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Requirements to be a Sponsor for a Catholic Baptism [duplicate]

A family member of mine honored me by asking to be his son's god parent in baptism. However, I have not yet completed all the required sacraments under Code of Canon Law. I am not yet confirmed, due ...
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In 1 Samuel 20:30.. Is Saul saying: “SON of a *****?”? [closed]

After reading those verses from 1 sam 20:1-30, it seems like Saul is actually Screaming: You "SON of a *****?"?... but the Bible writers or translators seems to polish that verse with seemingly ...
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When was the first recorded account of pre-tribulation teaching?

I'm not looking for Biblical support of the doctrine, but for a post-Biblical teaching that clearly articulated a pre-tribulation rapture, as opposed to a post-tribulation or mid-tribulation rapture, ...
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144,000: is there any denomination or group holding this symbolic interpretation?

Motivation: We know that a way to express fullness or completion in Hebrew is to double the word, e.g. Isaiah 26:3 speaks of perfect peace as shalom shalom. And there are clear cases in Revelation ...
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Why did the RLDS change its name to the Community of Christ?

There are a lot of people under the impression that the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints changed it's name to the Community of Christ in order to distance it's identity from ...
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Why did the RLDS start giving the priesthood to women?

There is a common belief amongst mainstream LDS that the reason the Community of Christ (formerly the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) started ordaining women with the ...
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Did the Community of Christ denounce the Book of Mormon?

Most Mormons seem to be under the impression that the Community of Christ agreed to denounce the Book of Mormon as scripture in order to be accepted into the World Council of Churches. It's obvious ...
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Were other sins possible in the paradise?

Except for not eating from the tree of knowledge were there any other things that Adam and Eve weren't allowed to do or was everything else allowed?
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From a Calvinist perspective, does Limited Atonement make the Gospel offer empty?

It seems to me that the limited atonement of Calvinism makes the Gospel offer seem empty. Let's say that I hear someone saying that he is in need of $100 and I tell him "I have $100, I can give it to ...
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How are justification and sanctification related to salvation?

Among Evangelicals there are subtle differences in emphasis on how justification relates to sanctification (e.g., Ordo Salutis vs. Historia Salutis).1 My question is not about those subtle ...
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Is 'Non-Catholic Non-Orthodox Modern Western Denomination' an ok definition of Protestant?

One meaning of the term "Protestant" is "a church drawing its roots from the Reformation and the denominations of the Reformers in particular". I have also seen the term extensively used to mean "a ...
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A Warning from Jesus [closed]

If Jesus really loves everyone, why does Jesus show no mercy on the non believers? Matthew 7:21-23: Not everyone who calls me their Lord will get into the kingdom of heaven. Only the ones who ...
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Do any Protestant denominations organize a canon starting from a collection of books other than the Roman Catholic Church's canon?

It is my understanding that most Protestant groups recognise a 66 book canon which is entirely a subset of the Roman Catholic canon and which was developed by removing the so-called apocrypha from the ...
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Does God love everyone equally?

What is the biblical basis for the idea that God loves everyone equally? Equally meaning he doesn't love someone more or less than anyone else?
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Was Luke, the author of the Gospel and Acts, a slave?

"It is possible that Paul’s “relative” Lucius is Luke, the author of the Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. On his second missionary journey, Paul may have gone to Troas (where Luke lived—or ...
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How accurate is the movie Prince of Egypt? A few questions about Moses

I just watched the movie The Prince of Egypt (1998), and had a bunch of questions about Moses. Did Moses know he was an Israelite before he killed the Egyptian? When did he know he was an Israelite? ...
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What is an overview of the way Adam and Eve ate and became like God?

And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. (Gen 3:22) In what way did Adam and Eve become like God, in knowing good from evil? Most answers to related ...
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Was chaos the initial state of the earth at creation? [closed]

We read in Genesis 1:1-2 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved ...
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Betrayal of Jesus

Annas, Caiphas and all other important people of synagogue knew the identity of Jesus and how he looks.. Then why he was betrayed with a friendship kiss? In Gethsemane garden Jesus was only with his ...
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Are there examples of God forgiving without sacrifice?

So far I have seen, some kind of sacrifice, direct or indirect, is required to have forgiveness from sin. So, my question is - Are there examples of God forgiving our sins without any sacrifice?
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What plausible explanation can we find for the points of contact between Moses in the Pearl of Great Price and the Book of Enoch?

Joseph Smith claimed to have translated the Pearl of Great Price from papyrus in 1851. It includes the Book of Moses in which is found a great deal more about the Prophet Enoch than is found in ...
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Creation vs Evolution [duplicate]

Are the belief in creation and the theory of evolution mutually exclusive? Does holding of one necessarily mean not holding the other? If not please share some examples.
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Permission to print a parallel Bible [duplicate]

Praise the Lord. I have recently published the Tamil Bible in romanised English (or transliteration) to enable the Tamil speaking diaspora who cannot read the Tamil script but are well versed in the ...
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Was this teaching (of soul existing before a birth) condemned by the Church?

What's the official name (if any) of the teaching that the soul of a man exists even before he is conceived and that at the moment of conception his soul gets simply "connected" to his newly conceived ...
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Besides the LDS church, do any other churches believe there will be a restoration of all things? [closed]

The scriptures speak of a restoration of all things, Elias coming back to restore all things, and a dispensation of the fullness of times (Eph. 1:10, Acts 3:21, Matt. 17:11). Besides The Church of ...
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Are unbaptized RCIA candidates required to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the RCIA process?

