin, God's promise of a 'rescuer' , God's dealings with humanity over the centuries, the arrival of that 'rescuer', fulfillment of the Messianic prophecies and mankind's one hope for the future. It is a collection of historical books, poetry, prophecy, and letters. Essentially it is the same as the Jewish Scriptures, with the addition of the New Testament - which relates the story of Jesus and the growth of the church in the years after Jesus' death and resurrection.

The Holy Scriptures that are accepted by Christianity are the 66 books that comprise the Bible. The original scriptures that were penned in Hebrew run from Genesis to Malachi. Then the part of the scriptures that were originally penned in Greek run from Matthew to Revelation.

These individual books are not in chronological order. But the Bible canon as it is, was accepted in the early years right after John wrote his books.

Style of Writing and Relevance to Founding Christianity

The sacred writing of the Catholic Church are contained in the Bible, but unlike other sacred writings, they (well, the New Testament) was written more as preaching, it is not an encyclopedia of Christianity. The Church is based on the Bishops under the successor of St. Peter (read St. Matthew 16:17-19).

Weight of Scripture in Christian Sects

Catholics hold that Scripture forms a part of the Church doctrine, but it holds in conjunction with the Catechism and other Papal Bulls and Creeds. Protestants typically reject any source of decrees or laws outside of the Bible in what is known as Sola Scriptura. Orthodox Christianity affirms the fact that the Bible is the sole rule for all matters of faith. Thus any other influential writings are seen as lesser than and subject to the scrutiny of the Holy Bible.

Importance of the New Testament

The Bible as a whole is of great importance to the Christian believer. The New Testament, in particular.

The books of the Old Testament are also considered scriptural as these tell of the revelation of God throughout history, before the coming of Christ. They also they point to the coming of Christ through prophesy. It tells us of who God is, what God did, what He expected from His people "the Israelites", how he wants to be worshiped and tons of wisdom for each of us as individuals. It is a biography of His people, the things they did wrong and what they did right. The Old Testament is full of the law of God and how the people could not live by His holy law.

The New Testament is the biography of Jesus. It tells us of his birth and his death, burial and resurrection. There is direction in Acts on how to be saved and the epistles tell us how to stay saved. Revelation tells us what to expect when we die from this earth.

For today the New Testament is the place for all new believers to start learning. But once you get your feet wet you need to study more and delve into the wonderful knowledge of the Old Testament so you can be well rounded in the knowledge of God.

Canons of the Bible

Depending upon the version of Christianity you are referring to, there are multiple different versions of the Bible. The basic text is comprised of the Old and New Testaments that are further broken up into collections of books. There are different canons, however. The canon are the books that are in the Bible being that the Bible is really just a larger book containing many smaller books. In the list below, if a book has no parentheticals, this means that it is a part of all Christian Canons. If it does have letters inside the parentheticals, it means that this is a book used by the following traditions:

  • P - Protestant (it is worth noting that because Protestants keep to a reduced canon, there is no "P" below)
  • C - Catholic
  • O - Orthodox
  • S - Syrian Orthodox
  • E - Ethiopian Orthodox

It is worth noting that a book will carry an asterisk if the text has additions in some sects but not others. After this a dash will provide additional content information. Additionally most of the books of the Old Testament that are part of the Catholic or Orthodox Canons but are not part of the Protestant Canons are called the Apocrypha.

The Christian Bible contains the following books:

OLD TESTAMENT

Pentateuch / Five Books of Moses / Books of the Law

  1. Genesis
  2. Exodus
  3. Leviticus
  4. Numbers
  5. Deuteronomy

Historical Books

  1. Joshua
  2. Judges
  3. Ruth
  4. 1 Samuel
  5. 2 Samuel
  6. 1 Kings
  7. 2 Kings
  8. 1 Chronicles
  9. 2 Chronicles
  10. 1 Esdras (COE)
  11. Ezra - Esdras 2 Additions (COSE)
  12. Nehemiah - Esdras 2 Additions (COSE)
  13. Tobit / Tobias (COSE)
  14. Judith (COSE)
  15. Esther - Additions (COSE)
  16. 1 Maccabees (COS)
  17. 2 Maccabees (COS)
  18. 3 Maccabees (O)
  19. 4 Maccabees (O)
  20. 1 Meqabyan (E) -- Note that while "Meqabyan" is usually called "Maccabees" by Ethiopian Orthodox, the text of the Meqabyan is entirely different from Maccabees.
  21. 2 Meqabyan (E)
  22. 3 Meqabyan (E)

