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Belief, trust, and loyalty towards God, Jesus, and the Christian religion.

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According to Eastern Orthodoxy, does Matthew 17:20 apply to all people?

In Matthew 17:20, Jesus said: "Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will ...
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What is the justification for relying on faith healing and conventional medicine?

As a contrast to What is the justification for relying on faith healing over conventional medicine?, I thought I'd ask the opposite. What is the justification for relying on faith and conventional ...
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The word “faith” in Matthew 17:20, Matthew 21:21 according to Reformed?

Matthew 17:20 And He said to them, "Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here ...
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According to Christianity, is only the Christian faith a gift from God?

At least in the Catholic Church (with which I am most familiar), it is stated that Faith is a gift from God. Point 179 in the Catechism reads: Faith is a supernatural gift from God. In order to ...
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What is an overview of Protestant explanations of the difference between dead faith and perfect faith in James 2?

In James 2:17-22 (KJV) it reads: 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, ...
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Does faith cometh by hearing only as alluded to in Romans 10:17?

(KJV) Romans 10:17 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. It seems Paul alludes to faith cometh by hearing the word of God,but in several instances in bible(Hebrews 4:...
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Does Christianity believe in reincarnation? [closed]

Most religions of the East believe in the transmigration of the soul from a dead body to a newborn body. For example let us say a person called Dheeraj dies, then if immediately he is born into ...
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How do “faith alone” proponents interpret James 2:24? [duplicate]

James 2:24 (KJV) Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. How do Protestants who believe in faith alone interpret James 2:24? And if they believe in sola ...
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Why was Jesus amazed by the Syrophoenician women's faith?

“First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” “Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the ...
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Has the Catholic Church made any comparative study of the faith of Martha vis-a-vis that of Mary?

At Luke 10:40-42 we read : " But Martha was distracted with much serving; and she went to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But ...
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Why did the disciples have to be silent about the supernatural event of the Transfiguration? (Catholic perspective)

The story of the Transfiguration in Matthew 17:1-9 concludes with these words: As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, "Do not tell the vision to anyone until the Son of ...
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Where did the formula, “Good works are the fruits of faith,” originate?

A previous question of mine, "What is the biblical basis for the belief that good works are the fruits of faith?" provides examples of Protestant faith statements using the formula, "good works are ...
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Do good works always express saving faith in Christ, even when that faith is not explicit?

My understanding of the Catholic view on the relationship between faith and works is that faith and works are inseparable. Which is to say that true faith will always find expression in works, and ...
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Is there no salvation among any Christ-professing faiths, apart from the restored gospel of the Latter Day Saints? (LDS perspective)

In the words of 13th LDS President Ezra Taft Benson, “This is not just another Church. This is not just one of a family of Christian churches. This is the Church and kingdom of God, the only true ...
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If we are certain there is a God then why is it called a 'faith'? [closed]

If we declare there is a God and do not deny him then why do we call it a 'faith'?
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What is the biblical basis for the belief that good works are the fruits of faith?

It is common for Protestant doctrinal statements to say that good works are the fruits of faith. For example: We confess that good works are necessary fruits of faith in the life of a Christian and ...
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How is God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit the same? [duplicate]

I don't get that God is three persons and not one it just doesn't make sense to me at all. How does one God become three persons? Like as in a 3 leafed clover?
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What is a Miracle and does it require Faith? [closed]

I was reading Matthew 8 today and I was pondering upon the verse (verses 8-13) interaction between Jesus and a certain centurion. To summarize, the centurion tells Jesus that his servant is paralyzed ...
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What caused the shift from “Faith Of Christ” to “Faith In Christ” in modern translations?

The phrase "Faith in Christ" can also be translated "Faith of Christ" (or "Faithfulness of Christ" [NET]): In the older school of translations of the Bible into English (I'll call them the "King ...
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If faith without deeds, or actions, is dead, then what are these concrete actions?

I have been very concerned lately with James 2, starting with verse 14, especially with actions related to faith: What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don't ...
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Does the Catholic Church rank the cardinal virtues?

The three theological virtues which serve as the basic foundation for all others are faith, hope, and love. The cardinal virtues which build upon them are temperance, justice, wisdom, and courage. ...
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According to the Catholic Church, are Jews saved without faith in Jesus?

According to recent news stories, the Vatican has issued a report saying that Jews can be saved without faith in Jesus (see for example here). This sounds very strange, so my questions are: Does ...
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What are the main biblical interpretations used to defend the point of view that Nicodemus had inferior faith?

I was reading a post by John Piper here where he said this: But it is not saving faith. Nicodemus was not born again The same week my Pastor made a derogatory reference to the faith of Nicodemus, ...
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Does water baptism or a subconscious intention to be baptized with water by a human being necessarily and logically follows one's spiritual salvation? [closed]

Some say that water baptism is “an outward expression of an inward reality”; that it is “obedience to a command by God”. Regarding these statements, I have the following questions: Does all inward ...
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Why does the Episcopal Church take votes on moral questions?

I read in the news today that the Episcopal Church is going to vote on same-sex 'marriage'. As a Catholic who looks to the Pope to issue statements on matters of faith and morals, and trusts the Holy ...
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Why doesn't faith heal like it did when Jesus was alive? Aka, “yes-no-wait” [closed]

Throughout the Gospels, people suffering various ailments would come to Jesus to ask for healing. Almost always, Jesus responds by (1) praising their faith and (2) healing the person. Of course, many ...
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Faith is certain: “Ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt” doubt versus desire to know the One

Considering Catechism of the Catholic Church and its discussion on faith it states that "the certainty that the divine light gives is greater than that which the light of natural reason gives", ...
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According to Reformed Theology how can we saved by Grace 'Alone' and Faith 'Alone'?

