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What does it mean for the Spirit to only speak of what he hears?

I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he ...
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Is this age the only opportunity for salvation?

The majority of mainstream Protestant churches in the U.S. proclaim this age is the only opportunity for salvation. There's a prominent minority, mostly non-denominational, that claim the period ...
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What does R.C. Sproul mean by 'essence' of God?

R.C. Sproul discusses and defends the Trinity in this book, What is the Trinity? He explains that God is one essence, composed of three persons, and that the existence of three persons in one essence ...
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Any instructions given by the church fathers on how to receive the gift of tongues?

1 Corinthians 14:39 (NIV) Therefore, my brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. In the early church, the gift of tongues was a common gift which ...
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In Reformed Theology, what are seen as the implications of Traducianism versus Creationism (of the soul)?

Traducianism says that one's soul is derived from one's parents' souls, but creationism says that God creates a soul for each body. The Wikipedia articles are a start, but I'm especially interested ...
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Do any Early Church Fathers ever argue that the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (Gen. 2:9) is the Law/ Torah?

Did any early Church fathers ever reason that the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (Gen. 2:9) either is or symbolizes the Torah/ Law?
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How do non-Trinitarians who do not believe Jesus is God Almighty explain how Jesus can effect atonement for all of humanity?

Non-Trinitarians who do not believe Jesus is God Almighty include Unitarians, Socinians, Arians, Jehova's Witnesses, etc. This would not include, supposedly, Modalists and LDS/Mormons. The idea of ...
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What does childbearing have to do with the salvation of a woman?

Verse concerning saved: 12But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 13For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14And Adam was not deceived, but the ...
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Is there any evidence that Paul was a descendant of Jonathan?

Paul being a descendant of Jonathan would have some appeal from a devotional perspective since Jesus' more direct saving of Paul could be viewed as fulfilling the covenant of friendship between David ...
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What is the basis for the idea that marriage requires a ceremony?

Adam and Eve were never shown to have had a marriage ceremony, yet God commanded them to multiply. What is the basis for the idea that God requires a ceremony to be performed for marriage, rather ...
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Did only Jesus human body remain in the grave for the three days?

Jesus told the thief at Calvary : Luke 23:43 And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise." And yet he was not resurrected until after the Sabbath. So ...
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Are there any differences between Protestant and Catholic theology concerning the distinction between demonic possession from mental illness?

Is there a difference between Catholic and Protestant Theology in regards to what constitutes Demonic possession as opposed to mental illness?
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What Scriptures are used to justify the belief that Christians of Denominations other than a specific one will be rejected by God?

In my studies of the Bible I have never found times when God has rejected the worship of anyone who worshipped him in sincerity. The only restrictions to worship other than worshipping in holiness as ...
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What are the Presbyterian denominations in England?

Except the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in England and Wales and the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster, both of which have a few congregations in England, I am not aware of any other Presbyterian ...
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What is the biblical basis for the Covenant of Redemption?

In Covenant Theology the Covenant of Redemption is an eternal agreement made between the members of the Trinity in which the Son of God agrees to become incarnate and die for the the sins of God's ...
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Why were the General Epistles written?

The six New Testament epistles known as James; 1 and 2 Peter; 1 and 2 John; and Jude are not directed to any one person or specific branch of the Church. The first verse in each epistle indicates who ...
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Where is the story that James (the 'brother') shared one-half of his inheritance with Jesus?

The story is, I believe, apocryphal; but the "brothers of Jesus, sons of Joseph" rejected sharing their inheritance with Jesus and James, a follower of Jesus and leader of the early church (per Acts), ...
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Genesis's Order of Events: Is there Unanimous Consent Among the Fathers?

Is there unanimous consent* among the Fathers of the Church who interpreted Genesis that the order of events as described in Genesis actually occurred in the order Genesis describes them? I know yom ...
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Does the Eastern Orthodox Church consider belief in the existence of Jesus' soul before the incarnation a heresy?

Does the Eastern Orthodox Church consider belief in the existence of Jesus' soul before the incarnation a heresy?
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Did the early church record other events of handing people over to Satan?

Did the early church record other events of handing people over to Satan? "So when you are assembled and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, hand this man over to ...
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Are there tenets of Rastafarianism that run counter to Baptist theology?

I am a Baptist and I have no desire to call myself a Rasta but I believe in some things they believe in such as living clean, peace, unity, etc. Is it wrong to identify with those things? Many say ...
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Did God give Moses visions of History and the Tabernacle on Mount Sinai?

