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Orthodox teaching about touching Jesus' body

I was reading answers to a question about Thomas touching Jesus. An answer came from an Orthodox person which said that Thomas was granted special permission to touch his body/wound. That person ...
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What are the views of Evangelical Christians on whether it is possible to go to heaven and back to earth?

I've heard some stories about how kids have died and come back to life a couple of minutes later with a note or something from heaven (e.g., Colton Burpo). Is this biblical? Is it possible? Could it ...
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Why are the wicked resurrected only to be destroyed and sent to the Lake of Fire?

In Revelation 20 the resurrection of the wicked is detailed. They are then judged and thrown in the lake of fire. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. ...
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In the LDS Church, who decides where to place new Churches, and how?

Fairly straightforward question: In the LDS Church, who decides where to place new Churches, and how? Are there specific criteria? Is there a process for determining whether a Church can be ...
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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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In Mormonism, how is the doctrine of Adam & Eve inability to have children prior to the Fall explained?

Inspired by this answer to a previous question, in which the answerer stated: "For example, the Book of Mormon adds the belief that Adam and Eve could not have children before the Fall." ...
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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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Did Martin Luther ever remove books from the New Testament canon?

Is it true that Luther removed James, Jude, and Revelation from the New Testament? If this is true then what were his reasons for doing so?
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Are Paul's teachings normative today? [closed]

Are the Apostle Paul's teachings about women in Christian ministry (especially pastoral ministry) normative? How is it relevant in the changing context of today?
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Why don't many churches obey Paul's command that women must be silent in church?

In 1 Corinthians 14 Paul says that women must be silent in churches and ask questions to their husbands when they get home: Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to ...
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The Bible seems to allow polygamy. Why doesn't the church?

In Exodus 21:10 and Deuteronomy 21:15-16 (among many other passages), it talks about polygamy as if it were acceptable. Indeed, there are several holy men (Abraham and Solomon come to mind offhand) ...
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Will suicide keep me out of Heaven? [closed]

First of all, I don't want to set off any red flags here. I am not pursuing a suicidal lifestyle, nor do I have the desire to end my life. That being said... Perhaps the greatest thing a person can ...
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If Adam and Eve were perfect, why did they choose to sin?

Adam and Eve, when they were created in the Garden of Eden, were without sin. Because of that, they were perfect and flawless. However, with that theology in mind, I'm running up against a wall: ...
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What is the biblical basis for the claim that abortion is immoral?

The Catholic church, as well as many other Christians, believes that abortion is inherently immoral, based on the belief that life begins at conception. What is the biblical basis for this position? ...
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What is the way of Cain, the error of Balaam and the gainsaying of Core (Korah)?

Jude 1:11 (KJV): Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. Jude 1:11 (NIV): Woe to ...
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Does the incorrupted body of St.Cecilia still exist?

I have searched many sites to find evidence of the incorrupted body of St.Cecilia. But I failed to find any evidence of the real body, only statues of the saint. Can anyone help to find out real photo ...
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Should husbands submit to wives? [closed]

There has been a lot of discussion in the news lately about the passage in Ephesians 5:22 instructing wives to submit to their husbands as unto the Lord. But no one ever seems to bring Ephesians 5:21 ...
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Is “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” preaching heresy?

I love the song "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing." Its beautiful, and the backstory is pretty amazing. My problem is that I always shudder every time I sing the third verse. It says, "O to grace, ...
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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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Why did Jesus tell His disciples to buy a sword?

At the Last Supper, Luke records this dialogue: He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. It is written: ...
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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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Where did the idea of the Trinity come from? [duplicate]

As noted here about 1 John: The passage is called the Johannine Comma and is not found in the majority of Greek manuscripts. Which implies that this has been recently added to scripture. It ...
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How could God hold Adam and Eve accountable for sinning when they didn't know evil? [duplicate]

Until Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, how could they know that disobeying God was sinful, as they didn't understand that it was evil? Why does God hold them ...
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Did Martin Luther take exception to the gospels in any way?

I was watching a video* that was about the "heresy" of Protestantism. It briefly discussed Martin Luther and his exceptions with certain books. He removed the so called "apocrypha" and also took ...
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Important Western Soteriological Works

Does anyone know what works are considered to be principal elements of Western soteriological thought, primarily focused on Roman Catholic and Protestant ideologies? I'm interested mostly in primary ...
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What does Jesus mean that those that can be trusted on small matters can be trusted in large matter?

Imagine Madoff coming to your living room saying, "I got investment, I want you to invest your whole money to me." You test them. You left some changes on the table and pretend to do something else. ...
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Are there any examples of Jesus praying publicly?