Two of the Five Solas are: Sola Gratia: Salvation by Grace Alone Sola Fide: Justification by Faith Alone If salvation is by "grace alone", how can "faith alone" be added as well? Only one of these ...
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The task of interpreting the Word of God - The Pope

CCC Article 2, 100 (Page 35): "The task of interpreting the Word of God authentically has been entrusted solely to the Magisterium of the Church, that is, to the Pope and to the bishops in communion ...
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What is the single best reason - specific to Christianity - that the Christian God is the real God? [closed]

Looking at history it seems clear that we are a God inventing species and obviously 99.99% of these Gods cannot be real. But let us suppose that there is indeed a Higher Being. What is the best ...
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What is the Biblical basis for saying one won't be healed if they lack sufficient faith?

I've heard it said in discussion with teachers in a Pentecostal church, "If you pray and believe, God will heal you." The teaching seems especially motivated by passages like Mark 5:34 and Mark 10:52 ...
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Was the book of Enoch once part of the holy scriptures?

Jude 1:14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints ... This seems to indicate that the apostle not only read the ...
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What is the background of the words “notitia,” “fiducia,” and “assensus” and how do they relate to the biblical notion of “faith”?

The book Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview (page 18) describes notitia, fiducia, and assensus as the three essential elements that make up the biblical notion of "faith." notitia ...
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Did Augustine teach sola fide?

It is popularly taught that the reformers declared five distinctive elements of theology that differentiated them from Rome: salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, for the ...
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Why do we focus on faith in Jesus' death and resurrection vs other kinds of faith? [closed]

A Baptist website explains: "The Bible tells that there is one way to be saved and it is through believing Jesus died for your sins and asking Him to be your Savior." Now if this is a true statement ...
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Ephesians 4:5 what does “One faith” mean?

Paul says that there is one faith. I'm guessing that this mean theres only one faith that can save you. And that faith is in "believing" that Jesus died for your sins, and you're no longer a slave to ...
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Is salvation acheived by faith alone, or does it in fact require some works?

I was raised a Lutheran, and am looking for an answer from someone (like a Lutheran) who believes in salvation by grace alone (by faith alone, etc.). I still believe in salvation by faith alone ...
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How did “credibile est, quia ineptum est” become “credo quia absurdum”?

The quote "Credo quia absurdum" (I believe, because it is absurd) is ascribed to Tertullian. But Tertullian never wrote this: what he wrote (De Carne Christi, V, 4) was "Prorsus credibile est, quia ...
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Why are there no longer large-scale miracles from God? [closed]

I'll put my frustrations as concisely as I can. I would really appreciate all below points being addressed to some extent. Why are things not the way they were? In the old testament, literally ...
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Which scriptures are used to justify ignoring feelings?

Having attended a number of churches, at least one of which claimed to be 'non-denominational,' I have been subjected to listening to this teaching, which I have seen used to try to convince people ...
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Know any Bible verses on 'faith,' 'knowledge' or what it means to 'believe'? [duplicate]

I was assigned to present a paper on epistemology, which is the philosophy of truth, knowledge and belief, and to convey it on the terms of my judgment. I am blessed to have a professor who encourages ...
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What does John Calvin mean to imply by the “suffrage” of the church?

In his Institutes of the Christian Religion, John Calvin discusses the idea that the Biblical canon depends on the ratifying action of the Church (Book 1, Chapter 7). He thinks it does not, preferring ...
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Can theology still be defined “the science of faith”?

According to Wikipedia, Richard Hooker (March 1554 – 3 November 1600) was an English Anglican priest and an influential theologian. He was one of the most important English theologians of the ...
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How are the teachings in the Book of James consistent with Salvation by Grace alone?

I was reading through James today and I understand his point was to convey to the Jews that only having faith - but not showing your gratitude for the grace they've received - is not good. He does get ...
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What is the meaning of the parable in Luke 17:7-10? [closed]

In the first verse of Luke 17:5-10, the disciples ask Jesus to increase their faith. Here is the full passage, in the New King James Version (NKJV): 5 And the apostles said to the Lord, "Increase ...
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Salvation by good works alone?

Is the idea of salvation by works alone considered by any branch of Christianity? Consider a person one would describe as good or doing a lot of good, but who doesn't believe in the supernatural. Like ...
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Are there any laid down guidelines to enrich and strengthen Christian faith?

I was asked to devise a brief note on how to strengthen and enrich faith in Christianity. Are there any laid down guidelines in Roman Catholicism as to how this is achieved? If any such documents ...
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Curious re: Scientific evidence [closed]

I read something recently from a highly regarded poster on a sister site, which states: "I should extend the courtesy of allowing people to have evidence which they can't use to convince me, given ...
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Is Catholicism a “works” denomination?

Catholicism venerates people's works as that is the only way to become a saint - you actually have to DO something. I understand that there has been a strong debate regarding faith or works (or ...
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Why fasting prayer? [duplicate]

I want to know what is fasting prayer and why we want to do the fasting prayer. What does the Bible say about this?