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Why is the “serpent” in the Fall believed to be literal by many?

We know there is only suppositions that Satan was probably the "snake", but nothing solid proves this. However many times, even today, we say "that bitch slapped me", or that "dirty rat" hit me on ...
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If the Weekly Sabbath was instituted at creation, doesn't that prove that it has been abolished?

NOTE: This question is explicitly requesting an answer from the Seventh Day Adventist perspective. Official teachings of the Seventh Day Adventists make the common distinction of Moral, Ceremonial, ...
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Catholicism: Should we aggressively preach to society? [closed]

A friend keeps saying that we have to keep preaching in the hope of helping others have salvation, all the apostles died preaching and so we must follow their path, without fear. He has a point, and ...
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Catholicism: Memento Mori in Christianity?

In this video, the priest says that Memento Mori is an integral part of Christianity. He says that priests and nuns used to place skulls on their desks to remind them of their impending death. I have ...
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Catholicism: How to treat beggars?

My country is full of beggars asking for money, sometimes it's kinda family controlled business, the parents ask their children to beg for money and then steal the money from them, some beggars are ...
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Historical origins of the doctrine of God's self glorification

Within the Reformed tradition, it is a considered a fundamental principle of doctrine that the 'Chief End' of Man, of Creation and most importantly of God Himself is His own self glorification. We see ...
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What is the “first love” Revelation 2:4 is referring to? [migrated]

Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. - Revelation 2:4 KJV What is the first love?
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Why does God not love Satan if He tell us to love our enemies to be as His Children (Luke 6:35-36)?

If we have to be forgiving and love our enemies to follow The Nature of God The Father and be as His Children, then why doesn't He love His own enemy, Satan? Matthew 5:44-45 King James Version (KJV) ...
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What is the significance of Mary treasuring and pondering in her heart? [closed]

In "the Christmas parts" in Luke Mary's reaction to many great occurrences is to treasure and ponder them in her heart. Is there specific significance to this phrasing or is it simply to highlight ...
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Does “all have sinned” (Rom. 3:23, 5:12) include every single human being?

My mother and I go round and round on various Catholic vs. Protestant beliefs and in particular the Catholic belief in the pseudo-divinity of Mary. One item is whether Mary was sinless. I pointed to ...
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What's the biblical basis to say that God is the only righteous being in the universe?

I'm aware of several verses saying that God is righteous, but what's the biblical basis to say that God is or is not the only righteous entity in the universe.
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses have one Saviour or Two?

Jehovah's witnesses firmly believe that Jehovah and Jesus are separate beings and that Jesus is NOT God because Jesus is an angel. What do JW's say about their Saviour? Specifically, Isa 43:3, 11, ...
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Hallelujah vs Alleluia

What's the difference between these two words other than obviously the spelling. I've seen some songs write Alleluia which sounds very similar to Hallelujah when sung.
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How did C. A. Muses revise Thomson's translation of the Septuagint?

Charles Thomson's translation of the Septuagint was published in 1808, and the revision of C. A. Muses was printed in 1954. What is an overview of the revisions that Muses made to Thomson's original ...
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Reading through Ephesians 5 - is there any record of what Paul is quoting?

This is a quote recorded by Paul in Ephesians 5, regarding a saying about Christ. Was it something He heard when Christ came to Him or does the early Church record this quote originating elsewhere? I'...
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The Golden Mass of Our Lady?

I spent many, many years in France and while there I read some older liturgical books that explained what the Golden Mass of Our Lady was. These all explained that the Mass in question was in reality ...
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Do the Jehovah's Witnesses believe the new covenant is for gentiles?

My understanding of the new covenant is that it was made ONLY with the houses of Israel, not with gentiles: [Jer 31:31 KJV] 31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant ...
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The meaning of “know” in the Bible [migrated]

Am wondering about the use of "know" in the more biological sense in the Bible (he knew his wife). Is this an euphemism by the first translators into English? Do we know more precisely what the word ...
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Little drummer boy cassette

My daughter would like to have the “Little Drummer Boy” story she used to listen to when she was little. It was on cassette tape. I don’t remember a lot about it but he had a donkey I think his name ...
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What evidence is there that Jewish weddings staged a mock kidnapping of the bride?

Proponents of a rapture sometimes say that Jewish weddings staged a mock kidnapping of the bride, which is a symbol for the future rapture of the church. For example another answer quotes Nancy ...
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Ignatius of Antioch: Christophoros or Theophorus?

I have recently being reading into some history of early Christians. I came across a reference to Ignatius of Antioch in the book "Revelations: Visions, Prophecy & Politics in the Book of ...
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Are there any Indian Christian traditions (Liturgical or scriptural) where God is referred to as “Brahman”?

The title sums up the question. The reason I ask is that historically Catholics have placed a heavy emphasis on inculturation when evangelising new cultures. Rather than introducing western words for ...
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If Christ has all power to perform miracles, how is that that “he could there do no mighty work” save that He healed a few?

If Christ has all power to act upon all his creations, including the sons and daughters of Adam and Eve, I would assume he could never be prohibited from performing miracles for them. Yet in Mark 6:5-...
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St. Augustine's views on salvation through coercion

This question goes out to any denomination. Why was St. Augustine okay with using force to convert unbelievers to the faith, which also resulted in the eventual Roman Catholic Church's inspiration ...
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What do Jehovah's Witnesses say about Matthew 16:28?

If Jesus didn't come until 1914 why didn't those surrounding Jesus not experience death until then? [Mat 16:28 KJV] 28 Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of ...
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses worship Two Gods?

