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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 are the relationships between 'Bible', 'Hebrew Bible', 'Aramaic Bible', 'Tanakh' etc?

What are the relationships between the terms 'Bible', 'Hebrew Bible', 'Aramaic Bible', 'Greek Bible', 'King's Bible', 'Torah', 'Tanakh', 'Old Testament' and 'New Testament'? Wikipedia seem to have ...
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Why couldn't Adam and Eve keep both commandments? [closed]

I hope this question is unique here, but I assure you I have searched and have not yet seen it. (This question is close, but not quite the same.) Adam and Eve were given two commandments: 1) Multiply ...
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How can we understand Jesus's omniscience? [duplicate]

According to the doctrine of the Trinity, Jesus is God. He thus is entitled to be described by the various attributes of God, such as omniscience. However, the following passage raises a tough ...
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Are Wednesday chuch services scriptual?

Are Wednesday church services scriptual? I believe I have seen scriptures that relate to Wednesday services but can't remember where.
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Has any church organization refused lottery winnings as donation?

Sometimes I've played the lottery when it gets over $100 million, thinking I could retire on a small fortune and then give tens of millions away to charity, including of course, Christian ones. Has ...
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What is meant by the 'Confirmation' concerning the receiving of Holy Spirit in Acts 8:5-19? [closed]

Acts 8:5-19 (NIV) Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there. When the crowds heard Philip and saw the signs he performed, they all paid close attention to what ...
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Is the idea that God can erase His memory a common understanding?

While I was listening to the local Christian radio station on the way home, Jon Courson touched on Hebrews 8:12: For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more. (NIV) ...
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What is the evidence that someone is filled with the Holy Spirit?

There seems to be a distinction between being filled with the Holy Spirit and being indwelt with the Holy Spirit. The book of Acts mentions the filling of the Holy Spirit several times. What ...
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To what extent can you be forgiven? [closed]

Is it really true that no matter what you do, you can still be saved, go to heaven, if you confess and repent? And, what if, due to crappy circumstances, you've become detached, and lost the ability ...
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Why is Lust a sin in Matthew, but praised in Proverbs?

Jesus says in the gospel of Matthew [paraphrasing] "if you look at a woman and lust for her, you have already sinned in your heart." In proverbs, they say, [again, paraphrasing] "let her [the ...
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What is the difference between being filled by the Holy Spirit and being indwelt by the Holy Spirit?

The book of Acts talks about people "being filled" with the Holy Spirit at various times. There is also the concept of being indwelt by the Holy Spirit. From the perspective that asserts these are, ...
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Is it necessary to be a Christian to be saved? [duplicate]

Is it necessary to have a Christian faith to be saved and not go to hell? Is it possible for a Muslim to go to heaven? Or do the bible specifically say that they are all going to hell (Muslims, ...
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Why is faith so much more important than being a good person?

I recently had a debate with one of my friends in which he asked "Why would a good and just God not make salvation dependent on ethics, but rather on gullibility, as the Christian God has?" and I ...
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What is the process for starting a new Christian denomination?

There are thousands of Christian denominations. How did these groups form? What is the typical process for organizing a denomination?
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According to LDS (Mormon) theology, is friendship eternal?

I am familiar with the doctrine of the sealing power, which "refers to the marriage of a husband and wife and to the joining together of children and parents in relationships that are to endure ...
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If loves/desires 'point' to something beyond our imagination…what of enjoyment for fictional villians?

In The Great Divorce, The Weight of Glory and Surprised By Joy, C. S. Lewis explained the concept sehnsucht, this mysterious desire for something we-know-not-what, something beyond this world. As it ...
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What does being lukewarm mean in contrast with being hot or cold for the church of Laodicea?

From Rev. 3:14-22(ESV) 14 “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's creation. 15 “‘I know your ...
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Is confirmation part of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) doctrine?

In my research I have concluded that infant-baptisms and confirmations are practiced in the PCA, however it's not clear whether the latter is a necessary part of PCA doctrine. The clarify, I regard ...
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Why are there so many First Congregational Churches in the US?

A simple google earth search turns up hundreds of "First Congregational Churches" all over the U.S. What is the significance of this name?
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What Christianity thinks about the God of present day Judaism? [closed]

I read here that most of the modern Christians believe in a Triune God and Consider Jesus to be the God in trinity. I was wondering What Christianity thinks about the God of present day Judaism , as ...
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All my days are ordained before I was born?

Psalm 139:16 (KJV) Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. ...
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What are the differences between demoninations regarding baptism/confirmation?

Specifically, which churches practice child-baptism but not confirmation? A Brazilian friend recently shocked me by saying that her church does not practice confirmations. The wiki page for Baptism ...
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When the Bible says “forever,” how can we tell it really means forever?

For instance, it is clear that God wanted the Sabbath laws to continue forever, based on these passages: Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath ...
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How does the Catholic church view Freemasons?

What are the historic and current views of the Catholic Church concerning Masons?
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Why did God describe the light as being good, but not the darkness?

In the account of creation in Genesis 1, it seems that God describes many of the things He creates as being "good". Verse 2 indicates that prior to there being light, there was "darkness over the ...
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Was Solomon interested in studying the Scriptures?

