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For questions about the life of Jesus, including his birth, ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension. Use [christology] for questions about his nature, his offices, and his relationship with God the Father and the Holy Spirit.

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What Charities Did Jesus Contribute To?

We know from John 12:6 that Jesus' ministry had a treasurer, and from Luke 8:3 that his ministry accepted financial contributions. What did they spend it on? Luke 8 indicates that they sometimes ...
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How to Stay Connected to the Lord in Our Busy Life [closed]

Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God”(Mat 4:4). “Therefore I say to you, Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat, or what ...
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How does Catholic Church explain John 1:31?

At John 1:30-31 (NRSVCE) we see John the Baptist introducing Jesus to the crowd: "This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ I myself did ...
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Luke 21:32 and the coming of the kingdom

I'm new to Christianity and am still exploring the gospels. According to the gospel of Luke, verse 21:32, Jesus says that this generation shall not pass until all these things have taken place." ...
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How would Catholics respond to the theory that Mary was a surrogate mother that had no DNA in common with Jesus?

Did the life transferred to Mary's womb contain unique DNA? Did that remain the case through out the pregnancy? Science tells us that a surrogate host mother of an implanted fertilized egg will have ...
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Why was Jesus not welcomed and carefully tested by the Jews if they were (and are) actually waiting for Messiah?

I have tried to understand these things all my life. A lot of the Bible stories make no sense to me, which probably means I'm missing something. One of the biggest questions I have is this: If the ...
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Why was Jesus asleep during the storm?

In the Bible, it is said that Jesus was asleep in the boat during the storm. What is the reason?
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Different genealogy in Matthew and Luke

In the Matthew and Luke we can read the genealogy of Jesus. While in Matthew 1 it dates back to Abraham, in Luke 3 it goes back to Adam. What's the significance of this difference?
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What does the Catholic Church think John the Baptist was referring when making the statement on greatness of Jesus?

John 3:30 (NIV) presents John the Baptist as saying about Jesus: " He must become greater; I must become less.” My question is: What exactly is the Baptist referring to (for example, public ...
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Is Mary, “Mother of God,” the mother of the Son or of the whole Trinity?

I find the Catholic title "Mother of God" for the Virgin Mary confusing. It is clear that she was the mother of Jesus, the Son. But the title suggests (indeed, not literally, but still) that Mary is ...
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A Catholic uncertain of the trinity [closed]

I struggle with my church's (Catholic Church's) teaching of the Trinity. I have no doubt that Jesus is the Son of God sent to bring us to the Father and to atone for the sin that separates us from ...
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Were the Magi believers?

If so, then why were the Magi still labelled that way? Why call a believer a member of the pagan Zoroastrian religion? Or am I missing something here? And by believers, I meant how the Magi believed ...
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Why didn’t the blind man at Bethsaida get healed the first time?

According to Mark 8:22 22 Then He came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him. 23 So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. ...
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Was there silence in heaven when our Lord and Saviour was crucified?

Revelation 8:1 says that when the seventh seal was opened "there was silence in heaven for about half an hour." This speaks of a dramatic pause before the next series of plagues (NIV Study Bible ...
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According to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was Jesus Christ ordained to the Priesthood?

This may seem like a stupid question (ie. why would someone need to be ordained to their own priesthood order?). However, I can't seem to find reference to Him being ordained or to Him not needing to ...
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The orginal papers/book that Moses wrote of Jesus?

I always posted/stated that the King James bible version wasn't all accurate. What Jesus said is true enough; but man has his thumbprint on that particular bible i.e. Some got lost through translation,...
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Can a person prove that Jesus Christ is in the Old Testament without going to the New Testament?

Sometimes as christians when we are talking to the Jews, we tell them the Old Testament refers to the coming of Jesus Christ. It's like we are forcing our beliefs unto them by using references from ...
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When did Christmas (the birth of Christ) first begin as a Christian celebration?

I remember hearing something about a true Saint Nicholas who maybe helped poor children or something, but to be honest, I really don't know much about when Christmas began to be celebrated by ...
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Did Jesus' disciples celebrate His birthday?

Celebration of birthdays of some prominent persons was very much in vogue at the time of Jesus, as we see at Mt 14:6. Now that Christmas has come to be one of the greatest feasts of Christianity, ...
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What Place was Jesus going to prepare

In John 14 Jesus tells the disciples that he was going to prepare a place for them. Isn't it that heaven was already founded from creation? So, what place was he referring to? Was this just a figure ...
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According to Catholicism, how did Jesus go in secret (disguise) to the Feast of Tabernacles?

In John Chapter-7, we see Jesus going to the Feast of Tabernacles in disguise: " But when the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was near, Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave Galilee and go to Judea, ...
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Relationship between Mary/Elizabeth or Jesus/John?

How were Mary and Elizabeth related, outside of the obvious of being of the children of Abraham. Mary was of the tribe of Judah, and Elizabeth would have been a Levite. How could Mary and Elizabeth ...
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Is there a systematic theology resource based solely on the words of Jesus?

Numerous Bibles have a "The Words of Christ in Red Letter" feature. Understandably, there is some debate concerning which verses and words should be in red (but this question is not about that.) This ...
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Is it contrary to any Christian belief or doctrine to believe that Jesus deceives us in order to protect our souls?

