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The phrase "pray to" confuses most people as it gives the impression that anyone who asks a saint to "pray for" them is actually praying to the saint as if he/she was God. This isn't true and is probably an artifact of language. The word "pray" also has the meaning to "make an earnest petition" so Catholics, and, I think, other Christians, call upon any ...


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The Apostles Creed, referenced as early as 390 A.D., quite clearly articulates an understanding of our faith revolving around the three persons we identify as the members of the Trinity as core to the faith. It makes up almost half of the total text. I believe in God, the Father Almighty,    the Maker of heaven and earth,    ...


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I believe one reason for the order is because of the Great Commission, in which it is written (Matt. 28:19), Therefore, go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. πορευθέντες οὖν μαθητεύσατε πάντα τὰ ἔθνη βαπτίζοντες αὐτοὺς εἰς τὸ ὄνομα τοῦ πατρὸς καὶ τοῦ υἱοῦ καὶ τοῦ ἁγίου πνεύματος ...


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Ok, I will try my best to answer this. Jesus was prophesied to be God. Isaiah 9:6 (NIV) 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Matthew 1:23 (NIV) 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth ...


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LDS understanding of the nature of the Father and the Son is drawn from the First Vision, Joseph Smith's first-hand account of an encounter with them as an answer to his prayer to learn the truth about God and religion: I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. ... When ...


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As you already understand, the doctrine of the Trinity states that there is one God, who exists in three persons. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. From http://carm.org/trinity The Father is not the same person as the Son; the Son is not the same person as the Holy Spirit; and the Holy Spirit is not the same person as Father. They are not ...


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However, most Christians believe that God exists as three persons in one God-head. This may or may not be true. I think it is more true to say that nominal acquiescence of a statement of trinitarianism is widely understood as a 'red line' for acceptance by many denominations. The Nicene creed for example is clearly trinatarian, and so are many 'statements ...


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There is a significant distinction between calling God "mother" and the Bible identifying aspects of motherhood (and fatherhood) as reflecting the glory and character of God. Both men and women reflect the glory and character of God in different ways, as men and women, fathers and mothers, teachers, judges, etc. However, God is spirit (John 4:23) and not ...


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According to Jesus, This, then, is how you should pray: "Our Father... Jesus is clear that we pray to the father. That said, I am personally convinced that if we get God's name wrong he still hears us. If my son occasionally calls me "mum" when he asks for my help I still help him (and it makes me smile, to be honest). I don't think a heavenly father ...


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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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Without question, Theophilus of Antioch (d. 183) is your man. He wrote in Greek: [God's creations on the first three days--light, sky, and vegetation--] are types of the Trinity [Τριάδος], of God, and His Word, and His wisdom. And the fourth [day, the creation of the moon and stars,] is the type of man, who needs light, that so there may be God, the Word,...


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Firstly, the Trinity is not Tritheism. This is the classic argument of the Muslim against Christianity, but it is not valid. It is not valid, because the formulation of the Trinity specifically states that God is one being who exists in three persons. The Athansian Creed (a very ancient creed dating to the fourth or fifth century predating the Orthodox / ...


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God cannot sin, not because He lacks the free will to do so, but because it would be inconsistent with His character and His nature. From http://www.godandscience.org/apologetics/rock.html The word "omnipotent" is never used in the Bible, but has been inferred primarily by one of God's Hebrew titles, "Shadday," which is most often translated "...


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This question is complicated, of course, by the fact that we must work with translations of the original texts in order to find this wording. However, at least three second-century authors use this phrasing when translated into English: Justin Martyr, Athenagoras of Athens, and Clement of Alexandria. Justin Martyr (100–165) writes, in Dialogue with Trypho:...


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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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It's three Persons in one Divine Nature, all separate in their personhood, all equal in their divinity. An image pulled from an old catechism diagrams the relationship like this: The legendary analogy that Saint Patrick used when educating the Irish was the shamrock: three distinct leaves in one plant. Obviously, any image we make is going to be an ...


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Our biggest clue is from this scripture: Matthew 28:19 (NIV) Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Beyond that, I know of no other verses that limit the Godhead to three persons.


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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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God cannot sin, because sin is defined in relation to who God is and what He does. Anything God does cannot be sin, simply because God did it. Sin is a failure to live up to God's standard.


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It depends on who you ask. That's because it depends upon how you interpret the meaning of certain Biblical passages. Both Trinitarians and Non-trinitarians feel very strongly that their doctrine is taught clearly in the Bible. Trinitarians will answer, "Yes, Jesus did teach the doctrine of the trinity." Non-trinitarians will answer, "No, Jesus never ...


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Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (Matthew 28:19, NIV) I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism. (1 Timothy 5:21, NIV) The core difference is ...


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To answer your second question, there is Acts 7:55-56 in which Stephen, being full of the Holy Ghost, looks up and sees God the Father and Christ on His right hand. This passage shows all three personages together, although perhaps not in the way you are looking for (since it seems to suggest that they are three personages are distinct beings). Obviously ...


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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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Catholics pray for the entire communion of saints to intercede on their behalf. It's more than just the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church (what most people refer to as Roman Catholic) it's the entire Church in communion with the pope, as well as the Eastern Orthodox Church who prays fervently to the saint. According to Catholic doctrine Angels are also ...


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It's a role-delineation, not a "hierarchy" (at least, not in the way it is used in common English). God has distinct persons making up His one self - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They have distinct roles, as revealed in the Bible (more I'm sure can be added): Father Creator (Genesis 1:1, Romans 1:25, etc) Judge (Genesis 15:14, Genesis 18:25, 1 Samuel 2:...


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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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A famous quote from Christian history is: In Essentials Unity, In Non-Essentials Liberty, In All Things Charity In Essentials Unity The Apostle Paul talks about "another gospel" that was being preached to the Galatians, and he uses very strong words regarding those who bring such a gospel: 6 I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who ...


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Update: The short answer: No; it seems that partialism is not a "real," historically defined heresy. Explanation: Before writing this post, I checked the applicable titles from among my usual textual sources -- a variety of historic theological works that are now in the public domain and available online. When that yielded no references to "partialism," I ...



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