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For surveys of Christian denominations. For the concept of "denomination," see [denomination], and for comparing denominations, use [comparative-christianity]

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Are there any sects that prohibit the use of images in general?

Are there any Christian sects that prohibit the use of images in general (even for art/entertainment)?
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Do any Christian groups or denominations not see having a definite doctrinal position on God's nature as essential for salvation?

Every time I revisit questions about God's nature on Biblical Hermeneutics Stack Exchange I can't help but come out with more doubts than convictions. For example, take a look at the following ...
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Which Christian groups or denominations believe in modern-day Theophanies?

Which denominations believe in modern-day Theophanies, i.e., that God still manifests/reveals Himself to individuals in extraordinary, supernatural ways today? For the sake of having a common ...
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How do different denominations approach casting out heretics in the modern day church?

15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from ...
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Can demons manifest in bodily form in the physical, just like angels do in the Bible?

The Bible records many accounts of angels physically manifesting themselves to people, whether for the purpose of delivering a message, or to get them out of trouble, etc. It also appears that most ...
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Which denomination had the largest percent of members who now profess atheism?

According to sociologists Ariela Keysar and Juhem Navarro-Rivera's review of numerous global studies on atheism, there are 450 to 500 million positive atheists and agnostics worldwide (7% of the world'...
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Which denominations believe in modern angelic interventions?

The Bible has tons of accounts where angelic beings paid a visit to our physical realm to carry out specific assignments. Concerning angels, Satan himself, while tempting Jesus in the desert, cited a ...
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Are there instances of miracles that are officially recognized by non-Catholic denominations?

The Catholic Church is well-known for its strictness in evaluating before officially accepting concrete instances of miracles. According to Wikipedia: The Catholic Church believes miracles are works ...
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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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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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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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Are there any Christian groups or denominations that make a distinction between the gift of healing and just praying for the sick to get healed?

In informal conversations with cessationists, I've heard claims to the effect that the gift of healing is fundamentally different from just praying for a sick person to get healed. That someone with ...
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Do any Christian groups or denominations believe that miracle-working faith can be cultivated through prayer and fasting?

I've been putting together an answer to my own question What is an overview of conditional Biblical promises for truth seekers that can be empirically tested in their lifetime?. While doing this ...
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Which church/denomination do most writers of GotQuestions, Creation Ministries International and Answers in Genesis belong to?

The sites Got Questions and Creation Ministries International and Answers in Genesis don't really tell which churches/denominations its writers are part of. The only thing that's obvious is they're ...
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Which churches/denominations teach about spiritual spouses and marine spirits?

I have recently learned about certain Christians who teach about demonic "spiritual spouses" (usually a succubus/incubus) and "marine spirits” (also demonic, and spiritual spouses may ...
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Do any Christians purport to make testable predictions that any unbeliever can verify in their lifetime?

Do denominations within Christianity make concrete, testable predictions that any unbeliever should be able to verify by themselves, personally, experientially, in their lifetime, provided that ...
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Do other Christian denominations/groups have an equivalent to the "burning in the bosom" of Mormonism?

In the question How is one supposed to "know" whether or not the Book of Mormon is true?, the accepted answer affirms: But the witness of the Holy Ghost is testimony from God's spirit ...
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Which Christian groups or denominations openly invite people to ask God for confirmation that said group/denomination is the right one for them?

Let's say someone is looking for the best Christian church/group/denomination, a place where they hope to find the right kind of fellowship, support and the teaching of accurate and sound doctrines. ...
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Are there any denominations that believe in contemporary apostles, and if so, how is a person called to be an apostle according to them?

Not much to add to the title. Are there any denominations that believe that God is still calling people to be apostles today? If so, how does a person know for sure that they have been or are being ...
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Is there anything close to a consensus on how to assess the credibility of eyewitness accounts as supportive evidence for supernatural beliefs?

It's my understanding that most Christians have never had an overtly spectacular, extraordinary, supernatural experience themselves, yet they find no problem in holding very specific supernatural ...
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Does any denomination have records of performing exorcisms on atheists?

Has an atheist, an agnostic, a naturalist or anyone lacking a belief in the supernatural for that matter ever been demon possessed or had a demonic experience of any kind? Is this even possible to ...
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Are there any Christian denominations that consider LDS (Mormons) to be Christians?

A recent Pew poll of Americans found that a majority of Christians consider Mormons to be Christian, with 51% saying 'yes' compared to only 31% saying 'no'. So, of those having an opinion, 62% say ...
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Do any Christian groups teach that animals will *go* to heaven?

AFAIK, most Christians would agree that animals don't have souls in the sense that people (humans) do. Many would say further animals don't have free will. Thus, AFAIK, most Christians would say that ...
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Do any Christianity denominations really offer something for addiction problems specifically?

I have a family member who says there is nothing in any religion of real use there for addiction. I have heard this before about Christianity in particular. She doesnt have a runaway issue but it is a ...
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What Christian denominations profess that they remain with 'that which was from the beginning' rather than 'progress' to a 'further revelation'?

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life ... That which we have seen ...
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Does any denomination believe that Jesus left something in writing?

We read of the immediate reaction of Jesus when Pharisees brought to him an adulteress to be stoned to death: They said this to test him, so that they might have some charge to bring against him. ...
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Which Christian groups/denominations in the history of the Church have encouraged their members to earnestly desire the gift of prophecy?

I'm interested in learning more about the relevance that the spiritual gifts have had for Christians over the course of history, with special emphasis on the gift of prophecy. For the apostle Paul, ...
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Which Christian branches/sects have information about their belief system hidden from new members but revealed to established ones?

