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Is there a difference between Scripture and inspired writings?

Take these two questions and their answers for consideration to this question: What does "scripture" mean in NT writing? What does it mean that all scripture is God-Breathed? I am having ...
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What does spikenard have to do with St Joseph?

The coat of arms of Pope Francis includes references to Jesus (the sun with cross, nails, and IHS), Mary (the star) and Joseph (the cluster of flowers). The association of the flowers with St ...
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What is the LDS Church's affiliation with the Boy Scouts?

The LDS church sponsors scouting programs for their boys, and I understand that many LDS young men attain the rank of Eagle, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. Regardless of the possible implications of ...
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How do Christians incorporate present moment everyday faith in light of God's multi-generational nature?

From reading the Bible, I have always had questions about how God works slowly over many generations of people and more specifically about those who live in what I call "God's Silent Periods". For ...
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Did the teachings of Buddha influence Jesus?

I have heard that Buddha preceded Christ by approximately 500 years and that it may have been possible for the teachings of Buddha to have reached the ears of the young Christ and inspired his ...
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According to the Holy Spirit's infallible inspiration of scripture, is anything ever recorded that is unnecessary or curious?

I wonder sometimes where the role of Bible trivia and extensive historical research plays into the Bible. For example, Melchisedec, is a type of Christ in a great part because the Bible does not ...
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Is faith in The Holy Trinity a choice or a gift?

In the past and up till now, the majority of humans have believed in some form of deity. Now assume out of all those deities, only the The Holy Trinity is the only true God: And this is eternal ...
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What is the Biblical basis for concluding 'Jesus is Yahweh (Jehovah or LORD)'?

Of course Christianity believes Jesus is God, but I am interested in this question for the argument that Jehovah (I AM), the name of God which later Jews were not allowed to speak, is a term not ...
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In Catholicism, what are the different kinds of sins?

I have heard various persons refer to different 'kinds' of sins on this site and in other places. I have heard of mortal sin grave sin venial sin Are there others? What is a basic definition of ...
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Why would popes choose the name Pelagius in light of the Pelagian Heresey?

I was checking out the list of pope names by frequency on Wikipedia in search of minutia to defend my assertion that Pope Francis was the first new Pope name a long time and noticed that there were ...
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Do Catholics consider Job to be historical?

The Book of Job is taken by some Protestants to be an historical document, whereas others hold that its position in the Ketuvim (the Writings) never assumed that it was anything other than what we ...
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How does Christianity explain suffering that ends in death?

Does suffering in this life really matter? How can suffering from natural causes be reconciled with an omnimax god? Both answers above contain the major theme of God refining us, making us more like ...
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A question about practising Christianity against authority [duplicate]

Romans 13:1-2 (RSV) 1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore he who ...
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When did sin and evil in the universe first appear?

According to Catholicism and Protestantism (I am not aware of any division over this) When did evil in the universe first appear and what was the originating cause of it? Note: I mean the immediate ...
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Can dogma ever be modified, and how does this relate to papal infallibility?

I have two questions related to the concept of dogma in the Catholic church. I appreciate any guidance. Also, references would be helpful. Is there any point in the history of the Roman Catholic ...
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What is the difference between Calvinist “nature” and “nature” in the sense of the Hypostatic union?

In Christ, one person subsists in two natures, the Divine and the human. This is called the Hypostatic Union. The following quoted points explain the relevant details of what the Hypostatic Union is ...
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Was there evil / darkness before god created everything? [duplicate]

When god created everything, the light was shining on darkness and the "darkness" never mastered it. The tree of knowledge of good and evil was also there when god created everything. The serpent ...
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Can people in Heaven communicate with each other?

Can they communicate with each other? For example, in Islam they believe that people in Heaven cannot talk or communicate to each other, because they are in some kind of "nirvana" (this is the wrong ...
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Luke 16:25 and Spiritism

But Abraham replied, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. Link Does it ...
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What personal possessions did Pope John Paul II have at the time of death?

The pope recieves no salary, but from what I understand, popes do have some personal possessions. A personal possesion is something that you own. For example, Pope Benedict XVI, I believe, had a ...
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What do churches that prohibit the use of icons think an idol is?

In the Orthodox and the Catholic Church icons and statues are permitted, and members of those churches look at such in much the same way they look at photographs of loved ones. We also talk to people ...
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Does the Nicene Creed condemn Chiliasm?

I've repeatedly seen it asserted that Chiliasm was condemned as a heresy in the fourth century by the Church when it included the phrase "whose Kingdom shall have no end" in the Nicene Creed. However, ...
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Where did the “We are the pure and chosen few / And all the rest are damned” nursery rhyme originate? [closed]

I've heard Christopher Hitchens say this a few times now, We are the pure and chosen few And all the rest are damned There’s room enough in hell for you We don’t want heaven ...
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What is the difference between icons and idols in churches that permit icons?

There are a number of Protestants that say the use of the images and statues in the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church is idolatry. I know that these churches call certain images "icons", but I ...
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About statues and pictures [duplicate]

What is the catholic argument that justifies the usage of statues and pictures of Jesus Christ and saints?
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What does Bible say about possibility of seeing/hearing people on Earth from heaven?

