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Why didn't the universe fall apart when Jesus died? [closed]

In Colossians 1:16-17, it talks about how the world was made by Jesus and for Jesus. But it also says that "He is before all things, and in him all things hold together", so why didn't we all die and ...
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How do Catholics view physical and digital copies of the Bible?

When I was in high school (a mission school), our principal (an Italian theologian and priest) was disgusted with the small blue New Testament bibles! He would throw them out of the window if he ...
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According to Catholic Tradition, can God the Father and Jesus disagree?

According to Catholic Tradition, can God the Father and Jesus disagree? Or are they incapable of disagreement?
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Is there an example in the Bible of a human ever praying [a prayer] to someone other than one assumed to be God/god?

Is there an example in the Bible of a human ever praying [a prayer] to someone other than one assumed to be God/god (i.e., whether they be a false god or true god)? In other words, is there an example ...
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Do most Advent Christians hold to eternal security?

Is there a predominant view among Advent Christian Church members (a.k.a First-day Adventists) regarding the doctrine of Perseverance of the Saints, sometimes called "eternal security"?
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According to the wider hope/inclusive framework, why does the church still exist?

In the wider hope/inclusivist theological framework, very simply put, people who have not heard the Gospel are not necessarily lost and destined for hell. Given that understanding, why does the ...
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What are the biblical arguments against soul sleep?

Quoting from this site: Soul sleep is the teaching that when a person dies that his soul "sleeps" until the time of the future resurrection. In this condition, the person is not aware or ...
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Does the very meaning of the word Catholic indicate how the church came about?

Catholic adjective 1. broad or wide-ranging in tastes, interests, or the like; having sympathies with all; broad-minded; liberal. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/catholic Does this ...
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Does CCC 2291 imply smoking is sinful?

This says: Smoking in moderation is not a sin at all (CCC 2290). The statement "Smoking in moderation is not a sin at all" can be found elsewhere like here and somewhere there. I have two ...
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Does the Catholic Church consider it sinful for couples who aren't able to conceive to have sex?

Say a married couple has sex, no babies are coming out, they go to a doctor, and they find out that they can't have children due to certain complications. Given that the Catholic church takes a ...
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Is masturbation worse than smoking (for the Catholic Church)?

This says: Smoking in moderation is not a sin at all (CCC 2290). The statement "Smoking in moderation is not a sin at all" can be found elsewhere like here and somewhere there. I have two ...
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Are there any conditions at all that allow a married Catholic couple to use contraceptives?

Don't laugh at me, but I heard that some conditions are as follows: Soldier coming back from years of serving has only one night to spend with spouse Couple has at least a certain number of children ...
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Would the Catholic Church have problems with gays or lesbians getting married under state law but not having sex?

I know that the Catholic Church is against gays or lesbians having sex. But has the Catholic Church said anything about a hypothetical or actual situation of gay or lesbian Catholics getting married ...
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What does the Catholic Church think about God being defined as “that than which nothing greater can be conceived”?

I think most modern Catholic theologians disagree with the claim that existing is greater than not existing, but what about the definition given by Anselm? Is that accepted? Why or why not?
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What did Jesus mean by saying “the works of God might be displayed” in the man born blind?

John 9:1–3 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, "It was not ...
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What is the difference between the names of “Jehovah God” and “The Lord”?

I noticed that the American Standard Version of the Bible describes God in a couple different ways. For example, Genesis 3:8: And they heard the voice of Jehovah God walking in the garden in the ...
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Are there any Trinitarian Protestant denominations that deny the doctrine of the eternal generation of the Son from the Father?

Are there any Trinitarian Protestant denominations that deny the doctrine of the eternal generation of the Son from the Father? By "denomination" in this context I am excluding any sects, Unitarians, ...
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Does the Catholic Church consider the 40 year trek in the wilderness an allegory?

Much of the story about the Israelites 40 year wandering in the desert wilderness is as hard to believe as the flood in Noah's day and the allegorical creation account in Genesis. Does the Catholic ...
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Which theory of the atonement did C. S. Lewis hold?

In C. S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (spoiler alert), the White Witch, the personification of the devil, says some interesting things: You at least know the Magic which the ...
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Who were the “scribes” whom Jesus often disputes against in the canonical gospels?

And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes. (Matthew 7:28-29 ESV) There are ...
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Did the coins at the time of Jesus have distinct images and inscriptions?

At Matthew 22:18-21(NIV) we read: "... But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a ...
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What does Christianity say about the phoenix? [closed]

I would like to know what Christianity says about the phoenix (also spelled phenix). Do Christians believe in such an immortal bird? Is there a biblical basis for belief in the phoenix?
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When did Judas Iscariot kill himself?

Matthew 27 NIV Judas Hangs Himself 1 Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people made their plans how to have Jesus executed. 2 So they bound him, led him away ...
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Do Matthew and John have a discrepancy with regards to Jesus before Pilate?

Matthew 27:11-12 (Mark has a very similar account in Mark 15:1-11) 11 Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “You have said so,” ...
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Looking for a good overview of atonement theory (book or other resource)

I am looking for a good overview/introduction to atonement theory that covers multiple points of view so that I can better understand the difference between the various different theories. I am not ...
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How do dispensationalists understand the “antichrists” and “last hour” in 1 John 2:18?

