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What did Brigham Young teach regarding Blood Atonement, and is that doctrine still held today in the LDS/Mormon Church?

Brigham Young taught the doctrine of Blood Atonement that indicated the blood of Christ was insufficient to provide forgiveness for some sins. What are the specifics regarding the doctrine of Blood ...
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What are the arguments for the Exodus occuring in 1440BC or 1290BC?

There are two schools of thought on when the Exodus occurred, the "early" date of 1440BC, and the "later" date of 1290BC. How was each date arrived at, and what is the evidence for each?
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Orthodox churches recognized by Catholic Church

Which Orthodox churches are recognized by the Catholic church? Are there any churches older than the split that are not recognized by the Catholic Church and that are still active? Edit: "recognize" ...
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Did Adam and Eve's Progeny Commit Incest?

I have a multi-part question. Did Adam and Eve's Progeny Commit Incest? Genesis, Chapter 4 tells us about Cain and Abel. Genesis, Chapter 5 tells us about Seth and "other sons and daughters". I ...
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What's so bad about monoergism and monothelitism?

Two early heresies that intrigue me a bit are monoergism and monothelitism. Both basically suggest that while Jesus was both human and divine, he only had one "energy" or one "will." Both were ...
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Are there any tenets of Gnosticism that are still present in the church today?

Towards the end of the New Testament writing, the heresy of gnosticism was one of the chief "false teachings" against which Paul and the other writers were contesting. Could someone present some of ...
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Seeking a richer Catholic understanding of passion vs intellect as it applies to our first parents

I was tempted to answer this question about freewill and Adam and Eve but I chose not to because all I've got it conjecture and I'm not even sure if it's not borderline heresy on the matter. What I'd ...
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Why do Jehovah's Witnesses exclude pagan influences from their doctrine?

To my understanding, Jehovah's Witnesses try to exclude pagan influences from their practice. Whether or not they do, what is their reason for doing this?
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What's the evangelical take on “Tebowing” and genuflection

Reading this blog post from a Catholic blogger who shed some light on the ancient history and purpose of genuflection. While striking his pose, Tebow is praying, and I don’t believe any person ...
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Do people have the ability to truly love God, without God guiding them into loving him?

From this answer: Secondly, men do not hate God because of the world he created, they hate God because he is good and they are not. However consciously or unconsciously, they hate him because he ...
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What should a Catholic know about Pilgrims Progress?

I'm listening to the Librivox version of Pilgrims Progress and I like it a lot, I really liked reading Pilgrims Regress which I read before I ever even heard of John Bunyan. So far, in listening to ...
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Variations in the Hail Holy Queen (Salve Regina) prayer

In praying the "Hail Holy Queen" at the end of the Rosary with my Parish, there is a bit strangeness in the terms used. For one, some people say Mourning and weeping in this vale of tears and ...
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Will there be “new people” or reproduction in heaven or “the next life?”

I'm looking for a Biblical answer to this question: will there be any new people in heaven? An equivalent question: are the people created in this life (on Earth) the only people who will ever exist? ...
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Can a human ever be happy in the afterlife while not loving God?

I'm talking about the afterlife cause you can easily experience moments of happiness during your life on earth, with any kind of attitude towards God. But after we die, do we have any other choice ...
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Does my monk go to heaven? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What happens to people who have never heard about Jesus? I have found this very basic question perplexing to different pastors, rectors, and members of churches: If ...
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Is Abraham in heaven?

If Jesus brought everlasting life and Abraham died before the coming of Jesus (and in fact before Judaism), would we therefore expect to see Abraham in heaven? What passages in the bible direct us to ...
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What is the Biblical basis that God's sacrifice is sufficient for all of our sins (past included)?

I spoke to a friend recently and they said: I feel like I've done so much in my past, and that is holding me back from having a relationship with God. How can I know that God will accept me, even ...
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What is the biblical basis against baptismal regeneration?

Several different denominations teach that water baptism is a prerequisite for (or is essential for) salvation. What is the biblical basis against this teaching?
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Is civil divorce OK for Catholics, are there mitigating circumstances?

This is not a pastoral advice question, I'm happily married. I just really don't know the answer to this question to help a friend, so I guess it's pastoral pastoral advice, but I definitely don't ...
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What sects believe Jesus is buried in Japan?

The town of Shingo in Japan claims to be the burial site of Jesus of Nazareth: someone took his place on the cross, and he made his way to Japan, where he died. (Wikipedia.) Do, or did, any ...
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Where did angels get their wings?

The Bible does not record angels having wings at any point, but this is a popular depiction of angels. Do any Christian groups teach that angels do have wings, in extra-biblical materials? Where does ...
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Is there any biblical justification for referring to God as Mother?

On one occasion, I heard someone prayer, "To God, our Father and Mother." In The Shack, the Trinity is represented as three persons, where God the Father is a woman. Is there any biblical ...
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Can the Word of God and God's wisdom be beneficial to an unbeliever?

More specifically I'm wondering in the way that we go to the Bible and to God about concerns or issues that we are facing for instruction and wisdom, can we think biblically about another's concerns ...
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Is Christianity functionally polytheistic? [closed]

In principle, Christianity is monotheistic. It posits that one god exists. However, as a result of the 300k+ christian sects, there exists more than one definition of the "Christian God". With the ...
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Unfulfilled prophecies?

