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The filioque is meant as a theological explanation of the relationship between the Spirit and the Son. The Bible tells us that the Son is begotten from the Father, and that the Spirit proceeds from the Father, but any curious Trinitarian is going to wonder what the Spirit-Son relationship is. And the West, as a rule, is much more interested in nailing down ...


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According to mainstream Christianity, the Holy Spirit is a person of the Trinity - loosely speaking a part of God. Therefore he was not created. He is eternal, without beginning and without end. This is best (though not necessarily most understandably) summed up in the Athenasian Creed: Such as the Father is; such is the Son; and such is the Holy Ghost. ...


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In Acts 5:1-4 it says Ananias has lied to the Holy Spirit and has therefore lied to God: Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet. Then Peter said, "Ananias, how is it ...


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The idea that God cannot be in the presence of sin may come from the prayer in Habakkuk 1:13. In the NIV it says, "Your eyes are too pure to look upon evil." The question, then, is, "Is this teaching the God is unable to look at evil?" If it is teaching that, then this would need to fit with the whole of Scripture. Psalm 139 expressly states that God ...


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The Holy Spirit is not the Father of Jesus, God the Father is. What you are asking about is the nature of the Trinity. Trinity Christians have always believed the Son of God was preexisting before the creation of the world and is God who created the world. The Father spoke through the Son and the Spirit performed the actual creative events. John 1:1-3 ...


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No, I do not believe that this is the only sure sign of the Holy Spirit. Also, I would question if someone is truly speaking in tongues when they claim to be. Can people speak in tongues today? I have seen people who would claim they were speaking in tongues, but there was no one there to interpret. Paul lists speaking in tongues as one of the spiritual ...


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Science also says people can't walk on water, turn water into wine, spontaneously cure illness, or walk around after being killed. Whether you accept these things as having happened (as divine miracle) is pretty much the definition of most forms of Christianity. It isn't so much "glossing over", as "this is the doctrine and dogma of the Church". That said, ...


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The Bible makes it very, very clear that the virgin birth is true. The emphasis below is mine: Matthew 1:20-23 ESV "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins."22All ...


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Whether or not it is technically possible, it would contradict the nature of God to do so. To overwhelm a person dispenses with free will, and most Christians view God as granting mankind the ability to choose him freely. As illustrated in Hosea “Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak ...


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When the angel came to Zechariah to announce the birth of John, he said that the child would be "filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb. (Lk 1:15)" Also, Jesus said of John that "all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. (Mt 11:13)" It seems most reasonable to view him as a prophet like those of the OT, that he was commissioned ...


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We do not deny the role of the Holy Spirit as a teacher. We believe that the Holy Spirit does serve to teach us, and to guide us. The Holy Spirit also serves to convict sinners that they may come to repentance. From the article you linked to: Consequently, sola scriptura demands that only those doctrines are to be admitted or confessed that are ...


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Baptism of the Holy Spirit refers to receiving the Holy Spirit into your life. In John 14:16-17 (NIV), Jesus says: 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives ...


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You will know that you are reborn in spirit when people notice a significant change in you. It's like being hit by a large truck, you are never the same afterwards. The same can be said for the spirit of God entering your life, God is unimaginably big. If you have been truly changed and born again, people will take notice. I know people that get saved and ...


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Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone's astonishment he wrote, "His name is John." He had all the time prior to this to write it out to her. That is most likely how he would have communicated it to her. Zechariah writing here is just to show everyone else. ...


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Cliche Christian answer: pray about it. I'm guessing that isn't the answer you're looking for though, so I will say "research." For example, looking at Wikipedia you can see the New International Version "translation took ten years and involved a team of up to 100 scholars from the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. ...


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The practice is called being slain in the spirit It is likely that this practice has existed for millennia; and that it is more a self-induced ecstasy than any kind of actual action of God upon the person. It is thought that 'prophets' in the Old Testament time may have done such things to try to induce visions. The prophets of Baal do something similar ...


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Basically, language changes over time. The Holy Spirit is referred to as the Holy Ghost in earlier English translations, such as the KJV and the Douay-Rheims. At that time, the word "ghost" seems to have had the same connotations as "spirit" does today. So, it was a great translation then, but today the word "ghost" is too closely associated with the ...


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Thinking is actually commendable and encouraged for Christians. In Thessalonica, Paul's witness is recorded as follows: And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3 explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom ...


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Actually, this is more Kabbalah than Christianity and has further roots in the occult and other non-Christian mysticism and folklore (Rumpelstiltskin comes to mind, which is a decidedly non-Christian story). The idea that knowing the name of a beast/demon/whatever gives you dominion over it came from the idea that naming a beast/demon/whatever showed your ...


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The theory of Matriarchal Holy Spirit is a Gnostic Heresy. It doesn't have anything to do with the scriptures. Jesus addresses the Holy Spirit by the masculine gender in the following verses of John 14:26 (But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.) ...


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There are two ways that I can come up with to answer this question:- 1st way to know that you have received the holy spirit(i.e reborn of spirit) is by trusting what the bible says. When you accept the bible to be the word of God and repent for your sins and believe that you are saved by believing in Jesus, you also must have faith in what the bible ...


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Depends on the style guide, but it is a convention to capitalize names of God. The Chicago Manual of Style does not require it, but does acknowledge it. If a person doesn't capitalize He in regards to Jesus or the Holy Spirit, it is probably just an unintentional slip. Alternatively: They could be Nestorian, and deny the divinity of Christ. They might ...


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Short Answer: There are all sorts of opinions on this topic, but I will present what I believe to be the most clear and coherent argument - from Scripture, logic, history, and observation - which is that the gifts have always been "offered", but not always "accepted". Thus, it can be seen that both the cessationist and non-cessationist views are built upon ...


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Summary The verses below tell you clearly what to do. Use logic and reason, consult with Christians wiser than you, and test this man's words. Praise God if he passes. Rebuke the man if he does not. Modified from a previous answer of mine on testing prophets The first thing I want to say is that if your wife is a Christian with a moderately strong faith ...


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Jesus calls the Holy Spirit "him": John 14:16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever John 16:7 But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.


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The theology of the Holy Spirit (or Holy Ghost - the two terms mean the same thing) is a huge subject. This article gives a systematic explanation from the Catholic point of view. Catholic theology of the Holy Spirit is very little different from general Protestant or Orthodox theology of the Holy Spirit, with a few notable exceptions, which I will attempt ...


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The sure sign of having the Holy Spirit is affirming the Lordship of Jesus. 1Co 12:3 NIV Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus be cursed," and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit. As to the second part of your question regarding the justification for the belief that speaking in ...


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While I do believe the gifts do exist today, I do not believe they are all distributed to everyone. (See Do Christians Regard Speaking in Tongues as Necessary?) Since these gifts are distributed by God, I believe they are given to each in sufficient measure to fulfill their needs. Practicing these gifts is just ensuring you are using your gifts when ...


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There is never any indication in the New Testament that the Holy Spirit is a "he". In Greek, gender for normal nouns like "spirit", "rock" or "bread" is a grammatical thing, not a sex thing. This is common in the romance languages as well, if you are familiar with those. The fact that it is neuter does not tell you that it is an "it" as we think in English. ...



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