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How do Trinitarians respond to the objection that God cannot be a man based on Hosea 11:9?

Hosea 11:9 says "I am God and not a man." But it says neither "I am God and cannot become a man" nor "I am God and cannot be a man", which the OP has put in the title ...
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What is a "Daud of Sons" as stated in Definition of Faith of the Council of Chalcedon?

I suspect it should read a 'duad of sons', not a 'daud of sons'. A duad is something made two parts. Compare it with triad or monad. The Nestorian position is sometimes described as teaching that ...
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Do trinitarians believe it would be possible for God to incarnate as a non-human animal?

Since God created only the man and the woman, not animals, in His image, you are correct in saying that for God to become an animal would be against His nature. That is not to say that God never used ...
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Why do Christians missionary think that quran 5:17 "Surely those have disbelieved who said God is the Christ" is a distortion of their belief!

DISCLAIMER: I do not endorse Sam Shamoun, do not validate Sam Shamoun's understanding of the Quran or the Muslim scholars he mentioned, and do not profess any competency in interpreting the Quran. My ...
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Was Jesus sent to the Earth so people could commit sin and lead sinful lifestyles yet still go to Heaven?

Was Jesus sent to the Earth so people could commit sin and lead sinful lifestyles yet still go to Heaven? According to the Bible, the answer seems to be a clear and resounding "No". ...
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According to Trinitarians, did the human Jesus worship the divine Jesus?

Trinitarians believe in the "unipersonality" of Jesus – that is, that he is one person and does not have multiple "personalities" that could interact with each other. The most important trinitarian ...
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How do Trinitarians respond to the objection that God cannot be a man based on Hosea 11:9?

There are two or three passages in the Old Testament which declare something similar (Numbers 23:19 and 1 Samuel 15:29). In each case God is distinguishing himself against sinful humanity. The point ...
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Is there Biblical evidence that shows that God developed during the New Testament due to becoming human?

Answering from Catholic and traditional Protestant (5 solas) perspective (both adhere to the Holy Trinity and the Chalcedonian Creed): The Chalcedonian Creed emphasised that the union of the dual ...
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According to Trinitarians, did the stature of the Eternal Logos get diminished?

Do Trinitarians believe that the Second Person of the Trinity eternally lost glory in the Incarnation? No. Jesus(God) temporarily set aside His Glory in order to enter into Creation. Jesus took back ...
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Christ is true God and true Man... from when?

Since he is God since all times, did he become true human in the incarnation or he was already man before it? No, He did not always have a human nature. As St. John writes in the Gospel: John 1:1,14 (...
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According to Trinitarian theology of Calvinism, was the Word (2nd person of the Trinity) missing from heaven when He (the Word) incarnated on Earth?

Ah, the extra calvinisticum as it was derisively called by the Lutheran Reformers. The Reformed position is that although the Word is fully united to the human nature it could not completely contained ...
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Does the Catholic Church teach that Jesus' Human Nature was created?

I think this answer is needed to avoid confusions. The short answer to the title is “yes”: Christ’s human nature is created. (Indeed, it could not be otherwise: the only nature that could possibly be ...
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Old Testament Evidence of the Hypostatic Union

In the Old Testament God does take physical forms however the incarnation of the Messiah is unique. Hypostatic union means human and divine natures united in one person. It would be misleading to say ...
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Which Christian denominations do NOT believe that Jesus existed prior to his conception?

Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) has ~2.3 million adherents and is the 3rd largest religious group in the Philippines. "But we do not subscribe to the belief that Christ is a God-Man or both ...
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According to Trinitarians, did the stature of the Eternal Logos get diminished?

There is a spectrum of understanding among those who profess to be 'Trinitarian'. It is not true that (Quote) The common Trinitarian belief is that Jesus began to have a God when he took on flesh [sic]...
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Did the Father and Holy Spirit become man?

Thomas Aquinas deals with this question in Third Part, Question 3, Article 4: "Can one Person assume without another?" He argues that the assumption of a human nature implies two things in Article 2: ...
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Given that Mormons believe the father has a physical body, what is the significance of the incarnation?

It's a big, transcendent deal for Latter-Day Saints too, just in a different way. Mormons believe that God the Son, Jesus Christ, has a physical body, but before the Incarnation he didn't. As I ...
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If Christ had a complete human nature, how come his human nature wasn't totally depraved as ours is?

Perhaps another way to look at this issue is to focus on what human nature is, and see what sin changed. Man was created in the "image of God," which certainly included original righteousness (or, as ...
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According to Catholicism, why did God lower Himself so much for the specks of dust like us?

Philippians 2:2-8 (DRB) Fulfil ye my joy, that you may be of one mind, having the same charity, being of one accord, agreeing in sentiment. 3 Let nothing be done through contention, neither by vain ...
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Is the incarnation of Jesus permanent, according to reformers like Luther or Calvin?

The idea of permanent incarnation has been most famously expressed in the Council of Chalcedon, long before the Reformation – there Christ's natures are said to exist "indivisibly, inseperably.&...
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If the Holy Trinity is defined as three distinct faces, people or persons of God, does this not directly contradict the first commandment?

If God is un-created and infinitely and eternally perfect then it is reasonable that He possesses uncreated, infinite, eternal integrity. If this is so then there can be no ontological difference ...
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How did the Gospel writers know that Mary was a virgin?

How did Gospel writers know that Mary was a virgin? Either they talked to Mary, or God communicated it to them directly. But which one is it? The virgin birth of Jesus is the Christian doctrine that ...
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Does the false prophet cause the spirit of Satan to move into the image to give it life?

It is Satan himself who causes the arising of the beast from the sea, the beast from the earth, the false prophet, and the making of the image. Satan gives rise to those means of getting his wicked ...
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According to Trinitarians, did the stature of the Eternal Logos get diminished?

Logos, being not only the Word of the Father but also the rationality behind those words, has always been God. God has eternal, infinite, perfect integrity and there is, therefore, no ontological ...
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What is the biblical basis for Docetism?

INTRODUCTION Docetism is the belief that Christ’s body was not human flesh. This entails two teachings. The first is that He only seemed to be human without real human substance (flesh). Christ ...
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Is the incarnation of Jesus permanent, according to reformers like Luther or Calvin?

The permanent and eternal union of Divine nature and human nature in Jesus Christ is clearly stated by Martin Luther (in XXX111 articles) in his 'disputation' : On the Divinity and Humanity of ...
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If Christ had a complete human nature, how come his human nature wasn't totally depraved as ours is?

I think these paragraphs from the Westminster Confession of Faith explain the conundrum sufficiently. Our first parents, being seduced by the subtilty and temptations of Satan, sinned, in eating the ...
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What is the biblical basis for Docetism?

The Human Truth Foundation article on Docetism http://www.vexen.co.uk/religion/docetism.html (by Vexen Crabtree 2017) has this to say regarding the view that Jesus, who was divine, had to be given ...
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Old Testament Evidence of the Hypostatic Union

The Old Testament Christophanies (like the man appearing to Joshua in Joshua 5 as the "Commander of the army of the Lord") are clues that God might do this (become a man), but these should be combined ...
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Was Emperor St. Justinian an Aphthartodocetist?

Historians widely agree that Justinian did indeed issue an edict imposing aphthartodocetism (the idea that Jesus's body was always incorruptible), citing the testimony you quoted from Evagrius ...
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