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Are there any scholars or doctrinal schools that address the conspicuous dearth of needy people in Jesus' sayings and stories?

I'm doing a research project that has involved a lot of different types of survey of the Gospels. Having noticed a surprising number of rich people in Jesus' sayings, I surveyed for verses with ...
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Is Jehovah Jesus Christ?

I have heard people state that the LDS doctrine that Jesus Christ is Jehovah is incorrect. I have been studying the titles of Jehovah in Isaiah 40-48 and I have found that they are similar and in many ...
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Is there any biblical doctrine on how to avoid paranoia as a Christian under an Protestant framework?

It seems clear to most who have read the Bible that it portrays Christians as a minority among a wicked world empire that desires nothing less than the extinction of Christ in his church. Jesus said ...
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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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According to the bible is prayer a sufficient way to recognize truth?

I have talked to many people who question my theology behind prayer as a way to recognize truth. A common argument is that people may get differing answers. Is there anything in the Bible that states ...
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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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In Isaiah chapters 40-48 titles of God

In Isaiah chapters 40-48 there are several different titles for God, for example Creator, Redeemer, Savior, The First and the Last, King of Israel. After considering these titles I came to the ...
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Moses - did he kill thousands?

Someone said that Moses was a mass murderer having killed thousands of of his own people out of anger and frustration. Where in the Bible does it state this, if anywhere?
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How do Anglicans and Lutherans who accept apostolic succession trace theirs?

It appears Anglicans and some Lutherans claim apostolic succession. How do they trace their apostolic succession?
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Was there enough water in the world to cover the earth?

Some people say that the story of Noah and flood is false, because there simply wasn't enough water in the world to cover the entire earth in a flood. As it is written: And the waters became ...
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What does inherit the earth mean in Matthew 5:5

I had a discussion with some friends last night about the meaning of the phrase "the meek will inherit the earth" in Matthew. Matthew 5:5. NIV Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit ...
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Who is/ are the Magisterium of the CC and what power do they have?

Does the Magisterium of the Catholic Church hold equal power with the Pope in decision and statement making? Are they the CC's 'think-tank'? Do they advise the Pope on matters spiritual, or does the ...
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Is there a commandment to love your parents?

In Exodus 20:12 or Deuteronomy 5:16 (i.e. in the ten commandments), it states that you should honour your father and mother. I have often heard that we are commanded to love our parents: is this just ...
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Do the angels in Ezekiel 1:10 represent the 4 aspects of creation according to evangelicals?

Ezekiel 1:10 tells of the heavenly creatures with the faces of humans, eagles, lions, and oxen: As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on ...
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Were the Jews expecting the Messiah to suffer at all?

When Jesus spoke about his future suffering it did not seem to register properly. For example: (Matthew 16:22) Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall ...
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Does Jesus have a last name?

I heard "Christ" isn't the last name He got from His parents. Is that true? Does He have a last name? If He does not have a last name, then how does that work? If that wasn't His last name, and there ...
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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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What does Israel being God's chosen people actually infer?

The Bible has a lot about the people of Israel being God’s chosen people. For Example: Deuteronomy 7:6-8. My question is does it refer to something other than that he blessed them above other Nations? ...
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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 the case against Gore Vidal's view that St. Paul “invented Christianity”?

I was watching Gore Vidal being interviewed for CSpan's In Depth series and his book Live from Golgotha was being discussed. He claims that St. Paul "invented" Christianity. That Jesus came for the ...
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Who was the last valid pope according to the founders of various Protestant sects? [on hold]

Who was the last valid pope according to the various founders of Protestant sects (e.g., Luther, Calvin, et al.)?
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What does 'first estate' mean in Jude 1:6 (KJV)?

Jude 1:6 (emphasis mine): And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. ...
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What is the Protestant doctrine of salvation? [on hold]

Explain what the Protestant doctrine of salvation is?
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The Israelites walked in health with wealth after God delivered them, prove w/Bible text, whether our New Covenant has or has not similar provision? [on hold]

Because we were given a picture of the Israelites being delivered by God and then walking together in wealth and health, what message might this have for our New Covenant walk in Christ, because the ...
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Genesis 28:18 Where Did Jacob Get the Oil?

Genesis 28:18 New International Version (NIV) 18 Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. Do you have ...
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What is the Biblical definition of Marriage? [on hold]

The word marriage is used 19 times in the Bible, but even after much research I have been unable to determine exactly God's definition of marriage. Can someone direct me to any Scriptures which will ...
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According to Catholicism, does the eighth commandment (Do not bear false witness) obligate us to always tell the truth?

