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Did Samuel act as a priest on top of being a prophet?

Pay close attention to the words and what they are referring to here: 1 Samuel 1:1 There was a certain man of Ramathaim-zophim of the hill country of Ephraim whose name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham,...
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Why did God spare Abraham's child but not Jephthah's?

Jewish and Christian scholars alike present many opinions and interpretations of the story of Jephthah and his daughter. The ambiguity of the text and the fact that her sacrifice is not described in ...
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Are there examples of God forgiving without sacrifice?

Hebrews 9:22 answers this question definitely: Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. (ESV) The author ...
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How can one offer Christ's sacrifice to God?

Part of the answer can be found in Colossians 1:24. Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that ...
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How do Catholics deal with prophecies of future perpetual animal sacrifice?

I'm not sure where the idea that sacrifices go on forever comes from when reading Isaiah 60:7. Jeremiah 22:18 could be answered in this way: Jesus abolished the levitical priesthood by offering ...
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What does it mean to say "Jesus died for our sins"?

When Christians say "Jesus died for our sins", what do they mean? This is a reference to 1 Corinthians 15:3: For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that ...
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Did Jesus ever directly say he would die as a voluntary sacrifice? If so, was it double sense?

The most obvious answer is Jesus' words to his disciples at the Last Supper, in Matthew's version: this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins....
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Was Jesus The Lamb of God or the High Priest (that offers the lamb as a sacriffice)?

He was both, but offered Himself, His own body as the perfect sacrifice. The book of Hebrews goes into great details. If you have a little time, read an overview commentary of Hebrews; if you have a ...
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Is the Mass seen as a sacrifice in the Lutheran Church?

In the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Philipp Melanchthon identifies two distinct meanings of the word "sacrifice," rejecting one (the Roman Catholic view) and accepting the other: The ...
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Did God accept a sacrifice that was against His own law?

Jesus was not 'burnt'. Jesus was not offered to Molech or any other god. Jesus offered himself, voluntarily. He was not 'offered' by another. The "commandment of the Father is everlasting life&...
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How do Catholics deal with prophecies of future perpetual animal sacrifice?

How do Catholics deal with prophecies of future perpetual animal sacrifice? Who needeth not daily (as the other priests) to offer sacrifices first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for ...
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Did Jephthah sacrifice his daughter?

To me the most convincing argument against Jephthah putting her daughter to death is the fact that she lamented her virginity, not an imminent death. Jephthah may have had an opportunity to redeem ...
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Why did heaven need to be purified by Christ's blood?

In Moses' time, the sanctuary was cleansed once a year on the Day of Atonement. (Leviticus 16:30 KJV) For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be ...
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Why is there a need for a perfect sacrifice? Why does Jesus have to be perfect?

According to the levitical priesthood a sacrifice had to be without defect Lev 22:20 Do not bring anything with a defect, because it will not be accepted on your behalf. In this case any ...
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According to proponents of penal substitutionary atonement, were the Levitical sacrifices also penal substitutions?

Charles Hodge (Systematic Theology, 3.7.6) and Herman Bavinck (Reformed Dogmatics, v3, III.7) are two Reformed theologians who make a number of exegetical arguments from Old Testament passages to ...
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In contrast to Judaism and Islam, what is the importance of Abraham's sacrifice of his son in Christianity?

There are basically two contrasting faiths in regards to Abraham sacrificing his son. The two views are between the Christian faith and then the similar Jewish and Muslim faiths. The second contrast ...
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Why is it not enough for Jesus to be human to be the perfect sacrifice, why must he be God?

God gave detailed instructions on how and when animal sacrifices were to be offered to cover sin. The underlying principle is that blood has to be shed for the forgiveness of sins: Indeed, under the ...
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Which encyclical talks about the Mass as a sacrifice?

Chapter 1 of the 22nd Session of the Council of Trent directly states that the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross, which is re-presented in the Mass, replaces the Levitical priesthood (that is the ...
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How did Cain and Abel know to offer sacrifices before the Law of Moses?

Though many interpret God's rejection of Cain's sacrifice to be because it was not a blood sacrifice, the text doesn't support it. One has to take from another context and make suppositions to arrive ...
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In what sense was Jesus's death a sacrifice?

The sacrifice of Jesus was many things. It was a personal atonement for our sins, bringing salvation. But it is much, much more than only that. It was a propitiation. God's wrath was/is hot upon the ...
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Crucified for false accusation, how did Jesus' death turned into a redemptive sacrifice for our sins?

How did Jesus' death on the cross turned out to become a sacrifice to redeem sins? While the Roman execution was taking place, there were other elements not as noticeable. Jesus allowed himself to ...
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How can one offer Christ's sacrifice to God?

One clue to the meaning comes from the introductory words to the prayer: Through Mary’s unblemished hands and the Divine Heart of Jesus, I offer... In other words, the pray-er is only able to offer ...
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According to proponents of penal substitutionary atonement, were the Levitical sacrifices also penal substitutions?

**Part 1** Those who believe in penal substitution mean something along on the lines of this: that Christ was made to have human nature. This was done in order to take the penalty of the law upon ...
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What is the relationship between the mass and the cross in precise terms?

Point 1. Does Jesus "Die" During the Mass No, he does not, Jesus is in his Glorified State sitting at the Right hand of the father constantly interceding in our behalf, the one true intercessor ...
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If someone is forced to take the punishment for sin (Jesus), doesn't that mean that God never forgives?

Not only is God loving, merciful and forgiving, He is also just. God will not allow sinful deeds to go unpunished: He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the ...
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Is there a biblical basis for Satanists and/or Pagans giving sacrifice as depicted in pop culture and modern media?

I fear you have not read enough of the Bible because God hates human sacrifice. The pagan nations that surrounded the Israelites practiced human sacrifice as part of the worship of false gods. God ...
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Abomination of Desolation

From a Catholic perspective: The primary standard translation of the Bible used by Catholics in the United States is the New American Bible, Revised Edition, which is available on the website of the ...
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Why did heaven need to be purified by Christ's blood?

Heaven and all things in heaven were defiled by the rebellion of Satan and the fallen angels, who followed Satan in his rebellion against God. Revelation 12:4 shows that when Satan rebelled against ...
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