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In what way was the Law of Moses “a good thing whose purpose had now been accomplished”?

I came across this quote from NT Wright: The Torah [the Law of Moses] is given for a specific period of time, and is then set aside—not because it was a bad thing now happily abolished, but ...
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Do churches host distinctive, special services on Christmas, Christmas eve, and Easter?

I have read before that some (nominal) Christians only attend worship services on Christmas and Easter. Are there anything special about those two holidays that compel them to attend church during ...
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What is the meaning of the word Devils in the King James version of the Bible?

The word Devils appears in the King James version of the Bible 55 times, and appears to refer to different entities in different places. This is apparently someone or something different from The ...
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Is the register where the first marriage was registered still available?

I read that the Church had little to do with marriage till the 13th century, when it took legal control of marriage. Then, Church registration followed. My questions are: Where was the first ...
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What might the capitalization of the word “church” indicate?

Does capitalization of the word "church" matter, or is it more of a personal preference? It is obvious why the Bible or Christian is capitalized; they are proper names. A lowercase bible may refer to ...
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Is there an instance of parents lying to their children that was approved by God in the Bible?

Is there any instance in the Bible in which: Parents lied to children, and God approved of it? There is an instance in 1 Kings 22:22 in which the Lord is said to put a lying spirit in the mouths ...
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In the LDS Church, who decides where to place new Churches, and how?

Fairly straightforward question: In the LDS Church, who decides where to place new Churches, and how? Are there specific criteria? Is there a process for determining whether a Church can be ...
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How (and by whom) are financial decisions made in the Catholic Church?

Coming from a denomination that doesn't subscribe to one earthly central Church authority, or a rigid structure, I find it very interesting to learn about denominations that do have such a structure. ...
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How pure were the witnesses of the martyrs? [closed]

Without question, as far as I know, all Christians join in revering and finding inspiration in the martyrs, especially the early ones. Especially at the founding of Christianity, many martyrs were ...
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Why does Genesis record only 10 names from Adam to Noah?

Genesis 5 (NIV) And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth. After he begot Seth, the days of Adam were eight hundred ...
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Why are many Christians antagonistic towards the idea that God has a form?

Many Christian theologies from the past and present are against the idea that God has a form. The common argument I found is something like this; "God is Spirit and spirit has no form, hence God has ...
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When did the LDS church start teaching that God the Father had a beginning?

As per the question here "Why is God the Father referred to as "Eternal Father" in LDS writings when He is not believed to be eternal?" and in other places, it seems that the LDS church ...
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Does God have a form as seen by John the Apostle?

Revelation 4 2 At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. 3 And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow ...
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Are LDS members expected to contribute a certain amount of time as a full-time missionary?

As I understand it, all LDS members are expected to serve some time as Missionaries. It's been years since I attended an LDS Church, but when I was attending, I seem to recall being told several ...
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What does “…bring them here and kill them in front of me” in Luke 19:27 mean? [duplicate]

What does the verse mean? Is it a misconception that Jesus only taught peace, such as saying 'turn the other cheek'? But those mine enemies, who would not that I should reign over them, bring them ...
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Why is God the Father referred to as “Eternal Father” in LDS writings when He is not believed to be eternal?

I was recently reading some LDS material and noticed something that did not make sense to me. As I understand LDS teaching, God the Father was once a man on another planet who attained godhood ...
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Did Jonah think that God exists only in Israel?

The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” But Jonah ran away from the Lord and ...
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Why is the Son of God called the Eternal Father in the book of Alma?

I happened across the following verses in the book of Alma: Now Zeezrom saith again unto him: Is the Son of God the very Eternal Father? And Amulek said unto him: Yea, he is the very Eternal ...
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Of what value is this claim of 'We've found the ark' as evidence for the Noah story in Genesis 7? [closed]

This article makes the claim, "Noah's Ark Has Been Found. Why Are They Keeping Us In The Dark?" Of what value is this claim in terms of affirming the account in Genesis 7?
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Will there be sex in Heaven (the new Earth)? [duplicate]

I have heard many people ask and now I have been considering the question myself. Will there be sex on the new Earth? What is the reasoning for either position?
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Why did Pope Francis tell atheists “just be good”? [duplicate]

“Just do good and we’ll find a meeting point,” The Pope I don't think just being good gets you in heaven. Is the Pope singling out atheists to rethink how to win them over? Is he waiting for the ...
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Why don't creationists teach a literal firmament anymore?

People don't seem to believe in the firmament as a literal barrier of water up in the sky that collapsed at Noah's flood. I want to say they don't believe in the firmament anymore, but I am doubtful ...
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Who were the men of Siloam's tower?

In the Gospel of Luke chapter 13, we hear of an episode that is not recounted in any of the other Gospels. It says eighteen men died because Siloam's tower fell on them. Luke 13:1-5 New ...
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572 views

Can an adult be Baptized if they are not Catholic [duplicate]

I believe in Jesus but I am not Catholic. Can I still be Baptized?
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Why is Jesus portrayed as a white man in western civilization? [duplicate]

MAIN QUESTION 1: Why is Jesus portrayed as a white man in western civilization? RHETORICAL YET 'FEEL FREE TO ANSWER' A FOLLOW UP QUESTION 2: Isn't a blatant misrepresentation of the figure of Christ ...
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625 views

How much are we personally responsible for the salvation of someone else? [closed]

The quickest and easiest answer might be "not at all, as it's only between God and that person", but this question can lead to other question. For example, to the responsibility of a priest. Even as ...
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Does God Answer Every Prayer Asked In Jesus' Name?

