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Should Catholic christians be obligated to use in vitro fertilisation? If not, why not?

I've been talking with friends about different methods of contraception and the relationship of the Catholic church towards them. If I understand correctly, most widespread means of contraception ...
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Why do Mormon missionaries travel in pairs?

Why do Mormons travel in pairs (husband and wife, two young women, or two young men) instead of a group? Does a pair that consists of a brother and a sister ever go on a missionary trip together?
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Why do Protestants worship on Sunday? [duplicate]

If the Sabbath is Saturday and it's known that the Roman Catholic Church changed the day week to worship from Saturday to Sunday, why then would Protestants continue to worship on Sunday? I ...
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What evidence is there that Peter was a bishop in Rome?

The Encyclopaedia Brittanica says The claims that the church of Rome was founded by Peter or that he served as its first bishop are in dispute and rest on evidence that is not earlier than the ...
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Why is the word 'Lord' in all caps in the OT but not in the NT?

My friend asked me the other day why the word 'Lord' is in all capital letters in the Old Testament but not the New Testament? I tend to lean towards the fact that the OT was written in Hebrew and ...
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Is there a logical flow in 2 Timothy 2:4-7?

No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, ...
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How do opponents of Decision Theology distinguish themselves from Universal Salvation?

There is a tradition, perhaps strongest in Lutheranism, that opposes what it calls "Decision Theology". Biblical support for opposing Decision Theology would come in passages like, "No one can say ...
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Why do Catholics make the sign of the cross at the Eucharist?

I know that no where in the Catholic Rite of Communion does it state that the communicant must make the sign of the cross after reception of the Eucharist in either species. So why is it that so many ...
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Why are the Psalms numbered this way in some Catholic Bibles?

I am looking at a Catholic Bible and I see the following: PSALM 1 [...] PSALM 9-10 [...] PSALM 51 V50 Miserere PSLAM 52 V 51 [...] PSALM 150 Please see image below. What accounts for this ...
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According to Catholic Teaching, what is the meaning of true “freedom of religion?”

This @Geremia's answer to "For Catholics who have expressed concern about Pope Francis and are wary of his pontificate, what are the key issues?" raised as an error and heresy of Vatican II, ...
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When does the fall of Lucifer from God occur? [closed]

At what point in time and creation did Satan (Lucifer the former arch angel) along with all the other angels who followed him fall from God's glory and caste out of the heavenly realm? Also which act ...
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Is Metatron actually part of Catholic dogma?

Metatron is believed by some to be Enoch transformed into an angel. Some time ago on chat someone said that he is part of official Catholic dogma. However, I couldn't really confirm this with a ...
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What is the Catholic explanation as to why God has revealed himself in “male” terms?

The Catholic Church teaches that God is neither man nor woman. CCC 370 In no way is God in man's image. He is neither man nor woman. God is pure spirit in which there is no place for the ...
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When & where did the word “Christian” originate?

The word "Christian" very rarely used in the new testament to refer to those that trust/believe on Jesus. Mostly they were simply called "believers". When/where and by who coined the word ...
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Is there a Biblical precedent for the Petrine privilege?

Is there a Biblical precedent for the Petrine privilege? The Petrine privilege per the Code of Canon Law being Code of Canon Law Can. 1142 For a just cause, the Roman Pontiff can dissolve a ...
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Does the Lutheran Church of Sweden have a Biblical basis for performing full same-sex marriage? [duplicate]

From Wikipedia, it is my understanding that the Lutheran Church of Sweden has performed full same-sex marriages since November 2009. Does the Lutheran Church of Sweden have a Biblical basis for ...
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Is there any biblical basis common to the Christian Churches who bless same-sex unions in their Christian churches?

Is there any biblical basis common to the Christian Churches who bless same-sex unions in their Christian churches? What is their biblical reasoning?
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Are there any Christian Churches or communities that teach same-sex marriage is a right? On what biblical basis?

Are there any Christian Churches or communities that teach same-sex marriage is a right? On what biblical basis do they base their teaching? A couple of examples will do for an answer.
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Why the disciple took Jesus' mother unto his own home?

26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! 27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And ...
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What was Jesus trying to convey in the parables of the mustard seed and yeast?

What message did Jesus Christ tried to give by comparing the Kingdom Of God(Isn't that Heaven?) with the mustard seed and yeast?
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In LDS canon, is the Final Judgement before or after the resurrection?

I've always understood the Final Judgment to occur just before the resurrection because the judgement determines which glory you are resurrected to. The Gospel Principles lesson on the Final Judgement ...
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Is there biblical evidence that people can see spirits?

Is there biblical evidence that people can see spirits be they angelic or human? From what biblical passages can such evidence be deduced from?
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Should women give sermons? [closed]

"Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let ...
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Is it possible that a new book could be added to the Bible? [duplicate]

In my early years as a Christian I was taught that Revelation 22:18-20 was a warning that the Bible could not be added to or taken away from. However reasonable study of this scripture bears out that ...
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Meaning of the parable in Luke 17:7-10

In the first verse of Luke 17:5-10, the disciples ask Jesus to increase their faith. The beginning of Jesus's reply in 17:6 seems to be directly connected. But I am having trouble figuring out what ...
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What gift of God did Timothy have?

