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What is the Christian holy book called?

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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 Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy Historical Books Joshua Judges Ruth 1 Samuel 2 Samuel 1 Kings 2 Kings 1 Chronicles 2 Chronicles 1 Esdras (COE) Ezra - Esdras 2 Additions (COSE) Nehemiah - Esdras 2 Additions (COSE) Tobit / Tobias (COSE) Judith (COSE) Esther - Additions (COSE) 1 Maccabees (COS) 2 Maccabees (COS) 3 Maccabees (O) 4 Maccabees (O) 1 Meqabyan (E) -- Note that while "Meqabyan" is usually called "Maccabees" by Ethiopian Orthodox, the text of the Meqabyan is entirely different from Maccabees. 2 Meqabyan (E) 3 Meqabyan (E) Wisdom Books Job Psalms 1-150 Psalm 151 (OS) Psalms 152-155 (S) Prayer of Manasseh (O, in E this is part of 2 Chronicles) Proverbs Ecclesiates Song of Songs Wisdom of Solomon (COS) Sirach (COSE) Prophets Isaiah Jeremiah Lamentations (in COSE this is part of Jeremiah) Baruch (COS, in E this is part of Jeremiah) 4 Baruch (S, in E this is part of Jeremiah) Letter of Jeremiah (OS, in C this is part of Baruch, in E this is part of Jeremiah) Ezekiel Daniel - Additions such as "Bel and the Dragon" (COSE) Minor Prophets Hosea Joel Amos Obadiah Jonah Micah Nahum Habakkuk Zephaniah Haggai Zechariah Malachi Josippon (E) NEW TESTAMENT Gospels Matthew Mark Luke John Apostolic History Acts of the Apostles Pauline Epistles Romans 1 Corinthians 2 Corinthians Galatians Ephesians Philippians Colossians 1 Thessalonians 2 Thessalonians 1 Timothy 2 Timothy Titus Philemon General Epistles Hebrews James 1 Peter 2 Peter 1 John 2 John 3 John Jude Apocalypse Revelation Ethiopian Canon Ser`atä Seyon (E) Te'ezaz (E) Gessew (E) Abtelis (E) I Covenant (E) II Covenant (E) Ethiopic Clement (E) 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 friendus 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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Did Jesus commit blasphemy by claiming Himself as the Son of the God?

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Answer 1 Jesus 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. -- 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 2 Jesus (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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What did Saint Martin of Tours split for the beggar?

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He gave the beggar half of his cloak.
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What was gall given to Jesus Christ on the cross?

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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?

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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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What does an upside down cross mean?

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"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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What is Christianphobia?

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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?

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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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What are considered sinful acts?

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The bible states the Ten Commandments which we must follow. If we go against any of these rules it would be considered a sinful act: You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make idols. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Honor your father and your mother. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
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Can a church minister get married?

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In the New Testiment it states that married and not married men can can be church leaders. Of Jesus first followrs like Peter; were married, yet did not have with their wives after. When Martin Luther created the first church to break off from the Catholic one, even he was surprized when he decided to get married.
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Do Christians have major holidays in the year?

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Yes! Christmas IS a Christian holiday. as is Easter, Valentine's Day, and Saint Patrick's day! These are also hoildays that are celebrated by Christians: Ash Wednesday, Lent, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Advent, and Epiphany.
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What is the one word for freewill or decision making?

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Opinions from contributors: Atheism. Perhaps the word Agency? "Time". Choosing how you spend your time, or life is the only freewill we have. Others dictate what we do with time, work, education, watch, etc. If others dictate how we spend "Time" we are not using Freewill or our decision making. How do you spend your time? (life)
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What are the Judeo-Christian ideals?

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Answer 1 > All men and all women are equal under God, with inalienable rights. So people have many rights in this life and no matter what your social status is or your gender God will treat everyone the same. > The existence of right and wrong, of good and evil. 1) That we can know right and wrong through reason and common sense. 2) That there are certain moral standards. We can see this in the ten commandments. >Human life is sacred and is of great value because we are made in the image of God. >A world with rules, not the law of the jungle. > Discipline, respect, respect for elders and for others, individual responsibility, loyalty and gratitude. >The Earth, its resources and its animals, and the rest of creation should be honored and well cared for. I would simply add that Galatians 5 give us a good idea of the ideals we as Christians should embody. "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." These are also the attributes of Christ in a nutshell. Answer 2 The Judeo-Christianity is mixture of two religions that was invented by some people for political reasons. There is no religion called Judeo-Christianity. The religion may be either Judaism or Christianity. Judeo-Christian is a term used since the 1950s to stress the common ethical standards of Christianity and Judaism, such as the Ten Commandments. It has become part of American civil religion and is often used to promote inter-religious cooperation.
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What are some similarities between Judaism Christianity and Islam?

