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What's the name of the process by which the scriptures were written down?

In a Sunday school class I recently attended, the teacher used a word to describe the process by which Scripture was revealed by the Spirit to the Apostles, then written down. I believe the word he ...
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Is the sermon on the mount intended for unbelievers?

I'd like to know if Jesus' sermon on the mount (Matthew 5-7) is directed at an unbelieving audience or an audience of believers. I'd argue its for unbelievers. At this point in time the disciples ...
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Is the Genesis creation account consistent with the Big Bang theory according to Catholic theology?

I'm doing some research and am trying to determine whether the creation story of Genesis, chapter 1 (7 days-let there be light) is consistent with the Big Bang Theory. I am finding sources that ...
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Are Orthodox Christians all the same faith?

I've noticed some churches in my area that are titled things like: "Greek" Orthodox "Russian" Orthodox "Serbian" Orthodox "Antiochian" Orthodox etc... Are these all the same type of Christian Church? ...
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Praying to people outside the Trinity

I understand that the Roman Catholic church direct some prayers to Mary, the mother of Jesus. For me it would be strange to address my prayers to anyone outside the Holy Trinity. Do Catholics pray to ...
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By what process were the Scriptures written down? [duplicate]

In a Sunday school class I recently attended, the teacher used a word to describe the process by which Scripture was revealed by the Spirit to the Apostles, then written down. I believe the word he ...
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What is the Biblical basis that God does not punish disobedient Christians beyond the immediate natural consequences?

Suppose that a person is faithful and counted among those in Christ, and the person is disobedient in some manner. What is the biblical basis that God does not intervene to punish this Christian ...
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What is the Biblical basis for saying one won't be healed if they lack sufficient faith?

I've heard it said in discussion with teachers in a Pentecostal church, "If you pray and believe, God will heal you." The teaching seems especially motivated by passages like Mark 5:34 and Mark 10:52 ...
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Do any church writers compare or contrast Jesus and the burning bush?

From the Wikipedia article on Oneness Pentacostalism, Oneness theology specifically maintains that God is absolutely and indivisibly one. It equally proclaims that God is not made of a physical ...
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Does the Bible prohibit women from having any position of power over men?

For example, (i.e. no women presidents or judges), or just the specific roles of head-of-household (earning more money, etc.) and pastor? I got this thought because of Genesis 3:16, where God is ...
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If Jesus was Emmanuel why was he named Yeshua?

It was foretold that a virgin shall give birth and the new born will be named Emmanuel then why was Jesus named "Yeshua". Please explain...
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Is there anything like a curse on some people?

I was having a debate with one of my friend on whether God exists, and I was in support of this statement.. Then he asked if there is a real God, then why there is so much differentiations without ...
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How does the Bible teach us to direct our prayers?

In a recent Pentecostal prayer meeting I attended, one member, who was a leader in the church, began his prayer with "Holy Spirit, please...", offering up requests for healing, instruction, and ...
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What does it mean to “pray in the Spirit?”

In a recent small group Bible study sponsored by a local Pentecostal church, attendees were encouraged to "pray in the Spirit". The study leader cited 1 Corinthians 4:15, Ephesians 6:18, and Jude 20. ...
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Does God punish Christians for disobedience?

Suppose that a person is faithful and counted among those in Christ, and the person is disobedient in some manner. What is the biblical basis that God punishes this Christian beyond the immediate ...
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What was the early American church like?

Which denominations were prevalent among the churches of North America in the late 17th century and 18th century? During that time, was there significant of cooperation or communication between ...
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Why do Christians appeal to personal gain and inducing fear when attempting to “convert” people?

I have many times witnessed christians trying to convince or convert atheists or people of other religions to christianity as well as all sorts of arguments and quarrels regarding christianity. I'm ...
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Are there any Catholic sects which disagree with the sinlessness of Mary?

As a protestant, the concept of the sinless state of Mary is one of the hardest aspects of Catholicism to swallow. The historical account of the adoption of this doctrine doesn't lend any credibility ...
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How to reconcile God's promise to Abraham with the current Jewish population?

The current Jewish population in the world is c. 14 million (c. 0.2% of the world's population). In Gn 15:5, God asks Abraham to [l]ook toward heaven, and number the stars, if you he was able to ...
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In which denomination(s) are Christians allowed to bury and hold a Christian funeral for their deceased nonreligious or just non-Christian relative?

In which denomination(s) are Christians allowed to bury or hold a Christian funeral for their deceased nonreligious or just non-Christian relative in a Christian cemetery near the church? I am ...
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Are these LDS scriptures consistent with LDS doctrine?

In an answer to this question Calvin quoted some LDS scripture from this search on the LDS scripture site. It seems that the word "eternal" might mean continuing forever from some point in time in ...
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Is God bound to future events? [on hold]

Logically considering the doctrine that God knows the future exhaustively, especially in the versions of it that claim he has absolutist knowledge of the future, I see one major flaw, of which I want ...
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Why does God work through people?

A fairly simple question, but one I haven't seen asked on this site. Perhaps this question may be to speculative, but I'm asking if there's any biblical evidence that would suggest why God chooses to ...
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What is Alvin Plantinga's view on divine sovereignty and free will?

The main Wikipedia page on Molinism lists Plantinga as one of its (Molinism's) best known advocates. However, Plantinga, in a speech given at Azusa Pacific University, describes himself as "a ...
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Why did Protestants abandon Liturgy of the Hours?

