Denominations are the different Christian groups that, while they all still believe in God, differ in some key points.

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What does “predestination” mean?

What is the concept of predestination? Are there different denominations that believe in predestination but have differences in what they believe about it? If so, what are the differences?
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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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Was Catholicism the first denomination?

In doing research on Martin Luther, I stumbled upon this article. Which had the following quote: If you are Catholic, you know that your religion was founded in the year 33 by Jesus Christ, ...
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How many different groups are there that base their teachings on the Book of Mormon and/or Joseph Smith?

I am aware of the Latter Day Saints and the Reformed Latter Day Saints, both of which, to my understanding, recognize the Book of Mormon as Scripture and follow the teachings of Joseph Smith. I have ...
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Are there Christians who believe Jesus was an ideology and not a person?

Is there a denomination or Christian religion that believes that Jesus Christ was just an idea or way of thinking and that the apostles must have personalized him for the people to understand it ...
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How do different denominations define what qualifies as prayer? [closed]

For the major denominations, such as Greek Orthodox, Catholic, Baptist, Pentecostal, Lutheran, Methodist, or other, how do they commonly and uniquely define what constitutes a prayer? Does it need to ...
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Have any Christian denominations publicly raised concerns about the Catholic Jerusalem Bible?

I have been reading through the Catholic Jerusalem Bible and have found a lot of pleasure in the copious footnotes and the surprisingly readable text. However I am aware that there are some issues, ...
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Denominations that interpret Matthew 5:32 & 19:9 as NOT permitting divorce in the case of adultery?

Which denominations interpret these verses as not permitting divorce in the case of adultery, for those in a valid marriage? St. Matthew 5:32But I say to you, whosoever shall dismiss his wife, ...
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Are there any non-pacifist traditions that object to military chaplaincy?

I'd like to know if there are any non-pacifist Christian traditions or denominations, either historical or contemporary, that object to individual participation in the military as a non-combat ...
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Are there any major Protestant denominations that have rejected salvation by faith alone?

According to the Wikipedia article on Sola Fide: "Faith alone" is foundational to Protestantism, and distinguishes it from other Christian denominations. According to Martin Luther, justification ...
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What Christian denominations do not require belief in mainstream Christian core doctrines?

I grew up in a non-denominational church and was heavily involved until a few years ago. Some of my personal beliefs don't agree with the commonly accepted "core doctrines" of Christianity (which is ...
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Is there a converse of “judge not, lest you be judged?” [closed]

One New Testament exhortation is "judge not, lest you be judged." On the other hand, Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God." Is there any Christian sect, or ...
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Are there any denominations that baptize ONLY in the Name of Jesus?

From this question, are there any Christian denominations that baptise ONLY in the Name of Jesus, i.e. and not by the Trinitarian baptismal formula? Would such a baptism be considered valid by those ...
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Have any churches allowed for sex between betrothed people before their marriage ceremony?

Have there been any churches which endorsed a 'betrothed' state (in which sex is allowed by the church) before a marriage ceremony occurs?
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What traditions hold that Satan is not actually a person?

I heard somewhere (can't remember where) that Satan is more of a term than a person. In other words, Satan is not so much a fallen angel, person, or being, but rather a designation for evil. Is this ...
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What Apostles-Creed affirming groups claim priesthood of Melchizidek?

I was looking at the online biography (perhaps an AOL or MySpace biography) of the friend of a relative some 20 years ago. I was alarmed that my relative was associated with this person, based on ...
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Are there any Protestant denominations that have specific requirements for baptism?

In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for example, everyone who desires to enter the waters of baptism must first be interviewed to see if they qualify for baptism. The Catholics also ...
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Do any major denominations refuse to recognize Holy Baptism in other denominations

Most denominations recognize baptisms in other denominations. (See, for example Eph 4:4-6), "one Lord, one faith, one baptism".) The World Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission published ...
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Why aren't the Oriental and Eastern Orthodox Churches in communion with each other?

Both the Oriental and Eastern Orthodox Church worship the same God and the Blessed Mother Virgin Mary and the Saints and the Holy Trinity. Do language and cultural differences separate them? What ...
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Is the Spiritual Baptist, water baptism recognized in Christianity?

How can the Spiritual Baptist religion be considered a Christian "Faith" if it came from African Spiritual practices. Then, how can a Pentecostal church recognize their baptism. Some of the Spiritual ...
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What is the Difference Between ROCOR-MP and ROCOR-A (ROCA)

What differentiates the various synods within the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia aka ROCOR? I met someone who stated that their particular synod was in communion with ROCOR-A (ROCA), but ...
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How do Christians that do not believe in inerrency interpret the Bible?

I know there are several Christian traditions that do not claim that scripture is inerrant (and therefore do not interpret everything in the Bible literally). If this is the case, then it seems like a ...
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What Biblical justifications are used for having separate denominations?

From my reading of the Bible, I have come to understand that unity among Christians is a good thing. 1 Corinthians 1:10-13 Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ...
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What is the difference between a pastor, a priest, and a minister?

No, this is not the start of a joke about a bunch of people walking into a bar. Rather, I thought it would be helpful to clarify various titles that people give to leadership roles in churches.
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Do any denominations besides the United Church of God commemorate Jesus' death on a Wednesday?

