Protestantism is a broad tradition inside of Christianity having started as a break away from the then Roman Catholic Church during the 16th Century that today includes a wide variety of different denominations.

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What did God mean when He said 'lest they live forever'?

I was talking to a Jehovah's witness who did not believe in the immortality of soul and he pointed out a scripture to me. Genesis 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold ... lest he put forth his ...
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When did the split in crufix/empty-cross sybolism occur and why did it happen?

Today, we have Catholic and Orthodox churches (and a few others) using the crucifix, whereas most Protestant denominations use an empty cross in their symbolism. Did this difference in symbolism arise ...
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Was Martin Luther a Rosicrucian?

The rose together with the cross is the sign of the Rosicrucian Order as seen below: The cross symbolizes Christianity and the rose often symbolizes secrecy (Sub Rosa). Martin Luther's seal is also ...
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Why are Independent Baptist Fundamentalists labelled Protestants?

Something that always bothers me which I witness to Catholics: the well-meaning ones tell me I am a Protestant and say that "we protested the Catholic Church". This isn't true, the Baptist Church was ...
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What do protestants who believe our old bodies will be resurrected think that will look like?

Some Protestants believe that in the "resurrection" we will receive new bodies. Other Protestants believe that in the resurrection, our old bodies will literally rise up out of the ground for us to ...
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Is there a future for ecumenism? What is the main obstacle for Christian unity? [closed]

Since the founding of World Council of Churches and the closing of Second Vatican Council to this day we've seen openness from church leaders to re-examine what divides us and what we believe in ...
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Which, if any, Protestant bodies affirm punishment in the afterlife for the unrighteous prior to the general resurrection and the Day of the Lord?

In the old testament, when people died they were said to descend to Sheol. It wasn't particularly spiritualized as much as it was just an understanding that dead people go to the grave and the grave ...
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Are we saved by Grace Alone or Faith Alone?

Two of the Five Solas are: Sola Gratia: Salvation by Grace Alone Sola Fide: Justification by Faith Alone If salvation is by "grace alone", how can "faith alone" be added as well? Only one of these ...
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What's the Protestants' view on the purpose of sacraments?

Once an orthodox priest told me that Protestants themselves don't know what they need the sacraments for. He said that since they deny the doctrine of transubstantiation and have separated themselves ...
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What core LDS doctrine(s) contradict the Protestant doctrine of salvation by grace through faith?

I am pretty unfamiliar with LDS doctrine so please keep all answers at a novice level. What doctrine(s) of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints contradict the doctrine that a person is ...
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Why is the word ‘concupiscence’ so important in understanding the difference between a Catholic view and a Protestant view of ‘Original Sin’?

I have noticed this word ‘concupiscence’ a lot while studying Catholic Theology. It seems to significantly change what ‘Original Sin’ means, making a Catholic meaning of ‘Original Sin’ very different ...
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Is there a hierarchy in the Trinity?

It seems that there is some form of hierarchy within the Trinity. For example, these passages seem to indicate that the Holy Spirit is subservient to the Father and Jesus: John 14:26 (NIV) ...
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Are Mormons Protestants?

I'm sure Mormons are neither Catholic nor Orthodox. There is no doubt that they are Christians but I'm not sure they are Protestants or not. Are Mormons Protestants or they are just "Latter Day ...
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What is the Protestant argument against the doctrine of Purgatory?

The Roman Catholic Church teaches the idea of Purgatory, which is defined by Wikipedia as follows: Purgatory is, according to Catholic teaching, the state or place of purification or temporary ...
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What is the basis for Cessationism?

Cessationism is the belief held by some protestants that the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as prophecy, do not occur in present day. The general thinking is that these gifts "ceased" at ...
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According to the Bible, who is Satan? Where did he come from? What is he? And what will happen to him?

According to Protestant Literalists: Who is Satan? Where did he come from? Where is he going or what will happen to him? I'm interested in answers with citations from the Bible.
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Why do Protestants worship on Sunday? [duplicate]

If the Sabbath is Saturday and it's known that the Roman Catholic Church changed the day week to worship from Saturday to Sunday, why then would Protestants continue to worship on Sunday? I ...
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How can Psalm 137:9 be defended?

Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones. Whenever I debate someone about Bible literal-ism they usually mention Psalm 137:9 KJV. Based on the Protestant ...
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What is Protestant Scholasticism?

I read a tag line advocating Lutheran Theologian Dr. Jack Kilcrease offering a class on "Protestant Scholasticism", which I had never heard of before. This seems odd to me because of Luther's ...
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What do the words Catholic and Protestant mean? [closed]

Also, what is the history of use and what languages do they come from? Is it a fitting name today or is it outdated? How do the two relate to each other?
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Do the Catholic Church ex cathedra pronouncements about necessity of Catholicism to be saved still apply?

I think the following was spoken Ex Cathedra: “The most Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that none of those existing outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but ...
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Does the Bible make a distinction between Christian and secular love?

John makes this startling claim in his first epistle. 1 John 4:7-8 (NIV) 7  Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows ...
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How is “their angels always behold the Father in heaven” a warning?

Matthew 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. Jesus was ...
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Since God provided for the forgiveness of sins in the Old Testament, why do we need Jesus?

I thought of this when I was researching this question. Leviticus 4 goes into great detail about the sacrifice that must be made in order for a sin to be forgiven. However, we see here that God ...
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Do any Protestant Sects object to the existence of angels?

