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When seeking the meaning of inspired scripture, what senses of Scripture can one arrive at according to the Catholic Church?

When one has followed the Catholic Church's rules for interpreting the Bible1 seeking the meaning of inspired scripture, what senses of Scripture - clearly one sense is the literal one - can one ...
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Did the Bull, Unam Sanctam, authorize/promote Christian aggression by the “temporal sword”?

Pope Boniface VIII promulgated the Papal bull entitled, Unam Sanctam. In it, he speaks of two swords: the spiritual sword (gladius spiritualis) and the temporal sword (gladius temporalis). We are ...
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How do Calvinists interpret “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path” and “He shall direct your paths”?

Do Calvinists interpret the following verses to support predestination? - “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path” (Psa 119:105) - “In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall ...
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Do Catholics believe that God is actively “fighting” Satan?

Do Catholics believe that God is actively "fighting" Satan? Or do they believe that Satan is a "tempter" who only tries to corrupt humans? I vaguely recall stories from the Old Testament when God ...
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Was Jesus' time in the wilderness the only time that He encountered Satan on Earth?

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of ...
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Do Catholics believe that Jesus' time in the wilderness was meant as an allegory?

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of ...
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In the Catholic Church's calender, what are Solemnities, Feasts, and Memorials?

In researching for this question: Anne and Joachim are the parents of Mary - is this a Catholic dogma? | @H3br3wHamm3r81, I came across Each year the Church venerates the memory of Saints Anne ...
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Anne and Joachim are the parents of Mary - is this a Catholic dogma?

Apparently the Catholic Church has recognized Joachim and Anne as saints, and it is said that they are the father and mother of the virgin Mary. Is the belief that Joachim and Anne are the parents of ...
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What Countries in the world are considered Christian states? [closed]

Which Countries in the World are officially Christian States? Specifically, in which countries is Christianity in some denomination the State religion; or in which is the head of state by law the head ...
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What is the evidence that Jesus rose on a Sunday? [duplicate]

Can someone explain why Christians are taught Jesus was crucified on Friday and rose from the dead on Sunday? When Jesus said specifically in Matthew 12:40 'For as Jonah was three days and three ...
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Why is there not a single date in the Bible?

The question popped into my head while I was thinking about the Jews, their exodus, and the founding of Jerusalem. I wondered why they didn't even write down the year they formed their city? But why ...
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What is the basis for the LDS belief that religious truth is confirmed by what you feel?

LDS Elder M. Russell Ballard in a Youtube video said that Religious truth is always confirmed by what you feel. And that's the way heavenly father answers prayers. What does it mean that ...
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How can we be so sure about the authenticity and genuineness of all the new “versions” and translations of the Canonical Bible? [closed]

There are a lot of "versions" and translations of the bible. I've read just a few, like 5 or 6, and I've seen several differences, but the real deal is that I've seen a large and significant ...
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Is there such a thing as a Catholic commentary on the Bible?

In the Protestant world there are endless commentaries on Biblical books, or series of commentaries that cover either the whole Bible or at least the New Testament. Does the same exist in the ...
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Was Esau's Birthright also a physical token?

I read long ago in the Open Bible as a note, that birth rights were actually a physical carved token that Jacob tricked Esau out of, I guess a registered icon with the powers that be. Is this true? ...
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Why is Jesus looking on an oddly standing stone?

I am not a Christian, so please excuse my Philistinism if I'm missing the obvious, but ever since I saw this painting on my Grandma's wall I've been intrigued by it. Particularly the standing stone in ...
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Burying a fish as a Christmas tradition?

To me this almost sounds like a joke, and I want to know if this is really a tradition... I was at a dinner tonight with some vendors, one of whom was from New England. He was telling the group ...
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What is the scriptural basis for Adam living forever after eating from the Tree of Life? [closed]

I have been considering Adam and what God said about Adam pertaining to the tree of life directly after the fall. After Adam had transgressed God commanded that the tree of life be withheld from him ...
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Is there a particular order in lighting candles on an advent wreath?

Is there a particular order in lighting the candles on an Advent Wreath? If there is, why? Which candle is lit first, and what order follows to the last candle? Where is the pink candle located ...
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses object to praying with other Christians?

After receiving divergent comments on my question Why do Jehovah's Witnesses not pray with people of other faith?, I feel I need to ask the follow-up question that really should have been the ...
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Catholic Baptism Process Pre-Vatican II

Today the Catholic Church makes potential converts participate in the RCIA program. Before Vatican II could someone go into a Church and tell the priest he wants to be Catholic and receive baptism on ...
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How do Jehovah Witnesses come to the conclusion that the Holy Spirit is a force?

If it has been long recognized that three primary attributes of personality are mind, emotion and will. In my mind tho following verses indicate the Holy Spirit fulfills these basic attributes: ...
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What happens to those souls who have not been--nor ever will be--exposed to the teachings of the Bible? [duplicate]

My question relates to those who have only ever known one teaching which was derived from their birth religion, especially those who live secluded lives, far from society, and have their own spiritual ...
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In what churches does this set of beliefs and behaviors best fit?

The church in question believes or behaves in the following ways: Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus is the Son of God, but he is not God, nor is equal to God in anyway. He taught us about God and his ...
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Death before the second coming [closed]

In Matthew 16:28; "Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom." is that referring to physical death ...
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Did Thomas Aquinas rate masturbation as a greater sin than rape?

