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What is considered chaste behaviour from a Catholic perspective?

The Catholic church teaches that sexual love between a man and a woman is to be reserved to within marriage. My question is in the opinion of the Catholic church what is defined as pre-marital1 ...
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Why is Mary Magdalene the patron saint of hairdressers?

Why is Mary Magdalene the patron saint of hairdressers and when was the first time she was assigned this role? From Wikipedia: Patronage Apothecaries; Kawit, Cavite; Atrani, Italy; ...
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Whom are the 'least of these' in Matthew 25:45 refering to?

The Sheep and the Goats 31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will ...
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Where do Christian doctrines state that God, being supernatural, can never be detected by science? [closed]

I've heard apologetics claim that science could never prove the existence of God because if God is detectable by science then he isn't really a supernatural being. Is this in the doctrines of ...
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Will the Church go through the tribulation spoken of in the book of Revelation? [closed]

In Revelation 7:9 it states, "After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and ...
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Why did Ananias die?

In Acts 4:32-5:11, Ananias dies when Peter asks him why he has held some of the proceeds of the sale of his property back from the communal pot. However, it is not made clear that he promised to give ...
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Is there biblical evidence that God knows my unspoken thoughts? [closed]

I am trying to understand the broader rules for my own existence. I know I exist and think. If I want to convey thoughts to another person or living being I have words. Many times words are poor ...
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When will believers of Christ get punished? [closed]

I just found out about the Judgment seat of Christ. And from what I'm understanding, this is not the place where God metes out punishment for God's children. Well, when will that time come? Can ...
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New Testament Poetry

In the Old Testament, there are lengthy poetic passages or entire books of poetry (e.g. Song of Songs). What poetry, if any is there in the New Testament? John 1:1-18 and Luke 1:46-55 seem like ...
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What is the basis from the Church's Sacred Deposit of the Faith for the concept of “gradualism”?

During the 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family, there has been a reference to the [theological] concept [/law/principle] of "gradualism", mention here and here in the media. It is also mentioned ...
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Is a Catholic annulment divorce in a Catholic way?

During an interview with America and La Nación – Argentina’s leading daily, in a response to a question , Cardinal Walter Kasper said This marriage was a reality, and to say it was canonically ...
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Poor defined as 'Any Poor' or 'Christian Poor' [closed]

Context: Proverbs 19:17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again. Luke 12:33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide ...
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What is the earliest non-Judeo-Christian reference to Jesus? [duplicate]

I am looking for the earliest references to Jesus that are not Biblical. I am looking to identify historical documents unrelated to the Christian church (at the time of the writing). On the Jewish ...
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Was the Roman Catholic Church responsible for the change of Sabbath to Sunday as day of rest?

Some historians--both Catholic and Protestants--make reference to Constantine, the emperor, circa 527, as paving the way for the Bishop of Rome as responsible for the change that historically took ...
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If we are “Saved” by grace, then why are we getting "Judged?

Ephesians 2:8 (NIV) For it is by grace you been (Saved), through faith--- an this is not from yourselves,it is the gift of God. 2 Corithians 5:10 (NLT) For we must all stand before Christ to be ...
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What is the scientific effectiveness of “street preaching” as a method of evangelization?

I've been looking around for hard facts on the efficacy of street preaching but can't find any. Are there any hard numbers on the number of people who come to faith through this kind of evangelism? ...
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What kinds of Mormon missionaries are there?

I'm used to seeing young missionaries travel in pairs, talking to people and visiting them, but I don't typically think of them as serving their missions online (as evidenced here) or doing other ...
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Under what conditions can a re-married catholic couple receive the sacrament of eucharist

According to familiaris consortio the only case where a "civilly" re-married catholic may receive communion, is where they repent and live like brother-sister, so to speak. Are there other, perhaps ...
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What does 2 Timothy 2:15 mean?

Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. What does that mean? Be a good worker. What does that mean? one who does not need to be ashamed an who correctly ...
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What do non-fundamentalists believe about the Bible? [duplicate]

I am having trouble understanding what non-fundamentalists believe about the Bible as history. For those who see Adam and Eve as not real lived-and-died human beings, at what point is that part of the ...
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What does it means to “afflict your souls” as on Lev. 16? [migrated]

Leviticus 16:29-31. "And this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be ...
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Does sin hinder one's ability to speak God's word?

A friend told me that "bad people" are limited when it comes to spreading the Word of God. According to scripture, how, and in what way, does sin hinder one's ability to spread the Word of God?
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Is there a scripture that says men can't stop sinning?

I had someone ask me to show scripture that says men can't stop sinning. I had a hard time locating them. Can anyone please help me out?
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Can Catholics receive sacraments via Skype?

Can Catholics receive any of the sacraments via Skype?
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How are Roman Catholics to receive the holy Eucharist at Mass?