1 Kings 4:29-34 (NIV) God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the ...
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How is Sabbath a metaphor of Jesus Christ?

Matthew 11:28 (NIV) “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 12:8 (NIV) For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath. From these verses, some ...
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Was the Book of the Law (Torah) ever kept inside the Ark of the Covenant?

Deuteronomy 31:24-26 (NIV) After Moses finished writing in a book the words of this law from beginning to end, he gave this command to the Levites who carried the ark of the covenant of the ...
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What was inside the Ark of the Covenant?

1 Kings 8:9 (NIV) There was nothing in the ark except the two stone tablets that Moses had placed in it at Horeb, where the Lord made a covenant with the Israelites after they came out of ...
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At the greater emergence of democracy in Europe during the 'Enlightenment' did the papacy support democracy?

I was just wondering how did the papacy respond to democracy when it first arose in Europe? On one hand, in a country that was, according to its sovereign, a Catholic country, democracy would be very ...
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What does this quote mean? [closed]

This was in the context of surrendering our will to God. The quote goes "An over-weaning consideration for ourselves is the thing that keeps us from that decision (of surrendering our will), though we ...
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What is being said in Proverbs 25:2

Proverbs 25:2 King James Version (KJV) 2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. I came across this today on this site when I found the ...
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What is the basis for anointing of physical objects and who practices this?

It's been a tradition of my family and friends to anoint a home with oil when a family moves in. I understand the significance of praying and dedicating the space as God's, used for His purposes and ...
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What is the difference between the Jehovah Witnesses and Pentecostal Churches?

Is there any dogmatic difference between Jehovah Witnesses Churches and Pentecostal Churches? Are they one and the same as far as beliefs are concerned? Untill recently I thought both the Churches ...
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Why does God punish us when He gives us free-will? [closed]

God gives us free-will. But why does God punish us for exercising our free-will in certain ways (disobeying Him, sinning)? Why even both to give us free will, if we are to be punished for exercising ...
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Why is the curse of original sin not specific to humans?

From what I learned in church the whole world "fell" after Adam sinned. Now the typical question is why should everyone have to pay the price and is usually answered by we would have done the same if ...
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Is there any account of a religious marriage ceremony in the scripture?

I was studying the Puritans recently, and discovered something interesting about William Bradford. According to Wikipedia, he married his wife in a civil ceremony, because "the Separatists could find ...
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Why did the Catholic Church decide to have a Bible?

As far as I know, the Catholic Church considers God's revealed truth in Sacred Scripture to be part of, but by no means the sum total of Divine Revelation. Sacred Scripture is the written part of our ...
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What is the basis of the non catholic denominations to hold catholics as Idolaters

I was reading this article on an authoritative bible site . I was wondering what is the doctrinal bases to hold Catholics as Idolaters Here is the excerpt: Life Magazine, reporting the ...
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Why is Jesus the Son of God and the Truth, but not Mansoor Hallaj? [closed]

What makes Jesus the Son of God? How do we know that Mansoor Hallaj is not also the Truth? Mansoor Hallaj also claimed to be the Truth, so according to Christianity, what makes Jesus differ from Al ...
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How can all animals fit in Noah's ark [duplicate]

Genesis 6 14 So make yourself an ark of cypress[c] wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. 15 This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, ...
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At what date in history was the last papal anathema officially applied through the death penalty in a papal court against a heretic or protestant?

I was just wondering when in history the official papal death sentences really ended. I am not interested in any killing that was not officially authorized by a pope (or his authorized ...
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What is the Biblical evidence that Jesus' mother was one of His disciples?

The Roman Catholic Church venerates Mary as not only having been blessed to be the mother of Christ, but also as having been born without sin (Immaculate Conception), and to have been a perpetual ...
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Did Dante's Divine Comedy describe or define Christian views on the afterlife?

Dante's Divine Comedy, the 14th century epic poem describing a journey through the various levels of Hell, Purgatory and Heaven and the persons or types of persons who inhabit each level (including ...
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How does prayer and action affect God's plan? [duplicate]

Here is a scenario to explain my question. If God planned to give you a car on your 30th birthday but you did not pray for it, will he not give it to you? Or what if its not in his plan to give you ...
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Are there any churches that do not accept the teachings of Paul?

From different discussions (including some on this site) it seems that Paul's teachings were different from the teachings of Jesus and the other apostles in some aspects. In light of this are there ...
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Is it hypocritical for Paul to circumcise Timothy in Act 16:3? [closed]

Acts 16:1-3 (NASB) 1 Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. And a disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek, 2 and he was well ...
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Why did Jesus have to die? [closed]

Some point to a blood-payment mechanic, but I wish to look deeper than this. If payment for sin is required, then why have that in the first place, even before Old Testament ritual was established. ...
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Why do Christians appeal to personal gain and inducing fear when attempting to “convert” people?

I have many times witnessed christians trying to convince or convert atheists or people of other religions to christianity as well as all sorts of arguments and quarrels regarding christianity. I'm ...

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