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How does Protestant Church explain Luke 2:48?

If we accept the bible teaching that Mary/Joseph had children, then they would have been younger than Jesus. In the question, the age of Jesus was 12. The oldest sibling was probably no older than ...
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When Was The Gospel of Luke Written?

If you accept its own testimony then Luke was written:- Before the Acts of the Apostles and by the same author as the writer of Acts (compare Acts 1:1 with Luke 1:1-4); The author of Acts was, at ...
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Is it possible for a spirit to eat fish?

Most branches of Christianity believe that Jesus rose from the dead bodily (ie he wasn't merely a spirit at that point). The very context of the verse you are referring to, is that he was eating the ...
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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 Protestants following the Reformation, what did Jesus mean when he said "do this and you will live"?

Protestants typically argue that Jesus is explaining how one might be "saved by works," and not suggesting that it is actually possible for the man to accomplish it on his own – on the contrary, he ...
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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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Perpetual virginity of Mary: why did Mary see "not knowing man" as an obstacle to the conception of Jesus?

ειπεν δε μαριαμ προς τον αγγελον πως εσται τουτο -επει- ανδρα ου γινωσκω Luke 1:34 - TR (Stephens 1550, Beza 1598, Elzevir 1624 and Scrivener 1894 are all identical.) Then said Mary unto the angel, ...
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A problem with Purgatory: How could Jesus say what he did to the repentant criminal on a cross next to him if Purgatory existed?

The Catholic Church teaches ways by which we are freed from the temporal consequence of our sin, and thereby eliminate our need of Purgatory. One is the Sacrament of Baptism: By Baptism all sins are ...
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How do Trinitarians understand what it means for Jesus to grow 'in favor' with God?

According to Philippians 2 we are to have within ourselves the same mind that was in Christ Jesus. So then Jesus had, in himself, the mind that: Though he was in the form of God He did not cling onto ...
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Was each "Book" of the Old Testament on a separate scroll prior to the second century A.D.?

The answer appears to be «usually» but «with some exceptions», and also «the experts aren't completely sure». We can divide the sources adduced into indirect evidence (references to scrolls in ...
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Were the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts written by the same person?

The fact that both Books were written by the same individual known as Luke is extracted from the first few verses of both Books. Luke 1:1 through4 KJV Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set ...
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According to orthodox Trinitarians, why did Jesus respond that only God is good?

The teaching on this passage from such as Martin Luther (see link below) is that the rich young ruler approaches Jesus as 'good Master'. The young man sees only a master who can instruct him with ...
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Perpetual virginity of Mary: why did Mary see "not knowing man" as an obstacle to the conception of Jesus?

When one way of interpreting a passage is absurd, that shows we aren't to interpret it that way. Obviously she didn't think the angel was just telling her she'd conceive a baby with Joseph or else she ...
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Why don’t the gospel authors specifically identify themselves?

The Gospels are formally anonymous in the same way nearly every book on your bookshelf is: the author is not identified in the body of the text. So my copies of the Harry Potter books are anonymous in ...
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Which prophets died outside Jerusalem?

The problem to solve is related to quoting Scripture out of context Purposely then He says nothing in answer to the idle question, but turns His discourse to a more important subject. ~ St Cyril ...
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is Adam no longer the son of God?

This is an artifact of the translation you are using. There is no verb in the Greek text of the verse. Consider this version: the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of ...
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How does Protestant Church explain Luke 2:48?

The difference between Protestants and Catholics here all starts with the Catholic view that Mary died a virgin. This is despite the plain talk in Matthew's gospel:- And he knew her not till she ...
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How do Trinitarians understand what Jesus said in the garden of Gethsemane?

John McKinley, biblical and theological studies professor at Biola University, wrote a 2013 article that addresses your question: You Asked: Does Gethsemane Separate the Trinity?. The key concept to ...
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Did the women disciples of Jesus go to his tomb on Sunday morning to perform an optional Jewish ritual?

In early Jewish beliefs, the tomb would have remained open for three days, but no longer as the body would have decayed and begun to stink. The tomb, however, was not immediately closed over the dead....
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According to LDS, does Joseph Smith contradict Jesus saying to the thief on the cross you will be with Me this day in Paradise?

There are 3 matters at hand here: Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints accept Joseph Smith as a prophet, seer, and revelator, through whom God revealed truth. Although Joseph ...
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Why did Jesus use parables to teach?

James E. Talmage discusses this in his book "Jesus the Christ" (read online here) An excerpt from this chapter: To the chosen and devoted followers who came asking the Master why He had ...
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Were the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts written by the same person?

There are a few reasons why people argue both of those books are written by Luke. The Introductions Both the book of Luke and the book of Acts reference a reader named "Theophilus" in their opening ...
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How are the words of Mary in Luke 1:34 incontrovertible proof of her perpetual virginity?

Establishing Context What does Gabriel say? (Luke 1:31) καὶ ἰδού συλλήψῃ ἐν γαστρὶ καὶ τέξῃ υἱόν καὶ καλέσεις τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ Ἰησοῦν And behold, you shall concieve in your womb and bear a son, and you ...
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When Was The Gospel of Luke Written?

Why the Gospel of Luke belongs in the Bible Regardless of the dating, the Gospel of Luke belongs to the Bible because it contains authoritative teaching of Jesus to guide Christians as well as ...
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Does “Q” elucidate the "synoptic problem"?

Proponents of the Q theory would say that none of the alternatives provide an adequate explanation of all of the parallel passages in the synoptics. Leaving to the side any of the non-Markan-Priority ...
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"Ask and it will be given to you" vs. "Not my will, but yours be done."

There are three occasions in scripture when I can think of someone not receiving an 'answer' to prayer. But on all three occasions, they did receive a response from God the Father. The person asked, ...
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How do Trinitarians explain Jesus' response to the scribes and Pharisees at Luke 5:20-24?

First, when Jesus uses the phrase "the Son of Man," He is using that phrase technically, as we use "the Messiah" technically (whereas it meant 'king' since it means 'the anointed ...
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How do those who believe Jesus was eternally the Son explain Jesus being chosen?

Your premise about choosing is inaccurate. Or, at least, it doesn't apply universally to all Christian views of God, even all traditional Christian views of God. Under a Boethian understanding of God'...
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