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From where did Jesus draw the notion of salt losing its saltiness, for his usage “You are the salt of the earth” [closed]

At Matthew 5:13-16 Jesus says :“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and ...
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Are Iraqi Chaldean (Suraye) related to the Chaldean mentioned in old testament?

I am looking for a reliable resource about the history of the christian Chaldean in Iraq and where the name "Suraya" come from.
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Positional and Relational Forgiveness, what is the Biblical Basis?

My question spawns from an explanation of 1 John 1:9 provided by the very popular protestant resource GotQuesitons.org. It seems to me that the answer given has holes in it, which I would like, ...
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Is this the original Lord's Prayer? [closed]

Why nowadays the Christians say in prayer: "Our Father who art in heaven, ... LEAD US NOT into TEMPTATION, ..." Is their Father the ”TEMPTER / Deceiver” ??? Are those words the original words ...
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Do any christian groups think it is not sinful to commit suicide in order to donate organs? And What justification?

Here is my understanding of Christianity and the Bible's teaching on this question: Suicide is bad. Giving up your life to save someone is good. So, if you commit suicide but at the same time ...
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Epiphanius: where does he describe Indians as the descendants of Abraham and Keturah?

The Austrian Carmelite Paulinus a Sancto Bartholomaeo in his book "Darstellung der Brahmanisch-Indischen Götterlehre, Religionsgebräuche und bürgerliche Verfassung" (1797) states that Epiphanius was ...
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Where can one access Aland's 23rd edition which was used for the first edition of the New American Standard Bible (NASB)?

Where can one access Aland's Novum Testamentum Graece, 23rd edition, which was used for the first edition of the New American Standard Bible (NASB), according to this PDF?
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Please clarify Phil 2:8-9 with reference to the Trinity

In Philippians 2:8-9 we read: He [Jesus] humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the ...
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According to Catholicism, why was the rabbit declared as unclean for the people of Israel?

At Leviticus 11:6, the Lord, while narrating the standards that define animals which are clean or unclean for consumption by the people of Israel, describes the rabbit as follows: " The rabbit, ...
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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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According to Evangelicals, who now has the authority to bind and loose (per Matt. 18:18)?

According to Matt. 18:18, the Lord Jesus Christ gave the apostles the authority to bind and loose, that is, to prohibit and permit. Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall ...
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Were the 12 apostles all Jewish?

I'm talking about the 12 listed in Matthew 10: 1-4. So, what I expect as an answer would be any scriptures that provide evidence that any or all of the 12 were Jewish. Also any other good sources ...
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From a Catholic perspective, why did Jesus address Martha in Luke 10:41 by repeating her name?

Luke 10:41 presents Jesus as calling Martha by name twice : “Martha, Martha, the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things". In today's usage of the language, we repeat a person's ...
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Where did our spirit come from? (Overview)

Where did our spirit come from? Did it exist before we were born? Or did it come into existence when we were born or later? What is an overview of the major Christian answers to this question?
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What is the purpose if the feast of visitation and on what day of the year is it celebrated?

Recently read a little mention of feasts the Catholic Church commemorate regarding events in Mary's life. Does the feast of visitation refer to the conception of Jesus?
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What is the relation of Jesus's and Jonah's boat stories?

Studying about "sleep" in the Bible I came across some passages and found out that the story of Jonah and Jesus in boats are quite similar. And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, ...
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In heaven, will we desire to receive more intimacy, affection, and care from all others compared to our earthy life (catholic)?

In heaven, will we desire to receive more intimacy, affection, and care from all others than what we experience in this life on earth (please answer according to Catholic teaching)? There are two ...
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651 views

Can someone explain the argument that Jesus believed in Adam and Eve?

It has been said that Matthew 19:4-6 indicates Jesus believed in an original Adam and Eve. I don't reach this conclusion at all. Can somebody help explain why people read it this way? Matthew 19:4-6 ...
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When did the church first execute a heretic? [duplicate]

When was the church first known to give capital punishment for those declared to be heretics? I'm discussing the church proper, as an institution, issuing a declaration requiring the execution of one ...
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What is the earliest historical testimony of the celebration of the nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ?

What is the earliest historical testimony (e.g., in writing) of the celebration (i.e., a feast) of the nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ, whether it be on the equivalent of December 25, January 6, or ...
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What's the biblical basis that Joseph adopted Jesus?

It is common in Christian discussion to describe Joseph as Jesus' earthly father or his adoptive father. What does the Bible say about the adoption of Jesus by Joseph, Mary's husband? Is there ...
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When was Satan cast out of heaven according to Catholics?

Revelation 12:9 speaks of Satan being cast out of heaven to the earth. The book of Job indicates that Satan was able to enter in among the other angels at that time. Some traditions say Satan was cast ...
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Creed, Encyclical, Decretal, Canon, Bull, etc - What's the difference?

In Catholicism, what is the difference between a Creed, an Encyclical, a Decretal, a Canon and a Papal Bull? Are there any other decrees or formal or informal outlines of official church doctrine used ...
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What basis is there for defining sin as “rebellion”?

Many popular Protestant gospel explanations and frameworks define the essence of sin as rebellion against God. Two Ways to Live: The sad truth is that, from the very beginning, men and women ...
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What do baptists mean when they refer to an ordained baptist minister?

In most denominations, ordination refers to the process of being officially recognized and established by an ecclesiastical authority like an elder, a bishop, or a cardinal to be a minister. Given the ...
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What is the Calvinist and Hyper-Calvinist understanding of the “whosoever will” from Rev. 22:17?

