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Have any Protestant leaders in Korea expressly supported the destruction of Buddhist statues?

In its discussion of inter-religion relations in South Korea, Wikipedia states: Buddhist statues have been considered as idols, attacked and decapitated. [...] Such acts, which are supported by ...
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In Church History, when and how did The Glory Be (The Doxology) originate?

In Church History, when and how did The Glory Be (The Doxology) originate? Is the history of this prayer known as to when and how it originated? The Glory Be is part of those basic prayers like the ...
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Violence and Iconography

Are there any rules for painting (or praying) Orthodox Christian icons that disallow depictions of violence or conflict? For example: Would an icon depicting a murder be a problem?
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According to reformed theologians, was Barnabas an Apostle?

We usually read the position that there were only 12 Apostles + Paul, and that after the Apostolic era, we have no more Apostles at all. Specially I see this among Reformed theologians. But how do ...
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Do any Protestant denominations recognize Latter Day Saints as Christians?

Correct me if I'm wrong but I think the Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox churches do not so that leaves the Protestants. By Protestant, I mean the 'mainstream' Protestant denominations, with minimal (...
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When does a tradition become a Tradition?

When does a tradition became a Tradition, equally accepted and honored as the Bible? Or is a Tradition instigated by the Pope? Can anyone provide a specific example of a Tradition they hold equally ...
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What percentage of Christendom takes early Genesis in a literal sense?

This obviously varies massively between denominations and even within denominations. I am trying to assess what percentage of Christendom takes early Genesis absolutely literally (six-day creation ...
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What is the origin of the story of the Apostle John surviving being dipped in boiling oil?

What is the earliest record of the Apostle John being placed in boiling oil and miraculously living? I can't find any scriptural mention of the story. The only reference I have is Tertullian: "...
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How does dominion theology affect eschatological views?

How do the eschatological doctrines of Charismatic or Pentecostal groups that hold to dominion theology differ from other Charismatic or Pentecostal groups (e.g. Assemblies of God) that do not?
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Why do Anglicans kneel when Catholics would stand?

During the liturgy in both churches, there are several times (for example, at the Collect, just before the first reading) when a prayer is introduced by words, "Let us pray." At those times, we ...
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According to Charismatic Christians, do those who never hear the gospel of Christ go to hell?

I'd like an overview of what Charismatic Christians believe regarding the unreached. Are people who have never heard the gospel of Christ going to hell? For example: infants, fetuses, mentally ...
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What indication is there that the famous census under Quirinius is the first-ever done in the region?

Besides Luke's Gospel (which is grammatical difficult and may not mean "first" chronologically, but rather "most prominent/important"), is there any evidence that the famous census conducted by ...
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Why was Esther not sinning when she broke the law and approached the king?

Here's the text in question: Esther 4:15–16 (ESV)15 Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, 16 “Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or ...
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What is a Catholic's response to advice contained in Laudatio Si?

Pope Francis' Laudatio Si is a treasure trove of practical advice for living simply or at least moderately. He seems to want people do use less air conditioning and facebook. I've already used "The ...
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What is the Biblical basis for death being the last point for repentance?

Death is seen as a point at which our eternal destiny is decided or the last point for repentance, at least in most evangelical circles. What is the Biblical basis for this belief?
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What is the biblical basis for the Catholic and Eastern doctrines of the Assumption of Mary?

Catholic doctrine asserts that Mary the Mother of Jesus was not only without sin and ever-virgin, but that she also ascended into Heaven. Some Eastern traditions hold that she even died, then was ...
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Matthew 18:10 “Children's angels always behold the face of the Father” - what does this mean?

Matthew 18:10 seems to put forth an idea that children have a certain privilege over adults: Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their ...
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Why did the RLDS start giving the priesthood to women?

There is a common belief amongst mainstream LDS that the reason the Community of Christ (formerly the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) started ordaining women with the ...
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What plausible explanation can we find for the points of contact between Moses in the Pearl of Great Price and the Book of Enoch?

The Book of Moses is an extract from Joseph Smith's inspired translation of the Bible and was originally recorded between June 1830 and March 1831 (source). It was published serially in church ...
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Besides the LDS church, do any other churches believe there will be a restoration of all things? [closed]

The scriptures speak of a restoration of all things, Elias coming back to restore all things, and a dispensation of the fullness of times (Eph. 1:10, Acts 3:21, Matt. 17:11). Besides The Church of ...
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What are the similarities and differences between the LDS and RLDS D&C?

The Community of Christ (formerly RLDS), has more sections to their Doctrine and Covenants –163 sections. This is 25 more than what's in the LDS Doctrine and Covenants. I notice also that many of ...
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What was Origen's view of Jesus' soul?

Origen believed in the pre-existence of souls (prior to conception), and that people's souls did things before their embodiment. For example, he taught that Jacob was loved and Esau hated because of ...
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Is Baptism of a child still valid if one of the pouring during baptism misses?

In the Rite of Baptism for one Child the Celebrant when baptizing the child, says and does: N., I baptize you in the name of the Father, He immerses the child or pours water upon it. ...
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How to reconcile the number of people that went down to Egypt with Jacob?

In Genesis 46 26-27 it says: 26 All those who went to Egypt with Jacob—those who were his direct descendants, not counting his sons’ wives—numbered sixty-six persons. 27 With the two sons[f] ...
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How does the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America handle heresies?

