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How does Protestant Church explain Luke 2:48?
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If we accept the bible teaching that Mary/Joseph had children, then they would have been younger than Jesus. In the question, the age of Jesus was 12. The oldest sibling was probably no older than ...

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How do proponents of Sola Scriptura address the ministry of those Apostles who authored no parts of Scripture?
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The problem is no one knows exactly what John ever said apart from his writings. It's the same with Paul. What Traditions were extant in their time? Do we really believe they taught, for example, ...

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Does the Catholic Church officially claim that the Bible is insufficient without tradition?
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Yes she (Catholic Church) does. I've copied the pertinent parts from the previous poster's quotes to show this. 82 As a result the Church, to whom the transmission and interpretation of Revelation ...

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What evidence is there from scripture for why Daniel did not eat the King's food?
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There are two primary, though related reasons for why Daniel would not eat the king's food and drink. Daniel was an Israelite (Dan 1:3) of the tribe of Judah (Dan 1:6). He would be bound by the ...

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What is the biblical basis for seeing Saint Peter at the gates of heaven?
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The idea of Peter at the gates of heaven with the keys has a long history that is sourced to the bible. Of course, as things go, sourcing alone and understanding the source may be two different ...

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Why do literalist Protestants reject transubstantiation?
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To understand this answer, we will look at just two aspects. One, Christ speaks literally about many things many times, yet no one believes He turned into a literal door or into a nebulous ghost of a ...

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Were birthdays celebrated by believers anywhere in Holy Scriptures?
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Were birthdays celebrated by believers? The answer would turn on one's definition of "celebrate". Does "celebrate" mean only the inclusion of cake, ice cream, balloons, streamers, presents, friends, ...

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How do Protestants explain Zechariah 12:10-14, used by Roman Catholics to prove Mary's perpetual virginity?
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The sense of Zech 12:10 "only" is an expression of one of a kind. Here is another use as regards Abraham and Isaac. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get ...

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Is there any Biblical Basis for 400 years of silence between Old and New Testament?
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There are two considerations. One is to establish the fact of roughly 400 years of silence based on writings of that time area. In other words, this is in fact how those of that time understood that ...

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Who was Theophylact?
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Theophylact was an Eastern Orthodox archbishop of Ohrid. He is considered a saint. He lived from about 1055-1107. He was involved in two of the causal primary disputes after the Great Schism of ...

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They will see but will remain blind
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Acts 28:27 (Matt 13:15 is almost identical) For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their ...

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How do Christians who believe in current-day Apostles, Prophets and the 5-fold ministry interpret Ephesians 2:20?
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The foundational apostles and prophets of Eph. 2:20 refers to New Testament apostles and Old Testament Prophets. Christ is the cornerstone. And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and ...

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What is the Law of Moses comprised of?
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Good question. There is confusion in some quarters that it refers solely to the 10 commandments, but it is clear from scripture that it refers to all of God's commandments as given in the Torah (...

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According to the Catholic Church, when did the Church begin?
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The Catholic Church believes the Church (catholic Church) began at Pentecost. Here are references from its Catechism. 2617 ... at Pentecost, for the formation of the Church, his Body. 1076 The ...

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What was the earliest reference to the 3 States of the Church?
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ALL TOGETHER NOW The mediaeval schoolmen distinguished three stages in the catholic church as to its locality,—the militant church on earth (ecclesia militans), the church of the departed or the ...

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At what point did the Roman See start self-identifying as the Catholic Church?
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Interestingly enough, it was not until about 50 years ago in the Sixties that the Roman Catholic Church renamed itself as the Catholic Church. We will get to that, but first here’s a summary ...

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Which non LDS Christian denominations believe in baptism after death?
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According to Philip Schaff, the Marcionites c150 CE practiced "baptism for the dead". "The Marcionites practiced sometimes vicarious baptism for the dead. Their baptism was not recognized by the ...

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Do Mormons secretly pray about you and then consider you included in their church?
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Your friend may be confusing a "secret" prayer of acceptance (whatever that may be) with the Mormon practice of what had been their secret "baptism for the dead". This practice came under scrutiny ...

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What are the strongest arguments for the divine inspiration of the Bible?
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The strongest, if not the only, argument is prophecy fulfilled. Prophecy is a prediction, a forth-telling of something to happen in the future. Matthew's book alone, for example, lists about 27 ...

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Jesus marks on Paul's body
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The "marks of Jesus" refer to the whippings on Paul that had also been applied to Christ. The Law commanded that a trouble maker be beaten or whipped not more than 40 times. Forty stripes he may ...

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In contrast to Judaism and Islam, what is the importance of Abraham's sacrifice of his son in Christianity?
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There are basically two contrasting faiths in regards to Abraham sacrificing his son. The two views are between the Christian faith and then the similar Jewish and Muslim faiths. The second contrast ...

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What do People of Praise believe?
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The group seems to take pride that they are hard to understand, but they do proclaim a couple of identity marks and from those, if one follows the trail into their roots, you begin to understand their ...

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Is it only Catholicism that says grace on food?
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Christians of all denominations (Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Protestant) may all say grace before meals. Some do and some don't consistently or not. The origin of the practice is from ...

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What was the general opinion of the Early Church Fathers concerning the giants/nephilims?
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There's some consternation about this issue, but it's clear that the Jewish writers (Philo and Josephus) confirm their existence and reason (Gen. 6:4). As well, there is some early Christian ...

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What prompted the change in Christian attitude towards usury?
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Evidently it was John Calvin who began the process of changing minds about usury by redefining it from usury to interest and outlining its importance. Here is a link to his letter. Chapter XI - ...

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What is the historical origin of the "Last Supper" expression?
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"Last supper" does refer to Christ's last supper where John and Luke call the same Passover event a supper (John 13:2, Luke 22:20). "Last supper" appears c420 CE with Augustine of Hippo in Tractates ...

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Why was the name of Pontius Pilate included in the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed?
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There had been a roiling dispute about the nature of Christ for centuries, indeed even today. Was He a good man, a prophet, a lunatic, "nothing" until His baptism (adoptionism), or truly ...

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How does the Catholic Church explain the differences in the verses of Lk 4:18 vis-a-vis Isiah 61:1
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During Christ's time and before and after, they would read from the Septuagint "version". Most likely the text quoted in the OP is from the Masoretic "version". As well, not all ...

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According to mainline Protestant theology, why is Pentecost on Sunday and why did it lose its significance?
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The count to Pentecost involves a start and an end requirement in order to reach 7 weeks of 7 plus 1 day to equal 50 days. There's only one way to achieve that; start on a Sunday and end on a Sunday ...

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Why was Jesus not welcomed and carefully tested by the Jews if they were (and are) actually waiting for Messiah?
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Part of the OP assumption is the Jews in leadership didn't test Christ. They did, but they didn't like what they found. And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day ...

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