I'm kind of more-or-less asking this because CHRISTIANITY.SE IS GOING TO GET A REAL HAIRCUT soon, but I was thinking about Christian symbols and Jewish symbols and symbols that everyone agrees one and ...
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Why do Protestants trust what Paul and Luke wrote 100%?

This has always been a big question for me. I can understand that many Christians believe there is good evidence for the resurrection of Jesus, and that gives a basis for their faith in the teaching ...
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Why do some Protestants divide the Blood of Christ into individual cups?

A related question asks about Catholic practice (of using a common cup). In some Protestant Churches — I’ve experienced this myself in both Baptist and Free Churches — the wine at the ...
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Pride of the humble [closed]

Some Russian so called "saints" talked much about what they call "pride of the humble" (when one is proud by his own humility: "I am a great saint"). My question: Do similar ideas appear in western ...
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How do Protestants deal with pre-Reformation heresies?

Have any of the old heresies (i.e. Manichean, Arian, Nestorian, Iconoclasm) been resurrected and repackaged by main-line denominations -or- Do Protestants, in general, still accept the ...
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How do schisms in the church fit into the plans of a monotheistic God? [closed]

Before 1054 a reasonable claim could be made that there existed "one holy catholic and apostolic Church", as the Nicene Creed puts it. Since then, the visible church has divided into at least three ...
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Why (and when) did the empty cross v.s. crucifix split happen? [duplicate]

Today, we have Catholic and Orthodox churches (and a few others) using the crucifix whereas most Protestant denominations make exclusive use of an empty cross. When and why did the Protestant ...
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Why do many Protestant congregations not require attendance at services on Christmas and Easter?

It came to my attention from living, driving around and listening to Christian radio that many Protestants do not have any services on what Catholics would consider solemnities (Christmas and Easter ...
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Do Protestants believe Jesus and Satan are brothers?

Many, many times, I've seen or heard "Mormons believe Jesus and Satan are brothers". Technically, it's true. Mormons believe Jesus and Satan are sons of God, and by dictionary definition, people can ...
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What are the main differences between the Catholic and Protestant definitions of Biblical inerrancy?

Given the Protestant definition in this selected answer to From a Fundamentalist standpoint, what does the phrase “Inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God” mean? | @DavidStratton, What are the ...
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Do any Protestant denominations practice meditative or contemplative prayer?

Having read David's answer to How much are psalms and other prayers from Bible understood as actual prayer in Protestantism?, I wonder whether any Protestants practice meditative or contemplative ...
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What are the common Protestant interpretations of Luke 1:48 (KJV)?

What are the common Protestant interpretations of Luke 1:48 (KJV)? Luke 1:48 (KJV) 48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall ...
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Are there any differences between Protestant and Catholic theology concerning the distinction between demonic possession from mental illness?

Is there a difference between Catholic and Protestant Theology in regards to what constitutes Demonic possession as opposed to mental illness?
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According to most Protestants, did Jesus intend one correct interpretation for his parables? [closed]

I have read a related question about the interpretation of parables and the question wanted an answer from the Catholic's perspective. I am curious about how the mainstream Protestant denomination ...
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What are the differences between Apostles, Prophets, Peter and Jesus Christ in being the “foundation” whereon the church is built? [closed]

1 Corinthians 3:11 Jesus Christ is the foundation whereon the church is built. Ephesians 2:20 Both the Prophets and the Apostles are the foundation whereon the church is built. Matthew 16:18 Simon ...
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How do protestants understand Jesus' statement that unless we eat the flesh of the Son of Man we will have no life? [duplicate]

Catholics teach that they literally eat the body of Jesus during communion, a belief called Transubstantiation. Protestant churches mostly do not share this belief and there is no obligation to ...
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Which Protestant denominations support the position that Peter is the rock that Jesus builds his church upon?

"And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Matt 16:18 It is my understanding that there is still ...
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What is considered to be free choice in the context of “choosing to go to hell”?

Let me preface this by stating that I received a Christian education and have seen the idea that individuals choose to go to hell (rather than God sending them there), mostly from a vaguely ...
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Do (or did) any Protestant denominations believe in apostolic succession like Catholics do?

Do (or did) any Protestant denominations believe in apostolic succession? If so, who do they consider the most recent valid Pope?
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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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Are there no families after this life? [duplicate]

Currently the Pope is hosting an interfaith conference in the Vatican about the sanctity of marriage. I have been listening somewhat to the different speakers. One in particular, Rev. Dr. Richard D. ...
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What is the Protestant explanation for how Mary could provide Jesus with his flesh but be part of the fall herself? [duplicate]

What supporting arguments do Protestants offer for Mary being sinful, yet providing Jesus with his flesh and blood body; how do they believe Jesus could be born from a sinful Mary and not inherit the ...
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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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What are the protestant arguments against a sacramental economy?

Given that all the 7 sacraments (Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Marriage, Holy Orders Anointing of the Sick and Reconciliation) are each explicitly mentioned in the Bible as commands put forth ...
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What is the biblical basis for the argument against the Catholic teaching on the primacy of Peter?

The Catholic Church uses, for example, the following NT passages in support of its teaching on the primacy of Peter: Mt 16:13-20. Lk 22-31-34. Jn 21:15-23. What is the biblical basis that argues ...
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Does the act of sex constitute marriage in God's eyes? [closed]

I came across this verse today (bold added): 1 Corinthians 6:15-17 (NASB) 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them ...