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What contemporary definitions of Sola Scriptura are there, from self-professed proponents, which do not call it the supreme spiritual authority?

The doctrine of Sola Scriptura is generally defined as the belief that, while tradition, reason, and experience may be sources of spiritual knowledge for the Christian, the scriptures are the only ...
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Being 'known by Jesus' in Matthew 7:22

In Matthew 7:21-22 Jesus says for Him to know me I must do His will. There are plenty of scriptures that talk about God seeing us and knowing us, why then does Jesus say I didn't know you? Is it ...
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How do the (Roman) Catholic Church and the (Anglican) Church of Uganda view “wife inheritance”?

There is a cultural practice in parts of Africa in which a young widow is required to marry her dead husband's brother, male cousin or other relation. This is sometimes referred to as wife inheritance....
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Does the latest Scofield Reference Bible delete or substantially alter any of the original notes?

There's some controversy about differences between the original Scofield reference bible and the latest editions, which were edited by a committee after Dr Scofield's death. I'm wondering whether any ...
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Does the Catholic Church have a contingency plan for the case that the pope and all cardinals are dead?

Most modern democratic countries have a chain of command which can be triggered in case of disastrous events and is intended to ensure the continuity of the functioning of the country. This chain of ...
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According to Catholics, who are “the elect”?

Calvinists believe that God unconditionally elects certain people to believe, these are His "elect" I am trying to figure what Catholics believe. This article states "A true biblical understanding of ...
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Did 17th century Reformed Christians reject textual criticism?

The Westminster Confession says the following: WCF 1.8: The Old Testament in Hebrew (which was the native language of the people of God of old), and the New Testament in Greek (which at the time of ...
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What is the first documented usage of “Prima Scriptura”?

While the concept may have existed far prior, a recent discussion has left me wondering - What is the earliest documented usage of the term "Prima Scriptura" in Christian writings. I am not interested ...
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What is the earliest documented usage of the term “Sola Scriptura”?

While the concept may have existed far prior, a recent discussion has left me wondering - What is the earliest documented usage of the term "Sola Scriptura" in Christian writings. I am not interested ...
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Looking for references from the early Church Fathers on Galatians 3:13

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: [Galatians 3:13, KJV] ...As it relates to a Luther(esque) ...
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What does Mary look like in the Fatima Apparitions?

Beginning in the spring of 1917, the children reported apparitions of an Angel, and starting in May 1917, apparitions of the Virgin Mary, whom the children described as "the Lady more brilliant ...
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Why is complete consent listed as a requirement for an act to be a mortal sin?

What does the complete consent, when listed as a requirement for a mortal sin, mean? Objection: It would seem that there are mortal sins without complete consent. A woman goes to get an abortion ...
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What symbols are preferred among certain denominations more than others?

I am compiling a list of common themes or symbols to be used for decoration around the different denominations or to be given as gifts for members of that church. I am in the USA and only interested ...
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Which verse mentions “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”? [closed]

It is written: 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.' Which verse mentions this?
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Does the Catholic Church confirm that the term “way” as used by Jesus in John 14:5 was understood by the disciples?

We see in John 14: 1-5: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that ...
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Christian folklore, traditions and legends concerning plants?

With the present situation of the coronavirus affecting many of us, and many sensing the need to be able to get outside and do something, if one’s local restrictions permit it, I would like be able to ...
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Who assigned the gospel authors originally?

According to the theory of the originally anonymous gospels, the titles of the most ancient surviving manuscripts were added later on. I would like to know: For each gospel, how many different, ...
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In what sense do faith and hope remain?

In 1 Corinthians 13, the Apostle Paul discusses various different spiritual gift, explaining that most of them will be redundant in the New Creation, and therefore "fade away". He concludes his ...
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What does it mean that the Believers Eastern Church (in Asia) is an “Ancient-Future Church”?

Recently I was asked a question about the Believers Eastern Church and have been doing some research to find out what they believe. Here is part of what I discovered: The founder and current ...
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Did Mosaic covenants follow Ancient Near East Suzerain Treaties or was it the other way around?

I often heard theologians said that Mosaic covenant followed the structure of Ancient Near East (ANE) treaties that were there in Moses' time. For example, here is the view of Meredith Kline: Suzerain ...
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Colossians 1:16 Jesus made things ON the earth

Wondering how the 'on the earth' is to be understood. It seems consistent across English translations. Colossians 1:16 (NIV): For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, ...
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According to Jacobus Arminius's definition of free will, did Pharaoh have free will?

Through the first chapters of Exodus up to the literal exodus, God kept telling Moses that he would harden Pharaoh's heart. Does this mean that Pharaoh didn't have (Jacobus Arminius definition of) ...
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Is there a quote/saying in bible “Do not close the mouth of a bull which threshes the grain”?

I am wondering if there is a quote in Bible saying "Do not mask/close the mouth of a bull which threshes the grain"? Meaning, let the animal have its food while it works . When it comes to human, pay ...
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How do Lutherans or Reformed Christians interpret Acts 8:16?

A little context, Acts 8 tells us about Philip baptizing the people of Samaria, however people that have not received the Holy Spirit, even after baptism, until Peter and John lay their hands on them ...
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Is a belief that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are not three persons, but one, Modalism?

