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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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Who are the 5 Brothers Mentioned at Luke 16:28 - Rich Man and Lazarus

Luke 16: 27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ Who ...
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Does the incorrupted body of St.Cecilia still exist?

I have searched many sites to find evidence of the incorrupted body of St.Cecilia. But I failed to find any evidence of the real body, only statues of the saint. Can anyone help to find out real photo ...
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What does Paul mean when he speaks of “in Christ”?

Does Paul point to any type of mystical experience when he speaks of "in Christ"? What does he express? It seems this phrase cannot be taken literally - so what is the deeper meaning of it, possibly ...
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What is the “Israel Mandate”?

I've heard a little bit about this passed around from our fellowship as well as a few of my friends. They explanations were hard to follow, and trying a Google search just got me a bunch of ...
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Difference between wisdom and knowledge in 1 Cor. 12?

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 ESV Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God ...
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Were Adam and Eve meant to live forever; had they not disobeyed God? [closed]

In the book of Genesis we are led to believe that as God created man he was immortal. Genesis 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that ...
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What's the difference between a psalm, a hymn, and a spiritual song?

Is the difference between a psalm, a hymn, and a spiritual song/song from the Spirit defined anywhere in scripture or church tradition? Paul said this to the Ephesians: Ephesians 5:18-20 Do not ...
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From where does the teaching on women in ministry come? [duplicate]

First off, since I know this may be a somewhat controversial question in today's climate, let me just state that I'm not intending to take any part in that controversy. I'm just asking this question ...
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Christening - what exactly does a Godparent have to promise to do / be?

I have been asked to be a godparent to my nephew. However, I'm not a Christian. In a Church of England ceremony, what exactly is asked of the godparents?
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Why is smoking a sin? [duplicate]

Many Christians are saying that smoking is sin. However, there are no cigarettes in the Bible. Personally, I don't smoke because the cigarette cover says "Smoking is injurious to health". Hence, I ...
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Apologist for keeping salvation

Does the following verse imply that your salvation can be lost? It does not say, "... unless you've accepted Jesus" 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 NIV Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit ...
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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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What is omitted from the current Western, Catholic Psalter?

I know that there are at least two Pslams omitted from the current Breviary, and I know that some pieces of others are missing (Psalm 136, for example, is missing the verse about dashing baby's skulls ...
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Can I get some help understanding the exact definition of an Idol, and Worshiping an Idol? [closed]

My definition of and Idol is hyper sensitive. Because at the moment I see it as a thing. Like this laptop for example. I have a great fear of Worshiping Idols. Like for example I am under the ...
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In the following Scriptures joy fills Heaven when a sinner repents, conversely is there great sorrow when an unsaved rejects salvation?

Matthew 23:37 KJV O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen ...
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The Cost of Salvation [closed]

My question is, did Jesus have to die for our sins? If no, then how would we have obtained salvation. If yes, if Jesus did in fact have to die for our sins, I do not understand this. Why would God ...
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Why did the early Christian church stop building and worshiping in temples?

The use of temples was central during the Old and New Testaments. Christ himself even cleansed the temple by throwing out the money changers who were defiling his Fathers house. John 2:16 Why did that ...
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Do churches host distinctive, special services on Christmas, Christmas eve, and Easter?

I have read before that some (nominal) Christians only attend worship services on Christmas and Easter. Are there anything special about those two holidays that compel them to attend church during ...
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Why are many Christians antagonistic towards the idea that God has a form?

Many Christian theologies from the past and present are against the idea that God has a form. The common argument I found is something like this; "God is Spirit and spirit has no form, hence God has ...
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Who were the Galileans whose blood Pilate mingled with their sacrifices?

The passage from the Gospel of Luke 13 has a very curious beginning. We hear about an episode involving Pontius Pilate that is not recounted in any of the other Gospels. It says Pontius Pilate had ...
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What is renewing of the Holy Ghost?

In Paul's epistle to Titus in the third Chapter verses 4 through 7, He is relaying to Titus the change the grace of God makes through Salvation. In verse 5 he states that "he saved us, by the washing ...
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What type of Christianity does Hans Christian Andersen depict in *The Red Shoes*?

When I was little, my parents used to read to me a Chinese version of the story, The Red Shoes, by Hans Christian Andersen. Though, I was not aware of the story's Christian themes and motifs until I ...
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Why do Jehovah's Witnesses have a problem with my relationship with one of their members?

Hi I am new here but there is this question that bothers me. It concerns the marriage between JW and another congregation. I am currently dating a JW member who is also of that background. Everything ...
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Is man God's greatest creation?

I know there is a verse that states this I will edit it in after I will find it. But also we have these verses: Psa 8:4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou ...
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How to pronounce references in the Bible? [closed]

If you see a reference to (2 Mc 7:1, 20-31) tomorrow's Old Testament reading how are you supposed to pronounce that? And what if it spans two different chapters? In Catechism class, sometimes I ...
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Digital versions of Greek Bibles

Does anyone know if there are digital versions of these greek New Testament texts available? Not just online or pdf versions, but complete downloadable full Greek texts in unicode text format: ...
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What does it mean that Eve was beguiled?

