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Is there a biblical theory that tries to explain the mechanism of prayer?

Prayer is not a mechanism. It's a divine privilege. Prayer is "wireless", instant communication with God in heaven. Indeed, God even knows what his "saints" are going to say in ...
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How do Christians that advocate libertarian free will interpret Romans 9:14-24?

Paul is not teaching determinism; he is countering the deterministic views of his opponents Background on the Epistle to the Romans Paul is writing the Epistle to the Romans circa AD 56-57, prior to ...
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How do Christians who believe that salvation can be lost interpret John 6:37-44 and John 10:11-30?

The phrase "salvation can be lost" can be a tad misleading, as "lost" has connotations of unwillingness, ie that you did not want it to be lost. Proponents of this view, however (...
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According to Reformed Theology, how can one justify infant baptism?

During my 40+ years as a Christian (which was marked at the start by full water immersion, as a believing adult) I came to learn much about those who practice paedobaptism, and why they do that. One ...
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According to Reformed Theology, how can one justify infant baptism?

"Reformed" in this context is perhaps ambiguous. There are Protestants (e.g. Lutherans) that believe in infant baptism (pedobaptism), and there are Protestants (e.g. Baptists) that reject ...
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How do those who believe that salvation cannot be lost interpret Revelation 3:14-22?

The resolution is found in recognizing that Jesus is delivering warnings that are both collective and individual. At the individual level were true believers who had lost zeal and been distracted by ...
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How do those who believe that salvation cannot be lost interpret Revelation 3:14-22?

P1 - Jesus will spit lukewarm individuals (reflects a change in the OP) out of his mouth (from Revelation 3:16) Premise 1 is fine as far as it stands as worded as can be seen from verse 20 of the ...
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How do Christians that advocate libertarian free will interpret Romans 9:14-24?

I would recommend reading my answers to each of the two questions linked in the comments of your post, but to give a brief answer as someone who holds to LFW: I am not inclined to believe that this ...
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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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Who was Darius the Mede?

In another (older) article, William Shea made a different proposal, namely that Darius the Mede refers to Ugbaru; the general who conquered Babylon for Cyrus. By comparing the book of Daniel to the ...
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According to Protestantism, why is Hermeneutics necessary if we have the Holy Spirit?

First step: listening / reading the Bible with the mind Protestants believe in the "perspicuity" and "clarity" of Scripture, so that anyone who hears or reads the Biblical ...
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Who was Darius the Mede?

Recently, Tom Finley, professor emeritus of Old Testament and Semitics at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, wrote an article on this subject. He discusses three options for the identity ...
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Where did the nomenclature “godfather” originate from?

Where did the nomenclature ”godfather” originate from? A godfather is any man who serves as a sponsor for a child at baptism. Godfather (n.) [is a] man who sponsors one at baptism and guarantees the ...
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According to Protestant interpretations, is Romans 3:5-6 a text relating to Theodicy or something else?

A dictionary definition of theodicy is: "Vindication of divine providence in view of existence of evil" (The Concise Oxford Dictionary, 1976 edition). You ask if Romans 3:5-6 relates to ...
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Does the "fullness of time" in Galatians 4:4 depends on Mary's state of grace?

Does the "fullness of time" in Galatians 4:4 depends on Mary's state of grace? The answer is No. Mary was not yet full of grace, before God sent Archangel Gabriel to anoint Her, as their ...
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How do believers in eternal conscious separation/torment reconcile their belief with Jesus' words at Matthew 10:39?

Two part answer, the first addresses the nature of this question and tone in which it is asked/defended. The second is the answer I have to the question, and then I have some comments. About the ...
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How do believers in eternal conscious separation/torment reconcile their belief with Jesus' words at Matthew 10:39?

It's just a symbolisation of the cycle of manifesting your own depression and joy. You also need to note that in the era this was written to live was existing not living. One person paid for the sins ...
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How do believers in eternal conscious separation/torment reconcile their belief with Jesus' words at Matthew 10:39?

Premise 2 surreptitiously slips in a false dichotomy. Spirit Realm Investigator has offered critiques of the several of the other premises; I think good points are raised there. I'll focus my post ...
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How do believers in eternal conscious separation/torment reconcile their belief with Jesus' words at Matthew 10:39?

How do believers in eternal conscious separation/torment reconcile their belief with Jesus' words at Matthew 10:39:- Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will ...
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How was the 70 weeks of Daniel understood over the ages?

Paul Tanner wrote a scholarly article discussing the views during the first 400 years. In summary: SURVEY OF VIEWS Justin Martyr (A.D. 153–165) did not mention Daniel 9. Irenaeus (A.D. 180) mentioned ...
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In view of Mark 9:1 why say the kingdom of God will come at Jesus' second coming?

That might depend on the definition of "the Kingdom of God" as well as where an individual stands in relation to it. First, the O.T. shows that God's kingdom is an everlasting one, as Daniel'...
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How do believers in eternal conscious separation/torment reconcile their belief with Jesus' words at Matthew 10:39?

I would answer that holding the OP's interpretation of what life means in a consistent fashion rules out the possibility of eternal life being received by anyone who has not been martyred. I would ...
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How can we understand the SDA interpretation of Daniel 9:26?

The SDA understanding was the traditional understanding before historical criticism and dispensationalism became the dominant views. (See Fathers). In that article, Paul Tanner refers to it as the ...
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How do believers in eternal conscious separation/torment reconcile their belief with Jesus' words at Matthew 10:39?

Your argument that writhing in the lake of fire constitutes life is your flawed premise. That's the second death. That may not comport with your preconception of 'life'; that is, any conscious state, ...
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How do believers in eternal conscious separation/torment reconcile their belief with Jesus' words at Matthew 10:39?

Addressing the deductive argument P1: The doctrine of eternal conscious torment/separation asserts that all of the unrighteous are resurrected in immortal bodies and will have physical life forever ...
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How do believers in eternal conscious separation/torment reconcile their belief with Jesus' words at Matthew 10:39?

Whoever finds his life (in this life) shall, at the end of this life, lose his life. But he shall be raised from the dead to give an account. Once judged, he shall be assigned to the lake of fire, ...
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How do the Church Fathers approach the Speeches of Job's Comforters?

How do the Church Fathers approach the Speeches of Job's Comforters? How did the Church Fathers deal with this paradox? And how did they use the speeches of Job's comforters? If any Church Father ...
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Doesn't God giving orders to demons contradict the principle of double effect?

There is a sinful, human notion that "the end justifies the means", which runs hand in glove with the equally sinful, human notion that "might is right". When humans start with ...
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