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How do Paedobaptists counter specific arguments regarding one of the key scriptures used to support their doctrine?

I've heard people use Acts 10, Cornelius' household converting, as a means to explain why infant baptism is ok, but when reviewing scripture such as Acts 10:44 -46 I have two issues: where after ...
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Drinking wine occasionally as a Pentecostal Christian [closed]

Is it okay to drink wine occasionally as a Pentecostal christian, say at a party but not for the purpose of getting drunk?
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What does Jesus mean when he says his yoke is light? [closed]

What does Jesus mean when he says his yoke is light? Matthew 11:28-29. Many Christians are divided about works as opposed to faith and works. I'm just seeking an answer from a biblical ...
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Under what basis does the Catholic Church condemn the use of drugs while permitting alcohol?

The use of drugs inflicts very grave damage on human health and life. Their use, except on strictly therapeutic grounds, is a grave offense. CCC 2291 Let me state this in the clearest terms ...
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What positions with regard to epistemology exist in Catholicism?

Mostly sparked by debates regarding evolution, I have become curious what epistemological positions exist in Catholicism. I understand the doctrinal priority of biblical texts, so from a Christian ...
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Which are the exact differences between catholics and Christians? [duplicate]

I'm a bit confused about the differences, specially in what is canon for each of them. I think the whole bible is canon for all of them though, I've also hear that new testament can maybe be ...
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Where does the Catechism's part saying that one can always be forgiven by perfect contrition come from?

According to CCC 1452: 1452 When it arises from a love by which God is loved above all else, contrition is called "perfect" (contrition of charity). Such contrition remits venial sins; it also ...
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What do Catholics believe about Yom kippur and judgment? [closed]

Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement, The Lords feast as Leviticus says. In Judaism, this is the day where God or Hashem will judge the future, what will happen the next year is decided on Yom Kippur. ...
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(Protestant) Holy Communion without Catechesis? [closed]

First off, pardon me, I'm not really good at English. In a Protestant Church culture there is a program held for about (depends on each Church) 3 - 6 months for guiding adult enough teenagers/people ...
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Out of the 12 disciples of Jesus, one is reported to be from the tribe of Levi. Who is that? [closed]

I do not have the answer from the above questions.
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Are there any Christian sects that say salvation is based, in whole or in part, on your response to Jesus on Judgment Day?

I recently had a conversation with a Christian who believes that our choices during this life are not the only factors affecting salvation. Rather, God will be very lenient about our Earthly behavior, ...
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Can obstinacy in sin be forgiven in Catholic teaching?

I've read that obstinacy in sin is unforgivable. Is it one of the sins against Holy Spirit and therefore cannot be forgiven? However, what if a sinner decides to stop being obstinate and repents? ...
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How do you know for sure if Jesus of Nazareth resurrected? [duplicate]

Why should we believe anything that is not proven?
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What changes did Martin Luther make to the commonly accepted Catholic canon?

I have come across several Catholics who claim Martin Luther changed the original Bible. I was wondering if any of the changes implemented by Martin Luther affect our current modern Bibles in any ...
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What is the earliest mention of how often the Eucharist was celebrated?

There is no explicit mention of how often the Eucharist was celebrated in the Bible. What are the earliest historical documents that make reference to how often the Eucharist was celebrated?
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Which, if any, of the seven Church Councils viewed as “Ecumenical” by Eastern Orthodox Christians are rejected by the Roman Catholic Church?

I have heard various answers to this question in the blogo- and wiki-spheres, but I would be interested in knowing what has been officially stated by the Roman Catholic Church in Bulls, Encyclicals, ...
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Why does Catholicism believe in purgatory? [duplicate]

Why does Catholicism believe in purgatory if according to Hebrews we are faced with judgement after we die? Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
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Which specific canons of the Second Council of Constantinople do Lutherans and Calvinists reject?

The Wikipedia article on the Second Council of Constantinople (the fifth Ecumenical Council) claims that Lutherans and Calvinists accept only the first four Ecumenical Councils as being canonical. My ...
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What is the origin of the Christian tradition of praying before eating? [duplicate]

This is sort of related this other question about holding hands when praying before a meal. However this question is more generally about the praying itself. When looking at the origin of ...
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Considering the Lord's Supper was instituted on the Passover, would the apostles have concluded it was to be an annual celebration like the Passover? [closed]

When instituting the Lord's Supper, Jesus commands the apostles: "Do this in remembrance of me." Luke 22:19 reads: Then he took bread, and after giving thanks he broke it and gave it to them, ...
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When was Good Friday first called “Good”?

In my other question, I discovered that special commemoration on Friday was held as early as the 3rd century. I also discovered that there was not necessarily a connection to the title "Good" Friday....
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Why do theists (especially the mono-theists of judeo-christianity) not refer to the god they worship by his name? [closed]

Forgive me, I'm not totally sure what the purpose of this site is. I'm assuming it works the same as the others though. So I'll just expect quality and won't bother explaining the pained effort behind ...
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Those who enjoy pain: where do they go [according to Catholicism] [closed]

Hypothetically, if someone who did not sin, but enjoy receiving pain as they got used to it or other reasons, would they still not deserve Hell? I know next to nothing about Catholicism/Christianity, ...
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What is the first recorded observation of Good Friday?

When was the first Good Friday commemoration observed, distinct from Pascha/Passover or Sunday Easter? Related: What is the origin of the Good Friday tradition? However, I am not interested in ...
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Does Catechism know when is the Christ's 2nd coming? [closed]

Catechism 674 says: The glorious Messiah's coming is suspended at every moment of history until his recognition by "all Israel", for "a hardening has come upon part of Israel" in their "...
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Did the Quartodecimans perform the eucharist only once a year on Nisan 14?

