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Between Protestants & Catholics what are the major disagreements with respect to Church history?

I’ve recently wondered at the claims that the Catholic Church had stated that they began 2,000 years ago, and that the Protestant church only began back with Martin Luther or in the 1500’s. In terms ...
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How do Catholic scholars explain Gal 2: 21 against the backdrop of Mtt 5: 17-18?

We hear St Paul telling in Gal 2:21 (NRSVCE): I do not nullify the grace of God; for if justification comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing. But we see Jesus telling in Mtt 5: 17-18 : ...
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Do the SDA read secular books during the Sabbath day?

I was reading the Mishnah and I came across this article which says it is unlawful to read secular material during the Sabbath but one is allowed to read only the written law and the oral law(after it ...
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Does Jesus condemn the death penalty in John 8:1-11?

In John 8:1-11 the the scribes and Pharisees were about to stone Mary Magdalene to death for the act of adultery, but Jesus Christ stopped them from doing and told that that they who are without sin ...
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From a Christian perspective, what are "nonresistant nonbelievers" most likely doing wrong that prevents them from finding and believing in God?

From Nonresistant Nonbelief, by J. L. Schellenberg: One might fail to believe in God even while God is open to a belief-entailing personal relationship if one prevents oneself from believing in God ...
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What is the evidence that someone is filled with the Holy Spirit? [closed]

There seems to be a distinction between being filled with the Holy Spirit and being indwelt with the Holy Spirit. The book of Acts mentions the filling of the Holy Spirit several times. What ...
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How do Arminian Protestants interpret Chapter 3 Article 1 of the Westminster Confession of Faith?

Q: How do Arminian Protestants interpret Chapter 3 Article 1 of the Westminster Confession of Faith? We read: CHAPTER 3 - Of God’s Eternal Decree God, from all eternity, did, by the most wise and ...
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Does the bible give guidance on how one can achieve happiness?

In the mortal life, what advice does the bible give on how an individual can achieve happiness?
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Extra-biblical evidence of "Joshua's long day" and "Hezekiah’s sign"?

Joshua 10:12–14 describes that the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down the space of one day. Victor Warkulwiz, Universe without Space and Time, ch. 2 claims Joshua’s ...
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What is the small glass vessel with a brass cap and handle that is next to tabernacles in some churches?

In this video you can see what I'm talking about at the linked timestamp right next to the hand sanitizer. I've also seen this same little vessel right next to the tabernacle on the same level, ...
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Does God have a good fame or a good reputation? [closed]

Does he have a good fame or a good reputation? I guess it's fair for me to know it before I try to approach to him.
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Do any denominations teach that angels have, or do not have, free will?

With minor variations, most Christian denominations generally believe that: Satan, Lucifer, the Devil, the Serpent, etc. are all the same being. Lucifer rebelled against God. One third of the angels ...
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History of the formation of the Biblical canon. Searching for accessible bibliographical references

I am interested in finding bibliographical references narrating the formation of the Biblical canon in the first 5 centuries of the Christian era that are: Academic books or articles written by ...
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Are blue rosary beads based on blue ribband (tzitzit) from Numbers 15?

Are blue rosary beads based on blue ribband (tzitzit) from Numbers 15? Numbers 15:38-39 (KJV): "38 Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of ...
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What does the "second coming of Christ" mean?

I am not up on my scripture but is the 'second coming of Christ', Jesus specifically? 'Christ' is a title, meaning the 'anointed one', so is the 'second coming' Jesus coming down from a cloud, or is ...
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What are Christian explanations for the similarities between ecstatic spiritual experiences of Christians and those of other religions?

My question is motivated a recent realization of a concrete example. In Tibetan Buddhism there is a spiritual practice known as Tummo. According to Wikipedia: Tummo is also a tantric practice for ...
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How did Satan get into Eden?

There is general agreement that Satan had already rebelled when Eden was created and that Eve sinned just a few hours/days after creation. Are there any hypotheses about how satan got into Eden ...
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Don't the questions of Hebrews 1:5 and 1:13 demand an answer of 'None'? So how can Jehovah's Witnesses say that Jesus is the archangel Michael?

