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What is home and visiting teaching in LDS tradition?

What is the LDS practice of home/visiting teaching? Are they the same thing? Where did this originate, as I don't know of other sects which have the same practice... at least with those terms.
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Passage in Bible saying: Every morning I wake up a new person?

There is a passage in the New Testament that says, I paraphrase: Every morning I wake up a new person. Or: Every morning I am born a new man. I think Apostle Peter or Apostle Paul is speaking it. Can ...
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Proverbs 1:14 compared to John 13:29

Proverbs 1:14 says Throw in your lot with us, we shall all have one purse but John 13:29 says Judas had the common purse. Surely Jesus would not have allowed a common purse among the disciples ...
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What Did God Make The Universe From?

What did God make the universe from? It seems Himself, since before Creation, only God is. This seems to me to be the most important question for Christianity. NOT why, how, where or who, but what. ...
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History/teachings of “The Crossing”

I have to admit this one's personal for me. A friend of mine from years back has become a member of a Church that self-identifies as "The Crossing". I've been able to find some information on the ...
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What was Adolf von Harnack's case that Priscilla wrote Hebrews?

One of the theories about the authorship of Hebrews is that Priscilla (the wife of Aquilla) wrote Hebrews. While it is by no means universal (indeed many suggestions have been made), and at least in ...
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What is the origin of the Devil's red pointy costume and pitchfork?

So, biblically, Satan comes as "an angel of light." and yet, in the popular imagitation, he is usually wearing a red costume with a pointy tail, a sharp beard, and a pitchfork. When and how did this ...
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How long is it necessary to repent for an act of sin? [closed]

How long is it necessary to repent for an act of sin? For example, can just the thought "forgive me for my sin, Lord" immediately after the sin is committed enough (and truly mean it)....or does a ...
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What is the evidence that suggests that the Apostle Paul was married?

I have heard people say over the years that it is likely that the Apostle Paul had been married at some point, perhaps prior to his conversion. However, there doesn't seem to be any biblical evidence ...
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What evidence is there that the Apostle Paul had been a member of the Sanhedrin?

I remember hearing someone make the claim that Paul had been a member of the Sanhedrin prior to his conversion to Christianity. Is there any evidence for this claim? If so, what is it?
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What is the basis for ascribing any fiscal policy to Jesus?

In the United States, specifically on the Right, many Republican / Tea-Party, Evangelical Christians have very little problem in ascribing a moral motive for a tight fiscal policy which restricts ...
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What's the Evangelical take on the Natural Moral Law?

Since it's not in the Bible, are Evangelicals taught to ignore or disapprove of the teachings of such folks as Aristotle and Plato? Would they belive a redacted version of the Summa Theologica or ...
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Luke 12 and going to work everyday [closed]

Put God’s Kingdom First 22 Jesus said to his followers, “So I tell you, don’t worry about the things you need to live—what you will eat or what you will wear. 23 Life is more important ...
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Were the Gospels considered Scripture when the rest of the New Testament was written?

When the New Testament was written1, were the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John already considered Scripture? 1 Acts - Revelation. Obviously there is overlap in when these were written (they are ...
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The Godfather Baptism Killings

In The Godfather, can anyone that is more familiar with the Catholic faith, tell me if Michael would be considered absolved of his sins considering that he agrees to "renounce satan and all of his ...
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Is/Was Loki a figure in catholic dogma?

While poking around the internets for this question in SciFi&Fantasy, I was reminded of one of my curiosities that had come about from watching the same film. After watching Kevin Smith's Dogma, ...
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What place do ritual and ceremony have in the church today? (Liturgical POV)

I've already asked this to get a non-liturgical point of view and now I would like to see an answer from a liturgical Protestant, Catholic, or Orthodox view. Scripture, especially in the Old ...
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What about the story of the “Rich Man and Lazarus” indicates whether it is a parable or not?

To extend this previous question, what about the text of the story of Lazarus and the Rich Man indicates whether it should be considered a parable or an "actual" account?
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What place do ritual and ceremony have in the church today? (Non-Liturgical POV)

Scripture, especially in the Old Testament, goes into great detail about the specific ways of doing certain worship-related things. For example, The ordination of Aaron is a highly ritualized ...
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Who sent John the Baptist to baptize with water?

In the first chapter of the Gospel of John, the following account of John the Baptist's introduction of Jesus is given: 29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the ...
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What is the Evangelical Christian argument against Rob Bell?

I was surprised to read the comments on this meta question1 about Rob Bell. I don't know much about him (except I watched some of the nooma films). What is the Evangelical Christian problem with him? ...
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What is the difference between a church and a social club? [closed]

There is a popular line that exists in sermons (heck, I've even preached it myself!) that says something to the effect of "a church is not a social club." A church is not the local Kiwanis, it is not ...
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How is the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus interpreted?

I have always been puzzled by this in Scripture. Can someone clarify these points: If Jesus was speaking of reality then 'The End' had technically already come. Is this correct? From Hell it would ...
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What are the different main views existent in Christianity on how 1 Peter 4:6 must be interpreted?

What are the different main views existent in Christianity on how 1 Peter 4:6 must be interpreted: For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be ...
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Is there anything unique to a christian marriage that non-christian marriages are deprived of?

