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What is the biblical basis for venial and mortal sins?

My understanding of Catholicism is that they believe there are venial sins (kinda bad) and then there are mortal sins (really bad!), and that mortal sins are worse (or something). What is ...
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What is the Catholic Church's position on recreational marijuana use?

Several US states have passed voter initiatives to allow recreational marijuana use for adults. What is the Catholic Church’s official position on this issue?
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Can an early date for the certain Pauline epistles and a late date for Luke-Acts be reconciled?

Is there a respectable scholarly position that would ratify/explain an orthodox date for the Pauline Epistles (50-60 CE) and a late date for Luke-Acts (100-125 CE)?
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How widespread is the safe environment program in Catholic Catechetical programs?

Tomorrow I get to once again do the safe environment class as directed by my diocese (Madison). I was just wondering, because I have nearly no way of knowing other than to maybe randomly get an ...
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Assuming that the Old Covenant has been fulfilled by Christ, is there any biblical basis for polygamy?

Does the New Covenant support polygamy? It is hopefully clear that the Old Covenant is obsolete and fulfilled, for it made nothing perfect and has been set aside (as scripture puts it). I know that a ...
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Why does Paul reference Genesis in 1 Timothy 2:13-14? [migrated]

13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. I've read that he is saying that history is repeating itself when ...
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What does 'catholic church' mean in the Apostle's Creed? [duplicate]

The Apostle's creed: I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin ...
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What is the difference between evangelizing and proselytizing? [closed]

Aren't they both focused on converting people? What's the difference?
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How can God judge us if we are born sinful?

This question was asked by my Atheist friend who was raised Jewish. His point was basically that if we are all inherently sinners (Rom.3:23) than how can God hold us accountable for something we ...
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What is the biblical support that the Catholic Church is the custodian of truth?

The doctrine of papal infallibility is not founded on biblical texts specifically. It is founded on the "biblically supported" doctrine that the church is the custodian of truth. What is the ...
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Is the presence of evil necessary for good to be expressed? [closed]

In the New Age movement there is no difference between good and evil. 'Good' or 'Bad' actions are just actions that we label as good or bad based on our values. They say that we are here to remember ...
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What's the name of this setting for the Angelus?

Here's a YouTube video of an English-language setting of the Angelus that appears to be popular among Anglo-Catholics (it's used at Pusey House)...I've not been able to find the name of the hymn tune. ...
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Who said “of them which thou gavest me have I lost none”? [migrated]

In John 18:9 Jesus (or Mathew) says: That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none. However, I couldnt find what scriptures is being quoted here. I ...
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What would happen if the Pope were to abuse his power?

I find it difficult to fathom the amount of power the Pope can potentially wield. According to book 2, part 2, section 1, chapter 1, article 1 of the Code of Canon Law the Pope basically has ultimate, ...
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Confirmation of Jesus Christ as a prophet greater than Moses

Moses is considered to be Judaism's greatest prophet. JewFAQ.org's Judaism 101 states, Moses was the greatest prophet, leader and teacher that Judaism has ever known. Moses was the mediator by ...
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How, as a spiritual person do you differentiate your Intuition from Holy Spirit's guidance? [duplicate]

Is there some biblical verses that would support how one could differentiate spiritual guidance with our own intuition? By mistake we (at least, I) do think sometimes take decision based on my own ...
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How does the Pope's recent evolution comments line up with the Gen 1; 1-5 text?

Gen 1:1-5 1 In the beginning God *c r e a t e d * the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over ...
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How can the Pope's recent actions not be viewed as condoning homosexuality?

How is the Pope biblically justified in co-celebrating mass with the homosexual priest who advocates for same-sex sexual touching and fondling between Catholic church adherents in same-sex ...
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What is the basis for the idea that the Song of Solomon is about the relationship between God and the church?

I am familiar with the interpretation of Song of Solomon which suggests that it is love poetry written by (or at the behest of, or in honour of, or later attributed to) King Solomon and that it is ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief that Satan was the serpent in the Garden of Eden?

This seems to be the generally accepted belief, and it's taught to children in Sunday School in many churches, but is there biblical basis for it? Here's the actual text: 1 Now the serpent was ...
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What do modern evangelicals/dispensationalists believe about the general resurrection and final judgment? [closed]

I grew up attending several Baptist/Church of God/Non-denominational churches growing up in the United States (we moved around a bunch). Until I was an adult and actually read the New Testament for ...
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Are the theories of Evolution and the Big Bang now binding to Catholics and to be held as true?

On Monday, October 27, 2014, addressing the Pontifical Academy of Sciences , Pope Francis is reported to have said, 'the Big Bang, which nowadays is posited as the origin of the world, does not ...
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Within Reformed Theology, can a man who has never heard of God and realizes his own sin be saved?

Background Suppose I were to ask a reformed theologist: "Does the innocent man who lives in the middle of nowhere who has never heard of Christ go to heaven?" I would expect an answer of the form ...
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What is the biblical basis for modern-day prophets? [duplicate]

I've been seeing people lately who have claimed to be recipients of divine revelation from God (if not in that exact language) and that we all need to heed their warnings or -insert consequence here-. ...
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Is All Saint's Day in the Bible?

