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Did Jesus have a different Will in Lk 22:42 ? What was it like?

There's no need to appeal to apocryphal writings or mysticism; this very question was the subject of the Sixth Ecumenical Council, Constantinople III. Note that "will" here is not "plan&...
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Was Joseph Smith interested in and familiar with Kabbalah?

In short: Do we know if he had access to and was familiar with Kabbalah writings? There is no documentation of him having access to the Kabbalah writings. Did he study them in the original ...
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Was Joseph Smith interested in and familiar with Kabbalah?

It is certain that Joseph Smith was influenced by Kabbalah. In his 1992 Book The American Religion: The Emergence of the Post-Christian Nation Harold Bloom writes: What is clear is that Smith and his ...
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How do Christians approach the evangelization of individuals who have had profound spiritual experiences in other religions?

Spiritual experience and interpretation As we can see in the Wikipedia article for religious experience, the same experience can be interpreted differently depending on the framework used, whether it ...
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Can Christians use the Ring of Solomon?

According to this Christian source https://www.gotquestions.org/Testament-of-Solomon.html the ‘ring of Solomon’ is a piece of fiction based on mythology and pagan ideas. Part of the article has this ...
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Who titled the poem: "The Dark Night of the Soul"?

The Wikipedia article (Dark Night of the Soul), to which Constantthin makes reference, says that the author of the poem, Saint John of the Cross, "wrote two book-length commentaries: The Ascent of ...
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Similarities and differences between Christian Mysticism and the Charismatic movement?

Some overlap but not fully. To understand how the Reformers and the Puritans opposed the fanatics, we must be clear. In their minds, at the root the following guide is helpful: Anything that makes a ...
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Which denominations consider it commendable to pursue a profound mystical union with God?

Which denominations consider it commendable to pursue a profound mystical connection with God? The three major denominations of Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy and Oriental Orthodoxy all encourage a ...
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Can Christians use the Ring of Solomon?

The answer by @Lesley and ideas found in the Wikipedia article give several reasons for rejecting the book as a fraud or fantasy: inconsistent with the rest of Scripture language consistent with ...
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Why were the mystical works of Richard of St. Victor called "Benjamin"?

Sharpe, A. (1912). Richard of St. Victor. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. his mystical theology […] is mainly contained in the two books on mystical contemplation, ...
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Are there any saints or mystics who had a vision of hell, and based on that made a judgment about how many people are in hell? (Catholic perspective)

Are there any saints and/or mystics who had vision of hell and based on that made a judgment about have many people are in hell? The majority of mystics and saints who have had visions of Hell, ...
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What is Christianity's take on Kabbalah?

There are many people who self-identify as Christians, who are also 'into' Kabbalah'. There are probably many more who have never even heard of Kabbalah, and a good many more still who would express ...
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In Christian epistemology, how is Reformed Epistemology different from mysticism?

If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. - John 14:23 If one believes in the Lord Jesus Christ, if one calls on ...
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Which Christian denominations believe in a spectrum of degrees of personal knowledge and experience of God?

Those who study the Book of Mormon see a ready "yes" to the question in the OP, as outlined in Alma chapter 32. In this chapter, Alma compares the word to a seed that is planted in our ...
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What are the views of Reformed Protestants on Christian mysticism?

I am not going to try and analyze all kinds of miscellaneous mysticism under the Reformed view, as the Reformed view will not have specific opinions but only a series of cautions for all types of ...
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What do Catholics think of the Philokalia?

The Catholic Church has no problem with the Philokalia; it is a legitimate mystical text in the Eastern Christian tradition. Eastern Catholics make use of it all the time. (I am not aware of any ...
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What is a mystical experience according to Catholicism?

What is a mystical experience according to Catholicism? Sounds like the million dollar question that everyone wants to know, but is extremely hard to actually narrow down and answer. Mystical ...
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What is the exact nature of Aquinas's private revelation of Jesus to him?

What is the exact nature of Aquinas's private revelation of Jesus to him? It seems evident that this was a corporal vision and not a intellectual vision or imaginative vision. It certainly was not the ...
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What is the biblical basis for Christian Mysticism?

I think the following Biblical passages could be interpreted in a mystical sense: Passage Content (KJV) Comments 2 Corinthians 12:1-4 It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to ...
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What is the biblical basis for Christian Mysticism?

What is the biblical basis for Christian Mysticism? First of all, Christian mysticism is a difficult term to define so that all Christian denominations would agree on and would be acceptable. Likewise,...
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Which Christian denominations do not prioritize seeking a tangible experience of God's presence?

Such a tangible experience of God is known in Catholic teachings as a sensible consolation. The opposite experience, sensible desolation, is lacking such an experience. The emphasis is not on ...
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Which Christian denominations believe in a spectrum of degrees of personal knowledge and experience of God?

How to properly answer this survey question I first want to highlight the difficulties in answering this denominational survey question. First, we need to distinguish between denominational published ...
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Catholic Mystics who have Written about Our Lord's Sufferings While He was Imprisoned

Catholic Mystics Who Have Written About Our Lord's Sufferings While Jesus was Imprisoned One of the problems with finding an answer to your question is that Catholic authors and Mystics do not tend to ...
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What is the biblical basis against Christian mysticism?

Many of the specific personal experiences cited in the OP are highly consistent with Biblical teaching and Christian experience. I agree that the Christian knowledge and experience of God should be ...
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What is the biblical basis for Christian Mysticism?

As a former New-Ager, what it seems to me that you’re actually longing for is a deeper spirituality than what you’ve been taught traditionally. And it is true—the Bible is God’s word, God is Spirit ...
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Which denominations consider it commendable to pursue a profound mystical union with God?

Commendable to Attain a Profound Mystical Connection It may be safe to say that The Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant branches of Christianity all respect the desire of their members who wish to have ...
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What saints were able to accurately determine what vocation God is calling someone to?

St. John Vianney, the Curé of Ars, had the gift of reading souls when it came to helping someone discover his or her vocation. Abbé Trochu, The Curé of Ars, ch. 26 "Les intuitions et les ...
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Is there any historical evidence that Gnosticism disappeared because Gnostics converted to Christianity?

The Gnostics were already in decline numerically by the third century, but events brought about the elimination of Gnostic Christianity over the centuries that followed. Emperor Constantine Elaine ...
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Did Jesus have a different Will in Lk 22:42 ? What was it like?

If the OP is interested in answers beyond the scope of the traditional Christian understanding of redemption, then the answer is definitely yes. Jesus as the Jewish Messiah One approach to the ...
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