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Was the virgin birth against Jewish customs? And where did Jesus receive his chromosomes from? [on hold]

Since Isaiah, Luke, and Matthew assert a virgin birth, doesn't this go against Israelite culture since a child born out of wedlock is to be punishable by stoning? If virgin birth is much more severe ...
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Is a Pope bound by ecclesiastical law?

In the Catholic Church's Liturgy of Thursday of the LORD's Supper during the Sacred Paschal Triduum, there is The Washing of Feet. In 2013 and 2014, Pope Francis departed from the custom of washing ...
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What exactly is “Ordinary Time” in the Catholic Church's liturgical calendar?

In the Catholic Church's liturgical calendar, there is a period known as Ordinary Time. What is it exactly and what differentiates this period from the others in the calendar. The answer should also ...
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Did the Israelites use God as an excuse for their wars? [on hold]

Did the Israelites simply use God as an excuse for their military victories against the Canaanites and Midianites? In addition did the Israelites use God to proclaim their holiness as a people in the ...
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Has the Vatican issued clarification for pictures which appear to show Pope St John Paul II kissing the Qur'an?

In comments which I have come across on the internet, this picture is thought to be very scandalous as it appears to show Pope St John Paul II kissing the Qur'an. Have the Vatican issued a document ...
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Could I be doomed since birth, like Satan? [closed]

This question I'm about to ask it's going to be quite strange and peculiar. I'm quite scared because of the meaning of the passage and the association I make with my personal life. I was born at ...
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What is the significance of Jesus' spitting on the ground in the book of John?

Why does Jesus spit on the ground and make clay to anoint the blind man's eyes? What does this represent? Is the need to wash the anointing off significant?
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How is Abraham able to speak to the rich man across the chasm of hell in Jesus' story in Luke 16?

How is Abraham able to speak to the rich man in hell if there is a chasm between them? And Abraham is speaking with Lazarus who is in hell? How is this possible since we have a great chasm between ...
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Renouncing the devil during baptism

In "On the Mysteries" (De Mysteriis) [English | Latin], Chapter 2, St. Ambrose wrote, After this the Holy of holies was opened to you, you entered the sanctuary of regeneration; recall what you ...
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According to Catholicism, when exactly were the souls of those who died before Christ conducted to heaven?

My understanding of Catholic teaching is that after the original sin, man was not only kicked out of paradise, but heaven was closed to him so that the after death, the souls of the just were in limbo ...
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In Catholic Church History, when, why and by whom did the four living creatures become associated with the four evangelists?

In the Catholic Church history, when, why, and by whom did the four living creatures become associated with the four evangelists? And what is the reasoning behind this association: Matthew = Man ...
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What is the Catholic interpretation of John 19:26-27?

What is the Catholic interpretation of John 19:26-27? John 19:26-27 (RSVCE) 26 When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your ...
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What are the main beliefs/themes of the Prosperity Gospel and which are the current prominent groups and their pastors?

What are the main beliefs/themes of the Prosperity Gospel? And which are the current prominent groups and their pastors?
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How does the Orthodox Church view the Roman Catholic Church?

How does the Orthodox Church view the Roman Catholic Church? Specifically Does she consider RCC herectical? In what matters? Does she consider RCC priesthood and sacraments as valid? Does she allow ...
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What are the Church Father's arguments that Peter is the rock?

What are the Church Father's arguments that Peter is the rock upon which Christ founded his Church? What do they say is the significance of Peter as rock as regards the identity of Christ's Church?
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I might become a scientist. Are there any specific experiments God does not want me to ran? [closed]

I have studied at a university for several years, and participated in several scientific projects (even published something). It seems that if I will get the degrees some day, I might become a ...
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What does Job 4:21 mean? [migrated]

Job 4:21 Are not the cords of their tent pulled up, so that they die without wisdom? What does cords of their tent here refer to? What does this text mean?
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Are there any Christian churches or groups which teach that all religions are inherently good?

Are there any Christian churches or groups which teach that all religions are inherently good and that one need not convert to Christianity and that it is enough for an adherent to remain in their ...
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54 views

According to Catholic teaching, is Mary the most perfect creature God could ever make or is she the most perfect he has made?

Is Mary the most perfect creature God could ever make or is she the most perfect creature God has made and he can always make a more perfect one? What is the Catholic teaching and theology on whether ...
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According to Catholic teaching and theology, can man ever see God as he really is?

According to Catholic teaching and theology, can man ever see God as he really is? Has anyone man ever seen God in the past? Who was it? Will man be able to see God as he really is in the future? ...
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which is important, faith or family? [closed]

I am very disappointed with my family, they are very religious. I don't like that because Relation is the most important, not Religion. Help please
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At the end of 2014, was there a group (Christian) which had a future date for the end of the world and Jesus' return? [closed]

I am aware that the Jehovah's Witnesses have predicted dates for the end of the world that have come and gone. At the end of 2014, was there a group which identify themselves as Christians and which ...
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What spirit(s) referred to at 1 John 4?

1st John 4: 4 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 This is how you can ...
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How did the American Prosperity Gospel originate?

What is the brief history of the American Prosperity Gospel? Specifically: Who is credited with having started it? When did it start? For those inclined toward details, perhaps the approach would ...
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What are the main differences between the current Roman Catholic Church's liturgical calendar and the one that preceded it?

What are the main differences between the current Roman Catholic Church's liturgical calendar (for the Roman Rite) and the one that preceded it?1 When did the change-over occur? For instance the ...
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65 views

In Jerusalem around 600BC, who was Laban?

