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Has the world always been imperfect?

Through the scriptures we know that God created the world and the species and saw that it was good. He also created us and we were good in the beginning. Before Adam and Eve ate from the tree, we ...
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How can there be free will if God is all knowing? [duplicate]

This is a question with which I have struggled. If God knows the future and all our actions then we do not have any choice in what we do, all is predetermined. So what is the answer to this ?
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If Adam and Eve didn't know good from evil, how can we say they sinned (according to Roman Catholicism)?

When God made Adam and Eve he said they could eat anything except from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. It sounds like that tree grants that knowledge, so before they ate they didn't know good ...
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Unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees

My question is based on Matthew 5: 17-20 This question: Is one who is "least in the kingdom of heaven" still in heaven? addresses the first part of my question. Please feel free to go there ...
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Why does blood need to be put on the mercy seat

In Leviticus 16:14-15 it says: And he shall take some of the blood of the bull and sprinkle it with his finger on the front of the mercy seat on the east side, and in front of the mercy seat ...
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Why our life on Earth defines our future life in eternity? [closed]

Why our limited knowledge of God or of our sins defines our future life in eternity. Isn't it little bit unfair? I understand if the angels falls into hell after they make a decision not to serve God. ...
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Once a Catholic always a Catholic?

According to the Roman Catholic church, what is the status of someone who was baptised as a baby and left the church as a teen? Does it matter if he had Confirmation? Does it matter if he claims no ...
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What would inerrancy imply for Mormons?

Amongst many evangelicals, there is at least a question around inerrancy, such as is expressed by some in the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy. The issues regarding Joseph Smith's translation ...
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What do people fear in Jude 1:23?

I know fear can mean multiple things. But what I'm getting out of Jude 1:23 is that people saved others by fearing something. Do they fear Satan? Or do they fear God? The whole time, I was assuming ...
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Are Catholic priests expert in exorcism?

I watched the entire series of The Exorcist movie and I enjoyed it. However, I am curious if this movie is representing the reality about demons and how they are driven out by Catholic priests. Are ...
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Does the Bible really mean EVERY city? [closed]

The Bible says that Jesus visited every village and city- is that what He did? 1 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings ...
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How does Jesus show love by suffering?

I wonder, how does the suffering of Jesus/God show love. I cannot believe that Jesus suffered to forgive our sins. If God is love, God doesn't need to make a terrible sacrifice to forgive our sins. ...
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What would the Catholic Church's hierarchy look like without the Vatican?

What does the Roman Catholic Church teach would happen if something catastrophic (God forbid!) Destroyed the entire city of Rome, as well as the Vatican city-state? As an example - what would happen ...
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Are translations of the book of Mormon into other languages made from English, or are the golden plates stashed in a temple somewhere?

I was poking around the Internet to see if there are any LDS-sanctioned modern translations of the Book of Mormon in English, and it seems there are not. (Although there's an unofficial one, A Plain ...
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133 views

Do any of the Mormon doctrines that cannot be found in the Bible come from the Book of Mormon?

Do any of the Mormon doctrines that cannot be found in the Bible come from the Book of Mormon? This is sort of a followup question to What important Mormon doctrines are taught in the book of Mormon ...
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Was Zwingli the first to preach lectio continua?

On January 1, 1519, Zwingli preached from Matthew 1:1, beginning the Reformation in Switzerland.* Thereafter he continued to preach linearly through Matthew. This manner of preaching (or reading) ...
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Transcendence and Revelation

Since God transcends all humans and all their artefacts; and almost all revelation occurs within human languages, which are in a definite sense human artefacts; isn't it the case that Divine ...
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1answer
55 views

Why are babies dressed in white during a Roman Catholic christening?

Why are babies dressed in white during a Roman Catholic christening (aka baptism)? Is the color symbolic or anything? Can any other color be worn? Similarly, are there some sort of color restrictions ...
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1answer
241 views

Why did God create Adam and Eve so that they would sin?

According to If Adam and Eve were perfect, why did they choose to sin? the serpent tricked Eve into eating the apple. So either the serpent or humans sinned because of free will. But God is sovereign ...
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1answer
106 views

How does a person determine whether they are a “false Christian” or “inconsistent Christian”? [closed]

Many Protestants believe once saved, always saved. Christians who accept Jesus get saved. They also continue sinning and no one is perfect. My question is to those who hold this position. I have ...
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What important Mormon doctrines are taught in the book of Mormon that we couldn't find in the Bible already?

I've never seen a Mormon establish doctrine on the Book of Mormon, only arguing that the Book of Mormon is "another testament of Jesus Christ." So, since Mormons believe that is the case, surely they ...
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3answers
106 views

Biblical basis for non-practice of Kiss of Peace

The "Kiss of Charity", "Holy Kiss", or Kiss of Peace is instructed several times in the New Testament, for example: 1 Peter 5:14 (KJV): Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. 2 ...
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If the Bible contains all of the word of God and there can be no more, then why do we need the Nicene Creed?

There seems to be a huge contradiction in traditional Christianity that claims that there can be no more scripture or divine doctrine and yet the only way to determine whether a denomination is ...
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How is it possible to be saved through “grace alone” if you have to be baptized to be saved? [duplicate]

If salvation is by grace alone, no works necessary, then why did Jesus say to Nicodemus "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the ...
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2answers
115 views

If Satan is not a fallen angel, created by God, then where did he come from? How was he created? [closed]

If Satan is not a fallen angel, created by God, then where did he come from? How was he created? LDS theology holds that Satan and Jesus were both spirit children of Heavenly Father. If traditional ...
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2answers
71 views

What do I do when watching a video of someone praying? [closed]

Every once in a while I'll watch a message on video and the person in the video starts praying. Sometimes I feel compelled to pray along with them (especially if there's a group of us watching it), ...
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1answer
48 views

Abomination of Desolation [closed]

This question is for all denominations. This opens the question wide up and is broad, but as a seeker of truth, I am curious to know what each denomination teaches and considers doctrine about this ...
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0answers
23 views

Why did Jesus need to suffer? [duplicate]

What is the purpose of Jesus suffering? Suppose that Jesus represents god, why does god need to suffer? It doesn't make sense to me that it is for the sake of forgiving us, because I hope god forgives ...
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1answer
106 views

Why do Orthodox Christians baptize infants?

