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What is a Christian response to the claim that atheists make that "the Bible condones slavery" in Colossians 3:22-25?

Colossians 3:22-25 (NIV) states: 22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence ...
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What group is Paul referring to in Colossians 2:18?

”Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind,“ ‭‭Colossians‬ ‭2‬:‭18‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Is there a ...
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How can Proverbs 8:22-36 be about Jesus?

Proverbs 8:22-23 (LXX) says The Lord made me the beginning of his ways for his works. He established me before time in the beginning, before he made the earth How can that be Jesus if Jesus was not ...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses reconcile John 1:3 with Colossians 1:15-16?

This question asks and answers the addition of the word "other" in the NWT of Colossians 1:15-16: 15 He is the image of the invisible God,the firstborn of all creation;16 because by means ...
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How do Trinitarians understand the phrase 'image of God' as in Colossians 1:15?

Colossians 1:15-20 is often cited by Trinitarians as evidence that Jesus is God, because they tend to believe it is describing Jesus as creating all thing and holding all things together in an ...
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Is it sinful to be a "prayer squirrel"?

My question arises from a preacher's Facebook post condemning the practice of being a "prayer squirrel" (i.e., getting distracted while praying). He offers the following as an example of ...
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How does LDS interpret Colossians 1:16?

From this answer I gather that LDS teaches that all beings are eternal and that by eternal it is not meant existing timelessly beginning at some point but, rather, not actually having any starting ...
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What is an overview of how different denominations interpret Colossians 1:15 - that Jesus is "the firstborn of all creation"?

Jesus is called the firstborn multiple times. In Colossians 1:15-20 (ESV): 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and ...
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According to Jehovah's Witnesses and Unitarians and all who deny that Jesus is the Almighty God, how can He be in you and live in you?

Colossians 1:26-27: "the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations; but has now been manifested to His saints. To who God willed to make known what is the riches of the ...
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Whose hand wrote 'the document that listed my transgressions' ? (Colossians 2:14)

This is a question in regard to Trinitarian, Protestant, reformed, baptist doctrine. In Colossians 2:14 Paul states : Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was ...
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What does Sinclair Ferguson (a reformed theologian) mean by a 'new identity'?

I watched some of the Youtube recordings of lectures given by Sinclair Ferguson and I am now uncertain which one it was in which he stated that in Colossians we see that 'we are given a new identity'. ...
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How do those who believe that Jesus is a created being understand the verses which say everything that was created was created by him?

There are some people who claim that Jesus is a created being, but this claim is nowhere confirmed, rather the Bible says: Everything became through the Word, and without the Word did not become one ...
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According to the Jehovah’s Witnesses, if Jesus Christ is not God why is He presented as the agent of creation?

John 1:3, "All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him (or without Him) NOTHING came into being that has come into being." Also Colossians 1:16-17, "For by Him all things were created, in ...
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How do Jehovah’s Witnesses explain the unique wording of Colossians 1:15-17 in the NWT?

Compare the wording of the NWT and the NKJV at Colossians 1:15-17 NKJV says 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are ...
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How do the Jehovah's witnesses reconcile Isaiah 44:24 with their belief that Jesus is the only direct creation of God?

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Jesus is God's only direct creation, and that it was Jesus who created all other things: Since all created things had a beginning, there was a time when God was ...
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Is the Greek word Protoktistos used anywhere in the Bible?

Arguing against the teaching that Jesus is a created being, some point out that calling him the firstborn of all creation (Colossians 1:15) does not mean the first created. The trinitarian will often ...
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How did Arius interpret Colossians 2:9?

Colossians 2:9 HCSB For the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily in Christ, NASB: For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, How did Arius interpret Colossians ...
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Keeping the Sabbath and Colossians 2:16

Colossians 2:16-17, 20-21 says, 16 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, 17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of ...
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Paul Wrote Poems?

I'm reading and hearing commentaries regularly refer to sections of Paul's writing as poems, for example, Colossians 1:15-20. Why do they call those sections poems?
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When were "psalms and hymns and spiritual songs" in Colossians 3 first argued to refer only to the Book of Psalms?

Some groups of Christians hold to exclusive psalmody, that is, they believe that the only songs that may be sung in public worship must come from the canonical Book of Psalms. These Christians have ...
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What does Tertullian mean by the Son being a "portion of the Father's substance"?

What does Tertullian mean by the Son being a "portion of the Father's substance"? "For the Father is the entire substance, but the Son is a derivation and portion of the whole" (Against Praxeas, ...
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Was Jesus in unity with the Holy Spirit? [closed]

I read this scripture: Matthew 10:5 New International Version These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: "Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. ...
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Why didn't the universe fall apart when Jesus died? [closed]

In Colossians 1:16-17, it talks about how the world was made by Jesus and for Jesus. But it also says that "He is before all things, and in him all things hold together", so why didn't we all die and ...
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What does Colossians 2:11 mean in light of Evangelical Protestant Soteriology?

And in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; Colossians 2:11 (NASB) When you came ...
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What does "bowels of mercies" mean?

Col 3:12 says "Put on ... bowels of mercies..." (KJV) listing traits Christians should foster. How do mercies relate to one's intestines (bowels)? Bowels appear in other Scriptures as well, not ...
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What is the difference between humans as "image of God" and Jesus as "image of God"?

What is the difference between humans as "image of God" and Jesus as "image of God" ? Humans are God's image: Genesis 1:26-27 26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our ...
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What did Paul mean when he called Jesus the "firstborn from the dead"?

note: All Scripture quoted is from the King James translation. I have noticed that Paul referred to Jesus as the firstborn numerous times: Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: ...
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Reconciliation of all things

God unveiled to us through apostle Paul His plan... Colossians 1:20, NASB to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on ...
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Calvinist Regeneration, Interpreting Colossians 2:12

I am convinced that the scriptures teach of a God who is completely sovereign in salvation. I am a monergist. I can cite several passages that make me think this way. I think if you look at some of my ...
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