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Do Mormons believe that Jesus was not begotten by Holy Spirit but by Adam?

This question is about this section in Journal of Discourses, Vol 1, p.50 (approx. half-way down the page): When our father Adam came into the garden of Eden, he came into it with a celestial ...
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Reward in Heaven? What is it? (Catholic)

Catholic Church teaches that we will be rewarded differently in heaven based on our merit (i.e. based on the amount of good deeds that we have freely done during our earthy life; for example, see this ...
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Does God love torturing people? [duplicate]

We all know that those who didn't believe God's messengers were all punished and tortured by the most terrible punishments for example : Those who didn't believe in Noah drowned in the flood. How ...
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Has T. D. Jakes clarified what he believes about the Trinity?

T. D. Jakes is a popular American pastor and speaker who was ordained within Oneness Pentecostalism, a modern modalist group which denies the Trinity. Jakes has in recent times moved towards ...
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How were the prophecies of the prophet Isaiah first published or disseminated? [closed]

I asked this on History StackExchange but I think it may get better answers here. My question: I read the Old Testament but I don't understand how a prophet such as Isaiah would have first put ...
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Was John Smyth, the earliest Baptist, influenced by the Anabaptists?

John Smyth, according to Bruce Shelley (CHPL, 308) and Wikipedia, was the first of the English Baptists. An Anglican priest, he came to the conclusion that infant baptism was invalid and started a ...
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Why do Catholic laity cross themselves three times before the Gospel is read?

Why does the laity (and sometimes the priest) cross themselves 3 time before the Gospel is read? Like holding hands during the Lord's Prayer, and unlike bowing at the mention of the Incarnation ...
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What is the origin of hands lifting in worship?

You don't need to go far to agree that raising hands while singing and worshiping (with music or prayer) is a big Christian tradition. I've always thought that this was some reference to Psalm 134.2: ...
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Did a pre-schism Roman Bishop say he is not special? [duplicate]

I heard recently that one of the pre-schism Bishops of Rome went out of his way to say that the Bishop of Rome does not possess any special authority, power, etc over any other bishop and is merely ...
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Why was a sign being sought?

In Luke 11:29 we have Jesus saying: "...no sign will be given to [this generation] except the sign of Jonah." Yet Jesus had just cast out a demon. Did He say this because the people in His midst ...
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Are Catholics required to accept every article of Aquinas's «Summa Theologica»?

Are all the articles of St. Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologica to be accepted as the truth by every Catholic? Are there any criticisms of the Summa Theologica within the Catholic Church?
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How did the Born Again teaching be associated with one first believing in Jesus Christ?

Many Protestant Christians believe that you become born again as soon as you believe on Jesus Christ. Many believe that this teaching is clear in the opening verses of John chapter 3. How did this ...
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Philosophical proofs that God must be triune? [closed]

I have heard that many philosophers wrote that God must be triune. What were their arguments? What are some references regarding this topic?
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In pre-tribulation pre-millennialism, will those who have died before the millennium return to earth?

Let's just say God raptures his church in the next few years and we are alive to experience it. We survive the 7 remaining years. Then the "Glorious Appearance" happens and God sets up his 1000 year ...
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How is Seven-Day Adventist different from other denominations in Christianity? [duplicate]

I recently got baptized into an Adventist Church. i meet up with my other Christian friend and she asked me why I chose this denomination over other denominations. I am still learning so I do not know ...
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Did John Wycliffe accept extreme unction?

According to Bruce Shelley, in Church History in Plain Language, John Wycliffe, the early dissident in Catholicism, accepted the sacrament of extreme unction: He retained belief in purgatory and ...
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If Jesus had married would it affect his role as Savior? [closed]

There have been arguments that Jesus was married, and I have reviewed those questions concerning whether or not Jesus could have been married. My question is that if Jesus was married, would it make ...
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What is the earliest indication of controversy regarding the anarthrous θεός in John 1:1?

Historically, what are the earliest writings that indicate controversy or differing opinions regarding the interpretation of the anarthrous θεός in John 1:1?
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What is meant by sin? [closed]

I would like to know exactly what is sin. What's the main difference between sin and virtue. What is sin???
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Is promotion of contraception a reason to excommunicate?

Melinda Gates (wife of Bill Gates) promotes contraception such as condoms and sterilization among many other things. This is against the Catholic teaching. She also claims to be a practicing catholic. ...
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According to the Catholic Church, will people be able to have private conversations with God at any time in Heaven?

Every now and then, I say to myself, "I'll have to ask God about this when I get to Heaven." My Question: According to the Catholic Church, will it be possible to ask such questions once we're in ...
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Does Catholicism consider bisexuality and asexuality sinful?

I am curious: do Catholics believe that bisexuality and asexuality are sins? I understand that they believe homosexuality is a sin, but I wonder about these orientations as well. I ask this because ...
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Roughly how many Christian priests, and how many 'rotten apples' are there? [closed]

The credibility of Christianity has been severely damaged by a few Christian Priests being found guilty of molesting minors. I would like to quantify just how small a minority this is. So how many ...
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What is the difference between the Ebionites and Nazarenes?

The Ebionites and Nazarenes were Jewish–Christian sects during the Second Temple era. We know that the Ebionites believed Yeshu was born of a natural generation between Joseph and Mary; while some ...
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Should Christians defend their faith? [closed]

In 1 Peter 3:15, it is taught to always be ready to defend the Christian faith when challenged. But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks ...
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Are there any commentaries from Trinitarians that explain why the Holy Spirit doesn't have a throne/receive worship in Revelation?

