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How did the phrase “getting to know Jesus” come to be ubiquitous among Evangelicals (i.e. Campus Crusade for Christ)?

How did the phrase "getting to know Jesus" come to be ubiquitous among Evangelicals (i.e. Campus Crusade for Christ)? To them, what is it really supposed to mean? Does it refer to the act of ...
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Is Genesis 18 regarded as a Theophany of the Trinity?

Abraham addresses the three visitors as LORD. Is this understood as a theophany of the Trinity by some Christians? [Genesis 18:1-2 NASB] 1 Now the LORD appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, while ...
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Am I a party to the covenant of atonement? [closed]

Jesus prayed (Jn 17:21) that “they may be one in us as you are in me and I am in you.” (Easier to comprehend if in means in union with.) This is the original sense of at-one-ment. “We also joy in God ...
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Why are Christianity and occultism irreconcilable? [closed]

Occultism, both in subtle and patent forms, is everywhere in our modern societies. A workmate tells you about a ouija seance she attended (and what she saw there, to her surprise), another tells you ...
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What are the major differences between the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Catholic Churches? [duplicate]

Do the priests of the Eastern Catholic Churches attend seminary school before ordination?
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Abraham, Moses and God's names

In Exodus 6:2-3, why does God tell Moses that He is "the LORD" and that He did not make himself known to Abraham as "the LORD", but only as "God Almighty"? In Genesis 12, when God called Abraham to ...
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How do Baptists catechize children?

If Baptists do not believe in the formalized confessional creeds of the church, then how do they catechize children? In the Small Catechism, Martin Luther notes that learning the Creeds is very ...
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What is the Baptist justification for anti-confessionalism?

According to Wikipedia, "Confessionalism, in a religious (and particularly Christian) sense, is a belief in the importance of full and unambiguous assent to the whole of a religious teaching. ...
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What is the meaning of 'the Sun and the Moon' in Joseph's dream?

"And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it to his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed yet a dream: and, behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars made obeisance to me. And he told it to ...
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Why were so many women in Scriptures barren? [closed]

Why were so many women in Scriptures barren? What is the significance of their being barren?
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What is Heaven like according to Catholics?

What does a person experience who is saved, after their death? Are they going to have a bodily resurrection in the New Jerusalem, in the real world, or is it a spiritual existence? If in the real ...
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What significance do Catholics see in the fact that Adam and Eve 'knew each other' only after original sin?

From a Catholic perspective, what can be said about the fact that Adam and Eve 'knew each other' only after original sin?
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What if Israel had accepted Jesus as their Lord?

Reading Romans 11:11-12 Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. 12 But if ...
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How many people saw Jesus raised from the death?

Besides some of the apostles, is the Bible specific about how many people saw the resurrection of Jesus? I mean that can testify having seen Jesus after death. Since we are all false witnesses: ...
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What is the traditional view of Divine Command Theory in accordance to the Reformed tradition?

Wikipedia gives the following definition: Divine command theory is a meta-ethical theory which proposes that an action's status as morally good is equivalent to whether it is commanded by God. ...
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Is the gender of the Holy Spirit, feminine or masculine?

I know the Holy Spirit (רוח הקודש) is usually referred to as masculine. But, what is the reason for that? The Hebrew word רוח (ruach; "wind; spirit") is one of the few words that is sometimes used as ...
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Washing of feet - Is it a part of Communion?

I am asking this with reference to this question about communion. Does any church practice the "Washing of feet" ceremony before the "eating of bread and drinking of wine"? If no, what is the ...
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Who developed the doctrine of Biblical Inerrancy first - Catholics or Protestants?

This article on Christian Fundamentalism says that it is developed by Protestants at Princeton University. This Catholic source on Biblical inerrancy says that it has always been with the Catholics. ...
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What is the basis that some Protestants teach the non-necessity of baptism for salvation?

I have heard many Protestants say that "baptism is not necessary for salvation". They follow Paul I guess, who says all works including Baptism or circumcision are optional. But having read the ...
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What makes Jesus and Mary appearance in popular motifs look like Muslim? [closed]

The depiction of Jesus with a "Muslim" beard and Mary in a black "Muslim" veil seems to portray both as Muslims , So Why are they portrayed with such a Muslim appearance?
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When is the first documented case of Christians praying to the dead saints?

When is the first documented case of Christians praying to the dead saints? (A point in comments was brought up that "asking the dead saints" does not mean "praying to the dead saints" as "prayer is ...
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Can Matthew 27:53 resurrection be verified or confirmed in history or other writings? [duplicate]

I'd like to know if the resurrection of the Old Testament saints in Matthew 27:53 was ever written about in history or anywhere else than the Bible. Possibly there is something in other books that ...
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“Kingdom Of God is at Hand” - Which Kingdom was Jesus and John the Baptist talking about? [closed]

The Bible clearly says that Jesus preached that the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand. Matthew 4:17: From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. ...
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According to Catholic teaching, does sin disfigure?