Wisdom Books

  1. Job
  2. Psalms 1-150
  3. Psalm 151 (OS)
  4. Psalms 152-155 (S)
  5. Prayer of Manasseh (O, in E this is part of 2 Chronicles)
  6. Proverbs
  7. Ecclesiates
  8. Song of Songs
  9. Wisdom of Solomon (COS)
  10. Sirach (COSE)

Prophets

  1. Isaiah
  2. Jeremiah
  3. Lamentations (in COSE this is part of Jeremiah)
  4. Baruch (COS, in E this is part of Jeremiah)
  5. 4 Baruch (S, in E this is part of Jeremiah)
  6. Letter of Jeremiah (OS, in C this is part of Baruch, in E this is part of Jeremiah)
  7. Ezekiel
  8. Daniel - Additions such as "Bel and the Dragon" (COSE)

Minor Prophets

  1. Hosea
  2. Joel
  3. Amos
  4. Obadiah
  5. Jonah
  6. Micah
  7. Nahum
  8. Habakkuk
  9. Zephaniah
  10. Haggai
  11. Zechariah
  12. Malachi
  13. Josippon (E)

NEW TESTAMENT

Gospels

  1. Matthew
  2. Mark
  3. Luke
  4. John

Apostolic History

  1. Acts of the Apostles

Pauline Epistles

  1. Romans
  2. 1 Corinthians
  3. 2 Corinthians
  4. Galatians
  5. Ephesians
  6. Philippians
  7. Colossians
  8. 1 Thessalonians
  9. 2 Thessalonians
  10. 1 Timothy
  11. 2 Timothy
  12. Titus
  13. Philemon

General Epistles

  1. Hebrews
  2. James
  3. 1 Peter
  4. 2 Peter
  5. 1 John
  6. 2 John
  7. 3 John
  8. Jude

Apocalypse

  1. Revelation

Ethiopian Canon

  1. Ser`atä Seyon (E)
  2. Te'ezaz (E)
  3. Gessew (E)
  4. Abtelis (E)
  5. I Covenant (E)
  6. II Covenant (E)
  7. Ethiopic Clement (E)
  8. Ethiopic Didascalia (E)

Additional Holy Materials

Outside of this, there are a few things that people regard as holy that are specific to parts of the church as a whole. The Catechism of the Catholic church is a book that answers all of the questions of where the church stands on certain issues--this includes anything from speeding to abortion and the death penalty. It is the very essence of the doctrine of the church. Other churches contain similar books like the Lutheran and Episcopalian church. The United Methodist has one called the Discipline. Though these may not be always regarded as holy (some consider them--especially the Catholic church), they are a place that condenses the doctrines of the church to a single book. Some church include a Book of Common Prayer. This is used in Episcopalian, Catholic, Anglican, and others. It is a book that aids in devotion and prayer in one's private meditation as well as cooperate worship.

The Latter Day Saints movement (LDS or Mormons) include the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. These four texts are referred to as the Standard Works. The Book of Mormon is believed to be written in about the same time as the Bible but in the Americas, after Jesus was crucified. The other books were written by Mormon prophets.

The Catholics consider writings by the Popes on doctrine as sacred and infallible and have a very high regard for the Catechism of the Church.

The Christian Scientists consider Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy as scripture.

In addition to these, some Christian groups accept other books as scriptural. These include other documents such as the Didache, a first century 'handbook' on Christian living, which is held as scriptural by some eastern churches.

Additionally there are many sayings of the Church Fathers, which are extrabiblical, but critical in the development of Christianity. Please see the Related Question below for more on that.

Commentary on the idea of "Christian Holy Books"

The question should be rephrased as "What do followers of Christ call their holy book?" The answer is commonly thought of as the Holy Bible. The common misunderstanding of Christianity is that it is a set of rules or beliefs that need to be followed like other religions. Christianity is about the person of Christ. Everything is centered about Christ. It is either one has Christ and Christ owns him or not at all.

