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The practice of day-to-day living in a Christian manner.

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What is the Biblical basis for it being wrong for couples to live together *chastely* before marriage?

Many Christians say that a couple shouldn't live together before they get married, even if they are not having sex with each other. What is the Biblical basis for this position? Are there certain ...
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What does the Catholic Church teach on claiming as our “right / inheritance” the Abrahamic blessings before we die?

Background My friend is influenced by what I think is a prosperity-gospel leaning church, although I don't see heretical excesses like "positive confession", "name-it claim-it", etc and I cannot ...
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Why are there so many interpretations with the Bible?

I would like to ask, WHY must there be so many interpretations of scripture? there are so many interpretations of certain verses, denominations and such, and this can be confusing for people (...
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What is the biblical basis for Christians NOT to quit their jobs, sell all their possessions, and preach the gospel?

While an argument can be made that all Christians should quit their "secular" jobs, sell all their possessions, and preach the gospel fulltime, I am thinking that its basis may not biblical. What then ...
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How do the Seventh Day Adventist approach Old Testament laws?

I know the Seventh Day Adventist church is known for following certain Old Testament laws found in Leviticus such as the food/dietary laws. However I'm also under the impression that they don't follow ...
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What is the foundational motivation of Lenten practices?

Lent is traditionally described as lasting for 40 days, in commemoration of the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert, according to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, before beginning his ...
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Would a JW be disfellowshipped if they join a military (and are unrepentant about it)?

On my reading of a Anton Gill's 1989 book "The journey back from hell", he speaks briefly about JWs in the concentration camps. According to Gill, one of the issues the Nazis had with this group was ...
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What is the Catholic definition of meat for Lenten Fridays?

On English Language Learners, the definition of meat came up, and the question of what animals comprise meat. Tangentially, this led to a question about Catholics abstaining from meat on Lenten ...
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How to appropriately reply to “You're going to hell”? [closed]

According to global Christianity, what is the most Christlike way to respond to someone who randomly walks up to you and says, "You're going to hell"?
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Could there be a “Newer” Testament? If so, how would it become canonical?

Could there possibly ever be a new set of books added to the Bible which have modern stories and rules for future generations? Such as a book describing internet etiquette - which isn't so far out of ...
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In Roman Catholicism, does an individual's history of miscarriage lead to different or more specific guidance on pregnancy prevention?

As I understand it, Roman Catholicism teaches the following: Life begins at conception and therefore abortion is wrong Artificial birth control is wrong Under normal circumstances these teachings ...
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According to Catholicism, is it sinful to drink alcohol in order to get drunk?

Say you drink and you know if you drink more you might get drunk, or you simply drink to get drunk. You will become drunk and you know it, and no one is forcing you to drink. Is that a sin, ...
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According to Catholicism, is it unlawful to cause others to work on Sunday?

The Precepts of the Catholic Church say: You shall attend Mass on Sundays and on holy days of obligation and rest from servile labor There are already several discussions about what servile labor ...
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Are all forms of giving equally morally 'good' according to the Catholic church?

Catholics are called to help others in need and to give up what they have for others. However, we do not all give for the same reasons or in the same manner. I've generated a list of general forms of ...
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Are there Christian churches that believe in isolated living?

I am interested in knowing if there are Christian churches or groups that believe in living separately or allow it, either in total isolation and independence or partial isolation to avoid contact ...
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Will we be reunited with our family and friends in heaven? [closed]

Yes, I have faith in God and I would really like to go to heaven after I die, not hell, no way! I trust in God and would like to see my family and friends in heaven after they die, only if they make ...
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easy yoke and heavy cross [closed]

I am having difficulty reconciling a tension that I see in the teachings of Jesus. In Matthew 11:28--30 Jesus tells us 28 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I ...
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What part do Monks play in the Christian church?

I'm really interested in the practices of monks, one of which is being quite confined from society. I very much respect their practices and am curious to know what fruits they bear in the Christian ...
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How does one “leave his wife” for the Kingdom of God?

What is an overview of doctrinal statements made by Christian theologians regarding Jesus' statements in Luke 18: Luke 18:29-30 ESV And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who ...
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Are there any spiritual benefits in writing a diary?

Question: Are there any spiritual benefits in writing a diary? There have been many saints who have wrote a diary. Is it somehow beneficial? Why? Did any saint recommend it? I am asking the ...
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Why is acting not a sin?

If lying is a sin then why is acting not a sin? By 'acting' I mean intentionally deceiving others. Example: You meet with someone and act happy, but you are mad at them they now are deceived and ...
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According to Protestants, is it sinful to practice Yoga?

I know a lot of people who claim to be Christian but practice Yoga. I always thought (and Wikipedia seems to back me up on this) that Yoga was about meditation in Hinduism or Buddhism. Is practicing ...
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Does any church still provide a pension for widows?

In 1 Timothy there is a passage that talks about widows receiving a pension from the church: 1 Timothy 5:9-16 A widow is to be put on the list only if she is not less than sixty years old, ...
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Why is use of the phrase “for God's sake” often considered sinful?

I often hear this on some people even in games, who use the phrase "for God's sake" or something similar ("for God's sakes," etc.) I don't see how this can be considered sinful or blasphemous, ...
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How was the church structured during the time of 300 AD - 500 AD?

