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Which Christian sects promote faith healing?

Although it may difficult to cite all the sects, what are some major Christian sects that promote "faith healing"?
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What is the Christian perspective on survival needs not met?

Let me clarify, this is not an attack on beliefs in any way. I changed the title as I see how it came off and it is due to my personal frustration with not understanding how things work - I apologize ...
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What are the signs of Jesus' return? [closed]

What are the signs of Jesus' second coming? Are there specific things to look for from the Bible, or from ancient Christianity?
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The Last Judgement: a civilized trial or a barbaric ordeal?

From the Book of Revelation I've got the idea that the Satan will be our prosecutor at the Last Judgement. I've got this idea by interpreting the word 'accuser' as 'prosecutor' in the context of the ...
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Do God and Satan Celebrate Earthly Triumphs?

Many people talk about "A Never-Ending Battle Between Good and Evil". The Bible mentions specific interventions by God and Satan to influence earthly events. 'The Binding of Issac' stands out in my ...
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Do Calvinists rejoice in the destruction of sinners?

I recently re-read "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" and I was struck by the pleasure Jonathan Edwards seemed to have taken in describing the emanate destruction of sinners: The God that ...
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Does Satan actually laugh?

I've watched a lot of horror movies and I can't help noticing Satan or any demons are often portrayed 'diabolically' laughing somewhere in the movie. But then, Satan is supposed to be our prosecutor* ...
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What is the scriptural basis for the idea that salvation can still be obtained after death?

What is the basis in the Scripture for the doctrine that those who haven't received salvation during their physical life, especially those who heard of Christ and yet chose not to pray to Him, will ...
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How did Luther view pilgramages?

From what I understand there are many people from vaious denominations who imagine certain places on the earth are 'holier' than other places and that it is good to travel long distances to visit ...
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What traditions fully embrace the concept of a “local parish church”?

As far as I understand it, the concept of having parishes and parish churches means that regions are divided up geographically, that each region will have a church that is specifically dedicated to ...
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How can a Christian seek out the best Homilists/Preachers? [closed]

There's wide consensus: The quality and applicability of homilies/sermons vary widely from parish to parish. This is something that all Christian churches need to take seriously because people will ...
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Was anyone making a theological point by changing the ending of Jesus Christ Superstar?

So, I'll admit, I love Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar. I've seen it many times, and I've often tried to compare the 1973 and 1999 versions. Grant you, the acting is a heck of a lot ...
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Torment of Unbelievers vs those who take the Mark of the Beast

Revelation 11:10-11 10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone ...
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Why didn't Jesus give proof to the priests?

On several occasions the High Jewish priests asked Jesus, that if He is the son of God, then demonstrate by doing X or Y. I assume in all of these cases, he could have fulfilled the requests to show ...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses define “active” membership?

On several occations I have seen terms used for active vs inactive Jehovah's Witness church members. I have also seen inactive ones referred to as passive or even with both monikers together as ...
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How do the proponents of the idea that salvation once received cannot be lost explain Hebrews 6:4-6 and 10:26-29?

How do the proponents of the idea that salvation once received cannot be lost explain the following verses: Hebrews 6:4-6: For [it is] impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have ...
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Did Martin Luther publish any doctrinal material of managing one's own physical death?

As Christianity often comes hand-in-hand with the subject of death we often associate an RIP tombstone with a priest, pastor, or some religious representative at a burial site. However as we usually ...
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How to test the spirits and identify false preachers

The word of God says, "Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world" 1 John 4:1 Many ...
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Is there a name for someone who believes in Jesus as God and Savior, yet follows no sect?

Do not know if I worded that right. But was wondering what you call someone who does not believe in organized religion at all. They may go to church but never as a member or follower of any ...
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Why do most translations say “Servant of Christ” rather than “Slave of Christ”?

Context I'm currently watching http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d94tbcidq74&feature=g-high-rec The argument here is that, with regard to the word "doulas" in the original Greek, our relationship ...
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According to the young-earth perspective, when were races created?

From Genesis, God created Adam and Eve. How come we have so many races on earth if we came from the same parent? Is it because people changed physically by adapting to various climates? Or races were ...
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Overview on the Theology of Forgiveness vs Reconcillation [closed]

What are the main theological stances on the doctrine of forgiveness vs Reconciliation? I think at the far far extreme (or perhaps the most biblical definition is): we should forgive others as God ...
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Do any Protestant Sects object to the existence of angels?

I'm kind of more-or-less asking this because CHRISTIANITY.SE IS GOING TO GET A REAL HAIRCUT soon, but I was thinking about Christian symbols and Jewish symbols and symbols that everyone agrees one and ...
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Are contraceptives ok to treat other conditions?

What does the Catholic church teach about the use of the hormone medications normally proscribed for use as birth-control to regulate the symptoms of PMS or other conditions brought on by hormone ...
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Which are the parts of the Old Testament that point to Jesus?

I'm aware of the prophecy in Genesis about someone who will crush the serpent's head, as well as the parts of Isaiah, especially the Suffering Servant. Which other parts of the Old Testament point to ...
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Why are we not seeing miracles in our lives?

