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How to reconcile the Council of Trent and the Apostle John regarding the post-baptismal presence of sin?

The Council of Trent, in this section on baptism, so strongly affirms that sin in a person is utterly remitted The Council of Trent (Session V, Canon 5) declared if anyone denies by the grace of Our ...
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How did Swedenborg interpret 1 John 2:2: "He is the propitiation for our sins"?

Preface: 1 John 2:2 in Swedenborg's writings Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) does not comment directly on 1 John 2:2 anywhere in his published or unpublished theological writings. He does quote 1 John ...
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Does the Book of Mormon (& LDS doctrine) pass the test found in 1 John 4:2 as the true spirit of God?

David, I admire your research into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, LDS, or the Mormons. :) In the Book of Mormon we read; Moroni 10:32 - Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in ...
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According to those who hold that the Word at John 1:1 is a person, how do they explain 1 John 1:1 using 'that' instead of 'who' for the Word?

John states categorically, that no man hath seen God at any time, stating these words in his gospel account, John 1:18, and in his first epistle, 1 John 4:12. Therefore he begins his epistle by ...
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Is there a name for the idea that Jesus takes away the sin of the world by causing those who abide in him to sin less and be more righteous?

The word used in the scripture regarding the matter of the first humanity, the removal of the first humanity, the release from law, and the eradication of sin is 'reconciliation' (commonly so stated, ...
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John 3:16 vs 1 John 2:15

The Greek word used in both verses is ‘kosmos’ but, according to the context in which it is used, it has different meanings. The following explanation is from a Protestant perspective. Kosmos, or ...
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Can a Jehovah's Witness say that they know they have eternal life?

Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe ‘Once Saved Always Saved’ is taught in the Bible. Instead powerful promises like the words in John assure us that God will surely reward those who endure to the end. ...
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Was St. John referring to schismatic bishops in describing the Antichrist in 1 John 2:18-19?

The text in question does not mention the status in the Church of those who ended up leaving it. That first century warning is open, not restricted. John says "many antichrists have come" - ...
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How do the 3 Protestant traditions deal with the two types of sin mentioned in 1 John 5:16-17?

Here is a quote from Dr. Bruce Milne, formerly lecturer in Biblical and Historical Theology at Spurgeon’s College, London. The Foreword to his book is by J.I. Packer. I believe this is still the ...
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Can a Jehovah's Witness say that they know they have eternal life?

Not even Jehovah's Witnesses who feel assured of having the anointing (in-dwelling) of the Holy Spirit as per Romans 8:9-17 can say they know they have eternal life - not according to Watchtower ...
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Does the Book of Mormon (& LDS doctrine) pass the test found in 1 John 4:2 as the true spirit of God?

I have never heard this questions asked of Mormons before. There are doctrinal differences regarding the nature of the Trinity, etc. but this is very basic doctrine for us unless I am not fully ...
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What are the objections to Newton's critique of 1 John 5:7 and 1 Timothy 3:16?

In the one remaining answer, there is only one brief mention of Newton, which is, "The problem with Newton's critique is his dependence on a straw-man argument." The answer demonstrates that....
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1 John 3:20 what does it mean "He knows everything" according to Calvinist Single Predestination?

The traditional Calvinistic understanding of the relationship between God's knowledge and God's decree relies on an important distinction, which I'll briefly explain, then present to you how ...
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1 John 5:3 — What are "his commandments?" and how are they "not heavy?" (Protestantism)

"Protestantism" is rather broad, but generally "his commandments" would be all of God's commandments for Man that weren't given as part of a specific covenent. For instance, prohibitions against ...
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What is "sin that leads to death" in 1 John 5:16?

There are different approaches through which Protestant theologians interpret this passage. The distinction of sin is of intensity. Venial and Mortal sins. The distinction of forgivable and ...
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Has anybody ever seen God?

Various solutions to this conundrum have been proposed; I'll share the 2 that I find require the fewest assumptions: No man in his frail, fallen, imperfect state can stand in the presence of God. ...
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Is there a name for the idea that Jesus takes away the sin of the world by causing those who abide in him to sin less and be more righteous?

There is a name for the process whereby those who abide in him are empowered to sin less. As John said (in 1 John 3:5-6) no-one who remains in him keeps on sinning. It would be impossible for anyone ...
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Can a Roman Catholic know that they have eternal life?

Pope Benedict XVI wrote in the first article of his encyclical Spe Salvi. “SPE SALVI facti sumus”—in hope we were saved, says Saint Paul to the Romans, and likewise to us (Rom 8:24). According to the ...
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Was St. John referring to schismatic bishops in describing the Antichrist in 1 John 2:18-19?

Was St. John referring to schismatic bishops in describing the Antichrist in 1 John 2:18-19? Anything is possible, but I do not believe so. In fact, the Church does not know who the Antichrist will be ...
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What is the Catholic understanding of what "God is Love" means according to the four senses of scripture?

In effect, this is a conflation of two distinct theological concepts: the 4 senses of Scripture (of which literal is one) and the necessity of analogy to talk about God's attributes. The conflation is ...
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What are the arguments in favour of the 'beginning' at John 1:1 being the new beginning?

The arguments in favour of John 1:1's ἀρχῇ (archē) referring to the new beginning can be summarized in 4 main categories. The prologue makes more sense internally. The prologue makes more sense with ...
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How do the 3 Protestant traditions deal with the two types of sin mentioned in 1 John 5:16-17?

TL;DR: it's not the sin itself which is "unto death" or "not unto death", but the attitude of the sinner that makes it so. We know that we are all guilty of sin: For all have ...
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1 John 5:16 "you don't need to pray for that"?

I think that if one attempts to interpret this passage in the context of a taxonomy of sin, wherein some sins are "sins unto death" (e.g. "mortal" sins) and others are not (e.g. "venial" sins), then ...
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1 John 5:16 "you don't need to pray for that"?

"Am I correct to think that the verse encourage "yes... you can decide if it's a mortal sin or not"." No; one cannot change the ontological nature of a sin by his opinion (the degree to which he is ...
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John 3:16 vs 1 John 2:15

The "world" that John 3:16 is speaking of is the people, not the behavior. Look at the whole context. [John 3:14-21 NKJV] 14 "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must ...
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What effect did the 1897 decree regarding the Johannine Comma have on Catholic scholarship?

Fr. Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P., discusses this in the introduction (§ "New Testament Testimony On The Three Persons") of his The Trinity & God the Creator (1952): The second text ...
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