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How do Protestants understand the “unforgivable” sin?

Scripture refers to an unpardonable sin in Matthew 12:31-32, Mark 3:29-30, and Luke 12:10, as well as Hebrews 6:4-6. There's also "sin that leads to death" (1 John 5:16-17). Given the Protestant ...
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Why is the matter of women's authority determined by Eve's acts in her life?

1st Timothy 2:12-14 (NIV): I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was ...
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Origins of the shift in usage/meaning of the word “religion”

I need some research help regarding the shift in the meaning/usage of the word "religion" in Christian parlance. Background: In recent years the use word "religion" has changed from its classic ...
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What exactly is Peter's connection to Rome according to Catholic dogma?

This answer confused me. I tried wading through the sources, but then I decided I'd just ask here. According to Catholic dogma: Was Peter ever in Rome? I'm sure the answer is yes, but I'd like to ...
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What is understood under “Peace” in the New Testament in the Eastern Orthodox Church? [closed]

There are a lot of references to peace in the New Testament. How are we to understand it?
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Can other “scripture” (such as the Quran) be used as ultimate authority in presuppositional apologetics?

I've been impressed lately with the presuppositional apologetic work of Sye Ten Bruggencate and how his arguments seem to be irrefutable by those he debates. The only problem I have is that he claims ...
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Do Protestants believe that all sins are equal?

I know that Protestants reject the Roman Catholic understanding of "mortal" and "venial" sins. I also know that there's biblical basis for seeing sins as both equal and different. But how do ...
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Can people pray with those from other denominations?

I recently read an interview with some Russian Orthodox priest, and he was very critical on the matter of common prayers with Catholics or protestants. Basically he said that in Russian Orthodox ...
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According to LDS teaching, Does God have a God?

This question discusses the LDS teaching that “As man now is, God once was; as God is now man may be.” ( The Teachings of Lorenzo Snow, ed. Clyde J. Williams [1984], 1.) The teaching is ...
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According to LDS teaching, why should we worship this God?

This question discusses the LDS teaching that “As man now is, God once was; as God is now man may be.” ( The Teachings of Lorenzo Snow, ed. Clyde J. Williams [1984], 1.) The teaching is ...
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Was there a first God in the Mormon faith? [duplicate]

This question discusses the LDS teaching that “As man now is, God once was; as God is now man may be.” ( The Teachings of Lorenzo Snow, ed. Clyde J. Williams [1984], 1.) The teaching is ...
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What Christians connected the Great Schism and Crab Nebula Supernova (1054 A.D.)? [closed]

What Christians connected the occurrence of the Great Schism* and the Crab Nebula Supernova, which both occurred around the middle of 1054 A.D.? This question is not about Christians speculating in ...
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What are the moral, religious, and promissory obligations of canon lawyers?

Where canon lawyers are charged with advis[ing] people about how to exercise their rights [as Catholics] and to fulfill their obligations in accord with [canon] law and Canon Law is defined as ...
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How many practicing Canon Lawyers are there in the USA, and the world?

To me, it seems Canon Lawyers are hard to come by. In fact, I've never met one and 19 out of 20 times I see the phrase "canon lawyer" it is usually in the form "I am not one". It seems becoming a ...
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Re-marrying in the Church

If two Catholics, both free to marry in the Catholic church, desire (for a very compelling and honorable reason) to marry before their required pre-cana procedures are complete and do so in a ...
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What is the Biblical basis for saying the Apostles did not necessarily expect the final judgment to occur in their lifetime?

I often see comments in Bible commentaries that the Apostles were convinced the second coming would happen in their lifetime. However I have never been convinced by the arguments they make to draw ...
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Did ancient Christians fight in the military? How did they view military service?

Or stated another way, What is the Biblical basis against pacifism? Did ancient Christians fight in the military? How did they view military service? And what does the bible state on the subject?
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Do Catholics consider saying “Jeez(e)!” to be a violation of the Second Commandment?

Is saying "Jeez(e)!" (also: Geez(e), Jese, Jez, and with lower-case initial) using God's name in vain? These expressions are a corruption of the Name of Jesus.
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Did Rahab sin by hiding the Hebrew spies and lying to the leaders of Jericho?

In Joshua 2 we have a classic case of civil disobedience: 3 Then the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying, “Bring out the men who have come to you, who entered your house, for they have come to ...
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Rapture questions and why should we choose to be taken? [closed]

It is quite confusing hearing talks about Pre-Trib, Mid-Trib and Post-Trib and when the rapture will take place in those periods. End time messages are abundant but some are clashing. 1.) When will ...
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Is there a step between biblical theology and systematic theology?

When I was studying the different levels of theology, I came across an article that explained biblical theology as being either book-by-book or major-event-by-major-event. Is the latter really ...
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31 views

What is biblical theology? [duplicate]

My understanding of biblical theology is that it is a theological understanding that is presented by a book of the Bible. Does it automatically become systematic theology when you pull from another ...
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48 views

Clarification about “sons of God” who caused flood? [duplicate]

In Genesis 6:2, it says, "the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose." I thought that the only Son of God was Jesus. Does this mean that ...
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78 views

Why were we created to serve if He is all-powerful?

In Revelation 1:6 and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father--to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen. From the bible we can clearly see that Angels ...
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Without Hell, from what does Jesus save?

