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Do all churches celebrate communion in the same order (bread-first, wine-second)?

So, originally, I was going to ask, why do Anglicans serve the bread first, then the wine. The answer, however, is that it really seems to be the order in Scripture, for as 1 Corinthians 11 says: ...
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What does “scripture” mean in NT writing?

This is slightly a take-off from: What does it mean that all scripture is God-Breathed? The Bible as we know it today wasn't canonized and compiled into a single volume until much later. In ...
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How do those who reject both predestination and purgatory justify their beliefs?

For the sake of this question: Predestination = from the foundations of the universe, God chose who will be saved. Purgatory = a place where people suffer / are purified, and afterwards, they go to ...
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Masses timetable [closed]

I'm sorry if this is not the right place where asking this question. I'm trying to set up a database of cult (or masses) timetables all over the world, starting from Italy, and I would need some ...
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According to Roman Catholic teaching, did people who died in Old Testament times spend time in Purgatory?

I understand that the Roman Catholic Church teaches that people today spend time in Purgatory after they die prior to going to heaven. However, this teaching does not appear to have been taught in ...
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Are we unaware of something that God foresaw in appointing Paul as apostle?

I have seen many question and views here on the apostleship of St. Paul. Questions like this, this, this and Most recently this. All seems to basically ask why Paul was chosen as apostle or ...
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What does Paul mean when he says Jesus “emptied himself”?

In Philipians 2:7 Paul writes: but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[a] being born in the likeness of men (ESV) I always understood this to mean that he was humble enough to ...
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According to Roman Catholic doctrine, why does Mary refer to God as her Savior if she was born without sin?

In the Magnificat, Mary refers to God as her Savior. According to Roman Catholic doctrine, Mary was born sinless and remained sinless throughout her life. So, why does Mary refer to God as her ...
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Did John Bunyan Believe in Irressitible Grace?

Though I consider these two questions to be different, I'm OK with this question being merged with Does Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" state a position on predestination? This ...
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Paul's knowledge of Jannes and Jambres the magicians of Egypt

Per Paul in: 2 Timothy 3:8 ESV Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. Which is cross ...
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Does Bunyan's “Pilgrim's Progress” state a position on predestination?

This question is NOT: what does John Bunyan believe about predestination is predestination biblically accurate? This question is: Does "Pilgrim's Progress" take a position on predestination? And ...
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What is the LDS position on changing doctrine

One of the charges often levied against the LDS Church is that the doctrines change over time. For example, from http://20truths.info/mormon/doctrine.html and ...
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What in Christian faith lies behind subject of science? [closed]

Specifically: Some Christians say that their faith is the source of moral values, but this is a subject of ethics. Some say it is personal relationship with God, but personal relationship is a ...
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How is the historical accuracy of the Bible defended?

Loosely tied to the idea of Biblical Inerrancy, one of the basic tenets of Christianity is that Scripture is reliable. This includes the idea of being reliable as a source of "doctrine, for reproof, ...
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Did God create man to be gods themselves? [closed]

Genesis 1:26-28 says: 26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the ...
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Did Paul actually know anything about the life of Jesus?

In The God Who Wasn't There the narrator says how Paul knew largely nothing of what we call the story of Jesus.That he only knew of Christ erected on the cross, his resurrection, and the ascension. ...
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According to Roman Catholic Doctrine, what things have the power to decrease a person's time in purgatory?

Roman Catholic teaching states that many people spend a certain amount of time in purgatory after they die before going to heaven. I remember hearing something to the effect that people who are still ...
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According to Roman Catholic Doctrine, does everyone spend time in purgatory?

As I understand it, the Roman Catholic Church teaches that there is place of suffering called Purgatory where people spend time being purged of the sins they committed on earth. However, it seems ...
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What does it means INRI in Jesus Cross? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does INRI stand for? In Jesus Cross there is symbol like INRI, What does it exactly means and why they are keeping this still in cross any conditions or story ...
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Is Catholicism heretical due to perceived idolatry? [closed]

The King James Bible says, Exodus 20:3-6 KJV 3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven ...
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Which book is more important - Old Testament or New Testament? [closed]

I'm just wondering about the Bible with the Old Testament and New. Most Christians prefer to use the New Testament (especially the rules). Some of them don't follow the rules in the Old Testament.But ...
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What is “Apologetics”, exactly, and how is it used to defend the Christian faith?

For those who are unfamiliar with the term, or those who have only a passing familiarity, what is apologetics, in relation to Christianity? Is it "proving the existence of God"? For that matter, ...
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Why do Christians call Jesus the “Son of God” rather than simply “God”?

We call Jesus the son of God that became the son of man. And yet, Jesus is God per the doctrine of the trinity. Why don't orthodox Christians address him as God when talking about him and praying? ...
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What is the difference between Docetism and Manichaenism concerning the Incarnation?

I was doing a chapter in the 7th grade Faith and Life Religious Ed books with my students and there was a part about "errors concerning the Incarnation". It covered Arianism and Docetism and the part ...
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Is there any connection between minimum age for marriage in Catholic Church and tradition about Mary's age at Annunciation?

