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Need to know exact sacrifices required in the Old Testament Pentecost Feast

I am writng an Easter play for my children's church class. In it, there's a fictional "villain" who tries to cover up the fact that Jesus rose from the dead because he's in the business of selling ...
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Is calling the church the “body of Christ” merely a metaphor or is there a deeper significance? [closed]

In numerous places in the New Testament the church is called the "body of Christ." Is this merely a metaphor for the church's role or is it related to the doctrine of the incarnation? I suspect it is ...
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Salvation by good works alone?

Is the idea of salvation by works alone considered by any branch of Christianity? Consider a person one would describe as good or doing a lot of good, but who doesn't believe in the supernatural. Like ...
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What does God mean by 'us' in Genesis? [closed]

What does this mean in the Old Testament: Genesis 3 Verse 22. And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil. How through the fall from the Garden does it ...
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When God said to man that if he sinned he would die, was he speaking of death of the human body or death of the Soul, or the Spirit? [duplicate]

When God warned Adam about eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil he said that in the day that he ate there of he would surely die. Genesis 2:17 KJV But of the tree of the ...
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Is God still in the process of creation?

In view of John 5:17; Joh_5:17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. And the fact that Hubble shows us that new stars, etc. are forming in the Cosmos, it would appear ...
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What does it mean that Eve was beguiled?

In Genesis 3:13 (King James Version) 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 ...
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How to interpret the ban of unions between believers and non-believers?

Having lately studied the bible from Second Epistle to the Corinthians I have pondered whether or not unions between nonbelievers and those in faith are really fully and undisputedly condemned by the ...
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Is the present-day Roman Catholic Church the same church on which it was founded? [closed]

Is the present-day Roman Catholic Church the same church on which it was founded? The Roman Catholic Church holds that the first pope was St. Peter, and his burial became the St. Peter's Basilica. If ...
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Why is Jeremiah 31:31-34 interpreted by Catholic Christians to point toward Jesus?

Why is Jeremiah 31:31-34 interpreted by Catholic Christians to point toward Jesus? How and why has Christianity fused together the idea of a Hebrew מָשִׁיחַ, or messiah, with the concept of something ...
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What is the role and significance of Zion in Christianity?

The meaning of Zion is uncertain. There is a hymn related to Zion. The refrain part says, We’re marching to Zion, Beautiful, beautiful Zion; We’re marching upward to Zion, The ...
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Does the Gospel imply that the victim in the Good Samaritan parable was a thief himself?

The priest at our parish preached a twist on this parable this sunday. The verse Luke 10:30 being (KJV) 30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell ...
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Does every denomination / sect have a catechism?

In Lutheranism, there's the Small Catechism, Large Catechism, and the Book of Concord, with each book in series getting much larger and having more specific doctrinal material. Even though the ...
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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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What evidence is there that the New Testament was originally written in Aramaic?

The Hebraic Roots Bible makes the claim, The original New Testament was not written in Greek, but Aramaic. I thought that only the Gospel of Matthew might have been written in Aramaic, and that ...
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What is the argument against the imposition of clerical celibacy as practiced in the Roman Catholic Church?

The Roman Catholic Church requires its priests to practice celibacy. This has not always been the case, though. In fact, it was not instituted until the 11th century. Protestant churches have no ...
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What is Deuteronomy 15 saying about the poor?

Deuteronomy 15 is giving laws and rules relating to the treatment of the poor in communities. Verse 4 says: However, there will be no poor among you, since the Lord will surely bless you in the ...
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Were all of Jesus' healings performed on the Sabbath?

I was just reading in John 5:1-17 about Jesus healing the man at the pool in Jerusalem, and noticed that this happened on the Sabbath. That reminded me of Him healing the man with the withered hand on ...
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The lie of the Old Prophet [closed]

In the 1 Kings, We have man of God from Judah, who came to Bethel to warn Jeroboam and ends up getting killed on his way out by an Old Prophet who lied to him. 1 Kings 13:18 New International ...
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What are the natures of the different “priesthoods” mentioned in the old testament [closed]

In the old testament, there are three (maybe more?) references to a priesthood. Genesis 14:18 Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (Now he was the priest of the Most High God.) 19 ...
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Are there designated circumstances for making prayer to Jesus and making prayer to God?

The vast majority of Christians believe that Jesus is God, however, they are also mysteriously separate beings, yet the same as well (the Trinity). It is acceptable to those same Christians to pray to ...
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How long can a conclave last?

In a short time a new conclave for the election of the new Catholic pope is taking place. I was wondering if we will have a new pope in a short time. I don't konw much about the previous popes in ...
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Why do most churches meet on Sunday? [duplicate]

Most protestant churches (and possibly Roman Catholic churches?) have their main public meetings on Sundays. Why Sunday? Note: I'm not asking why do Christians celebrate the Sabbath on Sunday, but ...
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In Catholicism, what distinguishes a priestly blessing from a lay blessing?

Lay Catholics are encouraged to bless their children [and homes?] using particular formulas or patterns. As I understand it, these ought to differ in "manner" and formula from blessings performed by a ...
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Did the “spirit of Samuel” come from God? [closed]

Was the "spirit of Samuel" that the witch of Endor summoned (1st Samuel 28:11-19) from God or from Satan?
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What religious significance is there in marriage for Catholics and Protestants? [closed]

To be clear: This is not a question about why Catholics and Protestants get married. This is not a question about the biblical support for or against marriage. (I am very much for marriage). I ...
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Did the Jews waiting for their Messiah associate him with the creation of the world?

