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What is the role of the three persons of the Trinity in Creation?

In the Nicene-Constantinopolitan creed, the three persons of the Trinity each seem to have their own role in creating the world: The Father is "maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and ...
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Did Jesus transform into spirit form after Resurrection

In the 40 days after the Resurrection and before his Ascension, Jesus appears and disappears to people, including his disciples. He also is not recognizable by some of his followers including Mary ...
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Do all Christian traditions expect a second coming of Christ?

My background is mostly in Evangelicalism and premillenialism. I am aware of other "Churches" (Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, cults, etc.) and other eschatological frameworks (amillenial, ...
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Do Catholics have an “Apocrypha” or just a “Bible”?

Pardon my ignorance here, but I am just wondering if the Apocrypha is labeled as such by Catholics? To clarify, a Protestant would refer to the 66 books of Protestant Scripture as "the Bible", and to ...
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Were all of Jesus' healings performed on the Sabbath?

I was just reading in John 5:1-17 about Jesus healing the man at the pool in Jerusalem, and noticed that this happened on the Sabbath. That reminded me of Him healing the man with the withered hand on ...
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Reason for drawing water at unusual time

John 4:5-8 New Living Translation (NLT) 5: Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6: Jacob’s well was there; and ...
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Does the Mormon doctrine of exaltation implicitly require acknowledging the existence of sentient extra-terrestrial life?

The Mormon doctrine of exaltation is that we can become like God is, and in essence, attain godhood. This has sometimes been summarized, "As man now is, God once was. As God now is, man may become." I ...
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What does John 3:13 mean, NO MAN has ASCENDED to heaven? [closed]

By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him. (Hebrews 11:5) And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, ...
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What are lunar sabbaths?

I know about the 7th day Sabbath and I know about SUNday but I cant quite understand lunar Sabbaths. What are these and who observes them?
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What was the light of the first day of creation? [closed]

In the Genesis account, the sun and stars are created on the fourth day: Gen 1:14 And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them ...
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What is the difference between a dogma, a doctrine, an infallible statement, an ex cathedra statement, etc.?

There are a variety of terms used in the Catholic Church to refer to particular statements or beliefs. Here are a number of some such terms: Dogma Doctrine Infallible statement Infallible papal ...
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Which Roman Catholic doctrines are infallible?

I know that the Pope can speak infallibly (ex cathedra), and that this has officially been done once, as well as three times before Papal infallibility was formally declared. I would assume that any ...
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What is a brief history on the idea that the Papacy is the Anti-Christ?

I am quite familiar with the Reformers opposition to the Papacy and many said the Papacy is the Anti-Christ. What confuses me is this quote from that same page: In calling the pope the ...
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Why is the Gospel of John said to present Jesus distinctively as “the Son of God”?

A common assertion is that the Gospel of John uniquely presents Jesus as "the Son of God", while Matthew presents Him as "the King of the Jews", Mark as the "Servant", and Luke as "the Son of Man". ...
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Why is the Gospel of Mark said to present Jesus as “the Servant”?

It is often asserted that the Gospel of Mark distinctively presents Jesus as the Servant, even the Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53. What is it about the particular content of the gospel of Mark that ...
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Why is it said that the Gospel of Luke presents Jesus as “the Son of Man”?

It is said that the Gospel of Luke presents Jesus as "the Son of Man"--not the Christ or King or God Incarnate, but distinctively the Son of Man. What is it in the Gospel of Luke that gives rise to ...
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Why do Matthew and Luke contain genealogies of Jesus, while Mark and John do not?

Both Matthew and Luke contain genealogies of Jesus, Matthew to Abraham, and Luke to Adam. However, neither Mark nor John contain genealogies. What is the reason for this--both for why Matthew and ...
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Why is it said that the Gospel of Matthew presents Jesus as the King of the Jews?

I have heard it stated that the Gospel of Matthew presents Jesus as, specifically, the King of the Jews, rather than the Messiah, the Incarnate Word, or anything else. What is the basis for this ...
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What is the Roman Catholic position on literally reading the Flood account in Genesis?

Elsewhere on this site, the question of whether the Roman Catholic church supported evolution was answered with evidence that the Catholic position is that evolution could be true. That is, because ...
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In Prophecy what does a beast represent? [closed]

Revelation and Daniel talk about beasts. These, of course, can not be taken literal since they are symbolic. My question is what does a beast represent in prophecy?
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Have different Popes ever contradicted each other?

I understand that Roman Catholics do not think that everything the Pope says or does is infallible. However, has a sitting Pope ever revoked or contradicted an infallible statement made by a previous ...
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How was Judas Iscariot, as the son of perdition, able to work miracles and cast out demons?

The Scriptures describe Judas Iscariot in terms that certainly indicate that he was never a true follower of Jesus: The Son of Man is to go, just as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by ...
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What was John Wesley's view on Original Sin?

John Wesley was a supporter of free will and in opposition to Calvinism which taught predestination... What was his view on Original sin since by logic the baby is predestined to sin by just being ...
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Are some spiritual gifts more important than others? [closed]

1Co 12:28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. ...
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John's question in prison

John the Baptist was someone whose job was to prepare the way from Christ. When Jesus makes his appearance, John introduces him to the people. John 1:29-34, New Living Translation (NLT) Jesus, the ...
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The lie of the Old Prophet [closed]

In the 1 Kings, We have man of God from Judah, who came to Bethel to warn Jeroboam and ends up getting killed on his way out by an Old Prophet who lied to him. 1 Kings 13:18 New International ...
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When did Jesus send the Holy Spirit?

