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What is the origin of the belief that Satan tortures the unsaved in Hell?

There's a thought that Satan (the devil) tortures the unsaved in Hell. For example, a brief search revealed a website wherein a member posted the following: I think of Satan more of a psycopath ...
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Do Baptists consider immersion baptisms of adults performed to be valid if performed by other denominations?

Baptists are often distinguished by their belief in "believer's baptism" (i.e. that an adult must believe the tenets of faith in order to be baptized) and rejecting infant baptism (a.k.a. paedobaptism)...
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Does Eucharistic Adoration fulfill the Obligation of Penance required of all Catholics on Fridays throughout the year?

While giving a presentation on the Blessed Sacrament, I was informed that Eucharistic Adoration does not fulfill our requirement to do penance on Fridays during the year. After a brief disagreement ...
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How many stalls for horses and chariots did Solomon have?

In 2 Chronicles we read: ... Solomon had 4,000 stalls for horses and chariots and 12,000 horsemen ...- 2 Chronicles 9:25 ... but in 1 Kings: Solomon had 40,000 stalls of horses for his chariots,...
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How do Seventh Day Adventists interpret Romans 14:5?

In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike. You should each be fully convinced that whichever day you choose is acceptable. ‭Romans‬ ...
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Has a slave served as a priest?

In a recent sermon on Ephesians 6.5-9, the possibility was raised of a slave being a priest/pastor/bishop with authority over his earthly master. I couldn't think of an example from Church history. ...
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Rev 12:1 What is the exact translation of “clothed with the sun” [migrated]

New international version of Book of Revelation 12:1 1 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. What ...
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What was the language that Enoch spoke and did his book of Enoch get written 3000 years BC is there any proof or carbon dating of that?

I would like to know if the book of Enoch was dated around 3000 BC and what language did he speak ,and is there any carbon dating that was use on any book found ? And where are the oldest Scripture ...
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The New Perspective on Paul and the Christ Followers Self Understanding

This is mostly a set of questions that are being asked of Protestant Christians, particularly those that hold to the "New Perspective on Paul." I have really enjoyed the work of modern "New ...
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What is the origin of holding hands when praying around a circle before a meal?

My impression is that, among many Christians, people around a table saying a prayer thanking Jesus for a meal hold hands with one another. What is the origin of this practice, and are there any ...
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What theological differences exist between Baptist and Evangelical Free denominations?

What theological differences exist between Baptist churches and the Evangelical Free Church of America? Where Baptist viewpoints might differ, assume American Baptist Churches USA as the specific ...
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What is the biblical basis for Jeremiah and John the Baptist being born without original sin?

I am reading The Life & Glories of Saint Joseph, by Edward Healy Thompson, which was first published in 1888. At the start of Chapter VII, in which the argument is made that Joseph was born ...
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Why is Ex 3:10 in the reading of the Third Sunday in Lent (Year C) in German and French lectionary?

The first reading of the Third Sunday in Lent in Year C (today) is Ex 3, 1-8a.13-15. The new (Advent 2018) German lectionary includes also verse 10. The French lectionary has the same. The old ...
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Explain similarities and differences in “sinless from the womb ” for James, John the Baptist and Mary

My perusal of this site has enlightened me to these 3 cases where a person is spoken of as being sinless from the womb. According Catholic Church were all three born sinless? 1)Mary according to the ...
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Can anyone point out at any one of those bible extracts that are not self-contradictory with a logical explanation to back it up? [on hold]

I came across a few extracts from the bible lately which I couldn't explain rationally. So I thought I'd share them here in case any of them could be legitimized somehow: [1] Acts 9:7 Paul’s ...
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How can one be translated to heaven without death like Enoch? [on hold]

I read in bible that some personalities went directly to heaven like Enoch and Elijah without experiencing physical death. I think it is because that they are good persons. But I am not satisfied with ...
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Why is Judges 20:46 so 'over the top'?

A Levite's concubine is raped to death by a Benjamite. In revenge the rest of Israel kills 25,000 Benjamite swordsmen. How can this be justified? Isn't this a clear violation of the law of Moses?
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According to the Catholic Church, what did Jesus mean by saying that the least in the kingdom of heaven in greater than John the Baptist?

We read at Matthew 11:11 (NRSVCE): "Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he." What ...
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Why is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception treated differently?

I know that the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is a seemingly immoveable feast. Unlike the other holy days the obligation is not transferred when it falls on a Saturday or a Monday (so you ...
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What is the value of faith over knowledge? [on hold]

If God chose to reveal Himself to us by providing independently verifiable evidence, we wouldn't need to have faith in Him (the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews ...
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Do churches in the West ask the faithful to leave their sandals out , while attending service?

At Exodus 3:2-5 (NRSVCE) we read: " There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I ...
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Abraham's bosom and Praying to Abraham

I have discovered recently that some Christians believe Abraham's bosom is an literal place. For those who have this view, was Abraham believed to be the ruler of this place? And was it perfectly ...
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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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Does the Catholic Church consider Constantine's vision of “by this symbol conquer” to be from God?

Does the Catholic Church see in Constantine's vision a divine mandate or simply a myth?
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What is the origin of the “religion vs. relationship” dichotomy?

These days the word "religion" often has a bad connotation. Christians (including myself) often emphasize that they have a "relationship" with Jesus, not that they are "religious." But this doesn'...
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If God doesn't tempt us, why does the Lord's Prayer petition Him to “lead us not into temptation”?

