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What are Lutheran teachings on salutary effects of communion?

A long time ago, I complained to some LC-MS Lutheran pastors that my own hometown congregation had been full of racists, as evidenced by their comfort in using the "N word" around children. Years ...
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What evidence do we have that Blind Bartimaeus approached Jesus naked?

In Mark 10:46-52, we have the story of Blind Bartimaeus Receives His Sight So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to ...
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What are Presbyters in Presbyterian groups supposed to be?

Are Presbyters in Presbyterian groups the same thing St. Luke calls Presbyters in Acts 11:30, which seems to be more like a congregation of elders or what St. Peter calls a Presbyter in 1 Peter 5, ...
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What is source of myth that the deceased become angels?

An associate wrote an open letter (email) of condolence to a friend who'd lost a child. The letter stated that that deceased was now an angel in heaven with wings. What is the ultimate source of this ...
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Were the medieval popes examined on a toilet-lid-like chair to establish their masculinity?

Is one of the consequences of the Pope Joan story, whether it was true or false, the use of a marble chair with a large, toilet-like hole in its seat? As the picture above shows, it seems that that ...
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How do classic Trinitarians answer the implications of Revelation 1:1?

Revelation 1:1 reads: The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John. So this is ...
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How young do children start to receive communion regularly in Eastern Catholic/Orthodox churches?

I know that in the Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic churches communion is given to infants at baptism along with chrismation. What about after that? Do they continue all throughout childhood, or ...
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What does Karl Barth imply by God entrusting us with a “nobile officium”?

In Evangelical Theology: An Introduction, chapter 8, Karl Barth writes: It is splendid and beautiful to be assigned a duty by the God of the Gospel who is the object of evangelical theology, but ...
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How do Orthodox Bishops and theologians view the Church Fathers' definition of the word “catholic?”

While perusing the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) website I came across this question. I fully understand what the word catholic by itself means. Orthodox Christians (like many liturgical ...
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Is there a Biblical basis for believing someone can be saved after dying and going to Hell?

As the title suggests, is there any Biblical reason to believe it is possible to escape Hell after dying and going there? Is there any way to save those people after these punishments? Or are they ...
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Does the Holy Spirit indwell the Christian, and if so, how?

It is written that the Holy Spirit indwells the Christian, as the apostle Paulos wrote (1 Cor. 3:16 cp. 1 Cor. 6:19), Don't you know that you are the temple of God and the Spirit of God dwells in ...
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Who are the 144,000? [closed]

Who are the 144,000 mentioned in Revelation 7:4-8 (NIV) Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel. From the tribe of Judah 12,000 were sealed, from ...
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If you don't believe in the inerrancy of scripture, on what basis can you interpret scripture?

I know there are several Christian traditions that do not claim that scripture is inerrant (and therefore do not interpret everything in the Bible literally). If this is the case, then it seems like a ...
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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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Does every denomination / sect have a catechism?

In Lutheranism, there's the Small Catechism, Large Catechism, and the Book of Concord, with each book in series getting much larger and having more specific doctrinal material. Even though the ...
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Who is the American Catholic Church?

What are the major doctrinal differences between the American Catholic Church and the Roman Catholic church? Why did they split?
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What exactly is the biblical reference to a serpent?

It seems that most places in the bible where serpents are referred to they are a reference to Satan/the devil. Yet in Mathew 10:16 Christ says, "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of ...
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Sarah laughed at God and He did not mind

When God told Abraham that he was to have a son the following year, bible recorded it that Sarah laughed in her heart Genesis 18:12-15 12 Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have ...
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Why did it take so long for papal infallibility to be defined?

I have a question about papal infallibility. According to this source, That the Church is infallible in her definitions on faith and morals is itself a Catholic dogma, which, although it was ...
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Was the white smoke ever supposed to be miraculous?

With everybody waiting on a puff of white smoke to eminate from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, the engineer in me is curious about the mechanics. I know in modern times that a special additive ...
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Confessional Lutheranism: How does Unlimited Atonement work?

I recognize that concerning the mysteries of the faith that Lutherans do not typically like to answer "how does this doctrine work?" type of questions, but I'm hoping for an explanation. Issues, Etc. ...
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What is the basis for penance (satisfaction) in sacramental confession?

From the Catholic Encyclopedia, The Sacrament of Penance (Confession): As stated above, the absolution given by the priest to a penitent who confesses his sins with the proper dispositions ...
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What were Jesus's last words on the cross?

I've been comparing the same events written across different gospels recently, and although I was aware of the differences between the gospel accounts of Jesus's very last moments before death I ...
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What justification would make divorce worse than adultery?

While I'm not talking salvation here (I understand grace) there is a sense in which some sins are more offensive to God then others. Scripture is replete with examples of God's hatred for adultery ...
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What is a Scapular, and what theology is tied to it?

I ran across this question, and I'm wondering if someone can give me more information on what a Scapular is, and what, exactly, the significance and/or theology goes along with it?
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Do all churches celebrate communion in the same order (bread-first, wine-second)?

