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Good question with a simple answer: No. Categorically no. All mainline Protestants (and actually most branches of Christianity including Catholic and Orthodox) believe that they are radically different. "Categorically" different if I may overload that word. Jesus is God. Son of God in that he is the "son" part of the Trinity, but the very person of God, ...


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The Catholic Church has a uniquely developed perspective on this question. It is a dogma of the Catholic faith that Mary was immaculately conceived -- or in the words of Pope Pius IX: We declare, pronounce, and define that the doctrine which holds that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and ...


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Reason 1 According to reformed theology, the Bible is about the Glory of God. Jesus is God. Thus, the Bible is about Jesus. More concretely, some would go so far as to state that the Elect is the father's gift to the Son (I'm not sure if this can be scripturally verified). That would be further reason for the Bible focusing on Christ. Reason 2 Without ...


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Yeshoua (Joshua / Jesus) means "Jehovah Saves". I'd say, that's a pretty good description of what he came to do - he came "to seek and save the lost."


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First of all, I think it's necessary to point out that Christianity is not defined by being a "lot about God and other spiritual matters". Most world religions could include this. You could just as easily be Muslim and sing a lot about God and spiritual matters. Even more specifically than that, a group may have a set of beliefs that draw on many common ...


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As a Rasta, I feel led to point out some things. First of all, to answer the question, some Rastas recognize Yeshua (Jesus) as their lord and savior, and see Selassie I as one who continues the work of Christ, through the line of David. Revelations references Yeshua telling His people of a man that God would send to Earth to continue His work. Rastas believe ...


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Luke 2 tells the story of Jesus as a boy in the Temple. His parents had taken Him to a feast there and had left Him behind on their return trip. When they returned to Jerusalem to find Him, Jesus asks His mother a question--"Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?" Now, the Temple was not where Joseph lived, but was the House of God. So, ...


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Calling Jesus the "son of God" implies that he is God. This may not be a persuasive argument if it were not for Jesus being the only-begotten son of God. Angels, although sons of God, are not begotten. Christians, although sons of God, are begotten via regeneration, not generation. Only Jesus, the only-begotten son of God, is begotten via generation. He ...


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I'll try to answer this from several different views - the main three (Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox) and also the LDS view, since the LDS view is significantly different from the other three, and deserves a distinct treatment. The mainstream Christian view (Protestant, Orthodox, Catholic) is covered by Apologetics Press in this article: What Does it ...


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The theological term for what you are describing is called Kenosis- from "an emptying." As you suggest, Philippians 2, in which the Scripture says that "though He was God, he thought equality with God was not something to be grasped," so he emptied himself and became obedient unto death, even the death on a Cross. That God himself would choose to empty ...


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Preface: As asked, this is a Truth question - asking whether Jesus' claim to be "The Son " is "True". Per site guidelines, that's not allowed. See What Christianity.StackExchange is (and more importantly, what it isn't) for more. However, what is allowed is to answer how various Christians defend the idea that Jesus is "The Son" and therefore ...


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It was the understanding of many Church Fathers from the early Christians that the LORD who appeared to Abraham, Jacob, Moses and the prophets was Jesus Christ, the word of God, who is distinct from God the Creator. In "The Dialogue with Trypho" written by Justin Martyr(100-165 AD), Justin explained to Trypho the Jew that one of the three men who visited ...


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As already mentioned by [Affable Geek], this verse answers the question Matthew 1:21 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”


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Trinitarian Christians most often refer to Jesus by name or by the title of "The Son of God" to distinguish between the Three Persons of the Godhead. (The title of "The Son of Man" is a specific reference to a prophecy in Ezekiel with which Jesus identifies Himself.) The Doctrine of the Trinity can be explained as such: Jesus is God The Father is God The ...


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Yes, Jesus is our "brother" (ἀδελφός). In Heb. 2:11, it is written, For both he who sanctifies1 and those who are sanctified2 are all of one, for which reason he is not ashamed to call them "brothers." ὁ τε γὰρ ἁγιάζων καὶ οἱ ἁγιαζόμενοι ἐξ ἑνὸς πάντες δι᾽ ἣν αἰτίαν οὐκ ἐπαισχύνεται ἀδελφοὺς αὐτοὺς καλεῖν God the Father is our father according ...