Jesus never claimed to be anyone else than God Himself. He made it so clear that the Jews of his day who understood his claim wanted to stone him to death. Jesus proved his Deity through his miracles, his teachings and his resurrection from the dead. His teachings, his miracles and his resurrection were public knowledge during his time. When the New Testament was written, most if not all of the eye witnesses were still alive and could have refuted the writings of Paul, Peter and the Gospel writers. Even the enemies of Jesus acknowledged the miracles but did not accept Jesus as their long awaited Messiah. Hence, the religious leaders of that time missed their opportunity to place their faith on Jesus who fulfilled every prophesy that were written about him in the Old Testament. For someone to fulfill more than a hundred prophecies to the letter like Jesus did is like looking for a penny in a two-feet deep of dollar coins covering the whole state of Texas!

So you see, even Jesus hated religion. Christianity is about a personal relationship with Jesus, whom Christians believe is alive today!

Islamic faith perspective

Per Islam teachings and per Qur'an holy book, Muslims believe in the Bible (called in Arabic Injil or إنجيل) or Gospel that was revealed by God to Jesus (peace be upon him). Muslims; per Islam teachings; don't believe in the holiness of any other human written sections of the Christian New Testament. Muslims believe also in the Torah as the God revelation book to prophet Moses (peace be upon him) and believe in the Psalms as God revelations to prophet Abraham (peace be upon him).

Qur'an says (meaning English translation):

"And We (Allah or God and same God worshiped in Judaism and Christianity) sent, following in their (Jews) footsteps, Jesus, the son of Mary, confirming that which came before him in the Torah; and We gave him the Gospel (or the Bible), in which was guidance and light and confirming that which preceded it of the Torah as guidance and instruction for the righteous. And let the People of the Gospel judge by what Allah has revealed therein. And whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed - then it is those who are the defiantly disobedient." (5:46-47).

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Famous People

Is Nancy Leigh DeMoss married?

No.

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Saints

What did Saint Martin of Tours split for the beggar?

He gave the beggar half of his cloak.

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What does an upside down cross mean?

"Some hold it to be a sign used by devil worshippers."

Although some do, this is not the actual meaning of this cross. The cross is also regarded as the cross of st peter (who was crucified upside down). Although other people believe this to be a sign of someone who has lost faith.

There are many cases where people believe poltergeist activity actually causes this type of behaviour from normal crosses (turning them at night).

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Jesus Christ

What was gall given to Jesus Christ on the cross?

The "gall" given to Jesus on the cross (which Mark calls "myrrh" and Luke and John do not mention) was a bitter substance used as an anesthetic; a first-century "painkiller."

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How is woman as widow viewed in Judaism Christianity Islam?

Jesus had woman disciples! Two had the name of Mary, same as his mom. Jesus taught for them not to be married, so it would not interfer with their marriage. So widows were and still are fine!
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Do Christians have major holidays in the year?

Easter is the most important.

Some religions do not celebrate most to all holidays.

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Was model Krissy Taylor saved by the blood of Christ?

No. Next Question.

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Cathedral and Church History

Can a church minister get married?

Answer 1
  • They can if their denomination allows - Catholic priests, for instance, are not permitted to marry, but most Protestant denominations do allow it.

Biblically it is ok to get married, not getting married doesn't make you any closer or farther from God.

Genesis 2:24 "Haven't you read, he replied, that at the beginning the Creator made them male and female, and said, For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh? "

Proverbs 19:14 - Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the LORD.

1 Corinthians 7:8-9 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they abide even as I. But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn. (burn sexually; in other words if you can't control yourself sexually)

1 timothy 1:4 Nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith.

Actually Bible says that the minister should be husband of one wife. (1 Timothy 3:2 ). So the question actually should be whether those who are not married should be serving as ministers.

Answer 2
  • Orthodox priests are divided into two distinct groups, married clergymen, and monastic clergymen.
  • In the Orthodox Church a married man may be ordained to the priesthood. His marriage, however, must be the first for both him and his wife. He may not remarry and continue in his ministry even if his wife should die. If a single man is ordained, he must remain monastic to retain his service. A priest-monk is called a hieromonk.
  • Per Catholic religion sect; it may be pointed out that priests serve in the place of Christ and therefore, their ministry specially configures them to Christ. As is clear from Scripture, Christ was not married. By remaining celibate and devoting themselves to the service of the Church, priests more closely model, configure themselves to, and consecrate themselves to Christ.
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What is Christianphobia?

