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Can we tell when the Roman pontiff is speaking “EX CATHEDRA”? [duplicate]

A related question and answer here. Following the comment: That may seem clear to some, however the idea and language of infallibility has evolved over hundreds of year and has many nuances. ...
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David and Jonathan - why the secret meeting? [migrated]

In 1 Samuel 20, David and Jonathan arrange an elaborate plan to allow Jonathan to secretly communicate with David regarding Saul's plans to kill David: 1 Samuel 20:18-23 (NIV) 18  ...
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Is God literally moving everything around the universe? [closed]

God is almighty. God is in control of everything. He is the prime mover. Does it mean that He is the cause why everything is moving? What is the stand of Catholic about it?
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Why can't God just destroy the evil if he is more powerful, or is there some kind of balance? [closed]

I am not a Christian but in transition I like to say, learning but there are a few things I don't understand, Why if God it greater then evil then why can't He just either destroy evil or weaken evil ...
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Why did the Old Testament command to kill? [closed]

I've been reading the answers given in this similar question or even in the "duplicate question" but they don't respond to my question which is slightly different. I'm not wondering if Killing is ...
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NIV Bible by Biblica different on Luke 1:37 [migrated]

The verse Luke 1:37 is different in my NIV Bible than on the other versions. Check comparison below: King James Version: For with God nothing shall be impossible. International Standard ...
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Does Jesus's soul exist before his incarnation?

I am referring to the following clause ( clause III) in "The Anathematisms of the Emperor Justinian Against Origen" If anyone says or thinks that the soul of the Lord pre-existed and was united ...
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Why couldn't a person in the OT be both priest and king?

In 1 Samuel 13, Saul is king and yet performs priestly duties even though he shouldn't have. Samuel rebukes Saul and tells him that his kingdom is slowly coming to an end because of his disobedience. ...
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Why did Paul go to Arabia?

In the first chapter of Galatians, paul said, 17 Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus. After he his ...
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Do Christians have the authority to forgive sin?

Catholic doctrines of Penance teach that if a priest forgives the sin of a parishioner, then that sin is forgiven by God as well- the sacrament of Penance is effective, and not just ceremonial. ...
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What are the stipulations for a mixed marriage to be valid in the Catholic Church?

If a devout Catholic woman wants to marry a Baptist man, what what must be made to make the marriage valid to the Catholic Church if they have both gone though the Catholic wedding preparation but ...
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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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What is the basis for the claim that Ezekiel 44 is about Mary the Mother of Jesus?

Upon being referred to the statements of Thomas Aquinas in Summa Theologia, I read this: It is written (Ezekiel 44:2): "This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall pass ...
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Difference between wisdom and knowledge in 1 Cor. 12?

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 ESV Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God ...
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What were the motivations of the Council of Trent?

Are there any documents maintained by the Roman Catholic Church that provide the original (ie, by the councils themselves) commentary on the declarations of the Council of Trent? If not, what more ...
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How widely held among Protestants is the belief that the authors of the books of James and Jude were half brothers of Jesus?

The following Scriptures have been touted as indicating that Joseph and Mary had children of their own, after the birth of Jesus: (all Scripture is quoted from the King James translation) Matthew ...
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Why do JW think other faiths are unbelievers?

Why do JW think other faiths are unbelievers? I have a JW friend and we have always respected each others faiths. I would ask Questions about her faith and she would answer, with out getting it ...
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Why are the bread and wine mixed together in the Holy Eucharist during an Eastern Orthodox Divine Liturgy?

When and why was the practice of commixture started? What is the theological significance of mixing the two together?
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Ephesians 4:5 what does “One faith” mean?

Paul says that there is one faith. I'm guessing that this mean theres only one faith that can save you. And that faith is in "believing" that Jesus died for your sins, and you're no longer a slave to ...
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What is the Catholic point of view towards animals?

The Bible says in Genesis 9:3 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. Nowadays it is consider politically incorrect to ...
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Why do some Christians (Coptic orthodox and catholic) kiss the priest's hand?

Considering kissing priest's hand is a christianity learning, where did this learning came from? Considering kissing priest's hand is a custom Where did this custom came from, Why it is wide ...
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Acceptability of taking holy communion [duplicate]

I am a baptized Methodist married to a Catholic woman. I have attended mass with my wife for more than 15 years. Is it acceptable for me to partake of holy communion?
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How non-trinitarians explain Jacob wrestled with God

I want to know how different churches that does not believe in Jesus diety or pre-existence the verses from the OT: Genesis 32:24-30 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV) 24 Jacob was left alone, and ...
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To a Wesleyan, what is marriage?

Really, this question can also be answered from other similar viewpoints to Wesleyan, such as Methodist or perhaps Lutheran. The closer to Wesleyan, the better. Anyway, just as the title asks: what ...
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In Mormonism, how is the doctrine of Adam & Eve inability to have children prior to the Fall explained?

