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Was Pilate mandated to withhold the body of Jesus after the Crucifixion?

We read in Jn 19:38 of the preparation for burial of Jesus after his death on the cross: "After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his ...
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What problem does Christianity solve for us?

What is it that only Christianity does for us that we can't do for ourselves, and that no other religion solves? All religions with a God (or gods) claim that their God is real (or their gods are real)...
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Was Jesus a Christian or a Jew? [duplicate]

When Jesus was born, he was a jew. So he stayed this his whole life. Only later in life, he spoke on behalf of his Father. His Father, the almighty JHWH (another name instead of the name God), was ...
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Plato's Cave Allegory - How to respond to the argument in favor of ignorance? [closed]

I have a friend who is unfamiliar with both philosophy and Christianity. I thought I would to share the Christian truth by starting with the Greek philosophical concept from Plato known as the "...
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Can the forensic justication doctrine be characterized as false justification contrary to fact and truth?

Forensic justification is defined as strictly legal declaration as justified, rather than reckoning or acknowledging someone as righteous to justify him. In other words, a person is declared righteous ...
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Is there a theological basis for climate change skepticism among evangelicals?

In my experience there seems to be a strong correlation between right wing evangelical Christians and climate change skepticism which intrigues me. I've never been able to see where this link comes ...
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Is the dialogue with the scribe in Lk 12:28-34 an example of Jesus' sense of humor? [migrated]

We see in Lk 12:28-34, the discussion between Jesus and the scribe, on the greatest commandment: One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered ...
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Homilies during liturgical seasons?

I would like to know the differences, if any, seen in homilies offered at Mass during different liturgical seasons. For instance, are both Marian and Rosary-based prayers included customarily or are ...
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Who are the “twelve princes” mentioned in Genesis 17:20? Are they the twelve imams of Islam? [migrated]

I was reading the Book of Genesis chapter 17 verse 20: "As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I have blessed him and will make him fruitful and multiply him greatly. He shall father twelve ...
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Has a healing miracle ever been recorded on camera?

Simple question: has a healing miracle ever been recorded on camera? I'm open to answers from any Christian groups/denominations.
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Has a born again Baptist believer or a Jehovah’s Witnesses ever approached Catholic authorities for an official exorcism?

Has a born again Baptist believer or a Jehovah’s Witnesses ever approached Catholic authorities for an official exorcism? The Catholic Church has a long history of exorcisms, but has a professed ...
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What is Christianity's views on real cannibalism? [duplicate]

I present first these three following ideas: Transubstantiation (Latin: transubstantiatio; Greek: μετουσίωσις metousiosis) is, according to the teaching of the Catholic Church, "the change of ...
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Did the Israelites spend 40 or 41 years in the wilderness [migrated]

The Book of Numbers begins the year after the Israelites left Egypt. Most of that year has been spent at Mt. Sinai. "Numbers 1:1 The LORD spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tent ...
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Why did St. Paul treat himself as not under the law?

We see St. Paul telling the Corinthians in 1 Cor 9:20-21 (NRSVCE): To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though I myself am not ...
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Would Jehovah’s Witnesses anointed with the Holy Spirit be unable to suffer demonic possession, whilst un-anointed Jehovah's Witnesses could?

Given that barely 1% of all JWs today claim to be anointed with the Holy Spirit and thus have the heavenly calling (Romans 8:15-17), would that indwelling protect them? I speak of demon possession as ...
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Have Jehovah's Witnesses ever encountered a demon-possessed person in the mission field or in other contexts?

Many Christians of different denominations have reported encounters with demon-possessed individuals. Catholic exorcists are an obvious example. In the mission field, reports of demonic possessions in ...
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According to baptists can a Christian be demon possessed?

According to Baptist belief is it possible for a true believer in their ranks to become possessed by demons? If so what does the Baptist church do to help such a person? This closed question asked a ...
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Do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that demon possession is possible within their ranks?

