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Why is “faith” omitted as a doctrinal consideration in TULIP (five point) Calvinism?

Throughout the Bible “faith” coupled with God’s “grace” is essential for salvation. The I in TULIP stands for irresistible “grace”, what role does “faith” hold in Calvinism and why is it isolated ...
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Can a non-Catholic be Canonized by the Catholic Church?

While listening to Peter Kreeft talking about Thomistic personalism [PDF], he joked that C.S. Lewis isn't "canonized on earth yet." I know it's a joke, but it seems it would only be funny if it is ...
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What determines the denominational “value” of a given Bible translation?

In related form to a previous question, what makes a given translation (or translational family) more likely to be promulgated by a given denomination over others? For example, the New American Bible ...
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When/why did the [N]RSV become a “Catholic” Bible instead of a “Protestant” Bible?

The Methodist church my aunt grew up in back in the 50s and 60s relied almost exlcusively on the RSV, and she continued to use it until her death a few years ago as her preferred translation. ...
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Is there any evidence for the claim that the Catholic church suppressed translation of Scripture?

There is a popular Protestant polemic that Catholics don't (or didn't) want people to read the Bible. It is often furthermore assumed that the Catholic Church went so far as to ban people from having ...
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Why did the KKK “light” aka burn crosses?

So, the KKK claimed itself to be a "Christian" organization, originally based on a lot of anti-Catholic and obviously anti-Black sentiment. Famously, one of their intimidation techniques was to burn ...
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Must everyone live a quiet life?

1 Thessalonians 4:11 says, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, If this was a blanket statement to ...
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Does this scripture shed light on the humanity of the unborn child? [closed]

As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything. Ecclesiastes 11:5 (ESV) This quote ...
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Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit? [closed]

I know that this question was addressed before, but does blasphemy also include bad words? When I saw the passage today that "blasphemy is the only unforgivable sin", I was so paranoid not to say ...
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First Confession for a Protestant becoming Catholic

So my wife is Catholic and my daughter has been baptized in the Catholic faith and my new born son is soon to be baptized as well. I was baptized myself but I've fallen away from my Baptist roots for ...
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Is the Bible literally the word of God? [duplicate]

As someone from a Muslim background, I have noted a major distinction between the Quran and the Bible; The Quran is seen by its adherents as the ipsissima verba of God, while (I've heard) the Bible ...
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What is the role and significance of Zion in Christianity?

The meaning of Zion is uncertain. There is a hymn related to Zion. The refrain part says, We’re marching to Zion, Beautiful, beautiful Zion; We’re marching upward to Zion, The ...
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Why did Daniel consider the allotment of food and wine to be wrong for him to eat?

When Nebuchadnezzar conquered Israel and took Daniel and other Jewish men into his court, he assigned them food and wine from the king's table. The king appointed for them a daily ration from the ...
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Does the Gospel imply that the victim in the Good Samaritan parable was a thief himself?

The priest at our parish preached a twist on this parable this sunday. The verse Luke 10:30 being (KJV) 30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell ...
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How do opponents of Decision Theology distinguish themselves from Universal Salvation?

There is a tradition, perhaps strongest in Lutheranism, that opposes what it calls "Decision Theology". Biblical support for opposing Decision Theology would come in passages like, "No one can say ...
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What is appropriate age group for an altar call?

I was in an evangelical setting with some young kids and one of the helpers/ leaders basically did a sort of altar call with the kids. It actually surprised the other helpers/ leaders. What is the ...
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What are the theological roots of “my testimony” in evangelism?

I have noticed in evangelical / Baptist circles that the phrase "your testimony" is mentioned heavily in suggestions as to how you ought to witness to nonbelievers. It is said that citing personal ...
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What does Psalm 146:3 mean? [closed]

Psalms 146: 1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul. 2 While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being. 3 Put not your trust in princes, nor in ...
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Was the snake a wayward animal?

Considering the authority God gave the humans over the animals according to Gen 1:28: God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule ...
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If Jesus is God, who/where does Jesus pray to?

I realize that some of Christianity believe God and Jesus to be one being, whereas some believe them to be separate and distinct beings. I come from the background of the latter group, which reasoning ...
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Is Christianity more friendly to its own Scripture translation than other religions? If so, why?

Christianity seems to me to embrace translation of its scriptural writings far more than other religions, and to give such translations nearly equal weight with the approximations of the original ...
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Where did the mockery of Jesus take place?

Before he was crucified, Jesus was mocked by the soldiers and by members of the Sanhedrin. Where did this mockery take place?
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Are Mormons Protestants?

I'm sure Mormons are neither Catholic nor Orthodox. There is no doubt that they are Christians but I'm not sure they are Protestants or not. Are Mormons Protestants or they are just "Latter Day ...
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How do Protestants in general respond to these points concerning them?

I haven't had much experience interacting with Catholics, but I have had a lot of interactions with the Orthodox and have been exposed to many of their writings and teachings. Whenever I would talk to ...
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Female Sunday School teachers for 17, 18 year old male students?

This verse has been used to say that women should not hold the office of pastor: I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. 1 Tim 2:12. Yet at least ...
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Are there any specific rules on everyday life at all in Christianity?

