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What Popes have resigned in the past?

Pope Benedict XVI recently announced his resignation. What other Popes have abdicated in the past? The media keep pointing to Gregory XII, but it is my understanding that he was deposed by the Council ...
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What substitutes for prayers for the Pope's intentions during sede vacante?

One of the requirements one must meet to obtain an indulgence is to pray for the intentions of the pope. When there's no pope, what's the substitute? I guess it's the conclave and the next pope, but I ...
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Who calls the conclave?

There must be someone to oficially call the cardinals to a conclave. Who is it? It can't be the old pope - resignation is hardly the normal situation, so the old pope is supposed to be dead. I guess ...
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Is the Pope allowed to publish books after resignation?

I've heard that after popes die (at least after Bl. John Paul II died) all their unpublished works and letters are burnt and I heard on the radio this morning that Pope Benedict XVI is pretty much ...
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What name was used by Peter for Baptism?

We know that Jesus gave this command. Matthew 28:19 (NIV) Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, ...
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Was Jesus guilty or not guilty by the law? [closed]

There are two answers in this question which contradict each other: How the trial of Jesus compares to the judical standards of the epoch and of the modern times? The first answer says that Jesus ...
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Why do we use the order “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit”?

The three persons of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are united in an undivided Trinity, in which all are equal in stature, according to orthodox trinitarian Christianity. Given that our language is ...
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Did Moses see the face of God?

Exodus 24:9-11 9 Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up 10 and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of lapis lazuli, ...
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How was the gift of the word of knowledge defined by the pioneers of the pentecostal healing revival

I will ask a series of questions concerning individual spiritual gifts (pneumatika/charismata), or manifestations of the Spirit in 1 Cor 12. This second one is also about the gift of the word (logos) ...
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What was the definition of the spiritual gift of the word of Knowledge in early pentecostalism?

I will ask a series of questions concerning individual spiritual gifts (pneumatika/charismata), or manifestations of the Spirit in 1 Cor 12. The first questions are about the gift of the word (logos) ...
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Why do Catholics believe that it is a priest's blessing that transforms the elements into the body and blood of Christ?

I understand that Catholicism teaches the doctrine of transubstantiation, that is, that the bread and wine of the Eucharist are transformed into the literal body and blood of Christ. This apparently ...
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What did Paul mean by 'work out your salvation'? [closed]

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12) Does ...
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Is the existence of God self-evident?

Please support any answer primarily with biblical support and also, if you wish, the writing of a reputed theologian or philosopher.
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Is illegal downloading a sin? [duplicate]

There are several places where the Bible says that stealing is a sin. Exodus 20,15 (KJV) Thou shalt not steal. But is downloading software content like games, music, or films illegally (i.e. ...
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Is Thomas More's reading of “This is my body” a literal one by modern standards?

Thomas More, whose birthday it is today (7 February), was a strong defender of Catholic eucharistic theology. In his Answer to a poisoned book (1533), a reply to a Zwinglian tract probably written by ...
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Is the main battle of the enemy for the mind? [duplicate]

Pastor stressed in the last sermon, the main battle between us and the enemy (Satan), is for the mind. If it is, what hope is there for people with severe mental illness like schizophrenia, bi-polar, ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the Catholic teaching that infant baptism cleanses from original sin?

The Catholic Church, possibly the Orthodox Churches, and even some Protestant churches practice Infant Baptism. However, I understand that Catholicism teaches that infant baptism cleanses the infant ...
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“Conciliated your heavenly affections”

(I hesitated over asking this here or on EL&U, but I suspect that the language is christianese, so I'm opting for here). I've been attempting to 'translate' A.N.Groves' amazing letter to ...
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What was written on the two stone tablets of Moses?

What I understand in Exodus 20-23 is that the words are continuous words spoken by God. We know that Moses was given two stone tablets and the commands were written on it by God's own hand. I wonder ...
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Does the LDS Church teach that murder is unforgivable?

Doctrine and Covenants 42:18 appears to teach that anyone who kills cannot ever be forgiven. Does "killing" refer only to murder or to any killing, be it in self defense or as part of a way? And ...
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Are there any references to “four canonical Gospels” prior to 100 AD?

According to the "Institut für neutestamentliche Textforschung" eleven manuscripts of NT are from within the second century alone, which include: P52 (100-150), P90, 104 (2nd century), P66 (c. AD ...
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How did John the Baptist have the “spirit and power of Elijah”?

As the angel Gabriel said to Zechariah, whose son would be John the Baptist... Luke 1:17 (NLT) 17 He will be a man with the spirit and power of Elijah. He will prepare the people for ...
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Is there any tradition with regards to Zechariah's prayer in Luke?

Luke 1:5-13 (NIV) 5 In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of ...
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Biblical references telling us we should be angry

Overheard on a Christian Radio station this morning: We all know that Jesus said if we are angry without cause, we are in danger of hellfire, and that the Bible tells us to be slow to anger. ...
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Why do LDS use water and leavened bread in communion when the Jews used wine and unleavened bread?