Do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that demon possession is possible within their ranks? This question came about as a result of my answering this question: Do Jehovah's Witnesses believe in exorcisms? Is ...
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Are there any Christians who reject the canonicity of the whole protestant Bible?

Are there any Christians who reject the canonicity of the standard protestant Bible? For example: Protestants reject the Books and additions which Catholics and Orthodox accept as canonical and which ...
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Why are religions exclusively human “institutions” and therefore fallible and not credible? [closed]

The observation is simple. All wars are, in fact, "religious" wars (a religion is an ideology and what or who we believe in). Who is right" ? Why do we have to come to blows (literally ...
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Are there Christian groups or denominations that do not believe that Jesus still manifests and speaks to people today?

The Bible records several examples of Jesus manifesting and/or speaking to his disciples after having ascended to heaven. Probably the most well-known example is Paul's encounter with Jesus when he ...
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Who was who at the Crucifixion of Jesus on the Cross?

Who was who during the Crucifixion of Jesus, who is called the Christ? Just recently I came across this question: Who witnessed the crucifixion? I desire to expand this question to extra biblical ...
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Catholic Church's position on catholic husband and muslim wife [duplicate]

I am a Spanish Catholic guy and I met a Russian girl from the Caucasus who is a Muslim (although not practicing). Her family is Muslim culturally, none of them pray or wear hyjab or similar, but they ...
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What was the original word that Jesus used while commending himself to the Father at the Cross? [migrated]

Luke 23:46 is expressed in different versions of the NT with different phraseology, For instance .... KJV :And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my ...
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Within Anglicanism, what is the Biblical Basis for certainty that baptised infants who die will be saved?

In the Church of England Book of Common Prayer the following statement is made: It is certain by God's Word, that children which are baptized, dying before they commit actual sin, are undoubtedly ...
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses believe in exorcisms?

Do Jehovah's Witnesses believe in demons and that they can be cast out today? If so, how do they go about casting demons out of a demon-possessed person? Do they have deliverance ministries or ...
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How are intersex people explained by Christianity?

Now I'm not asking for ethical apologetics but more of a scientific or creationist/Genesis explanation on their existence and how it coincides with the Bible. God created Male and Female only, and yet ...
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What did Jesus mean by asking `what do you read in the law' in Lk 10:26?

We read in Luke 10: 25-26 : Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read ...
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How do those who believe in a dual system (Old & New Covenant simultaneously operative) pre-70 AD understand “one Lord, one faith, one baptism”?

Some hold that the Old & New Covenants were simultaneously operative and efficacious between the death of Christ and the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70. How do those who hold this view ...
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What historical periods do the 390 year and 40 year periods refer to in Ezekiel 4:1-8?

In Ezekiel chapter 4 the prophet was instructed to lie on his left side for 390 days, a day for each year of the sin of Israel, and then to lie on his right side for 40 days for the sin of Judah. What ...
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Why were the mystical works of Richard of St. Victor called “Benjamin”?

Richard of St. Victor (d. 1173) wrote two treatises in mystical theology, sometimes called Benjamin Minor and Benjamin Major. But where do those titles come from? It seems the first one has something ...
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Is it wrong to browse my male successful friends' LinkedIn profile and feeling bad? [closed]

I feel bad. But still I watch my successful male friends' profile on LinkedIn. I compare myself with them. Don't feel good. Is it envy? I have no bad intentions. But I feel inadequate and ...
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Why do people believe that the 7 kingdom parables and the 7 churches of revelation represent the same things?

Why do some people believe that the 7 kingdom parables (Matt 13:3-52) and the 7 churches of revelation (chapter 2 and 3) represent the same things? What textual support is there for this? And which ...
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What is the original source of summary of the 10 Commandments, which Jesus quotes in Mtt 22: 35-40?

We read in Lk 10: 25-28 : Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?...
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Is it true that in Bible certain brothers are favored more than others?

