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What is the difference between an Apostolic Exhortation and an Encyclical Letter?

Pope Francis has just released an Apostolic Exhortation called Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). He also released an Encyclical Letter in the summer called Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith). ...
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If there were no punishment for sin would salvation be necessary?

Every time I hear someone say that 'If God were a loving God he would not send people to Hell', It makes me wonder Why does God, who is such a loving God send unbelievers to Hell. Since Jesus said ...
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What is the role of human judgement given God's omnipotence and his plans [closed]

For example, some people view evangelism to be "most effective" using one method, whislt another person might view it as "most effective" to use another method. Ie, our opinions (and hence actions) ...
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What is the difference between Hell and Lake of Fire? [duplicate]

The answers on this question "Heaven/Paradise/Sheol, Hell/Hades/The Lake of Fire" are not clear enough regarding difference between Hell and Lake of Fire. And the sea gave up the dead which were ...
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Does Hell exist according to Catholicism?

Does the Roman Catholic Church believe in the existence of Hell? If YES - Who will go to Hell and why? How long will they stay in Hell? Is there any second chance after they go to Hell? What ...
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What did Jesus mean by “not peace but division”?

I'm having difficulty understanding the following passage from Luke 12:51-53: Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. From now on there will be five in one ...
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St Augustine's 5th and 6th Needs - Translation

My wife has currently undertaken a project to translate a prayer card from English to Polish. There is a reference on the card to Saint Augustine's 5th and 6th Needs. My question is, what are these "...
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Was the Trinity still a Trinity when Jesus died?

Christians believe a few basic things: God exists as Three Persons in One Being Jesus died on the cross (and rose again) Jesus was God. During #2, however, there seems to be a bit of a problem. ...
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What is the Roman Catholic interpretation of John 3:16?

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16, NIV) What is the Roman Catholic way of interpreting ...
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If Hell does not exist would God have sent Jesus to die? [closed]

There have been several comments on this site which tend to deny the existence of Hell. But Jesus tells me that the lake of fire is the place of Eternal punishment that God created for Satan and the ...
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Is there any scriptural support for the belief of convulsions/seizures being a sign of the Holy Spirit's presence? [closed]

I work with a handful of Church of God members, and we frequently have friendly ecclesiastical conversations. The Church of God denomination is very prevalent in the area that I live and work. They ...
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Do we find any (even hazy) references in non-Jewish traditions about Jesus, as promised saviour?

God prepared Jewish people throughout their history and moulded them according to His requirement so that they become ready for accepting His Saviour for all the mankind. Even then many of His chosen ...
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Evidence towards Christianity [closed]

I have been a Christian for my entire life. Lately, I have been in a low spot in faith, and have had some skepticism towards a few things in the bible. I do have faith in the bible, but I would like ...
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Why have Ministers and Preachers stopped preaching on Hell? [closed]

Back in my early years it seemed that every other Sermon was about staying out of Hell. Now it seems that you never hear any Sermons about how terrible it is there. As a young child that scared me ...
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How did Gideon win his battle against the Midianites?

In the Old Testament, an army of some 15,000 Midianites invaded Israel for the purpose of "hijacking" their food supplies. A judge named Gideon called the Israelis "to the colors." Some 30,000 showed ...
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What is the evidence that the bones found under St. Peter's Basilica are actually St. Peter's bones?

There were some bone fragments found under St. Peter's Basilica in the 1940's. Pope Paul VI said in 1968 that the bones were "identified in a way that we can consider convincing." What is the ...
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When was it first said in Christianity by a Church Father that heretics must be tortured physically?

This question is very similar to the one I had asked before: "When was it first said in Christianity by a Church Father that heretics must be put to death?", however, there is still a difference. In ...
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How to know when a text on religion is using hyperbole to describe Heavenly joy? [on hold]

Many texts describe Heaven's joy as 'infinite' (including a personal favourite, CS Lewis's Weight of Glory') but, as we are finite beings, we must assume this is merely to convey that there is 'a ...
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Does The Revelation chapter 20 tell us that the Rapture will take place after the millennial reign of Christ? [closed]

1st Thessalonians 4:16 says that those Christians who have already died when Christ returns, will rise first For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the ...
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did GOD predestinate all of us? [duplicate]

where in the bible is stated that before GOD made heavens and earth he had write a book with all the names of those who had been saved in it?
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Prevenient Grace - Negative Responses to Scriptural Examples of It

See what I mean by "Prevenient Grace" in the first question I asked relating to this topic. If your understanding of scripture leads you to believe the doctine of Prevenient Prace is not supported ...
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The land of bread and honey or just a diversion?

Was God holding back on the Israelites when it came to the promised land? For example, they were promised fertile land, creating lots of food, bread and honey, beautiful landscape, a place of their ...
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What is the Biblical basis for a resistable enabling (prevenient) grace?

I see a few different uses of the term prevenient grace in questions here, so I will define what I meant first: a belief held by traditional Baptists and other non-reformed evangelicals, that though ...
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Are those that enter into a marriage that is later annulled required to do any penance?

I understand that in Catholicism, annulments are sometimes issued for marriages that meet certain criteria. I'm wondering if the simple fact that the couple entered into a marriage that was not right ...
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What are the necessary circumstances that qualify a marriage for annulment in the Catholic Church?

