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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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What is Matt Redman's denominational background?

So, I've been learning to love a new (for me) song called 10000 Reasons. I discovered that he is also the writer of another "modern classic" Blessed Be Your Name. In writing his music, he takes an ...
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Is Catholicism a “works” denomination?

Catholicism venerates people's works as that is the only way to become a saint - you actually have to DO something. I understand that there has been a strong debate regarding faith or works (or ...
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Do Christians still make icons?

Do Christians still make icons? Typically, it's easy to find Christian icons from the Middle Ages. But are there any Christian icons in the modern age?
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Why does the Catholic church have so many Masses throughout the week?

Why does the Catholic church have so many Masses throughout the week? For the practicing Catholic, which Mass service is most important? There are the weekly worship services, weekend worship ...
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Is the Society of St. Pius X schismatic or not?

Back in the 1980s, Archbishop Lefebvre of the Society of St. Pius X consecrated four priests as bishops without the Pope's approval. Does this action make the Society schismatic?
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Why is “in the name of Jesus Christ” usually used at the end?

In the scriptures, a phrase such as "in the name of the Lord" or "in the name of Jesus" is typically used at the beginning of statements, especially commands. In our day, I notice that most of our ...
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In 1 Peter 4:18, what does Peter mean by the righteous having difficulty to be saved? [closed]

And if it is with difficulty that the righteous is saved, what will become of the godless man and the sinner? (1 Peter 4:18, NASB). It seems that Peter wasn't talking about salvation from hell ...
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Is John saying that Christ is God and eternal? [closed]

The Book of John says that God is the Word in the beginning. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1, NIV) How is Jesus Christ the son to the ...
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188 views

Does 2 Peter 1:10 teach salvation can be gained through faith plus works? [closed]

Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you ( 2 Peter 1:10 NASB)
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What are the 'Scriptures' mentioned in 1 Corinthians 15?

What are the 'Scriptures' mentioned in 1 Corinthians 15: 3 - 4? . . . Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures. . . . He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures. If ...
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How do young Catholics remember a set of prayers in order to pray the rosary?

How do young Catholics remember a set of prayers in order to pray the rosary? Do they have to memorize everything by rote, or do they get some help with mnemonics? Should they pray in Latin or in the ...
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What exactly is manna?

In the Bible account of Exodus, God gives the Jews a type of bread called "Manna". What exactly is manna? What is in it? Do Jews or Christians still eat it today? If so, do they eat it at certain ...
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Is the experience of God the fulfillment of all our desires here…or an unknown quantity? [closed]

I love the British sci-fi series 'Dr Who'... also films, movie monsters and statues of film characters, film collectables and so on...some love golf...others flower arranging etc. Now I've heard it ...
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Is there a scripture affirming the begetting of the Word?

John's prologue does support the begetting of the Word by using the term " only-begotten" but bible scholars nowadays almost always consider it as a mistranslation of the Greek word " monogenes". So ...
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Is the title of Jesus “Son of God” synonymous with “ Messiah”?

How did the New Testament writers view Jesus' title of "Son of God". What did the early church believes about what it means?
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Is there an evidence about the doctrine of Christophany in the New Testament?

The doctrine about Christophany teaches that before the eternal Son was incarnated he already appeared in the Old Testament as the Angel of the Lord. The question is if there is a New Testament ...
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How many Christians believe there is time in Heaven?

"It seems that the idea that created beings become timeless in heaven is not one that is widely held. God, as the Creator of time, space, and matter, is the only Being that exists outside of time, ...
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How did Moses write the events which happened ~2000 years before him?

Except the book of Genesis, I believe that it is possible to make some plausible possibilities on how the books of the Bible were written. Moses wrote about himself, Joshua recorded his conquest of ...
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Does Christianity allow allegorical readings of creation and the deluge? [closed]

Please forgive me, I'm not Christian but I have wondered: Why do Christians seem to try to prove Noah's flood or a young earth? Considering the overwhelming evidence for human and geologic history ...
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What specifically is in the Pentateuch that later writers could not have known?

I have heard people say that the Five Books of Moses had to be divine and written 3-4 thousand years ago because there is content in it that later writers (a la Documentary Hypothesis) simply could ...
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Was Jesus command to watch in Matthew 26 just for that night or was it a general caution for the Church?

Jesus charged his disciples to watch and pray in Matthew Chapter 26, and in earlier reading it seemed to me that he was probably referring to the events of that night. In my more recent studies the ...
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Why would Jesus begin to be called the Son of God?

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. (Luke 1:35, NIV) This verse seems ...
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Who is the “Seed of the Serpent” spoken of in Genesis 3?

In Genesis 3, God curses the serpent Satan in the following words: The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you more than all cattle, and more than every beast ...
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Why (and when) did the Apostles stop requiring exactly twelve apostles? Why was James not replaced?

In Acts 1:12-26 we read the story of how Matthias was chosen to replace Judas. This kept the number of apostles at Twelve. Sometime later, James, the brother of John was murdered (Acts 12:2). James ...
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Why fasting prayer? [duplicate]

I want to know what is fasting prayer and why we want to do the fasting prayer. What does the Bible say about this?

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