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Why would a loving God prefer one nation over another?

Deuteronomy 14:2 "For you are a holy people to the LORD your God, and the LORD has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. " ...
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What’s so liberal about the NRSV?

I recently ran across this comment suggesting that the ESV translation was undertaken because the NRSV was ‘too liberal.’ I’ve often been curious what prompted this split in the KJV-lineage group, and ...
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What did salvation mean to the Israelite people of the OT?

Modern Christians have various ideas of salvation since Jesus came (going to heaven when you die; free from the curse of the law; set free from the flesh, the devil and the world; adopted into God's ...
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Spirit and flesh

Is there a specific doctrine or prominent theologians in either the Catholic or Eastern Orthodox traditions that explain the difference between the Spirit and the flesh as referred to in the following ...
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how do you ask for forgiveness, or know he has forgiven you? [closed]

My church says to ask for forgiveness when I do wrong but I don't really know how or how do I know if he has forgiven me.
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Sacraments of Christianity [duplicate]

My pastor says that different denominations have different numbers of sacraments. I haven't run across the word sacrament in the bible. What is a Christian sacrament, and how does it relate to the ...
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How do we know that the Bible is of God? [closed]

I have trouble accepting that the Bible - specifically the New Testament - in its current form is of God, as it was put together and decided upon by man, who is inherently flawed. Why have we ...
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What are Anglicans' opinion about Muhammad (founder of Islam)?

I heard from many Christians that they believe that Muhammad is a false prophet. Some other Christians believe he is prophet from God. What do Anglicans believe about Islam especially its founder? ...
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137 views

God's emotions in contrast to his transcendence? (Catholic position)

We read about God's emotions, e.g. anger in Exodus 4:14 or in Exodus 22:23. Does it mean that God's behavior is influenced by those emotions? How is it compatible with his transcendence, i.e. is he ...
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Was God all the time true in the Bible? [closed]

In the Decalogue, the Ten Commandments, God wants people to be true. I believe that God is true as well. However, are there any places in the Bible where God is assessed as someone whose words are in ...
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What type of Sabbath rest is Hebrews 4 talking about?

Hebrews 4 refers to the Israelites previously "not entering their rest" (verses 11, 5) and also that we should "make every effort to enter into that rest." (verse 11) Verse 9 states: But God has ...
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52 views

What are the foundational texts on biblical interpretation? [closed]

I've recently become interested in learning more about the process through which Christian scholars interpret the Bible. Recognizing that the question about biblical intrepretation and its limits ...
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Did Noah's family still have Original Sin?

From what I understand, God created Adam and Eve, banished them from the garden, and humanity became corrupted and stained with Original Sin. Some time passed. God said enough was enough, and started ...
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Summary of the The Epistles in the New Testament [closed]

I'm really not sure if this is an appropriate question, but I've looked all over for a short simple summary of what the Epistles in The New Testament are with very little luck. I've made my own ...
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78 views

Do women have to be quiet? [closed]

I heard that it was stated in The Bible that "women must be SILENT in a Church building, etc." Does such a scripture exist and is it so?
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Should Christians accept homosexuals as friends? [closed]

Is it a sin to accept a homosexual brother in Christ? Since we all sin and fall short of the glory of God, who can be my brother in Christ? Who am I to set homosexuality as an unforgivable sin when ...
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What happened to the law? [duplicate]

Why is so much emphasis put on the ten commandments? What happened to ALL those other commandments throughout the five books of Moses? Or is the law completely optional?
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219 views

What was Isaac Newton's view of the Trinity?

The Trinity is a complex topic and I know Isaac Newton studied deep into it, and that his views were somewhat contrary to mainstream doctrines taught today. So I was curious what his view is, and what ...
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1answer
81 views

What's the context in the “Hail” part of Hail Mary?

I was just thinking, that's a strange greeting. Didn't people back then usually say "hail" in the context of "Hail Caesar"? And apparently Mary thought that was a strange greeting too, even stranger ...
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What is the modern argument against obligatory head coverings?

1 Corinthians 11:4-6 gives these instructions about head coverings: 4 Every man who prays or prophesies while having something on his head dishonors his head, 5 but every woman who prays or ...
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Can a Catholic married to an Orthodox in an Orthodox church re-celebrate her wedding in a Catholic church?

My Catholic daughter will marry an Orthodox boy in an Orthodox church in Macedonia. After this ceremony we will go to Slovakia to continue the celebration. Can we celebrate a Mass in a Catholic church ...
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Refutations of, or Thoughts on How Jesus Became God (Bart D. Ehrman)

Are there any published, written or recorded (audio or video) responses to the claims Bart D Ehrman makes in How Jesus Became God? I'm currently reading this and Misquoting Jesus as part of an ...
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Nakedness in the Bible [closed]

When Adam and Eve first eat the forbidden fruit, they put clothes on to hide their nakedness, indicating man was meant to be naked. However, angels show up in the Bible "dressed in white garments". ...
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Relationship between God's power and God's will

In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, it states that "In God, His will, power, essense, and wisdom are all identical". Does this statement mean that for everything that God can't do, God doesn't ...
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New Perspective on Paul? [duplicate]

