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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

is it true that ALL believers are Priests?

this is a two sided questions. I dont necessarily believe that the priesthood exists with every believer. I think the spirit of God is among them that believe but not authority to act in his name. I think there has to be a calling and an ordination. I know there are two types of priesthoods the lesser one is given by hands on ordination and the second one is given by an oath.

Update 2:

darth maul talked abou Baha'u'llah. i admit i didnt study Islam completely to learn about this teaching. But clearly mohhamed taught there were NO MORE prophets at all!

When the Mormon religion came into existence they automatically Had a prophet called by God and jesus. So i could never believe Mohameds teaching about no more prophets. ONE group may NOT accept any priesthood while another group says everyone is their own priest. Many priesthoods have no authority except in their own Circle.

Update 3:

Does Fish speak the truth, that says we can talk to God? or is it just a prayer? That God will hardly ever talk back?

Update 4:

i cannot answer this question with 100% clarity. but i tend to lean toward the answer of NO. many people are called, but not all are chosen

Update 5:

t strikes me that though god would woulds say something to one person he would intend it to be for Everyone, yet, when you or anyone quotes that verse i cant help to think if it was not Gods word to everyone but Pauls words to the people in his church and immediate Circle of authority and most importantly to those only that lived in that generation.

I think in order to be included in the royal generation you have to be ordained with them! like Aaron was ordained by the laying on of hands.

Update 6:

i think Heb ch 7 is the best answer so far if you are restricted to the bible for answers. However, it still does not satisfy the necessities of how Aaron was ordained.

Update 7:

i think only those that are ordained and take covenants are called priests, no one takes this honor unto themselves, not alone

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  • 1 decade ago
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    All Born again Believers in Jesus Christ are called to be kings and priest , Are calling in the ministry may be different , Pastor Preacher/teacher Evangelist Apostle and not are are called for these ministries but all are called to be a witness for Christ

  • 1 decade ago

    you are a Mormon that is why you don't accept the doctrine of the priesthood of all beleivers.

    The Church is "built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone" (Eph. 2: 20). Before this foundation was completed, the apostles (in the narrow sense of the term) functioned as the main leaders of the infant Church. The “Apostolic Office,” however, was not meant to be a permanent feature in the Church due to the very nature of that office. Once the apostles had completed the foundation of the Church, the Apostolic Office, i.e., the “Apostolate,” was no longer necessary. The apostles have passed from the scene, and the Church must now be governed by the precepts of the written Word alone, under the administration of the ordinary officers of the Church. But who are these officers?

    New Testament evidence points to two main categories of church officers – those of “elder-bishop-overseer-pastor” and “deacon.” For example, in the opening address of the letter to the Philippians (Phil. 1: 1), Paul greets the Philippian saints and their leaders: the episkopois (bishops or overseers) and diakonois (deacons). Again, in his letter especially written to order the life and government of the church, First Timothy (cf. 1 Tim. 3:13), a letter written near the end of Paul’s life when church government is evidently settled and fixed, the apostle again speaks of only two groups of church officers: elders-overseers-pastors and deacons (1 Tim 3:1 and 2, and 12).

    But all church officers serve with respect to the doctrine of the priesthood of all beleivers (1 Pet. 2: 9; Revelation 1:4-6, 5:6-10, etc.). This doctrine effectively removes the possibility of a spiritual aristocracy or hierarchy within Protestant Christianity. In this, it meshes with other Scripture passages that say that God is no respecter of persons (Gal. 3: 28).

  • 1 decade ago

    Personally, I don't believe so.

    The concept of priesthood in Christianity has been the chief cause for the peoples of Europe remaining ignorant during the Middle Ages. They blinded their eyes and prevented them from recognizing the prophethood of Muhammad. Even today, there are priests and ministers who preach against Islam and other divine religions, maintaining that Christianity is an exclusive message. Jesus Christ never condemned other religions, but advocated a metaphorical interpretation of scripture and investigation of the truth. "Seek and ye shall find".

