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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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In the Catholic Church, what makes something illicit vs. invalid?

From this question, Why can't the laity preach a homily, and can a lay person ever preach?, in the Catholic Church, what determines the licitness vs. the validity of something. Please give examples.
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why can the devil offer riches? [closed]

Often people talk about the devil offering one all these material things if one should worship him. People even believe that they can become rich and famous if they sell their soul, Why is this!? The ...
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Where within Biblical Scripture does it mention anything similar to the official Catholic and/or Orthodox church's hierarchy of church officials?

Where within biblical Scripture does it mention anything similar to the official Catholic and/or Orthodox church's hierarchy of church officials? Catholic and/or Orthodox church's may point to (2 ...
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When was the Biblical canon formalised?

When was the Biblical canon formalised and finalised? 397, 419 or a different date? Do different branches of Christianity state that the canon was formalised at different times? Are there branches ...
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What is the time difference between Jesus's betrayal by Judas and his crucifixion?

How many days and hours separate the moment of betrayal to the beginning of the crucifixion?
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How can a Christian effectively explain the seeming contradiction between Gen 1:31 and Gen 6:6?

Gen 1:31 (KJV) And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Gen 6:6 (KJV) And it repented the LORD that he had ...
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Is Mary, “Mother of God”, the mother of the Son or of the whole trinity?

I find the title "Mother of God" for the Virgin Mary confusing. It is clear that she was the mother of Jesus, the Son. But the title suggests (indeed, not literally, but still) that Mary is mother of ...
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What does “labor or cost of a godly life” mean?

Richard Baxter, the famous Puritan writer, wrote: In a word, that in all your neglects of duty, your sticking at the supposed labor or cost of a godly life, yea, in all your cold and lazy prayers ...
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Is there a difference between theology and apologetics?

I've heard that it all has to do with knowing the right audience. Perhaps, if the audience be Christian, it would be labelled as "theology", and if the audience is non-Christian, it would be labelled ...
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Why was Jeremiah called the “weeping prophet”

I would like to know why Jeremiah is called the "weeping prophet" I have looked in Scripture, but I cannot find the answer.
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Could Jesus have extraterrestrial brothers or sisters?

According to Sacre Scriptures, Gospel, Catechesis, Catechism and so on, could Jesus have had, or could have, one or more brothers or sisters? I'm not referring to terrestrial brothers or sisters who ...
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How can God be thought of as Good when He killed so many people for things they were not responsible for? [closed]

Throughout the Bible, God kills and harms many people for things that they were not responsible for. For example, the son of David, a baby was killed for the sins of his father. How can that be ...
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Who were the non-gentiles implied in Matthew 6: 32?

In Matthew 6: 32 ("For all these things the Gentiles seek.") it seems as if Jesus divided the world into gentiles and non-gentiles. Who were the non-gentiles implied in the verse?
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Which temple is being referred to in Acts 2:46?

In the book of Acts, a certain temple seems to be being referred to in chapter 2 verse 46: Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. Which temple is this?
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Do any major Christian traditions have documented ways of dealing with religious doubt?

Many religions claim to be the only true religion, including most branches of Christianity. Among the major Christian traditions, are there any documented statements of faith that include the ...
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Why do we use words like “servants” to mean “slaves”?

Luke 12:45-48 uses the word "servants". What kind of servants get beaten up by their master? That looks a lot like slaves to me. We have an English word for that thing. It's called slaves. So why use ...
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Why does God ask Abraham to walk blameless?

This question is an offshoot from this question and it’s comments. The question is: Why does God remains silent for 13 long years after Hagar gives birth to Ishmael and then suddenly commands ...
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What verses from the Bible claim that Jesus has justified and redeemed man by his sacrifice on a cross?

What verses from the Bible claim that Jesus has justified and redeemed man by his sacrifice on a cross?
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Can angels speak to us?

This is perhaps slightly related to this question, and specifically this answer which points out that "the worship of angels [is] false doctrine ... praying to angels arguably may not be worship, ...
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A question about practising Christianity against authority [duplicate]

Romans 13:1-2 (RSV) 1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore he who ...
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How is Hal Lindsey regarded in the Christian faith?

In "The Late Great Planet Earth," Hal Lindsey presents a view of "Armageddon" referred to in Revelation. Is this view considered "valid, and if so, by which Christian groups?" Is Lindsey considered a ...
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What is the basis of Christian belief that criminals should be punished on Earth?