I've always assumed that the Holy Spirit did not make his presence known amongst men until Pentecost. Famously, in Acts 2, the Spirit descends upon the first believers, gives them power of speech, ...
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If the old priesthood is abolished, what is the point of having Catholic priests?

Before Christ, there would be two tabernacles in the temple: an outer and an inner tabernacle. Priests would minister at the outer tabernacle by caring for the lamps, by burning incense to God twice ...
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Did the sun and the moon really stop rotating? [closed]

Or, the better question is: did the earth really stop rotating? Joshua 10:12-14 New International Version (NIV) 12: On the day the Lord gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to ...
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Why did Joseph only present five brothers?

After Joseph and his brothers were reunited, Joseph presents only five of his brothers to Pharaoh. Genesis 47:1-2 New International Version (NIV) 47:1: Joseph went and told Pharaoh, “My ...
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Who rules this Earth after the millenium?

According to premillenial eschatology, there will be a special period after Christ comes again in which He will reign on earth with His saints for a 1000 years. Their view is typically based on a ...
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Did the atonement end on the Cross? [closed]

John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. When Jesus said it is finished did he mean that the atonement ...
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What traditions hold that Satan is not actually a person?

I heard somewhere (can't remember where) that Satan is more of a term than a person. In other words, Satan is not so much a fallen angel, person, or being, but rather a designation for evil. Is this ...
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Where does the Catholic church procure most of its Bibles?

I was recently doing some research on Bible publishing and distribution in order to compose this answer over on the Skeptics Stack Exchange site. In spite of the result being well received, I have a ...
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How does music relate to the prophecy of God's mind?

I have been thinking about the 'aesthetic aspect of understanding' and found it surprising, when I noticed the role music had in the Bible. (I still scratch my head a bit and find it pleasurably ...
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How did Thomas Aquinas view grace as opposed to the church fathers?

I talked to a teacher at a theological seminary here in Sweden today, and we discussed the nature of grace: Fulfillment of natural potential or completely otherworldly? His idea was that with Thomas ...
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Why does any Archbishop get to decide if alligator is okay for Lent?

NPR ran an interesting piece about the saga of whether or not Catholics could eat alligator on Fridays during Lent. According to the story, an alligator merchant by the name of Jim Piculas advocated ...
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In Theistic Evolution when do the genealogies in Genesis become real?

In Genesis there is the genealogy of Adam to Noah, then the account of the flood. After that is the genealogy of Noah to Abraham. The accounts of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jacob's sons then follow. ...
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What is the difference between the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven?

I did a search and saw that the phrase "Kingdom of Heaven" appears exclusively in the Gospel according to Matthew. However, the phrase "Kingdom of God" appears a few times in Matthew, but is also ...
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According to Catholicism, does intelligence or rationality belong to other animals by participation?

In the Summa Theologica, Question 108(5), St Thomas Aquinas writes: Therefore, if anything is to be called by a name designating its property, it ought not to be named from what it participates ...
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Is android a kind of mankind? [closed]

In St.Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica, it said But to know distinctly what is contained in the universal whole is to know the less common, as to "animal" indistinctly is to know it as "animal"; ...
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Are the gospel authors who we believe them to be?

What I'm wondering is whether the actual authors of the book of John, Luke, Matthew, and Mark are who we believe them to be. I go to a Catholic high school, and in our version of the Bible it says, in ...
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What does the story of Noah's Ark foreshadow in the New Testament?

I have seen Noah's Ark listed one of the "types" in Scripture--something that occurred, but that also foreshadowed something else that would come later. What exactly, then, does the Ark of Noah ...
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What is the significance of shouting “Hosanna” by the people of Jerusalem?

The word Hosanna has many meanings: "help", "save, I pray", "Save, now!" or Praising etc. If the people shouted "Hosanna" in order to praise Jesus merely as a great Prophet, it would be easier to ...
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What is the basis for the belief among some LDS/Mormons that children in their pre-mortal existence choose who their parents will be?

I saw on an LDS-releated site recently where an LDS member indicated the belief that children in their pre-mortal existence choose who their parents will be. After seeing this, I recalled hearing the ...
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Do people go to heaven immediately when they die?

When someone passes away, at their funeral the priest will usually say something that gives the idea that the deceased is in heaven. And a lot of people like to also give the idea that people who die ...
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According to mainstream Christianity, who is God? [duplicate]

This question also relates to it: Biblical basis for the doctrine of the Trinity Growing up I've been led to believe that God is God, and Jesus is God's son. But others have also preached that ...
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How do Bible Literalists deal with trees older than the flood?

According to Answers in Genesis, the flood happened in approximately 2348 BC, which means it would've happened about 4360 years ago. Wikipedia has a list of the oldest individual trees known, of which ...
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In Catholic understanding, did Paul speak/write ex cathedra while Peter was serving as Pope?

Catholic doctrine teaches that Peter was the first Pope and that Popes may speak "ex cathedra". When they do, that is considered infallible. However, while Peter was alive and presumably serving as ...
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When 1 Timothy cautions against “endless geneologies”, is it talking about the Bible?

It seems that at the time that 1 Timothy was written, "certain people" had become much too interested in genealogies: 1 Timothy 1:3-4 3 I repeat the request I made of you when I was on my way to ...

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