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The basis for my answer is founded on what I understand to be a fundamentally accepted belief by all Christians. I am mindful of what curiousdannii said here: Answers don't have to provide references or quotes to authoritative sources if they think it's common knowledge that denomination X teaches doctrine Y, but authors should be ready to provide them ...


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The Hebrew word for angel is "malach," meaning "angel" or "messenger." How the word is used in its context determines whether were dealing with an actual "angel" or a "messenger." And yes, I know an angel is also a "messenger" but sometimes they are commissioned to do things which are not just delivering messages for the Lord God. Malachi 3:1, "Behold, I am ...


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Reluctance to identify Michael with Jesus may stem from the Biblical distinction between the Son and the angels. For this, see Hebrews 1-2, Colossians 1:15-20, Revelation 22:9, etc. Human beings are "lower" than the angels, the Son is "higher", and through the incarnation he "elevates" humans to a position of superiority over the angels (Hebrews 2:8, 1 ...


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I have never understood the confusion over Daniel chapter 10. 10:5 to 10:30 regards a vision of a man. That man says 'Michael came to help me' in verse 13. The man and Michael are different persons. The speaker in the vision is clearly superior to Michael, for Michael comes to assist. Note that he does not come to 'deliver' but to 'assist'. And the ...


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The "archangel" Michael is named in only three books in the Bible: in Daniel, Revelation, and Jude. While what Daniel and Revelation say about Michael is compatible with the idea that Michael is another name for Jesus, I cannot see how this can be the case for Jude: Jude 8-9 (NIV): In the very same way, on the strength of their dreams these ungodly people ...


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I suspect that Revelation 3:14 is used by JWs. This link from Biblical Hermeneutics shows that the Bauer-Danker-Arndt-Gingrich Greek Lexicon (BDAG) financed by the Lutheran Missouri Synod who baptized me as a baby says it means that Christ was first-created.


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Taking a look at this Watchtower article scriptural citations appear to be from The Common Bible. I believe this is a 1973 edition of the revised standard version. The apostle Paul wrote concerning Jesus Christ: He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation; for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and ...


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First, God by His sovereignty starts most people off in roughly the area where He wants them: 24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and ...


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Biblical basis for claiming Eve was a virgin prior to the Fall In other words did Adam and Eve have sex with each other in the Garden of Eden? Sure, it is possible, since the Scriptures do not say clearly one way or another. However according to tradition, the Church Fathers do not think so. If Adam and Eve did have intimacy of a sexual nature before the ...


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God commanded two things of humanity in Eden. Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth and subdue it and have dominion ... [Genesis 1:28 KJV] Of every tree of the garden eating thou dost eat ; and of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou dost not eat of it, [Genesis 3:16,17 Young's Literal Translation] There were two matters to ...


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Adam and Eve did not have intercourse before the Fall (although they could have) because Genesis 4:1, which is after the Fall, is the first reported instance that "Adam knew Eve his wife: who conceived". St. Thomas Aquinas, in Summa Theologica I q. 98 a. 2 ("Whether in the state of innocence there would have been generation by coition?") ad 2, summarizes St....


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Is there a sound doctrine or biblical explanation why Satan is called the “Ape of God”? The Adversary, in waging war against the Almighty, is understood to copy all of his acts and attributes. Popular tradition, moreover, asserts that the Devil, impotent to do anything original, has set his heart on aping everything created by the Deity. Tertullian ...


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1. Reading the Gospels as Protestants This verse from the Aramaic scriptures tells us the virgins (we, Christians) will meet both the bridegroom and bride. A few things here: firstly only a very small number of Protestants would accept Aramaic-primacy. It also doesn't have any relevance to this question. Just because the Greek text doesn't include "Again ...


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I'm not aware of anywhere in Scripture where it explicitly says something like "only men can be ordained" or "women can't be ordained". However, I am aware of a passage that may indirectly answer the question. In Alma 13, Alma is explaining the Priesthood and foreordination to the lawyer, Zeezrom. Alma 13:2 says: "And those priests were ordained after ...


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Are Seraphim and Cherubim angels? The short answer is yes. Angels appear on numerous occasions in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. However, the Scriptures do not always reveal their angelic rank on each occasion. Traditionally, there are Nine choirs of angels. This question deals with the biblical basis of the two highest choir of angels: the ...


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According to The New Unger's Bible Dictionary, definition of Cherub The cherubim seem to be actual beings of the angelic order. and Seraphim An order of celestial beings, whom Isaiah beheld in vision standing above Jehovah as He sat upon His trhone (Isa. 6:2, 6). So, cherubim are likely beings of angelic order whereas seraphim are an order of ...


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According to The New Unger's Bible Dictionary, definition of Cherub They do not seem to be identical with the seraphim (Isa. 6:2). The cherubim apparently have to do with the holiness of God as violated by sin; the seraphim with uncleanness in the people of God.


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I grew up in a church that believed in the Sinner's Prayer. The verse most often associated with it was Romans 10:9 (emphasis mine): 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. This Scripture implies that there is a speaking component to being ...


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From the Society of Evangelical Arminians: Verses that show the atonement is available for all: Isaiah 53:6 – The iniquity of us all was put on Christ. Matthew 11:28-30 – Any who come to Christ are welcome. Matthew 18:14 – The Father does not wish that any should perish (anti-predestined-reprobation). John 1:7 – Jesus intended for ...


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I’m not a traditionalist, nor an Arminian. I am, I suppose an open theist in that I believe man has limited free will. One of my favorite examples of free will is foreknowledge does not equal predeterminism. God foreknew and yet David was able to choose differently than what was fore known. “Then David said, “O LORD God of Israel, Your servant has ...


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From the Society of Evangelical Arminians: Verses that show man has libertarian free will Free will offering verses: Exodus 35:29; 36:3 Leviticus 7:16; 22:18, 21, 23; 23:38 Numbers 15:3; 29:39 Deuteronomy 12:6, 17; 16:10 2 Chronicles 31:14; 35:8 Ezra 1:4, 6; 3:5; 7:16; 8:28 Psalm 119:108 Ezekiel 46:12 ...


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Was there silence in heaven when our Lord and Saviour was crucified? There was a profound silence of contemplation and adoration amongst the heavenly Angels before the august mysteries that were unfolding at Calvary. Amongst the heavenly hosts or angels, there was a profound sense of awe during the Crucifixion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Thus an eerie ...


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1 Cor. 15:1-4 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins ...


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The problem with presenting a good answer to your question is that word "protestant". A member or follower of any of the Western Christian churches that are separate from the Roman Catholic Church and follow the principles of the Reformation, including the Baptist, Presbyterian, and Lutheran churches. -- Oxford Dictionary (from Google) That's a ...


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I agree with you brother that they need to have fruit of Holy Spirit as sign to be Christians. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch [Acts 11:26]. Barnabas and Saul teach and work them with Antiochians for the whole year. And then they yield ...


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What has become known as “The Sinner’s Prayer” in Protestant circles is a comparatively new phenomenon. In some groups non-members who listen to preaching are urged to "say the sinner's prayer" and accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour - then that person is told they are now saved from their sins. Many have thought that because they repeated 'the sinner's prayer'...


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There is an example in scripture, spoken by Jesus, of the prayer of a sinner : And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself ...


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