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At what time of day was Jesus crucified?

Mark 15:25, 18 KJV And it was the third hour, and they crucified him. and And began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews! John 19:14-16 KJV And it was the preparation of the passover, ...
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Catholic Marriage to an Infertile spouse

As I understand it, the Catholic Church teaches that there are 3 purposes to a marriage: (According to http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=5822) Procreation and education ...
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Is an adulterous priest still a priest?

If a long-married priest is divorced on grounds of adultery, and in fact had been having affairs throughout the marriage, can he still be allowed to minister as a priest?
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What word did Jesus use for God in Aramaic?

What is the word and pronunciation for God in Aramaic? I saw 'AaLaH' is the pronunciation for God from this link - http://www.peshitta.org/lexicon/. Did Jesus uses the word 'AaLaH' for God during ...
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What do Jehovah's Witnesses believe about the nature of God?

What do Jehovah's Witnesses believe about the nature of God and, specifically, Jesus? A common Christian belief is that God is One in Three co-equal, co-eternal Persons--the Father, the Son, and the ...
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Is there divine retribution for those labeling others “Apostates” wrongly?

There is a Christian religion which claims to have progressive and uninspired understanding, yet demands to be followed as though it were inspired. Many have had to bear the very hurtful mark ...
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What did Pilate mean by asking “What is Truth?”

When Jesus is brought before Pilate, Pilate wants to know if Jesus is a King. When Jesus admits as such, Pilate asks, "What is truth?" Does Pilate actually believe Jesus, or is he simply being ...
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What does it mean “my God my God why have you forsaken me”?

What is the correlation between these two scripture? Why Jesus felt forsaken if he knew what was going on? Why was it mentioned in Old Testament as well as New Testament(in two places)? Psalm ...
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Was Jesus present at the beginning of time.? Or when did the Trinity come into being?

Was Jesus present at the beginning of time? Is there any indication in the Bible about when the Trinity came into being? Or, put another way, whether Jesus existed at the beginning? Did the trinity ...
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Why did Jesus keep some in the dark by using parables?

I once heard someone say that parables are the best way to teach, because Jesus used them.  Of course this makes no sense because parables are very difficult to understand unless explained. Jesus ...
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Does GOD Exists?

Please I need to make this thing sure , as i m getting sadness in life(and increasing). I never saw a God , so I am curious to know , whether something like that either exists? If exists then where ...
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Define “believe”

When the statement is made that you believe in someone, such as "I believe in Jesus", how should "believe" be defined? My assumption is that it would be defined as trusting, accepting and embracing ...
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What exactly was the original sin?

I always used to consider the original sin committed by Adam and Eve as eating the forbidden fruit from a particular tree. But recently my husband commented that Adam and Eve had sex with each other ...
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how do i know if i am hurting or helping?

In the end times there are to be people who prophesy and may be the elect whom are the only ones who are able tobe 'pushed' or urged in certain directions by the supernatural. Are there people ...
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How could God be around Satan?

One of the explanations when I was first coming to understand why Jesus' sacrifice was necessary was something along the lines of: Sin separates us from God. God can not be around sinners, so with ...
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What is the meaning in the Bible for the “Branch”?

In the Bible in Zechariah 3:8-10, 6:12-13, Isaiah 4:2-3 mention the Branch. What are they talking about?
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In which Christian group is “prosperity theology” derogatory?

What Christian denomination(s) believe(s) that "prosperity theology" is derogatory, and why? What are the justifications against prosperity theology? I know that some neo-Pentecostal churches preach ...
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Where did Goliath come from?

The popular story of David and Goliath describes Goliath as very tall ("six cubits and a span"--apparently roughly 9 feet 9 inches, or 297cm). Most children are just told he was a "giant" in Sunday ...
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How do Arminians understand the doctrine of Unlimited Atonement in a way that does not make God unjust?

The doctrine of unlimited atonement teaches that Christ died for all mankind, but only paid for the sins of those who believe in Him. If this is the case then either Jesus already knew who would ...
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Why didn't God send Jesus during Noah's time instead of The Flood?

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. - John 3:16 John 3:16 tells us that God loved us, ...
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Was the account of eating forbidden fruit a metaphor?

What is the established church's (Church of England's) view on the theology of the eating of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil as being a metaphor for the act of questioning God's ...
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How could Jesus' audience hear Jesus without audio installation?

I am wondering, today we use microphones and large sound systems to amplify someone's speaking. How did they do that 2000 years ago? Jesus spoke outside regularly before large crowds of people. I ...
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Covering of the hair for women, and beards in 1st Century Palestine

Note: This is just a historical point, it isn't judging anyone, just trying to understand things in their historical context also. In a lecture I heard that in 1st century Palestine: 1. All women ...
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What is the origin of the idea that Michael is Jesus?

I recently came across the idea of identifying the angel Michael as Jesus. I'm surprised I hadn't heard it before. Wikipedia documents it as common to Seventh Day Adventists and Jehovah's Witnesses. ...
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Why did Jesus say he came to create division?

