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Can someone help me cite Luther's explanation of faith alone to Catholics

So, I've seen this quoted in The Faith of Millions, and on the Internet "You tell me what a great fuss the Papists are making because the word ‘alone’ is not in the text of Paul. If your Papist ...
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Does the Bible condone bribery?

Proverbs 21:14 (NLT) "A secret gift calms anger; a bribe under the table pacifies fury." Reading this scripture it would seem to indicate that the Bible supports (at the very least some form ...
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How could God's form be seen prior to His incarnation?

In a seeker's Bible discussion last week, I had explained that God created the physical world and, therefore, existed outside the physical world. I stated that He entered into the physical world in ...
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Why does the Bible say that people no longer need to ‘feel guilty’ under the gospel, as compared to the Old Testament?

There is the verse from Hebrews that makes me pose the question: 10 The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the ...
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Proverbs 14:4 - What does this mean? [closed]

Proverbs 14:4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox come abundant harvests. I've been reading proverbs lately, but I haven't been able to understand ...
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What did Peter, James and John see on the Mount of Transfiguration?

During a Bible discussion for seekers last week, one of them asked a question that led me to ponder this questions. As I understand it, the body of Moses (not Elijah since he never died) should still ...
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Why aren't I considered illegitimate?

So, my dad is a baptized Catholic, but was raised Presbyterian. When he was in his twenties he married a woman in the Catholic Church who left him within a year (and got married to his best man... sad ...
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What translation does the Catholic Breviary of England use for Psalms?

I've heard that in England the Roman Catholic Liturgy of the Hours uses a different translation for the readings from the U. S. (Specifically, the British use Jerusalem Bible in their liturgies ...
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Jacob wrestled with God

We had our small group meeting recently and the topic was about the life of Jacob and here were the questions that were asked during the discussion, hope you could help shed some light. If God ...
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Why is the KJV frequently said to be the “true” translation?

This question actually centers on the KJV translation itself. It's not hard to find a church in America (particularly in the south) where they believe that the KJV is the one true translation and that ...
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Knowledge of your sin

For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which ...
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The Bible and art

I was wondering what instructions, if any, the bible places on the creation of art. I imagine anything that is forbid by the Bible would be disallowed to be put in a piece of art, but I can not seem ...
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Does Exodus 3:14 explain who God is to everyone regardless of time and culture?

Exodus 3:14 states: God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’ This seems appropriate in regard to the Israelites since they ...
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Issues with legal documents and marriage

My fiance and I are planning our wedding and are having some trouble because we are from different countries. We are both Christians and would like to have a wedding that is honorable to God ...
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What was the difference between the Pharisees and Sadducees?

Jeusus often encountered these two groups: 34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 ...
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Why did Jesus keep some in the dark by using parables?

I once heard someone say that parables are the best way to teach, because Jesus used them.  Of course this makes no sense because parables are very difficult to understand unless explained. Jesus ...
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How does societal consecration to Mary differ from individual consecration?

For individual Catholics, consecration to Mary is a serious commitment not to be lightly entered into. It seems to me that this consecration is seen as an "advanced" step for people who are already ...
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What is the earliest record of using icons to worship God in the Catholic or Orthodox traditions?

The question is as simple as the title. I am simply wondering, ‘When is the earliest recorded date of this tradition?’
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What kind of Elijah did the Jews expect?

In Malachi 4:5 we find: See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. From this verse and possibly also because Elijah had been, like Enoch, ...
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When might a Christians consider taking anti-depressants or psychiatric medications? [closed]

There seems to be a variety of views about Christian use of medicine. I am not looking for answers related to the extreme position that God heals everybody if you only have faith. This seems far ...
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Did the Jews use icons and images to help them worship as Catholics or Orthodox worshipper do?

I understand that some worshippers use icons to 'lift up their minds from earthly things to the heavenly things'? I am not interested about those using them as stage-props for a play (in comparison), ...
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Ruling on eating pork in Christianity as per Bible? [closed]

I am very new to Christanity and so kindly bear with me if my question appears novice. I want to know what is the ruling on eating pork in Christianity as per Bible?
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How does spiritual maturity affect our hermeneutic (how we interpret the Bible)?

The are various Bible passages that compare learning to the phase of infancy to adulthood. I assume children and adults have a similar hermeneutic, in terms of logic, yet they do not see things the ...
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Babel - modern day [closed]

And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do; and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. ~ ...
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Was Jesus Plan B?

Recently, in a Facebook argument somebody brought up the fact that Jesus was plan B. That God's original intention was for all of us to live on earth eternally. But then Adam and Even sinned and God's ...
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For what did the quakers win the Nobel Prize?