In Divine office or Liturgy of the Hours as it is practiced in Catholic Church there's nothing bad for Protestants (or at least nothing of which I know that Protestants consider bad); prayer is good ...
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What was inside the Ark of the Covenant?

1 Kings 8:9 (NIV) There was nothing in the ark except the two stone tablets that Moses had placed in it at Horeb, where the Lord made a covenant with the Israelites after they came out of ...
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does God know the people that are going to hell? [duplicate]

This is a tricky question that i've wanted to ask a long time ago...We christians believe that God is omnipotent, omnipresent and all powerful, and there is also a saying that he knows the beginning ...
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What is the Authoritative Catholic explanation of why the Magi get a pass, yet Catholics are to reject astrology?

What is the authoritative Catholic explanation of why the Magi get a pass, yet Catholics are required to reject astrology? Catechism of the Catholic Church | Divination and magic, 2116 has: All ...
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According to Catholic doctrine, is every woman that has an abortion automatically going to hell?

This is something I've just heard but never verified. Does the Catholic church teach that every woman who has an abortion automatically earns hell no matter what? If so, then why? And how are other ...
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If Jesus is God, who/where does Jesus pray to?

I realize that some of Christianity believe God and Jesus to be one being, whereas some believe them to be separate and distinct beings. I come from the background of the latter group, which reasoning ...
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Should the Catholic rosary be recited in Latin or the vernacular language?

Should the Catholic prayer be recited in Latin or the vernacular language? During recitation, should the Catholic recite by chanting the verses or by singing with a catchy melody? Is it a sin to use ...
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Did the early church fathers view “monogenes” as “only” or “only-begotten”?

Did the early church fathers view "monogenes" as "only" or "only-begotten"? The following Bible verses have "monogenes" in it: Verse KJV NET John 1:14 only ...
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Was the justification for the crusades different from the justification of “Jihad”? [on hold]

This question arises from this comment in Where do Christians believe the Qur'an came from? The Crusaders killed Jews and Muslims to get to heaven. Muslims today kill Christians and Jews to get ...
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What evidence is there to support the position that the Bible is truly the Word of God to mankind?

Christianity generally accepts the Bible to be the Word of God, and the Bible itself makes this claim (i.e. 2 Peter 1:16-21). 16 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to ...
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What is Christ's role in salvation according to Arian theology?

This is related, but intended to be a more specific version of this question. The answer provides a pretty concise, Sunday-school refutation to Arianism, but it assumes a Trinitarian view. From ...
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Repentance of Believers in Christ Jesus [on hold]

Why do human beings in the family of mankind following the Resurrected Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ backslide in their own life and need to repent and turn back from their sins to receive the crown ...
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Is there Christian scripture or literature absolving the old Jewish laws of usury?

Most people are aware that Jewish law forbade earning interest from the lending of money to another. As Christianity gained momentum in the early first and second century, many of the Mosaic laws were ...
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Skin color of Adam and Eve [on hold]

Were Adam and Eve of the same skin color? If so, how can one explain the different variations of skin color? For example, if Adam and Eve were both of a lighter skin tone, why is it that we have ...
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Where does the tradition come from that Noah's sons went separate directions?

I have heard in many places, and was even taught as a child, that Noah's sons, sometime after the Flood, separated and went North, South, and East to repopulate the Earth. The story is commonly used ...
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How can an omniscient God say that all he created was good and then make changes as though he forgot something? [on hold]

When God created all things, he said it was very good (Genesis 1:31). Yet he went ahead and made changes, as though it wasn't good enough. As an example of a change, God decided to create Eve out of ...
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What is the specific meaning of “die” in Genesis 2?

Genesis 2:16-17 (NIV): 16And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you ...
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Which scriptures tells us that Jesus laughed or was happy?

I know that Jesus wept. Where can I find in the bible that Jesus expressed joy, laughter or happiness?
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Did Evil enter the World when Man sinned, or was sin already in the World but man did not know what it was?

God created the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and told Adam that if he ate of the tree he would surely die. Genesis 2:9 and 17 9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every ...
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Hierarchy of Catholicism, government, and papal teaching

The bible teaches that we should submit to our governments in: Romans 13:1-2 (KJV) Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ...
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Is the height of first century Judeans evidence against the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin?

Does the fact that the average height of Jews in the Roman Province of Judea in the first century was 5'0 impact negatively on the authenticity of the shroud since the height of the figure on the ...
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American evangelist Jean Darnell, “UK prophecy 1967” True or false? [on hold]

In 1967, American evangelist Jean Darnell, whilst passing through the UK had a ‘prophetic vision’ about the future of faith in these Islands- particularly regarding Scotland. It was such a powerful ...
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What are typical Christian responses to The Grand Inquisitor?

Upon reading this chapter in the Brothers Karamazov I find myself confused as to why The Grand Inquisitor is considered to be such a powerful argument for atheism and against theodicy. What are ...
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What do we know ***historically*** about Jesus? [on hold]

How do historians study the events of Jesus' life, and the person he was? I read a book on the topic, and it held the position that the gospels were revised to appease the Romans - especially the ...
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What happens to one's sins if the priest omits the words of the Absolution?

Say a penitent, in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, confesses his sins with heartfelt sorrow. Now suppose that priest omits deliberately to use the words of the formula (please see below especially ...
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Why did the Catholic Church change so radically after Vatican II in regards to the status of Jews?

It's said that the full deposit of the faith was revealed by Jesus. For example, before Vatican II the Church was overtly anti-Jewish. St. Thomas Aquinas writes in the Summa Theologica that "it would ...

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