What's apocryphal, what's Canon?

Questions to the bible-scholars out there:

Does the devil exist in Canon? Does he try to collect souls and affect humans into commiting sinful acts? What's the churches position on it? (Lutheran, Baptist, Catholic, whatever denomination you can speak for)

Does Hell exist? What's it like? Does it exist in Canon? (Lutheran, Baptist, Catholic, whatever denomination you can speak for. I know the Pope said that "Hell is seperation from God")

Is there any unforgivable sin? One that is a straight-to-hell card, no matter what redemption one seeks? Does it exist in Canon?(Lutheran, Baptist, Catholic, whatever denomination you can speak for)

What is God's name? (Lutheran, Baptist, Catholic, whatever denomination you can speak for)

What is the nature of God? Is he omnibenevolent, omniscient, omnipotent? Does it exist in Canon? (Lutheran, Baptist, Catholic, whatever denomination you can speak for)

I'm more or less non-denominational, but most Churches that I've dealt with have acknowledged the existence of the Devil. He doesn't really collect souls - that's not within his power, his whole focus as I understand it is to nudge Humans down sinful paths and away from God, purely out of spite.

Hell does exist according to most canons I've dealt with, but the exact nature of it varies. Some say Hell is the lake of fire where your soul is annihilated, others that it is a pit of torment and pain. Pit of torment and pain, fire and brimstone is the more commonly seen one, but it's hard to reconcile with other factors. One factor that -is- Apocrypha is the idea that Demons will do any tormenting. Demons are not the jailors of Hell, they're the old inmates.

As far as I know, there are no truly unforgivable sins, provided you repent them.

YHWH is God's name. Also spelled Yahweh and often Latinized as Jehovah, Yehowah, or Iehovah.

Canon as I know it generally says omnibenevolent, omniscient, omnipotent, and occasionally omnipresent.

Realitycrash:
Does the devil exist in Canon?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil_in_christianity#Old_Testament
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil_in_christianity#New_Testament

Realitycrash:
Does he try to collect souls and affect humans into commiting sinful acts?

In Christianity the title Satan, "the opposer", a title of various entities, both human and divine, who challenge the faith of humans in the Jewish Bible, became the name of the personification of evil. Christian tradition and theology changed "Satan" from an accuser appointed by God to test men's faith to God's godlike fallen opponent: "the Devil", "Shaitan" in Arabic (the term used by Arab Christians and Muslims).
Traditionally, Christians have understood the Devil to be the author of lies and promoter of evil'.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil_in_christianity#Christian_teachings

Realitycrash:
What's the churches position on it? (Lutheran, Baptist, Catholic, whatever denomination you can speak for)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil_in_christianity#Modern_Christian_teaching_by_church

Realitycrash:
Does Hell exist? What's it like?

Christian views on Hell vary, but in general traditionally agree that hell is a place or a state in which the souls of the unsaved suffer the consequences of sin.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_views_on_Hell

Realitycrash:
Does it exist in Canon? (Lutheran, Baptist, Catholic, whatever denomination you can speak for. I know the Pope said that "Hell is seperation from God")

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_views_on_Hell#Hell_in_the_New_Testament
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_views_on_Hell#Roman_Catholicism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_views_on_Hell#Protestantism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_views_on_Hell#Teachings_of_other_groups

Realitycrash:
Is there any unforgivable sin? One that is a straight-to-hell card, no matter what redemption one seeks?

Eternal sins or unforgivable sins or unpardonable sins, are a concept in the Christian theology of sins or Hamartia which cannot or will not be forgiven, whereby salvation becomes impossible. It has its origin in several biblical passages.
Although most English translations of the Bible don't employ the term "unpardonable sin", there is one sin frequently considered "eternal" and that is: "blasphemy against the Holy Spirit"; however this phrase is rarely taken to have its literal meaning. Some sins that are frequently considered eternal include deliberate rejection of the mercy of God, and ascribing the work of the Holy Spirit to the Devil.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unforgivable_sin

Realitycrash:
Does it exist in Canon?(Lutheran, Baptist, Catholic, whatever denomination you can speak for)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unforgivable_sin#Christian_doctrine

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What is God's name? (Lutheran, Baptist, Catholic, whatever denomination you can speak for)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Names_of_God_in_Christianity

Realitycrash:
What is the nature of God? Is he omnibenevolent, omniscient, omnipotent? Does it exist in Canon? (Lutheran, Baptist, Catholic, whatever denomination you can speak for)

In philosophical language the "attributes of God", are usually held to include those of holiness, justice, omnipotence, omniscience, omnibenevolence, omnipresence and immortality. However, some theologians prefer to say: "God is holy, just, ...." rather than use language which might imply that God is 'measured' by a standard external to his own being.[4]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_in_Christianity

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PrinceOfShapeir:
I'm more or less non-denominational, but most Churches that I've dealt with have acknowledged the existence of the Devil. He doesn't really collect souls - that's not within his power, his whole focus as I understand it is to nudge Humans down sinful paths and away from God, purely out of spite.