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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. Answer 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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How might Christians apply the beatitudes to everyday life?

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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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What is the difference between theism and deism?

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

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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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Why do people become born again Christians?

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Often you will find people that become born again Christians are missing something in there life, Often friends that treat them equally. So when Christians come along and treat them like everyone else, they take that chance to have some nice friends that treat them well. It's much the same as how skinheads get other members, by befriending the weak. Also it doesn't help that the only thing that the bible actually tells Christians to do is to convert more people to Christianity (make more disciples). Christian Answer: The Bible explains, using the story of Adam and Eve in Genesis Chapters 2 and 3, that men and women were created to have a relationship with God. That relationship would only be workable when carried out according to the maker's instructions. The story in Genesis, tells how the man and the woman ate the fruit from the forbidden tree at the suggestion of the serpent, illustrating mankind's inherent problem; "God's not going to tell me what to do! I'm going to live my life my way" In the story Adam and Eve chose to follow the advice of the serpent and in so doing broke the first of the manufacturer's instructions: "live according to what I tell you and all will be well." In reality through obeying the serpent, rather than God, the man and woman actually did it the serpent's way, since he deceived them into their disobedience of God. Down through history man has preferred to live the way he wants to, and so is disobedient to God's laws. Man's fundamental nature is at odds with God and nothing but a complete overhaul of this nature will cure the problem. Theologians refer to this as "the sin problem". In a nutshell our sinful nature, which is at odds with God --who is sinless -- needs to be dealt with. God's holiness (his moral purity) and justice demand that sin cannot be overlooked. If God overlooked sin, thereby condoning it, he would not be a very just God. The Bible says, "all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God". The sin present in each one of our lives must, ultimately, be dealt with one way or the other. The good news is that God in his mercy has made a way open whereby he will accept a substitute -- a scapegoat - as payment for your sin and mine. That scapegoat is Jesus Christ. Jesus came from Heaven to Earth out of love for humanity. Jesus himself was sinless and yet he chose death on a cross to pay the penalty for your sin and mine. Jesus rose from the dead and is now alive for evermore. Because Jesus defeated death, all who trust in the substitutionary death and resurrection of Jesus can have their sins forgiven and be reconciled with God, their maker. Their old life -- their sin nature -- will be replaced by a new life energised by the Holy Spirit (God's spirit), hence they will be born anew, of the Spirit. The question for each of us is this: "do I want God to intervene in my life and deal with my sin nature, or do I want to carry on with my life as it is, with me in ultimate charge?" Anyone who is open to God's working in their life, trusting in what Jesus did for them will have their sins forgiven in this life and can look forward to eternal life in God's kingdom, both in this life and the next. Those who reject Jesus and thus God's offer of a new start face a future of eternal separation from the love of God. This is not God's wish, but all have free will and God will never overrule our free will as individuals to act as we choose. Each of us chooses our ultimate destiny, either actively or by default. God has appointed Jesus as the judge all of mankind at the end of human history. THE ORIGIN OF THE TERM "BORN AGAIN" This is found in The New Testament section of the Bible, John's Gospel Chapter 3. In discussion with Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council, Jesus says to him (verse 3):" I tell you the truth, no-one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." (alternative translation "born from above"). A "born again" Christian is therefore someone who trusts in the resurrected Jesus for forgiveness of their personal sin and lives their life in obedience to the laws of God's kingdom. They have, in effect, been born again of the Holy Spirit. Ongoing submission to the Holy Spirit in their life enables Christians to live their lives as God wants. ____________________________________________________________ A person becomes a Born Again Christian when he/she has been Baptized in the Name Of the Father, and Of the Son, and Of the Holy Spirit. Let us think about this for a while and take a step back. Humans have it within them to seek for friendus beyond themselves. No matter what you believe, or are we all look for reason beyond ourselves. for example, "Spiritual" people believe in a deity, atheists believe in "Humanity" Evolutionists believe in nature. in fact they personify it by calling it "mother Nature" no matter how you look at it, we all look for things beyond ourselves, even aliens! So what makes us search, to look for something else out there? This search leads us to be born again! It simply means a new awakening, a new direction in life. It is a term taken from the bible where Jesus says to Nicodemus, "Unless a man be born again he will not see the Kingdom of G_D. I simply means to die to your old way of life and become a new person. Be it in belief, or be it in a new life style. There is so much spiritual mumbo jumbo thrown on it that we have lost our way and take it as something mystical and amazing. So to be born again, you turn aside from your life of sin and evil, and try to live it doing good and obeying G_Ds laws and reasons.
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Do Christians go to heaven when they die or are they in the grave until the rapture?

