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Are there theological explanations for why God allowed ambiguity to exist in Scripture?

In Matthew 13, Jesus reveals that it is God's will that some people understand and others be confused: 11 He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to ...
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Believing that Christianity is "probably" true vs. being fully convinced that Christianity is definitely true?

Preliminaries Having no philosophy / theology degree, but as an amateur aspiring to be a Christian epistemologist, I will share in this answer a way for a rational person who, after intellectually ...
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Bible with commentaries of the Church Fathers

The Catena Bible is freely available both at the linked website and as an app for Android and iOS, and provides related patristic commentaries for each verse.
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URLs for Christian Polemic Repositories

I saw this partial definition of polemics in a google search "A polemicist is a person who attacks someone else with written or spoken words. If you're a polemicist, you have very strong ...
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What facts determine which Bible translation should be chosen?

Is it correct that there are different English translations of the Bible? And different publishers, different editions, or prints? Yes. Even normal books sometimes have multiple editions. Books which ...
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Are there theological explanations for why God allowed ambiguity to exist in Scripture?

Why God allows ambiguities and what He does to help us Most denominations hold that the Holy Spirit inspires not only the Biblical book authors but also the Individual Bible reader, and/or the ...
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Bible with commentaries of the Church Fathers

The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture is the leading commentary series collecting the church fathers. At 29 volumes would be a big investment to buy, but most theological colleges/seminaries ...
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Looking for a website with the 1984 NIV Bible version

This appears to be what you are after here: http://biblemegasite.com/outline-niv1984.html As well as click through links (by book and then section) through to the NIV 1984 version hosted at ...
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Where can I find a Jehovah's Witnesses version of a Hebrew Interlinear Old Testament?

The only "Interlinear" the Watch Tower Society has published was for their rendition of the Christian Greek Scriptures. They have never come out with their own rendition of the Hebrew ...
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Has any Latter-day Saint published a very detailed description of how the Holy Spirit confirmed to them the truth of the BofM, as per Moroni 10:3-7?

Many times. Although it is possible that the details they provide are not the details this question specifically seeks. One of my favorites is the account of Vincenzo di Francesca, who first read the ...
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Where can I find a complete set of Ante-Nicene Writings?

It's not free, and it's not complete, but The Fathers of the Church: A New Translation is the closest thing to a complete set of the writings of the church fathers that I've seen in English. It ...
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Find Bible passages by keyword/ topic

Much to my surprise, when I keyed in the word ‘equilibrium’ into a Christian web site I frequently use, it came up with an article about ‘punctuated equilibrium’: https://www.gotquestions.org/...
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Is there any quiz or tool that identifies the denomination which is closest to my personal beliefs?

Is there any quiz or tool that identifies the denomination which is closest to my personal beliefs? Absolutely, but the true problem here is that there are so many denominations and subsets of those ...
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Believing that Christianity is "probably" true vs. being fully convinced that Christianity is definitely true?

There remains a type of epistemic distance, in the evidence for the Christian faith, that is sufficient but not exhaustive. That distance is there for a reason. It's to avoid coercion. The evidence ...
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Refutation of Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at All (David Fitzgerald)

Fitzgerald's arguments are not academically accepted, even by fellow atheists : Fitzgerald also charges that there is no physical archaeological evidence for Jesus. But this is unproblematic because ...
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People connected to Jesus

Polycarp's only surviving writing is his Epistle to the Philippians, and the focus of his epistle is teaching the gospel rather than talking about himself. We can glean much about Polycarp's beliefs ...
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How to go about learning about Christianity for someone from a non-Christian background?

A very readable overview of Christian history may be found in Church History in Plain Language by Bruce Shelley. A deeper dive into more recent history is Eerdman's Handbook to Christianity in ...
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Complete list of versification differences in the Tanakh

I have been working on some software which converts between different versification systems. As part of that, I have a file listing the various differences: transformations.data. There is no single "...
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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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Who won the Leipzig Debate between Martin Luther and Johann Eck?

I only know of one source, which I have here, on the table, in the form of a published book. I will extract quotes from it, to give a flavour of what the author says about the Leipzig debate between ...
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Refutation of Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at All (David Fitzgerald)

I'm not going to answer the Question, per se. Instead, I'm going to go a step beyond Ray's Answer and respond to some of the absurd allegations being made by the OP in comments. As these are ...
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What facts determine which Bible translation should be chosen?

Originally, the Bible was written in the common language of the people at that time. With regard to English translations, there is a bewildering array to choose from! Choosing a Bible translation ...
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Introduction to Greek Texts; Byzantine vs. Alexandrian

The above resources are indeed excellent surveys of the issues surrounding textual criticism of the bible. A couple of extra points are worth noting: (1) The question asks about the textual history of ...
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Recommendations for Ancient Greek NT "versions"

The Englishman's Greek New Testament, available widely, has the Stephens Text of 1550 and an interlinear, literal, English translation. It is one of a few almost identical Greek texts which are ...
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Are there theological explanations for why God allowed ambiguity to exist in Scripture?

One part might be that God wants to reveal hearts. A determined critic can always find a creative way to misunderstand. In politics for instance, it's surprising how creative people can be at ...
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Are there theological explanations for why God allowed ambiguity to exist in Scripture?

The Best Answer was chosen before I read this question (within 24 hours of it being posted) and, having read all the answers, I wish to point out that the scriptures of the Bible tell us exactly why ...
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What is the historical basis for the claim that there were hundreds of eyewitnesses to the resurrection of Jesus?

Below is a paragraph from Josephus’ ‘Antiquities of the Jews’ (18:63–64). At first I was hopeful that it would provide you with a secular, historical source to support eye-witness testimony to the ...
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