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Are the patriarchs in the Pentarchy equal? [on hold]

Pentarchy (from the Greek Πενταρχία, Pentarchia from πέντε pente, "five", and ἄρχω archo, "to rule") is a term in the history of Christianity for the idea of universal rule over all of Christendom by ...
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According to the Catholic Church, when Jesus speaks, is he is speaking as a Man or God or both?

I want to know if there is an official Catholic ruling on the quotes that occur in the New Testament. The belief is that Jesus is both 100% Man and 100% God. So when we come across a direct quote ...
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Who first distinguished between the inerrancy of the Bible and the inerrancy of the original autographs?

It's common these days among those who believe in the inerrancy* of the Bible to limit the statement to the original manuscripts. For example, the Chicago Statement reads: We affirm that ...
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Why do we ask for things in prayer, if God has let everyone have free will? [on hold]

This question is for Church of England Christians who believe that these three things are true: The bible tells us to ask for things in prayer (ask for what we want / ask for bad things not to ...
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Do Orthodox believe the eternal fire is related to the uncreated light?

I have been reading Welcome to the Orthodox Church by Frederica Mathewes-Green. She points out that, at the time of the writing of Scripture, artificial lighting hadn't been invented and therefore any ...
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Which Ante-Nicene Church Fathers believed that Jesus is the “eternal Son” of the Father?

Economic trinitarianism, in the pre-Nicene sense of the phrase, says that God is a monad who becomes tripartite for the purposes of creation and redemption. Forms of this view were held by Justin ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the Christian practice of “refrigerium”?

Refrigerium is the Latin equivalent of the Greek άνάψυξις (refreshment), used among pagans and early Christians to signify both spiritual solace and the banquet celebrated for the memory or well–being ...
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Did the NT writers themselves know that they were writing an inspired record? [on hold]

The term “canon” is used to describe the books that are divinely inspired and therefore belong in the Bible (source). The Muratorian fragment (A.D. 170) was the first NT canon (source). Did the NT ...
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What was the Biblical Basis Tertullian used to support what he termed the “refrigerium interim”?

The early Christian theologian Tertullian used the term refrigerium interim to describe a happy state in which the souls of the blessed are refreshed while they await the Last Judgment and their ...
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Is there anything in the bible that prohibits consuming narcotics?

Many christians think that consuming narcotics is sinful. The question is not about whether it's sinful or not. I haven't seen anything in the Bible that says things like, "Thou shall not smoke ...
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How people get cured while prayer in church [on hold]

I want to know how the people get cured while prayers in church. I see in local tv channels which telecast speech of prophets, and in meetings, after prayer some people come to the stage and they say ...
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Is there a heresy that teaches every action is a sin?

Was there ever a heresy that taught that every action a human commits is a sin? Was there a name for this heresy? It would be a sort of extreme Jansenism. Jansenists did not fully trust in God's ...
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Is the LocalHost the Holy Ghost? [on hold]

In my examination of religious structures, especially churches, I've found that there is a kind of connectivity between believers – similar to the connectivity of computers within a corporate body. I ...
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Is something sinful simply because it's illegal? [on hold]

In The Bible seems to allow polygamy. Why doesn't the church? it says that polygamy is sin because it is illegal. The most voted answer refutes most arguments against polygamy, admits that the ...
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What Bible Version is best to buy as a practicing Catholic? [duplicate]

What bible version is best for me as a Catholic, NIV, NASB, ESV, NKJV, NLT, KJV ?
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Is donating to charity considered tithing? [on hold]

Is donating to charity considered tithing? I want to give my 10%, but I'm not really steady at a church right now. I would like to give to charity but am unsure if it's considered tithing.
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Did Jesus speak only Aramaic? [duplicate]

We know that Jesus cried out in Aramaic from the cross, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?!" Shortly before Jesus dismissed his own spirit and died, he fulfilled the Law of Moses in giving his ...
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Is there evidence that Isaiah 53 was viewed as a Messianic prophecy within Judaism, or is it an exclusively Christian interpretation?

The modern Jewish interpretation of the so-called suffering servant song of Isaiah 52:13-53:12 is that it is a prophecy referring to the nation of Israel, not the Messiah. As such, it is sometimes ...
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Consulting of fortune tellers, palmists and astrologers [duplicate]

Are there verses in the Bible, especially the New Testament, forbidding believers from consulting fortune tellers, palmist and astrologers?
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What is the relationship between commandments and salvation in Roman Catholicism?

Jesus during the conversation with the zealous youth, tells him:" You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false ...
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At what point did Moses send his wife and sons away during the Exodus story? [on hold]

When did Moses send his Wife and Sons away after he'd set off for Egypt?
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Among modern critics who believe in the attributed authorship of the Gospels, what are their arguments?

It seems everywhere I read online, lectures I listen to by Biblical scholars (on both sides of the table, liberal and conservative), Wikipedia, etc., it is stated that the 4 Gospels are actually ...
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Why is archangel Michael portrayed with a sword in art?

There is no mention of Michael wielding a sword in the bible, so I wonder if there are references in other texts?
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Physical death and spiritual death [on hold]

In John 6:58, Jesus says: "..This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” Here, Jesus seems to be connecting ...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses explain Thomas's exclamation, “My Lord and my God”?

In John 20, Jesus is resurrected and is showing Thomas the wounds in his hands, to prove that he is risen. In John 20:28–29, we see Thomas's response: 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the belief that there are humans in heaven now?

