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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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How do Christians exercise self-control in the abstinence of food during fasting?

I am aware of the Lord teaching us to pray, detailing how and how not it should be done, but the only thing he said about fasting was "Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad ...
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What is known (and/or alleged) about the moral character of the 12 disciples?

I've been following some (often less than civil) conversations about the character of pastors lately in which how morally upstanding a church leader should be expected to be is questioned. At several ...
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Why do so many Christians call Paul “teacher”, when Jesus said it was forbidden? [closed]

I personally try to base everything I believe on the words of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels. I also take the Old Testament as truth because Jesus also did. I see Paul like I do CS Lewis, I happen ...
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What's the main point of supplication prayers?

What's the point of supplication prayers when the living believers are asking the other living ones to pray for them? I mean apostle Paul asked other believers to pray for him. Why did he do that ...
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Sources on Historical Reliability of the New Testament

Unlike many of the other great religions of the world - Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, even Judaism to some extent - Christianity is founded not on a philosophy or a metaphysical idea, but on an ...
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When did the older English spelling of the endings of Isaiah and Elijah stop being used in the Catholic Church?

I was reading Archbishop Fulton Sheen's Life of Christ and he always refers to Isaiah and Isaias and Elijah as Elias. I know that's one of the traditional English spellings, but when did it change ...
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Are there any Christian doctrines that cover lucid dreaming?

Do any Christian traditions have doctrines that cover the issue of lucid dreaming? In particular, do any of these cover whether we control our minds at all times or if God can/does sometimes control ...
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What are the “evangelical counsels”?

The question Was "love your enemies" ever included among the evangelical counsels? mentions evangelical counsels. In the question James T mentions that they are something to be kept by ...
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Does God forgive those who take his name in vain? [closed]

Christianity teaches the forgiveness of sins by God, but Exodus 20:7, one of the Ten Commandments, says: "You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him ...
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Is there any explanation from the early church Fathers as to why there is no record of the Apostles being baptized?

I never really noticed this before but it does seem odd that everyone is to be baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, yet it does not appear that the Apostles were. At least there is ...
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Spirit and flesh

Is there a specific doctrine or prominent theologians in either the Catholic or Eastern Orthodox traditions that explain the difference between the Spirit and the flesh as referred to in the following ...
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How do Congregationalists explain 1st Tim 1:3 and Titus 1:5?

As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine (1st Tim 1:3) For this cause left I thee in ...
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Protestant denominations that reject solas?

Historically, the five Solae have been a divider between Catholic and Protestant theologies. Yet, I can't help but notice that most denominations do not believe in the "alone" taken in its fullest ...
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Is there a doctrine that God grants revelation in layers?

I've heard my school religion teachers say that God didn't reveal his true intent to humans all at once. The Old Testament doesn't talk about heaven or hell. The Trinity concept is not revealed in ...
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How do Catholics interpret Isaiah 2:4?

I quote the verse: He [The Lord] shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; ...
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Why did the RLDS change its name to the Community of Christ?

There are a lot of people under the impression that the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints changed it's name to the Community of Christ in order to distance it's identity from ...
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Was this teaching (of soul existing before a birth) condemned by the Church?

What's the official name (if any) of the teaching that the soul of a man exists even before he is conceived and that at the moment of conception his soul gets simply "connected" to his newly conceived ...
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What are the main reasons Iglesia ni Cristo uses “the Lamsa Bible?”

During my sojourn on the Valley Isle, I met for the first time members of Iglesia ni Cristo. I looked them up and watched some debates between them and other Christian Churches/ecclessial communites. ...
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In a Eucharistic miracle, do the communicants still partake of the sacrament?

In the miracle of Lanciano in the eighth century, not only the substance but also the accidents of the bread and wine became that of flesh and blood. Chemically, it was identical to human flesh and ...
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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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Are there any Christian churches or groups which teach that all religions are inherently good?

Are there any Christian churches or groups which teach that all religions are inherently good and that one need not convert to Christianity and that it is enough for an adherent to remain in their ...
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How do the rites for a first and second marriage (after death of a spouse) differ in the Orthodox Church?

If an Eastern Orthodox parishioner becomes a widow(er) and decides to remarry, what are the differences between what it will look like in their first and second marriage? What are the reasons for the ...
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What is the Lutheran view on sovereign election?

