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Question about nativity and timelines

I can't quite wrap my head round this one. How do we know so much about the birth of Christ, but almost nothing about his growing up? As I see it, there were only a handful of people at the birth, ...
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Why does Christmas end on the Baptism of the Lord and not on the Presentation of the Lord?

The Presentation of the Lord is celebrated exactly 40 days after Christmas, yet Christmas ends on the Baptism of the Lord, which is the beginning of Ordinary Time. Why is the Christmas season short ...
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Is Seventh Day Adventistism considered an orthodox denomination?

Because of their Sabbath day standards, and unique lifestyle, my question is: Is 7th Day Adventistism considered an orthodox Christian faith?
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How many prophecies in the Old Testament are about Jesus? [closed]

From what I’ve ‘heard’ at times there are select prophecies in the Old Testament that are apparently a reference to Jesus. Are there only a select few, if so which are they? Or are they a truly ...
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Guidelines for “becoming” a believer, according to the Catholic Church

This might sound like an odd question, but I hope it's on-topic. Say an atheist/agnostic approaches you and asks, "how can I get to believe in God?". Out of instinct/experience, you can say things ...
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In the Catholic Church, can archbishops excommunicate people?

I was reading an article in the November 2018 edition of "The Atlantic" on Óscar Romero and stumbled upon this strange sentence by Paul Elie while he's narrating the events of autumn of 1978. When ...
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Is it accurate to call Abraham a Jew?

It is common to associate Abraham as "father of the faith" and the first Jew. However, since Abram's family came from the land of Ur, isn't it more accurate to say that he wasn't a Jew but - in ...
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According to the Reformers, how does the doctrine of Total Depravity result in assurance of faith?

The doctrine of Total Depravity is a reformed doctrine that teaches that man is wholly incapable of having acts or will that is holy or pleasing to God. According to Calvin and modern reformed ...
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What is an overview of the similarities and differences between the Catholic doctrine of Original Sin and the Reformed doctrine of Total Depravity?

Upon a cursory examination, both the Catholic doctrine of Original Sin and the Reformed doctrine of Total Depravity seem to say that mankind is by default separated from God. What is an overview of ...
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What is the present attitude of the Church of England towards the 39 articles and the 33 Homilies?

The Thirty Nine Articles of the Church of England, together with the Thirty Three Homilies were, at one time, accepted as the authoritative statement of doctrine and practice within the Church of ...
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How are the words of Mary in Luke 1:34 incontrovertible proof of her perpetual virginity?

Based on this question it seems that a lot of weight is given to the simple statement by Mary to Gabriel that she is a virgin. Luke 1:34 NIV How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a ...
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When did the Jews in exile first listen to the Good News?

We see many prohesies in the Old Testament on how Jesus would prove to be the Saviour of Jews in exile , like in Isaiah 9:2 : "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who ...
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Whom does Jesus refer to as 'infants' at Luke 10:21?

At Luke 10:21 we see : " At that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the ...
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Why was Jesus portrayed as white in art and subsequent media? [duplicate]

Jesus was Middle Eastern, right? I'm curious as to why He has been white-washed ever since in popular art and media.
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Legal base for “any male baptized Catholic is eligible to be elected Pope”

A lot of sources (e.g. Wikipedia) mention the fact that "any male baptized Catholic is eligible" to become Pope. I'd like to find the canon law (if any) that states this fact. Canon 332 states that If ...
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Was the Old Prophet (1 Kings 13.18) deceived by an 'angel'?

Most translations read '(But he was lying to him)'. I always thought the Old Prophet lied to the man of God, but now I'm wondering if the 'angel' lied to the old prophet. This wondering started when ...
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What were the doctrinal differences behind the Great Schism of 1054?

What were the doctrinal differences that caused the split of the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Catholic Church in 1054?
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According to Anglicanism, is the Pope the Antichrist?

In the Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter XXV, article 6, we read: There is no other head of the Church but the Lord Jesus Christ. Nor can the Pope of Rome, in any sense, be head thereof; but ...
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Perpetual virginity of Mary: why did Mary see “not knowing man” as an obstacle to the conception of Jesus?

It seems rather incontrovertable from the logic (Luke 1): You will concieve and bear a son How shall this be, since I know not man That Mary sees it as impossible to conceive, specifically because ...
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Who's talking to John in Revelation 22?

This short chapter raised a few extra questions for me lately. The basic premise seems to be some heavenly being speaking to John. And, grammatically, it appears to be a single one. Verses 13-16 in ...
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What are the benefits of last rites to a mortally injured person in the Catholic belief?

If a person is a unbeliever and has been injured in a way that there is no hope of survival and has never accepted Jesus Christ as Savior, does the Catholic Church believe that last rites performed ...
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Does the Anglican Church teach that faithful are immediately reunited with loved ones?

Watching the days of news coverage following the death of George HW Bush (41st President of the USA) has me asking for the Anglican Church’s view on what happens upon the death of a faithful member. ...
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Why female or married person can't be elected as a pope? [duplicate]

Why female or married person can't be elected as a pope? Is there a reason (scientific one) or just male chauvinism (maybe just set of rules)?
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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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Acts 8:35-36 and Baptism being Part of the Gospel

Acts 8:34-36 (DRB) And the eunuch answering Philip, said: I beseech thee, of whom doth the prophet speak this? of himself, or of some other man? 35 Then Philip, opening his mouth, and beginning at ...
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Can Mass be celebrated at any hour of the day?

