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When does the bread and wine become Body and Blood?

Exactly when during the Mass does transubstantiation occur? I am aware that it occurs during the Eucharistic Prayer, but at exactly what moment? Would this change if a priest were to consecrate ...
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What denominations/people don't take Genesis 1 as a historical event and why?

I read somewhere here on Christianity.SE that the Genesis 1 is not taken literally by some people and considered more like a parable than a real historical event ? So what Christian denominations ...
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How do Cessationists expect people to believe without seeing miracles today?

Classical Cessationism asserts that the "sign gifts" such as prophecy, healing and speaking in tongues ceased with the apostles and the finishing of the canon of Scripture. They only served as ...
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Does a Christian who commits sins against Christian doctrine and commandments still remain Christian? [duplicate]

What is the position of the Christian denominations about whether a person who commits sins and lives un-Christian lifestyle, yet believes he is Christian, still remains Christian? This question is ...
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Do Christians believe that more sinful people suffer more on Earth?

I wonder what Christian groups believe that more sinful people suffer more on Earth due to God's punishment?
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Lutheranism, Has God ordained all things?

According to the Westminster Confession of Faith God has, in some way, ordained everything that comes to pass. I. God from all eternity did by the most wise and holy counsel of his own will, ...
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Calvinism: How does Limited Atonement Work in View of the Universality of Christ's Work?

Issues, Etc. has a post on Lutheranism vs. Calvinism. I'm more or less in total agreement with the pastor on the first two of the five Calvinistic points. However, he loses me when talking about ...
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Confessional Lutheranism: How does Unlimited Atonement work?

I recognize that concerning the mysteries of the faith that Lutherans do not typically like to answer "how does this doctrine work?" type of questions, but I'm hoping for an explanation. Issues, Etc. ...
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Who believes that the misfortunes of Jews are a result of “God's curse” for their killing of Jesus?

In this answer user Mike made the following statement: For the curse they put upon themselves was later brought to pass in the actual destruction of their nation which occurred in 70 A.D. Their ...
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Is this true that before the Quinisext Council it was not allowed to draw Jesus on icons in the form of a man?

Is this true that only at the Quinisext Council it was allowed to draw Jesus on icons as a man, and that before that time Jesus was only depicted on icons as a fish or a lamb? I've looked up the ...
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Was it a miracle of God that the Jews incriminated themselves and their children in the blood of Jesus?

The Bible said that the Jews as a whole accepted the guilt of killing Jesus and declared guilty themselves and their descendants: "When Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but rather ...
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Did Zachariah ask for a son to God?

This is related to this question. I found this verses from Qur'an. Surah 19:1-7 Kaf- Ha-Ya-'Ain-Sad. (This is) a mention of the mercy of your Lord to His slave Zakariya (Zachariah). When ...
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Does Luke 6:30 imply that the person asking has a genuine need?

There was another thread in Mi Yodeya where a Jewish individual played a "prank" on a Christian in order to get his money ($20) since he figured the Christian was obligated to give it to him if he ...
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Is there biblical basis for the claim that Pilate had no choice?

There is a trend among Christians to put the guilt of killing Jesus on Jews rather than on Romans. Some Christians go as far as to proclaiming Pilate a saint (as did either Ethiopian or Coptic church ...
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The Popes Prophecy of St. Malachy [closed]

I am a young Christian and at times I fall into traps that I read one thing that isn't written in the bible then I believe it. I read the Prophesy of St Malachy and now I am convincing myself that ...
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What is the significance of priest breaking the bread (Host) in a Catholic mass?

In a Catholic mass, just before the distribution of communion to people, priest breaks the Host in to pieces and people simultaneously acclaim: Lamb of God you take away the sins of the world, Have ...
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What is the difference between the Eastern and Western views of the one essence/substance of the Godhead?

The philosophical metaphysics used by the Eastern and Western church's seem to be heavily influenced by Plato and Aristotle, respectively. How does this affect each's theology of the substance/essence ...
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Why do Christians seek to convert everyone? [closed]

This may touch a nerve, but why do Christians seek to convert everyone, especially people who have no interest in being converted? It always comes off like a drug dealer saying, "Try it, you'll like ...
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What is the biblical basis for considering gender to be purely physical/biological?

In my other question, I asked what the biblical basis was for considering gender to not be merely physical, but also present in a person's soul and/or spirit. However, there are some who believe that ...
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What is the biblical basis for considering gender to be not merely physical/biological?

From the perspective of the tripartite nature of man--that men and women have a body, a soul, and a spirit--is there a biblical basis for the position that gender is not merely present in the body or ...
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Is there a difference between prayer and petition?

Philippians 4:6 uses two words, possibly implying a difference between prayer and petition. Can someone explain what this difference is? Philippians 4:6 (NIV) 6  Do not be anxious about ...
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Are there any secular historical references to the natural phenomenon that occurred at the crucifixion and resurrection?

The Scriptures record that there was three hours of darkness during the crucifixion of Jesus. This is a pretty significant meteorological event. Furthermore, the morning of Jesus' resurrection, the ...
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Why isn't Lent observed across all traditions?

I had always (apparently in error) assumed that the observace of Lent was a Catholic practice, but according to Wikipedia, Lent is: observed by Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, ...
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Do any Protestant denominations practice meditative or contemplative prayer?

Having read David's answer to How much are psalms and other prayers from Bible understood as actual prayer in Protestantism?, I wonder whether any Protestants practice meditative or contemplative ...
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What is the opposite of Total Depravity?

