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How do Roman Catholics interpret 1 Timothy 4:3

In it's context in the NRSVCE (including section title): False Asceticism 4 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will renounce the faith by paying attention to deceitful ...
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Why did God tell David to go to the town of Hebron?

After the death of Saul, David asks God where he should Go. God indicates he should to to Hebron, where David is soon anointed king. 2 Samuel 2:1 (NIV): In the course of time, David inquired of ...
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Malachi 4:6 vs Matthew 10:35: did Jesus come to reconcile parents and children or the reverse?

Malachi 4:6: He [Elijah] will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction. ...
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Why wasn't Noah's wife name revealed? [closed]

How do Catholic theologians explain that there is no name for Noah's wife? She is mentioned multiple times in the book of Genesis and she kept everything in order in the ark for 12 months, so I think ...
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Was Modalism (or “modalistic language”) ever considered to not contradict orthodox trinitarian beliefs?

I'm reading Pelikan's first volume of The Christian Tradition, a History of the Development of Doctrine. In this section called "The New Prophecy" in chapter 2 (page 104 in my edition), Pelikan ...
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Why are certain Books Excluded from the Canon? [duplicate]

I trust the current Biblical canon, but I was researching Biblical evidence against Purgatory when I came across a Catholic blog that used the book of II Maccabees as evidence. That got me thinking: ...
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Is there a biblical basis for God's omnipotence or have we mistaken 'symbolism'? [closed]

'Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."' There are many quotes of this kind in the Bible- but how do we know the above (and others like ...
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What does Jesus mean that those that can be trusted on small matters can be trusted in large matter?

Imagine Madoff coming to your living room and saying, "I got an investment that I want you to invest all your money in." You test him. You left some changes on the table and pretend to do something ...
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Why did Jesus weep when Lazarus's friends agreed to show him his body?

After Lazarus died, Jesus led his disciples to visit Lazarus's sisters, Mary & Martha. When the friends of Lazarus agreed to show Jesus the cave where Lazarus's body was laid, Jesus wept. Is ...
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Why do we focus on faith in Jesus' death and resurrection vs other kinds of faith? [closed]

A Baptist website explains: "The Bible tells that there is one way to be saved and it is through believing Jesus died for your sins and asking Him to be your Savior." Now if this is a true statement ...
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How similar was the resurrected body of Jesus to his physical human body?

Different Christian denominations have differing theologies of the resurrection: what it means for us, how it happened, and so on. What do the main bodies of Christian belief (Orthodox, Catholic, ...
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Looking for a specific sermon about Barnabas

I remember hearing a sermon1 in the last few years (so probably after 2010). I think it was a series of three about Josephs in the Bible (hence one sermon per Joseph). The first was about Joseph, son ...
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If we want to know what the Bible says about an issue, what methods can help us to find all the relevant scriptures?

If we want to know what the Bible says about an issue, what methods can help us to find all the relevant scriptures? Particularly if someone is looking for a "clear, unambiguous, direct statement in ...
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How does someone hinder their own prayers? [closed]

What are things that believers can do that can hinder their prayers and how do one's prayers get hindered or un-hindered? How does that all work? I know of at least one thing: being harsh with your ...
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Does it state ANYWHERE in the Bible that pets can or can not go to heaven? [closed]

I've heard it both ways , but can't seem to find it. Some have told me dogs have no soul so they can't go, but I am sure my dog feels guilt when he steals food from the cat. Is that not a sign of a ...
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How was sin not counted before the law?

How was sin not counted before the law, like Paul says in Romans 5? What does that practically mean? I'm not looking for hermeneutics only, but a scriptural/historical/real world example of someone's ...
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What does the Bible tell us about how people knew right from wrong before the Law of Moses? [closed]

Before "Thou shalt not kill/steal/lie" was given through the Mosaic law, how did people know what was right from wrong? How did they know what sin was? Clearly there are examples of people having ...
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Does the Bible provide any passages that might help in understanding how Satan became sinful?

Although, I might already now have a provisional indirect answer to my original question ("What Caused Satan's Unbelief ...?") I have tried to reword that question, while simultaneously trying to ...
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Is there a Biblical basis for the concept of being allowed to “be angry with God” or “tell him just how we feel”

I've heard, on multiple occasions, from my church and others that it's "okay to be angry with God" or that we can tell him how upset we are with him about something, etc. It may seem silly, but this ...
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What is the Biblical basis for idolatry being “things” we put higher than God?

In at least the Evangelical circles I'm involved in, we often suggest that "modern idolatry" is idols of the heart - things we put before God - and is described as the same as idolatry that is ...
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What core LDS doctrine(s) contradict the Protestant doctrine of salvation by grace through faith?

I am pretty unfamiliar with LDS doctrine so please keep all answers at a novice level. What doctrine(s) of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints contradict the doctrine that a person is ...
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Are elders needed to have an “ordered” church?

