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I have OCD, is my 'ritual' considered prayer? [closed]

Please bear with me while I explain the background before I get to my questions. I suffer from OCD (I also have a severe anxiety disorder, which may be relevant here). About my OCD: I am compelled ...
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44 views

Salvation without a relationship with God [closed]

I have a friend that says she is saved but does not own a bible, go to church or have any knowledge of God. Prays and repents sometimes. I question her salvation.
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77 views

Hearing Bell sounds - What does the Bible say about bells? [closed]

Recently I have been hearing a lot of bell sounds, more than ever. I've been sitting downstairs studying near the window and I'd hear some short term bells, maybe 3 dings, and some which last up to 10 ...
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108 views

What is the name of this painting of Mary and the infant Jesus?

Since there exists no "Arts" site on Stack Exchange, I was inclined to come here to ask about this Christian work of art.
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64 views

How how can God be loving if he lets tragedies happen to his children? [duplicate]

My wife, whose family is devout to the faith recently lost her father to sudden brain cancer and if that wasn't enough, several unfortunate circumstances arose due to the lack of financial means for ...
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130 views

Is there a name for The God Who Hears? [closed]

I was wondering if there is a name meaning God Who Hears me. El Roi speaks of The God Who Sees me. From Genesis 16:13 (ESV): 13 So she called the name of the LORD [El-Roi] who spoke to her, "You ...
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138 views

Why were none of the Apostolic fathers' writings included in the last canon accepted in the Ecumenical Councils?

Why is it so that none of the Apostolic fathers' writings was included in the last canon accepted during the time of the Seven Ecumenical Councils? By the "last canon" I mean the one that we have ...
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70 views

Do any church fathers express sentiments opposing authorities?

Are there any examples of church fathers (especially pre-Nicean, but also post-Nicean) expressing sentiments like: Protests against state-/government-sponsored injustice Arguments against the ...
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What must we do if the vast majority of the members of the Catholic Church here on earth profess heresy and are thus excommunicate?

What must faithful Christians do if the vast majority of the members of the Church here on earth, including those comprising the hierarchy or even the Pope, profess heresy (and are thus ...
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How does the LDS Church decide what is included in their scriptural canon?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has four "Standard Works" that are considered canonical: The Bible (Old and New Testaments) The Book of Mormon The Doctrine and Covenants The Pearl of ...
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Meaning of spirit in Genesis 6 and reason(s) not to remain it in mankind? [migrated]

Acorrding to Genesis 6:3 “My Spirit will not remain in humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.” This verse is not understandable for me: First ...
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If Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are patriarchs, then what are Adam, Abel, Enoch, and Noah?

If I understand correctly, the people in Genesis 12-50 are known as patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, etc...), but not the people in 1-11 (Adam, Enoch, Noah, etc...) Is there a term that refers ...
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50 views

Crucified for false accusation, how did Jesus' death turned into a redemptive sacrifice for our sins? [closed]

In the OT God provided a way for His people to redeem their sins through burnt offering and sacrifices. In a way to demonstrate His grace and love for His people, and to give a glimpse of His ...
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Was Jacob a mere passive player during the events of Genesis 29 and 30? [migrated]

Forgive the crassness of this question but as a male, I can only imagine what was going on in Jacob's family during the events of Genesis 29 and 30. It seems as if the women are dictating what goes ...
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38 views

Judah, Joseph, and Jacob's birthright

Jacob had twelve sons, the firstborn of whom was Reuben. Yet, the birthright that should have passed on to Reuben did not due to Reuben's sin against his father (1 Chronicles 5:1-2). Naturally, ...
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43 views

Considering John 8:44, How should Christians view Santa lies? [closed]

According to Jesus words at John 8:44,”Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do...When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of ...
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Did Jesus say he was God? [duplicate]

I have tried to read and really search about Jesus saying his God and I have failed to get the exact answer. I need some knowledge here? I really get confused when I read my bible and I get to ...
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97 views

Who does Paul consider to be “Saints” in Romans 1:7?

I am not a Roman Catholic. In my understanding of Roman Catholicism, the term "saints" is not applied to all believers. It's applied to a subset of believers who have performed some miracle or great ...
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43 views

Romans 1:4 / Resurrection implying Divinity of Christ

Romans 1:4 states: And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: So Jesus is declared "to be the Son of God with power" ...
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How has the position of the Catholic Church on drugs changed over time?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: 2211 The political community has a duty to honor the family, to assist it, and to ensure especially [...] the protection of security and health, ...
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77 views

Committing of Adultery in Heart. [closed]

When Jesus said that a man who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in heart, did He mean that the woman concerned would also be responsible for the man's sin ? In other ...
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118 views

According to the Catholic Church, can having ideations to sin ever be mortally sinful?

In the Catholic Church, is having ideations to sin a mortal sin? In other words, would a faithful Catholic have to repent during Confession for having ideations to sin or having attempted, but failed, ...
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80 views

Evidence that Ignatius of Antioch was ordained by the Apostles

What evidence do we possess today indicating that Ignatius of Antioch was ordained by the Apostles?
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Is the Catholic Church actively preparing for the contact with a highly advanced sentient alien species?

According to constitutional and public interest lawyer and educator Daniel Sheehan, the Catholic Church is actively preparing for the discovery of and contact with a highly advanced sentient alien ...
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533 views

What is the meaning of the large statue of a pine cone in Vatican City?

What is the meaning of this statue in Vatican City?
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1answer
106 views

What is the Catholic Church's position on the drug DMT?

