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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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From the other side of the coin, the most salient problem with labeling the LDS church as "Protestant" is that the LDS Church itself explicitly rejects the Nicene Creed. According to the Scriptures of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith -- History; I quote the following from verse 19 in answer to ...


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The core difference between LDS doctrine and Protestantism really is the core of Mormonism. Protestants believe that the Church as established by Christ fell into apostasy and needed to be reformed, requiring a return to the true doctrine of Jesus Christ by adhering closely to the doctrines described in the Bible. Latter-Day Saints, on the other hand, ...


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The final word refers to the final revelation, in practical terms Matthew to Revelation. There is no Scripture after this or above it. In the past God 'gradually' over a long period revealed his word, bit-by-bit, shadow-by-shadow but when Christ came he brought the final conclusion in the gospel of grace and truth. For the law was given through Moses; ...


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Much of what I said here in relation to the Catholic perspective on this issue remains directly relevant to a Protestant perspective. The incarnation provides the key to understanding why 'the Son' constitutes superior revelation to all preceding and subsequent prophets - in Jesus own words: If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From ...


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This answer was written in answer to the original question, before it was massively rewritten and as the question is now asked does not apply to or answer your question. Please do not down vote or otherwise denigrate my answer, since it does apply and does answer the original question. Your question cannot be answered simply. In answering your question we ...


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From a Fundamentalist Pentecostal pov, "Prayer Services" are usually geared towards corporate prayer and petitions of God. These prayer(s) can be very long (over 30mins each). If any hymns are sung or preaching is preached, it is to prepare the church (congregation) for prayer. These prayers can be in support of a specific cause; i.e. imprisoned ...



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