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What do Christians who believe in reincarnation think about heaven and hell?

According to a 2009 Pew survey, (Many Americans Mix Multiple Faiths) 22% of American Christians profess a belief in reincarnation. What do Christians who believe in reincarnation think about heaven ...
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Can someone show me where the doctrine of “Invincibility of Non-belief” came from? Is it a Christian doctrine at all?

..basically the notion that human beings have a supernatural, all encompassing power to resist the salvation of God. Would like some Biblical perspective, but extra-biblical sources would be nice too. ...
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What are the main reasons Iglesia ni Cristo uses “the Lamsa Bible?”

During my sojourn on the Valley Isle, I met for the first time members of Iglesia ni Cristo. I looked them up and watched some debates between them and other Christian Churches/ecclessial communites. ...
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How do Paedobaptists counter specific arguments regarding one of the key scriptures used to support their doctrine?

I've heard people use Acts 10, Cornelius' household converting, as a means to explain why infant baptism is ok, but when reviewing scripture such as Acts 10:44 -46 I have two issues: where after ...
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What's the origin of the Catholic object that is a staff with a cross on top?

Like I asked in the title, what's the name and origin of a staff with a cross on top? Like the one depicted in the picture.
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Non-rapture interpretation of 1 Thessalonians 4:17 [on hold]

Questions such as Is 1 Thessalonians 4:17 the only verse that supports the rapture? and Premillennialist view of 1 Thessalonians 4:16 discuss 1 Thessalonians 4:17 from a perspective of the rapture ...
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How do those who believe in the immortality of the soul explain Leviticus 21:11? [on hold]

How do those who believe in the immortality of the soul explain Leviticus 21:11? Leviticus 21:11 Hebrew OT: Westminster Leningrad Codex וְעַ֛ל כָּל־|נַפְשֹׁ֥ת מֵ֖ת| לֹ֣א יָבֹ֑א לְאָבִ֥יו ...
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If Christ is considered the 'Son of God' then how is He a part of a Trinity?

Note: This is in NO way a troll or a poke at any faith that believes in the doctrine of the Trinity but rather is simply a question for clarity. There are several passages within the bible that ...
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In which year was Christ born?

This question is a spin-off from On which date was Christ born? There are differing views on the birth year of Christ, which also affect the dating of the resurrection (as we know Jesus's age on ...
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How did the disciples of John the Baptist pray?

Luke 11:1 (NIV) One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” Since John the ...
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Why are slaves and slave women mentioned distinctly in the Old Testament?

Deuteronomy 5:14 reads: But the seventh day is a Sabbath unto Yahweh your God; you shall not do any work, or your son, or your daughter, or your slave, or your slave woman, or your ox, or your ...
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What does TULIP stand for?

I came across this acronym when reading about Calvinism. What does it stand for in reference to theology in general?
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Why are the wives of Lamech named?

Genesis 4:17-24 is the line of Cain. Cain's great grandson, Lamech, has 2 named wives. Why are these women named when none of the other wives/mothers are named?
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Is it possible that the coming of the Holy Spirit is a form of possession? [on hold]

From my studies and experience, the holy spirit of God is an essence that exists throughout the universe and is in everything. When a person wanting to be a "saved" Christian asks the "holy spirit" to ...
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Where in the Bible is the restoration of the nation of Israel prophesied?

I have heard that the restoration of the state of Israel is a fulfillment of one or more Biblical prophecies. But I cannot find any explicit reference to it. Is this really a fulfillment of prophecy, ...
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How do you reconcile Hebrews 9:27 with Elijah and Enoch? [on hold]

Hebrews 9:27 says Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment (NIV) Elijah and Enoch are both presented in the bible as men who do not die. Are they exceptions to the ...
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Was the Book of the Law (Torah) ever kept inside the Ark of the Covenant?

Deuteronomy 31:24-26 (NIV) After Moses finished writing in a book the words of this law from beginning to end, he gave this command to the Levites who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord: “...
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What is the Holy See and when is it appropriate to use this term?

Is the Pope, himself, ever referred to as the Holy See or is it simply the place where he lives? Wikipedia says, "Often incorrectly referred to as 'the Vatican', the Holy See is not the same entity ...
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Is the LDS's view of Trinity/Godhead considered monotheistic or polytheistic?

With the LDS view that the Trinity is three beings would that mean they (LDS) are monotheistic or polytheistic?
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What are good resources? [on hold]

I'm an atheist. I don't plan on converting, however I love learning about religion and the culture behind it. Can anyone share some good websites where I can learn more about Christianity?
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Where in the Bible does Jesus refute that He is just a prophet?

Unlike Christianity, other Abrahamic religions say that Jesus was only a great Prophet. Christians belief, however, is deeply rooted in Bible, where there are many references supporting the Divinity ...
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What is the biblical basis for the Differences/Similarities between Pauline & Petrine Christologies? [on hold]

Can someone simplify and explain to me the differences/similarities between Pauline Christology and Petrine (from Peter) Christology? Is there comparison chart?
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How does the Orthodox Church view the Roman Catholic Church?

How does the Orthodox Church view the Roman Catholic Church? Specifically Does she consider RCC herectical? In what matters? Does she consider RCC priesthood and sacraments as valid? Does she allow ...
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Do Catholics tithe?

This might seem like a silly question, but I am not a Catholic, and so I do not know the answer! Do Catholics tithe?
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Can a Catholic married to an Orthodox in an Orthodox church re-celebrate her wedding in a Catholic church?

