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Not to be flip, but it sort of goes like this: Find some theological point on which you find your existing denomination to be so heretical as to be in grave danger of going to hell. Assume this point is not aidaphora. Find a bunch of other people who agree, and start meeting together. Possibly, ordain yourself (as in the case of Joseph Smith - the founder ...


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Although I presume this question will be closed, I'll answer anyway. A Christian who converts to any other religion, whether Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, etc., is considered a heretic and anathema. With respect to Muslims: while they confess Yeshu'a to be the Messiah (e.g., Sūratu Āli ʿImrān, āyah 45), they deny his 1) crucifixion, 2) atonement, 3) death, and ...


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Generally denominations form over church splits or mergers, rather than just appearing from scratch. The denomination I am a part of the PCA formed in the 70s after the mainline Presbyterian church (PCUSA) took a more liberal leaning than many of the southern Presbyterian churches were willing to go along with. They left and formed their own denomination. ...


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As a non-denominational Protestant myself, I will admit that our independent-mindedness makes it more or less impossible to predict what a particular individual will believe. However, if you would like to know what the hypothetical "average" non-denominational Protestant believes, then that is totally possible. The Hartford Institute for Religion Research ...


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A Christian denomination is simply a group of churches which have agreed to work together (in over-simplified terms). Some denominations have very rigid structures, others not so much. They tend to share some degree of theological beliefs, but even within a denomination there may be a wide variance. A non-denominational church, by contrast, simply does ...


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For starters, nobody was really a follower of Christ, as such, until he was about 30 years old (sometime from 27 to 30 AD or so). At that point, Jesus began teaching in the synagogues and healing in public places. We read about his first followers in several places, including: On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of ...


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The word Christian implies a follower of Christ. In fact: '"Christian" derives from the Koine Greek word Christ, a translation of the Biblical Hebrew term Messiah.'(source) and 'The Greek word Χριστιανός (Christianos)—meaning "follower of Christ"—comes from Χριστός (Christos)—meaning "anointed one"' (from the same source). At the time of Christ all of His ...


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Was Christianity "created" with Jesus? Yes. At the time of Christ, there were several sects / parties / schools of Judaism - the Essenes, the Zealots, the Saducees, the Pharisees, and other splinter groups. These groups were as highly divided as say, Catholics and Baptists are today. With the destruction of the Temple, only the Pharisee Movement ...


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if you want to understand Catholic teaching you really ought to consult the Catechism. Afterall, authentic teachings are always going to be more accurate than what you have 'heard'. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) teaches that Adam and Eve were constituted in an original "state of holiness and justice" (CCC 375, 376 398), free from concupiscence ...


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Well, there were the Shakers, who didn't believe in procreation, but they've pretty much all dwindled out by now. Not much of a surprise there. Whether or not it contradicts the Bible or not to restrict procreation is a matter of interpretation for that particular denomination. The Shakers didn't seem to think it did, but the Catholics would disagree. ...


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CAVEAT: I am not familiar with whatever differences might exist between the Chalcedonian Creed's perspective on Christ's humanity and the CJCLDS's perspective on the same. I'll let my answer stand, however, if only to provide a traditional Protestant (and perhaps Roman Catholic?) perspective in the matter. If I have failed the questioner by not comparing and ...


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Given the massively fractured state of Christianity and the widely varied beliefs therein, a cross-denominational examination of soteriology could certainly yield strict, literal, and conflicting understandings of expiation and propitiation. However, I believe Roman Catholicism is a significant example wherein both concepts are used, amongst others, to ...


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Although I am only able to answer for my Church as a Baptist we believe that the resurrection means that Jesus Body reclaimed life just as it was when he was crucified. And that belief we base on several Scriptures such as: Luk 24:38 through 43 KJV And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my ...


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No, Psalm 51:5 does not claim that an unborn child is sinless, quite the opposite, it says (in every translation I checked except the CEV) that they were either "conceived in sin" or "sinful since conception" which I would take to be equivalent in any case. We are tainted by Adam's curse at conception; at no point are we without sin until we are washed of ...


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Genesis 9:1 (ASV) And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. Several translations put this other "fruitful" command translate the other verb as "replenish" or "fill". I'd take this as "be fruitful so that you can replenish and fill the earth." I do not think it is saying, "always have ...


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I am unable to get any meaning out of your Luther quote. Not enough context is given. But you mentioned how Luther said the good works of the saved can be sins. In the Heidelberg Disputation, Luther says: Although the works of man always seem attractive and good, they are nevertheless likely to be mortal sins. The works of the righteous would be ...


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First, I want to be clear that perfectionism doesn't mean being perfect as in without error. So committing a sin, such as adultery, doesn't "remove" perfectionism. Perfectionism, in the Wesleyan sense, essentially means making up your mind to do your absolute best to keep the first two commandments: love god with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and ...



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