Some religions have what might be described as unpalatable, or at least 'weird' beliefs, from an outside perspective, and sometimes they hide these beliefs from new members and reveal them only to ...
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Is there any quiz or tool that identifies the denomination which is closest to my personal beliefs?

I've looked through the beliefs of several denominations, but I can't seem to find one that has the same positions that I take on many Christian questions. Is there a quiz or test or even just a ...
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Are there any denominations opposed to organ transplant donation or receipt?

Organ donation sounds like it would be a controversial topic, but it doesn't seem to be. I'm aware that Jehovah's Witnesses won't accept blood transfusions, but, as blood is normally flushed out of ...
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Do any Christian denominations or groups teach about Satan's common tactics to pierce through the spiritual armor of a Christian?

In Ephesians 6:10-20, the apostle Paul teaches an important mystery: all Christians are in spiritual warfare against invisible evil forces from the kingdom of Satan. And just like soldiers have to ...
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Do Christians believe in witchcraft and the occult?

Do Christians believe that people can tap into supernatural powers through the practice of witchcraft and the occult? I'm aware that there are passages in the Bible that prohibit messing around with ...
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Does any denomination believe that it's not possible to be a Christian full of the Holy Spirit without being eventually led by the HS to join them?

Inspired by a previous related question I asked specifically targeting LDS, I would like to ask a generalized version of said question: If a person accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and ...
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Do any Christian groups/denominations encourage their members to seek personal revelations from the Holy Spirit to accurately interpret Scripture?

The notion of relying on God's guidance to walk the right path has ample support in Scripture. Jesus was in intimate connection with the Father and relied on His direct guidance at all times to carry ...
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Are there any Christian groups or denominations that teach how to discern between Godly, demonic and psychological experiences?

According to a Christian worldview, experiences can be either natural or supernatural. And if they are supernatural, they can either come from God or Satan. In other words, only 3 possible options. ...
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Are there any denominations that defend their doctrines by appealing to extra-biblical evidence from the 1st/2nd century of the early Church?

When it comes to controversial doctrines, I have a tendency to pay attention to what the early Church had to say on the subject. Of course, the most important early Church writings are compiled in the ...
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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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Which Christian groups or denominations believe in modern-day Christophanies?

The Bible records several instances of Christophanies, i.e., occasions where Jesus appeared and/or spoke to his disciples after having ascended to heaven. Probably the most well-known example is Paul'...
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Do any Christian congregations follow the example of 1 Cor 14:24-25 to win unbelievers for Christ?

In 1 Corinthians 14:24-25, Paul teaches an extraordinarily effective way to win souls for Christ, when an unbeliever or outsider steps for the first time into a Spirit-filled congregation: 24 But if ...
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Are there any documented cases of prophecies, dreams or visions (Joel 2) in modern times (1900 - present) that are endorsed by a denomination?

In Acts 2, during the Sermon at Pentecost, Peter reminded his astonished Jewish audience about the well-known prophecy uttered by the prophet Joel: 14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up ...
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Are there any denominations that teach their members how to hear God's voice better, as exemplified by the Apostles in Scripture?

From time to time I have come across people who claim to have heard the voice of God speak to them in various circumstances. To someone who has never experienced this firsthand, this may sound a bit ...
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What mainstream sects object to infant baptism?

I recently had an interesting discussion with a person who did piercing for a living at one point in time in his life. He told me that the shop he worked had a policy where the would not pierce a baby'...
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Which Christian denominations do NOT believe that Jesus existed prior to his conception?

Basically the title: Which Christian denominations do NOT believe that Jesus existed in some manner before his conception? If there are way too many, a reasonable answer listing the most notable ones ...
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Are there any denominations that give official advice on how to win atheists for Christ who are very strong in philosophy, logic and skepticism?

This is intended to be a question of general applicability, but in all honesty, I'm asking inspired by concrete YouTube channels that promote atheism, most notably, CosmicSkeptic and RationalityRules. ...
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Are there any denominations that expect prophecy instead of (or in addition to) tongues as a sign of being filled with the Holy Spirit?

I think everybody is aware of the existence of charismatic denominations that overemphasize tongues as a sign of being baptized in the Holy Spirit. But what about prophecy? There are examples in both ...
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Are there any examples of deductive arguments used to defend a doctrine?

Does anyone know an example of a doctrine, from any denomination, that is defended via a deductive argument, where the doctrine is logically deduced from an initial set of premises? If so, what about ...
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Are there any denominations that believe in "Eternal Security" but deny "Perseverance of the Saints" or vice versa?

According to Wikipedia, the doctrine of Perseverance of the saints is: [...] a Christian teaching that asserts that once a person is truly "born of God" or "regenerated" by the ...
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Are there any denominations that give official advice on how to handle the uncertainty in their doctrines?

It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone the existence of doctrinal discrepancies among different branches of Christianity. Most of the time, these doctrinal differences arise from the differing ways in ...
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Is there a sect of Christians that believe in the divinity of Mary, Mother of Jesus? [closed]

Is there a sect (dissenting or schismatic) of Christians that believe in the divinity of Mary, Mother of Jesus?
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Is there a Christian denomination that only considers the Son and the Father to be persons of God? [duplicate]

Is there a Christian denomination that holds only the Son and the Father as persons of God? (Only two persons) -- as opposed to Trinitarianism and Unitarianism. Has it been upheld by anyone in ...

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