Inspired by this answer to a previous question, in which the answerer stated: "For example, the Book of Mormon adds the belief that Adam and Eve could not have children before the Fall." ...
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Can ministers of other denominations marry people in a Catholic church? [closed]

Can ministers from other Christian denominations, for example a United Church Reverend, perform the marriage sacrament in a Catholic Church?
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Who are the “Non-Evangelical Protestants”?

I think this is an important question, because there is this group called "Non-Evangelical Protestants" that research articles may use in order to distinguish them from "Evangelical Protestants" and ...
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“Adultery in your heart” verse [migrated]

Matthew 5:27–28: Ἠκούσατε ὅτι ἐρρέθη· οὐ μοιχεύσεις. ἐγὼ δὲ λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι πᾶς ὁ βλέπων γυναῖκα πρὸς τὸ ἐπιθυμῆσαι αὐτὴν ἤδη ἐμοίχευσεν αὐτὴν ἐν τῇ καρδίᾳ αὐτοῦ. “You heard it was said, ‘Do ...
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Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect [migrated]

What, exactly, does Jesus mean when He says, Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:48? And does being perfect entail, "turning the other cheek also", "handing over your ...
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What does Paul mean when he says “do not go beyond what is written.”

In 1 Cor 4:6, Paul instructs the church in Corinth to "not think above what is written." Did any early Christian scholars (before translation of the Bible into English) comment on this? If so, what ...
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What happens if someone spills the wine during the Eucharist?

What would happen if someone (a priest, parishioner, deacon or anyone) spills the wine during a Eucharist service at a Catholic church?
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Who is God's God? [closed]

The existence and nature of God is of fundemental importance to Christianity. It might be said that in order to be a Christian, one must have a particular understanding of the qualities and character ...
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How old is the doctrine of a sinless Mary?

What are the oldest known writings that state that Mary was without sin?
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Was there a war in Heaven?

There seems to be an idea among some Christians of a metaphysical timeline that goes something like this: All the angels are created sometime before or during the 7 days of creation in Genesis. ...
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Catholic Communion under One Kind [duplicate]

And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, "This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me." And in the same way He took the ...
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Who was the first major Christian figure to popularize a figurative interpretation of Genesis?

I assume that the church for a majority of its existence has assumed a plain interpretation of Genesis. However it's easy to see the church of the last 50 years adopt a more figurative interpretation ...
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Were Adam and Eve meant to live forever; had they not disobeyed God? [closed]

In the book of Genesis we are led to believe that as God created man he was immortal. Genesis 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that ...
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How is it possible that a being created wholly (completely) good would choose not to be? [duplicate]

I've seen lots of exploration and answers to the nature of free will and how this gives rise to the possibility of choosing evil because choosing good is meaningless if it's the only choice to make. ...
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What are the primary differences between these Lutheran denominations?

What are the primary differences between the WELS, LCMS, LCMC, NALC, and ELCA Lutheran denominations?
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How old did Adam and Eve look when they were created? [closed]

This might impossible to answer but... How old did Adam and Eve look when they were created? Certainly they were old not babies, considering Adam walked and talked and named animals and had sex with ...
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Has the world always been imperfect?

Through the scriptures we know that God created the world and the species and saw that it was good. He also created us and we were good in the beginning. Before Adam and Eve ate from the tree, we ...
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How can there be free will if God is all knowing? [duplicate]

This is a question with which I have struggled. If God knows the future and all our actions then we do not have any choice in what we do, all is predetermined. So what is the answer to this ?
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If Adam and Eve didn't know good from evil, how can we say they sinned (according to Roman Catholicism)?

When God made Adam and Eve he said they could eat anything except from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. It sounds like that tree grants that knowledge, so before they ate they didn't know good ...
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Unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees

My question is based on Matthew 5: 17-20 This question: Is one who is "least in the kingdom of heaven" still in heaven? addresses the first part of my question. Please feel free to go there ...
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Why does blood need to be put on the mercy seat

In Leviticus 16:14-15 it says: And he shall take some of the blood of the bull and sprinkle it with his finger on the front of the mercy seat on the east side, and in front of the mercy seat ...
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Why our life on Earth defines our future life in eternity? [closed]

Why our limited knowledge of God or of our sins defines our future life in eternity. Isn't it little bit unfair? I understand if the angels falls into hell after they make a decision not to serve God. ...
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Once a Catholic always a Catholic?

According to the Roman Catholic church, what is the status of someone who was baptised as a baby and left the church as a teen? Does it matter if he had Confirmation? Does it matter if he claims no ...
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What would inerrancy imply for Mormons?

Amongst many evangelicals, there is at least a question around inerrancy, such as is expressed by some in the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy. The issues regarding Joseph Smith's translation ...
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What do people fear in Jude 1:23?

I know fear can mean multiple things. But what I'm getting out of Jude 1:23 is that people saved others by fearing something. Do they fear Satan? Or do they fear God? The whole time, I was assuming ...
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Are Catholic priests expert in exorcism?

I watched the entire series of The Exorcist movie and I enjoyed it. However, I am curious if this movie is representing the reality about demons and how they are driven out by Catholic priests. Are ...

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