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Is there a scriptural basis for treating the non-Gospel books of the New Testament as scripture? Short answer: yes. Jesus commissioned 12 of his disciples as 'apostles' and gave them authority to teach. If you accept Jesus' words as scripture (as recorded in the gospels), you should accept the words of his apostles as scripture as well, as He said to ...


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This answer is from the perspective of the theology of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), and of the various denominations that accept his theology, commonly called "New Church" or "Swedenborgian" denominations. Swedenborg taught that there are no angels pre-created as a separate race, nor did any such pre-created angels fall from heaven to become Satan and ...


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Yes, it's long! Yes, I know this is a long answer. Sorry about that! However, given the huge amount of ink (and pixels) that has been expended on the doctrine of the Trinity for almost two thousand years now, I do not see how justice can be done to the subject in the brief answers that are preferred here on StackExchange. I therefore ask for your patience ...


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In the early fourth century, many Christians were divided over how best to understand the relationship between God and Jesus. Emperor Constantine called for an ecumenical council of bishops to settle the matter: the Council of Nicea, in 325 AD. The result was a condemnation of 'the Arian heresy'. Letter to Emperor Constantine A few years later, in 327 ...


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Yes, the bible says that some sins are not forgiven. There are three sins that I know of: the Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:31), which many scholars simply consider to be a lack of saving faith in Jesus; refusing to forgive, or not valuing the forgiveness offered to you freely (Matthew 6:15); and, "backsliding" (Hebrews 6:6), which is again, ...


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is there a reason to believe that An existence in hell will be appreciably different in quality for each individual? Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the ...


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What is the Biblical basis against being able to predict the date of the end of the world? Here are a couple of more verses. Acts 1:6-7 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, ...


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Luke 1:19 implies that angels are fully capable of being in the presence of God. The angel said to him, "I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. Satan, as an angel, would thus be able to commune with God in such a fashion.


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There is a very beautiful answer in the book of Ezekiel: KJV 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 him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. 21 But if the ...


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There are many instances where Evil persons are forgiven. The important thing is not to confess, but to sincerely confess. Psalm 51:17 "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise" So, if Hitler was to ask for fogiveness with a contrite heart and a broken spirit he would be forgiven. Seeing how ...


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The section Scriptural proof in Sacrifice of the Mass | New Advent begins by noting that the Divine institution of the Mass can be established by bothe the Old and the New Testament. In 2. New Testament, the section says The main testimony of the New Testament lies in the account of the institution of the Eucharist, and most clearly in the words of ...


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Christianity believes Jesus is God, or more specifically one person in God - the others being the Father and the Holy Spirit. The questions appears to accept that Jesus and God the Father are to be treated as separate persons in the Trinity, but asks for the biblical basis for concluding that Jesus is Yahweh, not the doctrinal basis for any such conclusion. ...


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When we consider the scriptures wholistically, the answer should be an emphatic yes. Sin is transgression against the Law as David (Stratton) has said. The Law however, is not merely an impersonal and objective standard that we measure ourselves against, it is God's Law. Sin, in other words, is a transgression against God's perfect will - a rebellion ...


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I would like to continue the thought from Beestocks answer. Genesis 3:15: I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel From this verse several things are to be understood: When man sided with the enemy, he basically turned and rebelled against God. As such ...


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Satan had a good idea of God's plan of salvation for men. The first clue was the prophecy pronounced directly against him after the fall of men. I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel (Genesis 3:15) Then there was the sacrificial system, where lambs ...


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John the Baptist came in the Spirit and power of Elijah. Elisha had double the portion of Elijah's Spirit and succeeded him. Following the same line of thought we can say Elisha was a type of Christ. Jesus succeeded John the Baptist and he had "Spirit without measure". One more similarity between Elisha and Jesus would be that people obtained life ...



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