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Is it generally acceptable to attend a bible study as a non Christian?

I am a bit curious about seeking out a bible study. There are several reasons for this: A friend of mine (in another country) says she finds such a study group enjoyable, and it seems to be a good ...
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Why do Carmelite nuns change headwear?

In this movie regarding the life of St. Therese of Lisieux, the girl who wants to become a saint, there is a scene wherein she changes the color of her clothing and headdress after participating some ...
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Are there any reports or stories that the pope has seen God face to face in the last 200 years?

In the Old Testament, there are accounts of people (prophets) who saw God face to face. Specifically in Genesis 32:30, it says And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God ...
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Do self-identified Christian fundamentalists have their own geographical communities?

Do self-identified Christian fundamentalists have their own geographical communities? Surely, it is known that the "Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints Church" has their own geographical communities, ...
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Was Adam mortal before he partook of the tree of knowledge of good and evil?

Was Adam mortal before he partook of the tree of knowledge of good and evil? Has this matter been considered in Christianity? I believe there could be only two possible options here: "Yes, he was" and ...
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126 views

Why Catholic Church is called “The Roman Catholic Church”?

If the word "catholic", from the Greek adjective καθολικός (katholikos), means "universal", why The Catholic Church is known as "The Roman Catholic Church"? Is it possible be "universal" and "roman" ...
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Binding of Satan — for amillennialists

Revelation 20:1-3 states "Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. 2 And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who ...
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132 views

Is adultery grounds for excommunication or other discipline in a Jehovah's Witness Church?

I think the title says it all. Are there rules/guidelines for Church Discipline for members of the Church that are blatantly involved in adultery? Specifically, I'm referring to well-known, ...
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Did John forget about Elijah?

2 Kings 2:11 say And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. But John 3:13 say And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in ...
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157 views

Baking and cutting eucharistic bread in the Eastern Orthodox Churches

What is the scriptural basis of the Eastern Orthodox Church to select a person in good standing to bake the bread in preparation for the Eucharist, and what is the scriptural basis for cutting the ...
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The New Testament teaches that Christ was baptized to “fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:14–15)--what does this mean?

In Matthew 3:14-15 it says, And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him. Can someone please expound ...
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Did Adam and Eve have children in paradise?

I was just reading the account of Adam and Eve in the NIV 84 and it doesn't really say they didn't. The Bible does mention when Sarah had her first boy. When Mary had her first son. But not really ...
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Reconciliation of all things

God unveiled to us through apostle Paul His plan... Colossians 1:20, NASB to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether ...
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Which churches today are the most missionary-minded (highly involved in missionary work)?

Was Jesus Christ's church (the primitive church) a missionary church? Matthew 28, verses 19-20 leads me to believe it was. It says, Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the ...
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How can Pharaoh and Abhimelech be attracted to Sarah?

http://helpmewithbiblestudy.org/5system_moses/print/dh11AbrahamHalfTruthWifeSister.pdf In the sojourn to Egypt (Gen 12), Sarah was about 65 years old and was considered very beautiful. In the ...
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180 views

What is the “Leviathan” mentioned in Job?

I'm trying to brush up on my apologetics skills, but this is one question I haven't found a clear answer to. I've seen a few explanations for this — a dinosaur, crocodile, whale etc., but none ...
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If Noah Flood were global, how does Noah get Kangaroo, Penguins, Polar Bears, Orang Utan, Tiger [duplicate]

Was the flood of Noah global or local? says that flood is global. So how does Kangaroo, penguins, polar bears, orang utans, and so on and so on came? Did they? Originally in palestine but then ...
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135 views

What time is the “sixth hour” in John 4?

"...and Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour." John 4:6 ASV It was translated as "noon" in the NIV ...
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Why doesn't Paul sign all of his letters like he says?

2 Thessalonians 3:17 (NLT) Here is my greeting in my own handwriting—Paul. I do this in all my letters to prove they are from me. But such a greeting only appears in five of Paul's letters: ...
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57 views

Crucifixion, why the son? [duplicate]

Am very confused. I understand why Jesus died for us on the cross to pay for all of our sins and I understand how there had to be a virginal birth, so that Jesus could be perfect and without sin. Am ...
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What kind of baptism is essential to salvation, and what does 'essential' mean in this context?

I'm a protestant and I've often heard statements to the effect that "Catholics believe that salvation is impossible without baptism", but I've also encountered the terms "Baptism of blood" and ...
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2answers
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Luke's introduction, doesn't seem like he is claiming he was inspired?

When reading the introduction of the Gospel of Luke, it seems very clear that he isn't really claiming to be inspired by God or anything. Rather he is saying that he thinks himself to be more worthy ...
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Was Bible Revealed to Jesus? (Christian Perspective)

I am asking this question from a Muslim perspective. We are told that Zubur and Injeel (Old Testament and New Testament) were revealed to Moses and Jesus just like Quran was revealed to Muhammad ...
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Did Jesus sacrifice his soul to save ours?

I am not asking for an opinion, what I am asking is that you evaluate my interpretation of the Scriptures and show me where I have misinterpreted them. In the following scriptures; it is indicated ...
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses have a systematized way of finding specific types of persons?

