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Why do Salvation Army members wear uniforms in the church?

I have seen Salvation Army church members going to church in white uniforms. Here is a sample image (source). What is the role of uniforms in the Salvation Army? Is it compulsory for them to ...
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Jesus said he was sent only for the lost sheep of Israel, so what is their destiny?

Jesus said that I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel. (http://biblehub.com/matthew/15-24.htm) It is safe to say he was rejected by the Jewish people (in general, excluding the few who may ...
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Catholic's view on artificial self-enhancement

I am writing a story wherein a pill to increase empathy and awareness of your fellow human being is invented. I was wondering what the view of the Catholic church is on self-enhancement. I went to a ...
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In which denomination(s) are Christians allowed to bury and hold a Christian funeral for their deceased nonreligious or just non-Christian relative? [closed]

In which denomination(s) are Christians allowed to bury or hold a Christian funeral for their deceased nonreligious or just non-Christian relative in a Christian cemetery near the church? I am ...
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Why does God punish people? [duplicate]

Suppose one was to believe God exists and God gave us free will, and that God punishes those people who sin. If God gives us free will, why punish those that exercise their free will in a certain ...
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Are Christians supposed to be like-minded?

Brotherly love is a commandment: 1 John 4:20,21 …and this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also. Brotherly love is a Christian trademark: John 13:35 By this shall ...
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How is doing 'what is right in the eyes of everyone' different from being 'politically correct'?

Paul says in Romans that we should 'Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone'. (Romans 12:17. NIV). However, I would certainly not characterize Paul as being 'politically correct' by any ...
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How does the Catholic church deal with the differences between the God described in the old and new Testaments?

The God described in the Old Testament can be violent and vindictive and seems to hold to a different set of moral rules than the God we see in the New Testament. How does the Catholic church explain ...
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Thou shall not kill? [duplicate]

God says thou shall not kill as one of the Ten Commandments but he actually instructs his chosen people to kill numerous times throughout the Old Testament. Then there is tons of killing, persecution, ...
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Does God shape your destiny by the genes you inherit? [closed]

From the Christian perspective: Does God allow the process of recessive genes being over-powered by dominant genes to create who you are - personality traits, interests etc. - and then see how a ...
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Why do we only pray for things that are possible to happen? [closed]

Why don't we pray for something that is impossible for natural phenomenon to happen. Like for example when a guy has a POLIO and his feet got amputated why don't we pray that his feet grows again ...
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Why is dividing 'event' versus 'process' driven views of justification important to separate Catholic and Protestant theology?

In studying Roman Catholic theology it took me so so long before it dawned on me that justification is not viewed as an event as it is in Protestant theology. Why is this single concept so critical in ...
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What was John Wesley's view on Original Sin?

John Wesley was a supporter of free will and in opposition to Calvinism which taught predestination... What was his view on Original sin since by logic the baby is predestined to sin by just being ...
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What is the nature of the “Communion of the Saints”?

In the Episcopalian Prayers of the People, Rite I, we pray as follows: In the communion of [__ and of all the] saints, let us commend ourselves, and one another, and all our life, to Christ ...
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Do Catholics consider Job to be historical?

The Book of Job is taken by some Protestants to be an historical document, whereas others hold that its position in the Ketuvim (the Writings) never assumed that it was anything other than what we ...
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Luke 16:25 and Spiritism

But Abraham replied, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. Link Does it ...
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What was the definition of the spiritual gift of the word of Knowledge in early pentecostalism?

I will ask a series of questions concerning individual spiritual gifts (pneumatika/charismata), or manifestations of the Spirit in 1 Cor 12. The first questions are about the gift of the word (logos) ...
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How did Nathanael see the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man?

In Jesus' encounter with Nathanael, Jesus concludes the conversation by indicating that Nathanael, as well as others, would see the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man. 43 ...
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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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How do those who reject both predestination and purgatory justify their beliefs?

For the sake of this question: Predestination = from the foundations of the universe, God chose who will be saved. Purgatory = a place where people suffer / are purified, and afterwards, they go to ...
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Did John Bunyan Believe in Irressitible Grace?

Though I consider these two questions to be different, I'm OK with this question being merged with Does Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" state a position on predestination? This ...
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Why do some people consider Jeshurun to be an end-times figure?

I realize that the prevailing interpretation is that Jeshurun is another name for Israel. However some people think that Jeshurun refers to some type of end-times figure. What reason do they have to ...
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Jesus Christ purchased us with his blood - parties involved

According to these verses and others, God/Jesus purchased/redeemed us with his blood Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals ...
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According to reformed theology, is there any valid reason to desire to be saved besides it glorifies God?

