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Do Mormons consider themselves to be a cult?

It is fairly common for certain Christian groups to refer to Mormons as a "cult." Mormon.org talks about some of the reasons why this may be the case, but doesn't directly address whether, from a ...
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Jesus descended from Moab and Ammon

Since Jesus and David are both descended from Ruth the Moabite and Naamah the Ammonite, does that indirectly mean that Jesus and David are related to the sons of incest between Lot and his daughters. ...
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How do you get to be in Christ? [closed]

How do one get to be in Christ? Is it same as to be righteous before God? I consider Romans 8:1 as axiom. Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
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Isaiah prohibits from mentioning himself

Why is it that after the 39th chapter of Isaiah that there is no more third person. In addition if Isaiah composed this book why is it in third person to begin with? Are there three authors to Isaiah? ...
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What does it mean to be an heir of God and a joint-heir with Christ?

Romans 8:16-17 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be ...
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Protestants and Sola Scriptura adherents: When was scripture alone sufficient?

Sola Scriptura is defined as "the Protestant Christian doctrine that the Bible contains all knowledge necessary for salvation and holiness." Is the concept of Sola Scriptura only applicable to ...
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How can Jesus, born of mankind, be sinless?

Very simple question really. If the sin of Adam is passed down through the generations, so that all of us are born with a sin nature, how can it be that Jesus was born of Mary (a human being), yet ...
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What is the biblical meaning of “sanctification”

I understand that sanctification is used as a post-reformational theological term to refer to the ongoing process of Christian growth. But, biblically speaking, is this always what is meant? I know ...
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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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What is the Catholic theological basis for the Munificentissimus Deus?

If you are looking for direct scriptural proof of this dogma, you will not find any. Mary’s Assumption was not explicitly recorded in Scripture. However, Pope Pius XII formally defined the dogma of ...
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Where do I go to get official Catholic answers?

If a Catholic had questions, where should he or she go for answers other than the Bible (and the catechism)? Specifically, I'd like to know where to get answers on topics I find divisive, intolerant ...
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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 is meant by keeping people blind and deaf so as not to get healed?

What is meant by keeping people blind and deaf so as not to get healed? I understand this to be one of those scriptures that is meant to challenge our understanding, such as "drink my blood and eat ...
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Why do (at least some) Messianic Jews celebrate the birth of Jesus on the 15th of Tishri?

In an (attempted) answer to the question of Why is Christmas on December 25th? from the perspective of Messianic Judaism, it was stated that Messianic Jews believe that Jesus (Yehu’shua HaMashiach) ...
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What is the Biblical basis for saying that we won't have a second chance to be saved after we die?

A commonly held belief is that people need to accept Jesus as Lord during their lifetime on Earth and failing to do so will result in the individual's damnation. Is there any support for this "last ...
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Is the Creation story metaphor or not, according to the Catholic Church? [on hold]

Was the story of Creation of Adam and Eve written by Moses supposed to be taken literally or figuratively? What is the Catholic perspective?
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How is alleged redaction in Isaiah 45:20 dealt with among Christian commentators? [on hold]

There is a Jewish prayer that contains a sentence: ...For they worship vanity and emptiness and pray to a god who cannot save. In the middle ages the story goes that an ex-Jew told the church ...
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Why is Christmas on December 25th?

Why was December 25th chosen as the day to celebrate Jesus' birth?
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What is masturbation, according to the Catholic Catechism?

By masturbation is to be understood the deliberate stimulation of the genital organs in order to derive sexual pleasure. CCC 2352 So does this mean I need to buy extra gold bond medicated powder ...
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Gender of Yahweh in Ancient times [on hold]

Why does the Kuntillet Ajrud depiction show Yahweh with male reproductive organs? I thought God was the spiritual father of Jesus hence calling Him God the father. The apparent gender identification ...
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Do Michael and Gabriel have resurrected bodies?

According to Mormon doctrine, when Christ was resurrected, so were many of the saints that had died: "And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of ...
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Pure Non-Believers [on hold]

Now, here is a topic I've never quite agreed with. And I know quite a few people are with and against me on this. I found that in the old testament God was doing quite a bit of killing when it came to ...
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Human to Angel Conversion [on hold]

I am new to this website and honestly not well versed in Christianity as a whole. I just started studying it as a matter of fact and have only made it up to Judges. I was always interested in things ...
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What is the historical significance of Shiloh in the Bible?

Shiloh is mentioned several times in the Old Testament. I believe it is mentioned in a prophecy in Genesis 49:10. The allotment of land for Israel was decided there. It's mentioned a few times in ...
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Why does the Battle Hymn of the Republic say Jesus was born “in the beauty of the lillies”?

A seldom-quoted stanza of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" says "In the beauty of the lillies Christ was born across the sea, with a beauty in his bosom that transfigures you and me. As he died to ...
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How do Calvinists interpret “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path” and “He shall direct your paths”?

Do Calvinists interpret the following verses to support predestination? - “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path” (Psa 119:105) - “In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall ...
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Why does John identify Satan as the Serpent?

