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What is the Christian perspective on the description of God?

My pastor (Calvary Chapel) referred to God as His father, then once said that God is everywhere and in everything (i.e. - inside each person) and then that God is Love. So now I am confused as to ...
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Was the Holy Spirit or God (the Godhead), the father of Jesus?

Holy Spirit conceives Jesus Matthew 1:20 ESV But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take ...
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Holiness of Mary and Joseph

Often in stain glass and other art, both Mary and Joseph are seen to have the 'halo' around them that also surround those of saints. I was once told (by I think my religion teacher) that for Jesus, ...
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Is it true that John Paul II restored the practice of selling indulgences in 2000?

Is it true that John Paul II restored the practice of selling indulgences in the Roman Catholic Church in 2000? EDIT: two sources: here and here
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How many writings of those who were disciples of the first 12 apostles (including Paul) are available today?

How many writings of those who were disciples of the first 12 apostles (including Paul) are available today? I guess, no need to include Mark and Luke as their writings are included in the Bible.
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Did all disciples of Christ's apostles consider priesthood a sacrament?

Is it true that all the disciples of Christ's apostles (including Paul) considered (in their writings of the 1st and 2nd centuries) the priesthood one of the sacraments?
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What is supralapsarianism?

One of the main reasons Jacobus Arminius split with Calvinism was his opposition to the doctrine of supralapsarianism taught by his colleagues at Leiden University. What is supralapsarianism? Is it a ...
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What place does Lilith have in Christianity?

There was a show on the History channel stating that some scholars believe Adam and Eve were alive with a third human, Lilith. Lilith disobeyed Adam and Eve, so God sent her to live on earth as a ...
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How does Pope Benedict XVI reconcile conscience and authority?

A recent talk by Father Bob Pierson 1 quoted Joseph Ratzinger (as he then was, now Pope Benedict XVI) as saying that the individual conscience must overrule ecclesiastical authority. I was intrigued ...
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What's the Protestants' view on the purpose of sacraments?

Once an orthodox priest told me that Protestants themselves don't know what they need the sacraments for. He said that since they deny the doctrine of transubstantiation and have separated themselves ...
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Humankind divided up among the gods?

Deuteronomy 32:8-9 (NRSV), part of Moses' song: When the Most High apportioned the nations, when he divided humankind, he fixed the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the gods; ...
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Have there been such an attempt made to make the comprehensive list of all New Testament scrolls ever found?

Have there been any attempts made to make a comprehensive list of all scrolls or pieces of scrolls of the New Testament (in original languages) that have ever been discovered by archeologists?
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Is there any proof from the Bible that the second Person of the Trinity was the Only-begotten Son of the Father before His incarnation?

Do we have any proof from the Bible that the second Person of the Trinity was the Only-begotten Son of the Father before His incarnation?
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Did the Emperor Constantine ever present explanations for putting off his baptism?

The Emperor Constantine who favored Christianity as early as 312, and convened the Council of Nicæa in 325, postponed baptism till 337. Did he provide any reasons for doing so?
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Protestant explanation of an immortal spirit

Some Christian denominations think that the spirit is not immortal and that death is like sleeping. When Christ comes back he would resurrect the dead bodies from within the ground (like God made ...
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Why did the Commonwealth Parliament ban theatre?

I've known for a while that theatre was banned under Cromwell, because the Puritans disapproved of it. What was their objection? Wikipedia adds this information: Pastimes such as the theatre and ...
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How did God's morality not change between OT and NT times?

I really have a problem at times explaining to the unbelievers the fact that God wants all people to be saved. The problem is the difference between the morality seen in the OT and the morality seen ...
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Does the Bible have any proof that Jesus Christ is the Only-begotten Son of God?

Apart from John's writings, is there any Biblical evidence that Jesus Christ is the only-begotten son of God? John makes it clear (such as in John 1:18, 3:18), but other parts of the Bible refer to ...
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Arguments For/Against Spiritual Uses of Cannabis in Christianity?

As I am aware most Christians regard Cannabis's physical and spiritual effects as the same as use of alcohol for intoxication, and that its use is not permitted by their doctrines. Contrarily, some ...
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Can someone point to a prophecy about the 3 days between the cross and resurrection?

Can someone point me to a OT prophecy about the Messiah being in the tomb for 3 days. As general or specific as you can think of. I think I have one, and it seems pretty obvious to me, but a lot of ...
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When were the angels created?

I was preparing a lesson for Sunday school and came across this passage in the teaching material: Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding, who ...
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Reformation objections to lectio divina?

It is becoming popular in Protestant circles to embrace traditional Roman Catholic (RC) mysticism, such as the practice of lectio divina. For example, see this page on the website of Timothy Keller's ...
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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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Justification of Offertories according to the Regulative Principle of Worship

I was in a church today that considers itself to hold strictly to the regulative principle of worship (that which is not explicitly commanded for public worship in Scripture is implicitly condemned) ...
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Why did God make the “Forbidden Fruit” available in Eden? [closed]

If the 'Forbidden Fruit' was 'forbidden', why did God keep it in Eden? If God had the intention of keeping Adam in Eden, why did he keep that stupid fruit there? Why was a test necessary that was ...
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Does the Catholic Church consider abortion to be murder?

