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Are there designated circumstances for making prayer to Jesus and making prayer to God?

The vast majority of Christians believe that Jesus is God, however, they are also mysteriously separate beings, yet the same as well (the Trinity). It is acceptable to those same Christians to pray to ...
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What is “your peace” in Matthew 10?

In Matthew 10, Jesus is instructing his disciples, whom he is sending out to preach to the children of Israel as follows: 11 Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person ...
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Were humans worshipped as gods in Biblical times?

Word "god" in Bible is not always interpreted as idols but sometimes they are depicted as humans like in these following verses. Ex. 12:12 I will pass through the land of Egypt in the same ...
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Why was the New Testament Written in Greek?

New Testament was written in Greek. But Jesus lived in Israel and was supposed to be the next King of Israel. I think it is probably fair to assume that he and his twelve apostles spoke Hebrew. Then ...
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At what point did Judaism and Christianity diverge?

At what point did Judaism and Christianity diverge? Christianity and Judaism share the Old Testament (The Hebrew Bible), so it should be safe to assume they are the same people at least during the Old ...
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Conversion of Romans and Bible Portrayal of Romans

I have trouble understanding how Romans converted to Christianity. In the Bible, Romans weren't portrayed very nicely. For example, Herod the Great did quite a lot of awful things. Jesus was crucified ...
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Persecution of Jewish people by Christians in Middle Ages?

I want to apologize ahead if my questions sound disrespectful to anybody. This isn't my intent. I grew up in East Asia which has very few Christians, but I have been very interested in the history of ...
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Do any independent sources exist mentioning Jesus' miracles performed and the people He performed them on?

I'm aware that there are credible historical texts that reference Jesus and His general path, independent of the Bible. However, I'm curious to know, do any of those specifically describe the ...
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Why are LDS missionaries instructed to stay away from bodies of water?

I saw a post recently asserting that LDS missionaries are specifically instructed to stay away from bodies of water and are discouraged from swimming at all. I had never heard anything like this ...
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What are “all things” in “Let all things be tested, keep to what is good”?

In 1 Thessalonians 5:21 there is: "Let all things be tested; keep to what is good" "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good” What is "all things" here?
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What is the scriptural basis for “Love God and do whatever you please”?

This quote has been attributed to St. Augustine, referring to what he said in a sermon on 1 John 4:4-12: See what we are insisting upon; that the deeds of men are only discerned by the root of ...
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Is the marital act of consumating marriage part of Sacred Tradition in the Catholic Church?

How far back does the idea of consummating a marriage go? Is it tied to the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony? Is it like going to confession, but not fully receiving the sacrament of reconciliation ...
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How does current Church of England polity compare with Richard Hooker's teaching?

Richard Hooker's Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity (1593) is a foundational document for the theology and ecclesiology of the Church of England. In it, he defends (among other things) the Anglican ...
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How do Aquinas and Hooker differ in their doctrine on communion?

In The Screwtape Letters (1942), C. S. Lewis records the words of the devil Screwtape on church shopping and factionalism (letter 16): The real fun is working up hatred between those who say ...
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How does the life of Joseph (son of Jacob) foreshadow the life of Jesus the Messiah?

In theology, there are many things identified in the Old Testament as foreshadowing things in the New. The life of Joseph, the son of Jacob, is one of these that is identified as such the life of ...
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What is significant about the title of “Son of David” that was attributed to Jesus?

The Book of Matthew begins by identifying Jesus with the title of "Son of David": The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Matthew 1:1 NAS At one ...
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Is life imprisonment in accord with Catholic social doctrine?

I recall hearing an old religious sister talking on Relevant Radio a few years ago about her experience in Mexican prison ministry. She said that life imprisonment is just as bad as the death penalty ...
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Does the New Testament allow Christians to interfere in policy making processes of the nation? [closed]

The rules/laws of a nation is always controlled by the Religion of the Majority. During the time of the Old Testament, The Mosaic Law was the Government Law. The New Testament is different. 1 ...
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Should Christians be against the death penalty? [closed]

Christians go to great lengths to get the government to outlaw abortion--something that I personally would support. Though I see support from Christianity against abortion almost as unwavering, the ...
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Is there an explanation for pre-humans from a biblical point of view?

Does the bible/ Christians / the church (any church) say anything about pre-humans, not just neanderthals, but all the other kinds of pre-humans? Points to consider. I read in a National ...
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How many people are killed by Sanhedrin around the Paul era?

Sanhedrin condemned: Jesus James the Just Stephen Well, however Jews opposed death penalty. A Sanhedrin that condemn one man to death in 75 years is bloody. Yet they killed at least 3 and those ...
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What is the significance of Jesus and the Mount of Transfiguration?

Matthew, Mark and Luke all record the story of Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration. Matthew's version is provided below. It seems that each writer simply records that the event occurred, but none ...
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What is the significance of presenting the Apostles as acting foolishly many times in the Gospels?

Multiple times in the four Gospels, the Apostles seem to act foolishly. They are around Jesus for a long time, witness miracles, and still lose faith pretty easily. Another example: Jesus says a ...
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What is the basis for understanding commandments to be anything other than compulsory?

People come with the impression that everybody has a choice to do something or not (choices all around everybody), but where in the bible do we as people get the right of choices? In the Bible I can ...
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How did Reformed Theologians view works-based “Heavenly Rewards”?

