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Are there any Protestant beliefs which have their roots in Mormon doctrines?

Protestants often associate Mormonism with outlandish1 doctrines like innumerable Gods, people living on the sun, or special underwear that you can't take off2. But I am curious what lies at the ...
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Christ doesn't come back until ______? [closed]

Every now and then you hear someone set a date for Christ’s return. Such dates are bound to fail – Matthew 24:36 "No one knows about that day or hour ... " And when they do fail - (Issac ...
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How did Peter recognize Elijah and Moses?

Matthew 17:3 Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. 4 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three ...
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What is Lordship Salvation?

I have heard the term "Lordship Salvation" several times now, including in an answer I read recently. Can anyone explain to me what this is? Is this the official position of any major churches? Is ...
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In what sense do Mormons believe salvation is only through Christ?

As background to my question, I found this statement by a Mormon that shows Mormons believe that there are many gods in the universe: “While we believe that there are other gods out there, they ...
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What privileges and powers does the Prophet of the LDS Church have in his office as Seer?

From what I know, the Prophet of the LDS Church holds the position of Seer, as Joseph Smith did. If this is so, what specific privileges and powers come with that position? Does this include the ...
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Water Baptism - Is it still necessary? [closed]

I have grappled with this for some time. As the forerunner of Christ, John the baptist was baptising people, preparing them for the coming of Christ. After Christ came, he was baptised and commanded ...
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How is sinning judged after accepting Christ?

How is sinning judged after accepting Christ? Are there classifications? Are we clear of every sin? What about repetitive sin of the same type? (All assumed after accepting Christ.)
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What practical effect do stock worship phrases, like “God be magnified”, have?

In our worship to God many times we utter phrases like "God I magnify you" or "God be magnified". I used to wonder, is God really magnified by saying those words? How can we really magnify God or have ...
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Are there any specific food / slaughter / butchery / preparation rites in Christianity?

I noticed on islam.SE, Ansari here refers to "Christian practices during the slaughter", which made me raise an eyebrow - as an ex-Christian, I can't remember anything of this form coming up (I was ...
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Why are only some predestined?

Specifically with respect to the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646)... Chapter 3, paragraph 3 and 4, where it states: III. By the decree of God, for the manifestation of His glory, some men ...
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For what purpose were the “Chosen People” chosen?

I have a good friend who is Jewish, and he often refers to being one of the "Chosen People". I understand that God "chose" Abraham and his descendants. With a New Testament perspective, as the ...
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According to Jehovah's Witnesses, who are the 144,000 mentioned in the book of Revelations?

The book of Revelation refers to 144,000 servants of God who will be sealed in two different places. I have heard that the Jehovah's Witnesses often refer to this number. Who, exactly, do the ...
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From where did the Book of Abraham come and how did it become part of LDS Scripture?

According to the answers to this question, the Pearl of Great Price contains a work of antiquity called the Book of Abraham. Where exactly did the Book of Abraham come from and how did it become ...
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What do Jehovah's Witnesses believe about the nature of God?

What do Jehovah's Witnesses believe about the nature of God and, specifically, Jesus? A common Christian belief is that God is One in Three co-equal, co-eternal Persons--the Father, the Son, and the ...
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Is it true the term 'pontifex maximus' was the name of the high priest of the Roman Cult of Emperor Worship, before being adopted by the Pope?

This has always seemed strange to me that the Pope would not want to distance himself with emperor worship as much as possible. If pointifex maximus was a term used by the government of Rome in its ...
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Where was Jesus during the period from His death to resurruction? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Did Jesus spend time in Hell between the crucifixion and resurrection? Jesus died and was raised from death on the third day. Where did Jesus go during the period from ...
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Why is the Book of Enoch not regarded as canonical?

A short section of 1 Enoch (1 En 1:9) is quoted in the New Testament (Letter of Jude 1:14-15), and is there attributed to "Enoch the Seventh from Adam" (1 En 60:8). It is argued that all the ...
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From where did the Pearl of Great Price come and how did it become recognized as Scripture in the LDS church?

The LDS church recognizes, among other writing, a book called The Pearl of Great Price. What is the origins of this work and how did it become accepted as Scripture by the LDS church? Also, do any ...
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Should Christians marry non-Christians?

The new testament talks of not being yoked with unbelievers - 2 Corinthians 6:14 "Do not be yoked together with unbelievers." The old testament forbids intermarriage with other nations - ...
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Does the Bible define a marriageable age?

In most of the western countries the minimum age for marriage is 18 years. (Some would like to argue that this could be 16 or 15 but none would argue it to be 9) As a Christian I take pride in the ...
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Basis for the concept of an “Age of accountability”

Having attended Baptist Churches for years, I've often heard the term "age of accountability" bandied about. The idea is that if a child dies at a young age - before reaching the "age of ...
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Was the serpent in the wilderness a foreshadowing of Jesus?

The Lord sent fiery serpents among the people and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. So the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, because we have spoken against the ...
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Why are the books of the Protestant Bible in the order that they are in?

I am curious why the books of the Protestant Bible are in the order that they are in? Someone told me they thought the books were in some sort of chronological order - is that true? (I know the ...
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What is the “homogenous unit principle” of church growth?

Fred Clark wrote in his blog entry Suburban is not the same as theologically conservative (17 July 2012): The suburbanization of American Christianity has altered our theology in other fundamental ...
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What works do the LDS Church recognize as Scripture?

