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What are angels and what they are intended for?

I am a roman catholic and believe in angels, So my intention behind this question is know more about angels & their characteristics. It would be much useful if answers are related with biblical ...
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What is meant by hot drinks in section 89 of the doctrine and covenant?

I know that the LDS are against the taking of any kind of recreational drug including widely legal drugs like tobacco. However, when reading section 89 of the doctrine and covenant there appears to be ...
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Can a person 'Graduate' from the bible? [on hold]

Wondering what the ramifications are for understanding who you are in Christ. What does that mean for day to day life when atuned to the indwelling Spirit. Galatians 4. What I am saying is that ...
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What is biblical basis for the Lutheran Church of Sweden for performing full same-sex marriage?

From Wikipedia, it is my understanding that the Lutheran Church of Sweden has performed full same-sex marriages since November 2009. What is biblical basis for the Lutheran Church of Sweden for ...
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Are there any Christian Churches or communities that teach gay-marriage is a right? On what biblical basis?

Are there any Christian Churches or communities that teach gay-marriage is a right? On what biblical basis do they base their teaching? A couple of examples will do for an answer.
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Couldn't it be dangerous to pray to Jesus if he may be a man?

This is a question for Protestants. God said that we shouldn't pray to anything other than Him. Otherwise it would be idol worship. That means Christians who pray to Jesus should not have an iota of ...
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Why do churches have steeples?

What purpose do steeples serve? Are they put high up on church buildings as some sort of marketing tool so it can be seen from far away or is there some other reason(s)?
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From Scripture, what is the biblical basis gay marriage is a right from God? [on hold]

In the Declaration of Independence, the following was framed We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain ...
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What is the biblical basis common to the Christian Churches who bless same-sex unions in their Christian churches?

What is the biblical basis common to the Christian Churches who bless same-sex unions in their Christian churches?
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What is the difference between 'Biblical' and 'Systematic' theology?

Particularly among Protestant traditions, it is common to classify books and classes that cover broad looks at theological issues as either "Biblical' or 'Systematic'. Sometimes this is even extended ...
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Does the Catholic Church have a position on slavery reparations?

Does the Catholic Church have an official position on slavery reparations? For those interested, I asked the same question on Mi Yodeya, which is the site for Judaism.
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Why is it called Christianity [on hold]

Jesus Christ was a JEW: lived a JEW and died a JEW. Why is there a Religion called up in his name? IS NOT christianity A MAN MADE RELIGION? WHERE in the Bible - does Christ, or any of the followers ...
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From Scripture, what is the biblical basis that gay marriage is NOT a right from God? [on hold]

From Scripture, what is the biblical basis that gay marriage is NOT a right from God?
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What is the biblical basis that God does NOT create some people as homosexuals?

cf. Does God create some people Heterosexual and others Homosexual? [closed] What is the biblical basis that God does NOT create some people as homosexuals?
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From Catholic Church Teaching, how is gay marriage NOT a right from God?

From Catholic Church Teaching, how is gay marriage NOT a right from God?
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How did Cain and Abel know to offer sacrifices before the Law of Moses?

Genesis 4 has always bothered me. The story of God accepting Abel's sacrifice and not Cain's has led me to wonder: How did they even know to sacrifice? Was this practice started by Adam? Or did God ...
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Why create people who are not called? [on hold]

This is all coming from reformed theology. I read that they believe that God has chosen a select group of people who will end up going to heaven. It said that the ones that DO go to heaven, only do ...
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What is the Catholic concept of grace?

This question reminded me of a question I've had for a long time: What is the Catholic concept of grace? A look at the dictionary says: grace [greys] noun favor or goodwill. Synonyms: ...
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Authoratative apologetics textbook [on hold]

I am looking to adopt a text for a philosophy course in which we shall, among other things, discuss the existence of a god. I have a few good sources in mind from atheist thinkers, but am still ...
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How can anointing the sick confer forgiveness of sins in Catholicism?

In Catholicism, there are 7 sacraments. One of these is anointing of the sick or extreme unction. It is meant to provide comfort to the sick, peace and courage. In the event that the individual cannot ...
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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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Is there any methodology according to Bible to drive out demons from possessed people?

There are numerous instances in the Bible where Jesus drives out demons from people who were possessed by them. If we take a general view of these events during the ministry of Jesus, we find that ...
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Why did Jesus favor Peter, James and John more than the other disciples?

It's clear that Peter, James and John witnessed more miracles that Jesus did than the other disciples. Why weren't the other disciples permitted to see the miracles that Jesus perform in the way that ...
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Whom are the 'least of these' in Matthew 25:45 refering to?

