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How does music relate to the prophecy of God's mind?

I have been thinking about the 'aesthetic aspect of understanding' and found it surprising, when I noticed the role music had in the Bible. (I still scratch my head a bit and find it pleasurably ...
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How did Thomas Aquinas view grace as opposed to the church fathers?

I talked to a teacher at a theological seminary here in Sweden today, and we discussed the nature of grace: Fulfillment of natural potential or completely otherworldly? His idea was that with Thomas ...
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Why does any Archbishop get to decide if alligator is okay for Lent?

NPR ran an interesting piece about the saga of whether or not Catholics could eat alligator on Fridays during Lent. According to the story, an alligator merchant by the name of Jim Piculas advocated ...
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In Theistic Evolution when do the genealogies in Genesis become real?

In Genesis there is the genealogy of Adam to Noah, then the account of the flood. After that is the genealogy of Noah to Abraham. The accounts of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jacob's sons then follow. ...
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What is the difference between the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven?

I did a search and saw that the phrase "Kingdom of Heaven" appears exclusively in the Gospel according to Matthew. However, the phrase "Kingdom of God" appears a few times in Matthew, but is also ...
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According to Catholicism, does intelligence or rationality belong to other animals by participation?

In the Summa Theologica, Question 108(5), St Thomas Aquinas writes: Therefore, if anything is to be called by a name designating its property, it ought not to be named from what it participates ...
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Is android a kind of mankind? [closed]

In St.Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica, it said But to know distinctly what is contained in the universal whole is to know the less common, as to "animal" indistinctly is to know it as "animal"; ...
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Are the gospel authors who we believe them to be?

What I'm wondering is whether the actual authors of the book of John, Luke, Matthew, and Mark are who we believe them to be. I go to a Catholic high school, and in our version of the Bible it says, in ...
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What does the story of Noah's Ark foreshadow in the New Testament?

I have seen Noah's Ark listed one of the "types" in Scripture--something that occurred, but that also foreshadowed something else that would come later. What exactly, then, does the Ark of Noah ...
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What is the significance of shouting “Hosanna” by the people of Jerusalem?

The word Hosanna has many meanings: "help", "save, I pray", "Save, now!" or Praising etc. If the people shouted "Hosanna" in order to praise Jesus merely as a great Prophet, it would be easier to ...
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What is the basis for the belief among some LDS/Mormons that children in their pre-mortal existence choose who their parents will be?

I saw on an LDS-releated site recently where an LDS member indicated the belief that children in their pre-mortal existence choose who their parents will be. After seeing this, I recalled hearing the ...
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Do people go to heaven immediately when they die?

When someone passes away, at their funeral the priest will usually say something that gives the idea that the deceased is in heaven. And a lot of people like to also give the idea that people who die ...
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According to mainstream Christianity, who is God? [duplicate]

This question also relates to it: Biblical basis for the doctrine of the Trinity Growing up I've been led to believe that God is God, and Jesus is God's son. But others have also preached that ...
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How do Bible Literalists deal with trees older than the flood?

According to Answers in Genesis, the flood happened in approximately 2348 BC, which means it would've happened about 4360 years ago. Wikipedia has a list of the oldest individual trees known, of which ...
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In Catholic understanding, did Paul speak/write ex cathedra while Peter was serving as Pope?

Catholic doctrine teaches that Peter was the first Pope and that Popes may speak "ex cathedra". When they do, that is considered infallible. However, while Peter was alive and presumably serving as ...
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When 1 Timothy cautions against “endless geneologies”, is it talking about the Bible?

It seems that at the time that 1 Timothy was written, "certain people" had become much too interested in genealogies: 1 Timothy 1:3-4 3 I repeat the request I made of you when I was on my way to ...
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What is the Lake of Fire?

Revelation 20:14 is what I'm talking about. It is only confusing because nearly every translation says something like this: 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the ...
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What are the natures of the different “priesthoods” mentioned in the old testament

In the old testament, there are three (maybe more?) references to a priesthood. Genesis 14:18 Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (Now he was the priest of the Most High God.) 19 ...
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What does the Catholic Church mean when it calls humans co-creators with God?

The Catholic Church says that human are co-creators with God. To human beings God even gives the power of freely sharing in his providence by entrusting them with the responsibility of ...
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Will there be ongoing co-creation (aka technological development) in heaven?

On Earth, the Catholic Church teaches that humans are co-creators with God. To human beings God even gives the power of freely sharing in his providence by entrusting them with the ...
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What is the religion of the Midian people?

In Exodus, Moses leaves Egypt and lives with the people in Midian for a few years (Exodus 2:15). I'm wondering what Moses' religious environment was like while he was living there. I know his ...
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What priesthood did the line of Adam from Seth to Melchizedek and Noah hold in LDS/Mormon teaching?

In the summary of Noah on the lds.org site, it states that Noah was ordained to the priesthood at the age of 10 by Methuselah, his grandfather. Furthermore, in D & C 107:53, it indicates that the ...
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What is the relationship between Gabriel and Noah in LDS/Mormon teaching?

In the summary of Noah on the lds.org site, it states that Joseph Smith taught that Noah is, in fact, the angel Gabriel. How exactly is this believed to have progressed? Did Noah exist as an angel ...
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What is significant about shaking dust from your feet?

If a house or town does not receive the Gospel, you are to shake dust off of your feet: Matthew 10:12 12 As you enter a house, wish it peace. 13 If the house is worthy, let your peace come ...
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Why are the wicked resurrected only to be destroyed and sent to the Lake of Fire?

