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What's the reasoning behind sacramental architecture?

What is the basis for catholic sacred architecture, or sacramental architecture as I've heard it said and what are it's main components? Is this a doctrine rooted in scripture somewhere? When was ...
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How comparable are the concepts of the Teaching Magisterium in the Catholic Church and the Jehovah's Witnesses view of their Watch Tower society?

Just how comparable is this particular aspect of each group's ecclesiology? If from an academic viewpoint there are marked similarities, is there an identifiable Jehovah's witness perspective on the ...
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Is it appropriate to leave a Catholic rosary in place on a cemetary headstone?

Is it appropriate to put a rosary on a relatives headstone and leave it there even if it starts to discolor and rust the headstone? Would it be a desecration of the grave if someone removed it ...
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What is the Catholic understanding of 'age' in Scripture and in its Tradition?

New Testament scriptural passages with 'age': Matthew 12:31-33 (RSVCE) 31 Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be ...
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Why can the Church declare a person a saint but not state that they are damned?

Traditionally, the Church can canonize someone a saint, that is, that they are truly in heaven and worthy of public veneration and imitation. ("Mary and the Saints", usccb.org - website of the ...
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Where do Mormons believe heaven is right now?

Do Mormons believe heaven is outside of the universe or do they believe it's a city/kingdom floating in space or do they believe its on a planet in another star system? Where do Mormons believe the ...
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why can the devil offer riches? [closed]

Often people talk about the devil offering one all these material things if one should worship him. People even believe that they can become rich and famous if they sell their soul, Why is this!? The ...
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In what way does God derive pleasure from us? [closed]

Philippians 2:13: For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. I understand that this question deals with infinite concepts and it's impossible for us to ...
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What is the Catholic Church's view of Anne Catherine Emmerich - can her visions and prophecies be trusted?

What is the Catholic Church's view of Anne Catherine Emmerich - can her visions and prophecies be trusted? Is she a true prophet by the biblical standard? (This question has been prompted by the ...
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What Is The Roman Catholic Church's View on Mohnism

What does the Roman Catholic church have to say about monism (the idea that there is no difference between God and his creation)? Meaning creation in some sense is literally God (with or without a ...
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167 views

Where do primary sources for the Bible reside?

Bible translations are made from sources. Where are these sources? In a university, museum, government agency or what?
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Does the Bible ever mention atheism and where? [duplicate]

Not necessarily the actual word as such. Mostly people are described as chasing after other gods. What about no gods?
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When did Martin Luther begin to see the church as entirely apostate?

Related to Martin Luther: "Therefore it is not a Christian Church either"? and What was Martin Luthers perspective on the apostasy of the early Christian Church? and Is it true that Luther ...
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Mary Queen of Universe?

There is a Catholic church near where I lived called "Mary Queen of the Universe" (Link). It seems from their website it's a shrine for Mary. The name of this does not make much sense to me if it is ...
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How did giants survive?

Why are Giants such as the Nephilim, Anakim, Rephraim mentioned outside genesis? How did they survive the flood?
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What does it mean for Christ to have been slain before the creation of the world?

The book of Revelation describes Jesus as "slain before the foundations of the earth": All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast--all whose names have not been written in the book of ...
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When did Sarah call Abraham “lord”?

Peter says that Sarah called Abraham "lord" (i.e., master) and that it was a good thing. When did she do this? And how does Peter know this? I can't find it anywhere in scripture. 1 Peter 3:5,6 ...
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Why do Anglicans have the “give away” optional in Common Worship but obligatory in Anglican Book of Common Prayer?

Why do Anglicans have the "give away" optional in Common Worship but obligatory in Anglican Book of Common Prayer, and since when did people make the "give away" optional? It says so right here: ...
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What does being Born Again mean per Catholic teaching?

What does being Born Again mean per Catholic teaching? Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3 NKJV)
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Why do priests wear a white collar?

Is there a scriptural and/or historical reason why priests wear those white collars? When did that start and why?
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How does transubstantiation account for the amount of Christ's body eaten over the last 2000 years?

If whenever communion occurs the bread and wine literally become Christ's body and blood then how is there enough of Christ's body to last for undoubtedly thousands of communion events every day for ...
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Can our own spiritual gifts be given to others?

Are we able to impart our own spiritual gifts on others? That seemed to be what Paul was doing here. Romans 9:1-11 ESV For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, ...
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The seriousness of sin changed?

I started to have the feelings that the seriousness of the sins are changing in today's age compared to the past. My question is: Does it also change in the God's eyes? -or- My Question is: Does the ...
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Is the phrase “Better the devil you know than the devil you don't” found in the Bible? [closed]

I've heard this saying used by some of my friends and family, many of which insist it originates from a Biblical source. I've tried finding it myself, but my search always leaves me with nothing. ...
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What is the “Israel Mandate”?

I've heard a little bit about this passed around from our fellowship as well as a few of my friends. They explanations were hard to follow, and trying a Google search just got me a bunch of ...
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Is there biblical basis for the “blood moons”?

