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Your premise is invalid, as the warning in Revelation cannot be honestly interpreted as referring to anything beyond Revelation itself. "The Bible" did not exist back then. The very concept of "the Bible" did not even exist back then. Each sacred writing was its own book; they weren't compiled into a collection until centuries later. In addition, John ...


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I agree 100% with Mason Wheeler, but I thought I could clarify something. The LDS faith does not claim to add to the Bible. The only additions in their version of the King James Version of the Bible is in the form of footnotes and reference information. If that is considered adding to the Bible, then most denominations are guilty. The Book of Mormon is a ...


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What is considered scripture The Standard Works The LDS Church accepts 4 volumes as "standard works" of scripture: The KJV Bible (minus Apocrypha) The Book of Mormon The Pearl of Great Price The Doctrine and Covenants Each book is esteemed basically equally with the others as pertaining to their scriptural value. Of course, Mormons will emphasize the ...


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The Talmud "takes the form of a record of rabbinic discussions pertaining to Jewish law, ethics, philosophy, customs and history." (Wikipedia) It was written by ancient Rabbis as discussions and interpretations of the scriptures of the Tanakh (Old Testament). The New Testament teaches that Scripture must be given by inspiration of God. As the Talmud was ...


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The word for "scripture" in the Greek text is (ἡ) γραφή, often occurring in the plural, (τῆς) γραφῆς, which literally means "writing(s)." The word occurs approximately 50 times in the New Testament (depending on the manuscript used it is 50 or 51) and it seems pretty clear to me from a word search that this almost exclusively refers to the Old Testament ...


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Mary Fairchild belongs to the Calvary Chapel denomination, and she writes: There are no specific scriptural instructions on how to dispose of an old Bible. While God's Word is holy and to be honored (Psalm 138:2), there's nothing sacred or hallowed in the physical materials: the paper, parchment, leather, and ink. She suggests that, instead of ...


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I prefer to look at the verse itself, in this matter. When I read this verse in Revelation it is easy to see that this is a warning to mankind: Don't add stuff! It's not your right, and you don't have the authority! But it does NOT say that God cannot (or even will not) continue revealing his word and his mind and his plans to mankind. Remember Amos ...


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A short history of the Talmud Jewish Law has it's foundation in the books of the Torah: the first five books of the Bible. Although there are something like 613 commandments (mitzvot) in the Torah, there are many areas of life that are not directly addressed by the written law. And society has changed in ways that aren't explicitly accounted for by the ...


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Before I lost my sight I was involved in Prison Ministry, and they are constantly in need of Bibles. Also they can and do supply things such as books, periodicals, and such to Chaplains for use in their libraries. Also any teaching aids you may have would be greatly appreciated. You might find a Ministry through Google or if you live near a prison a call to ...


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Ex cathedra means from the chair literally. It refers to the power of the reigning Pope to speak infallibly on doctrinal or moral issues. And although, in my understanding, the power of speaking "from the chair" in general is not a concept necessarily new to Catholicism (think of any leader speaking officially from their official seat), in Catholicism it ...


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I believe you are referring to Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. (KJV)


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I believe you are thinking of Luke 19:40: ‘I tell you [Pharisees],’ he [Jesus] replied, ‘if they [His disciples] keep quiet, the stones will cry out.’ Other passages that refer to the witness of creation include Psalm 19 and Romans 1:20.


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The Wikipedia article actually covers the answer to this fairly well: It is a compilation of sermons and other materials from the early years of the Church, which were transcribed and then published. ... Questions have been raised about the accuracy of some transcriptions. Modern technology and processes were not available for verifying the ...


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An interesting line of thought on the assembly of the NT from a liberal scholar, David Trobisch. In short, his thesis is that Paul selected some of his own letters to be published to the churches (cf. "Did Paul Himself Create the First NT Canon"). Some in the early church — notably Marcion — viewed Paul as in conflict with the apostles in Jerusalem (esp. ...


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First, a timeline. The prohibition on incest was not given until well after creation. At least as far as traditions that believe Genesis to be a historical account are concerned, Adam and Eve were the first two humans on earth, they procreated, had a whole bunch of sons and daughters, some of which paired. For more on this see: Did Adam and Eve's ...


