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Do Mormons consider themselves to be a cult?

It is fairly common for certain Christian groups to refer to Mormons as a "cult." Mormon.org talks about some of the reasons why this may be the case, but doesn't directly address whether, from a ...
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Jesus descended from Moab and Ammon

Since Jesus and David are both descended from Ruth the Moabite and Naamah the Ammonite, does that indirectly mean that Jesus and David are related to the sons of incest between Lot and his daughters. ...
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Isaiah prohibits from mentioning himself

Why is it that after the 39th chapter of Isaiah that there is no more third person. In addition if Isaiah composed this book why is it in third person to begin with? Are there three authors to Isaiah? ...
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Protestants and Sola Scriptura adherents: When was scripture alone sufficient?

Sola Scriptura is defined as "the Protestant Christian doctrine that the Bible contains all knowledge necessary for salvation and holiness." Is the concept of Sola Scriptura only applicable to ...
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Why do (at least some) Messianic Jews celebrate the birth of Jesus on the 15th of Tishri?

In an (attempted) answer to the question of Why is Christmas on December 25th? from the perspective of Messianic Judaism, it was stated that Messianic Jews believe that Jesus (Yehu’shua HaMashiach) ...
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Is the Creation story metaphor or not, according to the Catholic Church? [on hold]

Was the story of Creation of Adam and Eve written by Moses supposed to be taken literally or figuratively? What is the Catholic perspective?
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Where do I go to get official Catholic answers?

If a Catholic had questions, where should he or she go for answers other than the Bible (and the catechism)? Specifically, I'd like to know where to get answers on topics I find divisive, intolerant ...
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Pure Non-Believers [on hold]

Now, here is a topic I've never quite agreed with. And I know quite a few people are with and against me on this. I found that in the old testament God was doing quite a bit of killing when it came to ...
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How is alleged redaction in Isaiah 45:20 dealt with among Christian commentators? [on hold]

There is a Jewish prayer that contains a sentence: ...For they worship vanity and emptiness and pray to a god who cannot save. In the middle ages the story goes that an ex-Jew told the church ...
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Gender of Yahweh in Ancient times [on hold]

Why does the Kuntillet Ajrud depiction show Yahweh with male reproductive organs? I thought God was the spiritual father of Jesus hence calling Him God the father. The apparent gender identification ...
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What is the historical significance of Shiloh in the Bible?

Shiloh is mentioned several times in the Old Testament. I believe it is mentioned in a prophecy in Genesis 49:10. The allotment of land for Israel was decided there. It's mentioned a few times in ...
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What is the Catholic theological basis for the Munificentissimus Deus?

If you are looking for direct scriptural proof of this dogma, you will not find any. Mary’s Assumption was not explicitly recorded in Scripture. However, Pope Pius XII formally defined the dogma of ...
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According to scholarly commentary, Bible experts, what is the explained symbolism associated with the Rider on the White Horse in Rev 19:11-16?

In the Navarre Bible New Testament Compact Edition's explanatory note to Rev 5:6 agreeing with (RSVCE)'s note has The seven horns and seven eyes symbolize Christ's full power and knowledge. ...
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What are the differences between Cherubim and Seraphim?

I was reading a few posts regarding the appearance of angels. What does the Bible say about the appearance of angels? And I am curious as to the general differences between cherubim and seraphim. Do ...
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When seeking the meaning of inspired scripture, what senses of Scripture can one arrive at according to the Catholic Church?

When one has followed the Catholic Church's rules for interpreting the Bible1 seeking the meaning of inspired scripture, what senses of Scripture - clearly one sense is the literal one - can one ...
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Did the Bull, Unam Sanctam, authorize/promote Christian aggression by the “temporal sword”?

Pope Boniface VIII promulgated the Papal bull entitled, Unam Sanctam. In it, he speaks of two swords: the spiritual sword (gladius spiritualis) and the temporal sword (gladius temporalis). We are ...
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How do Calvinists interpret “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path” and “He shall direct your paths”?

Do Calvinists interpret the following verses to support predestination? - “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path” (Psa 119:105) - “In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall ...
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Do Catholics believe that God is actively “fighting” Satan?

Do Catholics believe that God is actively "fighting" Satan? Or do they believe that Satan is a "tempter" who only tries to corrupt humans? I vaguely recall stories from the Old Testament when God ...
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Was Jesus' time in the wilderness the only time that He encountered Satan on Earth?

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of ...
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Do Catholics believe that Jesus' time in the wilderness was meant as an allegory?

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of ...
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In the Catholic Church's calender, what are Solemnities, Feasts, and Memorials?

In researching for this question: Anne and Joachim are the parents of Mary - is this a Catholic dogma? | @H3br3wHamm3r81, I came across Each year the Church venerates the memory of Saints Anne ...
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Anne and Joachim are the parents of Mary - is this a Catholic dogma?

Apparently the Catholic Church has recognized Joachim and Anne as saints, and it is said that they are the father and mother of the virgin Mary. Is the belief that Joachim and Anne are the parents of ...
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Apostle Paul led by the Holy Spirit [on hold]

In 1Corinthians 15:27-28, after the last enemy is abolished, the Bible states that Jesus will then return all authority back over to the Father, and that He (Jesus), will also be under subjection to ...
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Human to Angel Conversion [on hold]

I am new to this website and honestly not well versed in Christianity as a whole. I just started studying it as a matter of fact and have only made it up to Judges. I was always interested in things ...
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Special Sabbaths and Weekly Sabbaths

My understanding is the Feast of Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread are "back to back"... in other words when one ends the other begins. Is this true? If so... is the first day of the Feast of ...
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Why does John identify Satan as the Serpent?