As an Evangelical Christian, I recently had a debate about why I do not celebrate Halloween. Their response was that the origins of Halloween come from the Christian "All Saint's Day" (which is ...
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Do Catholics celebrate Halloween?

I just read this apparent quote from Pope Francis on faithreel.com: Most churches agree with what Pope Francis has expressed in this opinion, “Many think Halloween is a simple carnival like ...
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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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How did the Brownists/Calvinists justify capital punishment for witches?

My ancestors were Brownist pilgrims, leading up to the Salem witch trials, my Great-great-great-something-aunt was hung for having a lack of the fear of God in her. The people at the time were no ...
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How are patriotic songs used in US churches?

A comical blog mentioned “patriotic worship”. It is also hinted at in this article and in this article where it is made clear that patriotic songs such as the ones listed here are sung and they are ...
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Are there any English Bible translations whose primary text for the OT is the Septuagint?

The translators of most English Bible translations used the Hebrew Masoretic Text as their primary source for the Old Testament, though they will use the Septuagint and other texts to critically ...
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Did Jesus ever say that Heaven is the end? [duplicate]

Did Jesus ever say that Heaven is the end? ...And what I mean is: Did Jesus ever leave open the possibility of reincarnation on Earth, another planet, or elsewhere?
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Did Jesus mean that Heaven and Earth would actually pass away in Matthew 24:25?

In the following verse Jesus says that: Matthew 24:35, KJV "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away." How can Heaven pass away since it is the abode of God? Is there ...
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Do Mormons believe that all spirits are omnipresent?

Are all spirits omnipresent? According to Mormon doctrine, God is omnipresent through his spirit, does that mean that all spirits are omnipresent or is the Holy Ghost a special case?
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What is the origin of the Covenant of Grace?

In Covenant Theology the Covenant of Grace refers to an overarching theological covenant which God made on the basis of grace. The various Biblical covenants such as Abraham's, the ...
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Who is credited with being the first to use these terms “conservatives”, “traditionalists”, “progressives and liberals” within the Catholic Church? [duplicate]

Pope Francis in his speech at the conclusion of the Synod 2014, said One, a temptation to hostile inflexibility, that is, wanting to close oneself within the written word, (the letter) and not ...
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According to Catholicism, does the eighth commandment (Do not bear false witness) obligate us to always tell the truth?

According to Catholic Teaching, does the eighth commandment You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. obligate us to always tell the truth? Are times when we are under no ...
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What is the understanding of “an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him”?

In 1 Sam 16:14-23 (RSVCE), David Plays the Lyre for Saul, the passage opens 14 Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him. God is said to be ...
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Two stories intertwined in Mark, a 12 year old daughter and woman with a 12 year sickness, both healed; is the number 12 more than coincidental? [migrated]

Of all extenuating information that could have been included, Mark decides to tell us that the woman with the issue of blood had the problem for 12 years. This woman touches Jesus while he's on the ...
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Why do Jehovah's Witnesses not pray with people of other faith?

I had it happen several times that Jehovah's Witnesses refused to pray together with me, even though I offered that they say the prayer. The reason, according to them, was that they believe we don't ...
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Are Anabaptists' re-baptisms really conditional baptisms?

Are Anabaptists' re-baptisms really conditional baptisms? By "conditional baptism" I mean one whose formula is something like: "If you are not baptized, I baptize thee… etc." In other words: Do ...
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Is there a biblical basis for Satan being omnipresent?

Many Christians pray and act as if Satan is right next to them all the time, tempting them to turn away from God, attacking them, etc... Is there a Biblical basis for Satan's omnipresence?
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Does God ever impute sin?

"Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin." (Romans 4:8; KJV) The word impute means roughly "to put into" or "to give". We are saved because of Jesus' imputed righteousness. What ...
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Why was Lucifer created? [duplicate]

If God is omnipotent and knew that Lucifer would be the destruction of Mankind why would he create him? It sounds like God was trying to hurt his children more than help them.
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Where can I find scans of original Biblical manuscripts?

I want to study different translations of Bible and compare them to Bible in Hebrew and Greek. Can any one tell me where can I find the pictures of original Biblical manuscripts online?
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Does the Church acknowledge any revealed book given to Jesus by God?

According to Islamic teachings Muslims, Jews, and Christians are called "people of the book" as all three (Moses, Jesus and Mohammed) were given books that were revealed (as opposed to "inspired") to ...
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Does believing Christ died make you saved? [closed]

When people say that they believe Christ died and rose again, does that mean they are saved? An example... an Anglican would say that he/she believes Christ Died for our sins, and rose again, is ...
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Order of Creation and headship [closed]

If the man is the head of a woman (1 Corinthians 11:3) because Adam was created first (1 Corinthians 11:8), then by the same logic would animals be the head of man, because animals were created before ...
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How was Lucifer created? [closed]

Was Lucifer created by God or was he already there in the beginning like God? I don't think the Bible really explains any of this.
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Why do Protestants say: “In Jesus' name. Amen.”, whereas Catholics say: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”?

Why do Protestants oftentimes seem to say: "In Jesus' name. Amen.", whereas Catholics generally begin and end prayers saying: "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. ...
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Is engagement considered as marriage? [closed]

In Christianity, we are told not to be unequally yoked together with unbelievers; but if one is already married to an unbeliever, they shouldn't divorce. 1 Corinthian 7:12-14 12 But to the rest ...

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