According to Catholic teaching perhaps with support from scripture, does sin disfigure/deform the sinner? And does such a disfiguration affect both body and soul? Is so, in what way?
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In Revelations: could the Jerusalem NOT be a City? [closed]

I was talking with somebody who believes that the "Jerusalem" in Revelation doesn't really mean a City, but a person. One of the arguments was this: In Revelation 21:9 says: 9 One of the seven ...
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According Catholic theology, what does the joy of heaven consist of? [duplicate]

According Catholic theology, what does the joy of heaven consist of? If there is a principal joy, what is it? Anecdote: I remember riding on a bus and a man going of saying to the effect that if ...
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According Catholic theology, what does the suffering of hell consist of?

According to Catholic theology, what does the suffering of hell consist of? If there a principal suffering, what is it?
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Levitical Law obsolete? [duplicate]

Paul says Romans 6:14-15 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. 15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under ...
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What's the purpose of angel's fight?

In Revelation 12:7 Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. According to common sense or human logic there ...
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Who found whom? After Jesus FINDS Philip, why does Philip tell Nathanael “We have FOUND the One…”?

In John chapter 1, the Scriptures record that Jesus found Philip and said to him, "Follow me." Two verses later, Phil tells Nathanael, "We have found the One Moses wrote about..." The next day ...
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What does James mean when he says that Judging a Brother Equals Judging the Law?

James 4:11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art ...
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Why or where were the 1000s of people who knew Jesus, why didn't they help [closed]

In several passages of the bible Jesus healed, drove demons out, forgave, cured, and showed compassion to thousands of people. He lifted a girl who was dead to her feet, and many more were supposedly ...
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Are there example writings of general refutation from Jesus' time?

There is an apologetic argument that goes like this: If the gospels were not factual, then we should expect to find other writings from the same time which refute them. We do not, therefore the ...
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According to Catholic theology, why does God have an only Son?

Catholics, and to my understanding other Trinitarian Christians, believe and teach what is borne by scripture [cf. Eph 4:4-5] i.e. there One God the Father, One God the Son, and one God the Holy ...
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Why do Roman Catholics consider eating fish on Friday a good work?

Please forgive me if there are caveats or circumstances to this idea that I am not aware of.
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What is the purpose of angels?

Aside from them being generically created "...for God..." like everything is, does the bible give a set of duties or purposes that angels have?
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How is the Book of Enoch ascribing all sins of fallen angels to Azazel not Scriptural?

A member by the name Jas 3.1 in his list of false doctrines against the Book of Enoch in "Why is the Book of Enoch not regarded as canonical?" stated: "Ascribes all the sin of the fallen angels to ...
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According to Catholic theology, why are there two and only two processions in the Godhead? [duplicate]

Catholics, and to my understanding other Trinitarian Christians, believe and teach what is borne by scripture [cf. Eph 4:4-5] i.e. there One God the Father, One God the Son, and one God the Holy ...
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Is Catholicism the only religion to uphold the indissolubility of marriage?

Is Catholicism the only religion to uphold the indissolubility of marriage? If not, which others do?
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Why do Pentecostals believe in a closed canon?

Pentecostals believe the gift of prophecy continues to the present day. From what I understand, most Christians believe the gift of prophecy is what enabled the writers of Scripture to write ...
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What is the Biblical basis for continuationism?

Continuationism is the idea that extraordinary gifts of the Spirit (prophecy, tongues, healing) continue in the present day. This is contrasted with cessationism, which says that such gifts have ...
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How does the Jehovah's Witness denomination deal with the filial piety among its East Asian believers?

The Jehovah's Witness denomination has been preached in more than 300 different languages, apparently using the English text as the base instead of directly from the original biblical languages. ...
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Do the Majority of Denominations believe in a literal flood or a metaphorical one? [closed]

The Bible says in Genesis that all of humanity was wiped out by a massive, world-encompassing flood. Only Noah and his family were saved because they were Godly people. Floods, even small ones and ...
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Christian treatments of the fact-value distinction [closed]

I would like to be referred to some good philosophical treatments/discussions of the fact-value distinction from a Christian perspective. The main question I have is: Is there such a thing as a ...
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Is it true that people in the Genesis and Exodus are only given promises for future blessings?

It seems like in Genesis and Exodus that God gave people promises of blessings in the future, but never in the present. He promised Abraham that his descendants would become great nations. The ...
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Why is God referred to as male rather than female? [closed]

Did God choose to reveal his being to us as a male instead of a female or is that something which can be attributed to our understanding? Thank you for your answers.
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What is the position of the United Methodist Church on creationism and evolution

Reverend Paul Kottke, of the United Methodist Church, has preached that Christian faith and science, including Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, are not incompatible. This seems to be in accord ...
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Does Catholicism Share Some Beliefs with Deism?

Deism teaches the watchmaker analogy, and Catholicism teaches about the gift of free will and the natural order of things. Those seem to have a lot in common. For instance: According to Catholic ...
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Did God have sex with Sarah? [closed]

I'm confused after reading this passage from Genesis 21 about the Birth of Isaac: The Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised. And Sarah conceived and bore ...
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What is the difference between 'Hell', 'Sheol', 'Hades' and 'Gehenna'?

In Western imagination, Hell is a place of everlasting torment and suffering for the wicked. Brunlesschi's painting in Florence's Duomo illustrates it well: The word 'Hell' itself, however, doesn't ...

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