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The answer that I have been given was that Thomas looked to Jesus and stated "My Lord" and then to heaven and said "My God" as a praise to Jeohovah for his miracle. I know this answer doesn't have an "official stance of the WatchTower" feel to it, but nine times out of ten, this will be the answer they give you on your doorstep. I have looked, with no ...


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Ontological Equality It is true that fathers and sons aren't equal but this is only in terms of function and role. Thus, functional subordination.The offspring submits to parental authority. On the other hand, fathers and sons can be equal in other sense.For instance, it their actions (activities) or aptitude (natural ability) that stems from their ...


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TLDR; In this passage, Jesus uses language claiming God as a personal father; a begetting father, rather than in an abstract, "God is the Father of Humanity" sort of way. From here, the Jews performed simple deductive logic; the son of God is a god, therefore Jesus is claiming to be a god. More specifically, Jesus was claiming to be as divine as God, and ...


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If Jesus was crucified on Nissan 14, which is a date many (though not all) Bible scholars believe to have been the date of his death. The question then becomes what year it took place, as what day of the week have a lot to do with this. In A.D. 30, Nissan 14 fell on a Wednesday, with Nissan 15 being a Thursday. John states that Jesus was crucified on the ...


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Summary: Evangelical commentators don't take the "making himself equal with God" phrase as a referring only to Jesus's claim that God is his Father, but to his claim that he acts like his Father. Understanding the context here is important. Here's the full passage (John 5:16–18): 16 And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing ...


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Phillipians 2: 5-8 clearly explains it - Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and ...


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The word translated Advocate here is Paraclete, which is sometimes also translated Comforter. It is virtually universally taken in Christianity to refer to the Holy Spirit. The pronoun "he" is used because the Holy Spirit is a person. (Christian denominations that do not believe the Holy Spirit to be a person - a minority - have other explanations for the ...


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Exodus 3:14, where Yahweh identifies himself as "I am who I am", is important as most scholars including Jehovah's Witnesses would agree that it is the origin from which the name Jehovah is derived or takes meaning. Exodus 6:3 refers to Exodus 3 where God reveals himself to Moses for the first time and gives His name as I AM who I AM and then tells him to ...


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The Greek word used in the passage is gymnos, which means "nude." In that time and place, however, fishermen often worked nude since they usually only owned one garment. This would have been a linen tunic, often translated "coat." Since they did not want to spoil their only garment with fish guts, etc., they would often lay it aside where it wouldn't get ...



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