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The answer is quite simple: Scripture does not specify where Hell is. There is a lot of speculation, however, about "where" Hell is, and I suspect the most common beliefs are that: Hell is not a physical place, but rather a spiritual "place" outside of the known universe. Hell may be a physical place, but is likely outside of the known universe (i.e. you ...


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One argument of the Christian presuppositional apologists is that only the Bible is self-authenticating. Other sacred texts, like the Quran, are not. Consider the way Ten Bruggencate's tract on Islam addresses the issue. To Muslims who claim that they could not be wrong, he presents "contradictions in [their] source of knowledge"; that is, he claims that ...


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To start with, it might be helpful to clarify the terms used here. Manuscript Evidence Manuscript Evidence is a term that is well defined outside of Christianity, in the field of Textual Criticism. Textual criticism (or lower criticism) is a branch of literary criticism that is concerned with the identification and removal of transcription errors ...


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Both "Pulpit Commentary" and "Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible" recognize this quote as taken from Genesis 2:7, not word by word but carrying the same meaning. Then the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man's nostrils, and the man became a living person. (Genesis 2:7, NLT) The "Last ...


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Hands down, Eusebius is your best bet for an "historical" (by which I assume you mean non-biblical) account of the early church. Eusebius is often called the 'Father of Church History'. Although he was not active until the 200s, his work is usually considered by historians of all types - from Dan Wallace to Bart Ehrmann to be the pre-eminent collector of ...


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This idea spawns from a number of statements that Brigham Young purportedly made, both in public and in private. For example, he was recorded as having said something like this in the Journal of Discourses, but the LDS Church does not officially accept any of the Journal of Discourses or cite it for doctrine because of erroneous scribing and other things. ...


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Concursus is a Latin word which can be translated encounter or meeting. The late 19th–early 20th century Presbyterian theologian Benjamin Breckenridge Warfield used the word to describe his belief that the whole of Scripture is the product of the divine activities which enter it, not by superseding the activities of the human authors, but by ...


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Talmud was strongly opposed by Jesus Christ. During the time of Jesus Christ, Talmud was called Traditions of the Elders. The Pharisees, the scribes, and all of the Jews who followed the sect of Pharisees nullified the word of God by obeying Traditions of the Elders (Matthew 15, Mark 7). Jesus calls Traditions of the Elders as human traditions (Mark 7:8) ...


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Peter supports any letter submitted by Paul under his ministry, past or future, as scripture. The reason why there is no detailed argument for it in scripture is because it was obvious as his writings were the writings of an Apostle, which was greater than a Prophet. There are some things in them that are hard to understand [i.e. Paul's writings], which ...


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Proverbs 1:4-5 tells us his audience: 4 for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young— 5 let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance— They were written to the "simple," which the NIV defines as "The Hebrew word rendered simple in Proverbs denotes a person who is gullible, ...


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The old creeds are useful summaries of Christian doctrine. They are useful because the way God decided to shape the Bible was not like a systematic theology textbook, even though we might sometimes wish it was! The creeds were written in times of division in the church to clarify what the groups that wrote them believe the Bible taught. In general each ...


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Sometimes the Scriptures identify Pharisees specifically, but other times they merely reference chief priests, who may have been Pharisees. There are a few passages of note: The Chief Priests and Scribes cite Micah 5:2 in reference to the birth of the Messiah Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where ...


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Contrary to what we might think, Jesus did not put teaching at the center of his mission. In fact he spent a lot of effort concealing his message through the use of parables. In fact it was not until close to the end of his days in the flesh on this earth, that he promised to speak clearly by sending the Holy Ghost: “Though I have been speaking ...


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Thanks to everyone for the comments and to @Narnian and @Flimzy for their answers. @Narnian, I don't consider the Moses reference a quote, so I was left with the "hard way" suggested by @FMS, which was to individually check every instance of the word "Pharisee" (or "Pharisees") in the Bible. This turned up 93 hits, which I investigated one at a time. I ...


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For most Christian denominations, the answer is simple. Scripture is supernaturally inspired. The people who wrote the Bible wrote exactly what God intended them to write. See the CARM article on 2 Timothy 3:16 for a more in-depth explanation. Also from the allaboutruth.org website: The Bible tells us that all Scripture is inspired of God and ...



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