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In John 6:63 if the flesh counts for nothing, then spiritually speaking what does it count for? [closed]

John6:63 flesh is of nothing. if so, what is the point of having flesh?
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If the soul is distinct from the brain, then why is it affected by physical phenomena? [closed]

The soul is supposedly the very thing that gives us life. Without our soul our body would not be able to function. The soul is what provides us with free will and our stream of reasoning and thoughts. ...
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Is there extra-biblical evidence for the Exodus?

I've heard from multiple sources that there isn't even the slightest of (extra-biblical) evidence of the Exodus story or even evidence for the presence of Israelites in Egypt. If this is true, why is ...
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Book recommendations to study the NT [closed]

everyone. I’m reading the Bible for the first time, and I’m interested in trying to get a deeper understanding as I read. At the moment I’m starting the New Testament, and I was wondering if anyone ...
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Why can't we boil down the three fonts of morality to two?

Three fonts of mortality are intention, moral object and circumstance. But why can't we explain the mortality only using the intention and the moral object? eg: Think you drive a car and someone holds ...
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What is the Biblical basis against Apostolic Succession?

Apostolic succession, in Christianity, the teaching that bishops represent a direct, uninterrupted line of continuity from the Apostles of Jesus Christ. According to this teaching, bishops possess ...
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How do Reformed Protestants interpret Matthew 18:18?

How do Reformed Protestants interpret Matthew 18:18? Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. - Matthew 18:...
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Interpretation of John 8:32 [migrated]

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32 I've read that the truth is sin which allows for freedom (does this mean we shouldn't be free?), another explanation is the ...
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Particular judgment, general judgment, God's foreknowledge and free will

My understanding of the relationship between particular judgement and general judgment is: On particular judgement at the time of the death of the body, all our actions, thoughts and deeds will be ...
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What is the nature of Dyothelitism according to the Council of Chalcedon?

What is the nature of Dyothelitism according to the Council of Chalcedon? At the Council of Chalcedon, the church taught that the Incarnate Lord Jesus Christ had two natures: divine and human, united ...
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Funeral Reading - opening/closing

I’ve been asked to read psalm 23 at a funeral next week. The service is being led by our Church of England vicar. Does anyone know what is traditionally said at the beginning and end of the reading? I’...
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Rich Man in Matthew 19:24 [migrated]

I'm struggling to figure out the significance of the rich man in Matthew 19:24. If the point is that "For mortals it [entering heaven] is impossible, but for God all things are possible," ...
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Does transubstantiation teach that the Son regularly returns physically?

Is Catholicism's accidents and species/transubstantiation teaching that the Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, returned or regularly returns physically, with a second, mute, nonhuman, physical ...
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Does the Catholic Church teach that the Transfiguration was the only event in which Jesus came in His Kingdom? [closed]

We see Jesus saying at Matthew 16:27-28 For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. Truly I tell you, there ...
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The Lds Prophet Joseph Smith wrote, “We believe in God, the eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.”

The Bible also teaches God is eternal. Psalm 90:2, "Before the mountains were born, Or Thou didst give birth to the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou are God." ...
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Master of Ceremonies wears purple at High Masses according to the Extraordinary Form of the Mass?

Master of Ceremonies wears purple at High Masses according to the Extraordinary Form of the Mass? I can recall reading in some liturgical book that the Master of Ceremonies (MC) had the privilege of ...
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Do Apostolic successionists allow for 'binding and loosing' powers apart from posession of the 'keys'

In Matthew 16 we see Jesus conferring the keys of the kingdom: I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on ...
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Is there any biblical basis for the Church to depict Jesus as a European or some other ethnic race?

The reason I ask is that the Most Rev Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury (Anglican Church of England) was recently interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme and said that in the wake of Black ...
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The Bible says there is one God who is eternal. Does Joseph Smith, LDS founder, prophet, seer and revelator contradict the Bible? [duplicate]

He said, "In the beginning, the head of the Gods called a council of the Gods: and they came together and concocted a plan to create the world and people in it." Joseph Smith Jr., Journal of ...
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What is the eugenic “indication” in Casti Connubii?

In Pope Pius XI's encyclical Casti Connubii, we read: What is asserted in favor of the social and eugenic "indication" may and must be accepted, provided lawful and upright methods are ...
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What was the usage of the “dove dung” mentioned in 2 Kings 6:25? [closed]

When reading about Samaria's condition, I have came across the following: 2 Kings 6:25 And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass's head was sold for ...
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Are there any metaphorical references to Satan, the devil or demons in Ecclesiastes or Proverbs? [closed]

It is hard to prove a negative. I see no blatant references to supernatural evil beings in Ecclesiastes, which I am currently studying. I do not recall any in Proverbs, but have not read that book all ...
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“Plan B” contraceptive [closed]

If a person uses a "Plan B" contraceptive to prevent pregnancy without knowing it may inhibit implantation, is he a murderer?
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What are the sources of LDS theology that an LDS theologian need to consult to write a systematic theology?

I came across an essay published in BYU Studies journal 54.1 (2015) "Toward a Mormon Systematic Theology - Essay on Wrestling the Angel by Terryl L. Givens". I was surprisingly pleased by ...
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Which of these interpretations of Malachi 3:1 can be eliminated? [closed]

The authorised KJV translates Malachi 3:1 as follows: "Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, ...
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What role does the Holy Ghost fill that the Father can't?

In trinitarian doctrine, what role does the Holy Ghost fill that the Father can't / doesn't? My understanding is, that according to trinitarians: The Father is a spirit The Holy Ghost is a spirit The ...
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Christ and the Believer Icon (Companion Icon) origin?

