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What is the purpose of prayer after a natural disaster? [closed]

This question is about the purpose and efficacy of prayer after a natural disaster. After something like the Nepal earthquake, our heart goes out to the people affected, all the people who have died ...
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Methuselah, his name in relations to methamphetamine [closed]

Did Methuselah's name have anything to do with methamphetamine or the fact that he lived so long?
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Protestant denominations that reject solas?

Historically, the five Solae have been a divider between Catholic and Protestant theologies. Yet, I can't help but notice that most denominations do not believe in the "alone" taken in its fullest ...
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Automatic Excommunication

If a baptised Catholic committed sins which would have excommunicated him from the Church, what would be the method for getting back? Receiving communion would not be allowed without reconciliation. ...
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Doctrine of biblical inerrancy and Pope Benedict XVI questioning the historicity of passage in the Gospel of Matthew?

"In his 2011 book, Pope Benedict XVI, besides repudiating placing blame on the Jewish people, questioned the historicity of the passage found only in the Gospel of Matthew which has the crowd saying, ...
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On Method in Catholic Moral Theology

My question is: what is a method (step-by-step recipe) in catholic moral theology? Optatam totius 16 provides the following guidelines for the dogmatic theology: Biblical topics Patristic ...
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Where did the belief that Saul fell from a horse come from?

Many people (especially Catholics; I don't know about others, but some say that protestants usually don't believe this) think that Saul/Paul fell from a horse at the moment of his conversion, perhaps ...
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What does Greek Christos mean

It is claimed that Greek Christos given to Jesus means anointed one and thus the same as Messiah. But I need to have proof and evidence that Greeks christened (anointed) kings or priests before Jesus ...
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Was Mohammed a Christian? [closed]

When Islam was first founded there were some who considered it to be a heresy. 1 It wasn't until Mohammed was 40 years old that he claimed he was visited by the angel Gabriel and received his first ...
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Is baptism by water necessary for salvation? [duplicate]

John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. If the Kingdom of God is inside you (Luke 17:21), ...
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In Catholicism is salvation by grace alone or by following the ten commandments and confession? [duplicate]

I have many catholic friends, and lately I have been engaging them as to whether or not they believe that salvation is by grace alone. My one catholic friend, (who would label themselves as an ...
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How well-accepted are Thomas Paine's views about the Bible being against monarchy?

One of the most influential works which convinced people to support the American Revolution was a pamphlet by Thomas Paine called "Common Sense". (I first heard about it on Liberty's Kids!) "Common ...
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Did Philip see Jesus turn water into wine?

Did the disciple Philip witness Jesus turning water into wine? To my knowledge the verse doesn't explicitly state which disciples were with Jesus but is it known whether Philip was traveling with Him ...
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Why do Christian's associate Jesus as the son of God? [duplicate]

Hi to the Christian community. I've always wondered why Christian's associate Jesus as the son of God? Let me elaborate. I am Muslim, and in Islam we believe that God has no partner. He is alone. ...
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If salvation is possible from all religions, then is proselytizing required?

There are some Christian groups who believe that all religions are inherently good and that a good person who rejects Jesus Christ will still go to Heaven. According to them, if good people can go to ...
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Were musical instruments alowed in the temple holy and holy of holys?

There appear to be examples of musical instruments on the temple grounds but is there any law allowing musical instruments in the temple sanctuary, the holy and the Holy of holys?
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Denominations that interpret Matthew 5:32 & 19:9 as NOT permitting divorce in the case of adultery?

Which denominations interpret these verses as not permitting divorce in the case of adultery, for those in a valid marriage? St. Matthew 5:32But I say to you, whosoever shall dismiss his wife, ...
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What does title of “Bishop” mean in some African-American churches?

I'm familiar with what "bishop" typically means in mainline, churches. It specifically points to an overseer of several other pastors and/or their congregations. Some African-American Christian ...
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Can a Catholic marry a Baptist? [duplicate]

Could a catholic marry a baptist or does one have to convert? How would the wedding look like and what type of church
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What do the Catholic Church consider constitutes intrinsically impossible things?

We all know that by his omnipotence, God can do anything and everything "possible". Q1. If so, what things are considered by the Church to be "impossible" for God to do? Q2. Is it correct to say ...
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What is meant by “Calvinistic Work Ethic”?

How does this compare, if applicable, with protestant work ethic?
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When can God go against free will? [closed]

or in what we have free will? Common Christian answer to question: Why God didn't stop the murderer/rapist to commit the crime? is that God doesn't go against somebodies free will. My ...
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Does God punish people for their ancestors' sins or not?

Exodus 20:5 (NASB) says, You shall not worship [idols] or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth ...
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For those who view Israel typologically, what is the significance of the 12 tribes?

Many Christians view the historical nation of Israel that we read about in the Old Testament as a Divinely designed type of the Church, and their inheritance in the Promised Land as a Divinely ...
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What is the storyline order of the Bible?

I purposefully asked, "what is the storyline order of the Bible", because I don't want to know the order that the books were written in (which is chronological, I'm pretty sure.) What I want to see ...
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108 views

By what authority does the Catholic church have priests?

