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We're only in heaven for a short time?

Will we really go to heaven but it's only until the new Earth comes as described in Revelation (when we're to return to Earth)? Revelation 21:1-2 NIV Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”[a] ...
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How do Reformed Theologians view Hypnosis?

In particular: is it Biblical? is it Demon possession? is it basically a bad idea? is it Orthogonal to Christianity? (i.e. the question is equivalent to "How do Reformed Theologists think about ...
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Does being a “state church” give the Church of Scotland any doctrinal distinctive?

Does it's status as a "state church" have any affect the beliefs or practices of the Church of Scotland? Are there any doctrinal distinctives that make it unique (particularly among Presbyterian ...
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How does the relationship of the Church of Scotland to the state differ from that of the Church of England?

Both England and Scotland have "state churches", but what exactly does that mean? How did these special relationships between a church entity and a sovereign state come about and how specifically do ...
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What's the story behind “St. Wolfgang and the devil” painting? [closed]

I've stumbled upon this picture and got interested. Is this an episode from St. Wolfgang's life? What's the book that the devil is holding?
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How did Luther view 'confessing intentional sins' to a priest for forgiveness?

The Catholic church at the time of Luther  had refined what they called the sacrament of penance.  It consisted in contrition (genuine remorse for one’s sins), confession (to the priest), and ...
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Scholarly discussion of claims that Paul is a “false apostle”

There is a claim in some circles that Paul is a "false apostle", creating a new religion from whole cloth. I fear trying to flesh out any one particular version of such a claim, but one such example ...
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Are intentional sins somehow “worse?”

There seems to be a sense among many Christians that sins are somehow "less bad" if they were accidental. Leaving aside two salient points, namely: The entire point of grace is that sins are ...
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Was Jesus' power limited relative to the belief of others?

Mark 6 4-6: 4 Then Jesus said to them, “People everywhere give honor to a prophet, except in his own town, with his own people, or in his home.” 5 Jesus was not able to do any miracles ...
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Why did the authors of the London Baptist Confession of 1689 callout the pope as being the antichrist?

In chapter 26 paragraph 4 of the 1689 LBC, the authors called the pope the antichrist: neither can the Pope of Rome in any sense be head thereof, but is that antichrist, that man of sin, and son ...
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What have past theologians written about preparing to die? [closed]

Note: this is NOT a personal question. It's of personal interest only because I find that thinking about death separates the important from the trivial, pushes secular needs into the background, and ...
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Is there a concept of Christian State in Christianity?

In some of my other questions, I have read that in Christianity, State and churches are kept separate. I am curious to know, is there any concept of Christian state where biblical laws and doctrines ...
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According to reformed theology, are _all_ wealthy Christians required to give their wealth to the poor?

In Mark 10:17-31, we see Jesus talk to the rich young ruler, and tell him to sell his possessions and give it to the poor. According to reformed theologians, is this required of all wealthy followers ...
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According to reformed theology, why are certain important doctrines not “obvious”? [i.e. why does the Westminister Confession even exist?]

Consider the important doctrines of: divinity of Christ doctrine of Trinity doctrine of predestination Consider in general, that the Westminister Confession is shorter than most books of the ...
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Is the Catechism of the Catholic Church considered scripture?

Is the Catechism of the Catholic Church considered scripture? Does it have the same authority as the Bible? If not, what is its place in the church? Is it considered heresy to preach or believe ...
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Did John Bunyan really dream the dream, or was it equiv to “In a land far far away …”

Part 1 I'm referring to the story Pilgrim's Progress. I believe it was written while John Bunyan was imprisoned. The question is as follows: Did he really literally dream this dream, and write it ...
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Does the Bible prohibit marriage among step siblings?

Suppose Bob and Alice marry, have a daughter Eve, and some years later Alice dies. Suppose Chris and Diana marry, have a son Frank, and some years later Chris dies. Now, suppose Bob and Diana marry ...
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Did Jesus need to die, or would mere shedding of blood have been sufficient?

Originally: St. Thomas Aquinas on salvation by a drop of Christ's Blood I heard on Relevant Radio a year or so ago something perplexing, I think it was a priest saying it, but it may have been a ...
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According to reformed theology, how does the fall glorify God?

What this question is not about: This question is NOT about: Is God omniscient (all knowing?), omnipotent (all powerful?) and benevolent? Then if God foresaw the first sin, and had the power to stop ...
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Why was Peter Fishing Naked (John 21:7)?

John 21: 7 7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him, (for he was ...
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What is the reason for the absence of the Cross as a symbol in the LDS Church?

As I was looking at some references for this question dealing with the usage of the inverted pentagram in the LDS Church and particularly on the Temple in Salt Lack City, I came across an article that ...
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Who was Pharaoh when Moses lived in Egypt?

Do we have a good idea as to which Pharaoh(s) were around during the time of Moses' life? What internal and external evidence exists to back-up those claims? Do any Christian traditions attach any ...
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Was Jesus a carpenter or a rabbi?

One person told me that since disciples called Jesus rabbi and since he taught in synagogues he couldn't have been a carpenter as only rabbis were allowed to teach in synagogues. Has this matter ever ...
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How do I find Jesus in everything? [closed]

Life is so busy and there are so many things to do, so many problems to deal with. But I don't want to walk with God just 'sometimes', I want to see Him in everything, not just in church or when I am ...
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Where did the artistic rendering of Jesus originate?

