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Does the Seal of Confession include saying whether or not a person confessed to them?

The Seal of Confession is the duty of Catholic priests to not disclose anything they hear from someone who comes to them for confession. Does this include disclosing whether or not someone has seen ...
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Confusion regarding the son of God [duplicate]

I myself am not a Christian but Iin college I have a Christian Friend. I know that Christians regard Christ as son of God spiritually not bodily. I asked my friend, "Why do you call Eesa (Christ) (...
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How many apostles are there? [closed]

Are there 12 apostles? Are there 70 apostles? When I was growing up and learning about Jesus, I found that he had 12 apostles. I was looking at a page about Mark the Evangelist recently and it says ...
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Can angels speak to us? [closed]

This is perhaps slightly related to this question, and specifically this answer which points out that "the worship of angels [is] false doctrine ... praying to angels arguably may not be worship, [but]...
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Of what date is the oldest inscription of Yahweh found?

Is it true that there is an inscription of Yahweh found that is older than when Moses was revealed the name of God in the Bible?
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Who nurtured Adam when he was an infant?

Assuming that Adam was placed on Earth as an infant... Who nurtured Adam when he was an infant?
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Why did Paul want God to repay Alexander the metalworker?

In II Timothy 4:14-15, Paul writes: Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. You too should be on your guard against him, because he ...
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How do Unitarians explain Hebrews 1:10-12?

How do Unitarians explain Hebrews 1:10-12? 10 And, “In the beginning, Lord, you founded the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands; 11 they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear ...
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What method can we consistently use to identify the literal verses from the non literal? [closed]

Is there any consistent method by which theologians can disambiguate literal bible verses from non literal verses? Taking a plain reading of the following verses it appears that yahweh is plainly ...
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What is the Catholic view of separation of church and state in terms of war and application of the death penalty? [closed]

Note: This question was an honest search for a Catholic view not an accusation or attack. If I had written an attack it would be a 1000 times more severe and to a specific point. The defensive ...
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What is the history of the term “state of perfection” before, during, and after Vatican II?

Traditionally, Catholics used language of "state of perfection" (as we can for example read in Aquinas). Why did not Vatican II use this term? What is the history of the term "state of perfection" ...
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Does the Old Testament word Sheol have Greek or Hebrew origins?

The word "Sheol" is a fairly modern word used in modern translations of the Old Testament to represent hell, Hades or The Grave or 'The Place of the Dead'. It's the Hebrew's conception of ...
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Why do Jehovah Witnesses think that the cross doesn't have hands? [duplicate]

They said that the original cross is just a torture stake. Why do they think that way? Not that I think they're wrong. I am just wondering.
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Was it a miracle of God that the Jews incriminated themselves and their children in the blood of Jesus?

The Bible said that the Jews as a whole accepted the guilt of killing Jesus and declared guilty themselves and their descendants: "When Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but rather that ...
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Re-marrying in the Church

If two Catholics, both free to marry in the Catholic church, desire (for a very compelling and honorable reason) to marry before their required pre-cana procedures are complete and do so in a non-...
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Why do Catholics believe in the immaculate conception? [duplicate]

I would like to know where Catholics got the idea that Mary was born without original sin. I know it's Church dogma from early on but how did it get started, and what was the reasoning? And do ...
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How is the Son begotten? [closed]

The early church agree that the Son is begotten by the Father. "To beget is to produce an offspring of same nature." The Father has no beginning that is why the Son has no beginning (like begets ...
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Converting to Judaism or Islam vs Trinitarian or Uniterian [closed]

If a Christian "converts" to Judaism or Islam (or any of the Abrahamic religions), is he still considered saved as a Christian? What if he/she converted from Trinitarian to Uniterian? This is a ...
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Are these historical records about Jesus' appearance accurate? [duplicate]

All says that Jesus has a blonde hair and blue eyes. http://www.ecclesia.org/truth/evidence.html Various sites report that. How credible it is? Sample: This is a reprinting of a letter from ...
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What are the main denominations in the world practicing seventh-day Sabbatarianism? What percentage of Christendom do they represent?

I would like to know if there are reputable sources presenting anything close to an exhaustive listing of the main denominations around the world adhering to seventh-day Sabbatarianism. Similarly, are ...
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Why is it that God the Father is alone capitalised in the third person?

Usually Christians write He, His and Himself with a capital H when referring to God the Father. I'm not aware of this practice for either Jesus or The Holy Spirit. Why the distinction?
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As a Christian but not a Catholic, can I confess to a Catholic priest? [duplicate]

I am not a Catholic, but I am a Christian. I do not feel any desire to become a Catholic. I have been out of church for many years, and am not actively seeking a church to attend. However, I want to ...
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Are mainline Protestants our Brothers in Christ by virtue of the Trinitarian Baptism? [Catholic] [duplicate]

If I am not mistaken, water baptism is one of the 7 sacraments and it can be performed by laymen and must not necessarily involve clergy. In such a case, since Protestants have no apostolic succession ...
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Who is credited with being the first to use these terms “conservatives”, “traditionalists”, “progressives and liberals” within the Catholic Church? [duplicate]

Pope Francis in his speech at the conclusion of the Synod 2014, said One, a temptation to hostile inflexibility, that is, wanting to close oneself within the written word, (the letter) and not ...
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What do Calvinists teach about the Election of mankind? Is it before or after the Creation?

