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I generally write from a reformed perspective, but I don't think there's anything in this post that other Christians (Oriental Orthodox and Church of the East aside) would disagree with. The doctrine was first formulated clearly by the Council of Chalcedon: One and the same Son, the Self-same Perfect in Godhead, the Self-same Perfect in Manhood; truly ...


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Pentecost is called the "Church's birthday" for a reason, and that reason is the Holy Spirit. As for the idea of "Was He quiet the whole time since the first century?" Um, no. The Protestant Reformation was just that - a re-formation of the original church. While we may disagree about what it means to be the first church, we acknowledge that we are ...


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To the best of my understanding the meaning of being inseparable means that Jesus was and always will be the only human to possess this phenomenon, and we cannot attribute his uniqueness to any other; whether they be divine or human. Unless Jesus did possess both a divine and a human nature, He would be unable to be the perfect sacrifice for sin demanded by ...


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The promise of the Old and the promise(s) of the New are reconcilable. It has not yet been revealed how they are reconcilable. Answering via the route of God's promises God promised the Land of Israel to Abraham and his descendants. One of the biblical passages that highlights this is: Judges 11:23-25 (RSVCE) 23 So then the Lord, the God of ...


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God does in fact have a special relationship with the Jewish people. That special relationship stems from the fact that Israel is God's chosen nation (the nation through which God would bring Salvation to the world). And Looking back at History we find that that relationship began with Abraham: All Scripture is quoted from the King James translation ...


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Most Christians will likely agree on the basic principle that the Children of Israel, down to the present day have a special relationship with God, but that at this stage, we don't know what that relationship is, exactly. Jesus' parable of the workers in the vineyard (cf. Matthew 20:1 ff.) might apply here, with the Children of Israel representing those ...


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The answer is clearly found in Deuteronomy 30 which is referenced by Paul in Romans 10. And how was Abraham declared righteous? Romans said we are justified the same way Abraham was and that the gospel was preached to Abraham before hand. I encourage you to seek this out and you will see the gospel and the blood of Christ from Genesis to Revelation.


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Hierarchy does reference order but it does not reference value. The value of each person of the trinity is equal. What the Bible reflects is unique characteristics and relational contingencies within the Trinity. For example Jesus says: John 5:19 ....Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: ...


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Simply to add to the answer given by Geremia... It is quite possible to consistently believe that "outside of The [Catholic] Church there is no salvation", and square it away with some of the more inclusive statements that Popes have spoken recently. For consistency's sake one must believe this statement in the same way that Catholics believe the following ...


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I think it would also be helpful to say that 'salvation by faith' is not something that only Paul talks about. He maintained that this had its bases in Old Testament scripture too when he quoted Genesis 15:6, 'And he [Abraham] believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness' (AV/KJV). This is at a time way before the Law had been delivered ...


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My short answer is yes, they are compatible but you're correct to observe a shift in emphasis. The reason for the divergence in eastern and western thought is that in the Bible there are a variety of different analogies and explanations for the nature of salvation. The west at some point latched more onto the juridicial/courtroom analogies, while the east ...


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Theosis is really more of a non-issue. Comparing two faiths with (more or less) the same scriptures means that this is going to have some extra-scriptural material. These are some well-researched, thoughtful articles on the subject. Becoming like God: Am Evangelical Doctrine of Theosis The idea of divinization, of redeemed human nature somehow ...


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The theological answer is long and complicated as arguments from the Bible can be found on both sides to support either conditional salvation or eternal security. I personally support eternal salvation because it is more logical. Once you have become a born again Christian, Jesus describes you as being 'born again of the spirit of God' You undergo a ...


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Christians only have the authority to forgive sin directed at themselves, the individual, as someone answered above Jesus says we must forgive those who have sinned against us or else God will not forgive us. When it comes to forgiving sin against others not ourselves only God, Jesus and the person who has been sinned against has the authority to forgive the ...


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Many Protestant churches I've visited, myself included, believe that Jesus had brothers, four of them - named James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas - all of which we believe to be the authors of the Book of James and the Book of Jude. Some Protestants believe them to be children from Joseph's prior marriages (which I don't believe I've ever seen Scripture ...


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The sacrament of confession (or penance or reconcilliation) was not specifically instituted by any of the Gospels. However, all four Gospels address the forgiveness of sin and the sacrament is entirely consistent with what Jesus is purported to have said and done. This is evidenced not only by John 20:22-23, but on the other Gospel accounts of Jesus ...


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Another theologian who anticipated some of the important thoughts of the Reformation, including sola gratia, was Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153), who was frequently cited by both Luther and Calvin.


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The following tools are good for determining what the bible says about a matter. Take, for example, this question about pets going to heaven. If you wanted to know the answer, you should consult: 1. A Concordance The first tool that just about any pastor is going to use to answer a question such as this is a concordance. A concordance is nothing more ...


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There are no shortcuts to the process you appear to be asking about. I say that through personal experience, and from many Bible enthusiasts I have known and collaborated with over the years. There are some excellent aids to enhance your Bible study free on the internet, some are online Bible study, and for the novice there are some excellent interactive ...


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Absolute certainty probably isn't attainable (whether absolute certainty is or should be considered attainable by humans at all might be a worthwhile question), but as brought up in Affable Geek's answer to the inciting question, you can get pretty close through use of a good concordance and topical Bible dictionary. Concordances are lists of words used. ...



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