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How is 2 Thessalonians 2:3 understood by those who believe in the imminence of Christ's return?

In 2 Thessalonians 2:3 Paul writes: Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not arrive until the rebellion comes and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction. (...
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How common is the practice of praying for the devil?

On The Patristics Project website there is a blog post entitled "Patristic Universalism", which provides quotes from twelve of the ancient Christian writers popularly known as the Church Fathers, ...
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Is there anyone in heaven? (Catholicism)

In Catholicism people pray to the saints, angels and the Virgin Mary. Is then, in Catholicism, heaven filled, besides angels, with the saints and the Virgin Mother?
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Does Augustine ever say that Christians in his time identify their Deus [God] with the Roman deity Saturn?

I first encountered this notion on p. 30 of R.S. Sugirtharajah's book The Bible and the Third World: Precolonial, Colonial and Postcolonial Encounters (2001, Cambridge University Press). In reference ...
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Where did St. Jerome say this quote about the manger of the nativity?

I have seen on multiple websites, mostly websites about seeing the Holy Land or otherwise pilgrimage-focused sites, that St. Jerome said: If I could only see that manger in which the Lord lay! Now, ...
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Is there evidence that Jesus was a Dalai Lama? [on hold]

The stories of the wise men from the East giving gifts to the baby Jesus seem remarkably similar to the way a new Dalai Lama is found. For example... Magi, or astrologers, look in the stars to guess ...
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Are the notions of good and evil different in Christianity and Islam?

In Christianity I would assume that certain things that would be considered "evil" are not considered evil in Islam. Christianity, goes by the "do unto others" philosophy e.g. “All things whatsoever ...
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Revelation alpha and omega and Luther

In rev 22:13 "I am the Alpha and the Omega", Alpha being the first Greek letter and Omega the last. So I am the first and last. I don't understand Greek, but in the Greek version it says alpha and ...
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What have old Christian writers opined about a couple living with in-laws during marriage?

I understand a question has been asked and was closed on this topic previously, but I wanted to more specifically ask about Christian writings on it, preferably early ones. Often people today use ...
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Books of the New Testament for Greeks

What books of the Bible were written to the Greeks? I am interested in reading those books at this time.
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According to Reformed Theology, why did the 70 Jewish translators include the Apocrypha?

I read this link: Paul tells us that the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. This means that they are the ones who understood what inspired Scriptures were, and they never accepted ...
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Did the 19th Century Anglican Church have exorcism rituals or prayers?

Did the 19th Century Anglican Church have exorcism rituals? I can't see any in the Book of Common Prayer. Is there somewhere else they might be? I heard somewhere that only bishops could perform ...
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For people who believe in Jesus and not the devil, what happened in the desert?

Some Christians believe in God and Jesus, but not the devil. If so, what is their explanation of the temptation of Christ in the desert?
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Why doesn't the Pope wear a biretta?

In several places around the Internet I have seen it stated that the Pope does not wear a biretta. Why not? Is it merely that there are no occasions when he would, because he is always presiding over ...
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How do we know the unmoved mover for any given change must be singular and lack potential?

I've finished with Ed Feser's treatment of Aquinas' First way in Aquinas, but he did not satisfactorily (or intelligibly for me) address my question: How do we know the unmoved mover for any given ...
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Why does the Fifth Ode (Prayer of Isaiah) begin at verse 9 and end at verse 20?

Ode 5 in the LXX Book of Odes, and in the canon at Byzantine Orthros/Matins, starts at Isaiah 26:9. Why does it skip the first nine verses which open with the introduction making it clear the whole ...
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Angelology: Can Archangels Have More Than 1 Set of Wings?

I know the seraphim, cherubs, and thrones have 3 sets of wings: According to Isaiah 6:1-8, the Seraphim are described as fiery six-winged beings. From the angelology wiki page. But, I've been ...
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How do we know God exists now? [on hold]

My background : My mother is a Presbyterian, and I also was baptized in the Presbyterian Church. I majored in Mathematics. Question : How do we know God exists now? In my opinion, to know "...
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Why is Rome referred to as Babylon in Rev 17 and 18?

At the time of Daniel, Rome was not yet powerful and known, but at the time of St. John at Patmos. So why it is referred to as Babylon by many Christians.
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Where is the reference in bible that JESUS preached for three and Half years?

Required bible reference that JESUS Preached for three and half years.
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Does the Catholic Church put the death of Samson in the category of suicide?

At Judges 16: 289-30 (NRSVCE) we see the account of death of Samson: Then Samson called to the Lord and said, “Lord God, remember me and strengthen me only this once, O God, so that with this one ...
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Does the Catholic Church explain why Jesus only appeared in short apparitions to his followers post-resurrection?

The Gospels give the account of ten apparitions of Jesus, which he allowed his followers after the resurrection. The longest time he spent with them was perhaps during the co-journey to Emmaus, that ...
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Which Christians will Jesus reject? [closed]

What group is Jesus talking about in Matthew 7:21-23? Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in ...
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Were birthdays celebrated by believers anywhere in Holy Scriptures?

Is there any mention of a birthday celebration among Old Testament Israelites or New Testament Christians in the Holy Scriptures?
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What does Lewis mean by the things that stifle bitter resentment in elders in A Grief Observed

In A Grief Observed on page 7 Lewis writes: Our elders submitted and said, 'Thy will be done.' How often had bitter resentment been stifled through sheer terror and an act of love — yes, in every ...
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What is the proper title for someone who was a pope and is now canonized as a saint?

