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How do I interpret Joshua 10? [closed]

I know questions have been asked looking for scientific evidence; but let's set that aside. If we are to interpret the bible, we must interpret it with scripture, no? This is why I will not accept ...
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Does Catholicism consider body building to be a sin?

I am an amateur body builder. I have heard that the Roman Catholic church categorizes this as a 'sin'. Is this in line with church beliefs?
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What does 'do not be overrighteous' mean in Ecclesiastes?

What does the following verse mean? Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise - Why destroy yourself? (Ecclesiastes 7:16, NIV) The Bible often asks us to be righteous (Psalm 106:3, Matthew ...
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Can a person be baptized against their will, according to Catholicism?

In the 2006 film Nacho Libre, there is a scene where Ignacio, a Roman Catholic (but not an ordained priest), decides to sneak up on his tag partner Steven and baptize him, despite Steven not wanting ...
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Is there any substantive difference between the verbal reference “second Corinthians” and “two Corinthians”?

Paul wrote two letters to the Corinthinians: The First Epistle to the Corinthians The Second Epistle to the Corinthians In my experience, people use all kinds of colloquial language to refer to ...
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Tridentine Latin Mass in Hebrew?

In 1957, Pope Pius XII gave permission to St James Vicariate for Hebrew Speaking Catholics in Israel to celebrate the traditional Tridentine Latin Mass of Pope Pius V in some part in Hebrew. Can ...
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According to the Catholic Church, could a “Jesus-name” baptism ever be considered a valid baptism?

Related: What is the earliest extrabiblical teaching of baptism using a trinitarian formula? According to Oneness Pentecostals and others, baptizing in the name of Jesus, instead of the name of the ...
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What happened to Nebuchadnezzar's kingdom during his punishment

Reading Daniel 4:29–33, I understand that Nebuchadnezzar was punished by God due to his pride. During his punishment, did his kingdom cease to exist or was there a new king? Who was in charge of ...
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What is the 'reward' that Jesus is referring to in Matthew 6:6?

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. - Matthew 6:6 NIV I would like to ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the idea that spiritual gifts are no longer relevant? [duplicate]

There is a verse that some denominations use to say that the gifts are not operative since the days of the Apostles. Where is that verse?
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Was the washing of feet of the disciples by Jesus, part of a Jewish tradition?

At John 13:3-6 (RSVCE) we read: Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper, laid aside his garments, ...
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What is the earliest extrabiblical teaching of baptism using a trinitarian formula?

Oneness Pentecostals and others who hold to "Jesus-name" (or "Jesus-only") baptism maintain that the trinitarian formula used by Nicene Christians and others is based on a misunderstanding of Matthew ...
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Lutheranism: “Pastor” or “Priest”?

I have noticed that some Lutheran churches refer to their ministers as "priests" while others refer to their ministers as "pastors." When did some Lutheran churches cease using "priest" in favor of ...
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Forgiveness,do we ask for it? [closed]

The question of forgiveness is common , when do we ask for it and what good does it do?(maybe I have overlooked something Big time) We are all told to repent or Thesuva. Thesuva is to bring things ...
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What Bible “type” disambiguation?

Bible shopping...I like to read from the HCSB, but I've seen a number of "types" of Bibles available: Daily Bible Devotional Bible Study Bible Reference Bible Thinline Bible Can someone compare ...
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New Creation in Christ [closed]

In 2 Corinthians 5:17-18 it talks about us being a new creation, When does this begin and how do we know if we are a new creation?
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How does the Catholic Church interpret Galatians 2:7?

From my understanding, the Catholic belief of ordained church leadership comes from the interpretation of Jesus' words to Peter: And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my ...
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Exorcism and repentance [closed]

Exorcism is common in the New Testament, by both Jesus and the disciples. But the main theme in the Old and New Testaments is to repent and change your ways; then God will heal you and bless you. And ...
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What are the main theological differences between Reformed Baptists and other Baptists?

I have recently met people who are Reformed Baptist. However, I'm having a hard time understanding what their major beliefs are, especially in comparison to other Baptists. The Wikipedia article gives ...
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Looking for Nanjing Mandarin Colloquial version (南京官话译本) of the New Testament

The Nanking Mandarin Colloquial Version (南京官话译本) of the entire New Testament (新约全书) was, supposedly, released in 1860~1861. It was translated by Walter Henry Medhurst (麦都思) and Wang Tao (王韬) and ...
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What Bible verses deal with a man stealing bread and having to pay double?

While using a Bible reading plan, a verse came to my attention about thieves that steal bread. The verse(s) may have had something to do with the thief trying to feed his or her family, but the ...
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How long did the drought that Elijah prayed for really last?

James and Luke say the drought lasted for three and a half years. Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years ...
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How long did Jesus know Judas?

How long did Jesus know Judas before Judas betrayed him?
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Is there a name for the low wall that is often in front of a choir?

There's typically a low wall, about hip-high, in front of the first row of the choir. Religious architecture typically has its own terminology, and Christian architecture in particular. So is there a ...
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How do Baptists interpret the summoning of Samuel by the medium of Endor?

Considering that Baptists generally believe that the soul of a faithful servant of God is immediately united with God upon death, how does the Baptist Church interpret 1 Samuel 28:8: 8 So Saul ...
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What verses are commonly cited to support that unity, despite differences, is preferable to dividing the Church?

