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What is the yoke?

In Mt11,29-30 Jesus said "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light". What is the ...
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Which Person(s) of the Trinity were in Jesus?

The doctrine of the Trinity teaches that God is one, and God is three (Father, Son, Holy Spirit.) From what I understand the Eternal Son came in human flesh, and we know that resultant man as Jesus of ...
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What is “the spirit of this world.” referred to by John-Paul II

The Wikipedia article on the "Prayer to Saint Michael" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prayer_to_Saint_Michael) says that Pope John-Paul II referred to "the spirit of this world" when recommending the ...
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Why were the people of Exodus so stubborn?

It appears that the people of Israel during the time of Exodus were so stubborn. They rebelled many times, grumbled against Moses and God over and over again. In spite of seeing all the miracles that ...
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Do we have to tithe our time as well?

Some preachers teach that Tithing does not only mean material things, but it also means giving 10% of your time as well. Some even say 10% of your everything, like your thoughts, your desires, your ...
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How may we reconcile the Blessed Virgin Mary's maturity with her age?

The Catholic Encyclopedia says: [Based on] the age at which Hebrew maidens became marriageable, it is possible that Mary gave birth to her Son when she was about thirteen or fourteen years of age. ...
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How old was Mary when she gave birth to Jesus? [duplicate]

Of course we may not know her real age when she gave birth, but what would be a good estimation? According to the Catholic Encyclopedia: "A year after his wife's death, as the priests announced ...
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What is the biblical basis to either consider tattoos acceptable or not?

I do not remember exactly where but I think the OT says somewhere that doing things like tattoos to your body is not good and, to God, is morally objectionable. Is this true? I do know that some ...
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Is there a good overview of Christian denominations/churches and their mapping between countries [closed]

There seem to be a confusingly large number of Christian churches (Catholic, Lutheran, baptists, evangelicals, Presbyterians). Could someone point me to a good overview that lists the mainstream ones, ...
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Who do mainline Protestants believe an “archangel” (such as Michael) to be?

Some sects including Jehovah's Witnesses believe the archangel Michael to be one in the same with Christ. The basic premise of this claim seems to stem from the unique usage of the role archangel ...
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Without God is there only evil?

The Bible says in a few places that God does only good things and is full of only goodness: James 1:13 - 1 John 1:5 - 1 Corinthians 14:33. I think we can Biblically support very well that God is not ...
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Why do religious people find it hard to accept that you don't need religion to have a good moral code? [closed]

Just curious why some religious people think that without god there is only evil. Why can't a person without a religion be a good person, sometimes even better than some religious people?
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According to the Jehovah's Witnesses, where does the Devil come from?

I had two ladies come over yesterday from the local Jehovah's Witness place. They asked if we knew where the devil comes from but left when my wife said we're Catholic. As a Catholic, I've got some ...
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What is the biblical support for the moral-civil-ceremonial distinction of Old Testament laws?

I just asked this question looking for where this view point came from and when it was made popular. Ceremonial Law: This type of law relates to Israel's worship. (Lev 1:1-13) The laws pointed ...
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Where did the moral-civil-ceremonial distinction of Old Testament laws come from and when was it popularized? [duplicate]

When answering this question: How many laws from Old Testament are still valid in New Testament? I was reminded that my answer is not Biblically derived in making the trinary distinction of Old ...
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In Catholicism, what distinguishes a priestly blessing from a lay blessing?

Lay Catholics are encouraged to bless their children [and homes?] using particular formulas or patterns. As I understand it, these ought to differ in "manner" and formula from blessings performed by a ...
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Do Christians have secret handshakes?

Did Christians ever come up with "secret" ways of knowing who other Christians were? I don't mean exactly a handshake, because I get that sometimes people don't (or can't) shake hands. Seems like it ...
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Relevance of the word 'ICTHUS'

I would like to know the meaning and the importance of the word 'ICTHUS' among Christians. I have learned that this is some sort of symbol. Can anyone help me on this?
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Does Jesus have a last name?

I heard "Christ" isn't the last name He got from His parents. Is that true? Does He have a last name? If He does not have a last name, then how does that work? If that wasn't His last name, and there ...
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From where do Jehovah's Witnesses derive the doctrine that Jesus was and now is Michael the Archangel?

According to some Watchtower literature, it is taught that Michael the Archangel is Jesus and that Jesus, after He ascended into heaven, resumed the name of Michael. "It proves Michael the ...
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Do not boil a goat in its mothers milk [closed]

Some of the laws I can directly see why they were given, however I do not understand the last part of the verse below regarding not boiling a kid in its mothers milk. Deuteronomy 14:21 NIV Do not ...
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How many laws from Old Testament are still valid in New Testament? [duplicate]

I don't know this question is within the scope or not. Its straightforward. How many of the Laws in OT can be transported to NT and usable? These are some of the OT laws which are no longer useful ...
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How can Heaven exist if we know that people in Hell will suffer? [closed]

Suppose for the following scenario that both the Christian Heaven and Hell exist. My mother is a good Christian and loves me dearly. I am an atheist, and will therefore go to hell upon death. [If ...
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What should be included in an exposition of faith?

The "exposition of faith" (expositio fidei) or "statement of faith" is quite common. The early Church fathers often summarized an exposition of faith, and today, many Christian websites, especially ...
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Why is the ten commandments sometimes called the decalogue?

I have heard the ten commandments written in Exodus and Deuteronomy sometimes called the Decalogue. What does this word mean and why are they sometimes called that?
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What does “Catechetical Formula” mean?