This question is about the liberal versions of Christianity, the versions which don’t have a conception of Hell. Put simply, without Hell, just what exactly is Jesus saving me from? Even the most ...
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Was satan a worship leader? [duplicate]

I've heard it claimed that Satan was the worship leader for God's choir. I cannot find any scripture in the Bible that mentions Satan was in worship in heaven and was closest to God. What is the ...
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Do Young Earth Creationists believe that insects, microorganisms, and animal cells died before the Fall?

As explained in answers to other questions,1 2 young-earth creationists (YECs) believe that there was no animal death prior to the Fall. They accept that plants must have "died," since man and ...
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How do Young Earth Creationists explain the teeth of animals if there was no death before the fall?

Before the fall of man, did lions and tigers and other sharp-toothed animals have the flesh eating type of teeth? After looking at their teeth structure it seems that their teeth would have a terrible ...
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Religious Clothing

Muslims have a concept of religious clothing that Muslim's Prophet Muhammad was used to wear like: long shirts, short pents, round cap, etc. I wanna know that does Christianity also has such concept ...
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Refusing to Baptize Illegitimate Infants

Who started the withholding of baptism from children born out of wedlock in the Catholic Church? Who is responsible for this belief? Was a Church Father, Pope, Priest etc? I now know that Pope ...
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1answer
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According to Pentecostal doctrines, can a widower marry a divorced person without committing a mortal sin?

Does it make a difference if that person was the victim of marital infidelity? If there are significant differences between Pentecostal denominations please give an overview of their different ...
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What is the Biblical basis for a Heavenly Mother?

We know that the Bible tells us of our Father in heaven, but is there any Biblical indication of a Mother in heaven? Some non-mainstream churches say that there is a Mother in heaven. What is their ...
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What did Jesus mean by “mustard seed of faith”? [closed]

What did Jesus mean when he talked about a mustard seed of faith?
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Why was Esther not sinning when she broke the law and approached the king?

Here's the text in question: Esther 4:15-16 (ESV)15 Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, 16 “Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or ...
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What is the difference between Systematics and Dogmatics?

In what ways does Systematic Theology differ from Dogmatic theology? If I'm understanding them correctly they seem to be almost identical in that they're dependent upon the particular denominations, ...
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What is the source and context of this St. Bernard of Clairvaux quote?

The quote: "What we love we shall grow to resemble." This quote seems remarkably popular, although it doesn't look like anyone who uses it knows which one of his works it came from or what the exact ...
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50 views

How would the Bible advise a Christian to cope with fear? [closed]

At what part of the Bible is fear referenced, in a story? Or quote? If you know of any, an example of any quotes or stories would be ideal. It doesn't necessarily have to be about dealing with fear, ...
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Did the midwives in Exodus 1 sin by disobeying and lying to Pharaoh?

In Exodus 1:15-16, the king of Egypt orders the Hebrew midwives to kill the sons born to Hebrew women. However, they do not obey: But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt ...
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106 views

When was the last time, if ever, the secular world acknowledged a demonic possession?

The gospels seem to be peppered with demonic possessions that are nonchalantly noted by the author. Is there evidence that the ruling secular powers of the day acknowledged these as demonic ...
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Can a practicing Catholic who joined a Protestant church still receive communion in the Catholic church?

If a person who has formerly received the sacraments in a Catholic Church now attends a Protestant church, can they still receive communion when visit a Catholic church?
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Does God share moral responsibility for our deeds, good and bad?

I am looking for an overview of the major historical approaches to the following question/group of questions: Since God has given us this body to do good or bad, then does he share at all in the ...
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What is the Biblical basis against Melchizedek being the Holy Spirit?

A friend of mine is part of a church that teaches that Hebrews 7 indicates that Melchizedek is the Holy Spirit. What are the arguments against this view? For reference, here is Hebrews 7:15-21 (NIV): ...
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40 views

Where is there official writings from Perpetua or Felicity?

Supposedly there was a diary written by a woman named "Perpetua" just before she was killed in the arenas for her faith. Another similar account is concerning Felicity. Did these women actually ...
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What are some of the reasons for which Catholics are against gender-neutral secular marriage?

I get that Catholicism won't acknowledge religious gender-neutral or same-sex marriage (GNM) and why it won't support GNM, but why exactly does that extend to being outright against (as opposed to ...
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What are some of the reasons for which mainstream non-Catholic Christians are against gender-neutral secular marriage?

What are some of the reasons for which mainstream non-Catholic Christians are against gender-neutral secular marriage? I get that some churches won't acknowledge religious gender-neutral or same-sex ...
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Are there any Christian denominations that incorporate Odinism?

Are there any Christian denominations or specific churches that incorporate Odinism or Odinistic cultural traditions? Perhaps, as a way to show that the original religion of northern Europe was not ...
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1answer
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Catholic marriage between a Catholic and baptised non-Christian [duplicate]

How does Catholicism handle the desired marriage of a Catholic to a baptized, yet non-Christian partner? As I understand it (i.e.: what Wikipedia told me), the Catholic church defines three versions ...
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1answer
57 views

Significance of the robe of purple colour which Jesus was made to wear

Was there any significance to the colour purple described by the evangelists while mentioning the robe that Jesus was made to put on before His crucifixion ? Both John at 19:2 and Mark at 15:7 ...
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If God is omni-* how can sin exist? [duplicate]

Like all philosophical topics of the sort this is a complex issue. Let's start with my understanding and hopefully an answer will spring forthwith. God exists infinitely. God has awareness ...
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1answer
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Which was the first Roman Catholic hymnal to include Martin Luther's “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”?

Recently I learned that modern Roman Catholic hymnals include Martin Luther's well-known hymn, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God. Investigating further on hymnary.org, however, I find that the song is not ...

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