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Why did Martin Luther change his surname from ‘Luder’ to ‘Luther' very early in his career?
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According to a book by James Nestingen, On Luther's "Gospel discovery," his "tower experience," I agree with Nestingen (and Lohse) that it probably coincided with his name change from Luder the ...

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What is the biblical justification for permitting female pastors?
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Here are some verses that were often referred to in discussions of ordination of women among ELCA Lutherans. 1) Women first at tomb I know a female ELCA Lutheran pastor who said she felt her call to ...

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How do local flood proponents explain God's promises to never do it again?
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One prominent adherent to the idea of a local flood, Hugh Ross, has maintained that the flood of Noah wiped out all of humanity. "In both its linguistic and historical context, world in the Genesis ...

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Has the Catholic Church or any large Christian organization ever had a policy of paying people to not have abortions?
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John Cardinal O'Connor, archbishop of New York of 10-20 years ago, once declared that if any woman were having an abortion because of the financial difficulties, to come see him. And as far as "...

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Are there any churches that do not accept the teachings of Paul?
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There are several levels of "rejection" here. First, if you mean outright removal from the canon, as in The Jefferson Bible, no large denominational body has done so that I am aware of. Secondly, ...

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What did Jonathan Edwards have to say about the fact that he owned slaves?
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Jonathan Edwards the lesser (1745-1801) wrote The injustice and impolicy of the slave trade, and of the slavery of the Africans. Perhaps, though this truth be clearly demonstrable both from reason ...

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Is "the observer on earth" view common among Creationists?
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No, it is not common. The "observer on earth" perspective is common and key to OEC, while it is tangential to the YEC interpretation. In the Old Earth Creationist view of Hugh Ross, the Spirit's ...

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Does the Gospel imply that the victim in the Good Samaritan parable was a thief himself?
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By your own comparison of versions, you've shown it's not a good translation. You are right at least that the victim has been viewed as a very bad man. Many commentators have viewed the parable as ...

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Is Orthodoxy more important than Orthopraxy?
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The biblical phenomenon which you are referring to is Pharisaicalism. If you are asking for example why someone could be a stickler against someone else's sexual vice, but be ruthless in business, ...

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What does the curse on the serpent mean?
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The curse continues with its most important point And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring[a] and hers; he will crush[b] your head, and you will strike his ...

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How could animals have gotten all around the world after the flood?
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The Old Earth Creationist view of Hugh Ross believes the flood was limited to the whole ERETS (country) and limited to animals who were NEPHESH (emotional). The NEPHESH means that those animals with ...

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What is the biblical basis for Antinomianism or extreme Grace?
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Another term is "Gospel Reductionism". Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus ...

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What do Protestants who deny transubstantiation do with the remainders of wine and bread after the Eucharist?
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Some Lutheran churches have an extra drain in the kitchen (sacristy) sink for disposal of extra, unused communion wine. This extra drain dumps directly to the soil underneath. The idea is that it is ...

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Why do Christians appeal to personal gain and inducing fear when attempting to "convert" people?
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Promises of wealth and threats of hell are not only ineffective means of evangelism, they don't even address what is at stake in conversion. Allow me to quote from two Christian sources before ...

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How have Christians who affirm traditional sin doctrines handled 'pathological' guilt in their preaching?
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My answer is option 3, that pathological guilt can stem from a preaching that neglects a Theology of the Cross. Here is an example of Martin Luther, writing to his friend George Spalatin, who had ...

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Under a Protestant perspective what sort of ‘sacrifices’ as a symbolic priest can a believer perform within the ‘priesthood’ of all believers?
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The best place to look for an answer to how Lutherans would view the 1 Peter passage on sacrifices is to look at the section on the Defense of the Augsburg Confession on sacrifice. 19] Moreover, the ...

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Why did Jesus change Peter's name, according to non-Catholic theology?
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Lutherans have held that the special powers or duties given to Peter are not solely to persons who hold the office of the Bishop of Rome, just as they were not solely given to Peter, per se. They hold ...

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What did Jesus mean when he said ‘Go and sin no more’ if sinlessness is impossible?
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In a literalist view of the bible, "Stop sinning or something worse will happen to you," is true on every level. Jesus commands him to stop sinning. If he doesn't, something worse (hell is on the ...

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Why is being gay considered more sinful than being divorced or commiting adultery?
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First of all, if you are going to accept an answer from conservative biblical scholarship, you have to set aside the claim that Paul merely condemned "men acting/dressing like women." Romans 1:26-27 ...

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Which denominations follow "queer theology"?
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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America went through a deliberation process on whether to change its restrictions against non-celibate homosexual pastors, culminating in a vote in 2009. Some of ...

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If loves/desires 'point' to something beyond our imagination...what of enjoyment for fictional villians?
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I'll take your question as, "Are there any Christian doctrines reinforced by the typical use of villains in literature and film?". Here are a few: 1) Demonstration of natural law that people who do ...

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What is the basis of the non catholic denominations to hold catholics as Idolaters
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First of all the story described above is pure idolatry. It involves constructing a graven image and then bowing down before it. This is precisely what is condemned. "Do not make idols or set up ...

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What guidance has Scripture or church fathers offered on how to deal with sacred objects of other religions?
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My answer has to do with an assumption that the prayer book of another religion can essentially be viewed as an idol, given that some may attempt to get something "spiritual" from an object ...

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Controversy regarding the birth of man
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The controversy can be better understood by exploring the different views that Christians have held regarding how biblical revelation and science fit together. Theistic Evolution holds that God is ...

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Can the grace of God depart from a Christian?
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The problem is what does "keep the Law" mean. Luther says, in his Commentary on Galatians : Those who seek to be justified by the Law are fallen from grace and are in grave danger of eternal ...

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Are people who "think a lot about" God, Jesus, right and wrong more likely to go to heaven?
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"Thinking a lot about God" does not get one into heaven. Evidence: John 3:16 says to believe in God's son is the condition for eternal life. Ephesians 2:8-9 says that faith, not works (which would ...

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Is guessing a way to God?
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No, you are not a true believer. If you are saying that "living accordingly", as in mouthing prayers, attending church services, and living a basically decent life, while not actually believing that ...

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Does God require us to have faith because Adam and Eve sinned?
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This is a direct answer to the question in your title. The bible states that all are required to have faith (need salvation) not only because of Adam's sin, but because "all sinned." "Therefore, ...

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Is there a Christian basis for using garlic, crosses, and holy water against evil?
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The Book of Concord is the seminal collection of Lutheran doctrine. The only power it claims that garlic has is to temporarily reduce the power of magnets: Or that original sin is not a ...

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From a Fundamentalist Church standpoint, what is its equivalent of a catechumen?
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I can answer as to a nondenominational evangelical church, which may be what you are asking for. Whereas many protestant and Catholic churches baptize infants and catechumize youth, nondenominational ...

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