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John Calvin does indeed treat this verse. He says: By saying אולי, auli, “if peradventure,” he made use of a common mode of speaking. God indeed has perfect knowledge of all events, nor had he any doubt respecting what would take place, when the prophets had discharged their duties; but what is pointed out here, and also condemned, is the obstinacy of ...


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Summary: Calvinists interpret these passages as referring to God's righteousness and justice — that he is a fair judge, consistently judging sin as wrong, whether committed by rich or poor, strong or weak, native or foreigner. They do not indicate that God's gracious gifts — wealth, strength, and even salvation — are distributed equally to all. Calvinists ...


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In the Bible there are various mentions of goddesses and female idols worshipped by the pagan nations surrounding the Israelites--which, of course, are rejected as false gods. By contrast, references to the God of the Israelites (which Christians see as the true God) are overwhelmingly male. Still, there are a few passages scattered throughout the Bible ...


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Writings Very early. At least as early as Justin Martyr, in The First Apology (~AD 150): For they proclaim our madness to consist in this, that we give to a crucified man a place second to the unchangeable and eternal God, the Creator of all; for they do not discern the mystery that is herein, to which, as we make it plain to you, we pray you to give ...


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God's unchanging nature is something fundamental in scripture, before there ever was a church council or New Testament tradition. It is not based on a Greek concept of perfection but a biblical concept of God. For I the Lord do not change (ESV, Malachi 3:6) To ask when it first showed up in church father writings would probably be the same as asking ...


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The question is better answered by understanding why God created at all and CCC 293 tells us the God created all things not to increase his glory, but to show it forth and to communicate it, for God has no other reason for creating than his love and goodness. The next point CCC 294 continues that God made us to be his sons through Jesus Christ, according to ...


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The overwhelming majority of Christians believe that Jesus was the Son of God spiritually, bodily, and every other way. We believe that he was conceived miraculously within the virgin Mary by the power of the Spirit of God, and so God is his father not in only a figurative sense, but concretely. Most Christian groups consider this to be a fundamental ...


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This is a fantastic question. Here's my answer. Firstly, I would argue that the definition you use from Oxford English Dictionary is actually not as encompassing of the actual theology as it could be. Going against Oxford English Dictionary is a bold claim, so I'll provide another definition. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy “Panentheism” is a ...


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There is no single verse declaring, "God is simple." But those who believe the doctrine believe that it is the only way to coherently hold onto all of the Bible's declarations about God. Catholicism and all the major Protestant confessions declare divine simplicity. The blog post "Is divine simplicity scriptural?" says: Simplicity is implicit in ...


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We don't know, and it's possible we will never know in this life. We know that (1) God was like us (a literal spiritual father-child relationship), and (2) that we can be become like him (heirs of all that he has, and joint-heirs with Christ). Beyond that, little else is known about the exaltation of God. But only an account of this earth, and the ...


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As some have commented on your question, the answer to this questions depends on who you ask, not only within a certain Christian denomination, but also within a specific tradition of such a denomination. A Catholic under the impression of the Thomistic tradition, for example, will tell you a different answer than a Lutheran under the Calvinistic tradition. ...


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Wikipedia's list of Christian heresies turns up Audianism. This fourth-century group understood Genesis 1:27 to teach that God has a body like men. This is a form of anthropomorphism, which is more broadly defined by the 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia as: Anthropomorphism is the ascription to the Supreme Being of the form, organs, operations, and general ...


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Especially in recent years, I feel like this principle has been de-emphasized. Based on those quotes, it certainly sounds like, and reason seems to agree that God has a God, but that information is irrelevant to us. The most important principle is that for us, in this realm, there are no other Gods. I also don't think it is a coincidence that the ...


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The number 7 has religious meaning in diverse religions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Zoroastrianism, Hinduism and ancient Near Eastern paganism. Leon R. Kass says in The Beginning of Wisdom, page 52, the Mesopotamians (Babylonians and Assyrians), before the coming of the Bible, already reckoned seven-day cycles, connected with the phases of the ...


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Sister Simone kindly responded to my email asking this question. She said: "If I just said Holy Spirit, it would slide over like water. Also to an interfaith audience who doesn't necessarily hold a Trinitarian faith it seemed more inclusive to me. I also know that God continues to create us at every moment so it isn't just the "image" of God but God who ...


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Not God the Father apparently, but perhaps Jesus. In Anatomy of the Vatican, page 20-21, Paul Hoffman says that in 1954, towards the end of his life, Pope Pius XII reported to some Jesuits that Jesus had appeared at his bedside during a recent illness and said to him that his time was not yet up. When the story found its way into the press, the Vatican had ...


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Jacob to Israel The name Israel (Yisra'el) is commonly translated as "Wrestled with God", but it can also mean "Champion (or Prince) of God", "Striver with (or against) God", "Ruler (or Prince) over God", "God Prevails", "God Rules", "God will Rule", or possibly "God Who Will Rule". There are two quite different traditions in Genesis that set out to explain ...


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The Catholic church deals with them as separate events, each with its own answer. Let's take the story of Abraham in Genesis 22. You talk about it as cruel. But how did Abraham see it? He simply expected God to raise Isaac from the dead. He believed in a great God who would keep His promises made earlier about Isaac. From Abraham's perspective, it wasn't ...


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A number of positions may exist within Christianity, but are they not regarded as contradictory. Most Christians today generally believe that God is omnipresent, throughout the entire universe and beyond. Daniel 2:28 reflects an earlier belief, telling us specifically that God is in heaven: Daniel 2:28: But there is a God in heaven that revealeth ...



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