It is sometimes said that St. Thomas Aquinas taught that rape is a lesser sin than masturbation. Is this actually the case? Here are two examples: [In Aquinas's view], Because sins against nature ...
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Is there any scriptual proof of annihilation? [duplicate]

The Greek word aionion is translated everlasting. It is used to describe heaven and hell in Matthew 25:46. In Luke 16:22-28 there's a rich man in hell. Christ spoke of people in hell, Matthew 8:12; ...
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Why should the book of Enoch be considered canonical? [closed]

Most would agree that context is the primary principle in any sound interpretation of individual verses. In that case we must consider the whole epistle of Jude. It appears that those who degrade ...
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Sisters giving the concluding talk in a sacrament meeting, where did my source go?

Broad context: I have seen at least one question on this site asking about the customs in LDS meetings regarding women, and this question sometimes comes up offline as well. I think I remember, not ...
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Where is the mentioning of people still living from the time of Christ in New Testament? [closed]

I remember reading in New Testament somewhere where The Christ said that some people present at that time will live to see His second coming. Can't seem to find that verse again. Do you know which ...
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Where did the translators of the New World translation study the Biblical languages?

In Crisis of conscience, written by Raymond Franz, the translators of the New World Translation are identified as Nathan Knorr, Frederick Franz, Albert Schroeder, George Gangas, and Milton Henschel. ...
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How many Wisemen were there? [duplicate]

The wise men are commonly thought of as three men, each bearing a gift for the baby Jesus. When in fact the scriptures don't indicate exactly how many wise men there were, only what gifts they ...
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What did Mary and Joseph do with the gold, frankincense, and myrrh?

And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him ...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses interpret verses like Isaiah 9:6 which call the messiah 'God'?

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, THE MIGHTY GOD, The everlasting Father, ...
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Why did Daniel feel the need to pray towards Jerusalem, even at the cost of his own life?

After Darius signed a decree which said that anyone praying to any god but Darius should be thrown into the Lion's den, Daniel goes and prays anyway. Daniel 6:10-11 ESV When Daniel knew that the ...
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Are Catholic Bishops the successors of the Apostles alone or the Elders too?

In researching my answer for this question I started to think about the doctrine that the Bishops are the successors of the Apostles as being a bit unfair to the other folks. For instance, if St. ...
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Is this age the only opportunity for salvation? [duplicate]

The majority of mainstream Protestant churches in the U.S. proclaim this age is the only opportunity for salvation. There's a prominent minority, mostly non-denominational, that claim the period ...
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What's the Biblical basis for “all Christians will be together in heaven some day”?

Christians often say that "some day we will all be together in heaven." I'm wondering if this idea comes from scripture. The closest I can think of is the end of Revelation, which discusses a "new ...
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Could Jesus Christ hate something or someone? [closed]

Love and hatred are often described as polar feelings, therefore one cannot exist without the other. Just like magnet poles. Jesus is known as a person who could love all the people. Does it emphasize ...
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What does childbearing have to do with the salvation of a woman?

Verse concerning saved: 12But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 13For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14And Adam was not deceived, but the ...
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From a reformed theology perspective, is there any Biblical argument against having a concubine?

It is generally accepted that "having a concubine" = "not socially accepted" However, Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines. Having concubines was mentioned in the old testament. I can not ...
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How is the contradiction explained between 1 Chronicles 1:32 and Genesis 25:1

Keturah was Abrhams Wife? Genesis 25:1-4 Abraham had taken another wife, whose name was Keturah. 2 She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah. Keturah was Abrahams concubine? 1 ...
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Does Catholicism confound the role of “elder” and “priest”?

I am somewhat interested in joining the Roman Catholic Church, but there are some things that I've had to further investigate, one of which is the role of "elder" and "priest" in the Roman Catholic ...
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good ways to deal with “It's just a pagan holiday, he wasn't even born then” [duplicate]

I roll with some atheist and agnostic friends. At a fundamental level I consider [a lot of things] this question a defeat. It doesn't need to be. I lack the faith to speak the answer with conviction-- ...
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Did Jacob Arminius and/or the remonstrants believe they were in agreement with John Calvin?

In a comment on another question on this site, a user says that the Remonstrants thought they more faithfully represented Calvin and Augustine's teaching than did those who eventually convened the ...
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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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What did God do to the Jews in Thessalonica?

Paul is telling his Thessalonian buddies that God's wrath has come at last to the mean Jews (countrymen) nearby. 1 Thessalonians 2:14-16 ESV For you, brothers, became imitators of the churches of ...
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Is there any Biblical basis for saying that wives should divorce their physically-abusive husbands?

Some Christians teach that it is acceptable to divorce a physically abusive spouse, and sometimes would even say that someone in that situation should do so. Is there a Biblical basis for this? ...
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How does the Catholic Church explain their belief that Jesus chose Peter to build upon?

Jesus was God and knew well the character and faults of Peter his disciple. The gospels give us a look at his impetuosity, asking Jesus 'if it is you, tell me to walk on the water'; arrogance, ...
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Did Jesus own a home as an adult or was He a nomad?

Did Jesus own a home as an adult or was He a nomad? If He did own a home, did He live with someone else?

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