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The "prophet" Muhammad stated that the angel Gabriel visited him with revelation and he put great importance upon Gabriel. This is not true. Not if you are talking about the Koran, which never says this. This information comes from the Hadiths. If you were to base your understanding of Mohammed purely on his writings (i.e. the Koran) and not on the ...


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Answering If the Christian Revelation and the revelation of Islam are both from God, then there is a problem. (see below) "[I]t is proper to the devil to mix falsehood with truth[.]" - in Catena Aurea | St. John Chrysostom Compare the Islamic and [the beginning of] the Christian creeds: The Shahada [The Islamic creed]: ...


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Let's start with the end of this sentence—the list of heresies. These can actually be classified under one or another of the descriptions you've highlighted. A greater or a less Arianism used the text of John 14:28, "The Father is greater than I", to argue that the Son of God was not truly God, but a lesser being who was begotten after God the ...


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I generally write from a reformed perspective, but I don't think there's anything in this post that other Christians (Oriental Orthodox and Church of the East aside) would disagree with. The doctrine was first formulated clearly by the Council of Chalcedon: One and the same Son, the Self-same Perfect in Godhead, the Self-same Perfect in Manhood; truly ...


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There is no risk in saying that no well known person has ever tried to categorize all of the commands of the Old Testament into moral, ceremonial and civil categories. The reason is that although it is helpful to consider the Law among those divisions Christians have never felt it that important to do so. Christians do not even have a unanimous view on ...


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As David points out, the Qur'an itself doesn't testify that Muhammad received his revelation from Gabriel. In fact, when Muhammad first received his 'revelation', he believed he was possessed, and attempted to hurl himself off a cliff (Ibn Ishaq, p. 106). It wasn't until talking with his wife Khadija that she gave him the idea he wasn't possessed but was a ...


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First, note that the 39 Articles are a creation of the English reformation of the Sixteenth century, having been put into their present form in 1563, and while they have the force of Law in the Church of England, they have a lesser authority in other political jurisdictions, and have been controversial since the beginning. There have been articles to which ...


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These concepts are harmonized simply by the acknowledgement that they are, as you said, anthropomorphisms. What's left to harmonize?


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The Original Nicene Creed ( A.D. 325) is opposed to Athanasian Creed in number of ways. The Athanasian Creed reads: We worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity, neither confounding the persons nor dividing the substance. For there is one person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Spirit. So far, so good. This is ...


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The official Orthodox answer to this question can be seen most clearly in the answers to two questions in the Revised Catechism: 094 What difference is there between the Persons of the Holy Trinity? God the Father is neither begotten nor proceeds from any other Person, he is the cause, source and principle. This is called the Monarchy of the Father. ...


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Firstly, it must be stated that thousands of holy and learned souls have discussed and debated this controversial area of theology over the course of many centuries, and I for one do not pretend to be either holy or learned. My inadequacy in answering this question is cause for considerable hesitation. But, since this is such a provocative question...how ...


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A particularly pertinent passage of scripture is found in 1 Peter 1:11 - in surrounding context: Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the ...


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If I understand the question, it seems to be along the lines of "How can Jesus be the one who sends the Holy Spirit, when the Holy Spirit is sent in the Old Testament?" There's two threads that help answer this. The first is that Jesus is there in the Old Testament. The second is that the Holy Spirit was only given to a select few in the Old Testament, ...



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