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How to explain to those knowing only of the Ordinary Form of Mass, what incense is and why it is used during the Liturgy at Mass?

In the Mass of Paul VI it is extremely rare throughout a liturgical year for incense to be used as compared to what is now the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. How would one explain to say one's ...
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Why did Christians kill other Christians during World War One?

The Jehovah's Witnesses often use this as a crutch when sayings that Christianity is not a loving group. John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to ...
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Conscience: Christ's sacrifice vs the blood of bulls and goats?

While reading through Hebrews I came upon the following Scripture: For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. (Heb 10:4 ESV) However, in my recent studies, I came ...
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What's the significance of the 24 elders?

The book of revelation chapter 4 through 8 and the commentary of others.
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what does the bible say about drinking?

Some say that the bible allows drinking alcohol, saying that Jesus Himself make alcoholic wine in cana.In the old testament the demarcation between new wine(tee-roshe Deu 7:13) and old wine(yah yin- ...
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Does God know everything?

If God knows everything, then why do we pray? For example, my dad is in the hospital, and he's really sick. So I pray to God to help my dad get better. Doesn't God know he's in the hospital in need of ...
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Was there doctrinal difference between Lollards and Waldenses?

Lollards and Waldenses are two historical movements that spread out of Catholic church, in England and France, respectively. I know they had similar views such as opposing the corruption of the ...
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Why are some of the Psalms written by people other than David?

Why did David stop writing Psalms and let other people finish writing Psalms? I read through Psalms and tried to figure it out but I just can't find it.
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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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Is the Catholic Church NOT against all birth control?

Card. Kasper made the following comments in an interview with WNYC Radio’s Brian Lehrer as transcribed in this article ‘The Church is not against birth control at all’: Cardinal Walter Kasper: ...
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Is Freemasonry now open to Catholics? [duplicate]

In the 1983 revised Code of Canon Law, there is not mention of Freemasonry. It is not explicit in Can. 1374 whether Freemasonry is one of the associations prohibited to Catholics. Can. 1374 A ...
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What is the Unity teachings of Jesus' resurrection?

The Unity church is unorthodox, however I was wondering what the exact teachings were of Jesus' resurrection.
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Do Christians consider psychic healing to be a non-Christian act? [on hold]

I believe that every church that follows a good and positive God is my church. My God wouldn't limit his beneficence to any one sect or institution, philosophy or religion. I believe that we all have ...
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Why do some Pentecostal preachers claim that Lucifer was a worship leader?

Here in Brazil, there are some Pentecostal preachers who claim that Satan (Lucifer) was the "Minister of Praise in heaven" or the "ruler of the Celestial Choir". I just want to know, according to a ...
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Why Christianity didn't spread through India [on hold]

Christianity spread around the world quite fast. Europe, America, Africa... Why couldn't it spread in India? Of the eastern countries, India seems to be the one with less number of Christians. ...
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What action would Christian ethics guide this missionary to do? [on hold]

Please pardon my english if you find any incongruent usage of words, grammar. A first posting by a non-english speaker I understand that hypothetical questions are usually missing all the relevant ...
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Do people in Heaven and hell effect us here on earth? [on hold]

In this moment there are people in Heaven and Hell. (As in this moment many are entering both) Can and do these people influence or effect us here on Earth? Do all the multi-billions of people in ...
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What do Jehovah's Witnesses believe about evolution?

From Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Believe in Creationism? on jw.org: No. Jehovah’s Witnesses do believe that God created everything. But we do not agree with creationism. Why not? Because a number of ...
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Does God encourage humans to beat other humans?

How do we explain God's statement in Exodus 21 where it says: If a man beats his male or female slave with a club and the slave dies as a result, the owner must be punished. But if the slave ...
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Why eat when there was no death? [on hold]

In Genesis, God tells Adam and Eve not to eat of a certain tree, but they can eat from any other tree. The bible also apparently says that before sin there was no death. So... Why the need to eat? If ...
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Do Christian concepts of fellowship allow for a congregation to welcome atheists to participate in their community? [on hold]

Due to family issues, I have come to distance people from me, mainly because the family issues made me a rough person and I am not "easy" to hang around. For the same reasons, I was never close to the ...
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What is the justification for applying God's promises to Israel to modern day Christians?

One of the favourite verse, used as encouragement, is this from Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give ...
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Why doesn't St. Paul use LOVE for each of the members, when he lays out the Rules for a Christian Households [Col 3:18-20]? [on hold]

In laying out Rules for a Christian Households, St. Paul says in: Colossians 3:18-20 (RSVCE) Rules for Christian Households 18 Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. ...
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Same DNA for Adam and Eve? [on hold]

If Eve was taken from Adam's rib, would that mean they have the same DNA? To avoid this, why was not another portion of earth used to make Eve?
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How is offering X Hail Marys not considered vain repetition?

So if the Hail Mary is a prayer and saying the prayer multiple times is encouraged in Catholicism, what established reason does the Catholic church give to justify it not being a vain repetition. ...
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What types of signs are given by the “lights in the expanse of the heavens”?

