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Usage of Hades in the New Testament

If Hades is the name of a Greek god, why then did it find its way into the Greek translation into the New Testament? Wouldn't the NT writers refrain from associating their beliefs to Greek polytheism? ...
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Does the RCC allow confirmation names that aren't based on saints?

I was wondering if it is mandatory for it to be named after a saint or optional?
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Does the RCC permit Catholic laity to answer exegetical questions (i.e., interpret scripture) on a forum or website?

For example, suppose a forum member asked, "What is the meaning of the phrase 'this mystery...which is Christ in you, the hope of glory' in Col. 1:27? (You can replace this with any scripture, the ...
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What are the rules or laws a Catholic must follow if he/she has a website or blog?

Are there any rules or laws (of the Code of Canon Law) that a Catholic must adhere to if he/she operates a blog or website in which he may teach or write about the Catholic faith?
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Basis for belief that a person can be “possessed by” a demon?

I'm asking a rather technical question here. I'm wondering where the idea comes from that a person could be "possessed by" a demon; as in, the demon "possesses" / "owns" the person -- as opposed to ...
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Origin of the idea that “demons” and “fallen angels” are the same thing?

Background So I'm studying angels and demons right now, attempting to put together a picture of what the Bible teaches on these topics, and I'm struggling to find anything in the Bible that suggests ...
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Italian Version of St. Maxilmian Kolbe writings

I am looking for a digital version of the Italian translations of St. Maxilmilian Kolbe's writings....Where can I find them in digital form? does that even exist? if not where then can I find hard ...
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Is the Tetragrammaton YHWV or YHVH [closed]

It seems to me that v is an "older" version and that the W is becoming more popular. Also I see the J/Y in much the same way. Is there a reason that J goes with V. What about JHWH? I'm not much of a ...
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God's sacrifice to himself [closed]

If the Father and Son are both God, and the Son sacrificed himself to the Father, wouldn't that conclude that God sent himself inside of Mary and then sacrificed himself to himself? Now God saving us ...
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Had Jesus already read the end of the book? [duplicate]

Was Jesus aware of his ultimate destiny while on earth? Did he already know that he would die, be resurrected, and reign as king in heaven while on earth as a man? If so, does that not diminish the ...
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Sins of our fathers. [closed]

I do not believe that we bear the weight of the sins of our fathers, and I have read the New Testament and can justify that. However, I would like to ask for several interpretations of this idea. ...
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According to evangelicals, before the Reformation, who were Christians if “Catholics are not Christians”?

Every now and then I hear non-Catholic Christians, usually evangelicals, say things along the lines of "Catholics are not Christians" or "the Catholic Church does not teach the true gospel". Unless I ...
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What are Mormons allowed to discuss about the temple, when not inside the temple?

What are we allowed to discuss or ask questions about outside of the temple? What things exactly are too sacred to discuss outside the temple, and which things can we talk fairly openly about?
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What was Origen's view of Jesus' soul?

Origen believed in the pre-existence of souls (prior to conception), and that people's souls did things before their embodiment. For example, he taught that Jacob was loved and Esau hated because of ...
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Who is allowed to read the handbook of instructions in the LDS Church?

The handbook of instructions published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a two volume work. Handbook 2 is published on lds.org, but Handbook 1 is only given to leadership. Are ...
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How is the Catholic belief in Purgatory supported?

There is already this question on this site: What is the Biblical support for Purgatory? But I believe there might be more the the Catholic argument. We know that Catholics regard the Holy Tradition ...
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returning to preach where the Word began in the first place [closed]

I've often wondered about the following: Because the Word was first preached in Jerusalem and all through that region you could say that the people of that region "have" already heard. But rather than ...
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Why is God on Sarah's side when she asked Abraham to cast out Hagar and Ishmael?

According to Genesis 21:12 you can clearly see that God is on Sarah's side to send Hagar and Ishmael away. Is it to realize His promises? We all know that God's plan works sometimes strange. Can ...
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Is there a Biblical basis for the concept that demons have an odor?

I've seen that in Pentecostal and Charismatic churches while doing (what I would call a type of) exorcism some claim to smell the demon. They express the smell as "sour" or something rotten. Bible ...
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Catholic response to Luke 11:27-28

I am a Christian who recently became very interested in the Catholic faith. I am curious how the Catholic community responds to these verses, which seem to bring to question the "blessedness" of ...
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What exegesis do Lutherans perform to explain the basis for their theology of “Two Kinds of Righteousness”?

For background on the "Two Kinds of Righteousness" theology, see: Concordia Journal April 2007 Volume 33, Number 2, pp. 116 ...
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Why is there a discrepancy between the printed version of the NIV Bible and the one on the Internet?

I am confused because I am reading a printed NIV Bible, and when I saw Psalm 104:19, it says on the book: The moon marks off the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down. But on the ...
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What are the “heavenly realms”?

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3) Paul talks about God blessing us in ...
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Does Catholic and Orthodox belief say 'antichrist' has already come and gone?

It seems to be most Protestant denominations believe that right before the second coming, the antichrist will come, so he has not come yet. How is this different in Catholicism and Orthodoxy? Do they ...
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What is the difference between Lutheran and Calvinist beliefs in the apostasy of the Church?

