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Christians, in general, do not believe that Jesus' name is 'magic', in the sense that if you say the word your prayer is somehow more effective. The exact version of the name used is not therefore important. "In my name", as Jesus says, can mean a number of things including "with my authority" and "in accordance with my wishes". It's true that Yeshua is ...


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I think you're talking about the World Mission Society Church of God. Or Church of God for short. It was founded in Korea in 1985 by Ahn Sahng-Hong, and according to them has almost two million members. After browsing their website for a short time it definitely falls in line with the following. They do specifically cite Galatians 4:26 and 4:28 for this ...


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The Kakure Kirishitan literally Hidden Christians were a sect of Japanese believers who received the Gospel in the 1600s, but after foreigners were expelled and went underground. In the 200 years or so following, they developed many peculiar to syncretic to downright heretical ideas about Christianity, mainly based on passed down traditions that had become ...


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From Wikipedia: Scientology is a body of beliefs and related practices created by L. Ron Hubbard (1911–1986), starting in 1952, as a successor to his earlier self-help system, Dianetics. Hubbard characterized Scientology as a religion, and in 1953 incorporated the Church of Scientology in Camden, New Jersey. Nothing about Christ here; I'll ...


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Not to be flip, but it sort of goes like this: Find some theological point on which you find your existing denomination to be so heretical as to be in grave danger of going to hell. Assume this point is not aidaphora. Find a bunch of other people who agree, and start meeting together. Possibly, ordain yourself (as in the case of Joseph Smith - the founder ...


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There are a number of different cases with regard to accepting baptisms carried out in other denominations. Catholics Contrary to some perceptions, Catholics actually accept most baptisms carried out by other denominations. "if the proper matter and form be used and the one conferring the sacrament really "intends to perform what the Church performs" the ...


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As you note, there are lots of different traditions here. My ancestry is Scottish and some old Scottish churches only celebrate communion once a year. I've looked through the some liturgies for these services that basically run all day, and it's quite an affair. I have even heard it advocated that once in a life-time ought to do the job, sort of like baptism....


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Aside from the Jews for Jesus, I think all Christians take this the way Jesus meant it whether they know it or not. I won't copy and paste my answer from What is the Roman Catholic view on Matthew 23:9?, but the gist of it is, the Pharisees took pride in calling Abraham their Father, and the pride is what Jesus is doing away with. Not that the Gospels ...


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The "coreness" of your stated doctrines should really be divided into two groups: Group 1 (Requires Explanation - See Below) Doctrine of the Trinity Deity of Jesus Group 2 (A Lot! see Methodists in particular) Predestination Millenialism Dispensationalism The doctrines in Group 2 are actually rather narrow in scope and are rarely considered ...


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Catholic version Priest The biblical order of presbyters. One who conducts sacrifices Vicar, a priest who is the bishop's helper Dean (arch-priest) a priest who is designated by the bishop to oversee a number of parishes Monsignor, a title given by a Bishop to an exemplary priest. Pastor The priest who is in charge or a parish, he may have associate ...


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Jesus is the central "idea" of the Bible: The old Testament begins with the fall of man and the prophecy of the Redeemer (Jesus) The Jewish religion was constantly looking forward to the Messiah (Jesus) The New Testament records Jesus' life and public ministry The Epistles both explain the doctrine of Jesus as well as re-establish the proofs that the old ...


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The term "born again" comes from a passage in John 3: Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.” Jesus replied, “Very truly I ...


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My denomination is one that is very strongly in the "Christians shouldn't drink - at all" camp. Very strongly. And my Pastor, whom I love and respect, is very strongly in that camp as well. Yet even he, in his sermons, will tell you that nowhere in the Bible is drinking explicitly called a sin. However, in many places, drunkenness and even alcohol ...


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A Christian denomination is simply a group of churches which have agreed to work together (in over-simplified terms). Some denominations have very rigid structures, others not so much. They tend to share some degree of theological beliefs, but even within a denomination there may be a wide variance. A non-denominational church, by contrast, simply does ...