Matthew 6:9-13 Jesus instructs us: “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven....
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Good Friday is it an accurate day? [duplicate]

How does good Friday fulfill Mat12:40??You can not get 3days and 3 nights even if only part of one is used to count from Friday to Sunday!!
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Are any of Arius' writings extant?

In 325 CE, following the defeat of Arius at the Council of Nicea, Emperor Constantine the Great went on a campaign of book burning to eradicate all memory of Arius and his beliefs: After the First ...
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If there is a new book that is better but similar to the bible, how can Christians accept it as another book of revelation? [on hold]

I wonder how can modern Christians accept another book of revelation if there will be a new book that is better and similar to bible. Or how can modern prophets persuade Christians to accept another ...
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How do Catholics respond to claims that Christianity was paganised by the Roman Empire?

The Catholic Encyclopaedia seems to suggest that the Church chose this day because it was the day of the Roman celebration: Dies Natalis Solis Invicti — the birthday of Sol Invictus, (the God of ...
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What exactly is the meaning of the text of Doxology in the concluding part of Catholic Eucharistic prayer?

With these solemn words, the priest ends the Eucharistic prayer at the centre of which is the event of the consecration. Through him, and with him, and in him, O God, almighty Father, in ...
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What does the symbology in this painting of the Trinity mean?

This image is in a Catholic hospital in Spokane, WA. I understand the Father/Son/Holy Spirit symbology, the ABBA reference, and the initials of the Christ. But three things in this image I cannot ...
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What are the requirements for joining the Catholic church as an adult?

What are the requirements for joining the Catholic church as an adult? I'm interested in all the requirements, including whether a previously baptized Protestant would be required to (or forbidden ...
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what are the steps involved in conversion to roman catholicism? [duplicate]

I want to know about every step involved in being converted for ex. From hindu to syro malabar catholic
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Why did the Catholic Church adopt the use of Latin, the language of the crucifiers of Jesus?

While reading on Wikipedia I got to thinking why the church uses Latin as a language. According to the canonical Gospels, Jesus was arrested and tried by the Sanhedrin, and then sentenced by ...
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Where do the scriptures speak of a “Church Universal” on Earth? [closed]

The Apostles' Creed contains the phrase "I/We believe in the Holy catholic Church". We are told that "Catholic" meant the "universal Church" (though I'm convinced that it was referring to the specific ...
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Is it just Christian Ministers who are Watchmen, or are we all…Ezekiel 3 [on hold]

In Ezekiel 3, the prophet is made a watchman to Israel. A similar passage is also found in Ezekiel 33. e.g. “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from ...
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Are there exactly 12 resurrections in the Bible?

During a sermon I heard the pastor saying that there are 12 resurrections in the Bible. Are there more than 12, less or exactly 12 resurrections in the Bible? At the moment I can remember the ...
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Life of Jesus from the age of 12 to 30? [on hold]

There is no scripture that tells about Jesus' life from 12 to 30 years. Is there evidence of Jesus' during this time?
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Do Latter Day Saints / Mormons consider themselves to be henotheists?

Up until now, I saw Christianity as a whole to be monotheistic (there is only one god that created the world, is all-powerful and intervenes in the world). Whilst looking at monotheism and henotheism ...
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Meaning of Acts 10:34-35 according to Protestantism

Acts 10:34-35 (DRB) And Peter opening his mouth, said: In very deed I perceive, that God is not a respecter of persons. But in every nation, he that feareth him, and worketh justice, is acceptable to ...
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Psalm 60:4 difference between different translations [migrated]

Why are ESV and NKJV on the second part of Psalm 60:4 very different? Which one is correct? Ps 60:4, ESV: You have set up a banner for those who fear you, that they may flee to it from ...
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Regarding doubt, how do we apply Romans 14 in difficult situations? [on hold]

Rom 14:23 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin. (NKJV) The normal interpretation of this text is that if you’re ...
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How could Jesus' audience hear Jesus without audio installation?

I am wondering, today we use microphones and large sound systems to amplify someone's speaking. How did they do that 2000 years ago? Jesus spoke outside regularly before large crowds of people. I ...
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Who are the Moderators on Christianity Stack and are they Christians? [migrated]

I came across an old Christianity Stack question where an answer had been removed and the person concerned was (understandably) upset. They seemed to think the moderators must be mainly Catholic. ...
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How many wives did Adam have?

Genesis 1:26 says: 26 Then God said, “And now we will make human beings; they will be like us and resemble us. They will have power over the fish, the birds, and all animals, domestic and wild, ...
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In which year was Christ born?

This question is a spin-off from On which date was Christ born? There are differing views on the birth year of Christ, which also affect the dating of the resurrection (as we know Jesus's age on ...
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What is the basis for the Christadelphian belief that Satan is not a personal being?

The Christadelphians teach that the devil/Satan is not a personal being but an analogy for describing sin. What is their Biblical defense for such a theology?
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Is there a biblical basis to say that feeding stray cats a God-approved undertaking? [closed]

My landlady receives welfare from the government and has a government-paid social worker. She also receives cooked food as charity from neighbors. But most of her income she spends on buying high-...
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Is the Eastern Orthodox opposition to the Immaculate Conception an innovation?

This question of mine springs from reading this article (Orthodoxy and the Doctrine of the Immaculate Conception) referenced in this answer to this Christianity SE question: What is the Catholic ...

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