I read that the Friends Service Council (The Quakers) and the American Friends Service Committee (The Quakers) won the Noble Peace prize in 1947. Does anyone know what for exactly. I would think it ...
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Could Adam calculate the age of the earth using science?

I some times wonder when God made the garden, to beautify it, the trees for example must have been differing height and width.  Therefore, assuming a literal 7 day creation, if Adam were to cut a ...
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Why is Cain afraid when he is driven away from God? [closed]

When God punishes Cain, he replies: Gen 4:14 Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me ...
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From where did Cain get his wife? [closed]

I want to know that where did Cain Son of Adam and Eve get his wife? As there was nobody except Adam and Eve after he killed Abel.
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Were the Jews expecting the Messiah to suffer at all?

When Jesus spoke about his future suffering it did not seem to register properly. For example: (Matthew 16:22) Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall ...
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Old testament accuracy of God's Word

As has been discussed before there are differences between the old and new testament. What I wish to know is this: How accurate is the word of God written in the old testament? How much of it is/was ...
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Did Jesus wear tefillin?

Tefillin1 are boxes containing Torah verses, worn by Jews on the head and the upper arm, in accordance with instructions in Exodus 13:9, 13:16, and Deuteronomy 6:8, 11:18. There is a great deal of ...
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Theory of Evolution and Creation? [closed]

Although it is conclusive that Human evolution from a single celled organism is not true, evolution better known as mutation is. It can be traced historically and in current day. So could we say that ...
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How should a Christian deal with destructive higher criticism of the Bible?

In recent times authorship of Biblical books has been called into question by modern scholars. It is believed that Isaiah didn't write Isaiah, John didn't write John, Matthew didn't write Matthew, ...
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The Creation of the World [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can the sun be created after day and night? I had this question for sometime on my mind, but couldn't find anyone to answer this. On the first day God created the ...
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Troubled people showing interest in reading the Bible: how to explain to them that faith is a lifestyle and not an “ATM”?

I get that often. I meet a lot of people who have some sort of troubles in their life and they show interest in reading the Bible to heal themselves. However, the majority of these people just ...
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What are the main differences between Reformed Protestant Biblical Theology and Covenant Theology?

I have mostly studied theology by people who have their views labeled as Covenant Theology, by the label makers. Recently, I have studied views of some who prefer the label, Biblical Theology. I have ...
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Where in the Bible does it say that God is creating a new earth?

I've heard from my parents/grandparents that God is in the process of building a new Earth. Where in the Bible does it say God is creating a new Earth? Why would God build a new Earth? I know it says ...
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Historicity of which Biblical characters is recognized by Archaeology/History?

I know that Historicity of certain Old testament Kings is recognized. However some like Jonah or Job aren't know to fields of Archaeology or History. What information, evidence do we have and for ...
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Does God exclude loving your neighbor as a basis for being accepted into heaven?

The Bible says:  16 know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith ...
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What is the status of St Malachy's prophecy within Catholicism?

As might be well-known to some, and perhaps especially to Catholics, the name of Saint Malachy, a former Archbishop of Armagh, is often associated with the Prophecy of the Popes. Much of the recent ...
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Is it sinful to prophesy using the Bible?

My pastor correlates any event going on in the world as a sign of getting closer to the return of Christ, using all different quotes from the book of Revelation. I remember Jesus saying something ...
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How do we identify false teachers?

But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, ...
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Counterarguments to “KJV-only”?

Some people believe the King James Version of the Bible is the only version English-speakers should be using, as it is the only inspired translation. (This is referred to as "KJV-onlyism.") ...
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What is specified complexity?

I've read several summaries of William Dembski's concept of specified complexity, including one by Dembski himself, and I've got to confess I have no idea what he is talking about. Is it an attempt ...
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What is the Christian perspective on the description of God?

My pastor (Calvary Chapel) referred to God as His father, then once said that God is everywhere and in everything (i.e. - inside each person) and then that God is Love. So now I am confused as to ...
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Was the Holy Spirit or God (the Godhead), the father of Jesus?

Holy Spirit conceives Jesus Matthew 1:20 ESV But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take ...
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Holiness of Mary and Joseph

Often in stain glass and other art, both Mary and Joseph are seen to have the 'halo' around them that also surround those of saints. I was once told (by I think my religion teacher) that for Jesus, ...
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Is it true that John Paul II restored the practice of selling indulgences in 2000?

Is it true that John Paul II restored the practice of selling indulgences in the Roman Catholic Church in 2000? EDIT: two sources: here and here
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How many writings of those who were disciples of the first 12 apostles (including Paul) are available today?

How many writings of those who were disciples of the first 12 apostles (including Paul) are available today? I guess, no need to include Mark and Luke as their writings are included in the Bible.

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