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The Dogmatic Constitution On The Church (Lumen Gentium)1, promulgated by the Catholic Church on November 21, 1964, acknowledges in chapter II.16 that Muslims worship the same God as do Catholics, adding that Muslims profess to hold the faith of Abraham. This last is a carefully neutral statement that, in itself, makes no judgement about other aspects of the ...


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Revelation 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. This verse shows that the throne belongs to Jesus Christ along with his father. We interpret it through this verse. Kind of a short answer but it gets the point accross.


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Jesus had two fathers. One was Joseph, his earthly adoptive father. The other is the Father, his heavenly father (and ours as well). He had no earthly biological father. That is the distinction. The Father is not Jesus' earthly father in any sense whatsoever. The person of Christ is eternally begotten of the person of the Father. That doesn't and didn't ...


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In standard Christian theology, God is described as omniscient, or all-knowing (by major theologians such as St Aquinas). This is incompatible with being deceived. Accordingly we would not interpret any passage in the Bible as implying God was deceived, unless we wished to discard this core belief.


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Several good questions being asked here: Regarding the word "heavens", Paul makes mention of visiting the "third heaven" (2 Corinthians 12:2). It was common for Jews to use the word heaven to mean the sky, outer-space, or spiritual heaven where God dwells. So "in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth" may have meant the creation of earth and ...


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Following @FMS' comment, I've completely rethought my answer. It helped that I discovered that (as usual) St. Thomas Aquinas was there before me. He wrote about the question in the Third Part of the Summa Theologica, Question 32, Article 3. Your question is brought up (more or less) in Objection 3 of this article: Further, God is called our Father by ...


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Matthew 5:8 – "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." Also, the apostles and others around him in his day saw Jesus, so yes, man can see God.


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God can appear to men in whatever form He wishes. Another instance that comes to mind is when He appeared to Abraham as a man, after which Abraham was immediately prompted to fall down to his face, yet he didn't die (I think that's on Gen 18). As for Ex 33:20, highlighted in the question, follows Moses request in v. 18, which reads: 18 And he said, Let ...


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The following OT and NT [RSVCE] passages indicate that some men shall see God in the future. Job 19:26 [And] after my skin has been thus destroyed, then from my flesh I shall see God[.] Psalm 11:7 For the Lord is righteous, he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face. Psalm 42:2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. ...


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The answer Dick Harfield provided is also echoed in paragraph 841 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Also from Nostra Aetate The Church regards with esteem also the Moslems. They adore the one God, living and subsisting in Himself; merciful and all- powerful, the Creator of heaven and earth,(5) who has spoken to men; they take pains to ...


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Jesus was begotten BY God, THROUGH the power of the Holy Spirit. He was not begotten by the Holy Spirit, so the Holy Spirit is not His father. (See John 3:16) Since God has a body, He would have had to have sex with Mary to impregnate her. But then she wouldn't have been a virgin. However, since the Holy Ghost does not have a body, he could do the job on ...


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from here: I've been studying this question ["Is it Possible for God to Create a Creature More Perfect than Our Lady?"] recently, occasioned at first by a conversation with my wife, right before it providentially popped up in my daily philosophical readings--in Hugon's Cursus Philosophiae Thomisticae, Vol. 3 on Metaphysics. The Thomistic ...


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According to Catholic teaching and theology, can man ever see God as he really is? Not in this present life, when the soul is united to body. St. Thomas, in addressing the question "Whether in the present state of life the contemplative life can reach to the vision of the Divine essence?," quotes St. Augustine, who says in his Literal Interpretation of ...


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God created the HEAVENS and the Earth. God is the creator of all reality as we know it, including time and space itself. Considering that both are directly related, time would have been a consequential creation of the creation of the dimensions of space. God does not have a physical body like we perceive life from our limited perspectives. He is often ...


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God's plans are centred around the father glorifying the son and giving him a kingdom and a bride. We can see this in a few passages from the NT: In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also ...


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God is cannot be deceived. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Galatians 6:7 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. 1 Corinthians 3:19 Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart. Psalms ...


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Though not a Catholic, something @MattGutting said struck me as particularly important and pregnant (no pun intended) with meaning. He said, "Thus, God the Father is THE Father; the Son proceeds from him, and the Spirit from both. St. Thomas Aquinas, in the Summa Theologica, gives a philosophically dense discussion of the topic in the 'Treatise on the ...


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Normally I would not answer this question since you ask about the Catholic and Lutheran denominations. However, in my Bible study I have over 16 Bibles to reference and every one of them has this verse: Matthew 18:14 (Douay Rheims version) Even so it is not the will of your Father, who is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish. We all ...


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3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: It's quite simple. The "throne" (power and glory) is that of Jesus Christ and God the Father. Christ received all that the Father had, including his power and glory. And not only did Christ receive this, but the redeemed will ...


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The idea that God cares about each of us individually, to the point of intervening directly in human history on our behalf (in the person of Jesus), is arguably the central concept of Christianity. Some of the passages in the Gospels that support this idea are John 3:16 (for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son), the parables of the ...


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Starting off with the Church teaching on images From the Catechism of the Catholic Church CCC 2132 The Christian veneration of images is not contrary to the first commandment which proscribes idols. Indeed, "the honor rendered to an image passes to its prototype," and "whoever venerates an image venerates the person portrayed in it."1 The honor ...


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It is interesting in the reference in Exodus 33:20 "And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live." So I think this could be a pre-incarnate form of Christ in Ex 33:11 "And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend." That through Jesus Christ we have access to God and that they are One.


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The Covenant of Redemption in the Bible Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and ...


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Whilst most people on this site have dismissed this question as silly, it is in fact very profound. The Hebrew language is unique among all language that exist or have ever existed in that it has several distinct layers of meaning. It is, linguistically speaking, a Semitic language like Aramaic and Arabic (among several), but no other language in this ...


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Mormons believe in "one God", however, they do not believe in an "ontological oneness." In other words, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost are three separate personages, but they are "One God." An analogy I have always been partial too is if 3 men were walking down the street side by side, and you were following them, who are you following? ...



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