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According to the Methodist Church, is white grape juice an acceptable alternative in communion?

A Methodist Church has changed from regular grape juice to white grape juice to keep stains from the carpet. Is this a valid Methodist traditional usage? Are there any historical sources explaining ...
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Marriage to a Jehovah’s Witness is it possible? [duplicate]

My girlfriend is a Jehovah’s Witness and I am a MFM member. But I love her so much! Can I marry her?
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How does one reconcile belief in objective moral values with the notion of moral progress?

I've noticed that people tend to prefer moral relativism to moral absolutism because of the idea of moral progress. Moral progress is the notion that the world is on a trajectory towards a better and ...
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How many Jacobs do we have in the Bible? Are there only two (2) Jacobs in the Bible?

This is because in Matt. 1:2 the bible said; And Isaac begat Jacob. Then same Matt. 1 verse 15 said; and Matthan begat Jacob. Now, both Jacobs begotten by different parents also begat Josephs. Does ...
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Does the Eastern Orthodox Church acknowledge the validity a self-started Eucharists?

Let's say on some island in Oceania the locals one day found a King James version (or any other version in their own language) and believed into Christ, started having regular meetings, in which they ...
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Is Judas liable for his betrayal sin?

In Luke we are told, Luke 22:3And Satan entered into Judas who was called Iscariot, belonging to the number of the twelve. 4And he went away and discussed with the chief priests and officers how he ...
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How much do we know about the Second Apostolic Council of Jerusalem of 69 AD?

How much do we know about the Second Apostolic Council of Jerusalem of 69 AD? I just bumped into a source that claims that Irenaeus, Eusebius and Saint Clement of Rome all mentioned that council. Is ...
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What exactly was the earliest start time of a Catholic mass before 1957? - What means aurora?

Before the Motu Propio "Sacram Communionem. On Laws of Fasting and the Evening Mass" of Pope Pius XII in 1957, the rule of c. 821 § 1 CIC/1917 applied in the Catholic Church as a ruling on the times ...
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Is there any evidence to support the claim that the Apostle St. Peter founded the Church in Antioch and, if so, what are the implications?

According to tradition, the Apostle Peter founded the Church in Antioch in A.D. 34 and is regarded as the first Bishop of Antioch. Here are a few extracts from sources I found regarding this claim: ...
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What KJV publishers today include the “Translators to the reader”?

Are there any publishers of the KJV Bibles today that include not just the epistle dedicatory, but also the "translators to the reader", which is 10 or so pages long? There are a few publishers that ...
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When did lay people first get a vote in the general conferences of the United Methodist Church?

In the news reports swirling around the 2019 General Conference of the United Methodist Church, something struck me as odd – there were "lay delegates" among the 800 delegates able to vote on the ...
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When did Mary and Joseph marry?

They were only engaged when Mary was concieved by the Holy Spirit, correct? They would have had to marry before Jesus' birth, correct? In order for him not to be considered a bastard born out of ...
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What happens if a host is dropped during communion? (Catholic)

At around 1:15:05 of the movie Therese (based on the life of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, late XIX century), we can see the host being dropped and then put in a piece of cloth and taken away. This seems ...
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How are conflicting views concerning latae sententiae excommunications resolved in the Catholic Church?

One might identify the real-world problem behind this question. I have tried to put it forth without naming anyone involved in such situation and instead posed it as an imaginary situation. Please ...
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Longevity of biblical manuscripts

The manuscript autographs of the gospels and epistles have perished or been lost. How long would the average autograph last before it perished or became unreadable? Take Paul's First Epistle to the ...
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Is it allowed to receive the Precious Blood before the Body of Christ in a Catholic Mass?

I've never seen such a reversal of orders, but I wonder if it is allowed by the regulation of the rites. For example, the official norms about communion in the US seem not to make mention on the order,...
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How many authors wrote the Old and New Testament? [duplicate]

I know how many people wrote the Bible, that is, around 40. But what percent of that is Old Testament and what percent is New? Note: I know I could spend half an hour looking through the lists to ...
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Reasons for Restriction of Tridentine Rite post Vatican II

If I understand correctly, the Second Vatican Council ordered the revision of the liturgical books based on the constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium. These revisions where carried out in the years ...
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How is “Free Grace Theology” linked with dispensationalism?

I have a somewhat vague understanding of dispensationalism and Covenant theology, and have until now preferred the latter to the former because it seems simpler and hence more intuitive. I recently ...
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Historical letters of investiture

Am wondering if "letters of investiture" (if that is the right term), from popes to early European missionaries, are available anywhere in print, or on the web? Am particularly interested in Ansgar.
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According to Catholicism and/or Eastern Othodox, if we have Guardian Angels do we also have an assigned Demons? [closed]

The idea of having a demon assigned to us isn’t new to anyone who is familiar with C.S. Lewis and the Screwtape letters. Since the idea (according to Catholic and Orthodox Tradition) is that God “...
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Did St. Joachim prevent the transmission of original sin to Mary by overcoming concupiscence?

St. Joachim is known to live a pious and humble life. If St. Joachim lived according to God's will and followed His inspirations in making a marital procreative act with St. Anne under the grace of ...
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Why is the RCA church more literal in scripture where the UCC church is allegorical?

I’ve attended numerous churches in both RCA and UCC denominations in which RCA had a very literal take on the crucifixion and resurrection where the UCC church has a very allegorical approach. ...
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What is the significance of Donum Veritatis if applied to Dubia Cardinals and Dissenting Clergy?

