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Lord's Prayer and the Holy Spirit [closed]

Thanks Jon for the answer. Think I didn't frame the question correctly. This is the correct one: Is there a reason why the Lord's prayer doesn't mention anything related to requesting/praying for ...
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Words for living. from the Proverbs of Solomon [migrated]

What does "a word fitly spoken is like an apple of gold in a picture of silver" (Proverbs 25:11) mean? I know that an apple is a fruit but the apple of gold in a picture of silver part I can't ...
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Why is Saint Paul considered gnostic? (by some)

I read that these verses (over other texts that are clearly gnostic but not attributed as such) are consider gnostic: ST. PAUL TO THE EPHESIANS - Third letter For our wrestling is not against ...
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Was Paul ever recorded as having done a good deed? [closed]

The sting and polemic in Paul's letters is well documented. He fought with the authorities, the Apostles and there is an edge in every letter he wrote, even to those to people he claimed as "friends". ...
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How soon after the passing of the act of supremacy in 1532 did the public begin to see changes to the liturgy and sacraments of the Church of England? [closed]

Henry VIII enacted the Act of Supremacy in 1534, thereby making the monarch the head of the now established Church of England. In this new church, who were the priests? Did all of the priests of the ...
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Proverbs 20:27 KJV vs NIV84 [closed]

In Proverbs 20:27, the KJV states The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly. [emphasis added] in the NIV 1984 version it appears to seperate the ...
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When and why did the Day-Age and Gap theories fall out of popularity?

Historically, Creationists tended to fall into two broad categories, those who subscribe to the Day-Age theory (the idea that the days in Genesis 1 represent ages of indeterminate length, not 24 hour ...
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Why does my 130 yr old KJV bible include 14 books that are not found in the modern KJV bible?

My 130 yr old bible includes the 14 books that make up what many protestants call the apocrypha. but these books are not found in the modern KJV bible. It seems these books were removed around 1881. ...
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KJV version confusion

Hello I've been confused by the amount of KJV bibles there are. The AKJV means the authorised King James Bible but AKJV also stands for American King James Bible as well. From my understanding the ...
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Communion being Literal [duplicate]

Why do Catholics believe that communion is actually flesh and blood? I as born again Christian realized that I'm having to get legalistic which I dislike, needing some help?
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In Jeremiah 12:7, who is the “Beloved of my Heart”?

I have forsaken My house, I have abandoned My inheritance; I have given the beloved of My soul Into the hand of her enemies. - Jeremiah 12:7 This Scripture portion is one of Jeremiah's confessions to ...
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Can more recent revelation from LDS prophets nullify or change official Mormon scripture?

When an LDS prophet speaks, if what he says is different than canonized LDS scripture, do the words of the prophet take precedence?
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From a Catholic viewpoint, why will there be a particular judgement and a general judgment?

If we are judged by God at the moment of death, why is Jesus, at his Second Coming going to judge the living and the dead at the Last Judgment?
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Can you help illuminate part of this Psalm? (103) [migrated]

Psalm 103 King James Version (KJV) 103 Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. My question: Does the singer command his soul to "Bless the LORD" , or is he ...
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Benjamin ,blessing of the last tribe [closed]

Why is a wolf blessed in chapter 49 of genesis,the enemy of the shepherd,I'm talking about the tribe of Benjamin. all of the twelve tribes are blessed.
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What is the biblical basis for a continued illness indicating unforgiven sin? [closed]

Jesus says in Mark 2:9-12 [Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has ...
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What is the biblical basis for looking in a particular direction to pray?

Does it matter if you bow your head or lift up your eyes, etc.? Does it matter if you face Mt. Zion or any other place?: Gen_24:48 And I bowed down my head, and worshipped the LORD, and blessed ...
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Intertestamental usage of the LXX [migrated]

It is recorded that Jesus read from the Septuagint in the synagogue during His ministry. As an example, Luke 4:16-20. Luke 4:18. The Hebrew of Isa. 61:2 reads merely “the opening to them that are ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief that people do not go to heaven or hell immediately when they die?

User @Touch poignantly stated in a now closed question, But if people are already in heaven this means that there really isn't much reason for Jesus Christ to return, because all those that ...
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Where did people go before Jesus' time? [duplicate]

Before Jesus was born (presuming 6,000 years after creation) how did christianity work? Obviously when Jesus was born that changed everything. Did people go to hell or what?
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Did Tertullian forbid Christians from being school teachers?

While reading Bruce Shelley's Church History in Plain Language, I came across the following quote, in the context of how early Christians separated themselves from the world around them for fear of ...
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Historically what percentage of the Catholic Church's liturgical function was done in Latin?

I have been doing some research and reading about the history of what a church gathering looked like, prior to the Reformation. One thing I have not been able to find detailed information regarding ...
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What term is used to mean a prophetic message has a present and future application?

I am looking for the term that describes prophecy as both present and future in meaning.
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Where did the teachings of Original Sin come from? [duplicate]

From my understanding, Original Sin is NOT a belief held by the Jewish tradition - which Jesus practiced. Where did Original Sin originate?
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According to the Catholic Church, does Jesus condemn those who don't believe?

From the Nicene Creed: I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ ... He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead After reading this today, which appears somewhat to contrast ...
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Is there a recognised soteriology that combines selective election for some and general election for everyone else?

