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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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66 views

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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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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37 views

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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91 views

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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98 views

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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159 views

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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Is Calvary Chapel a denomination?

There seem to be many Calvary Chapel churches with no denominational affiliations, but it's unclear whether Calvary Chapel is itself a denomination.
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What is the farthest back an LDS Member has traced his family tree?

Knowing how important genealogy research is to LDS leads me to wonder how far back any of us could trace our family tree. Have any LDS members been able to trace back to any biblical characters?
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The book of Jasher [duplicate]

Have any transcripts been discovered? Who wrote this book? The book is mentioned in Joshua and was apparently an important book during their days. What happened to the book?
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185 views

What do the woman and the man child from Rev.12 symbolize, for diferent traditions?

In the book of Revelation, chapter 12, verses 1 to 6, we read a story about a Woman, a Dragon and a man child. And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the ...
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Why do some translations render Genesis 3:8 with “the voice of the Lord” while others don't? Is it a reference to Jesus?

Genesis 3:8, depending on the translation, says one of two things with regards to what Adam and Eve heard: They heard "the voice of the Lord" walking in the garden or The sound of the Lord God ...
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38 views

Crusades: What's the historic consensus? [closed]

Some say the crusades were Christian aggression against Muslims. Others say the crusades were responses to Muslim aggressive expansion into Europe. What is the historic consensus?
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63 views

What doctrinal value does the Catholic Church place on “Cantate Domino”?

If I understand correctly, Cantate Domino is a papal bull by Pope Eugene IV which is in some way affiliated with the Council of Florence. I have heard it claimed that the writing of Cantate Domino ...
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When was “pistis christou” first understood as a statement about Christ’s faith?

There is an ongoing debate among translators and commentators of Paul’s letters about how to understand the phrase Πίστις Χριστοῦ (pistis christou)1 -- “[the] faith[fulness] of Christ" vs. “faith in ...
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108 views

How does Ravi Zacharias reconcile prayer with free will?

I have been struggling with a question about prayer and free will. For background, please watch this 6 minute youtube clip where Ravi Zacharias answers a question about free will. The question asked ...
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Early church writers opposed to the baptism of infants?

In his book On Baptism, Chapter 18, "Of the Persons to Whom, and the Time When, Baptism is to Be Administered," Tertullian says According to the circumstances and disposition, and even age, of ...
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Why is Satan referred to as Beelzebub? [closed]

In one of the passages in the bible, Satan is referred to Beelzebub which means "lord of flies." But why flies? Why is this name so significant?
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Phileo/Storge love in God and heaven?

My friend and I were talking about the four types of love the Greeks distinguished, and my friend said God's love is purely Agape. But doesn't God wants to be friend with each of us? And doesn't God ...
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Are crucifixes used in Protestant churches in Germany?

I want to know if Protestant churches and chapels in Germany have crucifixes with Jesus depicted on them, or just empty crosses. Correct me if I am mistaken, because I am ignorant of christian ...
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According to the Catholic Church, are Jews saved without faith in Jesus?

According to recent news stories, the Vatican has issued a report saying that Jews can be saved without faith in Jesus (see for example here). This sounds very strange, so my questions are: Does ...
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From a Jehovah's Witness perspective, why don't we have the option to choose whether or not to come to this world?

I was one of Jehovah's witnesses and would still be one of them, but a question always disturbs me. Sometimes I think about how life and all the pain and suffering we pass through from childbirth ...
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What is the logic of salvation? AND or OR? [closed]

There are many Bible verses talking about when someone "will surely not enter heaven" or "will surely enter heaven". Now, let's say I fullfil 99% of requirements to go to heaven, but 1% that I don't. ...
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Why must God reach the fullness of Glory (reformed theology)?

Reformed theology stresses that God created the universe for one purpose: to glorify him fully. And to reach the fullness of Glory, God must demonstrate all that would glorify him. This means that to ...
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According to Catholicism, does saying “God loves everyone equally” mean that God *likes* everyone equally?

I have question about God's love: When, in the Catholic Church, we say "God loves everyone equally", is it same as "God likes each of us to the same extent, and He loves us equally by His action"? or ...
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341 views

What Biblical evidence is there that the Apostles feared for their lives after Jesus was crucified?

What Biblical evidence is there that the Apostles feared for their lives after Jesus was crucified? A good answer will cite published commentary and/or provide in depth analysis of specific passages. ...
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What is the biblical basis for the freedom of religion?

Christianity generally believes in the exclusivity of believers in Jesus the Christ. John 14:6 NIV Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except ...
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59 views

Spiritual gifts and their exercise within today's Catholic Church

Regarding the apostle Paul's discussion of spiritual gifts (τὰ πνευματικὰ χαρίσματα) in 1 Corinthians 12-14, he uses the words ".....when you come together" (1 Cor. 14:26). Is he referring to the ...
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Communion of Saints and Our Relationships in Heaven

We as Catholics believe in communion of saints after the resurrection. Such communion means that we will be in the complete union with God, and with all the other saints in heaven. When we are saying ...
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1answer
225 views

Will we still feel affection towards others when we are in heaven?

I know that heaven is all about love. But in Catholic church, we distinguish love (will) and affection (emotion). In our day to day lives, love is often accompanied by affection - but will this be the ...
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Is there any Ethiopian ancient source about the eunuch who was evangelized by Philip?

We all know that passage from Acts 8, where Philip preached and baptized the Ethiopian Eunuch. I've read in an article that Ethiopian Christian tradition talks about this Eunuch, who came from ...
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How is the amazement of the Jews explained by those who believe that “Render Unto Caesar” affirmed the paying of taxes?

In Matthew 22:15–22, Luke 20:20–26, and Mark 12:13–17, the question "is it right to pay taxes to Caesar?" is perceived as a "trap" by both Jesus and the Pharisees who are putting the question forth. ...
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What Conservative Catholic publication am I looking for?

Some months ago, I stumbled on an online publication, whose name I cannot remember - and I believe they also offer a printed subscription. In spite of multiple google and wiki searches, I have been ...
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How is theistic evolution and the fall of man compatible? [duplicate]

All scientific evidence suggests evolution did happen, or something very similar. Of course, every theory has its flaws, including evolution, but how is the fall of man conpatible with evolution? Even ...

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