There's a suggested duplicate to this question but that question deals with how the Jehovah's Witnesses explain the begotten divinity of Jesus while still maintaining that He is unequal to God. This ...
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What are the main arguments used by Christian pro-lifers to justify their stance against abortion?

With Roe v. Wade being relegated to the dustbin of history, the need for changing hearts and minds with respect to abortion in the USA has never been greater. What are the main arguments that ...
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Did scholars doubt Belshazzar's existence before 1854?

I was doing some research on people's views on King Belshazzar mentioned in Daniel 5. All the Christian apologists who defend the book of Daniel mention that his existence was disbelieved among the ...
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What does it mean exactly when Wikipedia calls Annihilationism a legitimate minority opinion within modern conservative Protestantism?

The Wikipedia article regarding Annihilationism states: "Annihilationism seems to be gaining as a legitimate minority opinion within modern, conservative Protestant theology since the 1960s, and ...
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How do Christians approach the evangelization of individuals who have had profound spiritual experiences in other religions?

Spiritual experiences can play a very important role in shaping an individual's worldview and religious convictions. Just a single profound mystical experience can dramatically change a person's ...
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Given a 2% rate of ectopic pregnancies, the 0% live birth rate and high maternal fatality rate, how is preventing abortion moral? [closed]

In 2% of pregnancies, the fertilized egg implants somewhere other than in the uterine lining, often in the Fallopian tubes ("tubal pregnancy"). Ectopic pregnancy - Symptoms and causes - ...
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How do Latter-day Saints reconcile Moroni 10:3-7 with John 20:24-29 and Mark 16:14?

In John 20:24-29 and Mark 16:14, Jesus seems to rebuke unbelief and the request for direct evidence when indirect testimonial evidence has already been provided: 14 Afterward he appeared to the ...
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Are there any Christians who are partially cessationist with regard to the gifts of the Spirit?

I'm aware of the existence of both cessationism and continuationism as extreme positions regarding the gifts of the Spirit. One affirms that all the gifts of the Spirit have ceased, whereas the other ...
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What is the rationale for not making the Sign of the Cross after receiving Communion?

I was taught that is was an unnecessary act to make the Sign of the Cross after receiving communion and that what you just did (receiving Jesus) took precedence over signing yourself. What is the ...
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What, if anything, is known about the practice of baptism for the dead in the early church?

1 Cor 15 mentions church members performing baptisms for the dead. Apart from that, no further reference to this practice exists in the Bible as far as I am aware. What, if anything, is known about ...
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Jehovah's Witnesses claim Jerusalem was destroyed in 607 BCE. What is the evidence?

The usual date given for the destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar in academic and Christian publications is either 587 BCE or 586 BCE. The Watchtower claims it was destroyed in 607 BCE. This ...
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Distinction between Created Son and Begotten Son for Jehovah's Witnesses

In the New Testament, the Greek word monogenēs (μονογενής) appears 9 times and is translated as only or only begotten every time. 4 times it is used to describe the solitary physical descendant of ...
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Do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that God equips humans today with the gift of prophecy?

On a number of occasions, God revealed information about future events that were to take place by giving humans the gift of prophecy. Do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe God still does this today, or has ...
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How did Rahab speak the language spoken by Joshua’s spies

Did the Israelites learn many languages in Egypt and pass them down (including to one of these two spies)? Is it known how Rahab was able to communicate?
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Can God deliberately bring a good through a moral evil, according to Catholicism?

The Catechism says: God is in no way, directly or indirectly, the cause of moral evil. He permits it, however, because he respects the freedom of his creatures and, mysteriously, knows how to derive ...
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If someone is barred from receiving communion by their own Bishop, what are the consequences of continuing to receive it outside their diocese?

According to this article, U.S. politician Nancy Pelosi has continued to receive communion in another diocese despite being forbidden from doing so in her own diocese by her Archbishop. Is this ...
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How would young earth creationist explain Omicron Variants?

