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Does Nehemiah 6:10-12 contradict situation ethics?

In Nehemiah 6:10-14, Shemaiah tries to get Nehemiah to meet with him in the temple and close the door, alleging (falsely) that people will try to kill Nehemiah at night otherwise. The goal was to get ...
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Is self defense murder in the Christian context?

If a Christian kills someone while defending his family in the process, will God hold that person guilty for taking out someone who would have ended that Christian and the Christian's whole family? ...
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Is "illicit" the same as "sinful"?

I understand that certain acts in Catholicism are considered "illicit," or in violation of church law. Is this equivalent to saying that the acts are sinful? Can something be sinful but not ...
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Do Deuteronomy 29:29 and Isaiah 59:21 teach that the Mosaic law was meant to be followed forever?

Deuteronomy 29:29 KJV The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law. ...
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What was the Law of God Before Moses and How was It Disseminated?

In Gen. 26:5: Because Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my precepts and commandments, and observed my ceremonies and laws. (Douay Rheims) Abraham knew of the obligation to tithe. Noah knew what &...
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Do Catholic Priests Make Yearly Visits to Households Anymore?

I am under the impression that a Roman Catholic parish priest must visit the households of his parish on an annual basis. But is this done anymore? I am sure it has been promulgated somewhere and at ...
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If and When a Catholic Priest May Reveal Something from a Penitent's Confession

This question is motivated by one of the answers given here for the question Is religious confession legally privileged. I am under the impression, correct me if I am wrong, that if a Catholic priest ...
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Does the Catholic Church Promulgate Anything Specific Regarding Priests and Firearms?

Does the Catholic Church have any explicit laws regarding priests and the ownership of or the carrying of firearms? I am under the impression that Canon Law (someplace) forbids for all clerics from ...
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Under the laws of which regime was Jesus sentenced to death on the cross?

We read in Matt 27 how Jesus was put to trial before the Roman Governor: Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many accusations they make against you?” But he gave him no answer, not even to ...
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Is the King James Bible banned in China?

I understand there are state-sanctioned churches in China, but that implies that Bibles in China are edited by the CCP. Would an Anglican Bible be legal, or at least easy, to bring into China?
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Which of the Ten Commandments becomes a subject of aberration if a Christian evades Income Tax?

In many countries like India, Return of Income Tax due to the Government from the citizens are filed online on the dedicated Tax Portal . Each citizen is required to disclose the income he earned in ...
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According to Catholicism, is it a gravely sinful act to give shelter to a criminal wanted by the State?

Imagine this situation: Mr A who is a close friend of Mr B enters into a heated argument with Mr C who is their common friend, in a remote area. Mr C provokes A to such an extent that the latter ...
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Do the SDA read secular books during the Sabbath day?

I was reading the Mishnah and I came across this article which says it is unlawful to read secular material during the Sabbath but one is allowed to read only the written law and the oral law(after it ...
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How do Catholic scholars explain Gal 2: 21 against the backdrop of Mtt 5: 17-18?

We hear St Paul telling in Gal 2:21 (NRSVCE): I do not nullify the grace of God; for if justification comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing. But we see Jesus telling in Mtt 5: 17-18 : ...
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Is there any consensus about what constitutes law (requirements for salvation) after Christ?

I have researched this and have found several seemingly conflicting theories, which include (quotes are paraphrasing): One must not commit "mortal" sins without confessing them, or ...
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Is it obligatory for a Catholic to obey all government regulations even if they contradict religious norms?

What happens when the law contradicts the word of God, his commandments, his moral norms, catechism, etc. What prevails? Is it legitimate to disobey the laws of the land to protect Christian values ...
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What is the process of deposing an Orthodox Patriarch as head of their particular Orthodox Church?

What is the process of deposing an Orthodox Patriarch as head of their particular Orthodox Church? After posting this question (Does the Russian Orthodox Church actively support Putin and his war in ...
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Is "the law of faith" in Romans 3:27 the same as "the law of the Spirit" in Romans 8:2? If not, are they still linked?

Various laws are detailed in the book of Romans, principally via contrasts, e.g. the law of sin and death versus the gift of eternal life (as in 8:2), and the law of works versus the law of faith (as ...
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Why are the SDA still obliged to bring tithes/firstfruits?

According to an Seventh Day Adventist chart (Redemption Series) six out of the seven festivals of Israel came to reality with the coming of Christ 1)Passover-Reality-Jesus became the Passover lamb(1 ...
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Why do the SDA reject physical circumcision?

Circumcision is a requirement given to the patriarchs/Mosaic law which somehow the SDA shuns yet hold on to the sabbath law from the same covenant Both requirements are said to be perpetual and ...
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What is the Biblical basis for civil disobedience, by not wearing a mask in the midst of COVID-19, despite health department rules?

In many places in the United States there are health department rules that require those attending worship inside a church to wear a mask. Yet, there are many churches that refuse to be in compliance ...
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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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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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According to Protestantism, are we saved by faith into a repentance of law-following?

Just have a question regarding faith and works: A person has eternal life solely by faith in Jesus Christ (as in believing every word Jesus said, including his claims that he is God), but by believing ...
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Why does the Christian doctrine seem so far from the Bible? [closed]

Upon reading the Bible, I have found that that Christian doctrine differs heavily from the scriptures. A few of the differences: Circumcision Feast days Following the statutes & judgements ...
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Does a legal compilation of all laws included in the New Testament exist?