The Filial Correction petition on Amoris Laetetia filed by numerous priest, theologians and other lay person failed because they do not follow the evangelical guidelines of Donum Veritatis. In below ...
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If Lucifer was top perfect creature, how could he fall? [Catholicism]

Since God's creation is good/perfect, how could a creature as good/perfect as a top angel actually fall, according to Catholicism? What is the mechanism of corruption that can corrupt a perfect being? ...
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Complementarianism - What are the roles of men and women in the church?

Complementarians believe that men and women are equal but have different yet complementary roles assigned by God. What do complementarian church leaders in history believe are the differing roles of ...
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Is the Pope Emeritus infallible?

Currently the Catholic Church has a Pope Emeritus (Benedict XVI). This is, to the best of my knowledge, the first time that such position has existed. There have been and still are plenty of bishop ...
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The earliest assertion in Christianity that abiding in Christ is only possible through Eucharist

When was the first statement made and by whom in Christianity that abiding in Christ is only possible through Eucharist? I only found such statement made by Cyprian. Was there anyone who said the ...
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Were there any saints who criticized the church?

Pope Francis has said that those who constantly criticize the Catholic church are “friends of the devil”. My question is: were there any saints in history who repeatedly criticized the church or ...
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Differences between first printings of folio AV of the Bible in 1611

I have a leaf that is supposed to be from the first edition, first printing, of the Authorized Version of the Bible from 1611. However, when I look at PDF versions, there are differences. For example,...
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Have any married couples been canonized at the same time?

There are countless saints in the Catholic Church, and while many of them have been celibate, some have been married (e.g. Thomas More, Elizabeth Ann Seaton). Have any married couples been canonized ...
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What was the intended meaning of the quotation marks around “sinners” in the old NIV?

Take for example Matthew 9:10-13: While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew's house, many tax collectors and "sinners" came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they ...
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Looking for Christian kids tape title with “Agapaopolis” on it

This is a long shot but I’ve been looking for this tape for years. It was a Christian kids cassette tape. It was about a boy either dreaming or going into a world meeting these other kids/people ...
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What is the earliest instance of Eucharistic adoration?

Eucharistic adoration is a practice in Catholicism in which the Eucharist, being bread that has literally turned into the body of Christ, is publicly displayed. Commonly, it is placed in a monstrance ...
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Scriptural basis for a Christian Congregation to vow to “guide and nurture” an infant being baptized

My children were baptized in a Presbyterian church, using a Baptismal Liturgy from the PC(USA) Book of Order. I had some difficulty explaining the Biblical basis of the liturgy to a relative, ...
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How do Protestants view the prophecy and birth of Jesus

The prophecy Isaiah 7:14 (NIV) Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. The fulfilment of the prophecy ...
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Where did the darkness come from? [closed]

In the beginning God said "let there be light" and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then God separated the light form the darkness. Where did the darkness come from? I do not have ...
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Can a baby's baptism be nullified and redone the proper way, according to Catholic Canon Law?

If a baby is baptized by one of his parents, without the knowledge of the other parent, is there any way for the baptism to be nullified? If the parent who took the child for baptism had malicious ...
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Was this (allegedly gay) marriage in a Catholic Church valid?

The Spanish newspaper El Pais wrote an article the other day (with an awful clickbait, I must say), where it told the story of two women married by the Catholic Church in 1901. The story goes that ...
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Why do people think they need anything other than the KJV Bible?

I cannot understand why people think they need another version of the Bible besides the King James Version.
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Does the Traditionalist and Sedevacantist ignore the words of St.Ambrose saying “Ubi Petrus, Ibi Ecclesia, Ibi Deus”?

The above Latin quote, attributed to St. Ambrose means “Where Peter is, there is the Church, there is God.” According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), Jesus “entrusted a specific ...
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Does Vatican II Church acknowledge the statement of Pope Francis saying he is the Bishop Dressed in White?

Francis in Fatima: "I am the bishop dressed in white." Now, in the official missal of his visit to Fatima today and tomorrow, in the Prayer specially written for this day, Francis identifies himself ...
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What was the 16th century Catholic doctrine on Greek gods?

I've long assumed the Catholics have always denied the existence of pagan gods, hence allowed them to be represented in art as a fiction reminiscent of a heroic and remote past. However, the strong ...
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How many Pentecostals and Charismatics are there in the U.S. today?

I am currently conducting research which seeks to establish that Charismatic Christianity, which started with Charles Parham in the early 20th century, has had the greatest influence on the church in ...
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Meaning of Poem

I came across this beautiful poem by GK Chesterton: A Little Litany. But it has been very difficult for me to interpret. Especially the following lines: To see in pictured walls his storied world ...
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Where did Martin Luther say

Temptations, of course, cannot be avoided, but because we cannot prevent the birds from flying over our heads, there is no need that we should let them nest in our hair.
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Which Prison Epistles are considered to have been written from Rome?

I recognise the modern challenges of traditional/specific dating of the NT books; and that this may suggest various answers. Are there any letters which are reliably recognised as having been written ...
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What is the sin of St.Peter that made St.Paul opposed him in Galatians2:11?

Paul Opposes Cephas 11 When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. 12 For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they ...
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Is my confession valid if I didn't say the Act of Contrition?

I shared my confession with the priest. He told me not to bother with the Act of Contrition. There was one typed always on the table. I turned to look at it, it wasn't there. I could have said it ...
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Do any church fathers interpret Luke 18:17 as teaching the necessity of infant baptism?

Luke 18:15-17 (DRB) And they brought unto him also infants, that he might touch them. Which when the disciples saw, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus, calling them together, said: Suffer children to ...

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