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How many bilateral covenants occur in the Bible?

As the title asks, how many bilateral covenants occur in scripture between God and His creation (this does not include bilateral covenants between humans and humans, e.g., a marriage covenant between ...
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What happens when a Protestant doesn't tithe?

I heard in another question that some Protestants have to tithe. That is, they must give one-tenth of their salary, or more broadly, a specific amount or percentage. That seems a bit strange to me, ...
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Baptising someone without consent

Stemming from this question Is it valid to baptize multiple persons at once?, the question gives the scenario of one person baptising multiple people on a plane that is going to crash. The bit that ...
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What is the biblical basis for requiring that a pastor/preacher/teacher/etc be paid for their ministry?

What is the biblical basis for requiring a minister to be paid for their work? Put another way, what is the biblical basis for supporting the notion of a solely-vocational pastor? Note - I am NOT ...
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Do Catholics tithe?

This might seem like a silly question, but I am not a Catholic, and so I do not know the answer! Do Catholics tithe?
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Which is more important to the Roman Catholic Church today: Church unity or the actual text of scripture?

I recently did some study on the fact that Augustine objected to Jerome translating the OT into Latin from the Hebrew instead of the Greek because there were significant differences in the texts. ...
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How do married clergy (preachers) in Protestant denominations support their family?

In Roman Catholicism the clergy is predominantly celibate and hence there is no pressure of sustaining a family. What exactly is the system in a Protestant clergy? Are they employed in a gainful ...
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What is baptism by Desire?

Again, this is one I've never heard of. Inspired by Peter Turner's comment. If you had a plane full of people's consent to be baptized if they miraculously survived the flight but they died ...
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Is it valid to baptize multiple persons at once?

To take an extreme example, if a person is on a plane that's about to crash, and she wishes to perform a baptism that is valid according to the Catholic Church (and therefore valid according to the ...
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In general, in the Protestant branch, who can baptize a new believer?

I know quite well that the plethora of Protestant denominations means that there are almost no universal traditions. However, there are a number of particular traditions or beliefs that are held by ...
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According to the Roman Catholic church, who can baptize a new believer?

As far as I remember, there is no rule in the Bible as to who can baptize a new believer. However, I'm almost certain that sometime in the early history of the Roman Catholic church, someone or some ...
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Has the Church historically considered biblical texts concerning slavery to be transcultural or finite?

How have the Bible's passages concerning slavery been interpreted and applied throughout Christian history, especially passages such as Exodus 21:2-11, Leviticus 25:44-46, and 1 Timothy 6:1-2? Have ...
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Is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of the Father?

Is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of the Father? It's a pretty simple question, so I don't really know if there is much I can add to the body.
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Why did punishment differ in Leviticus 20:13 and 1 Kings 15:11-12?

Is there any reason behind why punishment differed in Leviticus 20:13 and 1 Kings 15:11-12? What's the context? Leviticus 20:13 If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have ...
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What does inherit the earth mean in Matthew 5:5 [closed]

I had a discussion with some friends last night about the meaning of the phrase "the meek will inherit the earth" in Matthew. Matthew 5:5. NIV Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit ...
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Did Jesus pray to God in the Gospel?

Did Jesus pray to God according to the prevalent Jewish customs? How did he pray to God? What does the Gospel say about it?
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What did people call and pronounce Jesus in Jesus' time [duplicate]

I see that the letter 'J' cant be pronounced in Hebrew or its parent Aramaic, Hence I wanted to know how was Jesus called by people in those days of Jesus. Please given evidence from the Gospels ...
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We might find Judas in Heaven?

We all know how Judas sold Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. The thing is he hanged himself before Jesus died on the cross so he went to (supposedly) hell. But after Jesus died on the cross he went to ...
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What religious significance is there in marriage for Catholics and Protestants?

To be clear: This is not a question about why Catholics and Protestants get married. This is not a question about the biblical support for or against marriage. (I am very much for marriage). I ...
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Is the choice of a new Pope inspired by the Holy Spirit?

Are Roman Catholics required to believe that the Cardinals choice of a new Pope is inspired by the Holy Spirit? If so, how do we explain "bad" popes?
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Roman Catholics: What is the precise manner of expressing the relationship of the humanity (human nature) to the divine person of the Son?

For example, are any of the following statements correct? The humanity subsists in the Divine Person of the Son. The humanity substands the Divine Person of the Son. The divine person of the Son ...
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Did Jesus really die?

I know that Jesus is really God. But I'm still confused... I don't get how God could die or be killed by people. Isn't God always there? How can God die? Please explain this to me in an easy to ...
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God commanded people to kill in the Old testament, does he still command people to kill today? [duplicate]

As the title states. God commanded people to kill in the Old testament, does he still command people to kill today? There are people who claim God commanded them to Kill. Is this legit? Or is there ...
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How could the Egyptian magicians do what God did through Moses?

In Exodus when God performed miracles through Moses and Aaron, the Egyptian magicians did the same things that God did, How is that possible ? The first time: Exodus 7:10-13 So Moses and ...
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What do the words Catholic and Protestant mean? [closed]

Also, what is the history of use and what languages do they come from? Is it a fitting name today or is it outdated? How do the two relate to each other?
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Were the councils of the 4th and 5th centuries primarily to deal with Apocryphal writings?