What is the New Perspective on Paul? It's promoted by numerous New Testament scholars such as N.T Wright, James D. G. Dunn and E.P Sanders. I have read a lot of their articles and books on it. I ...
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1answer
84 views

Eastern Orthodoxy, The Trinity & Theology of the Body

I have read most of Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body and studied some of the ideas behind it and have felt it was something that was doctrinally accessible to non-Catholic branches of ...
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49 views

Living on the communion [closed]

Can some one draw energy from God? Why did God say Man shall not live by bread alone. Was he trying to say something? Jesus also mentions "I have food that you don't know of..." Also about the ...
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Satan talking to God freely? [closed]

In the book of Job, it has been stated many times that Satan questioned (in His presence) the righteousness of God's servant Job and challenge Him to put Job into test. Does this implies that Satan ...
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Did Jesus know from the outset that He was the Son of God or did Mary tell Him?

A Catholic friend of mine asked me this question, and I mentioned this passage: 41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. 42 When Jesus was twelve years old, they ...
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70 views

Psychic medium sin [closed]

My question is why is it that going to a medium who gives closure and healing be a sin? The bible says that we were all born with gifts, if they are using their gifts to help people find closure and ...
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1answer
41 views

Why do we thank others for praying for us? [closed]

It's not as if more people praying increases the probability that God will say yes. Should we not thank God for doing the answering instead?
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In Christ's time, who possessed the written word?

2000 years ago, written works were extremely valuable. It's not like every Jewish family had their own "family scroll" that they read to their children every night. It's doubtful even that every Rabbi ...
2
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1answer
53 views

Are the services in the Orthodox churches regulated by canon?

I just learned that some non-denominational churches in the USA have multiple services each Sunday. They appear to offer the same content, just having different times so they can accommodate a larger ...
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3answers
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What compelled the fishermen to “immediately” follow Jesus?

The Gospel of Matthew describes Jesus' call of Peter, Andrew, James, and John: As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, ...
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Is the 'quality of life' in hell not the same for everyone?

According to Matthew 10:15 it will be better for the land of Sodom and Gommorah than for a city that would reject the disciples being sent out by Jesus: Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable ...
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Is having a collection greed? [closed]

Is it greedy to have a collection of material possessions (e.g. comics, stamps, etc.) that are not needed?
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1answer
51 views

How do Congregationalists explain 1st Tim 1:3 and Titus 1:5?

As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine (1st Tim 1:3) For this cause left I thee in ...
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1answer
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What are modern full-time Catholic proselyting missions like?

In reference to this question: What are full-time protestant proselyting missions like? What are full-time Catholic proselyting missions like in contrast or comparison to LDS missions?
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Matthew 18:10 “Children's angels always behold the face of the Father” - what does this mean?

Matthew 18:10 seems to put forth an idea that children have a certain privilege over adults: Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their ...
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What are full-time protestant proselyting missions like? [closed]

I'm a Mormon, and everyone knows Mormons are famous for missionary work, as pretty much every faithful young man will serve a 2 year full-time mission right out of high school, and many women will ...
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51 views

Why do people say the holy spirit is a spirit? [closed]

In John 16:7 Jesus states, "I will send him unto you," not "it." If the holy spirit was to be on earth in the state of a spirit, Jesus's statement would have been more like: "I will send it unto you." ...
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Questions about soul [closed]

Is soul an energy? Does it have an end? If it do not have and end, is there beginning? If it had no beginning, Why aren't we not aware of where we were before birth? Is conscience different from ...
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Have Catholic views on Grace and Justification changed?

At the council of Trent, the Catholic Church made several statements which seemingly reject the idea of Sola Gratia - Salvation by Grace alone. Examples include If anyone says that the justice ...
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How did Cain kill Abel?

Genesis 4:8 "Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let us go out in the field.”* When they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him." * [4:8] Let us go out in the field: to avoid ...
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What is the purpose of prayer after a natural disaster? [closed]

This question is about the purpose and efficacy of prayer after a natural disaster. After something like the Nepal earthquake, our heart goes out to the people affected, all the people who have died ...
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45 views

Methuselah, his name in relations to methamphetamine [closed]

Did Methuselah's name have anything to do with methamphetamine or the fact that he lived so long?
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1answer
122 views

Protestant denominations that reject solas?

Historically, the five Solae have been a divider between Catholic and Protestant theologies. Yet, I can't help but notice that most denominations do not believe in the "alone" taken in its fullest ...
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2answers
137 views

Automatic Excommunication

If a baptised Catholic committed sins which would have excommunicated him from the Church, what would be the method for getting back? Receiving communion would not be allowed without reconciliation. ...
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1answer
59 views

Doctrine of biblical inerrancy and Pope Benedict XVI questioning the historicity of passage in the Gospel of Matthew?

"In his 2011 book, Pope Benedict XVI, besides repudiating placing blame on the Jewish people, questioned the historicity of the passage found only in the Gospel of Matthew which has the crowd saying, ...
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On Method in Catholic Moral Theology

My question is: what is a method (step-by-step recipe) in catholic moral theology? Optatam totius 16 provides the following guidelines for the dogmatic theology: Biblical topics Patristic ...

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