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It is true that very often Harmartia is used to mean sin or offence in the new testament. It could be exactly what Paul means in 2 Corinthians 5:21 as well, even though this has caused no small difficulty in understanding down through the centuries for individuals as much as for entire theologies. There are so many references to Jesus taking away sin, ...


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One nature or two? A Divine nature, in one person; or, Divine-plus-Human natures in one person? Which is it? A hypostatic union, or a miaphysite unity? Which is it? Each perspective has something going for it. On the miaphysite side, God the Son has been one with the Father and Spirit for eternity. How could he be anything but God? Yes, Jesus became a human ...


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My understanding is that Divine nature and human nature cannot 'merge' but are united in the Person of Christ. The union is in his Person, not in an attribute : 'nature'. I assume that I would be referred to as a 'Chalcedonian'. From my own point of view, therefore, as a Chalcedonian, the situation is not reconcilible. The concept of Divine nature and human ...


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I would start with Deuteronomy 6:4-9 as the ground upon which to build your thesis Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall ...


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The Definition produced by the Council of Chalcedon in 451 is an interesting text because it wasn't intended to stand alone; it was produced by people who knew well that they were part of a series of church councils stretching back over a century. So the Chalcedonian Definition endorses the 325 Nicene Creed, and it's 381 Constantinopolitan revision, as well ...


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He can't "incarnate again" because His sacred humanity and divinity cannot be separated since when He assumed flesh in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mother Mary. Council of Toledo (685 A.D.), Denzinger 283: In this Son of God we believe there are two natures, one of divinity, the other of humanity, which the one person of Christ so united in ...


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The Catechism of the Catholic Church 463 - 478. Read it, meditate and pray. Look up the references and citations in the scriptures. Ask the Holy Spirit for understanding along with piety and fear of the Lord. God has revealed his Word to us. But you can't read it once and understand. You have to read, pray and pursue it daily.


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My considered answer to the question of depicting Jesus as European is 'No' . . . . . because there is no biblical reason to depict Jesus at all. If people persist in depicting Jesus of Nazareth and then (also) depicting him as non-Jewish and non-Middle Eastern, they give the impression that they are guilty of anti-semiticism and racism, denying a person (...


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Is there any biblical basis for Churches in the West (Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican or Protestant) to depict Jesus as European or some other ethnic race? It seems to a certain point that men tend to maintain different depictions of Jesus, sometimes reflecting local racial characteristics, as do the Catholic and Orthodox depictions. As to whether there is any ...


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If we look at the demographics of the period of the rise of Christianity from the Constantine era (4th century) to shortly before the global exploration period (early 15th century), we can safely say that the majority of Christians are Europeans living in Western Europe, Byzantine empire, and Russia. Therefore, Jesus's portrayal in European art made sense. ...


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Do Jehovah’s Witnesses acknowledge that the answer to the question “to what angel has he said...” is none? Yes contextually the answer is none. The context is that of the most high God bestowing his highest favor upon a subservient Son. This highest favor is contrasted with all other heavenly spirit creatures who are said not to come close to the measure of ...


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Jesus DID exist before the alleged incarnation. In the mind* of God who planned what His creation would need... a saviour. *www.biblicalunitarian.com/verses/john-17-5 1 Pet 1:20 For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you From Gen 3 on, we're told of a man who would come to defeat evil. ...


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