Ryan Frame
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Reason for drawing water at unusual time
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It wasn't just convenient: according to John (verse 4) Jesus "had to" (dei') pass through Samaria. It was not geographically necessary, as He could have (like most Jews did unless they were in a hurry)...

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Is there a special name for the day between Easter and Good Friday?
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Liturgy Brisbane calls it "Holy Saturday." According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, it is a day of both joy and sadness, and "in the early Church this was the only Saturday on which ...

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How do Christians respond to and/or explain the similarities between other societies' Gods and that of Jesus
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Your source has more than a few issues; I'm not going to worry about the specific details raised (many of which are answered with a simple "false") but paint in broad strokes to attempt to answer the ...

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Is "Christ" a title of Jesus, or a name?
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"Christ" is from the Greek "christos," which means anointed - it's the same as the Hebrew Messiah. "Christ" as such is solely a title, though it has come to be both a title and a name; you can see it ...

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Is it possible for a non-Jew to join Messianic Judaism?
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"Messianic Judaism" is not a single denomination or sect; the term covers a broad range of beliefs and practices. Various groups exist; often the disagreements concern the extent toward ...

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What is the source of the belief that the deceased become angels?
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Within Christianity, the belief that humans become angels seems to stem from a misinterpretation of Jesus' words: For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like ...

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Does transubstantiation apply to the Last Supper, which occurred prior to the crucifixion?
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Yes, this is the teaching of the Catholic Church. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: 1366 The Eucharist is thus a sacrifice because it re-presents (makes present) the sacrifice of the cross,...

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What is the reasoning behind the Amish practice of avoiding technological advances?
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This answer will focus on the religious aspects of the Amish rather than the cultural aspects, as far as differentiation is possible. Even then, there are four major orders and each community is self-...

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Do any independent sources exist mentioning Jesus' miracles performed and the people He performed them on?
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Eusebius in the third century wrote against Celsus's second century attack on Christianity (which only survives today in quotations from Eusebius). Celsus claims Jesus performed miracles by sorcery. ...

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Christian Toleration
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Tolerant of what? "Tolerance" is one of those words that people overuse yet never define. It generally carries the assumption that a person is only as good/strong/important as his ideas - if you ...

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What are "all things" in "Let all things be tested, keep to what is good"?
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It continues verse 20; the entire statement is: "Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good." I would interpret this to mean that we are specifically dealing with prophets ...

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Is it hypocritical for Paul to circumcise Timothy in Act 16:3?
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The letter to the Galatians is written to Gentiles; as a Jew (half-Jewish by birth, and presumably taught Judaic--and later Christian--beliefs by his mother) he would have been expected by his fellow ...

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Does Isaiah foretell any births that are not about Jesus?
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From Isaiah 7 ESV (emphasis mine): 1-4 In the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, son of Uzziah, king of Judah, Rezin the king of Syria and Pekah the son of Remaliah the king of Israel came up to ...

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Does God care about countries?
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In the Old Testament you will find special blessings for Israel; but even then, God did not bless only Israel. He promised Abraham that "in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be ...

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How do Aquinas and Hooker differ in their doctrine on communion?
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Aquinas taught transubstantiation -- the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist: Some men accordingly, not paying heed to these things, have contended that Christ's body and blood are not in this ...

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How does Ravi Zacharias reconcile prayer with free will?
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Ravi Zacharias sort of assumes (but I don't think ever tries to prove) that God is sovereign, and in that sovereignty has decided to give us wills of our own. To begin the chapter "Does Prayer ...

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Seraphs in the Bible?
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The only reference in Scripture to the seraphim is in the book of Isaiah (though the apocryphal Book of Enoch makes several references to the seraphim as well): Above him [God] stood the seraphim. ...

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In light of the fact that Donatism is heresy, why do most churches require a priest to bless the elements?
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Once Apostolic succession is rejected, it seems difficult to justify setting requirements for administration. The Protestant view seems to vary from "it doesn't matter who is doing it"1 to "you must ...

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How to determine a genuine call from God?
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We have Scripture by which we can test these revelations. “The prophet who has a dream, let him tell a dream; And he who has My word, let him speak My word faithfully. What is the chaff to the ...

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Do miracles violate the laws of physics?
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First, note that the "laws of nature" are not actually laws; they do not cause anything and they are not binding on anything. They are descriptions of the normal order. The "Law of Gravity" has never ...

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How is the belief that Christians are both adopted and begotten sons of God reconciled?
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George MacDonald confronted the same dilemma in his Unspoken Sermons (Abba, Father!). When a heart hears — and believes, or half-believes — that it is not the child of God by origin, from the first ...

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What is the Biblical basis for a resistable enabling (prevenient) grace?
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The idea that God draws and offers salvation to all men, not only a chosen elect, comes from passages such as John 3:16-21 (emphasis mine (note that this passage can just as easily support a Calvinist ...

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Who was the first to describe Methodists as the "People of the Extreme Center"?
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The Methodist Bishop Scott Jones borrowed the term to describe John Wesley's teachings. He continues to use the phrase in sermons and interviews when describing Methodist beliefs. Jones read a ...

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Clarifications on "Temporal Predestination"
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Bullet Points The "elect" in this view is the same as Arminianism - God knows all who will freely choose Him ("those He foreknew... he also glorified") and He elects to save all who believe in Jesus ...

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what differentiates virtuous faith from the faith of extremists
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The term "faith" means trust -- some have watered the definition down to nothing more than "belief without proof" but we can still see the original meaning in words such as "...

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Does the Trinity share one mind or are there three separate minds?
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The Persons of the Trinity are not three individuals but three persons; we, because of our personal experiences (every person I've met today is also an individual), tend to consider them synonymous, ...

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Did Jesus need to die, or would mere shedding of blood have been sufficient?
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The priest was quoting Aquinas' prayer Adoro Te Devote (emphasis mine): O Godhead hid, devoutly I adore Thee, Who truly art within the forms before me; To Thee my heart I bow with bended knee, ...

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Does the New Testament override the Old Testament?
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Prior to this "setting aside" of the law, Jesus says that "whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but ...

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