The Book of Mormon speaks of an influential person in Jerusalem named Laban who was the keeper of the record of the Jews, and had power to command at least 50 men (see 1 Nephi 3:31). "Laban hath ...
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According to Catholic sources, what does Satan and the devils really look like?

According to Catholic sources1, what does Satan and the devils really look like? 1. E.g. Catholic Biblical commentary, Church Fathers, saints, etc. The best answer will reference these.
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female leadership in the church [closed]

When the Apostle Paul instructs about women not being leaders in the church he says, "I would that..." (paraphrasing.) But in other passages such as divorce, for instance the Apostle makes it very ...
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1answer
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How is what Pope Francis said about provocation in line with “turn the other cheek”?

I am not a Christian, but even I have heard the famous dictum "turn the other cheek". Yet, Pope Francis recently said If my good friend Doctor Gasparri speaks badly of my mother, he can expect to ...
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57 views

Is the Sacrament of Confirmation really necessary to complete baptism?

Can the sacrament of confirmation become obsolete in the Roman Catholic Church if the bishop is actually present and takes the time to do the 4th part of the baptismal rite during the baptism of the ...
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According to Catholic sources, what is the “Leviathan” in the Bible?

According to Catholic sources1, what is the Leviathan in the Bible? Is it a mythical creature or a particular animal that it can be identified with or some other creature? 1. E.g. Catholic Biblical ...
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If Jesus is the son of God then why bother listing his genealogy?

Mathew gives the following geneolgoy: Abraham Isaac Jacob Judah & Tamar Perez Hezron Ram Amminadab Nahshon Salmon & Rahab Boaz & Ruth Obed Jesse David & Bathsheba Solomon & ...
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Development of modern music about Jesus [closed]

I am doing an essay for my RE course about Jesus in the modern time, more specifically, I chose the topic "music". I already did some research, but I would love to hear some suggestions from you. Only ...
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Was the cave of Abraham in Shechem or Hebron?

Genesis 23:17-20 says: So Ephron’s field in Machpelah near Mamre—both the field and the cave in it, and all the trees within the borders of the field—was deeded to Abraham as his property in the ...
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How to reconcile the number of people that went down to Egypt with Jacob?

In Genesis 46 26-27 it says: 26 All those who went to Egypt with Jacob—those who were his direct descendants, not counting his sons’ wives—numbered sixty-six persons. 27 With the two sons[f] ...
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Does God's creation of free will necessitate some people's disbelief? [closed]

Why does free will necessitate people not believing in God? It seems that if God has no limit to His power, knowledge and love(sorry, that sounds inflammatory), He would not hesitate to guide all ...
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Are there any well regarded reformed theologists who support Joel Osteen? [closed]

Paul Washer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igKhXFAfnzI John MacArthur: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDuDN2FtrIo Steve Lawson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Th9rzFiXeSE The attacks on Joel ...
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1answer
44 views

Christ Son of God [closed]

When Christ came to earth to die and get resurrected, why did he ask the jews to believe in him that he is the son of God? He also asked them to believe him for the signs he had been doing. John 14:11 ...
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70 views

Where did Noah park the Ark after the flood?

Where did Noah park the Ark after the flood? Please cite Scripture. Conjecture and opinions are off-topic per the FAQ.
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Catholicism and Disowning a Relative [on hold]

What does the Church say about a Catholic disowning a close family member? I'm thinking specifically of a son disowning his mother. Is that considered permissible? Or does this breach the teaching ...
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2answers
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According to the Catholic Church, what is to become of a family when the married couple discovers they are brother and sister?

The scenario A brother and sister are separated at birth and grow up not knowing of each other. Years later they meet and unbeknownst that they are brother and sister, fall in love, marry, and have ...
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1answer
327 views

Jesus said no one had gone into heaven except the Son of Man, but what about Elijah?

I've found two verses which seem to be contradictory, so I'm hoping someone can explain how they can be reconciled. No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven--the Son of ...
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1answer
78 views

Does God have desires that he does not act on? [closed]

I am still very new to this site and exploring my faith. I hope that will incur some level of mercy and understanding when answering this question. How I got here: I was trying to look into some ...
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What does it mean that God is the saviour of all people, especially those who believe? [closed]

So this verse puzzles me: 1 Timothy 4:10, ESV: For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. ...
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2answers
54 views

Scriptural arguments against Prosperity Theology

Beyond the arguments that claim prosperity theology misinterprets the meaning of the passages it uses to support it, what are some of the main scriptural-based references that would be used in a ...
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Does the “division” in Genesis 10:25 refer to what we call the Atlantic Ocean? [duplicate]

(Genesis 10:25) Two sons were born to Eber: One was named Peleg, because in his time the earth was divided; his brother was named Joktan. To what event does the sentence "because in his time the ...
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1answer
80 views

What things led to the canonization of Thomas More? [duplicate]

Besides his martyrdom, what were some specific things that led to the canonization of Thomas More?
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1answer
54 views

Are Followers of Christianity Allowed to Love Whomever They Choose? [closed]

I'm new to this site and hoping to understand more about Christianity. I was taught some about Christianity in my younger years and try to leverage that to understand more about Christianity ...
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2answers
193 views

Did Noah build the Ark in America?

According to Mormon Doctrine, Adam and Eve lived in Adam-ondi-Ahman. Which was revealed to Joseph Smith to be located in Missouri (see D&C 116:1). This would mean that unless Adam's posterity ...
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Was Jesus God or just a good follower? [duplicate]

So there's 44,000 sects of Christianity but I need to know the most important thing that matters to me. I believe God literally lived through Jesus, which is why in order to "see the father," one must ...

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