Most of the members of Christianity.SE have probably heard about the latest craze on the subject of End Times prophecy - the Blood Moons. We are currently in the midst of what is referred to as a ...
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Did Augustine teach sola fide?

It is popularly taught that the reformers declared five distinctive elements of theology that differentiated them from Rome: salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, for the ...
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Are we avatars (incarnations) of God? [closed]

The scriptures states that the believer is the temple of God, that God is within us, that if we give something to a child of God its as if you gave it to God, that we are one with God in Christ... ...
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When, how, and why did the Moravians stop praying 24-7?

The Moravians I speak of were a small group that established and resided in a small village named Herrnut on Count Zinzendorf's estate. They experienced a revival in 1727, and following that they did ...
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Moses' age when before the burning bush

I am trying to find Moses’ age when he was standing before the Burning Bush before delivering the Israelites from slavery. Later in Scripture it says he was 80 years when he first spoke to Pharaoh. ...
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Has the Church stated any advantages or reasoning or prompting to re-formulating positively the Catholic Church's salvation doctrine?

The Church in Catechism of the Catholic Church: "Outside the Church there is no salvation", 846, has re-formulated positively "Outside the Church there is no salvation", often repeated by the Church ...
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When was the third heaven where God dwells created [closed]

When was the third heaven where God dwells created? Was it created during the creation week?
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How was Abraham able to rescue Lot?

Trouble began (in Genesis) when the Kings of Sodom and Gomorrah (and their allies) rebelled against their overlord, Chedoloamer, who swept down on them with an avenging army, killing or capturing ...
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How to prove that Jesus is true God using the Bible alone? [duplicate]

How to prove that Jesus is true God using the Bible alone? Christians love the Nicene Creed and it is a product of Christians who faithfully preserves and contends for the faith that was once and ...
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Is Mary Our Mother? Evangelicals Please Explain John 19:26-27

Is Mary Our Mother? Evangelicals Please Explain John 19:26-27. John 19:26-27 ( NIV) When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman,here is ...
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Does 1 Peter 3:21 teach Baptismal Regeneration? [closed]

Does 1 Peter 3:21 teach Baptismal Regeneration? Baptismal Regeneration is the teaching that spiritual rebirth happens through water baptism. It teaches that in water baptism sins are forgiven.
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Was the Assumption of Mary a belief in the early church?

Was the Assumption of Mary a belief in the early church? If so, where's the evidence? The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven at the end of her earthly life is a defined dogma of the ...
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How were people baptized in the name of Jesus without the Holy Spirit in Acts 8?

My question regards this passage: Acts 8:14-17 ESV Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, who came down and prayed ...
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Is it ever revealed that Paul released those that he imprisoned?

So Paul (previously Saul) became a believer and an effective advocate for Christ, but only after he had imprisoned several believers. Acts 8:3 ESV But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering ...
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If we mustn't serve money then how can we survive? [closed]

No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. (Matthew 6:24, NIV) How can we ...
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Ex Cathedra — are there other Christian groups besides Catholicism that use a similar tactic?

We're all familiar with the concept of the papal infallibility and how the pope is considered infallible only when speaking ex cathedra, which creates a lot of wiggle room since there is really no ...
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Is having spirit guides ok? Aka totems, ascended masters, etc [closed]

Just curious.for these play strongly in my beliefs......but as a student of religious studies Christianity's view on this has piqued my interest. I've heard two sides of the story but would appreciate ...
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What's the justification for believing that God interacts with us today the same way He did thousands of years ago?

Most Christians I have come across believe that because 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8 God must interact with people today the same way He did back then. ...
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Is the entire Bible read at mass?

I'm not a Catholic, but I have attended Catholic Mass and I've been acquainted with the practice of regular mass- that a certain week of the year has the same readings each year. Is the entirety of ...
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What does it mean to shed blood in the name of Christ?

Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, 1441, ex cathedra: “The… Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that all those who are outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans but also Jews or ...
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What ia the Specific role of Africa in Christianity [closed]

Africa is the middle Continent of the World. How does Christianity relate to Africa and its geography? Especially Christianity in Europe and the USA?
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Was Jesus a political revolutionary? A violent one? [closed]

From a non-Christian and purely historical perspective, is there clear evidence on whether the historical Jesus was a political revolutionary? A violent political revolutionary? For example, this ...
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Examples of people who fell from grace and earned it back? [closed]

In the bible, it reads (forgive me as I don't have the exact passage) that the Holy Spirit will be given to those who are righteous. My question is, are there any examples of people who were ...
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Where Does Jesus Say “I will save humanity”?

I had an old friend ask the following: "Where in the Bible does Jesus say, "I will go save humanity"" (Or something along those lines). I tried to explain God is Jesus, and it was his will. But they ...
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Papal Infallibility and teaching heresy?

I had a question that I hoped the Catholics on the board could help me out with. My understanding of the doctrine of Papal Infallibility is that speaking in his official capacity as the "Vicar of ...

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