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Do Catholics view atheism as a sin?

Are there any passages in the Holy Bible or any Catholic doctrine saying that it is a sin to be an atheist? Please, don't refer to me any Biblical assertion where it is stated that you should follow ...
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Are Catholics allowed to read the NIV translation?

I know this is kind of an odd question. However, there is a question that has popped into my mind while considering these quality standards that we've been starting to implement. My thoughts are ...
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How does free will fit with the doctrine of predestination?

The Calvinistic doctrine of predestination states that God has chosen who will live and who will die. That Christians are unconditionally elected for salvation or damnation. However, how does this ...
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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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Did Abraham, David and Solomon think having many wives was sin?

Did Abraham, David and Solomon think having many wives and concubines was sin?
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Was “love your enemies” ever included among the evangelical counsels?

In Institutes of the Christian Religion, John Calvin accuses his scholastic opponents of considering the commandment "Love your enemies" to be optional. Specifically, he says that they call it an ...
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What is the significance of Eve being created as a “helper fit for [Adam]?”

The Bible appears to indicate that there was a specific purpose in the creation of Eve, from Adam, to be a helper fit for him. It seems, then, that the design of Adam and Eve may be distinct, while ...
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How are doxologies formed for common prayers?

I'm not sure of the exact definition, but a doxology seems to be a prayer tagged at the end which consists of some sort of invocation of the Blessed Trinity. I'm just wondering if the actual words ...
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If one divorces is it considered adultery to marry again no matter what the circumstances were for this decision?

Jesus teaching on marriage said: Matthew 19:9 (NKJV) 9 And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her ...
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How to handle a wife according to the bible? [closed]

I am facing very rough pace in my family life. My wife asked for mutual divorce. Her mother is supporting her in all her wrong doings, instead of stopping her and accusing me for the wrong doings. I ...
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What is the basis for the idea of 7,000 years of human history, expressed by Larkin and others?

Clarence Larkin projects a 7,000 year timeline of human history with each 1,000 years tied to a day of creation. What is the doctrinal or biblical basis for this theory?
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What does the Bible say about the soul?

I'm curious what the Bible states about the soul. In many different places, especially Deuteronomy, we're told to love or believe "with all our soul." Many people have opinions over what a soul is, ...
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What is the origin of the account of Lucifer found in Milton's Paradise Lost?

In Paradise Lost, Milton describes how Lucifer rebelled against God and was cast into Hell as a result. I've always wondered about the origin of this account since as far as I know, it's not mentioned ...
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Which denominations are considered mainstream in the UK?

Wikipedia lists these denominations as "mainline protestant" churches in the United States: American Baptists Disciples of Christ Congregationalists / United Church of Christ Episcopalians Lutherans ...
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How does the doctrine of British Baptists compare with their American cousins?

This question examines the difference between the American Baptists and Southern Baptists in the USA. In the UK, there is one formal Baptist denomination, the Baptist Union of Great Britain (BUGB). ...
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What is the Lutheran doctrine of “Law and Gospel”?

I was reading about Lutheran doctrine regarding the Law and Gospel, however, I'm having a hard time understanding to what the "Law" is referring. I found this quote by Martin Luther: "Hence, ...
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Are the names of all people originally written in the Book of Life?

The Bible speaks about the "Book of Life". It seems that those whose names are written in it will have life and spend eternity in heaven whereas those whose names are not written in it will be cast ...
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What's the difference between the Judgment Seat of Christ and the Great White Throne Judgment?

The Bible speaks of the "Judgment Seat of Christ" as well as the "Great White Throne" judgment. What is the difference between these two judgments and who will be at each? For we must all appear ...
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On what do Mormons base their practice of proxy-baptisms on behalf of the dead?

How does the LDS Church define their practice of performing baptisms on behalf of people who have died? I realize there is the following verse, but there seems to be few other Biblical references to ...
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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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Are Jehovah's Witnesses allowed to marry outside the faith?

Some Christian denominations allow their members to marry whomever they please, others discourage it, and others just don't allow it (you are either disfellowshipped or the church refuses to perform ...
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How does Sola Scriptura understanding of the Bible affect the anagogical sense of the Bible?

A few times on this site, I've mentioned Jesus' commands that we should take Mary into our home when he tells John to 'behold his mother'. This is based on the idea that much of scripture can also be ...
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Does 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 assume Christian pacifism?

In 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 Paul makes a contrast between spiritual warfare and war "according to human standards": Indeed, we live as human beings, but we do not wage war according to human ...
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What is the Biblical basis the for Immutable Nature of God?

Dei Filius sayeth this: God cannot deny himself, nor can truth ever be in opposition to truth. The appearance of this kind of specious contradiction is chiefly due to the fact that either the ...
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How do Protestants interpret “baptized for the dead” in 1 Corinthians 15:29?

1 Corinthians 15:29 (KJV) Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead? I know that the LDS Church ...
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If God set the maximum age to 120, then how could Jacob be 130 years old?

At the time of Noah, God said: Genesis 6:3 NIV Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.” ...
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What is the difference between the Life that Christ gives and the Life that Wisdom brings?

