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An account of the public ministry of Jesus according to his disciple/apostle John

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Can a Christian choose to walk away from his or her salvation? [closed]

There is a plethora of verses that say that people can not cause a saved Christian to lose his salvation, such as John 10:29 (NLT) 29 for my Father has given them to me, and he is more ...
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How do Trinitarians explain verses where Jesus claims to have a God?

According to orthodox trinitarian doctrine, the Father is God, Jesus is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. Jesus is co-eqaul, eternally begotten, not made. With that in mind, how could Jesus have a ...
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Is it accurate to say Jehovah's Witnesses do not view Jesus as divine?

I am fully aware that Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Jehovah and Jesus are separate beings. However their translation of John 1:1 says that "the word (logos) was a god. Do Jehovah's Witnesses ...
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How is Jesus not lying in John 7?

In John 7, Jesus tells his brothers that he is not going up to the festival. Then he goes up in secret. This sounds to me like a lie. John 7:6-10 (NIV) 6 Therefore Jesus told them, “My time is not ...
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How do Trinitarians explain John 17:3?

Unitarians use John 17:3 to affirm their faith that the Father alone is the only true God. They would say that this is the strongest evidence that there is only one person who is true God. Thus, the ...
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If we are saved by grace, then why does Jesus say we must be baptized in both spirit and water?

Ephesians 2:4-9 says: But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace ...
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Was 'Jesus and the woman taken in adultery' in St. John a later addition, and does this invalidate infallibility?

In John 7:53-8:11 we have the account of 'Jesus and the woman taken in adultery' 53 Then they all went home, 1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple ...
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What is the biblical basis for the logos in John 1:1-3 not being Jesus (yet)?

1In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God. 2he was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through him, and without him not even one thing came ...
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According to those holding that Lazarus was literally raised from the dead, why did Matthew, Mark, and Luke not mention it?

John 11 tells the remarkable story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead: 43 When [Jesus] had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” 44 The man who had died came ...
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What about all those who just don't know? [duplicate]

Romans 10:9 That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. John 14:6 I am the way and the truth and the life. ...
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Why didn't God send Jesus during Noah's time instead of The Flood? [closed]

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. - John 3:16 John 3:16 tells us that God loved us, so ...
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What does John 12:25 mean? [closed]

What does this verse mean? Is this the reason why many good people die and lots of bad person are living the greed and wealth in this world? This keeps on bugging me. John 12:25 ”Whoever loves ...
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What is the role of Mohammed in the Bible?

John 14:16 and 14:26, which refer to a Paraclete ("comforter"), have been read by Muslims as a prediction that Muhammad will succeed Jesus. "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you ...
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What is the significance of Jesus seeing Nathanael under the fig tree?

In John 1:46-50, Nathanael is introduced to Jesus for the first time. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus ...
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Who wrote the Book of Revelation?

More specifically: What authorities claim that the Book of Revelation was written by the Apostle John? What authorities claim otherwise? This C.SE answer apparently references Pliny and Tacitus in ...
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What does it mean for the Spirit to only speak of what he hears? (trinitarian perspective)

I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he ...
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What was the specific trap being set for Jesus by the Pharisees in John 8?

In the story of the woman caught in adultery, John indicates that the question of the Pharisees was a "trap". 2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered ...
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What did Jesus mean when He said we must "eat His flesh and drink His blood"? [closed]

In John 6, Jesus states that unless we eat His flesh and drink His blood, we have no life in us: Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink ...
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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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When did Jesus send the Holy Spirit? [closed]

I've always assumed that the Holy Spirit did not make his presence known amongst men until Pentecost. Famously, in Acts 2, the Spirit descends upon the first believers, gives them power of speech, ...
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How do protestants understand Jesus' statement that unless we eat the flesh of the Son of Man we will have no life? [duplicate]

Catholics teach that they literally eat the body of Jesus during communion, a belief called Transubstantiation. Protestant churches mostly do not share this belief and there is no obligation to ...
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Did Jesus ascend to Heaven twice?

While studying the book of John I came to: Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your ...
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According to Biblical Unitarians, how much does "notionalism" encompass in John's prologue?

The Biblical Unitarian (BU) perspective on the pre-incarnational existence of the Son of God, revealed in such verses as John 1:1-2 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the ...
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Who is the comforter? [closed]

Can somebody explain, who is the comforter? John 16:12-13 12I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13"But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you ...
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What did Jesus write on the ground?

John 8:6-8 NIV 6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. 7 So when ...
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What is the practical application of the story of the woman caught in adultery? [closed]

John 8:2-11 tells us the story of the woman caught in adultery: 2At dawn [Jesus] appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3The ...
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Transubstantiation and John 6:27

Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him." NKJV John 6:27 I ...
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How do deniers of Jesus preincarnate existence handle all the personal pronouns in John 1, particularly verse10?