According to Catholic Teaching, does the eighth commandment You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. obligate us to always tell the truth? Are times when we are under no ...
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What does “therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves” mean?

In Matthew 10:16 we read, I am sending you out like sheep among wolves.Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. What does "be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves ...
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Why is death a vital piece of God's plan in LDS theology?

2 Nephi 9:6: For as death hath passed upon all men, to fulfil the merciful plan of the great Creator, there must needs be a power of resurrection, and the resurrection must needs come unto man by ...
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How do we know Mary was a virgin at the time of Jesus' conception?

Luke 1:26-26: 26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of ...
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Yhwh: Exodus 3, 14. «I am that I am» and relationship to Metaphysics as Ontology?

The passage of Exodus 3:14, where God presents Himself as «I am that I am», is it historically previous to Parmenides, the greek philosopher? I'm reading a manual on metaphysics as the ontology, and ...
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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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How might one categorize all of the books of the New Testament by theme?

I've recently been researching the various ways the New Testament has been categorized by scholars. The obvious example is a grouping based on genre, with categories such as biography, historical, ...
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Why are Jesus' sayings about the poor concentrated in Luke?

I've been researching Jesus' thoughts on poverty and the needy, and I've noticed that Luke's Jesus makes many more pronouncements concerning the poor than the others. What, if anything, do scholars ...
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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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Where in the Bible does it say that God doesn't have forms?

In Genesis, God walks on the garden of Eden. Israelites saw a sapphire throne below God's feet. Ezekiel saw a throne and someone sitting on it. So is John in revelation. In Mamre, Abraham saw 3 guys, ...
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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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Will God destroy the earth again?

A friend of mine once said that, "God said he would never destroy the earth again." I assume she was referencing the time of Noah's Ark, where the Great Flood wiped out the entire world. I was ...
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Matthew 26:24, is God Omnibenevolent?

I'm really interested about Matthew 26:24 in which Jesus said that The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for ...
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Can a child presented by a same sex couple be validly baptized in the Catholic Church?

In Instrumentum Laboris 2014, the working document for the October 2014 Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome, #120 The Transmission of the Faith to Children in Same Sex ...
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Why did God deliver his message through Jesus instead of a flesh-and-blood prophet? [on hold]

Many prophets are mentiond in the old testament, and they are all flesh-and-blood (btw, Muhammad is also flesh and blood). So why did God deliver his message through Jesus (God's "manifestation"), ...
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What was inside the Ark of the Covenant?

1 Kings 8:9 (NIV) There was nothing in the ark except the two stone tablets that Moses had placed in it at Horeb, where the Lord made a covenant with the Israelites after they came out of ...
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How is it consistent to refer to Jesus as a god, as son of god, as a messiah and as a prophet altogether? [on hold]

Many refer to the quote "me and god are one". Jesus is also the son of god, and also referred to as a messiah, and a prophet. What makes it consistent to refer to Jesus as god, half-god and ...
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Were the medieval popes examined on a toilet-lid-like chair to establish their masculinity?

Is one of the consequences of the Pope Joan story, whether it was true or false, the use of a marble chair with a large, toilet-like hole in its seat? As the picture above shows, it seems that that ...
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Comparing Leslie Weatherhead's views on the 'Will of God' and current Baptist Union of Great Britain thought on the same subject

I am reading Leslie Weatherhead's collection of sermons on 'The Will of God' from a book of the same title (ISBN: 9 780687 074822 published by Abingdon Press). He looks at God's will in three ways ...
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Why did the KKK “light” aka burn crosses?

So, the KKK claimed itself to be a "Christian" organization, originally based on a lot of anti-Catholic and obviously anti-Black sentiment. Famously, one of their intimidation techniques was to burn ...
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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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Clarification on the Greek pronoun allos [on hold]

Calling all Greek experts! I'm particularly curious about the pronoun allos. I'm not educated enough in the nuances of Greek grammar to be able to accurately come up with an answer so I'd like to get ...
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Does the Pope teach infallibly ONLY when he speaks ex cathedra?

The Vatican Council (opened on 8 December, 1869) defined as "a divinely revealed dogma" that "the Roman Pontiff, when he speaks ex cathedra — that is, when in the exercise of his office as pastor and ...
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If flesh & blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor. 15:50), how did the Lord Jesus show His “hands and feet” after the resurrection? Luke 24:39

Greetings Brother and Sister in Christ, As blood and flesh can't inherit the King of God, how Lord Jesus could be resurrected with same blood and flesh , I mean He showed his hands and feet to ...

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