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Why did the temple in Ezekiel have stairs leading up to the altar?

In exodus God expressly forbade going up the stairs to the altar. Exodus 20:26 Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon. So why does ...
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Has Catholic Church always taught that our corporeal nature necessary for humans to experience affection? (Catholic)

Has Catholic Church always taught that our corporeal nature is a necessary requirement for us to experience affection? or is the thought mainly coming from St. Thomas Aquinas? Thank you,
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Was the transition from establishment to voluntary church support made with “little difficulty” in the US?

In A History of American Christianity, Chapter 16, Leonard Bacon writes: The transition from establishment to the voluntary system for the support of churches was made not without some difficulty, ...
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When it seems a Pope has heretical beliefs, who determines whether those beliefs are Magisterial?

I know that even some Catholics think that certains Popes held personal heresies (were material heretics). For example Honorius I believed that Jesus had only one will, the heresy of monothelitism. I ...
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In Catholic understanding when there is more than one Pope, who decides which Pope is real and by what criteria?

I know at various periods of history cardinals were split submitting to multiple competing popes. However as they die, eventually only one Pope is considered the 'real' infallible Pope, and the others ...
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Do any church fathers directly connect “speaking in tongues” with anything other than existing human languages?

One of the arguments made by those who believe that the gift of speaking in tongues has ceased (cessationists) is that the "tongues" spoken of in both Acts and 1 Corinthians 12–14 are "real" human ...
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Was it culturally acceptable for the sinful woman to enter the Pharisee's house to see Jesus?

This is an odd question I know and I'm not very hopeful I'll find a good answer. But has it ever stricken you odd that in Luke 7, the woman who comes to see Jesus just straight walks into the Pharisee'...
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What are the one or two largest Christian Zionist groups in the United States and what do they state are their core beliefs?

I am somewhat confused about what Christian Zionists exactly believe. Wikipedia – probably not the best source – defines Christian Zionism in broad terms as: a belief among some Christians that ...
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What are the claims of authenticity of these two sites of Jesus' burial, the Garden Tomb and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre?

There's been a lot of news recently about the renovation of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the opening of the tomb for the first time in a long time (200 years I believe). Growing up though I ...
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According to proponents of transubstantiation, in what sense is Jesus present “where two or three are gathered”?

Matthew 18:20 is commonly referenced to refer to Christ's presence among his people: For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them. For advocates of the "spiritual ...
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How many nations are there Who do not received the Gospel? [on hold]

How many nations are there Who do not received the Gospel ?
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The relationship [on hold]

Jesus and two thieves died three people and Barnabas was released how does that relate to the old testament when the high priest offered sacrifice and the escaped goat.
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In today's world, what drug use would be deemed pharmakeia, or sorcery, as it is listed in Galatians 5:20? [on hold]

In Galatians 5:20, among the deeds of the flesh, Paul lists "pharmakeia," which, as i understand, is commonly translated as sorcery or witchcraft, referring to the use or administering of drugs or ...
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Jesus concealing his identity [on hold]

In Mark 8 and Matthew 16 after the feeding of the four thousand Peter declares Jesus as the messiah. Immediately after this Jesus tells his disciples not to reveal his identity. How does this ...
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How does the Catholic church prioritize different sources of information in coming to doctrinal/theological conclusions, and how do they justify that?

How does the Catholic church prioritize different sources of information in coming to doctrinal/theological conclusions, and how do they justify that? If you use the Wesleyan Quadrilateral as a ...
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What would have Jesus Christ done, if he hadn't been crucified but blackmailed? [on hold]

In advance, sorry about my bad English knowledge and the opinion based question. I didn't mean it offensive. What would have Jesus Christ done, if he hadn't been crucified but blackmailed? Like: "We ...
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Psalm 145:16 says all creatures are given favor [closed]

In Psalm 145:16 it is stated that God gives every living creature favor or good will. How does one reconcile this with how God does not favor some people such as Esau.
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According to Protestants, who within the scriptures understood that God was a Trinity? [closed]

I believe that Protestants believe that Paul clearly understood that God was a Trinity even though he never explicitly spoke of a Trinity. Who else would have understood it? Did the rest of the ...
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Reading the genealogy of Adam up to Noah as a sentence in Hebrew

I found the following theory that I can only trace as far back as to Chuck Missler (http://www.khouse.org/articles/1996/44/). It states that the names is the early Genesis genealogy have the following ...
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Is there such a thing as a 'concordat' today in the Catholic church?

Background to question raised: I have been reading old histories where as a background stage, there were various antipopes (sometimes even 3 competing popes at the same time). The complex ...
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According to Catholicism, what is wrong with Luther's doctrine of ubiquity?

One of John Calvin's arguments against transubstantiation and consubstantiation was that the body of Christ, as a human body, could not be in more than one place at a time. His view of the Eucharist ...
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How do proponents of the dual nature of man address Hebrews 4:12, “dividing soul and spirit”?