What is the etiquette to be followed when receiving the holy Eucharist? Is one to kneel down? Does one receive in the hand or directly on the tongue? Are there any prescribed procedures from Vatican?
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According to the Catholicism, what conditions need to be satisfied for a living thing to be judgeable? [closed]

This question doesn't deal with salvation but with whether things can be judged. It is clear that stones or air won´t take part of the Final Judgment while human will be a part of it. But will every ...
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How do we know we aren't worshipping the same God? [closed]

How does a Catholic know that they are not worshiping the same God as someone who practices Islam or Judaism? Is there anything that concretely points to them being different past personal ...
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Did Jesus ever explain how God decides to slot certain souls into certain human bodies? [closed]

Most humans agree on two things: We weren't all created equal and we weren't all born into equal circumstances. Due to the natural order of things and God's gift of free will, bad things can happen ...
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Boswell's adelphopoiesis?

I've seen a few things lampooning John Boswell's interpretation of adelphopoiesis as a quasi civil union between men. However, I've not seen much on his side other than it being used by Christian gay ...
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Have Archaeologists recovered pieces of Noah's Ark?

I was just wondering: Have Archaeologists recovered pieces of Noah's Ark? And did the Bible tell them where to look?
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Origins of Ash Wednesday

There has been a long standing association between ashes and repentance within Christianity stretching all the way back to Tertullian not to mention various grief filled moments of repentance found in ...
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Can a child presented by a same sex couple be validly baptized in the Catholic Church?

In Instrumentum Laboris 2014, the working document for the October 2014 Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome, #120 The Transmission of the Faith to Children in Same Sex ...
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What blood group did Jesus Christ have?

In contemporary times the best known, studied and discussed relic attributed to Jesus is the Shroud of Turin, currently kept in Turin and personal possession of the Pope. According to tradition, the ...
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Did Martin Luther effectively teach that our justification is like white snow covering over dung?

Over the internet I have come across posts like this that say Luther stated that our sinful state is much like the piles of manure. It is ugly, repulsive and offensive. There is nothing in it ...
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In Proverbs 19:20 whom should one hear, receive from, and accept? God or any wise man?

Proverbs 20 Hear counsel, receive instruction, and accept correction, that you may be wise in the time to come. (AMP) Please help to interpret the above. Whom should one hear, receive from, and ...
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In reference to humans becoming Angels? [closed]

How can humans become Angels if (Ecclesiastes 12:7) says "and dust returns to the ground it came from, and the Spirit returns to God who gave it" and (Ecclesiastes 3:20) "All go to the same place; ...
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How does the mainstream Christian view of the physical body differ from that presented in The Gospel of Thomas?

What is the value of the physical body in mainstream Christianity? Sometimes it seems to be very negative and to encourage one to concentrate primarily or even almost solely on the spiritual realm. ...
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Explanation of the bell, book, and candle ritual of excommunication

Wikipedia's page contains a rather disturbing translation of the ritual: ... we exclude him from the bosom of our Holy Mother the Church in Heaven and on earth, ... we judge him condemned to ...
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Literal and historical interpretation of the Bible [closed]

What is the biblical bases for taking the bible literally when many who practiced the Jewish faith (from whence the Torah came) did not? In Judaism, the Midrash (Hebrew: מדרש‎; plural midrashim) ...
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Why is the Gospel of Thomas considered heretical by Nicene Christians?

I've seen in a few places the Gospel of Thomas described as Gnostic and thus heretical. I've seen people dismiss it as heretical but never going into the details of why that is the case. Why is the ...
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What are the meanings of the mote and beam in the parable?

In the new testament, Christ gives the parable of the mote and beam: 1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it ...
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Is Eastern Orthodox christianity against doing yoga or meditation?

I've heard opposite opinions on this and I was wondering about it. So is Eastern Orthodox christianity against doing yoga or meditation?
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What about people who didn't have the chance to hear Gospel? Were they not elects at all? [duplicate]

I am a Christian and a convert from Hinduism. If God has chosen me because I am an elect by enabling me to hear the good news, how about my ancestors who have not heard the Gospel ? How about people ...
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Sola Scriptura and the Biblical Canon

The basic argument of Sola Scriptura is that all Christian teachings and traditions are to be founded in and subservient to the Bible, and in nothing else. Obviously this does not mean that there are ...
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How do proponents of the Prosperity Gospel interpret Matthew 6:19-20 and Luke 6:20-25?

There is already this decent post: What is the argument *for* prosperity gospel? But more specifically how do prosperity theologians square what must be regular 'clobber' passages for their ...
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Why is vengeance for the Lord?

God has said that vengeance should belong to Him alone, but why? Romans 12:19 ESV Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will ...
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Christians are doomed to hell?

While perusing the Vatican's official website, I stumbled upon this: THOUGHTS FROM THE DIALOGUE CENTRE IN ÅRHUS, DENMARK "... The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) used ...
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Who may receive Holy Communion in a Catholic Church?

Who in the following groups may receive Holy Communion in a Catholic Church? Among Catholics. (cf. the current debate on communion for divorced-and-remarried Catholics). Among non-Catholic ...
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If the Devil is the Great Deceiver, how would I know that he's not deceiving me through Christianity? [closed]

I've always been a devout Christian, but I once had a terrifying thought while reading the Bible, and I'm scared I'm going to go to Hell. At one point I began to question why God killed so many ...
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What Scriptures are used to justify the belief that Christians of Denominations other than a specific one will be rejected by God?

In my studies of the Bible I have never found where God has rejected the worship of anyone who worshipped him in sincerity. The only restrictions to worship other than worshipping in holiness as far ...

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