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What is the biblical basis against the personhood of the Holy Spirit?

Someone already asked a question seeking the biblical basis for the personhood of the Holy Spirit, but it seems that no one has asked a question yet seeking the opposite. Thus, in order to fill this ...
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How do trinitarians understand what it means for Jesus to grow 'in favor' with God?

Luke 2:52 says "And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man." (Berean Study Bible) From a unitarian perspective, the idea that Jesus, who is a man, grew in favour ...
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Where can I find Julia Smith's translation of the Septuagint?

Julia Smith writes in her preface to her translation of the Bible, I had studied Latin and Greek at school, and began by translating the Greek New Testament, and then the Septuagint, from which our ...
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Why does the angel of the Lord call out from heaven to Abraham at Genesis 22?

At Genesis 22:1, "Now it came about after these things that "GOD" tested Abraham. At verse 2, "And He/God said, "Take now your son, your only son, whom you love Isaac, and go ...
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Why is Green Martyrdom green?

I'd heard of green martyrdom a few times on the radio, but never gave it much thought Three kinds of martyrdom that are counted as a cross to man, i.e. white martyrdom, green martyrdom, and red ...
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Who first compared the Trinity to a musical triad?

Who first compared the Trinity to a musical triad (a three-note chord), where each Divine Person is analogous to a distinct note and the chord analogous to the Divine Substance?
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Sinlessness of Mary

Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox church believe in the sinlessness of Mary. Although their beliefs differ, they agree on the belief that "Mary was sinless." If Mary is sinless (i.e. the ...
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Is “God damn it” blasphemy?

Non-Christian here. I have heard that "God damn it" or "God damn [that person]" is blasphemy because you are telling God what to do. But other interpretations are that it's only ...
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Do dead souls have the ability of travelling in time?

Can human souls, having been separated from their bodies, travel in time and see their childhood or other periods of their life in their bodies? What do Roman Catholic Church, the Orthodox Church and ...
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What is the earliest clear and unambiguous affirmation of the Holy Spirit's personhood in Christianity?

What is the earliest recorded instance of a clear and unambiguous affirmation that the Holy Spirit is a Person, distinct from the Father and the Son, in the history of Christianity? When did this ...
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How do Trinitarians explain the almost exclusive use of singular pronouns to refer to God in the Bible?

In thousands of instances in the Bible, pronouns used to describe God are singular. Every instance is singular except possibly 4. These possibilities all occur in the Old Testament. For unitarians, ...
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Looking for a Copy (Preferably PDF) of ``On the Visible Monarchy'' by Rev. Nicholas Sanders, D.D

I have been reading a book from the Library of St. Francis de Sales entitled ``The Catholic Controversy.'' https://archive.org/details/catholiccontrove00sain In it, he makes mention of and references ...
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Could Jesus understand (and read) Latin? [duplicate]

I read that Jesus probably spoke Arameic and Hebrew. And that a Bible verse indicated that he could read. Jesus lived in the Roman empire, so Latin was known by at least some people in the region. Is ...
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Is God and Jesus real. Can spirits kill me? [closed]

Is God real because if he is I will be happy and worship him forever. I have been afraid of spirits lately and would like to know if they can kill me?
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What was Jesus’ voice sounds like?

The Word became Flesh: 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing ...
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Can people who don’t believe, yet don’t not believe in Jesus Christ, still make it into heaven if they’re a good person? [closed]

My boyfriend and I have gotten into many discussions. He’s mentioned “I don’t get it. I don’t not believe it him, but I can’t say I’m a whole hearted believer. Who’s to say I won’t go to heaven if it’...
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How do Christians who adhere to the maxim “in essentials unity; in non-essentials liberty; and in all things charity” determine what is essential?

The phrase has been worded in different but equivalent ways. For example, the Wikipedia article titled In necessariis unitas, in dubiis libertas, in omnibus caritas says: In necessariis unitas, in ...
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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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Do Christians have a sixth sense of detecting God? [closed]

Do Christians have a sixth sense of detecting God? I have found out that speaking with the Holy Spirit (God) is a common thing in Christianity. How do Christians differentiate between their thoughts ...
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Did a Church Father ever write an epistle encouraging Christians to observe the Jewish Sabbath, and if so, what was the earliest instance?

Did a Church Father ever write an epistle in which he explicitly encouraged Christians to embrace the observance of the Jewish Sabbath? I've looked at the matter, but only managed to find examples of ...
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Why is there no record of Jesus baptising anyone in water [closed]

We know that Jesus Himself was baptised... Matthew 3:11 "I baptize you with water for repentance, but after me will come One more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will ...
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How widespread was the observance of the Jewish Sabbath among Christians during Early Christianity (A.D. 30–324)?

Question How widespread was the observance of the Jewish Sabbath among Christians during Early Christianity (A.D. 30–324)? Further Details As a reminder, the Jewish Sabbath is defined as: [...] the ...
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What is a “spirtual circle” in Ignatian Spirituality?

I'm writing a speech on Ven. Jaques Sevin for a presentation, reading about him here which is not a broken link, but a bad PDF that you have to hack apart in notepad and resave as a PDF to read. It ...
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Can Anselm's reasoning for the Incarnation be adapted to the Resurrection?

In Cur Deus Homo, Anselm provides an argument primarily in natural theology (as I understand it, anyway) for the proposition that the divine nature assumed a human nature for itself, without confusion ...
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Is Leviticus 18:22 condemnation of homosexuality only for idolatrous rituals?

I have heard some progressive Christians claim that Leviticus 18:22 was only condemning homosexual activities for idolatrous rituals. I know that 1 Corinthians 6:9 and 1 Timothy 1:10 was using the ...
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What does it mean “…blood that will be shed by many of you for the forgiveness of sins”?