Do Christians believe that criminals should be punished on Earth by state authorities? If so, why are they not satisfied with the promised divine punishment in afterlife?
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How can a Christian seek out the best Homilists/Preachers? [closed]

There's wide consensus: The quality and applicability of homilies/sermons vary widely from parish to parish. This is something that all Christian churches need to take seriously because people will ...
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Resources to learn about Bible canonization

I am interested in researching the history behind the Bible's canonization. I am particularly interested in writings of early historians, or books that compile facts from these historians in an ...
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John 14:2: a literal house / temple or heaven

In John, Jesus is speaking of Heaven. However in Matthew he's talking about a physical temple. John 14:2 NIV 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that ...
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When was the third heaven where God dwells created [closed]

When was the third heaven where God dwells created? Was it created during the creation week?
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Ex Cathedra — are there other Christian groups besides Catholicism that use a similar tactic?

We're all familiar with the concept of the papal infallibility and how the pope is considered infallible only when speaking ex cathedra, which creates a lot of wiggle room since there is really no ...
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Ephesians 4:5 what does “One faith” mean?

Paul says that there is one faith. I'm guessing that this mean theres only one faith that can save you. And that faith is in "believing" that Jesus died for your sins, and you're no longer a slave to ...
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Why are babies dressed in white during a Roman Catholic christening?

Why are babies dressed in white during a Roman Catholic christening (aka baptism)? Is the color symbolic or anything? Can any other color be worn? Similarly, are there some sort of color restrictions ...
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When did physical Death come to the world? [closed]

Death is certain. It comes to everybody except to those stated in the bible. But where and when did Death come to the world. Is it a natural phenomenon or something like a curse?
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Is Mormonism a Mystery Religion?

Given some of the comments in this question, I feel compelled to ask: "Does Mormonism constitute a present-day example of a mystery religion?" I'm interested in both insider and outsider perspectives. ...
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What is the basis of the LDS teaching that the angel Michael became Adam?

The answer to another question referenced a website that discusses the LDS endowment ceremony. I was looking through the part about creation and was a bit surprised to see that the angel Michael ...
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Why does Pilates write 'Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews'

from John: 19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS. 20 This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where ...
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Were some of Jesus' disciples more privileged than others?

Mark 3:14 Then hit selected twelve of them to be his regular companions, calling them apostles.*He sent them out to preach, and gave them authority to cast out demons. NLT Mark 5:37 Then Jesus ...
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Trying to understand Original Sin in light of OT

From what I understand so far, is that Adam's sin of eating from the tree is past down and everyone born has this sin on their record. This Sin is only washed away if one is Baptized, so if a child ...
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Which denomination(s) believe(s) there are many heavens?

Which denomination(s) believe(s) there are many heavens?
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Did Adam and Eve have children in paradise?

I was just reading the account of Adam and Eve in the NIV 84 and it doesn't really say they didn't. The Bible does mention when Sarah had her first boy. When Mary had her first son. But not really ...
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Interpreting the Bible as a cultural piece of literature?

A lot of churches I've gone to and conversations I've had with family and friends always speak so absolute and/or literal about the bible. Are there thoughts on the bible as being a cultural piece of ...
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Why does the Catholic church have so many Masses throughout the week?

Why does the Catholic church have so many Masses throughout the week? For the practicing Catholic, which Mass service is most important? There are the weekly worship services, weekend worship ...
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Do mainstream believers believe there was a large interval of time that elapsed between the fall of angels and God speaking creating the universe?

Lucifer willed to become "like the most high." Do mainstream believers agree that there was an invisible war in the spiritual realm that was an interval of time before God spoke creating our known ...
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Do any Christian groups regularly practice the “lifting up of holy hands” during prayer?

I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling (1 Timothy 2:8) Are there any groups in Christian circles that take the part about ...
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What biblical or historical reasons have been given for avoiding creeds & catechisms?

I read a book by George Fox, founder of Quakerism, where he spoke of his reluctance to endorse any creed, and part of the reason seemed to be the abuse he received in prison for being a heretic. ...
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How was Jesus conceived?

The Bible describes some people as being created or formed, in Genesis 1:27 and Genesis 2:7,22: 1:27 God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created them; male and female* he ...
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God commanded people to kill in the Old testament, does he still command people to kill today? [duplicate]

As the title states. God commanded people to kill in the Old testament, does he still command people to kill today? There are people who claim God commanded them to Kill. Is this legit? Or is there ...
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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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When was the first occurrence of Jesus being used as a name?

I would suspect that Jesus himself was the first to have the name "Jesus", but was there anyone before him with the same name? In other words, was the name completely unique when the Angel Gabriel ...
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Purpose of prayer?

Let's assume both a non-believer and a Christian has a fever. The Christian prays to God for healing of his fever. The non-believer doesn't do anything. 1 week later both recover from their fever. ...
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Did Jesus suffer on the Cross in all possible senses?

I have read that it's more or less accepted that Jesus did suffer on the cross. What I do not understand is whether or not He suffered all possible sufferings. Imagine a war hero captured and ...
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What is the Biblical basis and support for and against the view of predestination?

Simple and easy. I am looking for Biblical support (not opinion) for and against the view of predestination. Predestination is the view that all events are willed by God. I'm looking for both sides of ...

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