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Do Christians believe that Adam and Eve were Christians?

I don't think I have ever heard either a Christian or a Jew or anyone else really refer to Adam and Eve by their race/religion. It appears as if they are considered "pre-race" or "pre-...
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What is a "St. James" liturgy mass as opposed to a "St. John Chrysostom" liturgy mass?

Background I recently went to a Lebanese festival at a Maronite church and was curious about the difference between that Eastern Catholic Rite and the Melkite rite. When asking on r/Maronite, I got ...
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Do Cessationists reject Lee Strobel and Craig S. Keener's books collating modern-day miracle reports?

By books collating modern-day miracle reports I concretely mean Lee Strobel's book The Case for Miracles: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for the Supernatural (amazon link) and Craig S. Keener's ...
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Priest moved from position as Vicar of a County to a Monsignor of a Parish

Is it a demotion if a priest who was Vicar of a local County is moved to another county within the same state but named Monsignor of a local Parish?
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Are there any sources other than Acts 2 reporting Xenoglossy during the first centuries of Christianity?

Xenoglossy, the ability to suddenly speak a language one has never learned or studied, is reported to have taken place at Pentecost in Acts chapter 2. Are there any other independent sources that ...
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What are the various denominational positions on whether the Biblical canon is closed? [closed]

I came across an interesting article that claims how volcanic ash may have buried a treasure trove of ancient literature, including Bible manuscripts, but we may be close to reading them for the first ...
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Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith claimed that God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him. How did he know it was really the Father and the Son?

It should be noted that this event occurred when Smith was 14 years old and the following is what he ask them. "During the vision, Joseph asked which church was correct, and Jesus Christ answered,...
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What is the biblical basis for Jesus not being God? [duplicate]

There are many ideas generally accepted within Christianity about the 'Son of God' being eternally existing. The basis for this is extra-biblical as in post-Apostolic creeds, and also supported by a ...
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How can a Christian know if they are called to be a prophet, according to denominations that believe in modern-day prophets?

First of all, are there any denominations that believe in modern-day prophets? If so, what do they understand by 'prophet'? Is it the same as having the gift of prophecy? What exactly is a modern-day ...
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Relationship of Salome and Mary

Mary is the mother of Jesus. Salome is mentioned twice in Scripture. There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and ...
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How do ATHEISTS explain the Bible's consistent pro human sacrifice stance (on a very plain reading)? [closed]

While there are many good reasons not to believe in Christianity, there is one good reason to not to disbelieve in the Bible I've never heard a good Atheist explanation for (partly because Christians ...
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When was it claimed for the first time in Church history that the offices of apostle and prophet have ceased?

First, some context ... Ephesians 2:19-22 (ESV): 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the ...
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Do Protestants agree that every individual has 'two or three witnesses' to attest to truth?

In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. [2 Corinthians 13:1 KJV (TR undisputed)] The establishing of truth by 'two or three witnesses' is attested by Moses, ...
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Why isn't Hades forever?

As I understand it, Hades is one way of talking about the state before hell and heaven proper, one which is temporary and does not exist for saints. This is pretty basic, but I never studied theology ...
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Is the mainstream scholarly view that the Gospels are anonymous works?

The skeptic, Matthew Wade Ferguson, writes the following at the infidels.org website: The mainstream scholarly view is that the Gospels are anonymous works, written in a different language than that ...
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Should the prayer of Jesus mentioned in chapter 17 of John's Gospel be understood as a verbatim account? [migrated]

In reading through the late Bishop John Shelby Spong's book on "Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism" he writes about the Gospel of John containing a reference to the high priestly prayer ...
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What is the basis for the different epistemologies of continuationists, cessationists and atheists regarding eyewitness testimonies of miracles?

Preliminaries From the Wikipedia article on Epistemology: Epistemology [...] is the branch of philosophy concerned with knowledge. Epistemologists study the nature, origin, and scope of knowledge, ...
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Does the phrasing in Nicene Creed cast doubt on the eternality of The Son of God?

