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Is God always near in times of need? [closed]

How are certain verses that describe God as always being there in times of need such as Psalm 46:1 or Psalm 145:14 compatible with verses such as Psalm 10:1 and Psalm 22:1-2 that describe God hiding ...
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In 1611, in the KJV, what did the words “ghost” and “spirit” mean?

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, the first appearance of the word "ghost" was in 1606, five years before the Authorized Version was released in 1611. The word "ghost" appears in the KJV 109 ...
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Why do Catholics consider praying to Buddha to be idolatry and praying to Mary is not? [duplicate]

Mary and Buddha are both human and lived on earth (Mary 20BC and (Buddha 563 BCE). But why is it praying to Mary's statue called veneration and praying to Buddha an idolatry? Why Shadrach, Meshach ...
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LDS expected future relationship with God after exaltation

The LDS concept of exaltation states that As man is, God once was; as God is, man may become. (A quote by the LDS Prophet Lorenzo Snow, from here) The question I wanted to ask is, do Mormons ...
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Statements about the doctrine or the future made by current LDS Prophet, and the church view on those

I was looking at this mormon.org page that mentions that "The current prophet and President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Thomas S. Monson." Does the LDS church assert that ...
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In LDS church, what is the difference between formal probation, disfellowshipment, and excommunication

Looking at this question about tithes it seems that a member in the LDS church can in some cases (not related to paying tithes, though) be placed on formal probation, disfellowshipped or ...
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Help with Verse Identification — 'Jesus has not yet returned because…'

I have a particular verse in mind that I can't seem to remember. The gist is: 'Jesus has not yet returned for the sake of those who have yet to be added to his kingdom...' It's something along those ...
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LDS teaching about man being able to become God, and the snake telling Eve that she can become “like God”

According to the LDS Doctrine of Exaltation that is asked about in other questions (such as this one), a human can eventually become a God. What is the Mormon teaching about the events described in ...
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What Justification can be found in revealing contradictions within the Bible? [closed]

With various, claimed, contradictions within biblical text, Jeremiah 17:4 - ...it [anger] will burn forever. Jeremiah 3:12 - ...And I will not remain angry forever. I have seen many that have ...
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Does the catechism teach not to kill animals for food?

The Catechism teaches that we “owe” animals “kindness.” 2457 Animals are entrusted to man's stewardship; he must show them kindness. They may be used to serve the just satisfaction of man's ...
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What is the biblical basis for the Athanasian Creed's statement that believing in the Trinity is necessary for salvation?

The Athanasian Creed states: Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the catholic faith. Which faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled; without doubt he ...
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses maintain 'secret' teachings?

I have heard that within the JW faith, there are additional teachings that converts do not learn until after some time has passed since their inclusion into that group or the convert achieves some ...
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Obtaining Wisdom in the Bible [closed]

In James 1:5 it says that God gives Wisdom, whereas in Proverbs 4:7 it teaches to seek wisdom. How would one reconcile these two verses.
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Are Catholics expected to bury amputated body parts in a cemetery?

I remember seeing, some forty years ago, the Catholic family of a cancer patient burying his amputated leg in the local cemetery. I do not know if Christians all over the world still practice such ...
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According to proponents of penal substitutionary atonement, why do we still die?

According to the theory of atonement known as penal substitution, the sin of a person is atoned for by the work of Jesus – he paid the penalty for the sin himself when he died, satisfying the ...
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What Scripture passages do Latter-day Saints use to refute the Trinity?

If I am not mistaken (but do correct me if I am), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are three separate beings, i.e. three separate Gods. What ...
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What Bible passages do Jehovah’s Witnesses use to support their view on free will?

I’m given to understand Jehovah’s Witnesses hold to something similar to libertarian free will, the belief that a person’s choices are free from the determination or constraints of human nature and ...
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What scriptural support do Latter-day Saints find for their moral agency doctrine?

My understanding is Mormons hold to something similar to libertarian free will, the belief that a person’s choices are free from the determination or constraints of human nature and free from any ...
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Do a significant number of Biblical scholars presently support inerrancy?

Biblical inerrancy is such a hot topic of debate these days that there is at least one website directly devoted to defending it (DefendingInerrancy.com), and of course many multiple Christian ...
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Why is Eben Ezer used as a shop's name in Chile? [duplicate]

I'm Chilean and I want to know the meaning and origin of the name Eben Ezer because in my country is a custom to put that name to trade places, specially small grocery stores. I have consulted many ...
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According to Ravi Zacharias's apologetic argument, how could love have existed prior to the fall?

Ravi Zacharias explained in a Q&A (14:50) that for true love to exist between God and man, the current creation is the only possible way for it to exist. He gave four possible examples of creation,...
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How old was Timothy when he became a Christian?

Some people think he was a child or a teenager, others believe he was a young man when he converted to Christianity. Is there a way to support any of these assumptions?
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What biblical support do Arminians and open theists find for libertarian free will?

Libertarian free will is the position that a person’s choices are free from the determination or constraints of human nature and free from any predetermination by God. Libertarians generally argue ...
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Did Jesus call his disciples before or after going to the Capernaum synagogue? [migrated]

I have a question concerning a potential contradiction in the order of events in Galilee. In Luke 5, Jesus calls his disciples after he heals an impure spirit at the Capernaum synagogue. But in Mark ...
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Would reading “The Street Bible” help me understand the KJV Bible?

