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How do Roman Catholics interpret Luke 4:13, regarding the devil leaving Jesus “until an opportune time”?

Luke 4:13 (NIV) reads: When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him [Jesus] until an opportune time. What is the Catholic interpretation of the phrase "until an opportune time"? ...
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Did St. Francis pray the Rosary?

My wife is dressing my son Francis up as... St. Francis for an All Saints party. I think the timeline is thus that St. Francis could have prayed the Rosary, but it was more of a Dominican thing to ...
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According to Roman Catholicism, in what way do wives need to submit to their husbands?

What is the Catholic teaching on the way a wife needs to obey her husband? In Ephesians 5:22, we read: Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. (NIV) I'd like to ...
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Is there a concept of Ministerial Priesthood existing in Protestantism?

Catholicism teaches ministerial priesthood (source). Is there a concept of Ministerial Priesthood existing in Protestantism? I'm referring to the hierarchy as well as to those who perform the ...
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How do evangelicals interpret 1 Corinthians 10:16?

Evangelical Christians do not believe in Transubstantiation. Instead, a view held by many is that the communion elements are mere symbols of Christ's body and blood (source). The cup of blessing ...
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Is there a tradition of breaking pottery in the Paschal Liturgies of the Eastern Churches?

As a Melkite deacon, I'm familiar with the liturgical practices of the Eastern Churches. However, I've just seen a youtube video of something I've never heard of, and can't explain. Near the end of ...
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What percentage of Christendom takes early Genesis in a literal sense?

This obviously varies massively between denominations and even within denominations. I am trying to assess what percentage of Christendom takes early Genesis absolutely literally (six-day creation ...
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Why did Clement and Eusebius believe that Paul was married?

In an answer to a related question (What is the evidence that suggests that the Apostle Paul was married?), I encountered the following quote from Eusebius: Clement, indeed, whose words we have ...
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Was the dogma of the Immaculate Conception formulated in response to someone challenging Mary's ability to bear a perfect Son?

i read that dogma is the churches way of explaining supernatural events in scripture Since I have been doing research on the question of how a perfect Jesus could be born of a descendant of Adam, it ...
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is there a magnitude to sin? [duplicate]

Some time back a public figure was arrested for pedophilia. On Youtube, I observed many very hateful comments directed at this individual. Are the people who were passing judgement on the public ...
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Who was Darius the Mede?

And Darius the Mede received the kingdom, being about sixty-two years old. [Daniel 5:31] I have read much about the possible identities of Darius the Mede; to me, the most convincing alias is ...
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Will family members get to visit each other if separated into different kingdoms in heaven?

I have been told by my LDS bishop not to fear losing family members forever. I know that the family is very important to Heavenly Father and his Son, but how important is it really? Will we get to ...
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Did Origen support the idealist view of Christian eschatology?

I've seen it suggested that Origen was in line with the idealist understanding of Christian eschatology. Is anyone able to clarify this? What is the evidence that Origen was in support of the Idealist ...
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What, if any, were the Catholic orders that opposed the Catholic Inquisition?

During the Inquisition of the Middle Ages, Dominicans and Franciscans were the main church inquisitors. I was wondering if there were other religious orders that, as a whole, opposed the Inquisition. ...
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Does Bible say anywhere that if a woman was raped, she needs to marry the one who raped her? [closed]

Does Bible say anywhere that if a woman was raped, she needs to marry the one who raped her? One LGBT activist just told me that. The only verse that come to my memory is If a man seduces a ...
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Immortal soul concept: why does Bible say Jesus was resurrected after 3 days, as he should never have been really dead?

It looks like it's a common belief that Jesus was dead for around 3 days and was thereafter resurrected. For example this website provides quotes from earlier Christians. They quote Ignatius from 250 ...
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98 views

What are the differences/distinctive between the Anglican and Episcopal churches?

I've never been very sure what the difference is between the Anglican and Episcopal churches. Is it safe to assume that in core doctrines their doctrinal stance would be pretty similar, i.e. ...
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Ananias and Saphira were struck dead. Is that an indication of their spiritual judgment as well? [closed]

In Acts 5 we are presented with the account of Ananias and Saphira. Ananias and Saphira were struck dead. Is that an indication of their spiritual judgment as well?
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Did Jesus change his mind in John 7? [duplicate]

John 7:8–10 reads: 8 “You go up to the feast. I am not going up to this feast, for my time has not yet fully come.” 9 After saying this, he remained in Galilee. 10 But after his brothers had gone ...
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Are there reliable statistics about divorce rates in Christian churches?

I just read an article claiming divorce rates are much lower than commonly believed among Christians, but there are no references. Church-Divorce-Rate-Way-Lower-than-Anyone-Thought According to the ...
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Why do Catholics teach that Catholics go to hell if they die in a state of mortal sin, but teach some Protestants may go to Purgatory/Heaven?

I have heard, according to Roman Catholic professors and dogma, that if we die with a mortal sin on our soul we will go to hell. However, didn't Pope Benedict XVI say that Protestants can achieve ...
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What is the Catholic view of what it meant for Jesus to be “called” Immanuel?

Matthew 1:23 (NIV) says: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means “God with us”). (Matthew 1:23, NIV) But, nowhere in the Gospels is Jesus ...
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What is the test that determines doctrine from discipline?

Some of the hubbub around the Synod on the Family in 2015 has been (at least superficially) around whether disallowing civilly remarried couples, without annulled marriages, whose original spouses are ...
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Can a Mormon reach salvation if they do not pay tithes?

This is actually a question that stems from some information that I found when reading this article. The article claims that Mormon Mission Presidents receive each a lot of tax free benefits, and it ...
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How do “once saved, always saved” advocates explain the Parable of the Sower?

