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What is the basis for saying “God bless you” when a person sneezes?

It is common among many Christians to say "God bless you" (or simply "bless you," which implies the former) to a person when they sneeze. I have heard that this may have originated with an old belief ...
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Does everything happen for a reason, and what is the biblical support for the different views? [duplicate]

Sometimes, people say that everything happens for a reason (as in "God has a purpose with everything that happens, good or bad"). It seems to me that the Bible is not clear on the subject. On one ...
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Did Martin Luther believe the Church needed to be reformed before the Great Schism of 1054AD, or after?

I think its safe to say that Martin Luther, being one of the fathers of Protestantism, was primarily at odds with the Roman Church. He posted his 95 theses to confront what he thought to be ...
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What is the baptist view on “gambling” in scenarios like “Jeopardy!”?

I realize there are many variations even among Baptists, but I personally have never heard this area discussed. How do baptists view the "gambling" associated with games like Jeopardy!? For those ...
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Do Rastafarians believe in Jesus as the Way to God?

Do Rastafarians believe that Jesus is the way to God in the same way that Christians believe as I find that their singing speaks a lot about God and spiritual matters.
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Which Christian groups prohibit playing cards, and what is their basis for doing so?

When I was a child I remember hearing that some Christians strongly opposed the use of playing cards. If I remember correctly, it wasn't just for gambling games such as Poker, but even for children's ...
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I feel guilty, when I pray [closed]

Anytime I have a problem such as money, weight, being judgemental, martial problems...etc... Friends tell me to pray about it but I feel extremely guilty to pray about any personal problema b/c ...
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Can you go to heaven if you believe in the wrong God or Religion? [closed]

I'm 16 years old and am terrified of death only because I've always worried what's on the other side if there is one. And I've gone my whole life wondering what religion to believe in, what if it's ...
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The Two Witnesses and the Two Horns of the Beast [closed]

In Revelation Chapter 11 v 7 we read: Revelation 11 (NIV) 7  Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill ...
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Why do Jehovah's Witnesses not celebrate birthdays?

Wikipedia states this as a fact but does not explain further. In conversations with JWs, I understood that this is based on two birthdays in the Bible: Job's eldest son: Job was attacked by Satan on ...
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How does fasting affect violent situations not under my control?

I read an article yesterday about Pope Francis announcing a day of fasting on Sept. 7th for the situation in Syria. According to Catholic/Orthodox/Anglican doctrine, exactly how does my fasting affect ...
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Is it moral or immoral for Satan to punish souls for immoral acts? [closed]

Satan, to my understanding, punishes souls in hell as a result of their immoral acts on earth. It also is my understanding that the concept of Satan represents pure immorality (evil). Does that ...
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Where are the majority of Roman Catholic converts from today?

The Roman Catholic Church is a massive organization, with members in nearly every country numbering over 1 Billion individuals. With such massive numbers and such extensive influence in the world, it ...
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What is a “child of God” from a scholarly perspective? [closed]

What is a "child of God" from a scholarly perspective? According to Dr. Donald Fairbairn's book Grace and Christology in the Early Church, it describes "To be a child of God is to remain a finite, ...
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Is the Gospel book censed, or the reader, or both?

I attended a service of the Episcopal Church (USA) which happened to come from a more high-church tradition than I'm used to. During the service, quite a lot of incense was deployed at various times - ...
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Are wives still called to be a “help meet” for their husbands? [closed]

Genesis 2:18(KJV) And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. Within the broader Christian tradition, are wives still called ...
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What did the Early Church Fathers think about pets (animals) going to Heaven upon death?

Many people believe that a pet goes to Heaven upon its death. I was curious, what did the Early Church Fathers (e.g., Augustine, John of Damascus, Tertullian, etc.) say about this?
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Why is Satan called the prince of the power of the air?

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons ...
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Is the present-day Roman Catholic Church the same church on which it was founded? [closed]

Is the present-day Roman Catholic Church the same church on which it was founded? The Roman Catholic Church holds that the first pope was St. Peter, and his burial became the St. Peter's Basilica. If ...
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Harmony in the pseudepigraphal writings?

It is not uncommon when talking to someone about the authenticity or composition of the Biblical canon to for the subject of the so-called "lost" gospels to be brought up. An explanation of the ...
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Why aren't the books of the Bible in chronological order?

Don't we have a good idea of when each was written? Wouldn't it make more sense?
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Do Proverbs and Ecclesiastes have polar opposite views of wisdom?

I've noticed that Proverbs and Ecclesiastes have shockingly differing views of wisdom and knowledge: “Her [wisdom and understanding personified] ways are pleasant ways and all her paths are ...
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What is the difference between Magisterial teaching and Sacred Tradition in Roman Catholicism?

In an answer to another question, @PeterTurner wrote: Good answers from a Catholic perspective should be able to stand on all three legs of Sacred Scripture, Magisterial teaching and Sacred ...
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Why are all angels masculine?

Nowhere in the Bible are angels feminine. If angels are messengers from God, why do these messengers always manifest themselves as masculine? Is it because they assume the gender of their Divine ...
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How did the Crusades affect the Pope's power and authority?

