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If we are “Saved” by grace, then why are we getting "Judged?

Ephesians 2:8 (NLT) God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 2 Corithians 5:10 (NLT) For we must all stand before Christ to be ...
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What is the scientific effectiveness of “street preaching” as a method of evangelization?

I've been looking around for hard facts on the efficacy of street preaching but can't find any. Are there any hard numbers on the number of people who come to faith through this kind of evangelism? ...
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What kinds of Mormon missionaries are there?

I'm used to seeing young missionaries travel in pairs, talking to people and visiting them, but I don't typically think of them as serving their missions online (as evidenced here) or doing other ...
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Under what conditions can a re-married catholic couple receive the sacrament of eucharist

According to familiaris consortio the only case where a "civilly" re-married catholic may receive communion, is where they repent and live like brother-sister, so to speak. Are there other, perhaps ...
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What does 2 Timothy 2:15 mean?

Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. What does that mean? Be a good worker. What does that mean? one who does not need to be ashamed an who correctly ...
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Does sin hinder one's ability to speak God's word?

A friend told me that "bad people" are limited when it comes to spreading the Word of God. According to scripture, how, and in what way, does sin hinder one's ability to spread the Word of God?
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Is there a scripture that says men can't stop sinning?

I had someone ask me to show scripture that says men can't stop sinning. I had a hard time locating them. Can anyone please help me out?
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Can Catholics receive sacraments via Skype?

Can Catholics receive any of the sacraments via Skype?
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How are Roman Catholics to receive the holy Eucharist at Mass?

What is the etiquette to be followed when receiving the holy Eucharist? Is one to kneel down? Does one receive in the hand or directly on the tongue? Are there any prescribed procedures from Vatican?
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How do we know we aren't worshipping the same God? [closed]

How does a Catholic know that they are not worshiping the same God as someone who practices Islam or Judaism? Is there anything that concretely points to them being different past personal ...
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What is the case in favour of adelphopoiesis as a relationship akin to marriage?

I've seen a few things lampooning John Boswell's interpretation of adelphopoiesis as a quasi civil union between men. However, I've not seen much on his side other than it being used by Christian gay ...
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Have Archaeologists recovered pieces of Noah's Ark?

I was just wondering: Have Archaeologists recovered pieces of Noah's Ark? And did the Bible tell them where to look?
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Origins of Ash Wednesday

There has been a long standing association between ashes and repentance within Christianity stretching all the way back to Tertullian not to mention various grief filled moments of repentance found in ...
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Can a child presented by a same sex couple be validly baptized in the Catholic Church?

In Instrumentum Laboris 2014, the working document for the October 2014 Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome, #120 The Transmission of the Faith to Children in Same Sex ...
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What blood group did Jesus Christ have?

In contemporary times the best known, studied and discussed relic attributed to Jesus is the Shroud of Turin, currently kept in Turin and personal possession of the Pope. According to tradition, the ...
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Did Martin Luther effectively teach that our justification is like white snow covering over dung?

Over the internet I have come across posts like this that say Luther stated that our sinful state is much like the piles of manure. It is ugly, repulsive and offensive. There is nothing in it ...
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In Proverbs 19:20 whom should one hear, receive from, and accept? God or any wise man?

Proverbs 20 Hear counsel, receive instruction, and accept correction, that you may be wise in the time to come. (AMP) Please help to interpret the above. Whom should one hear, receive from, and ...
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In reference to humans becoming Angels? [closed]

How can humans become Angels if (Ecclesiastes 12:7) says "and dust returns to the ground it came from, and the Spirit returns to God who gave it" and (Ecclesiastes 3:20) "All go to the same place; ...
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How does the mainstream Christian view of the physical body differ from that presented in The Gospel of Thomas?

What is the value of the physical body in mainstream Christianity? Sometimes it seems to be very negative and to encourage one to concentrate primarily or even almost solely on the spiritual realm. ...
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Explanation of the bell, book, and candle ritual of excommunication

Wikipedia's page contains a rather disturbing translation of the ritual: ... we exclude him from the bosom of our Holy Mother the Church in Heaven and on earth, ... we judge him condemned to ...
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Literal and historical interpretation of the Bible [closed]

What is the biblical bases for taking the bible literally when many who practiced the Jewish faith (from whence the Torah came) did not? In Judaism, the Midrash (Hebrew: מדרש‎; plural midrashim) ...
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Why is the Gospel of Thomas considered heretical by Nicene Christians?

I've seen in a few places the Gospel of Thomas described as Gnostic and thus heretical. I've seen people dismiss it as heretical but never going into the details of why that is the case. Why is the ...
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What are the meanings of the mote and beam in the parable?

In the new testament, Christ gives the parable of the mote and beam: 1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it ...
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Is Eastern Orthodox christianity against doing yoga or meditation?

I've heard opposite opinions on this and I was wondering about it. So is Eastern Orthodox christianity against doing yoga or meditation?
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Sola Scriptura and the Biblical Canon

The basic argument of Sola Scriptura is that all Christian teachings and traditions are to be founded in and subservient to the Bible, and in nothing else. Obviously this does not mean that there are ...
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How do proponents of the Prosperity Gospel interpret Matthew 6:19-21 and Luke 6:20-26?

