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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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When Jesus gave Peter his name (rock) what is the significance that he then said upon a ‘different’ kind of rock he would build his church?

When Peter made his famous confession, Jesus responded by saying: And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. (NIV ...
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“How do I get more faith?” - how to understand Jesus' answer?

The question, "How do I get more faith?" has been posted here. When I read it, my mind went to the time the disciples and Jesus had a similar dialogue: Luke 17:5-6 The apostles said to the ...
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What is the single best reason - specific to Christianity - that the Christian God is the real God? [closed]

Looking at history it seems clear that we are a God inventing species and obviously 99.99% of these Gods cannot be real. But let us suppose that there is indeed a Higher Being. What is the best ...
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Is there a significant difference between salvation by faith with works and salvation by faith and works?

I used to think that sola fide meant salvation by faith irrespective of works. Then I started reading about it and realized it means salvation by faith with works. Works are necessary for ...
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Where does the concept of a “God-shaped hole” originate?

There's a concept that I heard used many times throughout my life in regards to idolatry. The idea is that inside each of us is a "God-shaped hole"--a place inside of our hearts that only God can ...
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Why do Christians appeal to personal gain and inducing fear when attempting to “convert” people?

I have many times witnessed christians trying to convince or convert atheists or people of other religions to christianity as well as all sorts of arguments and quarrels regarding christianity. I'm ...
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Should I let the Christian school team win? [closed]

I go to a secular school and play on the (girl's) soccer team. According to the schedule, we have quite a few games against Christian schools. I'm not sure what I should do at a game-should I not ...
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Why is faith so much more important than being a good person?

I recently had a debate with one of my friends in which he asked "Why would a good and just God not make salvation dependent on ethics, but rather on gullibility, as the Christian God has?" and I ...
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Was the book of Enoch once part of the holy scriptures?

Jude 1:14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints ... This seems to indicate that the apostle not only read the ...
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What is the background of the words “notitia,” “fiducia,” and “assensus” and how do they relate to the biblical notion of “faith”?

The book, "Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview" (page 18) describes notitia, fiducia, and assensus as being one of three essential elements that make up the biblical notion of "faith." ...
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why do we use the name “jesus” if the apostles did not use it? [duplicate]

The gospel says that God has given us one name under heaven by which we a saved. It appears throughout scripture that God puts great importance upon names in both old and new testament. The bible says ...
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Are there any documented instances of anyone moving a mountain in faith?

Jesus said we could tell mountains to move (Matthew 17:20), if only we had faith as small as the size of a mustard seed. Has this ever happened? If so, has it been documented or is there any evidence? ...
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What is the biblical basis for salvation by faith alone (sola fide)?

One of the key issues in the Reformation was the doctrine of Sola Fide, that is, that salvation is by faith alone, apart from works. What, then, is the biblical basis for this belief?
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Did Augustine teach sola fide?

It is popularly taught that the reformers declared five distinctive elements of theology that differentiated them from Rome: salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, for the ...
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How did the Centurion show faith in Jesus dying on the cross? [closed]

How did the Centurion show faith in Jesus dying on the cross? Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, 6 saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home ...
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How did Gideon win his battle against the Midianites?

In the Old Testament, an army of some 15,000 Midianites invaded Israel for the purpose of "hijacking" their food supplies. A judge named Gideon called the Israelis "to the colors." Some 30,000 showed ...
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Ephesians 4:5 what does “One faith” mean?

Paul says that there is one faith. I'm guessing that this mean theres only one faith that can save you. And that faith is in "believing" that Jesus died for your sins, and you're no longer a slave to ...
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Why can't God just destroy the evil if he is more powerful, or is there some kind of balance? [closed]

I am not a Christian but in transition I like to say, learning but there are a few things I don't understand, Why if God it greater then evil then why can't He just either destroy evil or weaken evil ...
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Is salvation acheived by faith alone, or does it in fact require some works?

I was raised a Lutheran, and am looking for an answer from someone (like a Lutheran) who believes in salvation by grace alone (by faith alone, etc.). I still believe in salvation by faith alone ...
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How is the teachings in the Book of James consistent with Salvation by Grace alone?

I was reading through James today and I understand his point was to convey to the Jews that only having faith - but not showing your gratitude for the grace they've received - is not good. He does get ...
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How can there be free will if God is all knowing? [duplicate]

This is a question with which I have struggled. If God knows the future and all our actions then we do not have any choice in what we do, all is predetermined. So what is the answer to this ?
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Are faith and proof mutually exclusive?

Must something be unprovable to permit faith in it? Is it possible to have faith in something which is certain provable fact? If something is proven beyond any doubt can you still have faith in it? ...
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What is the difference between Belief and Faith?

I want to know what is the difference between Belief and Faith from a protestant perspective. Can anyone explain this to me?
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How did “credibile est, quia ineptum est” become “credo quia absurdum”?

