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Is Thomas More's reading of “This is my body” a literal one by modern standards?

Thomas More, whose birthday it is today (7 February), was a strong defender of Catholic eucharistic theology. In his Answer to a poisoned book (1533), a reply to a Zwinglian tract probably written by ...
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How do you know if you are under a trial or if you are just suffering?

Hypothetically, if you are going through a painful situation: Is it because God is trying to grow you/redirect you? Or is it a result of sinful actions?
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For since the creation(ism)… men are without excuse

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest ...
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According to reformed theology, how does the fall glorify God?

What this question is not about: This question is NOT about: Is God omniscient (all knowing?), omnipotent (all powerful?) and benevolent? Then if God foresaw the first sin, and had the power to stop ...
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How did Psalm 124 become associated with the Holy Innocents?

The Holy Innocents are the children mentioned in Matthew's gospel (2:16-18) as having been murdered by Herod. Many churches celebrate a Feast of the Holy Innocents, or Childermass, on one of the days ...
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Which Protestant churches as of today officially recognize homosexual marriage unions? [closed]

Which Protestant churches as of today officially recognize homosexual marriage unions? Is there any such information available?
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The Servetus Controversy: What was Calvin's involvement?

I recently watched this YT video that talks about Calvin and Servetus. The "Servetus Controversy" tells of a man named Michael Servetus who was burned at the stake for heresy -- not by Roman Catholic ...
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What is the biblical basis for elder disqualification?

The Bible speaks to the qualifications of overseers and deacons, and also mentions that they are to be held to a higher standard than the rest of the congregation. What Biblical basis exists, then, ...
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What denominations use gender-inclusive hymnology?

Recently, I was asked to substitute "souls" for "men" in the hymn, "Good Christian Men, Rejoice," in order to be more gender-inclusive. In this same congregation, I caused quite a stir by suggesting ...
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Can these three “2nd greatest commandments” be put into one sentence? [closed]

I was playing my homemade Catholic Jeopardy with the Faith Formation class last night and I asked. "What is the 2nd greatest commandment". The kids were all like, "umm obey your parents", "Don't ...
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Scriptural basis for monarchical episcopate

What scriptural basis has traditionally been put forth by the Catholic and the Orthodox Churches to support the idea of monarchical episcopate (the idea that there must be only one bishop over a city ...
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Are foster children considered covenant children in Presbyterianism?

They are on the one hand a part of the household but on the other hand not legally adopted and may be ultimately reunited with their birth parents. So Presbyterians of a confessional variety like PCA ...
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What are some good places to get Christian questions answered? [migrated]

Yes, I know this is a Q&A site about Christianity. Yet many questions that I have asked have been closed, for various reasons (primarily opinion-based, too broad, asks for pastoral advice, etc.) ...
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Am I a party to the covenant of atonement? [closed]

Jesus prayed (Jn 17:21) that “they may be one in us as you are in me and I am in you.” (Easier to comprehend if in means in union with.) This is the original sense of at-one-ment. “We also joy in God ...
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What is the Biblical basis for opposing State Brutality?

If there was ever a case of a completely innocent man being beaten and killed for crimes he did not commit, it would have to be Jesus. Yet, when Peter sliced off the ear of a slave, Jesus told Peter ...
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Do Michael and Gabriel have resurrected bodies?

According to Mormon doctrine, when Christ was resurrected, so were many of the saints that had died: "And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of ...
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Why were the General Epistles written? [closed]

The six New Testament epistles known as James; 1 and 2 Peter; 1 and 2 John; and Jude are not directed to any one person or specific branch of the Church. The first verse in each epistle indicates who ...
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Baptized in a Mennonite church? [closed]

I grew up around the Amish, and Mennonite communities. However, my family was half Protestant half, well.. Not religious. I am a 21 year old dairy farmer, and not baptized. It was always left open to ...
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Is Tim Keller's view of idolatry Biblical? [duplicate]

I just finished reading Tim Keller's Every Good Endeavor. In it, he says that in Ezekiel, there is a part where it talks about idols within the heart, "which involves making good things into ultimate ...
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What Scriptures are used to justify the belief that Christians of Denominations other than a specific one will be rejected by God?

In my studies of the Bible I have never found times when God has rejected the worship of anyone who worshipped him in sincerity. The only restrictions to worship other than worshipping in holiness as ...
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What does it mean for the Spirit to only speak of what he hears? [duplicate]

I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he ...
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Why did Christ have to pay the price? [closed]

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace. (Ephesians 1:7, NIV) He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased ...
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Why does Paul say that a husband is “divided” between his wife and God? [closed]

Why does Paul say that a husband is "divided" between pleasing his wife and pleasing God? Can't a husband please God by pleasing his wife (or vice versa)? Or is that what Paul meant? 1 Cor. 7:32-3: ...
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Is there any evidence that Paul was a descendant of Jonathan?

