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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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What is the Biblical argument that homosexual attraction is sinful by itself?

When talking about homosexuality discussions often seem to get a little fuzzy because the word "homosexuality" can take on a lot of different meanings. Here are a few: The attraction Acting on the ...
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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?

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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Why was Zachariah punished while Mary was not?

The gospel of Luke states that when the angel Gabriel appeared to Zacharia and told him that his wife Elizabeth would concieve John the Baptist, Zacheria doubts the prophecy and so is temporarily ...
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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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Was Voltaire's house being used by the biblical society?

Is there any valid source for the claim that Voltaire' house has been used by the Bible Society? I heard this many times, but I've never read a valid source for it.
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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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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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How long did it take to form the Biblical canon?

How long did it take to collect all of the writings that eventually formed the first version of the Bible? In other words, starting with when the first writing was created (I'll say when it was ...
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In the Catholic Church, what rules are to be followed when interpreting the Bible?

In the Catholic Church, what rules are to be followed when interpreting the Bible? After having followed the said rules seeking the meaning of inspired scripture, what senses of Scripture can one ...
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What is the Christian definition of “The Messiah”?

Christianity is the religion of people who consider Jesus to be "The Messiah". But what is the Christian definition of "The Messiah"? Since Christian theology is based on the notion of "The ...
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good ways to deal with “It's just a pagan holiday, he wasn't even born then” [duplicate]

I roll with some atheist and agnostic friends. At a fundamental level I consider [a lot of things] this question a defeat. It doesn't need to be. I lack the faith to speak the answer with conviction-- ...
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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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Are there more verses which call Jesus the Bright Morning Star?

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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How does the Catholic Church explain their belief that Jesus picked faulty Peter to build upon?

Jesus was God and knew well the character and faults of Peter his disciple. The gospels give us a look at his impetuosity-asking Jesus 'if it is you, tell me to walk on the water', arrogance - ...
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Modern revelation. Is there Biblical evidence against it? [on hold]

Many people I talk to claim that there cannot be a living prophet. They cite Revelation 22:18-19 claiming that the words there speak for the entire Bible. Certainly it wasn't compiled until after the ...
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What is the Wesleyan Church's View of Initial, Progressive, and Entire Sanctification?

Entire Sanctification, sometimes referred to as Christian Perfection, is a doctrine that was re-popularized by John Wesley. He rediscovered it in his readings of the Church Fathers, and through ...
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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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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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What is the biblical basis for Adam living forever after eating from the Tree of Life?

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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Does Jesus have a last name?

I heard "Christ" isn't the last name He got from His parents. Is that true? Does He have a last name? If He does not have a last name, then how does that work? If that wasn't His last name, and there ...
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Jesus’ commandment to love our enemies [on hold]

Jesus commanded his followers to love their enemies. Are Christians to interpret this literally? If so, is this a departure of God’s character in the Old Testament, which constantly visits the enemies ...
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Peter's response in Acts 2:16-23 [on hold]

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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Why do some Christians believe it is moral to be a homosexual?

(Note: I know this may start a firestorm, so I will be careful here.) I believe that the Bible states that homosexuality is immoral. I also believe that it does NOT condemn them to hell (a sin is ...
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What is the significance of 2 John being addressed to the “elect lady”?

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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Did Thomas Aquinas rate masturbation as a greater sin than rape?

It is sometimes said that St. Thomas Aquinas taught that rape is a lesser sin than masturbation. Is this actually the case? Here are two examples: [In Aquinas's view], Because sins against nature ...
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Does Spiritual blindness mean not knowing Gods Word?

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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Does God forgive those who take his name in vain?

Christianity teaches the forgiveness of sins by God, but Exodus 20:7, one of the Ten Commandments, says: "You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him ...
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Do Michael and Gabriel have resurrected bodies?

According to Mormon doctrine, when Christ was resurrected, so were many of the saints that had died: "And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of ...
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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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Why should the book of Enoch be considered canonical? [on hold]

Most would agree that context is the primary principle in any sound interpretation of individual verses. In that case we must consider the whole epistle of Jude. It appears that those who degrade ...
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Death before the second coming [on hold]

In Matthew 16:28; "Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom." is that referring to physical death ...
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How many Wisemen were there?

The wise men are commonly thought of as three men, each bearing a gift for the baby Jesus. When in fact the scriptures don't indicate exactly how many wise men there were, only what gifts they ...
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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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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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Where is the mentioning of people still living from the time of Christ in New Testament?

I remember reading in New Testament somewhere where The Christ said that some people present at that time will live to see His second coming. Can't seem to find that verse again. Do you know which ...
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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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How do Jehovah's Witnesses interpret verses like Isaiah 9:6 which call the messiah 'God'?

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, THE MIGHTY GOD, The everlasting Father, ...
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What is meant by keeping people blind and deaf so as not to get healed?

What is meant by keeping people blind and deaf so as not to get healed? I understand this to be one of those scriptures that is meant to challenge our understanding, such as "drink my blood and eat ...
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Is there any scriptual proof of annihilation?

The Greek word aionion is translated everlasting. It is used to describe heaven and hell in Matthew 25:46. In Luke 16:22-28 there's a rich man in hell. Christ spoke of people in hell, Matthew 8:12; ...
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In what churches does this set of beliefs and behaviors best fit?

The church in question believes or behaves in the following ways: Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus is the Son of God, but he is not God, nor is equal to God in anyway. He taught us about God and his ...
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How does the Watchtower come to the belief that the Holy Spirit is a force?

If it has been long recognized that three primary attributes of personality are mind, emotion and will. Then how does the Watch Tower come to the belief it is a force when Corinthians 2:10 states ...
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Why did Daniel feel the need to pray towards Jerusalem, even at the cost of his own life?

After Darius signed a decree which said that anyone praying to any god but Darius should be thrown into the Lion's den, Daniel goes and prays anyway. Daniel 6:10-11 ESV When Daniel knew that the ...
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Is this age the only opportunity for salvation? [on hold]

The majority of mainstream Protestant churches in the U.S. proclaim this age is the only opportunity for salvation. There's a prominent minority, mostly non-denominational, that claim the period ...
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What is the Biblical basis for saying that God can annihilate human souls?

We know that God is love and He is merciful. However, the idea of eternal torment seems too horrifying and doesn't seem to be in parallel with the nature of God. My argument is that, if God were ...
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John's question in prison

John the Baptist was someone whose job was to prepare the way from Christ. When Jesus makes his appearance, John introduces him to the people. John 1:29-34, New Living Translation (NLT) Jesus, the ...
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Are Catholic Bishops the successors of the Apostles alone or the Elders too?

In researching my answer for this question I started to think about the doctrine that the Bishops are the successors of the Apostles as being a bit unfair to the other folks. For instance, if St. ...
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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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According to Mormonism, are there immortals on the Earth?

I was reading Wikipedia about exaltation, and found a reference to people who are physically immortal but who do not advance to heaven. Where do they live? Are they on the Earth?
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What did Mary and Joseph do with the gold, frankincense, and myrrh?

And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him ...

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