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Why are the Jesuits and Society of the Sacred Heart gender specific?

Why is it impossible for women to join the Jesuit order but must instead join Society of the Sacred Heart? Is there something in the initiation ritual that would exclude women?
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The meaning of 1/3 in Revelations.

Why is everything in 1/3 in Revelations ? Ex. 1/3 of this destroyed, 1/3 of that
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Does the garden of Eden still exist? [closed]

In Genesis 3:22 through 24 KJV man is ejected from the Garden of Eden and Cherubims are stationed on the East side of the garden to prevent man going back and eating from the tree of life. 22 ...
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Are there any churches that claim to be Sola Sciptura that also are pro gay-marriage?

A friend of mine has posited that it is impossible to be Sola Scriptura and also be pro gay-marriage. I think he is right in a traditional sense. However, I am curious to know if there any churches ...
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Is the beast of Revelation 13 the same as the beast of Daniel 7?

There are several similarities between the Beast described in Revelation chapter 13 and the one described in Daniel chapter 7. Rev 13:1 and 2 KJV And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw ...
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Is there a good example of believers seeking out advice from other believers in the Bible, especially one that is a story children would understand?

I am also looking for an example of believers (Old Testament Jews or New Testament Christians) getting advice from other believers. Again, this is for teaching children aged 5-8 so ideally it will be ...
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Can a Catholic ask for protection from a priest in case his/her spouse has filed a no-fault divorce?

In the case of no-fault divorce, if one spouse files for divorce and the other spouse does not want a divorce, then can the other spouse receive protection from the Catholic priest in order to prevent ...
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How do trinity-believers explain these verses from John 17?

Christians that believe in the Trinity believe that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost are one and the same God. How then, do they explain John 17:21 where Jesus prays that his ...
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Are there current denominations that have doctrines stating that The Lord will return at a particular date?

With a couple extreme examples highlighted by the media in recent years, I'm curious if there are doctrinal statements that have been made citing that Christ will return on a particular date?
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Who are innocent people according to Bible?

My question stemmed from this wiki article under the heading "Views and Marches" where I was bit puzzled on the definition of innocent people as given by this personality in UK. How does ...
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What is the Protestant biblical basis for those concluding that 'all moral works' without grace have no good in them (or have the nature of sin)?

I am trying to clarify the difference in my own mind between a traditional Catholic and traditional Protestant view of grace, specifically in terms of the 'works of unbelievers'. It seems hard to ...
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Why is it said that the Gospel of Matthew presents Jesus as the King of the Jews?

I have heard it stated that the Gospel of Matthew presents Jesus as, specifically, the King of the Jews, rather than the Messiah, the Incarnate Word, or anything else. What is the basis for this ...
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What is the basis for understanding commandments to be anything other than compulsory?

People come with the impression that everybody has a choice to do something or not (choices all around everybody), but where in the bible do we as people get the right of choices? In the Bible I can ...
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What does “Catechetical Formula” mean?

I ran across the phrase in this question, and a Google search just keeps bringing me to the Ten Commandments example found in the link on the question. I'm not finding a definition anywhere. So what ...
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Is the definition of “sin” subjective? Of whom's morals is it based on?

Whenever I try to determine what is a sin and what isn't I get very confused... I read things by Paul and sins seem to become very subjective... _____ is a sin if you make it a sin through belief ...
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“Conciliated your heavenly affections”

(I hesitated over asking this here or on EL&U, but I suspect that the language is christianese, so I'm opting for here). I've been attempting to 'translate' A.N.Groves' amazing letter to ...
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Are there any accidents (philosophical term) in God?

Accident being defined as an attribute or property contingent upon the existence of something else, from the Latin word accidēns, or the Greek word συμβεβηκός (symbebēkos). Do accidents exist in God?
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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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What, exactly, is the “early Church”

We use the phrase "The Early Church" all the time around here, which leads me to ask... What exactly is "the early Church". The New testament Church is easy to define - the fellowship of believers ...
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The Reason for Physical Disability

I believe that disability is a result of Adam and Chavva's sin. Here's the logic behind my reasoning. Adam and Chavva were not disabled according to scripture. Adam and Chavva committed sin. ...
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Why do some denominations not wash feet before taking communion?

Why is it that some denominations follow the ordinance of humility as described in John 13 while others do not? What reason is there for not performing the foot washing ceremony before partaking in ...
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Would Calvinists classify themselves as determinists?

One of Joseph Arminius' arguments against Calvinism was that God's exhaustive foreknowledge does not require a doctrine of determinism.1 My question here is pretty straightforward: Do Calvinists ...
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Does Satan actually laugh?

I've watched a lot of horror movies and I can't help noticing Satan or any demons are often portrayed 'diabolically' laughing somewhere in the movie. But then, Satan is supposed to be our prosecutor* ...
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When did a Catholic church council first recognize the need to forbid forcing or outwardly compelling unbelievers to the Christian faith?

We all know the sorrowful history of the subject. The very early church would have never felt a need to have a council on the subject, just as they would have been no council declaring that Christians ...
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Does suffering in this life really matter?

