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Does water baptism or a subconscious intention to be baptized with water by a human being necessarily and logically follows one's spiritual salvation?

Some say that water baptism is “an outward expression of an inward reality”; that it is “obedience to a command by God”. Regarding these statements, I have the following questions: Does all inward ...
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Is it considered Idol? [on hold]

I spend a greater amount of time playing video games than anything else. I originally planned on just decreasing this time spent but now I'm wondering if I should stop altogether. I don't know if I ...
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Besides Paul, were there any other enemies of the early church who converted to Christianity?

As I was listening to a debate between Drs. William Lane Craig and Richard Carrier on the historicity of Jesus' resurrection, one thing Dr. Carrier said caught my attention. He claimed that "[Paul] is ...
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In 1 Corinthians 8:5, what do the “many gods and many lords” refer to?

In 1 Corinthians 8:5–6, we read: 5 For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”— 6 yet for us there is one God (ESV) I'm having ...
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Does any church believe in Sola Scriptura, but without allowing private interpretation?

Is there a protestant church which adheres to Sola Scriptura, but considers rightful interpretation to be made by the church only (or elders, synod, etc.)? Just a matter of opinion: perhaps if ...
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Why did God have to rest? [duplicate]

Why did God have to rest on the seventh day of creation (Genesis 2:1–3), if He only had to say a few commandments on each day? Is not the 'rest' borne out of the fact that God did actively participate ...
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According to Roman Catholicism, why did Jesus not name the rich man in the story of Lazarus and the rich man?

In the story of the rich man and the poor man (Luke 16:19–31), Jesus did not name the rich man. The name Lazarus that Jesus gave to the poor man is said to have originated from a Greek word meaning ...
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How should Christians respond to Buddhism? [on hold]

How should Christians respond to Buddhism and its views on God, man, the world, sin, and salvation?
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River Baptism Ceremony [on hold]

I am doing research for an upcoming television series on religion. I am looking for a church that still does river or lake baptisms. Can someone help me?
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Did Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John write anything other than the Gospels?

Currently I'm studying Youth Ministry and have a New Testament class that has been challenging. One of the tips for understanding an author better is to read everything they've written. Have these ...
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Is there a difference between children of God and sons of God? [migrated]

The Bible calls believers "children of God" and "sons of God." Is there a difference between the two? For instance, are the sons of God mature believers and children of God are all those who trust in ...
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Jesus proved on the cross that his REAL body, flesh profited for nothing and was dispensable [on hold]

Eating is associated throughout the scriptures with making what God revealed one’s own. In Ezekiel 3 the prophet ate a scroll and even went into his stomach and then proclaimed the words on that ...
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Catholics need many mediators to make the Word present [on hold]

Eating is associated throughout the scriptures with making what God revealed one’s own. In Ezekiel 3 the prophet ate a scroll and even went into his stomach and then proclaimed the words on that ...
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What is the biblical basis for the concept of “partial” or “imperfect” communion?

According to Wikipedia, The Catholic Church makes a distinction between full and partial communion. Where full communion exists, there is but one Church. Partial communion, on the other hand, ...
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Is there a way to know for sure that a given practice is true Catholic Tradition?

Is there a way to ascertain if a spiritual practice really comes from Catholic Tradition, and is not a fabrication? If, for example, I am told to look at the book of Athanasius in the New Testament in ...
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According to the Catholic Church, when Jesus speaks, is he is speaking as a Man or God or both?

I want to know if there is an official Catholic ruling on the quotes that occur in the New Testament. The belief is that Jesus is both 100% Man and 100% God. So when we come across a direct quote ...
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Who first distinguished between the inerrancy of the Bible and the inerrancy of the original autographs?

It's common these days among those who believe in the inerrancy* of the Bible to limit the statement to the original manuscripts. For example, the Chicago Statement reads: We affirm that ...
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According to the Church of England, if humans have free will, why do we ask for things in prayer?

How does the Church of England reconcile these three things, which seem at odds with each other: The bible tells us to ask for things in prayer (ask for what we want / ask for bad things not to ...
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Do Orthodox believe the eternal fire is related to the uncreated light?

I have been reading Welcome to the Orthodox Church by Frederica Mathewes-Green. She points out that, at the time of the writing of Scripture, artificial lighting hadn't been invented and therefore any ...
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Which Ante-Nicene Church Fathers believed that Jesus is the “eternal Son” of the Father?

Economic trinitarianism, in the pre-Nicene sense of the phrase, says that God is a monad who becomes tripartite for the purposes of creation and redemption. Forms of this view were held by Justin ...
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What is the Biblical precedence for the Christian practice of “refrigerium”?

Refrigerium is the Latin equivalent of the Greek άνάψυξις (refreshment), used among pagans and early Christians to signify both spiritual solace and the banquet celebrated for the memory or well–being ...
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What is the evidence that the New Testament authors believed, or did not believe, that they were writing an inspired record?

The term "canon" is used to describe the collection of books that are considered by Christians to be divinely inspired, and therefore to belong in the Bible. (See: How and when was the canon of the ...
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What was the Biblical Basis Tertullian used to support what he termed the “refrigerium interim”? [duplicate]

The early Christian theologian Tertullian used the term refrigerium interim to describe a happy state in which the souls of the blessed are refreshed while they await the Last Judgment and their ...
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Is there anything in the bible that prohibits consuming narcotics? [duplicate]

Many christians think that consuming narcotics is sinful. The question is not about whether it's sinful or not. I haven't seen anything in the Bible that says things like, "Thou shall not smoke ...
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How people get cured while prayer in church [on hold]

I want to know how the people get cured while prayers in church. I see in local tv channels which telecast speech of prophets, and in meetings, after prayer some people come to the stage and they say ...
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Is there a heresy that teaches every action is a sin?

