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doctrinal questions – part 1 May 5, 2013

Posted by daniel ayad in Biblical.
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doctrinal_statementThe bible teaches us to always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you (1 Pet 3: 15). It is important that we give good consise answers to the people that question us, while maintaining persuasive doctrinal statements.

Attached is part 1 of several doctrinal questions that you could be asked by people that question us. Before you read my answers, have a look at the question and think about what your answer would be. Some questions may not have a straight forward answer, and are more open, so please feel free to share any of your answers or disagreements with mine below.

Test 1

A – What would be the attributes of God if He was not a Triune God? 

Is the Holy Trinity a biblical fact?

 

God would be self reliant on other creatures

God would be ineffective

Christ’s death on the cross was meaningless and did not save mankind.

Gen 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

Gen 11:7 “Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.”

Isa 48:16 “Come near to Me, hear this: I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; From the time that it was, I [was] there. And now the Lord GOD and His Spirit Have sent Me.”

Mat 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

B – Adam sinned by eating from theTree of Knowledge of God and Evil”. What are the 4 principals contained in man’s sin? 

How does these 4 principals are repeated in theNew Age Religion”?  

  1. Death – “Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die”.
  2. Pride – “You will be like God”
  3. Immorality – “”You will know good and evil”
  4. Enlightenment/pride – “Your eyes will be opened” 
  1. The pre-existence of the soul “Reincarnation”: several lives after you ‘die’ 
  2. Pantheism – Everything is God, and God is everything
  3. Moral Relativism – I determine my own morals. Morality depends on me and there are no absolutes.
  4. Esotericism – I have all the knowledge I need. I am the light and can encounter spirits to receive ‘enlightenment’.
C – Does God die? And if Christ is God incarnate, how do you explain His death to a faith seeker?

 

 

It depends what you mean by death. Christ did not die in a spiritual sense. He died in his physical body.

Isa 53:12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.

Deu 21:23 “his body shall not remain overnight on the tree, but you shall surely bury him that day, so that you do not defile the land which the LORD your God is giving you [as] an inheritance; for he who is hanged [is] accursed of God.

Gal 3:13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed [is] everyone who hangs on a tree”),

“And declared the proper confession before Pontious Pilate. And gave it up willingly on the Holy Cross,on our behalf. I believe that His divinity never departed His humanity not even a single instant nor a twinkling of an eye.” “Coptic Liturgy of St Basil” 

D – How would you explain that Christ, the Incarnated God, prays, feels hungry and feels thirsty?

We believe that God incarnated in a full man (body, soul and spirit). He took this true man from the Virgin Mary. We say that His Divinity and Humanity become one. This means that he took the nature of a human being and was still God.

Human beings pray, feel hungry and thirsty like Christ did.

Christ showed that he is a true God by answering prayers, feeding the multitudes, raising the dead etc.

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