There is already this decent post: What is the argument *for* prosperity gospel? But more specifically how do prosperity theologians square what must be regular 'clobber' passages for their ...
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Why is vengeance for the Lord?

God has said that vengeance should belong to Him alone, but why? Romans 12:19 ESV Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will ...
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Christians are doomed to hell?

While perusing the Vatican's official website, I stumbled upon this: THOUGHTS FROM THE DIALOGUE CENTRE IN ÅRHUS, DENMARK "... The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) used ...
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Who may receive Holy Communion in a Catholic Church?

Who in the following groups may receive Holy Communion in a Catholic Church? Among Catholics. (cf. the current debate on communion for divorced-and-remarried Catholics). Among non-Catholic ...
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If the Devil is the Great Deceiver, how would I know that he's not deceiving me through Christianity? [closed]

I've always been a devout Christian, but I once had a terrifying thought while reading the Bible, and I'm scared I'm going to go to Hell. At one point I began to question why God killed so many ...
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What Scriptures are used to justify the belief that Christians of Denominations other than a specific one will be rejected by God?

In my studies of the Bible I have never found times when God has rejected the worship of anyone who worshipped him in sincerity. The only restrictions to worship other than worshipping in holiness as ...
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What does the Catholic Church mean when it says In-vitro Fertilization separates the procreative act from procreation?

In a Catholic Theology class, we were taught that IVF is wrong for 2 reasons: 1) It separates procreation from the procreative act and 2) Spare embryos are destroyed in the process. Question 1: I get ...
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What do Southen Baptists believe about Jesus' dual nature?

It's Catholic Dogma that Jesus was one man with two natures. I was reading an answer to a question on this site where a brother in Christ of the Southern Baptist persuasion was talking about "the man ...
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Does the Catholic Church teach that it has the authority to change what is morally right and wrong?

I know this will be controversial, so I'm going to ask for answers to remember that the scope of this question is not "Do they have the authority to change what is morally right or wrong", it's "does ...
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Why does childbirth still hurt?

I am wondering the following: In Genesis, 3.16, it is quite clear that God multiplies the pain of childbirth, in order to punish Eve (and all women) for eating the forbidden fruit. So, yes, this ...
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Verse that says we should spend much or most of our money on food?

I remember reading a verse that said something to the effect of it being good to spend much or most of our money on food. What is that verse?
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What is the scriptural basis of the Tabernacle with the Blessed Sacrament as in the Catholic churches?

This question extends from this one. Is there scriptural basis of the Tabernacle WITH the Blessed Sacrament as in the Catholic churches?
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Is Heaven up and Hell down?

Ever since I was a little tyke I have heard people say go up to Heaven or down to Hell. Up and down would seemingly have its relationship to the surface of the Earth, and while down in that case can ...
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Can Christians manufacture cigarettes? [closed]

My husband and I were discussing an essay my nephew wrote where he says he wants to manufacture cigarettes. I thought it was a good dream but shouldn't we address whether this is something that is ...
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Are there any biblical passages which can be interpreted as prohibiting abortion? [duplicate]

Are there any biblical passages which can be interpreted as prohibiting abortion? For this question, abortion is the direct killing of an unborn child. Related [and possible duplicate?]: What is ...
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What would the Jews of Jesus' time have known about heaven?

Looking at the cross references for John 12:34, 34 So the crowd answered him, “We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? ...
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Who are the 144000 according to Roman Catholic?

After reading this question I thought about it and asking you guys this question. Who are the 144000 according to Roman Catholic ? (Revelation 7:1-8; 14:1-5).
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What is the Catholic explanation of the particular temptations of Jesus in the wilderness?

Please refer to Luke 4:1-13: Jesus fasts and is tempted in the wilderness If Son, stone to bread > Kingdoms for you, if you pay me [Satan] homage > If Son, throw yourself, God will protect you.1 ...
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But, what is the greater baptism?

Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, but proclaimed a greater baptism would be made available. What was that baptism of which He spoke?
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What is this box that can be found in Catholic churches?

Please see the picture below. What is this 'box', gilded perhaps, that can be found in Catholic churches? Some make a genuflection before it, and even the Pope bows reverentially before it. What is ...
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Why aren't any dinosaurs written in the bible? [duplicate]

Did they really exist before men? Or co-existed with man in the early ages? Where did the fossils came from and why isn't it written in the bible?
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Understanding Trinity, is the belief that each Person has independent Will?

In the trinity the belief is that the Father is God, the Son is God, and the holy ghost is God. The Father is a Person, and Son is a Person, and the holy Ghost is a Person. And they all always ...
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Does being Protestant imply you are also a Zionist? [closed]

It seems most Protestants support the State of Israel and/or the Zionist cause. What theologically distinguishes those who do not?
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Does the fact that Joseph was a tekton require that Jesus was as well?

I am not a scholar, but it always bothers me for preachers to assume Jesus was a carpenter. And I've read the answers that project that his work was most likely in stone. But I understood that at ...
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What is the Calvinist perspective on John 5:28–29 in regard to earning salvation?

John 5:28–29 seems to teach salvation by works: Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good to the ...

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