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Eating of which non-fish animals does not go against the dietery law of the Roman Catholic Church?

During lent a Roman Catholic may not consume meat other than that of a fish. However, there are some non-fish animals that have been considered okay to consume during that time, like beaver for ...
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According to a ‘forgiveness in Christ alone’ framework how did ‘sin offerings’ make atonement for sin under the Mosaic Law?

How did the old ceremonial sacrifices made atonement? What was really going on externally and internally to the person who brought the ‘sin offering’ to God? What did it mean that their ‘sins were ...
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What exactly is the purpose of a Patron Saint?

From this question: How can a particular trade of modern times get a patron saint?, I learned that St. Isadore is the patron saint of computer programmers, a group of people in desparate need of a ...
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Premillennialist view of 1 Thessalonians 4:16

I've read books on Premillennialism (including Left Behind) and heard many people preach on the topic but I've never heard an explanation of 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17: 16 For the Lord himself will ...
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Clarification of what sexual immorality is?

Sexual immorality comprises of homosexuality, pornography,incest and fornication among other things. I want to know if oral sex falls into this umbrella term even if it's done in marriage?
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Will Christians be judged? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the Biblical basis for multiple judgments? Romans 12:1 says "There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus" and 2 Cor 5 :17 says we are new creations and ...
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Why is Song of Solomon in bible?

Can someone explains what the song is all about. I read it and I found that the characters are not husband wife. I want to understand the context in which the poem is written and a jist of the same.
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What is the support for the idea that the “angel of the Lord” is actually God?

For many years, I've held the idea that every place where the phrase "an angel of the Lord" (as opposed to just a plain angel) appears, the angel is actually God taking the form of an angel. Is there ...
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Are there Old Testament Scriptures that mention salvation for the Gentiles?

I'm wondering if there are any passages/prophecies about salvation for the Gentile world in the Old Testament. If you know any, please share.
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Why is literary style not inspired?

During Religious Ed. last night the review book had a question that we didn't see explained in the text (using Faith and Life Series for 7th Grade). It asked, "what part of scripture was not ...
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Do I need to be rebaptized to take communion in a Catholic Church if I have no proof of my original baptism?

I was born in a predominantly Catholic country in Latin America and baptized a Roman Catholic, but I have no physical confirmation of my baptism outside of my recollection of my Catholic upbringing ...
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Did Crimen sollicitationis threaten excommunication for victims reporting crimes to the civil authorities?

Crimen sollicitationis a 1962 document by the Catholic Church describing how various matters should be handled by Church law. I have heard differing claims from various people as to whether the ...
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How did Pascal reconcile his wager with 2 Corinthians 9:7 and Psalms 50?

I'm not asking about a justification or an attack on Pascal's Wager. I'm just curious how/if Blaise Pascal, being an intelligent and analytical fellow, reconciled his famous gambit with 2 Corinthians ...
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Why did God become angry with Balaam?

Numbers 22:20-22 NIV That night God came to Balaam and said, "Since these men have come to summon you, go with them, but do only what I tell you." Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his ...
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What does it mean to magnify or glorify the Lord?

'Magnify' can mean to make something look bigger than it is, but this is not possible to do with God. Certainly God can't obtain more glory than the infinite worth he had from all eternity. So if we ...
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What happened to the the practice of women covering their heads?

Why don't more Christian women wear a covering? Most people today might associate the idea with the Old Testament, but references to the custom are actually found in the New Testament too: 1 ...
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Why does God often permit his children to suffer in this world more than the wicked?

Jesus said: Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be ...
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Silly human laws

So Augustine, Aquinas and King agree that we, as Christians and free people are not required to follow human laws that do not comply with the natural moral law . One may well ask: "How can you ...
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What is the moral status of common-law marriage?

It is a common Christian belief that sex outside of marriage (whether extra-marital or pre-marital) is sinful. But what about common law marriage? In 10 US states and the District of Columbia ...
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What is the Plan of Salvation in LDS theology?

I know it's different than most Christian faiths' beliefs, and I know the missionaries teach it... I know it's a big part of Mormon curriculum and doctrine, and this site is replete with questions ...
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What are the requirements for each of the three levels of Glory?

In LDS theology, there are three levels of Glory for the Saints. What are the requirements for reaching each level? (In other words, what determines who goes to which?) Also, who goes to Hell (The ...
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses believe the 144 000 are from Israel?

I understand that Jehovah's Witnesses believe that "exactly 144,000 faithful Christians go to heaven to rule with Christ in the kingdom of God." However, in Revelation the 144 000 are from Israel ...
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Who are the sons God that married humans? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Sons of God begat famous people? Gen 6:2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose Who are the ...
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What Place was Jesus going to prepare

In John 14 Jesus tells the disciples that he was going to prepare a place for them. Isn't it that heaven was already founded from creation? So, what place was he referring to? Was this just a figure ...
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“God desires all men to be saved” from a Calvinist perspective?