What does the Catholic church consider their priesthood? Is it a power and authority to administer the church or is it a brotherhood of people who follow Christ? Since Christianity, in general, is ...
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Is there a scriptural basis for treating the non-Gospel books of the New Testament as scripture?

Without citing any books of the New Testament besides the Gospels as evidence (since that would be self-referential), is there a scriptural basis (either in the Gospels or in the Old Testament) for ...
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According to Emanuel Swedenborg, will a good person who rejects Jesus go to Heaven?

According to Emanuel Swedenborg, or The New Church, can a good person go to Heaven if he rejects Jesus? If all religions are inherently good, it would mean the a good person who believes only in Allah ...
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According to Emanuel Swedenborg, do infants go to Heaven?

According to Emanuel Swedenborg, or The New Church, do infants who die young go to Heaven? If not, do they go to Hell?
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Purpose of giving up a prisoner on the Passover [duplicate]

Why did they give over a prisoner during the Passover? What was the reason for that
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In what way did the early church read Sapiental passages like Proverbs 8:22 Christologically?

The question is asked because it is known that the sub-apostolic early church fathers ( 2nd century up to the 4th century) read Proverbs 8:22 Christologically, that is, in reference to Christ. ...
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Jesus' references to himself [duplicate]

Two gospels (Matthew and Luke) tell us that Jesus had no natural father. Why, then, would he call himself 'son of man', when that was exactly what he wasn't?
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If Eve was created from one of Adam's rib, how was Adam created? [closed]

Eve was createdfrom one of Adam's ribs, how was Adam created?
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We will judge angels? But we are lower than the angels

Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? 1 Cor 6:3 (KJV) This verse says that we will judge angels, but this verse 6 But one in a certain place ...
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According to the Church of God (Cleveland), are children sin-free?

I work with children in a day care that is part of the Church of God. Naturally, all of the employees except me are of the Church of God, which is fine by me. I am non-denom. I find it curious that ...
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Could Christ who carried our sins on the cross forgive those same sins?

Christ who bore our sins on the Cross 1 Peter 2:24 (NASB77) 24 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were ...
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How were the footnotes in LDS scriptures created?

The LDS scriptures have footnotes at the bottom of every page of every book. How were they made? That seems like an incredible amount of cross referencing for people to do. I am aware that there are ...
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Why didn't God the Father answer Joseph Smith's questions directly?

In Joseph's version of the first vision given in the Pearl of Great Price, God the Father directs Joseph Smith to listen to his Son Jesus Christ: I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory ...
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Claims by Jehovah's witnesses from doctrine?

I have heard these three claims at different times from Jehovah's witnesses said in the presence of other JWs. Are they based in JW doctrine? Jehova created dinosaurs for the purpose of clearing ...
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How could Christ offer His blood to those under the Law, when He was forbidden by heritage?

Christ being from the tribe of Judah, could not offer blood as a Levitical priest to those under the Law (Hebrews 7:14) Christ is the Melchizedekian high priest offering His blood for those who are ...
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What do Christian Pacifists believe is necessary for a killing to be justified?

Christian Pacifists, for example Mennonites, are often portrayed (and indeed frequently portray themselves) as believing that violence, especially lethal violence, is never justified. I am sure this ...
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When Christ was pierced with the spear, why did water come out?

On the cross, when the Romans pierced Christ with the spear, the scriptures say that water poured out: But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood ...
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What loss did God incur when he sacrificed his son to die on the cross? [closed]

We always hear the statement that God sent his son to die for us as a living sacrifice. A sacrifice always involve a losing something , eg: sacrificing a lamb involves losing a lamb's life. But what ...
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According to Emanuel Swedenborg, why are there different types of angels?

Based on various passages in the Bible, Christian tradition holds that there are many types of angels. According to Emanuel Swedenborg, if God did not create angels as a separate race, and humans ...
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What does the phrase “God of God” means in the Nicene Creed?

What does the phrase "God of God" means in the Nicene Creed? We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son ...
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Bible comparison KJV vs NRSV-CE

I am wondering what are the differences between the King James Version and New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition bible (this is almost the other question about NKJV and KJV Bible) From the ...
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Is there a doctrine that God grants revelation in layers?

I've heard my school religion teachers say that God didn't reveal his true intent to humans all at once. The Old Testament doesn't talk about heaven or hell. The Trinity concept is not revealed in ...
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When was the New Testament divided into sentences and paragraphs?

I know that the New Testament was given chapter numberings around 1227 AD, and verse numberings in 1555 (Source). But apparently, the earliest manuscripts didn't have punctuation, spaces, or ...
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What is the biblical basis for humans becoming angels after they die?

Many Christians, and many people living in predominantly Christian cultures, believe that people who die become angels. This belief is reflected in numerous popular novels and movies, such as the ...
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Was her name really Bathsheba

Her name is BATHsheba and she is famous for the bath on the roof top... Is this just some goofy English translation going on, or just a strange coincidence?

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