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Is modern technology part of the Divine Intention? [closed]

These days we have very advanced technologies which our forefathers could not have think of. Are the discoveries and inventions part of the Divine Plan or Intention? Genesis 1:28 (NIV) God ...
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Efforts and motivation on sanctification [closed]

Does sanctification require effort on part of the believer, God, or both combined? If on part of the believer, then who provides motivation for sanctification, God or self?
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Torment of Unbelievers vs those who take the Mark of the Beast

Revelation 11:10-11 10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone ...
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How do I find Jesus in everything? [closed]

Life is so busy and there are so many things to do, so many problems to deal with. But I don't want to walk with God just 'sometimes', I want to see Him in everything, not just in church or when I am ...
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Do Paul's and Jesus' use of epithets and culturally-harsh criticisms mandate/approve our own?

Not to be confused with this closed question, is our use of cultural criticisms (eg some from the list of Carlin's 7 words) approved\allowed\encouraged because Jesus (and later Paul) used cultural ...
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When is Isaiah 11:8 supposed to be fulfilled?

8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den. When is this verse supposed to be fulfilled? I would guess not today ...
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Constructive ways to pursue a relationship (with a partner/spouse)? [closed]

As a single man I find it difficult to meet people, not only with good values, but who share my faith. I struggle with finding environments in which mingle with eligible people that may actually lead ...
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Do the notes in the NABRE accurately reflect the Catholic Church's understanding of biblical inerrancy?

The NABRE is largely a product of the Catholic Church, and it is approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. It's even available online at the USCCB website. So I was surprised to ...
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Who coined the phrase “Bema Seat”?

I get that "Bema" is the Greek word translated "judgment seat" in the NT. But how did the term "Bema Seat" come to be used? It's a little redundant, like saying "PIN number", but catchy - I'd just ...
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Where does the concept of “unconditional love toward others” come from?

What tradition or theology does the concept of "unconditional love toward others" derive from, and how is it reconciled with the need of repentance for absolution along with a similar process for ...
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Why did Jesus confront the official who had slapped Him in the presence of the High Priest?

John 18:20-23 (NIV) reads: “I have spoken openly to the world,” Jesus replied. “I always taught in synagogues or at the temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret. Why ...
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What is sacred prostitution? [migrated]

What is the "sacred prostitution" mentioned in Deuteronomy 23:17 and then in I Kings 14:24? They mention it is something awful, but I cannot imagine what it is in the first place.
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What views are there about the necessity of Jesus' murder?

In a former question, I was told me that different denominations of Christianity hold many views about if/why it was necessary for Jesus to be murdered instead of dying of old age. I would now like ...
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There are some Catholics who disagree that Muslims and Catholics “worship the same God”. What are their arguments that Allah is not God? [duplicate]

The Catholic Church teaches that Muslims [...] adore the one and merciful God. In the first place amongst these there are the Muslims, who, professing to hold the faith of Abraham, along with us ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief that the name of the Messiah is יָהוּשׁוּעַ (Yahushua)?

There are some1 who assert that the name of the Messiah is יָהוּשׁוּעַ (which would be transliterated into English as Yahushua). What is the biblical basis for this assertion? 1 See Google search for ...
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Does Luke 14:26 justify divorce? [closed]

Does Luke 14:26* justify divorce (or at least separation)? *[If any man come to me and hateth not his father and mother, and wife and children, and brethren and sisters, yea and his own life besides: ...
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Do any christian groups think it is not sinful to commit suicide in order to donate organs? And What justification?

Here is my understanding of Christianity and the Bible's teaching on this question: Suicide is bad. Giving up your life to save someone is good. So, if you commit suicide but at the same time ...
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According to Catholicism what does it mean for every relationship in heaven to be perfect and fulfilling?

The Catholic church teaches that every relationship in heaven will be perfect and fulfilling (for example, see this American Catholic reflection written by Friar Jim Van Vurst, O.F.M.). What does ...
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Where was Herod's temple built?

The Scripture says that the Second Temple was built on the foundation of Solomon's Temple, but was Herod's Temple built in the same place or was it built next to it? (Do we have any records that say ...
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Crusades: What's the historic consensus? [closed]

Some say the crusades were Christian aggression against Muslims. Others say the crusades were responses to Muslim aggressive expansion into Europe. What is the historic consensus?
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Phileo/Storge love in God and heaven?

My friend and I were talking about the four types of love the Greeks distinguished, and my friend said God's love is purely Agape. But doesn't God wants to be friend with each of us? And doesn't God ...
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How is theistic evolution and the fall of man compatible? [duplicate]

All scientific evidence suggests evolution did happen, or something very similar. Of course, every theory has its flaws, including evolution, but how is the fall of man conpatible with evolution? Even ...
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How do Bible scholars reconcile the differences between Greek and Aramaic in John 21:15-17?

John 21:15-17 recounts a powerful conversation between Jesus and Peter, where Jesus asks Peter, three times, if he loves Him. Greek has several words for "love". In Greek, the dialogue goes like this: ...
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What did the early church fathers (pre-5th c.) teach with regards to baptismal regeneration?

The title says it all, really. What did the ECF believe and teach with regards to baptismal regeneration? Did they generally subscribe to it or deny it? Related: What did the early church fathers ...
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Do most Advent Christians hold to eternal security?

