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What is the earliest recorded instance where Mary is called “Blessed Virgin”?

I was recently spending some thought on this topic which came from this question: To most Protestants, what is the understanding of Luke 1:48 (KJV)? I answered the question and proposed as an ...
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Do Michael and Gabriel have resurrected bodies?

According to Mormon doctrine, when Christ was resurrected, so were many of the saints that had died: "And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of ...
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Are there any Christians who understand Daniel 10 implying that there is an evil spirit prince over each country?

The angel (I believe it is Gabriel) says: "Soon I must return to fight against the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia, and after that the spirit prince of the kingdom of Greece will come." ...
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Did Gabriel tell Mary that she should remain a virgin for her entire life? [duplicate]

Did Gabriel tell Mary that she should remain a virgin for her entire life? Or was Mary's virginity an accomplishment that she attained without any order from God?
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What are the common Protestant interpretations of Luke 1:48 (KJV)?

What are the common Protestant interpretations of Luke 1:48 (KJV)? Luke 1:48 (KJV) 48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall ...
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Is Jeremiah 10:2-5 referring to a Christmas Tree? [duplicate]

"Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed by the signs in heaven; For the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one ...
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What are the positions relative to each other in the Catholic church's clerical hierarchy?

I sometimes find myself lost in my own church's different levels of clergy and the Catholic church's seems even more complex? What different positions in the clergy exist within the Roman Catholic ...
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Is there a biblical basis for Zoroastrians worshiping a different God than the God of the Bible? [closed]

If Cyrus king of Persia practiced the Zoroastrian faith and God (presumably Jehovah) moved his heart (2 Chronicles 36:22) and Cyrus prayed to him (Ezra 1:2), what are the biblical bases that ...
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Did Adam's and Eve's children marry each other? [duplicate]

According to Bible, Adam and Eve where first humans made by God. Now Adam Eve would have had children, who must be siblings with each other. Then how come population increased? Adam and Eve's ...
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Does Roman Catholicism teach that man is body and soul (bipartite) or body, soul, and spirit (tripartite)?

According to Rev. S. D. F. Salmond's English translation, John of Damascus wrote,(1) For since man’s nature is twofold, consisting of soul and body, He bestowed on us a twofold purification, of ...
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What does the parable of the “goodman of the house” mean? [closed]

What are some possible explanations or correlations from scripture about the goodman who should not have let the thief break in? But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what ...
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When did the practice of bringing non-believers to church originate?

A practice used for Church growth is bringing non-believer friends to church so that they'll like what they see and join the church. Now, the questions are: Did this ever happen in the New ...
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How did the Virgin Mary's title “Mirror of Justice”, used in some Catholic prayers, originate?

The Catholic prayer often known as the Litany of Loreto1 contains a number of descriptive titles of Mary, the mother of God—for example, "Mirror of Justice", "Seat of Wisdom", "Star of the Sea". ...
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Did God forgive sins based on Jesus' future sacrifice? [duplicate]

Jesus said that he had the power to forgive sins when he healed the paralytic. Luke 5:24 NKJV But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins"—He said to the man who was ...
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Why did God instruct the Israelites to perform so many different types of sacrificial offerings? [closed]

In the Bible, there are many different sacrificial offerings (Leviticus 1-5) which were to be performed in the Tabernacle/Temple. Burnt Offering Sin Offering Meat offering or Drink Offering ...
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Is there a verse about “big” and “small” lies being the same in God's kingdom? [closed]

I am looking for a certain verse or passage. The one I'm looking for contains statements about there being no such thing as a "small" lie or "big" lie and that lies are all the same in God's kingdom. ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the belief that God foreordained the fall of Adam and Eve?

I was reading the other day and I came across these verses But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief held by Jehovah's Witnesses that Jehovah and Jesus Christ are separate entities?

According to Jehovah's witnesses what evidences are there in the Bible that Jehovah is not Jesus Christ? What passages separate them, or declare them as different?
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Why does the Catholic Church require miracles for someone to be canonized?

Why does someone have to have a miracle (or two) attributed to them before they can officially become a Saint? Why isn't clear evidence of a righteous lifestyle enough?
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How often are books quoted outside of their own book?

I am trying to put an estimation together of how much of the bible we have today. I know that there are multiple books missing from the bible. 1 Chr 29:29 Now the acts of David the king, first and ...
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What does it mean for the kingdom of heaven to suffer violence? [migrated]

And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. (Matthew 11:12, NKJV) What does this verse mean?
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What is the origin and development of the calender of the Western Church? [closed]

Happy New Year. So today, being the first Sunday in Advent, marks the beginning of a new year in the western church, that is the Roman Catholic Church, and those Protestant churches which are ...
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What happens if the Cardinals who voted against the Pope get stuck with a Pope they don't like?

What happens if the Cardinals get stuck with a Pope they don't like? Do they still have to obey him?
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What is an overview of the schools of thought regarding the soteriological status of alien life forms?

What is an overview of the various opinions on whether alien life forms are saved and can go to heaven? I would accept the idea that this has not been substantially discussed as an answer if that is ...
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Can annulments be granted after a marriage has received a Radical Sanation?