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The Soul goes to Heaven. The body goes into the grave until the rapture. After the body is taken to Heaven, it is transformed into a new Holy body. Another view There is no such thing as the rapture. If there is(which there is not) show me proof in the Bible. I will gladly study with you. John 17.(it would be good to read all of the chapter. but in verse 4 Jesus said "I have finished the work" when He comes back.it will be the last and final time. when you die(when everyone dies) their body goes to the grave and their spiritual body goes to Hades.__(1 Corinthians 15:54-57)_54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory."55 "O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?" 56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Luke 16 mentions Hell.A place after Hades.Hades is a waiting place until Christ comes. If you are saved in Christ. you will go to Heaven. a place of comfort and rest___2 Thessalonians 1:7; " and to you who are troubled rest with us,when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels" ____2 Pet .1: 16; For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. ____Acts 4:12;Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Another Answer First, the term 'soul' is nephesh in the Hebrew and psuche in the Greek and it simply means breath of life. It is in all air-breathing animals and man. When any of these die, the bodies and soul die and go to the grave. But there is a spirit in man and this goes to God to be rejoined with another new physical body for that person at their resurrection to Judgement before Jesus Christ. Ecclesiastes 12:7 New King James Version (NKJV) 7 Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave it. The term 'spirit' used here is 'ruach' and initially meant the same as nephesh ( in earliest times there was little distinction in Hebrew thought between a person's God-breathed ruach and his or her nephesh or soul). Lastly, most will find this a bit shocking, but no human but Jesus has gone to Heaven (John 3:13). Heaven is coming down to the New Earth - the tabernacle of God will be amongst mankind - his new spiritual sons and daughters in the Family of God (Revelation 21). Another view Ecclesiastes 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was, and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. All souls return to our father once the flesh body dies. That word spirit used is not nephesh as others have stated earlier its the Hebrew word ruwach (Strong's 7307), its the same as the word used in Genesis 1:2, to define our Fathers spirit. Paul goes into great lengths concerning this discussion in 1 Corinthians chapter 15. where he defines your two bodies which your spirit (soul) can reside in. He defines one earthly and the other heavenly. You can not posses both bodies at the same time however. The flesh is simply each souls probation time to choose of their own free will whether they will follow Christ or Satan. Most folks are not taught biblical text, they simply listen to sermons one day of the week during church, therefore they miss this important teaching. You have a spirit (soul) which belongs to our father "behold all souls are mine" Ezekiel 18:4. Therefore Satan can not take your soul. However, you can choose to follow him which may very well result in the destruction of your soul, in the lake of fire, during the white throne judgement (Revelation 20). The decision is yours and yours alone to bear, no one else will face your judgment but you alone, and what is written next to your name in the book of life. Therefore choose wisely. There will be 1000 years of teaching prior to the white throne judgement (revelation chapter 20), however I would not suggest you wait until that time, personally I would rather you learn the word now and make a stand against the false christ. The false christ will come (after the war with Iran - Persia re:Daniel 8-11). That is how close we are to the end of this earth age boys and girls. Once you see the West go to war with Iran, then know as it is written in the book of Daniel, that the appearance of Satan as the fake jesus is coming next. Don't follow after the first christ who appears, he is a fake. Rapture is simply a lie. That lie is identified in the book of Exekiel chapter 13 starting with verse 17. The lie of rapture is founded upon the ideas of a young lass of port glastonbury Scotland, named Margret MacDonald. Margret was of the tribe of Dan and her account meets the prophecy of Dan as given in the book of Genesis 49:17. The name doubghall of which donald is a sir name, is the identification of the dainties who came agains the isles of Scotland and Ireland in 1000 ad. T,he name means dark of black dane or dutch. The account of the Danite Margret MacDonald is well documented in glastonbury church history. Finally, in Luke chapter 16 is the story of Lazarus and the Rich man, which defines what happens to those who allow themselves to become caught up in the cares of this life and ignore their responsibility to Christ and our Father. It is founded upon Deuteronomy 15:7 and the law to help out your poor brother. The rich man failed to achieve the commandment of Deuteronomy 15:7 and he was separated from the souls that are allowed around the throne of God and placed across the great gulf fixed with all the other souls which did not achieve the requirements of the law either. There they wait until the 1000 years of Christ teaching where they might have