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What was the makeup of beliefs during the time of the 325 Councile of Nicaea

Around the time of the 1st council of Nicaea (325), what was the makeup of Bishops at the time? I read that 1800 people attending this council, but was this a fair cross-section of followers of Jesus ...
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What is the emotional appeal of the trinity? [closed]

I have spoken to many who believe in the Trinity. I many times try to present the view the Jesus is the second greatest being in the universe and that he was created by his father Jehovah God. I also ...
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Is 'sola gratia' as a soteriology traceable in the period leading to the Protestant Reformation?

Protestants often consider the Roman Catholic church to have significantly distorted the gospel. Were there Christians prior to the Reformation who had essentially the same understanding of the ...
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To where was Satan cast out?

In Revelation 12, John sees Satan cast out of the Father's presence and down to earth: 7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and ...
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Pre-Vatican II Latin Prayer

I'm new here, I was just wondering of someone knows what books were used for English catechesis prior to the 1960's in English speaking countries. I'd like to teach my CCD kids a few prayers in Latin ...
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Do Christians believe that Jews must still follow the Mosaic law?

Deuteronomy 13:1-4 states: All this word which I command you, that shall ye observe to do; thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it. If there arise in the midst of thee a prophet, or ...
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LDS proving connection with KJV [closed]

I am believer in God, Jesus his son, and the holy spirit within me. First I am guilty of not remembering my scriptures as I should. I am entertaining LDS missionaries but nagging fear of the "proof" ...
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The Trinity before the birth of Jesus

If Jesus was born at a certain date in history, do Christians believe that the Trinity did not exist before that date? Alternatively, is some sort of incorporeal Jesus believed to have been in ...
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How do Christians reconcile Deuteronomy 13:1-4 with their belief in the abrogation of the Mosaic law?

Deuteronomy 13:1-4 states: All this word which I command you, that shall ye observe to do; thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it. If there arise in the midst of thee a prophet, or ...
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The Unforgivable Sin [duplicate]

I have a question that I need answered, I am fearfully worried for my salvation!. Some time ago I went through some spiritual problems - One such thing is that I started reading about the '...
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If I was christened am I not Catholic?

I was christened as an infant in the Catholic faith. Due to where I lived, a Catholic church was not available, so I attended a Baptist church. I married a Catholic man, when we went to mass with his ...
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Near death experience in relation to God's calling and the Holy Bible [duplicate]

Do they see God whenever throughout their experience or is it somewhat kind of "Divine Calling"? Is there a biblical reference about near-death experience? Hope to clear things out about this matter.
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What are the responses to the “Radical's Critics” argument concerning Genesis 1 and 2?

The Radical's Critics argue that there is a discrepancy between the Genesis 1 account of creation and the Genesis 2 account, and thus proving that the doctrine of inerrancy is false. Has this been ...
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What is the scope of gambling prohibitions for JW's?

I know that gambling is forbidden for a Jehovah's Witness. Would this include a phone in competition on the radio, for example to win money or a holiday?
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Why is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception treated differently?

I know that the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is a seemingly immoveable feast. Unlike the other holy days the obligation is not transferred when it falls on a Saturday or a Monday (so you ...
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What type of Christianity does Hans Christian Andersen depict in *The Red Shoes*?

When I was little, my parents used to read to me a Chinese version of the story, The Red Shoes, by Hans Christian Andersen. Though, I was not aware of the story's Christian themes and motifs until I ...
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Why does God, who is omibelovelent, send those that fail to understand or believe in him to hell? [closed]

I have never used this site before, so sorry if this is not the way things are done here. I am currently a non-believer in any religion for a multitude of reasons, but as I have not explored religion ...
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Was man judged at the cross along with Satan and the rebellious Angels?

In Matthew 5:22 Jesus says that anyone who calls another a fool will be in danger of Hell fire Matthew 5:22 KJV But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall ...
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Readable presentations on theodicy (problem of evil) theories? [closed]

Are there any expositions of christian philosophical resolutions to the problem of evil that one can more easily follow, in any presentation (video / audio / book /coursera / whatever)? Being a ...
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What is the Holy place Jesus spoke of in Matthew 24:15?

In Matthew Chapter 24 Jesus warned of the end time scenario, and said that when we saw the Abomination of Desolation standing in the Holy Place, that was when things were really going to get bad: ...
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Is the Catholic faith based purely on the Bible?

I have heard that, although Catholics use the Bible, their faith is not solely based upon it. I have heard it said that for Catholics, tradition precedes the Bible, and that is why there are some ...
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Are there any laid down guidelines to enrich and strengthen Christian faith?

I was asked to devise a brief note on how to strengthen and enrich faith in Christianity. Are there any laid down guidelines in Roman Catholicism as to how this is achieved? If any such documents ...
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What is the significance of one-third in Revelation?

Why is everything 1/3 in Revelation? It comes up with the four angels, and the dragon: 8:7 The first [angel's trumpet] sounded, ... and a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the ...
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Was the Covenant made with the Church or does 'Everlasting' mean something other than 'eternal?' [closed]

I am posting this question on behalf of another user, and it corresponds to a related textual question. Galatians 3:16 (KJV) says, "Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith ...
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What is the First Death? [closed]

Revelation 20 (NIRV) 4 I saw thrones. Those who had been given authority to judge were sitting on them. I also saw the souls of those whose heads had been cut off because they had given ...
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Are Bartholomew and Nathanael the same?