So, originally, I was going to ask, why do Anglicans serve the bread first, then the wine. The answer, however, is that it really seems to be the order in Scripture, for as 1 Corinthians 11 says: ...
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According to Roman Catholic Doctrine, what things have the power to decrease a person's time in purgatory?

Roman Catholic teaching states that many people spend a certain amount of time in purgatory after they die before going to heaven. I remember hearing something to the effect that people who are still ...
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What are the differences between the spirit of God and spirit of Man?

First, I thought that the spirit Christians get from God is the same as the spirit of God. Recently, I heard a sermon that asserted they are different, but gave no more details. Which verses describe ...
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Reformed perspective on “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us” (Acts 15:28)

Acts 15 records the Council of Jerusalem, a meeting in about 50AD of early Church leaders regarding whether Gentiles could be Christians without first becoming Jews. "After much discussion" (15:7) ...
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What is the origin of the doctrine of perspecuity?

Fundamentally, Catholics and Protestants read Scripture differently. Catholics believe that any private interpretation of Scripture is subject to the teachings of the church, whereas Protestants, ...
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Do Jewish people go to heaven?

I believe some prophets of God, such as Moses and Elijah, are in heaven, yet they lived and died before Christ came. How is this possible? What does this mean for the other Jewish people?
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Does the Church in general need to revisit and revise its strategy in maintaining the faith? [closed]

Is it a high time that we need to impart the young Christians (children) a comprehensive knowledge of all the doctrines of Christianity, or do we tend to raise them as unconvinced Christians ...
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Was Jesus an adherent to 'Sola Scriptura'?

Adherents to Sola Scriptura basically believe that Scripture should be the foundation of all doctrine. (NOTE: That is not to say that outside sources cannot be used to aide us in understanding the ...
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Why did the Commonwealth Parliament ban theatre?

I've known for a while that theatre was banned under Cromwell, because the Puritans disapproved of it. What was their objection? Wikipedia adds this information: Pastimes such as the theatre and ...
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How can common believers in the Eastern Orthodox Church be sure that the Church's decisions are correct and not erroneous?

There have been some councils, the decisions of which were later reversed by some latter councils. Thus, if your position on a particular matter that was being considered at those councils was too ...
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What is the basis for Theonomy?

From Wikipedia, Theonomy, from theos (god) and nomos (law), is the state of being governed by God or in accord with divine law. It's also essentially the view that all types of government ...
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How to define an independent interference by God?

The most clear evidence when people state their belief is experience. The reasons vary: logical expressions of belief is somewhat inverted (read this paragraph) experience is connected to intimate ...
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Who is the oldest Blessed?

Just a question that ought to have a concrete answer and be a good example for how the process of canonization works for my Religious Ed. class: Who has been declared blessed for the longest period ...
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What is the significance of Eve being created as a “helper fit for [Adam]?”

The Bible appears to indicate that there was a specific purpose in the creation of Eve, from Adam, to be a helper fit for him. It seems, then, that the design of Adam and Eve may be distinct, while ...
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What does “communion of saints” mean in the Apostle's Creed?

The original text can be found on wikipedia. Near the end of the creed, there is this phrase: I believe in... the communion of saints... What does this exactly mean? I understand that communion ...
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How do human rights and Christianity relate to each other? [closed]

Now it is really getting interesting - this is the third question in a row (after this one and this one). So please make sure you read those two to understand this one in context. Caleb wrote: ...
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Where do we draw the line when questioning/testing God?

It's pretty clear that we shouldn't put God to the test. Luke 4:12 NIV Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ” Or is it? Isaiah 7:10-12 10 ...
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Is there any Biblical basis for “Do Least Harm” or “Do Greatest Good”?

At one point in The Reason For God, Timothy Keller talks about how to pick which action to choose in a tough dilemma. He gave the example of a man having borrowed tools from another guy...and said guy ...
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What is “dominion theology”?

I've read a little bit about "dominion theology", and don't feel I understand it. What distinguishes this movement from mainstream modern Christianity?
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Does the end times talk about a one world religion?

I was just reading about end times and somebody was stating that this verse suggest that there will be a one world religion, a false religion. Is this backed by any other scripture? Revelation ...
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What is the SBC's stance on what/how salvation is/works?

What is the Southern Baptist Convention's stance on what salvation is and how it works? Is there an official doctrine? Is it challenged by prominent members?
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How does the Protestant OT canon differ from the Jewish scriptures? [duplicate]

Is the OT canon currently accepted by Protestants the same as the Jewish scriptures? If not, where and how do they differ?
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According to Catholic Tradition - Was Jesus' experience on Earth scripted? Or did human actors shape it?

God does not play dice with the universe. - Albert Einstein The Bible gives us reason to believe that God (presumably, God the Father) chose the time of Jesus' arrival on Earth. My Question: ...
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Is it appropriate to leave a Catholic rosary in place on a cemetary headstone?

Is it appropriate to put a rosary on a relatives headstone and leave it there even if it starts to discolor and rust the headstone? Would it be a desecration of the grave if someone removed it ...
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What are the differences between Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy, and Nestorianism?

In another question, @Daи excellently explained the differences between Western and Eastern Christianity. But what are the differences between the Eastern Christianity itself, particularly between ...

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