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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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How do Sola Scriptura defenders have a list of "scripture" since the list isn't mentioned in scripture?

The doctrine of Sola Scriptura is about how to rank various sources of spiritual authority, but it does not concern how we arrived at the Biblical canon. Instead, Protestants teach that God's ...
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What version of the bible do Greek speaking Christians use?

The language has certainly changed. As such, translations into modern Greek are used. Today's Greek Bible is often used, and translations by the Hellenic Bible Society have the Blessing and Approval ...
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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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When the early church was formalising the canon, what did they understand by the word 'Inspired'?

Further Clarification The original person who asked the question asked for additional clarification on these two questions: 1) Are inspired works closed as canon is? 2) Are there potentially other ...
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Would a Latter-day Saint ever be comfortable (or is it allowed) to refer to one of their other scriptures as the Bible?

This is not how someone who is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints would refer to other books of scripture - they would refer to them by their names (e.g. the Book of Mormon). ...
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Did Jesus reject the apocrypha?

In the New Testament, Jesus never prescribes or approves of any particular canon Jesus doesn't anywhere speak of the canon,1 except to refer to common ways of dividing them: "the Law and the Prophets"...
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Why are the creeds still accepted as a belief system over scripture?

The creeds served various purposes. They corrected various heresies that had arisen at the time. The Nicene Creed was written to confront and expose the Arian heresy. This heresy denied the deity of ...
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How do Theistic Evolutionists who are Christians reconcile these Scriptures with the adoption of evolutionary theory?

The Scriptural teaching that sin was the cause of death for humans is wholly compatible with evolution, because the reason why humans were not going to die, get sick, be attacked by predators, etc. if ...
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What is the biblical basis for the idea that the Bible cannot be understood without aid from God?

Jesus said in Matthew 11:25, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children." By these words we ...
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Can more recent revelation from LDS prophets nullify or change official Mormon scripture?

Are you referring to anything specifically? If you can provide a specific instance, that might be more informative. In short: the answers are: Nullify, no. Takes precedence, yes. For example, ...
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Who first came up with the "four attributes of Scripture"?

It looks like the "4 attributes" was first used by the theologian Wayne Grudem while the SCAN acronym itself was first used by Justin Taylor. The rest of this answer will provide evidence. ...
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How did the Catholic Church function logistically/liturgically prior to the invention of the printing press?

From Herbert Thurston's Catholic Encyclopedia article "Missal" (§ "Origin of the Missal"): The printed Missal of the present day, reproducing in substance the manuscript forms of the latter part of ...
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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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Where does the book of Job come from?

As to your question regarding origins, we do not know the author or the means of revelation of the book of Job. What we do know is that there is an ancient tradition including the book in Hebrew ...
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What are the details for the Catholic position on the inspiration of Scripture?

From the Catechism (emphasis mine): 105 God is the author of Sacred Scripture. "The divinely revealed realities, which are contained and presented in the text of Sacred Scripture, have been ...
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What version of the bible do Greek speaking Christians use?

The majority of Greek-speaking Christians (Greece, Turkey, Cyprus and the diaspora) belong to the Orthodox Church. While some sectarians (i.e. non-Orthodox) may use some other text, to my knowledge ...
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What is the biblical basis for the idea that the Bible cannot be understood without aid from God?

Some would use this phrase to say: "The Bible cannot be properly understood without God's direct intervention." There is no scriptural basis for this. Consider king Josiah, who found the scriptures in ...
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Why do many old churches face east?

The idea of facing east as one prays is very old. Basically, it sources to scripture. Luke 1:78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, The word ...
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Why do many old churches face east?

The main Christian dominations that have churches facing East are the Anglican Church, Roman Catholic and Orthodox. However this tradition was not totally universal in its' usage because of the fact ...
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Has Protestantism relegated the scripture to be the 'Subordinate Standard'?

There is a particular problem with using the Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF) to either defend, or attack, doctrinal positions. It is that the Westminster Assembly (in the mid 1600s), and I quote:...
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Has Protestantism relegated the scripture to be the 'Subordinate Standard'?

The entire line of reasoning you're following, from the quotes themselves to your re-statements of what the quotes mean to your final conclusion, takes some alogical jumps that end in a flat-out ...
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Is "There's more sanctity in a dog's loyalty than there is in all your human laws." a quote from the Holy Bible?

"There's more sanctity in a dog's loyalty than there is in all your human laws." The above quote is not of biblical origin and can not be found in Scripture. References to dogs in the bible are ...
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According to the Catholic Church, what marks a document as Scripture?

The Canon of Holy Scripture was infallibly fixed by the authority of the Council of Trent, 4th session. As Schroeder, O.P., states in his edition of Trent's decrees (4th sess. fn. 4): For earlier ...
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What Tradition is Paul referring to when he admonishes us to "hold the traditions which ye have been taught"?

For one, we could imagine that any teachings in New Testament books written after Thessalonians 2 would have contained teachings in Paul's mind when He wrote this passage. Beyond that, Paul and the ...
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Where are the manuscripts of Dean John Burgon?

Worldcat is an excellent resource for locating rare books in libraries. Once you select a title, it lists different libraries that have it in their collections. This search shows all works of Dean ...
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In a Venn diagram of the scriptures of Islam, Catholicism, and Judaism, what would be, roughly, the percentages of each portion?

Here's a rough Venn diagram (not to scale): The approximate numbers of verses in each of these books is as follows: Catholic Bible (35,500 verses) Hebrew Tanakh / Old Testament (23,000) Torah (...
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Does the JEDP Theory propose that the Scriptures are not inerrant/inspired?

JEDP is scholarly theory on the history and development of the Scriptures. It focuses on the internal structure of the documents while keeping in mind the context of the writing. The analysis treats ...
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