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“Felix culpa” - is it correct?

The Easter hymn Exultet speaks about felix culpa ("happy fault"): O felix culpa, quæ talem ac tantum méruit habére Redemptórem! O happy fault that earned for us so great, so glorious a ...
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How do Quakers know when to start and stop their church meetings?

Worship meetings of the Religious Society of Friends (or "Quakers") are spent in silence unless people are moved by the Holy Spirit to act. This seems clear enough, however, I do not understand how a ...
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According to Catholic teaching, where does the disorder stem from?

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered." They are ...
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What does “in the image of God” mean?

Genesis 1:26: Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild ...
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What is Catholicism's basis for the worship of the Blessed Sacrament?

Please see the picture below: What is Catholicism's basis of honoring with Blessed Sacrament with the worship of adoration? What is the name given to this type of veneration? What other types of ...
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Which came first, Man or Animal?

Genesis 1:24-27 states that humans were created after the other animals, and the first man and woman were created simultaneously. 1:24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature ...
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God intended for FELLOWSHIP with man! [on hold]

Question- WHY did God create all the world and Mankind in the first place? This discussion tries to present and defend, It was for Fellowship with God. This comes before man as a sinner. The ...
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How should Reformed Christians deal with homosexual marriage of individuals prior to their conversion to Christianity?

I've been pondering this for several weeks and I believe that the reformed church (really, the church in general) is woefully unprepared to answer the following question: How should the church deal ...
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Is female homosexuality against the law of Moses?

While there are a number of passages in the OT which are taken to condemn male homosexuality (e.g. Lev 18:22, 20:13), I am not aware of any which condemn female homosexuality. It seems to me that all ...
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Unique statements in the Gospel of John, which Scholars take them to be accurate statements of Jesus?

Seeing as the synoptic Gospels (Mark, Mathew and Luke) do not contain the statements found in John like the "I Am" statements, I am curious to know which "conservative" scholars in our age believe ...
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jehovah witness stance on John 1:1 [duplicate]

Does the Greek allow for there to be an "a" in John 1:1, as most Jehovah Witnesses proclaim? The use of the "a" changes Jesus from being GOD (the one God) to being a God (possibly one among many).
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Why does Jesus refer to himself as the “Son of Man”?

Why does Jesus refer to himself as the "Son of Man"? This is similar to Why does Jesus speak of himself in the third person?, but I am specifically looking for an explanation of the "Son of Man" ...
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According to Scripture, does anyone born in the world have a God-given right to be baptized?

cf. This question: According to the Catholic Church, does any child have the “right” to be baptized? According to Scripture, and since scripture is inspired by God, does anyone born in this world ...
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Is the tripartite God the judge in the Old Testament, and Jesus the appointed only judge in the New Testament?

In the Old Testament, Justice was meted out immediately by God, when Uzza touched the Ark, was this LORD the tripartite Godhead or the pre-incarnate Jesus. All Scripture is quoted from the King James ...
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Jewish Bible differences

Why does 1 Kings 4:22 in the KJV equate to 1 Kings 5:2 in the Jewish rendering of 1 Kings? What basis does the KJV use versus the Jewish Translation Society?
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Did only Jesus human body remain in the grave for the three days?

Jesus told the thief at Calvary : Luke 23:43 And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise." And yet he was not resurrected until after the Sabbath. So ...
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What does the Catholic Church mean when it says In-vitro Fertilization separates the procreative act from procreation?

In a Catholic Theology class, we were taught that IVF is wrong for 2 reasons: 1) It separates procreation from the procreative act and 2) Spare embryos are destroyed in the process. Question 1: I get ...
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If Adam and Eve were perfect, why did they choose to sin?

Adam and Eve, when they were created in the Garden of Eden, were without sin. Because of that, they were perfect and flawless. However, with that theology in mind, I'm running up against a wall: ...
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Did Jesus himself assert the fact that he belonged to some religion like Judaism?

It is assumed that Jesus was a Jew. I am not asking whether Jesus was a Jew or not (as we all know that Jesus was born in a "Jewish" household), but does Jesus explicitly call himself a Jew? Rather ...
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Have Archaeologists recovered pieces of Noah's Ark?

I was just wondering: Have Archaeologists recovered pieces of Noah's Ark? And did the Bible tell them where to look?
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What is the meaning of 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice'?

I've been reading through the book of Matthew, and in chapter 9 I came across verse 13. It's when Jesus was answering the Pharisees after they asked Him why He ate with the tax collectors and sinners: ...
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Is Tim Keller's view of idolatry Biblical?

I just finished reading Tim Keller's Every Good Endeavor. In it, he says that in Ezekiel, there is a part where it talks about idols within the heart, "which involves making good things into ultimate ...
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What of all those who just don't know

Romans 10:9 That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. John 14:6 I am the way and the truth and the life. ...
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What is the basis for why certain musical beats are deemed by some to be unchristian or immoral?

I have encountered people in the past that have asserted that certain musical rhythms or beats are inherently immoral or sinful. It seems to follow, then, that even if the words of Scriptures ...
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What did Jonathan Edwards have to say about the fact that he owned slaves?