Jews compiled Old Testament laws and found 613 commandments. I wonder if the same kind of compilation exists for the New Testament laws.
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Matt 15: What penalty for not washing hands?

In Matthew 15:2, the Pharisees accuse the disciples of Jesus of not properly washing their hands before eating. “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash ...
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Can Christians still eat meat with blood in it? [duplicate]

These are the verses in question that prohibits eating meat with blood in it: "But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it. 5 And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an ...
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Canon law - vows, acquired rights meaning problem [closed]

I have a problem with meaning of dispensation from vow restrictions (canon law 1196). I have read that dispensation must not injured rights acquired by others (i have read that it's regards lawfully ...
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A confusion about the fullfilment of the law

Jesus said in Mat 5:17-18: Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth ...
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Was It Possible or Not To Keep the Law of Moses?

Doing a study on grace and the fulfilment of the Law at present, and wonder if someone can assist: some texts definitely state that it is not humanly possible to perfectly keep the Law. Thus Paul in ...
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A question about Faith and Law before Sinai

William Huntington (1745 – 1813) preached in London to many hundreds, sometimes thousands, in the latter part of his life. After his death a number of preachers followed in his footsteps, such as ...
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According to Catholicism, is it sinful to physically harm abortion doctors to prevent them from performing abortions?

Question: Is it sinful to physically attack a doctor who performs abortions and break his fingers so that he can not perform an abortion? If yes, why? If no, why? Does it depend on the circumstances? ...
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Did Jesus or 'an expert in the law' first share the greatest commandments?

In Luke 10.25-29 you have a teacher of the law asking Jesus how to inherit eternal life and then that same teacher of the law answering the question with the two greatest commandments But then in ...
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In Acts 25:10 Paul appeals to Caesar. What aspect of Roman law/citizenship was he invoking?

Some commentators claim it was provacatio, others amplius. Most commentators simply state he had the right to appeal but what exactly was he invoking? The wikipedia article on Valerian and Porcian ...
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Why do Seventh Day Adventists change the moral law using the ceremonial law?

Why do Seventh Day Adventists change the moral law using the ceremonial law? Seventh Day Adventists say that the Law of Moses is divided into two sets of laws, the moral law and the ceremonial law. ...
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According to universalists, why should we obey God?

If universal reconciliation is true- so that everybody will eventually come to know God because of his son Yeshua, and therefore nobody will have their flesh burned forever and ever- why should we ...
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Why don't many Christians follow this: " For all the law is fulfilled in one word... Love thy neighbour as thyself." - Galatians 5:14 [closed]

The Whole Law is fulfilled in One Commandment but they still promote religious traditions and call homosexuality a sin. There have been wars in Christianity, judgments, persecutions. How many ...
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To Catholics: Natural Law and Marital Intimacy [closed]

I have a bit of a different perspective since I am not a Catholic yet but am starting to learn about Catholicism. I am currently non-denominational, but I’m waiting for RCIA to start and I have weekly ...
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Is the Pope allowed to notarize various Vatican documents?

The pope can do many things and certainly has much moral authority. Hence, it sounds reasonable for the pope to be able to notarize (certify) Vatican documents. Also in history, many notaries were ...
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How was circumcision practiced in Jesus' time?

Both John the Baptist and Jesus were circumcised on the 8th day, according to Old Testament laws. Luke 1:57-60 English Standard Version (ESV) Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she ...
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Does the love of God fulfil the Law, or keep the Law, or both? (Reformed view)

"If you love Me, you will keep My commandments." (John 14:15, ESV / NASB) There seem to be at least two opposing interpretations of Jesus' above statement, and similar Scripture, namely the following:...
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Bible versions quoted in book - need copyright info on each or just the major one? [closed]

For Bible versions quoted in book, do I need copyright info on each or just the major one? For example, in the book we are writing, the NIV is the most quoted. The copyright page has thee following ...
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What is the basis for the belief among some Protestants that Christ's teachings do not apply to us today?

I have seen some Protestants arguing that Christ's teachings in the Gospels don't apply to us; that they were applicable only to the Jews, the immediate audience, since the new covenant did not begin ...
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Which book of the law is Joshua 1:8 referring to?

Since Joshua 1:8 says Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, So which Book of the Law is Joshua 1:8 referring to, since we have 66 books in the ...
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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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According to Catholics, what is the law placed within the Israelite in the New Covenant?

In Jer. 31:31-34, it is written, 31 “Behold, the days are coming,” said Yahveh, “that I shall cut a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant that I cut ...
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How do Catholics view the role of conscience in determing morals?

Once in a while I come across statements from Catholics that seem to say that there isn't an absolute truth. It sometimes sounds very like the postmodern mantra that "what is true for you isn't ...
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is there a magnitude to sin? [duplicate]

Some time back a public figure was arrested for pedophilia. On Youtube, I observed many very hateful comments directed at this individual. Are the people who were passing judgement on the public ...
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What type of Sabbath rest is Hebrews 4 talking about? [closed]

Hebrews 4 refers to the Israelites previously "not entering their rest" (verses 11, 5) and also that we should "make every effort to enter into that rest." (verse 11) Verse 9 states: But God has ...
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