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What is the logic of salvation? AND or OR? [closed]

There are many Bible verses talking about when someone "will surely not enter heaven" or "will surely enter heaven". Now, let's say I fullfil 99% of requirements to go to heaven, but 1% that I don't. ...
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Why must God reach the fullness of Glory (reformed theology)?

Reformed theology stresses that God created the universe for one purpose: to glorify him fully. And to reach the fullness of Glory, God must demonstrate all that would glorify him. This means that to ...
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According to Catholicism, does saying “God loves everyone equally” mean that God *likes* everyone equally?

I have question about God's love: When, in the Catholic Church, we say "God loves everyone equally", is it same as "God likes each of us to the same extent, and He loves us equally by His action"? or ...
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What Biblical evidence is there that the Apostles feared for their lives after Jesus was crucified?

What Biblical evidence is there that the Apostles feared for their lives after Jesus was crucified? A good answer will cite published commentary and/or provide in depth analysis of specific passages. ...
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What is the biblical basis for the freedom of religion?

Christianity generally believes in the exclusivity of believers in Jesus the Christ. John 14:6 NIV Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except ...
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Spiritual gifts and their exercise within today's Catholic Church

Regarding the apostle Paul's discussion of spiritual gifts (τὰ πνευματικὰ χαρίσματα) in 1 Corinthians 12-14, he uses the words ".....when you come together" (1 Cor. 14:26). Is he referring to the ...
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Communion of Saints and Our Relationships in Heaven

We as Catholics believe in communion of saints after the resurrection. Such communion means that we will be in the complete union with God, and with all the other saints in heaven. When we are saying ...
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Will we still feel affection towards others when we are in heaven?

I know that heaven is all about love. But in Catholic church, we distinguish love (will) and affection (emotion). In our day to day lives, love is often accompanied by affection - but will this be the ...
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Is there any Ethiopian ancient source about the eunuch who was evangelized by Philip?

We all know that passage from Acts 8, where Philip preached and baptized the Ethiopian Eunuch. I've read in an article that Ethiopian Christian tradition talks about this Eunuch, who came from ...
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How is the amazement of the Jews explained by those who believe that “Render Unto Caesar” affirmed the paying of taxes?

In Matthew 22:15–22, Luke 20:20–26, and Mark 12:13–17, the question "is it right to pay taxes to Caesar?" is perceived as a "trap" by both Jesus and the Pharisees who are putting the question forth. ...
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What Conservative Catholic publication am I looking for?

Some months ago, I stumbled on an online publication, whose name I cannot remember - and I believe they also offer a printed subscription. In spite of multiple google and wiki searches, I have been ...
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How is theistic evolution and the fall of man compatible? [duplicate]

All scientific evidence suggests evolution did happen, or something very similar. Of course, every theory has its flaws, including evolution, but how is the fall of man conpatible with evolution? Even ...
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Where did the “theology” behind the Cherry tree carol come from?

I love playing this carol on the piano, but it makes me wonder if I'm not being the least bit heterodox. Here are the assumptions that seem to me to be contrary to thriving tradition: When ...
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What did Jesus mean by seventy times seven? [duplicate]

We hear Jesus telling Peter at Matthew 18:22 :“I tell you, not seven times, but seventy times seven " when Peter asks for the maximum number of times he is expected to forgive his brother or sister. ...
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Is there any Biblical reference strictly speaking about God being timeless?

I've heard a lot, mainly from apologists, the notion that God is Timeless (Little example). So, this is an assumption on the philosophical ground, but is there a theological ground for it? Any verse ...
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Are there any groups of Christians who believe that all loans made with their money should be made without the expectation of repayment?

In Luke 6:35, Jesus says that Christians are to: "lend, expecting nothing in return" Are there any denominations or groups in Christianity (past or present) which have taught and acted on the ...
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Are there official guidelines for mortifying the flesh in the various Christian denominations? [closed]

Are there official guidelines for mortifying the flesh in the various Christian denominations? I'm interested primarily in the modern and historical practice exercised in Catholicism.
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Are Convent Schools only for orphan children?

I just want to know whether Convent Schools are only for orphan children? Or can Christian children who have not lost their parents also attend such a school? Can non-Christian children attend a ...
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What are the major Christian Festivals [closed]

Can anyone tell me what are the major Christian festivals? Which are the given government holidays and which are not?
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Did Jesus forbid debt collection? [closed]

In both Luke 6:34, And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners to be repaid in full. and Luke 6:35, But love your ...
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What are the main biblical interpretations used to defend the point of view that Nicodemus had inferior faith?

I was reading a post by John Piper here where he said this: But it is not saving faith. Nicodemus was not born again The same week my Pastor made a derogatory reference to the faith of ...
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Where is the verse about people sinning because they know God will forgive them?

I've been trying to find a verse I read not too long ago for quite some time about sinning and knowing it's wrong, but sinning anyway because you know God will forgive you. I believe it also mentioned ...
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How do Bible scholars reconcile the differences between Greek and Aramaic in John 21:15-17?

John 21:15-17 recounts a powerful conversation between Jesus and Peter, where Jesus asks Peter, three times, if he loves Him. Greek has several words for "love". In Greek, the dialogue goes like this: ...
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What is the basis for arguing that the gospel has already been preached to “all nations”?

In Matthew 24:14 (cf. Mark 13:10), Jesus says: And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Many ...
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Which church traditions regard Constantine the Great as a Saint?

Constantine was the emperor of the Roman Empire who legalized Christianity and called the Counsel of Nicaea, among other thing. Which church traditions regard Constantine the Great as a Saint?
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What happens if one wishes to go through the RCIA process but lacks a sponsor?