I recently learned from a John Piper podcast that Jonathan Edwards owned slaves. Edwards lived in the early and mid 18th century, long before the American Civil War, and passed away decades before ...
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Why did Jesus say the Son of Man was Lord over the Sabbath because the Sabbath was made for man?

Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” (NIV Mark 2:27-28) There seems to be a connection with the Sabbath ...
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About the belief in the after-life as indicated in the Old Testament [on hold]

I read Einstein did not believe in an after-life yet he considered himself a Jew. The thing is when King Saul consulted some fortune-teller or something like that and spoke to the ghost of Samuel (if ...
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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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About any philosophical discussions about the after-life [on hold]

Has the question about whether there is an after-life been discussed much in philosophy or Christian Philosophy. Did the philosopher Swinbourne or C.S. Lewis argue for an after-life and possible real ...
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Is Leviticus 14 describing a cure for leprosy?

It seems like a "cure" for leprosy that involves taking two birds, killing one and dipping the other in the blood of the first, then sprinkling the blood in a particular fashion, multiple times. ...
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By what ordinary methods has God preserved infallibility in the Catholic Church?

The Catholic Church teaches that in order for the saving truths of the faith to be preserved, explained, or observed, Christ endowed his Church with the charism of infallibility.1 It is not uncommon ...
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Drawing of a Christian helping his own assailant

A few years back I saw a drawing of a Christian priest helping his own assailant to get up. It was on a wiki page that I cannot remember. I am hoping that some one here knows the page, and maybe even ...
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According to the Catholic Church, does any child have the “right” to be baptized?

The Church, echoing the affirmation of the LORD himself, teaches that Baptism is necessary for salvation.1 Furthermore, parents are obliged to take care that infants are baptized in the first few ...
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Can Satan understand all tongues

This question is geared towards Pentecostals and Charismatics (although all views are welcome), can Satan understand the tongues that are spoken by a person that is speaking in tongues as uttered by ...
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In which other churches do Roman Catholics recognize apostolic succession?

The Roman Catholic Church derives much of its claim to legitimacy from the teaching of "apostolic succession". Other churches also believe that their priests derive their authority in an unbroken ...
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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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Who never died in the Bible?

I know Jesus is risen and that whole story, but when I was much younger I remember hearing about some people who never actually died in the Bible. Who are these people and how did they leave this ...
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What do people fear in Jude 1:23?

I know fear can mean multiple things. But what I'm getting out of Jude 1:23 is that people saved others by fearing something. Do they fear Satan? Or do they fear God? The whole time, I was assuming ...
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Did any other philosophical systems have as much influence on the early Church as Platonism and Stoicism?

Many historians agree that the philosophical systems of Platonism and Stoicism had an important role in the efforts of the early Church to communicate the message of the Gospel to unbelievers, and ...
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What is the meaning of Isaiah 1:17?

Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless. Plead the case of the widow. (NIV) What does those three things mean? An how do you do such things? I would surely appreciate an ...
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Do Protestants believe Jesus and Satan are brothers?

Many, many times, I've seen or heard "Mormons believe Jesus and Satan are brothers". Technically, it's true. Mormons believe Jesus and Satan are sons of God, and by dictionary definition, people can ...
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What kind of Elijah did the Jews expect?

In Malachi 4:5 we find: See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. From this verse and possibly also because Elijah had been, like Enoch, ...
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What crime was committed by the “thieves” crucified with Jesus?

During yesterday's sermon, the pastor mentioned the theory that the thieves crucified next to Jesus likely weren't simple thieves to warrant such a sentence, but were probably "thieves with a cause." ...
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Is ex-nihilo creationism irreconcilable with the concept of individual free will?

Looking on this site in many answers involving the problem of evil I see affirmations of belief in free-will. According to Calvinist Mark Hausam, who presented a paper at a conference on Mormonism, ...
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Moses - did he kill thousands?

Someone said that Moses was a mass murderer having killed thousands of of his own people out of anger and frustration. Where in the Bible does it state this, if anywhere?
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Referred to as 'slaves'?

So I'm a little confused. While going through my daily reading, I came across this verse in 1 Peter 2:16: Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God's ...
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Has there been any explanation given on the murder of Joan of Arc?

Joan of Arc was burned as a heretic. Now she is a saint. How does the Roman Catholic Church explain this? It turned out that the Roman Catholic Church has murdered its own saint? Has any logical ...
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Do not boil a goat in its mothers milk

Some of the laws I can directly see why they were given, however I do not understand the last part of the verse below regarding not boiling a kid in its mothers milk. Deuteronomy 14:21 NIV Do not ...
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What is the biblical and traditional support for the Catholic Marian devotion?

In this answer it was stated that the Bible does support Marian devotion, which the Catholics practice. In Luke, Mary says "all generations will call me blessed." I can see how this lends credence to ...
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How long was Jesus's ministry?

I've always heard, over in over, in Church and elsewhere that Jesus's ministry on Earth was only three years. However, it doesn't seem that there is much supporting Biblical evidence for this, or at ...

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