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What is closest thing Baptists have to a catechism?

I teach Sunday School at an evangelical congregation that is essentially nondenominational, but has various, historical ties to the Church of the Brethren and or one of the smaller Baptist ...
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Was the Scapegoat of Leviticus an allusion to Barabbas?

There are several similarities between the selection of the Scapegoat, and the selection of Jesus as our sacrifice. Leviticus 16:7 KJV And he shall take the two goats, and present them before ...
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For those who oppose interfaith worship on Biblical grounds, what Scriptures do they use to show that such worship is unacceptable? [closed]

This is an interesting segment from CBS News on an Episcopalian church in downtown Washington, D.C. that has invited a Muslim congregation to use their sanctuary for worship. Does the Bible speak to ...
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Maintaining the number of Disciples [closed]

Acts 1:24-26; And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all men, show which one of these two You have chosen, to occupy this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside ...
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Why did the Catholic Church change so radically after Vatican II in regards to the status of Jews?

Before Vatican II in the 1960s, the Church was overtly anti-Jewish. For example: St. Thomas Aquinas writes in De Regimine Judaeorum (also called Epistola ad ducissam Brabantiae) that "the Jews by ...
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What does “therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves” mean?

In Matthew 10:16 we read: I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. (NIV) What does "be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as ...
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Has there ever been an exorcism conducted by the Mormon Church?

Has there ever been a recorded exorcism conducted under the authority of the Mormon Church?
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According to SDA can all pastors forgive sin, or just the original twelve apostles?

I have a question relating to Matthew 18:18. I want to specifically ask the Seventh-day Adventist church about this. It says: "I can assure you that when you speak judgment here on earth, it will ...
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Was Jesus a carpenter or a rabbi?

One person told me that since disciples called Jesus rabbi and since he taught in synagogues he couldn't have been a carpenter as only rabbis were allowed to teach in synagogues. Has this matter ever ...
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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 there a historical reason why the liturgical colour purple eventually replaced black to symbolise penance?

Is there a historical reason why the liturgical colour purple eventually replaced black to symbolise penance? This question does not have its' answer in the difference between the two forms of the ...
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Has a Pope ever encouraged separated or civilly-divorced spouses to strive toward reunion?

Has a Pope ever encouraged, such as in an official letter or audience, separated spouses to strive toward reunion?
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Who first came up with the phrase “an over-realized eschatology” and in what context?

The phrase "an over-realized eschatology" seems to get a run from time to time in theological discussions (example) or blog posts (example). Who first coined this phrase* and in what context were they ...
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What is the Biblical basis for it being wrong for couples to live together *chastely* before marriage?

Many Christians say that a couple shouldn't live together before they get married, even if they are not having sex with each other. What is the Biblical basis for this position? Are there certain ...
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What were the Nephilim, and what role did they play in the Bible beyond just being mentioned?

Did the Nephilim that are mentioned in Genesis 6:4 do anything beyond just existing?
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What is “Manuscript Evidence” and how is it useful?

In several Apologetics articles (including one answer of mine on a different question), I see the statement that "there is overwhelming manuscript evidence to support the fact that the Bible has been ...
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What is the source of the quote attributed to Origen, that “the soul has neither beginning nor end”?

Related answer: Is there any substance to the claim that Origen supported reincarnation? The following quote is widely attributed to Origen in books and on the internet (e.g., here and here): ...
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What are the main similarities and differences between the Genesis and other major ancient flood accounts? [closed]

Have any of you read the Atrahasis Epic? It's the Babylonian/Akkadian version of the Great Flood. I found it had striking similarities with the Flood Account in Genesis!! (Read it if you have not ...
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Pre- vs. Post-1960s Catholicism's views on Judaism [duplicate]

Why did the Catholic Church change its views regarding Judaism at the 1960s (spec. at the Second Vatican Council with its document Nostræ Ætate)?
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How do Anglicans consider reason, experience, scripture and tradition in coming to conclusions? [closed]

How do Anglicans consider reason, experience, scripture and tradition in coming to conclusions? What is their justification for the way they use and prioritize each part?
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What is Heaven's Mercy Seat?

In Revelation Song, Jesus is portrayed as sitting on "Heaven's Mercy Seat" at God's right hand. I'm trying to get a handle on what that is. (At 1:07, we praise 'Him who sits on Heaven's Mercy Seat" ...
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What traditions hold that Satan is not actually a person?

I heard somewhere (can't remember where) that Satan is more of a term than a person. In other words, Satan is not so much a fallen angel, person, or being, but rather a designation for evil. Is this ...
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What is the biblical basis for commemorating the birth of Jesus?

For many Christian denominations, Christmas is the highest holiday of the year. What is the biblical basis for commemorating/celebrating the birth of Jesus, regardless of the particular day of the ...
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Who told Cain and Abel of Sacrificial rituals or offerings?

In Genesis 4 Cain and Abel gave offerings (or sacrifice). Who instructed them to give this offering or sacrifice? Was it a burnt offering?
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Where did Baptists get their name and what do they believe?

Where and when did the Baptists get their name and what do they believe that sets them apart from the rest of Protestant denominations? I realize there are different divisions among Baptists as well, ...
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How was the Catholic Easter calendar established, despite this passage?