Most Christians believe that Enoch, Elijah, Moses, the thief on the cross who was pardoned by Jesus and all the saints who were resurrected during the crucifixion were all translated to heaven. What ...
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Can a Catholic priest take Anglican services?

I was having a discussion with someone and I said that if a Catholic priest took a Protestant service, it would not be bona fide Protestant service. They replied that Catholic priests can become ...
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Our Father in Heaven prayer — prose or verse?

I happened to read a write-up presented by Rev. Jack Kilmon, Bible scholar and researcher in his website "Scriptorium". Kilmon has attempted a retro-translation of the 'Our Father in Heaven' prayer ...
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Why did David wish to send Uriah back home?

After David committed adultery with Bathsheba, David began to contact her husband, Uriah. 2 Samuel Chapter 11 Verse 6 [New Living Translation] 6 Then David sent word to Joab: “Send me Uriah ...
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Why did this Early Version of the Watchtower Magazine include Crosses, and what do these other Symbols on the Magazine Represent?

The following is "Zion's Watch Tower and Herald of Christ's Presence, October 1, 1907." I was under the impression that symbols (especially crosses) were not allowed in the church. "Jehovah's ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase “men and brethren” in Acts? [migrated]

In several places in Acts, Peter, James, and Paul (and perhaps others) address groups of people by saying "men and brethren" – perhaps in the same way that we would use "ladies and gentlemen" or ...
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What is the purpose of asceticism?

Christians have been practicing asceticism for thousands of years. Why? I would prefer sources from before the Great Schism. If not are available I will accept Orthodox teaching from after that time. ...
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In the Non-Denomination Tradition is Christ Speaking only to the Jews or is he speaking to the whole Church? [closed]

A pastor (un-discipled) when trying to use Daniel to Explain the Rapture to his flock which unfortunately includes a good friend of mine. Explained to them that Christ would remove his Church and the ...
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According to Catholic tradition, why doesn't God the Father punish ISIS?

A father punishes children who misbehave. Members of ISIS have misbehaved and slaughtered innocent people. So why doesn't God the Father punish ISIS? Please cite Scripture and relevant Catholic ...
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Ethics and investment, a Christian viewpoint [closed]

I am a young man who has recently reached a point of financial stability. I'm starting to think about long-term plans which may one day buy a home, or provide for myself in old age. This raises the ...
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What evidence is there for the Resurrection of Jesus?

What historical evidence has been used by people who argue for truth of Jesus' Resurrection? It’s important to distinguish between the evidence and the best explanation of that evidence. This ...
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According to Catholic teaching, was Joseph and Mary's marriage a true marriage?

Well, I've read in several articles, and if not mistaken also in cannon law, for a marriage to be valid, there has to be consummation (intercourse). However, since, if I'm not mistaken, by Catholic ...
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What are the names of two thieves who were crucified along with Jesus?

What are the names of two thieves who were crucified along with Jesus? I was informed that their names were Dismas and Gestas. When I searched on the Internet, I got similar info. Is it true that ...
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What Christian denominations accept the idea of a pre-Genesis creation?

Some Biblical Scholars insist on a pre-genesis creation in which the angelic beings were made, this creation pre-dates the 6 day creation of the 'heavens and the earth' mentioned in Genesis 1:1. This ...
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Signs for “Book of Revelation” is happening? [closed]

I know book of revelations has many signs for the end times, many are saying that it is happening now, but there are so many people saying so many versions about it, can any one point out the signs ...
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Have commentators historically seen Exodus 21 as referring to miscarriage or premature birth?

Interpretation of Exodus 21:22 has often been a battlefield in the abortion debate. When men strive together and hit a pregnant woman, so that her children come out [other translations say "she ...
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Why Jesus mother still considered as a virgin? [duplicate]

If she is virgin, then how she gave birth to jesus. my question diffirent from this question.
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How did the Roman Punishment “cross” became a holy symbol to Christians? [duplicate]

The Romans used the cross as punishment to those who didn't follow Roman laws & principles. How then did the Roman punishment "cross" became a holy symbol to Christians?
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Genesis 37, Joseph Sold by His Brothers [closed]

Why was Joseph Sold by His Brothers?
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What impact did Karl Barth have on Roman Catholic theology?

I ran across a book on Amazon called Karl Barth, Catholic Renewal and Vatican II. It seems strange to me that Karl Barth, a neo-orthodox Protestant, would have an impact like what the book's blurb ...
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When Jesus, Paul, etc. referred to the heart in the NT, did they personally have in mind the literal human heart? [on hold]

I started a thread over on hermenueutics.stackexchange.com with this same title a couple of days ago. But it was quickly given multiple down-votes and put on hold. There was actually one "answer" ...
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Did Jerome’s doctrine of Mariology affect his translation?

In a recent Q&A on Hermeneutics.SE, I made an arguement that carried the implication that Jerome's translation of κεχαριτωμένη ('favored one’)† as gratia plena ('full of grace’)† in Luke 1:28 was ...
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Parable of weeds - where did the enemy get seeds from?

In the Parable of Weeds, the enemy is narrated as sowing the seeds of weed once the farmer had sown good seeds (Mt 13:25). But, Matthew 13:30 suggests that the tares along with their ripe seeds ...
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September 23, 2015 [closed]

I am sure you've heard about the "conspiracy theories" that have been plaguing the Internet lately... Does September 23, or September 23 2015 have any biblical/scriptural significance at all?
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Paul talks a lot about things that we “must do”. How does that fit with grace? [closed]

I understand this is a broad question, but a broad answer is OK. It seems like in every letter of Paul he says "you must", or "do this thing". If we are not saved by what we do, then why does it ...

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