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Are there other denominations that believe in pre-human existence?

I was wondering whether the pre-human existence of a believer was accepted among any christian groups/denominations other than Mormons, or are Mormons the only group that believe in a pre-human ...
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What is the message of the Gospel according to Theistic Evolutionists? [closed]

A common mantra among Christians is that we have unity in "essentials" and in none-essentials tolerance. Opinions over what qualify as essentials and not, very themselves, but hopefully the one ...
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applicability of various biblical laws to today [duplicate]

So I was looking at http://www.buzzfeed.com/omgitsanf/19-things-the-bible-forbids-other-than-homosexuali-b83k and wondered what it's applicability is to today. Like if those were laws that some Roman ...
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Why does Jesus say this about disciples forgiving others their sins? [closed]

John 20:20-23 ESV Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy ...
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If Jesus was God, then why did he pray?

I don't know much about Christianity so I was watching this video: Is Jesus God? I was stunned by the following things: At the start of the debate Stanley Sjoberg says Jesus is the Son of God. Near ...
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Why did God kill Uzzah ? - 2 Samuel 6:6-7 [closed]

6 When they came to the threshing floor of Nakon, Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of God, because the oxen stumbled. 7 The Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent ...
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Are we supposed to ASK for wisdom or SEEK it--or are they the same thing?

I'm a bit confused on a seeming "contradiction" on how to obtain wisdom from God. James 1:5-6 ESV If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it ...
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Are (or were) sacraments necessary for salvation in the Catholic religion?

According to the Wikipedia page, Though not every individual has to receive every sacrament, the Church affirms that, for believers as a whole, the sacraments are necessary for salvation, as the ...
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Was the book of Enoch once part of the holy scriptures?

Jude 1:14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints ... This seems to indicate that the apostle not only read the ...
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Context for Paul and Solomon's usage of “heap burning coals on his head.”

Romans 12:20 - "On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." Proverbs 25:22 - ...
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How is rosary different from chanting Mantra?

I'd like to know the Catholic teaching or opinion on rosary similarities with eastern religion prayers like chanting mantra. I checked something about chanting mantra and it uses the same way of ...
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Did God give Moses visions of History and the Tabernacle on Mount Sinai?

After Moses spent forty days and nights on the mountain, he gave the people the requirements God had told him to say to the Israelites: All Scripture is quoted from the King James translation unless ...
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How are David and Jesus related and why is this important [duplicate]

I would like to know why Jesus and David being related is important.
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Is masturbation equivalent to premarital sex? [closed]

I apologize for any ignorance I may display in my asking this question but I'm a little confused. I have been searching for the meaning of sexual immorality in order to fully understand what the ...
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Why shouldn't we swear or curse- LDS

So here are the reasons I've come up with why we are commanded not to curse or swear. Some curse words have vulgar and awful meanings. Culturally it is seen as unprofessional, unintelligent and ...
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Is there any substance to the claim that Origen supported reincarnation?

Origen of Alexandria, is considered one of Christianity's greatest systematic theologians, and it is said that he was a believer in reincarnation. Is there any substance (textual evidence) to the ...
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Can the belief of Jesus' listeners be considered belief unto salvation?

During my daily study of the book of John, I've come across several statements like this one from chapter 8:30, which says: "As he was saying these things, many believed in him." Is there any ...
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Genesis 28:18 Where Did Jacob Get the Oil?

Genesis 28:18 New International Version (NIV) 18 Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. Do you have ...
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What does the Bible say about praying too much?

I don't understand how these verses: "Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be ...
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Is there a Christian definition of “social justice?” [closed]

Most (if not all) major Christian denominations seem to support the idea of "social justice." Most sources I've read seem to agree that the term itself was originally a Christian term that's gotten ...
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By what did Jesus call Joseph? [closed]

Jesus called the God the Father during his ministry. My question is what Jesus called Joseph (the guardian) before his ministry? "Why were you searching for me?" he asked. "Didn't you know I had ...
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What is the source DNA for the body of Jesus? [closed]

This question focus on the physical body used by Jesus during his time on Earth. I believe there is much biblical support for and little question that the body of Jesus gestated in the body of Mary ...
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What tribe is David from?

What tribe is King David from?
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If God is one then why is belief in God insufficient?

The title is a bit misleading since it's limited in characters so I'll try my best to explain: Christianity teaches (at least many forms do) that one must attain salvation through acceptance of ...
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How is “their angels always behold the Father in heaven” a warning?

Matthew 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. Jesus was ...
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For Jehovah's Witnesses, what are the ingredients to the bread and the wine?

I am wondering what ingredients do the Jehovah's Witnesses use in the bread and the wine. I talked to one of my friends who is a active member of the Jehovah's Witness religion but was not satisfied ...
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why do we use the name “jesus” if the apostles did not use it? [duplicate]

The gospel says that God has given us one name under heaven by which we a saved. It appears throughout scripture that God puts great importance upon names in both old and new testament. The bible says ...
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What does it mean that God's wrath is infinite and what is its relation to existence of life on other planets?

