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What is a Miracle and does it require Faith? [closed]

I was reading Matthew 8 today and I was pondering upon the verse (verses 8-13) interaction between Jesus and a certain centurion. To summarize, the centurion tells Jesus that his servant is paralyzed ...
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Why were animals killed in the OT? [duplicate]

For many reasons Jews had to offer an animal for healing their relations with God. But why needed those animals to be killed?
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What views are there about the necessity of Jesus' murder?

In a former question, I was told me that different denominations of Christianity hold many views about if/why it was necessary for Jesus to be murdered instead of dying of old age. I would now like ...
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Can Bishops give dispensations from certain marriage vows?

If, for instance, someone tells me that his bishop said he could get a vasectomy because having children with his wife in the future is likely to be injurious to her health. Should he be able to ...
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Who are the Nephilim? [duplicate]

Having started reading the Bible, I was taken by Genesis 6:4: The Nephilim were on the earth in those days - and also afterward - when the sons of God went in to the daughters of humans, who bore ...
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In Catholicism, why should Jesus have been murdered on the Cross instead of just dying of old age?

Imagine that Jesus wasn't murdered but just died of old age. Would there be a difference in redemption for those who believed in Him? If so, why did he need to be killed? To be clear, I'm ...
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Is the global Christian population increasing?

Is the total Christian population of the world increasing each year? Where can I find the official statistics? How about population by country? Is there any statistic that shows the increase/decrease ...
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Are there Catholic guidelines on naming of children?

Catholics in India, for the last few generations, have been following a unique practice of naming their children. The children are invariably given the baptismal name after a saint; but once they ...
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Are there other sources for the belief in Catholicism that the Apostles composed the articles present in the Apostles' Creed between them?

In the section Origin of the creed in the article Apostles' Creed | New Advent, it states that throughout the Middle Ages it was generally believed that the Apostles, on the day of Pentecost, while ...
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What is the source of the quote attributed to Origen, that “the soul has neither beginning nor end”?

Related answer: Is there any substance to the claim that Origen supported reincarnation? The following quote is widely attributed to Origen in books and on the internet (e.g., here and here): ...
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There are some Catholics who disagree that Muslims and Catholics “worship the same God”. What are their arguments that Allah is not God? [duplicate]

The Catholic Church teaches that Muslims [...] adore the one and merciful God. In the first place amongst these there are the Muslims, who, professing to hold the faith of Abraham, along with us ...
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In Church History, when and how did The Glory Be (The Doxology) originate?

In Church History, when and how did The Glory Be (The Doxology) originate? Is the history of this prayer known as to when and how it originated? The Glory Be is part of those basic prayers like the ...
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Does the Catholic Church say which is the correct rendering in english of The Glory Be (The Doxology)?

This is one rendering of The Glory Be: Glory be to the Father, and to the son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. And ...
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Does the Catholic Church have any guidelines as to what is the ideal age to start dating?

What is the ideal age for a Christian to start dating? I'm not sure when to start, but I know a very devoted Christian family who thinks the age should be 16. Does the Catholic Church have any ...
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Was the “Nicene Creed” of AD 381 an update of the Nicene Creed of AD 325?

When people talk about "The Nicene Creed," it seems that they are often referring to the document associated with the Council of Constantinople (AD 381). I'm sure there are many reasons for this, one ...
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What is (or where can I find) a summary of David J Bartholomew's views on God and Chance?

I note that David J. Bartholomew has written extensively on a theological view of chance. What is a brief summary of the views he expresses on this topic in the following works or elsewhere: God of ...
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What is the correlation between God's will and chance? [closed]

Hopefully this question meets the guidelines of this site, if not: please submit an edit. I've been pondering on the thought of the correlation between probability and God's will. If one wants to ...
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What did Jesus mean in Matthew 16:18? [closed]

When Jesus proclaimed that Peter was his Rock in Matthew 16:18-19, did he mean that Peter was given divine authority to change God's commandments and or statutes here on earth?
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What distinguishes African liberation theology from Latin-American liberation theology?

What distinguishes the liberation theology of Africa from the liberation theology of Latin America?
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Who was the first to reject the historicity of Adam?

Since the nineteenth century the early chapters of Genesis have been very controversial. For some issues, like the age of the earth, it is well established that there have been many different ...
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Is a radically sanated marriage a true marriage without subsequent marital intimacy?

Supposing that a couple had a putative marriage which was consummated but was in fact invalid according to Church canon law. If the couple's marriage undergoes a radical sanation, but for some reason ...
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Does the Catholic Church teach that God requires our consent to work miracles on us?

Matthew 13:57-58 (RSVCE) says: 57 And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.” 58 And he did not do ...
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Do any young earth creationists believe that a change to the earth's axis tilt was God's way of shortening human lifespans?

Scripture tells us in Genesis 6:3 that God saw fit to shorten the lifespan of mankind. He did something that dramatically reduced humans years from close to a thousand years (Methusala) to 100 or ...
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Is Frisbeetarianism a Christian denomination? [closed]

I heard a guy on talk radio talking to a caller who claimed to be a Frisbeetarian. I had never heard of this religion I wondered if it is Christian or some obscure ancient pagan form of religion. Does ...
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In Catholicism, what are the arguments for the reasonableness (see body) of an eternal hell?

An eternal hell is difficult concept for some to grasp even among those who call themselves Catholic. [Cf. Debunking the myth of hell, by Carol Meyer, Feb. 3, 2011 | NCR]. The last paragraph in the ...
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How do young earth creationists explain the evidence for ice ages?

