GratefulDisciple
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How do adherents to the maxim "clearer passages interpret less clear ones" handle cases where two sets of "clear" passages contradict each other?
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This article on The Basics of Sound Biblical Interpretation puts the principle Scripture interprets scripture and the less clear or plain passages of scripture MUST be interpreted in the light of the ...

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Why did God refer to Jesus Christ as a tree in Isaiah 11:1?
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Jesus is the "shoot", not the "tree". The main metaphor that Isaiah used is clearly that of a family tree: The "stump" is a metaphor for the family tree starting with ...

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Who [else] has made the claim that the Beloved Disciple is a new Benjamin?
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The short answer is: NONE. This is what Dr. Brant Pitre himself said in his 2018 Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary book, Chapter 7 (The New Rachel) section "Mary the New Rachel", subsection ...

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When Paul wrote about Jesus' birth as "born of a woman," did he not contradict the fact that Jesus was "born of a virgin" as Matthew wrote?
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A virgin is a woman. Matthew and Paul were using different terms to refer to the same person, Mary, to make different theological points about God's incarnation as Jesus. Different terms in ...

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Is the practice of seeking the intercession of Rachel admonished in the New Testament?
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The practice is not admonished. In fact, in a 2018 book by Dr. Brant Pitre, who specialized in NT and ancient Judaism and who wrote a few books on the Jewish background of Jesus, Jesus and the Jewish ...

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Is faith in Christ something you have forever or do you have to work at it every day to keep it strong?
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Short Answer From Protestant Reformed perspective, once you have a genuine saving faith (properly defined) you can never lose it. Either you have it or you don't. Our work doesn't contribute to it. ...

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How do believers in the tripartite nature of man (body, soul and spirit) explain Jesus' omission of the word "spirit" in Matthew 10:28?
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These resources provide a good introduction to the Tripartite theory and the Biblical verses that suggest it: The wikipedia article The 1931 journal article Thoughts on the Tripartite Theory of Human ...

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What is the Catholic view of water being turned into wine at Cana?
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In Catholicism, the miracle at Cana is frequently associated with the Sacrament of Marriage as one popular choice of Gospel Readings because: Jesus and Mary were there: the couple inviting them to be ...

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Did Jesus exist before his life, and if not could the Trinity be added to?
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The logic why there has been and will forever be only three persons in the Godhead (called the Trinity) is very simple. This is how Christianity explains it: Before creation, the Trinitarian Godhead ...

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Why don’t Christians accept Muhammad as the true prophet?
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I would like to take a more conciliatory approach to answer this question by starting with some common grounds that Islam has with Christianity about Jesus: That Jesus historically existed That Jesus ...

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What kind of 'faith' justifies or imputes righteousness to a sinner as per the teachings of the Bible?
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Short answer The kind of 'faith' that justifies is our personal TRUST in Jesus Christ to be our Lord and Savior, not simply agreeing intellectually to a few statements about who Jesus is (see my other ...

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According to Evangelical Christians, what does a person need to believe about Jesus in order to be saved?
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Evangelical Answer The facts to know are actually very few YET significant, since they are life changing. But to accept the facts with your mind AND to take action based on those facts with your will ...

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How do believers in the dead being conscious explain the absence of reports about afterlife experiences by Lazarus and other resurrected individuals?
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If the dead are conscious, then why is the Bible silent about the afterlife experiences of those who were resurrected and had the chance to tell us about it, but for some mysterious reason didn't? ...

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Is it right to say "Truly for Christ" or "Truly in Christ"?
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The phrasing depends on which nuance you would like to communicate: "for Christ": align your will with Christ's agenda and dedicate your effort for Jesus "for Christ's sake" or &...

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Are there theological explanations for why God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble?
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Short answer Commensurate with their creatureliness and their need for salvation, the humble will ask and receive gratefully what they need from God. But the proud will not ask and will not receive. ...

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Is Jesus the prophet of Deuteronomy 18? (confusion)
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Is Jesus the prophet of Deuteronomy 18? Yes. In all Christian traditions and denominations, it is undisputable that Jesus was the prophet referred to in Deut 18. Why would God show his voice again ...

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How do I locate Vatican I's citation of Lateran IV?
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If we see the Latin text of Vatican I Dei Filius document, the reference is a little different: "Conc. Later. IV c. Firmiter". Firmiter actually refers to the first Latin word of Canon 1 of ...

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Do Cessationists wish that all God's people may prophesy?
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No, they don't wish all God's people to prophesy. But Cessationist Christians appreciate prophecies as much as Moses and Paul since they appreciate hearing the authentic voice of God expressed in the ...

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What is an overview of criteria used by different denominations to identify authentic prophets?
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What is an overview of criteria used by different denominations to identify authentic prophets? Pentecostal A broad coalition of Pentecostal denominations and movements recently (April 2021) created a ...

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Given many questions as to whether Jesus was born on 25 December or not, I ask if the ambiguity in scripture is meant to teach us something?
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Does the ambiguity in the NT regarding the date of Jesus's birth and the lack of explicit command to celebrate it every year (compared to explicit instruction to memorialize the Lord's supper) in ...

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What is the difference between an apostle and a missionary according to Pentecostal & Charismatic Christianity?
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I think it is best to frame the answer along the lines of the Apostolic-Prophetic Movement, a Pentecostal movement pioneered in part by missionary then professor of Church Growth at Fuller C. Peter ...

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Could Jesus have been born in September instead of December?
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Yes, Jesus could have been born in the Fall as well as in late December. The evidence is inconclusive. The article Was Jesus Really Born on December 25th by John J. Parsons from the Hebrew for ...

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Do Catholics converts enter into any covenants with God?
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It seems that the Catholic Church sees baptism as entering into covenant, resulting in the baptized incurring baptismal promises to keep for the rest of their lives. The covenant is the New Covenant, ...

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What evidence can be used to show the historicity of Jesus?
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I think the wikipedia article Sources for the historicity of Jesus is an excellent starting point to show that Jesus did exist. Secondly, Christian apologists need to show the historicity of the ...

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What proofs that the Jerusalem church held the same belief of St. Paul with regard to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus?
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Peter (Jerusalem Church) On the day of the Pentecost (50 days after resurrection/Easter, 10 days after Ascension), Peter preached to the crowd about Jesus's crucifixion and resurrection, thus ...

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To what extent is training in apologetics necessary to be fully convinced that Christianity is true?
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Three (3) kinds of confidence First, it is very important to distinguish the 3 kinds of confidence: Confidence / trust in a person (the living being of God). This is faith proper. This grows as God ...

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Is the Holy Spirit more effective at restoring people's mental health than secular therapeutic approaches and treatments?
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Is the Holy Spirit more effective at restoring people's mental health than secular therapeutic approaches and treatments? In Christianity, creation, which includes the inanimate, plants, animals, and ...

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How do Cessationists who believe in modern-day miracles judge the credibility of modern miracle claims?
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What criteria do Cessationists use to inspect a modern miracle claim and decide whether it is believable or not? Cessationists would use the same criteria that a general critical thinking Christian ...

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What is the law during the time of Melchizedek?
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What is the law during the time of Melchizedek? The following interpretation is based on the 2012 NICNT commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews by Gareth Lee Cockerill. The pastor in the book of ...

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How did Mary know after the Annunciation that she would be accepted as wife by Joseph?
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The available data According to the Catholic Church, are there any apocryphal writings which narrate the discussion between Blessed Virgin Mary and the Angel, on how she would be accepted as wife by ...

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