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Roughly how many Christian priests, and how many 'rotten apples' are there? [closed]

The credibility of Christianity has been severely damaged by a few Christian Priests being found guilty of molesting minors. I would like to quantify just how small a minority this is. So how many ...
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What is the difference between the Ebionites and Nazarenes?

The Ebionites and Nazarenes were Jewish–Christian sects during the Second Temple era. We know that the Ebionites believed Yeshu was born of a natural generation between Joseph and Mary; while some ...
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Are there any commentaries from Trinitarians that explain why the Holy Spirit doesn't have a throne/receive worship in Revelation?

For being a co-equal member of the Godhead, it would appear that the Holy Spirit is, for all intents and purposes, absent from the major points, events, and visions held in Revelation. For example, ...
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What arguments from scripture are given by Baptists for the belief that one third of the angels were banished from heaven with Satan?

I remember being taught in an Independent Fundamentalist Baptist Church when I was in middle school that Satan took one third of the angels in heaven with him after being cast out of God's presence ...
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Has there been a shift in Christian metaphysics from a unitary cosmos to a binary one?

It seems to me that before the Enlightenment, the predominant understanding of the structure of the universe was that the cosmos, while stratified, is unitary- that "the Heavens", which include the ...
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Are Eucharistic ministers allowed to break the host?

I'd like to know if Eucharistic ministers are allowed to break a consecrated host? I witnessed this happening and I didn't think they had the right to do it. I was searching for the answer but some ...
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According to the Catholic Church, how did Paul become a saint?

In the eyes of the Catholic Church how did Saint Paul become a saint? Was it the encounter with Jesus that made him a saint? Or was it something different? Please answer exactly where he became one, ...
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Jesus withdrawing from his disciples to pray [closed]

In Matthew 26:36-46 and Mark 14:32-42, Jesus moves away three times from his apostles to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane. What is the biblical basis as to why Luke has Jesus pray only once in Luke ...
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Could Satan have created the “World”? [closed]

According to Genesis 1:31, all that God created was good. However, not only in the human realm, but also in nature, there is much that seems violent and evil. Darwin, for example, could not conceive ...
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What do Protestant churches teach about the fate of deceased infants?

My question is posed to the Protestant churches that teach that man is saved by faith alone. If a person is saved by faith alone, what happens to children who die before they are able to conceive of ...
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How can Evangelicals link baptism and circumcision without practicing infant baptism? [closed]

This question is a follow-up to this answer. In this particular answer the biblical basis for baptism being non-requisite for salvation is given. Essentially it is a defense of the doctrine that you ...
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Acts 17:30 What does “overlooked” mean? [closed]

Paul, after reasoning about idolatry in Athens, states: Therefore, although God has overlooked such times of ignorance, he now commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has set a day ...
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Could a Christian remain in the sect of the Pharisees?

Acts 15:5 reads: But some from the religious party of the Pharisees who had believed stood up and said, “It is necessary to circumcise the Gentiles and to order them to observe the law of ...
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For what reason was the Messiah writing in the dust? [duplicate]

Anything so strange as the story that is given in John 8 should have a foundation in the Bible. If that is so, then how may one go about finding out what was written in the dust, as well as what it ...
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What is the biblical basis for valuing virginity, but dispensing with levirate marriage? [closed]

Throughout scripture, marriage practices were a very complicated system. Because women did not have many rights and were unable to own property. As a result, levirate marriage established a system in ...
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Catholic priests in China that reject the papal primacy, are their administration of sacraments considered valid?

I was just wondering how the Catholic church in Rome views those priests ordained by the Chinese communist government which do not recognize any authority of the Pope? I realize from an interesting ...
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Why does God promise something that satisfies our greed for longevity? [closed]

New to Christianity.SE and Christianity in general, but I've had this question for some time. The intrinsic greed of humans is to live forever—so why does God promise us eternal life after death as a ...
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What does “he finds his truth” mean in Pope Benedict's Caritas in Veritate?

While I was reading Caritas in Veritate, an encyclical letter by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, I found this fragment: Love — caritas — is an extraordinary force which leads people to opt for ...
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Complete list of versification differences in the Tanakh

As already said in a question Jews and Gentiles versify the Tanakh (i.e., assign its chapters and verses) quite a bit different. I have been trying to find an exhaustive list of the verses that differ ...
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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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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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