Matthew 12:40 For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. If Jesus said ...
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Who told Eve about the fruit?

How could Eve know not to eat from the fruit when there are no lines of verse showing she was ever told? It said "God told the man..." Eve wasn't made until later. I've checked several versions. Is ...
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How are eschatological beliefs distinguished in the Evangelical churches?

"Pre-tribulation," "post-tribulation," "millennial," and "dispensationalist" are all terms that I've heard used to describe certain eschatological beliefs held by groups of mainstream Evangelicals (...
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What are the divisions between Vatican I and Vatican II Catholics? [duplicate]

On this site Catholic questions are often answered very well by self avowed Catholics. Often two such users will argue well their viewpoints, but reach very different conclusions. For example see as ...
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What happened to the Book of the Law in the time of Josiah?

2 Kings 22 (NIV) 8 Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the temple of the Lord.” He gave it to Shaphan, who read it. 11 When the ...
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According to Protestants, what is the biblical basis of Jesus being “one substance with the father”?

The only place in scripture where the relationship of the substance of Jesus with the substance of God that I can find in the scriptures is To the Hebrews:1:3 which actually says that they are of ...
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Ten commands say to kill is wrong so why did God tell the people to kill the man who gathered sticks on the Sabbath? [duplicate]

In Numbers there is the story of the man who gathered sticks on the Sabbath and then God commanded the people to kill the man. However the 10 commandments make it clear that to kill is wrong. I ...
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Why are verses missing in the Psalms in my Bible?

Today, to my surprise, I discovered that Bible in my native Georgian language is not complete. I have checked several sources and compared to English and Russian Bibles, and there are missing verses ...
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How far was Peter from Jesus when he denied him?

In The Gospel of Luke it says: Luke 22: 61- and the Lord turned and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me ...
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According to Calvinism, is it possible to believe in predestination, yet reject Christ?

This question is different from: Do Calvinists believe that it is possible to be saved without believing the doctrine of predestination? One asks "Does A => B?" the other asks "Does B => A" ? Given: ...
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How did the livestock of the Egyptians die twice?

Yesterday we were studying the ten plagues in Exodus. One of the things that confused us was this. Exodus 9:6 reads: 6 And the next day the Lord did it: All the livestock of the Egyptians died, ...
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Was the Trinity still a Trinity when Jesus died?

Christians believe a few basic things: God exists as Three Persons in One Being Jesus died on the cross (and rose again) Jesus was God. During #2, however, there seems to be a bit of a problem. ...
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Origin of the saying: Ex Deo Nascimur, In Christo Morimur

Ex Deo Nascimur, In Christo Morimur, Per Spiritum Sanctum Reviviscimus From God we are born, In Christ we die, (and) in (/per) the Holy Spirit we are reborn (revived) This is an old ...
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Was there any significance for the make of the tomb which was used to lay the body of Jesus?

As per the Gospels of Matthew (27:60), Mark (15:46 ) and Luke (23:53) , the Body of Jesus, after his crucifixion was laid in a tomb 'hewn in the rock'. That all the evangelists except John mention the ...
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According to Catholicism, how does God expect us to realize the truth of Christianity?

I am sincerely sorry if this is under-researched/sourced, but according to Catholicism, how does He want people to discern [Catholic] Christianity's veracity? I have posted this on other SE religion ...
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In Luke 5 did Levi become an apostle almost straight away?

In Luke 5 we have the conversion of Levi. It appears that he became an apostle almost straight away. Is that what is happening here?
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Defense of ancient Enoch authorship

According to the Ethiopian and Eritrean Churches, the Book of Enoch was written by Enoch himself around the year 3300 BC. I have seen statements like, "outside of Ethiopia, no one has defended this ...
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Numerology and the Bible [closed]

The Bible has been the subject of many numerological attempts at applying greater / different meaning. The Bible Code being a popular example resulting in a book and a movie (at least one movie). My ...
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Can Hebrews Chapter 4 use of “Today” Be Used to Refute mistranslation of Luke 23:43 in the New World Translation of the Bible?

See the "today" doctrine presented in Hebrews: Hebrews 4: 6 Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of ...
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What caused the shift from “Faith Of Christ” to “Faith In Christ” in modern translations?

The phrase "Faith in Christ" can also be translated "Faith of Christ": In the older school of translations of the Bible into English (I'll call them the "King James school" of translations), almost ...
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The Greatest Commandment - Loving God with all our 1) heart, 2) soul, and 3) strength [closed]

Jesus highlights Deuteronomy 6:5 as the greatest commandment in the law. This commandment highlights three aspects of loving God, specifically with our hearts, our souls, and our strengths. Love ...
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Why are Protestants from the Church of England allowed to divorce?

Since Paul said that divorce is forbidden, and Paul's letters are to be taken as word of God, why do some Protestant churches (Church of England for example) permit divorce?
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Papal Blessing at World Youth Day 2016

A friend of mine will be attending World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland from July 26 - August 1. He will be carrying some religious medals with him to be blessed by Pope Francis. He is under the ...
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How do Protestants in general respond to these points concerning them?

I haven't had much experience interacting with Catholics, but I have had a lot of interactions with the Orthodox and have been exposed to many of their writings and teachings. Whenever I would talk to ...

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