Does the Roman Catholic Church teaches that using DMT/N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT or N,N-DMT) drug is sinful and in contrary to Christian believes? Or what is the stand of RCC on this drug? I heard ...
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1answer
71 views

Interpretation of Exodus 21 [closed]

When I read the Bible for the first time, about Exodus 21:22-25 ESV I thought the charges are about the pregnant woman and I absolutely didn't know that life for life refers to the born child since ...
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2answers
179 views

How does one become an Apostle in the LDS Church?

With the recent passing of one of the Apostles in the LDS Church. How will the new Apostle be chosen to fill the vacancy left by his passing?
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66 views

In the context of 1 Corinthians 7:10-15, is a Christian free to remarry if his Christian spouse falls away from God and divorces? [closed]

1 Corinthians 7:10-15 does not mention about fallen away or disfellowshiped spouses. If a baptized believing spouse falls away from God and leaves the church, into which group of people does this new ...
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127 views

From a marriage to a monastery

In the catholic doctrine, is it allowed to leave a marriage and become a monk or nun? Are there any magisterial documents that treat this topic? Edit: Are there any options e.g. for a specific ...
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1answer
127 views

If marriage is not a sacrament for reformed churches, how to interpret Ephesians 5:32?

As far as I know, Martin Luther in his "Vom ehelichem Leben" indicates that marriage is not a sacrament. Calvin mentioned in the Institutes that it was Gregory I who denoted marriage as a sacrament. ...
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109 views

How were the authors of the four gospels literate?

I'm curious how the authors of the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) actually knew how to write. They were fishermen and simple people, and very few people knew how to write back then. ...
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106 views

What is the biblical basis for the phrase “God wants the best for us”?

"God wants the best for us" is a common phrase by Christians, but I struggle to identify with it. From the scriptures, I learned that what God gives us is good enough. I don't think it needs to be the ...
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How to reconcile Ezra 2 and Nehemiah 7?

Just a list of numbers with discrepancies. 17 discrepancies A full list can be seen here on CARM Along with a meh explanation. I'll first explain why I think the CARM explanation is false. They go ...
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Do Anglo-Catholics encourage closed Communion?

Closed Communion seems to be commonly required in churches with more physical views of the Real Presence (excluding, of course, Reformed churches that hold to Calvin's "spiritual presence" view). The ...
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Does the Anglican Church allow you to receive Baptism in some church but attend in another church for Eucharist?

If someone has received the Sacrament of Baptism (as an adult and converted) in some Anglican church, is it alright (i.e., withing established Anglican rules/teaching) to attend in another church and ...
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Does the Catholic Church teach that some who died before Christ are still in Limbo? Why?

In Dante's Inferno, the Poets (Homer, Ovid, Horace, Lucan, etc) and other figures are portrayed as residing in Limbo. Ostensibly, during the crucifixion of Jesus, he entered Limbo and took with him to ...
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53 views

How does narrow-mindedness relate to the Christian walk? [closed]

By narrow mind I mean: The inability to accept people because of real or perceived fault Inability to tolerate Bias Being favorable to one group, like maybe racism, etc... My question is: Can a ...
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2answers
158 views

Where can I find official documents of Buenos Aires' Eucharistic Miracle?

I want to study the Eucharistic Miracle that happened in Buenos Aires, 1996. Does someone know if there are some official documents of the Vatican, or another Catholic Church authority? I just find ...
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3answers
200 views

Lot's virgin daughters had husbands

Lot offered his virgin daughters to the men of the city so they would not sodomize the visiting angels - but they (the daughters) had husbands. Am I missing something?
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43 views

Jesus' visit to the Feast of Tabernacles [closed]

What did Jesus want to communicate to His disciples by going 'in private' to attend the Feast of Tabernacles as an after-thought, since He had earlier told that He would not be going (John 7:10) ?
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2answers
38 views

Does Eastern Orthodoxy teach that there are other Apostles?

Does Eastern Orthodoxy teach that there are other Apostles besides the first twelve Apostles, Apostle Paul and the Seventy Apostles?
2
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2answers
89 views

How would Matthew 24:36 be explained from a Post-Tribulation perspective?

Matthew 24:36 reads: But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Wouldn't Post-Trib adherents be able to say that you could indeed ...
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2answers
97 views

How do new converts to Christianity learn about the Bible, Christian faith, and Christian practices?

When a person converts or decides to convert to Christianity, they might believe in Christ but not have a strong body of knowledge and understanding of the Bible. They also may know very little about ...
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3answers
168 views

Is the Roman Catholic church condemning Protestants?

In the early church the apostles often use the term 'let them be anathema'. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, were to preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached ...
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1answer
94 views

Is the term *Kyrie Eleison* Latin or Greek?

Kyrie Eleison is a term that is used in the Latin Mass of the Catholic Church. However, I've been told that the phrase is entirely Greek and not Latin at all! So is the phrase Latin or Greek? Is it ...
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2answers
65 views

Where did Aquinas say that the “greatest penalty of sin is the loss of the sense of sin”?

Can someone point to me where St. Thomas Aquinas said that the, "greatest penalty of sin is the loss of the sense of sin"? I heard this from Catholic Answers Live last week.
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106 views

What does it meant that Jesus “breathed on them”?

I always tried to visualize the moment when, after Resurrection, Jesus gave Holy Spirit to Apostles: So Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." And ...
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121 views

Why would God create some people to be prone to homosexuality if it's so bad? [closed]

If it is true love does it really matter? I mean you can't just stop loving or feeling the way you feel about someone whether they're the opposite sex or not. I just don't understand why God even ...
2
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1answer
49 views

What is known about the Apostle Paul's family?

Did Paul's wife travel with him and then he became a widower? Does Pharisee of Pharisees mean that his family goes back several generations, father, grandfather, etc. of Pharisees? What does Roman by ...

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