I am currently reading Erwin Lutzer's "Your Eternal Reward". I also watched MacArthus's "Eternal Rewards and Motivation". Now, I know that Reformed theologians believe: salvation by grace, not works ...
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What significance did the “heart” possess in the ancient cultures contemporary with the biblical era?

I've had as hard a time with the concept of the heart as I've had with the concept of the soul. Currently I am thinking the heart is a reference to what your goals are and what you direct your ...
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Do Catholics really believe in contemporary miracles?

I know beatification requires a miracle. And, I keep reading statements like this, "On 19 December 2009, John Paul II was proclaimed venerable by his successor Pope Benedict XVI and was beatified ...
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Reading “Mere Christianity” and having a hard time with book III, chapter 12

I am reading "Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis and just finished Chapter 12 in the 3rd section. In this chapter he is discussing the idea that we need to realize we cannot fight sin ourselves, but we ...
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Does the spiritual life require faliure or can it be a continual ascent? [closed]

A neophyte Christian might just becoming aware of a personal relationship with God. But throughout the life of a Christian what does Sacred Scripture and/or Sacred Tradition say that a follower of ...
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Is the term 'word of God' in the New Testament equal in authority to the designation 'scripture'?

I have noticed there are some that distinguish between the designation 'scripture' as only referring to the Old Testament and 'word of God' as some or all of the New Testament. This seems strange to ...
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Were the early Christians an apocalyptic sect?

I saw a documentary with David Suchet about Paul the apostle. Suchet stated that Paul was convinced the world was about to end. Is this an accurate representation of the early church?
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Is the Pope morally obliged to submit to every secular authority?

Among the Protestant faith a believer is to submit to the government: Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to ...
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What is the meaning of creeds?

What are creeds and how they came about. Is there a Biblical basis for them and how many creeds are there till date?
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Can angels speak to us?

This is perhaps slightly related to this question, and specifically this answer which points out that "the worship of angels [is] false doctrine ... praying to angels arguably may not be worship, ...
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How did God come to be? [duplicate]

I know this is an old question, but does anyone have any new ideas on it? One argument is that God has always existed, but why should anything exist at all? How could this happen? Another approach ...
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Why Christians wear some elaborate costumes which sometimes outshine those of the pre-Christian epoch? [closed]

What is the need to use elaborate costumes at services and on other occasions? Costumes of some Christian confessions much outshine those of some other religions, including the pre-Christian ones. ...
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Why is it so much easier to sin than follow Jesus?

How is it possible, that it is harder to follow Jesus, than to sin? I really want to follow Jesus, and I'm trying to. But every day again I fail again, because short term desires which withdraw me ...
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What is the significance of changing the names of Abram to Abraham and Sarai to Sarah?

I would briefly reconstruct from Genesis, the circumstances leading to this change in names. In the very beginning of His conversation with Abram, God says to Abram: Gen: 12:2 (NET) Then I ...
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Why were the Israelites not circumcised in the desert?

Genesis 21:4 (NIV) When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him. Starting with Abraham, the Israelite men were circumcised and a boy at the eighth day ...
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Why is this man free from guilt?

Numbers 5:11-31 gives us an adultery test used by the Hebrew people in their early days. 11 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 12 “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘If any man’s ...
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What is the nature of the “Communion of the Saints”?

In the Episcopalian Prayers of the People, Rite I, we pray as follows: In the communion of [__ and of all the] saints, let us commend ourselves, and one another, and all our life, to Christ ...
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John 3:5: “Of water” refers to physical birth from amniotic sac — who first proposed that theory?

Amen, amen, I say to you — if a man is not born of water and Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. Some say that the phrase "of water" refers to physical birth. Thus, one must be born in ...
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At what point did humans evolve enough to be considered special to God?

Disclaimer - Even though my personal views are well-established, I'd like to point out that I am not out to make a point with this question, and I am absolutely not out to establish whether any ...
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Is procreation a sin? [closed]

The concept that this world is bent and fallen is pretty standard in just about every form of Christianity. That this world is not what God intended it to be is the starting port. But the hope ...
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What is the origin of the Church potluck?

When I was being ordained in the Baptist Church, I was asked to write out a statement of faith. The point was to outline one's theology, but many of you know me well enough to know by now that I ...
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How would a Catholic explain the absence of the mass in the Epistle to the Hebrews?

I noticed Hebrews is really the place where the Priesthood is discussed as how the priestly ceremonies are related to the Christian faith. It seem rather complete and in depth. Hebrews says a whole ...
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Sarah laughed at God and He did not mind

When God told Abraham that he was to have a son the following year, bible recorded it that Sarah laughed in her heart Genesis 18:12-15 12 Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have ...
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What is the “Way of the Cross”?

Our local Roman Catholic church has started advertising the "Way of the Cross" for Easter. I think I have seen this mentioned at other places I have visited and isn't a just a local event. Is the "Way ...
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Why did it take so long for papal infallibility to be defined?

I have a question about papal infallibility. According to this source, That the Church is infallible in her definitions on faith and morals is itself a Catholic dogma, which, although it was ...
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How much authority does a father have over his wife and children?

Some people might claim that a wife must do what her husband says in every situation and they will site the Bible as it being the Divine order of things. It does seem that the Bible gives authority ...

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