The quote "Credo quia absurdum" (I believe, because it is absurd) is ascribed to Tertullian. But Tertullian never wrote this: what he wrote (De Carne Christi, V, 4) was "Prorsus credibile est, quia ...
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Why are there no longer large-scale miracles from God? [closed]

I'll put my frustrations as concisely as I can. I would really appreciate all below points being addressed to some extent. Why are things not the way they were? In the old testament, literally ...
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Does God require us to have faith because Adam and Eve sinned? [closed]

I remember when I first sought God, I felt like I was going out into the dark. I simply followed people at the church without really believing, but willing myself to believe. In other words, I didn't ...
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Is the al-Hallaj of the Yazidi religion Jesus?

I am a follower of Christ and am going to be a missionary. I am studying the culture and religion of the Yazidi (also spelled Yezidi) and I don't understand al-Hallaj. According to the Yazidi, is ...
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Do we have any proof? I'm worried [closed]

I always wonder what proof do we have? Is it just faith? Is that all that we have to go on? I know the bible says it's true, but I still have trouble comprehending things like this. Atheists are ...
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Know any Bible verses on 'faith,' 'knowledge' or what it means to 'believe'? [duplicate]

I was assigned to present a paper on epistemology, which is the philosophy of truth, knowledge and belief, and to convey it on the terms of my judgment. I am blessed to have a professor who encourages ...
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Crisis of faith [closed]

I have been a practicing Roman Catholic since I was a child. I am now 42 and I have two children--both of whom are receiving their sacraments. We are more recently infrequent church-goers. I am a ...
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How did Jesus perform miracles of healing? [closed]

There is much information about the miracles that Jesus did. However, unable to find how Jesus performed miracles, specifically of healing others. I understand it is sufficient to say - because He ...
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Does God need/demand humans' faith for them to be saved? If so, why?

According to soteriologies (e.g. Arminianism) that require humans to make a decision to come to God, why is that the case? What does God gain from faith? Put another way, why does he require a ...
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“Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani”?

In all Christian bibles the translators wrote this verse in the same language and translated it. ( Maybe its Hebrew which Í don't know) but why only Mark 15 vrs 34 in the whole, is it because when ...
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What does John Calvin mean to imply by the “suffrage” of the church?

In his Institutes of the Christian Religion, John Calvin discusses the idea that the Biblical canon depends on the ratifying action of the Church (Book 1, Chapter 7). He thinks it does not, preferring ...
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Why does Christianity claim to be the only true religion?

From where does the idea that Christianity the only true religion come? Other religions claim the same. What is the basis for the Christian claim?
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Why do OEC discount the literal interpretation of the book of Genesis?

This is to rephrase the question Are scientific findings a test to Christians' Faith? It seems to me that, without any outside interference, the Bible itself gives no suggestion that the Book of ...
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Good person going to hell simply for not believing?

The scenario is as follows: Believer, average life, many mistakes/sins. Asks forgiveness and tries everyday to be better. Goes to heaven. Non-believer, better life than the believer, fewer mistakes ...
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Is repentance required for salvation?

I know that through faith alone I am saved. But is repentance a requirement for that salvation as a part of my faith? Is repentance a single act, or should it be continuous?
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How do I have self confidence, self esteem and work hard if I am a true Christian?

In church we learn to not lean on ourselves. We learn we can do nothing with our own power. That we must completely let go of control and let God. That everything that happens is from God and that we ...
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How does Calvinism explain how an omniscient, omnipotent, and omnibenevolent creator could NOT have a plan for universal salvation?

In the haze of discerning truth and wisdom by the hybrid application of scripture, tradition, philosophy, and experience it seems illogical that a loving creator with perfect and complete knowledge ...
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Salvation by good works alone?

Is the idea of salvation by works alone considered by any branch of Christianity? Consider a person one would describe as good or doing a lot of good, but who doesn't believe in the supernatural. Like ...
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What is saving faith?

A common soteriological view among Evangelical Christians (such as myself) is that we are saved by grace, through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9). However, this belief is usually accompanied by a ...
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How does Pope Francis's popularity compare to Pope Benedict XVI's? [closed]

I'm doing a research paper on Pope Francis, and I need to know from a Catholic's view how Pope Francis's popularity ranks over Pope Benedict XVI's. Can you help?
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2 questions: making mistakes in prayers/sitting down while praying [closed]

I am 13 years old and Christian and I have these questions to ask Question 1: Is it ok if i sit down while praying? is it disrespectful to God or anything? Question 2: This ones a little harder to ...
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How do I get more faith? [closed]

I'm really terrible at faith. I understand that it's a choice to have or not have faith, I'd really like to choose the former, but my very much neurotic nature often gets the best of me, and often ...
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Are there any laid down guidelines to enrich and strengthen Christian faith?

I was supposed to devise a brief note on how to strengthen and enriched faith in Christianity. Are there any laid down guidelines in Roman Catholicism as to how this is achieved? If any such ...
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Curious re: Scientific evidence [closed]

I read something recently from a highly regarded poster on a sister site, which states: "I should extend the courtesy of allowing people to have evidence which they can't use to convince me, given ...
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Is Catholicism a “works” denomination?

Catholicism venerates people's works as that is the only way to become a saint - you actually have to DO something. I understand that there has been a strong debate regarding faith or works (or ...
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Is faith the only thing we need to attain salvation? [duplicate]

There may be some denominations that believe faith is the only necessary thing to have to attain salvation or eternal life. However, I do not conform with this because faith is just the beginning, and ...