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God | The Shepherd That “Breaks Legs”? [closed]

The title of this question has an element of humor but is very real. On my way home, I was listening to a pastor's sermon on KWAVE. This pastor stated that God is like a Shepherd and that we are His ...
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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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Can you be a Christian and not go to church? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do I have to attend church every Sunday? Simply put, can you be a true christian and not go to church? Or is it a mandate to go to church on Sundays?
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Any philosphers arguing that the Christian worldview is the most rational?

I have seen life at either extreme, first as a Hindu, with a sort of blind faith in general religiosity, and later as an atheist, with a blind faith in knowledge obtained through the senses alone. I ...
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Is the Catechism of the Catholic Church considered scripture?

Is the Catechism of the Catholic Church considered scripture? Does it have the same authority as the Bible? If not, what is its place in the church? Is it considered heresy to preach or believe ...
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Approximate amount of money per year the Catholic church spends for charity?

I'm curious of how much money the Catholic Church spends globally for charity per year. I could not find the information I wanted by a simple Google search, and even on Wikipedia, I could only find ...
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What is the significance of Ehud being left-handed?

In Judges 3 we find an interesting story about Israel's left-handed assassin and his hit on Moab's obese king, Eglon. Judges 3:15-22 ESV Then the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, and the ...
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Interpreting Acts 2:38 together with John 1:12

Acts 2:38, "Peter said to them, 'Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins ; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'" John 1:12, "...
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Are there female devils cited in scriptures?

I have understood that Satan and other devils are all male entities. Question: Are there female devils cited in scriptures?
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Why don't Presbyterians have altars? [closed]

Why don't Presbyterians have altars in their churches or in their homes? Who administers the sacraments, especially communion, then without an altar? Do children help out at all? In other churches, ...
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Why can't people change their denomination? [closed]

As my profile says, I don't belong to any denomination and I can't answer this question myself. Recently, there was a question from a Catholic woman having difficulty in her love relationship because ...
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Who symbolizes Christ in J. R. R. Tolkien's “The Lord of the Rings”?

I have long been a fan of J. R. R. Tolkien, and have enjoyed his works from an early age. I am aware that he was raised by a Roman Catholic priest, and remained a deeply religious man his whole life. ...
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Did Adam and Eve ever practice animal sacrifice?

Genesis 8:20 (NIV) Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. Noah sacrificed burnt offerings. What ...
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Counterarguments to “Numerology”?

Background: I am interested in learning more about numerology. In this post I am specifically interested in the arguments used by those who reject this doctrine. My current impression of what "...
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Why was Tamar more righteous than Judah?

Genesis 38 tells the story of Judah and Tamar. At first Tamar was married to Er (Judah's firstborn son) but he was wicked and killed by the Lord v6-7. So Judah tells Tamar to wait until his youngest ...
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Will there be a second chance for salvation after the Rapture? [closed]

Does the Bible say anything about there being a second chance for salvation after the time of rapture? I would assume that God is doing this rapture so that people would recognize Him and repent. But ...
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Can a person be baptized against their will, according to Catholicism?

In the 2006 film Nacho Libre, there is a scene where Ignacio, a Roman Catholic (but not an ordained priest), decides to sneak up on his tag partner Steven and baptize him, despite Steven not wanting ...
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What is LDS teaching about how Bible verses came to be in the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon contains many verses from the Bible, either repeated in whole or in part. For a believing Latter-day Saint, this could be the result of at least two separate processes: (1) these ...
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Was Adam anatomically God's image? [closed]

Under patronage and control of Pope Julius circa 1512, Michelangelo painted the fresco on the Sistine Chapel that shows the creation of Adam. The complementary poses of the two figures emphasize ...
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Why is the Holy Spirit never spoken of as the Father of Jesus?

The sixth article of the creed recites: He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Now a woman conceives by the agency of a man who becomes the father of ...
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Was Jesus circumcised and did he eat pork?

I know Jesus was a Jew. Jews are circumcised and don't eat pork. Was Jesus circumcised and did he eat pork? If so, why are these two things not primary ingredients of Christianity? I thought, to be ...
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Does Scripture mention whether it rained before the flood?

I've often heard it said that the flood of Noah was the first time that the earth experienced rain. This is the passage people use: Genesis 2:5-6 ESV When no bush of the field was yet in the land ...
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What do red garments represent for leaders in the Catholic church? [duplicate]

Why do leaders in the Roman Catholic Church wear red garments? I understand that the color red can mean a variety of things (Holy Spirit, Pentecost, presence of God, blood of martyrs, etc.), but what ...
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What is a non-denominational church? [closed]

Some Christians claim a non-denominational church is better. However, as a scientist I like to see all angles of the story: I was under the impression that since all Christians don't belong to one ...
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Why does the Catholic church have so many Masses throughout the week?