Christianphobia (usually called Christianophobia or Christophobia) is the irrational fear or hatred of Christians or Christianity. It mirrors the use of the word Islamophobia by Muslims.

The extent of Christianphobia in the UK is debatable.

One view:

In many parts of the UK there is a new aggressive atheism that for the last decade has been sweeping all areas of UK society. It is being led by a number of aggressive academic atheists; who are encouraging the persecution, ridicule and mocking of Christianity and Christians. Their ultimate aim is to eradicate Christianity from all parts of society, including Education, Government departments mainstream media; TV, Radio etc. These atheists have created an environment where it is a fun sport to bully Christians and intimidate them if they dare to declare their Christian faith publicly especially in the work place or in public life. This attitude towards persecuting Christians is now known as Christianphobia.

Another view:

In the West, Christianphobia is a term used by certain ambitious members of the faith to encourage feelings of victimization and fear among their fellow co-religionists, over whom they can then influence. A "Christianphobe" is undefined, but typically an atheist with an interest in politics who asks demanding questions of the faithful. They may or may not be of an anti-theist persuasion, and here lies the problem; the term Christianphobe is used predominantly as a blanket smear against any non-Christian who takes issue with any aspect of Christianity.

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What is Stoism?

When the Apostle Paul visited Athens, he took the message of Christ to the marketplace where a wide variety of people could be encountered. Among those he talked to were Epicurean and Stoic philosophers. We read about his encounter with them in Acts 17.

Who were these Epicureans and Stoics? I'd like to give a thumbnail sketch of their ideas about God, man, and the world which will help us understand why Paul what he did.

Stoicism and Epicureanism were philosophies which were developed to free people from the concerns of the present life. Stoicism was materialistic and pantheistic. That is, Stoics believed that everything was composed of matter. The higher form of matter was of a divine nature, and it pervaded the universe. They called it various things: fire, Zeus, or even God. They believed that this divine "fire," or God, generated the universe and would one day take the universe back into itself through a great conflagration.

Answer # 2:

Stoicism is the practice of believing in Stoic philosophia. You read about the Epicureans and Stoics in the 17 chapter of the book of acts where they engaged Paul. Both Epicureans and Stoics are believers in Athenian Philos-Sophos doctrine. Philosophia is the assembly of two Greek words Philos and Sophos. Philos means great love or affinity for and Sophos means knowledge. Where this might sound harmless on the surface, that's because most Christians are unaware that the goddess athena (for whom athens was named) was the goddess of knowledge. Philosophia doctrine is therefore the worship and testament to the goddess of Athens - Athena. Plato even writes of the goddess Athena.

The Apostle Paul warns in Colossians chapter 2 for Christians to beware of philosophia doctrine as it can easily be used to deceive them. The word philosophia is only used twice in all biblical text, once acts chapter 17 and the other in Paul's rebuttal to his visit to Athens in Colossians chapter 2. Stoicism is a form of Athenian philosophia doctrine which believes in life after death. It was derived by a student of Socratic teaching named Zeno. The Epicurean belief does not support life after death. Probably the most interesting fact concerning Stoicism is that it is the base doctrine for all Communism, Socialism, Progressivism and Liberation Theology. Hegel used the Stoic version of philosophia and honed it for modern use, this is what he taught his students which include the likes of Bauer, Sterner, Feuerbach, Marx & Engels. Darwin used this same Stoic belief and its dialectics, to establish his theory known as the origin of the species. Most of those who claim to be Atheists are not Atheistic at all, but believe in some form of Stoic philosophia doctrine and commonly use its dialectics.

The clever self appointed Sage of Stoic doctrine, do all in their power to hide the fact that Stoicism is based upon Athenian philosophia doctrine. However any good researcher can trace the origins of the Stoics right back to Athens and back to Athena the goddess of knowledge. In Athens the Stoics were highly acclaimed as the instructors/teachers of the day, especially the Sage (highest form of a Stoic). Most university education systems of modern day are based upon the teaching and subject matter offered by the Sage of Stoic philosophia doctrine. Professors will vehemently argue this point, however simple research proves it out to be true in every single case. Stoicism is most likely the single largest doctoral belief in the world today as most modern religions have adopted some form of Stoicism into their religious practice. Even Christians have adopted a version of Stoicism into Christian worship known as Liberation Theology, where biblical text is reinterpreted using the dialectics of Marx & Engels, which is exactly what Paul warned would occur in Colossians chapter 2.

