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The Messiah and Joseph's genealogy [duplicate]

One of the requisite of the Messiah is to be from the line of David (Lk 3:23-38 and Mt 1:1-17) but we know that Joseph wasn't Jesus's biological father. Thoughts on this? Thanks.
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Looking for source for quote from Christian author

Some years ago I read in a book about Christianity an attempt to explain the apparent paradox between predestination and free will. I have forgotten the name of the book and its author (it could be ...
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Why Don't Christians Accept the Oral Torah? [closed]

Why do Christians accept the Jewish belief that the Hebrew Bible is the Word of God, but not accept the Oral Torah which the Jewish people believe also represents the Word of God? "According to ...
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What is the Roman Catholic method of salvation?

Evangelicals believe that salvation is by grace alone through faith that Christ death and resurrection alone is the basis of their Salvation. Is this comparable to the Roman Catholic concept of ...
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Pre-flood Rock Monsters? Modern Noah Mythology? [closed]

How did the "Noah" movie decide to include rock monsters depicted as fallen angels? (helping him, nonetheless!) This is one of many, many biblical deviations the movie makes, but I'm curious what ...
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Is the Roman Catholic understanding of forgiveness different from the Protestant understanding?

Recently I read Simon Wiesenthal's book, The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness, and I was challenged to flesh out my understanding of forgiveness. There were aspects which I ...
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What is the basis for First Communion?

I understand that Catholics practice First Communion for kids. What is the basis for this practice in the Catholic church? What is the proper age?
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Are some people born without hope?

While reading 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 NASB 1Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, 2that you not be quickly shaken ...
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Extra activities in the church [closed]

After having spent the week working, what should I give greater priority on the weekend ( Saturday and Sunday)? getting involved in some extra activity in the church, in addition Sunday services, or ...
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Is there any reference to Abraham building a house of worship? Where is Bakkah?

Is there any reference to Abraham building a house for worship in the Bible? Where is the valley of Bakkah located? In Islam they say Bakkah and Mecca are the same word, and the Kabah is built on ...
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Music Ministry in Evangelical Free Church of America

I have a desire to start a Music Ministry in an EFCA local assembly that sings to recorded Contemporary Praise and Worship music. How long should I be committed to this assembly before being allowed ...
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Is there anything known about Jesus time as a carpenter - was he a small business owner with employees? [duplicate]

Is anything known about the level of expertise he has attained and whether he was running a small business, or working as an employee in a shop or a day laborer?
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How do Arminians reconcile free will with God's omnipotence logically?

I just finished reading Mere Christianity and was blown away by some of the statements Lewis makes. He mentions "even [God] cannot produce [a changed heart] by a mere act of power...It is something ...
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What is Christian about Christian Kabbalah?

There is a form of Jewish mysticism called “Kabbalah”. There is also a Christian form of this, called “Cabalah” or “Christian Kabbalah”. What is specifically Christian about Christian Kabbalah? How ...
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What does the Church say about the statements that the Pope Benedict XVI made in the book “God and the World”?

In response to my earlier question, apocalypse_info_click_here answered: While that article in particular is a hoax... Each point in particular has been made and is old news. Benedict ...
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Does the Bible suggest that there would be a literal apostasy of the early Christian church?

In 2 Thessalonians 2:3 and Acts 20:29 I interpret them to mean that there would be a literal apostasy of the early Christian church or is there another meaning to them that I am missing? 2 ...
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What is the 70 weeks prophesied in Daniel chapter nine?

In Daniel chapter nine, He prophesies: Daniel 9:24 KJV Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make ...
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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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Do Christadelphians believe Jesus is God?

Do Christadelphians believe that Jesus is completely God and has been God since before the creation of the world? If not, when does Jesus become God (or take on God like attributes)? What is their ...
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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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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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Do Calvinists believe that Heavenly Rewards are predestined?

Assume doctrine of predestination Calvinism Context 10 Talents (Matthew 25): For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered ...
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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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