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Why was Jesus called the King of the Jews?

In Luke 23:38 it is written, There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS Why was the notice placed at the crucifixion proclaiming Jesus to be King?
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Why did God only cure Naaman? [closed]

Jesus said (Luke 4:27): "There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian." Several possible interpretations occur ...
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Did CS Lewis see 'pleasure' as being the purpose of our existence?

In 'The Great Divorce' a character asks, destraught, why she was born and a spirit replies, "for infinite joy!" Is that what CS Lewis thought the meaning of life was? Ultimate joy? Is there any other ...
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What is the biblical and traditional support for the Catholic Marian devotion?

In this answer it was stated that the Bible does support Marian devotion, which the Catholics practice. In Luke, Mary says "all generations will call me blessed." I can see how this lends credence to ...
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Why is being gay considered more sinful than being divorced or commiting adultery? [closed]

I am looking for Biblical evidence that homosexuality is a greater sin than adultery or divorce (for any reason other than adultery). Prohibitions of "sexual immorality" could cover homosexuality, ...
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Torah and the Old Testament [closed]

Both Torah and the Old Testament relate to Jews. How different or similar is Torah and the Old Testament of Bible?
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Will people in hell be able to remember people in heaven?

I've heard many times that once you go to heaven, you'll no longer remember your past life, or those that never made it to heaven. Does the same apply in hell?
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What are “all things” in “Let all things be tested, keep to what is good”?

1 Thessalonians 5:21 reads: Put all things to the test: keep what is good [GNT] Prove all things; hold fast that which is good [KJV] What is "all things" here?
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How does Christianity explain suffering that ends in death?

Does suffering in this life really matter? How can suffering from natural causes be reconciled with an omnimax god? Both answers above contain the major theme of God refining us, making us more like ...
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In general, in the Protestant branch, who can baptize a new believer?

I know quite well that the plethora of Protestant denominations means that there are almost no universal traditions. However, there are a number of particular traditions or beliefs that are held by ...
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We might find Judas in Heaven?

We all know how Judas sold Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. The thing is he hanged himself before Jesus died on the cross so he went to (supposedly) hell. But after Jesus died on the cross he went to ...
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Must one believe that there is only one True and Living God to be saved? [closed]

Must one believe that there is only one True and Living God to be saved? Obviously the scripture states in various places that God is one (Deut 6:4, Isaiah 45:5), and I do believe this and I am fully ...
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Does a Christian who commits sins against Christian doctrine and commandments still remain Christian? [duplicate]

What is the position of the Christian denominations about whether a person who commits sins and lives un-Christian lifestyle, yet believes he is Christian, still remains Christian? This question is ...
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Refutation of Chizzuk Emunah, Part II, Ch. LXVI: “Inconsistencies in Christian text regarding food”

In Chizzuk Emunah, Part II, Ch. LXVI, 16th century Jewish theologian Yitzchak ben Avraham of Trakai wrote, Acts 10:11-15, "And Peter saw heaven opened; and a certain vessel descending unto him, ...
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How does one reconcile the idea that physical disability is the result of sin with Exodus 4:11?

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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How is the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus interpreted?

I have always been puzzled by this in Scripture. Can someone clarify these points: If Jesus was speaking of reality then 'The End' had technically already come. Is this correct? From Hell it would ...
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Shouldn't Mary’s genealogy be Jesus' family history? [closed]

Matthew 1:1-17 provides a genealogy of Jesus, traced back to Abraham: The Family History of Jesus the Messiah: . . . Abraham was the father of Isaac . . . Matthan was the father of ...
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Biblical support of a Quadrichotomous view of Man

There are two common views of the Nature of Man - the Dichotomous, and the Trichotomous. However, a Quadrichotomous view can also be drawn from Jesus' answer to the challenge of what is the greatest ...
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Who is Father or God in Christianity

The following are some lines in which Jesus (Peace be upon him) mentions "Father" or "God". Is Islam we consider "Father" or "God" to be referring to Allah as Jesus (Peace be upon him) is ...
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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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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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How could God's form be seen prior to His incarnation?

In a seeker's Bible discussion last week, I had explained that God created the physical world and, therefore, existed outside the physical world. I stated that He entered into the physical world in ...
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Why does the Bible say that people no longer need to ‘feel guilty’ under the gospel, as compared to the Old Testament?

There is the verse from Hebrews that makes me pose the question: 10 The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the ...
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What is the Christian perspective on the description of God? [closed]

My pastor (Calvary Chapel) referred to God as His father, then once said that God is everywhere and in everything (i.e. - inside each person) and then that God is Love. So now I am confused as to ...
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Do the people God sends to challenge His people (for His Glory) have salvation?

Romans 9:17 17 In the Scriptures God says to Pharaoh: “I made you king so that you could do this for me. I wanted to show my power through you. I wanted my name to be announced throughout ...
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Any Roman Catholic Church martyrs from 10 - 15th centuries?

Do we know of any martyrs from among the Roman Catholic Church that lived during the 5 centuries before Martin Luther (i.e. 10 - 15th centuries). I am especially interested in those who have been well-...
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Is it possible to believe in Jesus, pray to Him and be baptized and yet not get regenerated?

