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The devil is in the details, and overall the lame answer is that we just don't have enough details. But first, addressing your direct questions and examples: 2 Corinthians 12:2-3 ESV I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. And I know that this man ...


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There is no Scriptural evidence that I find to support that claim. However, I believe that the following scripture does support the idea that not only life, but the Soul begins at conception. Genesis 2:7 KJV And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Many who ...


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No 1213 Catechism of the Catholic Church under THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM summarises what baptism is: 1213 Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua) [4 Cf. Council Of Florence: DS 1314: vitae spiritualis ianua.], and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through ...


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Being Orthodox Christian myself, I haven't heard of any authoritative book mainly because the Church structure is not like in the west with a single Papal authority. We, as you probably know, with our different jurisdictions and patriarchies are self governing but are in communion with one another through love and common Creed. However we do have an overall ...


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so Steve, Assuming: God is all powerful The Bible is inspired There are copy mistakes that occur did you mean to omit assumptions that we can know the mind of God? that we can reason as God does? because the answer is pretty simple if we can admit and come to terms with the fact that we can do neither.


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What you are asking about is the rationale behind a doctrine called 'the preservation of Scripture'. The doctrine basically seeks to answer whether or not God will preserve his infalliable message, even though it is transmitted by fallable men. How are the Scriptures Transmitted? (A Primer on Preservation) A straw man would pit Jesus saying, "Surely I ...


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Your main dilemma here is on the authenticity of the Bible. On the authenticity of the Bible: It is indeed a complicated topic to discuss about the authenticity of the Bible. However, there are enough manuscripts available to produce the original text of the Bible. This question "How authentic is Codex Sinaiticus?" may help you get a better idea on original ...


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The following tools are good for determining what the bible says about a matter. Take, for example, this question about pets going to heaven. If you wanted to know the answer, you should consult: 1. A Concordance The first tool that just about any pastor is going to use to answer a question such as this is a concordance. A concordance is nothing more ...


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There are no shortcuts to the process you appear to be asking about. I say that through personal experience, and from many Bible enthusiasts I have known and collaborated with over the years. There are some excellent aids to enhance your Bible study free on the internet, some are online Bible study, and for the novice there are some excellent interactive ...


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Lutherans believe in Sola Scriptura, but they also believe in Real Presence (not transubstantiation). The big difference is between that and transubstantiation, there is no changing of the elements to the point that they also cease to be bread/wine. The Lutheran position is the elements become the true blood and body of Christ (both physically and ...


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Absolute certainty probably isn't attainable (whether absolute certainty is or should be considered attainable by humans at all might be a worthwhile question), but as brought up in Affable Geek's answer to the inciting question, you can get pretty close through use of a good concordance and topical Bible dictionary. Concordances are lists of words used. ...


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Sola-scriptura Christians interpret them figuratively, not literally. Shortest answer ever. :) Same reason we don't believe God is literally a rock, a tower, a shield, or a hen, even though scripture describes Him in all those ways. Same reason we don't believe Jesus is literally a lamb, a lion, a piece of bread, a door, a vine, etc... These are all word ...


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If a person is to understand the Word of God as He intends, he or she must read what the authors wrote as they intended it. If a passage was written as literal history, we should take it as literal history. If it's personal opinion, it's personal opinion. If it's allegorical, metaphorical, or poetic, we should take it as allegory, metaphor, or poetry. So, ...


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I actually do not see a problem here. The Jehovah's Witness group teaches that God the Father created Jesus first (source), then Jesus created everything else (source). So they do believe that Jesus existed before his incarnation. To the Jews, this is an irrelevant distinction. It is blasphemous either way. "Jesus is God" = blasphemy - stone him "Jesus ...


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It can be so easy to misinterpret things in the Bible therefore it is best not to make assumptions. Sticking to what the Bible actually says rather than one's own logical conclusions is paramount. This means making a clear distinction between what we know and what we conclude. What we know: God told Moses that his name is Jehovah. Exodus 6:3 reads: "And I ...



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