As a follow up to this question: Is it ok to pray in public? There are many examples where Jesus prays privately and he will intentionally separate himself from his disciples, but are there examples ...
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Did the Christian practice of having a prayer before Bible study evolve during Martin Luther's time?

In Eric W. Gritsch's book, A History of Lutheranism, he reports, He memorized whole portions of the Bible (available in the Latin translation of St. Jerome, c. 348-420) and used various existing ...
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Did Martin Luther know Hebrew or Greek?

I know that Martin Luther knew Latin and German, but did he know other languages? For example, did he know Greek or Hebrew (I mean those Greek and Hebrew that the Bible is written in)?
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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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Are there any passages in Sacred Scripture that explicitly describes apocalyptic weather patterns?

I've heard my whole life that one of the major signs to look for concerning the end of the world is that no one will be able to tell what season it is. Most of my fundamentalist friends and family ...
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Did Jeremiah lie in Jeremiah 38:27

Is Jeremiah lying here? I know that Jeremiah had previously discussed not being sent back to Jonathan's house in Jeremiah 37:20, but that is not the conversation that the officials seem to be asking ...
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What is the biblical justification for permitting female pastors?

It seems that that 1Timothy 2:12-14 (NASB) says that women shouldn't be pastors. But there are many denominations that allow this. 1 Timothy 2:12-14 (NASB) 12 But I do not allow a woman to ...
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Does the Bible make any allusions to life on other planets?

What, if anything, does the Bible say either supporting the theory of life on other planets, or suggesting that there is none?
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According to the Jehovah's Witnesses, where does the Devil come from?

I had two ladies come over yesterday from the local Jehovah's Witness place. They asked if we knew where the devil comes from but left when my wife said we're Catholic. As a Catholic, I've got some ...
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What is the origin of praying hands folded?

I was taught in Sunday school to pray hands folded. On the other hand, there's no biblical mention of the practice (as far as I know). It actually doesn't seem to matter which position we pray in. ...
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Does God Answer Every Prayer Asked In Jesus' Name?

In John 14:13-14, Jesus says the following to his disciples: And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask Me for anything in My name, ...
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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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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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Which order/choir of angels did Satan belong to before he fell?

In the Summa Theologica Thomas Aquinas answers that Satan could have belonged to either the lower grade of angels or to the higher angels before he fell. According to Catholic texts, which of the ...
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Is the Qur'an compatible with Christianity?

In comment discussion of another question, these mentions about the Qur'an were made: The Qur'an teaches that Christ is a Prophet in Islam. In that sense I wouldn't say it's "Anti-Christian" or ...
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Who wrote the Book of Revelation?

More specifically: What authorities claim that the Book of Revelation was written by the Apostle John? What authorities claim otherwise? This C.SE answer apparently references Pliny and Tacitus in ...
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Are there any credible writings that demonize redheads? [closed]

Is there anything in the Bible or other ancient texts that downgrade redheads? Redheads have suffered a fair bit of persecution over the centuries and still can today in various parts of the world. ...
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Is Christian god omnipotent? Does it follow from the Bible? [duplicate]

Does it follow from Christian bible that God is omnipotent rather than just being a powerful being sharing features with gods of polytheistic religions, such as immortality, invisibility and ability ...
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Philo of Alexandria and logos

Philo of Alexandria (20 BC – 50 AD), a Hellenized Jew, used the term Logos to mean an intermediary divine being, or demiurge. Philo followed the Platonic distinction between imperfect matter and ...
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Why do some view God being 'infinite' only in a theoretical, metaphorical way?

I was talking to a scientist (a Christian one) who, though (I assume) he agreed that God is qualitively boundless, wasn't keen on the term 'infinite' when applied to Him. He explained but so cleverly ...
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Have any prominent theologians written on what the ascension looked like?

Some postmodernists believe the picture of Jesus floating up into the sky like a balloon is absurd. I remember C. S. Lewis saying (in Miracles) that we don't necessarily have to believe that if we ...
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What is Christ's role in salvation according to Arian theology?

This is related, but intended to be a more specific version of this question. The answer provides a pretty concise, Sunday-school refutation to Arianism, but it assumes a Trinitarian view. From ...
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When did the concept of “wine is grape juice” originate?

A discussion in chat today has lead me to this question. Most of us should be familiar with the debate about whether Jesus drank alcoholic wine, or some other form of wine, or simple grape juice. My ...
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What are the differences between Mormonism and Islam, and how do Mormons react to comparisons with it?

Before anything else, a point of order. This question has the ability to be construed as mean-spirited towards my Mormon brothers. I'd like to hope that I have the credibility on this site to be ...

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