Is there a predominant view among Advent Christian Church members (a.k.a First-day Adventists) regarding the doctrine of Perseverance of the Saints, sometimes called "eternal security"?
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How do the Eastern Orthodox interpret this verse from Psalm 69:3?

O God, be attentive unto helping me; O Lord, make haste to help me. Let them be shamed and confounded that seek after my soul. Let them be turned back and brought to shame that desire evils ...
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Byzantine Chant vs. Gregorian Chant: What are the differences in goals as far as attitude and concepts between these two chanting styles

I'm NOT interested here in the difference in musical structure and rules here, per-say, between the Byzantine and Gregorian chanting styles. What I'm more interested in is the difference between them ...
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Eastern Orthodoxy - When a liturgical hymn to a Saint is composed (such as a Troparion), how is the mode/tone for the hymn chosen?

Canons, troparia, kontakia, aposticha, stichera, etc. all have a tone/mode associated with them. How does the author of the hymn choose which mode/tone to use? Is it the same for all, or is it a ...
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Who is permitted to write a canon or an akathist hymn to a Saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church, and how is it done?

I would imagine it would be a wonderful and prayerful experience to dive into the life of a Saint and compose a Church liturgical hymn for him/her. Who is permitted to engage in such activities? ...
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What are the different views of Evangelical denominations about when Jesus become the High Priest?

In the Aaronic Priesthood, priests come and go but Jesus is a priest forever. 23-25 Earlier there were a lot of priests, for they died and had to be replaced. But Jesus’ priesthood is ...
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Are there any historical examples of Binitarianism? [duplicate]

This is a term I coined myself (and do not advocate) but within Christian history most if not all of the ways someone could be a Trinitarian heretic found historical expression. I'm wondering if there ...
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Can we still work for rewards in heaven? Will the treasures ever be exhausted? [closed]

I've been searching Google and forums for years but have never ever heard of this being asked... So I finally decided to ask it myself. Can we still work and earn rewards while we are in heaven? ...
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Does the last judgement include a last chance to reconcile?

I was reading a Catholic Magazine a few years ago (it might have been Catholic Answers) and I remember reading an article on the last judgement that seemed to suggest that at the end of time there ...
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If I seek God, does that mean that I MUST be elect, according to Calvinism? [duplicate]

I want to find God, at least I think I do. I struggle with the different interpretations of the path to salvation and even though I don't LIKE the idea of God electing some and giving others ...
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Do any Christian traditions permit suicide to avoid being dishonored (raped)?

Do any Christian traditions allow suicide for women at the point of being dishonored (raped) by rampaging armies or thugs during war or persecutions against Christians? This tough subject includes ...
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Have any critiques of Lindbeck's principles been offered by academics?

Lindbeck's principles for doing 'good' Christology are as follows: Monotheism - There is only one God Historic Specificity - Centred on Jesus of Nazareth Christological Maximalism - all highest ...
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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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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 Israel still Chosen Nation according to Catholic doctrine?

I encountered an opinion that the Old Covenant is still valid and the Israel is still Chosen Nation of God. I haven't checked the accuracy of the source, but I found somewhere around the Internet that ...
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Catholic Church's History Reflects The life of Christ?

Background: A while back I had a very devout friend of mine explain to me that the life (or as I understood, the History) of the Catholic Church sort of paralleled the life of Jesus. That, like Jesus, ...
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Committing of Adultery in Heart. [closed]

When Jesus said that a man who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in heart, did He mean that the woman concerned would also be responsible for the man's sin ? In other ...
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In the context of 1 Corinthians 7:10-15, is a Christian free to remarry if his Christian spouse falls away from God and divorces? [closed]

1 Corinthians 7:10-15 does not mention about fallen away or disfellowshiped spouses. If a baptized believing spouse falls away from God and leaves the church, into which group of people does this new ...
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Are there one or two covenants in Exodus? Clarifying the role of the first set of laws compared to the second set

Im a little confused by some commentaries as to how they describe the laws given to Moses. We see a first set of commands listed in Exodus 20:1-17 and 20:22-23:33. These are then agreed upon by ...
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What were the disciples afraid of?

In Mark 10:32 it says 32 And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the ...
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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 you ask for forgiveness, or know he has forgiven you? [closed]

My church says to ask for forgiveness when I do wrong but I don't really know how or how do I know if he has forgiven me.
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Was Mohammed a Christian? [closed]

When Islam was first founded there were some who considered it to be a heresy. 1 It wasn't until Mohammed was 40 years old that he claimed he was visited by the angel Gabriel and received his first ...
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Denominations that interpret Matthew 5:32 & 19:9 as NOT permitting divorce in the case of adultery?

Which denominations interpret these verses as not permitting divorce in the case of adultery, for those in a valid marriage? St. Matthew 5:32But I say to you, whosoever shall dismiss his wife, ...
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How could Christ offer His blood to those under the Law, when He was forbidden by heritage?

Christ being from the tribe of Judah, could not offer blood as a Levitical priest to those under the Law (Hebrews 7:14) Christ is the Melchizedekian high priest offering His blood for those who are ...
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Why is our righteousness as filthy rags? [closed]

I want to know why man's righteousness is as filthy rags, especially as it relates to the idea of works righteousness, or earning one's own salvation. Is it because humans are incapable of offering up ...

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