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Do you have a pet?

Can I count my kids? Just Kidding. Currently no unless you count my stuffed bunny George spelled J-o-r-g-e like Jorge, but pronounced George.
I have had pets over my lifetime. I have had dogs, cats, fish, bird, guinea pigs, gerbils, rabbits.

What is the velocity of an unladen swallow?

What do you mean? An African or European swallow?
The airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow is roughly 11 meters per second, or 24 miles per hour, beating its wings 7-9 times per second (rather than 43). But please note that a 5 ounce bird cannot carry a one pound coconut.

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

The answer is 5! It is a very long and complex equation but myself and my roommates in college set out to answer this question. It is 5!

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God (; ; ,; )

Why is God Sovereign?

Two people asked this question
He is creator, author, supreme, infinite, all powerful, etc…
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Example a painter, a musician, a builder, or in the case of Romans a clay molder.

I didn’t understand how there is one name in 3 persons?

– One Name
3686 ónomaname; (figuratively) the manifestation or revelation of someone's character, i.e. as distinguishing them from all others. Thus "praying in the name of Christ" means to pray as directed (authorized) by Him, bringing revelation that flows out of being in His presence. "Praying in Jesus' name" therefore is not a "religious formula" just to end prayers (or get what we want)!
["According to Hebrew notions, a name is inseparable from the person to whom it belongs, i.e. it is something of his essence. Therefore, in the case of the God, it is specially sacred" (Souter).]

Is God all of the trinity at all of the same time?

“God eternally exists as three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…each person is fully God, [yet] there is one God.”

Can the trinity be referred to as a cake with 3 flavors? 1 cake, 3 flavors?

In Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology in dealing with these typse of questions he says this:
5. All Analogies Have Shortcomings.[1]
Sometimes people have used several analogies drawn from nature or human experience to attempt to explain this doctrine. Although these analogies are helpful at an elementary level of understanding, they all turn out to be inadequate or misleading on further reflection.[2]

How is Santa fake but God real? I don’t get it

The Legend of St. Nicholas
The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named St. Nicholas. It is believed that Nicholas was born sometime around 280 A.D. in Patara, near Myra in modern-day Turkey. Much admired for his piety and kindness, St. Nicholas became the subject of many legends. It is said that he gave away all of his inherited wealth and traveled the countryside helping the poor and sick. One of the best known of the St. Nicholas stories is that he saved three poor sisters from being sold into slavery or prostitution by their father by providing them with a dowry so that they could be married. Over the course of many years, Nicholas’s popularity spread and he became known as the protector of children and sailors. His feast day is celebrated on the anniversary of his death, December 6. This was traditionally considered a lucky day to make large purchases or to get married. By the Renaissance, St. Nicholas was the most popular saint in Europe. Even after the Protestant Reformation, when the veneration of saints began to be discouraged, St. Nicholas maintained a positive reputation, especially in Holland.
Sinter Klaas Comes to New York
St. Nicholas made his first inroads into American popular culture towards the end of the 18th century. In December 1773, and again in 1774, a New York newspaper reported that groups of Dutch families had gathered to honor the anniversary of his death.
The name Santa Claus evolved from Nick’s Dutch nickname, Sinter Klaas, a shortened form of Sint Nikolaas (Dutch for Saint Nicholas).
Did not follow tails!
Christ’s Glory and the Prophetic Word
16 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” 18 we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain.

I’m not sure what the difference is between Christianity and Catholicism? I know that they’re different, but I don’t know what?

500 years ago there was a movement which we know as the Reformation. In its simplest definition is that it was a movement credited to Martin Luther as having start which attempt to “reform” or change what they saw wrong in the Catholic Church.
The Reformers were guided by the conviction that the church of their day had drifted away from the essential, original teachings of Christianity, especially in regard to what it was teaching about salvation—how people can be forgiven of sin through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and receive eternal life with God. The Reformation sought to re-orient Christianity on the original message of Jesus and the early church.
The Five Solas are five Latin phrases (or slogans) that emerged during the Reformation to summarize the Reformers’ theological convictions about the essentials of Christianity.

The Five Solas are:

Sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”): The Bible alone is our highest authority.

the Reformers rejected both the divine authority of the Roman Catholic Pope and confidence in sacred tradition.

