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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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When was the title of “Mother of God” first ascribed to Mary?

I understand that the phrase "Mother of God" appears in the prayer commonly referred to as the "Hail Mary" prayer. I'm wondering, though, what the origin is of the phrase "Mother of God". Did it ...
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Why is this man free from guilt?

Numbers 5:11-31 gives us an adultery test used by the Hebrew people in their early days. 11 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 12 “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘If any man’s ...
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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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Which Christian sects promote faith healing?

Although it may difficult to cite all the sects, what are some major Christian sects that promote "faith healing"?
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Why is Jesus at the center of everything

If you look through the Bible we know that Jesus is at the center of everything both in the old and new testament. I have some clues like him being beloved or as a reward of what he suffered. ...
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Jesus got angry in the temple - should we do that too? [closed]

I think we know the story. Matthew 21:12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, ...
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The Fig Tree of Matthew 24 and prophecy

The subject of question concerns the Fig Tree of Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21. I understand very well that statistically it has not been fruitful to speculate on exact timings for prophetic events ...
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Does Christianity solve personal problems?

If I pray and truly believe God will turn around a personal problem, does Christianity support that will help solve the issue? Example: What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye ...
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What Bible passage contains Satan and God where God rebukes Satan?

I'm thinking of a Bible passage where the narrator has a dream/vision of being before the throne of God. Satan accuses him of being a sinner and unworthy and then God rebukes Satan and tells him to ...
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Are funerals a way to reduce the time of the dead in purgatory

I was reading an article on TVTropes and I've found this : In a way, there's a "Person Needs Prayer Badly" in medieval European Catholicism... in order to go to Heaven (or reduced their time in ...
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How does intercession of saints and Exodus 20:3 not clash? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Praying to people outside the Trinity There are several denominations and traditions that believe in the doctrine of intercession of the saints. Exodus 20:3 (NIV) ...
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On what basis do Christians sometimes claim to know what God's intentions are? [closed]

For example, some Creationists will explain dinosaur bones as "God placed them there to test us" - even if God did place them there, isn't it presumptuous to speculate what the motivations were?
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Adam and Eve versus ecology

Estimates vary widely of the minimum viable population for humans to stably reproduce without being subject to significant detrimental effects of inbreeding. Minimum estimates (e.g., for space ...
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Why can the Church declare a person a saint but not state that they are damned?

Traditionally, the Church can canonize someone a saint, that is, that they are truly in heaven and worthy of public veneration and imitation. ("Mary and the Saints", usccb.org - website of the ...
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When did Sarah call Abraham “lord”?

Peter says that Sarah called Abraham "lord" (i.e., master) and that it was a good thing. When did she do this? And how does Peter know this? I can't find it anywhere in scripture. 1 Peter 3:5,6 ...
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How can the Bible say God was refreshed if he never gets weary?

These two passages seem contradictory: the first says that God rested and was refreshed on the seventh day, but the second says God is never tired or weary. How can these passages be reconciled? ...
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Some baptist churches have formal 'membership' requirements for their congregations - what is the biblical basis for this concept?

When I have been looking for a church to congregate, I have found that there are different ideas about membership. Some churches require a letter of transfer. Other churches need to see my behavior ...
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When were the doctrine and covenants published and distributed to members of the LDS church?

I know that the doctrines and covenants to the LDS church are scriptures that came by revelation. In what date range was that book of scripture written? At what date was that book of scripture ...
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Which Christian churches have an entirely unpaid/lay clergy?

Of those Churches what is their form of governance that allows them to run smoothly lacking fulltime ecclesiastical professionals? How does one ascend into a leadership role in the Church?
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses have a systematized way of finding specific types of persons?

Do Jehovah's Witnesses have a systematized way of finding specific types of persons? Jehovah's Witnesses are known by their hallmark door-to-door proselytizing. But what I am interested in is the ...
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Origin and details of -10 to +10 model of becoming a Christian

I've heard of a model for showing how a person can become a Christian: they start at -10 (as far away from God as possible) and gradually work their way to 0 (becoming a Christian) and then, ...
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What is a mission trip?

What does it mean when a person says "I have to go on a mission trip for a week", and the mission trip destination is in the United States of America, the person's home country? I have the impression ...
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Are Bartholomew and Nathanael the same?

Comparing the lists of disciples in Matthew 10:1-4, Mark 3:13-19, Luke 6:12-16, Acts 1:12-14 We find the name Bartholomew, but in John 1 We read about Nathanael. In John 1:46-50, Nathanael is ...
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How to answer: “If God is omnipotent, can he create an object he cannot move?” [duplicate]

Some people think that God cannot exist because he would be paradoxical, for example "If God is omnipotent, can he create an object he cannot move?" How should this question be answered? Thanks.
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Is it necessary to be a Christian to be saved? [duplicate]

Is it necessary to have a Christian faith to be saved and not go to hell? Is it possible for a Muslim to go to heaven? Or do the bible specifically say that they are all going to hell (Muslims, ...
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Which sects interpret “Day and Hour unknown” literally?