How do advocates of a strict perseverance of the saints doctrine explain the Parable of the Sower? That is, how does someone explain it who believes that once someone is saved they cannot lose that ...
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According to Catholicism, does the Eucharist have all the same physical and chemical properties, and physiological effects, as bread and wine?

Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which ...
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A non-JW wanting to marry a JW [duplicate]

I fell in love with this girl in the 10th grade and I want to marry her. She loves me a lot but she doesn't want to get married because I'm not a JW. I told her I'm trying to become one, and she ...
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How do the Eastern Orthodox interpret this verse from Psalm 69:3?

O God, be attentive unto helping me; O Lord, make haste to help me. Let them be shamed and confounded that seek after my soul. Let them be turned back and brought to shame that desire evils ...
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What did St. John Chrysostom mean by saying there is no difference between what is demanded from the monastics and the laity?

"You greatly delude yourself and err, if you think that one thing is demanded from the layman and another from the monk; since the difference between them is in that whether one is married or ...
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Why do some Christians use a period instead of a colon in verse references?

In the same way some countries write $1,000, some write $1.000, what do we learn when someone uses this alternative way of writing out verse references? I have one lecturer that prefers this. i.e. ...
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How do the early church fathers expound upon the “exaltation of Christ” (Philippians 2:9-11) in light of the immutability of Jesus Christ?

Philippians 2:9-11 NIV 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on ...
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Eastern Orthodoxy: What is the 'nous' and how is it distinguished from your mind and the rest of your spirit?

Basically, this question is two-fold: Give me a good explanation of what the 'nous' is and what it is not, especially compared to the mind and the other components of the spirit, from the Eastern ...
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Byzantine Chant vs. Gregorian Chant: What are the differences in goals as far as attitude and concepts between these two chanting styles

I'm NOT interested here in the difference in musical structure and rules here, per-say, between the Byzantine and Gregorian chanting styles. What I'm more interested in is the difference between them ...
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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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Eastern Orthodoxy - When a liturgical hymn to a Saint is composed (such as a Troparion), how is the mode/tone for the hymn chosen?

Canons, troparia, kontakia, aposticha, stichera, etc. all have a tone/mode associated with them. How does the author of the hymn choose which mode/tone to use? Is it the same for all, or is it a ...
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Who is permitted to write a canon or an akathist hymn to a Saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church, and how is it done?

I would imagine it would be a wonderful and prayerful experience to dive into the life of a Saint and compose a Church liturgical hymn for him/her. Who is permitted to engage in such activities? ...
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According to the Eastern Orthodox, in what sense did the Theotokos (Virgin Mary) give birth to Christ's divinity?

Nestorianism would claim that Mary only gave birth to Christ's humanity. When I thought about it and considered it, I realized my prior attitude towards the Virgin Birth had been somewhat Nestorian, ...
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How do credo-baptists explain baptism in the Nicene Creed?

How do credo-baptists explain "baptism for the remission of sins" in the Nicene Creed? Is this phrase interpreted in some way as being symbolic?
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What are the differences in belief regarding Hesychasm between the Chalcedonian (Eastern) and Non-Chalcedonian (Oriental) Orthodox Churches?

I got into a discussion recently regarding the differences (or lack thereof) between the Oriental and Eastern Orthodox Churches. I'm aware that the Oriental Churches are Miaphysites, while the ...
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According to Evangelical Presbyterians, do ghosts exist?

They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. Luke 24:37 (NIV) This incident shows that the disciples were afraid of an apparition.They thought that they saw a ghost. A ...
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How are John 18:36 and Matthew 13:41 reconciled according to Protestants?

John 18:36: My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place. Matthew 13:41: ...
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What was earlier the Earth or the Solar System? [closed]

My question is concerning the Creation (with literal interpretation, but accepting that the Earth could be millions of years old with the gap theory). The Bible starts with a statement: "In the ...
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1answer
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In Luke 1:67, was Zechariah filled with the Holy Ghost as the Apostles were in the book of Acts? [closed]

In Luke 1:67, was Zechariah filled with the Holy Ghost as the Apostles were in the book of Acts? It is my understanding that the Holy Ghost was sent after the death of Christ.
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What is the basis for the belief that Christianity and Islam worship different gods?

Another question entitled "Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?" requested the basis for the belief that Christians and Muslims do worship the same god. In this question, I am requesting ...
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How do Southern Baptists who believe in the immortality of the soul explain what death means in scripture

The Bible often speaks of death as "sleep" and Ecclesiastes 9:5 says dead aren't aware of anything. Yet many Christians claim reward or punishment begins immediately when one dies. If there is really ...
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What is the difference between “ransom theory” and “penal substitution”?

Ransom theory and penal substitution are two (of many) views about the exact nature of Jesus' atoning death on the cross. Both suggest that Jesus in some way paid a price on the cross for the benefit ...
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Marriage and annulments [duplicate]

I am a Catholic that was married in the Episcopal Church 25 years ago. My wife and I have had a civil dissolution 8 years ago. Does the Catholic church consider my marriage valid, and requires an ...
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1answer
34 views

Why does Calvinism have a special work ethic? [closed]

According to Max Weber, Calvinists have a special work ethic. Men work hard to the Glory of God, and that should be a sign that they are 'elect' according the TULIP. How is that different from other ...
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Is the Catholic Church the oldest church? [duplicate]

I read one of your articles which stated that Catholicism was the first Christian religion. I was under the impression that the Chalcedonians and Armenians both predate Catholicism and the Orthodox ...
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What has the Holy Spirit taught people after Jesus left? [duplicate]

I know that the below verse is explained to foretell the coming of the Holy Spirit according to Catholics. Even though the Holy Spirit was already mentioned previously, it is explained that Jesus is ...

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