Sola Fide (“faith alone”): We are saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ.

The Roman Catholic Church of the time emphasized the use of indulgences (donating money) to buy status with God. Good works, including baptism, were seen as required for salvation.

Sola Gratia (“grace alone”): We are saved by the grace of God alone.

See Sola Fide

Solus Christus (“Christ alone”): Jesus Christ alone is our Lord, Savior, and King.

The Roman Catholic tradition had placed church leaders such as priests in the role of intercessor between the laity and God. Reformers emphasized Jesus’ role as our “high priest” who intercedes on our behalf before the Father.

Soli Deo Gloria (“to the glory of God alone”): We live for the glory of God alone.

Rather than striving to please church leaders, keep a list of rules, or guard our own interests, our goal is to glorify the Lord.
Think of it this way the Church or what we would call Catholics were teaching “and”. Scripture and, Faith and, Grace and, etc…
This is a violation of the scriptures itself when Paul spoke to the Galatian church.
Sadly and alarmingly most Catholics do not know this is what their church teach and believe. They should because of their teaching in the absolute authority of the Church and the Pope to speak for God!
The Pope is the “Vicar of Christ” i.e. the visible head of the church on earth and spiritual successor of Saint Peter. He has supreme authority (including that over church councils) within Christendom (The Power of the Keys). The Pope is infallible when through the Holy Spirit, he defines a doctrine on faith and morals that is to be held by the whole church. This is a dogma and is therefore a required belief within Catholicism.

In , the ESV and NASB version Priscilla is referred to as “Prisca”, but in other translations she is referred to as Priscilla. Why is this?

Prisca is the diminutive of Priscilla or better understood as the short form. Example would be my name Jacob vs Jake. So either on is correct. Why use different names among the translations? Well that is a bit more complicated but as simply and with what little time we have it has to do with translation. methods.
ESV & NASB strive to be word for word translations. So if it says Prisca then that is what we write. Tends to be harder to understand.
NIV & NLT strive to be thought for thought. Take the idea of the passage and put it in today’s language. Think flow.
Message a paraphrase or express the meaning using different words.

What future stance do you take Amillennialism, Premillennialism, etc.?

Amillennialism – Thousand years figurative or not literal.
Premillennialism – Thousand years are literal.
Postmillennialism – Like Amil but slightly different. Think Amil in reverse.
END TIMES (RBC What we Teach)
We teach an imminent, physical, personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We teach that at death the souls of those who have trusted Jesus for salvation pass immediately into His presence and remain there in sinless, conscious bliss until the resurrection when soul and body will be reunited. We teach that at death the souls of all unbelievers will never be annihilated, but will remain in conscious misery until their soul and body will be reunited at the final judgment and cast into the lake of fire, separated from God in conscious punishment forever. We have chosen not to take a stand on many end times details (e.g., the timing of the Rapture, the start of the Tribulation period, how long it will last and whether Christians will go through it, the start of the Millennium and how long it is, etc) though each elder has come to conclusions on these issues. We anticipate Jesus’ return in the future, meaning we do not believe He has already returned

You said God cannot be tempted yet there are scriptures that say Jesus was tempted and Jesus is God so?????????

James 1:13 ESV
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.
Hebrews 4:15 ESV
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Philippians 2:6–8 ESV
who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Philippians 2:6-8
“each nature retaining its own attributes.” That is, in the incarnation, the Son did not surrender any of His attributes. The divine nature is still eternal, infinite, omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. It manifests all the attributes that belong to deity. God did not stop being God when He took on a human nature in Jesus. At the same time, the human nature retained its own attributes, being finite, contained, unable to be at more than one place at the same time, limited in knowledge, and limited in power. All of those attributes of humanity remained attributes of Jesus’ humanity.
An excerpt from the St. Andrew’s Expositional Commentary on Mark, by R.C. Sproul.
[1] Grudem, W. A. (2004). Systematic theology: an introduction to biblical doctrine (p. 240). Leicester, England; Grand Rapids, MI: Inter-Varsity Press; Zondervan Pub. House.
[2] Grudem, W. A. (2004). Systematic theology: an introduction to biblical doctrine (p. 240). Leicester, England; Grand Rapids, MI: Inter-Varsity Press; Zondervan Pub. House.
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