I noticed that these two passages are rather similar: Proverbs 8:35-36 (ESV) For whoever finds me [wisdom] finds life and obtains favor from the Lord, 36 but he who fails to find me injures ...
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How could Jacob wrestle with God if no one can see God and live?

Is this a contradiction? Or am I missing something. It seems strange to think one can "wrestle" with God. Genesis 32:30 (NIV): 30 So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw ...
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Believers will judge the world and also, the angels?

What does it mean when Paul says believers will judge the world and the angels? 1 Corinthians 6:1-4 1 When one of you has a dispute with another believer, how dare you file a lawsuit and ask ...
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What did the Dominicans have against the immaculate conception?

I was readIng an ad for a movie about blessed Duns Scotus which said he was debated and won against the Dominicans in the 13th century about the special privilege given to Mary, her Immaculate ...
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How are Catholic priests chosen and assigned to specific parishes?

I know that a certain amount of education is necessary before men can be ordained as a Catholic priest. But are all men that received the necessary education ordained as priests? If not, what is the ...
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Does the passage in Luke 9:49-50 support the diversity of denominations?

It appears that this passage in Luke allows for the diversity of denominations. Luke 9:49-50 KJV And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad ...
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Why does the LDS church (Mormon) put so much more emphasis on the family than most other denominations do?

Why do Mormons put so much more emphasis on the family than most other denominations do? What about their doctrine causes this? Or is it more because of culture/tradition?
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Is violence against LGBT people warranted by scripture? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there any Biblical basis for hating homosexuals? This week marks the 13th anniversary of Matthew Shepherd's torture and murder, a crime which appears to be motivated ...
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What was the specific trap being set for Jesus by the Pharisees in John 8?

In the story of the woman caught in adultery, John indicates that the question of the Pharisees was a "trap". 2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered ...
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Why did Adam claim he was “naked” before God when he and Eve had clothed themselves with fig leaves?

After sinning, Adam and Eve "sewed fig leaves together" and made clothing for themselves. However, when God comes into the garden and calls to Adam, Adam responds by claiming that he was afraid and ...
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The Greatest Commandment - Loving God with all our 1) heart, 2) soul, and 3) strength

Jesus highlights Deuteronomy 6:5 as the greatest commandment in the law. This commandment highlights three aspects of loving God, specifically with our hearts, our souls, and our strengths. Love ...
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How does intercession of saints and Exodus 20:3 not clash? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Praying to people outside the Trinity There are several denominations and traditions that believe in the doctrine of intercession of the saints. Exodus 20:3 (NIV) ...
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Question on John 4:13-14 - How do we drink of the water from Jesus?

I've been struggling with this passage for a while: Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be ...
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Should Catholics silently hum the Tetragrammaton when they're supposed to sing it?'

I was telling the kids in my Catechism class yesterday that we don't pronounce God's name anymore in hymns during Mass. They were a tad taken aback, especially since apparently they're supposed to ...
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To what extent did Isaiah understand his own prophecies?

Consider Isaiah 53:4-6 (NIV), which is commonly interpreted as a prophecy that the Messiah would die for the sins of the world: 4Surely he took up our pain    and bore our suffering, ...
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Calvinist perspective on Luke 18:18-30

Luke 18:18-30 (NIV) tells the story of the "rich young ruler" who asked Christ what he must do to inherit eternal life: 18A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit ...
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What is the Calvinist view of God's sovereignty?

I have many Calvinist friends, and when we discuss matters of theology or doctrine, almost inevitably, the conversation turns to them saying something like "That's because of God's sovereignty," or ...
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Why did Jesus use the expression, “I tell you the truth”?

I used to think nothing of it until someone said, "it makes you wonder what he was saying the rest of the time". Now I don't believe for one moment Jesus was a liar, but why did He use that strange ...
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Why did God wrestle with Jacob?

Sorry for asking a question kid in my Catechism class asked, but I didn't know the answer and she is an expert level 7th grader. Why did God wrestle with Jacob if they're both good? Was God ...
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Is having a moment of silence for someone anti-Christian?

In our school, in one of my periods, one of my teachers told us the important things late Steve Jobs has done for the world and encouraged us to have a moment of silence for him for about 10 seconds. ...
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Was C. S. Lewis a “muscular” Christian?

Muscular Christianity is a movement, originating in nineteenth-century Britain, associated with promoting physical health, athleticism, and active evangelism. Many critics say that C. S. Lewis, ...
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How do those who reject the JEPD view of Scripture's formation not limit God?

The JEPD states that the Pentatuech was POTENTIALLY compiled from four different sources: the Jahwist, Elohist, Priestly, and Deuteronomical. It is widely denied a priori by many Christians. What ...
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Why does Jesus speak of himself in the third person?

There are a number of places where Jesus refers to himself in the third person. The most common is when he uses the title 'Son of Man' (by my count, there are some 78 times Jesus uses that title in ...
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Why do there appear to be two very different variations of “tongues” in the New Testament?

The first variety seemed to be without need for interpretation because all those who heard it heard their own language being spoken. Acts 2:8 (NKJV): And how is it that we hear, each in our own ...

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