Questions tagged [truth]

Use this tag for questions about beliefs regarding truth (note: questions about what is actually true are off-topic - see Meta post: "We can't handle the truth" -http://meta.christianity.stackexchange.com/q/3527/3961).

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Why is Michael mentioned in an end time prophecy detailing the resurrection and the judgment if he is not Jesus Christ?

The angel Gabriel foretells what many Christians interpret to be the Great Tribulation, followed by salvation of the saints and the judgment of the wicked. Daniel 12:1-3 “At that time Michael shall ...
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Is there any way to know which Bible version is correct about 1 John 5:7-8? [migrated]

Some Bible versions say that there are three witnesses in heaven and that is The Father, The Son and The Spirit. 1 John 5:7-8 there are three witnesses in heaven: the Father, the Word and the Holy ...
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What potential factors could explain why a truth-seeking skeptic might fail to undergo a conversion experience? [closed]

I posted a question on Philosophy Stack Exchange titled Is the Skeptic's Prayer a legitimate scientific experiment?. Please review it for contextual information. Numerous responses, predominantly from ...
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According to Latter-day Saints, should every honest, rational, and well-informed individual be able to reach the conclusion that Mormonism is true?

I have two questions actually for Latter-day Saints: If a person is rational, honestly interested in the truth, and well-informed (by studying as much of the available evidence as humanly possible), ...
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What is meant by "Catholic Truths" in Ott's «Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma»?

Based, in part, on some rather passionate comments regarding theologians made by user Geremia in the post "Who Said: 'God Did Not Become Man in Order for Man to Become a Theologian'?", I ...
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Does the Bible teach us to be truthful or nice?

If a person has a choice of being truthful or nice to a friend, what does the Bible tell us to do? Example: Suppose you will hurt the feelings of your friend if you tell them the truth. Is it better ...
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Why does John the Evangelist NOT record Jesus' response to Pilate's query on Truth?

We read in John 18:37-38 how Pilate poses an inquisitive question on Truth to Jesus : Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for ...
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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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What is an overview of conditional Biblical promises for truth seekers that can be empirically tested in their lifetime?

Does the Bible contain any conditional promises for truth seekers that can be empirically tested, in their lifetime, to confirm the veracity of the Christian faith? By conditional promise I mean any ...
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In Genesis 2:17, is God telling a lie for a greater good?

Please be aware that my knowledge of theology is very limited, and thus can make my question naive I was under the impression that the end should not justify the means in the spirit of the Bible. ...
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Do Latter-day Saints consider Jehovah's Witnesses, Biblical Unitarians and any other groups that deny the divinity of Jesus to be 'true Christians'?

Is belief in the divinity of Jesus an essential feature of a true Christian, according to Latter-day Saints? If so, would that imply that Christian denominations or groups that deny the divinity of ...
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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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Why is believing the correct thing important? [closed]

Islam and Christianity (or at least the most common forms of each) seem to have in common this idea that believing the correct thing about the Nature of God, his revealed Holy Books, and perhaps a few ...
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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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According to Latter-day Saints, are all Christians who are full of the Holy Spirit unequivocally led by the Spirit to accept the truth of Mormonism?

Many passages in the Bible suggest the crucial importance of being filled with/full of the Holy Spirit and being led by the Spirit for an optimal Christian walk. Below a few examples: And Jesus, full ...
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According to Catholic Church, what does it mean to worship God in spirit and truth?

We see Jesus telling the Samaritan woman at Jn 4: 23-24 (NRSVCE) : "But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father ...
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Must a Christian disagree with Bernard Williams and say the concept of truth does have a history?

The Analytic philosopher Bernard Williams believed that the concept of truth has no history: It is the same everywhere, for every culture and language, has been, and will be. He writes as follows in ...
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Can someone look into a mirror and not liking what he or she sees be capable of loving his neighbour?

The greatest command is to love your neighbor as yourself... ??
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What author gave this illustration of truth via a backyard fence?

Long ago I was told a story, which is now probably corrupted in my mind, that makes a good illustration of the relationship between rules and freedom in Christianity. It goes something like this: a ...
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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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Do religious people believe in bibles from the bottom of their heart? [closed]

Do they truly believe that the story actually happened? Or do they recognize the possibility of it being a fiction and try to just keep the mental lessons from them? Is religion just a guide to the ...
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Does Christianity teach the circumcision of the breath?

In Zoroastrianism the saying goes 'Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds.' The circumcision of breath is when "sayings about error" are cut out of ones dialect. Using a car with a flat tire as an ...
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What does "he finds his truth" mean in Pope Benedict's Caritas in Veritate?

While I was reading Caritas in Veritate, an encyclical letter by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, I found this fragment: Love — caritas — is an extraordinary force which leads people to opt for ...
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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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What has the Holy Spirit taught people after Jesus left? [duplicate]

I know that the below verse is explained to foretell the coming of the Holy Spirit according to Catholics. Even though the Holy Spirit was already mentioned previously, it is explained that Jesus is ...
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Is there a way to know for sure that a given practice is true Catholic Tradition?

Is there a way to ascertain if a spiritual practice really comes from Catholic Tradition, and is not a fabrication? If, for example, I am told to look at the book of Athanasius in the New Testament in ...
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What is the basis for the LDS belief that religious truth is confirmed by what you feel?

LDS Elder M. Russell Ballard in a Youtube video said that Religious truth is always confirmed by what you feel. And that's the way heavenly father answers prayers. What does it mean that religious ...
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What is the Biblical basis that prayer is sufficient as a way to recognize truth?

I have talked to many people who question the theology behind prayer as a way to recognize truth. A common argument is that people may get differing answers. What is the Biblical basis for this?
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What is the biblical support that the Catholic Church is the custodian of truth?

The doctrine of papal infallibility is not founded on biblical texts specifically. It is founded on the "biblically supported" doctrine that the church is the custodian of truth. What is the ...
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Why are some denominations so against the idea of personal revelation as a source of Truth?

In the spirit of On what basis do some denominations prohibit Christians from drinking alcohol? and Why do Young-Earth Creationists make such a big deal about the YEC view First, what this question ...
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How is one supposed to "know" whether or not the Book of Mormon is true?

When one is introduced to the Book of Mormon, he is oftentimes asked to pray to find out whether or not the Book of Mormon is true. According to LDS theology, why is a person simply asked to pray ...
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What does it mean to "worship in truth"? [closed]

In the early verses of this scripture, Jesus tells the woman that we wouldn't need to go to the mountains or Jerusalem to worship. ...God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in ...
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What did Pilate mean by asking "What is truth?" [closed]

When Jesus is brought before Pilate, he asks him if he is a king. When Jesus admits that he is Pilate says “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the ...
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Why does Christianity claim to be the only true religion? [closed]

From where does the idea that Christianity the only true religion come? Other religions claim the same. What is the basis for the Christian claim?
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