Those holding to a tripartite nature of man, or trichotomism, sometimes point to Hebrews 4:12 as evidence for their view that soul and spirit are distinct in man: For the word of God is alive and ...
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Did God intend to give Israel only manna to eat? [closed]

I am aware they also had quail and water. However, the text makes it seem that Israel would not get quail and water unless they asked. That is, he gives them manna then they would get tired of manna ...
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What is the basis for the Protestant teaching that artificial birth control is acceptable? [duplicate]

The flip-side of: What is the basis for the Catholic teaching that artificial birth control is wrong? According to Catholic teaching, artificial birth control goes against God's plans for marriage. ...
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Nature of Agape (Catholic)

Agape is usually defined as the love that Jesus had for us from the cross. Does agape contain affection for others whom the agape is directed to? Please answer according to Catholic understanding.
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Where does the book of Job come from?

What I mean is the following: Job stands out as being as old as the Torah (if not older) None of the characters are Israelites (especially if it was Abrahamic time when Israel didn't even exist) ...
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How does “believe that you have received it” practice in the ​Christian life?

in Mark 11:24 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. What is the catholic interpretation of the verse? The reason I'...
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What is the Catholic view of separation of church and state in terms of war and application of the death penalty? [on hold]

Note: This question was an honest search for a Catholic view not an accusation or attack. If I had written an attack it would be a 1000 times more severe and to a specific point. The defensive ...
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48 views

Is there a clear verse to stop circumcision for all males? [closed]

Romans 2:13 For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. In the same chapter, it is written.. Romans 2:25 For circumcision verily profiteth, if ...
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If Jesus performed “miracles,” what do you call the parting of the sea by Moses? [closed]

After reading the King James Version of the Bible several times, I wonder about what to call Moses' parting of the Red Sea. I guess one could consider Moses' parting of the sea a miracle. I think ...
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In LDS, how are 'milk' doctrines distinguished from 'meat' doctrines?

When discussing doctrine with ex-LDS acquaintances, they've mentioned the concept of "milk before meat," presumably based on these words from Joseph Smith's revelation in Doctrines & Covenants 19: ...
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The Bible on thankfulness [closed]

Where in the Bible does it encourage thankfulness for what one has? This should perhaps be one of my favorite passages but I cannot find it. Thanks.
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How are the various sections of the Bible named? [closed]

I know this is a very basic question, but I notice some sections of the Bible (Matthew, Luke, John) are named after apostles, and others (eg. Corinthians, Thessalonians, etc...) I don't know what they ...
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Can we ask God to bless unsaved people so that they will be more open to the Gospel? [closed]

I have been given literature from an organisation called "House of Prayer" which seems to imply that we should pray down blessings on our local communities, people in their jobs and in their ...
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Do Lutherans believe in a literal interpretation of Genesis?

Do Lutherans believe that the story of Adam and Eve and all the book of Genesis is to be taken as literal truth?
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Why did Augustine attempt to stop Christians from walking barefoot?

In The Confessions, Augustine relates the story of an ascetic named Alypius who "tamed his body" to such an extent that "he went barefoot on the icy soil of Italy" (IX.vi). Henry Chadwick notes: ...
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Blood of the New Covenant offered to whom?

In Luke 22:20 Jesus says that the blood of the new covenant is poured out for "you". Is the word "you" only referring to the apostles only? Or is it meant to represent all of humanity.
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Is there a study that has been done showing the transformational power of the Holy Spirit in people's lives?

It's pretty clear that the Bible promises to change people's lives. It's also pretty clear that it did significantly change people's lives such as the apostles and others both in the the present day (...
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Shall women teach at bible schools? [closed]

After a wonderful year at a bible school in Norway, I'm left with some questions. One which I find challenging is, how does one create doxology out of the verses in the bible regarding women in ...
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Is the type of love shared between all heavenly members an affectionate brotherly love mentioned in Bible (Catholic)?

Does Catholic Church teach that the type of love shared between all heavenly members is an affectionate brotherly love mentioned in Bible, for example, Romans 12:10 and 2 Pet. 1:5-7? Below are the ...
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What does the Bible have to say about person to person forgiveness? [closed]

What does the Bible have to say about when a person should forgive another person and about such acts of forgiveness in general?
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In LDS belief, why are eternal families so important?

I know that the family is central to God's plan, and that families give you more joy in life than anything else ever could. But I've often wondered why it is necessary for everyone to be sealed ...
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How do different branches of Christianity justify an emphasis on different sources of information in coming to doctrinal/theological conclusions? [closed]

How do different branches of Christianity justify an emphasis on different sources of information in coming to doctrinal/theological conclusions? If you use the Wesleyan Quadrilateral as a framework ...
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Are there gender requirements for Sponsors for a Catholic baptism?

In the Catholic Church, do sponsors for baptism need to be male and female, or are you able to have two females or two males as sponsors?
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What do Christianity and Judaism have in common? [closed]

Most Christians relate to Judaism more than to Islam, Hinduism, or Buddhism, or any other religion. So, my question is, what do Christianity and Judaism have in common so as to make them so related to ...

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