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Top new questions this week:

What is the official Catholic position on same-sex marriage and same-sex civil partnerships?

The reason I ask is because a documentary of Pope Francis' papacy was shown at the Rome Film Festival on October 21st. Some of the newspaper headlines I've seen seem rather inflammatory and so I am ...

catholicism homosexuality pope-francis same-sex-marriage  
asked by Lesley 8 votes
answered by Ken Graham 7 votes

Why do most Christians seemingly not mind swearing on the Bible in light of Matthew 5:33-37?

Although the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution declares: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the ...

gospel-of-matthew tradition civil-government oaths  
asked by Church Questions 4 votes
answered by Kris 3 votes

When was the "Evangelist" title first applied to the Gospel authors?

Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are known as the "Four Evangelists" because they are believed to have written the four canonical Gospels. The word "evangelist" means a messenger of ...

church-history terminology gospels origin  
asked by curiousdannii 4 votes
answered by SLM 1 vote

Do all believers receive the Holy Spirit at conversion but only a few are filled with the Holy Spirit post conversion?

The following passages seem to support that all believers receive the Holy Spirit at the time of conversion: Ephesians 1:13 (NIV) 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of ...

pneumatology acts romans systematic-theology ephesians  
asked by Spirit Realm Investigator 4 votes
answered by Dottard 3 votes

How much of the deuterocanonical books are true?

I found this book on Christian Doctrine in my class (I go to a private Christian school) and you could clearly tell it was of protestant bias. It stated that the deuterocanonical books contradict what ...

catholicism eastern-orthodox apocrypha deuterocanonical-books  
asked by Dash Ivey 3 votes
answered by Ken Graham 1 vote

How should Christians who work with fiction approach material which uses the Lord’s name in vain?

Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. Exodus 20:7 (KJV) As an example of a work of fiction pertaining to my ...

asked by Katechonic 3 votes
answered by skeetastax 0 votes

What is the Eastern Orthodox view on Protestants and Catholics

I am sure this question has been asked before but because I can't find a question similar, I am going to ask it. If there is, please link it and close the question. I recently left the Methodist ...

asked by Dash Ivey 3 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

What evidence is there that Jesus was a carpenter?

I was about to say this in another discussion somewhere else, and wondered: do we know that? As in "it's mentioned or at least hinted at in $book $chapter:$verse"? Or is it just a very likely ...

biblical-basis historical-jesus  
asked by Jürgen A. Erhard 39 votes
answered by Flimzy 19 votes

In what countries is it illegal to own a Bible (the most banned book in the world)?

It is my understanding that in many countries of the world, it is illegal to print or own a copy of the Bible. Is there any compilation of which countries have banned the Bible? As an aside, if you ...

asked by Narnian 26 votes
answered by James T 27 votes

Do Mormons practice "soaking," and is it an officially sanctioned activity?

I recently became aware of the concept of soaking, as an "alternative" to sexual intercourse, which is allegedly practiced by certain Mormons, as a moral way to express one's premarital desire for ...

lds sexuality  
asked by Flimzy 9 votes
answered by ShemSeger 21 votes

Why is the Book of Enoch not regarded as canonical?

A short section of 1 Enoch (1 En 1:9) is quoted in the New Testament (Letter of Jude 1:14-15), and is there attributed to "Enoch the Seventh from Adam" (1 En 60:8). It is argued that all the ...

canon jude book-of-enoch  
asked by Jomet 34 votes
answered by Jas 3.1 27 votes

What is meant by "love covers over a multitude of sins"?

And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” (1 Pet 4:8, NKJV) Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins. (Prov 10:12, NKJV) What does it ...

exegesis sin love proverbs 1-peter  
asked by RSW 8 votes
answered by SSumner 8 votes

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 ...

life-of-jesus name-of-jesus  
asked by Alypius 7 votes
answered by David Morton 22 votes

What time is the "sixth hour" in John 4?

"...and Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour." John 4:6 ASV It was translated as "noon" in the NIV "......

gospel-of-john time  
asked by vs06 6 votes
answered by Steve 3 votes

Can you answer these questions?

At the Last Supper what would the disciples make of what Jesus said about partaking of the bread and the wine?

Luke 22:15-20 is clear that the cross yet lay ahead of Christ. Then he said, "This is my body which is given for you… This cup is the new testament in my blood which is shed for you”, commanding ...

protestantism communion gospels passion-of-jesus  
asked by Anne 1 vote

According to Baptists: Which persons are known to be (eventually) in heaven?

I recently asked myself: Of which biblical personages is it stated, that they are or eventually will be in heaven? This question asks about concrete persons not a "how to". Thus, answers of ...

heaven baptist  
asked by Rayllum 1 vote

Did any saint pray '15 Prayers of Saint Bridget of Sweden'?

Was there any saint (or blessed, or venerable) that prayed '15 Prayers of Saint Bridget of Sweden'? Does any saint (or blessed, or venerable) recommend that prayer? Did the St. Bridget pray them?

catholicism prayer saint devotion  
asked by arisc12 1 vote
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