John 1:10 says: He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. It is made clear in the context that the "he" who was in the world is the same &...
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Jesus called God his own Father, and this is supposed to mean that Jesus is equal with God. Why?

John 5:18 reads as follows: This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself ...
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How did the Born Again teaching be associated with one first believing in Jesus Christ?

Many Protestant Christians believe that you become born again as soon as you believe on Jesus Christ. Many believe that this teaching is clear in the opening verses of John chapter 3. How did this ...
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How do Trinitarians interpret John 3:35?

The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. John 3:35 (ESV) The Father gave the Son the following: All authority (Matthew 28:18). Life in Himself (John 5:26). Authority to ...
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What is the significance of the name, "The Word"?

God / Jesus has many names which reveal something of His nature / character, e.g.: Son of God (reveals His divine nature) Son of Man (reveals His human nature) etc. But "The Word" is more puzzling ...
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Why did Jesus not stone the adulteress? [duplicate]

In John 8:1-11, a woman caught in adultery was brought before Jesus and was demanded to judge her according to the Law of Moses. Jesus told them that anyone without sin can stone her. No one dared to ...
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Why did Jesus say, "Do not touch me"? [closed]

John 20:17: Jesus said, "Do not touch me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, 'I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'"...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses explain Thomas's exclamation, "My Lord and my God"?

In John 20, Jesus is resurrected and is showing Thomas the wounds in his hands, to prove that he is risen. In John 20:28–29, we see Thomas's response: 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” ...
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Was "No prophet ever came out of Galilee" sarcastic?

Were the Pharisees being sarcastic in John 7:52, when they claimed that "no prophet ever came out of Galilee"? It is written that Jonah came from Gath-hepher, in Galilee (2 Kings 14:25).
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Reason for drawing water at unusual time

John 4:5-8 New Living Translation (NLT) 5: Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6: Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the ...
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According to the Gospel of John, on which day of the week was Jesus crucified?

John 19:14-16: "Now it was the day of preparation for the Passover; it was about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, “Behold, your King!” So they cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him, ...
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How do Eastern Christians explain Jesus "sending" the Holy Spirit in John 15:26?

One of the issues behind the schism between East and West was the doctrine of the eternal procession of the Holy Spirit: does he proceed from the Father, or from the Father and Son? There doesn't ...
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Where is the reference to John's student writing that John wrote his gospel because the synoptic gospels needed more detail?

Two early church fathers (Ignatius and Polycarp) were students of John the apostle. Someone wrote that one of them wrote that John was unhappy with missing details of the previous gospels, motivating ...
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How do Trinitarians who argue the 'ego eimi' at John 8:58 ought to be translated 'I AM' explain the lack of reactions to the same phrase?

At John 8:58, Jesus says "Before Abraham was born, I am the one." (REV) The Greek is πρὶν Ἀβραὰμ γενέσθαι ἐγὼ εἰμί Because the Jews then pick up stones, some Trinitarians believe there is ...
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What support is there for the Jehovah’s Witness translation of John 1:1?

Rather than the more traditional “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,” Jehovah’s Witnesses use the New World Translation, which gives John 1:1 as “In the ...
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Dialog between Jesus and Peter in John 21: what's going on?

In John 21: 15-17 there's a post-Resurrection dialog between Peter and Jesus. Here's the KJV translation of this dialog. So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, ...
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How do Protestants respond to the JW interpretation of John 14:28?

According to What Does the Bible Really Teach?, a Watchtower publication, pp.41–42: The only-begotton Son never even considered trying to be equal to his Father. The Bible clearly teaches that the ...
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What happened to Jesus' physical body after his death and resurrection?

As the title asks, what do modern Christian religions believe happened to Jesus' physical body after the resurrection? From John 20:11 - 14: Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, ...
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Why did they choose Barabbas? [closed]

John 19:38 - 40 (NLT) 38 “What is truth?” Pilate asked. Then he went out again to the people and told them, “He is not guilty of any crime. 39 But you have a custom of asking me to release one ...
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Why does the apostle John write far more clearly about the deity of Christ than seems to be the case in the other gospel accounts?

He starts with a most powerful declaration of the One who became Jesus in the flesh as having being God in the beginning, see John 1:1-14. But from there on in, similar expressions of deity come thick ...
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Can a Jehovah's Witness say that they know they have eternal life?

John's Gospel is written so that the reader may believe that Jesus is the Son of God and may have life in that name" Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are ...
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What is the Protestant view of John 20:23 and the disciples ability to forgive sins?

Besides the Anglican Church (as far as I'm aware) no Protestant Church practices confession. John 20:23 (ESV) says: 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold ...
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Was the temple built in 46 years or was it 46 years old during Jesus' time?

I stumbled on this verse again and would like some clarification: Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? John 2:20 (KJV) Was ...
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