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Second Timothy 2:22-26 (ESV) --

So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.


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revised When the humans' freedom of choice was firstly stated in Christianity?
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accepted Is there scholarly concensus on the historicity of Foxe's Book of Martyrs?
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asked Is there scholarly concensus on the historicity of Foxe's Book of Martyrs?
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comment Is hypocrisy a sin?
@ZettaSuro: If you have questions about how to reconcile verses that command rebuke with those which require humility, that might be something to ask on the main board. I think that would be better than talking about it in comments. Thanks.
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revised Does a classic Trinitarian formulation consider God to be his own “Family”?
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comment Does a classic Trinitarian formulation consider God to be his own “Family”?
@Rick: Not that anyone asked my opinion, but I suppose that if I were tasked with teaching the Doctrine of the Trinity at an "uncomplicated level," part of my explanation would likely be to offer a survey of the different analogies from throughout history, then explain when, why, and how each analogy was rejected, then reiterate the applicable Biblical texts, and clarify with documents such as the Nicene and Athanasian Creeds. The important part, from looking at 2,000 years of history, seems to be that the Trinity is a mystery, and defies naturalistic explanation.
Jul
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comment What did Jonathan Edwards have to say about the fact that he owned slaves?
Apparently Edwards the Younger was the ninth of Edwards' twelve children. I didn't know that. Thanks.
Jul
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revised Can you give some example passage that is not so easy to decide whether to interpret the passage literally or metaphorically?
Different title offers a more specific scope and may make the question more suited to the site's purpose.
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comment Can you give some example passage that is not so easy to decide whether to interpret the passage literally or metaphorically?
@laovultai: I think your suggested edit would be a clear improvement. Ultimately it's up to the community, with high-rep users as the community's representatives, to decide which questions are / are not placed on hold or reopened following improvement. The overall idea is to phrase questions in a way that they can be answered by reference to external standards, rather than individual users' interpretations.
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comment Can you give some example passage that is not so easy to decide whether to interpret the passage literally or metaphorically?
Hi @laovultai, I offered an edit that gives the question a more specific scope. You can find answers to your question here and here. Thanks.
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comment Does a classic Trinitarian formulation consider God to be his own “Family”?
[...] I think the most relevant thing we can learn from the historical events might be that the orthodox understanding teaches that the Trinity is one of the mysterious elements of Christianity, and there are no acceptable earthly analogies -- or at least, AFAIK, no one has thought of any in the past 2,000 years. So, if any groups ever did teach "Trinity as a family," they likely would have been plainly outside of orthodoxy. But again, I don't claim expertise here.
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comment Does a classic Trinitarian formulation consider God to be his own “Family”?
As to whether any historically notable groups have officially taught that the Trinity existed as a family, I've never heard of any. Of course, that certainly doesn't mean that none existed, as I'm no expert on Trinitarian history. [...]
Jul
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comment Does a classic Trinitarian formulation consider God to be his own “Family”?
@Rick: I realize that this answer addresses the "Partialism" part of your question more than the main "Trinity as a family" part. I tried to clarify that with the "Scope" statement at the beginning, maybe it wasn't clear. In any event, I think historical background is always helpful, especially when considering something as complex as the doctrine of the Trinity.
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comment Is Jesus the Creator?
@Anonymous: Actually, AFAIK, the hypostatic union describes the union of Christ's divine and human natures, not his union with the Father. Here's a quick reference from a site I like to use that might help. As far as how the Father and Son are related, the way the Council of Constantinople said it in 381 CE was, the Father, Son, and Spirit are "one ousia" and "thee hypostases." The doctrine of the Trinity can be really confusing, IMHO.
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comment Is Partialism a real heresy?
@svidgen: I relocated the quote to a point where I think it works better with the narrative. Kudos for checking the writings of Athanasius himself. "To the sources!," as Erasmus would have said. Good find.
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revised Is Partialism a real heresy?
Added the quote from Athanasius' "Discourses Against the Arians," as provided by user svidgen.
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revised Is Jesus the Creator?
Just suggesting some formatting and another tag. +1 on the question itself.
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