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Questions about (1) giving an explanation or definition to a word; or (2) dealing with the existential purpose of something.

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Does Wm. Golding's book "Lord of the Flies" correctly present the theology of "The Fallen Nature of Man" according to Christian Protestantism?

William Golding wrote about a group of Boy Scouts who were stranded on an island, and who tried to set up a society among themselves. At first they were quite civil and logical in their social ...
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What are rebuttals to the argument that Christians only worship God to give their lives meaning?

Many people argue that we only created God and religion to give our lives meaning, and that is why we worship God and other gods. However, we have to take into consideration that humans tend to ...
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What did "one baptism" in the Nicene Creed mean back then?

In the following statement in the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed (AD 381), what exactly does "one" mean for the framers (i.e., not to subsequent interpretation)? English: We [or I] ...
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What Does St. Francis de Sales Mean by "Sounding Periods" in Sermons?

In St. Alphonsus Liguori's Dignity and Duties of the Priest, it is written: Empty words and sounding periods are, says St. Francis de Sales, the pest of sermons. (De la Predic. ch. 5, a. I.) First, ...
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St. Faustina on the measure of the love of God in the soul

In entry (774) of her Diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul, St. Faustina writes: "... in the spiritual life, suffering is the thermometer which measures the love of God in a soul." The complete ...
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The Meaning of St. Philip Neri's "to Despise being Despised''

Contained in The Maxims and Sayings of St. Philip Neri are two quotes on humility which I have never fully understood: To obtain perfectly the gift of humility, four things are required: to despise ...
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Meaning of cross with Jesus on both sides

I have a necklace that is a cross charm with Jesus Christ on the cross but on both sides. What's the meaning of this symbol?
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Meaning of the word "sons" in "Our God, Our Help in Ages Past"?

Time, like an ever-rolling stream, Bears all its sons away; They fly forgotten, as a dream, Dies at the opening day. [Isaac Watts; Our God, Our Help in Ages Past] What does the word "sons" ...
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Is Jesus atoned for us?

The third stanza of the hymn The Breaking Of Bread states the following (emphasis added): Our Savior now doth reign in heav’n above; death's power he overcame, such matchless love; to heav’n he did ...
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Is the hymn "I Gave My Life For Thee" inaccurate?

The hymn I Gave My Life For Thee has the following verse (emphasis added): My Father's house of light, My glory-circled throne I left for earthly night, For wanderings sad and lone It appears to ...
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What is the purpose of typology in the Bible?

My question is for those who believe the Bible is the inpired word of God. I have been wondering what exactly the purpose of typology is in the Bible. The best answer I have thusfar is that it acts ...
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Which religions is this song inspired by and what do the metaphors/symbols mean? [closed]

I was going to ask this in music.stackexchange, but decided to ask here, as I think the subject is inspired Judaism and Christianity. If there's a more appropriate site, please let me know and I can ...
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Is naturalistic cosmology pointing us back to viewing stars as gods (similar to how pagans did), crediting stars with giving meaning to the universe?

I ask this after seeing a documentary on BBC TV, the evening of 27 October 2021, where Professor Brian Cox started a new series on the universe. This first episode dealt with the way the universe ...
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What is the difference between obeisance and worship? [closed]

After reading the answers to this question, I realized that many do not necessarily see it as idolatry if someone prostrates before someone else (e.g. Jesus), as long as it is done to pay obeisance ...
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What is the difference between "love" and "worship"? Do "love God" and "worship God" mean the same thing?

I've never quite understood the concept of worship and how it differs from the concept of love. Are worship and love the same thing? Or is worship = love + something else? If someone loves God, does ...
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Why is "Your will be done" not redundant? [closed]

The question is about the words "Your will be done" (γενηθήτω τὸ θέλημά σου, Matthew 6.10) in the Lord's prayer. I do not understand the meaning of it. My faith tells me that everything happens ...
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Is it ever possible to tell the purpose-driven purpose (in general sense) of a respected distressed disabled person?

I believe when a person is born God chooses him or her to carry out an action on this planet. And until that action is carried out they can never retreat from this world. Paralyzed people fully from ...
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Help interpreting a Christian allusion in Willa Cather's 'One of Ours' [closed]

In Willa Cather's 'One of Ours', there is a passage about a preacher at a country wedding. Here is his thought that I have trouble interpreting: He looked disconsolately into his ruddy goblet and ...
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What is the meaning of "excellent things" in Proverbs 22:20

Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, that I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth... -- Proverbs 22:20 (KJV) In the KJV of this verse, the ...
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What precisely is the sacramental "economy"? In which sense it is an economy?

I have always been puzzled by the use of the word "economy" linked to the sacraments, or in other expressions like "economy of salvation", "economy of creation", Divine "economy" (see full list of its ...
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What is the meaning of 'scandalous' associated with the crucifixion of Jesus?

There is a song, "Beautiful Scandalous Night." Also, I have heard this term used with regards to the crucifixion. I assume this does not have the colloquial meaning. What does it mean?
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How do Lutherans interpret Matthew 15:11?

"What goes into someone's mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them." Matthew 15:11. I guess one thing that Jesus wants to say here is that eating pork ...
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Meaning of the expression "I cling to cross of Christ" [closed]

What is meaning of the expression «I cling to cross of Christ»? (1) In the context of this expression, what does the act of clinging mean? Was it an expression or something similar used by early ...
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Why does Jesus say this about disciples forgiving others their sins? [closed]

John 20:20-23 ESV Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy ...
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If an asteroid obliterated Planet Earth, could that be interpreted as God's "Second Flood"? [closed]

I have a hypothetical question, in search of a Biblical-based doctrinal answer. A man and a woman participate in NASA's very first two-way expedition to Mars. After reaching Mars, they look back and ...
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