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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 Mormons/LDS believe that the Bible in any way predicts the coming of Joseph Smith?

The LDS/Mormon Church, as I understand it, believes that Joseph Smith, Jr. is a prophet of God who restored the true gospel, which had been lost over the centuries. This, if true, would have been an ...
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Prevenient Grace - Where/How is it Supported/Rejected in the Bible?

Before I ask my question, a definition of what I mean by "prevenient" I see a few uses of that word in questions here. When I say "Prevenient Grace" I am referring to that form of "resistible" grace ...
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In Mormonism, how is the doctrine of Adam & Eve inability to have children prior to the Fall explained?

Inspired by this answer to a previous question, in which the answerer stated: "For example, the Book of Mormon adds the belief that Adam and Eve could not have children before the Fall." ...
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What is the basis for the belief by some groups that a Christian can live a sinless life?

I understand that there are some Christian groups that believe that it is possible for a Christian to live a life entirely free from sin. What is the nature of this belief and what is the basis for ...
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How does "Evangelii Gaudium” pose a new perspective on capitalism?

In response to Rush Limbaugh's criticism of Pope Francis' "Evangelii Gaudium", Christopher Hale said that “to call the Holy Father a proponent [of] ‘pure Marxism’ is both mean-spirited and naive. ...
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Papal Infallibility and teaching heresy?

I had a question that I hoped the Catholics on the board could help me out with. My understanding of the doctrine of Papal Infallibility is that speaking in his official capacity as the "Vicar of ...
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Is Jesus the Creator?

The following verses clearly credit Jesus Christ with “Creation.” How do Christians view the role of Christ in Creation? Ephesians 3:9: And to make all [men] see what [is] the fellowship of the ...
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What does the LDS church teach about what men and women did or do in the pre-existence?

I understand that the LDS Church believes that everyone existed in the spirit world prior to their conception in the womb in the physical world. What specifically, though, does the pre-existence ...
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According to the LDS Church, what is the purpose or result of proxy baptisms for those who have already died?

I understand that one of the main works that an LDS member is encouraged to perform is proxy baptism, that is, a baptism on behalf of their ancestors or others who have already died. Another question ...
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If we want to know what the Bible says about an issue, what methods can help us to find all the relevant scriptures?

If we want to know what the Bible says about an issue, what methods can help us to find all the relevant scriptures? Particularly if someone is looking for a "clear, unambiguous, direct statement in ...
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According to the doctrine of the LDS Church what is man's relationship with God

According to the doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints what is man's relationship with God? Specifically what does the LDS church teach about God's view of man and how man ...
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What is the basis of the LDS/Mormon prohibition of facial hair for men?

I have read in a few places the LDS Church has at least a general practice, if not an official teaching, that prohibits men from growing facial hair--at least for men in any position of leadership. ...
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What is the biblical basis for the concept of being “slain in the spirit” and what exactly is it?

Among charismatic Christians, I have occasionally heard the mentioning of the phrase "to be slain in the spirit". I have not found any biblical reference to this phrase, so what is it to which this ...
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Basis for saying “God bless you” when a person sneezes

It is common among many Christians to say "God bless you" (or simply "bless you"...which implies the former) to a person when they sneeze. I have heard that this may have originated with an old belief ...
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Are we saved by grace or works? [closed]

Throughout the New Testament there seems to be a distinction drawn between grace and works, it is almost as if one salvation question is “who you are” and the second salvation question is “what have ...
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Do any of the Mormon doctrines that cannot be found in the Bible come from the Book of Mormon?

Do any of the Mormon doctrines that cannot be found in the Bible come from the Book of Mormon? This is sort of a followup question to What important Mormon doctrines are taught in the book of Mormon ...
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What is the essential argument in favor of the Dual Nature of Man as opposed to the Tripartite Nature?

A common belief regarding the nature of mankind is that we have a body, a soul and a spirit. This is known as the Tripartite Nature of Man. Some, however, hold to only a Dual nature of man. What is ...
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Are the Disciples of Christ trinitarian?

Are the Disciples of Christ trinitarian? The identity statement from their website is: We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. As part of the one body of ...
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What is the difference between the Eastern Orthodox doctrine of deification and the little god doctrine of the Word of Faith movement?

I noticed that the Word of Faith movement is under a lot of fire for the "little g god" doctrine but it appears to me that it is almost, if not exactly, the same as the deification/divinization ...
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Prevenient Grace - Negative Responses to Scriptural Examples of It

See what I mean by "Prevenient Grace" in the first question I asked relating to this topic. If your understanding of scripture leads you to believe the doctine of Prevenient Prace is not supported ...
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What is the Scriptural Basis Against the Trinity [duplicate]

Trinitarianism, or the Trinity, is the belief that God exists as three persons (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit) seperate, but co-equal. This view is labelled as a heresy by some ...
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What is the basis for the doctrine of the Trinity in the Book of Mormon?

The Community of Christ--formerly the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints--is a rather unique branch of Christianity in that it stems from the LDS Church, recognizing the Book of ...
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Why can't people change their denomination? [closed]

As my profile says, I don't belong to any denomination and I can't answer this question myself. Recently, there was a question from a Catholic woman having difficulty in her love relationship because ...
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Biblical basis for “God's already forgiven you” teaching

I have recently heard many preachers and teachers say things like "God has already forgiven you. All you have to do is accept God's free gift of salvation." In particular Joel Osteen and Joseph ...
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What is the Mormon position on keeping weapons and on war?