Are elders needed in a local church in order for it's structure to be "ordered"? It seems that Paul was implicitly telling Titus that his work in the churches wasn't finished until elders are ...
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Did Pontius Pilate follow God's Plan?

I am confused. Since I know salvation must be attained through the sacrifice of God's only son, Jesus Christ, what were the consequences of the actions taken by Pontius Pilate, for Pilate himself. Did ...
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Why did Philip the evangelist have a house?

Philip the evangelist was a disciple according to Acts 6:2-5 2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and ...
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How are Lutheran weekday “prayer services” different from “matins” or “vespers”?

From Wikipedia, matins: Lutherans preserve recognizably traditional matins distinct from morning prayer, but "matins" is sometimes used in other Protestant denominations to describe any ...
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What is the minimum amount of action required to get in to heaven? [closed]

I've had this discussion with a number of my Christian friends, and have never managed to get a definitive answer. There may not be just one, but I'd like some scriptural backings for each opinion, ...
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How do Catholics and Eastern Orthodox justify their clergy praying with those big hats on their heads?

How do Catholics and Eastern Orthodox justify their clergy praying with those big hats on their heads in the face of this scripture? 1 Cor 11:3-4 But I would have you know, that the head of every ...
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Does Jesus do for Gentiles what the Torah does for Jews?

In this review of the book Paul was Not a Christian by Pamela Eisenbaum, Jewish magazine author Judith Schulevitz writes: Paul Was Not a Christian is the title of a book published this fall; what ...
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Was there a reason why God sent Jonah to Nineveh and not some other city? [closed]

God sent Jonah to prophesy to the Babylonian city of Nineveh, which he did with the greatest of reluctance, thereby effecting the largest mass conversion of a city up to that time. It's possible that ...
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Is receiving the Holy Spirit the completion of Salvation? [closed]

In Luke Chapter 11:1 through 13, Jesus exhorts us seek righteousness through persistence. Luke 11:9 and 10 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and ...
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How is Jesus God's final word? (Protestant Perspective)

The Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church states plainly (emphasis added): In Jesus Christ, God himself came to earth. He is God's last Word. Indeed, some modern English translations of the New ...
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What connection does the Jesus movement and the pentecostal/charismatic movement have, if any?

What connection does the Jesus movement and the Pentecostal/charismatic movement have, if any? What I mean is: have people in the Jesus movement influenced the Pentecostal/charismatic movement in ...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses explain John 8:58-59 in a way that accords with their doctrine?

The Jehovah's witness' version of the bible the NWT translates these verses as: 58 Jesus said to them: “Most truly I say to you, before Abraham came into existence, I have been.” 59 So they ...
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How is Jesus God's final word? (Catholic Perspective)

The Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church says plainly (emphasis added): In Jesus Christ, God himself came to earth. He is God's last Word. Indeed, Hebrews 1:1-2 says, God, having spoken ...
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Question about the PCUSA treatment of Scriptures [duplicate]

I read an article the other day about the PCUSA church, and I will preface this question with the disclaimer that I have not done extensive research on the church, but it said that they hold the Bible ...
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Why do Protestants hold “prayer services”? [closed]

Why do Protestants hold "prayer services"? Since "prayer service" is an English term, are there equivalents in other languages? When did this service start? How did it get started? How are "prayer ...
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According to Catholicism, in what cases is Purgatory necessary?

As I understand it, there are at least two "steps" necessary for a person to reach Heaven; I hope this description is valid from nearly all Christian viewpoints. First the person has to choose to ...
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Does the Eastern Orthodox Church consider belief in the existence of Jesus' soul before the incarnation a heresy?

Does the Eastern Orthodox Church consider belief in the existence of Jesus' soul before the incarnation a heresy?
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Can a Christian marry his deceased brother's wife?

Matthew 22:24 (KJV) Saying, "Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother." In general do Christians believe it is OK ...
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What is the justification of disallowing women to become Roman Catholic priests? [duplicate]

We all know Jesus had chosen his apostles who are all men. But is there any passage in the bible that says Women cannot become priests?
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What is the difference between the first and second resurrection in the book of Revelation?

I want to understand What is the meaning of first resurrection and second resurrection. Revelation 20:5 KJV But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This ...
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What does the Catholic church say about the book of Ezekiel, chapter 23

The book of Ezekiel, chapter 23 contains adult expressions, many people feel uncomfortable reading. You don't usually read such words in a holy book. What does the Catholic church say about it? ...
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Do Catholics believe that they are actually eating the body of Christ? Does this make them cannibals?

The Roman Catholic celebrates the Holy Eucharist in commemoration of the Last Supper in which during the celebration, Catholics believed that bread and wine are transformed into blood and body of ...
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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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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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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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