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Do Protestants believe Jesus and Satan are brothers?

Good question with a simple answer: No. Categorically no. All mainline Protestants (and actually most branches of Christianity including Catholic and Orthodox) believe that they are radically ...
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Is Jesus the last Prophet?

The idea of the last prophet or the last revelation is not a Christian concept. Notice what a prophecy is “knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own ...
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Are these assertions about Christ correct?

No, the conclusions are not correct. The line of reasoning underlying this homily amounts to a conflation of metaphors. We are Christ This one is tolerably permissible. It's a truncation of "We ...
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Why didn't the Archangel Michael save Jesus when he was crucified?

Jesus' main purpose in coming to earth was to die on the cross in order to redeem mankind from their sins. He attests to this in a number of places in the Bible, and other writers of scripture also ...
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What is the earliest use of the phrase "God the Son"?

This question is complicated, of course, by the fact that we must work with translations of the original texts in order to find this wording. However, at least three second-century authors use this ...
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According to Orthodox Christianity, did God die on the cross at Calvary?

From the Orthodox POV, the answer is unequivocally yes. The Orthodox understand John 1:14 literally: And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only ...
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Is Jesus the last Prophet?

If you take the book of Revelation in chronological order, Revelation 11 says there's at least two more prophets to come before Jesus makes his direct return in chapter 19 3And I will appoint my two ...
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Trinitarian Christianity and Numbers 23:19 - Was Jesus a man?

This is not a very good Trinitarian objection for a number of reasons. First, the incarnation occurred at a definite point in history. As the Nicene/Constantinopolitan creed states, "[He] was made man....
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Does Jesus ever claim to be God, or the son of God?

Jesus claimed both to be God and to be the Son of God. Jesus claimed that he is God. John 10:28-33 (NIV) 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them ...
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Does Jesus's soul exist before his incarnation?

This is one of the popular misconception of trinity and incarnation. Jesus as Logos (The Word) is divine. He existed in that form for eternity in the Trinity. But the humanity of Christ did NOT exist ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the belief that Michael is not Jesus?

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 ...
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Did God the Son become flesh?

"God the Son" as the 2nd person of the Trinity The construct "God the Son" is the name for the 2nd person of the Trinity, referring to Jesus. The concept of Trinity itself grew in the early church ...
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How do Trinitarians explain Jesus' response to the scribes and Pharisees at Luke 5:20-24?

In Trinitarian theology, Jesus is both God and Man, so the title "Son of Man" isn't incorrect in that regard. Throughout Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus generally encourages the "...
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According to trinitarians, especially Protestants, who is Wisdom in Proverbs?

There are two common interpretations among Protestants: "Wisdom" refers to the Word of God; that is, Jesus "Wisdom" is the personification of a divine attribute, and perhaps a ...
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How do modalists understand the role of Jesus as mediator?

Who are the modalists? The ancient modalists were condemned heretics such as Noetus, Sabellius, and Praxeas. We don't have much record of their own writings, and what we do know of them is based on ...
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If Jesus is God then how could he die?

This is where the doctrine of the hypostatic union is essential. Jesus the Son of God is one person, but he has two natures: the divine nature, and a human nature. The two natures cannot be divided, ...
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Is Jesus the last Prophet?

It appears that many of the answers posted here interpret the word "prophet" in a literal sense, taking it to mean "a person who receives a divine revelation." However, it seems to me that you're ...
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What is the Biblical Basis for Christ returning with a physical body at the Second Coming?

Question: Will Christ at the second coming be made of flesh? Answer: Yes. This is what the Bible says: It is true that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). The Word gave up the ...
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How do Trinitarians who argue the 'ego eimi' at John 8:58 ought to be translated 'I AM' explain the lack of reactions to the same phrase?

The literal meaning of "ego eimi" is simply "I am" (Ego = I; eimi = am). It is not "I am he" or "I am the one" or so on. That is, the original Greek contains no ...
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How would Mormon christology be classified?

None of the above, Mormon christology is Mormonism. Although this wikipedia article names The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as a modern Christian group which may be seen as espousing ...
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What are the predominant Christian views on whether Jesus had to specifically die by crucifixion? Could he have chosen another kind of death?

I am mostly familiar with the evangelical perspective, which I think is shared with mainstream Protestant denominations, since they all rely on Bible evidence alone (instead of relying on the writings ...
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Why is it important for people who believe in Trinity that Jesus is God?

The main reason that it is important to Protestants, that Jesus is the son of God, is because that is the basic precept on which their salvation depends. If Jesus were not deity, (or God) he could not ...
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How does transubstantiation account for the amount of Christ's body eaten over the last 2000 years?

There are several churches which use the idea of transubstantiation; but the Eastern churches (Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Assyrian Church of the East) share a similar view on how it ...
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What does it mean that "the two natures of Christ cannot be separated"?

I generally write from a reformed perspective, but I don't think there's anything in this post that other Christians (Oriental Orthodox and Church of the East aside) would disagree with. The doctrine ...
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What are the most prominent christologies in all of Christendom?

Approximately 97% of Christians belong to Trinitarian denominations, so it's a reasonable view that there are no other prominent Christologies at all. However let's ignore that argument, and consider ...
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What are the most prominent christologies in all of Christendom?

Unitarian Subordinationism - Sometimes simply called "Subordinationism," it is thought that this view may have actually been the dominant view of the Eastern Fathers until the Arian controversy. (...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief held by Jehovah's Witnesses that Jehovah and Jesus Christ are separate entities?

I think the Jehovahs Witnesses make the matter pretty clear on their website. TL;DR - Jehovah used to appear to the ancient prophets as "God Almighty", Jesus Christ never identified as "God Almighty"....
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Jesus called God his own Father, and this is supposed to mean that Jesus is equal with God. Why?

TLDR; In this passage, Jesus uses language claiming God as a personal father; a begetting father, rather than in an abstract, "God is the Father of Humanity" sort of way. From here, the Jews ...
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What is the biblical basis for Jesus' eternal pre-existence (as opposed to having been created a long time ago)?

John clearly and logically makes four statements : In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. [John 1:1,2 KJV] 'In the ...
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