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Before we start to answer this, a little history is needed. Both the Latter-Day Saints and Jehovah's Witnesses are Restorationist churches. That means that they were founded on the belief that all the other churches in the world had ceased to hold to the whole correct Christian doctrine, and that a direct revelation from God to the founders caused them to ...


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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1, NIV) All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16, NIV) The Greek word for 'Word' in John 1:1 is Logos(λόγος) and 'Scripture' in 2 Timothy 3:16 is Graphey(γραφή). Though ...


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I'm sorry to have to tell you this, but the bible calls this necromancy and describes it as an "abominable practice": 9 “When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, ...


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It wouldn't have you believe in witchcraft it would just have you avoid it. Whether you believe in it or not is entirely separate from it existing, see this wiki about Ouija boards. So you don't have to believe that Ouija boards work, I personally don't. However, even though I don't believe they work, I still don't associate with those types of things. ...


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When Jesus first met Peter, he was known as "Simon, son of John". Simon was a fisherman as likely his father was and his father's father and so on. In eastern and middle-eastern cultures, a person's identity is much more closely associated with who his father is. Simon's identity as a fisherman was closely tied to who his father was. When Jesus calls ...


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This was a common image from at least the eleventh century onwards, but it did not always mean the same thing. In particular, Calvin is taking the least favourable possible meaning, out of all those ever used by his opponents. I will now explain everything in tediously footnoted detail. The root image of the wax nose comes from the use of wax to make ...


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Side note: The issue isn't really about the doctrine of sola scriptura, but rather about literalism. "Sola scriptura" is a term used by Protestants to mean that we believe scripture is the only ultimate authority, as opposed to Catholic doctrines that the teachings of the Church fathers have equivalent or comparable authority to scripture. But nothing in ...


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If you read the general context of this passage in Chorinthians you will find that there is a lot of stuff about church order, roles in the church, how to deal with problems inside and outside the body of believers, etc. The verse you quote in particular is starts to make sense when you see it as a reference to to church discipline and understand what the ...


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At the First Vatican Council (1869), the Catholic Church defined the doctrine of papal infallibility. The Church certainly believed in papal infallibility long before that, but there was some disagreement over the specifics. At that council, the long-held belief was codified as, itself, an infallible teaching. First Vatican Council - Section 4, Chapter 4, ...


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I want to preface the rest of this with the statement that I am merely answering the question. I am not saying whether mainstream Christians are right or wrong in their position. But I am going to answer exactly the question by showing why they classify these two groups as non-Christians and backing it up with references. The Basis: I'm going to ...


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A fundamental issue here is that the term "Christian" admits different meanings. In a broad sense, a Christian is anyone who self-identifies as a follower of Jesus Christ (cf. Acts 11:26), which would include all bodies such as Catholics, Orthodox, Anglicans, Protestants, and Restorationists (including JWs and Mormons). To use "Christian" in a narrower ...


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Most adherents of sola scriptura are memorialist in their understanding of the Eucharist. This means they believe Jesus was using a metaphor (albeit one God had intentionally set up beforehand). In the same way that the Scapegoat prefigured Christ, or the Rock that Moses beat instead of struck prefigured Christ, so too the bread in the Passover prefigured ...


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Good question, it is written "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men." (Philippians 2:5-7) Herein it says Jesus is equal with God (the Father), ...


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James 2:14-26 answers your question perfectly. Faith is shown through works. I've included the excerpt below *. Symbolically, sin can be likened to nakedness, whereas clean white robes represent good deeds which are obviously tied with faith. Revelation 19:8 8 She has been permitted to dress in fine (radiant) linen, dazzling and white—for the fine ...


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Jesus was speaking prophetically of what would occur to His people Israel--not just women--in both AD 70, when the Roman general Titus sacked Jerusalem, and in an unspecified time when the whole world, including Israel, would experience the wrath of God during the Great Tribulation, which is described in detail in the Revelation of Jesus Christ. In other ...


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The ones in the Old Testament are actually quite easy to reconcile. Latter-day Saints believe Jesus Christ to be the God of the Old Testament. In other words, Moses spoke with the antemortal Christ. Our Heavenly Father created worlds by Jesus Christ. And "beside me there is no God" as read in Isaiah would be spoken by Jesus Christ, who is our only Savior. ...


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I take "station" to mean more of one's social status. As far as that goes, I give you: 1 Corinthians 7:21 Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather. So, there's no obligation to stay in your station if you can be made free from it. Similarly, I would say there's no obligation to stay with any ...


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The answer to your question is really quite simple. God said that what He created was very good indeed (or really good, or better than good) prior to the fall of man and woman. With the fall of our first parents, both they and the world they inhabited were spoiled permanently. Paul wrote that ". . . the creation was subjected to futility, not ...


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Peter does not say "and if you don't get baptized you won't be saved". Almost all Christian denominations take the view that baptism is the normal thing to do, and that Christians should do it. That doesn't imply that failing to do so for some reason invalidates your faith or excludes you from salvation. Likewise there is nothing in the Acts passage that ...


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In general, hot and cold are understood as being either strongly for God (on fire, passionate), strongly against God (cold to the things of God) and lukewarm as apathetic ( listless, having passion for neither side). Example: Clarke's Commentary on the Bible Thou art neither cold nor hot - Ye are neither heathens nor Christians - neither good nor ...


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Perhaps your mind will be eased by considering the origin of the phrase, the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. In Matthew 12:22, Jesus performed several miracles. The people were amazed. But the jealous Pharisees said, "This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils." This is the remark that prompted Jesus to talk about the ...


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It continues verse 20; the entire statement is: "Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good." I would interpret this to mean that we are specifically dealing with prophets and prophecy here. When someone prophesies, we are not to outright reject them but to test the prophecy. If is is from God we should never let it go. If it is ...


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Laodicean meaning: lukewarm or indifferent in religion or politics Laodicea was a wealthy city having a lukewarm water supply. There can two possible meanings for the word "Lukewarm" in this verse. Apathetic: The people in the Church of Laodicea were losing their enthusiasm for Jesus Christ and his ministries. They were satisfied with the spiritual ...


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The Nicene Creed (Wikipedia: "It forms the mainstream definition of Christianity for most Christians.") answers this question (emphasis added): And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with ...


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The biggest issue that divides most Protestants isn't theology or Scripture, but rather church governance. At the most radical end of the spectrum, Mennonites, Baptists, and other Anabaptists believe there is authority ceded to any priest beyond that which the local congregation gives it. As such, they have no bishops or eccelesicatical authority - ...


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It's because the Greek word translated as "Word" is "Logos" and it basically means" something that communicates." Historically, it has a very particular philosophical meaning that may encompass "Scripture," but also exceeds it. The Context of John 1:1 and John 1:14 speaks of a Person having the function of being the Logos in the sense of "revealer": John ...


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Your real question is really why do the sins in these three instances deserve Death in God's eyes? Leviticus 20:13, Exodus 35:2, Deuteronomy 21:18-21. The answer to that is the same as why God demanded death for when Adam and Eve disobeyed God, and ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Genesis 2:17 KJV But of the tree of the ...


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Presumably there is purpose to food other than just maintaining life. Revelation describes the New Jerusalem, which is generally equated with Heaven, the place where the saved will spend eternity. And according to Revelation 22:2, in this city, "In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, ...


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The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch. (Acts 11:26, NIV) Therefore, a Christian is a "disciple" of Christ. And a "disciple" of Christ is one who "believes Jesus and abide in his word" (John 8:31). Therefore, one who does not believe Jesus or does not abide in the word of Jesus is not a "disciple" of Christian and not a Christian.



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