Are there any teachings that state that there is anything unique to a Christian marriage that non-Christian marriages are deprived of? A slightly different question but similar enough: Does a ...
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What's the name of this doctrine and (when) did the Eastern Orthodox Church condemn it?

"God is merciful and He wants all people to be saved, thus, all the humans, even the worst ones, having fully redeemed themselves from their wrongdoings by spending some adequate time in the hell, ...
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Expectation of salvation for the poorly catechized

The Catholic Church teaches in the Catechism on Baptism that there are several types of Baptism, one of which is for those fellow eternal-soul-endowed humans who have never heard of Christ. But, ...
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What is the “paradise” that Jesus references in Luke 23:43?

Luke 23:43 - Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise." At first glance, I casually assumed "paradise" was referring to heaven, but if Jesus was dead for 3 ...
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Does God lie? And does devil tell the truth?

The bible quotes God saying And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, "You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, ...
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What does a Christian believe an evil spirit IS? [closed]

Luke 11 The Danger of Emptiness 24 “When an evil spirit comes out of someone, it travels through dry places, looking for a place to rest. But it finds no place to rest. So it says, ‘I ...
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Are there any Christian denominations that don't believe Jesus is the only way to salvation?

While answering another question, I made a statement that I thought was universal in Christianity: Jesus is the only route to heaven; without him, you go to hell. Are there Christian ...
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Are there any sects of Christianity that still practice animal sacrifice?

Are there any modern sects who originate from or claim affiliation with Christianity that still practice any sacrificial rites? If so, who are they and what specifically is their understanding of the ...
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Why is “fornication” used to describe the actions of “Babylon the Great” in Revelation 18?

For because of the wine of the anger of her fornication all the nations have fallen [victim], and the kings of the earth committed fornication with her, and the traveling merchants of the earth ...
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What's wrong with the Summa Theologica?

I've heard that there were two points of Catholic doctrine in Aquinas' Summa Theologica that were later successfully defended to the contrary. One, I think is the Immaculate Conception of Mary ...
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What is the origin of the doctrine of perspecuity?

Fundamentally, Catholics and Protestants read Scripture differently. Catholics believe that any private interpretation of Scripture is subject to the teachings of the church, whereas Protestants, ...
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Why do some people consider Jeshurun to be an end-times figure?

I realize that the prevailing interpretation is that Jeshurun is another name for Israel. However some people think that Jeshurun refers to some type of end-times figure. What reason do they have to ...
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Are there any denominations that teach a Hell that is not a place?

To be more specific (and also more broad), are there any major groups within Christianity that consider Hell not to be a specific place, but rather a specific state of being? I expect the list to be ...
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According to Calvinism, is God always loving?

It is well known that "God is Love" but, is there ever a time, according to 5 point Calvinists, in the bible when God is not loving? If so, according to 5 point Calvinists, what causes God to act as ...
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Eating of which non-fish animals does not go against the dietery law of the Roman Catholic Church?

During lent a Roman Catholic may not consume meat other than that of a fish. However, there are some non-fish animals that have been considered okay to consume during that time, like beaver for ...
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According to a ‘forgiveness in Christ alone’ framework how did ‘sin offerings’ make atonement for sin under the Mosaic Law?

How did the old ceremonial sacrifices made atonement? What was really going on externally and internally to the person who brought the ‘sin offering’ to God? What did it mean that their ‘sins were ...
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What exactly is the purpose of a Patron Saint?

From this question: How can a particular trade of modern times get a patron saint?, I learned that St. Isadore is the patron saint of computer programmers, a group of people in desparate need of a ...
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Premillennialist view of 1 Thessalonians 4:16

I've read books on Premillennialism (including Left Behind) and heard many people preach on the topic but I've never heard an explanation of 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17: 16 For the Lord himself will ...
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Clarification of what sexual immorality is? [closed]

to my understanding the following is what comprises Sexual immorality. Male homosexuality, incest, adultery, and bestiality. I want to know if oral sex is included even if it's done in marriage?
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Will Christians be judged? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the Biblical basis for multiple judgments? Romans 12:1 says "There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus" and 2 Cor 5 :17 says we are new creations and ...
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Why is Song of Solomon in bible?

Can someone explain what the song is all about. I read it and I found that the characters are not husband wife. I want to understand the context in which the poem is written and a gist of the same.
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What is the support for the idea that the “angel of the Lord” is actually God?

For many years, I've held the idea that every place where the phrase "an angel of the Lord" (as opposed to just a plain angel) appears, the angel is actually God taking the form of an angel. Is there ...
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Are there Old Testament Scriptures that mention salvation for the Gentiles?

I'm wondering if there are any passages/prophecies about salvation for the Gentile world in the Old Testament. If you know any, please share.
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Why is literary style not inspired?

During Religious Ed. last night the review book had a question that we didn't see explained in the text (using Faith and Life Series for 7th Grade). It asked, "what part of scripture was not ...
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Do I need to be rebaptized to take communion in a Catholic Church if I have no proof of my original baptism?

I was born in a predominantly Catholic country in Latin America and baptized a Roman Catholic, but I have no physical confirmation of my baptism outside of my recollection of my Catholic upbringing ...
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Did Crimen sollicitationis threaten excommunication for victims reporting crimes to the civil authorities?

Crimen sollicitationis a 1962 document by the Catholic Church describing how various matters should be handled by Church law. I have heard differing claims from various people as to whether the ...

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