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What is a brief history on the idea that the Papacy is the Anti-Christ?

I am quite familiar with the Reformers opposition to the Papacy and many said the Papacy is the Anti-Christ. What confuses me is this quote from that same page: In calling the pope the ...
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Why is the Gospel of John said to present Jesus distinctively as “the Son of God”?

A common assertion is that the Gospel of John uniquely presents Jesus as "the Son of God", while Matthew presents Him as "the King of the Jews", Mark as the "Servant", and Luke as "the Son of Man". ...
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Why is the Gospel of Mark said to present Jesus as “the Servant”?

It is often asserted that the Gospel of Mark distinctively presents Jesus as the Servant, even the Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53. What is it about the particular content of the gospel of Mark that ...
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Why is it said that the Gospel of Luke presents Jesus as “the Son of Man”?

It is said that the Gospel of Luke presents Jesus as "the Son of Man"--not the Christ or King or God Incarnate, but distinctively the Son of Man. What is it in the Gospel of Luke that gives rise to ...
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Why do Matthew and Luke contain genealogies of Jesus, while Mark and John do not?

Both Matthew and Luke contain genealogies of Jesus, Matthew to Abraham, and Luke to Adam. However, neither Mark nor John contain genealogies. What is the reason for this--both for why Matthew and ...
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Why is it said that the Gospel of Matthew presents Jesus as the King of the Jews?

I have heard it stated that the Gospel of Matthew presents Jesus as, specifically, the King of the Jews, rather than the Messiah, the Incarnate Word, or anything else. What is the basis for this ...
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What is the Roman Catholic position on literally reading the Flood account in Genesis?

Elsewhere on this site, the question of whether the Roman Catholic church supported evolution was answered with evidence that the Catholic position is that evolution could be true. That is, because ...
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In Prophecy what does a beast represent? [closed]

Revelation and Daniel talk about beasts. These, of course, can not be taken literal since they are symbolic. My question is what does a beast represent in prophecy?
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Have different Popes ever contradicted each other?

I understand that Roman Catholics do not think that everything the Pope says or does is infallible. However, has a sitting Pope ever revoked or contradicted an infallible statement made by a previous ...
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How was Judas Iscariot, as the son of perdition, able to work miracles and cast out demons?

The Scriptures describe Judas Iscariot in terms that certainly indicate that he was never a true follower of Jesus: The Son of Man is to go, just as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by ...
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What was John Wesley's view on Original Sin?

John Wesley was a supporter of free will and in opposition to Calvinism which taught predestination... What was his view on Original sin since by logic the baby is predestined to sin by just being ...
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Are some spiritual gifts more important than others? [closed]

1Co 12:28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. ...
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John's question in prison

John the Baptist was someone whose job was to prepare the way from Christ. When Jesus makes his appearance, John introduces him to the people. John 1:29-34, New Living Translation (NLT) Jesus, the ...
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The lie of the Old Prophet [closed]

In the 1 Kings, We have man of God from Judah, who came to Bethel to warn Jeroboam and ends up getting killed on his way out by an Old Prophet who lied to him. 1 Kings 13:18 New International ...
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When did Jesus send the Holy Spirit?

I've always assumed that the Holy Spirit did not make his presence known amongst men until Pentecost. Famously, in Acts 2, the Spirit descends upon the first believers, gives them power of speech, ...
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If the old priesthood is abolished, what is the point of having Catholic priests?

Before Christ, there would be two tabernacles in the temple: an outer and an inner tabernacle. Priests would minister at the outer tabernacle by caring for the lamps, by burning incense to God twice ...
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Did the sun and the moon really stop rotating? [closed]

Or, the better question is: did the earth really stop rotating? Joshua 10:12-14 New International Version (NIV) 12: On the day the Lord gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to ...
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Why did Joseph only present five brothers?

After Joseph and his brothers were reunited, Joseph presents only five of his brothers to Pharaoh. Genesis 47:1-2 New International Version (NIV) 47:1: Joseph went and told Pharaoh, “My ...
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Who rules this Earth after the millenium?

According to premillenial eschatology, there will be a special period after Christ comes again in which He will reign on earth with His saints for a 1000 years. Their view is typically based on a ...
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Did the atonement end on the Cross? [closed]

John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. When Jesus said it is finished did he mean that the atonement ...
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What traditions hold that Satan is not actually a person?

I heard somewhere (can't remember where) that Satan is more of a term than a person. In other words, Satan is not so much a fallen angel, person, or being, but rather a designation for evil. Is this ...
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Where does the Catholic church procure most of its Bibles?

I was recently doing some research on Bible publishing and distribution in order to compose this answer over on the Skeptics Stack Exchange site. In spite of the result being well received, I have a ...
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How does music relate to the prophecy of God's mind?

I have been thinking about the 'aesthetic aspect of understanding' and found it surprising, when I noticed the role music had in the Bible. (I still scratch my head a bit and find it pleasurably ...
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How did Thomas Aquinas view grace as opposed to the church fathers?

I talked to a teacher at a theological seminary here in Sweden today, and we discussed the nature of grace: Fulfillment of natural potential or completely otherworldly? His idea was that with Thomas ...
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Why does any Archbishop get to decide if alligator is okay for Lent?

NPR ran an interesting piece about the saga of whether or not Catholics could eat alligator on Fridays during Lent. According to the story, an alligator merchant by the name of Jim Piculas advocated ...
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In Theistic Evolution when do the genealogies in Genesis become real?

