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Does Catholicism teach that Jesus was a theistic evolutionist?

If evolution is true, then the Bible’s account of the creation of the first man, Adam (Genesis 1:26–27; 2:18–24), would be, at best, a story meant to teach a moral lesson but not intended ...
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Are supporters of gay rights considered apostates within the LDS Church?

The official stance of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on homosexuality is: The experience of same-sex attraction is a complex reality for many people. The attraction itself is ...
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How can the “Son of Man” passages of Matthew 24 be interpreted as a fulfilled prophecy?

Matthew 24 contains a prophecy spoken by Jesus. In verse 34, He says, "Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place." (ESV) This verse is sometimes used ...
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Why are Catholics singled out from “Christians”?

I've noticed that some people would single out "Catholics" from "Christians". Belief.net is one website that separates "Catholicism" from "Christianity", and the website does not claim to be ...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses interpret Jesus' words in Matthew 24: 1-34 about the generation that would not pass away before great tribulation

Jehovah's Witnesses teach that the last days started in 1914 because that was the year that the world changed from the start of WW1. The drastic changes from 1914 onward are the sign of the Lord's ...
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses recognize marriages performed by non-denominational ministers?

I am seeking my Ordained Minister License and was asked to perform the wedding ceremony of my brother and his future bride, who are studying to become Jehovah's Witnesses. Do JWs require a particular ...
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In 1 Corinthians 8:5, what do the “many gods and many lords” refer to?

In 1 Corinthians 8:5–6, we read: 5 For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”— 6 yet for us there is one God (ESV) I'm having ...
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What is the Protestant argument against Immaculate Conception?

The Roman Catholic Church teaches the idea of Immaculate Conception, which is defined by Pius IX as follows: "In the first instance of her [Mary's] conception, by a singular privilege and grace ...
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What is the evidence that the Angel of the Lord in the old Testament is probably Jesus?

In Judges 6:11-12 we read: The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it ...
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Why is the matter of women's authority determined by Eve's acts in her life?

1st Timothy 2:12-14 (NIV): I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was ...
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What is the Biblical basis for saying the Apostles did not necessarily expect the final judgment to occur in their lifetime?

I often see comments in Bible commentaries that the Apostles were convinced the second coming would happen in their lifetime. However I have never been convinced by the arguments they make to draw ...
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Without Hell, from what does Jesus save?

This question is about the liberal versions of Christianity, the versions which don’t have a conception of Hell. Put simply, without Hell, just what exactly is Jesus saving me from? Even the most ...
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NFP open to new life

I listened to a Christoper West audio recordings where he explains the theology of the body of JP2 writings. He keeps on saying how important it is to be open to new life within the marital act(sex). ...
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What reforms did Erasmus seek for the church?

I've long wondered about this. Wikipedia's article on Erasmus notes: While he was critical of the abuses within the Church and called for reform, he kept his distance from Luther and Melanchthon ...
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What Christian denominations/groups believe in biblical prophecies based on number of The Beast being 666?

The actual Number of the beast is only mentioned in Revelation( 13:18). In the Greek manuscripts, the number is rendered in Greek numerical form as χξϛ, 666, or sometimes literally as "six hundred ...
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In Catholicism, what can the Saints be patrons of?

St. Patrick is known for evangelizing Ireland. Since most saints I hear of are also characterized as "the Patron Saint of X", I wondered what Patrick was the Patron of. According to the wikipedia ...
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Who is allowed to read the handbook of instructions in the LDS Church?

The handbook of instructions published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a two volume work. Handbook 2 is published on lds.org, but Handbook 1 is only given to leadership. Are ...
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C.S. Lewis Reference: True Myths

DJClayworth answered a question about the meaning of C.S. Lewis description of Christianity as a "true myth." What Lewis text uses the "true myth" terminology?
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What is the traditional view of Divine Command Theory in accordance to the Reformed tradition?

Wikipedia gives the following definition: Divine command theory is a meta-ethical theory which proposes that an action's status as morally good is equivalent to whether it is commanded by God. ...
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Why does the Coptic church still perform circumcisions?

