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Getting married, I'm catholic and she isn't [closed]

I was raised Catholic and my family are all practicing Catholics. I am recently engaged and plan to marry on November 7th. It is and has always been my dream to marry by the water outside. It just so ...
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What is LDS policy/teaching on not taking God's name in vain in languages where it is extremely common?

Latter-day Saints, like many Christians, are encouraged to not use phrases like "Oh my God!" because they are seen as violations of the commandment to not take the name of God "in vain." However, in ...
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What is LDS teaching about how Bible verses came to be in the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon contains many verses from the Bible, either repeated in whole or in part. For a believing Latter-day Saint, this could be the result of at least two separate processes: (1) these ...
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Born of water and of the Spirit

John 3:5-7 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that ...
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What is consumerism and what does the Pope see wrong with it?

In the most recent encyclical Laudato si', Pope Francis condemns consumerism. What does he mean by the word consumerism? And what does he see wrong with it? To blame population growth instead of ...
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Dishonoring of Parents Possible Evidence of Demonic Possession/Influence?

Consider this verse: "I am not possessed by a demon," said Jesus, "but I honor my Father and you dishonor me.... (John 8:49 NIV) I take this as "I do not have a demon as is evident by the ...
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What does catholicism say about inheritance?

Are there rules regarding inheritance of property in Catholicism? For example, can a non-Catholic inherit property from a Catholic according to the Catholic faith?
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What is the difference between “Love one another” and “love your neighbour”?

How has “love one another” and “love your neighbour” been traditionally compared or harmonized? The former occurs in the Gospel and Epistles of John, which never say “love your neighbour”. The latter ...
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Does the latest encyclical of the Pope have a Latin version?

Looking at the Vatican's website it seems Laudato si' is the first encyclical that has no official Latin version, while the previous one, Lumen Fidei, had. Is this true?
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What is the difference between AME and AME Zion Churches

From (limited) personal experience, A.M.E. and A.M.E. Zion churches hold very similar structure, theology, and culture. What are the principle differences? Are there subtle separations in these ...
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NFP open to new life

I listened to a Christoper West audio recordings where he explains the theology of the body of JP2 writings. He keeps on saying how important it is to be open to new life within the marital act(sex). ...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses respond to the charge that they are false prophets?

Jehovah's Witnesses seem to identify themselves as prophets: (Watchtower, Apr. 1, 1972, p. 197). "So, does Jehovah have a prophet to help them, to warn them of dangers and to declare things to ...
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Which has greater authority to Mormons: Book of Mormon or the Bible? [duplicate]

The question says it all: Which book has more authority to Mormons - the book of Mormon or the Bible?
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Purgatory or Crucifixion? [duplicate]

Christ died on the cross for us, why would we need purgatory? Or is it just not good enough? What is the crucifixion then and what did it do for us? What is purgatory then? How does it all tie ...
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How is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrated within the domestic church?

I've heard that in Columbia there is a rich tradition around celebrating the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary. It's a very important feast in the Catholic Church, but it's usually not observed ...
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81 views

What is the Biblical basis for death being the last point for repentance?

Death is seen as a point at which our eternal destiny is decided or the last point for repentance, at least in most evangelical circles. What is the Biblical basis for this belief?
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Was Caleb a foreigner (Non-Isralite)? [migrated]

Was Caleb a foreigner, even though he represented the tribe of Judah (Numbers 13:6) and was one of the first judges of Israel(Judges 1)? In Numbers 32:12 and Joshua 14:14 we read that Caleb is the ...
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If Jesus did not intend to replace Judaism with new laws, why are Christians not required to keep kosher? [duplicate]

Matt 5:17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill." If Jesus did not intend to replace Judaism with new laws, why are Christians not ...
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148 views

A promise in Acts 16:31?

In the book of Acts, chapter 16, verse 31, reads as follows: They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, you and your household." (NET) They replied, "Believe in the Lord ...
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Luke 10:18 Satan's Name? [migrated]

Is Jesus saying the name of Satan when speaking in Luke 10:18? I have researched the verse in Hebrew and there seems to be a question with the smallest of words in the verse when it comes to ...
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119 views

Why did Calvin reject these Catholic doctrines about Mary?

The Catholic Church has a few teachings about the Mother of our Lord that are not accepted by many Protestants. This is not evident in the doctrines of many early Protestant reformers including ...
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88 views

What is the argument that we should honour government laws?

I don't believe government laws should be honoured. In the bible, especially the NT, it makes clear that this world is ruled by Satan. Governments carry out capital punishment and support most of the ...
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Does Catholicism have a notion of “the God in me”?

While being interviewed on the NPR radio show "On Being," lobbyist, lawyer, and nun Sister Simone Campbell said of developing compassion for her political opponents (at around 31:30), A few years ...
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What religious beliefs did the Galatians hold when Paul first preached the gospel to them?

When Paul originally proclaimed the Gospel to the Galatians, were they at that time pagan, Jewish, or something else. Did they ever hear of Christ Jesus before Paul? For reference: You know that ...
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1answer
56 views

Is there a concise eschatology in the Catholic Church?

In many Protestant traditions, eschatology has a major bearing on many other aspects of the faith, including soteriology and Christology. Especially in Pentacostal and Charismatic churches, as well as ...
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How has apostolic succession been “unbroken” in the wake of depositions, antipopes, immorality, and simony?

In studying the history of the papacy one discovers all sorts of events that are interesting when considered in the context of apostolic succession from St. Peter until today, including, but not ...
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Contradictions and misunderstandings [closed]

{EDIT: THE QUESTION: Is there scripture supporting right wing Christians condemning homosexuality or any other sin in the New Testament. } Why so right wing Christians say what is and isn't a sin ...
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99 views

Where did the disciples meet Jesus after the resurrection?