An excellent question and one deserving of being presented to Christians who wish to avoid the grip of false doctrine. Thanks for asking this question and I hope you will spend some time researching Stoicism and its influence in modern times. You will find it eyeopening that the government of the United States has adopted Stoicism as our national religion and even written laws to forcefully assimilate to Athenian philosophia based Stoicism.

End Answer # 2

Answer 3:

Stoicism is a philosophy which stems from ancient Greece in the third century BCE. Stoics taught that bad judgement resulted in destructive emotions and that one should strive to not succumb to undesirable emotions. (Hence the word, "stoic.") They believed that one should have a will that is in harmony with nature and that how a person behaved is more important than what a person espouses.

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Religion & Spirituality

What are considered sinful acts?

I would suggest looking at Galatians 5:19-21, it list them as,

[*King James Version vs (NWT) in modern English]

"Adultery, fornication (sexual immorality)

uncleanness

lasciviousness (brazen conduct)

idolatry

witchcraft (spiritism)

hatred (hostility)

emulations (jealousy)

wrath (fits of anger)

strife (dissensions)

seditions (divisions)

heresies (sects)

envy

drunkenness

revelings (wild parties)"

It states at the end of verse 21, that "those who practice such things will not inherit God's kingdom.

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Hebrew to English

What does Baruch Adonai mean?

Blessed is God.

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Definitions

What is the one word for freewill or decision making?

Atheism.

As of 2007 every single item that the Atheists had paid to be made-up to look like their believes, was completed being tested and All of the scientists discovering that ALL that the Atheists had used are FAKES!

Back in the 1930s the Atheists challenged Believers of GOD to court and were accepted. The Atheists do Not have any proof at all. They had Believed if they just spoke the loudest they may some how win. The Atheists LOST with their Zero proofs! GOD won with tons of proofs already confirming the Bible way back then!

After the Atheists Lost, they paid to get anything they could to look-like their beliefs. Not thinking that science would advance. Science has greatly advanced and the Order went to to test ALL that the Atheists had used as their proofs! All of these tests took years. It was in 2007 that they were all finished with all of the scientists discovering that Atheism is a religion with Zero Proofs! Everything that the Atheists had used are fakes! Most of what the Atheists had claimed to be millions of years old, turned out to really be New BONES and all from already know of animals! Of what fossils the Atheists did have not one tested to be more then six thousand years old! The same age as the Bible states we are! And all form already known of animals were used to make their fakes!

Soon after this report, study, came out; a Federal Law was passed that requires all Atheism Removed form all the public schools in the USA! Some states were fast here. Some are still being slow. Yet this Law is still real and required!

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What are the Judeo-Christian ideals?

In Matthew 5:17-20 Rabbi Jesus states that he was Not here to start a new religion; but to fix the Jewish one! Also requiring us to keep Obeying ALL of the 613 Commandments that GOD gave to Moses! Most religions these days refuse to even admit they are there!

There is the Christian religion: Messianic Judaism that is obeying these lines. Also obeying more of the Bible than any other religion .

The only people that are obeying ALL of the Bible are individuals that do work at Obeying ALL! (Nelson's Guide To Denominations)

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Islam
Judaism

What are some similarities between Judaism Christianity and Islam?

All are teachings of God/Allah that were revealed to us once again through their respective Prophets/Messengers. On careful study and understanding of each/all these religions one can see that all share common values and teachings.


  • Prophets of the three religions are descendants of the prophet Abraham (Ibrahim).
  • The three religions call for the same God worshiping
  • They also follow the basic ten commandments
  • The three religions call for practicing same basic ritual worships (although differently in the rituals) as praying, fasting, alms giving, etc.
  • The three religions call for the same morals that governs humans.
  • Islam is the second largest religion in the world after Christianity. As a monotheistic faith that originated in the Middle East, Islam holds many beliefs and practices in common with Judaism and Christianity.

