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What does Matthew 13:11-12 mean?

He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does ...
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Did Adam and Eve ever practice animal sacrifice?

Genesis 8:20 (NIV) Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. Noah sacrificed burnt offerings. What ...
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Who told Cain and Abel of Sacrificial rituals or offerings?

In Genesis 4 Cain and Abel gave offerings (or sacrifice). Who instructed them to give this offering or sacrifice? Was it a burnt offering?
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How is excommunication handled during the interregnum?

Not that I'm plotting anything heinous, but can one be excommunicated or have excommunication lifted during the interregnum? I think, but I'm not positive, that some offenses that carry ...
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What is latae sententiae?

I heard that some things (like getting an abortion or attacking the pope) have the penalty of latae sententiae excommunication. What is that?
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Did everything Christ did perfectly match what was required for salvation?

I was thinking about Christ's suffering for sinners and am wondering, 'Since everything he did as a man on earth was a form of suffering for the eternal son, did everything he do perfectly match what ...
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Is there any method to prevent an unbelieving pope from being elected?

Jesus did not seem to have any method to prevent a false apostle to become an apostle, as Judas has shown. (Not to imply that he could not have used one if it was the Father's will). Also, in ...
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Does God have the capacity to sin? Can God sin? [closed]

To clarify, this question is not asking for a "justification" of those times, described in the Bible, when God struck someone dead. Life is His to take. the question is also not asking strictly ...
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Does purgatory have a symbol?

I haven't found it on the internet. Are there any symbol for purgatory, or related to purgatory?
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How long can a conclave last?

In a short time a new conclave for the election of the new Catholic pope is taking place. I was wondering if we will have a new pope in a short time. I don't konw much about the previous popes in ...
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Who is a Christian according to the Russian Orthodox Church

I was told by my Russian Orthodox friends on several occasions that according to their beliefs only members of the Orthodox Church are Christians. (For example, they pointed out that my statement that ...
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What is the basis for the argument that Jesus DID NOT have the ability to sin or give in to temptation?

While some people people that Jesus could have given in to the temptations He suffered and sinned, others do not. They believe that Jesus could suffer temptation, but did not have the capacity to ...
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What is the basis for the argument that Jesus DID have the ability to give in to temptation?

I understand that some people believe that Jesus actually had the capacity to sin, that is, to give in to the temptations that He suffered. This seems to suggest that God has the power tos in. In a ...
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Did Jesus perform miracles as a child?

I heard that there are some early books which tell of Jesus performing some miracles when he was a child. What are those books? And what are the miracles described in those books? Are descriptions ...
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How was Saul changed to Paul?

Acts 13:9 (NIV) Then Saul, who was also called Paul, ..... This verse does not explain much how Saul became Paul. Who changed his name? Why was it changed?
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Is it mandatory for one to claim himself “Christian” to be counted as a Christian? [closed]

There are many christian sects, one of which is here which claim that they are not Christians, yet their faith contains things like belief in Jesus as son of God and they appear to all as Christian. ...
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Will we theoretically be able to sin in Heaven?

The Bible tells us that there will be no sin in Heaven . Also, most christians agree that there will be free will in Heaven. So we will be in a sinless state with free will. However, Adam and Eve ...
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Why do most churches meet on Sunday? [duplicate]

Most protestant churches (and possibly Roman Catholic churches?) have their main public meetings on Sundays. Why Sunday? Note: I'm not asking why do Christians celebrate the Sabbath on Sunday, but ...
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Who was the intended audience for the Book of Matthew?

See my other question first. I have heard it taught in several places that Matthew was originally written in Hebrew and its intended audience was the Jew (which does help explain why it seems a bit ...
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In what language was the Book of Matthew written?

I have heard it taught in several places that Matthew was originally written in Hebrew and it's intended audience was the Jew (which does help explain why it seems a bit more vague on key Christian ...
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How long was Jesus's ministry?

I've always heard, over in over, in Church and elsewhere that Jesus's ministry on Earth was only three years. However, it doesn't seem that there is much supporting Biblical evidence for this, or at ...
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Why did Jesus not want people to talk about his healing?

There are numerous instances in the gospels of Jesus healing someone, and then Jesus in some form or another instructing them to keep silent about it. One example, in Matthew 9:27-31 27 As Jesus ...
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Do we have any more information on Jesus's Sisters?

Matthew 13:55 “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get ...
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Was eternal life promised by the Mosaic Law?

John 3:16 (NIV) 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. The New Testament clearly tells us how ...
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Any philosphers arguing that the Christian worldview is the most rational?

I have seen life at either extreme, first as a Hindu, with a sort of blind faith in general religiosity, and later as an atheist, with a blind faith in knowledge obtained through the senses alone. I ...
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How do Protestants interpret Matthew 16:13-20

The verses reads like this: 13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; ...
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What does it mean to be clean in the context of the Old Law?

In a large number of places, the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy mention cleanliness, saying that certain persons or things are clean or unclean. I won't mention any particular passage because I ...
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What's the principle in the eyes of God behind Leviticus leprosy and unclean law?