I've seen many explanations of the RCIA process, but all of them I've found make reference to a sponsor of sorts. A local parish's website explains: A sponsor accompanies any candidate seeking ...
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What are Christian arguments against the use of anesthesia?

I understand that the practice of using chloroform as an anesthesia was forbidden by Protestant Christians early in the history of it discovery. That is until Queen Victoria used chloroform during the ...
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Explain similarities and differences in “sinless from the womb ” for James, John the Baptist and Mary

My perusal of this site has enlightened me to these 3 cases where a person is spoken of as being sinless from the womb. According Catholic Church were all three born sinless? 1)Mary according to the ...
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Are Catholics allowed to call Mary 'perfect' by virtue of her Immaculate Conception?

Catholics believe that Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, is conceived without inheriting the original sin. They believe that Mary was never a sinner (source). Are Catholics allowed to call Mary ...
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What is the basis for believing that the wrath of God is not an accommodation?

It is widely accepted that the Bible contains many accommodated descriptions of God; the finite human mind cannot comprehend the infinite God, so he has revealed himself to us in ways which we can ...
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What is the origin of the interpretation of the Song of Solomon as a picture for Christ and the Church?

For today's average Christian, it is commonplace to read Song of Solomon as a prophetic picture of Christ, as the Bridegroom, and the Church, as the Bride. But where did this view have its beginning? ...
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Covenants and reformed theology [closed]

As part of a theology course I've been asked to look at covenants, so I looked on Amazon for a book or two and was surprised to see many book titles including "reformed" or books written by reformed ...
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What is meant by, “mild drinks” in D&C section 89?

17 Nevertheless, wheat for man, and corn for the ox, and oats for the horse, and rye for the fowls and for swine, and for all beasts of the field, and barley for all useful animals, and for mild ...
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Are gluten free diets in violation of the word of wisdom?

Aside from celiacs and others with medical disorders which prevent them from eating certain grains, is there an official LDS church stance in relation to people who optionally choose to live a gluten ...
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Vatican approved miracles

Does Vatican (or Holy See) publish the miracles it has approved? I'm seeking a list of currently approved miracles (any kind, really, including apparitions, eucharistic miracles and so on). I was, ...
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Why do some Christians object to images of Jesus?

Within some branches of Protestantism, many Christians believe that "images of Jesus" are sinful, and that Christians should not attempt to produce them. Some go so far as to say that they should be ...
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Where the church should gather?

Ok, where i gather, we have a Brethren-like "house church" system, which means that we have no building for the chuch meeting. But the number of members are increasing and we are about to face a ...
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What are the different views on the nature of 'hellfire'?

Fire as understood by physical humans consumes and destroys the fuel that it ignites and then goes out. The unredeemed soul is what many religions teach will be tormented eternally in fire of hell. ...
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Is there is any external source about Demas, Paul's fellow worker?

Demas appears at Colossians 4:14 and Philemon 24 as a fellow worker of Paul's ministry, and maybe as Luke's partner like Mark was Aristharcus partner. But in 2 Timothy 4:10 he appears having ...
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Origin of the story that James had knees as hard as a camel's, because of praying

I'm reading John Pollock's "The Apostle - A Life Of Paul" and, at page 85 of the 1969 print, he states that James was a man of such devotion that long praying had made his knees as hard as ...
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Does Stained Glass art hold any special meaning for Catholics?

We see beautiful Catholic buildings adorned with multiple works of stained glass art; is this for any particular reason other than the fact that stained glass art looks nice?
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115 views

Why are church leaders called “Father”?

Could anyone explain to me why some groups of Christians call their leaders "Father"?
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Are there any modern denominations that believe it is a sin to use instruments in church? [duplicate]

There are some denominations which prefer to use very conservative instruments (i.e., no guitars or drums, only piano) while others use any instrument they want. Some churches sing a cappella out of ...
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Is there any basis in Catholic theology or in the writings of major Catholic theologians for the belief that snakes used to have legs?

Catholicism has pretty much stated that the Genesis creation account is allegorical. The serpent talking to Eve was not an actual event, but a story. Yet I see and hear often from Christians the ...
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What did the early church fathers (pre-5th c.) teach with regards to the doctrine of baptism as a necessity for salvation?

The title says it all, really. What did the ECF believe and teach with regards to baptism being or not being necessary for salvation? Related: What did the early church fathers (pre-5th c.) teach ...
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What arguments are used by Protestants who object to the use of marijuana, even where it is legal?

With the legalization of recreational marijuana in a few states this summer, no longer can the argument against marijuana be that people are supposed to obey those in authority over them (in this ...
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Why was God so specific about how to make the Tabernacle?

The Book of Exodus (ch 25–27) spends quite a bit of time describing how to build the Tabernacle, right down to the type of metal and wood to use for minor parts, all straight from the mouth of God. ...
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What did the early church fathers (pre-5th c.) teach with regards to baptismal regeneration?

The title says it all, really. What did the ECF believe and teach with regards to baptismal regeneration? Did they generally subscribe to it or deny it? Related: What did the early church fathers ...
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Why do Syrian Orthodox churches use only paintings and not sculptures, unlike Catholic churches?

I am an Orthodox Christian, and in our church we don't have sculptures unlike Catholic churches in my area. We only have paintings and pictures. I don't know if this is because of the bull sculpture ...
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Do any groups of Quakers still disapprove of the fine arts?

The family of the great painter Benjamin West belonged to a Society of Friends when West was a child, and according to his biography, in that environment his prodigious artistic talents were not ...

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