I am interested to know how those with a "Young Earth" viewpoint (i.e., the earth is approximately 6,000 years old) see the apparent evidence of the ice ages, i.e. that ice sheets formed and eroded ...
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Where can I find the text of the documents produced at the Council of Quiercy (853)?

The Catholic Encyclopedia has an article about the "Councils of Quierzy", and indicates that at the 853 council, Hincmar wrote decrees about predestination, universal redemption, free will, and grace. ...
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Is there a customary way to go around rosary beads?

The picture below depicts one way to go around the rosary beads when praying the Holy Rosary. If a child were to ask, as they typical do, as to why Catholics when praying the Holy Rosary ...
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Did Isaiah prophesy the countenance of Jesus who was undergoing Passion?

While most people agree that Jesus, in His human form, had a serene and attractive countenance, a few insist that He had the looks of an average person (by human standards). They quote Isaiah 53:2 ...
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What is the biblical basis that Noah died just before the birth of Abraham?

In its article on the decline of human life spans, CreationWiki states, Interestingly, Noah died only two years before Abraham was born. Unfortunately for readers they provide no biblical ...
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What is the biblical basis for believing that Christ is the man upon the throne from Ezekiel 1:26?

In Ezekiel 1:26 we read And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the ...
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What are the meanings of the abbreviations used in the Hatch/Redpath Concordance to the Septuagint?

I bought the Hatch/Redpath concordance to the Septuagint set a little while ago. I have looked everywhere, and can't find a key to all the abbreviations and what they mean. The preface is of very ...
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What is the significance of the Julian calendar for the Orthodox church?

Why do many Orthodox churches continue to use the Julian calendar?
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If I win the Powerball jackpot will Catholic Church accept a donation?

LDS has a policy of not taking gambling winnings including lottery money as donations. Over the years several other churches have refused as well. Is there an official policy in Catholic Church about ...
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Why is Pontius Pilate blamed for killing Jesus in the Apostles' Creed?

In Apostles' Creed, the name of Pontius Pilate is forever associated with the infamy of being Jesus Christ's persecutor. I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. ...
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How does washing your face and anointing your head hide that you are fasting?

How does washing your face and "anointing your head" hide the fact that you are fasting? But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face; (Matthew 6:17)
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Is there biblical basis for the belief that God “likes” or feels “affection” toward us?

To some people, and even to Christians at times, it seems difficult to believe that the all-powerful Creator of the Cosmos likes or feels affection for humans personally. This was the topic of a ...
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Did Emanuel Swedenborg posit a hard distinction between the head and heart?

I was reading the article Do Atheists Go to Heaven? by Swedenborgian minister and scholar Lee Woofenden, in which he says: Psalm 14 and its variation in Psalm 53 start out: Fools say in ...
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According to the Catholic Church, what is meant by the prophecy, “A bruised reed he will not break . . .”?

Isaiah 42:3 has this prophecy: A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. What does this prophecy imply, and how was it fulfilled? Are there any authentic ...
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Is Genesis 1 a type of Hebrew Poem? [migrated]

Is Genesis 1 structured so that there is a general category and then with what will fill it, which would be a type of Hebrew poem of parallel ideas? In this case day one (light), would relate to day ...
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Does everything - everything in our heart and every external event- happen according to God's plan? (Catholic)

I think everything - everything that takes place in our hearts, and everything that takes place externally - happens so according to God's plan. I don't think my opinion conflicts with our free will. ...
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Is cursing theatrically still considered cursing? (Overview: Protestant)

Presuming for this question that a believer is sinning if they say a "curse" word, what has Protestantism said regarding curse words coming out of the mouth of a believer that is portraying a ...
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What denominations consider Apocrypha to be heretical?

Over several years I have asked several pastors and preachers of differing denominations to comment on some books considered to be Apocrypha. Most generally my question was ignored, but on a couple of ...
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What is the Catholic definition of meat for Lenten Fridays?

On English Language Learners, the definition of meat came up, and the question of what animals comprise meat. Tangentially, this led to a question about Catholics abstaining from meat on Lenten ...
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What is the Biblical basis for using the names “Yeshua” and “Yehoshua” (Joshua) for Jesus?

Messianic Jews commonly refer to Jesus as "Yeshua" or "Yehoshua," which are forms of the Hebrew (and Aramaic) name commonly translated into English as "Joshua." What is the Biblical basis for using ...
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How is the matter of why the Son of God needed to be sacrificed explained in the Roman Catholic Church?

Why did God the Father need to sacrifice His own Son for the sake of granting salvation to the fallen humanity? Couldn't He just forgive humans without making any sacrifice? Why is it so that "without ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief that the name of the Messiah is יָהוּשׁוּעַ (Yahushua)?

There are some1 who assert that the name of the Messiah is יָהוּשׁוּעַ (which would be transliterated into English as Yahushua). What is the biblical basis for this assertion? 1 See Google search for ...
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Do any Christian denominations prohibit eating rare meat?

In comments on this question ..What does it mean to abstain from blood in the 21st century?... A user stated that Christians must not eat rare meat because doing so violates the command in Acts ...
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Is the Star Wars “Church of the Force” a revival of the Manichaean heresy?

Lots of Christian movie critics have been going on and on about the new Star Wars movies of late and some bring up a good point: “Darkness” and “light” are notable themes in Gnostic and especially ...
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In which one of the four Gospels is the Old Testament quoted the most?

In which one of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) is the Old Testament quoted the most?

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