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I don't know if I can add anything useful, but there are some different things I can say. One might wonder why it makes sense for God to be Trinity. The only discussion of this question that I have ever read is found in Kallistos Ware's The Orthodox Way. He writes, in part: “I believe in one God”: so we affirm at the beginning of the Creed. But then ...


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For completeness, I would also like to include the following: Genesis 3:23 (Brenton LXX En) 23 And God said, Behold, Adam is become as one of us, to know good and evil, and now lest at any time he stretch forth his hand, and take of the tree of life and eat, and so he shall live for ever— Genesis 11:7 (Brenton LXX En) 7 Come, and having gone ...


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He has stated a revision of his view, as of January 2012, that he now accepts the orthodox view of the Trinity. This would be the view promulgated at IV. Lateran (the 12th Ecumenical Council): “I began to realize that there are some things that could be said about the Father that could not be said about the Son,” Jakes said. “There are distinctives between ...


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The earliest mention of controversy appears to be in the writings of Origen of Alexandria, in the third century. He indicates that some debate already existed on the matter in his time, and he attempts to resolve it by saying that the lack of the article implies that the Word of God is inferior to and dependent on the "True God": We next notice John’s ...


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Fr. Cornelius à Lapide commentates on this verse: Lastly, theologians—and from them, catechists—out of various expositions of S. Augustine, collect six sins against the Holy Ghost; namely, presumption, despair, striving against known truth, envy of fraternal charity, impenitence, and obstinacy. They say that these are called sins against the Holy Ghost, ...


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You can see the answer to how this is possible in an example from creation. A yeast cell is about to have offspring by budding. (Here, I will only speak of one chromosome's DNA.) The original DNA is double-stranded. When it replicates, both original strands separate and make copies of the other strand on themselves. Now there are two double-stranded DNAs ...


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St. Thomas Aquinas, addressing the question of "Whether the trinity of the divine persons can be known by natural reason?" (Summa Theologica I q. 32 a. 1), considered it "impossible to attain to the knowledge of the Trinity by natural reason." He listed some objections to his opinion, in which theologians and philosophers tried to prove that God is triune: ...


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Because John chapter 1 implies as much: 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. ... 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. ESV From this is derived the whole concept of LOGOS: the Word of God, or ...


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In John 15:9-13, Jesus says this: 9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love ...


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It’s important for Jesus to be both fully God and fully man because without being both he could not have mediated between God and man and could not have made an acceptable sacrifice for sin. Perhaps the clearest scriptural evidence for this is Job 9:32-33 For he [God] is not a man, as I am, that I might answer him, that we should come to trial together. ...


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your challenge with eternal begotten is something I had in a different way until the Lord helped me understand it as follows Logically, to beget presupposes someone already existing, bringing forth another. This clearly makes the begotten later than the begetter. So if the begetter is eternal how can the later be eternal or be eternally begotten? I will ...


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Joseph Smith History 1:17 17 It no sooner appeared than I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear ...


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The Father is the one John meant in this context as may be understood from Jesus' words in John 4:46. Direct seeing is what he means no man has experienced even though seeing the Son could be accounted for seeing God since the Son is the exact replica of the Father.


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The passage more accurately says the Father "granted also to the Son to have life in himself" NWT So what the passage says the Father granted the Son is not simply to "have life" but to "have life in himself." In order to understand what it means for the Father to grant the Son to have life in himself we must understand what it means for the Father to have ...


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You must believe that God took on human form in the person of Jesus. 1 John 4:2-3 2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is ...


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TLDR; It's easy to prove the answer is "The case cannot be made directly from scripture." Now, it's discouraged here to answer a question other than the one asked, but I'm going to do a bit of that here to demonstrate why the answer must be "No." If such a basis exists, it's not found directly in scripture Even the most superficial research will show ...


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Acts 16:31 states They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, you and your household.” And Acts 10:43 says, About him [Jesus] all the prophets testify, that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name. Similarly, John 3:16 says For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only ...


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Jesus himself equates salvation with knowing God: Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. - John 17:3 NIV Elsewhere, the scriptures negate the idea that this could be a mere intellectual knowledge about God: You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and ...



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