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Baptists*, in particular, are fond saying "We have no creed but the Bible." As this wonderful video shows, that is a creed, but it gets to the heart of your question - why do Baptists view creeds negatively? [Really - go watch the video. It does a better job than I will of explaining the reasoning, and debunking it!] There is one scriptural reason and ...


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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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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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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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The short answer is, they don't. They teach Sunday School. If you ask a Baptist, they'll probably tell you, we don't have a catechism. (Technically, they're wrong, but in practice, most haven't heard of it.) Furthermore, if asked to decribe what a catechism is, they will focus on the fact that it is a "rehearsed" set of formulaic questions and answers - ...


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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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Baptist is is a broad label which encompasses many divergent groups, so providing anything more than generalizations is difficult. This is complicated by the fact that one of the distinctives of Baptist doctrine is the independence of the local church. As such, these kinds of things are generally up to the discretion of each local congregation. Despite ...


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Since this question has gone unanswered for some time, I will take a stab at it. Levels of Magisterial Teaching is not the same thing as a hierarchy of truths. Levels of Magisterial Teaching refers to the level of authority of the person or group giving the teaching and the circumstances under which it is given. So, for instance, the pope issuing a solemn ...


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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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What's the justification for believing that God interacts with us today the same way He did thousands of years ago? In a word: Experience. Consider the value the following men place on experience: “This grace of God is a very great, strong, mighty and active thing. It does not lie asleep in the soul. Grace hears, leads, drives, draws, changes, works ...


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One possible angle is to look at the Latin text, since there is no official adopted Greek text. The article reads: Sed Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti una est divinitas: æqualis gloria, coæterna majestas. Though the colon might throw us off, we ought to remember that it did not exist as punctuation in the original, so we might feasibly ...


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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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Aside from the underlying reasons the Protestant Reformers gave for calling the Pope the Antichrist, there is a more basic reason that the London Baptist Confession in particular says what it says. That reason is that the LBC from 1689 is more or less a Baptist revision of the earlier Savoy Declaration (1658), which was itself taken from the earlier ...


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Your question kind of hops around, but I can say that the justification for that belief is the verse you provide plus some others Hebrews 13:8 ESV Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Malachi 3:6 ESV For I the Lord do not change James 1:17 ESV Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the ...


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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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