What I mean here by "regenerated" is being born of God, i.e. become a child of God. Has this matter been discussed in Christianity? If the question is too broad, then I am firstly after the protestant-...
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Is 1 Thessalonians 4:17 the only verse that supports the rapture?

Are there any verses in the Bible besides 1 Thessalonians 4:17 that support the doctrine of the rapture?
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Any dangers for the usage of sacramentals that are not-yet-blessed-by-a-priest?

I just bought a new Rosary, and I haven't asked our priest in the locality to bless it. Is there any danger when I pray the Rosary (or use of any "not-yet-blessed" sacramental for this matter) using ...
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Did Jesus consider OT events to be literal history? [closed]

Did Jesus consider the historic references in the OT to be literal in the sense that people and events where historical as recorded or did he view them as symbolic/figurative or did he pick and choose?...
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What is the doctrinal significance of repetition between the Gospels? [closed]

The four Gospels each cover roughly the same events, but the details differ, as illustrated here. Leaving aside the difference in similarity between the Synoptic Gospels and John, is there ...
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Why is Jesus called The Way?

What does Jesus mean when He says that He is the way? John 14:6 NIV Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. A lot of ...
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Are Eucharistic ministers allowed to break the host?

I'd like to know if Eucharistic ministers are allowed to break a consecrated host? I witnessed this happening and I didn't think they had the right to do it. I was searching for the answer but some ...
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How does the Catholic Church interpret Galatians 2:7?

From my understanding, the Catholic belief of ordained church leadership comes from the interpretation of Jesus' words to Peter: And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my ...
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Is there a name for the low wall that is often in front of a choir?

There's typically a low wall, about hip-high, in front of the first row of the choir. Religious architecture typically has its own terminology, and Christian architecture in particular. So is there a ...
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What is the biblical basis for commemorating the birth of Jesus?

For many Christian denominations, Christmas is the highest holiday of the year. What is the biblical basis for commemorating/celebrating the birth of Jesus, regardless of the particular day of the ...
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In the Church of England, can one accept communion without being confimed?

If someone is baptised as a child, but never confirmed, can such a person receive communion? I'd like the viewpoint of the Church of England.
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Are there Catholic guidelines on naming of children?

Catholics in India, for the last few generations, have been following a unique practice of naming their children. The children are invariably given the baptismal name after a saint; but once they ...
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What's the level of the teaching that we can't be sure someone is in Hell?

As far as I know, according to Catholic doctrine we can't be sure that any particular soul is in Hell. I understand the reasons (one can repent in the last moment, which is not observable by others), ...
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Where did our spirit come from? (Overview)

Where did our spirit come from? Did it exist before we were born? Or did it come into existence when we were born or later? What is an overview of the major Christian answers to this question?
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What are the main biblical interpretations used to defend the point of view that Nicodemus had inferior faith?

I was reading a post by John Piper here where he said this: But it is not saving faith. Nicodemus was not born again The same week my Pastor made a derogatory reference to the faith of Nicodemus,...
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Which church traditions regard Constantine the Great as a Saint?

Constantine was the emperor of the Roman Empire who legalized Christianity and called the Counsel of Nicaea, among other thing. Which church traditions regard Constantine the Great as a Saint?
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Since YHWH and the Bible acknowledge other gods, does that mean that they literally exist?

Exodus 20:3 (NIV) reads, "You shall have no other gods before Me." According to the Tanakh (Old Testament), YHWH / Yahweh / (God) is an individual divine being, and the only God. Some sections of ...
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Eastern Orthodoxy: what is the difference in character between each of the 8 modes?

What are each of the 8 modes/tones in the Eastern Orthodox traditions (especially the Byzantine Chant and Russian Chant traditions) meant to convey in terms of spiritual posture, attitude, character, ...
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In light of Catholic Teaching, what is the Catholic explanation of “But who can discern his errors? Clear thou me from hidden faults.” [Ps 19:12]

From my understanding of Catholic Teaching on sin, a person commits sin when they choose deliberately - that is, both knowing it and willing it - something [gravely] contrary to the divine law and to ...
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Why is archangel Michael portrayed with a sword in art?

There is no mention of Michael wielding a sword in the bible, so I wonder if there are references in other texts?
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According to Emanuel Swedenborg, will a good person who rejects Jesus go to heaven?

According to Emanuel Swedenborg, or the New Church, can a good person go to heaven if he or she rejects Jesus? If all religions are inherently good, it would mean the a good person who believes only ...
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What does the Nicene Creed mean when it says that the Father and the Son are of the same substance?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicene_Creed says: And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, begotten of the Father [the only-begotten; that is, of the essence of the Father, God of God,] ...
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Does the Bible explain why God chose Israel?

There are several nations in the world. And surely, there were several in the time of Abraham and Moses. Does the Bible tell us why God choose only to lead the Israelites and not the rest?
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Catholic response to Luke 11:27-28

I am a Christian who recently became very interested in the Catholic faith. I am curious how the Catholic community responds to these verses, which seem to bring to question the "blessedness" of ...

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