-2
votes
0answers
8 views

Jesus the victim

Jesus was forcibly brought to the cross and he did not want to die. Instead of condemning the murder, why Christians regard his murder as blessings for mankind. why murderers are not praised for doing ...
-4
votes
0answers
36 views

Crucification of Jesus [closed]

Jesus was forcibly brought to the cross and he was not willingly went toward. It means he did not die but killed. Instead of condemning the murder, why Christians regard hid murder as blessings for ...
-2
votes
0answers
14 views

The Seventh Angel =Donald Trump?

While browsing the internet about the trumpet blasts in Revelation I came across this interesting slightly goofy theory : The Seventh Angel = Donald Trump Then Donald Trump Spoke, and there were ...
15
votes
2answers
390 views

What caused the shift from “Faith Of Christ” to “Faith In Christ” in modern translations?

The phrase "Faith in Christ" can also be translated "Faith of Christ": In the older school of translations of the Bible into English (I'll call them the "King James school" of translations), almost ...
5
votes
6answers
476 views

Why would Jesus begin to be called the Son of God?

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. (Luke 1:35, NIV) This verse ...
4
votes
0answers
22 views

Earliest case of pointing to heaven as consolation and hope to loved ones

I know of a few early church writings that can be understood as saying we go to heaven when we die. But that is not what I'm asking. Rather, I'm looking for the first known case (post NT) where, in ...
16
votes
6answers
6k views

Do any major denominations refuse to recognize Holy Baptism in other denominations

Most denominations recognize baptisms in other denominations. (See, for example Eph 4:4-6), "one Lord, one faith, one baptism".) The World Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission published ...
0
votes
0answers
17 views

What is an overview of New Testament passages that discuss the rising of the dead, and how are they related? [on hold]

I was recently reading the account of Messiah's Passion in the Gospel of Matthew and read over this passage that I did not recall, Matthew 27:52-53 NASB The tombs were opened, and many bodies of ...
2
votes
4answers
251 views

Where do dead in Christ rise from if they're with Jesus?

In Revelation and 1 Thessalonians we read that the dead in Christ rise first. This makes sense if you do not believe that the dead are already in heaven, but very many Christians believe that the ...
2
votes
2answers
61 views

From an LDS perspective, what is an Unclean Spirit?

From an LDS perspective, what is an unclean spirit? What is its history? Where did it come from? From the scriptures, I gather that unclean spirits want to inhabit mortal bodies. My guess is that ...
16
votes
3answers
13k views

Why do I sing, “Here I raise my Ebenezer?”

In "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing," the second verse, says, "Here I raise my Ebenezer, hither by thy help I've come." I have heard that an Ebenezer is a monument of some kind, but even armed with ...
9
votes
3answers
681 views

Do we have any more information on Jesus's Sisters?

Matthew 13:55 “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get ...
0
votes
0answers
32 views

What does the word 'entreat' mean in this context? [on hold]

1 Corinthians 4:13: 'being defamed, we entreat.' In Greek: 'δυσφημούμενοι παρακαλοῦμεν'. In modern Greek, we say 'parakalo' to mean you're welcome (in response to 'thank you'). In Koine Greek it ...
0
votes
1answer
43 views

If I want to understand (deeply) about the Holy Trinity, What books should I read? [on hold]

I say only 'books' because I'm supposing that could be Theology, Epistemology, etc kind of books. I don't want something superficial, I'm not religious, so I would like to read something that can ...
8
votes
4answers
372 views

What are the Biblical arguments against Transubstantiation?

Catholics believe that the bread and wine in the communion change into the body and blood (and divinity) of the Lord Jesus Christ. They taught that the bread and wine are no longer bread and wine ...
11
votes
5answers
11k views

Why did Daniel consider the allotment of food and wine to be wrong for him to eat?

When Nebuchadnezzar conquered Israel and took Daniel and other Jewish men into his court, he assigned them food and wine from the king's table. The king appointed for them a daily ration from the ...
0
votes
2answers
30 views

Is there a scriptural support for “man are ‘half animal, half angel’”?

Is there a scriptural support for "man are ‘half animal, half angel’"? Ludwig Feuerbach : “My only wish…is to transform friends of God into friends of man, believers into thinkers, devotees of ...
4
votes
3answers
258 views

What is the biblical basis against polygamy in the New Covenant?