From this link: Calvin also reminds us that Paul states that the love God had for us before the creation of the world had always been founded in Christ From this link: Calvinists believe that ...
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Does Bible say anywhere that if a woman was raped, she needs to marry the one who raped her? [closed]

Does Bible say anywhere that if a woman was raped, she needs to marry the one who raped her? One LGBT activist just told me that. The only verse that come to my memory is If a man seduces a ...
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Usage of Hades in the New Testament

If Hades is the name of a Greek god, why then did it find its way into the Greek translation into the New Testament? Wouldn't the NT writers refrain from associating their beliefs to Greek polytheism? ...
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Why does the Son have a source of existence?

Why does the Son have a source of existence? Early church fathers believed that the Son has an source or origin of existence (reference). To have an origin is different from having a beginning. ...
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Which are some of the Non Trinitarian sects in Christianity [closed]

I read about a very famous Scientist Newton, who had did not believe in the theory of trinity and i came across a banner in my country which called people to some "Unitarianism church" Hence out of ...
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Clarification about “sons of God” who caused flood? [duplicate]

In Genesis 6:2, it says, "the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose." I thought that the only Son of God was Jesus. Does this mean that ...
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How do Christian denominations define what the meaning of life is?

The Baltimore Catechism says: "God made me to know him, to love him, and to serve him in this world and to be happy with him forever in the next." Many Catholics have this ingrained in their ...
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According to the Catholic Church, if the penitent thief had died before Jesus, would he have had to wait for his reward?

At his crucifixion Jesus told the repentant evildoer, "Today you will be with me in paradise" (Luke 23:43). As that grueling day drew to a close, the legs of the two evildoers were broken to hasten ...
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Does the Southern Baptist Convention consider other religions evil, demonic, and satanic?

Does the Southern Baptist Convention consider other religions like Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam evil, demonic, and satanic?
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Why doesn't the Father have additional attributes like the Son and Holy Spirit? [closed]

Concerning god, the Nicene Creed says: We believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. If I'm not mistaken- god, god, and god have these ...
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Is masturbation worse than smoking (for the Catholic Church)?

This says: Smoking in moderation is not a sin at all (CCC 2290). The statement "Smoking in moderation is not a sin at all" can be found elsewhere like here and somewhere there. I have two ...
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Is it justifiable to kill an innocent person with the following conditions?

I'm asking in the context of the Catholic Church's doctrines on just war and self-defense. Is it justifiable to kill an innocent person in order to prevent a greater evil, with no other practical ...
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Are biblical laws supposed to be part of Government? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should biblical laws apply to non-Christians? In the Bible (old and new testaments) there are various laws, some controversial but clearly written otherwise. Are these laws ...
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Today shalt thou be with me in paradise [closed]

I keep seeing this brought up as proof we go straight to heaven but if you look the word " today" in that scripture in the concordance you won't find it. King James Version says " to Day" its two ...
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Is 'pure' monotheism of more primitiveness and innateness than the Trinity is?

I know that it is shocking for Trinitarians to ask this question, but it seems to me that monotheism, pure monotheism is more primitive. While Trinity is of less primitiveness and of less common sense....
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How was Lucifer created? [closed]

Was Lucifer created by God or was he already there in the beginning like God? I don't think the Bible really explains any of this.
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At what point did Paul become a child of God, born of God? [closed]

At what point did Paul become a child of God, born of God? John said that God gave the authority to be the children of God born of God to those who received Christ (John 1:12,13; 1st John 3:1). At ...
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Romans 11:32 according to Calvinist?

Romans 11:32 For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all Is the "everyone" including Adam and Eve before they are created ?
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What is the basis of St. Pius X in 1906 that led to the approval of the prayer devotion; “Mary Virgin Priest, pray for us”?

In 1906, Pope Pius X approved a prayer which says “Mary, Virgin Priest, pray for us.” However, a Holy Office decree of 1916 forbade the use of any image that had Mary wearing vestments – some say for ...
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What religion did the Wise Men from the East practise? [duplicate]

We read at Isiah 60:6 : " The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Madian and Epha: all they from Saba shall come, bringing gold and frankincense: and shewing forth praise to the ...
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How may we reconcile the Blessed Virgin Mary's maturity with her age?

The Catholic Encyclopedia says: [Based on] the age at which Hebrew maidens became marriageable, it is possible that Mary gave birth to her Son when she was about thirteen or fourteen years of age. ...
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In Romans 8:1, what does “in Christ” mean? [closed]

What "are in christ" means in romans.8:1? How do I get to be in Christ so that I would have no condemnation?
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Is Satan's name Lucifer, Satanail, or Samuel? [closed]

In a few different English versions of the Bible, Isaiah 14:12 begins with something like: How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! (KJV) I thought, however, that Jesus was ...
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Recognition of Previous Marriage by the Roman Catholic Church

In a situation in which a non-Catholic, previously married to a non-Catholic, subsequently marries a Catholic outside the Catholic Church, is it possible to have a Catholic marriage for the latest ...
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If a sin can be dispensed, is it really a sin?

Question During the Coronavirus pandemic many Catholic bishops have decided to dispense the faithful from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass. The standard teaching is that missing Sunday Mass ...
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Did Jesus pray to God in the Gospel?

Did Jesus pray to God according to the prevalent Jewish customs? How did he pray to God? What does the Gospel say about it?

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