Question: According to reformed theology, is there any valid reason to desire to be saved besides it glorifies God? As a result: According to reformed theology, is it valid to desire to be saved ...
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What are the classics/giants in Systematic Theology

Two of the popular ways of analyzing the Bible are: Biblical Theology and Systematic Theology. Based on Biblical Theology vs Systematic Theology, Biblical Theology focuses more on verses; whereas ...
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What are the classics/giants of Biblical Theology?

Two of the popular ways of analyzing the Bible are: Biblical Theology and Systematic Theology. Based on Biblical Theology vs Systematic Theology, Biblical Theology focuses more on verses; whereas ...
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What topic in Theology does Tozer's “The Saint Must Walk Alone” fit under?

Context: I recently read Tozer's "The Saint Must Walk Alone." I'm searching for similar material. Now, it's clear that it does not fit under "pre-destination" or "trinity". The closest thing I can ...
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Why did Jesus say the Son of Man was Lord over the Sabbath because the Sabbath was made for man?

Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” (NIV Mark 2:27-28) There seems to be a connection with the Sabbath ...
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Diocletian's four decrees & Persecution of christians

I am looking for a link or reference to the four decrees from Diocletian in 303 re the Roman Persecution?
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Jacob wrestled with God

We had our small group meeting recently and the topic was about the life of Jacob and here were the questions that were asked during the discussion, hope you could help shed some light. If God ...
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Knowledge of your sin

For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which ...
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Open my eyes so I may see

2 Kings 6:15-17 (KJV) 15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, ...
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Does believing in Christ activate God's word or just make us think and act different?

I am confused about what it really means to activate God's power in my life, which I heard my pastor say. “But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice ...
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What Biblical support for praying to the saints is usually cited by those Christians who practice that? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Praying to people outside the Trinity What is the Basis for the solicitation of prayers from dead saints I understand that those who practice praying to the saints rely ...
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Seeking a richer Catholic understanding of passion vs intellect as it applies to our first parents

I was tempted to answer this question about freewill and Adam and Eve but I chose not to because all I've got it conjecture and I'm not even sure if it's not borderline heresy on the matter. What I'd ...
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Should Christians come out strongly against groups that do evil in Christ's name? [closed]

I finally found a safe way to ask this question. There is a Christian army called the Lords Army, that is doing evil in Africa, after twisting Christian teachings, yet this group is supported by some ...
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What is a Council?

In this other question a Council was mentioned - Are Orthodox Christians all the same faith? What is a council? Was it something in the early church? What was its purpose and function?
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What happened to the apostle John after the Biblical account of his life ends?

There is a legend that says that John traveled to Ephesus where he took care of Virgin Mary and that he lived there until the end of his life. Is this legend true? Are there any historical accounts ...
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Is there a non-Catholic view of purification of the spirit after physical death?

Is there a non-Catholic view of purification of the spirit after physical death? This is related to the phrase "saved by fire" in 1 Corinthians 3:15.
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Is it possible to just visit heaven? [closed]

My church had a guest speaker that said he died and was at the gates of heaven for 90 minutes. Can someone tell me where to read in the bible about seeing if this is possible? I just have trouble ...
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What's the Biblical basis for calling God by the name of Jesus in prayers?

I am looking for a Biblical basis for this practice. Can the answerers also state which denomination they are answering from? Jesus himself taught to pray to "Our Father who is in Heaven". But I see ...
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What is the Biblical basis for saying one won't be healed if they lack sufficient faith?

I've heard it said in discussion with teachers in a Pentecostal church, "If you pray and believe, God will heal you." The teaching seems especially motivated by passages like Mark 5:34 and Mark 10:52 ...
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Was David mainly upset about Uzzah's death…?

Was David mainly upset about Uzzah's death because of the amount of responsibility that came with being God's anointed and being responsible for the ark of the Covenant?
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Why does God promise descendants for Hagar?

Why does God promise Hagar that she'll have a lot of descendants? If God had planned on fulfilling his covenant through Isaac, the promised son of Abraham, and knew that the strife between Jews and ...
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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 were the scriptural arguments used for modern western racism?

A blight on the modern western church is that the bible has been used by certain people to justify racism--specifically dark skinned people's inferiority and light skinned people's superiority. Some ...
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In what way does God derive pleasure from us? [closed]

Philippians 2:13: For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. I understand that this question deals with infinite concepts and it's impossible for us to ...
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What is the Catholic Church's view of Anne Catherine Emmerich - can her visions and prophecies be trusted?

What is the Catholic Church's view of Anne Catherine Emmerich - can her visions and prophecies be trusted? Is she a true prophet by the biblical standard? (This question has been prompted by the ...
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Is there biblical basis for the “blood moons”?

Most of the members of Christianity.SE have probably heard about the latest craze on the subject of End Times prophecy - the Blood Moons. We are currently in the midst of what is referred to as a ...
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Can ministers of other denominations marry people in a Catholic church? [closed]

Can ministers from other Christian denominations, for example a United Church Reverend, perform the marriage sacrament in a Catholic Church?

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