Young earth creationists believe that God created all the species 6000 years ago. But what about Omicron Variant of corona virus? Obviously it's a new thing. What do they think about it?
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Under what circumstances may female Jehovah's Witnesses teach doctrine to men in an evangelistic setting?

I will apologize at the outset as this question stems more from anecdote than from research. Anecdote 1 - Some years ago, while at the local dump, I was approached by a woman for help unloading the ...
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If according to the Jehovah Witnesses that "there was a time when God was alone," who was with God at John 1:1?

The source for my question is found at the Jehovah Witnesses own web site: The Watchtower : His Origin Was From Early Times: "Since all created things had a beginning, there was a time when God was ...
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If Jesus is not God according to Jehovah’s Witnesses, why was He accused of blasphemy?

Denying the deity of Jesus Christ is one of the core beliefs of the Jehovah Witnesses: Jehovah’s Witnesses View of Christ. John 5:18 states, For this cause therefore the Jews were seeking all the ...
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According to Jehovah’s Witnesses who are the two messengers at Malachi 3:1?

According to Jehovah’s Witnesses who are these two messengers in Malachi 3:1? Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will ...
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Is Judas in hell for eternity? [duplicate]

I am a Christian, but have a hard time forgiving evil people, but I know that's what the Lord commanded me to do " Love and forgive your enemies , do good to those who persecute you....' ~ So, I ...
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What was the early churches view on head-covering for women?

A somewhat controversial topic, but there are certain verses in the bible such as 1 Corinthians 11 which command women to wear head-covering in church, but was was the early church view of women ...
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Is there any historical evidence that the early church believed in the doctrine of intercession of saints during the 1st and 2nd centuries AD?

Motivated by a related question, I would like to know if there is any historical evidence that the early church believed in the doctrine of intercession of saints during the 1st and 2nd centuries AD.
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According to Protestant NT scholars/historians did Gamaliel get the chronology & history wrong in Acts 5?

I was listening on (audio) to Wayne Grudem’s systematic theology and in the chapter on biblical inerrancy.. he mentioned some people dispute Gamaliel's historical accuracy on certain uprisings, and ...
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Biblical basis for treating a second marriage as sinful even in cases of adultery?

Matthew 19:9 (NIV) I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery. Many Christians believe it is okay to remarry if a previous ...
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How do 'soul sleep' adherents explain reports of astral projection, out-of-body experiences (OBE) and near-death experiences (NDE)?

Testimonies of astral projections, out-of-body experiences (OBE) and near-death experiences (NDE) abound, both within and outside Christianity. Many interpret these experiences as evidence that ...
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The Truth about God, Perfection, Humankind and Creation [closed]

made enemies, Here it is....the Truth or answer to all of your bantering, confusion and unrest. The Truth is that only maybe one or two of you put word to what the Truth of who we are and where or ...
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What are examples of Latter-day Saint doctrines that are NOT completely based on the Bible?

What are examples of Latter-day Saint doctrines that cannot possibly be inferred from reading the Bible only, but require additional sources in order to be established? Note (in response to downvotes):...
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What is an overview of Christian viewpoints on the afterlife of aborted babies?

What does the afterlife look like for an aborted baby? What happens to their consciousness (if any)? What happens to their spirit/soul? Since these are presumably controversial questions, I'm ...
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Can visiting people who are in an invalid marriage cause scandal?

Is there a catholic teaching or guidance on whether it is OK to visit and sleep over at someone's house who is not in a valid marriage? Can this act show the approval of their marriage and create a ...
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Do Protestant Trinitarians see a completeness of the canon of New Testament scripture in the number of books and authors?

There are 27 books in the Protestant, Trinitarian canon of scriptures of the New Testament writings. Which is three times three times three. There are 9 authors (Peter, James, Jude, Matthew, Paul, ...
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Do any denominations teach that Moses was talking with three distinct beings in the burning bush?

A recent question says: The number three in the bible is significant. … Three persons are associated with the burning bush which Moses saw (Jehovah, Elohim and the Angel of the Lord). Exodus 3:1–6 (...

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