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Seeking Old Testament account illustrating eliminating distraction and focusing on the one important thing [closed]

I am preparing a message on the importance of eliminating distraction and making Christ and His crucifixion our focal point. (1 Cor. 2.2; Luke 10:38-42) When I preach and teach, I like to use the Old ...
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How do Christians who believe in evolution understand Original Sin?

As I understand, many Christians nowadays accept evolution. There are such Christians in most major denominations and inside these denominations exist different traditions and groups of believers, so ...
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How church leaders disfellowship or excommunicate other believers? [closed]

When person is disfellowshipped, he is told not to come for gathering unless he repents. What will you do if the person still comes ignoring the order from church leaders not to come? Will you use ...
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How voluntary is original sin?

In this article, under the heading "how voluntary," the New Advent Wiki goes into detail to show that Original Sin is somehow voluntary. But I don't understand the reasoning. Can someone ...
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How does one explain God being outside the universe yet on the throne in heaven without violating divine simplicity?

God created the universe. Therefore He transcends the universe. He is outside the universe. Yet, He has a throne room in heaven: Revelation 4:2 - Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne ...
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Does the Catholic Church teach that the early death of Jesus on the Cross, had been ordained by God the Father?

We see the narrative of Jesus' death on the Cross as given by John at 19: 31-33: Since it was the day of Preparation, the Jews did not want the bodies left on the cross during the sabbath, especially ...
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Luke 10:27 vs Matthew 22:37 vs Deuteronomy 6:5 [migrated]

Luke 10:27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind;... Matthew 22:37 And He said to him, “‘...
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Are all non-Catholic Christians regarded as heretics? [duplicate]

Some church reformers were accused of heresy during the reformation, so I was wondering if the Protestant reformers are still regarded as heretics today by the Catholic Church?
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How do Christians justify inaccurate Bible translations? [closed]

To excuse how some modern Bible translations are inaccurate, some Christians (often the Protestant/evangelical types) assert that only the original autographs of the Bible are inerrant and that God is ...
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“Ask and it will be given to you” vs. “Not my will, but yours be done.”

So, please clarify something for me. I'm trying to get a better understanding of presenting my requests to God, but also recognizing that it is not my will, but His will be done. Here are three verses ...
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How Would You Go About Raising a Christian Child? [closed]

I was wondering how would you go about raising a Christian child today? Personally, I would like to teach my child, my future child, many different traditions of the Christian faith, not all of them ...
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Why do Christians stand when we sing?

In my experience, every church I've either been in or seen recorded ask the congregation to stand when they sing. Without having done a scientific study, it seems this is a near-universal practice ...
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How does the Catholic Church explain the addition of the word “died” in the Nicene Creed

The Nicene Creed professed during the Sunday mass contain these words : For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate. He suffered, died, and was buried. Over the centuries, the Nicene Creed ...
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Does tearing clothing implies nakedness? [migrated]

There are multiple passages (2 Samuel 19:13 example) that speak about teared clothes. The attitude and meaning of this act is clear to me but I was unsure how to imagine it. Does it mean that Tamar ...
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How can the sin of divorce be forgiven? [closed]

In Matthew 5:32 it says But I say to you, whoever divorces his wife (unless the. marriage is unlawful) causes her to commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery....can this ...
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How does the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reconcile 3 Nephi 15:23 with Jesus visiting Joseph Smith?

In 3 Nephi 15:23, Jesus says to the Book of Mormon peoples: ...and they understood me not that the Gentiles should not at any time hear my voice-that I should not manifest myself unto them save it ...
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What's considered closer to the Christianity: Judaism or Islam? [closed]

Which religion is considered closer to Christianity: Judaism or Islam? N.B. Both deny Jesus divinity, but Muslim believes Jesus was a prophet, while Jewish don't. Also, Jewish were claimed to kill ...
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In John 6:63 if the flesh counts for nothing, then spiritually speaking what does it count for? [closed]

John6:63 flesh is of nothing. if so, what is the point of having flesh?
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If the soul is distinct from the brain, then why is it affected by physical phenomena? [closed]

The soul is supposedly the very thing that gives us life. Without our soul our body would not be able to function. The soul is what provides us with free will and our stream of reasoning and thoughts. ...
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Is there extra-biblical evidence for the Exodus?

I've heard from multiple sources that there isn't even the slightest of (extra-biblical) evidence of the Exodus story or even evidence for the presence of Israelites in Egypt. If this is true, why is ...
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Book recommendations to study the NT [closed]

everyone. I’m reading the Bible for the first time, and I’m interested in trying to get a deeper understanding as I read. At the moment I’m starting the New Testament, and I was wondering if anyone ...
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Why can't we boil down the three fonts of morality to two? [closed]

Three fonts of morality are intention, moral object and circumstance. But why can't we explain the morality only using the intention and the moral object? eg: Think you drive a car and someone holds a ...
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What is the Biblical basis against Apostolic Succession?

Apostolic succession, in Christianity, the teaching that bishops represent a direct, uninterrupted line of continuity from the Apostles of Jesus Christ. According to this teaching, bishops possess ...
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How do Reformed Protestants interpret Matthew 18:18?

How do Reformed Protestants interpret Matthew 18:18? Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. - Matthew 18:...
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Interpretation of John 8:32 [migrated]

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32 I've read that the truth is sin which allows for freedom (does this mean we shouldn't be free?), another explanation is the ...
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Particular judgment, general judgment, God's foreknowledge and free will

My understanding of the relationship between particular judgement and general judgment is: On particular judgement at the time of the death of the body, all our actions, thoughts and deeds will be ...
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What is the nature of Dyothelitism according to the Council of Chalcedon?

