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Are the Psalms considered official Doctorine by Protestant Anglicans?

Or are they taken with 'a pinch of salt' as so much of the Old Testament seems to be? If so, how do we know when a line is telling a truth and when we should doubt it?
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How and when do I take God's word literally? [closed]

Every time I talk to a non-believer, they reference several things that they think make their argument stronger. When I talk about what God says for us not and not to do, they bring up things like ...
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Might icecream be a 'sunbeam' of God or a 'signpost' pointing at God?

It is, perhaps, a bad analogy as I don't enjoy icecream...but many do and, the question is, are enjoyable things (any enjoyable thing (given as evil cannot create, so an existing thing must, at ...
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In Rev 9:4 What grass was left for them to not hurt?

When the first angel sounds all green grass is burnt up. The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees ...
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What are the Gnostic Gospels and why are they not part of the Bible? [duplicate]

Lately, I have been hearing a lot about the Gnostic Gospels and their more (relatively) unorthodox references to Jesus and a believers relationship to God. What are the Gnostic Gospels and why are ...
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What is the role of human judgement given God's omnipotence and his plans [closed]

For example, some people view evangelism to be "most effective" using one method, whislt another person might view it as "most effective" to use another method. Ie, our opinions (and hence actions) ...
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What is the difference between original sin and a sin nature?

As I understand Original sin it is being guilty of sin at birth because of Adam and Eve's first sin. I also understand that man has a propensity toward sin because of the inheritance of the Knowledge ...
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Guilty Conscience for lack of prayer [closed]

When we don’t pray or avoid praying, is it like we are betraying God? Can the evil forces have an upper hand on our lives leading us into problems and create troubles and bad things will start ...
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Why do Salvation Army members wear uniforms in the church?

I have seen Salvation Army church members going to church in white uniforms. Here is a sample image (source). What is the role of uniforms in the Salvation Army? Is it compulsory for them to ...
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Absolute unity and singularity of God [closed]

What is the idea of the Jews towards "absolute unity and singularity of God"? And I know that in Judaism they do not believe the Jesus was the Christ. However, another question would be in Judaism, ...
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Any instructions given by the church fathers on how to receive the gift of tongues?

1 Corinthians 14:39 (NIV) Therefore, my brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. In the early church, the gift of tongues was a common gift which ...
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Other than the Bible, what should I read? [closed]

I am currently in the process of my first reading of the Bible as an adult, coming towards the end. Much of my knowledge about Christianity comes from the media which I don't honestly trust, and most ...
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If there is no Condemnation in Jesus, can Jesus reject one who rejects him? [closed]

My pastor told me a tragic story of a brother. Who accepted Jesus Christ and was Born Again. But he was hiding his identity as a Christian. He went back to his home country and married a hindu wife, ...
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With the priesthood of all believers do we need priest or pastor as church leaders? [duplicate]

The Old Testament talks about Levites as priest and the New Testament talks of priesthood of all believers. But then there is the gift to some as pastors, teachers and evangelists (Eph 4:11) in the ...
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What is the Bible's take on the existence of dinosaurs? [duplicate]

It seems contradictory that our school system teaches about prehistoric Dinosaurs, that roamed the earth far before humans arrived, and yet at the same time (in Catholic schools) the children are ...
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Sunday a day of rest [closed]

As I have read the bible several times, I would like to know why Christians Think is not a sin to work on Sunday, or Why priest, preachers, and pastors, after Church service, it is ok to go eat at ...
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Is Thomas of Aquinas's idea of 'beatification' still held?

If so, how can we agree that man will only reach the end he was meant to enjoy by achieving the highest happiness, where there is nothing left to want or can be had...if we assume we shall remain ...
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How does the Catholic church deal with the differences between the God described in the old and new Testaments?

The God described in the Old Testament can be violent and vindictive and seems to hold to a different set of moral rules than the God we see in the New Testament. How does the Catholic church explain ...
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Sinned when born? [duplicate]

I am somewhat confused. We are born sinners already? We didn't do anything bad or harmed anyone and are just born, and right away we are sinners? Not trying to sound stupid or anything, and am myself ...
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Is it a sin to desecrate materials belonging to other religions? [closed]

About three years ago I was part of an excursion organised by my school. While we were traveling in the bus, I noticed a small booklet(the content of which was printed in Urdu) lying underneath the ...
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Is it possible the Biblical and scientific timelines for the age of the earth could link up? [duplicate]

In many versions of the Bible I have e read, in fiitnotes/endotes they say the Hebrew term for "day" could also mean "period of time." So if you took period of time to mean oh say, a billion years, ...
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Who decides if a verse is literal and what part is metaphorical [closed]

Just to be clear.. im not asking what parts of the bible are literal and what parts aren't. I just want to know who decides which one are supposed to be followed and which ones are like obsolete. ...
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Why can't Jesus periodically visit Earth? [closed]

“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. Matthew 24:36 The Gospel of Matthew tells us that Jesus will return someday. ...
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Does the spiritual life require faliure or can it be a continual ascent? [closed]

A neophyte Christian might just becoming aware of a personal relationship with God. But throughout the life of a Christian what does Sacred Scripture and/or Sacred Tradition say that a follower of ...
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Baptising someone without consent

Stemming from this question Is it valid to baptize multiple persons at once?, the question gives the scenario of one person baptising multiple people on a plane that is going to crash. The bit that ...
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What is the difference between the Eastern and Western views of the one essence/substance of the Godhead?