This question arose after the research that went into my answer to According to the Catholic Church, does abortion need to be confessed, and is it a mortal or venial sin? | by Terry. Are unbaptized ...
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Who all witnessed the crucifixion?

As, the question asks, can anyone aggregate for me and put a small list of who all witnessed the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, in the decreasing order of the person's importance(popularity). e.g. First ...
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God promised never to do an event such as the flooding ever again. How can judgement day happen then?

God promised never to do an event such as the flooding ever again. How can judgement day happen then? Wouldn't that break the promise?
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Origins of requesting prayer from people in Heaven? [duplicate]

I am wondering about the origin of the practice of people requesting prayers from people who have died and are assume to be in heaven (and also from angels)? I know catholics and orthodox will claim ...
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At what moment did Eve begin to sin?

When did Eve begin to sin? Was it at the moment of partaking of the tree of knowledge of good and evil or moments earlier when she believed the Satan's words about God? Has this matter been discussed ...
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What is an overview of beliefs on “Jesus is the Word (Logos) of God”?

Recently, I've been racked at the possible ways this belief might be construed when someone says it. I suspect that the primary Biblical basis for it is John 1, but as we know, there can be many ...
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Was Luke an eye-witness to the crucifixion?

Is there any reference that Luke was at the crucifixion of Christ? Or if he had met Jesus face to face? Or was his account of Jesus' life written by research or listening to reliable sources such as ...
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John 15 - fruit [closed]

In John 15 it mentions a lot about fruit. "He cuts of every branch in me that bears no fruit". "This is to my father's glory that you bear much fruit". What kind of fruit do you think this is? Are ...
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How do Trinitarians explain that the Logos is a person?

This question is inspired by What "Word" is John talking about in John 1:1? He argues that the Logos is an impersonal Word of God which He used to create the world just as our own words are ...
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According to the Catholic Church, does abortion need to be confessed, and is it a mortal or venial sin?

I am not Catholic yet, but am attending RCIA and my first confession is next week. I had an abortion years ago. According to the official teaching of the Catholic Church: Do I have to confess ...
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In Catholicism, what can the Saints be patrons of?

St. Patrick is known for evangelizing Ireland. Since most saints I hear of are also characterized as "the Patron Saint of X", I wondered what Patrick was the Patron of. According to the wikipedia ...
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How does one truly know if one has forgiven another? [closed]

From personal experience: I pray about my anger towards someone that has wronged me. I also ask for God's grace to forgive. Then some weeks later, I'm having a conversion and that person comes up. I ...
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What support is there for the Jehovah’s Witness translation of John 1:1?

Rather than the more traditional “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,” Jehovah’s Witnesses use the New World Translation, which gives John 1:1 as “In the ...
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Did the American Evangelical Church Excommunicate Ted Haggard after his shenanigans?

Wikipedia says: On November 3, 2006, Haggard's resignation of leadership of the National Association of Evangelicals was accepted. But my question is: Did the American Evangelical Church ...
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What is the Vatican's position on ISIS?

What is the Vatican's position on ISIS? Specifically, if a Catholic independently sought out the leader of ISIS and shot a bullet between his eyes, would he/she be exalted (like an arcangel) or ...
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What do Evangelical Protestants say about sanctification?

What do Evangelical Protestant confessions and/or statements of faith say about sanctification (if anything). If they say nothing, that's helpful to know too. There is no need to be exhaustive. Just ...
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When being confirmed (Catholic) you choose a saint. What criteria should we use to choose this saint? [closed]

When being confirmed (Catholic) you choose a saint. What criteria should we use to choose this saint? Should one choose a saint they like? Would like to be like? Or one that has strengths where I ...
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What's the biblical basis for non-believer's ability to do good?

This is a bit of a theoretical question, but what is the biblical basis for the belief that non-believers can do good (doing good meaning performing a good deed from a good intent)? On the contrary, ...
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Faith is certain: “Ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt” doubt versus desire to know the One

Considering Catechism of the Catholic Church and its discussion on faith it states that "the certainty that the divine light gives is greater than that which the light of natural reason gives", ...
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When did the “upside down cross” become a sign of anti-Christianity?

When did the "upside down cross" become a sign of anti-Christianity? I can find no mention of it in the Bible. However there is, in Christian history, the story of Peter's execution - which really ...
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At what age should Christians be confirmed according to St. Thomas Aquinas?

I've read this in Saint Thomas Aquinas' sermons on the Apostles' Creed (emphasis mine): “Confirmation.”—The second Sacrament is Confirmation. Just as they who are physically born need certain ...
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Is the Number of The Beast 666 OR 616? [closed]

The actual Number of The Beast is only mentioned in Revelation 13:18; In the Greek manuscripts, the number is rendered as χξϛ or "six hundred and sixty-six". In 2005 Oxford University's Ashmolean ...
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How do Christians distinguish the incarnate Word and the written Word of God? [closed]

How do Christians distinguish the incarnation of the Logos (flesh and blood) in the person of Jesus Christ with the inscripturation of the Logos (paper and ink) in the written Scripture? Because both ...
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How is Acts 7:48 reconciled with omnipresence doctrines?

Some verses seem to indicate that God is indeed not omnipresent such as Acts 7:48, "The Most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands". How is this specific verse reconciled with the doctrine that ...
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How do non-Reformed Theologians interpret Romans 9:11-23?

Romans 9:11-23 is often used by Reformed Theologians to support the idea that God created part of the human race for salvation and the other part for damnation. How do those who are not Reformed ...

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