On the fourth day, God created lights in the expanse of the heavens for "signs", among other things. Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the ...
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What are the differences between Catholics and the Jehovah's Witnesses

What the are differences and similarities between Jehovah's Witnesses and Catholics? To what extent is the official bible accepted by the Catholic church different from the official JW translation? ...
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What biblical passage(s) reveal(s) what God says was the fallen angels' sin?

From this question: Does the Bible provide any passages that might help in understanding how Satan became sinful?, answers have attempted to find from a biblical-basis, how Satan became sinful. This ...
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What is the context of Chesterton's quote: “When we bind our hearts, we free our hands.”?

In anticipation of watching the new Ragamuffin movie, I'm watching an interview with Rich Mullins. Found transcript here. During the interview, he is seeking to explain what it means by "centering ...
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What the Bible Says About Tithing [on hold]

Why is it that churches don't follow God's commandments regarding tithing? Why don't they tell people that they are supposed to give the over 23% that the Jews gave in the Old Testament plus ...
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Bible verses to overcome masturbation [on hold]

How can I stop masturbation by reading verses from the bible? If the act of masturbation is a sin, it is almost impossible to do without, why it exists, just to take us to hell?
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How are first-grade relics prepared?

Is there a formal practice to the preparation of first-grade relics? How are the remains of a saint divided? Is there a method of preservation involved? Is there now an authority in charge of ...
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What are the views of Evangelical Christians on whether it is possible to go to heaven and back to earth?

I've heard some stories about how kids have died and come back to life a couple of minutes later with a note or something from heaven (e.g., Colton Burpo). Is this biblical? Is it possible? Could it ...
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How could God hold Adam and Eve accountable for sinning when they didn't know evil? [duplicate]

Until Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, how could they know that disobeying God was sinful, as they didn't understand that it was evil? Why does God hold them ...
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How have prominent apologists answered those who claim that Jesus does not love his enemies?

Jesus says in Matthew 5:43: "You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be ...
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Does the incorrupted body of St.Cecilia still exist?

I have searched many sites to find evidence of the incorrupted body of St.Cecilia. But I failed to find any evidence of the real body, only statues of the saint. Can anyone help to find out real photo ...
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Is Christian god omnipotent? Does it follow from the Bible? [duplicate]

Does it follow from Christian bible that God is omnipotent rather than just being a powerful being sharing features with gods of polytheistic religions, such as immortality, invisibility and ability ...
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What is Christ's role in salvation according to Arian theology?

This is related, but intended to be a more specific version of this question. The answer provides a pretty concise, Sunday-school refutation to Arianism, but it assumes a Trinitarian view. From ...
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To a YEC, how does a metaphorical interpretation of Genesis 1-3 distort the gospel?

In my conversations with Young Earth Creationists (YECs), I have on occasion heard the argument that I must interpret Genesis literally, otherwise the entire gospel, culminating at salvation, ...
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When did the concept of “wine is grape juice” originate?

A discussion in chat today has lead me to this question. Most of us should be familiar with the debate about whether Jesus drank alcoholic wine, or some other form of wine, or simple grape juice. My ...
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What is the oldest existing copy of Genesis?

This answer What are the oldest surviving manuscripts of the scriptures? mentions the Nash Papyrus which doesn't contain Genesis and the Codex Sinaiticus which does (but that's more than just ...
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What happens to Hell after Revelation 21:1?

This question popped into my head after reading this question. God states, quite specifically, in v.5 that He would make everything new, "for the old order of things has passed away". Which leads to ...
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Have any prominent theologians written on what the ascension looked like?

Some postmodernists believe the picture of Jesus floating up into the sky like a balloon is absurd. I remember C. S. Lewis saying (in Miracles) that we don't necessarily have to believe that if we ...
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According to Catholic doctrine, Is every woman that has an abortion automatically going to hell?

This is something I've just heard but never verified. Does the Catholic church teach that every woman who has an abortion automatically earns hell no matter what? If so, then why? And how are other ...
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Is it a sin that I don't go to church? [closed]

I haven't gone to church most of my life because of a lack of belief in what our church taught. But I read the bible every day, praise God most of my life, pray every night, repent for my sin, and do ...
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Are Paul's teachings normative today? [closed]

Are the Apostle Paul's teachings about women in Christian ministry (especially pastoral ministry) normative? How is it relevant in the changing context of today?
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Are unbaptized people considered sinners? [closed]

I'm a catholic and I'm really confused on how the Catholic church does things. I do not know how they baptize a person. But a part of me is confused in their baptism. Because, as I observed in other ...
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Do Calvinism and Arminianism cover all Christian doctrines?

This is sort of the opposite version of a question I just asked. What is the most popular belief system that rejects all points of Calvinism and Arminianism? It seems to me that Calvinism and ...
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What belief system would combine both elements from Calvinism and Arminianism?

I've often heard some people describe themselves as a "Calminianist" in an attempt to say through a portmanteau that they ascribe to both Calvinism and Arminianism. Is/Are there some universally ...
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Is there Scriptural Evidence that Moses had a command that made it Lawful for a Man to Divorce his Wife?

From Jesus' answer in this Gospel passage, Teaching about Divorce Mark 10:1-3 (RSVCE) 10 And he left there and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan, and crowds gathered to him ...

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