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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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116 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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Have any major Christian intellectuals responded to Stephen Hawking's “The Grand Design”?

Stephen Hawking, in The Grand Design, argues that God did not create the universe. One review of the book states its aim as "to banish a divine creator from physics". The essence of the argument is: ...
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84 views

What's the biblical basis for the belief that God truly judges our hearts behind our actions and not the actions themselves?

What's the biblical basis for the belief that God ultimately judges a thing to be a sin or not based on the intentions in our heart and not the action solely? That would seem to be the indication in ...
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When was the number of the beast, 666, first identified as referring to Emperor Nero?

The belief that the number of the beast in Revelation, 666, refers to Nero is a common theory now. When was this identification first suggested?
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What is the biblical basis for “March for Jesus” or “Jesus Day”?

As a Christian, I believe that the scripture contains the basis for all the activity that I, as a member of the Church, need to get involved. Of course, we can't find all kind of Christian activity ...
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What is an overview of Christian arguments against the “unconscious violinist” analogy used to support abortion in the case of rape?

I was originally looking for any Christian Church that is against abortion in the case of rape that has also responded to the scenario below or something similar to it. I was instead advised to revise ...
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Alexander Helios disappearance-Scriptural Nephites?

According to Wikipedia, Alexander Helios is the son of Cleopatra VII. He disappeared fleeing Egypt with his people (roughly 50,000) after being defeated by Octavian in 31 BC. His parents committed ...
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What is the origin of the story that the Apostle John taught only “love one another”?

I've heard in a sermon that there is a story about Apostle John's last days, when he was working in Ephesus. The story tells that usually, at the Lord's Supper, John was invited to give a little ...
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83 views

Monogamy and Christianity [duplicate]

My friend asked me this question today. I tried to explain to him but it wasn't very clear to him. I actually didn't have a good understanding about the issue. The question is: As a Christian, is ...
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Why did the children of Israel run out of food in the wilderness, causing them to complain? [closed]

In the wilderness, the children of Israel on more than one occasion ran out of food and/or water to the point that they complained about it to Moses. They probably had no way to get food or water on ...
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From a Catholic perspective, why does Wisdom merely “infer” the things to come?

I'm confused about Wisdom 8:8: Or again, if one yearns for wide experience, she knows the things of old, and infers the things to come. She understands the turns of phrases and the solutions ...
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How was 'years' defined in the book of Genesis?

Genesis 5 clearly shows the number of years people lived from Adam to Noah. In the modern world, we know that 1 year equals to the number of days the earth revolves around the sun, but this knowledge ...
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In Mormon theology, why didn't John the Baptist baptize Joseph Smith?

In May 1829, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery went into the woods to pray because of some questions they had about baptism. As recorded by Joseph Smith, they were visited by John the Baptist, who gave ...
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Do Mormons respect the EU “Data Protection Directive” of right of access to personal data?

For some background: the EU "Data Protection Directive" is a European Union directive which regulates the processing of personal data within the European Union, as explained in this Wikipedia article. ...
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What does the Emerging church see itself as emerging from?

Despite the fact that the emergent/emerging Church is a fairly nebulous and relatively undefined concept, without a centralized organization or structure, they chose the term terms emergent/emerging ...
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Why was the prodigal son spoken harshly of by his elder brother?

In the parable of the Prodigal Son, Jesus narrates : "Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living" (Lk ...
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119 views

Why did the Roman soldiers compete to possess Jesus' clothes? [closed]

John 19: 23-24 reads: "When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven ...
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Why did Simon Peter react so violently?

In John 18, when Jesus is in the Garden on Gethsemane, Judas approaches with a mob of Pharisees and soldiers, coming to arrest Him. 4 Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out ...
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Do Catholics believe that Mary is above all other humans in holiness?

Does her being born as she was (i.e. immaculately conceived), and being the Mother of the Savior (Mother of God) make her higher than everyone else? Or is she considered not necessarily holier than ...
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What is the Orthodox canon?