As a Catholic, I know that I am accountable to a higher law than human/positive law. The natural moral law is the guiding force behind the formation of my conscience and if human laws are not in ...
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Is Cain saved or he will go into the eternal perdition?

This question is about speculations that might have taken place in Christianity on the matter of Cain's destiny - whether he will be in the kingdom of God (which means that he is saved) or he will go ...
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What's a reiki infused rosary?

Kind of weird and new agey, but I was looking on etsy.com for handmade rosaries and there are all kinds of ones that are apparently used for new age spiritual purposes. They look just like regular ...
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The soul's progression through purgatory

Does anyone know of any folklore in Christian mythology about what happens to the soul as it progresses through purgatory and into heaven? (Plus, of course, for systems that hold universal ...
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What is the difference between Evangelical and Protestant?

Just the other day, I heard somebody talking politics and contrasted the Roman Catholic church's political influence with "the Evangelical vote". In this sense, as is often done in US media, the word ...
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Are Catholics like pagans, in Evangelical vision?

This question is based on my personal experience. Some time ago I had a discussion with a friend of mine who's an evangelical pastor. In a very subtle way, he was asserting that I actually believe ...
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Nature of salvation in the Old Testament [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Who saved people before ~33AD? (This question I address to those Christians who believe that salvation once acquired cannot be lost. I am specifically after the answer ...
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What is fundamentalism?

John Piper lists a series of traits that he respects about fundamentalists, yet he does not consider himself one. In the context of Christianity (of course), what is a fundamentalist? And ...
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Martin Luther's Sacramentology

I was reading Luther's Larger Catechism, and I came upon the section where he discusses the sacraments. I must confess, as a Baptist with a profound respect for Luther, some of these concepts are very ...
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Missing verse of the Bible? Acts 8:37

During bible study I noticed that Acts 8:37 was missing from my bible. Verse 36 goes straight onto verse 38. Some cursory Google searches show that this happens in the NIV but not the KJV. Is there ...
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Christian significance of Tolkien and CS Lewis putting “heaven” across the sea?

It is interesting that both of the most prominent Christian fantasy authors (not as in "Christian Fantasy" but Christians who wrote fantasy) put paradise across the sea. I realize that Tolkien's ...
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What things did John the Baptist say that the elders and priests did not believe?

In Matthew 21:25 we see priests and elders reasoning within themselves: The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, ...
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Is communion service at the rail vs. in the pews a function of denomination or church size?

In the small baptist churches I've been a part of, (and the LDS service I attended), the communion elements are served to worshippers in the pews. In my Episcopal church, everybody comes up to the ...
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Why do some Catholics file up for commmunion?

My wife was telling me about how in Spain, it's common practice to just go up to receive communion pretty much at random whereas in my experience I've always filed up (even when I was in Germany for ...
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What is Christus Victor?

According to several internet sites (for example, here and here), C.S. Lewis' book The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe expresses a particular understanding of the Atonement, known as Christus ...
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What is christomonism?

The term christomonism has sometimes been leveled against Karl Barth, John MacArthur, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. But there doesn't seem to be a canonical definition; most mentions of the term are ...
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Do the people God sends to challenge His people (for His Glory) have salvation?

Romans 9:17 17 In the Scriptures God says to Pharaoh: “I made you king so that you could do this for me. I wanted to show my power through you. I wanted my name to be announced throughout ...
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Who was Tychicus?

In studying through the book of Colossians, I noted that the letter was carried from Paul to the church by some dude named Tychicus. Colossians 4:7 (ESV) 7  Tychicus will tell you all ...
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Why did the Lord create Goliath? [closed]

It seems the biblical perspective is that God creates everything, so why did He create Goliath - and choose not to help him in the battle with David? What did Goliath do (or not do) that he was not ...
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Is “Mormon” a disrespectful term?

When I was in Utah, I found myself consciously avoiding the term "Mormon," in favor of "LDS." While I understand the term "LDS" means "Latter Day Saint," what I don't know is either the provance or ...
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When is it too late to ask for salvation?

What does the Bible say about when is it too late to ask for salvation? There are many death bed conversion stories. One of the most momentous conversions in Western history was that of Constantine ...
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What is the point of Jesus' crucifixion?

I'd like to obtain moral, not faith explanation - In the story about Jesus' crucifixion: what is the point of cold-blooded murder of God's own son? The common answer is to save humanity through ...
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Are JWs restricted from expressing things in their own words?

I've been wondering if there is any official doctrine held by Jehovahs Witnesses that would restrict them from talking about their faith in their own words? I have noticed in my interactions with ...
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Is the name “Ahmed” found in scripture?

Some say that name "Ahmed" (the Muslims' prophet who is also known as "Mohamed") is mentioned in scripture, and it is foretold that he would be a prophet, but his name was censored years after Jesus. ...
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Complete Debates? [closed]

Where could one find complete debates of issues within Christianity (that which separates, creates denominations) or related to Christianity (existence of a Creator)? It would have every argument for ...

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