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What is the basis for the Roman Catholic teaching regarding the Sin of Presumption?

The Roman Catholic Church teaches that there is something called the Sin of Presumption, which states that it is a sin for one to believe that he or she is assured of his or her salvation. It seems ...
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Somebody was born into a culture that has no knowledge of the Christ - could he still “find him”?

If somebody a) has no access to the Bible or any other written document on the Christ and b) has no chance of hearing of "him" through the word of mouth either (because he lives in a culture that ...
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Apostolic Succession in the Catholic church

Wikipedia says: In the Catholic Church, the Pope is regarded as the successor of Saint Peter, the Apostle. cf. Pope | Wikipedia As someone who isn't Catholic I don't want to argue how true ...
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The unicorn as a Christological figure

This isn't so much a question about theology or denominational teachings as Church history. In an answer to a question on another StackExchange site, someone posted this: I am an Art Historian, ...
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Is there any Christian group that takes Matthew 23:8-10 literally?

Related to: Are there any Christian groups that follow Matthew 23:9? and What is the Roman Catholic view on Matthew 23:9? 8 “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and ...
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In the book of John, is the Holy Spirit not in Jesus until the dove descends on Him?

When Jesus was baptized by John, and the Holy Spirit descended on Him like a dove, was the Holy Spirit not with Him up until then?
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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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How widely used is “beehive” imagery?

The LDS church uses the imagery of a beehive to represent the way the church [should] function. Notably lacking any sign of the cross or other usual Christian symbology in the temple, the main pulpit ...
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Did Jesus' parables have different meanings to the different Gospel writer's congregations?

My parish priest uses the example of Matthew 13:18-23 to explain that this one explanation of the parable of the sower was the one that Matthew, wanted to put in his Gospel to drive home some ...
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What were the reformers views of biblical inerrancy?

I have never researched but am very curious what views of Biblical Inerrancy did the reformers generally hold, such as Luther and Calvin? I found these description about different kinds of views: ...
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Does the Roman Catholic church recognize marriages outside of the church?

I'm curious about the status of marriages performed outside the auspices of the church. For example, if a non Catholic converts to the Roman church, but was married beforehand, does it "count". Based ...
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Has there been any explanation given on the murder of Joan of Arc?

Joan of Arc was burned as a heretic. Now she is a saint. How does the Roman Catholic Church explain this? It turned out that the Roman Catholic Church has murdered its own saint? Has any logical ...
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What is the meaning of God's omni-powers?

It is a common understanding among Christians I know that God has these four attributes: Omnipresence Omniscience Omnipotence Omnibenevolence A grammatical interpretation would explain them as ...
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Why are the same palms used on Palm Sunday used for Ash Wednesday services the next year?

In the Episcopal church, the traditional source of ashes on Ash Wednesday comes from the burnt remains of the previous year's Palm Sunday fronds. How did this practice originate, and what is the ...
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How does this fit in with “we are incapable of following the law”?

While reading through the Torah, the following verses caught my eye. Deuteronomy 30:11 Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. 12 It is not up in ...
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What was the Christian response to death-loving practices of Ancient Roman society?

In Ancient Rome, gladiators would fight to the death for the amusement of the crowd. What did Christians do to stop this?
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Why and when did allegorical interpretations of Scripture lose their appeal?

Gregory of Nyssa's book The Life of Moses is, if nothing else, a very interesting read. He goes through Moses' account in Exodus and ascribes spiritual meanings to every little detail, although it is ...
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Why did the popes begin issuing encyclicals?

It appears as if heavy duty instructions to the world at large began with Pope Leo XIII in the late 19th century. How did it come about that he issued so many encyclicals? Did he set a precedent ...
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What is the origin of the Mormon Temple Ceremony and how has it changed throughout the years?

I understand that there is a difference between being a Mormon and being a Temple Mormon (one who has gone through the Temple Ceremony at least once and maintains Temple worthiness). I also ...
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What are other explanations for Malachi 4:5-6?

The LDS church believes the prophecy in Malachi 4:5-6 (KJV) has been fulfilled, and those verses are often cited while explaining why they're so interested in genealogy. What other explanations exist ...
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Why is Jesus called The Way?

What does Jesus mean when He says that He is the way? John 14:6 NIV Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. A lot of ...
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Is Christianity an experiential practice? [closed]

It has been stated to me that Christianity is "experiential" meaning it is experienced and not necessarily understood. Do I have that definition correct? Is this true?
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How widespread is the safe environment program in Catholic Catechetical programs?

Tomorrow I get to once again do the safe environment class as directed by my diocese (Madison). I was just wondering, because I have nearly no way of knowing other than to maybe randomly get an ...
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How can anointing the sick confer forgiveness of sins in Catholicism?

In Catholicism, there are 7 sacraments. One of these is anointing of the sick or extreme unction. It is meant to provide comfort to the sick, peace and courage. In the event that the individual cannot ...
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Which denominations allow abortions, and why?

Are there any Christian denominations that allow abortion? What (Biblical) argumentation do they use to justify this?
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Do infant-baptizing Protestant denominations have any requirements on names?

