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What does Jesus mean by saying, “Why do you call me good?”

Luke 18:19 (NKJV) 19 So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. Luke 18:19 (KJV) 19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is ...
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Are Angels more accessible than Jesus?

Why would one choose to pray to an Angel or a Guardian Angel over Jesus at times? Some people notice that their prayers are answered on some occasions more readily from an Angel or Guardian Angel. ...
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Understanding grace

Grace is the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings Medjugorje, Message 25 June 2014 Dear children! The Most High is giving ...
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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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What is the Catholic Church's official position on the Spanish Inquisition?

The Spanish Inquisition seems to have had plenty of support from the Vatican at the time, but what is the present Vatican's view? Has the Inquisition been repudiated the church?
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What makes a confession sacramental?

In the Catholic tradition, confession to a priest is treated with special protection as a sacred rite. The priest is charged with maintaining the confidential nature of the confession, something they ...
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Did Satan really not understand God's salvation plan?

I've always been told that when Jesus died on the cross, he ultimately defeated Satan and won victory over death. Satan was not aware of the secret plan and thought that he had defeated Jesus until ...
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Why did God need to plant the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the garden of Eden in the first place?

Why did God need to plant the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the garden of Eden in the first place? I mean Mormons say that God was in fact having a hidden desire for Adam and Eve to disobey ...
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Should I let the Christian school team win? [on hold]

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 didn't God reveal all the answers to life?

Is there scripture that supports why all these questions have not been revealed to us? As a Christian, I do not ponder on unanswered questions, however I would have to believe, somewhere within the ...
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Did medieval European monasticism provide a release from certain societal pressures?

I seem to recall a science fiction/fantasy author (possibly Marion Zimmer Bradley in the context of her Darkover series) stating that monasticism provided a means of relieving social pressures by ...
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39 Articles of Religion: Article XVII (17)

The article on Predestination asserts that for the non-elect having the sentence of predestination before their eyes causes them to sin more and more. So, why did the framers of this confession ...
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Which denominations teach of a resurrection on Earth?

To my knowledge, only Jehovah's Witnesses speak of a physical resurrection on the earth, whereas others speak of strictly a heavenly one. Are there any other denominations that teach of a physical ...
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Strongest evidence for the historicity of theologically-important elements of the gospel narrative? [on hold]

What evidence (archaeological, manuscript or otherwise) provides the strongest evidence for the historicity of theologically-important elements of the gospel narrative?
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What happens to one's sins if the priest omits the words of the Absolution?

Say a penitent, in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, confesses his sins with heartfelt sorrow. Now suppose that priest omits deliberately to use the words of the formula (please see below especially ...
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Was Jesus omniscient regarding earthly matters?

There are several questions regarding the omniscience of Jesus, but they mostly concern the Final Judgement, etc., not earthly concerns or human knowledge. This question boils down basically to two ...
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Why are the wicked resurrected only to be destroyed and sent to the Lake of Fire?

In Revelation 20 the resurrection of the wicked is detailed. They are then judged and thrown in the lake of fire. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. ...
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Homosexual marriages in the Catholic church

Based on Romans 13:1-2, if marriages between same sex partners are legal (in the state / country), would the church perform the rites/ritual? Furthermore, on what grounds could they NOT perform the ...
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Should protestants not make the sign of the Cross?

I'm not a Catholic, but I've been aware since I was little that Catholics will "Cross" themselves. Early on I felt like I shouldn't copy it as it always had been portrayed in tv/film as something ...
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What is the biblical basis for considering gender to be purely physical/biological?

In my other question, I asked what the biblical basis was for considering gender to not be merely physical, but also present in a person's soul and/or spirit. However, there are some who believe that ...
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I'm told my child needs to see a shrink, because she has demons inside her. please read my story and see if anyone can help! [on hold]

I have a child from a previous relationship, before marrying into my husband's family. I thought I had hit the gold of a family. My father-in-law is a pastor, mother-in-law is very sweet and ...
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In Romans 7 is Paul talking about before or after he was saved?

In Romans 7:15 Paul said "For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I." and in Romans 7:11 Paul said "For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, ...
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What are the main differences between 7th Day Adventists and Catholic/Protestant churches?

What are the main differences between 7th Day Adventists and Catholic/Protestant churches?
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Where did Aaron die?

At the Lord’s command Aaron the priest went up Mount Hor, where he died on the first day of the fifth month of the fortieth year after the Israelites came out of Egypt. (Numbers 33:38, NIV) ...
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Why doesn't 1 Timothy 5:21 indicate that angels are part of the Godhead?

I was doing a little historical reading, and I read a little John Biddle (an English Unitarian). He makes the argument that the phrase "in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" ...
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What was the Original Purpose of Fasting from “Wine” and “Olive Oil” in the Orthodox Tradition?

