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Should Christians come out strongly against groups that do evil in Christ's name? [closed]

I finally found a safe way to ask this question. There is a Christian army called the Lords Army, that is doing evil in Africa, after twisting Christian teachings, yet this group is supported by some ...
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What did the Dominicans have against the immaculate conception?

I was readIng an ad for a movie about blessed Duns Scotus which said he was debated and won against the Dominicans in the 13th century about the special privilege given to Mary, her Immaculate ...
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Was Jesus' death legitimate? [closed]

Legitimate, not in the fact that He died, but in how specifically his blood was shed. It is said that Jesus' death was the final fulfillment of the old testament requirements. If this is true, then ...
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Question on John 4:13-14 - How do we drink of the water from Jesus?

I've been struggling with this passage for a while: Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be ...
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How does intercession of saints and Exodus 20:3 not clash? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Praying to people outside the Trinity There are several denominations and traditions that believe in the doctrine of intercession of the saints. Exodus 20:3 (NIV) You ...
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How are Catholic priests chosen and assigned to specific parishes?

I know that a certain amount of education is necessary before men can be ordained as a Catholic priest. But are all men that received the necessary education ordained as priests? If not, what is the ...
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Is violence against LGBT people warranted by scripture? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there any Biblical basis for hating homosexuals? This week marks the 13th anniversary of Matthew Shepherd's torture and murder, a crime which appears to be motivated by ...
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Calvinist perspective on Luke 18:18-30

Luke 18:18-30 (NIV) tells the story of the "rich young ruler" who asked Christ what he must do to inherit eternal life: 18A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit ...
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Should Catholics silently hum the Tetragrammaton when they're supposed to sing it?'

I was telling the kids in my Catechism class yesterday that we don't pronounce God's name anymore in hymns during Mass. They were a tad taken aback, especially since apparently they're supposed to ...
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Can seeking arguments against Christianity strengthen Christianity? [closed]

Some take the position that some knowledge is the work of Satan. Some take the position that critical analysis can strengthen good ideas and weaken bad ones. Should Christians seek out information ...
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Was C. S. Lewis a “muscular” Christian?

Muscular Christianity is a movement, originating in nineteenth-century Britain, associated with promoting physical health, athleticism, and active evangelism. Many critics say that C. S. Lewis, ...
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Should the words to prayers said in private be changed to fit the company?

Why do we pray "Our Father who art in Heaven" and "Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death". Should we instead pray My Father and "Pray for me, a sinner now and at the hour of my death"...
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Do any Christian traditions intentionally use the name 'Yahweh'?

It seems that few Christians deliberatly use the term 'Yahweh', yet it is a cultural norm that using peoples real names shows some level of appreciation and honor. Are there any Christian traditions ...
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Effectiveness of prayers of intercession

I understand that there are many different reasons to pray: confessing your sins, thanking God for daily provisions. However, many people pray for intercession and believe in the possibility that ...
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Were there provisions for salvation for non-Hebrews in the OT?

One of the significant points of Jesus ministry and the evangelism done by the early apostles seems to be their going to "gentile" nations and preaching that they too were recipients of God's plan of ...
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Jesus on how seeds germinate

Jesus tells us in John 12:24 that unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Today the process of germination ...
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What about those who lived before Christ long outside the reach of Israel? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: What happens to people who have never heard about Jesus? Who saved people before ~33AD? Do I get a second chance to believe in Jesus after I die? Were there provisions for ...
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If humans are now genetically tainted by corruption, what was perfection like? [closed]

I have frequently heard the argument that various human frailties, such as dying of old age, are the result of corruption after the original sin; less frequently, but often enough to get my attention, ...
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If Jesus was Sinless and had Free Will, how is the rest of creation not a mistake?

If it is possible to create beings like Jesus - or to recreate humans as sinless versions of themselves - Was all of creation a mistake? A mistake that all of History in the Bible attempts to correct?...
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Can the God of the Old Testament be seen as a consistent moral law giver?

There seems to be instances when God tolerates sin, since it is an improvement over the cultural conditions of the time. For instance, the laws regarding the treatment of slaves some have argued were ...
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What does it mean to test God?

I remember that while Jesus was being tempted in the desert by the devil, the devil had asked Him to jump down from a height, because the angels would be sure to rescue Him. But Jesus answered that ...
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Why do women have inferior rights in the Bible? [closed]

The Bible has many parts (in both the Old and New Testaments) that shows the inferior status of women. Does this come from status in ancient times or does it have another basis? Why do woman today ...
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What was Jesus' view on the authority of Scripture? [closed]

What was Jesus' own personal view on the nature of the Scripture as far as the divine authority of the OT? Can his view on this issue be determined through his own use of it?
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How was the Old Testament compiled?

While this question is similar to this question, I'm certain the answer will be very different, and far more complex.... How was the Old Testament compiled?
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Did Jesus consider OT events to be literal history? [closed]

Did Jesus consider the historic references in the OT to be literal in the sense that people and events where historical as recorded or did he view them as symbolic/figurative or did he pick and choose?...
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What was Satan's view on the authority of Scripture?