In the Eucharistic Prayer III, we read: You are indeed Holy, O Lord, and all you have created rightly gives you praise, for through your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, by the power and working of the ...
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Did Jesus write a Bible commentary?

It seems that Jesus is what the New Testament tends to consist of; him and his teachings. Did he ever ‘teach’ about the Bible, the first testament, in any capacity?
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Why do most Bible translations bowdlerize the Tetragrammaton?

The Hebrew text of the Bible contains the Tetragrammaton many many times. This is used as a name, not as a title. And yet, the vast majority of Bible translations render this as LORD, not as a name. ...
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Jesus speaks about actors/acting?

What book in the bible does Jesus say something about the souls of entertainers being dark as a moonless night or something similar to that.
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Is holding hands and forming a circle around the altar during eucharistic prayer allowed?

We have a new priest in our parish who does things differently. Today in Mass he invited all children to form a circle around the altar with him and hold hands. I know that some priests do this while ...
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According to pre-tribulation pre-millenialists, when would and will Christians be persecuted for their faith as a sign to the world?

In Matthew 10:16-25 BSB, it says "16 Behold, I am sending you out like sheep among wolves; therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. 17 But beware of men; for they will hand you ...
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Do the Taylor Brethren use the term 'Trinity' in a specialised way?

In 1890, the Brethren movement split into two, one section led by F E Raven (the cause of the split) who was then succeeded by James Taylor Senior, who also held at least some of Raven's views. Raven ...
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A more literal Bible translation than WEB

I use Sword Project Bible software to read Bible. Currently I use WEB (World English Bible), sometimes KJV. But in WEB there are such things as intermixing soul, heart, spirit and other words, as if ...
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Killing in the Benedictine Rule

Is the injunction in the Benedictine rule “Deinde non occidere” interpreted to forbid the killing of brutes, or only humans?
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Who is the object of the New Covenant and what are it's terms?

I've asked this question to several people over the years, only professing Christians and particularly those who tout them selves as 'New Testament Christians'. And this is an important question as ...
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Why do Seventh Day Adventists change the moral law using the ceremonial law?

Why do Seventh Day Adventists change the moral law using the ceremonial law? Seventh Day Adventists say that the Law of Moses is divided into two sets of laws, the moral law and the ceremonial law. ...
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Does the Bible ever refer to Jesus Christ as “God”? [duplicate]

I believe Jesus Christ is God and that He is also called God in the Bible. Hebrews 1:8 is always my first choice as the proof of this. Heb. 1:8 says, "But unto the Son He saith, 'Thy throne, O ...
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Is “formal schismatic” a useful category in practice?

Wikipedia says that formal schismatics are those who: knowing the true nature of the Church, have personally and deliberately committed the sin of schism. But if formal schismatics have to truly ...
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Reference for Comprehensive Prophecy Analysis in Scripture?

What all resources/expositions/writings have been published as a comprehensive analysis of prophecy in Scripture? Any resources about prophecy in all of Scripture, its fulfillment, extrabiblical ...
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According to orthodox Trinitarians, why did Jesus respond that only God is good?

18"Why do you call Me good?” Jesus replied. “No one is good except God alone." (Mark 10:18 BSB, Luke 18:19 BSB) How can Jesus be God Himself (and part of the Trinity) when he says "no one is good ...
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Do Paul and the other Apostles command the keeping of Kosher diet in Acts 15:29?

If so, why do many ignore it? I realize there are many verses as well that state in the New Testament that nothing is to be considered unclean anymore, but that makes this verse stand out as ...
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What happens to a diocese when a bishop dies unexpectedly?

Our bishop passed away last week unexpectedly, the only thing I've heard is that it may the Vatican 6-9 months to replace him. What is the process and who is in charge of the diocese during this time? ...
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Who are the missionaries and godly men who were helped by Keswick Theology for a fuller Christ like life and ministry?

My curiosity arises from two sources. J I Packer ( Reformed Theology ) says the Keswick Theology ruined him Whereas T Austin Sparks says that the Keswick Theology helped him lead a fuller life ...
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Can time dilation be used to reconcile Young Earth Creationism and scientific evidence, regarding the age of the Earth?

Young Earth Creationism posits that the Earth is much younger than scientific evidence suggests. My question is, could time dilation be used to explain and reconcile the apparent differences? Time ...
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Was Adam blaming Eve?

Genesis 3:12 says: The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” I've heard several people interpret this verse as Adam blaming God and / or ...
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John 3:16 vs 1 John 2:15

Why does the bible say in John 3:16 that "For God so loved the world" but 1 John 2:15 says "Love not the world". If God Himself loved the world, why shouldn't we love the world?
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Who did Christ first appear to after his resurection?

In First Corinthians, St. Paul says the Cephas (Peter) was the first that Christ appeared to after he was raised to life, yet in the Gospels it is said that Mary of Magdala was the first. I am ...
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Foot Washing - Required for salvation?

Jesus said to Peter that his feet must be washed to "have part with Jesus" (John 13:9). Jesus also commanded all disciples to wash each other's feet (John 13:14) Our church practices foot washing as ...
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Detail about lamb sacrifice

I was listening to a homily and here is what the priest said: "You would travel with your family to Jerusalem and you would have either brought a lamb or you would have acquired a lamb and what ...
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What word describes the heresy of “Jesus is the Son of Himself”?

Preface This question is the result of a personal thought experiment and is for curiosity sake. I do not profess nor believe the following statement. Background Those who believe in the ...

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