Were the Apocryphal writings the primary motivation behind the cannons and councils of the 4th and 5th centuries or were there other motivations? Did the ancient church leaders cite their reasons for ...
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How is it significant that Jesus rose on the 3rd day?

Christianity teaches that Jesus died on the cross and on the Third day rose from the dead. His resurection is significant for all sorts of reasons which I don't want to go into in this question. What ...
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Why is Good Friday called “Good”?

My coworker asked "Why is Good Friday called good?" when I mentioned that we have Good Friday off, and I unfortunately don't know the answer to the question. Is there a very obvious way to explain ...
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Why did Aquinas place so much credence in Aristotle?

Many of Aquinas' proofs are based on Aristotle's writings. But, why did Aquinas rely so heavily on Aristotle? Science proves that Aristotle sometimes erred in his own writings. For example, Aristotle ...
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The four living creatures and twenty-four elders in Revelation?

"The Apocalypse, or Revelation to John, the last book of the Bible, is one of the most difficult to understand because it abounds in unfamiliar and extravagant symbolism, which at best appears unusual ...
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Do angels sing?

In Job 38 angels "shouted for joy", Luke 2 has angels "praising God and saying". I've heard that angels are never definitively described as singing in the Bible - that although some translations use ...
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How do United Pentecostals and other Oneness groups interpret Hebrews 2:9?

But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste ...
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In what way does the author of Hebrews argue that every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution?

Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or ...
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Must one believe that there is only one True and Living God to be saved? [closed]

Must one believe that there is only one True and Living God to be saved? Obviously the scripture states in various places that God is one (Deut 6:4, Isaiah 45:5), and I do believe this and I am fully ...
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When does the bread and wine become Body and Blood?

Exactly when during the Mass does transubstantiation occur? I am aware that it occurs during the Eucharistic Prayer, but at exactly what moment? Would this change if a priest were to consecrate ...
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What denominations/people don't take Genesis 1 as a historical event and why? [closed]

I read somewhere here on Christianity.SE that the Genesis 1 is not taken literally by some people and considered more like a parable than a real historical event ? So what Christian denominations ...
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How do Cessationists expect people to believe without seeing miracles today?

Classical Cessationism asserts that the "sign gifts" such as prophecy, healing and speaking in tongues ceased with the apostles and the finishing of the canon of Scripture. They only served as ...
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Does a Christian who commits sins against Christian doctrine and commandments still remain Christian? [duplicate]

What is the position of the Christian denominations about whether a person who commits sins and lives un-Christian lifestyle, yet believes he is Christian, still remains Christian? This question is ...
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Do Christians believe that more sinful people suffer more on Earth?

I wonder what Christian groups believe that more sinful people suffer more on Earth due to God's punishment?
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Lutheranism, Has God ordained all things?

According to the Westminster Confession of Faith God has, in some way, ordained everything that comes to pass. I. God from all eternity did by the most wise and holy counsel of his own will, ...
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Calvinism: How does Limited Atonement Work in View of the Universality of Christ's Work?

Issues, Etc. has a post on Lutheranism vs. Calvinism. I'm more or less in total agreement with the pastor on the first two of the five Calvinistic points. However, he loses me when talking about ...
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Confessional Lutheranism: How does Unlimited Atonement work?

I recognize that concerning the mysteries of the faith that Lutherans do not typically like to answer "how does this doctrine work?" type of questions, but I'm hoping for an explanation. Issues, Etc. ...
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Who believes that the misfortunes of Jews are a result of “God's curse” for their killing of Jesus?

In this answer user Mike made the following statement: For the curse they put upon themselves was later brought to pass in the actual destruction of their nation which occurred in 70 A.D. Their ...
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Is this true that before the Quinisext Council it was not allowed to draw Jesus on icons in the form of a man?

Is this true that only at the Quinisext Council it was allowed to draw Jesus on icons as a man, and that before that time Jesus was only depicted on icons as a fish or a lamb? I've looked up the ...
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Was it a miracle of God that the Jews incriminated themselves and their children in the blood of Jesus?

The Bible said that the Jews as a whole accepted the guilt of killing Jesus and declared guilty themselves and their descendants: "When Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but rather ...
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Did Zachariah ask for a son to God?

This is related to this question. I found this verses from Qur'an. Surah 19:1-7 Kaf- Ha-Ya-'Ain-Sad. (This is) a mention of the mercy of your Lord to His slave Zakariya (Zachariah). When ...
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Does Luke 6:30 imply that the person asking has a genuine need?

There was another thread in Mi Yodeya where a Jewish individual played a "prank" on a Christian in order to get his money ($20) since he figured the Christian was obligated to give it to him if he ...
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Is there biblical basis for the claim that Pilate had no choice?

There is a trend among Christians to put the guilt of killing Jesus on Jews rather than on Romans. Some Christians go as far as to proclaiming Pilate a saint (as did either Ethiopian or Coptic church ...
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The Popes Prophecy of St. Malachy [closed]

I am a young Christian and at times I fall into traps that I read one thing that isn't written in the bible then I believe it. I read the Prophesy of St Malachy and now I am convincing myself that ...
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What is the significance of priest breaking the bread (Host) in a Catholic mass?

In a Catholic mass, just before the distribution of communion to people, priest breaks the Host in to pieces and people simultaneously acclaim: Lamb of God you take away the sins of the world, Have ...

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