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What is the Reformed Protestant understanding of God's Permissive Will, His Sovereign or Decretive Will and Efficacious Will?

I have an assignment to explain the Reformed Protestant view of the differences between the Permissive, Sovereign (Decretive) and Efficacious Wills of God. My initial exploration into this subject ...
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Do the Edomites, Moabites and Ammonites exist today?

I'm not sure if this is the right site for this type of question but I'm asking this because the Bible makes frequent references to these nations in prophecies, some of which pertain to the future, ...
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What is the basis for the Apostles devoting themselves to prayer for nine days in Acts 1:14?

We know that in Acts the Apostles prayed in the upper room consecutively until the Holy Spirit descended on them. Oftentimes I heard that this was calculated to be for nine days. How did people reach ...
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Is there any Biblical Basis for 400 years of silence between Old and New Testament?

When I was researching about the deuterocanon (or the apocrypha, as most Protestants call them) I stumbled upon the notion that God was silent during a period of 400 years between the end of the Old ...
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Was the disagreement between the disciples in Acts inspired by the Holy Spirit? [duplicate]

At Acts 15:36-41 (NRSVCE)we see : " After some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Come, let us return and visit the believers in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord and see how they are ...
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When did the practice of tearing one's own garments start among the Jews?

At Matt 26: 63-65 we see: "But Jesus was silent. And the high priest said to him, “I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” Jesus said to him, “You have said ...
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Want blessing of civil marriage

I was married 14 May 2019 to another catholic. He was divorced 19 yrs ago and was not married in the church. I am a widow who was divorced previously, never married in a Catholic Church.
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Jeremiah 23:6 - “The LORD Our Righteousness” or “The LORD shall call him “Our Righteousness””?

In the Hebrew Aleppo, Leningrad And Cairo codices, there is a separation mark between Yahweh and Our Righteousness. This is how it looks: ״יהוה | צדקנו״, Separating God’s name from Our Righteousness. ...
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Whether Ignatian spiritual exercises are good for the discernment of vocation according to Thomistic understanding of vocation?

All I know about Ignatian spiritual exercises was orally transmitted to me from priests and others, therefore I may misunderstand Ignatian spiritual exercises and in that case please correct me. ...
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Whether beatific vision gives us univocal knowledge of God?

Here on this world, we can have only analogous (analogy of proper proportionality) knowledge of God. When someone attains the beatific vision, does he have univocal knowledge of God? If not, is ...
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Patron saint of professional excellence? Professional excellence and holiness?

Are there saints that were excellent at performing their duties as professionals? Of course, there can be legends that Saint Joseph was perfect master, but there is no evidence of his dedication, ...
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Does the “fullness of time” in Galatians 4:4 depends on Mary's state of grace?

But when the fullness of time came, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law. (Galatians 4:4) When God finally sent angel Gabriel, the encounter begins with an unusual greeting ...
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What is Adam, if he isn't literally the first human?

For the sake of argument, let's say our most recent common ancestor lived in Africa 10,000s of years ago, humans originally evolved from apes and migrated out of Africa, and the entire creation ...
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Catholicism - From where does the doctrine of sinless Mary come from Scripturally? [duplicate]

It has become apparent to me that The Queen of Heaven, aka Mary the immaculate, she, who is deified and prayed to by the traditional churches including the Roman Catholic Church is presumed sinless. ...
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Wall numbers in German church / during German burial ceremony

I have just came about a 10 years old photo of my aunt's burial ceremony that took place in June 2009 in one of the German churches (in a small city close to Oldenburg). Unfortunately, relation both ...
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Where does this famous St. Augustine quote about the repentant thief come from?

There is a very famous quote in French Catholic circles that would be translated as something like: No, I had not studied the Scriptures, but Jesus looked at me on the cross and, in his gaze, I ...
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Do the ancient churches built by the Portuguese have a statue of mermaid on the façade?

My parish church (St Mary's Forane Church, Muttom, Cherthala, Kerala ) in southern India, believed to have been built by the Portuguese in the 16th Century has, among other images, two built-in ...
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Do Catholics believe that everyone should convert to Christianity for their own salvation?

From my understanding it is the Catholic view that all people should be baptized and converted to the Christian faith for their own salvation. So, for me it follows logically, that Christians ...
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Can a priest make disclosure of sin a part of penance?

Let us imagine that a priest is hearing confession and that a penitent confesses to a major crime, such as murder. Can the priest tell the penitent to turn himself in as part of the penance?
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Biblical justification of the salvation theory of Christ's death presented by Paul

What are the origins / biblical references to justify the doctrine that Christ's death on the cross saved us from our sins? From my understanding the majority of biblical passages referring to ...
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What effects do Christ's passion and resurrection have on us right now?

According to Christianity Christ "died on the cross to save us from our sins". I would like to get a better understanding of the origins and mechanics of this doctrine. Christ died for our sins, as ...
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Can knowledge obtained in a seminarian's confession be used to determine if he should be ordained?

When a seminarian confesses to his superior or bishop, it seems that his future position within the church could be jeopardized. If a seminarian has a serious habit of mortal sin which his superior ...
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What is the difference between LORD and GOD?

I need to understand whether GOD and LORD is the same or different.
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Does the Bible forbid space exploration?