Assuming the Old Covenant is obsolete and fulfilled (Heb 7:18-19), what is the biblical argument against allowing the practice of polygamy?
7
votes
3answers
88 views

Does the divine name YHWH (יַהְוֶה) apply equally to all Persons of the Trinity?

According to the Catholic Church (and other Nicene churches), does the divine name YHWH (יַהְוֶה) apply equally to all Persons of the Trinity?
1
vote
4answers
51 views

Can more recent revelation from LDS prophets nullify or change official Mormon scripture?

When an LDS prophet speaks, if what he says is different than canonized LDS scripture, do the words of the prophet take precedence?
2
votes
2answers
242 views

Does the Bible say anything about chimeras or explains their purpose? [closed]

Firstly, I'm sorry if it's not the right place to ask this kind of question. I didn't know where else I could ask about it. I'm interested in Simon de Myle's painting of the ark. In the middle of the ...
6
votes
7answers
647 views

Is the God Calvinists believe in unjust? [on hold]

Who I am: ex worship leader / lifelong "Christian" of 18 years, now agnostic. Why I ask: If God is the way I am about to describe (unjust from a human perspective), why follow him? From my ...
7
votes
1answer
114 views

Do Anglo-Catholics encourage closed Communion?

Closed Communion seems to be commonly required in churches with more physical views of the Real Presence (excluding, of course, Reformed churches that hold to Calvin's "spiritual presence" view). The ...
0
votes
1answer
59 views

Challenging the OT/NT Divine Dichotomy [on hold]

I am currently researching an interesting topic. Often times, it seems that there is a popular conception of the God of the Old Testament as being cruel, judgmental, violent, and the like. This ...
7
votes
2answers
142 views

What is the difference between “ransom theory” and “penal substitution”?

Ransom theory and penal substitution are two (of many) views about the exact nature of Jesus' atoning death on the cross. Both suggest that Jesus in some way paid a price on the cross for the benefit ...
5
votes
0answers
62 views

Are there any Protestant denominations or churches that reject penal substitution?

I come from a background in Protestant/Evangelical churches. The trademark salvation message in those churches is that Christ bore the wrath of God for your sins to satisfy his justice that we have ...
5
votes
7answers
3k views

What is the Biblical basis for concluding 'Jesus is Yahweh (Jehovah or LORD)'?

Of course Christianity believes Jesus is God, but I am interested in this question for the argument that Jehovah (I AM), the name of God which later Jews were not allowed to speak, is a term not ...
6
votes
2answers
258 views

What is the origin of the tradition that Mary lived in Turkey after John took her there?

This website says that the last home of Mary, the mother of Jesus, was in Ephesus, Turkey. Where did this idea originate?
-1
votes
1answer
45 views

Confused About - Judism - Christanity - Hebrew Bible - Old Testament - New Testament! [on hold]

I was watching a movie "Exodus - Gods and Kings" yesterday and I came to know about Moses. I am a Hindu by religion but I got curious about Moses and his deeds and how he brought changes to the lives ...
1
vote
0answers
21 views

The Blessing of Herbs on the Feast of the Assumption?

Is there any confirmed historical evidence as to the origins to support the tradition that the Blessing of Herbs and Fruit is associated with the Feast of the Assumption?
11
votes
5answers
1k views

What is the argument in support of personal interpretation of the Scriptures?

The Catholic church teaches that only the Church (Magisterium) has the right to interpret Scriptures whereas Protestant churches typically believe that anyone has that right. What is the argument ...
11
votes
6answers
850 views

Did God kill the first borns in Exodus, according to Jehovah's Witnesses?

Two Jehovah's Witnesses were here yesterday, and we talked for a while about religion. We mentioned briefly God's killing of all the first born in Egypt in Exodus 12:29, whereupon one of the Witnesses ...
-2
votes
3answers
49 views

Are all forms of giving equally morally 'good' according to the Catholic church?

Catholics are called to help others in need and to give up what they have for others. However, we do not all give for the same reasons or in the same manner. I've generated a list of general forms of ...
-3
votes
0answers
61 views

Can God change the mathematics? [on hold]

Can God change, if he wanted to, the mathematics ? If so, how ? (I'm not sure if it is more adapted to here or to a philosophy forum, since it would be logical that the question has already been ...
2
votes
2answers
98 views

Joel 2: From Eden to Ruination? To what is this referring?