Is there any reasoning behind why John seems to identify Satan with the Serpent that temped Eve into consuming the fruit?
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What Countries in the world are considered Christian states? [on hold]

Which Countries in the World are officially Christian States? Specifically, in which countries is Christianity in some denomination the State religion; or in which is the head of state by law the head ...
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What is the evidence that Jesus rose on a Sunday? [duplicate]

Can someone explain why Christians are taught Jesus was crucified on Friday and rose from the dead on Sunday? When Jesus said specifically in Matthew 12:40 'For as Jonah was three days and three ...
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Why is there not a single date in the Bible?

The question popped into my head while I was thinking about the Jews, their exodus, and the founding of Jerusalem. I wondered why they didn't even write down the year they formed their city? But why ...
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What is the basis for the LDS belief that religious truth is confirmed by what you feel?

LDS Elder M. Russell Ballard in a Youtube video said that Religious truth is always confirmed by what you feel. And that's the way heavenly father answers prayers. What does it mean that ...
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How can we be so sure about the authenticity and genuineness of all the new “versions” and translations of the Canonical Bible? [on hold]

There are a lot of "versions" and translations of the bible. I've read just a few, like 5 or 6, and I've seen several differences, but the real deal is that I've seen a large and significant ...
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Is there such a thing as a Catholic commentary on the Bible?

In the Protestant world there are endless commentaries on Biblical books, or series of commentaries that cover either the whole Bible or at least the New Testament. Does the same exist in the ...
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Sedimentary deposits 2300 BC? [on hold]

I wanted to inquire on the possibility of geological evidence for a 2300 BC flood that would correspond to Noah. Are there are sedimentary deposits from 2300 BC? Flood layers from 2900 BC are ...
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Why weren't the dinosaurs taken on Noah's ark? [on hold]

If man was created before dinosaurs, and the earth was created 6,000 years ago, why aren't there dinosaurs now?
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Was Esau's Birthright also a physical token?

I read long ago in the Open Bible as a note, that birth rights were actually a physical carved token that Jacob tricked Esau out of, I guess a registered icon with the powers that be. Is this true? ...
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Why is Jesus looking on an oddly standing stone?

I am not a Christian, so please excuse my Philistinism if I'm missing the obvious, but ever since I saw this painting on my Grandma's wall I've been intrigued by it. Particularly the standing stone in ...
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Are there more verses which call Jesus the Bright Morning Star? [on hold]

I Jesus have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches I am the Root and offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star. (Revelation 22:16) How you are fallen from heaven ...
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Burying a fish as a Christmas tradition?

To me this almost sounds like a joke, and I want to know if this is really a tradition... I was at a dinner tonight with some vendors, one of whom was from New England. He was telling the group ...
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Peter's response in Acts 2:16-23 [migrated]

Our Sunday school class is working through Acts, and I want to examine what Peter says in Acts 2:16-36 in more depth using Romans 11:11-12 and a dual purpose of Jesus Christ's 3 and a half year ...
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In the Catholic Church, what rules are to be followed when interpreting the Bible?

It is well known that the Catholic Church does not rely solely on Holy Scripture when discussing matters of faith and belief; it adds what is known as Sacred Tradition as well, and the Church ...
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Differences between scriptural and pop culture Christianity? [on hold]

In the interests of confining my Christian beliefs to scripture, I'm curious what elements of modern Christianity were picked up over time from extra-biblical sources. For instance, angels are ...
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What is the scriptural basis for Adam living forever after eating from the Tree of Life? [on hold]

I have been considering Adam and what God said about Adam pertaining to the tree of life directly after the fall. After Adam had transgressed God commanded that the tree of life be withheld from him ...
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Is there a particular order in lighting candles on an advent wreath?

Is there a particular order in lighting the candles on an Advent Wreath? If there is, why? Which candle is lit first, and what order follows to the last candle? Where is the pink candle located ...
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Why didn't Adam eat from the Tree of Life?

The Lord God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. Out of the ground the Lord God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and ...
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What is the significance of 2 John being addressed to the “elect lady”? [migrated]

2 John begins like this: The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all who know the truth (2 John 1, ESV) Is this a letter to Mary? Would this ...
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses object to praying with other Christians?

After receiving divergent comments on my question Why do Jehovah's Witnesses not pray with people of other faith?, I feel I need to ask the follow-up question that really should have been the ...
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Catholic Baptism Process Pre-Vatican II

Today the Catholic Church makes potential converts participate in the RCIA program. Before Vatican II could someone go into a Church and tell the priest he wants to be Catholic and receive baptism on ...
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Does Spiritual blindness mean not knowing Gods Word? [migrated]

What does this verse mean? Jesus said, "If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains." (John 9:41) Does it imply that spiritual ...
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How do Jehovah Witnesses come to the conclusion that the Holy Spirit is a force?

If it has been long recognized that three primary attributes of personality are mind, emotion and will. In my mind tho following verses indicate the Holy Spirit fulfills these basic attributes: ...
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What happens to those souls who have not been--nor ever will be--exposed to the teachings of the Bible? [duplicate]

My question relates to those who have only ever known one teaching which was derived from their birth religion, especially those who live secluded lives, far from society, and have their own spiritual ...

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