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What is “new” in the New Perspective on Paul?

What specially is new and different in the "New Perspective on Paul" movement? How can the differences to the "old" perspective be summarized? Note: Please don't make this question about defending ...
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Why did Mormons stop practicing polygamy?

I know that early in the formation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, polygamy was common. It's my understanding that it was an everlasting command from God to Joseph Smith. ...
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What is the significance of the inverted pentagram symbols on the LDS Temple in Salt Lake City?

The Temple in Salt Lake has several inverted pentagrams as decorations. (To see a few, just google "lds temple salt lake inverted pentagrams" and click on images. Or click here) According to ...
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How many witnesses are there who physically saw and/or touched the golden plates from which the Book of Mormon was reportedly translated?

I understand the Book of Mormon has a list of witnesses. However, I have heard that these witnesses may not have actually ever seen the gold plates that contained the original manuscripts for the ...
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What has the LDS Church (Mormons) historically taught about the Curse of Cain and dark skin?

I have heard that people with black skin had been denied certain things in the Mormon Church until the past 30 years or so and that this has something to do with the Curse of Cain. What has been the ...
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When Jesus gave Peter his name (rock) what is the significance that he then said upon a ‘different’ kind of rock he would build his church?

When Peter made his famous confession, Jesus responded by saying: And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. (NIV ...
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What are the Biblical reasons for getting married?

The basis for this question comes from a conversation I had with a friend. She said to me 'The only reason that two people should get together and get married is because they can do more for the ...
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Names of angels and fallen angels?

What angels and fallen angels were named in the Bible and what are they responsible for? I've also heard of works of theologians on that matter, can someone provide some references?
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How do we know we aren't worshipping the same God? [closed]

How does a Catholic know that they are not worshiping the same God as someone who practices Islam or Judaism? Is there anything that concretely points to them being different past personal ...
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Who may receive Holy Communion in a Catholic Church?

Who in the following groups may receive Holy Communion in a Catholic Church? Among Catholics. (cf. the current debate on communion for divorced-and-remarried Catholics). Among non-Catholic ...
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What is the significance of transubstantiation? [duplicate]

During the Eucharist ceremony where the Priest says some words and then transubstantiation takes place, what is the significance of this event? I realize this is derived somehow from the last supper ...
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Did Martin Luther effectively teach that our justification is like white snow covering over dung?

Over the internet I have come across posts like this that say Luther stated that our sinful state is much like the piles of manure. It is ugly, repulsive and offensive. There is nothing in it ...
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Poor defined as 'Any Poor' or 'Christian Poor' [closed]

Context: Proverbs 19:17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again. Luke 12:33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide ...
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Can a child presented by a same sex couple be validly baptized in the Catholic Church?

In Instrumentum Laboris 2014, the working document for the October 2014 Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome, #120 The Transmission of the Faith to Children in Same Sex ...
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In Theistic Evolution when do the genealogies in Genesis become real?

In Genesis there is the genealogy of Adam to Noah, then the account of the flood. After that is the genealogy of Noah to Abraham. The accounts of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jacob's sons then follow. ...
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Calvinist view on Tribulation

What view of the tribulation do Calvinists generally tend to take? I am aware of the Westminister Confession http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_with_proofs/ , but I don't see anything related to ...
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Where in the Bible does it say “I will destroy those who destroy My land”?

Where in the Bible does it say "I (God) will destroy those who destroy My land"?
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How are Roman Catholics to receive the holy Eucharist at Mass?

What is the etiquette to be followed when receiving the holy Eucharist? Is one to kneel down? Does one receive in the hand or directly on the tongue? Are there any prescribed procedures from Vatican?
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What are the Twelve Tribes of Israel?

The Bible frequently refers to the twelve tribes of Israel. Which tribes constitute this list? Jacob had twelve sons, but Joseph's two sons each got a land inheritance and Levi got none. So do the ...
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Was the Roman Catholic Church responsible for the change of Sabbath to Sunday as day of rest?

Some historians--both Catholic and Protestants--make reference to Constantine, the emperor, circa 527, as paving the way for the Bishop of Rome as responsible for the change that historically took ...
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Does Jesus have a last name?

I heard "Christ" isn't the last name He got from His parents. Is that true? Does He have a last name? If He does not have a last name, then how does that work? If that wasn't His last name, and there ...
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Does sin hinder one's ability to speak God's word?

A friend told me that "bad people" are limited when it comes to spreading the Word of God. According to scripture, how, and in what way, does sin hinder one's ability to spread the Word of God?
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If we are “Saved” by grace, then why are we getting "Judged?

Ephesians 2:8 (NIV) For it is by grace you been (Saved), through faith--- an this is not from yourselves,it is the gift of God. 2 Corithians 5:10 (NLT) For we must all stand before Christ to be ...
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What does it mean when Jesus say “Love your enemies” (Matthew 5:43-45)?

This always confused me. We read this in Matthew 5:43-45 Matthew 5:43-45 (NIV) - “You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray ...
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How does the mainstream Christian view of the physical body differ from that presented in The Gospel of Thomas?