One of the core beliefs of all Calvinists (and many Christians in general) is that of Total Depravity. Fundamentally, it suggests that mankind is inherently fallen, corrupt, and incapable of doing ...
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The Pope is resigning. How does a living pope confer his authority?

I read that Pope Benedict XVI is resigning. I don't know much about Catholic/papal authority as it relates to leading the Church, but as far as I can remember, a pope dies before another one takes the ...
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What is the Biblical basis for asserting that infants can have faith in Christ under a Calvinistic framework?

Calvin argued for the election of infants, which opposed Roman Catholic faith, which believed that baptism was necessary for salvation (sacramentalists). He was even more forceful about this view than ...
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How can a Pope be chosen from outside the conclave?

It is well known that the cardinals can choose any baptised male Catholic to be the new Pope, though they typically choose one of their own, and that the election is held under strict conditions of ...
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What does the LDS Church teach about Jesus being married, having children, and His position on polygamy?

In the Journal of Discourses, LDS apostles suggest that Jesus Himself was married, that He had children, and that He and His disciples endorsed polygamy. It will be borne in mind that once on a ...
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What is the Authenticity of Bible? [closed]

I have heard many arguments and debates on the authenticity of bible. But everyone involved was just putting forward his or her own opinions/suggestions. I would like to know a little more about this ...
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What is the “Light-Life Movement”

I saw this in a user profile, and would just like a description of what the movement is. Beliefs, how it varies from "the norm" (if it does) history, etc. So, simply, what is the Light-Life ...
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How much are psalms and other prayers from Bible understood as actual prayer in Protestantism?

I know psalms and other Biblical songs are often sung as hymns, read and cited, but I wonder to which extent is this understood as a prayer by Protestants. To be more concrete, is the use of psalms ...
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The Popes Prophecy of St. Malachy - the city of seven hills

Reading through this prophecy, I couldn't understand what a phrase in this last part means: Peter the Roman, who will nourish the sheep in many tribulations; when they are finished, the city of ...
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In Eastern Orthodoxy, what is most important for the efficacy of the sacraments: the right Church or the right God?

In Eastern Orthodoxy, is it most important for the efficacy of the sacraments that they be administered canonically by an ordained priest (who is in apostolic succession), or the fact that God is the ...
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What is temptation?

Temptation, in the common secular sense, seems to indicate an attraction to something. Temptation The act of tempting The condition of being tempted. Something attractive, tempting or ...
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Why did Protestants abandon Liturgy of the Hours?

In Divine office or Liturgy of the Hours as it is practiced in Catholic Church there's nothing bad for Protestants (or at least nothing of which I know that Protestants consider bad); prayer is good ...
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What Popes have resigned in the past?

Pope Benedict XVI recently announced his resignation. What other Popes have abdicated in the past? The media keep pointing to Gregory XII, but it is my understanding that he was deposed by the Council ...
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What substitutes for prayers for the Pope's intentions during sede vacante?

One of the requirements one must meet to obtain an indulgence is to pray for the intentions of the pope. When there's no pope, what's the substitute? I guess it's the conclave and the next pope, but I ...
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Who calls the conclave?

There must be someone to oficially call the cardinals to a conclave. Who is it? It can't be the old pope - resignation is hardly the normal situation, so the old pope is supposed to be dead. I guess ...
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Is the Pope allowed to publish books after resignation?

I've heard that after popes die (at least after Bl. John Paul II died) all their unpublished works and letters are burnt and I heard on the radio this morning that Pope Benedict XVI is pretty much ...
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What name was used by Peter for Baptism?

We know that Jesus gave this command. Matthew 28:19 (NIV) Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, ...
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Was Jesus guilty or not guilty by the law? [closed]

There are two answers in this question which contradict each other: How the trial of Jesus compares to the judical standards of the epoch and of the modern times? The first answer says that Jesus ...
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Why do we use the order “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit”?

The three persons of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are united in an undivided Trinity, in which all are equal in stature, according to orthodox trinitarian Christianity. Given that our language is ...
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Did Moses see the face of God?

Exodus 24:9-11 9 Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up 10 and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of lapis lazuli, ...
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How was the gift of the word of knowledge defined by the pioneers of the pentecostal healing revival

I will ask a series of questions concerning individual spiritual gifts (pneumatika/charismata), or manifestations of the Spirit in 1 Cor 12. This second one is also about the gift of the word (logos) ...
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What was the definition of the spiritual gift of the word of Knowledge in early pentecostalism?

I will ask a series of questions concerning individual spiritual gifts (pneumatika/charismata), or manifestations of the Spirit in 1 Cor 12. The first questions are about the gift of the word (logos) ...
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Why do Catholics believe that it is a priest's blessing that transforms the elements into the body and blood of Christ?

I understand that Catholicism teaches the doctrine of transubstantiation, that is, that the bread and wine of the Eucharist are transformed into the literal body and blood of Christ. This apparently ...
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What did Paul mean by 'work out your salvation'? [closed]

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12) Does ...
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Is the existence of God self-evident?

Please support any answer primarily with biblical support and also, if you wish, the writing of a reputed theologian or philosopher.
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Is illegal downloading a sin? [duplicate]

There are several places where the Bible says that stealing is a sin. Exodus 20,15 (KJV) Thou shalt not steal. But is downloading software content like games, music, or films illegally (i.e. ...

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