Was there ever a heresy that taught that every action a human commits is a sin? Was there a name for this heresy? It would be a sort of extreme Jansenism. Jansenists did not fully trust in God's ...
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Is the LocalHost the Holy Ghost? [on hold]

In my examination of religious structures, especially churches, I've found that there is a kind of connectivity between believers – similar to the connectivity of computers within a corporate body. I ...
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What is the Biblical basis for believing that it is sinful to commit illegal actions?

After reading: The Bible seems to allow polygamy. Why doesn't the church? I interpreted the answer (based on the selected answer and votes) that polygamy is a sin because it is illegal. The most ...
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What Bible Version is best to buy as a practicing Catholic? [duplicate]

What bible version is best for me as a Catholic, NIV, NASB, ESV, NKJV, NLT, KJV ?
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Is donating to charity considered tithing? [on hold]

Is donating to charity considered tithing? I want to give my 10%, but I'm not really steady at a church right now. I would like to give to charity but am unsure if it's considered tithing.
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Did Jesus speak only Aramaic? [duplicate]

We know that Jesus cried out in Aramaic from the cross, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?!" Shortly before Jesus dismissed his own spirit and died, he fulfilled the Law of Moses in giving his ...
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Is there evidence that Isaiah 53 was viewed as a Messianic prophecy within Judaism, or is it an exclusively Christian interpretation?

The modern Jewish interpretation of the so-called suffering servant song of Isaiah 52:13-53:12 is that it is a prophecy referring to the nation of Israel, not the Messiah. As such, it is sometimes ...
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Consulting of fortune tellers, palmists and astrologers [duplicate]

Are there verses in the Bible, especially the New Testament, forbidding believers from consulting fortune tellers, palmist and astrologers?
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What is the relationship between commandments and salvation in Roman Catholicism?

Jesus during the conversation with the zealous youth, tells him:" You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false ...
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At what point did Moses send his wife and sons away during the Exodus story? [on hold]

When did Moses send his Wife and Sons away after he'd set off for Egypt?
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Among modern critics who believe in the attributed authorship of the Gospels, what are their arguments?

It seems everywhere I read online, lectures I listen to by Biblical scholars (on both sides of the table, liberal and conservative), Wikipedia, etc., it is stated that the 4 Gospels are actually ...
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Why is archangel Michael portrayed with a sword in art?

There is no mention of Michael wielding a sword in the bible, so I wonder if there are references in other texts?
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Physical death and spiritual death [closed]

In John 6:58, Jesus says: "..This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” Here, Jesus seems to be connecting ...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses explain Thomas's exclamation, “My Lord and my God”?

In John 20, Jesus is resurrected and is showing Thomas the wounds in his hands, to prove that he is risen. In John 20:28–29, we see Thomas's response: 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the belief that there are humans in heaven now?

Most Christians believe that Enoch, Elijah, Moses, the thief on the cross who was pardoned by Jesus and all the saints who were resurrected during the crucifixion were all translated to heaven. What ...
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Can a Catholic priest take Anglican services?

I was having a discussion with someone and I said that if a Catholic priest took a Protestant service, it would not be bona fide Protestant service. They replied that Catholic priests can become ...
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Our Father in Heaven prayer — prose or verse?

I happened to read a write-up presented by Rev. Jack Kilmon, Bible scholar and researcher in his website "Scriptorium". Kilmon has attempted a retro-translation of the 'Our Father in Heaven' prayer ...
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Why did David wish to send Uriah back home?

After David committed adultery with Bathsheba, David began to contact her husband, Uriah. 2 Samuel Chapter 11 Verse 6 [New Living Translation] 6 Then David sent word to Joab: “Send me Uriah ...
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Why did this Early Version of the Watchtower Magazine include Crosses, and what do these other Symbols on the Magazine Represent?

The following is "Zion's Watch Tower and Herald of Christ's Presence, October 1, 1907." I was under the impression that symbols (especially crosses) were not allowed in the church. "Jehovah's ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase “men and brethren” in Acts? [migrated]

In several places in Acts, Peter, James, and Paul (and perhaps others) address groups of people by saying "men and brethren" – perhaps in the same way that we would use "ladies and gentlemen" or ...
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What is the purpose of asceticism?

Christians have been practicing asceticism for thousands of years. Why? I would prefer sources from before the Great Schism. If not are available I will accept Orthodox teaching from after that time. ...
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In the Non-Denomination Tradition is Christ Speaking only to the Jews or is he speaking to the whole Church? [closed]

A pastor (un-discipled) when trying to use Daniel to Explain the Rapture to his flock which unfortunately includes a good friend of mine. Explained to them that Christ would remove his Church and the ...
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262 views

According to Catholic tradition, why doesn't God the Father punish ISIS? [on hold]

A father punishes children who misbehave. Members of ISIS have misbehaved and slaughtered innocent people. So why doesn't God the Father punish ISIS? Please cite Scripture and relevant Catholic ...
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What evidence is there for the Resurrection of Jesus?

What historical evidence has been used by people who argue for truth of Jesus' Resurrection? It’s important to distinguish between the evidence and the best explanation of that evidence. This ...
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According to Catholic teaching, was Joseph and Mary's marriage a true marriage?

Well, I've read in several articles, and if not mistaken also in cannon law, for a marriage to be valid, there has to be consummation (intercourse). However, since, if I'm not mistaken, by Catholic ...

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