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What determines the denominational “value” of a given Bible translation?

In related form to a previous question, what makes a given translation (or translational family) more likely to be promulgated by a given denomination over others? For example, the New American Bible ...
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What is a historicist’s view of the seven seals in Revelation?

Historicism is a method of interpretation in Christian eschatology that associates biblical prophecies with actual historical events (which may also be symbolic of repeated occurrences). This means ...
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God's divine decree in Scripture

I have listened to Calvinists state that all that happens in time is a result of God's divine decree. Where in Scripture do we find evidence for the existence of such a decree, or where in Scripture ...
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Did John 14:6 apply before the birth of Christ? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Who saved people before ~33AD? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6). Did this apply before ...
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Masses timetable [closed]

I'm sorry if this is not the right place where asking this question. I'm trying to set up a database of cult (or masses) timetables all over the world, starting from Italy, and I would need some ...
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What does it means INRI in Jesus Cross? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does INRI stand for? In Jesus Cross there is symbol like INRI, What does it exactly means and why they are keeping this still in cross any conditions or story ...
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How do non-reformed theologists argue against “God alone matters”? [closed]

Edit For anyone that might stumble across this by accident: This is not a position that reformed theologists hold. (I.e. my assumption is incorrect.) Original Question If I understand reformed ...
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Did Martin Luther publish any doctrinal material of managing one's own physical death?

As Christianity often comes hand-in-hand with the subject of death we often associate an RIP tombstone with a priest, pastor, or some religious representative at a burial site. However as we usually ...
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What is the New Testament “process” for doing a church plant?

Given that new churches are to be started (eg the ministry of the Apostle Paul in partial fulfillment of the Great Commission), what is the New Testament model or process for how this should be done? ...
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Does inerrancy only apply to a certain canon? If so, which one? [on hold]

Canon 60 of the Council of Laodicea states the books that are allowed to be read. Revelation was not included at this time, and some books were included that are not included today. Also, the ...
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What is the Catholic view on EFT?

Did the Catholic Church or any of the representatives issued any stance on Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)? I realize it comes from an Eastern religion which is not in line with Christianity, but ...
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What did Jesus mean when he spoke of drinking new wine in his Father's kingdom? [closed]

I have been taught that the joy of heaven is far beyond what could be offered by sensory joys like eating and drinking. And, as a Catholic I believe that Jesus established the Sacrament of Holy ...
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Are the “Great Supper of God” and the “Wedding Supper of the Lamb” the same event?

In Revelation 19, there is a feast or feasts mentioned by two names. The first is The Wedding Supper of the Lamb: ibid. vv. 7-9 (NASB): Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for ...
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What is understood under “Peace” in the New Testament in the Eastern Orthodox Church? [closed]

There are a lot of references to peace in the New Testament. How are we to understand it?
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Rapture questions and why should we choose to be taken? [closed]

It is quite confusing hearing talks about Pre-Trib, Mid-Trib and Post-Trib and when the rapture will take place in those periods. End time messages are abundant but some are clashing. 1.) When will ...
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What is biblical theology? [duplicate]

My understanding of biblical theology is that it is a theological understanding that is presented by a book of the Bible. Does it automatically become systematic theology when you pull from another ...
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Was satan a worship leader? [duplicate]

I've heard it claimed that Satan was the worship leader for God's choir. I cannot find any scripture in the Bible that mentions Satan was in worship in heaven and was closest to God. What is the ...
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According to Pentecostal doctrines, can a widower marry a divorced person without committing a mortal sin?

Does it make a difference if that person was the victim of marital infidelity? If there are significant differences between Pentecostal denominations please give an overview of their different ...
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Fasting from a OT and NT perspective [closed]

I'm interested to learn more about how both the Old Testament and New Testament considered the religious significance of fasting. How this different between Judaism?
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What must we do if the vast majority of the members of the Catholic Church here on earth profess heresy and are thus excommunicate?

What must faithful Christians do if the vast majority of the members of the Church here on earth, including those comprising the hierarchy or even the Pope, profess heresy (and are thus ...
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Judah, Joseph, and Jacob's birthright

Jacob had twelve sons, the firstborn of whom was Reuben. Yet, the birthright that should have passed on to Reuben did not due to Reuben's sin against his father (1 Chronicles 5:1-2). Naturally, ...
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How would Matthew 24:36 be explained from a Post-Tribulation perspective?

Matthew 24:36 reads: But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Wouldn't Post-Trib adherents be able to say that you could indeed ...
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Why are archdeacons (Anglican, Catholic, or Orthodox) called “The Venerable”? What is the origin, in Latin and English, of this title?