The philosophical metaphysics used by the Eastern and Western church's seem to be heavily influenced by Plato and Aristotle, respectively. How does this affect each's theology of the substance/essence ...
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Was Satan an Angel [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where in the Bible does it say that Lucifer is an angel? Of what nature is Satan? Most people refer to the following scripture as support for the fact that Satan was ...
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In creation of the earth and mankind, how much thought was put into this? [closed]

Unsure if this is an unanswerable question or a more philosophical one, but do you think God just made the earth/man and all its intricacies or do you think God thought before creating everything? ...
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Does the Bible allow us to protect our selves [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When do we as Christians draw the line on self-defense? I am referring to turning the other cheek. With all the violence going on I am wondering if we can protect our ...
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Why don't we use the abundant life as a way to reach the lost? [closed]

In this age of self-help mantras, why doesn't the Church offer Jesus as a way to have the abundant life? After all, that is what Jesus came for as well. The reason I ask is because when people used ...
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What does a Christian believe an evil spirit IS? [closed]

Luke 11 The Danger of Emptiness 24 “When an evil spirit comes out of someone, it travels through dry places, looking for a place to rest. But it finds no place to rest. So it says, ‘I ...
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Grotius and the Orphic verses [closed]

This might not be the best place to ask, and I apologize if this is off-topic. In his of the Truth of the christian religion, Hugo Grotius quotes on several occasions the Orphic verses. I cannot find ...
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Do people in non-Christian cultures use swear words related to the dominant religion? [closed]

As I'm sure you're aware, people in English-speaking Christian countries often use the words "God" and "Jesus" or other Bible-related words like "damn" and "Hell" as swear words. Do people in ...
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What are the signs of Jesus' return? [closed]

What are the signs of Jesus' second coming? Are there specific things to look for from the Bible, or from ancient Christianity?
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Overview on the Theology of Forgiveness vs Reconcillation [closed]

What are the main theological stances on the doctrine of forgiveness vs Reconciliation? I think at the far far extreme (or perhaps the most biblical definition is): we should forgive others as God ...
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When God works 'all things' for the good, is anything excluded in the word 'all'?

Assuming these verses in Romans 8 apply to the elect, is anything past, present, or future, in all of creation, circumstance, and world events excluded, or is it literally to be understood as an ...
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What is morphological analysis, as it applies to bible study?

As far as I can tell, it's a technique used by bible students to better understand the original languages in context. How does one go about using a tool such as Robinson's Morphological Analysis ...
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How should I fast? [closed]

Two weeks ago I was desperate to free myself from certain persistent, sinful acts that enslaved me for a long time. I could not talk to anyone about it and decided, for the very first time in my life, ...
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Why would prayer cause pain? [closed]

Someone I know recently made a comment about how he feels a sort of pain durring prayer (and that this type of pain only happens during prayer). He says that it used to only be present during ...
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Does god give us a destined fate? [closed]

Ok, so many people say "Everything happens for a reason" or "God works in mysterious ways" both normally relating to GOD. Now I have also heard and it does make sense that GOD gives us free will. If ...
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Faith without reason? [closed]

Many people claim that religion is just the unwarranted belief in things without evidence or reason, or that faith is antithetical to reason. If we do believe in God based on evidence, what would be ...
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Why does Jesus say “Call no man your father upon the earth” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Are there any Christian groups that follow Matthew 23:9? What is the Roman Catholic view on Matthew 23:9? Matthew 23:9 And call no man your father upon the ...
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According to Reformed Christianity, what is the meaning of “grace” (χάρις)? [closed]

According to Reformed Christianity, what is "grace" (χάρις)?
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What about those who lived before Christ long outside the reach of Israel? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: What happens to people who have never heard about Jesus? Who saved people before ~33AD? Do I get a second chance to believe in Jesus after I die? Were there provisions ...
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What does the bible say about sundays? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does the Bible say Christians should or should not do on the Sabbath? In the Bible it says that the 7th day should be set aside and be holy. It is the day of rest. ...
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Is “once saved, always saved” strictly a Calvinist view? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between the doctrines of “Perseverance of the Saints” and “Eternal Security?” I know that Calvinists believe in "Eternal ...
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Free will and absolute sovereignty [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: If God controls our decisions, does this mean we don't have free will? If God is omniscient, wouldn't He know what the future holds? If He knows the future, how do ...
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Should we accept blood transfusions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Blood transfusions and Christianity? The Bible makes it known that blood is Holy, it is what gives us life. The Jehovah's Witnesses seem to think that a person should ...
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Has the Bible ever lied? [closed]

I'm not interested in supposed contradictions as these are normally caused from the translation process. What I'm looking for is an irrefutable lie that would hold up in court. Has the Bible ever ...
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What does the Bible say about aliens? Did God create any life outside Earth? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does the Bible make any allusions to life on other planets? God created us in His own image, we can be proud that we are His privileged creations in this Earth. But are ...

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