Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
last things. The book of Revelation may tell us what will happen in the last days of the world. Even some of the Old Testament prophets talk about the last things also.
yes. Demons are the angels that followed Satan when he got too proud and left heaven. Angelology is the study of angels, good and bad. Isaiah 14:12-14 and Ezekiel 28:14-17 talk about Satan becoming proud.
The church. The church is made up of Christians, believers in Christ. The history of this church is found in the book of Acts. Anyone who believes that Christ died for them is part of His church.
The Study of Salvation. Salvation is the repentance of sins. As mentioned before, everyone is sinful. (See Que.6) Christ came into the world as a perfect baby, and lived a perfect life, and died on a cruel cross for the sins of the world. When a person accepts this, and belives Christ died for him/her they have salvation. (See Que.4.) Romans 6:23 says, "The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Anthropology. In the context of biblical anthropology, man once lived in a wonderful world, but then one man sinned; he disobeyed God. Because of sin, man had to work the land, etc. Since sin came into the world, every person that was born was sinful. Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:10 "As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one."
The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a part of the trinity. (God the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit.) Whenever a person believes in Christ as their Saviour, then they also believe that the Holy Spirit fills them, and helps them to grow in Christ. Acts 2:38, John 14:17, and John 14:26 are some verses that speak about the Holy Spirit.
Christology. Christians believe that Christ is God's Son. Christians believe he is the Saviour who died on the cross to save everyone form their sins if only they will believe. John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life." Christians believe Christ is the Messiah the Jews are looking for.
God. According to Christian teaching, God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and he's everywhere. He created the whole world. Genesis 1:1 "And in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." He also loves every person very much, but he hates the bad things we do.
|There are nine categories of Bible doctrines. This first one is pretty easy. What is Bibliology?||Which Theology Ology?
Study of the Bible. As mentioned before, Christians believe that God inspired the Bible. 2 Timothy 3:16 says, "All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." He used holy men to write His Word.
Bible teachings. The Protestant Bible has 66 books; 39 in the Old Testament, 27 in the New. Approximately 40 authors wrote these books over a period of about 1500 years. It is important to know Bible doctrines because God is the main author, speaking through the human ones.
|Friday: "This wasn't the end of Arius' views, was it Professor? How was it that the famous historian Will Durant described it: "the most challenging heresy in the history of the Church?" Isn't that what Durant said, Professor?" How should the professor answer?||Theology : The Trinity
Yes. Professor Ebenezer: "The Goths accepted an Arian form of Christianity and transmitted it to other barbarians. By the time Rome was in decline, virtually all the barbarian tribes that repeatedly invaded Italy and sacked Rome were Arian. Some historians hold that the inability of the invaders to be assimilated into Roman society because of their Arianism contributed to the ultimate fall of the empire."
|Friday: "Professor, we have a copy of a document drawn up at the Council of Nicea called the Nicene Creed. It's common knowledge that Arius refused to sign it. Exactly how many other bishops also refused?" What should the professor answer?||Theology : The Trinity
2. Professor Ebenezer: "There were five bishops that refused to sign intially, but ultimately only 2. They were anathematized (just a polite way of saying cursed) and exiled. The mere possession of a book by Arius was decreed punishable by death."
|Friday: "So, Professor, the conflict won't die down, and Constantine summons all the Bishops of the Church to meet with him at Nicaea. He even agrees to pay their expenses. We have accounts saying that at least 318 Bishops showed up. Arius insisted that the Son was a created being and 'divine only by participation.' When it came to a vote, exactly how many bishops supported Arius?" How should the professor answer this question?||Theology : The Trinity
17. Professor Ebenezer: "The Emperor himself presided. The Pope didn't come, saying illness detained him. Arius was from Egypt, and most of the controversy was in the Eastern half of the Roman Empire. Because the western bishops felt the confilict to be an eastern problem, most of the western bishops did not attend."
|Friday: "Professor, my informants tell me that letters were written to Emperor Constantine, regarding the conflict between Arius, who held that the Son was less God than the Father, and those opposing his view. We also have reason to think you are familiar with the letter Constantine wrote to one Eusebius, expressing his opinion as to the conduct of those involved in the dispute. What did the Emperor Constantine say on this topic?" What should the professor report Constantine as saying?||Theology : The Trinity
"These are silly actions worthy of inexperienced children.". Professor Ebenezer: "The furor did not die down after Constantine's letter. In fact, it was Constantine who called the first universal council of the Church.
|Friday: "Professor, I understand that an important part of the issue involved whether or not the Father and the Son actually consisted of the same substance. Is it true that the Greek term for consubstantiality differed from the term for mere similarity by only a single iota (iota being a Greek letter)?" Should the professor answer yes or no? ||Theology : The Trinity
Yes. Professor Ebenezer: "The controversy became so heated that Eusebius of Caeserea, who lived at the time, described it as a 'tumult and disorder.' Eusebius expressed concern that the conflict, 'afforded a subject of profane merriment to the pagans.'"
|Friday: "Arius maintained that the Son was a created being. Did Arius teach that the Holy Spirit was also a created being?" How should the professor answer?||Theology : The Trinity
Yes. Professor Ebenezer: "Arius maintained that the Son created the Holy Spirit. Arius reasoned that since the Spirit was created, the Spirit also was of a substance different from that of the Father."
|Friday: "The documents in our possession indicate that Arius seized on verses in the Bible that Arius felt indicated that the Son was begotten. Arius said that this implied that the Son was created. But we can't figure out where the Word fits into all of this. Can you help us, Professor?" What should the professor say that Arius taught?||Theology : The Trinity
That the Father created the Son through the power of the Word.. Professor Ebenezer: "The Nicene Creed made a distinction between making and begetting. The creed states that the Son 'was begotten not made.'"
|Friday: "Thanks, Professor, for that clarification. Now, back in 325 AD a controversy arose that forced a church council called the Council of Nicaea. A letter from Arius to what other person started the controversy?" What answer should the professor give to this question?||Theology : The Trinity
Alexander. Professor Ebenezer: "Arius held that since the Son was begotten of the Father, the begetting must have occurred in time. This would imply that the Son was not co-eternal. Additionally, Arius maintained that the Son was created from nothing and was not, therefore, of the same substance as the Father."
|"I'm Joe Friday and I'm here to question the not so notable theologian, Tertullian Theophilus Ebenezer. Professor Ebenezer, how many times does the word "Trinity" appear in the Bible? Remember, Professor, just the facts." What is the correct answer to Friday's question?||Theology : The Trinity
0. "Professor Ebenezer here. Just for the record, some of the other terms that do not appear in the Bible are: cardinal virtues, transubstantiation, faith plus nothing, and continuous revelation."