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Some accuse God of being, "unfair" in His election of some, but not all people; however, they don't seem to understand that the alternative view in which God simply provides a way for men to be saved, but leaves them to their own devices, i.e., "free will", makes God out to be truly unjust because not all people have had equal opportunity in which to make their "choice".
The Biblical doctrine of election teaches that God gives mercy on some, and justice to the rest. He would be completely just in condemning all mankind, would He not?
The alternate, and errant, view is that God gives everyone a choice, assuming that every person who has every lived has had access to good preachers, godly teachers, Bibles in their language, Christlike...
Is theological liberalism a death knell for every church that takes it to heart?
By theological liberalism I mean:
Theological liberalism, a form of religious thought that establishes religious inquiry on the basis of a norm other than the authority of tradition. It was an important influence in Protestantism from about the mid-17th century through the 1920s.
The defining trait of this liberalism is a will to be liberated from the coercion of external controls and a consequent concern with inner motivation. Although some earlier indications of the liberal temper of mind existed, it became overtly evident during the Renaissance, when curiosity about natural man and appreciation for the human spirit developed, and during the...
I'm looking for advice about how to accept being alone for the rest of my life. Is there a way to let go and ignore the pain? My ex-wife cheated on me and asked for a divorce between Christmas and New Year in 2009...that's 6 and a half years. I got told it was just a season, but 6+ years isn't a season. I'm 35, I have a good job, but the friends I do have do not live nearby (a couple hundred miles at the closest) and my nearest family is a 600 miles away. I basically work, and do nothing else. I've tried going to churches but even the best one I had been a part of ended up being fake people and more concerned with title than Christ. I honestly want to just give up and stop everything. I often wonder if God hates me, but then I...
About the time of the End, a body of men will be raised up who will turn their attention to the prophecies, and insist upon their literal interpretation in the midst of much clamor and opposition. Sir Isaac Newton
Dr. John Walvoord was asked about a year ago "what do you predict will be the most significant theological issues over the next ten years?" His answer includes the following: "the hermeneutical problem of not interpreting the Bible literally, especially the prophetic areas. The church today is engulfed in the idea that one cannot interpret prophecy literally."1 While millions of evangelicals still believe and practice literal interpretation of the Bible, including prophecy, there is nevertheless, a noticeable trend by some...
Mormons read their Bibles according to their own teachings.
Because strait* is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
“‘No one can reject this covenant and be permitted to enter into my glory’ (D&C 132:4).
“No one! It matters not how righteous they may have been, how intelligent or how well trained they are. No one will enter this highest glory unless he enters into the covenant, and this means the new and everlasting covenant of marriage.” (“The Importance of Celestial Marriage,” Ensign, Oct. 1979, pp. 5–6.)
Doctrine and Covenants...
This article is intended to be read after my article "Sacrifices and the Holy Temple." Why do we no longer bring animal sacrifices?
To be sure, if we had the Holy Temple, we would resume the Holy Service, including the offering of sacrifices. So why don't we rebuild the Holy Temple?The most obvious answer would seem to be that we can't for political and safety reasons. The Muslims have control over the Temple Mount, and for us to destroy the Muslims' holy site to build our own would be a terrible and most dangerous idea. There would be no Jew safe in the entire world, or at least wherever there are Muslims.
When the Messiah comes, may it be soon, this will be resolved...
I stepped out on God. I was married to my husband for 25 years when it happened. I started into an online affair with an old coworker. Then it turned physical. We only met three times in the two years the affair lasted. It wasn't really a love affair. I admit I fell for him the first few months but after the second time we had sex I was ready to end it. But I didn't know how. I was scared to. He basically used me for sex and dirty pictures. My husband found out and was devistated. I couldn't believe I hurt my husband so much. I am so sorry, ashamed and humiliated. I have asked him and God for forgiveness. I am doing everything I can think of to fix my mistake. But my husband read our text messages and saw the pictures. We are going to...
I am not a new Christian but have some questions. The Gospel as I understand it is: God wants a relationship with us and for us to enter Heaven. But we are sinful and God does not let sin enter Heaven. Luckily God provides us a way out-His son Jesus. Jesus was God in flesh who took the penalty of our sin by his death/ resurrection.
To be saved you must believe Jesus's sacrifice as the only payment for your sins; you can't save yourself. Obedience will not save but obedience naturally comes after being saved. After being regenerated we obey God's commands because we have been saved.
Some believe you can lose your salvation. If that's the case then why did Christ endure one of the worst deaths imaginable? Or that we can stop sinning in...
Years ago I have did the rich man scripture. Were he had to let go everything and follow Jesus.
I felt it was a time to do something about my passion of movies,cartoons,shows, and video games. That I had to let them go, and follow Christ. Which was hard but I felt good after that.
But now I have addictions to them. And I have played a game on Facebook few mins. ago. I'm suppose to let go of everything. Because I felt rich and fat if I stayed with those t.v. shows, movies, and video games. And I realize that I have an addiction to these things, and it's hard.
What am I to do? I tried doing something else. I listen to Christian music like Lauren Diegol, Plumb, MercyMe, Kari Jobe. But I can get sick of music after a while. I...