I heard on the first episode of Cosmos that astronomer Giordano Bruno was punished because he believed there are other planets with life on them. The Roman inquisition sentenced him to execution ...
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What contemporary criticism was given to Belloc's claim that the Protestant Reformation was the work of a few oligarchs? [closed]

I've just returned from the 33rd Conference of the American Chesterton Society with exciting news, apparently Protestantism is a sham inflicted upon us by the corporate elite! Hehehe, well who ...
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How do Old Earth Creationists use 2 Peter 3:8 to support the “day-age” theory?

It seems that a popular argument for Old Earth Creationists (OECs) is that 2 Peter 3:8 shows the Genesis days could be longer periods of time and not literal 24 hour days: 2 Peter 3:8 ESV But do ...
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Any non-exorcism style of healing miracles recorded in the Scripture? [closed]

And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Is there any non-exorcism style of healing miracles(nothing like resurrection of Lazarus but ...
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What is the purpose of Evil and Sin? [duplicate]

If God can do everything than, why don't he just abolish sin and evil from the world. As if it never existed? There's no reason to have sin and evil running around if the lord finds it sickening why ...
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Is there Biblical support for the concept that 'Whenever a man lies with a woman…a transcendental relation is set up between them'?

Inspired by an earlier question, I'm not disagreeing with the opinion of C.S. Lewis, but I'm unable to think of any direct biblical support for it. What is the Biblical basis for Lewis's quote? ...
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Does the Bible say if animals in Eden were carnivorous, or when animals on Earth became carnivorous?

Do the canonical writings of any Christian group say if animals in Eden were carnivorous, or when animals on Earth became carnivorous?
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In the Catholic Traditional Mass, what is Low Mass? What other Masses are there?

In a comment to the answer about incense, Low Mass was mentioned. With Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's Summorum Pontificum, there is the return of the use of the Roman Liturgy prior to the reform of ...
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Some say the cross originates with pagan god Tamus. How is this justified? [closed]

Simply stated, there is a large number of people who believe the cross had origins with the ancient god "Tamus", and is somewhat related to a phallic symbol. Can this claim be backed with proof? ...
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Was the virgin conception of Jesus known to the people at the time?

From Bible, it seems that Mary consulted with Elizabeth after the Annunciation but from the people's reaction to Jesus at ministry, it occurs to me that they are not aware of the surrounding story ...
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According to Catholic Tradition - Was Jesus' experience on Earth scripted? Or did human actors shape it?

God does not play dice with the universe. - Albert Einstein The Bible gives us reason to believe that God (presumably, God the Father) chose the time of Jesus' arrival on Earth. My Question: ...
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Where is this C.S. Lewis quote from?

Talking to a friend, he wrote: In the words (approximate) of C.S. Lewis, "Everytime a man sleeps with a woman, it creates a bit more of a spiritual connection that must be either eternally enjoyed ...
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What is the Jehovah's Witnesses response to mixed marriage with a Christian of another denomination? [duplicate]

What are the consequences in the Jehovah's Witnesses church, when a member marries a non-JW Christian?
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Creation Ex Nihilo? [closed]

I have been wondering how can God create matter and energy out of nothing when nothing is simply nothing. Unless God simply created matter and energy when nothing else other than Himself existed. When ...
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Should those who fall away and return to the church be baptized again?

Say someone was baptized as a young teenager, believed that Jesus died for his sins and rose three days later, and believed the bible and that it was all true, but as he got to be an older teenager ...
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During the Mass, may the Priest skip the Act of Penitence and the Kyrie Eleison?

cf. General Instruction of the Roman Missal, A. The Introductory Rites. At a certain church during a weekday Mass, the priest goes from the Sign of the Cross to the Collect, skipping 51. The Act of ...
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Unfulfilled Prophecies of Jesus?

Recently I have been looking into why Judaism rejects Jesus, and they have a list of prophecies that they say He did not fulfill. If you can help explain one by one that this list does not contain ...
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Was Absalom's hair really that strong? [closed]

So David's son had some pretty awesome hair: 2 Samuel 14:25-26 ESV Now in all Israel there was no one so much to be praised for his handsome appearance as Absalom. From the sole of his foot to the ...
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According to LDS doctrine, what is the source of God's power?

According to modern revelation - from an LDS perspective, what is the source of God's power? I'm looking for references from the standard works and quotes from the brethren that may indicate to us ...
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Believing in The Lord without joining a church [closed]

Of late I have chosen to believe in The Lord, but still I have not joined any church. I am curious about whether is it necessary to join a church? What reasons are there to meet with Christians? ...
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What did Jesus say about the end times?

Between the fighting in Israel, blood moons, and the Harbinger, there has been a lot of chatter about the end times on my radar lately. Natural disasters are, too, discussed as omens of the end. I ...
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Need clarification on the story about Zacharias & Elizabeth

Although the story about Zacharias & Elizabeth is great, the details are not clear. so that here are my stupid questions. But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is ...
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Do humans inherit sin from their earthly father? [duplicate]

When I was young, someone told me that one of the reasons that a virgin had to give birth to Jesus was that sinful nature is inherited through the father, and so in order to be perfect, Jesus had to ...

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