I know that Roman Catholics baptize infants, because they believe that infants need to be cleansed of original sin, and that the denial of baptism at infancy by Christian parents is tantamount to the ...
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2answers
147 views

What is the relation between Christianity and Islam [closed]

There are some common points that exist between Christianity and Islam. What are the similarities and disagreement between Christianity and Islam?
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186 views

What are consequences of not being baptized with water?

I believe that after a person has placed their faith in Christ, they should express that faith by getting baptized in water. I don't think water baptism saves you, but is simply an outward expression ...
3
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1answer
120 views

Can Satan understand all tongues

This question is geared towards Pentecostals and Charismatics (although all views are welcome), can Satan understand the tongues that are spoken by a person that is speaking in tongues as uttered by ...
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110 views

Does a Christian have enemies outside of the world, the flesh, and the devil?

An often repeated phrase I hear is that "The enemies of the Christian are world, the flesh, and the devil." But I wonder, does God's word reveal to us that there are more enemies than those 3 that we ...
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1answer
70 views

Why can't God persuade all mankind, in their free-will, to believe in him?

Jesus, before He was risen to heaven, left the task of evangelism to his disciples and Christians. Since men are fallible and are not all-powerful, they are taught to pray and rely on God in their ...
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3answers
147 views

Were a lot of 'Christians' in the past not Christians at all? [closed]

The intent of this question is not to define 'what is a true Christian?', but to ask: Given that each tradition has it's own well-defined understanding of what being a Christian means, how do they ...
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3answers
141 views

Was the serpent's temptation necessary for Eve to sin?

It was once said that Satan is God's Satan. I understand Eve's act of sin plays into God's hands and His glorification, but are there not other ways this can be done without Satan's interference? ...
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1answer
67 views

Does Orthodox theology emphasize “redemptive suffering” as much as Catholicism does?

Growing up Catholic I've been taught that "my suffering completes what is lacking" in Christ's sacrifice. Any time that I encounter suffering I should "offer it up." St. Bernadette, Francis of Assisi, ...
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5answers
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Isn't Jesus's suffering over magnified by the Catholic Church? [duplicate]

It seems too me that the suffering of Jesus is over magnified. I mean so many people have suffered tremendously for years. Like handicapped/sick people, prisoners, holocaust victims etc. I don't ...
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597 views

Why doesn't God have to keep his own commandments such as “Do not murder”? [duplicate]

In the Bible God gives many commands, but he doesn't seem to have to keep all of them himself. For example in the Ten Commandments God instructs his people not to murder (Exodus 20:13). But God ...
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1answer
88 views

Does the Orthodox Church accept Gay marriage and why?

Some say that it is "okay" some say that it is not, but these are just opinions. What does the Orthodox Church thing about that, and how do they deal with it?
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1answer
76 views

Are the people involved in killing Jesus innocent

Are the people in the bible innocent of killing Jesus if the crucifiction was already prophisized. Would God need people to play certain roles like judas to help fulfill his prophesy. If judas was ...
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1answer
55 views

What does it mean that the “The Evil One snatches away what was sown in them.”

I have always been confused about what this means. Those who hear the message about the Kingdom but do not understand it are like the seeds that fell along the path. The Evil One comes and ...
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6answers
330 views

Do people who commit “major” sins after accepting Jesus go to Heaven?

This question is meant for Protestants. In many mainstream Protestant denominations that I have heard of, it seems to me clear that once you really accept Jesus' free gift on the cross as payment for ...
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2answers
107 views

Should Jewish Christians not work on Saturday or Sunday? [duplicate]

I am Jewish, and this presents additional issues for me if I am considering Christianity, that non Jewish Christians don't have. For example, as far as I understand the Catholic Church has held that ...
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2answers
80 views

Are Christians obligated to follow the 4th Commandment in Heaven?

"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work; but the seventh day is a Sabbath to The Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, ...
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1answer
146 views

Can people come back from Heaven or Hell? [closed]

Is it possible for a person to come back to earth (e.g. as a ghost) from Heaven or Hell? We have had some weird happenings at our house, and I am trying to figure out what is going on. Our room mate ...
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2answers
88 views

What are the biblical arguments for and against the “two books” view of God's revelation?

I think it was Francis Bacon who said that the Bible and nature were God's two books and that one would do well to study both in great detail. What are the biblical arguments for and against this ...
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Is numbers.10:7 a picture of how the church shall be spared from “sound of alarm” or great tribulation?

Is numbers.10:7 a picture of how the church shall be spared from "sound of alarm" or great tribulation? I mean I have heard that this is picture of the church being spared from the "sound of alarm" or ...
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1answer
70 views

When did the Catholic Letters get called the Catholic Letters

The Catholic Encyclopedia says which books are the Catholic Letters but doesn't say how long ago it was that they were called that. I was wondering, because of another post asking for the oldest ...
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2answers
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Where did Catholics and Catholicism come from? [duplicate]

Catholicism seems to have begun so quickly after the dispersion of the Apostles that I'm wondering where even it even came from. I'm especially curious to know when Christians began calling ...

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