The Quartodecimans held a Christian Passover on Nisan 14. Does this mean that they performed the eucharist (Lord's Supper) only once a year on Nisan 14, or was the Christian Passover something ...
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Can you only have a sacramental marriage?

I have tried to find an official ruling from the Catholic Church on this matter, but haven't had any luck and have only come across others asking the same question. This question is from the angle of ...
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Why is incorruptibility of saints' relics used as proof of their sanctity?

Why is the notion of incorruptibility advanced by some Catholics and some Orthodox when determining the corruptibility or incorruptibility of a saint's relics has never been a part of the ...
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Maintaining the number of Disciples [closed]

Acts 1:24-26; And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all men, show which one of these two You have chosen, to occupy this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside ...
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Is there a historical reason why the liturgical colour purple eventually replaced black to symbolise penance?

Is there a historical reason why the liturgical colour purple eventually replaced black to symbolise penance? This question does not have its' answer in the difference between the two forms of the ...
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How do Anglicans consider reason, experience, scripture and tradition in coming to conclusions? [closed]

How do Anglicans consider reason, experience, scripture and tradition in coming to conclusions? What is their justification for the way they use and prioritize each part?
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Pre- vs. Post-1960s Catholicism's views on Judaism [duplicate]

Why did the Catholic Church change its views regarding Judaism at the 1960s (spec. at the Second Vatican Council with its document Nostræ Ætate)?
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What are the main similarities and differences between the Genesis and other major ancient flood accounts? [on hold]

Have any of you read the Atrahasis Epic? It's the Babylonian/Akkadian version of the Great Flood. I found it had striking similarities with the Flood Account in Genesis!! (Read it if you have not ...
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For those who oppose interfaith worship on Biblical grounds, what Scriptures do they use to show that such worship is unacceptable? [closed]

This is an interesting segment from CBS News on an Episcopalian church in downtown Washington, D.C. that has invited a Muslim congregation to use their sanctuary for worship. Does the Bible speak to ...
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What are the divisions between Vatican I and Vatican II Catholics? [duplicate]

On this site Catholic questions are often answered very well by self avowed Catholics. Often two such users will argue well their viewpoints, but reach very different conclusions. For example see as ...
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Ten commands say to kill is wrong so why did God tell the people to kill the man who gathered sticks on the Sabbath? [duplicate]

In Numbers there is the story of the man who gathered sticks on the Sabbath and then God commanded the people to kill the man. However the 10 commandments make it clear that to kill is wrong. I ...
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Why are verses missing in the Psalms in my Bible?

Today, to my surprise, I discovered that Bible in my native Georgian language is not complete. I have checked several sources and compared to English and Russian Bibles, and there are missing verses ...
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How were sinners forgiven in the Old Testament? [duplicate]

How were sinners forgiven in the Old Testament?
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According to Catholicism, does God want everyone to be Catholic?

According to Catholicism, does God want all humans to be Catholic? And if everyone became Catholic, would Satan be abolished? Is this acknowledged in the Bible or elsewhere?
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According to Catholicism, how does God expect us to realize the truth of Christianity?

I am sincerely sorry if this is under-researched/sourced, but according to Catholicism, how does He want people to discern [Catholic] Christianity's veracity? I have posted this on other SE religion ...
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Did John Calvin discourage harmonies in congregational singing?

In many traditional Reformed churches, the songs found in hymnbooks and psalters (collections of Psalms set to music) are written with four parts: a melody/soprano line on the top, and alto, tenor, ...
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According to Protestants, what is the biblical basis of Jesus being “one substance with the father”?

The only place in scripture where the relationship of the substance of Jesus with the substance of God that I can find in the scriptures is To the Hebrews:1:3 which actually says that they are of ...
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Papal Blessing at World Youth Day 2016

A friend of mine will be attending World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland from July 26 - August 1. He will be carrying some religious medals with him to be blessed by Pope Francis. He is under the ...
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Who named the books of the bible? [duplicate]

We were reading the bible this morning and I asked my mum who named the books of the bible. She wasn't able to answer. Can you?
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Did Peter fully enter the tomb?

In Luke 24:12 it states that Peter stooped down to look through into the tomb, but omits any mention of hims actually going into the sepulchre itself. Only after he briefly stoops down does he run ...
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What's the correct way to say, in Latin, “creation within God” & “creation through God”? [migrated]

A great swath of Christendom has, from as early as Augustinus Hipponensis, held that God created the universe ex nihilo, "from/ out of nothing." One of the motivations behind this has been to refute ...
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What happened to the sandals of Jesus?

Did anyone keep the sandals of Jesus that He had worn during His Mission on earth, after His crucifixion ? Is there any Christian group, in any part of the world, that venerates the sandals of Jesus, ...
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Does Irenaeus indicate that people were raised from the dead in the 2nd century?

The following words of Irenaeus are recorded in Eusebius's Church History: For some of them drive out demons effectually and truly, so that those who have been cleansed from evil spirits ...
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How does scripture suggest “How Can I Love God More”? [closed]

One of the key concepts of Christianity is loving God. How does the bible define "loving God", and importantly, how to develop a deep love for God?
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Is the book “The Supernatural Occurrences of John Wesley” a legitimate collection of Wesley's journal entries?

The Supernatural Occurrences of John Wesley, written by Daniel R. Jennings, claims to be a compilation of John Wesley's supernatural experiences. The book claims to be compiling these stories from ...

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