There are a number of men who became Pope who were later canonized as a saint, such as John Paul II and Paul VI. What is the proper title (in English) for such individuals when referring to them today ...
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Why did Jesus said she is come to anoint my body to the burying?

What is the significant of Burying . In Hebrew tradition anoint of oil will be done to dead person in their grave.
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What's the body, soul and spirit? How do they relate to each other? [closed]

There has confusion as to the difference between the body, the soul and the spirit of man. What's the difference between these three:body, soul and spirit These three named as part of man in these ...
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Were the sexual laws in the Bible written for a male audience? [closed]

More specifically a male, heterosexual audience. Some exemplar verses from Leviticus 18 (warning some disturbing incest): "The nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, shalt ...
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What did Jesus mean by saying 'to the right of the boat '?

We see at Luke 5:3-4 (NRSVCE) He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. ...
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Is the Solar System Described in a Psalm?

Is there a Psalm that seems to describe the Solar System and that everything revolves around the Sun?
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What are the relationships of the Gifts of the Holy Ghost to the beatitudes and virtues?

According to Catholic theology, what are the relationships of the seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost to the beatitudes and virtues?
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Can a Bishop forbid some literature to the faithful under his rule?

Can a Bishop, forbid the reading of some books (or any kind of literature) to faithful under his rule, in such a way, that it would be sinful for the faithful to not follow his advice?
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How did Noah's lineage populate the entire planet after the Flood? [closed]

Noah and his family after the flood populated the entire earth? How did they get to Australia and become aborigines? How did they lose their culture, language and customs and become what we have now?...
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Does Pope Francis write the books ascribed to him, or are they ghostwritten?

A number of books have been published with Pope Francis as the author, such as The Joy of the Gospel: Evangelii Gaudium in 2013 and Praise Be To You – Laudato Si'; On Care for Our Common Home in 2015. ...
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What non-canonical texts do Eastern Catholic liturgies use?

There are some books considered to be canonical by (some) Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Churches, but not by the Latin Church. E.g. 3+4 Maccabees. The Eastern Catholic Churches kept their own ...
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Why do other religions exist if Yahweh is the one true God?

God is omnipotent and loves his human children. If that is the case why does he allow the continued propagation and existence of other religions. Does this signify that there is in fact no reason for ...
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Should Churches use Hillsong, Elevation, Bethel music for worship? [closed]

I am a worship leader at a larger non-denominational Church. Have been convicted through Scripture and prayer about certain "Churches" such as Bethel, Elevation, and Hillsong regarding their roots and ...
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Why is there a need for a sacrifice by Jesus?

In the biblical texts of Genesis, God is the one who creates everything into existence. If that was the case then why would God need to send Jesus as a sacrifice for the sins of humanity? God should ...
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What was the impetus for restoring the Consecration of a Virgin in the 20th Century?

The United States Association of Consecrated Virgins says the following about their sacramental: The Consecration of a Virgin is one of the oldest sacramentals in the Church, and one of the fruits ...
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What are St. Thomas Aquinas's views on fatherhood?

What are St. Thomas Aquinas's views on fatherhood? Did he define fatherhood (paternitas)?
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sectarianism in Christianity [closed]

Much like the Jews and Muslims, Christians are also separated into many different sects. What is the history of sectarianism in Christianity? Did Jesus prophecy that his followers will also divide? ...
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Do Jehovah’s Witnesses recognize marriage out of their religion?

I am dating a Jehovah Witness male who is a marvelous man. He is divorced from his wife after 22 years of sub standard wife treatment. I am born and raised Christian and we have open dialog over our ...
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If an Eastern Rite Catholic marries in the Western rite, does he/she need to formally change rites?

All the Eastern rites of the church are in communion with the Pope, else they would be a variant of Orthodox Christianity. However, say there was an Eastern Rite man marrying a Western Rite woman. ...
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Do Catholics believe in other apparitions like Mary? Or is she unique in this respect?

From the outside looking in, it appears that the Catholic believe that Mary has and does appear to people somewhat frequently. It seems to be called "apparitions" . You read more about them on this ...
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Why don't Christians keep kosher and Shabbos, being Jesus was Jewish and obviously did? [duplicate]

My question is a simple one: if Jesus was Jewish, he would have kept kosher, so why don't his followers? Thank you.
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Who were the Black Canons on the Augustinian Priory of Inchmahome in Scotland?

Recently, while on holiday in Scotland, I visited the ruins of the Augustinian Priory of Inchmahome on the Lake of Mentieth, near to Aberfoyle and Loch Lomond. The priory was founded in 1238 by the ...
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Aside from St. Vincent Ferrer, are there any other saints said to have had the “gift of tongues”?

What I am not asking about: Glossolalia, as practiced by Charismatics in the modern day. What I am asking about: St. Vincent Ferrer was born in Spain and travelled as far north as Germany and ...
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How does Catholic Church adapt its dogma to the tremendous changes that happen in human society? [duplicate]

Introduction I have recently read 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari which also deals with some issues the religion has faced or might face in the 21st century (source): In the ...
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Why did Our Lady of Lourdes say “I am the Immaculate Conception” and not “I am immacutalely conceived” or “I am the Mother of God”?

In 1858 St. Bernadette asked for the name of the beautiful Lady who was appearing to her. The Beautiful Lady answered her "I am the Immaculate Conception." Why didn't she simply tell her she was the ...

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