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Current views about whether it’s appropriate to refer to God as "It"?

In English, the appropriate non-gender pronouns are 'they' and 'them', but this construction is clumsy if people attempt to use it all the time. It simply does not work as a substitute. It does not ...
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To what extent does mainstream Christian doctrine teach that knowing a spirit's name gives you power over it?

Actually, this is more Kabbalah than Christianity and has further roots in the occult and other non-Christian mysticism and folklore (Rumpelstiltskin comes to mind, which is a decidedly non-Christian ...
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Does Jesus ever claim to be God, or the son of God?

Jesus claimed both to be God and to be the Son of God. Jesus claimed that he is God. John 10:28-33 (NIV) 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them ...
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Why doesn't 1 Timothy 5:21 indicate that angels are part of the Godhead?

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (Matthew 28:19, NIV) I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus ...
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Does the divine name YHWH (יַהְוֶה) apply equally to all Persons of the Trinity? (Catholic/Nicene perspective)

For the Catholic Church and other Nicene churches (the Eastern Orthodox, the Oriental Orthodox, the Armenian Orthodox, the Assyrians; as well as the majority of Protestants), the divine name YHWH (...
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Current views about whether it’s appropriate to refer to God as "It"?

We should refer to God in the manner God wants us to refer to God (not using a pronoun here intentionally). The first time we see a pronoun for God is in Genesis 1:5 (NASB) 1:5 God called the ...
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Where does the word 'Eloheim' originate from?

There seem to be two basic questions here: In the original Hebrew manuscripts; the writer uses the word Elohim....From my research it seems 'Eloheim' doesn't exist in the Hebrew nor English ...
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Is Jesus the only son of God?

1. Jesus is uniquely begotten from the Father, and so is uniquely the Son of God in that sense. See Luke 1:35 "The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most ...
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To what extent does mainstream Christian doctrine teach that knowing a spirit's name gives you power over it?

I’ll try to answer the question from a Catholic perspective and, additionally, provide some supplementary information about what has been mentioned in the comments. The general answer to the question ...
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What is the name of the Eternal Father worshipped by Latter Day Saints?

whether Latter Day Saints worship a god that was once a man Yes God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man....He was once a man like us;1 Heavenly Father who begat spirit children, ...
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Isn't "Jehovah-Jireh" (and other such names) just the name of a place?

Titles vs. Names I think the confusion stems from a lack of precision in our terminology, where we talk about the names of God when we really mean the titles of God. This has been reinforced by ...
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Is there a name for The God Who Hears?

You are close: 'El Shama is what you are looking for. Shama means "to hear" (Strong's) and is found in Psalm 17:6, as you mention. Furthermore, the name Ishmael is derived from these two words: ...
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What is LDS policy/teaching on not taking God's name in vain in languages where it is extremely common?

It may be helpful first to understand exactly what is mean by the word "vain." The NOAD defines vain as "producing no result, useless" and "having no meaning or likelihood of fulfillment." The use ...
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Discrepancy between Yahweh (Christian Bibles) and Eh-yeh (Torah)

Here is a basic answer: In Exodus 3:14, אֶֽהְיֶה (eh-yeh, a form of the Hebrew verb "to be") is used as part of what today would be considered a folk etymology of the most sacred Hebrew name of God, ...
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Does the divine name YHWH (יַהְוֶה) apply equally to all Persons of the Trinity? (Catholic/Nicene perspective)

The divine name (tetragrammaton: JHVH) applies also to the incarnate God, Jesus Christ. The prophets clearly state that the Messias is God. Isaias says: "God Himself will come and will save you&...
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Difference between Christ and Messiah?

Messiah comes from Hebrew, Christ from Greek. Both mean anointed one. The anointing in the Old Testament was with oil and was done in God's name to someone as a symbol of God's choosing that person ...
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According to Latter-day Saints, Jesus is Jehovah in OT. Therefore do they view all the occurrences of the Tetragrammaton as referring to Jesus?

This is correct, and easily supported by the Bible, particularly the writings of John. John chapter 1 states that "all things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." ...
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Since Trinitarians say it is wrong to use “God” and “Jesus” in a reciprocating proposition, why do they use “God the Son”?

Original Answer You quote Wallace as follows: For a genitive in simple apposition the two nouns are equivalent to a convertible proposition. Thus, “Paul the apostle” could be unpacked as “Paul is ...
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Does Jesus ever claim to be God, or the son of God?

Below are examples of both claims by Jesus to be God and the Son of God. First, I will discuss all references to Jesus as the Son of God. Then, I will discuss other claims Jesus makes to be God and ...
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Alpha, Omega, & everlasting God?

The saying "I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End" can be, and has been, interpreted in the following four ways at least: (1) As an idiom meaning eternal. Thus Albert Barnes interprets ...
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Why did Saul name two of his sons Eshbaal and Merib-baal?

First, just to be clear Meribbaal/Mephiboshet is actually the grandson of Saul (and son of Jonathan). With that out of the way, the honest truth is that no one can know for sure why Eshbaal and ...
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What is the difference between the names of "Jehovah God" and "The Lord"?

To definitively answer this question, one would need to know the Bible verses being compared... "Jehovah God" almost certainly refers to יְהוָ֥ה אֱלֹהִ֖ים "YHWH elohim". It is ...
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Do any Christian denominations forbid pronouncing the Tetragrammaton?

The Tetragrammaton ('Hashem', The Name) was written many times in the Hebrew Scriptures without vowels, therefore YHWH could not be pronounced by anyone without knowledge of the vowel points. Nor was ...
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Is Jesus the only son of God?

The Scriptures make it clear that God has an only unique(μονογενής (monogenés) Son, named Jesus. The definition in Greek for μονογενής (monogenés) in John 3:16, translating from the word “only ...
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What is the Biblical basis for concluding 'Jesus is Yahweh (Jehovah or LORD)'?

In John 8:58, Jesus says to the Pharisees, "Before Abraham was, I am". He was pointedly using the same language that God himself used when speaking to Moses in Exodus 3:14, and the Pharisees ...
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What is the Biblical basis for concluding 'Jesus is Yahweh (Jehovah or LORD)'?

Isaiah 44:6 “Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: ‘I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God. Revelation 22:13 I am the Alpha and the ...
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If Jesus was Emmanuel why was he named Yeshua?

His whole title in Aramaic is actually " ישוע משחא בר אלהא אחדאיא ", or "Jesus the Messiah, the only Begotten Son of God", according to the Nicene creed written in Aramaic. It shows how God is with us ...
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To what extent does mainstream Christian doctrine teach that knowing a spirit's name gives you power over it?

Taking a slightly different tack (and not wanting to detract at all from fredsbend's excellent and informative answer), the short answer is a definite No. Any authority over evil spirits that a ...
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Does Jesus ever claim to be God, or the son of God?

Matthew 22:41-46 is a very important passage in the Bible where Jesus makes it very clear that he is indeed the God of David and so cannot be David's son nor a mere man as presumed by the Jews about ...
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