What is the nature of Dyothelitism according to the Council of Chalcedon? At the Council of Chalcedon, the church taught that the Incarnate Lord Jesus Christ had two natures: divine and human, united ...
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Funeral Reading - opening/closing

I’ve been asked to read psalm 23 at a funeral next week. The service is being led by our Church of England vicar. Does anyone know what is traditionally said at the beginning and end of the reading? I’...
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Rich Man in Matthew 19:24 [migrated]

I'm struggling to figure out the significance of the rich man in Matthew 19:24. If the point is that "For mortals it [entering heaven] is impossible, but for God all things are possible," ...
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Does transubstantiation teach that the Son regularly returns physically?

Is Catholicism's accidents and species/transubstantiation teaching that the Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, returned or regularly returns physically, with a second, mute, nonhuman, physical ...
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The Lds Prophet Joseph Smith wrote, “We believe in God, the eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.”

The Bible also teaches God is eternal. Psalm 90:2, "Before the mountains were born, Or Thou didst give birth to the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou are God." ...
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Master of Ceremonies wears purple at High Masses according to the Extraordinary Form of the Mass?

Master of Ceremonies wears purple at High Masses according to the Extraordinary Form of the Mass? I can recall reading in some liturgical book that the Master of Ceremonies (MC) had the privilege of ...
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Do Apostolic successionists allow for 'binding and loosing' powers apart from posession of the 'keys'

In Matthew 16 we see Jesus conferring the keys of the kingdom: I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on ...
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Is there any biblical basis for the Church to depict Jesus as a European or some other ethnic race?

The reason I ask is that the Most Rev Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury (Anglican Church of England) was recently interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme and said that in the wake of Black ...
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The Bible says there is one God who is eternal. Does Joseph Smith, LDS founder, prophet, seer and revelator contradict the Bible? [duplicate]

He said, "In the beginning, the head of the Gods called a council of the Gods: and they came together and concocted a plan to create the world and people in it." Joseph Smith Jr., Journal of ...
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What is the eugenic “indication” in Casti Connubii?

In Pope Pius XI's encyclical Casti Connubii, we read: What is asserted in favor of the social and eugenic "indication" may and must be accepted, provided lawful and upright methods are ...
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What was the usage of the “dove dung” mentioned in 2 Kings 6:25? [closed]

When reading about Samaria's condition, I have came across the following: 2 Kings 6:25 And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass's head was sold for ...
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“Plan B” contraceptive [closed]

If a person uses a "Plan B" contraceptive to prevent pregnancy without knowing it may inhibit implantation, is he a murderer?
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What are the sources of LDS theology that an LDS theologian need to consult to write a systematic theology?

I came across an essay published in BYU Studies journal 54.1 (2015) "Toward a Mormon Systematic Theology - Essay on Wrestling the Angel by Terryl L. Givens". I was surprisingly pleased by ...
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Which of these interpretations of Malachi 3:1 can be eliminated? [closed]

The authorised KJV translates Malachi 3:1 as follows: "Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, ...
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What role does the Holy Ghost fill that the Father can't?

In trinitarian doctrine, what role does the Holy Ghost fill that the Father can't / doesn't? My understanding is, that according to trinitarians: The Father is a spirit The Holy Ghost is a spirit The ...
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Christ and the Believer Icon (Companion Icon) origin?

I was in Taize and besides finding it to be a rather interesting place, I found a lot of refreshing symbols there. Particularly the (based on Taize page) Christ and the Believer Icon (or the companion ...
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Why do Jehovah's Witnesses make the Old Testament forms of address to God ( “Jehovah” and “Father”) more important than “Abba?”

Jehovah's Witnesses believe God is the Father whose name is the Hebrew YHVH, the Tetragrammaton, which was the name the Apostles called on to be saved. However, after calling on the name to be saved, ...
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What is the Catholic Church's take on copies of Bible printed with errors?

While using Goggle, one comes across a write-up on a certain print of the Bible , which contained some glaring errors. The copy of the Bible now referred to as `The Wicked Bible, has only 10 copies ...
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Who is the speaker and who is “him” in Daniel 11:1 according to the Adventist?

Daniel 11:1 New American Standard Bible In the first year of Darius the Mede, I arose to be an encouragement and a protection for him. In my own interpretation, the speaker is Jesus and the "him&...
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Who was the first christian? [closed]

Jesus is said to have been born a Jew, and the same goes for his followers. So then who was the first christian?
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According to Catholicism, how can Catholics be faithful to an abusive spouse?

In old age due to dementia a person can become irritable and abusive, wholly unlike their prior self. As a married person will have taken vows to be faithful; what guidance is there to a spouse in the ...
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Why are Biblical names not translated?

Why is in not common practice that Biblical translators also translate the names of characters? I have found that translating Biblical names into English has added layers of depth to the stories. Here ...
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On what basis did Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith declare that God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit cannot indwell a believer?

The following is what Joseph Smith said from "Doctrines & Covenants, Section 130, Paragraph 3 regarding John 14:23. John 14:23—The appearing of the Father and the Son, in that verse, is a ...
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What are the major themes of Luke? [closed]

Who was Luke and to whom was he addressing and what messages was he sending to the recipient/s When and where was the book written and hat was the source of his message?

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