God favored certain brothers more than others. I want an assurance from this forum. For example God blessed Jacob's son Joseph. Samuel and not his teacher's son. We all know Cain and Abel story. David ...
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Is there any homeless hospice run by Archdiocese of Toronto?

I might get homeless. Is there any holy sacred good clean Christ-like homeless hospice run by Archdiocese of Toronto? Cardinal Collin's administration.
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According to Catholicism, if we sin and become repentant will our sins be forgiven too like St. Peter?

At the catechism class we learned that as Peter was repentant after betraying Jesus his sin was forgiven. If we sin, become repentant and do confessions will our sins be forgiven too? Or do we have to ...
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Does John 1:3 contradict Isaiah 44:24? [closed]

How could all things come into being and "apart or without" Him come into being that has come into being? This question is for those groups or others that deny the deity of Jesus Christ, who ...
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Did King David lose his adult son during a revolt when he revolted against him as a punishment of King David's adultery? [closed]

King David lost his adult son when he rebelled against him and his Kingdom. Was this the punishment of God or the curse of God because King David committed adultery and murder and also because he had ...
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How to not awkwardly bow to thurifer during Mass?

I've been going to the extraordinary form of the Mass (i.e. Latin Mass) for about a year now, every time I go I keep meaning to write down the questions I have and ask them here, so this may be the ...
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When the Pope says “We commend to the Lord the souls…” what does it mean exactly? It it a symbolic gesture, a prayer, something else?

The recent NPR news item Pope Francis Expresses Sorrow But No Apology For Indigenous School Deaths In Canada includes the following quote: "We commend to the Lord the souls of all the children ...
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Would it be correct to say that we could associate Christianity with terms like “way of life”, “lifestyle”, “philosophy” etc.?

I suppose this is a very broad subject with varying opinions. According to Britannica, Confucianism is associated with the following terms & definitions: ( Reference: https://www.britannica.com/...
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How do Unitarians respond to quotations from Ignatius of Antioch that seem to show Ignatius believes Jesus is God?

Ignatius of Antioch is one of the Apostolic Church Fathers - one of 4 from whom we have significant writings (along with Pope Clement I, Polycarp of Smyrna, and Papias of Hierapolis). Of the 4, the ...
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Are the words in the Lord's Prayer “Hallowed BE Thy Name” or “Hallowed BY Thy Name”?

I was recently caught off guard when encountering a version of the Lord's Prayer that has it as hallowed-by; the page goes so far as to cite Matthew 6:9-10, even as exactly none of the English ...
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Does the Catholic church support its participation in genocide? [closed]

In Canada, the residential school system - run by the Catholic church took children from their families and indoctrinated them in Catholic ideology. They abused and buried children in unmarked graves, ...
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What is Christianity's view of Jew's rejection of Jesus as Messiah? [duplicate]

An article that discuss why Jews don't believe in Jesus highlights four reasons why Jesus is not the Messiah, these are the following: Jesus did not fulfill the messianic prophecies. Jesus did not ...
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The Sacrament of the Present Moment? [closed]

What did Jean-Pierre De Caussade mean in "God Living in Souls and Souls Living in God?" This is chapter 2: "How to Arrive at the State of Self-Surrender and How to Act Before Reaching ...
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According to Trinitarians, is Jesus the begotten Son of God the Father, or the begotten Son of God?

A typical translation of a line from the Nicene Creed from the First Council of Constantinople (381) is "And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father" ...
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Why would the Herodians want Jesus dead? [migrated]

I recently noticed something curious in Mark's gospel. In chapter 3, we read an account of Jesus' miraculous healing of a man's withered hand. It occurred on the Sabbath, and so the Pharisees were ...
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How do 'soul sleep' adherents explain reports of personal experiences with deceased saints, friends and relatives by Catholics and other Christians?

Adherents of the 'soul sleep' doctrine believe that human beings become unconscious upon death, and that they will only recover their consciousness at the time of the resurrection. Therefore, a ...

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