    That is why, when Christ returned in the person of Baha'u'llah, He abolished the concept of priesthood. Now it is the duty of everyone to independently seek after the truth. One's own religious practice is personal. We should seek forgiveness from God alone. We have reached the stage of maturity as a human race and no longer need priest, mullahs or any other religious elite to tell us what to think.

  • 1 decade ago

    To answer your question I have to ask you one. Are you extending this to a question of Mormon faith, or of other faiths... because yes, the Morman faith celebrates a priesthood as defined by scriptures, doctrines, and conenants... but they are exclusively Latter Day Saints beliefs... Other faiths may not agree with them, but it doesn't make them right or wrong except that it may or may not be right for you. There are two priesthoods for males in the LDS Church; The Melchizedek and the Aaronic priesthoods. Melchizedek is described as blessing Abraham in the name of El Elyon, and Arron was the brother of Moses. Aaron was also the great-grandson of Levi and represented the priestly functions of his tribe, becoming the first High Priest. While Moses was receiving his education at the Egyptian court and during his exile among the Midianites, Aaron and his sister remained with their kinsmen in the eastern border-land of Egypt. Here he gained a name for eloquent and persuasive speech; so that when the time came for the demand upon Pharaoh to release Israel from captivity, Aaron became his brother’s nabi , or spokesman, to his own people and, after their unwillingness to hear, to Pharaoh himself. It's all in the Old Testiment. Very interesting stuff, and whether or not you believe, it is beautifully written and enlightening.

    Source(s): ^ Exodus 2:4; Exodus 6:16 ff.; Numbers 33:39 ^ Exodus 6:16-20 ^ Exodus 4:16 ^ Exodus 7:9
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  • 1 decade ago

    The Bible makes it clear that there is an unordained general priesthood of all believers, and an essential ordained ministerial priesthood. This is the structure of the true Christian Church since the time of the apostles. Any church whose teaching and structure does not include both these realities is not the Church of the Apostles, the Church founded by Jesus Christ.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No

    Ministers or Pastors maybe.

    Priest implies someone who leads rituals but may also minister.

    A Priest is supposed to know the functions of the Altar or Temple inside and out. They are supposed to be able to teach these to young people and lead a congregation in special services that may include rituals, like Baptisms, Communions, marriage, etc. Depends on sect or religion. These people are usually trained by apprentiseship and take steps upwards or may go to a Seminary school.

    A Minister or Pastor tends to the soul of the congregation. They use examples, parables, Bible passages to enlighten and educate. They can be non college or have a simple degree in religion or sociology or a fine arts degree and maybe some seminary school, but the main prerequsite is knowing they Holy book inside and out.

    A Theologian can, but doesn't have to be, a Priest, Minister or Pastor who generally gets and advanced degree (Masters or PH D) in Theology and studies all religions and sciences. They are well versed in general philosophy, plus they may specialize in their religon or sect. They may also be Semenary trained.

    Being Ordained means being sactioned or licensed by an accepted religious body as having mastered the specific particulars of a given belief system. It is an accreditation. It can be granted as simply as filling out an application or they may require you intern for a period of time and have a sponsor.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    (Hebrews 7:11-to-14) If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?

    (Heb 7:12) For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

    (Heb 7:13) For HE [JESUS] of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.

    (Heb 7:14) For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.

    Thanks, RR

  • 1 decade ago

    Actually this was a point of theology put forth by Martin Luther. "The Priesthood of all believers" was a reaction against the mediation power that priests had in letting Christians have access to God. That's one reason he eliminated confession from the list of Christian sacraments.

  • 1 decade ago

    the Bible describes it as follows:

    But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

    Source(s): 1Pe 2:9
  • 1 decade ago

    I believe some people are called to teach through priesthood, whatever. But I believe we all have god given gifts with which we can magnify him and show him praise and thanks.

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