Questions tagged [protestantism]

Protestantism is a broad tradition referring to the churches which broke from the Roman Catholic Church during the 16th Century and those that descended from them.

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Did John Calvin help Nicolas Cop write his infamous inaugural address?

Early in John Calvin's career, he was involved in a controversy that forced him to flee Paris and live in hiding for a time. Calvin's friend, Nicolas Cop, delivered an address that many considered ...
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How can Protestants claim to be guided by the Holy Spirit in contradicting Marian Dogmas?

The Catholic Church has four Marian Dogmas and claims that the Church was guided and its teaching was inspired by the Holy Spirit. CCC95 says, It is clear therefore that, in the supremely wise ...
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Why do Protestants not refer to Mary by the title "Mother of God"?

I have heard the title "Mother of God" in connection with the "Hail Mary" prayer that(Ave Maria) is recited by Catholics. However, I have never heard this term used in any Protestant setting. (...
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Did Protestant Founders lay their hands on their pastors like the Apostles in Book of Acts?

In the Book of Acts the Apostles was seen laying their hands on their disciples in particular Matthias who replaced Judas Iscariot to be counted among the Apostles. Among the Protestant founders like ...
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What is an overview of Protestant critiques of Swedenborgianism?

Swedenborgianism, or the New Church, is a religious movement based on the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772). My understanding is that he saw a series of visions, and based on what he learned ...
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How do the reformed theologians understand Hebrews 3:14?

How do the reformed theologians understand Hebrews 3:14 For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. ( ESV ) ? Does it not imply that we can ...
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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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According to Protestants, is it sinful to practice Yoga?

I know a lot of people who claim to be Christian but practice Yoga. I always thought (and Wikipedia seems to back me up on this) that Yoga was about meditation in Hinduism or Buddhism. Is practicing ...
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Why do Protestants trust what Paul and Luke wrote 100%?

This has always been a big question for me. I can understand that many Christians believe there is good evidence for the resurrection of Jesus, and that gives a basis for their faith in the teaching ...
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Are there circumstances where to "love your neighbor as yourself" also means you put him ahead of you?

Do any scriptures help to determine if when asked for financial assistance you should give them money if you know they have more money than you, a better car, nicer house, spend more money eating out, ...
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In protestantism are all mankind equal under God?

Are there people of higher worth and lower worth? Is everyone deserving of equal respect? There was some confusion in the comments since my question is short, I think the answers given are of good ...
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Did J. Gresham Machen consider joining an existing presbyterian body before founding the OPC?

J. Gresham Machen is best known for his battle against theological liberalism in the northern Presbyterian church in the US (the PCUSA), first founding a seminary (in 1929) and then an independent ...
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If marriage is not a sacrament for reformed churches, how to interpret Ephesians 5:32?

As far as I know, Martin Luther in his "Vom ehelichem Leben" indicates that marriage is not a sacrament. Calvin mentioned in the Institutes that it was Gregory I who denoted marriage as a sacrament. ...
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How does Protestant Church explain Luke 2:48?

At Luke 2:48 we read of St. Mary's complaint to Jesus for `getting lost'at the Temple: His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously ...
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Did early Protestants consider transubstantiation to be idol worship?

During the sacrament of the Eucharist in the Catholic denomination, it is taught that the wine becomes the actual blood of Christ. The term is called Transubstantiation. As far as I know, only ...
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According to trinitarians, especially Protestants, who is Wisdom in Proverbs?

In general, Wisdom can be (and is, and was) identified as Jesus. However, there is this verse: Proverbs 8:22 (NLT) 22 "The Lord formed me from the beginning,     &...
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What Protestant arguments exist for the perpetual virginity of Mary?

It's common knowledge that Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodoxy have the doctrine of the perpetual virginity of Mary. Protestants generally don't have that belief. Less known is that Zwingli and ...
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At what level does the orthodox church recognize the individual rather than the collective?

I understand that Christianity is a religion founded in a collective ideal, but at what level is the individual considered, specifically within the Orthodox church as compared to Protestantism, in the ...
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Why do some Protestants divide the Blood of Christ into individual cups?

A related question asks about Catholic practice (of using a common cup). In some Protestant Churches — I’ve experienced this myself in both Baptist and Free Churches — the wine at the ...
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If marriage is not a sacrament, why should Christians care how the civil authorities define it?

The reformers rejected the sacrament of marriage and turned marriage over to the civil authorities. (I understand that reformation churches even stopped conducting weddings for a few centuries.) Today,...
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How can Jesus saw Nathanael in John1:48 when he was not at that place? [closed]

Jesus said no servant is greater than his master. Jesus even showed to Apostles that he can walk on water but only Peter had enough courage to follow although his faith was not yet enough. Eastern ...
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Does Protestant and Christian denominations seeks the prayer of their deceased founder?

Protestant and Christian denominations have their own founders and many of them have already died. Pope Francis once gave a remark on Marthin Luther that he was a good man., most probably are blessed ...
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Abraham's bosom and Praying to Abraham

I have discovered recently that some Christians believe Abraham's bosom is an literal place. For those who have this view, was Abraham believed to be the ruler of this place? And was it perfectly ...
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What Bible principles and scriptures apply to a situation where self-defense results in the death of the attacker?

Related but not answered: When do we as Christians draw the line on self-defense? Context: South Africa has a rather high rate of crime, far, far, far higher than America, Canada, or Europe. Please ...
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Do the "Anathemas" Pronounced in the Council of Trent still stand today?