Circumcision is a requirement from The Mosaic Law: Any uncircumcised male who has not been circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin will be cut off from his people – he has failed to carry out ...
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What spirit(s) is referred to in 1 John 4?

1 John 4:1-6 (NIV): Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 This is how ...
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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's the difference between predestination and predeterminism?

Could someone please plainly spell out the differences between the following concepts? Predestination Predeterminism Determinism Theological determinism There appears to be some debate over ...
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Jesus cried: my God, why did they hear Elijah? [duplicate]

The bible states the meaning of Jesus' words on the cross. Why then did some people take it as calling for Elijah?
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According to Catholic Teaching, what is sinning against the Holy Spirit?

According to Catholic Teaching, what is sinning against the Holy Spirit and why is this unpardonable? [cf. Matt 12:31-32 (RSVCE)] What are the the sins that are considered sinning against the Holy ...
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What is the basis from the Church's Sacred Deposit of the Faith for the concept of “gradualism”?

During the 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family, there has been a reference to the [theological] concept [/law/principle] of "gradualism", mention here and here in the media. It is also mentioned ...
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Thomism, Natural Law and our Fallen Nature

One of the foundations of Thomistic philosophy is Natural Law, which at its basis holds that "committing evil does not accord with human nature". (Thomas Storck, "Four Sins that Cry to Heaven." New ...
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The Eucharist and the supernatural Priesthood

This is probably a question mostly directed at Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christianity. Why is it that only a priest can consecrate the Eucharist? Is there the assumption that there is some sort of ...
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Do any church writers compare or contrast Jesus and the burning bush?

From the Wikipedia article on Oneness Pentecostalism, Oneness theology specifically maintains that God is absolutely and indivisibly one. It equally proclaims that God is not made of a physical ...
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Interpretation of Genesis 15 - 17

I am studying the Abrahamic covenant and I have two questions after reading Genesis 15-17. 1) In Genesis 15, God establishes the covenant with Abram. It is an unconditional covenant and because of ...
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Is there any scientific explanation for the Sabbath Year?

For six years sow your fields, and for six years prune your vineyards and gather their crops. But in the seventh year the land is to have a year of sabbath rest, a sabbath to the Lord. Do not sow ...
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What Is The Roman Catholic Church's View on Mohnism

What does the Roman Catholic church have to say about monism (the idea that there is no difference between God and his creation)? Meaning creation in some sense is literally God (with or without a ...
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How does a person determine whether they are a “false Christian” or “inconsistent Christian”? [closed]

Many Protestants believe once saved, always saved. Christians who accept Jesus get saved. They also continue sinning and no one is perfect. My question is to those who hold this position. I have ...
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What common dog species were the ancient Jews familiar with?

The Bible tends to put dogs in a negative light, which may be appropriate: but I'm wondering if dogs of Bible times existed differently than our highly trained obedient breeds of our time. ...
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Was Pilate also the father of the son who was healed by Jesus in John 4?

I am new to Christianity, but I have read the Gospel of John and have watched a movie about Jesus. Was the Pilate in John 18:28 the same man whose son Jesus healed in John 4:46?
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Is it ever right to sin in order to potentially prevent others from committing far more damaging sins? [duplicate]

I am interested in the Christian and biblical view about when it is right to do something wrong in order to prevent something worse from happening. This question is mainly inspired by a documentary ...
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Where did the concept of Christians attending a church building come from?

Christians attend church on Sundays, they sing, listen to a pastor speak, etc. When did such a concept first appeared? Did the early Christians practice this? or is this 'attending church' a ...
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When did the LDS church begin teaching the Word of Wisdom?

At what date did the LDS church begin teaching the Word of Wisdom? What circumstances led to the introduction of the Word of Wisdom and what publications cover that period of time in LDS church ...
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What do Chinese Catholics call their priests?

This Catholic article explains and defends the usage of the word, "Father," in reference to priests. Now, in the Chinese language, people have a tendency to use the same familial words for society at ...
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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 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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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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