My understanding is that there are numerous prophecies from the OT which have been fulfilled over the years. (Ignoring any gray areas between "prophecy" and poetic passage of scripture.) Aside from ...
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Does the diversity in doctrines among Christian traditions indicate that there are multiple “truths”? [closed]

I am not familiar with the different Christian doctrines but as I've slowly come to understand it, it seems that answers differ depending on doctrine. Does this mean there are no definitive answers to ...
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Why does Jesus refer to himself as the “Son of Man”?

Why does Jesus refer to himself as the "Son of Man"? This is similar to Why does Jesus speak of himself in the third person?, but I am specifically looking for an explanation of the "Son of Man" ...
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Would the Christians Luke was writing for know who Phanuel was?

I'm sure there's a lot more names in the New Testament that no one would know, but this one strikes me as very odd. The prophetess Anna is described in pretty good detail, for the Bible at least, but ...
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How does 1 John 2:19 fit with the teaching that Christians can lose their salvation

A common belief (not my own, but fairly common) is that believers may lose or abandon their salvation. A number of Bible verses seem to contradict this teaching, but in particular, 1 John 2:19 stands ...
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Why was Zachariah punished while Mary was not?

The gospel of Luke states that when the angel Gabriel appeared to Zacharia and told him that his wife Elizabeth would concieve John the Baptist, Zacheria doubts the prophecy and so is temporarily ...
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In LDS (Mormon) theology, what is the Aaronic Priesthood and to whom is it conferred?

I understand that the LDS church institutes that Aaronic Priesthood. In the Old Testament, this was specifically reserved to the tribe of Levi and the family of Aaron. and you shall gird Aaron ...
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How does Free Grace Theology reconcile 1 John?

My understanding of Free Grace Theology is that it separates the believers salvation from their sanctification, in that sanctification is not the necessary result of salvation. It separates the call ...
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What is the biblical basis for the doctrine against euthanasia?

It seems like the majority of Christian denominations oppose euthanasia, although I can't imagine it's universal. What is the biblical basis against the euthanasia of the terminally ill and those who ...
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What is the theological import behind genealogies?

So, several places in the bible are just lists of names: Genesis 5 I Chronicles 1 - 10 Matthew 1 Luke 3 all come to mind. In Matthew 1, in particular, I have pulled sermons out of the only four ...
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Could Jesus save Satan? [closed]

Could Jesus save Satan? Some biblical reference with explanation, would be helpful.
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How many Christians have actually read the whole Bible?

I have many times heard the claim that only very few people who identify themselves as Christians have actually read all or most of the Bible. Have there been any studies to approximate the ...
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What “fundamentalist” beliefs are most commonly rejected by “moderate” Christians? [closed]

On this site there is plenty of information about what the "official" doctrines of various denominations are, but I doubt that the majority of Christians follow all of these to the letter. Have there ...
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Are there any Messianic references in the OT apocrypha?

Are there any references to Jesus / the Messiah in the OT apocrypha? (See example of book list here.)
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What is the origin of the Mormon Temple Ceremony and how has it changed throughout the years?

I understand that there is a difference between being a Mormon and being a Temple Mormon (one who has gone through the Temple Ceremony at least once and maintains Temple worthiness). I also ...
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Were there any OT prophecies that Jesus should be a wood-working carpenter

I like the stone mason theory because that would make Jesus and St. Joseph (the patron of manly men) really tough. But, is there any significance to the traditional conception of Jesus following ...
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Do any denominations have official doctrine regarding humans on other planets?

The recent discovery of an Earth-like planet caused me to wonder, do any Christian denominations have official doctrine regarding humans on other planets? If so, what is the doctrine? Related: Does ...
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What evidence is there that Jesus was a carpenter?

I was about to say this in another discussion somewhere else, and wondered: do we know that? As in "it's mentioned or at least hinted at in $book $chapter:$verse"? Or is it just a very likely ...
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Does god give us a destined fate? [closed]

Ok, so many people say "Everything happens for a reason" or "God works in mysterious ways" both normally relating to GOD. Now I have also heard and it does make sense that GOD gives us free will. If ...
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Why doesn't the bible prohibit slavery? [closed]

The Bible does not seem to prohibit slavery (whether using the modern definition or an alternate like "indentured servitude"). Does the Bible explain why it does not prohibit these practices?
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Is God capable of ever doing wrong? [closed]

Does Christianity definitively state that the God can never do wrong? If so, where is this stated?
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What is the religious significance of Christmas lights?

What is the religious significance of the modern practice to decorate the outside of the house and front yard with strings of light? Is it entirely secular?
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Why was Jesus able to silence his critics simply by pointing out that the Messiah was both Lord *and* son?

In Matthew 22, after basically frustrating the Pharisees and the Saduccees by answering some really tricky questions, Jesus finally turns the tables on them and asks this question: 41 While the ...
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Does God care about who we were?

I got the following line from the movie Cowboys vs Alien. God doesn't care who you were. He only cares who you are. Taking it with a pinch of salt, I'd like to ask the community if this ...
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Jonah and the Whale - Is there any scientific proof that it is possible to survive in the belly of whale? [closed]

The book of Jonah records that Jonah spent three days in the belly of a great fish (possibly a whale). And the LORD appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of ...
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What's the new rite in Tantum Ergo?

St. Thomas Aquinas' Hymn Tantum Ergo, which is usually sung at Benediction always seems better in Latin: Et antiquum documentum Novo cedat ritui: Mainly because in both the transliterated and ...

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