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What is the basis for the position that the woman of Revelation 17 refers to Rome?

Revelation 17 speaks about a woman, but it seems likely that it is figurative rather than literal. She is attributed with the name "Babylon the Great". However, Matthew Henry and other commentators ...
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According the infallibility of scripture, do ancient near east laws (ANE laws) really explain the derivation of the laws of Moses?

In the last 100 years, archaeology has discovered many ancient bodies of law including Sumerian, Babylonian, Hittite, Assyrian and Canaanite ancient laws. This has caused a lot of significant hoopla ...
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Before the fall of man [closed]

What would happen if Adam and Eve did not disobey God?
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What are the Biblical reasons for getting married?

The basis for this question comes from a conversation I had with a friend. She said to me 'The only reason that two people should get together and get married is because they can do more for the ...
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Who are the leaders of the Jehovah's Witnesses church?

I assume the Jehovah's Witnesses church has structure and organization for its membership. Who are the leaders of the Jehovah's Witnesses, and what is their role? From whom do members receive ...
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What is the ecclesiastical 'hierarchy' of the Eastern Orthodox Church?

I know that every cultural expression of Orthodoxy has different terms for the orders (roles) from the language of their home country, but I am interested in the English terms. What is the ...
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How does the gospel turn justice into a defender of the guilty?

Usually we think of God's justice as his perfect judgment in punishing sin and dispensing equity along perfect scales of measurement. However as we were born in sin, justice is essentially something ...
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What exactly is the meaning of the text of Doxology in the concluding part of Catholic Eucharistic prayer?

With these solemn words, the priest ends the Eucharistic prayer at the centre of which is the event of the consecration. Through him, and with him, and in him, O God, almighty Father, in ...
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Why did early Christians in Acts still go to the Jewish temple every day?

In the Acts of the Apostles we find that the early believers were every day visiting the temple and afterwards meeting in each others homes. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple ...
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Why was the Apostle Paul seemingly not that interested in baptizing believers? [closed]

Paul does not seem to put the same importance on baptism as he does on other things: For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross ...
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Why are some denominations so against the idea of personal revelation as a source of Truth?

In the spirit of On what basis do some denominations prohibit Christians from drinking alcohol? and Why do Young-Earth Creationists make such a big deal about the YEC view First, what this question ...
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Is confessing to a priest the only way to be forgiven? [closed]

We first confess in our first communion and the priests say that we should always confess our sins, but is it the only way to be forgiven by God ? Can't we pray and ask for forgiveness? I've heard of ...
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Is God's wrath an anthropomorphism?

In Eastern theology, the idea of a dispassionate God is common. It is often said that wrath is an energy of God but is not part of his essence. I have even heard Western theologians say that wrath is ...
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If God cannot change, then why does His wrath need to be appeased?

More or less I am asking for a defense of the propitiatory view of atonement in which God changes from being angry to being happy with us rather than sinners being the ones who need to change. Perhaps ...
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Did Jesus die on the cross or on the tree?

Master Jesus was crucified on a tree, according to Apostle Peter. Acts 5:30 30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. Acts 10:39 39 And we are ...
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What Biblical basis supports the idea that questions and answers about Christianity could be sinful?

I am pretty sure that within biblical language, knowledge and holiness can't be separated from each other. Even in Greek thought this was the case, the logos was moral not just intellectual. The ...
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When scripture quotes a non-biblical source, without any opposition of the source, does it imply any endorsement?

In addition to alluding to various Jewish proverbs, sayings, and parables, sometimes the Bible seems to directly quote Greek philosophers (Acts 17:28), Jewish oral traditions (Jude 9, 12) or possibly ...
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What is the “General Magisterium” in Roman Catholicism?

I understand that there are three magisterium in Roman Catholicism. What is the General Magisterium according to Roman Catholic belief?
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Christian description of “self-love” (from Matthew 22)

Matthew 22: 39 And the second command is like the first: ‘Love your neighbor the same as you love yourself. Self love, esteem, worth, etc are matters of the spirit and personality - that are ...
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What is the argument against the ICOC doctrine of “Disciples Baptism”?

The International Church of Christ, as I understand, teach the idea of "Disciples Baptism", which is distinct from both "Believer's Baptism" and "Infant Baptism". It teaches that people who are just ...
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Why is Infant Baptism considered to be invalid by so many Protestant denominations?

Catholics and several Protestant denominations (and maybe even Orthodox churches) practice Infant Baptism, while many other Protestant denominations do not. This question addressed the argument for ...
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Why did the people believe that no one would know where the Christ came from?

In John 7:25-27, Jesus is speaking to a crowd of people. They seem pretty impressed with Him and begin to wonder if He could be the Messiah. However, one of their objections is that they know where ...
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Where is the Trinity in the Bible? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Biblical basis for the doctrine of the Trinity I've heard of the Trinity multiple times and under the basis of it. He is one God, but with three personalities. The ...
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What is the significance of Matthew starting with the names of the ancestors of Jesus?

