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In the New Testament, Jesus proclaims that he is YHWH of the old testament: John 8:58 - "Jesus answered, 'I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I Am!" Exodus 3:14 - "God said to Moses, 'I AM WHO I AM (YHWH). This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you.'" Before his crucifixion, Jesus made a fervent prayer in which ...


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The Bible does not teach trinity at all. This is a common misunderstanding. If you believe in trinity, you have to assume that you will be facing three gods in heaven, while God says He is one in many passages. Jesus means God saves... He is Emmanuel, God with us. He is not the Son of God with us, Jesus is God with us. It is not an hypothetical son living ...


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Before continuing, it should be noted that this topic is discussed among theologians, but there is no official teaching which all Catholics are bound to. That's true for most questions which begin with "Why doesn't God just?" This is especially true in a specific case. Your question is one of theodicy. It can be made briefer with "Why do good things happen ...


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(Note:-This answer is irrespective of any tradition) It is assumed that since God is paramount or supreme that nothing can happen without His approval. God is above all things and before all things. He is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. He is immortal, and He is present everywhere so that everyone can know Him (Revelation 21:6). God ...


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Table of Contents Jesus is the seed of David The Meaning of "Seed" How Jesus is the Seed of David The Incarnation (ἡ ἐνσάρκωσις) Jesus is the seed of David The Lord Jesus Christ is the Messiah, "the seed of David" (τὸ σπέρμα Δαβίδ), as the New Testament confirms (Rom. 1:3; 2 Tim. 2:8 cp. John 7:42). Meaning of "Seed" How is Jesus the Messiah, ...


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This answer is based on the theology of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), and represents the views of the "Swedenborgian" or "New Church" denominations that accept his theology. Note that this theology is outside the mainstream of traditional Christian theology in that Swedenborg rejected the doctrine of the Trinity of Persons, holding instead that the ...


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"How is Jesus the Messiah, the seed of David"? Simple: Jesus is the human aspect of the offspring of David. Before that, Jesus was spirit. Jesus created all things, including humanity, as one of the persons of the Godhead before He was flesh and blood. It was only after Mary gave birth to Him that Jesus became flesh and blood. So this is not a circle. To ...


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Hello 'Radz Mathew Co Brown', The verse used goes like this, "The very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and (I pray God) your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ" (I Thess 5:23). The reason God does not have a soul is because "God is a spirit": so it is, by definition. And, with due respect for ...


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If God “shows no partiality,” how do Calvinists defend predestination? The application of "predestination" would by definition be "before". Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Since there is much we do not know, some interesting ...


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This is an interesting speculative question. If you're interested in it, I highly recommend that you read the "Perlandra" trilogy by CS Lewis. The whole trilogy uses a fictional universe to engage with the question of God's salvation and other species on other planets in our solar system. Here is what he says on page 123 of the second book, titled ...


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The Catholic Perspective I first ran across the word "spiration" in the discussion of the Holy Spirit's relation to the Trinity, found in Aquinas' Summa Theologica (First Part, Question 27). Aquinas has just finished talking first about God as an individual being, and then has begun discussing what it means for God to be a Trinity. He begins by talking ...


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St. Thomas Aquinas teaches that Grace is formally participation in the Divine Nature (2 Peter 1:4). St. Thomas goes on to teach that the virtue of Charity that St. Paul writes about in the Letter to the Galatians is loving with God's love: that is, the supernatural virtue of Charity is partaking in the actual love of God Himself. Faith is partaking in the ...


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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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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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From a Swedenborgian perspective, there is a simple answer and a complex answer to this question. The Simple Answer The simple answer does not require the theology of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) at all. It only requires common human experience: Jesus was talking to himself. People often talk to themselves. Sometimes they even do it out loud! I doubt ...


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The theology of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) is sometimes identified as panentheistic. Swedenborg rejected the idea that the universe is part of God. However, he saw God as pervading the universe and continually maintaining its existence from within and above. Thus God is present throughout the universe, from its tiniest to its largest parts. Here is a ...


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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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There is a "point of view" issue here, in the difference of our point of view today, and the point of view of the original intended audience of the book of Samuel. Whether or not the Lord actually sent the tormenting spirit into King Saul, those for whom the story was first related, had the point of view that he did. But the fact that the original audience ...


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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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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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I have never found a satisfactory Catholic explanation of God's cruel nature depicted in the Old Testament, a depiction that is real enough for early gnostic Christians to believe the Old Testament God must surely be a different God to that of the New Testament. It seems this is an issue not discussed and, if it is discussed, only to the extent that the ...


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Is it inherently impossible for a person to see God's face? If so, we need look no further, and simply conclude that Moses did not see God's face. According to Genesis 32:30 there is at least one precedent, with Jacob declaring that he had seen God face to face, and had not died because of this: Genesis 32:30: And Jacob called the name of the place ...


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In the Bible, God the Father is commonly seen in visions as seated on a throne in heaven. This is not necessarily contradictory to the idea that God is omnipresent, since He can be omnipresent and also still take on a form. Daniel 7 9-14 (KJV) I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and ...


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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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