It seems that a large contingent of Christians believe the antichrist will come soon or at some future time and set in motion the eschatological "end times." How, then, can dispensationalists ...
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Does Catholicism teach that Jesus was a theistic evolutionist?

If evolution is true, then the Bible’s account of the creation of the first man, Adam (Genesis 1:26–27; 2:18–24), would be, at best, a story meant to teach a moral lesson but not intended ...
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Do any Protestant denominations recognize Latter Day Saints as Christians?

Correct me if I'm wrong but I think the Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox churches do not so that leaves the Protestants. By Protestant, I mean the 'mainstream' Protestant denominations, with minimal ...
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What is the origin of the tradition that priests had a rope tired around them when they went into the Holy of Holies?

We have been told that it was custom for priests to have a rope tied on to them before they entered the tent where the Ark of the Covenant was kept, just in case something happened to them while they ...
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Famous theologians or saints who held that there were no valid Popes during the Great Western Schism?

St. Catherine of Siena and St. Vincent Ferrer, for example, disagreed about who the valid Pope was during the Great Western Schism. Are there famous theologians or even saints who lived during the ...
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Are supporters of gay rights considered apostates within the LDS Church?

The official stance of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on homosexuality is: The experience of same-sex attraction is a complex reality for many people. The attraction itself is ...
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Is it likely that Christianity was born from Judaism? [closed]

The History timeline of Jerusalem states that the first monotheism in Jerusalem was Judaism, then Christianity followed. So it's likely that Christianity evolved from Judaism. Did Jesus Christ take ...
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Does forgiveness require repentence? [closed]

When Jesus was on the cross in Luke 23:34, "Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots." The people crucifying Him had not ...
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Why was St. Joseph given instructions in dreams?

We see that St. Joseph was given instruction by the Lord in dreams, as follows: Matthew 1:20 (NIV): But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ...
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Do any Christian groups believe that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain in?

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson is quoted from a 1998 commencement speech as saying that his personal theory was that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain in during the seven years of plenty: My own ...
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Is Romans 1:26 a condemnation of homosexuals or the sin of lust? [closed]

God gave them up to dishonorable passions. Their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one ...
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How do Catholic apologists explain the cross to a Muslim?

I'm an American Catholic currently living in India and teaching Communicative English to students of an Islamic school (ages 5 - 14). I am trying to live on the fence and keeping my faith promoted and ...
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Can an act of martydom include the taking of another's life?

In Islam it seems that "martyrs" can be defined to include those who intentionally take life. Specifically, those who die killing, or during battle with, enemies of the faith. Does Catholicism or ...
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Is Xmas a secular name for Christmas?

I heard that Xmas is a secular way of "taking Christ out of Christmas". When and why did this practice originate? Is there any truth to the claim that it has a secular or "un-Christian" origin?
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According to Christians that believe in Evolution, when did people start getting Souls? [duplicate]

Let me start by saying I personally believe in evolution and the science of evolution. I believe Genesis is a description of this in a way that was able to be understood at the time it was written, ...
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Why did Justin Martyr speak so harshly about Christians who ate meat sacrificed to idols?

In his Dialogue with Trypho, Chapter XXXV, Justin replies to Trypho's charge that Christians eat meat sacrificed to idols by saying that such people serve to show more distinctly who are the true ...
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How do Trinitarians interpret John 3:35?

The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. John 3:35 (ESV) The Father gave the Son the following: All authority (Matthew 28:18). Life in Himself (John 5:26). ...
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If Adam is an allegorical character, which Bible character in messianic genealogy is the first real human?

Whenever a question is posed about Adam, Eve, or other characters and events described in the book of Genesis, inevitably some answers state that these events are allegorical. So I would like an ...
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John 1:47-49 understanding Nathaniel [duplicate]

As Nathaniel approaches Jesus the Lord says "here comes a true Israelite in whom there is no duplicity." Nathaniel asks "how do you know me?" Jesus answers "I saw you under the fig tree." Nathaniel ...
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Where does Calmet write when idolatry began?

I saw someone mention that Calmet writes that idolatry was started by Ham or his son Canaan. Where can I find this passage in Calmet's writings?
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If “Old Law is done away with”,then what about bestiality and incest? [duplicate]

Leviticus 18:7 states: "Do not violate your father by having sexual relations with your mother. She is your mother; you must not have sexual relations with her." Isn't saying that the old law is ...
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Mark 6:48 - Why was Jesus about to walk on water past the disciples?

Mark 6:47-49 The Message (MSG): Late at night, the boat was far out at sea; Jesus was still by himself on land. He could see his men struggling with the oars, the wind having come up against them. ...
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Which, in Catholic belief, is the higher form of prayer - the Lord's Prayer/Our Father, or the Eucharist?

In his answer to a related question, Andrew Leach has discovered a text of Pope Benedict XVI to the effect that the Eucharist is the highest form of prayer in the Church: The Eucharistic ...
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Why did John the Baptist preach repentance through water baptism and specifically how is that different than repentance through ashes and sackcloth?

Are there any records that explain why baptism was used for repentance when the Jews already had a method of repentance by putting ashes on them and wearing sackcloth? This seemingly worked as noted ...
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How can the “Son of Man” passages of Matthew 24 be interpreted as a fulfilled prophecy?

Matthew 24 contains a prophecy spoken by Jesus. In verse 34, He says, "Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place." (ESV) This verse is sometimes used ...

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