What is the value of the physical body in mainstream Christianity? Sometimes it seems to be very negative and to encourage one to concentrate primarily or even almost solely on the spiritual realm. ...
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What is the “gospel” supposed to mean?

What is the gospel supposed to mean? In what ways can it be used? What do Christians generally mean when they use the term "gospel"?
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Basis for Binitarianism

We hear a lot at times in church, seminary, general discussions, etc about the godhead, so that got me to wondering: what is the Scriptural basis for the Christian doctrine of Binitarianism? UPDATE: ...
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Origins of Ash Wednesday

There has been a long standing association between ashes and repentance within Christianity stretching all the way back to Tertullian not to mention various grief filled moments of repentance found in ...
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What kinds of Mormon missionaries are there?

I'm used to seeing young missionaries travel in pairs, talking to people and visiting them, but I don't typically think of them as serving their missions online (as evidenced here) or doing other ...
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Are Mormons Protestants?

I'm sure Mormons are neither Catholic nor Orthodox. There is no doubt that they are Christians but I'm not sure they are Protestants or not. Are Mormons Protestants or they are just "Latter Day ...
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Is “Mormon” a disrespectful term?

When I was in Utah, I found myself consciously avoiding the term "Mormon," in favor of "LDS." While I understand the term "LDS" means "Latter Day Saint," what I don't know is either the provance or ...
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Is Eastern Orthodox christianity against doing yoga or meditation?

I've heard opposite opinions on this and I was wondering about it. So is Eastern Orthodox christianity against doing yoga or meditation?
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What do non-fundamentalists believe about the Bible? [duplicate]

I am having trouble understanding what non-fundamentalists believe about the Bible as history. For those who see Adam and Eve as not real lived-and-died human beings, at what point is that part of the ...
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What does it means to “afflict your souls” as on Lev. 16? [migrated]

Leviticus 16:29-31. "And this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be ...
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Can Catholics receive sacraments via Skype?

Can Catholics receive any of the sacraments via Skype?
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What does it mean that all scripture is God-Breathed?

In 2 Tim 3:16, Paul writes All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (NIV) All Scripture is breathed out by God and ...
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Is there a scripture that says men can't stop sinning?

I had someone ask me to show scripture that says men can't stop sinning. I had a hard time locating them. Can anyone please help me out?
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What are the Presbyterian denominations in England?

Except the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in England and Wales and the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster, both of which have a few congregations in England, I am not aware of any other Presbyterian ...
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Christians are doomed to hell?

While perusing the Vatican's official website, I stumbled upon this: THOUGHTS FROM THE DIALOGUE CENTRE IN ÅRHUS, DENMARK "... The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) used ...
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What does Satan look like?

Many people have seen the Classical depiction of Satan in paintings and statues, but what does scripture say about what Satan looks like?
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Did Paul write other letters that are not in the Bible?

I've heard it said that Paul wrote other letters that didn't make it into the Bible, including at least one more letter to the church at Corinth, and a letter to the church at Laodicea. What is the ...
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Does the bible say everyone can interact with Jesus as much as we want in Heaven? [closed]

I had some rocky points in my faith, but now I am back to the Lord and Jesus for good this time. On Earth we can talk to Jesus through prayer whenever we want, and he always listens. Is it anywhere in ...
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In Proverbs 19:20 whom should one hear, receive from, and accept? God or any wise man?

Proverbs 20 Hear counsel, receive instruction, and accept correction, that you may be wise in the time to come. (AMP) Please help to interpret the above. Whom should one hear, receive from, and ...
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How is a Christian supposed to fear God when “there is no fear in love” (1 John 4:18)?

In both the Old and New Testaments, we are commanded to "fear the Lord". Fear the Lord your God and serve him. Hold fast to him and take your oaths in his name. Deuteronomy 10:20 ESV Honor ...
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What is the meaning of the Psalm 37:29? [closed]

What does Psalm 37:29 mean when it said "The righteous themselves will possess the earth, and they will reside forever upon it.” Does this mean an earthly paradise that God has promised to restore? ...
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If a child is a blessing from God in laestadianism, then what would a dead infant mean?

If a child is a blessing from God in laestadianism, then what would a dead infant (by means of spontaneous or induced abortion) mean? Perhaps, God wants the child to die? What does it mean for a child ...
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Jesus predicts that some will not die until he comes in his kingdom, but did this occur?

Matthew 16:28 I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom. Mark 9:1 And he said to them, "I tell you the truth, ...
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Tower of Babel dispersion after the Table of Nations?

Genesis 11 has the story of the Tower of Babel, which is the event which caused all the nations to be dispersed into the World. But the chapter before, Genesis 10, called the Table of Nations, ...
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Source of Christian attitudes towards fantasy and role playing games

I've heard many stories of people who abandoned their role-playing hobby, or burned their fantasy book collections, on the grounds that these were opposed to their Christian faith. What is it that ...
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What is the scriptural basis of the Tabernacle with the Blessed Sacrament as in the Catholic churches?

This question extends from this one. Is there scriptural basis of the Tabernacle WITH the Blessed Sacrament as in the Catholic churches?

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