And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hears say, Come. And let him that is thirsty come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. (Rev. 22:17 KJV) I've heard ...
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According to Catholicism what does it mean for every relationship in heaven to be perfect and fulfilling?

The Catholic church teaches that every relationship in heaven will be perfect and fulfilling (for example, see this American Catholic reflection written by Friar Jim Van Vurst, O.F.M.). What does ...
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117 views

What's the difference between Actual Grace and Karma?

I was thinking about donating to the Best Podcast in the Universe but they always give out "Karma" for donors, and being a Catholic, I don't believe in Karma, but I do believe in Actual Grace and I do ...
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Dinosaurs offspring of demons?

Have there been respected theologians that offer the possibility that dinosaurs were on the earth at about the same time as Nephelim and were the offspring of demon angels defiling the other species ...
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If faith without deeds, or actions, is dead, then what are these concrete actions?

I have been very concerned lately with James 2, starting with verse 14, especially with actions related to faith: What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don't ...
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Violence and Iconography

Are there any rules for painting (or praying) Orthodox Christian icons that disallow depictions of violence or conflict? For example: Would an icon depicting a murder be a problem?
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What verse in the Bible talks about bad people preaching the gospel being a good thing?

Some time ago I read this verse about greedy people who announce the gospel because of their own greed, which is a bad thing, but it ends up that this is a good thing because more people will hear ...
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Sermon on the mount by Jesus Christ [closed]

How many days Jesus gave sermon on the mount? The last verse of Matthew 4 says, people gathered from various distance places in and around Jerusalem, Galilee etc. How did people have their food ...
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What is the biblical basis for the centrality of preaching in worship?

Among many Protestants, preaching is often seen as the most important part of the worship service: Proclamation, the preaching of the gospel, should be central to Christian worship. The sermon is ...
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Perfect life in heaven? [duplicate]

Does the Catholic church teach that my life in heaven will always be "perfect", that is, I will want nothing more than what I have in my heavenly life because I will always be completely happy and ...
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From a Reformed perspective, does retroactive prayer makes sense?

From a reformed perspective, that God is outside of time, does it make sense to pray for something that already happened? Or, can a prayer cause God to impact time in a retroactive way? An example ...
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Are the Sorrowful Mysteries recited when Christmas is on a Friday?

The Rosary has four sets of mysteries, each of which is assigned to specific days of the week. The Sorrowful Mysteries are assigned to Friday. When Christmas falls on a Friday is there any guidance ...
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Why do some Advent calendars have days in random order?

Some advent calendars, such as those made by LEGO are made with calendar days shown in a random order. Why is this?
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In the Catholic understanding of the Eucharist, is the body and blood of Christ his living body or his deceased body?

The Eucharistic miracles -which tend to be gory- suggest that the Eucharist is a corpse. Also the two-fold form: body and blood, suggest this. However, Eucharistic adoration and many other forms of ...
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Catholic understanding in our relationship in heaven [duplicate]

I was having a conversation with one of the parishioners from my Catholic parish, and he told me the following: "Will our relationships as a family continue in heaven? No. Such relationships are ...
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154 views

Is Jesus the real name of Jesus or is it some kind of translation? [duplicate]

Do these small names we found in bible like Peter, Paul, Jesus, Christ used in Jerusalem or Israel 2000 years ago or are they just translations? Since Jesus was not speaking English, what was his ...
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Did St. Paulinus of Nola sell himself into slavery to redeem one slave?

An online timeline of slavery that I came across reads: 354-431: Paulinus, bishop of Nola, (whom Avalos criticizes for alleged racism) liberates his own slaves, spends his considerable wealth ...
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What is the name of a film about three brothers saying the Jesus prayer?

I recently learned about a short film featuring three brothers who live on an island. They are (Russian?) Orthodox Christians and practice the Jesus prayer. Eventually, word of their holiness spreads ...
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Does Jesus coming on the clouds mean through the Internet? [closed]

I recently attended an education seminar where the guest speaker enlightened us to how far the technology boom has reached. He pointed out that in remote places like Tanzania people have 3g access ...
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How can one offer Christ's sacrifice to God?

I'd like to know what is the Catholic theology behind offering Jesus's suffering to the Father. I'm trying to understand this prayer (from St. Bridget's 12-Year Prayer) more deeply: Eternal ...
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Why is the Bible seemingly silent on the love which the God the Son has for God the Father? [closed]

I assume that each member of the Godhead loves each other member of the Godhead. God is, after all, love (1 John 4:8 and 16). The Gospels are quite explicit regarding the love which God the Father ...
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Does the Catholic Church rank the cardinal virtues?

The three theological virtues which serve as the basic foundation for all others are faith, hope, and love. The cardinal virtues which build upon them are temperance, justice, wisdom, and courage. ...
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Does God encourage hurting or killing others in his name in the Bible? [closed]

In the Quran there is this passage: And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every ...
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According to reformed theologians, was Barnabas an Apostle?

We usually read the position that there were only 12 Apostles + Paul, and that after the Apostolic era, we have no more Apostles at all. Specially I see this among Reformed theologians. But how do ...
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Where was Herod's temple built?

The Scripture says that the Second Temple was built on the foundation of Solomon's Temple, but was Herod's Temple built in the same place or was it built next to it? (Do we have any records that say ...

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