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What is the specific meaning of “believe” in John 3:16? [duplicate]

I would like to know the specific meaning of the word "believe" in John 3:16 when it says whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. Many people that I know say that they ...
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What were the scriptural arguments used for modern western racism?

A blight on the modern western church is that the bible has been used by certain people to justify racism--specifically dark skinned people's inferiority and light skinned people's superiority. Some ...
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Who were Agur and Lemuel?

The book of Proverbs lists different authors. Some are given names (Like Solomon - Proverbs 1:1) while some have no names like "Sayings of the Wise (Proverbs 22:17, 24:23). We also read in Proverbs ...
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In Mark 10:17-31, what did the rich man lack?

I tried searching for this on Christianity.SE, but couldn't find anything. Google searches brought up a lot of opinions based on different theologies and opinions. I'm looking for an answer to this ...
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What's the reasoning behind sacramental architecture?

What is the basis for catholic sacred architecture, or sacramental architecture as I've heard it said and what are it's main components? Is this a doctrine rooted in scripture somewhere? When was ...
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How comparable are the concepts of the Teaching Magisterium in the Catholic Church and the Jehovah's Witnesses view of their Watch Tower society?

Just how comparable is this particular aspect of each group's ecclesiology? If from an academic viewpoint there are marked similarities, is there an identifiable Jehovah's witness perspective on the ...
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Should Christian Priest Be Poor? [closed]

Should Christian Priest Be Poor? Does the living of a life of poverty aid a priest in living and preaching the word of God? Is this not also more aligned with the teachings of the Bible?
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Is it appropriate to leave a Catholic rosary in place on a cemetary headstone?

Is it appropriate to put a rosary on a relatives headstone and leave it there even if it starts to discolor and rust the headstone? Would it be a desecration of the grave if someone removed it ...
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What is the Catholic understanding of 'age' in Scripture and in its Tradition?

New Testament scriptural passages with 'age': Matthew 12:31-33 (RSVCE) 31 Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be ...
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Why can the Church declare a person a saint but not state that they are damned?

Traditionally, the Church can canonize someone a saint, that is, that they are truly in heaven and worthy of public veneration and imitation. ("Mary and the Saints", usccb.org - website of the ...
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Where do Mormons believe heaven is right now?

Do Mormons believe heaven is outside of the universe or do they believe it's a city/kingdom floating in space or do they believe its on a planet in another star system? Where do Mormons believe the ...
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why can the devil offer riches? [closed]

Often people talk about the devil offering one all these material things if one should worship him. People even believe that they can become rich and famous if they sell their soul, Why is this!? The ...
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In what way does God derive pleasure from us? [on hold]

Philippians 2:13: For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. I understand that this question deals with infinite concepts and it's impossible for us to ...
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What is the Catholic Church's view of Anne Catherine Emmerich - can her visions and prophecies be trusted?

What is the Catholic Church's view of Anne Catherine Emmerich - can her visions and prophecies be trusted? Is she a true prophet by the biblical standard? (This question has been prompted by the ...
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Baptism…how does it save us? [on hold]

Many in Christianity say "baptism doesn't save us" but Peter says it does. What did Peter mean when he said "baptism does now save us"? How does it save us? Is it merely by our confession of faith ...
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What Is The Roman Catholic Church's View on Mohnism

What does the Roman Catholic church have to say about monism (the idea that there is no difference between God and his creation)? Meaning creation in some sense is literally God (with or without a ...
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Where do primary sources for the Bible reside?

Bible translations are made from sources. Where are these sources? In a university, museum, government agency or what?
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Does the Bible ever mention atheism and where? [duplicate]

Not necessarily the actual word as such. Mostly people are described as chasing after other gods. What about no gods?
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what do seraphim look like? [closed]

In the bible the cherubim are described with great detail in regard to physical appearance whereas the seraphim are not so defined in appearance besides the six wings of which four they veil ...
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When did Martin Luther begin to see the church as entirely apostate?

Related to Martin Luther: "Therefore it is not a Christian Church either"? and What was Martin Luthers perspective on the apostasy of the early Christian Church? and Is it true that Luther ...
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What is the difference between complaining and being honest before God? [closed]

As we know one is something we should not do and the other is commanded. But what is the real difference between casting my anxieties onto God and complaining to him? I would like to deal with ...
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Mary Queen of Universe?

There is a Catholic church near where I lived called "Mary Queen of the Universe" (Link). It seems from their website it's a shrine for Mary. The name of this does not make much sense to me if it is ...
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Cessationist supportive scriptures [closed]

I need all scriptures that would support the cessationist view on spiritual gifts, as well as theological writings worth mentioning in this context. Please only supporting literature. Thanks!
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How did giants survive?

Why are Giants such as the Nephilim, Anakim, Rephraim mentioned outside genesis? How did they survive the flood?
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Do Catholicism and Protestantism “fall under” the umbrella of Christianity? [closed]

In sum, religion is imposed by human beings; Christianity is proposed by (the Triune) God. Jesus concisely defined this in the Gospel of John, 17th chapter (and elsewhere in Holy Writ). Clearly, the ...
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What does it mean for Christ to have been slain before the creation of the world?