After Moses spent forty days and nights on the mountain, he gave the people the requirements God had told him to say to the Israelites: All Scripture is quoted from the King James translation unless ...
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Imposition of Ashes - where is it (and where it isn't) commonly practiced?

Since I have learnt of this practice, I thought that placing ashes on Ash Wednesday is practiced worldwide, at least within Roman Catholic Church. But now I have been on a Mass (from first Lent ...
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On which parts in the gospels is Weatherhead's argument about Mary, mother of Jesus, founded?

I read that Leslie Dixon Weatherhead, an English Christian theologian, made every effort to present Mary as a very pure, sincere, immature, young maiden who simply had interpreted the Angel's ...
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What biblical evidence is there that our spirit only began in this life?

LDS believe that our spirit was in existence before we are born here on earth. What biblical evidences are there that that is not the case? Genesis 2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and ...
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Did any other early church fathers besides Origen teach about the pre-existence of souls?

Origen taught about the pre-existence of our souls, which, among many other of his teachings, was later condemned as heresy. Did any other early church fathers teach this doctrine?
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How do opponents of Decision Theology distinguish themselves from Universal Salvation?

There is a tradition, perhaps strongest in Lutheranism, that opposes what it calls "Decision Theology". Biblical support for opposing Decision Theology would come in passages like, "No one can say ...
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From a Lutheran perspective, how can we attain unity of mind while disagreeing with our brothers and sisters?

In 1 Peter 3:8 Peter writes, "Finally, all of you, have unity of mind" (ESV), which I believe is a clear call for unity of mind within the church. In Romans 14:5 Paul writes that, "Each one should be ...
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What is the Wesleyan Church's View of Initial, Progressive, and Entire Sanctification?

Entire Sanctification, sometimes referred to as Christian Perfection, is a doctrine that was re-popularized by John Wesley. He rediscovered it in his readings of the Church Fathers, and through ...
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What are the views of Evangelical Christians on whether it is possible to go to heaven and back to earth?

I've heard some stories about how kids have died and come back to life a couple of minutes later with a note or something from heaven (e.g., Colton Burpo). Is this biblical? Is it possible? Could it ...
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What Biblical evidence/evidence did CS Lewis base his idea of sehnsucht/Joy on?

That is, that we sense that there is some ineffable object to our desires and that this proves that there is something beyond this World and life (for it makes the enjoyment of those goods pale in ...
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Is there a biblical basis for Pescetarianism?

Pescetarianism is the practice of following a diet that includes fish or other seafood, but not the flesh of other animals. (Wikipedia) Any insights would be really helpful, thanks. To ...
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Wilfull sins aftermath according to Pauline epistles

In one letter Paul is talking about the person who married his father's wife. To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the ...
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How are American non-denominational campus outreach lay ministries conducted?

How are American non-denominational campus outreach lay ministries conducted? I think the purpose is either to serve the greater community's needs as a form of community service or to convert people ...
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What does “I who have been with you all this time you don't know me” mean?

The Book of John says that God is the Word in the beginning. How is Jesus Christ the son to the Word? Jesus, when he was with the Twelve Apostles, told his disciples that no one was going to the ...
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According to the Catholic Church, who are those that belong to the full membership of the Church?

According to the Catholic Church, who are those that belong to the full membership1 of the Church? When answering, please reference an authoritative document e.g. the Catechism of the Catholic ...
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What is the scriptural basis that the Devil or Satan did NOT understand God's salvation plan?

As a counter to this question what is the scriptural basis that the Devil or Satan did NOT understand God's salvation plan?
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Who, according to Catholic teaching, do Muslims worship?

Performing this Google search: Do Catholics and Muslims Worship the Same God? will return a number of sites and especially in the commboxes, there are divergent views from yes to no to yes but ... to ...
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Has Lutheranism said anything about Islam, Muhammad, or the Qur'an?

Have any of the various Lutheran denominations (ELCA, Missouri Synod, Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, etc.) issued any formal statements - favorable or unfavorable - about Islam, Muhammad, or ...
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What Catholic Church “welcome” is apparently lacking toward some groups of Catholics?

Given Jesus received sinners and ate with them, and Origen, in Homily 34 on St. Luke, says The Church is open to everyone. She never closes her doors or denies her assistance to anyone. It was ...

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