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What spirit was in Jesus?

There are a few possible views but I'm searching for whatever has the most "scriptural weight." 1) That Jesus inherited the spirit of Adam as all mankind does (this brings the problem of original ...
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Are there any Christian denominations that incorporate Odinism ?

Are there any Christian denominations or specific churches that incorporate Odinism or Odinistic cultural traditions? Perhaps, as a way to show that the original religion of northern Europe was not ...
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Why does Vatican require “Yahweh” not to be used?

This news article by Catholic News Service tells of the removal of the Tetragrammaton from Catholic masses. "Yahweh" -- a name of God that the Vatican has ruled must not "be used or pronounced" in ...
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Did Jesus actually ever say “if you don't believe in me you go to Hell”?

Just finished the 5 part series on the History Channel: "The Bible". They did a fantastic job with it. However, what I noticed is that Jesus did not appear to condemn those who did not believe in ...
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Why did God create the Heavens and the Earth?

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Why ? Does the Bible state a reason anywhere?
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Why didn't Protestants argue for traditional marriage by natural reason?

The US Supreme Court recently ruled that Homosexual couples can get married in all US States and that these marriages are legally equal to the Traditional model of marriage, one man and one woman. ...
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What was Jesus trying to convey in the parables of the mustard seed and yeast?

What message did Jesus Christ tried to give by comparing the Kingdom Of God(Isn't that Heaven?) with the mustard seed and yeast?
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What actions does the LDS church (Mormon) take when a member does not pay tithing?

According to official policy, what happens to members of the LDS church who do not pay their tithing? Specifically, what happens to those who: Forget to pay tithing for an extended period of time, ...
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My grandfather visited me from heaven is that possible? [on hold]

My grandfather came to me from heaven but i don't know if it is true. Here's The Story i am sitting in my bedroom by the bed, as i looked to the side of my room and back. i saw him. my grandfather, i ...
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Pantheism in the Bible?

Is common to state that God is separated from the creation, in fact Jesus states that nobody has ever seen the Father, but Jeremiah looks like having another point of view. Jeremiah 23:24 Can ...
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Are people possessed by demons today? What is the modern Christian perspective?

In the three gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Jesus repeatedly casts out demons, speaks to them, etc. He tells his disciples to do the same. There are so many references it would be difficult to ...
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Which was the first Roman Catholic hymnal to include Martin Luther's “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”?

Recently I learned that modern Roman Catholic hymnals include Martin Luther's well-known hymn, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God. Investigating further on hymnary.org, however, I find that the song is not ...
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As a protestant, may I participate in the Eucharist (Communion) when visiting a Catholic church?

I think the title sums it up. I'm a protestant Christian, and have many Catholic friends. When I visit their churches, is it permissible for me to participate in the Eucharist/Communion ceremony by ...
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Catholic marriage between a Catholic and baptised non-Christian [duplicate]

How does Catholicism handle the desired marriage of a Catholic to a baptized, yet non-Christian partner? As I understand it (i.e.: what Wikipedia told me), the Catholic church defines three versions ...
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“Blessed Virgin” - not Saint?

Probably the most common Catholic title for Mary, mother of Jesus, is "The Blessed Virgin" or "The Blessed Virgin Mary". But "Blessed", in Catholic hagiology, is typically used to denote people who ...
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Who Were Mark and Luke?

From Luke 6: 13-16: When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, ...
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Did Jesus need to die, or would mere shedding of blood have been sufficient?

Originally: St. Thomas Aquinas on salvation by a drop of Christ's Blood I heard on Relevant Radio a year or so ago something perplexing, I think it was a priest saying it, but it may have been a ...
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What does the Orthodox church consider to be the defining features of Christian meditation?

There are many different kinds of meditation or prayer, Christian and non-Christian. However, I am confused regarding actual difference because these varieties, both Christian and non-Christian, seem ...
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Why is the Song of Solomon in bible?

Can someone explain what the song is all about? I read it and found out that the characters are not husband and wife. I want to understand the context in which the poem is written and a gist of the ...
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The Luke 2 census - did everyone travel?

We know from Luke 2 that each person (or, certainly, adult male) was required to register to his own town. We also know that Joseph travelled (with Mary) from Nazareth to Bethlehem so that they could ...
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What is the origin and purpose of a new bishop being questioned by a layperson?

At the enthronement of Justin Welby as Archbishop of Canterbury on 21 March 2013, the following exchange took place as part of the ceremony. Evangeline Kanagasooriam is a layperson from the diocese, ...
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What is the difference between original sin and original guilt?

This is a question that every convert to Eastern Orthodoxy always asked. The question can be stated differently: Does the Catholic doctrine of Original Sin include Original Guilt? Fr. John Romanides ...
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Is there any biblical basis for specifically associating armageddon with fire from heaven?

Imagine a bunch of people running from a city scared, the ground is cracking beneath their feet and fire is coming down from heaven. I'm sure you've seen the picture(s). Traditionally we think ...
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Praying to people outside the Trinity

I understand that the Roman Catholic church direct some prayers to Mary, the mother of Jesus. For me it would be strange to address my prayers to anyone outside the Holy Trinity. Do Catholics pray to ...
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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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Does Jesus ever claim to be God, or the son of God?