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Wikipedia offers some reasons why cards, specifically of the "French Design" (that is, a "standard" 52-card deck) might be prohibited, especially by sects which take a fairly strict anti-pagan, or anti-astrological stands: Popular legend holds that the composition of a deck of cards has religious, mystical, or astrological significance.[citation needed] ...


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There are two words which come to mind when I read the question, admonish and encourage, and I think we can explore both angles on this particular question. I tend to be a positive thinker, so I will refer to a passage on the latter word. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV) tells us to encourage and build one another up. This is explained in Verse 9 "For God did ...


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Key to answering this question is that no mainstream Christian denomination thinks they are actually worshipping any person other than the Triune Godhead - God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. From the outside, however, accusations are often made in this regard. To the uninitiated, veneration of the Saints can look like worship. To the ...


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As a non-denominational Protestant myself, I will admit that our independent-mindedness makes it more or less impossible to predict what a particular individual will believe. However, if you would like to know what the hypothetical "average" non-denominational Protestant believes, then that is totally possible. The Hartford Institute for Religion Research ...


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An attempt at a generic Protestant version. Note that these are guidelines, and additional tradition-specific versions should be consulted! Clergy: Priest One who conducts the rituals that mediate between God and man. Pastor From a word meaning 'shepherd', one who 'watches over' a church, manages it, and tends to its members. Because of the shepherd ...


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The rule is "no", but like every rule there are exceptions. So "yes". It should be stressed that such views are not mainstream, majority or orthodox in any way. However there are groups that claim to be Christian and hold to a metaphorical view of Christ's resurrection. Likewise, there are groups who claim to be Christian but don't even believe that Christ ...


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There seem to be two tacks to take here. You could be looking for… a church that specifically does not believe in these doctrines at all, or… a church that is welcoming enough to include you in their community without prerequisite of doctrinal unity. Let's take the easy one first. Of the doctrinal points you list as believing they are flawed, several ...


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The reason for the different traditions of frequency of communion is that there are a wide variety of views within Christianity about what communion actually is. It is so widely disagreed over that Christians often can't agree over what name to call it. The different theologies give rise to different practices of communion, including different frequencies. ...


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Single Predestination or Double Predestination? Now before you start thinking "Aw, man! There are two of them?!?" Let me explain the difference: Single Predestination: God chooses us, solely by his grace, to go to Heaven. God does not choose people for Hell. If we go to Hell it is because of our own sinfullness. Double Predestination: God has ...


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The 12 tribes of Israel were separate but still part of God's one people, and part of the family of God. I would consider them more analogous to different traditions in a church (different cultural practices under the same theology), but not denominations (which remain separate because of theological differences, primarily). Jesus prayed that we may be one (...


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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints mentions other worlds in their scripture. Doctrine and Covenants 76:23-24 23 For we saw him [Jesus], even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father— 24 That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the ...


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The Society for Biblical Literature produces a well regarded translation (Logos even carries it). According to their own mission statement, they are concerned with biblical scholarship and not doctrine. Their vowed mission statement is simply "to promote biblical scholarship." They are a secular organization not affiliated with any religious organization (...


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First things first, there are no 'denominations' within Orthodoxy. The Orthodox believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church (as professed by the Nicene Creed), and they believe that the Orthodox Church is it. Therefore it would be inappropriate to speak of a doctrinal position of the Russian Orthodox that is not also true of other Orthodox. While ...


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Generally denominations form over church splits or mergers, rather than just appearing from scratch. The denomination I am a part of the PCA formed in the 70s after the mainline Presbyterian church (PCUSA) took a more liberal leaning than many of the southern Presbyterian churches were willing to go along with. They left and formed their own denomination. ...


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I believe that you are referring to the theory that the original sin was sex. This, however, is not Biblically true. Before the fall, God said: And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every ...



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