In Genesis 3:13 we read that Eve was beguiled: And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. In this context, ...
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Does the taxpayer take any part in funding Christian Churches in Britain?

Are organisations such as the Church of England and the Catholic Church funded at all by the taxpayer? It was something I thought of the other day but I thought it couldn't possibly be true as it ...
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What did David mean in Psalm 39:13?

In Psalm 39 (NIV) starting with verse 12, David said: "Hear my prayer, Lord, listen to my cry for help; do not be deaf to my weeping. I dwell with you as a foreigner, a stranger, as all my ...
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What is the relationship between God the Father and the Holy Spirit? [duplicate]

Jesus clearly identifies His relationship with God the Father; he is the “only begotten Son of the Father”. What Biblical evidence do we have identifying the relationship between God the Father and ...
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Female Sunday School teachers for 17, 18 year old male students?

This verse has been used to say that women should not hold the office of pastor: I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. 1 Tim 2:12. Yet at least ...
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Does Isaiah foretell any births that are not about Jesus?

Are there any births foretold in the book of Isaiah which scholars have held NOT to be about Jesus, the Messiah? What textual clues have been used to distinguish between passages that predict some ...
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Why are many protestants hesitant of the reappropriation of symbols?

There are many symbols in Christianity that were, well, borrowed from paganism. Over the last 200 years the history is rich with the reappropriation of pagan symbols to have Christian meanings and ...
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How does Jesus describe God in the Gospels

How did Jesus explain the nature of God in the NT narratives ? Please cite only the relevant verses where Jesus himself describes the nature of God. I wanted to again clarify , that I am interested ...
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Why are some miracles hard to explain and some are not?

Here is a related question but they are not the same Do miracles violate the laws of physics? Looking at most miracles in the bible, they can be explained based on what we already understand ...
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Did the Lord God agree with “an eye for an eye”? [duplicate]

In the Old Testament there is a scripture about an eye for an eye law: [Exodus 21:23~25] And if [any] mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, ...
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Does God predetermine all things according to His prescience?

In "An Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith" (ἔκδοσις ἀκριβὴς τῆς ὀρθοδόξου πίστεως) John of Damascus wrote, Χρὴ γινώσκειν, ὡς πάντα μὲν προγινώσκει ὁ θεός, οὐ πάντα δὲ προορίζει· προγινώσκει ...
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Will there be ongoing co-creation (aka technological development) in heaven?

On Earth, the Catholic Church teaches that humans are co-creators with God. To human beings God even gives the power of freely sharing in his providence by entrusting them with the ...
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Is the term 'word of God' in the New Testament equal in authority to the designation 'scripture'?

I have noticed there are some that distinguish between the designation 'scripture' as only referring to the Old Testament and 'word of God' as some or all of the New Testament. This seems strange to ...
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“Actor's idolatry” problem - is it a sin? [closed]

Let's imagine an actor, a good Christian. As a part of his role of some pagan, he prays to Zeus or other ancient deity on stage. He just plays the role and there is no inclination to Zeus behind his ...
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What is temptation?

Temptation, in the common secular sense, seems to indicate an attraction to something. Temptation The act of tempting The condition of being tempted. Something attractive, tempting or ...
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What is the Order of Special Full-Time Servants?

The Order of Special Full-Time Servants appears to be a religious order of Jehovah's Witnesses. What is a religious order in the context of Witness theology? Is it theologically meaningful at all? To ...
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How does one reconcile Sola Fide with the parable of the talents?

When I consider how my light is spent   E're half my days, in this dark world and wide,   And that one Talent which is death to hide,   Lodg'd with me useless, though my Soul ...
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Why do some churches eat leavened bread and wine for the Lord's Supper?

Why is it that many denominations partake of leavened bread and wine during the Lord's Supper when the bread and wine of the original Supper was unleavened? The Passover coincides with the start of ...
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What translations differ (and where) in regards to whether a text is a direct quotation of Jesus?

Previously: Controversy over which Gospel passages to color "red" in "red letter editions"? Some editions of the Bible print the words of Jesus in red. Some limit this to the words He spoke prior to ...
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“Hell's Best Kept Secret” from a Calvinist Perspective

The Hell's Best Secret teaching is very popular, and is making an impact on Churches and Christians, crossing denominational borders, and having an influence on Christian movies, television, and ...
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According to premillenial view, What is the point of the Millenium reign?

Here's my understanding: Some people believe during the tribulation. They make into the 1000 year reign. During this reign, there is peace on earth. At the end of the 1000 years, Satan is released. ...
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What does the Bible say about how we should pray?

Context In Matthew 6:7-15, we see Jesus telling his disciples to not use vain repetitions as the heathens do giving a specific example of how to pray It's furthermore noted that prayer is a ...
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Non-movable feasts in the Lent and Easter seasons

The latest possible date for Ash Wednesday is March 10th and the earliest possible date for Pentecost is May 10th. Besides the movable feasts, is there any indication that the Catholic Church places ...

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