So, recently I had the thought: suffering is irrelevant. I arrived at this conclusion using the idea of limits in Math. Say that suffering could be measured in units as a function of time (frowns ...
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Why did Jacob insist that Joseph's sons were his?

In Genesis, Before Jacob dies, he has a conversation with his son, Joseph. Genesis 48:1-6 Some time later Joseph was told, “Your father is ill.” So he took his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim ...
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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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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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Does Exodus 3:14 explain who God is to everyone regardless of time and culture?

Exodus 3:14 states: God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’ This seems appropriate in regard to the Israelites since they ...
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For what did the quakers win the Nobel Prize?

I read that the Friends Service Council (The Quakers) and the American Friends Service Committee (The Quakers) won the Noble Peace prize in 1947. Does anyone know what for exactly. I would think it ...
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Jehovah's Witnesses's teaching on the Church

I just read a wiki page on Jehovah's witnesses, visited their official website, and was quite surprised that in the list of their believes there is a striking absence of the definition (or at least ...
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Why does Paul pay special attention to the sexually immoral in 1 Corinthians 5:9-11?

1 Corinthians 5:9-11 states that I have written you in my letter no to associate with sexually immoral people -- not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and ...
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What is the meaning of the Psalm 37:29? [closed]

What does Psalm 37:29 mean when it said "The righteous themselves will possess the earth, and they will reside forever upon it.” Does this mean an earthly paradise that God has promised to restore? ...
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How diverse or united is Christian history on the imagery of “Father” and “Son”?

The original languages of the Bible itself and, to my knowledge, most of Christian history, are replete with the filial language of God being known as a “Father” and Jesus being known as his “Son”. ...
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What is the Biblical basis that God's sacrifice is sufficient for all of our sins (past included)?

I spoke to a friend recently and they said: I feel like I've done so much in my past, and that is holding me back from having a relationship with God. How can I know that God will accept me, even ...
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Would the Christians Luke was writing for know who Phanuel was?

I'm sure there's a lot more names in the New Testament that no one would know, but this one strikes me as very odd. The prophetess Anna is described in pretty good detail, for the Bible at least, but ...
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What hope is there for a person when he has to ask forgiveness everyday for sins he will do during that day? [closed]

A lot of people ask forgiveness for all the sins they will do during the day in thought, word and deed. What hope is there in it? Will our lives never become better? Is it meant to be that we sin ...
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What plausible explanation can we find for the points of contact between Moses in the Pearl of Great Price and the Book of Enoch?

Joseph Smith claimed to have translated the Pearl of Great Price from papyrus in 1851. It includes the Book of Moses in which is found a great deal more about the Prophet Enoch than is found in ...
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How do demotions work in the Catholic Church?

All other controversial materials aside, as I read this article about Raymond Burke, I'm curious about this line, and this line only (emphasis mine): Burke, who was recently demoted from the ...
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What is the basis for saying that Adam was created without sin?

I've googled multiple phrases and in different ways, but I haven't yet found any verse that says that Adam an Eve were created without sin. Or that simply says they were without sin before the fall, ...
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According to Mormons, what is the Holy Spirit of Promise mentioned in Ephesians?

Ephesians 1:13 (KJV) mentions being sealed by the Holy Spirit of Promise: In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye ...
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Jesus cried: my God, why did they hear Elijah? [duplicate]

The bible states the meaning of Jesus' words on the cross. Why then did some people take it as calling for Elijah?
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Does the Bible indicate whether Solomon is in heaven?

Solomon was possibly one of the most blessed Old Testament figures—God gave him wisdom, wealth, honor beyond anyone in his time. Solomon also wrote Proverbs & Ecclesiastes, and possibly the Song ...
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What is to be understood by Mary being the “mother of the church”?

Ever since St. Ambrose of Milan there has been a line of thinking that Mary is the "Mother of the Church" - what is to be understood by this title?
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Why does the Lord's Prayer instruct us to ask God to forgive us “as we forgive others”?

When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, He gave them this model commonly known as the Lord's Prayer. Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. ...
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Are there any Christians who only accept the gospels?

Have there ever been historically, or now, Christians who have only accepted either the Gospels, just one of them, or a synthesis/redaction of the four Gospels as being truly inspired or in some other ...
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Why must the hypostatic union be viewed as taking place at Jesus' conception?

What are the reasons why Trinitarian orthodoxy holds that the Word had to make his hypostatic union with the man Jesus Christ at the point of his conception in Mary's womb rather than later at his ...
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What is the biblical basis for why the sending of the Holy Spirit was necessary?

Why couldn't the disciples begin following the great commission right after Jesus ascended into heaven? Why was the sending of the Holy Spirit necessary?
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Are these LDS scriptures consistent with LDS doctrine?

In an answer to this question Calvin quoted some LDS scripture from this search on the LDS scripture site. It seems that the word "eternal" might mean continuing forever from some point in time in ...
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Red Sea or Sea of Reeds?

I've heard a lot of religious chatter concerning what exact "sea" was parted by God to allow Moses and the Israelites to cross out of Egypt. Seems productions by the History Channel and other such ...

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