The priest during Mass, always says this while on the Eucharist, Holy communion time, when the bell rings, and one kneels. What exactly does this mean for people?
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According to Catholicism, is Jesus' resurrected body in a certain location now that it has ascended?

According to Catholicism, does Jesus still have his resurrected body, and if so is it in a certain location now that it has ascended?
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Looking for orthodox movies about St. Francis and St. Clare

There are tons of movies about St. Francis and St. Clare, is there a complete list of movies that, I don't know, rank by historicity and orthodoxy? I've seen a few movies about them but can't ...
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Do trinitarians believe it would be possible for God to incarnate as a non-human animal?

Trinitarians believe that God, who is Spirit, could have and did become a human. On the other hand, unitarians tend not to believe that God could have become a human, as it would entail a ...
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Does the concept of Godhead (one God, but multiple persons) predate Christianity? Can we find evidence of this concept in Judaism before 0 A.D.?

Was the concept of Godhead (one God, but multiple persons) known by the Jews prior to the advent of Christianity? Were there Jews that held a Binitarian, Trinitarian or similar "Godhead" ...
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Who is the Biblical Lilith? [migrated]

"Lilith" appears not to translate very well from Isaiah 34:14. What would the original language(s) indicate?
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What is an overview of the early Church's viewpoints on Christology at the time of the Apostolic Era?

What were the beliefs of the early Church regarding the nature of Jesus during the Apostolic Era? By Apostolic Era, I mean the time of the Apostles and their immediate successors who knew them ...
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What exactly did Yahshua/Jesus do during his 40 day fast after being baptized?

It is stated in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke that during the 40 day period Christ was tempted by The Devil/Satan but not many other details are given. In the book of Isaiah (Isaiah 58:1-12), ...
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Which son of Abraham was Isaac? [closed]

I'm thinking that Isaac was Abrahams first, second, third, et al born child that god asked Abraham to sacrifice? is this true? I'm writing a paper on almsgiving, and relating it to personal wealth of ...
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3. In The Parable of the Pearl, Mat13:45-46 how does one reconcile the phrase, “and bought it” with the Gospel of Jesus Christ? [migrated]

I’m have a hard time understanding the Parable of the Pearl. Mat.13:45-46. All of the Pastors I’ve talked to explain it this way; the merchant man is the sinners in the world and the pearl of great ...
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How has the Chinese Patriotic Society modified the Bible in China?

Listening to The World Over Live from April 8th 2021, Raymond Arroyo said that Xi Jianping was adding the "Ten Commandments of Xi" into the Bible. That might have been hyperbole, but does ...
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Question about bible editions & verse numbering

I’m having a difficult time picking out a different edition for my bible study group(as i’m not much of a fan of KJ)and was hoping people on here might have some recommendations. I’d really prefer an ...
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Is there any historical evidence of Early Church Christians denying the divinity of Jesus during the 1st and 2nd centuries AD?

I'm essentially asking the counter-question to this one. Is there any historical evidence of Early Church Christians (post-New Testament) openly denying the divinity of Jesus in the 1st and 2nd ...
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What mainstream sects object to infant baptism?

I recently had an interesting discussion with a person who did piercing for a living at one point in time in his life. He told me that the shop he worked had a policy where the would not pierce a baby'...
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What is the Catholic view of the Bible's teachings on marrying widows?

What is the Catholic Church's view on marry widows, and the Bible's teachings about it? Is it considered a good thing or a bad thing?
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Identifying a source for this C.S. Lewis quote “This also is Thou: neither is this Thou” (possibly came from St. Augustine)

In C.S. Lewis's Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer Letter 14 about different ways of conceptualizing God's presence among His creation, balancing between complete otherness and Pantheism. The ...
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What is the modern LDS view towards multiple Heavenly Mothers/wives of members of the Godhead?

The Wikipedia article on 'Heavenly Mother' notes that: Brigham Young taught that God the Father was polygamous, although teachings on Heavenly Mothers were never as popular and disappeared from ...
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What is the biblical basis against contraception?

I don't have hard statistics at hand, but a quick search on the web can easily reveal that the use of contraception is controversial among Christians, as not every denomination or church openly ...
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Best practices for finding lay academic reading communities in your local church?

A n00b here with my first question. I've long struggled to find lay reading communities within the local church who are interested in reading books that are more academic in nature or journal articles....
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What is an overview of arguments for and against the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus? [closed]

What is an overview of arguments for and against the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus? Was Jesus' resurrection a historical fact? What do scholars and historians have to say about all this? Is ...
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What are the root causes of the recent clerical sexual abuse scandals within the Catholic Church?

What are the root causes of the recent clerical sexual abuse scandals within the Catholic Church? A comment to this question (Is it known which seminary or seminaries produced the majority of Catholic ...
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Do Protestants accept the doctrine of free-will?

Protestants accept the doctrine of faith alone. If they accept the doctrine of free-will, how do they reconcile James 2:20-24 faith is dead without works, since works to do good is a free- will of man....
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Are there any denominations that are or have been both unitarian and think the parousia happened in A.D. 70?

Are there any denominations currently or throughout the history of Christianity that are or have been both a) unitarian and b) think the events described in the Olivet discourse of Matthew (in ...
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What are biblical arguments for congregationalist church polity?

The Orthodox and Roman-Catholic Churches argue that the episcopal church polity is the only valid one, citing first and second Timothy and early church fathers like Ignatius of Antioch. What are some ...
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Jesus' Resurrection occurred before angel rolled back the tombstone?

Many exegetes claim, without proof, that Jesus resurrected before the angel rolled back the stone, in order to show that he passed through it as he could walk through doors or as he was born out of ...

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