What is the difference between Lutheran and Calvinist beliefs in the apostasy of the Church? Do Lutherans and Calvinists believe in the Great Apostasy belief like Mormons do? B.H. Roberts, an LDS ...
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Does Jesus call himself divine in the synoptic gospels? [duplicate]

John's Gospel teaches clearly that Jesus is divine. And he was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. (John 1:10) The Jesus depicted by that Gospel appears to ...
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What is the bottomless pit?

In chapter 9 of the revelation we learn that: Revelation 9:1 and 2 NKJV Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless ...
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Did Jesus have a divine biological Father? [duplicate]

I'm LDS. Our way of looking at Jesus' parentage is that Heavenly Father is his actual biological father, not via intercourse (a virgin shall conceive) but supernaturally via the Holy Ghost implanting ...
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Why was the ground cursed instead of Adam? [closed]

Then to Adam He said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat from it'; Cursed is the ground ...
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What influence does pietism have on modern-day Lutheranisms?

This topic is an expansion of a question on the English Stack Exchange. What influence does pietism have on modern-day Lutheranisms? Although I am aware that pietism has contributed positively ...
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Why did the blood sacrifice in Genesis take place as acceptable to God?

I have asked pastors where is it commanded by God to have a blood sacrifice as an offering in Genesis since that is the beginning. It doesn't seem to be explained until Leviticus. Can someone please ...
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Why does Nephi believe he can keep all the commandments?

I can't get the wording exactly right on this question, and it's gonna take some explaining. Nephi says this about the Lord's commandment to get the brass plates, "for I know that the Lord giveth ...
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Was Calvin a Nestorian?

Was John Calvin a Nestorian? I ask because of the (at least superficial similarity) between the extra calvinisticum and Nestorian thought, and because his theology of the Lord's Supper has ...
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Were Luther and Calvin Aphthartodocetists?

Julian of Halicarnassus (d. 527) was condemned at a council in Constantinople in 536. In denying a distinction between ousia (common essence) and physis (particular nature), Julian was faced with the ...
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The task of interpreting the Word of God - The Pope

CCC Article 2, 100 (Page 35): "The task of interpreting the Word of God authentically has been entrusted solely to the Magisterium of the Church, that is, to the Pope and to the bishops in communion ...
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Eucharist for Catholic Candidates after Easter Vigil?

I realize that the Eucharist is taken for the first time at Easter Vigil, but is it continued for candidates of RCIA through Confirmation, or is it a received for the second time at confirmation?
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Does the Eastern Orthodox Church eat leavened or unleavened bread during the Eucharist?

Does the Eastern Orthodox Church eat leavened or unleavened bread during the Eucharist, and if it is indeed leavened bread, what is their basis for this practice?
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Reason for rise in evangelical observance of Lent in the United States

I grew up and continue to live in the United States. Maybe it's just me, but I was always been under the impression that Ash Wednesday and Lent were celebrated by Catholics and not really by anyone ...
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Father is invisible eternal spirit only?

I was reading another page on this site and someone used this quote "Father is invisible eternal spirit only" as a reason why God could not have a body as well as a spirit. I can't find it in any ...
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What is the name of the theory or thesis that the brothers of Jesus came from a previous marriage of St. Joseph?

An important Christian tradition is that the brothers of Jesus, mentioned in the gospels, were born to Joseph by a previous marriage. Is there a name given to this tradition?
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How did Baptists in the southern US justify slavery as compatible with Christianity?

The wikipedia article on Slavery in the US states: Over the decades and with the growth of slavery throughout the South, Baptist and Methodist ministers gradually changed their messages to ...
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If Orthodox Christians must repent of any act of violence, how does this not entail pacifism?

I have heard from many Orthodox that one should repent of any act of violence, including violence committed in self-defense or in the service of military duties. As I understand it, true repentance ...
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What is the basic Protestant understanding of oneness in these Scriptures?

While it is quite evident Jesus is making reference to the Spiritual realm in the following Scriptures: John 17:20 through 24 NKJV "I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will ...
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Is there any equivalent of the Shivoham experience in Christianity?

A seeker's question to followers of Christianity: In all the religions that originated from India, there is a concept of oneness with God. My question is: What is the equivalent of this in other ...
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According to Catholic Tradition: Was the group he was addressing in the Book of Romans Gay? [closed]

In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due ...
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Are there examples of royal Orthodox saints (not martyrs) who have executed people?

Are there any examples of saints (not martyrs) recognized by the Orthodox church that have executed or overseen the execution of people? I am explicitly ruling out martyrdom because I am interested ...
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Where does the story of the spider on the cross come from?

I have a memory from childhood of being told not to kill spiders because there was a spider on the cross when Jesus was crucified. I cannot find any source in folklore (I doubt if it is anything else) ...
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What is the difference between original sin and original guilt?

This is a question that every convert to Eastern Orthodoxy always asked. The question can be stated differently: Does the Catholic doctrine of Original Sin include Original Guilt? Fr. John Romanides ...
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Can Southern Baptists take communion at home alone?

There is an old man in our neighborhood, though his appearance is young. For various reasons he does not attend the local church, though he is a member of a Southern Baptist congregation. He asked me ...
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Does the Catholic church allow a previously divorced man to remarry?

Suppose a Catholic guy marries a non-Catholic outside the Catholic church, then years later they divorce. Can that Catholic guy get married again to someone else (a Catholic female) in the Catholic ...

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