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The flowers are springing up,
the season of singing birds
has come;
Song of Solomon 2v12

How to use this glossary: Each word has two definitions.
The first is a very simple word equivalent, just a phrase or a few words. The second is a more detailed explanation with examples.

Glossary Terms - V

Vatican
The official residence of the pope in Vatican City.
The chief residence of the popes in Vatican City, now also including a library, archives, art museum, apartments, and administrative offices.
[Catholic Roman]  [Pope]  [Vatican City

Vatican City
The State of the Vatican City is the smallest independent country in the world (both in area and in population), a landlocked enclave surrounded by the city of Rome in Italy. "The Vatican" is the home of the Pope
An independent state within the city of Rome, on the right bank of the Tiber. Established in 1929, it is ruled by the pope and includes St. Peter's Church and the Vatican. Home to the Pope and central administration of the Roman Catholic Church; Also called: Citta del Vaticano.
[Catholic Roman]  [Pope]  [Vatican

Venial Sin
An offence that is judged to be minor or committed without deliberate intent and thus does not estrange the soul from the grace of God.
A transgression against the law of God that does not deprive the soul of divine grace either because it is a minor offence or because it was committed without full understanding of its seriousness or without full consent of the will.
[Sin, Sinner

Vicarious
Someone taking the place of another. Jesus died a vicarious death since He died in our place.
[Jesus

Vice
A defect; a fault; an error; a blemish; an imperfection
Vice is the opposite of Virtue. The modern English term that best captures its original meaning is the word vicious, which means "full of vice." In this sense, the word vice comes from the Latin word vitium, meaning "failing or defect".

The Christian vices would be blasphemy (faith betrayed), unforgiveness (hope betrayed), and indifference (scripturally, a "hardened heart"), the betrayal of perfect love: charity.

The term vice is also popularly applied to various bad habits, alcohol and other drugs, sexual promiscuity, gambling, and other reckless misbehaviour, as well as personal corruption, such as cheating, lying, and small-minded self-indulgence.
[Blasphemy]  [Virtue

Victory
A successful ending of a struggle or contest
The advantage or superiority gained over spiritual enemies, over passions and appetites, or over temptations, or in any struggle or competition.

Thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1Cor. 15.

The defeat of an enemy in battle, or of an antagonist in any contest; a gaining of the superiority in any struggle or competition; conquest;

Death is swallowed up in victory. --1 Cor. xv. 54.

the opposite of defeat.
[Death]  [Spiritual Warfare]  [Temptation

Virgin Birth
The Christian belief that Jesus Christ was born to Mary and conceived by the Holy Spirit while Mary was a virgin.
Do not confuse the Virgin Birth with the Roman Catholic Marian doctrine of immaculate conception.
Since the old sin nature is passed down from the man in copulation, the seed for the formation of the body of The Lord Jesus Christ was implanted in Virgin Mary by way of the power of the Holy Spirit. God is the father of Jesus Christ and Mary was the mother. Mat 1:18, 22-25. The Gospel of Luke teaches us that the birth of Jesus resulted from a miraculous conception. Luk 1:26-38.
[Gospel]  [Holy Spirit]  [Immaculate conception]  [Jesus]  [Mary mother of Jesus

Virtue
Is from the Latin virtus, the equivalent of the Greek arete. In general, virtue is excellence. As applied to humans, a virtue is a good character trait.
[Piety]  [Vice]  [Virtue (cardinal)]  [Virtue (Christian)

Virtue (cardinal)
The four classic Western "cardinal" virtues are:
prudence/wisdom
justice
fortitude/courage
temperance
[Virtue

Virtue (Christian)
The three virtues, faith, hope, and charity. See --1 Cor. 13v13.
In Christianity, the theological virtues are conventionally faith, hope and charity, a list which comes from 1 Corinthians 13:13. These have particular conventional meanings that are said to perfect one's love of God and Man. It is claimed that these also harmonise and partake of prudence, given the peculiarities of Christian theology.
[Christianity]  [Virtue

Vision
A dream like experience of God.
A dream-like experience that God uses to bring a message to someone.
Numbers 12:1-8
Ezekiel 8:1-4
Zechariah 1:7-17
Acts 10:1-23
[God

Vocation
The Latin word for "calling"
[Call/Calling

Void
A feeling or state of emptiness, loneliness, or loss.
Containing nothing (Example: The earth was without form, and void. --Gen. 1v2)
[Creation

Volition
Using one's will
Volition is Mankind's free will to make one's own decisions. God cannot and will never violate man's free will.
[Free Will]  [God

Vows
Promises made in the sight of God.
[Holy Matrimony

Vulgate
Ancient translation of the Bible into Latin, traditionally ascribed to Jerome (c.347-420). The word is from the Latin vulgata edition meaning "common edition."
The Vulgate Bible is an early 5th century translation of the Bible into Latin by St. Jerome, at the instigation of Pope Damasus I. The version takes its name from the phrase vulgata edition, "the edition for the people"
[Bible]  [Bible, The Holy]  [Canon of Scripture