Catholicism views infant baptism as the norm; a child born to a Catholic parent or parents is ordinarily to be baptized soon after birth: Parents are obliged to take care that infants are baptized ...
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What is the Scriptural basis for Catholics praying to Mary and the various saints?

While researching for this answer, I came across this quesion. It its answer it stated: Roman Catholics are taught to pray to Mary and various saints. Such prayers are not scriptural and are, in ...
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Does Jesus/God understand uncertainty or sin?

I understand that Jesus has experienced the same weaknesses and temptations, but what about uncertainty? Or even sin itself? How can He understand what it is like to not know anything for certain when ...
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What is the Catholic Church's explanation of its listing of the Ten Commandments?

From Decalogue in Exodus 20:2-17 (RSVCE) and Deuteronomy 5:6-21 (RSVCE) has the the Catholic Church explained in her history and Tradition how she settled on this list of the Ten Commandments? One ...
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What does being Born Again mean per Catholic teaching?

What does being Born Again mean per Catholic teaching? Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3 NKJV)
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Why do priests wear a white collar?

Is there a scriptural and/or historical reason why priests wear those white collars? When did that start and why?
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What denominations believe that Jesus Christ has a current physical body?

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I believe that Christ after his death took up his physical body and that it was this now-perfected body that he showed the disciples, ...
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Is “Rapture” mentioned in the Book of Revelation?

In 1st Thessalonians Paul describes the Rapture: 1Th 4:13 through 17 KJV 13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as ...
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According to LDS teaching, was Adam the first man created in all the worlds or just this one?

In Moses 1:34, we read the following: And the first man of all men have I called Adam, which is many. (Moses 1:34) According to LDS teaching, God made many worlds through His Son Jesus. We are ...
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Who were the men of Siloam's tower?

In the Gospel of Luke chapter 13, we hear of an episode that is not recounted in any of the other Gospels. It says eighteen men died because Siloam's tower fell on them. Luke 13:1-5 New ...
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Do any Christian denominations believe in a duality rather than a trinity?

I have heard that some nontrinitarian Christians reject the concept of the trinity and say that there is only one indivisible divinity. Are there any Christian denominations that believe in a ...
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In LDS teaching, do gods and goddesses produce spiritual offspring forever?

I understand that the LDS Church teaches that some men will progress to godhood in the afterlife, have a wife or wives, and produce spiritual children with spirit bodies, which later must inhabit ...
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What is the Roman Catholic interpretation of John 3:16?

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16, NIV) What is the Roman Catholic way of ...
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What are typical Christian responses to The Grand Inquisitor?

Upon reading this chapter in the Brothers Karamazov I find myself confused as to why The Grand Inquisitor is considered to be such a powerful argument for atheism and against theodicy. What are ...
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What traditions include “dearly departed” Christians as participants in communion?

I've seen some treatments of communion that encourage one to celebrate that their dearly departed relatives are coming up to an invisible railing behind the wall. This seemed to be a great sentiment ...
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What mainstream denominations (if any) hold a Young Earth Creationist view? [closed]

As the title asks, which mainstream denominations hold a YEC View?
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Why do Protestants not refer to Mary by the title “Mother of God”?

I have heard the title "Mother of God" in connection with the so-called "Hail Mary" prayer that is recited by Catholics. However, I have never heard this term used in any Protestant setting. (I'm ...
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According to the Catholic Church, what happens to a person who is in the process of learning about Catholicism, if that person dies?

Suppose a person is learning about the teachings of the Catholicism, and dies before that person has reached a conclusion whether he or she would like to join the Church. According to the teachings of ...
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Is St. Adalbert venerated in Eastern Orthodoxy?

Is Saint Adalbert of Prague venerated in Eastern Orthodoxy? He's listed in this calendar so I understand he's considered an Orthodox saint, but is there a veneration in the Eastern rite? Is there a ...
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What is the significance of changing the names of Abram to Abraham and Sarai to Sarah?

I would briefly reconstruct from Genesis, the circumstances leading to this change in names. In the very beginning of His conversation with Abram, God says to Abram: Gen: 12:2 (NET) Then I ...
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How is excommunication handled during the interregnum?

Not that I'm plotting anything heinous, but can one be excommunicated or have excommunication lifted during the interregnum? I think, but I'm not positive, that some offenses that carry ...
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Will we theoretically be able to sin in Heaven?

The Bible tells us that there will be no sin in Heaven . Also, most christians agree that there will be free will in Heaven. So we will be in a sinless state with free will. However, Adam and Eve ...
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Who do mainline Protestants believe an “archangel” (such as Michael) to be?

Some sects including Jehovah's Witnesses believe the archangel Michael to be one in the same with Christ. The basic premise of this claim seems to stem from the unique usage of the role archangel ...
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Is to ignore Satan also to underestimate the potential he has to assault the Christian?

I've often thought that, once indwelt by the Holy Spirit and saved by the grace of God, Satan has nothing against me. But, is to ignore Satan also to underestimate the potential he has to assault the ...
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What is the “Light-Life Movement”

I saw this in a user profile, and would just like a description of what the movement is. Beliefs, how it varies from "the norm" (if it does) history, etc. So, simply, what is the Light-Life ...

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