Joel Chapter 2:1-2. 1 Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand— ...
5
votes
3answers
599 views

What did Christ mean in Matthew 10:34? [on hold]

In Matthew 10.34 Christ says, (KJV) Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. To me this requires some explanation, even after many years of ...
5
votes
1answer
160 views

What level of will-power do humans have according to Luther?

Luther wrote a very forceful book about original sin and predestination called 'On the Bondage of the will'. In it Luther opposes the idea of free-will, defined as a person's power to do good without ...
0
votes
0answers
36 views

In heaven, will everyone be equally special to us (Catholic)? [duplicate]

It is believed that in heaven, we will have deep and intimate relationships with its every member. In heaven, will the level of spiritual connection and intimacy shared between everyone be equal ? ...
2
votes
1answer
21 views

How do Lutherans interpret Matthew 15:11?

"What goes into someone's mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them." Matthew 15:11. I guess one thing that Jesus wants to say here is that eating pork ...
2
votes
2answers
62 views

Was knowledge of the pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton a component of the “deposit of faith” entrusted to the apostles and their successors?

According to the doctrine of apostolic succession, the Lord Jesus Christ entrusted and delivered the faith (i.e., the depositum fidei) to his apostles whom later entrusted and delivered it to their ...
11
votes
2answers
909 views

What was the point of the laws written to the Gentile believers in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia? [on hold]

In Acts 15, a letter was written to the beliving Gentiles. I can understand why they have to abstain from sexual immorality. However, I was wondering What's the point of the law which state that ...
0
votes
2answers
182 views

Does the Catholic Church have any guidelines as to what is the ideal age to start dating?

What is the ideal age for a Christian to start dating? I'm not sure when to start, but I know a very devoted Christian family who thinks the age should be 16. Does the Catholic Church have any ...
4
votes
0answers
67 views

Why do some Trinitarians ascribe the name “Yahweh” (יַהְוֶה) to the Father, but not the Son or the Holy Spirit?

Why do some Trinitarians ascribe the name "Yahweh" (יַהְוֶה) to the Father alone, and not to the Trinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? What precedence do they claim for their practice?
3
votes
1answer
300 views

Was Arianism spread using musical jingles?

I found an interesting claim in Bruce Shelley's Church History in Plain Language, regarding Arius's methods of promoting his theology, Arianism: [Arius] put ideas into jingles, which set to simple ...
4
votes
2answers
213 views

Positional and Relational Forgiveness, what is the Biblical Basis?

My question spawns from an explanation of 1 John 1:9 provided by the very popular protestant resource GotQuesitons.org. It seems to me that the answer given has holes in it, which I would like, ...
6
votes
3answers
352 views

What is the biblical basis for the argument against the Catholic teaching on the primacy of Peter?

The Catholic Church uses, for example, the following NT passages in support of its teaching on the primacy of Peter: Mt 16:13-20. Lk 22-31-34. Jn 21:15-23. What is the biblical basis that argues ...
2
votes
2answers
76 views

How do proponents of the perpetual virginity of Mary view Matthew 13:53-57? [duplicate]

Matthew 13:53-57 reads: 53 When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there. 54 Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. “Where ...
11
votes
1answer
990 views

In Mormonism, how is the doctrine of Adam & Eve inability to have children prior to the Fall explained?

Inspired by this answer to a previous question, in which the answerer stated: "For example, the Book of Mormon adds the belief that Adam and Eve could not have children before the Fall." ...
6
votes
1answer
89 views

What do the Amish believe with respect to Creationism?

I realize there are numerous denominations of the Amish, but I'm wondering whether any or all of them believe in the literal, six-day creation and a six-thousand-year-old earth. I've looked in many ...
6
votes
1answer
67 views

Do any of the Church Fathers draw a connection between Eve and the Holy Spirit?

In Wild at Heart, author John Eldredge takes some effort to describe the language used in Genesis 2:18 to refer to Eve. While some translations and commentors translate the hebrew "עֵ֖זֶר ...

15 30 50 per page