Matthew 25:13 (NKJV) “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming. Is there any Christian sect which literally interpret this verse and say ...
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Which biblical verse was used against Galileo

Which biblical verse was used against Galileo by the Church to punish him for his blasphemy. and which biblical doctrine was erroneously interpreted by Galileo for such a punitive action by the ...
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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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Why do most translations say “Servant of Christ” rather than “Slave of Christ”?

Context I'm currently watching http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d94tbcidq74&feature=g-high-rec The argument here is that, with regard to the word "doulas" in the original Greek, our relationship ...
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Is it true that Luther claimed Popes and priests commonly practiced sodomy?

This is a simple historical Q & A question regarding the rumor that Luther made this fairly inflammatory accusation.  The question is simple. Is there any solid proof that Luther really thought ...
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What is the difference between a professing and a non-professing Christian with regards to their faith, beliefs, etc?

I have come across these terms many times but didn’t really come to understand the difference between the two. Is it that a non professing Christians stopped believing in Christianity or is it that ...
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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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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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Do those who pray to saints ascribe to them the quality of being able to hear many people at once?

I mean, there could be thousands of Orthodox Christians at this moment praying to, say, Saint Blessed Xenia of St. Petersburg, and there could probably be even more of Catholic Christians praying ...
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Christianity and Fatalism

Is believing in the sovereignty of God the same as fatalism? Fatalism teaches that fate will arrive no matter what you do. And Christians believe that God is in Heaven and does what he wants. Are the ...
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Where does Jesus stand on war and peace? [closed]

I see this quote “Do not think that I came to bring peace on Earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a ...
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What is the basis for the Catholic teaching that abortion is immoral/sinful?

What is the doctrinal basis for the Catholic teaching that abortion is immoral? I understand that these will be based on Scripture, but will likely come from official Catholic documents. So, I'm ...
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What happens to Hell after Revelation 21:1?

This question popped into my head after reading this question. God states, quite specifically, in v.5 that He would make everything new, "for the old order of things has passed away". Which leads to ...
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Where Does Jesus Say “I will save humanity”?

I had an old friend ask the following: "Where in the Bible does Jesus say, "I will go save humanity"" (Or something along those lines). I tried to explain God is Jesus, and it was his will. But they ...
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Why did Jesus weep when Lazarus's friends agreed to show him his body?

After Lazarus died, Jesus led his disciples to visit Lazarus's sisters, Mary & Martha. When the friends of Lazarus agreed to show Jesus the cave where Lazarus's body was laid, Jesus wept. Is ...
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Transcendence and Revelation

Since God transcends all humans and all their artefacts; and almost all revelation occurs within human languages, which are in a definite sense human artefacts; isn't it the case that Divine ...
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Why does the Holy Spirit not take the form of a human being just like Jesus did?

The Holy Spirit in the Bible takes the form of: Dove, Oil, Light, Wind and Tongues of Fire. But never a human being. Why?
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What tribe was Joshua from?

I'm listening to a sermon about Aachen (from Joshua 7), when Joshua brings everybody in Israel before God, tribe by tribe, then clan by clan, then family by family. As I'm listening, I am wondering ...
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Is salvation acheived by faith alone, or does it in fact require some works?

I was raised a Lutheran, and am looking for an answer from someone (like a Lutheran) who believes in salvation by grace alone (by faith alone, etc.). I still believe in salvation by faith alone ...
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If God is going to fix our “nature” why didn't He do it from the beginning? [closed]

I've never been one to read a book without peeking at the end early so I sort of peeked at Revelations and this caught my eye: Look! God's dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell ...
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What does the Bible say about being a witness to sin?

I want to know what guidance the Bible has for Christians who are witness to sin, and adultery specifically.
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Did Jesus/God/Jehovah know that Jesus would die on the cross BEFORE coming to Earth?

I have a question, summarized pretty much by the title, did Jesus and/or God (depending on whether you accept the trinity doctrine) know that he would be crucified before being born a mortal man? I ...
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What Scriptures tell us what man having free will actually means?

I have been given many different opinions as to what having free will actually means. Some have said that it means only that we have a choice of whether or not to accept salvation, others have said it ...
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When did Joseph Smith first understand the doctrine of eternal progression?

Another question asked why Kolob is not mentioned in the New Testament. In fact, the only reference is in the Book of Abraham. Not even the Book of Mormon has any reference to it, as I understand. ...

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