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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.


Aug
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comment Did John Calvin teach that God creates certain souls only to be destroyed?
You're looking for information on "double predestination," or reprobation. It's difficult to give a simple "yes" or "no" answer, primarily because of the various subtleties of that doctrine. A comprehensive / exhaustive answer would also consider elements of supralapsarianism / infralapsarianism. One of the few people with a commanding understanding of both, as well as of the teachings of Calvin, is R.C. Sproul; he has an article on "double predestination" that answers your question here.
Aug
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revised In what manner did Christian baptism differ from ritual washing as part of Jewish Teshuva (repentance.)
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answered In what manner did Christian baptism differ from ritual washing as part of Jewish Teshuva (repentance.)
Aug
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comment How could a seventh century heretic have possessed papal infallibility?
Papal infallibility says that every person to hold the office of Pope was capable of speaking ex cathedra, regardless of whether or not an individual actually made use of the authority, doesn't it?
Aug
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asked How could a seventh century heretic have possessed papal infallibility?
Aug
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revised When the humans' freedom of choice was firstly stated in Christianity?
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suggested approved edit on When the humans' freedom of choice was firstly stated in Christianity?
Aug
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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.
Aug
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revised Does a classic Trinitarian formulation consider God to be his own “Family”?
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Jul
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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
29
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?
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Jul
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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.
Jul
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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.
Jul
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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.
Jul
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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. [...]