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I've been wondering this question as of late because I am genuinely concerned with those who hold to beliefs that contradict scripture. Can someone be a Christian yet reject doctrines like:
Biblical inspiration and the infallibility of scripture as a result of this
Virgin birth of Jesus
Belief that Christ's death was the atonement for sin
Bodily resurrection of Jesus
Historical reality of the miracles of Jesus
Is everyone who believes Jesus is the messiah a Christian with...
What does it mean when someone says that he belongs to a, "Spirit-filled" church? Is he claiming that other churches or Christians are not "filled" with God's Spirit? Is it all about falling on the ground and "holy laughter"?
Don't all of God's elect have His Spirit indwelling?
Catholics practice regular confession to priests.
Do they feel unforgiven if they don't?
I also know of a non-Catholic religious denomination that demands that all serious sins be reported to elders. If not, then you are HIDING something and that can warrant disfellowshipping or as Catholics call it-excommunication.
Does any of this have any substantial scriptural support?
It is plain to see we live in a world with much suffering. This suffering seems rather random - the atheists, Christian, or Buddhist all have chances of developing cancer, losing a loved one, or experiencing any other tragedy. As evidenced in the early church, the Christian is certainly not exempt from earthly suffering. Sure, some suffering may be directly attributed to free will, but this is not the case with natural disaster or disease. It is the old question: if God is all-powerful, and...
I would contend that many Christians are using the wrong criteria in choosing their candidate. We're not voting for a pastor or elder or even a Christian. We're electing someone to carry out God's purposes for government laid out in Romans 13 and elsewhere.
Will the candidate you're supporting minister to its citizens by punishing evil doers? Will your candidate be good at this? Or will he be passive and incompetent?
If you study the origins of government you find out, it pre-exists...
LDS members receive a "Patriarchial Blessing" which makes many predictions. Is this genuine prophecy or wishful thinking. I say the latter.
Here is an example for consideration:
Why do Mormons think they are of the Aaronic and Melchezedek (know I spelled that wrong) priesthoods? What is the premise?
It's often assumed that the gospel writers could not have been conveying actual history because they were people who believed in Jesus. The idea is that whatever in the Gospels corresponds to Christian faith cannot be historically trustworthy. But why couldn't the opposite be true? Why couldn't it be that only faith could really appreciate and adequately report what happened in the Jesus of history?