Why does the Catholic church have so many Masses throughout the week? For the practicing Catholic, which Mass service is most important? There are the weekly worship services, weekend worship ...
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Modern musical instruments in Catholic church service

These days we can see many churches using latest musical instruments to worship God in the church, example - Assembly of God. Once I attended a Catholic church. Some sisters were sitting at the ...
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Was Jesus perfect his entire life? - Isaiah 7 [closed]

Was Jesus perfect his entire life? This passage seems to suggest otherwise. I've never had a good answer to this question when referring to this passage. Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, “Ask a sign ...
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Do Latter-day Saints believe Muhammad is a prophet?

I read that the Latter-day Saints believe in Muhammad as prophet. How true is this and what does it mean for them?
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Would Nicene Christians consider a Unitarian Baptism sufficient for entry into the Church?

What determines entry into Christendom - baptism or belief? Say a vaguely spiritual person joins a congregation affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. Sometimes, the ...
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What is the biblical basis for requiring that a pastor/preacher/teacher/etc be paid for their ministry?

What is the biblical basis for requiring a minister to be paid for their work? Put another way, what is the biblical basis for supporting the notion of a solely-vocational pastor? Note - I am NOT ...
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An open atheist's fate in the middle ages in Europe

What would happen to me if, while living in Europe, say, in the 13th or in the 15th century - in fact, in any time of the existence of the Roman Catholic Church before reformation - I openly declared ...
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How should a Christian feel inside? [closed]

What does the Bible say about how a Christian should feel inside? Should it be: Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be ...
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Did Jesus condemn contraception

Are there any passages in the New Testament where Jesus himself condemns the practice of contraception? As a virgin and the product of a miraculous conception himself it would seem odd for Him to have ...
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Does 2 Timothy 1:9 prove the Doctrine of Election? [closed]

2 Timothy 1:9 states: Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before ...
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What Scripture passages do Latter-day Saints use to refute the Trinity?

If I am not mistaken (but do correct me if I am), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are three separate beings, i.e. three separate Gods. What ...
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If I win the Powerball jackpot will Catholic Church accept a donation?

LDS has a policy of not taking gambling winnings including lottery money as donations. Over the years several other churches have refused as well. Is there an official policy in Catholic Church about ...
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What did Jesus mean by “whoever believes in me will do greater works than I do”?

In John 14:12, Jesus says: “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father." [ESV] ...
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Why were early Mormon leaders so critical of traditional Christianity?

Why have the LDS Prophets made the following statements regarding the beliefs and teachings on traditional Christians? "What is it that inspires professors of Christianity generally with a hope ...
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Who were the 40 men who wrote the Bible?

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that the Bible is made up of "66 smaller books". God used about "40 faithful men" to write them. According to them, the first five books were written by Moses about 3,500 ...
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Why did only 4 people write about the Life of Jesus Christ? [duplicate]

Judas died and was replaced by Matthias. There were at least eleven intimate disciples of Jesus Christ who could write the genuine life of Christ. But we have only 4 books which record the life of ...
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Who could have written the Pastoral Epistles?

In my Bible, The New Oxford Annotated Bible (NSRV), a prologue states the Pastoral Epistles are psuedoepigraphical, not written by Paul. When comparing "The Letter of Romans or other letters ...
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Did the events of Good Friday take place during winter?

Peter went to a camp fire when Jesus was being crucified, but we celebrate Good Friday in the spring/early summer. That Peter required a camp fire makes me doubt that the events happened at the time ...
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Are Wednesday chuch services scriptual?

Are Wednesday church services scriptual? I believe I have seen scriptures that relate to Wednesday services but can't remember where.
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What is the difference between Lust and Love in the heart?

How does one know the difference between Lust and Love? For example (Hypothetically speaking, of course):•if someone has sex before marriage but they have true love only God knows if it's sin or not. ...
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Jesus' Brothers (Matthew 12:46) [closed]

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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When was “time” created in Genesis?

When was "time" created in Genesis? Was it on "day three", when day and night were created? Please present an overview of differing positions or at least the most common view. This is from a ...
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Luke 12 and going to work everyday [closed]

Put God’s Kingdom First 22 Jesus said to his followers, “So I tell you, don’t worry about the things you need to live—what you will eat or what you will wear. 23 Life is more important than ...
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Is it true that Martin Luther never considered the works of the early Church Fathers?

Is it true that Martin Luther never considered the works of the early Church Fathers while he was developing and defending his teaching? Here is the list of some of those Fathers (from Wikipedia): 1 ...
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Why didn't David ascend into Heaven? [closed]

Acts 2:34 NKJV: “For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself: ‘ The LORD said to my Lord,“ Sit at My right Why didn't David ascend to heaven? Is this past tense? Is David in ...
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Is “Bible In a Minute” accurate? [closed]

The Bible In a Minute video by Barats and Bereta has been enormously popular on YouTube, with 3.6 million viewers. The video quite literally goes through the Bible in less than a minute. Obviously, ...

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