Which is rather odd, seeing as how that guy never actually appears in the bible. All you get in the bible is some kind of servant of god who messes with humans on god's orders.

Elcarsh:

PrinceOfShapeir:
I'm more or less non-denominational, but most Churches that I've dealt with have acknowledged the existence of the Devil. He doesn't really collect souls - that's not within his power, his whole focus as I understand it is to nudge Humans down sinful paths and away from God, purely out of spite.

Which is rather odd, seeing as how that guy never actually appears in the bible. All you get in the bible is some kind of servant of god who messes with humans on god's orders.

That's incorrect. The Devil appears several times in the Bible, probably most notably in the story of the Temptation of Christ in the Desert. Luke 4, verse 1-13.

Luke 4:1-13:

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, [2] where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.

[3] The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread."

[4] Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone.'"

[5] The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. [6] And he said to him, "I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. [7] So if you worship me, it will all be yours."

[8] Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.'"

[9] The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down from here. [10] For it is written:

" 'He will command his angels concerning you
to guard you carefully;
[11] they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.' "

[12] Jesus answered, "It says: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'"

[13] When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.

Danyal:
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Well, duh. But I wanted to hear other people discuss it.

And yes, I do love the Internet.

Does the devil exist in Canon? yes "Satan himself keeps transforming himself into an angel of light." (2 Corinthians 11:14) in this text satan is refered as a person activley changing the worlds preception of himself.
Does he try to collect souls and affect humans into commiting sinful acts? Yes but in the sense most believe satan has influenced a world to believe that most things are ok and that God does not or ever has exisisted. But does he activley go out and collect peoples sould like trophys no since souls referenced in the bible is actually just life not an immortal soul most people think of.
Does Hell exist? No "For the living are conscious that they will die; but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all, neither do they anymore have wages, because the remembrance of them has been forgotten." Ecclesiastes 9:5. Most of words translated in the bible that say hell were actually mis translated.
What is God's name? Yahweh but in english its Jehovah. In most bible if u read the Index it will tell u that every time you see the word LORD it is actually supposed to say Jehovah.

Realitycrash:
Questions to the bible-scholars out there:

Does the devil exist in Canon?

Yes, although his precise nature changes depending on the era of the book and the translation. It's not at all certain that the serpent in Eden, Satan, the Devil, the Beast, Lucifer and the Antichrist are all the same character. All of these characters are mentioned in canon, but to the best of my knowledge the narrative linking them isn't.

Does he try to collect souls and affect humans into commiting sinful acts?

Nope, all of that is extra-canon to my knowledge.

What's the churches position on it? (Lutheran, Baptist, Catholic, whatever denomination you can speak for)

It depends on the denomination, and I don't speak for any of them.

Does Hell exist?

Hell is attested in canon, but like the Devil there are many names for the place that are assumed by modern readers to be the same location, but these are not guaranteed to refer to the same place. Sheol, Gehenna, Hades, Tartarus, may all be Hell, they may all be different locations, or some or all of them may be nothing more than metaphors. Once again, it's all up to interpretation.

What's it like?

It varies even more strongly by denomination than the Devil, I think. It can be anything from a literal place of eternal torment to a metaphor for the state of a soul that chooses to be separated from all that is good. Once again, I don't speak for any denomination.

Is there any unforgivable sin? One that is a straight-to-hell card, no matter what redemption one seeks? Does it exist in Canon?

According to canon as I understand it, no, there are no unforgivable sins.

What is the nature of God? Is he omnibenevolent, omniscient, omnipotent? Does it exist in Canon? (Lutheran, Baptist, Catholic, whatever denomination you can speak for)

Once again, the nature of God as attested in Canon is extremely complex and evolves over time. He begins as a single creator with a bit of an insecurity complex and otherwise very human-like in mentality in a host of other deities and gradually evolves over time to being the one and only deity that exists and whose nature is much more benevolent and forgiving, only to be claimed to turn persnickety again in Revelations.

PrinceOfShapeir:

Elcarsh:

PrinceOfShapeir:
I'm more or less non-denominational, but most Churches that I've dealt with have acknowledged the existence of the Devil. He doesn't really collect souls - that's not within his power, his whole focus as I understand it is to nudge Humans down sinful paths and away from God, purely out of spite.

Which is rather odd, seeing as how that guy never actually appears in the bible. All you get in the bible is some kind of servant of god who messes with humans on god's orders.

That's incorrect. The Devil appears several times in the Bible, probably most notably in the story of the Temptation of Christ in the Desert. Luke 4, verse 1-13.
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Perhaps he's speaking of the old testament, and forgot that he does in fact appear in the new testament?

Realitycrash:
What's apocryphal, what's Canon?

 

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