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What happens to unborn, unbaptized babies who die? [closed]

If we accept that unborn babies are human beings and not merely a non-human organism, and further we require baptism as a prerequisite for salvation (using it as justification for infant baptism)... ...
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On what basis should Christians oppose child marriage? [closed]

In most of the western countries the minimum age for marriage is 18 years. (Some would like to argue that this could be 16 or 15 but none would argue it to be 9) As a Christian I take pride in the ...
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What traditions espouse infant baptism and why?

What traditions espouse infant baptism and why? In those traditions, why do parents often baptize their children at very young age, and why is this better than giving their children the opportunity ...
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Why does God command us to have children?

Genesis 1:28 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV) 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Have many children. Fill the earth and take control of it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds ...
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Do Catholic priests have to report child abuse confessed in secret?

Is there any canon, regulation, norm or diocesan norm which requires priests to report confessions of child abuse? Are priests obliged to follow laws to this effect? I'm not asking in regard to ...
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Can a physically healthy, married couple honor God without having children?

If a married couple is physically able to have children (at least potentially) can they honor God without having children? Roman Catholics, for example, say that sex has at least two purposes ...
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When are children held accountable for ther sins? [closed]

There's an interesting topic regarding the salvation of unborn babies that inspired this question. I believe that babies that die previous to birth go to heaven. I also believe that young children ...
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If Jesus is “God's Only Son” then how can we all be God's children?

In the Apostle's creed it states that "I believe in Jesus Christ God's only son our Lord" (ELCA). But many Christians say that we're all God's children, which is contradictory. What does the Bible ...
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What does Jesus mean when He says that we should be like children?

Matthew 18:1-4: At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell ...
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Why do Mormons wait until the age of 8 to baptize their children?

What is the doctrinal basis for this practice?
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How could Job be content with the second half of his life? [closed]

We all know that Job was ravaged by the Adversary in the first two chapters of Job, but in the end, he died content: Thus the Lord blessed the latter years of Job’s life more than the former. He ...
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Has the notion of “legitimacy” been abandoned in the Catholic Church?

This isn't a question about pastoral advice, but it is being asked on behalf of a friend who is worried that her children will become illegitimate if her marriage is annulled and all I can find to ...
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Can a Catholic priest conduct a Catholic baptism upon the request of non-Catholic parents, assuming that they will raise the child Catholic?

Can non-Catholic parents ask the priest to baptize the child (infant) in the Catholic church and promise that they will give the child a Catholic upbringing? I mean, it could be a learning experience ...
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Is one's predestination influenced by one's parents?

This question regards the reformed doctrine of predestination. Predestination states that God, even before the child has been born, decides whether the child is saved. Is there any biblical evidence ...
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How much authority does a father have over his wife and children? [closed]

Some people might claim that a wife must do what her husband says in every situation and they will site the Bible as it being the Divine order of things. It does seem that the Bible gives authority ...
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Are there Catholic guidelines on naming of children?

Catholics in India, for the last few generations, have been following a unique practice of naming their children. The children are invariably given the baptismal name after a saint; but once they ...
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Who believe that innocent children will also go to Hell?

But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. (Luke 18:16, NIV) To those ...
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Is there an instance of parents lying to their children that was approved by God in the Bible?

Is there any instance in the Bible in which: Parents lied to children, and God approved of it? There is an instance in 1 Kings 22:22 in which the Lord is said to put a lying spirit in the mouths ...
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Do Catholic children near death recieve the Eucharist as Viaticum

Canon law says that anointing of the sick is to be done to someone having attained the age of reason, same as reception of the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Penance. However, as "Food for the ...
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What should I tell my children about Santa? [closed]

Is it wrong to lie to my children about the existence of Santa? When they get older how do I explain to them that I was lying? How can I expect them not to lie when I confess to them that I had been ...
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Is there a good example of believers seeking out advice from other believers in the Bible, especially one that is a story children would understand?

I am also looking for an example of believers (Old Testament Jews or New Testament Christians) getting advice from other believers. Again, this is for teaching children aged 5-8 so ideally it will be ...
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Matthew 18:10 “Children's angels always behold the face of the Father” - what does this mean?

Matthew 18:10 seems to put forth an idea that children have a certain privilege over adults: Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their ...
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Example for children of common sense in the Bible

I'm looking for one or more examples, preferably stories, of common sense in the Bible. This is for teaching church children, aged 5-8. Ideally, the story will involve peer pressure, and someone ...
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Are parents responsible/accountable for the sins of their children? [closed]

Reading 1 Samuel 2:12 et seq, one could say that Eli is treated the same way as his wicked sons, although he tried to dissuade them from doing their sins. Generally speaking, are parents today ...
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Which traditions practice paedocommunion?

What specific traditions (or denominations inside a tradition) currently practice paedocommunion? Are there any that practice paedocommunion but not paedobaptism? Are there any that historically ...
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Is it immoral to allow children to believe in Santa Claus? [closed]

St. Nicholas, who is one of my favorite saints, is well known for his charitable witness to the Gospel. His legendary reputation, along with his feast days, have carried his spiritual presence down ...
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According to Catholicism what happens to young children who die before being baptized?

John 3:5 is as follows: Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. In the light of that, what happens to those ...
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According to the Church of God (Cleveland), are children sin-free?

I work with children in a day care that is part of the Church of God. Naturally, all of the employees except me are of the Church of God, which is fine by me. I am non-denom. I find it curious that ...
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Were the children of an annulled marriage planned by God?

In the Catholic Church, a declaration of nullity, commonly called an annulment and less commonly a decree of nullity, is a judgement on the part of an ecclesiastical tribunal determining that a ...
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What “things” is Jesus talking about in Matthew 11:25?

I really like this verse but I don't fully grasp what Jesus is talking about in his prayer (specifically 11:25) The Father Revealed in the Son 25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord ...
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Holy children, does it mean that they are saved if they die young?

For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. (1 ...
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Forgiveness and nulling of foolish vows made as a child [closed]

I just have a question bothering me for sometime now. I'm now in my twenties, but when I was 13-15 years old I made a foolish vow to God. I said that if I ever masturbated or watched porn, God should ...
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Is parent disaproval a Biblical reason why two believers could not marry [closed]

My daughter is engaged to another believer. But his parents do not approve because of our financial status and other preferences they have for him. But what does scripture say about two believers that ...