Paul refers to the gift of spirit that Timothy had in both I and II Timothy. KJV 2 Timothy 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the ...
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What is the meaning of this part of 2 Timothy 1:3? [migrated]

I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day; (2 Timothy 1:3, KJV) (Emphasis added) What does ...
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What are the steps for a non-Catholic Christian to become a Catholic? [duplicate]

What are the steps for a non-Catholic Christian to become a Catholic? What is the process, and what does it entail? What actions are incumbent upon such an aspirant? Where does confession fit in? ...
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How should we call a book with New Testament and Psalms? [closed]

I have seen some smaller version of the Bible(?), containing only New Testament and Psalms. Some have Proverbs also. What name should we give to such a book? A mini Bible? New Testament Bible?
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Why does Genesis record only 10 names from Adam to Noah?

Genesis 5 (NIV) And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth. After he begot Seth, the days of Adam were eight ...
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The Correct Meaning of Genesis 6:3 - Also Flesh or Is Flesh? [migrated]

This is a translational issue and, depending on how Genesis 6:3 is rendered, its meaning changes greatly. For a Christian reader this matter of spirit or flesh (or both) is highly relevant. Here is ...
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Can Satan understand all tongues

This question is geared towards Pentecostals and Charismatics (although all views are welcome), can Satan understand the tongues that are spoken by a person that is speaking in tongues as uttered by ...
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Does the Orthodox Church counsel that at some point, married people must be weaned away from the marital privilege?

This article points to the following counsel within the Catholic Church that (my emphasis) the pursuit of sanctity within the married state must inevitably lead to a weaning away from the ...
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Why is the funeral/burial several days after death?

I've noticed that Christian funerals and burials tend to come several days after the death, even in cases where the death was expected, there was no police involvement (so no need to wait on ...
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Is John saying that Christ is God and eternal?

The Book of John says that God is the Word in the beginning. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1, NIV) How is Jesus Christ the son to the ...
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What was the basis for Anselm's Theory of Atonement by satisfaction?

Upon which Bible verses did Anselm base his theory of satisfactory atonement?
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What is the falling out between Tullian Tchividjian and The Gospel Coalition about?

Recently there has been a falling out between Tullian Tchividjian and The Gospel Coalition. Tullian Tchividjian was requested to move his blog away from The Gospel Coalition website. Can anyone ...
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What does Liberate 2014/Tullian mean by 'One Way Love'?

My question is prompted by the Liberate 2014 Conference and the concept of One Way Love. There's also a book by a pastor Tullian Tchividjian called "One Way Love". What does Liberate 2014/Tullian ...
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How do Calvinists account for Calvin's statements on atonement?

Calvinism gets its name from John Calvin. One of the tenets of Calvinism is "Limited Atonement", the idea that Christ died for the elect, not for all mankind. However, this does not appear to be what ...
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How did Martin Luther's views on Free Will differ from those of Erasmus?

I understand that Martin Luther believed in the redemption of the will to serve God as part of God's redemptive work. Can someone clarify how this differed from Erasmus' viewpoint? I know I could ...
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How do we explain Paul's encounters with disciples of Jesus in light of the Great Commission?

The following passage relates the "Great Commission" that Jesus gave to 11 disciples: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2028:16-20 But Paul, a man who never met Jesus during his ...
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What is the religion of the Midian people?

In Exodus, Moses leaves Egypt and lives with the people in Midian for a few years (Exodus 2:15). I'm wondering what Moses' religious environment was like while he was living there. I know his ...
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According to Catholic teaching that is biblically supported, who are “the enemies of Christians?”

From Luke 1:68-79 (RSVCE), Catholics have a prayer that is termed CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH (the Benedictus [cf. Traditional Prayers — Common Prayers | liturgyoffice.org.uk]). In it there is a section: ...
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Was Bible Revealed to Jesus? (Christian Perspective)

I am asking this question from a Muslim perspective. We are told that Zubur and Injeel (Old Testament and New Testament) were revealed to Moses and Jesus just like Quran was revealed to Muhammad ...
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Why has “Devil's advocate” office been changed?

Pope John Paul II abolished* reduced the power and changed the role of the Promotor fidei (Promoter of the Faith) office, better known as Advocatus diaboli (Devil's advocate) in 1983, thereby the ...
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What Scriptures did Arius use to support teaching that Jesus was created?

Arius probably quoted the following: Revelation 3:14: These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God. Psalm 8:5-6: thou madest Him ...
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According to the Catholic Church, what is to become of a family when the married couple discovers they are brother and sister?

The scenario A brother and sister are separated at birth and grow up not knowing of each other. Years later they meet and unbeknownst that they are brother and sister, fall in love, marry, and have ...
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Where can I find a free Russian Bible other than the Russian Synodal Translation? [closed]

I am considering to translate my book into Russian. A stopper for this is that the standard Russian Bible (Russian Synodal Translation) is out of question very poor quality. (I once compared it with ...
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What is the official Roman Catholic opinion on Swedenborg?

What is the official opinion of the Catholic Church on works of Emanuel Swedenborg, especially Heaven and Hell? I'm interested in the opinion of the Catholic Church, but any others will be also ...
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Did the teachings of Buddha influence Jesus?

I have heard that Buddha preceded Christ by approximately 500 years and that it may have been possible for the teachings of Buddha to have reached the ears of the young Christ and inspired his ...

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