If I believe that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are God, but not as three persons but as one, do I believe in Modalism?
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What do the Catholics say about Isaiah 29:13? [duplicate]

Isaiah 29:13 NLT reads: ... And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote. I come from a Catholic background. And we are taught the Rosary and many such prayers by ...
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Do the 10 commandments forbid desire?

The bible passages Exodus 20:17 You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to ...
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Is there a standard text of the Litany of Loreto accepted for universal use by the Catholic Church?

The Litany of Loreto recited in Southern India contains a prayer "Glory/pride of the Order of Carmelites, pray for us" just before the last prayer "Queen of peace, pray for us". That prayer is not ...
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What do we know about Arian liturgy?

I've done a lot of googling but can't turn up any information about what Arian liturgy was like. Apparently the "Mozarabic rite" in Spain is connected somehow to traditional Arian liturgy. I'm ...
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Why does the Quran mention Jesus Christ 25 times, but Mohammad only 5 times? [closed]

I ask anyone here, and I ask all people who think that Muhammad, peace be upon him, edited and wrote the Quran, to give me a fair and convincing answer for this question: Question: Why is Jesus ...
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What is the Biblical basis for sharing the cup at communion?

In our church everyone usually drinks out of the same cup at communion. Is there a scriptural reason for this?
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Are Job and Jobab the same person?

Is there anywhere in the bible that says Job and Jobab is the same person?
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Is Jesus the Father? [closed]

I think that Jesus is the Father himself. The Father became man and as man he renounced his divinity, therefore there are Bible passages where it seems that Jesus is not God. And that is why I don't ...
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What does in the “Form of God” mean? [migrated]

This attitude be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not regard being equal to God as robbery, but made himself nothing and took the form of a servant, by ...
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How do those who believe that Jesus is a created being understand the verses which say everything that was created was created by him?

There are some people who claim that Jesus is a created being, but this claim is nowhere confirmed, rather the Bible says: Everything became through the Word, and without the Word did not become ...
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How many mortal sins did/does Satan do?

How many mortal sins did/does Satan do? Did Satan commit just one mortal sin? Does the number of mortal sins increase as he tempts people to commit sin? I am interested in the Catholic viewpoint.
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How can Orthodox have saints, if they are heretic? (or vise versa)

I'm a catholic, so from a Catholic point of view how can orthodox have saints if they follow a heresy? And from the orthodox point of view, the opposite is true. If neither party can verify the ...
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Why is Jesus called the “Father of eternity”? [migrated]

Isaiah 9:6 YLT: For a Child hath been born to us, A Son hath been given to us, And the princely power is on his shoulder, And He doth call his name Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Father of ...
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What scientific evidence is there for a global flood? [duplicate]

An atheist has asked me for scientific evidence of a global flood. He's claimed "ZERO EVIDENCE of a global flood". I'm not well-read on that. What scientific evidence is there consistent with Noah'...
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How many persons did create the world? [closed]

In Genesis 1 it says "Let us.." So how many persons have to be it at least? At least two or at least three?
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What is the history behind the tradition of making the sign of the cross?

Catholics make the sign of the cross by touching the forehead then the chest then lest side then the right then bringing two hands together. My question What is the history behind the tradition of ...
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How did Catholic Church adapt after the Black Plague in Europe if at all any adaptation occurred?

Correct me if I am wrong here. There were various reformations in the Catholic church for example the reformation led by St. Catherine of Cienna, the reformation led by St. Theresa of Avila, Second ...
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Has the Catholic Church ever thought of replacing the prayer “Tower of ivory, pray for us” in the Litany of Loreto?

The Litany of Loreto to Our Lady contains a prayer: "Tower of ivory, pray for us". Of course, this prayer was written at a time when ivory was in abundance, and there was no prohibition against its ...
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Do the Gnostic Gospels exist online anywhere in original Coptic?

I have seem images and pdfs of the Gnostic Gospels online, but nothing in plain text (copy-pastable) Coptic. Does such a thing exist? I would like to read the original Coptic scripts in full, and make ...
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How does the Catholic Church handle documents worldwide nowadays?

Marriages and baptisms certainly generate certificates that the church needs to store somewhere. Catholic schools such as the Marist Brothers and La Salle Brothers, with hundreds of thousands of ...
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How do Christains argue that “messianic psalms” are messianic and refer to Jesus Christ?

I've heard Christians assert that you can prove that Jesus Christ is the Messiah from the book of psalms. There doesn't seem to be any watertight argument for the existence of messianic psalms other ...
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Translation bias [migrated]

Heb 1:2 "but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe." NIV The Gr. rendered 'universe' is 'aiōnas' which is ...
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The founder of Zion's Watch Tower Charles Taze Russell made the following statements and now directly contradict new information by the organization

One of the statements is from the November 1879 Watch Tower page 48. https://i.imgur.com/y6dOdXe.jpg Mr.Russell clearly states that all the angels including Michael are to worship Jesus and I agree ...
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Can one pray for something “bad” to happen to yourself?

Short version: In the context of Christianity and in particular the New Testament, is it possible to pray for something that one perceives as "bad" for oneself, and receive it? Long version: The New ...
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Holy Spirit Presence, Metaphor, Gender; how does gender apply to the Holy Spirit?

I was reading through this page about the "Gender of the Holy spirit" in Wikipedia. "The Holy Spirit was furthermore equated with the (grammatically feminine) Wisdom of God by two early Church ...

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