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    Why Don't Christians Pray to the Saints?

    Except that Revelation is clear that the saints in heaven are aware of events and prayers on earth. . . . every creature that is in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and all that is within the sea: I heard them all saying: “To the One sitting upon the throne and to the Lamb be...
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    The age of the universe

    According to Poltorak's interpretation of quantum mechanics, the universe was just a probability function until God created Adam. Once there was an observer, the universe came into existence in a form that is consistent with the existence of humans. Poltorak's interpretation is consistent...
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    The Perpetual Virginity Debate with William Albrecht (Catholic) and TurretinFan (Reformed)

    Here is a Greek Orthodox explanation for Mary's perpetual virginity. The Ever-Virginity of the Mother of God - Theology - Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (goarch.org) Luther, Calvin, and other early Protestants affirmed the belief as well and saw no contradiction with scripture. The...
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    Why Don't Christians Pray to the Saints?

    Scripture is clear that physical death is not the end of life: . . . they can no longer die. For they are equal to the Angels, and they are children of God, since they are children of the resurrection. For in truth, the dead do rise again, as Moses also showed beside the bush, when he called...
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    Why Don't Christians Pray to the Saints?

    The problem is in the English translation. Pray comes from a Latin word that means "to ask earnestly, beg, entreat", and originally it was not limited to addressing God. If you look at the KJV, the verb "pray" is frequently used for requests of other people as in the phrase "I pray thee"...
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    Questions on Praying to the Saints

    And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, speaking with him. And Peter responded by saying to Jesus: “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you are willing, let us make three tabernacles here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” Matthew 17:3-4
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    There is only one savior

    God is the only savior: I am the Lord. And there is no savior apart from me. Isaiah 43:11 . . .the living God, who is the Savior of all men . . . 1 Tim 4:10 Christ is the only savior: . . . the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 1 John 4:14 . . . our Lord and Savior Jesus...
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    Questions on Praying to the Saints

    Did Paul and the people he was speaking to stop praying for others when they left this earthly existence? For all are alive in him. Luke 20:38
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    Questions on Praying to the Saints

    In think part of the confusion comes from the English language. The word prayer originally meant a request or petition and it is still used in this way in some contexts: Prayer for relief - Wikipedia Scripture is clear that Christians should intercede for each other and for non-Christians as...
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    Why the Jews did not believe Jesus

    My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. 2 Cor 12:9 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone will hear my voice and will open the door to me, I will enter to him, and I will dine with him, and he with me. Rev 3:20 Christ knocks at the door and...
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    Is the Creator really the Simulator?

    Classical materialism is dead. According to materialism human consciousness is just an artifact of the material world. Instead experiments show that the material world does not exist until there is someone there to observe it. Quantum mechanics agrees with this idea; the world is just a...
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    Why the Jews did not believe Jesus

    Except that 1 Tim says that God wants all men to be saved and to arrive at an acknowledgement of the truth. Are you saying that God is unable to do what He wants? Or is scripture misleading about what He wants?
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    Is the Creator really the Simulator?

    The universe defies common sense. Quantum mechanics implies that there are only probability functions until an observer is there to see things. A quantum experiment suggests there’s no such thing as objective reality | MIT Technology Review Simulation theory claims that that quantum mechanics...
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    Pictures of beautiful churches (warning: image-heavy thread)

    . . .we also have so great a cloud of witnesses over us, let us set aside every burden and sin which may surround us, and advance, through patience, to the struggle offered to us. Heb 12:1 Eastern churches are a continual reminder that we a surrounded by angels and saints.
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    Why the Jews did not believe Jesus

    My understanding is that Calvinists believe that human free will is an illusion since it would imply that God's power is limited. An orthodox understanding that God gives humans free will so that they can willing come to Him. 1 Timothy says that God desires all men to come to Him. Does that...
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