I recently read somewhere that in the LDS observance of communion, water and leavened bread is used. The practice of communion comes from the Jewish Passover ceremony where wine and unleavened bread ...
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Different Bibles and Religions [closed]

First of all I would like to state that this is not an attempt to disprove religion, or the existence of God. There is just a lot of confusion, due to many contradictions. According to some people, ...
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How do mainstream Christians handle the Epistle of St. Barnabas' prophecy that Jesus will return in the next 50 years?

In the Epistle of Barnabas, it says Barnabas 15:3 Of the Sabbath He speaketh in the beginning of the creation; And God made the works of His hands in six days, and He ended on the seventh day, ...
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What is the old covenant of Hebrews 8:6?

But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises. ~ ...
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According to the YEC view, Did the animals eat the forbidden fruit?

Assuming the Young Earth Creationist view that the Genesis account is literal history... When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit they were condemned to death which caused every subsequent human to ...
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Why does Paul not include murderers (or liars) in First Corinthians 6?

1 Corinthians 6 King James Version (KJV) 9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor ...
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Harrowing of Hell

From the Apostle's Creed we know that Jesus descended to Hell. Dante's Inferno also mentioned how Hell might look like. What kind of Hell was it that Jesus went to? Was it, Mark 9:48 where ‘the ...
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What is the mental representation of God during prayer?

In the Bible, we find an internal representation of God, who is within us. For example: “Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke ...
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Where in the Bible does it say that sacrifice can only be done on the temple?

This is probably more relevant for Judaism than Christianity. However, I am checking both. Hezekiah instituted a religious reform that prohibit sacrifice on high places. The justification is a ...
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Are there any accidents (philosophical term) in God?

Accident being defined as an attribute or property contingent upon the existence of something else, from the Latin word accidēns, or the Greek word συμβεβηκός (symbebēkos). Do accidents exist in God?
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NIV Hidden Bible Verses

I'm wondering were are some passages in the NIV, like: Matthew 17:21 Matthew 18:11 Mark 9:44 Mark 11:26 Mark 15:28 Luke 17:36 And some more. Also there are some passages where the NIV delete some ...
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What explanations are given for the apparent exaggeration of the number of Israelites in the Exodus account?

Exodus 12:37-38 says that the Israelites numbered about 600,000 men besides women and children (plus non-Israelites and livestock). Numbers 1 gives a similar total. This means there would have been ...
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Was Satan an Angel [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where in the Bible does it say that Lucifer is an angel? Of what nature is Satan? Most people refer to the following scripture as support for the fact that Satan was ...
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Is there only one God (or אֱלֹהִים, or θεός) by nature?

Men may be called "gods" (equivalent to Hebrew אֱלֹהִים (elohim) or Greek θεός (theos)) according to office, because they assume God's authority on earth. For example, in Exo. 21:6, it is written, ...
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What is the LDS meaning of the New Jerusalem?

The LDS (Mormon) Church has a visitor's center in Independence, MO, which area is apparently related to New Jerusalem. What is the significance of this in LDS theology and what is the LDS belief on ...
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What is the biblical argument against the claim that Jesus is just “a god”, but not “God Almighty”?

As I understand it, Jehovah's Witnesses teach that Jesus is a god, but not God Almighty. However, this goes against the teaching of the majority of Christian denominations and certainly evangelical ...
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Did God kill the first born in Exodus?

Two Jehovah's Witnesses were here yesterday, and we talked for a while about religion. We mentioned briefly God's killing of all the first born in Egypt in Exodus 12:29, whereupon one of the Witnesses ...
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Were witches ever executed by the Eastern Orthodox Church?

If we don't count lynchings, were people ever executed for witchcraft be the Eastern Orthodox Church? In western Christianity, the execution of witches was condemned until 1484, four centuries after ...
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Why does Mosaic Law insist on primogenitur even when the dad despises the first born son's mother?

If a man has two wives, one of them loved and the other disliked, and if both the loved and the disliked have borne him sons, the firstborn being the son of the one who is disliked, then on the day ...
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Was there a sacrifice in the Old Testament for intentional sins?

When reading through the law in the Old Testament it seems that there are only sacrifices for unintentional sins. Is this true? How does the New Testament handle intentional sins such as drunkenness, ...
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How did Nathanael see the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man?

In Jesus' encounter with Nathanael, Jesus concludes the conversation by indicating that Nathanael, as well as others, would see the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man. 43 ...
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Confirmation- How? When? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the steps to become Confirmed in the Catholic church? So I am a Christian who was baptized in a Catholic church. I am currently a senior in High School and ...
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What is the basis for penance (satisfaction) in sacramental confession?

From the Catholic Encyclopedia, The Sacrament of Penance (Confession): As stated above, the absolution given by the priest to a penitent who confesses his sins with the proper dispositions ...
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What is the biblical argument used by Protestants against the Catholic doctrine of Penance?

The Catholic Church holds to the doctrine of Penance. As I understand it, this refers to various deeds prescribed by a priest to the confessing person that must do to make amends for his own sin, ...
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Is there a biblical basis or precedent for restricting women from serving in war?

In the United States, the Secretary of Defense just lifted the ban on women in combat. Many Christians seem to oppose this idea and believe that women should not be put in combat. Is there a ...
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What makes someone an antipope?

Rather straight forward question. There have been multiple men declared antipopes. Is it different each time, or generally the same set of circumstances that causes this?

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