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A body is animated by the soul. Jesus’ body was no different, except that it was both fully human and fully divine: there wasn’t a “human part” and a “divine part”. As his whole nature was fully human and fully divine, it follows that his soul was both fully human and fully divine as well, for he could not be the Word Incarnate without the Word being part of ...


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This is to some extent the idea of progressive revelation, which is a concept that originated in Origen and was fully expounded in Gregory the Theologian's Fifth Theological Oration (which was in defence of the divinity of the Holy Spirit against the Pneumatomachai). This is the purple passage: The Old Testament proclaimed the Father openly, and the Son ...


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tl;dr> While it is true that Jesus never used the words "I am the Son of God"1 , many people around him did exactly as such. Thus, the difference between Jesus and Mansoor Hallaj is this - Hallaj claimed to be the Son of God on his own authority. Jesus was pro-claimed to be the Son of God by others. 1. Christians proclaim Jesus to be the Son of God as a ...


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I would like to suggest another layer of meaning on Affable Geek's answer. This requires a little set up, so bear with me. In Exodus 20, God thunders from Mount Sinai and begins the Ten Words (or Commandments) with, "I am Yahweh (Jehovah) your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery." Thus introducing Himself as Yahweh, ...


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Your questions and observations seem quite contrary to the Protestant faith. I am not sure from what faith you are deriving these ideas. However I can say from the Protestant faith that Mary and Joseph were sinners and all are born into sin. Therefore Mary and Joseph did not need to posses the holiness of God; rather they needed the Christ to die for their ...


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The classic Bible verse to clearly declare that Jesus was the only-begotten son of God before the incarnation is John 1:1-2, declaring Jesus to be fully God, eternally with his Father. 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. (John 1:1-2). From this eternity: 14The Word ...


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This answer will mostly link to other answers already on the site - please understand that I'm really taking this as a basic "Give me the basics of Christianity." Please understand, normally this would be off-topic, as we are really more geared to experts, but I think having one basic answer here is helpful. This answer really needs to explain the two big ...


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People who believe in the Trinity say that he can not be our brother because Jesus is God. Is there a contradiction here? Yes there is. If The Father, can be our father and God at the same time, why can't Jesus be our brother and God at the same time? Jesus is inseparably true God and true man. He is truly the Son of God who, without ceasing to be God and ...


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Among the meanings of ψυχε (psuche, 5590; soul, life) is "the seat of the feelings, desires, affections, aversions (our heart, soul etc.)" I'm not certain what it would mean for my "(eternal) soul"/"living being"/"union of body and spirit" to be grieved. I think it makes much more sense to read his statement in a poetic sense, as: "My heart is deeply ...


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Original Word: בֵּן Hebrew: Sons As applied to Job 38:7. Strong's Concordance Ref. word 1121. ben, bane; a son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense(of lit. and fig. relationship including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc.) Son, HUIOS in Greek primarily signifies the relation of offspring to parent{W.E. Vine Expository ...


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The Lord Jesus is the only begotten Son of the Father: (John 1:14) And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John 1:18) No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. ...


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We know almost nothing for sure about the life of Jesus before starting his public ministry. From the Gospels we have only the birth narratives and "boy Jesus in the temple", which are really very little to go on. From those we can deduce a couple of things: Mary knew quite a lot about the destiny of her son, that he would "redeem his people". It's not ...


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The name "Jesus" has an explicit meaning defined in the New Testament itself, as we see here: Mathew 1:21 “She will give birth to a son and you will name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins” Elsewhere, we learn that Jesus is the name by which there is salvation for humanity. We find it innumerable times in Bible, specifically ...


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Jesus is not God the Father's only son, but he is God the Father's only-begotten Son. And, μονογενής means "only-born" (or "only-begotten") not "one of a kind." The the suffix —γενής is found in many Greek words, including εὐηγενής ("well born"), ἀγενής ("low born"), ἀλλογενής ("other born"), πατρογενής ("father born"), πυριγενής/ πυρογενής ("fire born"), ...


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The Greek word /monogenes/ is the key here. I did a word study on this a number of years back. The word actually appears in the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Hebrews Scriptures). Here it is actually used in reference to Isaac as the /monogenes/ son of Abraham. Interestingly enough, Isaac was not the only son of Abraham and not even the first. ...



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