Is there any reasoning behind why John seems to identify Satan with the Serpent that temped Eve into consuming the fruit?
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What is the basis for the LDS belief that religious truth is confirmed by what you feel?

LDS Elder M. Russell Ballard in a Youtube video said that Religious truth is always confirmed by what you feel. And that's the way heavenly father answers prayers. What does it mean that ...
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Did Jesus wear tefillin?

Tefillin1 are boxes containing Torah verses, worn by Jews on the head and the upper arm, in accordance with instructions in Exodus 13:9, 13:16, and Deuteronomy 6:8, 11:18. There is a great deal of ...
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When seeking the meaning of inspired scripture, what senses of Scripture can one arrive at according to the Catholic Church?

When one has followed the Catholic Church's rules for interpreting the Bible1 seeking the meaning of inspired scripture, what senses of Scripture - clearly one sense is the literal one - can one ...
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According to scholarly commentary, Bible experts, what is the explained symbolism associated with the Rider on the White Horse in Rev 19:11-16?

In the Navarre Bible New Testament Compact Edition's explanatory note to Rev 5:6 agreeing with (RSVCE)'s note has The seven horns and seven eyes symbolize Christ's full power and knowledge. ...
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Do Catholics believe that God is actively “fighting” Satan?

Do Catholics believe that God is actively "fighting" Satan? Or do they believe that Satan is a "tempter" who only tries to corrupt humans? I vaguely recall stories from the Old Testament when God ...
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Did the Bull, Unam Sanctam, authorize/promote Christian aggression by the “temporal sword”?

Pope Boniface VIII promulgated the Papal bull entitled, Unam Sanctam. In it, he speaks of two swords: the spiritual sword (gladius spiritualis) and the temporal sword (gladius temporalis). We are ...
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Is this age the only opportunity for salvation? [duplicate]

The majority of mainstream Protestant churches in the U.S. proclaim this age is the only opportunity for salvation. There's a prominent minority, mostly non-denominational, that claim the period ...
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Where did the idiom “asking Jesus into your heart” come from?

Where did the idea of "asking Jesus into your heart" come from? That figure of speech is not explicitly from the bible or probably even early church history. Can anyone find its first use and maybe ...
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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 Catholics believe that Jesus' time in the wilderness was meant as an allegory?

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of ...
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Was Jesus' time in the wilderness the only time that He encountered Satan on Earth?

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of ...
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In the Catholic Church's calender, what are Solemnities, Feasts, and Memorials?

In researching for this question: Anne and Joachim are the parents of Mary - is this a Catholic dogma? | @H3br3wHamm3r81, I came across Each year the Church venerates the memory of Saints Anne ...
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Why did God tell Moses to make a bronze serpent on a stick?

Numbers 21:4-9, to heal the Hebrews' snake bites, Moses makes a bronze serpent on a stick, as per God's instructions. They don't worship it, but they are to look at it in order to live. Isn't this ...
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Is there any evidence to support a preference for second-career pastors coming disproportionately from IT?

Anecdotally, I know a lot of bi-vocational and second-career pastors who came from IT. At seminary, I saw a lot of them, and 2 of the 4 pastors at my current church have this background. I remember ...
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Why is there not a single date in the Bible?

The question popped into my head while I was thinking about the Jews, their exodus, and the founding of Jerusalem. I wondered why they didn't even write down the year they formed their city? But why ...
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How could Jesus be born during the reign of Herod, and when Quirinius was governor of Syria, if those periods were not contemporary?

In Matthew 2, it makes it clear that Jesus was conceived during the reign of Herod and was a young child when Herod died. After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in ...
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Anne and Joachim are the parents of Mary - is this a Catholic dogma?

Apparently the Catholic Church has recognized Joachim and Anne as saints, and it is said that they are the father and mother of the virgin Mary. Is the belief that Joachim and Anne are the parents of ...
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Why does transubstantiation refer only to communion?

Why does the doctrine of transubstantiation consider Jesus’ words regarding the bread and wine of communion to be literal while considering these other similes used by Jesus to be metaphorical? ...
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Does Spiritual blindness mean not knowing Gods Word? [migrated]

What does this verse mean? Jesus said, "If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains." (John 9:41) Does it imply that spiritual ...
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What is the case in favour of adelphopoiesis as a relationship akin to marriage?

I've seen a few things lampooning John Boswell's interpretation of adelphopoiesis as a quasi civil union between men. However, I've not seen much on his side other than it being used by Christian gay ...
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Peter's response in Acts 2:16-23 [migrated]

Our Sunday school class is working through Acts, and I want to examine what Peter says in Acts 2:16-36 in more depth using Romans 11:11-12 and a dual purpose of Jesus Christ's 3 and a half year ...
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Is there any evidence that Paul was a descendant of Jonathan?

Paul being a descendant of Jonathan would have some appeal from a devotional perspective since Jesus' more direct saving of Paul could be viewed as fulfilling the covenant of friendship between David ...
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Sisters giving the concluding talk in a sacrament meeting, where did my source go?

Broad context: I have seen at least one question on this site asking about the customs in LDS meetings regarding women, and this question sometimes comes up offline as well. I think I remember, not ...

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