What books does the Orthodox Bible contain? Additionally, when was this settled (if it is settled) and how was it decided?
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What Biblical scripture is used to support the concept of waiting for God to give direction?

I am curious about the core idea of some Christians that they insist on waiting before "doing good". What does scripture say about waiting for direction from God? This is not a pro/con list or an ...
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According to the Orthodox church, what is the purpose of the Bible?

I was raised with the view that the Bible is the book which contains everything we need to know, enumerates everything which is good and everything which is evil, is the manual for how to live a human ...
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Is there any denomination that fully embraces Dispensational Premillennialism?

I'm not a fan of dispensational premillennialism, but I don't know of any denominations that specifically hold to it. I'm just fairly curious. I've met individual people that believe it, but never an ...
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61 views

Why did the unborn child become happy at the voice of Mary's greeting?

Luke 1:39-45 39 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, 40 and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And when Elizabeth ...
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Do Protestants accept the similarity between Mary and the Ark of the Covenant?

Catholics believe that Mary is the Ark New Testament and they believe it on a scriptural basis (source).This is the same stance Orthodoxy has (source). Do Protestants accept the similarity between ...
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Why Catholics say “father” to the priest? It seems to contradict Matthew 23:9 [duplicate]

Catholics say Father to the priest and Pope means Father in Greek. However, the law of the Christ states: Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. ...
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44 views

Gal 5:18 vs John 3:16 [closed]

Galations 5:18-21 states But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, depravity, idolatry, sorcery, ...
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How many Catholics are excommunicated in an average year?

Giving the strict nature of so many Catholic teachings it would seem that their would be a lot of folks who find abiding by the rules just to difficult. Pre marital extramarital sex contraception use ...
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1answer
137 views

What pronoun do Catholics typically use to refer to the Eucharist?

Catholics believe that the communion bread and wine are not bread and wine anymore but the Lord Jesus Christ himself appearing as bread and wine. Since in Catholic dogma the communion bread and wine ...
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Did Luther consider Erasmus an unbeliever, and if so, why?

The introduction to Luther and Erasmus: Free Will and Salvation mentions that Luther called Erasmus an unbeliever: [Luther's] letters and the gossip of his Table Talk are littered with scorn of ...
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What are the Biblical arguments against Transubstantiation?

Catholics believe that the bread and wine in the communion change into the body and blood (and divinity) of the Lord Jesus Christ. They taught that the bread and wine are no longer bread and wine ...
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How do Catholics explain Hebrews 13:10 and John 6:54?

We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat. Hebrews 13:10 (NIV) Catholics interpret Hebrews 13:10 as talking about the Eucharist (source). ...
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What's the Biblical basis for “Without God I could do nothing”?

Often times I have had or come across the thought of "Without God I could do nothing" in a general sense, not something as specific as doing good nor our ability to fix ourselves (i.e. I'm not talking ...
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Does the Catholic Church allow a professor in a Catholic university to support an idea which is seemingly contrary to Catholic teaching?

Is there a Church law or doctrine forbidding professors at Catholic universities from having (or at least declaring) views contrary to Church teaching while employed at the university? The particular ...
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According to Catholic doctrine, why did Jesus Christ have to die to save mankind if only the physical body is involved in death?

Catholics say:The soul is immortal; all humans have one. Adam sinned and his physical body returned to dust, but his soul moved on to phase 2. According to Catholic doctrine, why does the whole plan ...
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Does Roman Catholic doctrine recognize a moral distinction or difference between abortion and birth control?

Understanding that birth control is renounced in Catholic doctrine, is there a sense that abortion is weightier because in involves the death of a person in addition to the ethical problems Catholics ...
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How do Catholics believe God is eternal if Jesus died on the cross? [duplicate]

The doctrine of the Trinity states that there are three Persons: God (the Father), Jesus (the Son), and the Holy Ghost. The Church also teaches that Jesus died for the sins of humanity. Jesus is 100% ...

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