Paul being a descendant of Jonathan would have some appeal from a devotional perspective since Jesus' more direct saving of Paul could be viewed as fulfilling the covenant of friendship between David ...
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What is the Jehovah's Witnesses response to mixed marriage with a Christian of another denomination? [duplicate]

What are the consequences in the Jehovah's Witnesses church, when a member marries a non-JW Christian?
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Were a lot of 'Christians' in the past not Christians at all? [closed]

The intent of this question is not to define 'what is a true Christian?', but to ask: Given that each tradition has it's own well-defined understanding of what being a Christian means, how do they ...
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Did God use man as a vehicle to bring about death? [closed]

Before creation there would have been no death. All of the Angels God created are eternal. When God Created everything then time was also created, but Earth and time are both temporary creations. ...
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Did the early church record other events of handing people over to Satan?

Did the early church record other events of handing people over to Satan? "So when you are assembled and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, hand this man over to ...
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Are there tenets of Rastafarianism that run counter to Baptist theology? [closed]

I am a Baptist and I have no desire to call myself a Rasta but I believe in some things they believe in such as living clean, peace, unity, etc. Is it wrong to identify with those things? Many say ...
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Did God plan not to have any carnivores in his creation, and what is that teaching us?

Before the Flood man did not eat meat, and there were no carnivores: Genesis 1:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, ...
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Is God in control? [closed]

I have been confused by several people telling me different things concerning God being in control. Is God in control over each detail of our lives? For example: who we get married to who we date ...
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How to corroborate the Tower of Babel account? Is George Smith a credible historian? [closed]

In his 1880 book, Chaldean Account of Genesis, British Museum scholar George Smith published his translation of an inscription from an archaeological fragment. The inscription tells of an ancient ...
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Does Christianity allow allegorical readings of creation and the deluge? [closed]

Please forgive me, I'm not Christian but I have wondered: Why do Christians seem to try to prove Noah's flood or a young earth? Considering the overwhelming evidence for human and geologic history ...
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What is the Obsolete Covenant? [duplicate]

By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear. (Hebrews 8:13, NIV) In the light of the Epistle to Hebrews, what did ...
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Why God will not destroy Satan? [closed]

Why God will not destroy Satan, which is the main perpetrator of sin ? Through him sin and turn away us from him.
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What is the basis for the position that only Paul's writings are applicable to the church today?

In mid-Acts dispensationalism (a form of hyperdispensationalism), it is taught that only Paul's writings (from Romans to Philemon) are applicable to the church today and that the other parts of the ...
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What was the main reason for excluding 35 latest names from the list of recognized saints by ROC?

What was the main reason for excluding 35 latest names from the list of recognized saints by the Synodal Commission of Russian Orthodox Church on Canonization? Source: ...
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Did everyone go to hell before Jesus died for our sins? [duplicate]

I've seen a couple of answers in this site which explained the meaning of "Jesus died for our sins". In these answers I gathered that Jesus (a representation of God himself) died so we could be ...
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If God is a God of love, why does God not make all souls in hell cease to exist? [closed]

If God is omnipotent, and a God of love, why does God not make all souls in hell cease to exist, and did it ever happen? Also, wouldn't a loving God end their suffering? Thank you for your answers.
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Did 'evil' exist even before Satan? [duplicate]

"Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings" - Ezekiel 28:17 This ...
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Does the spiritual life require faliure or can it be a continual ascent? [closed]

A neophyte Christian might just becoming aware of a personal relationship with God. But throughout the life of a Christian what does Sacred Scripture and/or Sacred Tradition say that a follower of ...
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Does purgatory have a symbol?

I haven't found it on the internet. Are there any symbol for purgatory, or related to purgatory?
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Biblically, is there such a thing as innocent by reason of mental defect? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does the Bible say about people with mental illness? Have a friend in Christ who is black/white; all are responsible for their actions all the time. "Mental ...
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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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Where did Jesus go after he died at the cross? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Did Jesus spend time in Hell between the crucifixion and resurrection? In the dutch traditional creed, is written that Jesus went down to hell. And sometimes people say ...
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How can panentheism or God's immanence be reconciled with Satan?

Some Christians hold that the universe or creation are part of God (panentheism). More often than not, God is said to be both immanent and transcendental in relation to the universe. How can those be ...
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Do people in non-Christian cultures use swear words related to the dominant religion? [closed]

As I'm sure you're aware, people in English-speaking Christian countries often use the words "God" and "Jesus" or other Bible-related words like "damn" and "Hell" as swear words. Do people in ...
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What's the story behind “St. Wolfgang and the devil” painting? [closed]

I've stumbled upon this picture and got interested. Is this an episode from St. Wolfgang's life? What's the book that the devil is holding?
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Question about Christian Dating [closed]

The amount of time the couple dates before deciding on marriage has increased with each new generation. If you have fallen in Love with your mate, is it a sin to imagine yourself "fulfilling your ...
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what is essential to be a Christian? [closed]

What is essential to be a Christian? In other words, what are the necessary and sufficient condition that a person with them can be called Christian and without them cannot be called a Christian? What ...

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