Jesus ultimately cares about the judgement of our eternal soul. Is it contrary to any Christian belief or doctrine to believe in a Holy deception; that the reason He made His return unknown and ...
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When and who was the first disciple to truly believe Jesus' claims

Same as title, the question came up in bible study looking for more information.
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In which language did Pontius Pilate communicate with Jesus?

According to this post: Both Aramaic and Hebrew were in use in the Land at the time of Jesus. However, while we cannot say one predominated, we can say that Mishnaic Hebrew was very much a living ...
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What is the significance of position of fingers in Jesus' hand as shown in his images?

In most of the visual images of Jesus – both in picture and sculpture forms – fingers of His right hand, raised in blessing, follow a particular arrangement. Is there any significance to that ...
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Why did Judas need to identify Jesus?

Annas, Caiaphas and all other important people of synagogue knew the identity of Jesus and how he looks. So why was the kiss necessary? In Gethsemane garden Jesus was only with 11 disciples. The Mob ...
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Was Jesus a Cynic (Greek philosophy)?

Cynicism is a school of Greek philosophy. It taught that the purpose of life was to live in virtue, in agreement with nature. As reasoning creatures, people could gain happiness by rigorous ...
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Why is the Gospel of John said to present Jesus distinctively as “the Son of God”?

A common assertion is that the Gospel of John uniquely presents Jesus as "the Son of God", while Matthew presents Him as "the King of the Jews", Mark as the "Servant", and Luke as "the Son of Man". ...
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How do Mormons interpret Psalm 110:1 and Matthew 22:41-45?

Based on the answer to this other question, Mormons believe that Jesus and Jehovah in the Old Testament are one and same person. Also my understanding is that, based on information such as the ...
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Was Jesus a liar? (rethorical question, I know he isn´t)

In three of the four gospels Jesus predicts the destruction of the Temple, to the last stone. [Matthew 24:1-2] And Jesus went out from the temple, and was going on his way; and his disciples came ...
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When did people start to deny Jesus as a historical person?

Somewhat related to this question: What extrabiblical sources support the existence of Jesus in history? Is there any record of when people started to give the idea that Jesus never existed? Is this ...
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What language did Jesus speak?

As a young believer I was quickly turned on to the idea of learning some things about the "original languages" of the Bible. After all, how could you understand John 21:15-17 without understanding ...
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What is the difference between LORD and GOD? [closed]

I need to understand whether GOD and LORD is the same or different.
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Why did Jesus use the expression, “very truly I tell you”?

I used to think nothing of it until someone said, "it makes you wonder what he was saying the rest of the time". Now I don't believe for one moment Jesus was a liar, but why did He use that strange ...
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How tall was Jesus? [closed]

We read at Luke 19:2-4 (NRSVCE): " A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because ...
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Why did Joseph and Mary take one day's time to realize that Jesus had been left behind at the Temple?

We read in Luke 2: 43-46, the incident relating to the visit of child Jesus and his parents to the Temple and his `getting lost' at Jerusalem: After the festival was over, while his parents ...
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Why are the disciples addressed differently in different contexts?

At John 21: 4-5 we see a post-resurrection event when Jesus addresses the disciples as children: Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was ...
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Why did Jesus keep himself and the disciples hungry and thirsty on some occasions?

We see at Matthew 12:1 (NRSVCE) : "At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the sabbath; his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat." We also see at Mark ...
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The uniqueness of Christ's suffering

I volunteer at a soup kitchen which is run by a pastor with a Born Again style. Each meal is preceded by a sermon and attendees are encouraged to come to Jesus. I had a come-to-Jesus conversation ...
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Reason for drawing water at unusual time

John 4:5-8 New Living Translation (NLT) 5: Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6: Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus,...
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How much did the Cross of Jesus weigh?

Catholic tradition tells us that Jesus fell three times under the weight of the cross on His way to Calvary. I wish to know if any studies based on historical evidence have been conducted by ...
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Without Hell, from what does Jesus save?

This question is about the liberal versions of Christianity, the versions which don’t have a conception of Hell. Put simply, without Hell, just what exactly is Jesus saving me from? Even the most ...
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Does Paul ever actually quote Jesus anywhere as a primary source?

"Does Paul ever actually quote Jesus anywhere as a primary source" However, I came to that post because of my puzzlement regarding Hebrews 10:5-9. I believe Paul is generally considered the author ...
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What was Jesus wearing while drying the disciples' feet?

John 13:5 states that “He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.” My question is if he would have been wearing ...
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What extrabiblical sources support the existence of Jesus in history?

What sources outside of the Bible give supporting evidence to the existence of Jesus and any of the events in His life?
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Have any prominent theologians written on what the ascension looked like?

Some postmodernists believe the picture of Jesus floating up into the sky like a balloon is absurd. I remember C. S. Lewis saying (in Miracles) that we don't necessarily have to believe that if we ...
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Why does Jesus speak of himself in the third person?

There are a number of places where Jesus refers to himself in the third person. The most common is when he uses the title 'Son of Man' (by my count, there are some 78 times Jesus uses that title in ...
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How would Jesus write his full name as, in civil records?

Jesus, Joseph, Mary, James, John - these were popular first names used by the Jews in the days of the Lord. Naturally, each would have some additional names like that of his/her father or of the clan/...