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What reason is there to believe that 1st C Jews thought that being the Son of God = God?

One poster ask me the above question. Does anyone have a scriptural answer? I have one and will post it soon.
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Is the concept of theurgy used in bible or any Christian scripture? [closed]

Is the concept of theurgy, with the definition below, used in bible or any Christian scripture? the art or technique of compelling or persuading a god or beneficent or supernatural power to do or ...
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At what point in history did Catholic priests begin to be called pastors?

I have recently, within the last year or so, begun to notice the sometimes reference to Catholic Pastors. I assume that this term is in reference to Priests. I grew up Catholic and attended Catholic ...
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Does “Lithium” have any meaning in Christianity?

I was surfing around and found the following from this link: Erin from Tulsa, Ok: It is said that Kurt got inspired to this song, during the time he lived at his friend Jesse Reed's family. Jesse's ...
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Judges vs kings

What is the difference between judges and kings in the OT? I understand that judges judged disputes between people; but, I have finally started reading the Bible cover to cover and am shocked at the ...
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In what ways is the term “priesthood” used in Catholic tradition?

In what ways does "priesthood" get used within Catholic tradition and theology? Besides "ministerial" and the "universal priesthood of all believers," does the concept ...
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Is there a special name for the room where sacramental bread is made?

In churches or cathedrals that have a special room for making/preparing the sacramental bread, does this room have a special name? Edit: I'm wondering because I saw a room in an Eastern Orthodox ...
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What is the difference between obeisance and worship? [closed]

After reading the answers to this question, I realized that many do not necessarily see it as idolatry if someone prostrates before someone else (e.g. Jesus), as long as it is done to pay obeisance ...
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Are there Christian equivalents for the four sublime attitudes or brahmaviharas of Buddhism (metta, karuna, mudita, upekkha)?

The brahmaviharas are four sublime mental states recognized by Buddhism and for which there exist different meditative practices designed to cultivate them. Concretely, the brahmaviharas are: Metta (...
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Is there a good alternative word to “performance” to describe an evangelical worship team's actions?

Especially since we have switched from in person to live streamed services due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and continuing as we have had a phased return with both in person people and live steaming, we’...
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What is the Catholic definition of divinity?

There's a question about the LDS definition of Divinity and I'm reading from Jehovah's Witnesses and Unitarians that their definition of divinity doesn't necessarily imply the person who is divine is ...
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Why does “holiness” mean “set apart” (if it does)?

It is very commonly stated that "holiness" means "set apart". What is the scriptural, linguistic, or other basis for this repeated claim? Specifically: On what basis is it claimed ...
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What is the difference between “love” and “worship”? Do “love God” and “worship God” mean the same thing?

I've never quite understood the concept of worship and how it differs from the concept of love. Are worship and love the same thing? Or is worship = love + something else? If someone loves God, does ...
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Is there a term for a theological principle that if a New Testament text is unclear about something, that point is not important for salvation?

One view is that a significant number of theological issues re Christianity are debated because they are debatable. So, this view says, a relevant text might admit of multiple plausible ...
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When Christians say “the Lord” in everyday speech, do they mean Jesus or the Father?

It's very common to hear Christians say "Lord" or "the Lord" in different contexts: everyday conversations, prayer, testimonies, sermons, etc. Some example sentences that come to ...
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Why aren't the Apostles called the Church Fathers?

If the traditional “Church Fathers' are from about 160-380 AD, why are they called the Church Fathers? The Church was started by Jesus and ministered by the apostles from the very beginning - teaching,...
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On nominal Christianity

Yesterday crossed this article which has a strong stand against something called "nominal Christianity". From reading the article, I couldn't understand some points I'd like clarification in ...
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What are fellowships, associations, and denominations within the Baptist denomination?

This is something I read from hrc Although ABCUSA shares many traditions, beliefs and values with other Baptists, ABCUSA is a distinct entity from its relatives, the American Baptist Association (ABA)...
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Does any Biblical basis exist for a year to be called a day? [closed]

According to Peter 3:8, thousand years is like only one day for God: But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. ...
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What does the “second coming of Christ” mean?

I am not up on my scripture but is the 'second coming of Christ', Jesus specifically? 'Christ' is a title, meaning the 'anointed one', so is the 'second coming' Jesus coming down from a cloud, or is ...
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When was the term 'substitutionary atonement' first coined and what was the reason for the choice of the 2 words?

The term 'substitutionary atonement' has been used within Trinitarian, Protestant, Reformed Baptist circles for some time, and it is those I wish to examine in this question. But the word 'substitute' ...
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When was the “Evangelist” title first applied to the Gospel authors?

Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are known as the "Four Evangelists" because they are believed to have written the four canonical Gospels. The word "evangelist" means a messenger of ...
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According to Jehovah's Witnesses, are the “overlapping generations” only the Witnesses or are they all the people of the current/last days? [duplicate]

As I understand Jehovah's Witnesses' eschatology, the "generation" Jesus referred to in Matthew 24:34 and parallels in Mark 13:30 and Luke 21:32 refers to all of the generations that saw the ...
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Why were ousia and hypostasis synonymous in the Nicene Creed?

Why were ousia and hypostasis synonymous in the Nicene Creed? In the original 325 A.D. Nicene Creed, an anathema is included which has ousia and hypostasis as synonymous. In this case, the Trinity is ...
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Term that means to commit a sin when you know it is a sin?