Does the Bible give us any indication about what Satan's own view of the Scriptures and their authority as divine testimony is? Does the way he uses it or the way he responds to those who use it tell ...
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How should other churches respond to a pastor and congregation who live contrary to the Gospel?

The news recently had a case of a pastor and two deacons who beat up the pastor's nephew and the nephew's boyfriend on church property in order to prevent the homosexual couple from entering. This ...
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Is the Israel of the NT the modern country? [closed]

The Israel talked about throughout the Old Testament is fairly clearly a specific people group and later a country. The New Testament also makes references to Israel. Are these references comparable? ...
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Is prayer to Jesus required for salvation? [closed]

According to the Bible, will those who have heard about Jesus (and, perhaps, even believed that Jesus existed or that he had a special role) and yet have never prayed directly to Him (i.e. never ...
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What is the earliest name ascribed to the book of Revelation?

I was teaching Catechism last night, going over 'Revelation'. I asked, "what's revelation?" and one girl answered, "It's the last book in the Bible". and I was like, "um yeah..." Well I wanted to say,...
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Once a believer, always a believer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Once saved always saved. Is eternal security Biblical? Recently, I had a conversation with a (new) friend that started off with him telling me how he had been a devout ...
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How can things considered bad when done by humans become good when God does them? [closed]

The following is one of the central questions concerning moral values in Christianity. I am referring to an answer Caleb gave earlier on here. There he says, and I believe this is the standard stance ...
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Who, and what, are the “chosen people”?

According to Deuteronomy 7:6, the Israelites are called the "chosen people". Who in fact are the chosen people, and does this include Christians? What sets the chosen people apart, are there special ...
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Did Jesus die earlier than expected? [closed]

The Bible seems to indicate that Jesus died before the others that were being crucified. John 19:31-33 (NIV) 31 Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. ...
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Are Christians allowed to practice Eastern martial arts? [closed]

I know some people, Christians, who study Eastern martial arts. They explain this by saying that they do not practice the spiritual aspects of karate or kung-fu; but they use only the physical ...
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What are the main points of Mormons' teaching that this group of people consider contradictory to the Bible? [closed]

Okay, before asking this question I want to establish the audience that I am about to address: people who consider themselves Christians and don't associate themselves with Mormons. So here is the ...
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Must a Christian accept the Bible to be infallible and/or inerrant? [closed]

Related question: What is the difference between "infallible" and "inerrant"? I have heard lists of requirements to be considered Christian; among those, I find these the most ...
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What Biblical basis do “separation traditions” have to support their beliefs?

There are a variety of Christian traditions that involve some level of separation from the world - monasticism, the Mennonites, Amish, Shakers, Quakers, etc. We are told in the New Testament to be "...
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When do we as Christians draw the line on self-defense? [closed]

At what line do Christians stop at self defense? Take a look here: Matthew 5:39 But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. ...
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Is it appropriate to say that some denominations are more “extreme” than others?

I've been thinking about the actions of people under the guise of religions. It is clear to me that there are extremists in any religion, under any denomination, just as there are more liberal people. ...
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Does the Bible talk about denominations?

Is there any talk of differing religious denominations (of Christianity) in the Bible? Specific references to passages would be quite useful.
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Is Communion still Communion under only the species of wine?

I was reading in the Youcat that Communion only under the species of bread is also a full communion with Christ I was always under the impression that both the bread and the wine when ...
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How do Christians justify their belief and how do they convince others of their belief? [closed]

First of all, I assume that everybody should have some sort of justification for his beliefs. Secondly, I assume that Christians are interested in convincing others to join them as evangelisation ...
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How should we judge the trustworthiness of a given Bible translation?

Given that both the humans who actually penned the Bible and the later humans who translated it all had free will, the issue of Biblical inerrancy is a tricky one. See also: By what mechanism could ...
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Why are the first five books of the old testament named differently in some translations?

In my (norwegian) Bible, the first five books are titled the first through fifth books of Moses, instead of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, etc., which appear to be the common English names. The names of ...
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What did the animals eat when they emerged from the ark? [closed]

Given that Noah had to rescue 2 of a kind of every animal and fit them all in the ark, and given that he would've had to feed them while they were in his captivity: If after the flood there were only ...
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What were people supposed to do with an incomplete or nonexistent Bible?

If god wants everybody to be Christian and the Bible is the central text of Christianity, what were people supposed to do before it was completed, much less started? Also, is there anything on record ...
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Where can I learn about Catholic terms and phrases?

A number of very good questions and answers on this site refer to specifically Catholic doctrine or terminology. I've been one to ask for clarification on these terms at times, however I think it's ...
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How do we resolve the issue with the circular argument that the Bible is the basis for its own authority? [closed]

This is a continuation from the previous question, "Why is the Bible a foundation of theological evidence?" But this time I'd like the question to focus on the issue of what looks like a circular ...
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Should Christians uphold unjust laws that are not overtly immoral? [closed]

Inspired by this question, I'm left wondering how Christians ought to respond to laws that are unjust, but not overtly immoral. I think most of us will agree that Christians ought to disregard laws ...

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