In Revelation 20 the resurrection of the wicked is detailed. They are then judged and thrown in the lake of fire. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. ...
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Did Jesus actually ever say “if you don't believe in me you go to Hell”?

Just finished the 5 part series on the History Channel: "The Bible". They did a fantastic job with it. However, what I noticed is that Jesus did not appear to condemn those who did not believe in ...
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Why did the high priests try Jesus on charges of Blasphemy if He fulfilled their prophecy?

Why did the Jewish high priests deny Jesus if He was fulfilling their scriptures? It seems as if they viewed Him as nothing to do with their God. What are some reasons from the perspective of the ...
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What is “Traditionalist Catholicism”

Pure curiosity, I see that Mel Gibson is an adherent of Traditionalist Catholicism. Is this a part of "normal" Roman Catholicism, or some distinct branch? What are the differentiators here?
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Is St. Adalbert venerated in Eastern Orthodoxy?

Is Saint Adalbert of Prague venerated in Eastern Orthodoxy? He's listed in this calendar so I understand he's considered an Orthodox saint, but is there a veneration in the Eastern rite? Is there a ...
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Love and Hate relationships [duplicate]

God says to love everyone, even your enemies, in church they preach to us that Satan is our #1 enemy. Are you supposed to love the devil or hate him. The devil loves hate but hates love. But if we ...
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What was Jesus trying to convey in the parables of the mustard seed and yeast?

What message did Jesus Christ tried to give by comparing the Kingdom Of God(Isn't that Heaven?) with the mustard seed and yeast?
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What is the Biblical basis to declare that 'justice necessitates the resurrection of the body'?

I found a very good description of what the human conscience is: Conscience is nothing but that judgment which men do make, and which they cannot but make, of their moral actions with reference ...
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Is there a digitized version of the Tyndale Bible available?

Is there any websites that have a digitized version of William Tyndale's Bible online?
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Is there a special name for the day between Easter and Good Friday?

I have always called it Sad Saturday in an effort to highlight the despair the disciples must have felt after seeing their Lord killed. This answer covers a lot of those days in there (most clearly ...
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Are there any credible arguments that Jesus may have been gay or tending homosexual?

There are a lot of claims that famous figures in history were gay. Peter Tatchell speculates that Jesus could have been. His claim, however, is based on a dubious manuscript. Have any ...
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Are these historical records about Jesus' appearance accurate? [duplicate]

All says that Jesus has a blonde hair and blue eyes. http://www.ecclesia.org/truth/evidence.html Various sites report that. How credible it is? Sample: This is a reprinting of a letter from ...
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Is Jesus still suffering in heaven for our sins?

That is what sometime I hear some preacher mentioning. Heaven is a place where there is no suffering but all happiness and that is what we are aiming for, by trying to live a good life on earth. ...
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Does the Bible say anything about our human relations being kept after death?

Does death separate us from the people we love forever? Do we keep our human relations or do we start over? I'm looking for any scripture passages that backup this claim or the contrary.
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Are there designated circumstances for making prayer to Jesus and making prayer to God?

The vast majority of Christians believe that Jesus is God, however, they are also mysteriously separate beings, yet the same as well (the Trinity). It is acceptable to those same Christians to pray to ...
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What is “your peace” in Matthew 10?

In Matthew 10, Jesus is instructing his disciples, whom he is sending out to preach to the children of Israel as follows: 11 Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person ...
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Were humans worshipped as gods in Biblical times?

Word "god" in Bible is not always interpreted as idols but sometimes they are depicted as humans like in these following verses. Ex. 12:12 I will pass through the land of Egypt in the same ...
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Why was the New Testament Written in Greek?

New Testament was written in Greek. But Jesus lived in Israel and was supposed to be the next King of Israel. I think it is probably fair to assume that he and his twelve apostles spoke Hebrew. Then ...
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At what point did Judaism and Christianity diverge?

At what point did Judaism and Christianity diverge? Christianity and Judaism share the Old Testament (The Hebrew Bible), so it should be safe to assume they are the same people at least during the Old ...
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Conversion of Romans and Bible Portrayal of Romans

I have trouble understanding how Romans converted to Christianity. In the Bible, Romans weren't portrayed very nicely. For example, Herod the Great did quite a lot of awful things. Jesus was crucified ...
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Persecution of Jewish people by Christians in Middle Ages?

I want to apologize ahead if my questions sound disrespectful to anybody. This isn't my intent. I grew up in East Asia which has very few Christians, but I have been very interested in the history of ...
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Do any independent sources exist mentioning Jesus' miracles performed and the people He performed them on?

I'm aware that there are credible historical texts that reference Jesus and His general path, independent of the Bible. However, I'm curious to know, do any of those specifically describe the ...
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Why are LDS missionaries instructed to stay away from bodies of water?

I saw a post recently asserting that LDS missionaries are specifically instructed to stay away from bodies of water and are discouraged from swimming at all. I had never heard anything like this ...
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What are “all things” in “Let all things be tested, keep to what is good”?

In 1 Thessalonians 5:21 there is: "Let all things be tested; keep to what is good" "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good” What is "all things" here?
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What is the scriptural basis for “Love God and do whatever you please”?

This quote has been attributed to St. Augustine, referring to what he said in a sermon on 1 John 4:4-12: See what we are insisting upon; that the deeds of men are only discerned by the root of ...
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Is the marital act of consumating marriage part of Sacred Tradition in the Catholic Church?

How far back does the idea of consummating a marriage go? Is it tied to the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony? Is it like going to confession, but not fully receiving the sacrament of reconciliation ...

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