According to Canonic law, the minimum age for marryage to be valid for girls is fourteen (it can be and usually is higher for the marriage not to be illicit): Can. 1083 §1. A man before he has ...
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The unicorn as a Christological figure

This isn't so much a question about theology or denominational teachings as Church history. In an answer to a question on another StackExchange site, someone posted this: I am an Art Historian, ...
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Why couldn't we reconcile ourselves to God? [closed]

I always hear people say things like, 'the debt was too large' ... well, why? Why couldn't I pay for my own sin? I don't like that Jesus took punishment for me, I would hate for my earthly father to ...
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Where is God according to Christianity?

Sometimes to make the idea controversial, atheists depict God as a humanly being residing in the space and then compare him to other fairy tale creatures. To counter this, some sort of logical or may ...
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What is Jesus's exact name [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should “Jesus” be rendered “Yeshu‘a” in English? Obviously not Jesus given that the letter J is a replacement of the actual letter Y. The letter J sounds masculine so in ...
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Is there any tradition that informs us of how old Mary was when she gave birth to Jesus?

I have heard that the legal age of marriage was quite young in Jewish culture at the time of Christ. I believe young girls at the age of twelve could marry. However, I find it difficult to imagine ...
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Why did God enter humanity so silently on Christmas day?

I know it was not absolute silence. A few shepherds, a few wise men from a distant land and some close family witnessed the miracle. Also the new star even led to a mad search to hunt and kill the ...
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How was 'a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger' a sign?

The angels told the shepards: For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you:you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and ...
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Is gender a property of essence or existence?

In his address, the Holy Father said: According to the biblical creation account, being created by God as male and female pertains to the essence of the human creature. The use of the word ...
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Does the Bible allow us to protect our selves [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When do we as Christians draw the line on self-defense? I am referring to turning the other cheek. With all the violence going on I am wondering if we can protect our ...
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Is Matthew 24:36 contrary to trinitarianism?

In Matthew 24:36 Jesus is quoted saying, that even he does not know when the end of the world will come, only God (the Father) alone. I'm interested whether this might be in any conflict with the ...
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Gregorian Chant - Is it merely a form of music, like Hymns, or is there a deeper meaning?

The title says it all. Is Gregorian Chant merely a style of music, or is there some deeper meaning behind it? Does it serve some special purpose, or have a usage beyond being a form of worshiping ...
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Rules behind resolving alleged Biblical discrepancies

One of the charges that is consistently leveled against Biblical reliability is that the Bible is "full of contradictions". This is certainly not a new charge, and the field of Apologetics, with its ...
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Is the genealogy in Matthew a complete Genealogy, or did he abreviate it for a specific reason?

The genealogy in Matthew 1 lists the names in 3 groups - From Abraham to David, David to the Exile, The Exile to Jesus. I'm just interested to know is this a complete family history for Jesus, or is ...
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Is there a special significance attached to a Latin Mass?

Every so often, one of my Catholic acquaintances will mention that they will be, or have just attended a Latin Mass. I know pretty much nothing about a Latin Mass, other than (obviously) that it's ...
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Who said “he would be called a Nazarene”?

Matthew 2:23 NIV and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene. From what research I have done, it does ...
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How can women be forbidden to speak and yet prophesy and speak in tongues?

In 1 Corinthians 14, Paul give forbids women from speaking in church. 1 Corinthians 14 NIV 34 Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in ...
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Do Western Christians confuse Mysticism with Emotionalism?

I repeatedly hear Western Christians repudiate mysticism. This post is NOT about the merits or dangers of Christian mysticism. Another question addresses that sufficiently. This question deals with ...
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Why are Mormon Temples Ceremonies kept secret from non-Mormons?

Even though only priests were allowed into the Temple in the Old Testament, all of the ceremonies and furnishings were described in great detail in the Old Testament for anyone, Jew or Gentile alike, ...
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What are the major differences between evangelical Christianity and Mormonism?

I'm looking for concrete theological beliefs and practices on where they differ. Christians say that Mormons aren't Christian and yet Mormons call themselves Christian. So it can be quite hard to tell ...
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What is the LDS (Mormon) position on eschatology?

There are several different eschatological (end-times) perspectives in Protestant Christianity, including the following: Amillennialists - end times prophecies are largely figurative ...
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Why do LDS members (Mormons) maintain a long-term supply of food?

I understand that LDS members are encouraged to build and maintain a long-term supply of food and other essentials. From where did this teaching originate and what is the reasoning behind this ...
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Which book of Scripture is most esteemed by the LDS church?

I understand that the LDS church regards the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Pearl of Great Price, and the Doctrine and Covenants all as Scripture. In practice, which of these works is most highly ...
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When is the Christmas Season?

So, Christmas is, of course, on December 25th* . Technically, Advent precedes Christmas, and Epiphany follows it. But, in several traditions, Christmas is the set of Sundays following Christmas, ...
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Why is “We Three Kings” a Christmas hymn, and not a Lenten one?

I'll admit, when I was a young'n, I thought "We Three Kings" was a silly song. I mean, it was just about a star, right? After all, since I only knew the chorus, and the first verse: We three ...
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How to approach non christian friends with Gospel [closed]

I am working as a software engineer, all of my colleagues are non Christians they don't believe any thing with out proofs and reason. How do i approach them with gospel (i.e what Jesus has done to ...

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