From Luke 12: 51-53, Jesus said: Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three ...
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The deceitful spirit sent by God

1 Kings 22:19-28 19 Micaiah continued, “Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne with all the multitudes of heaven standing around him on his right and on his ...
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What does it mean to “Believe in Jesus” [on hold]

Pastors state that one must believe in Jesus in order to go to heaven. What does "believe in Jesus" mean and how do you support your answer? I've asked Christians, but they most often respond that ...
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Does God have the capacity to sin? Can God sin?

To clarify, this question is not asking for a "justification" of those times, described in the Bible, when God struck someone dead. Life is His to take. the question is also not asking strictly ...
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What is the time difference between Jesus's betrayal by Judas and his crucifixion?

How many days and hours separate the moment of betrayal to the beginning of the crucifixion?
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Isaiah 34:11 translation of animal names

In the NASB translation of Isaiah 34:11, Isaiah prophesies of Edom saying "But pelican and hedgehog will possess it, and owl and raven will dwell in it." At first I thought it odd that they mentioned ...
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Commandments about killing children [on hold]

There are a couple of verses in the Bible where God commands people to kill children who rebel (Deuteronomy 21:18) or curse their parents (Leviticus 20:9). Please imagine for a moment that you lived ...
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Questions about Lent

There are some things I've been told since I was kid that I'd like to ask about regarding fasting. I'm a Catholic Maronit. Therefore I'd like Chatholic answers. Are we allowed to eat whatever we ...
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2 Greek bishops charge Pope Francis with heresy

I just scrolled across this article posted on Facebook, and was shocked by what I read. How serious is this letter? What weight does it hold within the authority of the Orthodox Church? Are these ...
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Does Ezekiel 28 speak of Satan (as “king of Tyre”)?

Ezekiel 28 speaks of the king of Tyre. I've heard it both taught and refuted that this refers to Satan. I also just recently saw an answer making this assumption. Does the passage refer to Satan?
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What happens to non-believers or believers of other religions after death?

What happens (according to Christians) to people who specificially rejected the idea of God, the Bible and the christian teachings after they die? Is there a difference to people who believed in ...
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Did Jesus spend time in Hell between the crucifixion and resurrection?

The Apostles Creed makes reference to Jesus descending into Hell. I have heard it claimed that His time spent in Hell was part of His redemptive work--in other words, that was necessary for Him to ...
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Who is entitled to partake in the Lord's Supper/communion

1 Cor 11:27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. What does this mean, "unworthily"? (cp. 1 Cor. ...
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Does Catholic doctrine teach that the Incarnation would have taken place regardless of Adam's decision?

In Catholic doctrine, both Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition teach that Jesus Christ died specifically for the expiation of our sins. Historical Christianity professes that God became a man by way ...
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History of Christian Prayer

I am interested in learning the history of Christian prayer. There are denominations in which people always stand up, take off their hats if they are men, and become silent, humble and serious as a ...
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What does light mean to a Catholic? and how does it expose the deeds of darkness?

What is light? and how does it expose the deeds of darkness? John 3:20-21 NKJV For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But ...
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If God wants everyone to repent, why God didn't do such miracles in Tyre and Sidon?

Matthew 11:21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! If the miracles done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. If so and ...
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What scientific arguments are there to support Young Earth Creationism?

Young Earth Creationists believe that the Bible teaches them about a very young earth. What scientific arguments are there to support Young Earth Creationism?
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Is religious pluralism viable in Christianity?

Take Christianity and Islam, for example. A good answer to this question states "Abraham was saved through faith and love, just as we are today." Heb 11:6 NIV And without faith it is impossible ...
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How much were the 30 pieces of silver (Judas's payment) worth?

We often see ancient sums of money approximately described in terms of some modern currency. How much were the 30 pieces of silver which Judas received as payment for his betrayal worth, expressed in ...
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How do Arminians handle the case of Judas?

Unless I'm mis-reading this passage in John, it seems like Judas was predestined to be lost. John 17:12 (KJV) 12  While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that ...
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What is the origin of the Good Friday tradition?

As suggested by this question and this answer, it seems possible that Jesus actually died on a Wednesday, not on a Friday. In light of these competing theories, what is the origin of the Good Friday ...
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Demon Possession of Jesus' Time - Today's Diagnosable Mental Disorders?

Quite a few of the things Jesus and his disciples had to address they had diagnosed as "demons". Today we call things of similar symptoms "disorders". Epilepsy: Matthew 17:14-16 Multiple Personality ...
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Why do some denominations wash feet before taking communion?

Why is it that some denominations follow the ordinance of humility as described in John 13 while others do not? What reason is there for not performing the foot washing ceremony before partaking in ...
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Can we really claim to have the power of God's heritage?

The Bible says that we are all his children. But our heritage is full of malice and evil - many good and decent things too, but with equal amounts of evil in the mix. Can we claim to have the power of ...
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Crucifixion — torture stake or cross?

The Jehovah's Witnesses state that Jesus was not nailed on a cross, but on a torture stake. The New World Translation of the Bible is phrased accordingly. For example: Matthew 10:38 (NWT) And ...

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