I was listening to a debate between a Muslim scholar and a Christian scholar, the Muslim debater raised this and many other questions and Christian debater did not address this issue in his reply. I ...
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157 views

What is the biblical basis for the Catholic and Eastern doctrines of the Assumption of Mary?

Catholic doctrine asserts that Mary the Mother of Jesus was not only without sin and ever-virgin, but that she also ascended into Heaven. Some Eastern traditions hold that she even died, then was ...
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1answer
74 views

How is it just that Jesus, an innocent, would be punished for our sins?

From the perspective that Jesus' suffering on the cross was in fact a punishment for our sins, how is punishing an innocent (Jesus) for the sinners justified? Jesus was innocent but the people were ...
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107 views

What is the origin of the Catechism of the Catholic Church?

How old is the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and in what manner was it conceived and instituted?
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What can we infer from the different nativity accounts in Matthew and Luke? [migrated]

The gospels attributed to Matthew and Luke narrate very different stories about the birth of Jesus. Matthew says that Jesus' family was from Bethlehem, that wise men brought gifts to their home, that ...
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Which Psalms were written by David before he killed Goliath? [migrated]

I'm looking for Psalms written by David right up until when he killed Goliath. Google so far has been unfruitful.
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1answer
75 views

Proof of Prophethood? [closed]

I'd like to know what prophethood designates in the Bible and what is the scriptural standard for identifying a true prophet? What I mean is, what if someone today stood up and claimed prophecy? How ...
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1answer
54 views

Confession and Penance in the Catholic church [duplicate]

Why must Catholics go to a priest to confess, and then do "penance"? I don't see it anywhere in the Bible. The Bible is THE authority on God"s requirents of His people.
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55 views

I have OCD, is my 'ritual' considered prayer? [closed]

Please bear with me while I explain the background before I get to my questions. I suffer from OCD (I also have a severe anxiety disorder, which may be relevant here). About my OCD: I am compelled ...
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1answer
43 views

Salvation without a relationship with God [closed]

I have a friend that says she is saved but does not own a bible, go to church or have any knowledge of God. Prays and repents sometimes. I question her salvation.
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1answer
69 views

Hearing Bell sounds - What does the Bible say about bells? [closed]

Recently I have been hearing a lot of bell sounds, more than ever. I've been sitting downstairs studying near the window and I'd hear some short term bells, maybe 3 dings, and some which last up to 10 ...
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1answer
106 views

What is the name of this painting of Mary and the infant Jesus?

Since there exists no "Arts" site on Stack Exchange, I was inclined to come here to ask about this Christian work of art.
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64 views

How how can God be loving if he lets tragedies happen to his children? [duplicate]

My wife, whose family is devout to the faith recently lost her father to sudden brain cancer and if that wasn't enough, several unfortunate circumstances arose due to the lack of financial means for ...
2
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1answer
126 views

Is there a name for The God Who Hears? [closed]

I was wondering if there is a name meaning God Who Hears me. El Roi speaks of The God Who Sees me. From Genesis 16:13 (ESV): 13 So she called the name of the LORD [El-Roi] who spoke to her, "You ...
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1answer
137 views

Why were none of the Apostolic fathers' writings included in the last canon accepted in the Ecumenical Councils?

Why is it so that none of the Apostolic fathers' writings was included in the last canon accepted during the time of the Seven Ecumenical Councils? By the "last canon" I mean the one that we have ...
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1answer
63 views

Do any church fathers express sentiments opposing authorities?

Are there any examples of church fathers (especially pre-Nicean, but also post-Nicean) expressing sentiments like: Protests against state-/government-sponsored injustice Arguments against the ...
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133 views

What must we do if the vast majority of the members of the Catholic Church here on earth profess heresy and are thus excommunicate?

What must faithful Christians do if the vast majority of the members of the Church here on earth, including those comprising the hierarchy or even the Pope, profess heresy (and are thus ...
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80 views

How does the LDS Church decide what is included in their scriptural canon?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has four "Standard Works" that are considered canonical: The Bible (Old and New Testaments) The Book of Mormon The Doctrine and Covenants The Pearl of ...
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Meaning of spirit in Genesis 6 and reason(s) not to remain it in mankind? [migrated]

Acorrding to Genesis 6:3 “My Spirit will not remain in humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.” This verse is not understandable for me: First ...
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If Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are patriarchs, then what are Adam, Abel, Enoch, and Noah?

If I understand correctly, the people in Genesis 12-50 are known as patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, etc...), but not the people in 1-11 (Adam, Enoch, Noah, etc...) Is there a term that refers ...
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1answer
50 views

Crucified for false accusation, how did Jesus' death turned into a redemptive sacrifice for our sins? [closed]

In the OT God provided a way for His people to redeem their sins through burnt offering and sacrifices. In a way to demonstrate His grace and love for His people, and to give a glimpse of His ...
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24 views

Was Jacob a mere passive player during the events of Genesis 29 and 30? [migrated]

Forgive the crassness of this question but as a male, I can only imagine what was going on in Jacob's family during the events of Genesis 29 and 30. It seems as if the women are dictating what goes ...
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37 views

Judah, Joseph, and Jacob's birthright

Jacob had twelve sons, the firstborn of whom was Reuben. Yet, the birthright that should have passed on to Reuben did not due to Reuben's sin against his father (1 Chronicles 5:1-2). Naturally, ...

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