Wikipedia doesn't seem to provide a fleshed-out etymology of this title. Who first held it? When did its usage become applied to all archdeacons. And do archdeacons ever have issues with the title, ...
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How do we know that the Bible is of God? [closed]

I have trouble accepting that the Bible - specifically the New Testament - in its current form is of God, as it was put together and decided upon by man, who is inherently flawed. Why have we ...
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Should Christians accept homosexuals as friends? [closed]

Is it a sin to accept a homosexual brother in Christ? Since we all sin and fall short of the glory of God, who can be my brother in Christ? Who am I to set homosexuality as an unforgivable sin when ...
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Origins of requesting prayer from people in Heaven? [duplicate]

I am wondering about the origin of the practice of people requesting prayers from people who have died and are assume to be in heaven (and also from angels)? I know catholics and orthodox will claim ...
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John 15 - fruit [closed]

In John 15 it mentions a lot about fruit. "He cuts of every branch in me that bears no fruit". "This is to my father's glory that you bear much fruit". What kind of fruit do you think this is? Are ...
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When does temptation become a sin? [closed]

Jesus said even looking at another mans wife lustfully IS in fact adultery. (Matt 5:28). This seems to imply the that lustful temptation is sin, even when it is not acted upon. I've read several ...
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Forgiveness from Christ [closed]

Is there anything that you can do that even if you have asked Jesus for forgivess, He would still reject you for? Does the Cross cover all things you have asked forgiveness for?
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Are there examples of royal Orthodox saints (not martyrs) who have executed people?

Are there any examples of saints (not martyrs) recognized by the Orthodox church that have executed or overseen the execution of people? I am explicitly ruling out martyrdom because I am interested ...
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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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According Catholic theology, what does the joy of heaven consist of? [duplicate]

According Catholic theology, what does the joy of heaven consist of? If there is a principal joy, what is it? Anecdote: I remember riding on a bus and a man going of saying to the effect that if ...
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Levitical Law obsolete? [duplicate]

Paul says Romans 6:14-15 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. 15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under ...
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How is the Book of Enoch ascribing all sins of fallen angels to Azazel not Scriptural?

A member by the name Jas 3.1 in his list of false doctrines against the Book of Enoch in "Why is the Book of Enoch not regarded as canonical?" stated: "Ascribes all the sin of the fallen angels to ...
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According to Catholic theology, why are there two and only two processions in the Godhead? [duplicate]

Catholics, and to my understanding other Trinitarian Christians, believe and teach what is borne by scripture [cf. Eph 4:4-5] i.e. there One God the Father, One God the Son, and one God the Holy ...
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What are the verses of all the Bible stories that deal with infertility? [closed]

Many women in the Old and New Testaments were barren (infertile). What are the verses for all the Biblical stories that deal with infertile women, including those in the books Protestants call the ...
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Does God's creation of free will necessitate some people's disbelief? [closed]

Why does free will necessitate people not believing in God? It seems that if God has no limit to His power, knowledge and love(sorry, that sounds inflammatory), He would not hesitate to guide all ...
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What is the scriptural basis for Adam living forever after eating from the Tree of Life? [closed]

I have been considering Adam and what God said about Adam pertaining to the tree of life directly after the fall. After Adam had transgressed God commanded that the tree of life be withheld from him ...
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What happens to those souls who have not been--nor ever will be--exposed to the teachings of the Bible? [duplicate]

My question relates to those who have only ever known one teaching which was derived from their birth religion, especially those who live secluded lives, far from society, and have their own spiritual ...
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Death before the second coming [closed]

In Matthew 16:28; "Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom." is that referring to physical death ...
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According to most Protestants, did Jesus intend one correct interpretation for his parables? [closed]

I have read a related question about the interpretation of parables and the question wanted an answer from the Catholic's perspective. I am curious about how the mainstream Protestant denomination ...
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What does 'catholic church' mean in the Apostle's Creed? [duplicate]

The Apostle's creed: I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin ...
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Is predestination predetermined by God, or is it a consequence of free will? [closed]

All Scripture is quoted from the King James translation, unless otherwise noted. According to A.W. Pink Predestination is based on God's foreknowledge. There are five links in the golden chain of ...
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Why is it that some people experience extreme emotions listening to worship music? [closed]

Christians and nonchristians interested in Christianity sometimes report experiencing emotional reactions to Christian worship music. In addition, attendees of many Pentecostal or Charismatic ...
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Are the Local Churches (associated with Watchman Nee) Calvinist? [duplicate]

Are the Local Churches, based on the teachings of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee, Calvinist (Reformed Theology)?
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Why did Jesus need to be baptized? [closed]

I was recently reading through Wikipedia's article on the Baptism of Jesus, I came across this passage on the historicity of the event. Basically, it argues that Jesus' baptism would have been ...
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Is masturbation equivalent to premarital sex? [closed]

I apologize for any ignorance I may display in my asking this question but I'm a little confused. I have been searching for the meaning of sexual immorality in order to fully understand what the ...
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What is the purpose of Evil and Sin? [duplicate]

If God can do everything than, why don't he just abolish sin and evil from the world. As if it never existed? There's no reason to have sin and evil running around if the lord finds it sickening why ...
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Why are certain Books Excluded from the Canon? [duplicate]

I trust the current Biblical canon, but I was researching Biblical evidence against Purgatory when I came across a Catholic blog that used the book of II Maccabees as evidence. That got me thinking: ...
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Tax Deductible Giving, is this unbiblical? [closed]

Sorry if this question has already been addressed, I am new to this site. My question stems off of two verses referencing giving in the New Testament? Matthew 6:3 "When you give to the needy do not ...

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