Can a Annulment be granted after the marriage received a Sanatio in Radice (Radical Sanation)? If yes, what justification is needed/valid?
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Does Daniel 12:1 and 2 indicate the damned will have physical bodies like the Saints?

In Daniel chapter 12 we are given some insight into the last days, and it appears the many who have been buried will awake. Does this mean that all will have the same type of resurrection body? ...
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What happens to a human after he dies according to Catholicism?

What happens to a human after he dies according to the catholicism? I ask references and links to these possible references.
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How do Seventh Day Adventists interpret Romans 14:5?

In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike. You should each be fully convinced that whichever day you choose is acceptable. ...
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How were the quarter-millennium anniversaries of the resurrection of Jesus commemorated?

I am wondering how the 2034 Easter celebration will look like from the perspective of various Christian churches. I am mostly interested in the Roman Catholics. Since we can only guess, I would like ...
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Recognition of Previous Marriage by the Roman Catholic Church

In a situation in which a non-Catholic, previously married to a non-Catholic, subsequently marries a Catholic outside the Catholic Church, is it possible to have a Catholic marriage for the latest ...
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What is the basis for translating the serpent in Gen. 3 as a being of light?

I've read two books that mentioned that the serpent in Genesis 3:1 which tempted Eve could have been rendered as a "shining one" or being of light rather than a serpent. Is there really a basis for ...
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What is the meaning of the bronze serpent used to save the Israelites? [closed]

In Numbers 21: 8,9, Why is a bronze serpent used to save the Israelites, and what does this mean for Christians today? 8Then the LORD said to Moses, "Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a ...
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What does it mean to judge the fatherless?

I came across this verse: Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. (Isaiah 1:17, KJV) What does it mean to judge the fatherless?
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Book of revelation what is wormwood?

Revelation 8:11 And the name of the star is called WORMWOOD: and the third part of the waters became WORMWOOD; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter. Deuteronomy 29:18 So ...
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Why was Aaron not allowed into the promised land?

God judged Moses and Aaron separately at another event, why wasn't Aaron allowed into the promised land?
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Is Satan's doom settled, or could he still get a reprieve from God? [closed]

We have in the book of Revelation, the destination of Satan listed. Is there any indication that Satan could get a reprieve from God; or is his doom sealed? Revelations 20:2-3 NASB And he laid ...
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How did the tradition of Mothering Sunday arise?

Mothering Sunday is a tradition that dates back to at least the 16th century. People would visit their "mother church" either a cathedral or large local church and people were often permitted to ...
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2 Corinthians 2:15-16 - what does this passage mean?

Peace, grace and blessings everyone! I’m new to this board. I look forward to everyone's answer. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are ...
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If Jesus was sinless then why was he baptized? [duplicate]

If Jesus was sinless what is the biblical bases for needing to be baptized by John? Mark 1:4-5 NIV John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of ...
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What is Martin Luther's approach to liturgical services in light of Paul Tillich?

This article has a line that reads: We would call Luther's approach an evangelical-catholic one. It cites Paul Tillich's use of "catholic substance" or "protestant principle". Can someone ...
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Is theodicy considered an open problem or a solved one, according to catholicism?

Do catholics consider the problem of theodicy (Why God allows evil on this world) an open question, or is it "solved", seeing that so many people have tried to answer it. If it is not solved, what is ...
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According to the LDS church, when was the priesthood lost?

I suppose this has no definitive answer, but maybe I am wrong, so: From an LDS view, when was divine authority in the early church lost? From all I have read and heard so far about the early church, ...
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In whose name was Jesus baptized?

I know that people are baptized now in either: The name of Jesus (Acts 2:38) The name of Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost (Matthew 28:19) But according to scripture, in whose name was Jesus ...
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Did Jesus visit the temple before the wise men came?

I was looking into the accounts of Jesus' birth both in Matthew and Luke and tried to make something of a chronology of the events on a piece of paper so that I can get it clear in my head. The thing ...
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Are there Christians that try to change the date of Second Coming through their actions?

I have always assumed that the date of Parousia (the Second Coming of Jesus) is fixed and that humans cannot change it. The wish that it would be soon is one of longing and fulfilment, not one of ...
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Mind erase in heaven? [closed]

Will people that go to hell have their very existence erased from people that go to heaven? For example lets say John believes in Jesus but hes sister Anna never does. Is there any scripture that ...
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On what basis do Popes choose their papal name?

Apologies if there is not a good answer to this but I was wondering how papal names are chosen. Is there a specific tendency for taking a papal name that is associated with a tradition or strain of ...
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How do Anglicans, who recognize apostolic succession, trace theirs?

It appears Anglicans claim apostolic succession. How do they trace their apostolic succession?
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Are Christ's Words in the Gospels part of the Old Covenant or the New? [closed]

I see this topic pop up in certain Christian circles. Certainly people make the claim that the "Words in Red" in the Gospels (those regarded as the Words of Jesus) are not part of the New Testament ...
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What is considered to be free choice in the context of “choosing to go to hell”?

Let me preface this by stating that I received a Christian education and have seen the idea that individuals choose to go to hell (rather than God sending them there), mostly from a vaguely ...

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