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Gregorian Chant - Is it merely a form of music, like Hymns, or is there a deeper meaning?

The title says it all. Is Gregorian Chant merely a style of music, or is there some deeper meaning behind it? Does it serve some special purpose, or have a usage beyond being a form of worshiping ...
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Rules behind resolving alleged Biblical discrepancies

One of the charges that is consistently leveled against Biblical reliability is that the Bible is "full of contradictions". This is certainly not a new charge, and the field of Apologetics, with its ...
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Is the genealogy in Matthew a complete Genealogy, or did he abreviate it for a specific reason?

The genealogy in Matthew 1 lists the names in 3 groups - From Abraham to David, David to the Exile, The Exile to Jesus. I'm just interested to know is this a complete family history for Jesus, or is ...
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Is there a special significance attached to a Latin Mass?

Every so often, one of my Catholic acquaintances will mention that they will be, or have just attended a Latin Mass. I know pretty much nothing about a Latin Mass, other than (obviously) that it's ...
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Who said “he would be called a Nazarene”?

Matthew 2:23 NIV and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene. From what research I have done, it does ...
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How can women be forbidden to speak and yet prophesy and speak in tongues?

In 1 Corinthians 14, Paul give forbids women from speaking in church. 1 Corinthians 14 NIV 34 Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in ...
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Do Western Christians confuse Mysticism with Emotionalism?

I repeatedly hear Western Christians repudiate mysticism. This post is NOT about the merits or dangers of Christian mysticism. Another question addresses that sufficiently. This question deals with ...
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Why are Mormon Temples Ceremonies kept secret from non-Mormons?

Even though only priests were allowed into the Temple in the Old Testament, all of the ceremonies and furnishings were described in great detail in the Old Testament for anyone, Jew or Gentile alike, ...
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What are the major differences between evangelical Christianity and Mormonism?

I'm looking for concrete theological beliefs and practices on where they differ. Christians say that Mormons aren't Christian and yet Mormons call themselves Christian. So it can be quite hard to tell ...
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What is the LDS (Mormon) position on eschatology?

There are several different eschatological (end-times) perspectives in Protestant Christianity, including the following: Amillennialists - end times prophecies are largely figurative ...
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Why do LDS members (Mormons) maintain a long-term supply of food?

I understand that LDS members are encouraged to build and maintain a long-term supply of food and other essentials. From where did this teaching originate and what is the reasoning behind this ...
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Which book of Scripture is most esteemed by the LDS church?

I understand that the LDS church regards the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Pearl of Great Price, and the Doctrine and Covenants all as Scripture. In practice, which of these works is most highly ...
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When is the Christmas Season?

So, Christmas is, of course, on December 25th* . Technically, Advent precedes Christmas, and Epiphany follows it. But, in several traditions, Christmas is the set of Sundays following Christmas, ...
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Why is “We Three Kings” a Christmas hymn, and not a Lenten one?

I'll admit, when I was a young'n, I thought "We Three Kings" was a silly song. I mean, it was just about a star, right? After all, since I only knew the chorus, and the first verse: We three ...
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How to approach non christian friends with Gospel [closed]

I am working as a software engineer, all of my colleagues are non Christians they don't believe any thing with out proofs and reason. How do i approach them with gospel (i.e what Jesus has done to ...
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Can God reverse the fall of man specifically on earth?

Life for humans (Adam and Eve) before eating from the tree of knowledge was extremely different - as there was no sin in the physical earth. Before that time, the two were separate, and evil had ...
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Where did the dates at the bottom of the pages in the Book of Mormon come from?

From these images of an original copy of the Book of Mormon, it appears that the dates and chapter summaries that appear in modern printings do not appear in the original. When exactly did these ...
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Is there any historical evidence that would indicate where exactly the ark of the covenant is now located?

The Ark of the Covenant was presumably located in the Holy of Holies in the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 A.D. when Titus conquered the city and destroyed the Temple. Is there any historical indication ...
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Is the nation of Israel itself a type of Christ and, if so, how?

There is a branch of theological study devoted to archetypes, or types of Christ. Some of these are explicitly defined in the New Testament, as when Jesus speaks of the manna from heaven and calls ...
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Is there a doctrine or Biblical justification that explains why God chose the number 7 to be so significant?

Do any major traditions in Christianity hold any sort of formulated doctrine or is there some Biblical justification tossed around that explains God's a priori reason for choosing 7 to be significant ...
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Does Mark 16:9-20 Prove the Bible is not the infallible word of God?

Regarding Mark 16:9-20: To my knowledge, most biblical scholars agree that the last 12 verses of the Gospel of Mark were added at a later date in order to give a more coherent finish to a seemingly ...
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What is the Christian definition of “The Messiah”?

Christianity is the religion of people who consider Jesus to be "The Messiah". But what is the Christian definition of "The Messiah"? Since Christian theology is based on the notion of "The ...
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What is significant about the swaddling clothes with which Jesus was wrapped as a baby?

Luke gives the account of Jesus' birth and mentions that Mary wrapped Him in "swaddling cloths". And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a ...
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What was the Star of Bethlehem?

I'm surprised this question hasn't been asked already. Matthew 2:1-2 (NIV) 2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem ...
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What is the significance of the angelic visitation of the shepherds after the birth of Jesus Christ?