All three religions say that Jerusalem was a holy city.
-For Islam Jerusalem was where the prophet Muhammad rose to heaven.
-In Christianity, Jesus Christ died and rose from the dead in Jerusalem.
-For Judaism, Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital since BCE 1500 and this was the city of David. There is also the Western Wall that is located there that Jews pray at, which is all that remains of the second temple destroyed by Romans in 70 BCE.

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All 3 religions are monotheistic and believe in the same God.
All religions originated in the middle east.
All say Moses was a prophet.
All have a holy book.
All care for people and their followers.
All have a certain place of worship.
All three religions believe in God and in ethical behavior.
We are Semitic, Abrahamic and monotheistic religions.
The Bible (Torah) is common for all three.
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Is there another name for a church alcove?

Yes, a Apse.

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Religion & Spirituality
Monkeys
Heaven and Hell

Do monkeys go to hell?

The Bible states that only humans have soles that are here being tested. Tested by GOD. Other animals do Not have soles!

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Christianity

How might Christians apply the beatitudes to everyday life?

For being such short passages, the beatitudes are certainly full to the brim with thoughtful material. As far as daily application, they serve several purposes. First, some of them are excellent reminders of things that one should be ready to treat others with at any moment, each day. The clearest examples of these would be being merciful to others, being "meek" which the American Standard Bible translates as "gentle", and being peacemakers.

Second, they're reminders from God that He has plans outside the temporary world and that He provides for those that are need. It also reminds one that God values the kinds of people that the world often disregards (those who mourn, who are poor in spirit, those who want to be pure.)

As a few final notes, I once had a wise pastor point out something interesting about the beatitudes. "It's easy to see these and think 'wow, I really want those blessings, maybe it would be good for me to be poor in spirit so that I would receive the kingdom of heaven'," he said "But no, being poor in spirit is a difficult and bad place to be! We shouldn't want to 'get poor' to get a blessing, but God is reminding us that everyone who is suffering and is weak is cared for."

The last day-to-day application of these teachings I will mention has to do with being persecuted for righteousness and with being insulted and hated by those who hate God. Jesus ends this teaching by reminding the listener that heavenly rewards are great, and that the prophets long ago were treated in the same way. One may take this knowledge in their daily life and remember that the world will at times persecute believers, but God has blessings taken care of for it, and therefore, do not become sad, don't be unmerciful in response, and do not forget to make peace, because God will cover the damage with an overflow of blessings.

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Religion & Spirituality

What is 'Divine Fallacy' and how do Christians respond to it?

Divine Fallacy is not limited just to Christians. The fallacy of attributing the unexplained to deities is so common that it has been given its own name, "Divine Fallacy". The term refers to a special form of an argument from incredulity. It is a form of reasoning that says, "I can't understand this, so God must have done it." Or, "This is amazing, so God did it." Or even, "I can't think of any other explanation, therefore, God did it." A more subtle form of Divine fallacy is the Trinitarian doctrine, when it involves the argument that if Jesus has a divine nature then this proves he is "God" by identity.

When people have a good explanation in hand, they are less likely to believe a supernatural answer on top of the already sufficient answer and regard the supernatural explanation as an "unnecessary hypothesis." This requires a response from Christians.

The usual Christian response is to assert even more forcefully that their hypothesis is undoubtedly true.

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Creation
The Difference Between

What is the difference between theism and deism?

Theism is a belief in a God or gods, who created and now control the universe and usually intercede in human affairs. When used in relationship with deism, it usually refers to the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam).

The concept of deism arose during the Enlightenment as a minimalist interpretation of Christianity, as attempts were made to establish a rational basis for faith. Because the concept of a God who intervenes in human affairs seems unsupportable, the notion developed of a creator God who, having created the world, took no further part in world affairs. Deism is thus a form of monotheism in which any notion of special revelation is impossible, and the nature of the god can only be known through reason and observation from nature. A deist rejects the miraculous and the claim to knowledge made for religious groups and texts.

Several of the Founding Fathers of the United States appear to have been deists.

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Why do people become born again Christians?

Being closer to GOD gives us lives filled with GOD's LOVE! Caring and sharing with others! So much more meanings in and out of Life!

Atheists cannot feel anymore than each of their own LUST, for only each of their own wants!


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