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How do Trinitarians explain the almost exclusive use of singular pronouns to refer to God in the Bible?

If I might put this in simple language, the Trinitarian position is that there is one God, and he exists in three persons. It is entirely correct, grammatically and philosophically, to refer to God in ...
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What is a Christian response to the claim that atheists make that "the Bible condones slavery" in Colossians 3:22-25?

This isn't condoning slavery, it is simply acknowledging its existence, and providing advice to those Christians that happen to be slaves. The message is similar to that in Romans 13:1 and following ...
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What is the Biblical basis for prohibiting sex outside marriage?

It's one of the 10 commandments: Thou shalt not commit adultery (see Exodus 20:14) The 18th chapter of Leviticus is devoted to condemning all manner of other sexual sins, lest any seek for loopholes ...
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What was the Early Church’s view on socialism?

To what extent was the early church "socialist"? Acts 4:32-37 (NASB95) And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one [of them] claimed that anything ...
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How many different people in the New Testament are called or claim to be "Brothers" or "Sisters" of Jesus?

Matthew 13:35-36 answers: Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us? The ...
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How do Trinitarians explain the almost exclusive use of singular pronouns to refer to God in the Bible?

The Christian who experiences the presence of the Holy Spirit within himself, that is to say within his own spirit, experiences the fact of unity of spirit - that unity of person which joins himself ...
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What was the Early Church’s view on socialism?

Modern-day Socialists would be unlikely to view the first century Christians as Socialists, despite a few similarities. This dictionary definition of socialism states that Socialists believe in a &...
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Does this quote from Origen prove the Bible is corrupt?

No, the quote does not "prove" that the Bible is corrupt. This is clear from the very book that you're quoting; Metzger and Ehrman note that Origen often based such claims "on ...
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Was casting out of demons done in the Old Testament by any Prophets or was it started in the New Testament?

There are no explicit references to exorcism in the OT. However, in a possible foreshadowing of Christ, David caused an evil spirit to depart from Saul multiple times by playing the harp (1 Sam 16, 18,...
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What was the Early Church’s view on socialism?

Dan Walden, a Christian writer who has written on socialism from a Christian perspective, addresses a related question in the essay, "Was Jesus a Socialist?": Jesus was obviously not a ...
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Psalm 88: does it apply to the New Testament's Christian God?

The Psalm does not describe God as "a God that abandons his children and could care less about them being fruitful and having support etc.", since it does not say the response that the ...
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Were any of the early church leaders Gentile converts to Christianity?

This question already has a lot of answers, but I feel like the most basic answer is missing! The answer is yes, and we need look no further than the Bible. Titus himself was a gentile convert. We ...
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Is there a term for a theological principle that if a New Testament text is unclear about something, that point is not important for salvation?

It's a corollary of the Protestant doctrine of the clarity or perspicuity of scripture, that the essentials of faith are explained in the scriptures so clearly that anyone can understand them. As the ...
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How many different people in the New Testament are called or claim to be "Brothers" or "Sisters" of Jesus?

TLDR: No one seems to specifically claim to be a blood sibling of Jesus in the New Testament. However, 4 siblings are named by other people in the Gospels, and two are possibly corroborated by the ...
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What specific thing in the Bible separates the Old Testament from the New Testament?

There's a little bit of history to the titles Old Testament and New Testament that needs to be explained. We begin with the Greek word διαθήκη (diatheke) which has two major distinct sub-senses and ...
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A story in the Bible where Jesus tested the faith of a sinner?

This question does not really fit the criteria for here, but here are a couple of suggestions anyway. First, your recollections of that 4-year-old sermon may be partially incorrect, plus the speaker ...
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Did St. Paul ever claim prophethood?

Paul did not explicitly claim to be a Prophet although there were occasions where he acted as one (cf. Acts 13 & Acts 27), however he did claim to be personally called as an Apostle by the risen ...
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Did Jesus believe and teach that God loved all people?

Old Testament Even in the Old Testament since Abraham, God has planned to bless "all nations" (that is, Gentiles) through Abraham's descendants, which includes Jesus. Gen 22:18: And all the ...
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Do any Church Fathers directly connect "speaking in tongues" with anything other than existing human languages?

Francis Gumerlock provides a survey of the views of church fathers in "Tongues in the Church Fathers." He concludes that "the early church had no such concept of the gift of tongues as unintelligible ...
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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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Was casting out of demons done in the Old Testament by any Prophets or was it started in the New Testament?

I don't think there is any other reference to casting out out of demons other than what's stated above about David. BUT Jesus said this in Matthew 12:27 NLT And if I am empowered by Satan, what ...
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Question on "The Forged Origins of the New Testament" and Josephus

As regards the OP first question about biblical manuscripts, we need to distinguish between Constantine asking for copies of Scripture, rather than compiling Scripture. The link in the OP asserts the ...
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Recommendations for Ancient Greek NT "versions"

The Nestle-Aland/UBS text is standard. This is an edited text which shows what the editors think the original text was most likely to be based on the evidence they have researched. The NA and UBS ...
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Where does the LDS section heading for 1 Corinthians 7 come from?

The short answer: revelation to Joseph Smith. The long answer: The LDS edition of the King James Version (KJV plus references) was authored in 1979 under the direction of the Apostles: In 1979 and ...
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What was the Early Church’s view on socialism?

The early church unequivocally did not practice socialism. Socialism is more than simply a communal economic system; it's an entire way of life built atop a very specific philosophy of human behavior ...
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What is the Biblical basis for prohibiting sex outside marriage?

My friend is a Progressive Christian who says that the bible doesn't condemn or even mention sex outside of marriage in the bible. For your friend to say that, she has not really read God's word and ...
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What is the Biblical basis for prohibiting sex outside marriage?

The phrase "sex outside of marriage" is a strange one from a biblical perspective. And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he ...
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