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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 you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 13 ...


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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 Westminster Confession says WCF 1.7: All things in Scripture are not alike plain in themselves, nor alike clear unto all; yet those things which are necessary ...


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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 Church Councils (producing canon, creeds, documents), and/or the Church teaching authority (such as the Catholic magisterium, producing guidelines) so that ...


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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. Another acrostic is NAPS which I found here (Mar 7, 2012), but expresses the same attributes, substituting "Clarity" with "Perspicuous" (a ...


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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 misrepresenting, spinning, and "misunderstanding" something. God could have spent an inordinate amount of space in His Word trying to "correct" ...


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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 many parts seem ambiguous (and thus why no end of different interpretations are made.) There is no need to go seeking Christian philosophers, theologians, or ...


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The "4 attributes of Scripture" source at least back to Charles Hodge a Presbyterian minister. He wrote in the 1850s to his death in 1878. One of his volumes was Systematic Theology in which he outlines the four principles that Scripture is sufficient, necessary, authoritative, and perspicuous. Summary Quote In his summary introduction, we may ...


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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 Problem of Evil. The most common answer given by various Christian denominations is that God considers free will paramount; that without the ability to make wrong ...


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And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. [Genesis 32:28 KJV] I would suggest that prayer is a means of 'persuading' God. And this is one example.


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Homilies during liturgical seasons? Needless to say that I have heard homilies on feast-days that either include and exclude either Marian or Rosary-based prayers. A lot will depend on the the individual’s personal devotion as well as their understanding on the subject matter being preached upon. The best homilies will naturally elevate the hearers to ...


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the art or technique of compelling or persuading a god or beneficent or supernatural power to do or refrain from doing something Would this count? Abraham here is trying to persuade God to avert His wrath from Sodom, convincing God to agree to more and more merciful terms: Gen. 18:22-32 22Then the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, but ...


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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 doctrines which are clear in Scripture, but which are interpreted in false ways by many. The Bible says nothing of anything being God-breathed (inspired) except ...


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Where was Adam created, according to the Scriptures? In the Book of Geneses, we can find a little indication as to where Adam was created. 7then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. 8And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put ...


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What all resources/expositions/writings have been published as a comprehensive analysis of prophecy in Scripture? The "comprehensive" requirement is unsatisfiable, since the works of God are ongoing and the spirit of prophecy reveals things line upon line to mankind after we are prepared to receive them. I take your qualifier "approximately&...


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