The Nicene creed phrase “God of God” or “God from God” refers to The Word, Jesus. It seems that being of or from God indicates a beginning. Jesus,The Word,would not thus be eternally existing. How do ...
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How did they script the speaking in tongues scene in A.D. The Bible Continues?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLa-lj0zCGg I was just watching this scene about the event of Pentecost. At around 2:17 in the video, the disciples (those who act as disciples in the film anyway) are ...
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The nature of Heaven [closed]

First of all, I do not know much about the Bible or details of this religion, but it is the one in which I trust. Recently, I can't help myself thinking about death and what comes after it. I have ...
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According to Catholicism, was Adam with Eve when the serpent tempted her?

Genesis 3 says that the serpent addressed the woman: Gen. 3:1 "the serpent […] said to the woman" Gen. 3:4 "the serpent said to the woman" Gen. 3:6 is that chapter's first ...
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Are there any remains/fossils after Noah's flood?

As its considered that the flood happened on a global scale at Noah's time and its occurrence; are there any human (considerable account) & animal fossils/remains (apart from the ship) that ...
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Survey: English translations of the Nicene Creed

Someone posted a question recently asking about the use, in the Nicene Creed, of the phrase "true God from true God". This was mildly surprising, as the version I learned uses "very God ...
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How did traditional Catholic teachings s determine the sides on which the Good Thief and the Bad Thief respectively hanged?**

We read in Luke 23: 39-42, of the two thieves crucified with Jesus and the way they looked at Jesus: One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? ...
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How does the Catholic Church reconcile the two different narratives of behavior of the thieves in Calvary as reported in Mtt 27 and Lk 23?

We read in Mtt 27:38-44 (NRSVCE) : Then two bandits were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by derided him, ......The bandits who were crucified with him also ...
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What does Protestantism define as 'that which is to be believed' unto righteousness?

As to good and evil, there is a tree (a branch of knowledge) which defines the knowledge of good and evil ; and mankind is advised not to partake of it (as a means of life) else we die. But as to ...
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Would salvation have been possible if Jesus had died without shedding His blood?

Would salvation have been possible if Jesus died without shedding His blood? As far as I understand, the Bible says that the believers are saved through joining together with Christ in His death and ...
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What arguments support the view that Ephesians WAS written by Paul?

This question was asked in April 2016: What arguments are given that Ephesians was not written by Paul? One answer said the letter was written by Tychicus, to the Ephesians, and he wrote it in Rome. ...
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According to Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, what are the strongest apologetic arguments for the divine inspiration of the deuterocanonical books?

According to Wikipedia, the deuterocanonical books include: Canonical for the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church: Tobit Judith Baruch Sirach 1 Maccabees 2 Maccabees Wisdom Additions to ...
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Could gay marriage be considered a concession, similar to Moses on divorce, and Paul's teaching that "it is better to marry than to burn"? [closed]

To clarify, I am seeking discussion within the theology of traditional marriage that concludes that homosexual acts are sinful and not a part of God's original plan, where Christians are called to ...
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By Reformed Theology, Which Beliefs Accompany Saving Faith?

Which articles do Reformed Theologians say are always part of our salvation? (For instance, I have heard recognized figures teach that saving faith will always carry with it a recognition of the Deity ...
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What do Christians pay attention to in order to decide if a given piece of text or manuscript is divinely inspired?

Epistemologically speaking, when a Christian is faced with a given piece of text, manuscript, book, etc., how does he or she go about deciding whether the material at hand is divinely inspired or not? ...
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How do Christians who see Scripture as self-evidently inspired explain that Catholics, Protestants and Mormons have different sacred scriptures?

There are Christians who believe that there is no need to argue intellectually / apologetically for the divine inspiration of Scripture, since Scripture proves itself, by virtue of being self-...
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How do you explain that everyone reacts and needs different answers when talking about god or the pursuit of happiness? [closed]

Why are there people who are totally happy despite having a bad life and not believing in god? Isn't god supposed to be happiness?
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Should the phrase "true God from true God" in the Nicene Creed be translated as "true god from true god"?