I mean, for example, could my dead grandmother see me from heaven? This was bothering me as a Christian and I was frustrated not to find the answer, because this is important to me personally. For ...
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Why is circumcision not a requirement for Christians?

I recently read an argument which was basically 'Paul against Jesus' type and was something like this: Jesus said that He didn't come to abolish the Jewish laws but to fulfill them. Matt. 5:17 ...
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Can a married person be elected as the Pope?

What is The Roman Catholic law for electing the Pope in this area for a married person? If a married person is elected, what will happen to his wife after becoming the Pope?
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What is World Youth Day?

A recent question mentions World Youth Day. Wikipedia says that it's an event for young people organized by the Catholic Church. That isn't very helpful, since there are a lot of different types of ...
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Is there any connection between the country of origin of Popes and nearby large gatherings of Catholics or Councils?

Not that a run of 2 means anything (or Rio is in Argentina like I mistakenly assumed It is just down the road) and given there were hundreds of years of Italian popes to skew this statistic, but it ...
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What does “amen” mean?

One of the most common responses that Christians make is to say the word "amen". Here's an example from a Mass: Priest: May almighty God bless you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. ...
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What happens to retired Popes like Pope Benedict?

Does the pope get paid for being the pope? The above question is answered very well and shows that the Pope genuinely has no personal assets. He is well cared for by the Vatican. But what about the ...
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Does the Prophecy of St. Malachy allow for any Popes between the Glory of the Olive and Petrus Romanus? [closed]

The Prophecy of St. Malachy was apparently supposed to have predicted the line of popes for that past few centuries. Recently, some have suggested that we were reaching the final pope in the prophecy ...
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Why can't cardinals over 80 vote in the conclave?

Why can't cardinals over 80 vote in the conclave? Is there a reason given anywhere?
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Does the pope get paid for being the pope?

I just started wondering after seeing the white smoke, did the cardinal just receive a raise when he became the pope? What's his salary if he is paid.
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What does “Habemus Papam” mean?

I'm seeing this phrase being displayed on all the news channels, in conjunction with a lot of cheering people under umbrellas who have been waiting for the new pope to be elected. Is there some sort ...
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How should one reconcile a wrong against another person?

When someone commits a wrong against another person, what is he supposed to do to make things right? Is seeking forgiveness from God sufficient, or do you first need to set things right with the ...
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Historical evidence other than Bible about Jesus [duplicate]

As the title sugests, besides the Bible, what sources are there about the existance of Jessus Christ. I can imagine if someone did many miracles and would have thousands of people following him on ...
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Does God tempt Abraham in Genesis 22:1?

In James 1:13 it says: Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But in Genesis 22:1 it is written: And it ...
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Why didn't Adam and Eve die when they ate the fruit? [duplicate]

God gave Adam and Eve the following command, followed by a cause Genesis 2:17- But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest ...
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What is the place where Jesus went after death? [duplicate]

After Jesus died, he went to the place of the Dead. 1 Peter 8:19-20 19 After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— 20 to those who were disobedient long ago ...
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If Genesis is not to be taken literally by the Roman Catholics, what is the basis of the original sin?

According to this answer, Genesis is not to be taken literally by the Roman Catholic church due to the scientific evidence contradicting it. In this view, what is the basis of the original sin?
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What happened to the Book of the Law in the time of Josiah?

2 Kings 22 (NIV) 8 Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the temple of the Lord.” He gave it to Shaphan, who read it. 11 When the ...
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What does “two becoming one flesh” refer to?

In the Bible, when it refers to “two becoming one flesh”, does it mean that the physical act of sex creates a position where both bodies are connected? or the flesh (DNA) from the man and and ...
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Was the white smoke ever supposed to be miraculous?

With everybody waiting on a puff of white smoke to eminate from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, the engineer in me is curious about the mechanics. I know in modern times that a special additive ...
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Was Christ's suffering unusually harsh for the standard of the Roman times?

I can understand the political reasons behind His execution. What I can't really understand is why did the Romans go through such a lengthy and gruesome process. I know crucifixion used to be a ...
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Is modern technology part of the Divine Intention? [closed]

These days we have very advanced technologies which our forefathers could not have think of. Are the discoveries and inventions part of the Divine Plan or Intention? Genesis 1:28 (NIV) God ...
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Do we answer the arguments of fools or not? How are Proverbs 26:4-5 to be understood?

Proverbs 26:4-5 (NLT) 4 Don’t answer the foolish arguments of fools,       or you will become as foolish as they are. 5 Be sure to answer the foolish arguments of ...
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Where in the Bible does Jesus refute that He is just a prophet?

Unlike Christianity, other Abrahamic religions say that Jesus was only a great Prophet. Christians belief, however, is deeply rooted in Bible, where there are many references supporting the Divinity ...
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When should Water Baptism be done on a candidate?

Could you please give me any biblical supports as to when should water baptism be done to a candidate (assuming the candidate has already met the so called "requirements" before being baptized, such ...

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