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According to those holding that Lazarus was literally raised from the dead, why did Matthew, Mark, and Luke not mention it?

Commentators give a number of explanations for the silence of the Synoptists on the raising of Lazarus: To protect Lazarus from persecution Differing source material Distinct criteria for what to ...
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Was Lazarus in a coma?

The ambiguity of Jesus' initial answer confused the disciples so he elaborated: 11 After saying these things, he said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.” 12 The ...
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What does Catholic Church say about the post-resurrection wound marks of Jesus?

St. Thomas Aquinas addresses the question of "Whether Christ's body ought to have risen with its scars?" in Summa Theologica III q. 54 a. 4. He gives five reasons (c.): It was fitting for Christ's ...
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How do Trinitarians explain that Jesus himself claims He is a man who has heard things from God at John 8:40?

It's a common misapprehension that Trinitarians do not believe the Jesus was a man. However they do believe that. The core of Trinitarian belief is that Jesus is both Man and God. Also God the Son ...
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John 1:18 - "No one has ever seen God" - How do Trinitarians reconcile this scripture with the belief that the Lord Jesus Christ is God?

From a Trinitarian standpoint there is nothing to reconcile. As with most things, the answer is found in the context. The whole of John 1:18 reads: "No one has seen God at any time; the only ...
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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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Why not "Word is God"? Why past tense? Does it mean word was god initially but not anymore?

Because past tenses in English Ignoring the Greek, it's the only viable English sentence construction when discussing a past event. If I was the soccer club president in 2020 when we built the new ...
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Under the laws of which regime was Jesus sentenced to death on the cross?

Under the laws of which regime was Jesus sentenced to death on the cross? The Jews tried to condemn Jesus to death for breaking their own religious laws. But Pilate initially rebuffed them saying: “...
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What is the biblical basis for identifying the Lazarus Jesus raised from the dead and the Lazarus in the story of the rich man and Lazarus?

The earliest Christians' knowledge of Lazarus came not from the Gospel accounts, but rather from personal acquaintance or acquaintance with those who knew Lazarus. In short, they knew Lazarus ...
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What is the biblical basis for identifying the Lazarus Jesus raised from the dead and the Lazarus in the story of the rich man and Lazarus?

I think taken together the Gospels do make us think about this possibility. God has inspired not just the texts of each Biblical book in isolation, but in relation to each other. Lazarus himself is ...
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The Mormon Church teaches that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His Son. How do you reconcile this when the Bible says the Father cannot be seen?

To get this out of the way first, yes Joseph Smith indeed claims to have seen God the Father, and Jesus Christ, in what is called the First Vision: Joseph Smith—History 1:17 17 [...] When the light ...
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7 mentions of night in Gospel of John

Well spotted. I think you are onto something here. The number seven is popular in John's Gospel. There are seven signs, seven "I am" sayings, the woman at the well had five husbands plus one who ...
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How can trinitarians profess co-equality when Jesus said the Father was greater?

One of the classic statements is to be found in the words of the Athanasian Creed (which I'm finding in the 1662 Anglican Prayer Book); "Equal to the Father, as touching his Godhead: And inferior ...
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Reason for drawing water at unusual time

This is a quite fascinating question, where we can speculate to our hearts' content! First, it must be pointed out that the New Living Translation you have quoted is dogmatic in its assertion that it ...
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What did Jesus mean by "whoever believes in me will do greater works than I do"?

Earlier in John is a verse that could potentially help provide an answer to your question: Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” - John 6:29 NIV Another verse ...
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Why did Simon Peter react so violently?

Simon Peter's reaction was inline with his previous self-trusting and impulsive nature, a tendency to rely on self to do what seemed right, rather than a faith that relied on God's promises. This ...
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In what way is the Son of God "one with the Father"?

The Trinitarian position on this is pretty straight forward. Hard to wrap your mind around, maybe. A mystery, sure. But the same basic idea is held by most Trinitarians, especially Protestant and ...
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How do Trinitarians explain John 17:3?

That scripture verse that you mention was used by Arius to maintain that Jesus was not of same nature as Father. However, his objection was resolved. St. Thomas explains the difficulty you mention in ...
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Does John's Gospel explicitly state that it was written by the disciple John?

No, the book of John does not explicitly state that it was written by the disciple John. However, there is a worthy discussion to be had about the combination of external and internal evidence that ...
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If Jesus is "a god" would not Jehovah’s Witnesses be polytheists?

Do Jehovah’s Witnesses consider themselves to be polytheists? No, because they do not worship Jesus. They worship only Jehovah God. Jesus is not the Almighty God, but is merely “a god” who was ...
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While on the cross, was Jesus abandoned by every human?

He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his ...
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Do any Trinitarian denominations teach from John 1 with, 'In the beginning was Jesus'?

I am going to go out on a limb here to answer without external reference (which I may add later) that the reason Trinitarian organizations who sponsored those Bible translations didn't use "Jesus&...
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Are our sins of the future forgiven? (John 20:23)

The OP asks: Catholics say that our future sins are not forgiven...and say that John 20:23...uses the past, i.e. "forgiven", so ask how future sins can be forgiven. What information there is on the ...
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How do Eastern Christians explain Jesus "sending" the Holy Spirit in John 15:26?

In reality, John 15:26 supports both the Eastern Orthodox and the (Western) Catholic positions, because (at least as far as the Catholic Church is concerned) both positions are valid and complementary....
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Was the washing of feet of the disciples by Jesus, part of a Jewish tradition?

On the contrary, the towel and basin were there for feet to be washed by themselves (Genesis 18:4 & 19:2, Judges 19:21, 1st Samuel 25:41 and others). In that culture (and as an externality of ...
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On the which council did Joseph of Arimathea sit?

It's commonly thought to be the (Great) Sanhedrin, Luke certainly implies it to be the same Council that sat in judgment on Jesus: 50 Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a ...
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Was the near-stoning of the adulterous woman something to be considered common practice, or was it strictly to trick Jesus?

In short, the argument you heard is sound. In John 18:31, the Jewish leaders make it clear they are unable to execute anyone by Roman law: So Pilate said to them, "Take Him yourselves, and judge ...
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Do any denominations use the full form of INRI?

Do any denominations use the full form of INRI? The short answer is yes. First of all, there are several denominations that have the tradition of have of displaying crucifixes in their church, such ...
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