The Sheep and the Goats 31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will ...
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Does God Laugh? [duplicate]

I am really interested in whether God ever laughs? Lots of people say that he doesn't or that he is all doom and gloom. BUt I am sure that the God of the Bible laughs. What do other people think?
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Boswell's adelphopoiesis?

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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Prominent Theologians' answer to: What is “The Parable of the Shrewd Manager” about?

The Parable of the Shrewd Manager (full text below) is perhaps one of the hardest parables to interpret. At first glance it seems to be about rewarding dishonesty! What lesson is Jesus teaching His ...
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What is the basis from the Church's Sacred Deposit of the Faith for the concept of “gradualism”?

During the 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family, there has been a reference to the [theological] concept [/law/principle] of "gradualism", mention here and here in the media. It is also mentioned ...
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What do Evangelical Christians consider “the traditions” to be in 1 Thessalonians 2:15?

Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. What are these "traditions" to Evangelicals?
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About any philosophical discussions about the after-life [on hold]

Has the question about whether there is an after-life been discussed much at all by acedemics. Did the philosopher Swinbourne or C.S. Lewis argue for an after-life; like how the 'mind ' and ...
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Did Adam and Eve ever practice animal sacrifice?

Genesis 8:20 (NIV) Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. Noah sacrificed burnt offerings. What ...
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On what do Catholics base their doctrine of the eternal virginity of Mary?

I understand that the Catholic Church teaches that Mary is the eternal virgin in that she neither had sexual relations with Joseph (or any other man) either before or after the miraculous conception ...
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What significance, if any, does the doctrine of the eternal virginity of Mary have?

I understand that the Catholic Church (and perhaps the Orthodox church as well) teaches that Mary is "the eternal virgin" Mary. If this were an important doctrine, it seems there would be fairly ...
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Was Jesus a separate god?

The New World Translation of John 1 seems to indicate that Jesus was a separate god from the Father. 1 In [the] beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god. 2 ...
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What happened to the the practice of women covering their heads?

Why don't more Christian women wear a covering? Most people today might associate the idea with the Old Testament, but references to the custom are actually found in the New Testament too: 1 ...
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How can women be forbidden to speak and yet prophesy and speak in tongues?

In 1 Corinthians 14, Paul give forbids women from speaking in church. 1 Corinthians 14 NIV 34 Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in ...
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What is Catholicism's basis for the worship of the Blessed Sacrament? [duplicate]

Please see the picture below: What is Catholicism's basis of honoring with Blessed Sacrament with the worship of adoration? What is the name given to this type of veneration? What other types of ...
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Interpretation of the scripture “One Lord, one faith, one baptism?”

Ephesians 4:5 states there is "one Lord, one faith, one baptism." Some Christians interpret this to mean that a single denomination (with its beliefs, doctrines, and practices) constitutes the "one ...
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What viable alternative explanations exist for the origin of Christianity? [on hold]

From ~50 AD, Paul went around Asia Minor establishing Christian congregations like a man possessed, but his epistles are mostly silent on concrete details of an earthly Jesus. The Gospels were written ...
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Have Archaeologists recovered pieces of Noah's Ark?

I was just wondering: Have Archaeologists recovered pieces of Noah's Ark? And did the Bible tell them where to look?
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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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Does 1 Corinthians 2:9 mean Heaven will be more joyous than we can contemplate?

1 Corinthians 2:9 (KJV) states: But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. ...
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Believers will judge the world and also, the angels?

What does it mean when Paul says believers will judge the world and the angels? 1 Corinthians 6:1-4 1 When one of you has a dispute with another believer, how dare you file a lawsuit and ask ...
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What are the 'Scriptures' mentioned in 1 Corinthians 15?

What are the 'Scriptures' mentioned in 1 Corinthians 15: 3 - 4? . . . Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures. . . . He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures. If ...
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How and when do I take God's word literally? [closed]

Every time I talk to a non-believer, they reference several things that they think make their argument stronger. When I talk about what God says for us not and not to do, they bring up things like ...
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Who is entitled to partake in the Lord's Supper?

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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What does Paul mean when he says “do not go beyond what is written.”

In 1 Cor 4:6, Paul instructs the church in Corinth to "not think above what is written." Did any early Christian scholars (before translation of the Bible into English) comment on this? If so, what ...
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What feast does Paul refer to in 1 Corinthians 5:8?

What feast is Paul referring to? Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. (1 ...
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Why don't many churches obey Paul's command that women must be silent in church?

In 1 Corinthians 14 Paul says that women must be silent in churches and ask questions to their husbands when they get home: Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to ...
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What does Paul mean by “Love believes all things?”

In 1 Corinthians Paul says Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:7, ESV) This has long puzzled me from a couple of angles. ...

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