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What are the origins of St. Joseph's title “Guardian of Virgins”?

When and where did St. Joseph's title "Guardian of Virgins" originate?
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What is a formal ontological definition of the nature of God according to the doctrine of the Trinity?

What is a formal ontological definition of the nature of God according to the doctrine of the Trinity? Are the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit ontologically independent entities, each one being ...
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Is there any prohibition to be a jury member in criminal law cases? [closed]

Something I read, I not saw or read anything about: Serving as a juror is often described as a valid civic duty. It has been reasoned that all citizens take advantage of the courts and thus must be ...
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Does anyone know the name of the pharoah that Joseph brought his family to meet?

Jacob and his house of 70 Jacob in Egypt, Wikipedia According to Wikipedia, Jacob brought 70 people to an Egyptian pharoah. Israel and his entire house of 70, gathered up with all their livestock and ...
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Revelation 1:8 declares that Jesus Christ is God Almighty, on what Biblical basis do the Jehovah Witnesses deny this declaration? [closed]

We read at Revelation 1:4, "John to the seven churches that are in Asia; Grace to you and peace, FROM HIM who is and who was and who is to come; and from the seven Spirits who are before HIS ...
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Were John Baptist and Jesus really related?

If Jesus was of the tribe of Judah, with both his parents of the lineage of David, and John the Baptist's parents of Levi's tribe, Luke 1.5, how is it possible that John and Jesus could be related, ...
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What is the meaning of “call on the name of the Lord” in all scripture? [closed]

I did a word search on Blue letter Bible.com "call on the name of the Lord." and "name of the Lord" I'm wondering what is the meaning of "name" or "shem" or &...
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Is suffering a proof against intelligent design? [closed]

An atheist has argued with me that suffering is going against "intelligent design" in humans and animals. He would agree that pain is vital for our nature to indicate when something is wrong,...
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Why does “holiness” mean “set apart” (if it does)?

It is very commonly stated that "holiness" means "set apart". What is the (scriptural or other) basis for this repeated claim? Given that holiness would appear to be presented as ...
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Did Moses worship Egyptian gods while living in the palace?

When and how did Moses first learn about the true God? Did the princess teach him about Egyptian gods or the God of Israel?
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How does Christianity view such persons who are Xianpo(s)?

I live in China, and there is a kind of person called Xianpo here. The Xianpo can talk to the dead soul, and the soul can tell the Xainpo what he saw. One day, I told the Xianpo that I met a woman, so ...
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Why were the people of Gerasene afraid of the presence of Jesus? [migrated]

We read at Mk 5:14-17 (NRSVCE), the immediate after-effects of the driving out of evil spirits by Jesus at Gerasene by allowing them to enter pigs: The swineherds ran off and told it in the city and ...
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What is the difference between “love” and “worship”? Do “love God” and “worship God” mean the same thing?

I've never quite understood the concept of worship and how it differs from the concept of love. Are worship and love the same thing? Or is worship = love + something else? If someone loves God, does ...
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How do non-trinitarians reconcile Rev. 22 verses 6 and 16?

Jehovah's Witnesses, as one non-trinitarian example, claim that Revelation 22:13 is a reference to Jehovah God and not Jesus: I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and ...
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Is there a term for a theological principle that if a New Testament text is unclear about something, that point is not important for salvation?

One view is that a significant number of theological issues re Christianity are debated because they are debatable. So, this view says, a relevant text might admit of multiple plausible ...
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Lost books canonical? [closed]

There are a lot of non canonical books referenced in the Old Testament. A handful of those are lost books and some of the referenced books are written by prophets. If we were to find those books or ...
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What is an overview of how different Christian denominations deal with demon possessions?

Pretty much everyone has watched at least one horror movie where an exorcism was carried out. Notable examples are The Exorcist and The Exorcism of Emily Rose, to name a few. Yet, these movies only ...
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Do you really believe? [closed]

Do you really believe that man is made by God? In Chinese mythology, people were made by Nuwa out of soil and water, not by God. And people will go to hell when they die, and lose their memory after ...
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What do Reformed Christians understand by God's foreordination?

The reformed, Westminster Confession of faith, reads in chapter three: God from all eternity, did, by the most wise and holy counsel of His own will, freely, and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes ...
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How do Full Preterists interpret 2 Peter 3:9-13?

As I understand, Full Preterism holds that all end time prophesies were fulfilled at the destruction of Jerusalem. 2 Peter chapter 3 appears to provide an end time prophesy wherein the heavens, down ...
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Are Catholics allowed to entertain that the Old Vulgate might contains errors?

In Decrees of the First Vatican Council (1868) in Session 3, Chapter 2 "On Revelation", items 6-7 state: The complete books of the old and the new Testament with all their parts, as they ...
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God charity for Catholics and Protestants [closed]

I am Christian and I know people in both, Catholicism and Protestant religion. But I have never worked in the Catholic church. In Protestant services as I know about other denominations, people share ...
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How do Jehovahs Witnesses Interpret Revelation 1:17&18…who is this text referring to, and what contextual evidence substantiates the interpretation? [closed]

All passages below are quoted from the Watchtower Online New World Translation...so i make the assumption that it is the latest edition of the scriptures according to Watchtower and therefore ...
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When Christians say “the Lord” in everyday speech, do they mean Jesus or the Father?

It's very common to hear Christians say "Lord" or "the Lord" in different contexts: everyday conversations, prayer, testimonies, sermons, etc. Some example sentences that come to ...
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Who were the recepients of Christian monumental sculptures in the early middle ages (10th and 11th century)?

