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Saviour of all people, ESPECIALLY of those who believe

At least three early adherents of apocatastasis refer to this passage. But not all their references to it are necessarily defenses of that particular doctrine. For example, Origen uses it to argue ...
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When Paul says "I don't allow women to teach" why is this read as an instruction?

Similarly, an author can write, my god, my gospel etc. it doesn't mean it is a personal unique opinion. On Romans 2:16, "according to my gospel", Utley comments: "according to my ...
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How have Churches interpreted handing people over to Satan?

In general the phrase "Deliver this man to Satan" seems to imply some form of excommunication or another. The severity of excommunication varies widely among religions. In some religions, like the ...
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What is the biblical defence used by Anglicans to appoint female vicars/bishops?

Ordination of women in the Anglican Communion (Wikipedia) The Anglican church has different ordination guidelines in different countries, and often the parishes are allowed to make the decision for ...
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The Lds Prophet Joseph Smith wrote, "We believe in God, the eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost."

Introduction: Let’s start with a brief overview to establish who’s who from the LDS point of view: Latter-day Saints commonly refer to God the Eternal Father as Elohim, a Hebrew plural meaning God or ...
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In what sense are angels elect?

The 1657 Westminster Confession of Faith, which the Reformed Tradition subscribes to, indeed explicitly understand some angels as elect. Quote from Chapter III (Of God's Eternal Decree) points 3 and 4:...
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LDS Church view of 1 Timothy 3:2 and 3:12 when they supported polygamy

There does not seem to be any LDS view on 1 Timothy 3 requirements during the time they practiced polygamy (searched LDS website and Joseph Smith Papers). The LDS believe in modern prophets who ...
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When Paul says "I don't allow women to teach" why is this read as an instruction?

There are really two reasons why Christians have taken this passage as a command rather than a statement of Paul's current practice. First Paul enjoys a very special place in the history of the early ...
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According to Reformed Theology, what is the exegetical basis for the claim that 1 Timothy 2:4 means "all kinds of people"?

Lets look at Calvin’s commentary on the subject: On 1 Timothy 2:1, he writes: That, above all, prayers be made. First, he speaks of public prayers, which he enjoins to be offered, not only for ...
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What is the Reformed Protestant Interpretation of 1 Timothy 1:19 in relation to “eternal security”?

To be shipwrecked in regard to the faith is not necessarily to be damned. It will, certainly, make the person professing Christian faith become totally unsure of their salvation, but if they (like the ...
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How do Biblical Unitarians explain 1 Timothy 3:16, which says "God was manifest in the flesh"?

Please bear with me while I introduce the relevance of the work of a Unitarian scholar who was involved in the 1881 revision of the King James Version of the New Testament. The answer to your question ...
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Question for those who hold to the immortality of the soul

On the subject of the immortality of the soul, Martin Luther has this to say : For since we call it a sleep, we know that we shall not remain in it, but be again awakened and live, and that the time ...
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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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Why there is a different translation in 1 Timothy 4:7?

“Godless myths and old wives’ tales” and “irreverent, silly myths” mean the same thing within the context of the letter Paul is writing to Timothy. Just because one translation uses a slightly ...
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Did the early church record other events of handing people over to Satan?

The early church did indeed apply this language to specific cases, particularly in relation to God's judgment and church discipline. For example, Chrysostom describes Judas and Job as being "...
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When Paul says "I don't allow women to teach" why is this read as an instruction?

Paul says elsewhere, Be ye followers of me, as I am of Christ. That is an imperative, a command, and includes all that he spoke ; and all of his, behaviour as an example. Nothing that Paul said or did ...
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When Paul says "I don't allow women to teach" why is this read as an instruction?

My church people (a branch heavily influenced by the Anabaptist movement) teach that this example is teaching for the church. Building a bit on Nigel J's answer (who can freely contradict me, if he ...
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Was Phoebe a deacon?

Before you read my answer, I want to make clear that I have no formal training in Biblical studies or the Greek language (which may become obvious as you read my answer). I use a couple of different ...
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What is the biblical justification for permitting female pastors?

As a start, I disagree with 1 Cor. 14:34-35 being used as justification for women not to be preachers as it clearly refers to specific occasions where women spoke with their husbands during the ...
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What is the biblical basis against the use or overuse of tobacco and other types of drugs?

Tobacco was not known in the OT, nor in the NT times. It came into various cultures in the Old World (Eurasia and Africa) from the Americas/Western Hemisphere. Tobacco has long been used in the ...
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Saviour of all people, ESPECIALLY of those who believe

If anyone in the biblical canon should be called a Universalist, it is most certainly Paul. This is understandable, since nobody at this time had ever heard of such a thing as an "eternal hell&...
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When did the Catholic Church first prohibit bishops from remarrying?

When did the Catholic Church first prohibit bishops from remarrying? For St. Paul being married to a woman for the first time seems to be a prerequisite for the office of the episcopate. Widowers who ...
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Based on Proverbs 30:8 and 1 Timothy 6 is it wrong to desire to be rich (or poor for that matter)?

We can find verses that both condemn and applaud wealth in the Bible. Balancing Proverbs and Timothy, cited in the question, is Proverbs 10:22, which says: The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, ...
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Based on Proverbs 30:8 and 1 Timothy 6 is it wrong to desire to be rich (or poor for that matter)?

Solomon had something to say about the matter. 18 Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few ...
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Question for those who hold to the immortality of the soul

Sorry, I completely misunderstood your question in the previous answer. I'm used to people using mortality of the soul to argue for annihilation instead of hell. The Hebrew word nephesh1 and Greek ...
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The Lds Prophet Joseph Smith wrote, "We believe in God, the eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost."

This is how Joseph Smith argued it in that sermon: We have imagined that God was God from all eternity. These are incomprehensible ideas to some, but they are the simple and first principles of the ...
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How do Protestants against the use of alcoholic wine explain 1 Timothy 3:8?

For the most part it is not that wine within itself that is bad. The fact that alcoholic beverages are a known addictive is along established fact, and the only true method of avoiding its ...
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How do Protestants against the use of alcoholic wine explain 1 Timothy 3:8?

Good points. Not all of us subscribe to the view that all the people drank back in those days were pure grape juice. Sometime it was (a symbol of Jesus' blood), but sometimes it contained small ...
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