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TL;DR: When the 3 quotes are considered in proper genre and context they fail to support OP's argument. First, it is helpful to distinguish the following 3 angles when reading the Church Fathers talking about the Christian dogma of Trinity. (The section references mentioned below are from the Catholic encyclopedia entry "The Blessed Trinity") Revelation: ...


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Why are we Christians if Jesus was Jew? There are a few good reasons for this. One (1) is that the Book of the Acts of the Apostles tells us that it was in Antioch that the followers of Jesus were called Christians. And secondly (2) is the fact that the vast majority of believers from the Gentile nations and thus are not of Jewish origin. And thirdly (3) ...


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"Christian" comes from the Greek Χριστιανος (Christianos), and roughly translates to "Messians," i.e. those who follow either "the Christ" or "that Christ fellow" (i.e. depending on whether it originated among Jews who identified as followers of the promised Christ, or originated as a pejorative term for the troublesome 'new sect' who follow the convicted ...


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The genealogy of Jesus Christ, documented both by Matthew and Luke in their gospel accounts shows that he was born of Mary and was descended from both Abraham, the father of all the Hebrews, and descended from David the principal King of Israel. The whole history of the Old Testament records God's dealings with Israel and his unfolding purpose which was ...


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The Book of Acts chronicles the events of the early church. In that book, the followers of Jesus are called: followers of The Way (Acts 9:2) Christians (Acts 11:26) members of the sect of the Nazarenes (Acts 24:5) It seems likely that it was non-Christians who applied these three labels to the Christians, and the second one stuck. This second name was ...


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I've noticed that the question was published a lot of years ago, but still wanted to share that there are Orthodox Icons that depict Jesus Christ being Baptised naked. . Also in Greece, among some priests, there is still the Tradition (it was kept Patristicaly) of baptising the adults totally naked. As it was explained by a Theologist, in Ancient Church ...


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The printing press produced a multiplier effect, amplifying new voices and ideas. Equally important were those new ideas themselves. In 1453, Constantinople was captured by the armies of Islam. Christian scholars fled the destruction and headed for Universities in northern and western Europe. They brought with them Greek and Hebrew manuscripts and other ...


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The Free Prebyterian online copy of the Westminster Confession quotes three verses in support of the statement : neither is God the author of sin,b Free Presbyterian Church Documents The first two are from James : Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: James 1:...


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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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Tithing is not a Christian teaching, Christ never taught it even though there are instances where He could have. The apostles never taught it! It is an Old Testament teaching which the church has and is still using to produce money. Tithing is under the law, we are not under the law but under grace. Read Hebrews chapters 7-9 and you will see that we are not ...


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@Lloyd: Not every place of worship that identifies as "Christian" is actually Christian, in the sense that the leaders of that congregation may not have Christ living in them. That is they are not regenerated by Christ's Spirit. Any 'church' which denies that Jesus is God-the-Son, or that God is Trinity is NOT a Christian Church. *Any 'church' that removes ...


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What you are asking about is not so much the "main software product", but rather the "original" software product that many other similar software products come from - all claiming to be the original, it seems. So how do you know which is which? When it comes to software, you will have to examine the source (code). The same is the case with Christianity. ...


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I know about "protestant", "catholic" and then there's something else in the "main three" which I probably "should know" by heart but I simply don't. (Probably referring to Eastern Orthodox?) And then there's also things like Mormons ("Latter Day Saints") and many other minor "variants". Yup. Add to that, Jehovah's Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, ...


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I will address one of your additional questions using the same jargon. Some (a lot, in fact) even say that Jesus was a Jew and thus Christianity in itself is branched out from Judaism? That seems like an important fact if true. It makes Christianity as a whole just some kind of "expansion pack" to the "main software product", to speak in computer jargon. ...


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The other answers here are good, but I'll try to directly address some questions with more detail. And this is the sort of question where a lot of answers are "it's complicated, and no one perspective is correct." As you stated, there are three "main branches" of Christianity, with most branches and sub-branches claiming to be the one, holy, catholic, and ...


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I’ve done my best to address three of your sub-questions: Why do we have Christianity if Jesus was a Jew? God has always called prophets to teach the inhabitants of the earth (His children). These teachings always focused on Jesus Christ (the Jehovah of the Old Testament, the Messiah of the New Testament) because only through Jesus Christ can we be saved ...


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Such a simple question, and so difficult to provide a simple answer! Probably the main reasons for Christianity dividing into branches and sects are: (a) issues of dogma: disagreements about points of doctrine some of which seem with hindsight to be incredibly hair-splitting, such as the precise relationship between Jesus' physical nature as a man and his ...


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Interesting question, but where to start? It’s a big ask! The Wikipedia diagram provided by depperm is a very useful illustration showing the timeline and emergence of the different major branches within Christianity. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Christian_denominations_by_number_of_members However, if “all” you want is a brief, easily ...


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The branches come from difference in opinion. Here is a diagram showing where Christianity diverged. Image source From the beginning Christianity diverged from Judaism1: where Christianity emphasizes correct belief (or orthodoxy), focusing on the New Covenant as mediated through Jesus Christ, as recorded in the New Testament. Judaism places emphasis on ...


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It has had a tremendous impact on the world, not just Christianity. Because moveable type, not the printing press, first appeared in Europe, Christianity felt the brunt of the invention first. Of course, to discuss the changes after movable type, you must first at least have a feel for the world before movable type. The Christianity you likely think of ...


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Did the invention of the printing press change Christianity? The short answer is yes. Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, in 1440, which started a printing revolution. The printing press spread within several decades to over two hundred cities in a dozen European countries By 1500, printing presses in operation throughout Western Europe had ...


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Yes! Before the printing press the Roman Catholic Church did everything it could to limit the translation of the text into native languages and mass production of the text in Latin. The amount of power and control in doing so helped keep them as the #1 power on Earth for a millienia. Also the Protestant Reformation might not have occured without the printing ...


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