I am in the process of writing a paper about the bronze column commissioned by Bernwardus Hildesheimiensis, the bishop founder of Benedictine Monastery of St. Michael in Hildesheim, completed ...
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Is marriage a concession by God, or was it a part of His original plan (before the fall) [closed]

Scripture seems to clearly state that marriage is a concession from God. Yet Genesis seems to indicate that marriage was a part of the original plan (before the fall). The general idea of 1 ...
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Who compiled the Canons of Dort?

I have found many articles and discussions online regarding the Canons of Dort but have yet to find who was actually instrumental in formulating this document. Can anyone tell me or link to some ...
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What is the Biblical Basis for the belief that Christ's death was not for everyone (The notion called Limited Atonement)? [duplicate]

Im not asking for an overview of different denominations' views, but rather scriptural evidence for the view held by Calvinists that Christ's death was not for everyone. I'm very familiar with alleged ...
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OCD and discernment about food [closed]

Please be careful and pray before you respond to this because we need to be careful with what we say. So lately I've been feeling like I shouldn't eat any food. I'll go to the kitchen and everything ...
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What kind of “condemnation” is a believer exempt from in Romans 8:1?

I've been looking up several of my reference books for a good definition of condemnation, but evidently it's simply "judgment" based on its context, including in Rom. 8:1. It's clear from ...
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Are Lutherans the “adversaries” of Catholics, according to the Catholic Church?

I have heard that in the 16th century Lutherans were referred to as "adversaries" by theologians like St. Robert Bellarmine. As far as I know, this goes against Church teaching. Lutherans ...
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What is the biblical basis for Jesus' pre-incarnational existence?

Basically the opposite of this question. What are the most notable biblical passages that believers in the pre-incarnational existence of Jesus resort to to defend their position? How do they usually ...
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Railing accusation(s)? [migrated]

1 Peter 3:9:  Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. 2 Peter 2:11: Whereas angels, ...
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What did Jesus mean by saying “Watch with me… ”at Gethsemane?

We read at Mtt 26: 36-45 an account of Jesus' Prayer at Gethsemane: Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” And ...
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Why does the priest say the words of the consecration in a low tone in the EF when Jesus probably did not say it in a low tone?

In the Extraordinary Form of the Mass (the so-called "Tridentine Mass" or "Latin Mass") the words of the consecration are said in a low tone. In the Ordinary Form they are said in ...
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How does the essence–energies distinction differ from the ontological/economic views of God?

Eastern Orthodoxy teaches the essence–energies distinction of God. Wikipedia quotes catholic-church.org's explanation: The Ultimate Reality and Meaning of the Palamite theology consists of the ...
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Is Catholic priesthood relevant in this day and age amid scandals? [closed]

Even today as I am speaking there are catholic priests who break the vow of chastity or some of them abuse children or have relationship with other women. So why keep priesthood? Rome is worth of 80 ...
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What ethical considerations, if any, should Catholics have about cryptocurrencies?

Is there anything intrinsically evil in the "wave of the future" in cryptocurrencies? My father-in-law was going to set up some accounts for my kids and I was thinking. Hmm, I should think ...
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Are there souls in hell who contributed to other soul's salvation?

This question is from a Catholic perspective. Is there any writings or some teaching whether a person who highly contribute to someone else's salvation could in fact end up in hell if abandon faith at ...
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Is it more Participatio Actuosa if the congregation hears the words of the Consecration?

I have a question on Participatio Actuosa. This is a term that makes a lot of people confused. Anyway, in the EF of the Roman rite the Priest says the words of the Consecration in silence. He is the ...
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What are the core differences between Protestants and Eastern Orthodox Christianity?

I read an answer here which explained the difference between the various branches of the Eastern Church. I was thinking as an extension, what is the difference between Eastern Christianity and ...
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According to Catholicism, was there a co-relation between the time of Transfiguration of Jesus and that of his Prayer at Gethsemane?

We read in Luke 9:28-32 an account of the Transfiguration of Jesus: Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And ...
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If you promise or swear to do something evil or sinful, do you have an obligation to fulfill that promise?

If you promise or swear to do something evil or sinful, do you have an obligation to fulfill that promise? I know this is probably a silly question, but it's been bothering me. My main biblical source ...
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses think there is an important difference between saying 'Jehovah' and 'Yahweh'?

As the denomination's name implies, Jehovah's Witnesses place importance on the name Jehovah. Do they distinguish between Jehovah, Yahweh, the Tetragrammaton, and so on, or do they think these are all ...
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What is the nature of the 7 demons in Mary of Magdalene that Jesus cast out?

Luke 8:2 and Mark 16:9 mention that Mary Magdalene had seven demons, which Jesus exorcised. In spiritual warfare literature, it's common to distinguish different types of demonic influence; example in ...
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What is the oldest historical evidence of the Sabbath commandment?

What does history say about the practice of keeping the Sabbath holy? What is the oldest historical evidence of this commandment? Can we find evidence of Sabbath keeping prior to the Israelites and/or ...
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What are the words at the bottom of this codex leaf from the Gospel of Thomas? [migrated]

This is the last page of the Nag Hammadi Codex II of the Gospel of Thomas: The last two lines look like (with mixed cases) π*γα***ςιον πκαταθωμάς The second of these is "according to Thomas" ...
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Does the holiness of a person grow over time?

Does the holiness of a person grow over time? If not, does the acts of charity/love of a person made in their youth matter if they lose their faith later in life? The only way to get to heaven is ...
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Against whom was the Tree of Life guarded after the fall of Adam and Eve? [migrated]

We read this interesting account of the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden at Gen 3:24 : He drove out the man; and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a sword ...
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Is there a Bible verse that claims it is better to sleep on the roof than to come home to an angry woman? [closed]

Does there exist a verse that claims this? It is just something my father used to say and I was wondering if he got it from the Bible?

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