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Someone, please help by giving a good answer to my question.
This question came up in another thread, and perhaps, instead of hijacking that thread, we can discuss it here. Was Jesus mentioned in the Old Testament? Arguably, it could be said he was. I turn to the Setuagint, the Greek translation that the New Testament writers relied on. There we read:
Zech 6:11 And thou shalt take silver and gold, and make crowns, and thou shalt put them upon the head of Jesus the son of Josedec the high priest; 12 and thou shalt say to him, Thus saith the Lord...
This comes under apologetics because it's one defence of our faith that we can use against people who argue against it. One argument that I have always heard is why didn't God destroy Satan?
If I were an apologist, my reply would be simple. Satan does not exist. Nowhere in the Old Testament is Satan (as we know him today) ever mentioned. If you want to show me to be wrong, please post one verse at a time and let me deal with each. Otherwise it can lead to a lot of confusion.
My stand is...
Matthew 24:36 says: no person knows the day or the hour of Christ's return. Having said that, are there events that seem to point to 2017 being a significant year for those looking for His return?
There is the total solar eclipse August 21, 2017. We know that the sun being darkened is associated with spiritual events in Scripture. AFAIK it will only be seen in the USA. Significant?
Then there is the idea that 1917, 1967 & 2017 are jubilee years (Leviticus 25:9-10). This is connected...
It seems miraculous that people in India, Egypt, Russia, Romania, Italy, etc., would all accept a religion rooted in Judaism, especially when they had their own preferred culture that normally would have taken precedence over foreign influences.
...It seems impossible! What happened?
In another thread a position was made that the Roman Catholic Church is the one Church of Jesus. I was thrown off with the nomenclature, so that is my first question.
What is the established meaning of the Church verses the/a church?
I think the Church represents the body of all believers. I think the/a church represents any religious denomination. I think this because our greatest affiliation is to be called Christian and so I capitalize Church when talking about the body of...
Do Catholics believe this?
I encountered some Catholics on another discussion forum who said that it would have been. Since the Bible describes marriage as sacred and having congress within it to be non-sinful-I don't get it.
To me it would have made no difference since I consider the conception immaculate in either case. Perhaps it is the definition of what the word immaculate means to many.
I was taught that immaculate conception in relation to Jesus meant that Adamic sin was not permitted to be part of his DNA. In short, he was genetically spotless as required.
Yes, I was taught that Mary was a virgin when she conceived. Nevertheless, it was he overpowering of the holy spirit which was emphasized and nothing...