For being a co-equal member of the Godhead, it would appear that the Holy Spirit is, for all intents and purposes, absent from the major points, events, and visions held in Revelation. For example, ...
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What arguments from scripture are given by Baptists for the belief that one third of the angels were banished from heaven with Satan?

I remember being taught in an Independent Fundamentalist Baptist Church when I was in middle school that Satan took one third of the angels in heaven with him after being cast out of God's presence ...
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Has there been a shift in Christian metaphysics from a unitary cosmos to a binary one?

It seems to me that before the Enlightenment, the predominant understanding of the structure of the universe was that the cosmos, while stratified, is unitary- that "the Heavens", which include the ...
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Are Eucharistic ministers allowed to break the host?

I'd like to know if Eucharistic ministers are allowed to break a consecrated host? I witnessed this happening and I didn't think they had the right to do it. I was searching for the answer but some ...
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According to the Catholic Church, how did Paul become a saint?

In the eyes of the Catholic Church how did Saint Paul become a saint? Was it the encounter with Jesus that made him a saint? Or was it something different? Please answer exactly where he became one, ...
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Jesus withdrawing from his disciples to pray [closed]

In Matthew 26:36-46 and Mark 14:32-42, Jesus moves away three times from his apostles to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane. What is the biblical basis as to why Luke has Jesus pray only once in Luke ...
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Could Satan have created the “World”? [closed]

According to Genesis 1:31, all that God created was good. However, not only in the human realm, but also in nature, there is much that seems violent and evil. Darwin, for example, could not conceive ...
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What do Protestant churches teach about the fate of deceased infants?

My question is posed to the Protestant churches that teach that man is saved by faith alone. If a person is saved by faith alone, what happens to children who die before they are able to conceive of ...
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How can Evangelicals link baptism and circumcision without practicing infant baptism? [closed]

This question is a follow-up to this answer. In this particular answer the biblical basis for baptism being non-requisite for salvation is given. Essentially it is a defense of the doctrine that you ...
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Acts 17:30 What does “overlooked” mean? [closed]

Paul, after reasoning about idolatry in Athens, states: Therefore, although God has overlooked such times of ignorance, he now commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has set a day ...
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Could a Christian remain in the sect of the Pharisees?

Acts 15:5 reads: But some from the religious party of the Pharisees who had believed stood up and said, “It is necessary to circumcise the Gentiles and to order them to observe the law of ...
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Why God lied to Adam? [duplicate]

Genesis 3:3 God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree or you will die.'" Why didn't God say 'it's a fruit of knowledge .. If you eat it you will be like me..? " The serpent in fact ...
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For what reason was the Messiah writing in the dust? [duplicate]

Anything so strange as the story that is given in John 8 should have a foundation in the Bible. If that is so, then how may one go about finding out what was written in the dust, as well as what it ...
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What is the biblical basis for valuing virginity, but dispensing with levirate marriage? [closed]

Throughout scripture, marriage practices were a very complicated system. Because women did not have many rights and were unable to own property. As a result, levirate marriage established a system in ...
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Catholic priests in China that reject the papal primacy, are their administration of sacraments considered valid?

I was just wondering how the Catholic church in Rome views those priests ordained by the Chinese communist government which do not recognize any authority of the Pope? I realize from an interesting ...
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Why does God promise something that satisfies our greed for longevity? [closed]

New to Christianity.SE and Christianity in general, but I've had this question for some time. The intrinsic greed of humans is to live forever—so why does God promise us eternal life after death as a ...
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What does “he finds his truth” mean in Pope Benedict's Caritas in Veritate?

While I was reading Caritas in Veritate, an encyclical letter by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, I found this fragment: Love — caritas — is an extraordinary force which leads people to opt for ...
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Complete list of versification differences in the Tanakh

As already said in a question Jews and Gentiles versify the Tanakh (i.e., assign its chapters and verses) quite a bit different. I have been trying to find an exhaustive list of the verses that differ ...
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Is God always near in times of need? [closed]

How are certain verses that describe God as always being there in times of need such as Psalm 46:1 or Psalm 145:14 compatible with verses such as Psalm 10:1 and Psalm 22:1-2 that describe God hiding ...
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In 1611, in the KJV, what did the words “ghost” and “spirit” mean?

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, the first appearance of the word "ghost" was in 1606, five years before the Authorized Version was released in 1611. The word "ghost" appears in the KJV 109 ...
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Why do Catholics consider praying to Buddha to be idolatry and praying to Mary is not? [duplicate]

Mary and Buddha are both human and lived on earth (Mary 20BC and (Buddha 563 BCE). But why is it praying to Mary's statue called veneration and praying to Buddha an idolatry? Why Shadrach, Meshach ...
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LDS expected future relationship with God after exaltation

The LDS concept of exaltation states that As man is, God once was; as God is, man may become. (A quote by the LDS Prophet Lorenzo Snow, from here) The question I wanted to ask is, do Mormons ...
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Statements about the doctrine or the future made by current LDS Prophet, and the church view on those

I was looking at this mormon.org page that mentions that "The current prophet and President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Thomas S. Monson." Does the LDS church assert that ...
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In LDS church, what is the difference between formal probation, disfellowshipment, and excommunication

Looking at this question about tithes it seems that a member in the LDS church can in some cases (not related to paying tithes, though) be placed on formal probation, disfellowshipped or ...
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Help with Verse Identification — 'Jesus has not yet returned because…'

I have a particular verse in mind that I can't seem to remember. The gist is: 'Jesus has not yet returned for the sake of those who have yet to be added to his kingdom...' It's something along those ...

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