My understanding is that Lutherans have some doctrine of sovereign election/predestination, yet they also affirm unlimited atonement and that some do go on to shipwreck their faith. What are the ...
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Why did God instruct the Israelites to perform so many different types of sacrificial offerings? [closed]

In the Bible, there are many different sacrificial offerings (Leviticus 1-5) which were to be performed in the Tabernacle/Temple. Burnt Offering Sin Offering Meat offering or Drink Offering ...
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What is the basis for the idea that marriage requires a ceremony?

Adam and Eve were never shown to have had a marriage ceremony, yet God commanded them to multiply. What is the basis for the idea that God requires a ceremony to be performed for marriage, rather ...
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What is the Catholic Church's position on the scientific theory of evolution?

Understanding the scientific [Biological] theory of evolution simply as descent [from a common ancestor] with modification through Darwin's proposed mechanism of natural selection, starting from the ...
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How, as a spiritual person do you differentiate your Intuition from Holy Spirit's guidance? [duplicate]

Is there some biblical verses that would support how one could differentiate spiritual guidance with our own intuition? By mistake we (at least, I) do think sometimes take decision based on my own ...
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How do the LDS interpret Matthew 19:12?

From this verse in Matthew 19, it may appear that the Savior approved of celibacy or self-mutilation: "For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are some ...
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What do Southen Baptists believe about Jesus' dual nature?

It's Catholic Dogma that Jesus was one man with two natures. I was reading an answer to a question on this site where a brother in Christ of the Southern Baptist persuasion was talking about "the man ...
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What is the biblical basis for the argument against the Catholic teaching on the primacy of Peter?

The Catholic Church uses, for example, the following NT passages in support of its teaching on the primacy of Peter: Mt 16:13-20. Lk 22-31-34. Jn 21:15-23. What is the biblical basis that argues ...
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From a Catholic perspective, what do family relationships look like in heaven?

According to Matthew 22:30, people in heaven do not marry. What do the family relationships look like there? Will our relations to parents, kids, wives and husbands disappear? The Catholic position ...
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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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Where is the prophecy of the star the wise men followed?

Is the star that the wise men saw to cause them to come to Bethlehem prophesied in the bible? Where is that prophecy? Edit: The wise men spoke about the star here. Matthew 2:1-2 1 Now when Jesus ...
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What is the cross in the mantra “carry your own cross”?

Why did Jesus carry the cross and why did he say that everyone should take up their own cross? And what is the cross anyway?
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Where did Aaron die?

At the Lord’s command Aaron the priest went up Mount Hor, where he died on the first day of the fifth month of the fortieth year after the Israelites came out of Egypt. (Numbers 33:38, NIV) ...
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In modern times, what would happen to a Roman Catholic monk if he were to violate his monastic vows?

So, I was watching a documentary about the Codex Gigas, or "Devil's Bible", and it said that the Codex Gigas was written by a single scribe over the course of decades as a way of doing penance of what ...
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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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What is the origin of the tradition that Mary lived in Turkey after John took her there?

This website says that the last home of Mary, the mother of Jesus, was in Ephesus, Turkey. Where did this idea originate?
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What biblical passage(s) reveal(s) what God says was the fallen angels' sin?

From this question: Does the Bible provide any passages that might help in understanding how Satan became sinful?, answers have attempted to find from a biblical-basis, how Satan became sinful. This ...
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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 it ever revealed that Paul released those that he imprisoned?

So Paul (previously Saul) became a believer and an effective advocate for Christ, but only after he had imprisoned several believers. Acts 8:3 ESV But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering ...
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How have US Christian churches handled discrimination and segregation in the past?

How did Christian Churches deal with segregation laws in the United States and are there any Bible passages that deals with discrimination and segregation? What were typical responses from Churches ...
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Looking for a specific sermon about Barnabas

I remember hearing a sermon1 in the last few years (so probably after 2010). I think it was a series of three about Josephs in the Bible (hence one sermon per Joseph). The first was about Joseph, son ...
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Do Christians have the authority to forgive sin?

Catholic doctrines of Penance teach that if a priest forgives the sin of a parishioner, then that sin is forgiven by God as well- the sacrament of Penance is effective, and not just ceremonial. ...

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