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Which churches today send the most missionaries?

Was the early church a missionary church? Matthew 28:19-20 leads me to believe it was: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of ...
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Is it ok to pray in public?

Matthew 6:6 (NIV) says: But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Does this ...
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What would you do if someone wanted to be baptized because they were thinking of killing themselves, and were afraid of going to hell? [on hold]

Suppose you were a pastor, and an atheist showed up at your church wanting to be baptized. The person says "I want to join because I'm thinking of killing myself, and I'm afraid I'll go to hell if ...
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Can a Catholic married to an Orthodox in an Orthodox church re-celebrate her wedding in a Catholic church?

My Catholic daughter will marry an Orthodox boy in an Orthodox church in Macedonia. After this ceremony we will go to Slovakia to continue the celebration. Can we celebrate a Mass in a Catholic church ...
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Refutations of, or Thoughts on How Jesus Became God (Bart D. Ehrman)

Are there any published, written or recorded (audio or video) responses to the claims Bart D Ehrman makes in How Jesus Became God? I'm currently reading this and Misquoting Jesus as part of an ...
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How do Methodists understand the Apostle's Creed?

In Methodist churches, I usually see the following: I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of ...
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What Biblical evidence/evidence did CS Lewis base his idea of sehnsucht/Joy on?

That is, that we sense that there is some ineffable object to our desires and that this proves that there is something beyond this World and life (for it makes the enjoyment of those goods pale in ...
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Eastern Orthodoxy, The Trinity & Theology of the Body

I have read most of Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body and studied some of the ideas behind it and have felt it was something that was doctrinally accessible to non-Catholic branches of ...
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Interpreting Acts 2:38 together with John 1:12

Acts 2:38, "Peter said to them, 'Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins ; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'" John ...
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Origin of the Bible [on hold]

I went to a catholic school, La Salle Academy. During our christian living class, I asked a Brother about the origin of the bible. According to him, the bible has different authors that were given a ...
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Is there any account of a religious marriage ceremony in the scripture?

I was studying the Puritans recently, and discovered something interesting about William Bradford. According to Wikipedia, he married his wife in a civil ceremony, because "the Separatists could find ...
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Do God's promise come true, His word by His word?

Do all God's promise come true, His word by His word? I do understand that human misinterpretation of God's promise can sometimes make things seem like God is not keeping up with his promise, but for ...
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What Christian denominations do not require belief in mainstream Christian core doctrines?

I grew up in a non-denominational church and was heavily involved until a few years ago. Some of my personal beliefs don't agree with the commonly accepted "core doctrines" of Christianity (which is ...
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How does current Church of England polity compare with Richard Hooker's teaching?

Richard Hooker's Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity (1593) is a foundational document for the theology and ecclesiology of the Church of England. In it, he defends (among other things) the Anglican ...
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Does Orthodox theology emphasize “redemptive suffering” as much as Catholicism does?

Growing up Catholic I've been taught that "my suffering completes what is lacking" in Christ's sacrifice. Any time that I encounter suffering I should "offer it up." St. Bernadette, Francis of Assisi, ...
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The Dead Sea Scrolls and Protestant canon

Has the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls had any effect on which Old Testament books should be considered canonical by Protestants? I didn't know this until yesterday, but the dead sea scrolls ...
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According to the gospel of John, on which day of the week was Jesus crucified?

John 19:14-16: "Now it was the day of preparation for the Passover; it was about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, “Behold, your King!” So they cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him, ...
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Orthodox Resources on Typology?

I’m looking for some Orthodox resources (books) on typology. There are lots of resources on this topic in the Protestant space (or from the non-confessional academic space), but I have a difficult ...
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Does the Bible ever say that the Ark of the Covenant flew or levitated?

I've heard several references in History and Discovery channel type TV programs that say that the Bible talks about the Ark of the Covenant miraculously flying. Not to mention there was a line about ...
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Where did the belief that Saul fell from a horse come from?

Many people (especially Catholics; I don't know about others, but some say that protestants usually don't believe this) think that Saul/Paul fell from a horse at the moment of his conversion, perhaps ...
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Nakedness in the Bible [on hold]

When Adam and Eve first eat the forbidden fruit, they put clothes on to hide their nakedness, indicating man was meant to be naked. However, angels show up in the Bible "dressed in white garments". ...
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New Perspective on Paul?

What is the New Perspective on Paul? It's promoted by numerous New Testament scholars such as N.T Wright, James D. G. Dunn and E.P Sanders. I have read a lot of their articles and books on it. I ...
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Does any church follow the Apostolic Tradition of Baptism ‘in the nude’, or was that never the tradition?

The Apostolic Tradition was the work of Hippolytus, written somewhere between 215 and 400 AD. Recent scholars seem to take the later date (source). The whole writing can be found here: Apostolic ...
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Relationship between God's power and God's will

In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, it states that "In God, His will, power, essense, and wisdom are all identical". Does this statement mean that for everything that God can't do, God doesn't ...
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How does Mark's Gospel mark the final hours in the life of Jesus

Mark's Gospel makes frequent use of chiastic and parallel structures, and there appears to be an important structure in chapters 14 and 15, marking off time intervals in the 24 hours from the Last ...
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What does title of “Bishop” mean in some African-American churches?