The book of Revelation describes Jesus as "slain before the foundations of the earth": All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast--all whose names have not been written in the book of ...
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When did Sarah call Abraham “lord”?

Peter says that Sarah called Abraham "lord" (i.e., master) and that it was a good thing. When did she do this? And how does Peter know this? I can't find it anywhere in scripture. 1 Peter 3:5,6 ...
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Why do Anglicans have the “give away” optional in Common Worship but obligatory in Anglican Book of Common Prayer?

Why do Anglicans have the "give away" optional in Common Worship but obligatory in Anglican Book of Common Prayer, and since when did people make the "give away" optional? It says so right here: ...
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What does being Born Again mean per Catholic teaching?

What does being Born Again mean per Catholic teaching? Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3 NKJV)
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Is the Nazirite vow still relevant today? [closed]

I have been told that Adam, Samuel, Samson, John the Baptist, and Saint James the Just were believed to be nazirites. Scripture reveals that God held in high esteem, those performing the nazirite ...
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Why do priests wear a white collar?

Is there a scriptural and/or historical reason why priests wear those white collars? When did that start and why?
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How does transubstantiation account for the amount of Christ's body eaten over the last 2000 years?

If whenever communion occurs the bread and wine literally become Christ's body and blood then how is there enough of Christ's body to last for undoubtedly thousands of communion events every day for ...
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Do my children belong to me or to God? [closed]

This is something which I find it difficult to explain to somebody. We are all suppose to belong to God, but how can I explain to somebody that my own children belong to God in a first instance? How ...
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Can our own spiritual gifts be given to others?

Are we able to impart our own spiritual gifts on others? That seemed to be what Paul was doing here. Romans 9:1-11 ESV For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, ...
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The seriousness of sin changed?

I started to have the feelings that the seriousness of the sins are changing in today's age compared to the past. My question is: Does it also change in the God's eyes? -or- My Question is: Does the ...
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Should Christian invoke biblical reasons when opposing marriage equality laws? [closed]

Some gay proponents said that Christians shouldn't oppose marriage equality laws ( or any other laws) on biblical grounds because we are living in a pluralistic world, and bringing religious arguments ...
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Is the phrase “Better the devil you know than the devil you don't” found in the Bible? [closed]

I've heard this saying used by some of my friends and family, many of which insist it originates from a Biblical source. I've tried finding it myself, but my search always leaves me with nothing. ...
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Catholics, for what ends is the Sacrifice of the Mass offered? [closed]

Catholics, for what ends is the Sacrifice of the Mass offered? Answer: This is what Mass is for Catholics: 277. What is the Holy Mass? The Holy Mass is the Sacrifice of the Body and ...
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How to cultivate appreciation/ thankfullness [closed]

I find it difficult to thank god. I know I have received special gifts in my life. But Maybe for luck of training as a child, and also because of suffering I endured, and might still feel resentment, ...
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What is the “Israel Mandate”?

I've heard a little bit about this passed around from our fellowship as well as a few of my friends. They explanations were hard to follow, and trying a Google search just got me a bunch of ...
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Is there biblical basis for the “blood moons”?

Most of the members of Christianity.SE have probably heard about the latest craze on the subject of End Times prophecy - the Blood Moons. We are currently in the midst of what is referred to as a ...
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Do Evangelicals still believe (as Jonathan Edwards did) that Adam was created with “a perfect knowledge of God” and everything else? [closed]

I was just reading a little bit of a book by Jonathan Edwards called "A Preservative Against Socinianism" published in 1698. On page 16 Edwards says something that elicits my question: For tho ...
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Did Augustine teach sola fide?

It is popularly taught that the reformers declared five distinctive elements of theology that differentiated them from Rome: salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, for the ...
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Are we avatars (incarnations) of God? [closed]

The scriptures states that the believer is the temple of God, that God is within us, that if we give something to a child of God its as if you gave it to God, that we are one with God in Christ... ...
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When, how, and why did the Moravians stop praying 24-7?

The Moravians I speak of were a small group that established and resided in a small village named Herrnut on Count Zinzendorf's estate. They experienced a revival in 1727, and following that they did ...
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Moses' age when before the burning bush

I am trying to find Moses’ age when he was standing before the Burning Bush before delivering the Israelites from slavery. Later in Scripture it says he was 80 years when he first spoke to Pharaoh. ...
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Has the Church stated any advantages or reasoning or prompting to re-formulating positively the Catholic Church's salvation doctrine?

The Church in Catechism of the Catholic Church: "Outside the Church there is no salvation", 846, has re-formulated positively "Outside the Church there is no salvation", often repeated by the Church ...
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When was the third heaven where God dwells created [closed]

When was the third heaven where God dwells created? Was it created during the creation week?
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How was Abraham able to rescue Lot?

Trouble began (in Genesis) when the Kings of Sodom and Gomorrah (and their allies) rebelled against their overlord, Chedoloamer, who swept down on them with an avenging army, killing or capturing ...
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How to prove that Jesus is true God using the Bible alone? [duplicate]

How to prove that Jesus is true God using the Bible alone? Christians love the Nicene Creed and it is a product of Christians who faithfully preserves and contends for the faith that was once and ...

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