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How could the person in Luke 9:49 cast out demons without Jesus' mandate?

The 12 (and later the 70) only started healing people and casting out demons AFTER Jesus "gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases". The Holy Spirit had not been sent yet, ...
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What is the difference between an Apostate and an Antichrist?

The bible dictionary defines Antichrist as: "A word used by John to describe one who would assume the guise of Christ but in reality would be opposed to Christ. In a broader sense it is anyone ...
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Why did God change [duplicate]

I am a little confused about something. If God is omniscient and knows exactly how future events will play out, why would He give the people of Israel such a strict law knowing that it would be so ...
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Most Popular Bible Language

In which language is the Bible most read? In a recent discussion, we surmised that the most read language translation of the Bible would be English. I am hoping to have a more definitive answer than ...
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Is there a Catholic list of Old Testament sacraments?

Augustine said that there are fewer sacraments in the New Covenant than there were in the Old: Thus the sacraments of the Old Testament, which were celebrated in obedience to the law, were types ...
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What is the biblical argument against baptism by sprinkling/pouring?

What is the biblical basis for the idea that it is wrong or incorrect to baptize by sprinkling or pouring the water? Growing up as a baptist I heard this all the time. Related, but opposite: What is ...
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Was Martin Luther a Rosicrucian?

The rose together with the cross is the sign of the Rosicrucian Order as seen below: The cross symbolizes Christianity and the rose often symbolizes secrecy (Sub Rosa). Martin Luther's seal is also ...
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Confession of sin [on hold]

If a sin is committed against a person and you know you did the sin, but to confess the sin to another human being would destroy the lives of several others, is confession of that sin to God alone ...
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Usage of Hades in the New Testament

If Hades is the name of a Greek god, why then did it find its way into the Greek translation into the New Testament? Wouldn't the NT writers refrain from associating their beliefs to Greek polytheism? ...
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How to get back the joy of salvation? [on hold]

Hi firends i have lost the joy of salvation when i got saved , how to get back am praying sincerely to jesus
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Does the RCC allow confirmation names that aren't based on saints?

I was wondering if it is mandatory for it to be named after a saint or optional?
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Does the RCC permit Catholic laity to answer exegetical questions (i.e., interpret scripture) on a forum or website?

For example, suppose a forum member asked, "What is the meaning of the phrase 'this mystery...which is Christ in you, the hope of glory' in Col. 1:27? (You can replace this with any scripture, the ...
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What are the rules or laws a Catholic must follow if he/she has a website or blog?

Are there any rules or laws (of the Code of Canon Law) that a Catholic must adhere to if he/she operates a blog or website in which he may teach or write about the Catholic faith?
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Basis for belief that a person can be “possessed by” a demon?

I'm asking a rather technical question here. I'm wondering where the idea comes from that a person could be "possessed by" a demon; as in, the demon "possesses" / "owns" the person -- as opposed to ...
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Origin of the idea that “demons” and “fallen angels” are the same thing?

Background So I'm studying angels and demons right now, attempting to put together a picture of what the Bible teaches on these topics, and I'm struggling to find anything in the Bible that suggests ...
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Romans 9: does God choose who is saved and who falls? [on hold]

reading Romans 9 gave me the impression that its basically saying we have no free will over our salvation, and that God decides from the get go who gets saved and who falls. i know that cant be right, ...
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Joseph a pariah in Bethlehem, his home town [on hold]

An acquaintance told me that it is a well known fact that Jesus' father Joseph was originally from Bethlehem, but had gotten thrown out of town, accused of being on the side of the Romans. He was a ...
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Italian Version of St. Maxilmian Kolbe writings

I am looking for a digital version of the Italian translations of St. Maxilmilian Kolbe's writings....Where can I find them in digital form? does that even exist? if not where then can I find hard ...
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Is the Tetragrammaton YHWV or YHVH [on hold]

It seems to me that v is an "older" version and that the W is becoming more popular. Also I see the J/Y in much the same way. Is there a reason that J goes with V. What about JHWH? I'm not much of a ...
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God's sacrifice to himself [on hold]

If the Father and Son are both God, and the Son sacrificed himself to the Father, wouldn't that conclude that God sent himself inside of Mary and then sacrificed himself to himself? Now God saving us ...
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Had Jesus already read the end of the book? [duplicate]

Was Jesus aware of his ultimate destiny while on earth? Did he already know that he would die, be resurrected, and reign as king in heaven while on earth as a man? If so, does that not diminish the ...
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Sins of our fathers. [on hold]

I do not believe that we bear the weight of the sins of our fathers, and I have read the New Testament and can justify that. However, I would like to ask for several interpretations of this idea. ...
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According to evangelicals, before the Reformation, who were Christians if “Catholics are not Christians”?

Every now and then I hear non-Catholic Christians, usually evangelicals, say things along the lines of "Catholics are not Christians" or "the Catholic Church does not teach the true gospel". Unless I ...
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What are Mormons allowed to discuss about the temple, when not inside the temple?

What are we allowed to discuss or ask questions about outside of the temple? What things exactly are too sacred to discuss outside the temple, and which things can we talk fairly openly about?
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What was Origen's view of Jesus' soul?