My understanding, is that in response to the protestant reformation, Luther in particular, the Catholic Church convened the council of Trent, and put their official doctrines on the issues into ...
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Does modern protestantism have any deviations from sola fide?

I have read that modern protestantism on one hand, and catholicism on the other, tended to abridge their historical differences. Are there any cases in modern protestantism where justification can ...
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Is there any evidence to support the authenticity of the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote a paper on the subject: "The Ethics of Late Judaism as Evidenced in the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs". The writings consist of the last words and ...
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Famous Pre Reformation Christian Pastors (Non Catholic)

After the Splintering of the Protestant Revolt, there have been many men who are famous as Pastors and Preachers even up to the present day, the Billy Grahams the Joel Olstiens, John McArthurs, an ...
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What are the main differences between Jesusonians and Protestant christians?

Both groups have much variation from the traditional beliefs. Also I just recently heard of the Jesusonian denomination. What are the main differences between these two denominations?
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Meaning of Acts 10:34-35 according to Protestantism

Acts 10:34-35 (DRB) And Peter opening his mouth, said: In very deed I perceive, that God is not a respecter of persons. But in every nation, he that feareth him, and worketh justice, is acceptable to ...
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How do Protestants against the use of alcoholic wine explain 1 Timothy 3:8?

1 Timothy 3:8 (DRB) Deacons in like manner chaste, not double tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre In case it's unclear why this is viewed as disproving notion that the Bible ...
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2 John 1:9 — What does it mean to "continue in doctrine?" (Protestantism)

2 John 1:9 (KJV2000) Whoever goes beyond, and abides not in the doctrine of Christ, has not God. He that abides in the doctrine of Christ, he has both the Father and the Son. Cf. 1 Tim. 4:16. ...
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1 John 5:3 — What are "his commandments?" and how are they "not heavy?" (Protestantism)

1 John 5:3 (DRB) For this is the charity of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not heavy. Cf. Mt. 11:30. Question According to Protestantism, to what commandments does "...
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What was first, sola scriptura or sola fide?

I just watched a video with an Orthodox professor, in which he said that "Sola Scriptura" came first, and then "Sola Fide". Is that true? The best I can gather from the Wiki articles on these two ...
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Historically, how did Protestantism first arrive at a consensus?

Paul urges the Corinthian church : Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be ...
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How is "Free Grace Theology" linked with dispensationalism?

I have a somewhat vague understanding of dispensationalism and Covenant theology, and have until now preferred the latter to the former because it seems simpler and hence more intuitive. I recently ...
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To the Protestant, what is the benefit of putting a cross inside the church?

From the internet I found that : [a cross is the principal symbol of the Christian religion] I've searched in the internet, all I can find is a question about "why Catholic cross has statue ?" or "...
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Do Protestants accept the similarity between Mary and the Ark of the Covenant?

Catholics believe that Mary is the Ark New Testament and they believe it on a scriptural basis (source).This is the same stance Orthodoxy has (source). Do Protestants accept the similarity between ...
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What does Reformed Protestantism teach regarding 'spirit and soul and body' (I Thessalonians 5:23)

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. I Thessalonians 5:23 KJV Paul lists '...
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In what sense is the bible is "clear"/perspicuous?

What do protestants mean when they say that the bible is "clear"? I would assume that it would mean that people reading the Bible or any part of it generally come up with more or less the same idea of ...
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Positional and Relational Forgiveness, what is the Biblical Basis?

My question spawns from an explanation of 1 John 1:9 provided by the very popular protestant resource GotQuesitons.org. It seems to me that the answer given has holes in it, which I would like, ...
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What function does a Council actually serve in Calvinism?

Calvin begins his Antidote1 with the following word (Preface): The name of Sacred Council2 is held in such reverence in the Christian Church, that the very mention of it produces an immediate effect ...
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When and why did Protestantism begin moving away from liturgy?

I have been to some Protestant churches that have a liturgy on Sunday mornings (Lutherans, Presbyterians, etc) but most of the churches I've attended do not (Baptist, Assembly of God, etc). By liturgy,...
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What does 'orthodox' mean, in practice?

'Orthodox' with a capital has a specialised meaning, regarding the Eastern Orthodox Church, but its uncapitalised meaning (which is not necessarily a matter of Christianity and neither the English ...
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What kind of baptism do the Anglican's practice?

I came across By April the group was in danger of a split. Taylor admitted his folly in rebaptizing Anglicans and never again swerved from a true interdenominational position. in James Hudson ...
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Do Protestants have a biblical basis for not smashing statues of Jesus?

Lately, I've been checking out "Mary Worship" videos and "Praying to Saints" videos online from Protestants who protest the Catholic practice of statues of Christ and Mary. Pastors or lay Protestants ...
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How do Protestants reconcile their confession of the Athanasian Creed with sola scriptura?

It must be admitted by Protestants that only the most banal of the 44 assertions of the Creed of Athanasius appear in the pages of scripture and that its authority is Catholic tradition, justified ...
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What is the mainline Protestant understanding of "unceasing prayer"?

The Bible speaks about this concept of unceasing prayer, to give some examples that seem to talk about thus: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; ...
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According to Protestants, isn't the bishop of Rome still a bishop nonetheless?

The progressive critique of fundamental premises of the Catholic faith in the 'Reformation' eventually gave rise—however sympathetically or hostilely you wish to understand this change of mind; as a ...

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