Other questions and answers have established that Jesus may have actually died on a Wednesday rather than a Friday. Have any Christians other than the United Church of God reached the Wednesday ...
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What is a word to describe someone who is not a Protestant?

I've been wondering for a while if there is a word (or concise phrase) that can be used to mean someone who is not Protestant. Something that specifically groups Catholics, and Eastern Rite followers ...
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Are there any Christian denominations that incorporate Odinism?

Are there any Christian denominations or specific churches that incorporate Odinism or Odinistic cultural traditions? Perhaps, as a way to show that the original religion of northern Europe was not ...
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What Christian groups believe sex was the original sin, and not disobedience?

There is a story in the Bible that Adam and Eve ate the fruit and thus sinned against God. But other religions, including some Christians, describe that they were having intercourse and that's why God ...
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Is the idea that God can erase His memory a common understanding?

While I was listening to the local Christian radio station on the way home, Jon Courson touched on Hebrews 8:12: For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more. (NIV) ...
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In what churches does this set of beliefs and behaviors best fit?

The church in question believes or behaves in the following ways: Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus is the Son of God, but he is not God, nor is equal to God in anyway. He taught us about God and his ...
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Which churches today send the most missionaries?

Was the early church a missionary church? Matthew 28:19-20 leads me to believe it was: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of ...
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Does “Positive Christianity” still exist?

Positive Christianity was a movement in Nazi Germany. It advanced interpreting Jesus and an active organiser, preacher and fighter against institutionalised Judaism. I was wondering if anyone still ...
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Are there any denominations that reject Mary's virgin conception of Jesus?

Its hard to reconcile her virgin conception of Jesus with being a descendant of David since the genealogies in Matthew and Luke go through Joseph, who (according to the virgin conception theory) was ...
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Which Christian groups prohibit playing cards, and what is their basis for doing so?

When I was a child I remember hearing that some Christians strongly opposed the use of playing cards. If I remember correctly, it wasn't just for gambling games such as Poker, but even for children's ...
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Do any Christian denominations believe in a “duality” rather than a trinity?

I have heard that some non-trinitarian Christians reject the concept of the trinity and say that there is only one indivisible divinity. Are there any Christian denominations that believe in a ...
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Interpretation of the scripture “One Lord, one faith, one baptism?”

Ephesians 4:5 states there is "one Lord, one faith, one baptism." Some Christians interpret this to mean that a single denomination (with its beliefs, doctrines, and practices) constitutes the "one ...
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What Scriptures are used to justify the belief that Christians of Denominations other than a specific one will be rejected by God?

In my studies of the Bible I have never found times when God has rejected the worship of anyone who worshipped him in sincerity. The only restrictions to worship other than worshipping in holiness as ...
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American religious movements [closed]

(1) I was wondering if there are any other Christ-based religious orders besides the following that arose in the United States. (2) According to Wiki, I notice that the first arose during the ...
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Which Christians refuse vaccinations on religious grounds?

There are reports of a measles outbreak in a Christian school in British Columbia, Canada. News reports speak of this as a community with "traditionally low vaccination rates" and say that many ...
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What denomination uses church pews that face each other?

There are some denominations who arrange their pews so they are on opposite sides of the pulpit (or equivalent for their denomination), or otherwise have pews facing each other. Is there somebody ...
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Bland white rice and tea in Chinese-American Christian Churches

I am not a Christian, and have never been one. But there were times in my childhood when my family and I visited a Chinese-American Christian Church upon the request of a friend (usually my mother's). ...
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Does the diversity in doctrines among Christian traditions indicate that there are multiple “truths”? [closed]

I am not familiar with the different Christian doctrines but as I've slowly come to understand it, it seems that answers differ depending on doctrine. Does this mean there are no definitive answers to ...
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II Corinthians tells us we must all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. But by what will we be judged? [closed]

II Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. ...
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Do any denominations take “turn the other cheek” as a literal command to be followed?

Do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. (Matthew 5:39 NASB) Do any denominations, historical or current, take this command literally? ...
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Surveys to find out which Christian denomination I am most like

I have been a Christian for many years and have preferred to read the Bible and commentaries in order to determine what I believe is right (rather than just following the teachings of one particular ...
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What do Catholics mean when they talk about the Real Presence in the Eucharist?

The Catholic Church is one of several denominations that teach the Real Presence, but they don't all have the same understanding of this doctrine. What is the Catholic understanding?
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What are the differences between Cherubim and Seraphim?

I was reading a few posts regarding the appearance of angels. What does the Bible say about the appearance of angels? And I am curious as to the general differences between cherubim and seraphim. Do ...
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Who are “Born again” Christians?

"Born again" is a term most often attributed to Christians. Yet what exactly does it mean, and what does the the use of the term encompass? What is a "born again" Christian? Are they of a specific ...
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Do any denominations believe in reincarnation? [closed]

In discussion with others about God's will in situations that don't have any answers (i.e. - difficult prolonged situations) I hear a lot of (as also mentioned in this question and answer) that God is ...
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What is a non-denominational church?

Some Christians claim a non-denominational church is better. However, as a scientist I like to see all angles of the story: I was under the impression that since all Christians don't belong to one ...