I am reading Leviticus these days, and I have a few questions: To take one example, I don't understand 13:13: then the priest shall look, and if the leprous disease has covered all his body, he ...
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Good person going to hell simply for not believing?

The scenario is as follows: Believer, average life, many mistakes/sins. Asks forgiveness and tries everyday to be better. Goes to heaven. Non-believer, better life than the believer, fewer mistakes ...
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What is the status of “The Will to Believe” among contemporary philosophers?

My own conversion experience agrees with William James' "Will to Believe" philosophy. To put it briefly, here's a snippet from Wikipedia: ""The Will to Believe" is a lecture by William James, ...
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Why was Dan removed from the list of 12 Israel tribes in Rev 7? [duplicate]

Here is the list of 12 tribes of Israel from Genesis, Numbers and Revelation. I sorted them according to the list in Genesis 29-30. In Numbers, Levi is replaced by Ephraim and Manasseh who replaced ...
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Was there a reason Jesus came at the time he did?

Concerning what the Bible says and what might be said in commentary from prominent church leaders is there a particular reason Jesus came 2000 years ago and not some other time. One would think ...
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What is the “eschatological tension”

I was listening to a recorded sermon on my way to work today and the preacher mentioned the eschatological tension. Is there a good definition of what the eschatological tension is? If it makes a ...
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What evidence does the LDS church forward for the claim that the Garden of Eden was in Missouri?

I just recently read that Joseph Smith taught that the Garden of Eden was actually in Jackson County Missouri and not in Mesopotamia. You can read it on lds.org here. (Search for "Garden of Eden") ...
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Why Are Jehovah's Witnesses Holding a Memorial Service for Jesus on Tuesday, March 26th?

I was approached by two Jehovah's Witnesses who invited me to a memorial service for Jesus to be held on Tuesday, March 26th. The flier they gave me said that this is the anniversary of Jesus' death. ...
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What are the Twelve Tribes of Israel?

The Bible frequently refers to the twelve tribes of Israel. Which tribes constitute this list? Jacob had twelve sons, but Joseph's two sons each got a land inheritance and Levi got none. So do the ...
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What is the basis for the LDS (Mormon) teaching regarding Atonement in Gethsemane rather than at Calvary?

I recently read the the LDS Church teaches that it was in Gethsemane while Jesus was praying where the atonement occurred rather than on the Cross of Calvary. What is the biblical basis for this ...
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According to Catholicism and/ or Protestantism, how many times was Jesus of Nazareth, whether pre-incarnate or incarnate, begotten?

How many times was Jesus of Nazareth, whether pre-incarnate or incarnate, begotten?
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Why did Jesus write on the ground in John 8:6-11? [duplicate]

John 8 describes a woman caught in adultery and brought before Jesus by the scribes and the Pharisees. In those passages, Jesus writes on the ground twice: 4 They said to him, “Teacher, this woman ...
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Is Jesus truly God? [duplicate]

I was looking for an answer that I could link someone to, but it looks like this question has not been asked yet. I am looking for an answer that is as direct and conclusive as possible. Does or does ...
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What do the verses in Luke 5:20-25 teach us?

They have always puzzled me and I fail to understand what is what. Luke 5:20-23 When Jesus saw their faith he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” Then the experts in the law and the ...
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Did Jesus know how to read and write?

Is there any biblical evidence that suggests Jesus read or wrote anything, and was he literate?
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Was Jesus God's only Son? [duplicate]

In some places, the Bible uses wording like "children of God" or "sons of God". One example of this use is Genesis 6:2, and another is Galatians 3:26: 26 For through faith you are all children of ...
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How was Jesus conceived?

The Bible describes some people as being created or formed, in Genesis 1:27 and Genesis 2:7,22: 1:27 God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created them; male and female* he ...
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How do the vestments of the pontiff emeritus compare to those of a bishop emeritus?

As widely reported, Pope Benedict XVI will wear "a simple white cassock without the mozzetta" during his retirement, and will no longer use the rest of the traditional pontifical regalia, such as the ...
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What is the Immaculate Conception?

Catholics believe in the Immaculate Conception. What is that? Is this the same as the virginal conception of Jesus?
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What was the charge levied on Jesus in the courts?

I read that Jesus was charged with the allegation that he claimed to be the "King of Jews" . What are the evidences of this charge and other charges, if any, on Jesus? I am only interested in the ...
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LDS belief about salvation in other worlds

From this answer to another question, the below was stated. Mormons might believe that God had other children on other worlds, but I leave that to the Mormons to exactly clarify that doctrine. In ...
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What is the LDS (Mormon) view of the necessity of Jesus death and resurrection?

I heard recently in a sermon that the LDS church views Jesus' death and resurrection as almost a "blemish" on Christianity - that it was an unfortunate event, and not at all the way God planned for ...
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Is any reason given for God choosing Abraham?

Is there any reason given in the bible or in Jewish teachings as to why God chose Abram to be the father of Israel? For example, Noah seems to be chosen by God because he is Righteous. "Noah was ...

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