It is well known that Jehovah's Witnesses exalt Jehovah as the only God. This is (correctly) supported by texts such as Deut 4:35, Isa 44:6, 45:5, 6 that declare Jehovah as the ONLY God; or besides ...
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Did Martin Luther believe in guardian angels?

In some traditions, the concept of "guardian angels" is often looked upon with suspicion. While there might be agreement that angels (generally speaking) protect people (generally speaking), the idea ...
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Did Jesus ever get married? [closed]

I have always wandered if Jesus ever had a girl friend? Was it common to be with someone intimately then, not married and without persecution? Is it written anywhere or pictures that imply whether or ...
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What did Thomas Merton mean by cartesian when it comes to modern christianity?

Wikipedia article on Thomas Merton states: He believed that for the most part, Christianity had forsaken its mystical tradition in favor of Cartesian emphasis on "the reification of concepts, ...
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What percentage of US Christians are Dispensationalists?

What percentage of US Christians are dispensationalists? I think it has a serious impact on American policy in the Middle East. Dispensationalism is a religious interpretive system and ...
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What are the practical effects of sanctifying grace?

My eldest daughter (bless her soul) answered a question in her Catechism work book Q: "What must we do once we receive sanctifying grace?" A: "Nothing, it's not real" So how can I prove to her that ...
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Is there historical evidence for an atheist argument about the New Testament?

My question is: are the arguments used against the historical legitimacy of the Gospels, particularly Luke and the timeline/events surrounding the birth of Christ relatively recent, or have they been ...
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Do Preterists observe “the Eucharist”?

Since Preterism teaches that the son of man has already come is it safe to infer that they also consider "the Lord's Supper" to be obsolete as well?: [1Co 11:26 CSB] 26 For as often as you eat this ...
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Have Jehovah's Witnesses indicated the upper limit for “overlapping generations”?

As I understand things the JWs teach that based on references to "this generation" in the gospels the end of the world must happen within "the generation" of those alive in 1914 (when the JW ...
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Trying to understand the footnotes in the documents of the Vatican II council

PREFACE: I am trying to familiarize myself more with more proper catholic doctrines declared by the Vatican II council for when I interact with Catholics, more than just reading the Catechism. A ...
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Was the Catholic title “vicar of Christ” conceived as an “assistant” or an “agent”?

I was under the impression that a "vicar" was a "replacement" or "one acting in the stead of" another (an "agent") but it appears the Roman title of "vicar" seems to be more of an assistant. What is ...
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Was the tabernacle ceiling straight or pointed?

Which image describes the Tabernacle ceiling or roof as mentioned in the Book of Exodus, and what verse explains that? Was it straight or pointed? 1: Or 2: Or 3 (straight from inside, with a ...
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Did Jesus definitely say he was a man?

Did Jesus definitely say he was a man? From recall, He is said to be both God and man. Was it definitely not an invention of Christianity? I'm asking because I'm not sure I believe He was omni-...
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Matthew/Luke Generations missing between Rahab and David

While some people are interested in where the generations are different, my problem comes from where they are the same, to wit: Boaz, Obed, Jesse, David Now Rahab is listed as the mother of Boaz. My ...
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Trying to track some information on those who rose from the dead on Good Friday

Many years ago I read that according to their records, it took the Temple two years to interview all the dead that were raised at the Crucifixion. Two of these people were rabbis or priests, a father ...
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Summa question on his quotation of scripture

Been reading the Summa and ran across a verse, or maybe translation, that I couldn’t match up. Aquinas quotes Psalm 11:2 several times and I thought it was a typo but I can’t find the text in any ...
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How is it possible to have a high view of the authority of the Bible and a positive view of textual criticism?

I know not all people will have the view that is programmed into the question. But for someone who does, or who understands someone who does, how would you answer this?
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A Christian that believe in one God and gives him no image. What kind of Christian is that?

I always believed in One God, with no image( which for me means no mental image of something). Jesus Christ is a prophet from God. I was taught in this way. I was in a Catholic College and I never ...
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Where I can find the complete Psalms?

Where I can find the complete Psalms of David? The bible is a compilation of many books in one Book, I want to find the Psalms of David.
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“As it is written in their Law”—A Prophecy?

There is a well-known 'Bible-difficulty' in John 15:25: John 15:23-25 (DRB) He that hateth me, hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works that no other man hath done, they ...
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Why were the Pharisees trying to trap Jesus? What were they trying to achieve?

I would like to know why were the Pharisees trying to trap Jesus (in his words) and what were they trying to achieve by it?
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How does the view of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints about Jesus Christ differ from Protestant Trinitarian Christology?

The Protestant Trinitarian view of Jesus Christ is that he is the only-begotten Son of God – begotten, not made. He is of one substance with the Father by whom all things were made. He is the Word ...
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How does the Jehovah’s Witness view of who Jesus Christ is differ from Protestant Trinitarian Christology?

The Protestant Trinitarian view of Jesus Christ is that he is the only-begotten Son of God – begotten, not made. He is of one substance with the Father by whom all things were made. He is the Word ...
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What is the “fideism” rejected by the Catholic Church?

In philosophy, fideism seems to be used as a label to refer to epistemological approaches that tend to prioritize faith over reason. And this makes sense; after all, "fideism" is just Latin for "...
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Why is the Textus Receptus important?

I've seen it mentioned that some translations use the Textus Receptus and others don't, so why is this document important?

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