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Apr
25
comment What is the basis for the claim that the entire New Testament can be reconstructed apart from original and copied manuscripts?
+1 Great question.
Apr
25
revised When did Peter become the first Pope, according to Roman Catholic doctrine?
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Apr
25
comment Why did the conclave elect Pope Stephen I, when he died prior to taking office?
He died a couple days after his election, before he took office. So, why would God have him elected if God knew he would never take office? I'm not saying God's plan was thwarted. I'm asking why this happened?
Apr
25
comment Why did the conclave elect Pope Stephen I, when he died prior to taking office?
The election of a pope only requires a 2/3 majority, as I understand it. Also, I understand that Catholic doctrine does not teach that he becomes infallible, but is infallible in that he won't lead the church astray, when he speaks ex cathedra (from the chair).
Apr
25
comment Why did the conclave elect Pope Stephen I, when he died prior to taking office?
The problem is that God worked through the conclave voting to elect him to serve as Pope. However, would not God have known he was going to die prior to taking office?
Apr
25
asked Why did the conclave elect Pope Stephen I, when he died prior to taking office?
Apr
25
accepted Why do Protestants not refer to Mary by the title “Mother of God”?
Apr
24
comment What is the difference between Protestantism vs Protestants?
Protestantism was originally based on ideas like "Sola Scriptura", meaning that the Scriptures alone should be the basis for doctrine and practice. Praying to Mary is never taught in the Scriptures. The pattern and teaching on prayer in the Scriptures always indicates that prayer should be directed to God and to God alone.
Apr
24
comment What is the difference between Protestantism vs Protestants?
Protestants are people. Protestantism is the tradition to which they belong.
Apr
24
comment What is the difference between Protestantism vs Protestants?
The 95 Theses were not merely against indulgences, but against many things, of which indulgences was one.
Apr
24
comment Why did God create the great flood?
@FFCoder God does not delight in punishing people, yet He does not force people to return His love. Hell is the place where God is not. For those who have reject God, it would seem to be a punishment to make them be with God forever. So, God does not do this, but gives them a place where He is not because of their choice. God has extended His love to all people and desires that all would come to Him. In fact, God has payed the penalty and the debts for all wrongs, yet again, He does not force people to love Him against their will.
Apr
24
revised Why did God create the great flood?
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Apr
24
comment When was the title of “Mother of God” first ascribed to Mary?
+1 very interesting.
Apr
23
reviewed Approve suggested edit on When was the title of “Mother of God” first ascribed to Mary?
Apr
23
revised Does the Trinity share one mind or are there three separate minds?
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Apr
23
revised When did the prohibition of marriage for priests in the Catholic church originate?
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Apr
23
revised When did the prohibition of marriage for priests in the Catholic church originate?
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Apr
23
comment To which Saints may a Catholic pray, and when can this begin?
The basic question is not, in fact, whether or not Catholics pray to saints. If they merely employ them to pray with them, then the question is when they can do this and who is available for this.
Apr
23
comment What is the origin of the story of the penitent thief as a young boy?
I've never heard anything like this. It is probably folklore at best.
Apr
23
comment Did God create other people besides Adam and Eve?
Your assertion that your view of the intent of Genesis is the only valid one is untenable. Furthermore, the idea that Adam and Eve are the ancestors of all people does not in any way go against science.