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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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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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Do the Catholics consider Orthodox Christians heretics?

No. Perhaps the best statement of the current Roman Catholic position on the schism can be found in Unitatis Redintegratio from Vatican II. Essentially, the Roman Catholic Church holds that the ...
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At what point did the Roman See start self-identifying as the Catholic Church?

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Why is denial of the primacy of the bishop of Rome considered a Schism, not a Heresy?

St. Thomas Aquinas answers this well in Summa Theologica II-II q. 39 a. 1 ("Whether schism is a special sin?") ad 3: …heresy is essentially opposed to faith, while schism is essentially opposed to ...
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Why is denial of the primacy of the bishop of Rome considered a Schism, not a Heresy?

According to Canon law, it is technically both: Can. 751 Heresy is the obstinate denial or obstinate doubt after the reception of baptism of some truth which is to be believed by divine and Catholic ...
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Was William of Ockham the first sedevacantist?

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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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Why is denial of the primacy of the bishop of Rome considered a Schism, not a Heresy?

Refusal of submission to the Bishop of Rome is schism, not heresy, because the nature of schism and heresy are different. Heresy always entails proposing a false doctrine, or else denying or (...
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How do the Eastern Orthodox view using the term 'catholic', particularly in regard to Roman Catholicism?

The term "catholic" appears in the revision to the Nicene Creed accepted at the 2nd Ecumenical Council at Constantinople in 381: We believe ... in one holy catholic and apostolic Church1 The Greek ...
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What is the controversy that is leading the Syro-Malabar Catholics into schism?

What is the controversy that is leading the Syro-Malabar Catholics into schism? The major issue is in the manner in which the priest says his mass. In the Syro-Malabar Rite, the traditional manner in ...
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What would the Roman Catholic Church position be, should I declare myself “member of the Church of England”?

What would the Roman Catholic Church position be, should I declare myself “member of the Church of England”? If you were to declare yourself a member of the Church of England, you would be declared in ...
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Are there theological explanations for why God allowed ambiguity to exist in Scripture?

If we can agree that such confusions and contentions are undesirable, as Ephesians chapter 4 strongly suggests, then the question of why God would allow it simply reduces to the old question of The ...
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What were the doctrinal differences behind the Great Schism of 1054?

There are several doctrinal differences between the Western and Eastern Churches, but the filioque controversy is often cited as the cause of the Great Schism, resulting in the Eastern and Western ...
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What theological problem in the Henoticon triggered the excommunication of the Patriarch Acacius, by the Bishop of Rome in the fifth century?

Background: At the time in question, Western churchmen taught that Christ must be recognized as having "two natures" (divine and human) which were harmoniously combined in one person, ...
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How do the Eastern Orthodox view using the term 'catholic', particularly in regard to Roman Catholicism?

Along with the direct answer to the question, there will be a small amount of extra information to make up for those who are not as knowledgeable on East and West history as the questioner of these ...
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Request: Christian demographic statistics at the time of the reformation

This is not exactly what you are looking for, but this Wikipedia page estimates population by country in the year 1000 AD. Since the Byzantine Empire, Kievan Rus and Volga Bulgaria would have been ...
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What is the theological justification for believing in the real presence of Mary in the Eucharist?

The short answer to your question is that theological justification for believing in the real presence of Mary in the Eucharist would be by the same means that believing in pray to Mary and all the ...
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According to the Catholic magisterium, are sedevacantists by definition schismatics?

According to the Catholic magisterium, are sedevacantists by definition schismatics? The short answer is yes. Under Canon Law schism is a crime against religion and the unity of the Catholic Church ...
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According to the Catholic magisterium, are sedevacantists by definition schismatics?

Bishop Ngô Đình Thục, a sedevacantist, was declared excommunicated, but not considered schismatic. (He did not die in the state of excommunication, though.) On how excommunication does not ...
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Is the Patriarch of Alexandria an Eastern Orthodox or an Oriental Orthodox?

St Mark the Evangelist is recognised as the first Patriarch of Alexandria. The twenty-fifth was Dioscorus. In 449 he presided over the Second Council of Ephesus. Two years later another Council, ...
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At what point did the Eastern Church start self-identifying as the Orthodox Church?

First of all we need to get some meanings cleared out: as per the Wikipedia entry "The Eastern Orthodox Church considers itself to be both orthodox and catholic" meaning right-worshipping and ...
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What were the doctrinal differences behind the Great Schism of 1054?

The summary in Wikipedia is a great starting point. Here are the main reasons. A series of ecclesiastical differences and theological disputes between the Greek East and Latin West preceded the ...
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Are there theological explanations for why God allowed ambiguity to exist in Scripture?

The best answer to this is that where there are ambiguities--true ambiguities--the answer to the burning question is not necessary for us to know. The doctrinal disagreements are generally based on ...
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Are there theological explanations for why God allowed ambiguity to exist in Scripture?

You ask for answers to draw on the works of reputable Christian theologians, so where better to quote from than the words of Jesus Christ when he addressed a bunch of learned theologians of his day? ...
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Comparison of Catholic and Orthodox explanations of the Schism of 1054

Comparison of Catholic and Orthodox explanations of Schism? According to Roman Catholicism, the 1054 excommunication of the Patriarch of Constantinople was not valid, in light of Leo IX's death! Even ...
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Remission of excommunication of a schismatic group

Excommunication and Schism refer to two distinct things. Excommunication is a punishment leveled for various offenses; sometimes it is latae sententiae (of the sentence being passed; that is, ...
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