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These are my thoughts on the questions you raise ... I think we must also carefully consider how Paul's ministry began, as detailed in the Acts of the Apostles. I think it is fair to say that everyone who serves Christ does so according to His will and not their own. This is not to say, however, that the fact that Paul became an Apostle by God's will ...


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The woman Grapte referred to in I.2.IV of the Shepherd of Hermas is understood to have been a deaconess. The duties of deaconesses, however, are not understood to be equivalent to those of deacons, but involved, rather, ministering to widows and orphans, and perhaps helping to prepare and baptize women. The above passage is an example: You will write ...


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The earliest mention of controversy appears to be in the writings of Origen of Alexandria, in the third century. He indicates that some debate already existed on the matter in his time, and he attempts to resolve it by saying that the lack of the article implies that the Word of God is inferior to and dependent on the "True God": We next notice John’s ...


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You can see the answer to how this is possible in an example from creation. A yeast cell is about to have offspring by budding. (Here, I will only speak of one chromosome's DNA.) The original DNA is double-stranded. When it replicates, both original strands separate and make copies of the other strand on themselves. Now there are two double-stranded DNAs ...


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your challenge with eternal begotten is something I had in a different way until the Lord helped me understand it as follows Logically, to beget presupposes someone already existing, bringing forth another. This clearly makes the begotten later than the begetter. So if the begetter is eternal how can the later be eternal or be eternally begotten? I will ...


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I don't think there is any hot opposition to numerology directly made by the early church. The opposition is more about the so called 'mathematics' that you found Augustine complaining about. Even earlier, around AD 383, there is an interesting Canon against 'mathematics' that Bishops who assembled at Constantinople defined. CANON XXXVI They who are of ...



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