There seems to be a pretty recognizable and consistent artistic image of Jesus Christ, despite the lack of evidence of what he looked like. Where did this initial image originate?
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How did Psalm 124 become associated with the Holy Innocents?

The Holy Innocents are the children mentioned in Matthew's gospel (2:16-18) as having been murdered by Herod. Many churches celebrate a Feast of the Holy Innocents, or Childermass, on one of the days ...
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Does worship bring joy to God?

Does worship bring joy to God? If so, can you give me some references from the Bible?
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Christian Literature In the format of Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress [closed]

I've recently started reading Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress The format of: two people talking interspersed with Biblical verses is absolutely amazing. I wish more books were written in this format. ...
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Do Fetuses have souls? Is the aquisition of a soul instantenous or continuous? [closed]

Christian fundamentalists argue against abortion on the grounds that fetuses have souls. The argument starts with two premises: that people have souls while animals do not, and that the right to life ...
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What is the controversy/issue surrounding Jerusalem as Israel's capital? [closed]

I was reading this article where representatives at the 2012 Democratic National Convention booed in disagreement over a platform position regarding Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. I'm not ...
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What is the significance of the inverted pentagram symbols on the LDS Temple in Salt Lake City?

The Temple in Salt Lake has several inverted pentagrams as decorations. (To see a few, just google "lds temple salt lake inverted pentagrams" and click on images. Or click here) According to ...
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How did Luther view relics, like the 'preserved head of John the Baptist'?

According to wiki  Roman Catholic tradition holds that the head on display in San Silvestro in Capite in Rome is that of John the Baptist, discovered for the second time, as also maintained by ...
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Did Abraham pass or fail in God's test?

The story about Abraham sacrificing Isaac: Gen 21:12 But God said to him, “Do not be so distressed about the boy and your slave woman. Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through ...
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How did the early church respond to the accusation that Christianity forbid ‘all uses of images’ even if only ‘representing the Divine Being’?

Origen. Contra Celsus BOOK VII. responds to an attack from Celsus on this issue, Celsus accuses Christians and being just like Jews in selecting all forms of images without exception. In this ...
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Keep the law OR nail to the cross? [closed]

I have seen two views about the laws of the old testament in the bible. One view is where Jesus himself says "keep the Law" while in the other Paul says that "the Law has been nailed to the cross" ...
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Why is Jesus at the center of everything

If you look through the Bible we know that Jesus is at the center of everything both in the old and new testament. I have some clues like him being beloved or as a reward of what he suffered. ...
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Biblical principles on avoiding victim mentality

Beyond the obvious of: Jesus died on the Cross and drank down God's wrath, what do we have to complain about? All things that happen were things allowed by God to sanctify us. Read the book of Job ...
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Cross with P loop atop

I have seen in a church a cross with a loop off the top that makes the vertical look like a P. Does this symbol have a name? What is its meaning? From what does it derive? Can you supply any more ...
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How did the Catholic canon that Christians could not 'share a meal with a Jew' differ in spirit from the Pharisees traditions concerning Gentiles? [closed]

Anyone who has studied the New Testament knows that possibly the greatest offense that the Jewish leaders had against Christ was that he did not respect their traditions. Jews at that time put the ...
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How did Calvin view the use of religious icons to facilitate worship of God?

Recently I was told in a chat room on this site that the use of icons in the church 'wasn't offensive to anyone'!? I was so amazed that anyone would ever say such a thing, but since I have never had ...
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When did a Catholic church council first recognize the need to forbid forcing or outwardly compelling unbelievers to the Christian faith?

We all know the sorrowful history of the subject. The very early church would have never felt a need to have a council on the subject, just as they would have been no council declaring that Christians ...
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In what order were the books in the New Testament written?

I'm just curious as to the actual timeline and known dates of the New Testament books. I know the version fo the Bible I read had the letters from Paul ordered by their size, and not when they were ...
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How many 'Books' never made it to the Bible (Old and New Testament)?

Alternatively: How many books were included in early Bible compilations and then later removed? A book in the bible, to my understanding, is one of the many named divisions in the Old and New ...
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When did the church in the city of Rome first try to impose a tradition on other churches?

Just wondering in what year the first historical record of the Church in Rome, against the wishes of other churches, that she should impose her tradition on them? Note: I am simply looked for the ...
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How did Luther's view of Mary change after his new birth experience?

The question is as simple as the title. Did Luther have a minor alteration in his view of Mary, or a major one after being born again? Note: By the way Luther did use the term 'born again' for some ...
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Is ex-nihilo creationism irreconcilable with the concept of individual free will?

Looking on this site in many answers involving the problem of evil I see affirmations of belief in free-will. According to Calvinist Mark Hausam, who presented a paper at a conference on Mormonism, ...
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Can humans become angels in Heaven? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can Humans become Angels? I have always wondered if in the afterlife humans can decide to become angels, and I have always wondered what is the difference between an ...
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Besides works versus grace and indulgences, what were the external practices of the Catholics that offended so many reformers?

My question is not focused on the doctrinal issue, but on the external practices which were contributing to the division. For example, I know there were many 'image breakers' similar to traditional ...
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Do the LDS believe in the Hypostatic Union?

Well, this may seem like a dumb question, but a lot of heads have been knocked around over what is meant by the "Divinity of Christ". To a Catholic, I don't think one can have the Divinity of Christ ...
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Do Jewish people go to heaven?

I believe some prophets of God, such as Moses and Elijah, are in heaven, yet they lived and died before Christ came. How is this possible? What does this mean for the other Jewish people?

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