I understand that the Catholic Church issues annulments under certain circumstances for some marriages. What are the specific circumstances necessary to qualify a marriage for an annulment? I'm ...
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When and why did the Catholic Church first start issuing annulments?

I understand that the Catholic Church issues annulments in place of divorces under certain circumstances. When did this practice first begin and under what was the reasoning given for it and its ...
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What exactly is hermeneutics and exegesis?

Two terms that get thrown around on this site a lot are 'hermeneutics' and 'exegesis.' To the layman, what exactly do these terms mean?
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What are some good resources that explain the rational reasons behind the faith for a questioning Atheist? [closed]

I have been contemplating the existence of a god for years now, and have settled upon the idea as a remedy to the absurd. I would like to believe in God, but my mind is so apt to lean on reason that ...
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“Ask and you shall recieve” Can we ask for anything?

I bet I've got it wrong but does "ask and thou shalt recieve" mean we can ask for anything and recieve anything? In which case, could I have a 'wish-list' of things I want glorified in heaven? Like ...
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Why do folks clasp their hands and bow their heads when praying? [duplicate]

Is there a reason, other than humility, that we are taught to pray with bowed heads and clasped hands? Other religions, such as Judaism and Muslim – even with the variety of Pagan pantheons – raise ...
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Did Jesus preach One God and follow the commandments to the Jews, and another message to the Romans?

When reading the bible you read Jesus telling people to follow the commandments, whoever breaks even the least of the commandments will be in the lowest level in the kingdom. http://www....
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What is the historical and theological basis for Protestant anti-Catholicism? [closed]

I am under the impression that Scripture teaches tolerance, not resentment. However it seems there has been some tension between Catholics and Protestants over the centuries – to the point of war in ...
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Curious re: Scientific evidence [closed]

I read something recently from a highly regarded poster on a sister site, which states: "I should extend the courtesy of allowing people to have evidence which they can't use to convince me, given ...
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Forgive Others As We Have Been Forgiven?

Colossians 3:13 (KJV) - Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. As far as I am aware, God only forgives ...
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How old is the earth? [duplicate]

Dr. Sarfati, who is with Creation Ministries International, says the earth is about 6,000 years old according to the Bible and the scientific evidence supports this age (see: How old is the earth?). ...
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What is or are the mechanism(s) behind the naming conventions for a church building or organization?

What is or are the mechanism(s) behind the naming conventions for a church building or organization in a denomination, say Presbyterianism? This question can be reworded as "When churches assign ...
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What is the Biblical basis for “God's already forgiven you” teaching?

I have recently heard many preachers and teachers, in particular Joel Osteen and Joseph Prince, say things like, "God has already forgiven you. All you have to do is accept God's free gift of ...
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What is the purpose of other planets and solar system according to the bible? [closed]

Are they just to light up the night? Does the bible even talk about other planets and other solar system with the capability of life or the people who wrote the bible does not know about these solar ...
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How to pronounce references in the Bible? [closed]

If you see a reference to (2 Mc 7:1, 20-31) tomorrow's Old Testament reading how are you supposed to pronounce that? And what if it spans two different chapters? In Catechism class, sometimes I ...
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How to find bible verses?

This is a question one of my Catechism students asked. We were playing a Bible based board game where if you don't know the answer you look it up in the Bible. That's pretty great, if you know how ...
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How did the Willow Creek church come to allow and encourage women in leadership?

The Willow Creek Community Church has long had a policy of both men and women in leadership roles - which was (and is still) counter to what many other churches teach. From their site: We believe ...
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Does the garden of Eden still exist? [closed]

In Genesis 3:22 through 24 KJV man is ejected from the Garden of Eden and Cherubims are stationed on the East side of the garden to prevent man going back and eating from the tree of life. 22 ...
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Does it actually SAY that Heaven will be joyous in The Bible?

...and, come to that, does it actually state, beyond doubt (or a different interpretation) that the joy there is far, far beyond that we can experience in this world or even imagine? BEFORE anyone ...
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What is the Mormon position on keeping weapons and on war?

I have come across a chapter in the Book of Mormon that is very interesting. It details how the Nephites thought it would be better to bury their swords and never kill another person again. The ...
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Why Can Prostitutes Come to Solomon?

According to 1 Kings 3:16-28, two prostitutes came to Solomon for a judgment over their dispute concerning a child. Then two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him... Then the king ...
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How can God be thought of as Good when He killed so many people for things they were not responsible for? [closed]

Throughout the Bible, God kills and harms many people for things that they were not responsible for. For example, the son of David, a baby was killed for the sins of his father. How can that be ...
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Can you refer to the Trinity as “Others” [closed]

Is it theologically correct to refer to the Trinity as "Others" when speaking about them in a particular sentence. ie You cannnot change yourself without the help of the Others
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Why is there no marriage in Heaven? [closed]

Why did Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven? Mark 12:25 NIV When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. Is it because ...
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How could Jesus get through locked doors?

Since Jesus tomb was empty, he obviously arose in his material body, and throughout the Bible references to shutting the door at night, is the same as us locking the door at night since it is obvious ...
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Does Christianity claim itself to be the final revelation from God?

Does Christianity claim to be the last true religion that will ever exist, or does it admit the possibility of being supplanted by a new revelation, like Judaism was with Christianity?

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