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Is the Holy Watcher of Daniel 4:23 of a Similar Class to those Found in Scroll of Enoch?

Daniel makes mention of a holy watcher, which is an interesting distinction from the usual references to angels. Is this of a similar class to the watchers found in the scroll of Enoch? Or is this ...
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How do Catholics reconcile these verses about giving publicly and yet privately? [closed]

I understand that the Bible encourages charity, however my question is in regards to how it proposes we ought to go about performing charity according to Catholic Christians. "Do not repay anyone ...
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Could Adam's age have referred only to his time after the fall? [migrated]

Genesis 5:3-5 says: When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth. After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and ...
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Why are the books of Matthew and Mark almost identically written? [duplicate]

I'm reading the New Testament and have noticed Matthew and Mark are almost the same. Why is this?
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When are the various assorted labels for Catholics applied and how are they related? [closed]

This question arises from: For Catholics who object to Vatican II, what are the key issues? | MonicaCellio, and as a complement to it. From the Catholic Church's Credo Chart, Catholics believe in the ...
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What is the Origin of the name 'Yahweh' [closed]

Potentially, the name Yahweh could have come from Jethro the Midianite or via Canaanite god Yam. I want to ask if Moses received the use of the term Yahweh through Jethro a Midianite, or was it a ...
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Is there a scriptural example of a non-believer speaking on God's behalf?

EXAMPLE: I recently read an article about Christian Mingle (CM), the most popular Christian Dating site in the world who carry the slogan "Find God's Match for You" and boldly splash Psalms 37:4 on ...
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Is there any evidence to support a preference for second-career pastors coming disproportionately from IT?

Anecdotally, I know a lot of bi-vocational and second-career pastors who came from IT. At seminary, I saw a lot of them, and 2 of the 4 pastors at my current church have this background. I remember ...
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The question of graven images [duplicate]

It seems to me that people are having a serious problem defining what the Bible means in reference to the graven image, so I pose this question: if the Bible says not to create any graven images, then ...
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What are the fruits of the Spirit?

When I was young I remember a list on the wall that stated 12 points. The ones I can remember are love, joy, peace, patience, gratitude. I'm certain these are straight out of the Bible. What are the ...
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If God is all knowing then why didn't he prevent Adam and Eve from sinning? [duplicate]

God in the Christian faith is said to be the all knowing, everlasting God. But if God is all knowing then why didn't he prevent Adam and Eve from eating from the tree of Good and Evil, or perhaps just ...
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How can a non-physical God create a physical universe? [closed]

I was just curious on how God could create a universe of physical matter when God is a non-physical being to begin with. How can a non-physical being create physical matter? Thanks if anyone can ...
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How well supported is the interpretation of Genesis 18 by Rublev's Icon of the Holy Trinity?

This was produced in the 15th century by Andrei Rublev's icon of the Trinity, a highly regarded Russian orthodox artist: It interprets the three men of Genesis 18 as being physical visitations of ...
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How is the view of guaranteed salvation for infants justified?

Many Christians hold the view that unborn and born infants and children who die before the age of reason or eternal responsibility are guaranteed access to heaven. For instance, Dr. William Lane Craig ...
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When can our prayers change God's mind/will? Is it wrong to pray against the will of God? [closed]

Firstly I believe that prayer can change God's mind. Like when Moses asked God to not smite the Israelites. But when can our prayers change the will/mind of god? I believe we have to pray that ...
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For Catholics who object to Vatican II, what are the key issues?

From time to time I see references to Roman Catholics who object to (part? all?) of Vatican II. Most commonly I see ads in my local newspaper for traditional Latin masses, but I understand the ...
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What is the puropse of the other choirs of angels? [closed]

There are nine choirs of angels: Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominions, Virtues, Powers, Archangels, Principalities, and Angels. What do the Thrones, Dominions, Virtues, Powers, and Principalities ...
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Are humans above angels? [closed]

In this verse Hebrews 2:7 it says that we are a little lower than the angels. My question is, if Jesus (God) took the human nature and this way he shared his divinity with the human nature. Doesn't ...
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Why is baptism by the Holy Spirit called a “baptism”?

Somewhat relating to this question. Many times I have been asked by members of some protestant denominations (especially by Baptists and Pentecostals) whether I've been baptized, followed by the ...
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During creation the Bible says, God saw that various things were 'good'. Did He not know they were going to be good? [closed]

It is almost as if God made stuff and then realised, hey this is good! Surely an all knowing God would know this, should not have to confirm it by seeing it was good. Why then, the peculiar way of ...
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What is the difference between a Christian and a Messianic Jew?

I know that most Messianic Jews speak Hebrew, but besides that is there any difference between a Christian and a Messianic Jew? Do they have any significant differences in faith or hope!
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Catholic Exegesis: The Cleansing of the Temple

13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging ...
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Jesus' sacrifice covers our eternal hell? [duplicate]

I believe that Jesus' death (his punishment) is a substitute for our death (our punishment) which allows us into heaven--Jesus paid the price for our sins. I also believe that this substitutionary ...
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The dove at the Baptism of Jesus

Did a real, physical dove appear at the Baptism of Jesus, or is this just metaphorical language (maybe a symbol found at various places in the Scriptures?)? Maybe someone could shed light on this.
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Do Mormons practice “soaking,” and is it an officially sanctioned activity?