In Genesis there is the genealogy of Adam to Noah, then the account of the flood. After that is the genealogy of Noah to Abraham. The accounts of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jacob's sons then follow. ...
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What is the difference between the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven?

I did a search and saw that the phrase "Kingdom of Heaven" appears exclusively in the Gospel according to Matthew. However, the phrase "Kingdom of God" appears a few times in Matthew, but is also ...
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According to Catholicism, does intelligence or rationality belong to other animals by participation?

In the Summa Theologica, Question 108(5), St Thomas Aquinas writes: Therefore, if anything is to be called by a name designating its property, it ought not to be named from what it participates ...
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Is android a kind of mankind? [closed]

In St.Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica, it said But to know distinctly what is contained in the universal whole is to know the less common, as to "animal" indistinctly is to know it as "animal"; ...
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Are the gospel authors who we believe them to be?

What I'm wondering is whether the actual authors of the book of John, Luke, Matthew, and Mark are who we believe them to be. I go to a Catholic high school, and in our version of the Bible it says, in ...
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What does the story of Noah's Ark foreshadow in the New Testament?

I have seen Noah's Ark listed one of the "types" in Scripture--something that occurred, but that also foreshadowed something else that would come later. What exactly, then, does the Ark of Noah ...
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What is the significance of shouting “Hosanna” by the people of Jerusalem?

The word Hosanna has many meanings: "help", "save, I pray", "Save, now!" or Praising etc. If the people shouted "Hosanna" in order to praise Jesus merely as a great Prophet, it would be easier to ...
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What is the basis for the belief among some LDS/Mormons that children in their pre-mortal existence choose who their parents will be?

I saw on an LDS-releated site recently where an LDS member indicated the belief that children in their pre-mortal existence choose who their parents will be. After seeing this, I recalled hearing the ...
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Do people go to heaven immediately when they die?

When someone passes away, at their funeral the priest will usually say something that gives the idea that the deceased is in heaven. And a lot of people like to also give the idea that people who die ...
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According to mainstream Christianity, who is God? [duplicate]

This question also relates to it: Biblical basis for the doctrine of the Trinity Growing up I've been led to believe that God is God, and Jesus is God's son. But others have also preached that ...
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How do Bible Literalists deal with trees older than the flood?

According to Answers in Genesis, the flood happened in approximately 2348 BC, which means it would've happened about 4360 years ago. Wikipedia has a list of the oldest individual trees known, of which ...
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In Catholic understanding, did Paul speak/write ex cathedra while Peter was serving as Pope?

Catholic doctrine teaches that Peter was the first Pope and that Popes may speak "ex cathedra". When they do, that is considered infallible. However, while Peter was alive and presumably serving as ...
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When 1 Timothy cautions against “endless geneologies”, is it talking about the Bible?

It seems that at the time that 1 Timothy was written, "certain people" had become much too interested in genealogies: 1 Timothy 1:3-4 3 I repeat the request I made of you when I was on my way to ...
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What is the Lake of Fire?

Revelation 20:14 is what I'm talking about. It is only confusing because nearly every translation says something like this: 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the ...
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What are the natures of the different “priesthoods” mentioned in the old testament

In the old testament, there are three (maybe more?) references to a priesthood. Genesis 14:18 Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (Now he was the priest of the Most High God.) 19 ...
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What does the Catholic Church mean when it calls humans co-creators with God?

The Catholic Church says that human are co-creators with God. To human beings God even gives the power of freely sharing in his providence by entrusting them with the responsibility of ...
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Will there be ongoing co-creation (aka technological development) in heaven?

On Earth, the Catholic Church teaches that humans are co-creators with God. To human beings God even gives the power of freely sharing in his providence by entrusting them with the ...
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What is the religion of the Midian people?

In Exodus, Moses leaves Egypt and lives with the people in Midian for a few years (Exodus 2:15). I'm wondering what Moses' religious environment was like while he was living there. I know his ...
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What priesthood did the line of Adam from Seth to Melchizedek and Noah hold in LDS/Mormon teaching?

In the summary of Noah on the lds.org site, it states that Noah was ordained to the priesthood at the age of 10 by Methuselah, his grandfather. Furthermore, in D & C 107:53, it indicates that the ...
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What is the relationship between Gabriel and Noah in LDS/Mormon teaching?

In the summary of Noah on the lds.org site, it states that Joseph Smith taught that Noah is, in fact, the angel Gabriel. How exactly is this believed to have progressed? Did Noah exist as an angel ...
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What is significant about shaking dust from your feet?

If a house or town does not receive the Gospel, you are to shake dust off of your feet: Matthew 10:12 12 As you enter a house, wish it peace. 13 If the house is worthy, let your peace come ...
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Why are the wicked resurrected only to be destroyed and sent to the Lake of Fire?

In Revelation 20 the resurrection of the wicked is detailed. They are then judged and thrown in the lake of fire. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. ...
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Did Jesus actually ever say “if you don't believe in me you go to Hell”?

Just finished the 5 part series on the History Channel: "The Bible". They did a fantastic job with it. However, what I noticed is that Jesus did not appear to condemn those who did not believe in ...
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Why did the high priests try Jesus on charges of Blasphemy if He fulfilled their prophecy?

Why did the Jewish high priests deny Jesus if He was fulfilling their scriptures? It seems as if they viewed Him as nothing to do with their God. What are some reasons from the perspective of the ...
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What is “Traditionalist Catholicism”

Pure curiosity, I see that Mel Gibson is an adherent of Traditionalist Catholicism. Is this a part of "normal" Roman Catholicism, or some distinct branch? What are the differentiators here?

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