Christianity seems to be one big category with a long list of denominations. To my knowledge, there is no "Christian language" in the same way as in Islam (Arabic) or Judaism (Hebrew) or Hinduism ...
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How do Calvinists interpret 2 Peter 2:1?

2Pe 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, ...
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Does a literal reading of Romans 4:25 conflict with Reformed theology?

In the NASB, Romans 4:25 (emphasis mine) reads: He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification. However, in the ESV (emphasis mine) it ...
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Is Joseph Smith the last prophet?

Islam has a concept that Muhammad is the last prophet of God(Allah). The last message from God was revealed to Muhammad, as they claim. Joseph Smith also received a unique and new revelation from God. ...
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Why is “being created” considered an imperfection?

I've seen the uncreated God contrasted many times to the created angels, Satan, and humans, and etc. Being created is counted against the latter category as a mark of imperfection which God does not ...
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What are the arguments for and against miracles performed by Jesus? [duplicate]

There are several instances in the Bible where miracles performed by Jesus have been mentioned. I was wondering what are the arguments for and against these accounts. Did Jesus actually perform ...
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How does Christianity work with all the biblical covenants?

One major theme of the Bible is the number of covenants between God and humanity. How do Christians manage to work them out? Are the covenants prioritized from highest priority to lowest priority, or ...
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Is the Thief on the Cross the exception or the norm for quick salvation?

It seems that often we find answers to "What must I do to be saved?" that haul out a long laundry list of things to be done that could take hours-- weeks if the word "daily" is part of your answer. ...
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Why didn't Martin Luther provide for his family to be taken care of after his death?

I recently heard Professor Stephen Nichols of Reformed Theological Seminary state that following Martin Luther's death, his wife, Katie, and his children struggled financially for some time. Did ...
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How broad and inclusive is the definition of service in exhortations to serve one another?

In the following quote how is "serve" understood by various Christian traditions? As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever ...
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What is the basis of the LDS/Mormon prohibition of facial hair for men?

I have read in a few places the LDS Church has at least a general practice, if not an official teaching, that prohibits men from growing facial hair--at least for men in any position of leadership. ...
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Who wrote the Book of Revelation?

More specifically: What authorities claim that the Book of Revelation was written by the Apostle John? What authorities claim otherwise? This C.SE answer apparently references Pliny and Tacitus in ...
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Was regular weekly fasting a widespread, formal tradition in the early Church?

In The Story of Christianity,* author Justo Gonzalez offers the following: There were indeed times set aside for sorrow for one's sins, in particular during the two weekly days of fasting, which ...
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How do you know when you are truly saved, and how do you live as a Christian afterwards? [closed]

I'm 18 years old, and I was born in a Christian family (Evangelical), so I've been going to church and believed in Jesus my whole life. However, I am concerned about salvation. According to what I ...
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In the Anglican Church, how is the Archbishop appointed?

The current Archbishop of Sydney is retiering this week. What is the process involved in appointing the new Archbishop in the Anglican Church? i.e. who can nominate them, who can vote for them, what ...
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Did any other philosophical systems have as much influence on the early Church as Platonism and Stoicism?

Many historians agree that the philosophical systems of Platonism and Stoicism had an important role in the efforts of the early Church to communicate the message of the Gospel to unbelievers, and ...
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What defined a “clean” animal prior to the flood when mankind did not eat meat?

In Genesis 7, God tells Noah to take with him 7 pairs of clean animals in contrast to only one pair of all other animals. Additionally, 7 pairs of birds were to be taken as well. Take with you ...
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If God is unable to change, why did he (after the Flood)? [closed]

If God is All-Knowing (as I've heard) and unable to change, then why did he change his mind after the Flood? And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again ...
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What cautionary advice have evangelists given that address Gandhi's concern about “Rice Christians”?

Not too long ago we had a question here that raised the issues of bribery, cultural "destruction," and use of harsh language against nonbelievers during evangelization efforts in developing countries. ...
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What did Jesus mean when he said ‘Go and sin no more’ if sinlessness is impossible?"

I came across these two instances in the New Testament when Jesus told someone to “sin no more”. John 13-15 Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as ...
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Mormon belief in Jesus Christ [duplicate]

Does the Mormon Church teach that Jesus is God? Hopefully this isn't too simple of a question.
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What is the Protestant belief known as “faith alone”?

"Faith Alone"? If you have heard the term "Protestant" before, chances are you have also heard the saying "faith alone." The way Protestants speak of "faith alone" might almost give one the ...
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What does the Bible say about birth control?

This is my first question here! I'm Christian and I've read the Bible for a while, but I haven't seen anything related to birth control. I know that Paul says that husband and wife can agree to ...
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Why wasn't the Bible enough for the founding fathers of America?

In light of the 4th of July in America, the founding fathers created new and brilliant ideas and concepts by which the "new world" would and still live by. It is almost as if they created a new ...
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Where is Heaven?

Prior to Scientific findings of an expanding Universe a survey showed that most Scientist believed the Universe was eternal (without beginning). Now Scientists understand that the Universe had a ...

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