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What is the rationale, bible passages, word of God, tradition (or anything else) that allows someone to feel confident calling themselves a Christian? A number of Christians see the record of having everything in common described in the first church (assembly) in Jerusalem in the book of Acts and see a pattern to follow. This has been tried many times ...


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God see's the End of everything at the beginning, before Creation. God planned Jesus coming to the Earth and completing the ONLY acceptable Sacrifice for the PAST sins, PRESENT sins, and FUTURE sins, of everyone, only One Time, Forever. All other sacrifices other than Jesus was not sufficient to satisfy God's requirement. Everyone who died before Jesus, who ...


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Many of the Reformation confessions (statements of belief) mention an Apocrypha, but most do not explicitly give a list of non-canonical books. Two do however, which I have quoted below. Most of those non-canonical books are in the Catholic canon, but three are not: the Prayer of Manasseh and 3rd and 4th Esdras (sometimes confusingly called 1st and 2nd ...


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The question implicitly asks two questions. The first is whether Luke wrote the gospel that now bears his name; the second is whether Luke was a slave. Luke's Gospel, like all the New Testament gospels was originally anonymous, as was Acts of the Apostles. They were attributed to Luke later in the second century, largely because it was felt that the author ...


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As far as I know, all Protestants adhere to the five solas, including sola scriptura, meaning that the Bible alone is the final and highest authority, the Bible being the 27 books of the New Testament and the 39 books of the Old Testament. Protestants consider this the final and complete revelation, so they wouldn't be adding any books to it. The Protestant ...


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There has always been Sacrifices for Sin. The most perfect sacrifice with out blemish was used through out the old testament. The New Testament didn't start until Jesus's death. The Gospels are at the end of the Old Testament. Hebrews 10 states that the Old Testament Sacrifice's were not perfect; that's the reason the worshipers had to keep coming back every ...


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Exodus 12:46 and Numbers 9:12 talk of the Passover lamb, of which no bone shall be broken. Before deciding whether the decision not to break Jesus' legs to hasten death was really in fulfilment of these as prophecies, it is useful to discover whether this might have been a common occurrence. John Dominic Crossan says in The Birth of Christianity, pages ...


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Numbers 21:8 records: The LORD said to Moses, "Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live." and it seemed to work. I see no implied sacrifice here. (Verse 9 in the NIV clarifies that Moses MADE a BRONZE snake. So there was no death.)


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It is clear to me that God can, has, and will forgive sin without sacrifice. Here are a few verses from the Psalms and Prophets that make this point: Ezekiel 18: 20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon ...


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What is some relevent scripture regarding having something stolen? 1 Corinthians 6:7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? The verse above is written to Christian s who are suing each other but the principle ...


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I have found that the first part of Hebrews 10 addresses this question rather directly. We are all familiar with the Jewish sacrifices of the Old Testament and we understand that they were intended as a foreshadowing of the great and last sacrifice of the Savior. Here are the verses. 1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the ...


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It would appear from the gospel stories that God can and does forgive without sacrifice. Rhoads, Dewey and Michie say in Mark as Story, page 113, Mark's Gospel portrays Jesus already pardoning sin during his life and authorising others to do the same. His death is not needed to make forgiveness possible, so Mark does not portray Jesus' death as a ...


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2 CHRONICLES 7:14 "and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land." No need for Blood? What say you?


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Hebrews 9:22 answers this question definitely: Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. (ESV) The author of Hebrews goes on from this verse to say that the spiritual things needed to be purified with greater sacrifices than that of animals, and pointed to the ...


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Not necessarily. There are christians on all parts of the spectrum. I see them as 2 main camps. #1 mutation/natural selection exists but only to a point There are many christians that will accept parts of the constructs of evolution such as natural selection via environmental pressure and/or artificial selection but quote the scripture "God made the ...


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The promise was specific to flooding: 11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.” - Genesis 9:11 NIV Your interpretation of this as 'an event like flooding' is not warranted by the text and is contradicted by other scriptures that do talk ...


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Most theology of Book of Mormon is similar to the Bible's.However, these five distinctive theological positions are Mormon's, I gather: The Old Testament prophet Isaiah prophecy about voices that would "whisper out of the dust," are believed to refer to the publication of the Book of Mormon. Adam and Eve ( Hava) eating from the forbidden tree, otherwise ...


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The Book of Mormon has a much greater consistency of style than does the Bible, which is much more clearly the work of many authors over a period of centuries. In the Bible, only Mark's Gospel has sentences frequently begin with 'And', whereas sentences frequently begin with 'And' in any book within the Book of Mormon. This consistency seems somewhat ...


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To understand the differences between the BOM and the Holy Bible, we first must look at these two volumes of scripture within the context of their similarities. So here is what they have in common: They are both volumes of scripture written by prophets. Millions of people study (and believe in) each, though manifestly at least 100X more people accept the ...


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Mary Magdalene is known as the "Black Madonna" and conflated with a fertility goddess (Isis, the Black Goddess) in Gnostic thought, popular among Templars and Cathars back in the day and with more written about it in the Gnostic Gospels found more recently at Nag Hammadi. You can read an article about the Gnostic cult of Mary Magdalene here.


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The Catholic Church teaches, in the decisions of the 1909 Pontifical Biblical Commission (Latin original), that at least The first three Chapters of Genesis contain narratives that correspond to objectively real and historically true events (rerum vere gestarum narrationes quae scilicet obiectivae realitati et historicae veritati respondeant), no myths, ...


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As I am not a Catholic I may not have the right to answer this question. My practicing Catholic brothers and sisters are more qualified than I am qualified to answer it. Anyway, I will take a stab at it. As of your question 'has the Catholic Church outlined specific Biblical passages which should not be taken literally' the answer is there is no official ...


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Mainly it is my understanding that, as @Affable Geek stated, Martin Luther wanted to remove these books from the Bible, but unlike his adoption of the Hebrew (what is called the Protestant Canon) texts over the Septuagint (what is now called the Catholic or Orthodox Canon, which contains the Deuterocanonical books in addition to all those of the ...


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According to Justin Martyr, the demons imitated the things written in the Bible and produced similar stories to deceive men. And when they heard it said by the other prophet Isaiah, that He should be born of a virgin, and by His own means ascend into heaven, they pretended that Perseus was spoken of. And when they knew what was said, as has been ...


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@H3br3wHamm3r81 -- I agree completely with you. It is crucial that people be able to have some sort of clue what something means in order for them to be able to appreciate or "believe" it. I would also like to add: To have just imported Jewish ideas and terminology without doing "cultural translation" would have been futile, especially when it was ...


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I suppose the authors of the Greek New Testament scriptures could have simply transliterated the Hebrew word שְׁאוֹל into Greek, perhaps as Σεολ. But, even if they had done that, Greeks wouldn't have had the faintest idea what this so-called "Σεολ" was, unless they first spent countless hours studying its equivalent in Hebrew, i.e. שְׁאוֹל (remember, early ...



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