I know in 1054 AD, the Catholic & Orthodox churches had split - creating the great schism, but I'm curious to learn about the earlier history of the church. Are there any historical sources which ...
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Is the Catholic Church NOT against all birth control?

Card. Kasper made the following comments in an interview with WNYC Radio’s Brian Lehrer as transcribed in this article ‘The Church is not against birth control at all’: Cardinal Walter Kasper: ...
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The New Perspective on Paul and the Christ Followers Self Understanding

This is mostly a set of questions that are being asked of Protestant Christians, particularly those that hold to the "New Perspective on Paul." I have really enjoyed the work of modern "New ...
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In “take up your cross daily” what does “cross” refer to?

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. (Luke 9:23) What does Jesus mean here? What kind of cross is he referring ...
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Looking for Christian kids tape title with “Agapaopolis” on it

This is a long shot but I’ve been looking for this tape for years. It was a Christian kids cassette tape. It was about a boy either dreaming or going into a world meeting these other kids/people ...
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Why is the ritual of baptism needed?

Why is the ritual of baptism needed (by "ritual of baptism" here I mean the physical act of being immersed in or sprinkled with water)? Why just acts of prayer and oral confession not enough? I am ...
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According to Pentecostalism, what is the impact of the sin nature, hormones, and the Holy Spirit on libido?

What has more of an affect on libido, the flesh/sin nature or hormones and how does that change, after becoming a Christian filled with The Holy Spirit? And does receiving the Holy Spirit as a teen ...
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How does Christianity explain suffering that ends in death?

Does suffering in this life really matter? How can suffering from natural causes be reconciled with an omnimax god? Both answers above contain the major theme of God refining us, making us more like ...
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What is the biblical argument against having a concubine?

It is generally accepted that "having a concubine" = "not socially accepted." However, Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines. Having concubines was mentioned in the Old Testament. I cannot find ...
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Jehovah's Witness view on a potential member marrying a non-Witness

What is the official Jehovah's Witness position regarding a woman who is studying with the Witnesses and who wants to marry a worldly man (a man who is not a Jehovah's Witness)? We want to get ...
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Lords Prayer. Asking for Forgiveness

For those who beleive in the doctrine of Once Saved Always Saved (OSAS). How does one reconcile our need to not only confess our sins, but to ask God for forgiveness for those sins? Forgive us ...
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Are there any mandatory prayers in Christianity?

Does Bible impose any type of mandatory prayer that you have to offer at particular time or particular day? If so, what are some important prayers? Is a prayer at Church more worthy than a prayer at ...
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How do Protestants keep the Sabbath?

Exodus 20:9–11 (ESV) Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, ...
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Is Eastern Orthodox Christianity against doing yoga or meditation?

I've heard opposite opinions on this (for example, in an interview with Christine Mangala Frost) and I was wondering about it. So is Eastern Orthodox Christianity against doing yoga or meditation?
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How does Catholicism deal with the apparent paradox/conflict between “love thy neighbour” and “you will be rewarded”

I am wondering about an apparent conflict between a call for selfless love topped with a promise of a reward for it. Simply speaking, one is called to behave well (love ones neighbour) out of kindness ...
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What's the meaning of this quote by C. S. Lewis, regarding the heart and head?

C. S. Lewis wrote: The heart never takes the place of the head: but it can, and should, obey it. According to this, should we follow the heart or head?
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Can Catholics attend the secular wedding of two people baptized as Catholics?

I was born and raised Catholic, but became Wiccan a few years ago. My fiance is Catholic, but neither of us wants a Catholic wedding. We've decided on a secular ceremony, neither Christian nor pagan....
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What is the best response to give when someone asks if you think that your religion is the only true one [closed]

I told someone the other day, much to his surprise that I was a Christian. He asked whether I though my religion was the only true religion to which I replied yes. He seemed somewhat 'offended' by ...
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I am fasting for 40 days [duplicate]

I am fasting for 40 days I was wondering if I can stop fasting every Sunday and eat normal food my mom said I can but I want to be sure
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Does the Catholic Church allow the use of birth control to save the woman's life?

Does the Catholic Church have any process of being allowed to use birth control if it is necessary to preserve the life of the woman? (For example, suppose a woman must take certain medications to ...
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According to Reformed Theology, what is the doctrinal basis for belief in New Testament tithing?

Most Reformed churches refer to "tithes and offerings" as an understanding of the giving structure in church. Reformed Theology as a theological framework is careful about ensuring there is a biblical ...
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Does the Catholic Church have a list of Good Books?

The Church maintained an index of banned books for a long time, until it got to be a "must read for Satanists" list. Has the Church (or affiliated bodies) ever maintained a list of good books. Here'...
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Do any groups of Quakers still disapprove of the fine arts?

The family of the great painter Benjamin West belonged to a Society of Friends when West was a child, and according to his biography, in that environment his prodigious artistic talents were not ...
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Are biblical laws supposed to be part of Government? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should biblical laws apply to non-Christians? In the Bible (old and new testaments) there are various laws, some controversial but clearly written otherwise. Are these laws ...
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What is the biblical basis for the idea that men can't stop sinning?

I had someone ask me to show Scripture that says men can't stop sinning. I had a hard time locating one. What passage(s), if any, support this idea?
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Is it possible to describe Christian lifestyle? [closed]

I just finished reading the book "Living a Jewish Life," which explains the lifestyle practices that Jewish people generally follow, regardless of their faith or beliefs. It discusses the holidays and ...