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Born-again protestant Christians are not "against" Mary of Nazareth. Every one of them accepts Mary as the Mother of Jesus, and while few would use the phrase, they have no issue with the concept of Mary as the Mother of God. That said, all but a few protestants, including nearly all who would self-identify as "born-again" reject most of the teachings about ...


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The Bible itself -- if you'll pardon my interpretation -- seems to support such a practice. In the Old Testament, the law is read aloud to the people (Deut 31:10-13; Josh 8:34f; 2Kgs 23:2; Neh 8:1ff) and the king is required to copy out the law so that he may know it and do it (Deut 17:18ff). In both cases, it is read "raw" and the people and rulers are to ...


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Does Ccybersex involve thinking of having sex with someone when looking at her? If so, these words of Jesus apply: Matthew 5:27-28 You have heard that it was said to those of old, "You shall not commit adultery." But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.


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At the First Vatican Council (1869), the Catholic Church defined the doctrine of papal infallibility. The Church certainly believed in papal infallibility long before that, but there was some disagreement over the specifics. At that council, the long-held belief was codified as, itself, an infallible teaching. First Vatican Council - Section 4, Chapter 4, ...


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The history of religious conflict in Ireland is far too complex to tear down in a single answer, but this should provide some clues for further reading. For background what you need to read up on is not actually anything specific to Christianity so much as the overall political history of Ireland. For example Wikipedia says the following in its introduction ...


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Good question, it is written "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men." (Philippians 2:5-7) Herein it says Jesus is equal with God (the Father), ...


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The Thirty Years War was a really bad time, and in many ways may be responsible for the grief between Catholics and Protestants. While I would argue this animosity is way, way less bad than it was in the past, in the past it could be very bad. In Pilgrim's Progress, for example, the Protestant John Bunyan (who was in jail for preaching!), compared the Pope ...


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When a Pope is Infallible The First Vatican Council's Dei Filius said, under Pope Pius IX's authority, regarding papal infallibility: …we teach and define that it is a dogma divinely revealed: that the Roman Pontiff, when he speaks ex cathedra, that is, when in discharge of the office of pastor and doctor of all Christians, by virtue of his ...


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In Baptist circles, seminary is just like college for secular students. The student pays for his or her own tuition. (O.K. for Pastors in conservative Baptist Churches I may as well just say "his own tuition".) As an example... In my neck of the woods, most Baptist pastors-to-be attend Maranatha Bible College. their tuition and costs page is found here, ...


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I have actually seen some Protestant churches like Assembly of God practicing this Holy Kiss but not very often. It depends on the pastor of the church. There is no rule for practicing Holy Kiss in many Protestant churches whether it should be practiced or not. Some encourage it, some ignore it. An example of encouraging Greeting of any form in Assembly of ...


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The most significant difference is in how new Elders come into office. In an Elder Ruled church, existing ordained elders have the responsibility of finding or training equipped leadership and appointing them to office in the local church. In an Elder Led church, the appointed Elder board may exercise spiritual oversight over the body but ultimately also ...


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Jesus also said: “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. (Matthew 10:16) and Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces. (Matthew 7:6) Wisdom would suggest that one choose ...


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The Filioque is considered to be of extremely significant importance in Reformed Theology. Even in Reformed-flavored Protestantism (such as that found at The Gospel Coalition), it has implications for Scripture's authority, as well as preaching and discipleship. These implications include the authority of Scripture and the preaching and discipleship of the ...


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Protestants regard Mary as an honored servant of God. Generally they think the Roman and Orthodox churches are somewhat excessive with doctrines which are not found in the Bible and which place Mary above the status of a righteous person who nevertheless had faults. My apologies for those who are argumentative about it. Mary is a blessed woman who was ...


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The core difference between LDS doctrine and Protestantism really is the core of Mormonism. Protestants believe that the Church as established by Christ fell into apostasy and needed to be reformed, requiring a return to the true doctrine of Jesus Christ by adhering closely to the doctrines described in the Bible. Latter-Day Saints, on the other hand, ...