In John 14:13-14, Jesus says the following to his disciples: And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask Me for anything in My name, ...
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What was/is different about the way the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate celebrate the Novus Ordo Mass?

I've been reading a little too into some recent Churchy news about the Pope "imposing an oath" on a Franciscan group I had heard nothing about. I don't want to cast aspersions on the Holy Father in ...
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662 views

How does a person become a godparent in the Roman Catholic Church?

Assume a young adult is close to Confirmation in the Roman Catholic church, but, while still a child, never finishes the process because the family moves away from the parish. What would be the ...
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363 views

What does the Bible say about ones wishes concerning their body after they have died?

Sometimes people would like certain things done with their remains after they die. Some want to be cremated and have the ashes saved in an urn or spread over a certain area, while other want to be ...
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Who were the Galileans whose blood Pilate mingled with their sacrifices?

The passage from the Gospel of Luke 13 has a very curious beginning. We hear about an episode involving Pontius Pilate that is not recounted in any of the other Gospels. It says Pontius Pilate had ...
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Is Jesus using a rhetorical device when he says “turn the other cheek”? [closed]

I would like to know how to best interpret "turning the other cheek". I think that it is reasonable to assume that Jesus is using a rhetorical tactic, in much the same way as he does when he says ...
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The Luke 2 census - did everyone travel?

We know from Luke 2 that each person (or, certainly, adult male) was required to register to his own town. We also know that Joseph travelled (with Mary) from Nazareth to Bethlehem so that they could ...
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Did all Popes use the inverted cross?

The above image shows Pope John Paul II sitting on a chair with an inverted cross on it. According to tradition, the inverted cross symbolizes Saint Peter. Was Pope John Paul II the only pope who ...
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How did the Apostles die?

For some reference as to why this question interests me, one of the evidences that is often given for proof that Jesus really did die and was resurrected is the change wrought in his original ...
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“You must use the psalms of the day at Sext” - why?

I've recently taken to praying the Liturgy of the Hours using the Universalis program. This is fabulous in all kinds of ways. Today, however, I found something that I didn't understand. Normally at ...
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How does the relationship compare between earthly children and spiritual children in LDS theology?

As I understand LDS teaching, a couple may have an eternal family with the children they produce here on earth. However, that couple may also attain godhood and then produce spiritual children for ...
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In any of James's passages, does he agree to the law being cursed and abrogated?

From what I understand, early on there was a disagreement between James (who is said to be the brother of Jesus and the leader of the early Christian movement) and Paul, the latter saying that the law ...
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What Biblical justifications are used for having separate denominations?

From my reading of the Bible, I have come to understand that unity among Christians is a good thing. 1 Corinthians 1:10-13 Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ...
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Did Jesus tell us that we should give a tenth to The Church and then give of the excess to the poor?

Matthew 23:23 KJV Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: ...
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According to the LDS church, why was Jesus Christ born when he was born?

Why was Christ born when he was born? Why not earlier? Why not later? Does the time period of his life have a symbolic or practical importance? I am not aware of any reason why Christ needed to live ...
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What is the Book of Mormon story of Christmas?

The Bible proclaims the birth and life of Jesus Christ. We all know the classic rendering of Luke 2 which is tradition to read every year, as well as all the prophesies concerning the Lord's birth ...
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What is renewing of the Holy Ghost?

In Paul's epistle to Titus in the third Chapter verses 4 through 7, He is relaying to Titus the change the grace of God makes through Salvation. In verse 5 he states that "he saved us, by the washing ...
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How is the belief that Christians are both adopted and begotten sons of God reconciled?

If one is begotten, then one cannot be adopted by those same parents. The idea of being begotten means that you are the biological progeny of your parents. In other words, the woman whom you call "...
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If Adam and Eve were exempt from death, why did they need to eat? [closed]

Genesis 2:17 "but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die." Is giving the implication that they are exempt from death prior to ...
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In what countries is Christianity banned? [closed]

I am doing a history day project and ours is on the rights and responsibilities and we wanted to know in what countries is Christianity banned and for what reason.
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Do any Christian denominations believe in a “duality” rather than a trinity?

I have heard that some non-trinitarian Christians reject the concept of the trinity and say that there is only one indivisible divinity. Are there any Christian denominations that believe in a "...
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Does LDS teaching hold to a multi-universe theory or an infinite universe theory in order to account for the doctrine of eternal progression?

I recently read about the doctrine of eternal families in the LDS Church. As I understand it, the LDS church teaches that men on this planet have the potential to become gods themselves, who then ...
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What are the qualifications for becoming an eternal family according to LDS teaching?

I understand the LDS Church teaches the concept of an eternal family. I guess the husband and wife have to have been sealed for eternity in a Temple marriage, and, therefore, have to hold Temple ...
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What does God mean by 'us' in Genesis? [closed]

What does this mean in the Old Testament: Genesis 3 Verse 22. And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil. How through the fall from the Garden does it ...

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