How did the Crusades affect the Pope's power/authority, during and after the Crusades? The Crusades, from Wikipedia The Crusades were a series of religiously sanctioned military campaigns, called ...
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Why did God only cure Naaman? [closed]

Jesus said (Luke 4:27): "There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian." Several possible interpretations occur ...
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Are angels spirits?

John 4:24 (KJV) God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. The Gospel of John tells us that God is a Spirit. What about the angels? According to the ...
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How do Orthodox Bishops and theologians view the Church Fathers' definition of the word “catholic?”

While perusing the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) website I came across this question. I fully understand what the word catholic by itself means. Orthodox Christians (like many liturgical ...
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Are Job's seven sons and three daughters in Heaven?

At the end of Job, God blessed him and gave him twice as much as he had in the first part of his life but he still has seven sons and three daughters. Is it a common interpretation that his first ...
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Are any Greek or Roman gods mentioned by name in the Bible?

Are any Greek or Roman gods mentioned by name in the Bible? Also, are any Greek or Roman mythological characters or creatures mentioned in the Bible?
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What terms have been used by missionaries to Islamic countries to describe Islam? [closed]

I am hearing with increasing frequency that Islam is not a religion. Here's one citation, from the upcoming "Value Voters Summit" “Why would Satan use Islam? Same reason. It’s not a religion. It’s ...
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What is a gospel, and how many gospels are there in the Catholic Bible?

Is there a difference between 'books' and 'gospels'? I've read that there are 73 books in the Catholic Bible, but are all of these considered gospels? Or are there just four gospels in total: Matthew, ...
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Is it orthodox to abandon the concept that God of the Bible is person, but say that He is spirit? [closed]

Should I abandon the concept that God of the Bible is person, but say that He is spirit? I would mean that God the Father, God the son and God the spirit are persons, but God means different ...
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Does God's knowledge increase in time?

Does God today have different knowledge than yesterday? In other words, did God not know yesterday what will happen today? I'm mostly interested in Catholic and Protestant traditions
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Does Cain still have descendants on the earth? [closed]

According to Genesis 5: 3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth. 4 After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other ...
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Did Judas betray Jesus willfully?

Luke 22:3 (NIV) Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. Does this verse imply that Judas had no more control over his own actions as he was possessed by the devil. ...
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If one's entry into the church is solemnized by baptism, then how does one leave the church?

If one's entry into the church is solemnized by baptism, then how does one leave the church? What are the ways that one may leave the church? apostasy backsliding heresy blasphemy Is there a way ...
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Does 1 Corinthians 2:9 mean Heaven will be more joyous than we can contemplate?

1 Corinthians 2:9 (KJV) states: But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. ...
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What has been said about happy unbelievers?

I've listened to many sermons, from Jerry Falwell to Tim Keller to Tullian Tchividjian. One common theme is that bad theology, that misapplication of Scripture, can be the direct cause of temporal ...
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What is purpose of being ready for the End Times?

I have seen Christians study the Scriptures for clues as to how one can tell that the Second Coming, the Tribulation, the events of Revelation, the End Times are upon us. What is the purpose for ...
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Why are sandals considered to be unholy?

As I was reading exodus 3 chapter it is said in 5th verse as Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” Why it is ...
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What is the tradition for ordination in Pentecostal churches? [closed]

I'm curious about the traditions of Pentecostal churches concerning ministers being licensed and ordained. In Pentecostal churches (especially the denominations) typically how many years after being ...
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Are there any passages in Sacred Scripture that explicitly describe apocalyptic weather patterns?

I've heard my whole life that one of the major signs to look for concerning the end of the world is that no one will be able to tell what season it is. Most of my fundamentalist friends and family ...
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Do Latter-day Saints believe Muhammad is a prophet?

I read that the Latter-day Saints believe in Muhammad as prophet. How true is this and what does it mean for them?
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Why does God punish people? [duplicate]

Suppose one was to believe God exists and God gave us free will, and that God punishes those people who sin. If God gives us free will, why punish those that exercise their free will in a certain ...
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Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit [duplicate]

If someone is saved, and they may have mistakenly or unknowingly committed blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, is his/her salvation in question? Is he/her no longer saved or welcomed in the kingdom of ...
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How do those who hold doctrines that God is omnipotent and omniscient answer what 1 Corinthians 1:25 implies?

1 Corinthians 1:25 reads: 1 Corinthians 1 (NIV) 25  For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. If Paul believed that ...
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What is the dominant “Other Christianity” of the Members of the US Congress from the Dakotas? [closed]

According to this map: the predominant religion of a given region is usually more or less close to that of the Member of Congress who represents it. Wisconsin and the Northeast are heavily ...
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When and where did the Catholic tradition of first communion at 7 years old start?

I found out a few weeks ago from a friend that she celebrated her first communion around her 7th birthday, which seemed like an oddly specific age. In addition, the way she talked about it, and the ...
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Why did the KJV translators translate יהוה on the extremely rare occasion as IEHOVAH rather than LORD?

The KJV translators almost always translated the Tetragrammaton into English as "LORD" (all capital letters). For example, in Deut. 6:4: But, on the rare occasion --- extremely rare --- they ...

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