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if you want to understand Catholic teaching you really ought to consult the Catechism. Afterall, authentic teachings are always going to be more accurate than what you have 'heard'. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) teaches that Adam and Eve were constituted in an original "state of holiness and justice" (CCC 375, 376 398), free from concupiscence ...


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The biggest issue that divides most Protestants isn't theology or Scripture, but rather church governance. At the most radical end of the spectrum, Mennonites, Baptists, and other Anabaptists believe there is authority ceded to any priest beyond that which the local congregation gives it. As such, they have no bishops or eccelesicatical authority - ...


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The Protestant Reformation is based on, among other things, "sola scriptura"--that the Bible alone is the basis for all doctrine and practice. There are probably two essential points in this matter. The Priesthood of All Believers First, a common doctrine of Protestants is the priesthood of all believers. It is believed that there is no biblical ...


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James 5:16 (which you quoted) is pretty clear that we confess our sins to the righteous, honorable ones in the church in order to be prayed for regarding those issues. These people know what it means to sin and be shamed by it, so they will treat the confession with respect and discreetness. They themselves have struggled with sin and know its power; they ...


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In general, what you've heard is similar to a widely held perspective within Protestantism. From Luther: “Feelings come and feelings go, And feelings are deceiving; My warrant is the Word of God-- Naught else is worth believing. This highlights though, that our faith should be based on the Word of God - not on our own thinking. It is entirely ...


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In Catholicism, the marks of the Church are that she is one holy catholic apostolic these words are taken from the second part of the Nicene creed, which is commonly prayed at every Mass and the tenents of which are generally accepted by mainline Protestant denominations. I think, but have very little basis for this thought, that Protestant reformers ...


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Why would they? You suggest that only a joint effort could dig it up, but not all branches of Christianity see any importance in finding such relics to begin with. Protestants in particular attach little importance to such items. Yes God used the Ark of the Covenant as a physical sign to remind the people of spiritual realities, but God's presence is not ...


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There are a variety of things going on here. (FWIW, I'm an Anglican who holds to the Catholic faith, so I'm not explaining my own beliefs here. I'll try as best I can to give a fair account of others' beliefs.) Idolatry Many Protestants believe that prayer should only be directed at God and that prayer to anything else is ipso facto idolatry. To pray to ...


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The following tools are good for determining what the bible says about a matter. Take, for example, this question about pets going to heaven. If you wanted to know the answer, you should consult: 1. A Concordance The first tool that just about any pastor is going to use to answer a question such as this is a concordance. A concordance is nothing more ...


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I'll answer your questions from his book, A Memoir of Grace, by Chuck Smith (2009). Which Christian denomination(s) recognize his organization, and which ones do not? Why? I don't know the answer to this question. Not sure what you mean by "recognize," for I would recognize any organization if it had regular meetings and members. Do you mean anything ...


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In Jesus' own words, we serve Him by serving our fellow man as He commanded. This is, perhaps, clearest in the following passage: Matthew 25:31-46 King James Version (KJV) 31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 32 And before him shall be gathered all ...


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Paul, in writing to Timothy (2 Tim 2:15) writes: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth This good advice about a spiritual discipline that yields much fruit is the impetus for encouraging Bible study. It is true, to varying degrees, across all denominations. That one would ...


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The Catholic and Protestant traditions revere the Lord Prayer, which says in part: Matthew 6:12 "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors." Immediately after telling His disciples to pray that way, Jesus gives us more details about forgiveness: Matthew 6:14-15 "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also ...


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In short, yes, Jesus is talking about a physical gathering of two or three people (or in one instance, two or three individuals, one united congregation, and one sinner). In our technological age, NOTHING can fully replace face-to-face meetings between people, especially the Lord's people at the grass roots level of a healthy local church, or an assembly of ...


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Your citing of Genesis 6:6 and Ephesians 4:30 is good. That's probably as far as we can go in answering your question, however. I want to say God was indeed grieved by the sin of His chief angel, Lucifer. God had invested a great deal in Lucifer. Lucifer was beautiful to behold, and he perhaps had a special place, or ranking, in the third heaven. Perhaps ...



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