a chance at redeeming themselves. It would be extreme grief to sit in a place where you can see the throne of our Father and Christ and know you can not go there and be among them. The grief one would feel in that place, knowing that your own actions condemned you, would be unbearable. This is what the bible describes as Hell. Another Answer The only thing I might add for those who wish to believe in the "Rapture", read II Thess Chpt. 2, it makes it very clear we will not gather again to our Christ until the "Son of Perdition" has set at the top of the Temple Mount proclaiming himself to be God. There is only one "Son of Perdition", that simply means "pre-judged", you can read of that judgement in Ezk. 28. it is Satan. If you need further proof after you read your I Thess 4:16, the Trump mentioned there, what Trump is it? That's easy enough to answer go to I Cor 15:52, Paul tells you it is the Last Trump. Now Satan comes at the 6th. Trump, so that means Satan has to come on earth first as mentioned in Rev.12:7-9. Notice it did not say some man with dark swept back hair and sunglasses as shown on the TV shows, it said Satan, better get used to that idea. And, don't fear, your father is with you. Satan is not coming for death and destruction, he's coming as God to deceive you, he wants you to worship him. When you read for example in Rev. 9:18 that a third part of men were killed, it is Soul Slaughter, not physical death. That IS the Mark of the Beast, loving him instead of your Father. God has his mark on foreheads also, read Rev. 9:4. If you will read Rev 7:1-3 you will see your Father is holding back the four corners of the Earth to have your mind sealed. Why you ask is this going to happen, one reason is the false preaching going on. Read Hosea Ch.7:13-16, He's Mad. Read Vs. 13, he is tired of the lies and in Vs.14, He's tired of the rebellion of us doing things "our" way instead of the way he has commanded us. It's real simple, if you have a preacher that is just giving you but one or two verses of the Bible each week and puffing hot air for an hour. You better find yourself a man of God who will. Forget all this Non-Biblical Rapture doctrine nonsense, and stand up like a man or woman of God. God has plans for you. I know many of you are thinking, oh my preacher is not misleading me, then read Ezk.34, He's not so happy with his Shepherds. In Vs. 10 He Says I am against you. If then you wish to say, that's old Testament, then read Vs. 24, you should know who my servant "David" is, its Jesus, and He talks of his coming, that's future. I am may not as eloquent or as humble as the man who just answered you, but he told you the truth. God Bless Him for it! Another Answer Human beings are made up of 2 parts: Body and Soul. When someone dies, their temporary physical human Body of flesh breaks down and disintegrates until after a while there is nothing left except dust. However, when a Christian dies, although their physical body decays, their Soul goes immediately to Heaven. They (that is, their physical Body and spiritual Soul) are not stuck in the grave until the Rapture. The Souls of people who have already died are in heaven. The Rapture is a Type for the people rising out of their graves at Christ's death on the Cross in Jerusalem, but they were the bodies of Old Testament saints being un-disintegrated [if there's such a word!] and resurrected to heaven. (There were no New Testament saints because Christ had just died). Just as the bodies, or physical containers of the Soul, of the Old Testament saints left their graves at Christ's death, so the bodies of dead New Testament Christians will also leave their graves and disappear into the atmosphere. 1Th 4:17 KJ Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. The word air quoted from 1 thessalonians 4:17 KJV is Strong's Greek word 109: and it means to breath unconsciously, i.e. Respire; by analogy, to blow); "air" (as naturally circumambient). this is often mistaken by readers for the word sky. The Greek word air and the Latan word "Respire" refer to the breath of life as stated in Genesis 2:7 - And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul Sky is Strong's Greek word 3772 - "Ouranos" with the definition: Perhaps from the same as oros (through the idea of elevation); the sky; by extension, heaven (as the abode of God); by implication, happiness, power, eternity; specially, the Gospel (Christianity) -- air, heaven(-ly), sky. When Christians die they go straight to heaven, they are not in the grave until the rapture.
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How do you know if you have a god sister or not?

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Answer 1 I suppose if your godparents have kids, then you do. My friend is getting baptised, and she's having my neighbor be her godmother and we're going to have the pastor let me be her other "godparent", but as her god sister. Answer 2 God; the Creator; is one and only one God with no partner, no son, no sister, no father, no companion, no associate, and no equivalence. If God; the Creator; has a partner; whoever sister or father or son; There would be no stability in our world and the Gods sure would fight against each other to end with one and only one God. However, per English language, God sister is: if a person's godmother/godfather has a daughter, they would be their god sister when two girls feel spiritually connected and believe god brought them together as best friends. They are god sisters.