The Gospel of Matthew starts by stating the names of ancestors of Jesus Christ. Does that have any significance other than to establish that Jesus was a descendant of King David?
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Quote about judging “a man by his post” from the City of God, according to Alain de Botton

A few years ago, the philosopher Alain de Botton gave a TED talk on "A kinder, gentler philosophy of success" where he quotes St. Augustine supposedly having written in the City of God that "It's a ...
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Is illness sometimes a result of a sin? [closed]

There are children born ill, blind or have heart or mental issues etc. But can an illness be a result of a sin: If a child is born ill, is it possible because of the parents' sins ? If someone ...
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What is the basis for the Roman Catholic teaching regarding the Sin of Presumption?

The Roman Catholic Church teaches that there is something called the Sin of Presumption, which states that it is a sin for one to believe that he or she is assured of his or her salvation. It seems ...
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How do creationists explain the genetic diversity of animals after Noah's Ark?

This is somewhat related to How did all the animals fit into Noah's ark? One of the comments read: "How does one propose to produce the various species/sub-species simply from 'some sort of cat', ...
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Justification of perpetual virginity of Mother Mary

How do Catholics justify St. Joseph not being able to consummate his marriage with his wife? It would seem as though the doctrine of Mary's perpetual virginity is at odds with Catholic teaching ...
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Is one who is “least in the kingdom of heaven” still in heaven?

Recently I read something that quoted this verse from the bible: Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of ...
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Have there been any high-profile converts from Catholicism back to high-church traditions? [closed]

There are several high-profile "defectors" (tongue-in-cheek!) or converts from high-church traditions (such as Anglicanism) to Roman Catholicism. I am thinking in particular of G. K. Chesterton and ...
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Is the betterment of the world impossible?

As I understand, Christians believe the world is inherently sinful and going in a downhill spiral until its end, when Jesus rescues the good and leave the bad. Am I correct? If I am, are the ...
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Why is Paul considered an Apostle? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is an apostle? How do we know Paul wasn’t a false Apostle? Why is Paul considered an apostle rather than simply a disciple? What Biblical references show why or ...
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Jesus' Brothers (Matthew 12:46)

What exactly did Matthew mean when he is talking about Jesus' brothers in Matthew 12:46? From Matthew 12:49, its clear that he didn't mean Jesus' disciples as his brothers. So who are the Jesus' ...
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Why did they have such a good memory? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How was documented dialog observed? I have to say, my memory is not very good, but it is not too bad. (God helps me :) ). But I have a few questions concerning how the ...
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Making a vow and defaulting - is there forgiveness? [closed]

Sometimes we make vows to God that are hard for us to keep and the Bible advised (I couldn't remember this portion: Hosea or Malachi - and Google didn't help too) that we should not be rash when ...
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What is meant by “Get behind me Satan”?

Considering Matthew 16:23: Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men." Why did Jesus ...
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What is the doctrine of the Trinity?

What is the doctrine of the Trinity as defined by Christianity? Obviously there are three entities involved: God the Father, Christ, and the Holy Spirit, but is there more to the definition?
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How do protestant Christians keep the sabbath?

Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or ...
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What is the origin of the Doctrine of Trinity?

My understanding is that "Trinity" is not is not used in the Christian Bible to define the three hypostases: God, Christ, and Holy Spirit. What then is the historical origin of the Doctrine of the ...
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God the Father's possession of a body of flesh and bones [closed]

There is a belief out there that God the Father has always possessed a body of flesh and bones. Some of the proponents of this belief don't find it contradictory to John 4:24 ("God is a Spirit") as ...
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Jesus Christ recieving Holy Spirit

Jesus Christ received the Holy Spirit when he was 30 years old. Wasn't that supposed to take place much earlier?
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Biblically, is there such a thing as innocent by reason of mental defect? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does the Bible say about people with mental illness? Have a friend in Christ who is black/white; all are responsible for their actions all the time. "Mental ...
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Who did Jesus intend to take communion?

I believe the tradition of communion stems from the last supper Jesus had with his disciples. Jesus had the last supper with just his 12 disciples, not all of his followers. Does this mean that only ...
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Is the Christian Old Testament the Jewish Bible?

Is the Christian old testament comprised of exactly the same books that are in the Jewish Bible (I think labelled Tanakh)? Are there any differences between the Christian old testament and the Jewish ...
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Why do churches have steeples?

What purpose do steeples serve? Are they put high up on church buildings as some sort of marketing tool so it can be seen from far away or is there some other reason(s)?
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On what basis do some denominations prohibit Christians from drinking alcohol?

From my understanding the bible is quite clear that Christians should not get drunk. However some denominations seem to go a step further and say that Christians shouldn't drink at all. From what I ...
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Why is Freemasonry considered by many evangelicals to be incompatible with Christianity?

Many Protestant and Evangelical churches and Christians view freemasonry as incompatible with Christianity and teach that a Christian should not be a member of the group. What is the basis, biblical ...
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Why is rejection of the Trinity heresy, and not just wrong?

There are plenty of instances where Christians systematically believe something false and directly contradicting biblical teachings, yet they are not deemed to be so errant as to disqualify them from ...
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Do Christadelphians believe Jesus is God

Do Christadelphians believe that Jesus is completely God and has been God since before the creation of the world? If not, when does Jesus become God (or take on God like attributes)? What is their ...

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