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* EvenEvilCanBeLoved: "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)

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->''"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, and then to the Gentile."''
-->-- '''Romans 1:16'''

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* {{Pride}}: In dealing with this, Paul tells the Romans: "Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Do not pretend to be wiser than you are." (Romans 12:16)

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* WordsCanBreakMyBones: A popular verse among Pentecostals and Word of Faith preachers is the last part of Romans 4:17, which speaks of God "calling things that are not as though they were", suggesting that believers are also given the authority to speak things into existence.



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!!Structure of the book:
* Introduction (Romans 1:1-15)
* The universal need of righteousness (Romans 1:6-3:20)
* The imputation of righteousness (Romans 3:21-5:21)
* The new life in Christ (Romans chapters 6 to 8)
* The mystery of Israel (Romans chapters 9 to 11)
* Exhortations to Christian living (Romans 12:1-15:13)
* Epilogue: greetings and travel plans (Romans 15:14-16:27)

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* CruelMercy: Quoting from [[Literature/BookOfProverbs Proverbs]], Paul tells his readers, "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head."

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* DepravedHomosexual: In the first chapter, Paul the apostle speaks of those who were given over by God to having "a reprobate mind, to do the things that are not convenient", that they have been given over to ungodly passions: that the women exchanged natural affections for unnatural ones, and that the men leave "the natural use of the woman" to burn in lust toward one another, "working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves the recompense that is meet for their error".

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* LongList: The final chapter consists of Paul listing off the people he wanted to give greetings to for their support and ministry.

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* IrrevocableOrder: Paul says in this book that "the gifts and callings of God are irrevocable" or "without repentance".

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* MeatVersusVeggies: In the early part of Chapter 14, Paul comments that there are some believers who believe that they are allowed to eat all things, while there are others who believe they can only eat vegetables, and thus instructs those who have the faith to eat all things not to depise those who abstain, and that those who abstain should not pass judgment on those who have the faith to eat all things, because whether they eat or do not eat, they do it for the glory of God and give thanks to Him.

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* PayEvilUntoEvil: Romans 12:17 and 19 warn against this, with verse 17 saying to "repay no one evil for evil" and verse 19 saying "do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to Godís wrath, for it is written: 'Vengeance is Mine. I will repay,' says the Lord."


* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Paul describes {{NayTheist}}s this way, since they know God exists but reject Him for idols as a pretext for immorality. "Professing to be wise, they became fools."

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* KarmicDeath: According to Romans 6:23, the wages of sin is death, but to avert this is by accepting Jesus as savior.
* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Paul describes {{NayTheist}}s this way, since they know God exists but reject Him for idols as a pretext for immorality. "Professing to be wise, they became fools." "



* TurnTheOtherCheek: Romans 12:17-21 implies this. However, even though we have to forgive our enemies, it's only God Himself who will repay them back.
* ViewersAreGeniuses: Scholars have observed that this is the only New Testament epistle that seems to be constructed specifically as a theological treatise, rather than a personal letter about specific concerns in the Early Church. Theological commentaries on it can run to multiple volumes. This is amusingly referenced in Literature/TheBible itself, when Peter in [[Literature/EpistlesOfPeter his own second epistle]] remarks on Paul's letters: "His letters contain some things that are hard to understand..." ([[http://biblehub.com/2_peter/3-16.htm 2 Peter 3:16]]).

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* TurnTheOtherCheek: Romans 12:17-21 implies encourages believers to do this. However, even though we have to forgive our enemies, it's only God Himself who will repay them back.
* ViewersAreGeniuses: Scholars have observed that this is the only New Testament epistle that seems to be constructed specifically as a theological treatise, rather than a personal letter about specific concerns in the Early Church. Theological commentaries on it can run to multiple volumes. This is amusingly referenced in Literature/TheBible itself, when Peter in [[Literature/EpistlesOfPeter his own second epistle]] remarks on Paul's letters: "His letters contain some things that are hard to understand..." ([[http://biblehub.com/2_peter/3-16.htm 2 Peter 3:16]]).


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* YouCantFightFate: Romans 9:11-22 gives us the implication that God had predestined things for His purpose from favoring Jacob over Esau, choosing to have mercy on who He has mercy, and hardening the Pharaoh's heart to show His power over all the earth.


* SinisterMinister: In the final chapter of the book, Paul warns the Romans about to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that they have been taught, and to avoid them. "For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive." (Romans 16:18)

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* SinisterMinister: In the final chapter of the book, Paul warns the Romans about to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that they have been taught, and to avoid them. "For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive." (Romans 16:18)

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* TheGoldenRule: Chapter 13 explains how the entire Law can be summed up in the commandment, "Love your neighbor as yourself."
-->"The commandments 'Do not commit adultery,' 'Do not murder,' 'Do not steal,' 'Do not covet,' and any other commandments, are summed up in this one decree: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' Love does no wrong to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the Law."


* SequelHook: Towards the end of the book, Paul announces his intention to visit Rome before going to Spain. However, the sequel was apparently never written. Luke makes no mention of a trip to Spain in the [[ActsOfTheApostles Book of Acts]], and [[AuthorExistenceFailure Paul appears not to have made it out of Rome alive]] after a subsequent visit there. Most scholars agree he never went to Spain. If he did, either he never wrote about it, or [[LostEpisode his writing did not survive]] to be compiled with the rest of the New Testament.

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* SequelHook: Towards the end of the book, Paul announces his intention to visit Rome before going to Spain. However, the sequel was apparently never written. Luke makes no mention of a trip to Spain in the [[ActsOfTheApostles [[Literature/ActsOfTheApostles Book of Acts]], and [[AuthorExistenceFailure Paul appears not to have made it out of Rome alive]] after a subsequent visit there. Most scholars agree he never went to Spain. If he did, either he never wrote about it, or [[LostEpisode his writing did not survive]] to be compiled with the rest of the New Testament.

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