Often when discussing the Trinity, Christians refer to Genesis Chapter 1, where 'the Father' says 'let there be', while 'the Son' is that word, and 'the Spirit' brings creation into perfection. Sure ...
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When scripture quotes a non-biblical source, without any opposition of the source, does it imply any endorsement?

In addition to alluding to various Jewish proverbs, sayings, and parables, sometimes the Bible seems to directly quote Greek philosophers (Acts 17:28), Jewish oral traditions (Jude 9, 12) or possibly ...
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Does an understanding of how the Bible was written, play a strong role in any Christian sect?

There is sometimes a misunderstanding or differing opinion of who wrote what in the Bible. Is this issue relevant to any particular Christian sect? Does the topic play an important role?
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Why shouldn't the UK have women bishops?

Just last week in the UK, the Church of England voted on the concept of having women bishops (who would then be eligible for appointment to the House of Lords, but that's not relevant.) They voted no....
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When did the gathered church stop singing choruses?

I read a few years ago, that the early church (1st - 2nd century) would start their gatherings by singing choruses and that this went on for a while, before the rest of the liturgy. Unfortunately, my ...
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Do any Protestant Sects object to the existence of angels?

I'm kind of more-or-less asking this because CHRISTIANITY.SE IS GOING TO GET A REAL HAIRCUT soon, but I was thinking about Christian symbols and Jewish symbols and symbols that everyone agrees one and ...
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How did Luther view 'confessing intentional sins' to a priest for forgiveness?

The Catholic church at the time of Luther  had refined what they called the sacrament of penance.  It consisted in contrition (genuine remorse for one’s sins), confession (to the priest), and ...
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How do Calvinists go from “X is Sinful” to “X is unable to accept Christ on his own?”

I was recently reviewing Piper's TULIP notes. I'm also aware of What is the Biblical Basis for Total Depravity Here, however, is something that I no longer understand. How do Calvinists jump from: "...
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What are the mechanics of interaction with the Holy Spirit?

Context John 14:25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all ...
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Were Catholics originally offended by the Sacred Heart?

According to a comment by Mr. Hayword, the Sacred Heart was something which was originally opposed in Catholicism, but I have not found clear evidence of this, only a citation of an Anglican who cites ...
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What is the scriptural basis for liberation theology?

Gustavo Gutierrez is the theologian most associated with the concept of Liberation Theology, a theology that is highly popular amongst liberals and South Americans. Some of its main points include: ...
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Historicity of which Biblical characters is recognized by Archaeology/History? [closed]

I know that Historicity of certain Old testament Kings is recognized. However some like Jonah or Job aren't know to fields of Archaeology or History. What information, evidence do we have and for ...
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New Testament terms for the people of God

I commonly hear Christians refer to themselves either with that terms, "Christians," or as "believers". However, when I read the New Testament, particularly Paul's epistles, these do not strike me as ...
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What is the nature of eternal security?

@JonEricson made a statement in this answer that is fascinating to me: In other words, we aren't secure in our salvation because of the nature of salvation, but because of the nature of Jesus. ...
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Salvation vs Condemnation: Matthew 12

Matthew 12 ESV A Tree Is Known by Its Fruit 33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. 34 You brood of ...
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How do we know to refer to the Holy Spirit as He?

Another question really got me to thinking about the Holy Spirit. I thought it better to open a new question rather to divert the focus of that thread. So growing up, I also thought of the 1st ...
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Who killed Goliath?

These two passages appear to be contradictory: So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him. (1 Samuel ...
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Spiritual gifts tests [closed]

What do you think, based on the Scriptures, about spiritual gifts tests that try to determine what your gifts are? To me, they seem mostly bogus. One of my main reasons for this is a lot of the ...
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Just how accurate is the Bible? [closed]

Some people say that the Bible is just a book, others say that its 100% accurate. The statistics might lie, so what I want to know is how the Bible compares to other books. Books like the encyclopedia,...
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How do human rights and Christianity relate to each other? [closed]

Now it is really getting interesting - this is the third question in a row (after this one and this one). So please make sure you read those two to understand this one in context. Caleb wrote: ...
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Can all Catholic sacramentals be re-consecrated after being desecrated?

When a sacramental, for example, a chalice, an altar, or a church has been desecrated, can it be reconsecrated? If yes, does the desecrated item have to undergo a normal consecration process, or does ...
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How are the broken bones in the Shroud of Turin seen to be consistent with the bones of Jesus not being broken?

Many Christians believe that the Shroud of Turin is authentic. Recent research demonstrates how two nails pierced the right foot of Jesus, and the first nail actually went through his heel bone. ...
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How do Catholics view the role of conscience in determing morals?

Once in a while I come across statements from Catholics that seem to say that there isn't an absolute truth. It sometimes sounds very like the postmodern mantra that "what is true for you isn't ...
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John Chrysostom, On the Priesthood - Translation of Greek Phrase

In Book 3, Section 6, he wrote, οἱ μὲν γὰρ εἰς ταύτην, οἱ δὲ εἰς ἐκείνην γεννῶσι. Κἀκεῖνοι μὲν οὐδὲ τὸν σωματικὸν αὐτοῖς δύναιντ' ἂν ἀμύνασθαι θάνατον, οὐ νόσον ἐπενεχθεῖσαν ἀποκρούσασθαι· οὗτοι ...

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