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How do Protestants view “Catholic” miracles, such as those that attest to a saint?

An important part of Catholicism is the canonization of saints in the present day. One of the criteria for canonization is the confirmation of miracles associated with the would-be saint. In ...
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How can you serve God when you can't see him? [closed]

Philippians 1:1 says, "Paul and Timothy, servants of Jesus Christ" Since Jesus is not here but seated above in heaven, how do his people get a sense or assurance of really serving him?
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When did the insertion of title-page for Old Testament and New Testament started?

All the Bible I have seen have title-pages for both New Testament and Old Testament. There is always a dedicated page just before the Book of Genesis with the title "The Old Testament" which indicates ...
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What is the Obsolete Covenant? [duplicate]

By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear. (Hebrews 8:13, NIV) In the light of the Epistle to Hebrews, what did ...
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Why is the Bible divided into Old Testament and New Testament?

All the Bible I have seen (Catholic and Protestant) have the books in the Bible divided into two groups - Old Testament and New Testament. There is always a dedicated page just before the Book of ...
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How do Catholics explain Jesus' words to the thief on the cross, in light of the doctrine of Purgatory?

In Luke 23, there is a brief conversation between Jesus and one of the thieves crucified beside him: 42Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43Jesus answered him,...
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What crime was committed by the “thieves” crucified with Jesus?

During yesterday's sermon, the pastor mentioned the theory that the thieves crucified next to Jesus likely weren't simple thieves to warrant such a sentence, but were probably "thieves with a cause." ...
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Was incest allowed by God before? [duplicate]

Did God allowed incest before? Did Noah and his family committed incest? If yes when did God start forbidding it and why? If no, how did Noah and his family repopulate the world and how about the risk ...
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Why did John the Baptist compare the holy spirit with dove?

John 1:32 reads: And John gave this witness, saying, "I saw the Spirit coming down from heaven like a dove and resting on him". Why did John the Baptist compare the holy spirit with a dove? ...
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Did Evil enter the World when Man sinned, or was sin already in the World but man did not know what it was? [closed]

God created the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and told Adam that if he ate of the tree he would surely die. Genesis 2:9 and 17 9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every ...
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Why is God three persons rather than four or more? [duplicate]

This question is about the Holy Trinity. Did the Scriptures explained that God is necessarily three persons? [ This question doesn't challenge the Trinity if it is true but rather, the question, if ...
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Who were the non-gentiles implied in Matthew 6: 32?

In Matthew 6: 32 ("For all these things the Gentiles seek.") it seems as if Jesus divided the world into gentiles and non-gentiles. Who were the non-gentiles implied in the verse?
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What is the difference between “belong fully to God” and “belong to God”?

"Saints are people who belong fully to God," Pope Francis said, thus introducing a degree of belonging to God, fully or less fully or, even, not fully. Can anyone explain, in the light of Gospel, ...
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Are there any churches that claim to be Sola Sciptura that also are pro gay-marriage?

A friend of mine has posited that it is impossible to be Sola Scriptura and also be pro gay-marriage. I think he is right in a traditional sense. However, I am curious to know if there any churches ...
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“καὶ στρατείας κλῆσις” - Cyril, Procatechesis, §1

In Procatechesis, §1, Cyril was talking about events that had occurred before a Christian was baptized. He wrote, Ὀνοματογραφία τέως ὑμῖν γέγονε, καὶ στρατείας κλῆσις· καὶ νυμφαγωγίας λαμπάδες, ...
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Can humans aquire 'infinite' joy when they are finite beings? [closed]

I read CS Lewis say that the Beatification is an "infinite good" and, hence, "infinitely outweighs the negations" (the stuff we shall leave behind here). He also argued, in Letters to Malcolm, that we ...
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What is the difference between original sin and a sin nature?

As I understand Original sin it is being guilty of sin at birth because of Adam and Eve's first sin. I also understand that man has a propensity toward sin because of the inheritance of the Knowledge ...
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Why does John 1 say “the Word was with God” and not “scripture was with God”?

Given that the Bible and Scripture is referred to as God's word, would the meaning of John 1:1 and John 1:14 be changed if the word 'scripture' was interchanged for the word 'word'? John 1:1 ...
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How is the Son begotten? [closed]

The early church agree that the Son is begotten by the Father. "To beget is to produce an offspring of same nature." The Father has no beginning that is why the Son has no beginning (like ...
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In Roman Catholicism, what is the right way of praying for the salvation of departed souls?

In Roman Catholicism, I understand that as per traditions, while praying for the salvation of departed souls, we usually have to recite “Our father and hail Mary”. Are there any Church guidelines ...
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Guilty Conscience for lack of prayer [closed]

When we don’t pray or avoid praying, is it like we are betraying God? Can the evil forces have an upper hand on our lives leading us into problems and create troubles and bad things will start ...
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Is the beast of Revelation 13 the same as the beast of Daniel 7?

There are several similarities between the Beast described in Revelation chapter 13 and the one described in Daniel chapter 7. Rev 13:1 and 2 KJV And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw ...
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Does God consider nudity a sin? [closed]

I just want to ask this question because when God created us we were naked (I assume) and probably there's not even a leaf covering our genitals like how children's books portray it. But then when ...
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What is “New Creation” according to Catholicism?

2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. I don't know if this subject has importance in Catholicism....
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What is “New Creation” according to Protestants?