I understand the LDS Church recognizes the Book of Mormon and the Old and New Testaments as well. What other works are also considered Scripture? Any Apocryphal works? Doctrines and Covenants?
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Anglo-Catholics and the Ordinariate

How many Anglo-Catholics (I.e. members of the Traditional Anglican Communion or derived churches) are there in the world today and how many have joined the Ordinariate set up by the Roman Catholic ...
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Is the popular image of the Puritan as purveyor of an intolerant monoculture accurate?

Recently I listened to the introduction of Russell Shorto's The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America. When he talks about ...
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How many different groups are there that base their teachings on the Book of Mormon and/or Joseph Smith?

I am aware of the Latter Day Saints and the Reformed Latter Day Saints, both of which, to my understanding, recognize the Book of Mormon as Scripture and follow the teachings of Joseph Smith. I have ...
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Were paid indulgences compulsory prior to the Reformation?

Luther's 95 Theses were a refutation of selling indulgences on the part of the Catholic Church. Did he, or others, believe that the Church was saying that: The only way to be a good Christian was ...
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Is there an online tool for storing notes on Bible passages? [closed]

I am looking for an online tool (preferably free) for storing notes on Bible passages. I would like it to be searchable by verse or passage, like a Bible commentary would be. (Essentially that would ...
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Public Domain KJV Bible w/ Christ's Words in Text [closed]

I am aware of http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Bible/King_James_Version However, all the text there is in the same color. I am wondering if there is a public domain (or free to share with the world) ...
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Was the Apostolic Tradition of rejecting soldiers from the church ‘permanent’, or was this ‘tradition' briefly enforced?

In the Bible Jesus encounters Roman soldiers but does not tell them to 'quit their day job'. Jesus encountered a centurion with 'great faith' as recorded in Matthew 8. Peter as well baptized a ...
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When did Christians switch from an ‘immediate baptism’ to ‘after years of instruction and scrutiny’ baptism, such as in the Apostolic Tradition?

According to this article ‘Catechumen’ means one receives instruction from “a catechist in the principles of the Christian religion with a view to baptism”. I understand that some churches have this ...
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Does any church follow the Apostolic Tradition of Baptism ‘in the nude’, or was that never the tradition?

The Apostolic Tradition was the work of Hippolytus, written somewhere between 215 and 400 AD. Recent scholars seem to take the later date (source). The whole writing can be found here: Apostolic ...
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How do we know that Jesus was crucified at 9:00 a.m.?

I have heard many times that Jesus was crucified at 9:00 a.m. and remained on the cross till 3 p.m.. How do we know that? The Scriptures say something like the third hour: Matthew 15:25: And it ...
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Does ‘palm branches’ in Palm Sunday draw meaning from Jewish culture, or Greco-Roman culture that the Jews adopted?

Two verses connected two 'palm branches' are: They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, "Hosanna!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Blessed is the King of ...
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Are there any mandatory prayers in Christianity?

Does Bible impose any type of mandatory prayer that you have to offer at particular time or particular day? If so, what are some important prayers? Is a prayer at Church more worthy than a prayer at ...
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Where does the belief the Bible is written by the Holy Spirit come from?

My pastor mentioned the Bible is written by the Holy Spirit, through man. Where does this concept come from (rather than just written by wise or experienced men)? Other than direct references to ...
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Sponge in water vs water in sponge how to understand St. Teresa properly?

I've been reading on St. Teresa recently now she says: as water penetrates and is drunk in by the sponge, so, it seemed to me, did the Divinity fill my soul Does that mean that God is present ...
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If miracles stopped after the Apostles, then why are there admonitions to pray over people?

There are a number of groups who believed that after the time of the Apostles, God withdrew miracles from the world (please correct me if that is the wrong understanding). But the book of James ...
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Why did Jesus never address God by the name “Jehovah”?

What are the explanations that are present (if any) on the matter of why in His prayers Jesus never addressed God by name "Jehovah"?
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What does the account of pigs and demons mean?

Luke 8 31 And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss. 32 A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go ...
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Why is Jesus the Son called the Father in Isaiah 9:6?

In providing this answer with respect to recognizing the Trinity in the Old Testament, I noticed that Jesus is called the Father which could be confusing when trying to understand the Trinity. In what ...
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Into how many languages has the Book of Mormon been translated?

I understand that the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, is the most translated book in the world. It seems that giving the Word of God to all the world is considered part of the Great ...
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How do you explain the Christian Message to people who have no Christian vocabulary or context?

Original Question: Is it possible to give some brief description of Christian faith to non-believing listeners without exposing them to context requiring faith? If yes, can you provide one? Any term ...
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Into how many languages has the Bible been translated?

I understand that the Bible has been translated into more languages than any other book in the world. What is the current total of languages into which the Bible, or part of the Bible, has been ...
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What is the earliest point in history where the cross icon started showing up on artifacts related to Christianity?

I can’t imagine the cross would have become an art-piece while the Romans were still killing Christians. The cross symbol during the persecutions must have in some way seemed similar to the Nazi ...
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In what order were the Sacraments added?

In his book The Pursuit of God, A. W. Tozer has this phrase: 'The sacraments' were first two, then three, then four, until with the triumph of Romanism they were fixed at seven. What were these ...
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What official statements represent Christianity's position on the Gospel of Barnabas?

The Gospel of Barnabas is a text that has turned up in the form of 16th century manuscripts in Italian and Spanish. The text claims to be the witness of Jesus' disciple Barnabas, however its content ...

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