I recently became aware of the concept of soaking, as an "alternative" to sexual intercourse, which is allegedly practiced by certain Mormons, as a moral way to express one's premarital desire for ...
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Praying for Jesus? [closed]

I'm trying to understand the meaning of prayers, But not just to see it as a communication with God, but more as a unity with Him. That's why I would like to ask if Jesus' mother Mary, or His ...
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Why do some Christains feel the obligation to remove their hats during prayer?

As far as I know, Judaism has no tradition of removing a head covering / hat during prayer. Therefore, the Christian tradition started sometime after the split and it is not an inherited tradition. ...
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Why was Jehu considered a “bad” king of Israel?

He started off well by killing Jezebel, thereby ridding the country of an evil presence. Where did he go wrong afterward? Did he for instance, adopt her idolatrous practices (or similar ones)?
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Are my feelings altered when I enter the Kingdom of Heaven? [closed]

5th Commandment: Honour thy father and thy mother Hypothetically speaking, say my father has sinned, he doesn't believe in God and won't repent on his deathbed. By all of the standards of ...
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Was David mainly upset about Uzzah's death…?

Was David mainly upset about Uzzah's death because of the amount of responsibility that came with being God's anointed and being responsible for the ark of the Covenant?
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Why did the Catholic Church change so radically after Vatican II in regards to the status of Jews?

It's said that the full deposit of the faith was revealed by Jesus. For example, before Vatican II the Church was overtly anti-Jewish. St. Thomas Aquinas writes in the Summa Theologica that "it would ...
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Why does God promise descendants for Hagar?

Why does God promise Hagar that she'll have a lot of descendants? If God had planned on fulfilling his covenant through Isaac, the promised son of Abraham, and knew that the strife between Jews and ...
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Where in God's promises did it show that Abram needed to have a child through Sarai?

I've been studying Genesis 15-16 and I am wondering, why was it wrong for Abram to have a child through Hagar? After all, it was a common practice in those times that if a woman were barren, she ...
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Are there other denominations that believe in pre-human existence?

I was wondering whether the pre-human existence of a believer was accepted among any christian groups/denominations other than Mormons, or are Mormons the only group that believe in a pre-human ...
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What is the message of the Gospel according to Theistic Evolutionists? [closed]

A common mantra among Christians is that we have unity in "essentials" and in none-essentials tolerance. Opinions over what qualify as essentials and not, very themselves, but hopefully the one ...
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applicability of various biblical laws to today [duplicate]

So I was looking at http://www.buzzfeed.com/omgitsanf/19-things-the-bible-forbids-other-than-homosexuali-b83k and wondered what it's applicability is to today. Like if those were laws that some Roman ...
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Why does Jesus say this about disciples forgiving others their sins? [closed]

John 20:20-23 ESV Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy ...
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What are “works of the law”? [migrated]

Romans 3:28 For we consider that a person is justified by faith apart from works of the law Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace* with God through our Lord Jesus ...
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If Jesus was God, then why did he pray?

I don't know much about Christianity so I was watching this video: Is Jesus God? I was stunned by the following things: At the start of the debate Stanley Sjoberg says Jesus is the Son of God. Near ...
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Why did God kill Uzzah ? - 2 Samuel 6:6-7 [closed]

6 When they came to the threshing floor of Nakon, Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of God, because the oxen stumbled. 7 The Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent ...
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Are we supposed to ASK for wisdom or SEEK it--or are they the same thing?

I'm a bit confused on a seeming "contradiction" on how to obtain wisdom from God. James 1:5-6 ESV If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it ...
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Are (or were) sacraments necessary for salvation in the Catholic religion?

According to the Wikipedia page, Though not every individual has to receive every sacrament, the Church affirms that, for believers as a whole, the sacraments are necessary for salvation, as the ...
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Was the book of Enoch once part of the holy scriptures?

Jude 1:14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints ... This seems to indicate that the apostle not only read the ...
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Context for Paul and Solomon's usage of “heap burning coals on his head.”

Romans 12:20 - "On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." Proverbs 25:22 - ...
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How is rosary different from chanting Mantra?

I'd like to know the Catholic teaching or opinion on rosary similarities with eastern religion prayers like chanting mantra. I checked something about chanting mantra and it uses the same way of ...
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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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How are David and Jesus related and why is this important [duplicate]

I would like to know why Jesus and David being related is important.
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Is masturbation equivalent to premarital sex? [closed]

I apologize for any ignorance I may display in my asking this question but I'm a little confused. I have been searching for the meaning of sexual immorality in order to fully understand what the ...
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Why shouldn't we swear or curse- LDS

So here are the reasons I've come up with why we are commanded not to curse or swear. Some curse words have vulgar and awful meanings. Culturally it is seen as unprofessional, unintelligent and ...
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Is there any substance to the claim that Origen supported reincarnation?

Origen of Alexandria, is considered one of Christianity's greatest systematic theologians, and it is said that he was a believer in reincarnation. Is there any substance (textual evidence) to the ...

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