My Catholic daughter will marry an Orthodox boy in an Orthodox church in Macedonia. After this ceremony we will go to Slovakia to continue the celebration. Can we celebrate a Mass in a Catholic church ...
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Are there any ecumenical movements among lay people working to unite Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians?

If leaders of Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches are still far from resolving the theological issues separating these two true churches, is there any ecumenical movement at lay people level like the ...
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Why doesn't the Orthodox church consider Saint Augustine Doctor and Father?

Saint Augustine (Doctor Gratiae) is considered by Catholic and Anglican churches as: one of the most important Church Fathers in Western Christianity for his writings in the Patristic Era. (...
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In Presbyterianism, what is the basis for a parallel between the office of deacon and Christ's priestly office?

In Presbyterianism, there are three "titles" that can be given to officers of a church: Teaching elder (e.g., pastors) Ruling elder Deacon Last weekend I heard something rather novel, at least to ...
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what led to the separation of the church into pentecostal and catholic [on hold]

What led to the separation of the church into pentecostal and catholic and is it recorded in the bible if so where is it recorded in the bible.
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Is there any holy language for Christians according to words of Jesus Christ and the apostles?

The Jews have Hebrew. Muslims have Arabic. Hindus have Sanskrit. For Christians, is there any holy language? Is there any holy language for Christians according to words of Jesus Christ and the ...
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Can the DNA of Christ produce another Christ child? [on hold]

If it were possible to extract a blood sample from the Shroud of Turin, and extract the DNA. could this DNA be transposed into a male sperm donor and genetically engineered to be used to produce a ...
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What evidence is there that Peter was a bishop in Rome?

The Encyclopaedia Brittanica says The claims that the church of Rome was founded by Peter or that he served as its first bishop are in dispute and rest on evidence that is not earlier than the ...
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What is the relevance of civil divorce in Catholic annulments? [on hold]

When should I apply for the annulment? You can only apply after your divorce is final. Why does the catholic church care about one's civil marital status? If my marriage is invalid, give me the ...
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In LDS belief, why are eternal families so important?

I know that the family is central to God's plan, and that families give you more joy in life than anything else ever could. But I've often wondered why it is necessary for everyone to be sealed ...
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Did the Catholics or Orthodox suspend the Lenten fast during times of war?

It would make sense for an enemy nation with knowledge of the Catholic/Orthodox systems of fasting to attack during the fasting seasons, when the faithful were not well fed. As a corollary, it would ...
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what did Jesus mean when he said 'watch and pray' [on hold]

When Jesus told his disciples to watch and pray what did he mean. Ofcource I understand what he meant by 'pray', but what did he mean when he said 'watch'
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Can Catholic priests disclose the fact that someone has seen him for confession?

I recently spoke to one of my (catholic) highschool teachers who was then not a priest but is now a priest. We were talking, and he mentioned he knew one of my professors during my graduate studies. ...
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God does not have our best interst in mind [on hold]

This is a long one, but necessary so you can understand the depth of the question and where it is coming from. I am a born again believer, and know without a doubt that God saved me, and that ...
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Why did Jason attack Jerusalem?

In 2 Maccabees 5:5, Jason attacks Jerusalem. Why does he do this? There is a false rumor that Antiochus has died, but Antiochus was attacking Egypt. In 2 Maccabees 4, it says he becomes high priest ...
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What is the Testament of Hezekiah? I know it exists, but I can't locate it

I am currently reading up on of apocryphal and pseudopigagraphical literature, and I see on a list that the Testament of Hezekiah is enumerated as one of them. However, I cannot locate a source or any ...
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Which verses in the bible are commonly seen to disprove a flat earth with a domed sky?

Many scriptures in the bible point to a flat earth and a domed sky. For example the sky is described as a firmament, which means banged out, or bowl shaped. I am editing my question because the ...
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What Scripture passages do Latter-day Saints use to refute the Trinity?

If I am not mistaken (but do correct me if I am), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are three separate beings, i.e. three separate Gods. What ...
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Are there any Christian sects that say salvation is based, in whole or in part, on your response to Jesus on Judgment Day?

I recently had a conversation with a Christian who believes that our choices during this life are not the only factors affecting salvation. Rather, God will be very lenient about our Earthly behavior, ...
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Is there a good book on the topic of differing Christian beliefs/theologies? [on hold]

Just wondering if there is a good overviewing book on differing Christian beliefs. I am not looking for very technical or very in-depth book, but more of a whirlwind tour on differing theologies for a ...
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Where did all the worlds population come from? [on hold]

Where did all the worlds population come from? The Indians from the pacific northwest, Australians, the aborigines dated 60,000 years ago. The difference in each countries languages. Are there ...
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Jesus and the cleansing of the temple : incoherent with the prophecy? [on hold]

Im discussing the validity of Jesus as the messiah and i came across one query. In Isaiah it is prophesied that Jesus would do no violence. .although he had done no violence... [Isaiah 53:9] However, ...
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Cain and Abel and who's Image [on hold]

I am reading genesis..again..and I wonder about : the fact that it explicitly says that Adams first child "in his image" was Seth. I just wonder about Cain and Abel? Whose image were they made in??
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Which specific canons of the Second Council of Constantinople do Lutherans and Calvinists reject?

The Wikipedia article on the Second Council of Constantinople (the fifth Ecumenical Council) claims that Lutherans and Calvinists accept only the first four Ecumenical Councils as being canonical. My ...
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What positions with regard to epistemology exist in Catholicism?

Mostly sparked by debates regarding evolution, I have become curious what epistemological positions exist in Catholicism. I understand the doctrinal priority of biblical texts, so from a Christian ...

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