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This is a quick rundown, keeping in mind that not every individual parish fully subscribes to everything their parent organization does (don't judge a book by its cover, but be aware of the connotations each cover generally carries): Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) The Bible is inspired and inerrant, the Confessions are a clear and accurate ...


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At the most fundamental level, Roman Catholics subscribe to the Nicene Creed, Jehovah's Witnesses do not. (JWs would call the Creed itself heresy, so this is not a slam.) This means that unlike 98% of the world's Christians, Jehovah's Witnesses deny such things as: The Trinity The Divinity of Jesus The Nature of Salvation The Communion of Saints / The ...


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The fundamental claim of Islam is that there is only one God and Mohammad is his prophet. This is believed because it is written in the Qur'an. The Qur'an is believed to be true based on Mohammad's testimony that he received it from the angel Gabriel. Mohammad claimed to be the last in a long line of prophets, including most of the major Old Testament ...


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I read a lot on Islam and Quran, and I think best source to know and understand something is to listen to it directly from its sources. I also read the material like this, which they use to convert people. That way I will know what I accept and what I reject, and if I am with the truth I have nothing to fear. I am writing directly from the Quran here, ...


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Thanks for the great question. This is an answer from what I know. Reformed theology would hold to the definition of a church showing 3 marks: the Word rightly upheld, preached and read the sacraments (Lord's supper, baptism) rightly administered Discipline and care rightly handled There are a few issues with the place you are attending as it would, by ...


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magisterium In Catholicism, the magisterium is the authority that lays down what is the authentic teaching of the Church. For the Catholic Church, that authority is vested uniquely in the pope and the bishops who are in communion with him. Quick answer: Catholicism: Pope and bishops. JW: Faithful Slave ...


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Comparing the Teaching Authorities Searching JW.org, since JW and WTS say nothing (let alone authoritative) about their Teaching Authority, there is nothing to compare. The comparison dies right here: The Catholic states 1) that they have Teaching Authority, and 2) what that means; From JW and WTS, to an outsider, there is no Teaching Authority, as they ...


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The problem with all these analyses is that they erroneously conflate the fundamentals of the orthodox faith with theological systems, theological opinions, ecclesiology and rules of the Church. The fundamentals of the orthodox faith as proclaimed by the first seven ecumenical councils are fundamentally the same as the fundamentals of the Latin Church (Roman ...


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This book imitates the Quran, or tries to imitate it, in order to answer the Quran. The translator, Anis Shorrosh is allegedly also the writer. He is an evangelical Christian. The ideology and theology of the book is based on the beliefs and ideas of this man, and his understanding of Christianity. The main idea of the book is to tell Christianity in a ...


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I want the answers to focus on the day-to-day living/quality of life/level of perfection in heaven. That's next to impossible, as there aren't any detailed (canon) claims of day-to-day activity, quality of life, etc. that could help us out here. "What is heaven like?" is one of the great mysteries. It probably has a similar answer to "What is being ...


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What are differences and similarities between Jehovah's Witnesses and Catholics? The beliefs are very similar, e.g. Jesus atoned for the sins of the world. Jehovah's Witnesses believe: The Trinity described in the Nicean creed is incorrect. The Father and the Son are two separate persons. The Spirit of God is not a person but is God's power and ...


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Robert Haas really nailed it. Much of the reported theological differences concern language and not reality. Catholics do believe that the Pope may speak infallibility under certain and very specific conditions. Although even here when we start to get into the theological specifics the conflict with Orthodox theology is arguably still only a question of ...


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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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