Are there any Christian groups or denominations that hold a belief in selective election to salvation, in that some individuals are specifically and irresistibly called (Noah, Moses, 12 desciples, ...
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Basis for belief that Christians will skip judgement [closed]

What is the Biblical basis for the belief that Christians will skip any kind of Judgment? I've heard this explained various ways, for example, that God will look at us and see only Christ's ...
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Can Uniate (Eastern) catholic priest serve Latin mass?

It is known that eastern priests can be married. On the other hand Western rite claims priest to be unmarried. So consider Uniate eastern catholic priest who is married. Can he, if he wants, serve ...
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According to Catholics, what is the law placed within the Israelite in the New Covenant?

In Jer. 31:31-34, it is written, 31 “Behold, the days are coming,” said Yahveh, “that I shall cut a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant that I ...
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Christianity and Usury from a Historical perspective

It is safe to say that the Old Testament prohibits usury? Jesus followed the Law and as a rabbi he would have also prohibited it. It seems that the Church banned usury until roughly the 18th Century. ...
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Resurrection in Matthew 27:52-54. If not the resurrection of first fruits, then why? [duplicate]

My question originates from Matthew 27:51 and the few verses following. Summed up it basically reads ; "Jesus gave up The Spirit and His life upon the cross, at that moment the temple curtain was torn ...
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Has the Catholic Church responded to the argument that sex between a married couple can strengthen their emotional bond?

This is a question I asked based on problems I struggle with as someone raised Catholic as part of a generation taught more about science than any generation before me. I can't simply ignore science. ...
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Has the Catholic Church made a list of events in the life of Jesus which took place in fulfillment of prophecies of the Old Testament?

There appears to be a number of events in the life of Jesus which took place in order to fulfill one prophecy or other of the Old Testament, but are not specifically quoted as such by the evangelists. ...
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When was the first time God promised eternal life in the Bible? [duplicate]

One of the central tenets of the Bible is that you can enter heaven if you follow the way of the Lord, living harmoniously with him. At some point of time (If not from the very beginning of the ...
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JUDGMENT IN HEAVEN [duplicate]

we know that one must accept Christ before and remain righteous before he can make heaven. what about those who died without hearing about Christ and those who died before the coming of Christ are ...
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Is the Old Testament and levitical law valid? [duplicate]

While discussing Leviticus 18 with a classmate in my hermeneutics class, it was brought to my attention that we, as Christians, have no obligation to follow the "letter of the Old Testament law." Once ...
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Why do Popes have seven candlesticks on the altar at Mass?

Why is it that Popes have seven candlesticks on the altar when they pontificate a Solemn Mass? This is something that I have noticed at several Papal Masses. Sometimes the candlestick is set next to ...
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How does the Catholic Church justify discouraging romantic freedoms of homosexuals?

I was raised a Catholic, and I have been very disappointed with Christian views toward homosexuality. Wikipedia summarizes: Homosexuality is treated in Roman Catholic Church teaching under two ...
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God's Omnipotent Presence [closed]

I was wondering as to why certain verses such as Job 1:12 and Job 2:7 mention the presence of the Lord, when God is already everywhere at every time. How can God have a presence if he is already ...
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How does Reformed Theology consider passages that may imply that God is the “subject of sufferings”?

In A Dissertation Concerning the End for which God Created the World, John Edwards makes the following statement, Because it is evident, by both Scripture and reason, that God is infinitely, ...
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According to Catholicism, does the depositum fidei include the proper interpretation of scriptures about Jesus?

While walking on a road from Jerusalem to Emmaus, two disciples encountered a man whom they later recognized to be the risen Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ then, "beginning at Moses and all ...
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According to Catholicism, what is the purpose of praying for the dead?

What is the purpose of praying for the dead according to Catholicism?
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How do those who support the perpetual virginity of Mary doctrine harmonize the Protevangelium of James with the Gospel of Matthew?

I have a question concerning those who support the perpetual virginity doctrine. The Protoevangelium of James is the earliest source used to demonstrate how Joseph had children from a previous ...
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Did Jesus as told in the New Testament really exist? [duplicate]

Why do historians say that there is no evidence that a historical Jesus existed? Furthermore they deduce that Jesus is a conglomeration of several mythical and/or pagan characters. Here is a typical ...
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How do the church fathers reconcile the accounts of Jesus calling Peter and Andrew to be apostles?

How do the church fathers reconcile the accounts of Jesus calling Peter and Andrew to be apostles? With scriptures listed below it appears that though John, Andrew, and Peter were the first to ...
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According to church fathers, was Cleopas the Brother of Joseph?

In Catholic and Orthodox tradition, it is asserted that Alphaeus or Clopas is the brother of Joseph, the husband of Mary. What exactly is the justification behind this relationship? Are there any ...
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What was the normal way to cross the Jordan River during first century in Israel?

Question: What was the normal way to cross the Jordan River during first century in Israel? Reading John 1:28 it says that John was baptizing on the East side of the Jordan River and I've wondered ...
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Do laws and policies restrict religious freedom in Saudi Arabia? [closed]

Accurate religious demographics are difficult to obtain in Saudi Arabia but while all citizens are considered Muslims by the state, there are believed to be at least 1.5 million Christians living in ...
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Why is God said to have married a couple?

As I understand it, the Catholic Catechism states that divorce is an impossibility because "What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder." (Mark 10:9). Is this understanding ...
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understanding God [duplicate]

Based on the way the Bible story of Adam and Eve, why would God have placed Adam and Eve in a garden with temptation in front of them, in the form of a tree with desirable fruit, and not given them ...

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