I am very keen in space exploration, and have an ambition to be a pioneer in that field. However, I was thrown off-guard by this verse that I found, which appears to be forbidding space travel. ...
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How can Jesus saw Nathanael in John1:48 when he was not at that place? [closed]

Jesus said no servant is greater than his master. Jesus even showed to Apostles that he can walk on water but only Peter had enough courage to follow although his faith was not yet enough. Eastern ...
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What are the Church Laws governing ingredients and shapes of altar bread in the Catholic Church?

There appears to be perfect uniformity in the texture and make of the Sacramental Bread in Catholic churches all across the world. I wish to know if there are any laws governing the ingredients and ...
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Does Protestant and Christian denominations seeks the prayer of their deceased founder?

Protestant and Christian denominations have their own founders and many of them have already died. Pope Francis once gave a remark on Marthin Luther that he was a good man., most probably are blessed ...
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Is wearing makeup sinful according to Catholic teaching?

Is wearing makeup is sinful according to Catholic teaching? If so, why? I am not asking about someone who would put makeup to cover some kind of deformity on his face (like when someone gets burned ...
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Isaiah 14:6: ESV vs NKJV

The two different interpretations seem to be completely opposite each other. In NKJV the verse is as follows: He who struck the people in wrath with a continual stroke, He who ruled the nations ...
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What are the origins of the Our Lady of Grace statues?

What is the original Our Lady of Grace statue? Is it associated with a particular Marian apparition? There are many coloration variations in these statues, so I show this monochrome garden statue as ...
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Do Catholics believe that people can be saved without hearing the name of Christ? [duplicate]

Do Catholics believe that people can be saved without hearing the name of Christ? I came across this while listening to John MacArthur on Catholicism, and Billy Graham What do Catholics believe is ...
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Does Protestant and Christian denominations have stories to tell about bilocation?

Bilocation is a supernatutal gift of God that is somehow associated to people who had a pious character. Catholic Church had numerous stories to tell of pious people who later on proclaim as saints. ...
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The Glory Be prayer and consolation - Catholic Spirituality

Is there a Catholic author who discussed how praying the Glory Be prayer can provide consolation? I am looking for a book/article on that topic.
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Mark’s father’s name

Who was Mark's (or John Mark's) father in the Gospel and what was his name. His mother’s name was Mary. Where can I find the name of Mark’s father mentioned in the bible, if at all?
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What does Neo-Scholastic Thomism say about the Charismatic Renewal movement?

What does Neo-Scholastic Thomism say about the Charismatic Renewal movement? Contemporary Thomist philosopher Dr. Ed Feser, in The Thomistic Tradition (part 1), defines "Neo-Scholastic Thomism" as ...
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What work of Augustine is Aquinas Citing Here?

In Summa Theologica I q. 1 a. 10 ("Whether in Holy Scripture a word may have several senses?") ad 1, Aquinas writes: Thus in Holy Writ no confusion results, for all the senses are founded on one -...
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What was the hour of the Annunciation?

I'm reading Benedict XVI's "Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives" and he indicates how Gabriel appeared to Zachariah in the evening. Also Gabriel appears to Daniel (Dn 9, 21) at the same hour: ...
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What was influence of Thomism on the Council of Trent?

What was influence of Thomism on the Council of Trent? Did anyone study this question and write some article, essay or book on this topic?
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What is the earliest use of the phrase “the Lord's law of health” in reference to the LDS Word of Wisdom?

Background The modern Church uses the phrase "the Lord's law of health" to describe the Word of Wisdom. For example, Chapter 29 of Gospel Principles is called "The Lord's Law of Health." However, ...
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Essenes' Beliefs in Comparison to Christianity

Does anyone know (with sources) what the Essenes taught and believed in relation to what Christ taught? Sources are much appreciated.
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Are spiritual pleasures > carnal pleasures, according to Catholicism?

Does Catholicism consider spiritual pleasures greater than carnal/sexual/bodily pleasures?
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Why there is no separated Book in bible for Jesus? [closed]

We have books by Moses, Books for Wisdom, Books for Gospels etc..... Why there is no separate Book written about Jesus.
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Does the Catholic Church teach that modern churches have guardian angels?

Revelation chapters 2 and 3 involve John being instructed to write letters to the angels of particular churches. For instance: To the angel of the church in Ephesus write… In Scott Hahn’s Book The ...
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What is the right word, Jesus assumed a human soul or have a created rational soul?

Jesus has two nature fully God and fully man. We know that man is compose of body & soul. Its very hard to grasp the nature of Jesus human soul. Is Jesus human soul created or assumed?
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What is the most accurate calculation of Jesus' birth date?

I am trying to develop an accurate historical timeline (expressed on the Gregorian calendar) that includes the events surrounding the annunciation, birth, life, ministry, death, and resurrection of ...
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Alternative Names for Eastertide?

So I just asked the question why Pentecost is called Pentecost before Pentecost in the Eastern Church. And it got me thinking, what are alternative names for Eastertide? I am aware of Eastertide, ...
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Why does the Eastern Orthodox Church call the 49 days following Easter, Pentecost, and the Western Church does not?

Just from Wikipedia I have found that the 49 days before Pentecost are called "Pentecost" (there's even "Mid-Pentecost" which is the midpoint from Easter to Pentecost) but in the Western Church I can'...
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How did Arius interpret Colossians 2:9?

Colossians 2:9 HCSB For the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily in Christ, NASB: For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, How did Arius interpret Colossians ...
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Did Jesus's rational soul or His spirit descend into hell?

Jesus said on the Cross: "Father into your hands I commend my spirit" (Luke 23:46). The Apostles' Creed says: "Jesus suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. And then Jesus ...
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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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