I've not read the Bible yet but I'm planning on purchasing the KJV Bible, once I've got the money. But I've came across a book called The Street Bible: would reading this first help me to understand ...
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Is there non religious historical proof of Jesus existance? [duplicate]

I was told when younger that Jesus was mentioned on "Rome's official history", not as the son of God, but as a person who was starting some religious movement. Is this true? Recently I heard there is ...
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200 Denarri sufficient for purchasing Bread?

In Mark 6:37, some disciples comments and indicate that the 200 denarii would have been enough to purchase bread needed to feed the 5000. But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” ...
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What is/are the Hebrew/Aramaic word(s) for “devil” in The Passion of the Christ movie?

What is the word used for "devil" in Mel Gibson's movie "The Passion of the Christ" during the scene where Christ is interrogated by the Sanhedrin? The word "devil" appears in the English subtitles ...
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How do trinitarians explain Luke 4:8, if he's a God himself? [closed]

How do trinitarians explain Luke 4:8, where Jesus responded to Satan's question his request to worship him: Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and ...
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Why does the Salvation Army not administer the sacraments of baptism and the Lord's Supper?

While reading a book on Reformed theology (The Shorter Westminster Catechism, by G. I. Williamson), I came across a brief criticism of the Salvation Army's views on the sacraments: A very ...
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Is it necessary to read Aristotle's books in order to understand St. Thomas Aquinas's «Summa Theologica»? [closed]

Is it necessary to read Aristotle's books in order to understand St. Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologica?
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What do day-age theorists do with “very good” in Genesis 1:31?

I would like to know what day-age theorists do with what God says at the end of creation - that everything was "very good" (Genesis 1:31)? That is to say, if you look at the fossil record, you see ...
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Did any ancient source believe in more than four gospels?

I'm listening to a lecture series by Dale Martin (Professor of Religious Studies, Yale), and he makes the passing claim that during development of the New Testament canon there were some who thought ...
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Who told Eve about the fruit?

How could Eve know not to eat from the fruit when there are no lines of verse showing she was ever told? It said "God told the man..." Eve wasn't made until later. I've checked several versions. Is ...
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When was the name of Sinai first applied to the Sinai peninsular?

When was the name of Sinai first applied to what we now know as the 'Sinai peninsular'? Some modern scholars maintain that Mt Sinai = Mt Horeb = 'the Mountain of God' which is located in northwest ...
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The order of Communion in Luke 22:17-20 versus Mark 14:22-25 and Matthew 26:26-29

In Matt. 26:26-29 and Mark 14:22-25, Jesus presents the bread before the wine in the performance of Communion. Matt. 26:26-29 26 While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a ...
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Does the Catholic Church teach that humans are superior to all other creations on Earth?

Does the Catholic Church teach that humans are superior to all other creations on Earth, or does it teach that each creation is equally precious and that not one type of creation is better than the ...
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If there is No sin in heaven and God is all love then how could the devil ever have sinned [duplicate]

Again, it is said that there is no sin in heaven. Jesus also told Mary to not touch him because he had not yet ascended to heaven. But how could the devil had sinned if he only knew God. It would have ...
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Does the Old Testament anywhere imply that the Law of Moses may be abrogated?

I am wondering if there are any statements in the Old Testament which either: A) Foretell a time when the Law of Moses will be abrogated (in the way Christ does in the NT) or B) States that some ...
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Why wouldn't a practicing Catholic joke about the Sacraments and what would happen if they did?

Stephen Colbert is a high profile entertainer and an out-an-proud Roman Catholic. As reported by the Daily Beast, prior to taking on his new role as host of the The Late Show, he sat down in an ...
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Did the New Testament writers use a specific word to refer to the personhood of the Trinity? [closed]

Did the New Testament writers use a specific word to refer to the personhood of the Trinity? The following are Greek words found in the New Testament. They are commonly referred to as individual ...
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Why did the Western and Eastern churches react to their respective states so differently?

In Church History in Plain Language, Bruce Shelley points out a key distinction between Western and Eastern Christianity: how each has related to the State through history. Ambrose had hit upon ...
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What was the explicit purpose of Jesus' question to James and John?

At Matthew 20:20-23, we read about the request of the mother of James and John thus: Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favor ...
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Can a practicing Catholic be an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church Monastery?

Stephen Colbert's wikipedia bio states: Colbert is a practicing Roman Catholic and a Sunday school teacher and an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church Monastery. These two (bolded) ...
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What does the Catholic Church think John the Baptist was referring when making the statement on greatness of Jesus?

John 3:30 (NIV) presents John the Baptist as saying about Jesus: " He must become greater; I must become less.” My question is: What exactly is the Baptist referring to (for example, public ...
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Is there a moral goodness in In vitro fertilization?

I may have a couple of questions here but it's basically the same subject. My first question: does the Catholic Church see any moral goodness in having a baby through In vitro fertilization (IVF)? ...
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According to proponents of penal substitutionary atonement, were the Levitical sacrifices also penal substitutions?

I am not a proponent of penal substitutionary atonement. While considering this question, I considered whether my position is incorrect, and the language of Isaiah 53 necessarily implies penal ...
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How do opponents of penal substitutionary atonement theory handle Isaiah 53?

How do opponents of the penal substitution theory of atonement handle Isaiah 53? This seems to describe penal substitution quite well: 4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, ...
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Early Church Fathers and Numerology

I came across this quote by St.Augustine: “The good Christian should beware of mathematicians. The danger already exists that mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the ...
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Can the devil listen to our thoughts? [duplicate]

I been thinking about that a while, and everybody I ask can't give me an straight answer. Can the devil listen to our thoughts? Because it seems illogical that if the mind is the battlefield of the ...

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