In his gospel, Luke records the visitation of the angels to shepherds immediately after the birth of Jesus Christ. And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch ...
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What is the significance of Bethlehem as the place of Jesus birth?

The New Testament records that Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea. In fact, this was a fulfillment of prophecy, as Matthew records: Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of ...
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The Reason for Physical Disability

I believe that disability is a result of Adam and Chavva's sin. Here's the logic behind my reasoning. Adam and Chavva were not disabled according to scripture. Adam and Chavva committed sin. ...
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How did the “wise men” become known as 3 kings?

In Matt 2, the men from east who came to visit Baby Jesus are referred to as wise men. However, now they are also known as three kings. When did they become known as "kings" rather than "wise men" ...
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Was Jesus a poor man, in economic sense?

I saw a video of Cesar Vidal and he said, that probably, Jesus was a middle-high class in economic sense, during the period of life before public ministry. I need historical references.
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How do we identify false prophets? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to test the spirits and identify false preachers one of the gifts of Holy Spirit is the gift to receive Prophecys. (1 Corinthians 12) Jesus also warns us in Matthew ...
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Is there any Christian group that takes Matthew 23:8-10 literally?

Related to: Are there any Christian groups that follow Matthew 23:9? and What is the Roman Catholic view on Matthew 23:9? 8 “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and ...
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What is the basis of Christian belief that criminals should be punished on Earth?

Do Christians believe that criminals should be punished on Earth by state authorities? If so, why are they not satisfied with the promised divine punishment in afterlife?
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Is the LDS's view of Trinity/Godhead considered monotheistic or polytheistic?

With the LDS view that the Trinity is three beings would that mean they (LDS) are monotheistic or polytheistic?
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What is the LDS view on the Trinity? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: If Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) don’t believe in a Holy Trinity, then who do they believe is God? My main question is this: What is the LDS view of the Trinity? As a ...
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In what manner does the LDS believe we may become like God? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the Mormon doctrine regarding becoming a god? Lorenzo Snow, a prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, stated: As man is, God once was; as ...
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Do reformed theologists call “God the Father” Jehovah

"God the Son" is generally agreed to be Jesus. Do reformed theologists agree that "God the Father" is Jehovah (or is this only something claimed by the denomination calling themselves Jehovah's ...
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Why don't we use the abundant life as a way to reach the lost? [closed]

In this age of self-help mantras, why doesn't the Church offer Jesus as a way to have the abundant life? After all, that is what Jesus came for as well. The reason I ask is because when people used ...
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Does the Old Testament foretell the time in history in which the Messiah would come (the first time)?

I understand that the Old Testament prophecies many different things about the Messiah who was to come, including the virgin birth, His suffering, His resurrection, etc. However, is there anything ...
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Does an understanding of how the Bible was written, play a strong role in any Christian sect?

There is sometimes a misunderstanding or differing opinion of who wrote what in the Bible. Is this issue relevant to any particular Christian sect? Does the topic play an important role?
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Universalism in the Orthodox Church?

Is this true that in the Orthodox Church there are still two quite opposite views existing, one of which holds that everybody will sooner or later be delivered by God from the hell, and another one ...
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What are Christians called who believe in a non-intervening God?

Which branch(es) of Christianity takes the stance that there is a God who creates all things but once the creation is here on this earth, does not intervene? I heard an argument between coworkers ...
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Is it correct to say “any effort using scientific way to prove or disprove God is in vain”?

Am I right in saying that we can never use science to find the physical existence of God, neither could we disprove that? I am in academic, I am surrounded by so many "science-is-the-ultimate-answer" ...
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Earlier use of this argument for the necessity of evil?

I seem to recall hearing or reading that Augustine posited that perhaps evil as such did not exist, i.e., that evil is more a void or absence of existence. I think this line of reasoning is used to ...
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What must one do in order to lose his or her salvation?

Some Christian traditions believe that one can lose his or her salvation, even after a genuine conversion experience and years of faithfulness. For those who teach this doctrine: what ...
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What is the biblical basis for the doctrine of the loss of salvation?

In contrast to the doctrine of Eternal Security, many denominations believe that a person can, in fact, lose his or her salvation. So, what is the biblical basis or biblical argument for the doctrine ...
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What is the biblical basis for the doctrine of Eternal Security?

The Doctrine of Eternal Security teaches that once a person truly experience salvation, that person's eternal destiny of eternal life is immutable. What is the biblical basis or biblically-based ...
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What is the biblical basis against the use or overuse of tobacco and other types of drugs?

A common position among many Christians in America is that the use of tobacco, alcohol, and other types of drugs (marijuana, etc.) is immoral and sinful. Paul seems to indicate that, in the context ...
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What does it mean that all scripture is God-Breathed?

In 2 Tim 3:16, Paul writes All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (NIV) All Scripture is breathed out by God and ...
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Resist not evil! What this means, not to fight evil?

Matthew 5:39: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. What does this mean? Not to fight evil? Does that mean ...
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Before the fall of Adam, did anything die?

This seems like a simple question, but I cannot find a clear answer. The book of Genesis (1:29,30), implies that Adam just ate "plants and herbs". So I think it is safe to assume animals were not ...

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