I was in Taize and besides finding it to be a rather interesting place, I found a lot of refreshing symbols there. Particularly the (based on Taize page) Christ and the Believer Icon (or the companion ...
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Why do Jehovah's Witnesses make the Old Testament forms of address to God ( “Jehovah” and “Father”) more important than “Abba?”

Jehovah's Witnesses believe God is the Father whose name is the Hebrew YHVH, the Tetragrammaton, which was the name the Apostles called on to be saved. However, after calling on the name to be saved, ...
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What is the Catholic Church's take on copies of Bible printed with errors?

While using Goggle, one comes across a write-up on a certain print of the Bible , which contained some glaring errors. The copy of the Bible now referred to as `The Wicked Bible, has only 10 copies ...
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Who is the speaker and who is “him” in Daniel 11:1 according to the Adventist?

Daniel 11:1 New American Standard Bible In the first year of Darius the Mede, I arose to be an encouragement and a protection for him. In my own interpretation, the speaker is Jesus and the "him&...
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Who was the first christian? [closed]

Jesus is said to have been born a Jew, and the same goes for his followers. So then who was the first christian?
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According to Catholicism, how can Catholics be faithful to an abusive spouse?

In old age due to dementia a person can become irritable and abusive, wholly unlike their prior self. As a married person will have taken vows to be faithful; what guidance is there to a spouse in the ...
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Why are Biblical names not translated?

Why is in not common practice that Biblical translators also translate the names of characters? I have found that translating Biblical names into English has added layers of depth to the stories. Here ...
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On what basis did Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith declare that God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit cannot indwell a believer?

The following is what Joseph Smith said from "Doctrines & Covenants, Section 130, Paragraph 3 regarding John 14:23. John 14:23—The appearing of the Father and the Son, in that verse, is a ...
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What are the major themes of Luke? [closed]

Who was Luke and to whom was he addressing and what messages was he sending to the recipient/s When and where was the book written and hat was the source of his message?
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What is the “remedy of concupiscence”?

The "quieting of concupiscence" (remedium concupiscentiae) is one of the secondary ends of the sacrament of matrimony (cf. Casti Connubii §59), but what exactly is it? How does it "...
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Does a legal compilation of all laws included in the New Testament exist?

Jews compiled Old Testament laws and found 613 commandments. I wonder if the same kind of compilation exists for the New Testament laws.
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According a Catholic interpretation of the natural law, do individuals posses a right to privacy?

This question is mainly about the idea of contact tracing, but in a broader sense, in the Natural Law, as interpreted by the Catholic Church, her doctors, popes, noted philosophers, well-meaning dons, ...
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The Mormon Church teaches that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His Son. How do you reconcile this when the Bible says the Father cannot be seen?

Top leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a document titled: "The Restoration of the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ; A Bicentennial Proclamation to the world. ...
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Why did the Bishop of Rome accept (and retains until today) the title “Pontifex Maximus” and how were the rights & duties transferred / transformed?

According to the annual yearbook of the Catholic Church, the Bishop of Rome holds many other titles: Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal ...
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Genesis 22:12 - “…”for I know that you fear God..,“ what is the possible ”interpretation" in consistent with God's sovereign foreknowledge? [closed]

Can the interpretation be: God is saying God's foreknowledge is justified? Or "not caused thee(Abraham?) to know"(Augustine), or "caused others to know(Lange), or "...
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Does the Catholic Church have an official definition of Easter/Paschal Season?

One of the precepts of the Catholic Church says :"You shall humbly receive your Creator in Holy Communion at least during the Easter season." At some places, the words Paschal Season replace the ...
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Why did Luther say “Sin boldy”?

I've heard it reported that Martin Luther told his parishioners to "sin boldly". I'm not sure if this is based in fact and his writings or something that is made up by Catholics to paint him badly. ...
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Do pre-tribulational, pre-millenial theologies reconcile with Jehovah's Witnesses

In this thesis there are many assertions made. One of them is that the teachings of Charles Taze Russell, as regarding the return of Christ being 'multi-staged', shares a common origin with the pre-...
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Is the pope the head of the Church for Catholics?

Who is the head of the Church for Catholics? Is it the Pope?
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What evidence is there for “sin crouching at your door” being likened to a “sexually aroused cat”? [migrated]

In Jordan Peterson's Biblical Series lecture titled "Cain and Abel: The Hostile Brothers" he refers to Genesis 4:7: "...But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at the door. It desires ...
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Are there Christians who believe that Jesus does not have a physical body right now?

I've researched about this topic online and I could only find one Christian website so far that affirms this belief. https://www.bible.ca/d-Jesus-body-now.htm Does anybody else know if a particular ...
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Are things commonly blessed by priests at certain times of the year appropriate to bring to a priest for a special blessing?

Is it appropriate to ask priests to bless things like oil, salt and water that you bring to them for a blessing? I was reading this answer and was wondering if it made sense for a layperson to bring ...
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Does Hebrews 4:12 imply that unspoken good intentions might justify sins? [closed]

This question is related to the post I have asked on the Literature.SE. Yet, this question might be treated as a separate post which does not require reading the other one. Also, I should note that I ...
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A priest I requested kindly to bless salt and oil did not use the prescribed prayer but used his own, is the blessing valid?

A priest I requested kindly to bless salt and oil did not use the prescribed prayer but used his own, is the blessing valid? The prayer for exorcising the salt and blessing the oil was available, the ...

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