I am wondering why we as Christians are not seeing those great miracles of old and as promised in Mark 11 vs 17 & 18. Or is it we are failing short or miracles were for a specific period?
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According to Jehovah Witness Satan was cast to earth 1914

In my discussion with some Jehovah Witnesses, they claimed 1914 was the year referred to in revelation and that Satan came to earth. According to their belief, this is why from 1914 the world has ...
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Is there any biblical doctrine on how to avoid paranoia as a Christian under an Protestant framework?

It seems clear to most who have read the Bible that it portrays Christians as a minority among a wicked world empire that desires nothing less than the extinction of Christ in his church. Jesus said ...
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Is being “sinless” the same as “being perfect”?

Jesus taught us to be perfect He also taught us to be without sin. Furthermore, He came to make us perfect and to take away our sin. My question is: are these two states identical? If I were ...
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Which Christian Churches today teach that a Christian should not pursue a highest post in the state?

Which Christian Churches today teach that a Christian should not pursue a highest post in the state (like president, chancellor, prime minister, etc.)
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According to reformed theology, does reformed theology fall apart if one removes the doctrine of predestination?

Context: I was recently pondering on why it took me so long to discover reformed theology, and how my beliefs changed before/after reading reformed theology -- and as I traced my thoughts, it seems ...
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According to reformed theology, is there any valid reason to desire to be saved besides it glorifies God?

Question: According to reformed theology, is there any valid reason to desire to be saved besides it glorifies God? As a result: According to reformed theology, is it valid to desire to be saved ...
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Does a Christian have to believe in Hell? [closed]

I do remember I've read somewhere that modern Christians are no longer required to believe in Hell. Like, it's optional. I've now googled but no such info appeared again. Therefore asking knowlegeable ...
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Does the Bible say anything about a Conscious and Unconscious Mind?

Unfortunately, I don't have a rigorous definition of "conscious" and "unconscious" mind, although I think most of us would agree that they exist. Question: Is there any verse in the Bible that says ...
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What could be the reason for Jesus not telling His disciples to write down whatever He was teaching them?

What could be the reason for Jesus not telling His disciples to write down whatever He was teaching them? He knew His mission here was to bring the Kingdom of God and He knew that the teaching He ...
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According to Mormonism, are there immortals on the Earth?

I was reading Wikipedia about exaltation, and found a reference to people who are physically immortal but who do not advance to heaven. Where do they live? Are they on the Earth?
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Is there any evidence that Jesus had no children?

There is no evidence that Jesus had children. But is there anything in the Bible indicating that he certainly did not? The reason for asking about the evidence of the negative: If someone says "Jesus ...
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Why is the fish often used as a symbol of Christ?

In the United States, you've probably seen it. Many Christians like to put a fish on their cars to show their faith. What is the origin of this symbol?
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Catholicism and Christianity [closed]

Is Catholicism considered orthodox Christianity? Things like praying to saints, the pope, praying to Mary, etc could be considered heretical... no?
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Why was Yeshoua interpreted as Jesus in the new Testament

Inspired by What is the significance of the name "Jesus"?, and previous readings about the name, the interpretation of Yeshoua means Joshua in the old testament and Jesus in the new ...
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Is it true that Luther claimed Popes and priests commonly practiced sodomy?

This is a simple historical Q & A question regarding the rumor that Luther made this fairly inflammatory accusation.  The question is simple. Is there any solid proof that Luther really thought ...
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What is the significance of the name “Jesus”?

A prominent theological understanding in Christianity is that God the Son, the Second Person of the Trinity, is co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit. About 2,000 years ago, He entered into ...
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Church Giving to the Poor

The Bible and Jesus clearly speak of giving money to the church and in turn fellow Christians should give up all they have and look out for one another. So my question is why does this not happen now ...
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Did Jesus ever sing?

I've been rewatching Jesus Christ Superstar recently and this thought sprang into my mind - did the real Jesus ever sing? I mean, are there any records to that effect in the Scriptures or elsewhere, ...
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Definition of God in Christianity? [closed]

I saw the question here, but that's not exactly what I want to know about christianity, I just want frank explicit answers, not on the nature of God (that I accept that The full nature of the infinite ...
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According to Reformed Theology, What is the greatest assurance of Salvation?

Context Matthew 7:21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in ...
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Are parents responsible/accountable for the sins of their children?

Reading 1 Samuel 2:12 et seq, one could say that Eli is treated the same way as his wicked sons, although he tried to dissuade them from doing their sins. Generally speaking, are parents today ...
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What is the difference between “called” and “chosen”?

Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen. (also, though I believe in pre-destination, I struggle to see how this verse deals here with irresistible grace)
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We're only in heaven for a short time?

Will we really go to heaven but it's only until the new Earth comes as described in Revelation (when we're to return to Earth)? Revelation 21:1-2 NIV Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”[a] ...
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How do Reformed Theologians view Hypnosis?

In particular: is it Biblical? is it Demon possession? is it basically a bad idea? is it Orthogonal to Christianity? (i.e. the question is equivalent to "How do Reformed Theologists think about ...

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