I'm familiar with what "bishop" typically means in mainline, churches. It specifically points to an overseer of several other pastors and/or their congregations. Some African-American Christian ...
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Receiving the Holy spirit but I am sure I truly love God [on hold]

Yesterday,we had a meeting with a preacher , we were all touched by God and she prayed for me 3 times and after that I received the holy spirit, i felt it strongly.Why do I feel like I am so dry yet ...
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How could the belief in trinity be sustained in Christianity? [on hold]

Sorry for this very basic question, but I do not fully comprehend how human can be polytheists, i.e. believe in multiple Gods. And I do not count Christians to polytheists, at least not absolutely ...
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According to Roman Catholic doctrine, why does Mary refer to God as her Savior if she was born without sin?

In the Magnificat, Mary refers to God as her Savior. According to Roman Catholic doctrine, Mary was born sinless and remained sinless throughout her life. So, why does Mary refer to God as her ...
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Are the services in the Orthodox churches regulated by canon?

I just learned that some non-denominational churches in the USA have multiple services each Sunday. They appear to offer the same content, just having different times so they can accommodate a larger ...
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Did Jesus mean that Heaven and Earth would actually pass away in Matthew 24:25?

In the following verse Jesus says that: Matthew 24:35, KJV "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away." How can Heaven pass away since it is the abode of God? Is there ...
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Are the trumpets of the angels in Revelations 8:6 actual trumpets or is this a metaphor? [on hold]

What I mean by metaphor is that John may have thought the trumpets to have been trumpets at the time he was shown these things because he was seeing the future. Could trumpets be a metaphor for ...
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Why are wives considered the “weaker partner”? (1 Peter 3:7)

In 1 Peter, we read: 1 Peter 3:7 (NIV) Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the ...
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1answer
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Is the 'quality of life' in hell not the same for everyone?

According to Matthew 10:15 it will be better for the land of Sodom and Gommorah than for a city that would reject the disciples being sent out by Jesus: Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable ...
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Living on the communion [on hold]

Can some one draw energy from God? Why did God say Man shall not live by bread alone. Was he trying to say something? Jesus also mentions "I have food that you don't know of..." Also about the ...
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Satan talking to God freely? [on hold]

In the book of Job, it has been stated many times that Satan questioned (in His presence) the righteousness of God's servant Job and challenge Him to put Job into test. Does this implies that Satan ...
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In the Lord's Prayer, to what does “daily bread” refer?

I am taught that in the Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) all petitions concern matters of our souls upon which we should meditate, except the fourth, "Give us today our daily bread" which petitions for ...
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What is significant about the title of “Son of David” that was attributed to Jesus?

The Book of Matthew begins by identifying Jesus with the title of "Son of David": The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Matthew 1:1 NAS At one ...
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What is the significance of water from Jesus' side?

John 19:34 "one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water." I know this is supposed to be something great as in the next verse the apostle ...
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What are full-time protestant proselyting missions like?

I'm a Mormon, and everyone knows Mormons are famous for missionary work, as pretty much every faithful young man will serve a 2 year full-time mission right out of high school, and many women will ...
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Did Jesus know from the outset that He was the Son of God or did Mary tell Him?

A Catholic friend of mine asked me this question, and I mentioned this passage: 41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. 42 When Jesus was twelve years old, they ...
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Orthodox Priest Assignment

Here is a thread answering how Catholic Priests get assigned to parishes. How is this done for Orthodox Priests? What is that process and does a newly ordained priest have any say over his ...
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Where does it say that Cain took a sister with him to the Land of Exile? [on hold]

Where in the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures does it say that Cain took a sister with him to the Land of Exile?
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On Method in Catholic Moral Theology

My question is: what is a method (step-by-step recipe) in catholic moral theology? Optatam totius 16 provides the following guidelines for the dogmatic theology: Biblical topics Patristic ...
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1answer
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What influence does pietism have on modern-day Lutheranisms?

This topic is an expansion of a question on the English Stack Exchange. What influence does pietism have on modern-day Lutheranisms? Although I am aware that pietism has contributed positively ...
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What is the specific meaning of “day” in Genesis 1?

In the Creation account in Genesis 1 (and 2), God's work of Creation is famously split into 7 "days". For example, the first "day" occurs in verse 5: Genesis 1:5 (NLT) God called the light "day" ...
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Are wives still called to be a “help meet” for their husbands? [on hold]

Genesis 2:18(KJV) And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. Within the broader Christian tradition, are wives still called ...
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Psychic medium sin [on hold]

My question is why is it that going to a medium who gives closure and healing be a sin? The bible says that we were all born with gifts, if they are using their gifts to help people find closure and ...
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31 views

Why do we thank others for praying for us? [on hold]

It's not as if more people praying increases the probability that God will say yes. Should we not thank God for doing the answering instead?
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In Christ's time, who possessed the written word?

2000 years ago, written works were extremely valuable. It's not like every Jewish family had their own "family scroll" that they read to their children every night. It's doubtful even that every Rabbi ...

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