I am drawing a blank here, I know that such a term exists but I cannot remember it and my Google Fu is failing me. There is a term for a sin that means that the sinner who committed the sin did it ...
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How are the religious usages of mainline and evangelical related to their general nonreligious meanings?

I have some but not much idea about the differences between Mainline and Evangelical. I looked up the two words in dictionary, but I am wondering what relations are between their general non-...
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Why the word “REgenerate” according to the Calvinist?

I've search in the internet : RE- a prefix, occurring originally in loanwords from Latin, used with the meaning “again” or “again and again” to indicate repetition, or with the meaning “back” ...
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What is the first documented usage of “Prima Scriptura”?

While the concept may have existed far prior, a recent discussion has left me wondering - What is the earliest documented usage of the term "Prima Scriptura" in Christian writings. I am not interested ...
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What is the earliest documented usage of the term “Sola Scriptura”?

While the concept may have existed far prior, a recent discussion has left me wondering - What is the earliest documented usage of the term "Sola Scriptura" in Christian writings. I am not interested ...
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Does Hebron means Hebrew?

Is Hebron referred to Hebrew? In Genesis 39:17 → The Hebrew Servant → Here Joseph is called as a Hebrew. So this is my understanding that → Joseph's great grandfather Abraham was from Hebron → ...
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What exactly does civil law mean?

The laws in the Old Testament can be separated into 3 categories as useful guides: Moral laws. Ceremonial laws. Civil laws. Moral laws deal with right and wrong behaviour, in relations to the ...
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What specific thing in the Bible separates the Old Testament from the New Testament?

We have the Old Testament and the New Testament. Does Old Testament just simply refer to the time before the Incarnation and the New Testament to the time afterwards? I do not see one specific thing ...
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What does “in persona Christi Capitis” mean?

The Church says that the Priest acts "in persona Christi Capitis". Where is this term taken from?
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Who first coined the term “Christian”?

It is correct that the term "Christian" was first used in Antioch, but not coined by just someone who made up nicknames. Is it possible that St. Ignatius, the 3rd Bishop of Antioch coined this term?
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When a person is described as a Davidide, what is being said about that person?

In my NABRE Bible, there are footnotes on Isaiah 11:1-9 (10) that say Isaiah is "looking forward to a new Davidide who will realize the ancient ideals (see Psalm 72). The oracle does not seem to have ...
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What were the common exonyms of the Roman Catholic and the Eastern Orthodox churches leading up to and after the Great Schism (1054)?

A common misconception I encounter among people interested in the history of Christianity is that the term "Catholic" refers solely to the Roman Catholic church and likewise "Orthodox" only to the ...
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Is there a term used by transgender Christians who don't want to transition because of their faith?

I know that some gay/same-sex attracted Christians who choose to follow traditional church teaching and pursue celibacy call themselves "side B" or "gay celibate" Christians. Is there a corresponding ...
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What is the proper term for performing the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick on someone?

If you perform the sacrament of Baptism on someone, you are "baptizing" them. If you do the sacrament of Holy Matrimony on a couple, you are "marrying" them, or alternatively "officiating the marriage"...
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What does “see” in “the Holy See” mean?

The seat of the Bishop of Rome is called "the Holy See". What does "see" mean? Does it mean “Holy Sea”, as the word “see” could be an archaic spelling of the word “sea”. It would make sense, because ...
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What is the meaning of “sola scriptura”?

I often see "sola scriptura" used with two very different meanings. Serendipitously, when I typed the title question, the first two "Similar questions" presented by SE were: What is the basis for ...
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What is meant by the expression that Jesus came in the fullness of time?

What do they mean when they say "in the fullness of time Jesus came"? I want to know what the fullness of time means in this scriptural context.
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What is the proper title for someone who was a pope and is now canonized as a saint?

There are a number of men who became Pope who were later canonized as a saint, such as John Paul II and Paul VI. What is the proper title (in English) for such individuals when referring to them today ...
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Why did Jesus said she is come to anoint my body to the burying?

What is the significant of Burying . In Hebrew tradition anoint of oil will be done to dead person in their grave.
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What is the origin of the “religion vs. relationship” dichotomy?

These days the word "religion" often has a bad connotation. Christians (including myself) often emphasize that they have a "relationship" with Jesus, not that they are "religious." But this doesn'...
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Are Roman Catholic priests ever addressed as pastor?

I found this Christianity Stack question which asks if Lutherans use pastor or priest: Lutheranism: "Pastor" or "Priest"? However, my question is specifically regarding the Roman ...
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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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Hallelujah vs Alleluia

What's the difference between these two words other than obviously the spelling. I've seen some songs write Alleluia which sounds very similar to Hallelujah when sung.
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Is it accurate to call Abraham a Jew?

It is common to associate Abraham as "father of the faith" and the first Jew. However, since Abram's family came from the land of Ur, isn't it more accurate to say that he wasn't a Jew but - in ...
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What is conciliar folly?

From Gloria.tv: During Sarah's "renewal" Paul VI laicised ten thousands of priests and furiously persecuted the Priestly Society of Saint Pius X who was able to gather the sheep shattered ...
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What is the Law of Moses comprised of?

We see a number of references both in the Old Testament and the New Testament to the "Law of Moses" (for example Lk 2:22; Jn 1:45 and Jn 7:19). I wish to know as to which "laws" are referred to by ...

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