The Orthodox are required to fast from "wine" and "olive oil" most Wednesdays and Fridays, for Lent, the Dormition of the Theotokos, the Nativity, and other fasts. Nearly all Orthodox define "wine" ...
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Does the Bible say anything about what demons *are*?

I've thought all my life that demons (and evil spirits) were fallen angels, but I recently encountered the viewpoint that these demons are actually the souls of men who have already died but wouldn't ...
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How many are there of God's angels?

According to Revelation 5:11, there are many: 11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the ...
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What is “New Creation” according to Catholicism?

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. I don't know if this subject has importance in ...
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is there scriptural evidence for or against Satan “taking hold” of our minds or implanting/whispering thoughts?

Just looking for some solid theology here. There is a premise that I have seen repeated over and over in Christian circles and it typically revolves around the paradigm that Satan and demons have ...
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Anglicanism vs Catholicism [on hold]

I know the differences are about faith alone (anglicanism) or faith + good works (catholicism) bible only (anglicanism) or bible + papal teachings (catholicism) the pope is just a bishop ...
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If Christianity doesn't abide to old testament rules then why bother with it at all? [on hold]

Christians have no idea what Sabbath means, what swine means, or what women should not teach a man what to do means. If Christians just ignore these things, why don't they just remove the old ...
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What's the point of a long, descriptive prayer?

Disclaimer: no, I'm not a Christian. I have quite a few Christian friends and some of my cousins are Christians. I went to Catholic school for my elementary, junior high and senior high school (the ...
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LDS Free Agency viewpoint

I have a question concerning free agency. Mormons believe that men are free to choose but how is it that there are prophets that can see what will happen? So they know what people will do? Like Jesus ...
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Jesus's genealogy: 28 generations or 41 since David?

These questions keep me wondering: Firstly, how is it possible that Matthew and Luke came up with completely different genealogies of Jesus's ancestors, if they are both following the masculine line? ...
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What did the 70 parts of Adams body represent?

I have heard that In a non-canonical text an Angel, I believe Michael told either Seth or Eve that Adams body was constructed in 70 parts and that all had a special significance. But after googling ...
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Witnessing toJehovah witnesses [on hold]

How do I witness to my Jehovah witness wife. No matter what bible verse I point out to her, she reverts back to her teaching.
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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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Did God replace Lucifer after the rebellion in Heaven? [on hold]

I suppose this depends on whether or not you believe that the War in Heaven is yet to come or not. Assuming it is a past event: Did God replace Lucifer with Michael? If so was a third Arch Angel ...
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Is the Holy Watcher of Daniel 4:23 of a Similar Class to those Found in Scroll of Enoch?

Daniel makes mention of a holy watcher, which is an interesting distinction from the usual references to angels. Is this of a similar class to the watchers found in the scroll of Enoch? Or is this ...
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Athanasian Creed article 6, meaning of “the glory equal”

In the Athanasian Creed, article 6, we read: But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit is all one, the glory equal, the majesty coeternal. Does the wording of this ...
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What is the “abomination of desolation”?

"'Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand)'" (Matthew 24:15, NASB) I don't ...
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The Bible seems to allow polygamy. Why doesn't the church?

In Exodus 21:10 and Deuteronomy 21:15-16 (among many other passages), it talks about polygamy as if it were acceptable. Indeed, there are several holy men (Abraham and Solomon come to mind offhand) ...
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What is the definition of being offensive according to bibile.?

It is written that pray for them, who hates you, and be good to everyone out there. so if someone is hurting me or Something unfair happening to me... should I reply back. or just be in myself. If I ...
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Difference between Eutychianism and Monophysitism

I was reading about some Catholic Christological heresies. Then I came across Monophysitisism and Eutychianism. Both discuss the divine and human nature of Christ. They both theorize that Christ had ...
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Orthodox teaching about touching Jesus' body

I was reading answers to a question about Thomas touching Jesus. An answer came from an Orthodox person which said that Thomas was granted special permission to touch his body/wound. That person ...
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1answer
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How do Protestants harmonize the creeds and confessions on anthropomorphism?

In the 39 Articles of the Anglican/Episcopalian church, the first article says: I. Of Faith in the Holy Trinity. There is but one living and true God, everlasting, without body, parts, or ...
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1answer
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Did the early church believe there were TWO types of descendant from the Nephalim? [on hold]

The Bible quotes from earlier Books like the Book of Adam & Eve, Book of Seth, Book of Jashur etc; Rabboni Yeshua (Our Lord) read these books too and taught them to the early church without ...
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Meaning of end of chapter 3 of the 2nd Helvetic Confession

What is the meaning of the last paragraph of Chapter 3 of the Second Helvetic Confession(?): HERESIES. Therefore we condemn the Jews and Mohammedans, and all those who blaspheme that sacred and ...
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Why is the second set of ten commandments different?

The first stone tablets with the ten commandments were smashed by Moses, so God created a second set of stone tablets that were supposed to contain the same commandments as the smashed tablets. But ...

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