Comparing the lists of disciples in Matthew 10:1-4, Mark 3:13-19, Luke 6:12-16, Acts 1:12-14 We find the name Bartholomew, but in John 1 We read about Nathanael. In John 1:46-50, Nathanael is ...
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Does Luke 13:24 give us a more vivid picture of how many people will be saved? [closed]

I mean how many times have we said 'let me see' or 'let me try'. Or how many times have we felt like - I'm trying to be a Christian. Seems like trying is not good enough according to Luke 13:24: ...
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When God said to man that if he sinned he would die, was he speaking of death of the human body or death of the Soul, or the Spirit? [duplicate]

When God warned Adam about eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil he said that in the day that he ate there of he would surely die. Genesis 2:17 KJV But of the tree of the ...
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How do Christians reconcile Isaiah 42:4 with the death of Jesus?

My understanding of Isaiah 42:4 is that it states that the Messiah will not falter before his job is completed. How do Christians reconcile this with the fact that Jesus died? He will not falter ...
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How does "Evangelii Gaudium” pose a new perspective on capitalism?

In response to Rush Limbaugh's criticism of Pope Francis' Evangelii Gaudium (text), Christopher Hale said that "to call the Holy Father a proponent [of] 'pure Marxism' is both mean-spirited and naive. ...
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How to make driving out demons reasonable for non-christians

Recently I invited some colleague students over to an evening called Questions to Christians at my student association. Two of them came (both (almost) completely unfamiliar with Christianity/faith/...
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Since Jesus death paid our sin debt in full, why do Christians still die? [duplicate]

In Genesis chapter two God places the burden of death on man's sin(disobedience of God). Genesis 2:17 KJV But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the ...
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Where can I find some information about Nathanael besides John 1?

In John 1:46-50, Nathanael is introduced to Jesus for the first time. We know He was Philip's friend from Bethsaida and He was "truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit" Where can I find some ...
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Did Origen castrate himself under a literal interpretation of Matthew 19:12?

I was just reading some history on extreme forms of asceticism and monasticism. In passing the subject of Origen it said he had castrated himself. Is this generally considered true by church ...
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Why do we assume that the events in the bible actually happened? [closed]

When the bible was written and the first people read it, why did they assume that its content was the truth? Couldn't the author just have convinced a group of people that this was the truth and then ...
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Did Jesus have a normal childhood?

We are told nothing about Jesus childhood except what is recorded in the second chapter of Luke. Luke Chapter 2 KJV 21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, ...
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Why did the slave girl at the gate stop Peter but not John?

At the time when Jesus' trial was to commence before the High priest, John readily went inside the courtyard because he knew the high priest well, whereas Peter was relatively unknown in the place. ...
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Does God Abet Sinful Behaviour if it Brings About His Justice?

I'm having difficulty dealing with prophetic parts of the Old Testament that discuss God's wrath. I understand that the wages of sin is death and before the new covenant in Jesus, God punished people ...
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How did the wise men (Magi) know the country where the new king was born?

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star ...
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What kind of star was shining when Jesus was born? [duplicate]

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they ...
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Is it right for us to help more non-Christians people as compare to Christians? jesus sacrifice for us then more eligible christians or some ane else? [closed]

i need the answers .. first tell me christians belong to Jesus or some one else.. if jesus sacrifice for us .. then first preference go the christians not the others religions right.. Do you know that ...
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Why can't people change their denomination? [closed]

As my profile says, I don't belong to any denomination and I can't answer this question myself. Recently, there was a question from a Catholic woman having difficulty in her love relationship because ...
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What is the basis for the belief that the wise men did not arrive in Bethlehem until several months after the birth of Jesus?

Many depictions of the nativity have both the shepherds and the wise men at the stable on the night of Jesus' birth. However, it is commonly held that the wise men did not arrive until several months ...
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Was Christmas a replacement of the feast of Hanukkah or of the 'Invincible Sun'?

Was Christmas a replacement of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah that was celebrated by the early Christians or was it to replace the Pagan festival of the 'Invincible Sun' instituted in 274 CE.
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Why do Jehovah's Witnesses have a problem with my relationship with one of their members?

Hi I am new here but there is this question that bothers me. It concerns the marriage between JW and another congregation. I am currently dating a JW member who is also of that background. Everything ...
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Is Aquinas' idea of 'Beatific Vision' widely accepted today?

Thomas Aquinas defined the beatific vision as the human being's "final end" in which one attains to a perfect happiness. Aquinas reasons that one is perfectly happy only when all one's desires are ...
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Do Protestants believe that “Our Father” is on par with “Our Mother,” or is Jesus strictly invoking a male symbol only?

According to some people calling God 'Father', without adding that God is also Mother, unfairly exalts one image for God above all others and ignores the culturally conditioned nature of all our ...
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What does the Catholic Church say about the experience of Joy felt by the martyrs?

Is it worth even being skinned alive like St. Bartholomew? In Earthly terms, you wouldn't allow THAT to happen to you even for the adoration of the planet's most lovely woman or the richest bounty of ...
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What does John 12:25 mean? [closed]

What does this verse mean? Is this the reason why many good people die and lots of bad person are living the greed and wealth in this world? This keeps on bugging me. John 12:25 ”Whoever ...
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What does Matthew mean by “if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out”, etc.?

What does this verse tell us? It's quite hard to understand. Matthew 18:9: “And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye ...

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