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Pilgrims from Paradise

Pilgrims from Paradise

Sola Scriptura And Philosophical Christianity - Part 9

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Matthew continues his discussion of Augustine and his views on predestination.

When we ended last time, we were talking about Augustine’s doctrine of Predestination, how God chooses, before any of us ever exists, who among us shall be favored with grace and be saved, and who will be damned to eternal punishment. We pointed out that in Augustine’s image, we human beings have absolutely no influence on God’s decision.  It is one that He makes before we ever exist.  I pointed out that a lot of people find that picture…

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Pilgrims from Paradise

Sola Scriptura And Philosophical Christianity - Part 8

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Matthew shows how a misunderstanding of the story of the Garden of Eden leads to a misunderstanding of our relationship with God.

Last time, we were discussing Augustine of Hippo’s doctrine, Original Sin, which, by and large, is the most common understanding of how sin and death somehow end up being a part of the lives, not only of Adam and Eve, but of all their children, of all succeeding generations.  As we were finishing up I was talking about how this seem to be the most reasonable explanations, for many Christians, as to why it is we all die, just as Adam and Even die. …

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