Questions tagged [terminology]

questions regarding the meaning or usage of Christian terminology

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Is there a standard definition of the word 'miracle' in Christianity?

Simple question: What does the word 'miracle' mean in Christianity? Is there a standard definition, and if so, what is the biblical basis? Or on the contrary, are there multiple definitions, and if so,...
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How do Christians who subscribe to the "religion vs. relationship" dichotomy make sure that their own relationship with God is genuine?

Many Christians emphasize the importance of having an actual relationship with God/Jesus as opposed to merely being religious. The previously asked question What is the origin of the "religion vs....
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How do Christians who emphasize the "religion vs. relationship" dichotomy respond to claims of "relationship with God" in other religions?

Many Christians emphasize the importance of having an actual relationship with God/Jesus as opposed to merely being religious. The previously asked question What is the origin of the "religion vs....
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Should Christians have a conscience about pagan or idolatrous nomenclature?

Given that much of modern science is steeped in atheism/secular humanism/agnosticism, and that those who don't believe in magic or magic persons (God/gods/spirits/demons/fairies, etc.) ironically seem ...
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Is there a name for a category of Christians who lack a doctrinal position in the debate about God's nature?

If a Christian considers that the burden of proof has not been adequately met by any known theological doctrines about God's nature, including mainstream ones such as Trinitarianism, Binitarianism, ...
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Term for an Unconsecrated Church

Is there any special term for an unconsecrated or not-yet-consecrated church, chapel, cathedral, etc.?
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Is there a special name for a category of Christians who believe in modern-day godly miracles but reject modern-day spiritual gifts?

I understand the word 'cessationist' to be a catch-all term that englobes all Christians who believe that either all or some subset of the spiritual gifts and offices originally available in the ...
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Do Christians believe that Adam and Eve were Christians?

I don't think I have ever heard either a Christian or a Jew or anyone else really refer to Adam and Eve by their race/religion. It appears as if they are considered "pre-race" or "pre-...
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Are there any Christian groups or denominations that make a distinction between the gift of healing and just praying for the sick to get healed?

In informal conversations with cessationists, I've heard claims to the effect that the gift of healing is fundamentally different from just praying for a sick person to get healed. That someone with ...
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Do Latter-day Saints consider Jehovah's Witnesses, Biblical Unitarians and any other groups that deny the divinity of Jesus to be 'true Christians'?

Is belief in the divinity of Jesus an essential feature of a true Christian, according to Latter-day Saints? If so, would that imply that Christian denominations or groups that deny the divinity of ...
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According to Latter-day Saints, what are the essential features of a true follower of Christ, and can such be found in other denominations? [duplicate]

Not much to add to the title. I would like to know the Latter-day Saints' definition of a true follower of Christ, that is to say, what features are considered by them to be essential for a person to ...
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According to Jehovah's Witnesses, what are the essential features of a true follower of Christ, and can such be found in other denominations?

Not much to add to the title. I would like to know the Jehovah's Witnesses' definition of a true follower of Christ, that is to say, what features are considered by them to be essential for a person ...
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What is the term for God's chosen people who were inspired to write the Bible?

God chose men to write different parts of the Bible. What were these men called?
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What is the difference between a missionary and an apologist when it comes to proselytizing for the Christian faith?

At first glance both Christian missionaries and apologists appear to be dedicated individuals who share the same goal of winning people over to Christianity, by presenting the Christian faith in a way ...
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What does the Chalcedonian Creed mean by person?

The creed says: the distinction of natures being by no means taken away by the union, but rather the property of each nature being preserved, and concurring in one Person and one Subsistence, not ...
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What is the difference between praising and preaching?

The original context of the question is Acts 2:11 (ESV): 11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” Some claim that the ...
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What is the biblical basis for the term 'the lost'?

Is there a passage that denotes some group of God's creation as 'lost'? Or is it a made up term that has little foundation in the text?
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Was the Latin word lucifer exchanged in Isaiah 14:12 for the Hebrew word Helel and do they, along with the Greek word phosperous mean morning star?

A knowledge of the Hebrew, Greek and Latin words used for english translation in the Old and New Testament. I've read conflicting information.
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What does "God" mean? [closed]

Muslims call God Allah. Jews call him JHWH, Christians call Him God. The name has even become the word to point to entities that are gods. Who has given God this name? Does it come from the Greek &...
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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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