If you're involved in church leadership/management, then you are keenly aware of the real threat that differences in doctrine can pose to the unity of the church. If you know anything about the ...
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Why are the dates for Passover and Easter almost a month apart this year? (2016)

Jesus was put to death on Passover eve Nisan 14. This was the first full moon following the vernal equinox.this year the vernal equinox is March 20.2016 The first full moon after March 20 is March 23 ...
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Book of Mormon writers by verse

According to the Book of Mormon itself, it was written by many ancient prophets. The authors of this study made the assumption that the writers of each verse, or partial verse, could be identified ...
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Why doesn't the Catholic Church ordain women to be deacons?

I understand that women within the Roman Catholic Church and I am guessing in the Eastern Rite Catholic Churches as well, cannot be ordained Priests. What I am wondering, is why they cannot be ...
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What arguments do the Church Fathers make for nocturnal emissions not being a sin?

I've run across claims (although I'm having trouble digging them up again; I might be thinking of the implications in this reddit thread) that Augustine and Cassian were almost the only early ...
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Meaning of term “satisfactory” in T. S Eliot's Journey of the Magi [closed]

In T. S. Eliot's "The Journey of the Magi", the following line appears: Finding the place; it was (you may say) satisfactory Context: The three magi have arrived at the barn and one of them ...
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Is God a God of all nations or a God of only the Israelites? [closed]

Genesis 1-11 talks about all nations, but from chapter 12 to the last chapter it talks mainly about the Israelites and how they were rescued. Looking at the two, can we say that God is a God of all ...
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In the Catholic Church, other than cardinals, are there any other prelates that may don red cassocks?

In the Catholic Church, the clerical dress (cassock) of cardinals is scarlet red in color. Are there any other catholic prelates who may don red cassocks?
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What is the theological background to the belief that taxation is theft?

Within American evangelicalism a debate has recently been reignited on economic policy, and I've been astonished at the number of people saying that some or all taxation should be considered to be ...
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Did Luther believe in gnomish creatures?

Luther in his translation of Isa. 34:14 renders Lilith as Kobold, a gnomish creature from German folklore who inhabits mines and mischievously contaminates silver. Did Luther really believe in this ...
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If a Catholic converts to some Protestant religion is he excommunicated or given any official rebuke by the Church?

Contemplating the question do Catholics recognize Protestants as Christian here:Does the Catholic Church officially recognize Protestants as Christians? I am not sure what an official church policy ...
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In Marian Consecration, does invincible ignorance apply to grace as well as sin?

So, I consecrated myself to Mary about 12 years ago following St. Maximilian Kolbe's formula. What I didn't realize until yesterday night, reading "33 Days to Morning Glory" in preparation of my ...
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What was silent about the night in 'Silent Night'? [closed]

Happy Lent! I remember back when I was an undergrad my philo prof said that there was nothing silent about the night referred to in 'Silent Night'. Why might this be? Massacre of the Innocents? What ...
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53 views

What is the Amish view on the use of social media?

Not even sure if they would classify themselves as Christians, but what is their view on social media?
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Who is a Christian according to the Catholic Church?

How does the Catholic Church define who a Christian is? Is a Christian, according to the Catholic Church, someone who is baptized, a member of the Catholic Church or Mystical Body of Christ ...
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Did the Annunciation and Good Friday coincide?

As we know, Good Friday falls on March 25 (2016) this year. In Catholic and Orthodox Churches, March 25 is also the Feast of the Annunciation. A priest friend of mine, told me there was once a ...
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Raised Catholic, I was born again at age 19, felt led to be baptized by Immersion. Does this condemn me? [closed]

I now trust in Christ alone, the Catholic Church anathema me, so now I am damned (according to them). How is it that Jesus Christ alone saved me and they can condemn me? Living in peace for my ...
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52 views

Who wrote the Sub Tuum Praesidium?

The Sub Tuum Praesidium is the oldest known hymn to the Virgin Mary, dating back to somewhere between 250-280. Has any Saint or Church Father ever been ascribed as being the author of this prayer?
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How is God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit the same? [duplicate]

I don't get that God is three persons and not one it just doesn't make sense to me at all. How does one God become three persons? Like as in a 3 leafed clover?
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Kokabiel's History Forgotten? [closed]

For those of you who don't know who Kokabiel was,kokabiel was a former advocate of God and his proponents. He was also known as "The Star of God" back when he was still an advocate of God and his ...
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Should we refrain from believing “Jesus is God” [closed]

I'm having a little confusion understanding the title of Jesus. 1 John 1:18 and Philippians 2:6 are hard to understand for me. What's interesting is the NIV translation seems to take a bolder ...
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Holy children, does it mean that they are saved if they die young?

For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. (1 ...
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Was Augustine opposed to the death penalty?

In Henry Chadwick's translation of the Confessions, I find him making a surprising claim: Like most of the Church Fathers, Augustine was against capital punishment. (page 21) The context is ...
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How is sin transfered from one to another? [closed]

Question : How is sin transferred from person to another person? Not through birth? We can not accuse Adam when we see him that he caused all humanities sin. Why because the word says "we all have ...
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Can a Catholic married in a civil ceremony still take communion?

A couple was married in a civil ceremony. They attend Catholic church and are Catholic. Can they receive communion at mass?

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