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Hebrews 8:12 - Does God actually forget?

There are occasions in the Bible when "God remembered" seems to mean "he paid attention to something and decided to do something about it". "God remembered Noah", Genesis ...
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Are 1 John 1:8 and 1 John 3:9 contradictory?

There are several matters here that are crucial - First, 1 John 1:8 should never be read without also reading 1 John 1:10 - 8 If we say we have no sin [noun], we deceive ourselves, and the truth is ...
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How can God draw near to us (James 4:8) if He is already wherever we are (Psalm 139:7-12)?

Psalm 139:7-12 means that there is nowhere one can go to escape God's presence. This represents distance. While it may seem paradoxical, they are not speaking of the same type of nearness. Drawing ...
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Are 1 John 1:8 and 1 John 3:9 contradictory?

The seeming contradiction is from not paying careful attention to the verb tenses; the continuous action of the present tense in particular. 1 John 1:8-10 isn't so much of an issue in an English ...
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Why did God need to go down to see whether Sodom and Gomorrah sinned according to the outcry that had come to Him (Gen 18:21) when He is all-knowing?

Justice and judgment require a true witness. In the mouth of two three witnesses let every matter be established. [Deuteronomy 19:15 KJV] In order to judge with such unprecedented immediacy and such ...
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In [Isaiah 49:15] does God allude to Himself as a Mother?

In Matt 23:37 we read, "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under ...
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Regarding Proverbs 15:3 - How many Eyes (עֵינֵ֣י) does God have?

The phrase "eyes of the LORD" in the OT is frequent and denotes several things including: God's omniscience; Prov 22:12, 2 Chron 16:9 God's righteous judgement of actions; Amos 9:8, 1 Kings ...
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Does it follow from 1 Timothy 6:13-16 that the souls of human beings are not inherently immortal?

The root word for immortality here is ἀθανασία ("athanasia"), also used by Paul in 1 Cor. 15:53-54, therein to describe the change from a mortal body which will die to an immortal body that ...
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Is "God is light" more than metaphor in 1 John 1:5?

“Light” has different semantics: in the direct sense, it is a principle of a physical visibility for human eyes that has its source in a luminous, light-producing object, like the sun, for example. In ...
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Is "God is light" more than metaphor in 1 John 1:5?

In him was life and the life was the light of men. John 1:4. It is the life of the divine being which lights the consciousness of the created creature. If not, the creature has only darkness within ...
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Who is the God referred to at Rev. 3:14?

There is no obvious reason why the Creator God of this verse should be a different God from the Creator mentioned in the first verse of Genesis or elsewhere in the Bible. If you are asking about the ...
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(Isaiah 51:9) Feminine God in Exile

The answer is that the Hebrew word for arm זְרֹע is a female noun, regardless of who's arm it is. If I were to use the words זרע יצחק meaning Isaac's arm, it would still be a female noun. The word ...
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Who is our Savior: God or Jesus?

We find this precedent in the OT: Isa 43:3, 11 - For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; ... I, yes I, am the LORD and there is no Savior but Me. Isa 45:17, 21 - But Israel ...
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Does our Fruit become Good (ἀγαθὸν) [Matthew 7:17] by keeping the 10 Commandments, although [Matthew 19:17] says nothing is Good except Elohim (Θεός)?

The best answer to this question is provided by the other instance where Jesus used the same metaphor of a tree and its fruit to teach about good works as per Matt 12 - 33 Make a tree good and its ...
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Who is the God referred to at Rev. 3:14?

There is only one God to choose from (ie, not multiple gods): Gen 1:1 - In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth Deut 4:35 - You were shown these things so that you would know that the ...
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Hebrews 8:12 - Does God actually forget?

I can say 'I forget' - meaning I cannot, physically, remember. But that is due to human frailty. But one can say 'I do not recall' and it is a matter of will - a deliberate act, not to remember. ' ... ...
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Hebrews 8:12 - Does God actually forget?

‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭31‬:‭31‬-‭34‬ 31 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant that I made ...
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Did God lose a fight to another deity?

Consider the facts and the context. The king of Moab restores 200,000 sheep to king Ahab of Israel. After king Ahab of Israel dies, the shepherd king of Moab annuls his allegiance. Ahab's son, the ...
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Did God lose a fight to another deity?

The Douay-Rheims Bible - slightly older than the KJV, renders the passage as such: 2Ki 3:27 Then he took his eldest son, that should have reigned in his stead, and offered him for a burnt offering ...
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Why in Gen 1:2 does God create an earth that is "without form and void" with darkness, when that is so different than God's character?

In the beginning God created the heavens (plural) and the earth. From other scriptures we know that the third heaven (the heaven of heavens) is God's dwelling place. The first heavens are visible. The ...
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Is Matthew 18:20 literally true? Does Jesus possess the divine ability of omnipresence?

Note the statement of Paul (who was NOT omnipresent) in 1 Cor 5:3 Although I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit, ... Thus, we have several options to understand Matt 18:20 - ...
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In Genesis 3:9, Did God ask "Ayekah" ( אַיֶּֽכָּה ) meaning "Where-Are-You" [or] "How-Are-You"?

This question can be decided on two bases; Grammatical/Semantic and Narrative flow. Grammar/Semantics The operative word he in Gen 3:9 is the final word in the verse, אַיֶּֽכָּה - the interrogative ...
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Who is our Savior: God or Jesus?

God is the one Savior [1] who saves through our Lord Jesus Christ [2] . [1] Isa. 43:11 11I, even I, am the LORD, and besides Me there is no savior. [2] Jude 1:25 NLT 25All glory to him who ...
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Does God love those who love Him and hate those who hate Him?

A problem with answering is that biblical Greek had four words for the single word 'love' that we have in English. Many people today have no idea that the highest form of love is agape love - which ...
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Is God hidden or not?

The apparent conundrum or contradiction is scripture is much broader than the OP documents: God is Hidden: John 1:18 - No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made ...
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How can God draw near to us (James 4:8) if He is already wherever we are (Psalm 139:7-12)?

Imagine you are a radio with a spoiled antenna and wish to listen to a broadcast of a beautiful music, say, Beatles' "Hey Jude". The radio-waves of this music are spread everywhere, but you ...
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“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.“ says 1 John 4:8. My question is, is love God?

ο θεος αγαπη εστιν [TR - I John 4:8] These are John's exact words in that text. The literal translation of this is 'the God love is'. It could also be rendered 'the Deity love is.' Because the ...
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Why did God hate Esau from the womb when he had done no evil?

The answer to this I think can be found in Obadiah chapter 1: Because of the violence against your brother Jacob, you will be covered with shame; you will be destroyed forever. 11 On the day you ...
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(Luke 8:42-47 / Mark 5:25-35) Is Jesus Christ's Surprise Proof of Distinct Characteristic of the 3 persons in the Triune God/Trinity?

Full disclosure - I hold Trinitarian beliefs. The argument presented in this question for the third person of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit" is very dangerous because it equates the Holy Spirit with ...
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