Do Jehovah's Witnesses have a systematized way of finding specific types of persons? Jehovah's Witnesses are known by their hallmark door-to-door proselytizing. But what I am interested in is the ...
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What theolological distinctives are exhibited in 'The True Furqan'?

The book The True Furqan, a work first published in Arabic a little over a decade ago, has come up recently in several contexts from being a suspect in anti government plots1 to being proof that ...
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Which portion of Revelation is the Rapture?

The Rapture is the belief that believers will be “caught up” into the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. Jesus will take away the faithful followers on earth, who patiently waited for His return. In ...
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Can theology be defined “the science of faith” nowadays?

According to Wikipedia, Richard Hooker (March 1554 – 3 November 1600) was an English Anglican priest and an influential theologian. He was one of the most important English theologians of the ...
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What is the earliest appearance of the expression “swallowed up in God”?

Jonathan Edwards, John Wesley and other Great Awakening writers often use the expression "swallowed up in God". It also appears in the writings of Bernard of Clairvaux. Does it have a scriptural or ...
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119 views

What is the breath of life spoken of in Genesis 2:7?

In Genesis chapter two verse seven God created man from the dust and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils; Genesis 2:7 KJV And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and ...
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Fish on good Friday

I'm just wanting to clarify the rule about eating fish on Good Friday: is the intention to add fish to the diet or to remove all other meats from the diet?
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From the literal perspective, the truth whispered in the ear, are we literally to proclaim that truth from the roofs?

What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. (Matt 10:27 NIV) --> THIS IS THE QUESTION: From the literal perspective, the truth ...
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What was Jesus' soul?

In the following Scriptures Jesus refers to my soul: Matthew 26:38 KJV Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. Mark 14:34 ...
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In Catholicism if God is infinite love, can love always increase in intensity or does that mean quantity?

According to the official facts laid out by the Pope and his Magesterium, as God is unending love and joy, does that mean that these emotions can always 'rise' in their intensity? For instance, we ...
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Is it wrong to say Jesus is the God of the Old Testament?

Is it wrong to say that Jesus is the God of the Old Testament? Jesus is God, the Father is God, and the Holy spirit is God. With this is mind, is it wrong to say Jesus is the God of the Old ...
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In which denominations are Sunday school classes categorized distinctly by grade/age level?

There was one time, a long time ago, somewhere between mid- to late-1990s, I went to a church with family at night. I thought the adults would worship on the first floor, while the children were taken ...
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Does Acts 20:33-34 suggest that a church should not have a paid ministry?

33 I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel. 34 Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.
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What does it mean to not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? (Isa 58:7 ...
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Do your children have to be faithful for you to become an elder?

Just had an enlightening chat with a preacher of a faith I'm not familiar with. When I congratulated him on his new pastorship, he corrected me saying that he wasn't a pastor, and among other things ...
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Jakob Böhme - influence [closed]

Which denominations apart from Quakerism, if any other, were influenced by the teachings of German Protestant mystic Jakob Böhme?
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Verse that mention Jesus eating meat?

My wife asked me this question last night, and I didn’t know the answer, so I thought I would ask it here. The question: Besides fish, is there any passage in the Gospels that directly mentions ...
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1answer
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Why Origen is considered a Church Father but not a saint?

Why Origen is considered a father of the church but not a saint by the Roman Catholic / Eastern Orthodox Church? I've heard and read in "Worlds Made by Words: Scholarship and Community in the Modern ...
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Why is the second beast of Revelation called the Antichrist?

In many denominations of modern Christianity the Antichrist is the evil world leader who forces people to take the mark of the beast. After reading through Revelation and seeing for myself that the ...
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Why do the numbers in Chronicles not match those in other places? [closed]

I was browsing the web and found a list of contradictions in the bible. I found that quite a lot (at least in this list) were numbers which did not correspond. A lot of them compare a number from ...
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Does the New Testament mention Christians worshipping the Holy Spirit?

The New Testament often mentions Christians worshipping God the Father, as well as His only-begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (John 5:23). However, does the New Testament mention Christians ...
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1answer
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Can a Catholic marriage be annulled because one doesn't believe to Sacred Trinity anymore?

The Roman Rota is the highest appellate tribunal of the Roman Catholic Church, with respect to both Latin-rite members and the eastern-rite members and is, with respect to judicial trials conducted in ...
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What is the scriptural basis for believing the judgement comes immediately at death? [closed]

In my discussions I've talked to Christians who had different concepts about the specifics of salvation which seem to make a significant difference, at least if one's only unrepented sin is not ...
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What are the rules for inheritance for women?

Are there any rules for inheritance for women in the Roman Catholic creed? It would be helpful if you could provide the verse for reference.
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Are sins forgiven without a payment in Matthew 9:1-7?

Matthew 9:1-7 involves Jesus forgiving someone's sins. Is this forgiveness granted in light of Jesus' future sacrifice of himself on the cross? If not, how is this person forgiven of their sins since, ...
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104 views

Why we don't stone people? [duplicate]

The bible many times specifically tell us to stone people... Yet, I have yet to meet someone that defends that practice. I've heard many times that this is because the OT is not valid anymore ...

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