As far as I know, I am aware, from a simple Google search, that the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the largest Lutheran denomination in the United States, considers the twofold rule of God ...
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Did Melchizedek worship the same God as Abram? [closed]

In Genesis 14:18, there is a man, Melchizedek, who was a priest of the Most High God: Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (Now he was the priest of the Most High God.) (NET) A ...
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What is the Catholic view on frozen embryos

We all know that IVF fertilization is against the catholic teaching. Recently I found out that when the treatment is carried out, some of the embryos are frozen for the future implantation in case if ...
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What is “spirit” in Holy Spirit?

Jesus taught the woman of Samaria that "God is spirit". The answer to the Penny Catechism Q17. What is God? is God is the supreme Spirit, who alone exists of himself, and is infinite in all ...
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Are there Christians that try to change the date of Second Coming through their actions?

I have always assumed that the date of Parousia (the Second Coming of Jesus) is fixed and that humans cannot change it. The wish that it would be soon is one of longing and fulfilment, not one of ...
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Do (or did) any Protestant denominations believe in apostolic succession like Catholics do?

Do (or did) any Protestant denominations believe in apostolic succession? If so, who do they consider the most recent valid Pope?
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Did Jesus mean that heaven and earth would actually pass away in Matthew 24:25?

In Matthew 24:35 (KJV) Jesus says: "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away." How can heaven pass away, since it is the abode of God? (See, for example, 1 Kings 8:49; ...
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New Testament Poetry

In the Old Testament, there are lengthy poetic passages or entire books of poetry (e.g. Song of Songs). What poetry, if any is there in the New Testament? John 1:1-18 and Luke 1:46-55 seem like ...
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From a Catholic perspective, what do family relationships look like in heaven?

According to Matthew 22:30, people in heaven do not marry. What do the family relationships look like there? Will our relations to parents, kids, wives and husbands disappear? The Catholic position ...
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What are the different uses of “heaven” in scripture?

In English, heaven is used through both testaments, but is often referencing different locations. What are the specific uses for this word?
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How were people baptized in the name of Jesus without the Holy Spirit in Acts 8?

My question regards this passage: Acts 8:14-17 ESV Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, who came down and prayed ...
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How are Lutheran weekday “prayer services” different from “matins” or “vespers”?

From Wikipedia, matins: Lutherans preserve recognizably traditional matins distinct from morning prayer, but "matins" is sometimes used in other Protestant denominations to describe any ...
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Difference between wisdom and knowledge in 1 Cor. 12? [closed]

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 ESV Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God ...
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Why did Moses have the sons of Levi run about with swords slaying family and friends?

Today's OT Reading for CoE Common Worship was Exodus 32:15-34. Although to the modern ear it appears indiscriminate no doubt it wasn't. Please could someone explain why the Levites as the Priestly ...
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Isaiah 34:11 translation of animal names

In the NASB translation of Isaiah 34:11, Isaiah prophesies of Edom saying "But pelican and hedgehog will possess it, and owl and raven will dwell in it." At first I thought it odd that they mentioned ...
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From where does the teaching on women in ministry come? [duplicate]

First off, since I know this may be a somewhat controversial question in today's climate, let me just state that I'm not intending to take any part in that controversy. I'm just asking this question ...
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Why do adherents in laestadianism consider watching television and listening popular music as sin?

Why do adherents in laestadianism consider watching television and listening popular music as sin? Is this true? I don't know, but I got that idea from this Travel Guide. Especially younger ...
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Which Orthodox churches are on the New Calendar, and which are on the Old Calendar?

I'm trying to determine whether or not a majority of Orthodox are on the Old or on the New Calendar. I don't need numbers for this question, but I do need names. Who are on the Old, and who are on ...
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Who believe that innocent children will also go to Hell?

But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. (Luke 18:16, NIV) To those Christians ...
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Why is smoking a sin? [duplicate]

Many Christians are saying that smoking is sin. However, there are no cigarettes in the Bible. Personally, I don't smoke because the cigarette cover says "Smoking is injurious to health". Hence, I ...
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What does “holy thing” refer to in Leviticus?

In Leviticus 22:10 (and mentioned in a few other verses too) it says "...shall not eat of a holy thing..." What does "holy thing" refer to?
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In Psalms 2:7, does the expression 'this day' forbid the thought that Jesus is eternal?

Psalms 2:7: 'Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee' Does the expression 'this day' forbid the thought that Jesus is eternal? Sorry for being not an expert, but that expression makes me ...
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If Satan is not omnipresent and supposedly wanders around like a roaring lion, how can he tempt and interact with all humans? [closed]

There are millions of human beings and there is no way that Satan can interact/tempt all of us in a one-on-one relationship. So how does Satan perform his evil works? I know that I am a sinner and ...
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Is there an instance of parents lying to their children that was approved by God in the Bible?

Is there any instance in the Bible in which: Parents lied to children, and God approved of it? There is an instance in 1 Kings 22:22 in which the Lord is said to put a lying spirit in the mouths ...
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Why don't creationists teach a literal firmament anymore?

People don't seem to believe in the firmament as a literal barrier of water up in the sky that collapsed at Noah's flood. I want to say they don't believe in the firmament anymore, but I am doubtful ...
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How could Jesus get through locked doors?

Since Jesus tomb was empty, he obviously arose in his material body, and throughout the Bible references to shutting the door at night, is the same as us locking the door at night since it is obvious ...

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