Origen believed in the pre-existence of souls (prior to conception), and that people's souls did things before their embodiment. For example, he taught that Jacob was loved and Esau hated because of ...
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Who is allowed to read the handbook of instructions in the LDS Church?

The handbook of instructions published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a two volume work. Handbook 2 is published on lds.org, but Handbook 1 is only given to leadership. Are ...
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Where did Jesus tell us Satan's throne was, in the NT?

Jesus told us in the New Testament that Satan had a throne on the earth. Where was this? Message to the Church in Pergamum 12"And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: The One who has ...
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How is the Catholic belief in Purgatory supported?

There is already this question on this site: What is the Biblical support for Purgatory? But I believe there might be more the the Catholic argument. We know that Catholics regard the Holy Tradition ...
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Is the Islamic Bismillah thought to be the '666' of Bible Revelation, by Bible scholars of this generation? [on hold]

The Bismillah of Islam, which is the crossed swords with the name of Allah, calling him 'Great' in Arabic writing, looks very similar to the Codex Vaticanus original Greek manuscript in which is ...
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returning to preach where the Word began in the first place [on hold]

I've often wondered about the following: Because the Word was first preached in Jerusalem and all through that region you could say that the people of that region "have" already heard. But rather than ...
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Will God's revenge on those who martyr Christians include those beheading Christians today? [on hold]

Revelation 6:10 GOD'S WORD® Translation They cried out in a loud voice, "Holy and true Master, how long before you judge and take revenge on those living on earth who shed our blood?" This ...
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Do beheaded christians rise from the dead before the rest? [on hold]

With the recent beheadings of the 21 Coptic Christians by ISIS, I noticed this verse in the book of Revelation and wondered about the resurrection: Revelation 20:4-6 (KJV) "4 And I saw thrones, ...
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Why is God on Sarah's side when she asked Abraham to cast out Hagar and Ishmael?

According to Genesis 21:12 you can clearly see that God is on Sarah's side to send Hagar and Ishmael away. Is it to realize His promises? We all know that God's plan works sometimes strange. Can ...
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Is the Tower of Babel happening in our day again? [on hold]

Is the internet acting like a Tower of Babel as described in Genesis? Gen 11:6-8 (KJV) And the LORD said, Behold, the people [is] one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: ...
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Is there a Biblical basis for the concept that demons have an odor?

I've seen that in Pentecostal and Charismatic churches while doing (what I would call a type of) exorcism some claim to smell the demon. They express the smell as "sour" or something rotten. Bible ...
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Has the Satan already eaten from the tree in the book of genesis [on hold]

The satan sounds like he has a lot of knowledge and i think he has already eaten from the tree thats why he is so cunning.
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What is the purpose of creating human, if we angels already had free will? [duplicate]

Bible say, Lucifer sinned, turned out to be the father of all ungodly. But how did he even had a thought of sinning, when pride, selfishness or any other forms of sin hadn't ever existed in this ...
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Catholic response to Luke 11:27-28

I am a Christian who recently became very interested in the Catholic faith. I am curious how the Catholic community responds to these verses, which seem to bring to question the "blessedness" of ...
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why do people assume man can only live to be 120 [on hold]

I am Curious why people assume we can only live to be 120 People were given 120 yrs until the flood came. Not mans age maximum for the rest of human History..
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What exegesis do Lutherans perform to explain the basis for their theology of “Two Kinds of Righteousness”?

For background on the "Two Kinds of Righteousness" theology, see: Concordia Journal April 2007 Volume 33, Number 2, pp. 116 ...
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Why is there a discrepancy between the printed version of the NIV Bible and the one on the Internet?

I am confused because I am reading a printed NIV Bible, and when I saw Psalm 104:19, it says on the book: The moon marks off the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down. But on the ...
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What are the “heavenly realms”?

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3) Paul talks about God blessing us in ...
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Does Catholic and Orthodox belief say 'antichrist' has already come and gone?

It seems to be most Protestant denominations believe that right before the second coming, the antichrist will come, so he has not come yet. How is this different in Catholicism and Orthodoxy? Do they ...
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Which religious groups believe in the Great Apostasy belief? [on hold]

Which religious groups believe in the Great Apostasy belief? Different groups have different views on how and when the Church which Christ founded lapsed into heresies. For example: Lutherans are ...
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Does Jesus call himself divine in the synoptic gospels? [duplicate]

John's Gospel teaches clearly that Jesus is divine. And he was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. (John 1:10) The Jesus depicted by that Gospel appears to ...
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What is the bottomless pit?

In chapter 9 of the revelation we learn that: Revelation 9:1 and 2 NKJV Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless ...
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Did Jesus have a divine biological Father? [duplicate]

I'm LDS. Our way of looking at Jesus' parentage is that Heavenly Father is his actual biological father, not via intercourse (a virgin shall conceive) but supernaturally via the Holy Ghost implanting ...
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Why was the ground cursed instead of Adam? [closed]

Then to Adam He said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat from it'; Cursed is the ground ...
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Are the sons of God in Genesis Angels? [duplicate]

In Genesis: 6:4, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them. Are these sons of God angels?
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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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