If I understand correctly, Calvinists believe that God selects certain people for salvation based solely on His will... that is, the selection has nothing to do with the people themselves. My ...
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Grotius and the Orphic verses [closed]

This might not be the best place to ask, and I apologize if this is off-topic. In his of the Truth of the christian religion, Hugo Grotius quotes on several occasions the Orphic verses. I cannot find ...
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Was Billy Sunday the first evangelist to equate the “altar call” with salvation?

According to this article from the The Society for Effective Evangelism: Up until Billy Sunday, altar calls were invitations for seekers to come to an after-meeting or inquiry room where ...
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Do people in non-Christian cultures use swear words related to the dominant religion? [closed]

As I'm sure you're aware, people in English-speaking Christian countries often use the words "God" and "Jesus" or other Bible-related words like "damn" and "Hell" as swear words. Do people in ...
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For since the creation(ism)… men are without excuse

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest ...
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Why does Jesus feel only certain people that come into physical contact with Him?

Luke 8 43 A woman was there who had been bleeding for twelve years. She had spent all her money on doctors, but no doctor was able to heal her. 44 The woman came behind Jesus and touched the ...
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God is love, pure, and all good, and omnipotent?

In my opinion, if someone says, "God is" or "God is not" or "God looks like" or "God doesn't look like" they've limited him and he's no longer omnipresent, omnipotent, or omnificent. So then, how can ...
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Who goes to hell in LDS theology?

According to LDS teaching, who goes to hell, and why? I've heard that only really bad people and ex-Mormons will go to hell. Is this true?
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What is God's shape or form?

How do we describe God? Does He have a shape or form? Is He human-like, a light, or something else? Does He have a shape? What does Christianity say about it?
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Does the Catholic Church oppose universalism?

I've been reading George MacDonald as of late and have heard in a few places that he argues for universalism. I though that had something to do with unitarianism, but in looking it up a tad more, I ...
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Is 1 Corinthians 7:26-40 not the 'Word of God'?

Paul makes clear in 1 Corinthians 7:25 that the following section is not a word from God but his (Paul's) opinion: Now concerning the betrothed, I have no command from the Lord, but I give my ...
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What is God's nature? [closed]

What is God's nature in simplest terms? What essential principles governs how God interacts within the trinity and with his creation?
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How do Young Earth Creationists counter scientific evidence for an old earth? [closed]

How do Young Earth Creationists defend their beliefs against articles like this: 100 million year old spider eating a wasp 100 million years ago, when dinosaurs were still around, this spider ...
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How to minister to fear over decisions [closed]

I often deal with anxiety over the decisions I've made. "Did I seek God's will enough?" "Did I care about God's will?" "Oh no! Now I'm stuck! I made this decision without seeking God's will! ...
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When did “tithing” come to mean “giving 10% of your gross income to the Church”?

I know the word "tithe" has "tenth" built into it, and so some Christians assume that every usage of the word "tithe" in Scripture is referring to "giving 10% of your gross income to the church." But ...
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Are there any real statistics on how many people fall away?

I recently came across the claim that 80-90% of people who convert to Christianity will eventually revert to their former beliefs/way of life. While I can't speak to the world at large, my experience ...
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Jesus Christ purchased us with his blood - parties involved

According to these verses and others, God/Jesus purchased/redeemed us with his blood Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals ...
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Why did Lot's wife look back?

Genesis 19:15-26 (ESV) 15 As morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Up! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be swept away in the punishment of the ...
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Why Lot's daughters seduced their father?

According to the Bible, when Lot escaped out of Zoar, he went up to the mountains and settled in a cave. While in there, he was seduced by his daughters so that they could bear children and save ...
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To what degree could a person be “pro-polygamy” yet still obey the LDS church?

As I understand it, the LDS teaching is that polygamy is acceptable, in this mortal life, only when God decides to permit it, and that God has done so twice so far in history (1) during Biblical ...
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415 views

Where does the Bible talk about marriage to non-Christians? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are inter-faith marriages prohibited by the Bible? 1st & 2nd Corinthians speak of how Christians should not be "unequally yolked" in marriage to non-Christians. ...
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Why is the book of Hebrews named that?

The book of Hebrews in the New Testament shares a name with the Hebrew people of the Mosaic Law. Why was that book named Hebrews?
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Did Jesus put an end to all religious ways at the cross [closed]

Hebrews 8-10 made me think different and that the True church is one not made by human hands so that means everything else is counterfeit to the real thing. The true followers worship in Spirit and ...
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“Hell's Best Kept Secret” from a Calvinist Perspective

The Hell's Best Secret teaching is very popular, and is making an impact on Churches and Christians, crossing denominational borders, and having an influence on Christian movies, television, and ...
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Why do Evangelicals like a spirituality book by a 16th century Catholic monk?

I recall in my early days as a Christian I remember reading a book called ‘The Practice of the Presence of God’ by a Monk called Brother Lawrence in France. It always baffles me a bit that this book ...
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Does an evangelical understanding of the 'laws of nature' make God seem more distant or close?

The term 'law of nature' such as gravity, condensation, etc. is rarely if ever described in relation to God in modern schools and Universities. Yet I am wondering what the biblical view of the Laws of ...

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