While I understand there are many potential passages in the Bible of Jesus claiming to be a messiah (which I understand to mean "anointed"), a king, or one through whom it is necessary to know God, ...
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Significance of the robe of purple colour which Jesus was made to wear

Was there any significance to the colour purple described by the evangelists while mentioning the robe that Jesus was made to put on before His crucifixion ? Both John at 19:2 and Mark at 15:7 ...
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How does a lamb take a scroll and break its seals? (Revelation 5)

Revelation 5 describes a vision of a lamb with seven eyes and seven horns, appearing to stand as if slain. It takes the scroll, and then goes on in chapter 6 to start breaking the seals of the scroll. ...
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Carring the cross: a profane act or religious act?

Recently, in Brazil, a transsexual performed the crucifixion of Jesus. As one would guess, this event had a very strong response from Christians around the country. I wonder, however, if the feelings ...
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If God is omni-* how can sin exist? [duplicate]

Like all philosophical topics of the sort this is a complex issue. Let's start with my understanding and hopefully an answer will spring forthwith. God exists infinitely. God has awareness ...
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Why does the Episcopal Church take votes on moral questions?

I read in the news today that the Episcopal Church is going to vote on same-sex 'marriage'. As a Catholic who looks to the Pope to issue statements on matters of faith and morals, and trusts the Holy ...
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A word to describe someone who is not a Protestant

I've been wondering for a while if there is a word (or concise phrase) that can be used to mean someone who is not Protestant. Something that specifically groups Catholics, and Eastern Rite followers ...
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Are there any active Christian ministries that preach from the Jefferson Bible?

I've recently read the Jefferson Bible and I am actively considering making it my primary Bible. Are there any current ministries that use this bible, and/or are there any active ministries that use ...
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Luke's introduction, doesn't seem like he is claiming he was inspired?

When reading the introduction of the Gospel of Luke, it seems very clear that he isn't really claiming to be inspired by God or anything. Rather he is saying that he thinks himself to be more worthy ...
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What is a Catholic's response to advice contained in Laudatio Si?

Pope Francis' Laudatio Si is a treasure trove of practical advice for living simply or at least moderately. He seems to want people do use less air conditioning and facebook. I've already used "The ...
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Is Levi from Luke 5:27 and Mark 2:14 referring to the apostle Matthew

Both Luke 5:27 and Mark 2:14 mention a tax collector named Levi: 27 After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. "Follow me," Jesus said to ...
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What is the Biblical basis for Universal salvation?

Universal salvation, or universal reconciliation is the belief that God will eventually reconcile Himself with every immortal soul. That is, everyone will be saved. This doctrine has a long history. ...
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Does a Christian who commits sins against Christian doctrine and commandments still remain Christian? [duplicate]

What is the position of the Christian denominations about whether a person who commits sins and lives un-Christian lifestyle, yet believes he is Christian, still remains Christian? This question is ...
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Did God inadvertantly create evil? [duplicate]

I am a Christian but I struggle with this question; God knows everything past, present and future. He knew us while we were still in the earth. He picked the place, time and tree for Jesus to be ...
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Will there be more people in heaven or hell? (interpreting Matthew 7:13-14) [on hold]

I have read Matthew 7:13-14 "Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is ...
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In Luke 5 Levi is called by Jesus. He seems to become a disciple almost straight away. Is that what is happening here

In Luke 5 we have the conversion of Levi. It appears that he became an apostle almost straight away. Is that what is happening here? Regards, Fred
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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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In Romans 3:1-8, what is God being faithful towards?

Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? Much, in every way. For in the first place the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. What if some were unfaithful? Will ...
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How does the Catholic Magisterium advise the married laity to defend the institution of marriage?

Does the Catholic Church have any practical advice for its adherents on ways to exemplify the ideal she sets of marriage between one man and one woman? Barring any specific discussion of same-sex ...
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What distinguishes Christian meditation from the Catholic tradition from non-Christian meditation? [on hold]

There are many different kinds of meditation or prayer, Christian and non-Christian. However, I am confused regarding actual difference because these varieties, both Christian and non-Christian, seem ...
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Why is the number three special?

What is the significance to the number 3 in the Bible? There is already a question about the number seven, but no one said anything about 3. Here are a few 3's I came up with: The Trinity (Godhead) ...
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Could a lowborn during the middle ages read the bible?

I'm starting to read about the christian faith with more effort and this question popped up in my head. I've read that the bible at that time were really expensive because it was handmade but, could a ...
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What is the biblical basis for the Catholic and Eastern doctrines of the Assumption of Mary?

Catholic doctrine asserts that Mary the Mother of Jesus was not only without sin and ever-virgin, but that she also ascended into Heaven. Some Eastern traditions hold that she even died, then was ...
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Roman Catholic: Is piracy of information and media wrong in all circumstances?

I've come across people who claim piracy to be a theft that breaks one of the Ten Commandments (a sin against God). Yet, I've considered the matter and opined the following. 1) Equal Opportunities: ...
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How has apostolic succession been “unbroken” in the wake of depositions, antipopes, immorality, and simony?

In studying the history of the papacy one discovers all sorts of events that are interesting when considered in the context of apostolic succession from St. Peter until today, including, but not ...

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