I understand the word theos may be translated as "God" or as "god." Bible writers added words (the, true, only or one) to indicate the Almighty. The Nicene Creed describes the ...
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Why is the genealogy in Ruth different from Luke? [migrated]

In Ruth 4:18-22, the genealogy recorded is different from Luke Luke 3:23-38. In Ruth, Boaz is the son of Salmon, and Amminadab is the son of of Ram, in Luke, Boaz is the son of Sala, Amminadab is the ...
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How do those who cite 2 Tim 3:16 to prove the inspiration of Scripture know that 2 Tim 3:16 is itself inspired and what is meant by "All Scripture"?

I really like the approach of asking people Socratic questions as a means of gaining deeper insight into why they believe what they believe. For example, when I've asked people to explain to me how ...
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Did Adam need to have faith for his salvation?

As ridiculous as this question may sound, I believe it has some point. Did Adam need to have faith for his salvation? If yes, what kind of faith? Definitely, he didn't need to have faith in the ...
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How did Elijah send a letter to King Jehoram, if Elijah had already been taken to heaven? [migrated]

In 2 Chronicles 21, the wicked King Jehoram of Judah receives a letter from the prophet Elijah. The letter from Elijah said this, in part: “This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: ‘....
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How do Christians who are neither Evolutionists nor Young Earth Creationists explain the timeline of the six days of creation in Genesis chapter 1?

It would appear that defining the word ‘day’ in Genesis ch. 1 has a profound bearing on stances taken. Young Earth Creationists take them to be literal 24-hour-earth-days, but Evolutionists say they ...
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According to LDS, on what earth did God live before he became God and created everything?

There is an LDS doctrine which appears in catchy couplet form as follows: As man now is, God once was; as God now is, man may be 5th LDS President Lorenzo Snow is said to have formed this couplet on ...
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How do Christian Evolutionists explain the timeline of Genesis chapter one?

I understand that some Christians feel it necessary to accommodate a long period of time (which is suggested by some scientists for reasons of radioactive decay, the fossil record, geological ...
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Did Aaron's staff turn into a living snake? [closed]

I wondered for quite some time if the staff of Aaron and those of the priests of Pharaoh turned into snakes that were actually living, and if so, what was it like from the snake's point of view when ...
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God promises David that his kingdom will endure forever, then why did Israel's throne become empty for nearly 600 years before Jesus?

Some relevant texts: 2 Samuel 7:12-16, 2 Chronicles 13:5, Psalm 89:20-37, 1 Kings 11:36, etc. It seems that God promises David a continuous Davidic line on the throne, without interruption (especially ...
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God promised a peaceful death to Zedekiah, so why did he die horribly? [migrated]

In Jeremiah 34:2-5, God tells Zedekiah he will let Babylon conquer Israel, but not to be afraid because he will die peacefully,but in Jeremiah 52:10-11 and 2 Kings 25:6-7, he has his sons slaughtered ...
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According to the YEC, when was the earth created?

A quote from this link : The sun is not needed for day and night. What is needed is light and a rotating earth. To me, the sentence in the quote above tell something like this : A. in order day and ...
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Bloodletting and Protestantism?

After a bit of googling I've found that the Catholic Church prohibited bloodletting at the Council of Tours in 1163. Bloodletting But nothing about Protestant opinions... Some Protestant author wrote ...
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Does an act being intrinsically evil ensure culpability?

According to Catholicism, only mortal sins result in condemnation and a mortal sin requires the act to be grave matter and to have been committed with full knowledge and consent of the will. But the ...
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Could the book of Daniel been deliberately archaised [migrated]

There is this book Dating the Old Testament by NASA contractor Craig Davis, that goes through each book of the Old Testament to look at the the evidence of when each book was written. For Daniel he ...
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What will happen to our mansion when the time comes to go to the New Jerusalem?

Christ said that there are mansions in Heaven for us. (John 14:2-3). I am wondering that if the time comes for the event of entering into the New Jerusalem then what will be the case for our mansions? ...

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