I have come across a chapter in the Book of Mormon that is very interesting. It details how the Nephites thought it would be better to bury their swords and never kill another person again. The ...
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What would be a typical Christian Pacifist response to 'rampant evil' - say in the form of large scale terrorism?

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. - Edmund Burke Do Christian Pacifists tend to argue against the sense of Burke's famous quote by affirming God's ...
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What is the reason and meaning of the symbols on the garments worn by Temple-worthy LDS members?

I understand that the sacred garments worn by temple-worthy LDS members include symbols of 1) the square, 2) the compass, and 3) the navel mark, and 4) the knee mark. I know that some of the symbols ...
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What is the argument AGAINST the position that only Paul's writings are applicable to the church today?

In hyperdispensationalism (aka mid-acts dispensationalism), it is taught that only Paul's writings (from Romans to Philemon) are applicable to the church today and that the other parts of the Bible ...
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What is the biblical basis for the concept of male headship?

The concept of "male headship" is prevalent in various Christian traditions. What is the essence of and the biblical basis for this concept? I understand that this is a controversial subject, but ...
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In what sense is Jesus understood to be “the only begotten son of God” in LDS teaching?

In a comment made on a previous question I asked, someone directed me to Moses 1:35 in the Pearl of Great Price. I read the context and saw Moses 1:32-33, which interested me as well. The text is as ...
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What is the essential argument in favor of the tripartite nature of man?

A common belief regarding the nature of mankind is that we have a body, a soul and a spirit. This is known as the Tripartite Nature of Man. What is the essential argument in favor of this view? I ...
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Does the indwelling of the Holy Spirit encompass a person's body, soul and spirit?

The Bible affirms in more than one place that the Holy Spirit indwells the believer. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are ...
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What attributes does Jesus have from an LDS doctrinal perspective that are different from the Jesus in the Holy Trinity?

I ask this because when I read about the attributes of Jesus in the Trinity and compare him to the Jesus as explained by Mormon doctrine I find very little difference. With that being said if there ...
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Can you renounce part of the bible, and still be a Christian? [closed]

A really simple question, the title says it all really. Just to provide some background as to what I'm on about: I was raised Roman Catholic. As, I suspect, many of you know, the Catholics and ...
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What is the Roman Catholic method of salvation?

Evangelicals believe that salvation is by grace alone through faith that Christ death and resurrection alone is the basis of their Salvation. Is this comparable to the Roman Catholic concept of ...
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What does the Church say about the statements that the Pope Benedict XVI made in the book “God and the World”?

In response to my earlier question, apocalypse_info_click_here answered: While that article in particular is a hoax... Each point in particular has been made and is old news. Benedict ...
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Are there any churches that claim to be Sola Sciptura that also are pro gay-marriage?

A friend of mine has posited that it is impossible to be Sola Scriptura and also be pro gay-marriage. I think he is right in a traditional sense. However, I am curious to know if there any churches ...
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How does the relationship compare between earthly children and spiritual children in LDS theology?

As I understand LDS teaching, a couple may have an eternal family with the children they produce here on earth. However, that couple may also attain godhood and then produce spiritual children for ...
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What is the argument for the position that only Paul's writing are applicable to the church today?

In hyperdispensationalism (aka mid-acts dispensationalism), it is taught that only Paul's writings (from Romans to Philemon) are applicable to the church today and that the other parts of the Bible ...
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When did Joseph Smith first understand the doctrine of eternal progression?

Another question asked why Kolob is not mentioned in the New Testament. In fact, the only reference is in the Book of Abraham. Not even the Book of Mormon has any reference to it, as I understand. ...
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Has the Church stated any advantages or reasoning or prompting to re-formulating positively the Catholic Church's salvation doctrine?

The Church in Catechism of the Catholic Church: "Outside the Church there is no salvation", 846, has re-formulated positively "Outside the Church there is no salvation", often repeated by the Church ...
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Basis for Binitarianism

We hear a lot at times in church, seminary, general discussions, etc about the godhead, so that got me to wondering: what is the Scriptural basis for the Christian doctrine of Binitarianism? UPDATE: ...
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What is the history of the doctrine of inerrancy?

Is there any reason, biblical or otherwise, not to believe that the doctrine of inerrancy is relatively new (past two hundred years). I found the following statement on Wikipedia. "It has in fact ...
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What is the basis of the LDS teaching that the angel Michael became Adam?

The answer to another question referenced a website that discusses the LDS endowment ceremony. I was looking through the part about creation and was a bit surprised to see that the angel Michael ...
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Christians search for meaning [closed]

I personally accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour and would definitely consider myself religious. The problem is although I do think of myself as religious I cannot escape this nagging feeling that we ...
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What is “New Creation” according to Protestants?

2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. It is undeniable that no one can live a perfect sinless ...
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Distinguishing 'Divine Providence' and 'Holy Spirit'

Jews and Christians share the heritage of the biblical testimony of God's relationship with the human family throughout history. Our Scriptures bear witness to both individuals and the people as a ...
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Do humans have free will? [duplicate]

Something confuses me. God is omniscient, meaning He knows everything, including our decisions in life. God says we have free will, but how is that so if I can't make the choice to not do something ...
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1 Timothy 4:1-3 - Are We Still Living in the Great Apostasy? [closed]

1 Timothy 4:1-3: Amplified Bible (AMP) 4 But the [Holy] Spirit distinctly and expressly declares that in latter times some will turn away from the faith, giving attention to deluding and ...