I ran across the phrase in this question, and a Google search just keeps bringing me to the Ten Commandments example found in the link on the question. I'm not finding a definition anywhere. So what ...
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Did Justin Martyr have a personal interaction with Jesus Christ?

Justin narrates the manner of his conversion to Trypho the Jew. In Chapter III of his Dialogue with Trypho, he writes, "And while I was thus disposed, when I wished at one period to be filled with ...
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Is the definition of “sin” subjective? Of whom's morals is it based on?

Whenever I try to determine what is a sin and what isn't I get very confused... I read things by Paul and sins seem to become very subjective... _____ is a sin if you make it a sin through belief ...
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Scriptures and the 'Simulated Universe'

If you were to Google "simulated universe" you'll find that major science institutions are starting to hypothesize that the universe is 'very possibly' a 'simulated environment' at the lowest level - ...
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Why does the Catechism of the Catholic Church abridge the first commandment?

(This question came up while I was speaking with someone, and I don't think that I was able to answer it very well. Note that I am not asking whether the Church is right or wrong, just for a clear ...
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Did the “spirit of Samuel” come from God?

Was the "spirit of Samuel" that the witch of Endor summoned (1st Samuel 28:11-19) from God or from Satan?
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God's divine decree in Scripture

I have listened to Calvinists state that all that happens in time is a result of God's divine decree. Where in Scripture do we find evidence for the existence of such a decree, or where in Scripture ...
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“Actor's idolatry” problem - is it a sin? [closed]

Let's imagine an actor, a good Christian. As a part of his role of some pagan, he prays to Zeus or other ancient deity on stage. He just plays the role and there is no inclination to Zeus behind his ...
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Where in Scripture is the Holy Spirit said to be speaking directly?

God the Son speaks in Luke 5:31-32: Jesus said to them in reply, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do. I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” ...
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Why isn't Zebulon near Sidon but Asher?

In Genesis 49:13 is written: "Zebulon shall dwell by the haven of the sea; He shall become a haven for ships, And his border shall adjoin Sidon. But if I take a look on the maps, which are ...
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How is Hal Lindsey regarded in the Christian faith?

In "The Late Great Planet Earth," Hal Lindsey presents a view of "Armageddon" referred to in Revelation. Is this view considered "valid, and if so, by which Christian groups?" Is Lindsey considered a ...
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Is to ignore Satan also to underestimate the potential he has to assault the Christian?

I've often thought that, once indwelt by the Holy Spirit and saved by the grace of God, Satan has nothing against me. But, is to ignore Satan also to underestimate the potential he has to assault the ...
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Can Catholics choose to be baptized by immersion?

I understand that the most prominent manner in which Catholics are baptized is by pouring. However, I saw somewhere that baptism by immersion is not considered wrong by the Catholic Church. (If this ...
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Why is it hard for a rich man to go to heaven?

Jesus said that it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to go to heaven. Why would this be? Does this mean that it will be hard for e.g. Warren Buffett to go ...
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Have we seen some of the horseman of the apocalypse? [closed]

In Revelations, there was supposed to be a conquering white horse, a red horse that takes peace from the world, a black horse, somehow connected with oil, and a pale horse that brings death to one ...
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The beast with seven heads and ten horns - Is it possibly the G-7 nations plus three more? [closed]

In Revelation, there are several references to the beast with seven heads and ten horns rising to world power. Rev. 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red ...
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How is a Christian supposed to fear God when “there is no fear in love” (1 John 4:18)?

In both the Old and New Testaments, we are commanded to "fear the Lord". Fear the Lord your God and serve him. Hold fast to him and take your oaths in his name. Deuteronomy 10:20 ESV Honor ...
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According to Roman Catholic orthodoxy, is Jesus Christ a human person, a divine person, both, or none?

I'll give you an example of a divine person: God the Father. I'll give you an example of a human person: the apostle Paul. According to Roman Catholic orthodoxy (note: cite it), is Jesus Christ a ...
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How does a Catholic church support itself without Tithe?

Usually, in Protestant churches, the church's income is mostly from tithes and then offerings, and secondarily from any outside sponsors the church may have. I am less informed how the Catholic church ...
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How many bilateral covenants occur in the Bible?

As the title asks, how many bilateral covenants occur in scripture between God and His creation (this does not include bilateral covenants between humans and humans, e.g., a marriage covenant between ...
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What happens when a Protestant doesn't tithe?

I heard in another question that some Protestants have to tithe. That is, they must give one-tenth of their salary, or more broadly, a specific amount or percentage. That seems a bit strange to me, ...
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2answers
293 views

Baptising someone without consent

Stemming from this question Is it valid to baptize multiple persons at once?, the question gives the scenario of one person baptising multiple people on a plane that is going to crash. The bit that ...
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336 views

What is the biblical basis for requiring that a pastor/preacher/teacher/etc be paid for their ministry?

What is the biblical basis for requiring a minister to be paid for their work? Put another way, what is the biblical basis for supporting the notion of a solely-vocational pastor? Note - I am NOT ...
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Do Catholics tithe?

This might seem like a silly question, but I am not a Catholic, and so I do not know the answer! Do Catholics tithe?
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Which is more important to the Roman Catholic Church today: Church unity or the actual text of scripture?

I recently did some study on the fact that Augustine objected to Jerome translating the OT into Latin from the Hebrew instead of the Greek because there were significant differences in the texts. ...

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