2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. It is undeniable that no one can live a perfect sinless ...
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How do missionaries communicate to people in foreign countries without previous exposure? [closed]

It is accepted by church tradition that St. Thomas the Apostle somehow came to India, but it is unclear to me how he managed to get through the language barrier. Did India have any contact with the ...
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Is dressing oneself in formal attire on Sundays (Sunday hat and dress) solely an American Christian custom?

Before I start, I realize that this question is related to another question. However, this question is more concerned about the custom of wearing one's "Sunday best", which usually means a nicely ...
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What biblical verses have been used to justify or even inspire working women?

I was reading this article on How To Be A Good Housewife, and what got my attention was the fact that Mexican women are encouraged to become housewives, because the Bible says so, and Mexico is very ...
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Why is it that so many Churches have a problem with Halloween but not with the other pagan holidays? [closed]

Can anyone give me a good reason to how it is ok to celebrate the resurrection of Yehoshu'a Immanuel in Pagan Ritual. And also to celebrate his birth in Pagan Ritual, even though he was not born in ...
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How do Christian theologians view and/or use Jewish commentators? [closed]

I've been wondering about the status of Jewish commentators on the Hebrew Bible (e.g. Rashi, Ibn Ezra, etc.) and other post-Biblical Jewish authors (e.g. Josephus) in Christianity. Are there prominent ...
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Do we know which sea Jesus calmed?

Preparing for a service at our church, I was reading Luke 8:22-25 when Jesus was asleep in the boat, is woken by his disciples and calms the storm. The same story is also told in Mark 4:35-41 and ...
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How did the livestock of the Egyptians die twice?

Yesterday we were studying the ten plagues in Exodus. One of the things that confused us was this. Exodus 9:6 reads: 6 And the next day the Lord did it: All the livestock of the Egyptians died, ...
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What is the biblical basis for ascribing theological worth to “human dignity”?

I was reading an interesting article suggesting that "Christians" should embrace economic freedom, and was rather taken by the following paragraph: Full article at http://tifwe.org/research/five-...
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What does Acts 13:39 mean? [duplicate]

Acts 13:39 (NIV) — Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses. If the law of Moses is not anymore ...
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What does Isaiah 2:22 mean?

Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem? (Isaiah 2:22, NIV) All humans breathe with nostrils. So, should we distrust all people?
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Why does the Pope include himself among the sinners?

'We are all sinners. But God heals us with an abundance of grace, mercy and tenderness.' (emp. mine) the Holy Father, Pope Francis, said on Twitter. Why does the Pope say 'We are all sinners' ...
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Why did God relent on killing Moses when Zipporah circumcised their son?

In Exodus 4 we are told that God sought to kill Moses for not circumcising his son in accordance with the law given to Abraham in: Genesis 17:11 KJV And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your ...
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Is this about 'sehnsucht'; in which case, can God be Pleasure manifest or is he a being who is full of pleasure?

"I have tried since . . . to make every pleasure into a channel of adoration. I don’t mean simply by giving thanks for it. One must of course give thanks, but I meant something different . . . ...
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Are Left handers servants of the devil? [closed]

For thousands of years, the Devil has been associated with the left hand in various ways and is normally portrayed as being left-handed in pictures and other images. In the seventeenth century it was ...
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Why does the Son have a source of existence?

Why does the Son have a source of existence? Early church fathers believed that the Son has an source or origin of existence (reference). To have an origin is different from having a beginning. ...
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Was the Son eternally begotten?

Was the Son begotten continuously or just once? This question revolves around the begetting of the Son before the creation of the universe NOT his incarnation. Was the Son begotten continuously ...
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What is the theology of the Semi-Arians?

What I know from history books is that Semi-Arians held to the neutral theological position of homoiousians against both strict homoousians and anomoeans. However, I found a very scant knowledge ...
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Using context in interpreting Scripture

When I am discussing the Bible and I use the Old Testament, often I am told that that portion does not apply to us because it is addressed to the Jews. By the time I am finished with my discussion I ...
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What biblical (scriptural) basis does a Christian have to command the blessings?

I hear some Christians say that we should command the blessings or command our morning to align itself with our day and faith. I believe this is true, but I want a biblical framework to reference when ...
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What does it mean that the Virgin was assumed “in body” in Heaven?

... the Pope explained that the text from the Revelation, which speaks of a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon at her feet and a garland of twelve stars upon her head, refers both to the Virgin ...
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What is the thesis of the church towards asexuality?

What is the position of the Church on asexuals? An asexual is a person who does not experience sexual attraction towards any person, thus does not desire to have sex. Asexuality is distinct from ...
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Was the Synagogue of Satan the same as the Synagogue of Libertines?

If the Synagogue of Libertines (Acts 6: 9) was Hellenist it would not have been regarded as properly Jewish by conservative Jews. Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the ...
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Why are Holy See-PLO's relations “special”? [closed]

In an official Pope's discourse it is said: The Holy See currently maintains full diplomatic relations with 179 States, to which must be added the European Union and the Sovereign Military Order ...
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Are all of the red letter text the words of Jesus?

To what extent can we be sure that the red letters in a KJV Bible are the actual words of Jesus?
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Is the Eternal imperative?

I just had an interesting conversation at Ask The Atheist: http://asktheatheist.com/?p=1860 Essentially, I asked: Do atheists believe that everything came from nothingness or do they believe that ...

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