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Can one be considered a disciple of Jesus who is not making disciples per Mt 28:19-20? [closed]

I am not defining disciple as "true Christian." This is not "asking for the truth or validity of a particular doctrine or belief." 19 Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, ...
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1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 - how do we judge the credibility of Paul as he thought the world would come to an end during his lifetime? [closed]

Paul believed that the end will come but did not see, based on him being Inspired; “According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, ...
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In what ways do human beings reflect God? [closed]

As far I can tell, being made in the image of God refers to how human beings reflect God's nature since an image, according to Google definition, is "a representation of the external form of a person ...
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In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, what is an Elder's Quorum meeting supposed to be?

Two Sundays of each month, the adult men in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meet as an Elder's Quorum. At each meeting they discuss one of the most recent General Conference talks. I'...
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How do reformed theologians reconcile John 15:2 with “once saved always saved"?

Every branch in me (εν έμοι ) that beareth not fruit, he taketh it away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he [the Father, v1] cleanseth it, that it may bear more fruit. (John 15:2, ASV) Some ...
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If “God” is a Trinity, where in the Bible does the word “God” refer to the Trinity? [duplicate]

There may be places where the word is ambiguous. What I am looking for is one example that must be all three.
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Were the Jews right in accusing Jesus of claiming to be God? [duplicate]

I was once asked this question by a Jehovah Witness to prove if the Jews understood that Jesus was claiming to be God. I affirm that they did while the Jehovah Witnesses deny it. Related question ...
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Catholics marrying after civil divorce

So it is certain that you cannot remarry in Church before getting an annulment as divorce is not recognised. But what if you never got married in Church to begin with. But instead only did a civil ...
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Is there a Christian name of the Destroyer Angel?

In 2 Samuel 24:15 a destroyer angel come and strike Jerusalem with the Plague. If I understand correctly, the accepted name for this angel is Azrael in Islam and Samael in Judaism. What is his ...
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Are the teachers and prophets who laid hands on Saul & Barnabas in Acts13:1-3 ordained Bishops?

Some Catholics justify St. Paul’s apostolic succession by citing Acts 13:1-3: Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (...
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If Jesus is not God according to Jehovah 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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Is St. Paul celebrating the Holy Eucharist different from the Holy Mass of the Catholic Church?

In the Catholic Church the celebration of the Holy Mass, the bread is just a small host and just a small quantity of wine. In the scriptures, in letter to the Corinthians, it would seems that the ...
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Is the Tamil name Savari derived from the name Xavier?

I want to know whether Savari is the Tamil Christian male name for Xavier?
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In the Sanctification stage (Reformed perspective) are believers truly becoming more like Christ (“infusion” not imputed)?

Believers who have been born again (regenerated) should have the desire to be conformed to Christ completely and should mourn when we find out that there are sins STILL to repent during the walk in ...
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Why are we Christians if Jesus was Jew?

I know for you may be a dummy question but I've never understood why are we Christians if Jesus, the God's son, was of Jewish descent?
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Was the Trinity looked upon by John of Damascus and Gregory of Nyssa as a combination of Jewish monotheism and pagan polytheism?

John of Damascus says "of the Greek we have the distinction of hypostases.". That is adding Greek doctrine to "Christianity." When John says "we have" something "from" the Greeks he is speaking of ...
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Is 1 Corinthians 15:27 problematic for trinitarians?

Bible hub has several translations of 1 Corinthians 15:27. NKJV reads For “He has put all things under His feet.” But when He says “all things are put under Him,” it is evident that He who put all ...
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What is the general interpretation of God creating the humans “in his image”? [closed]

I'm not sure I understand what this means, neither in English nor my native language. "In his image", as I interpret it, means that God intends to create an entity identical in looks and powers to ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the belief that Michael is not Jesus?

Many Christians believe that the Archangel Michael is actually Jesus, most notably the Jehovah's Witnesses and Baptist preacher Charles H. Spurgeon. We have a question asking for the Biblical basis ...
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Cultural evidence or origins that name order indicated importance or authority

In the situation with Priscilla and Aquila, name order is often an argument within the egalitarian/complementation debates. Listing order has been used to point out significance or importance in a ...
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What Charities Did Jesus Contribute To?

We know from John 12:6 that Jesus' ministry had a treasurer, and from Luke 8:3 that his ministry accepted financial contributions. What did they spend it on? Luke 8 indicates that they sometimes ...
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Where did the idea of deacon's benches come from and what are they for?

A friend of mine is a few months from ordination to the permanent deaconate, I thought it'd be a fun project for the my Timberwolf troop to make him a Deacon's Bench. But is that something deacon's ...
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What is the significance of apostolic succession in Anglicanism?

So my understanding of the issue is as follows: the C of E says it has apostolic succession and it’s bishops can trace themselves back to the apostles. But I thought one of the principles of the ...
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The Epitome of the Formula of Concord- Free will in Lutheranism

On "Free Will" The Epitome of the Formula of Concord, on negative (rejected) doctrines, first paragraph states: The delirium [insane dogma] of philosophers who are called Stoics, as also of the ...
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Something produced by Jehovah's Witnesses that explains their basic beliefs?

I'm interested in understanding what the core/basic beliefs of the Jehovah's Witnesses are, but I'm struggling to figure out how to get a basic overview of their core beliefs without starting a ...
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How does Catholic Church explain John 1:31?

At John 1:30-31 (NRSVCE) we see John the Baptist introducing Jesus to the crowd: "This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ I myself did ...
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What is the Biblical basis for Jesus Christ being a created being according to the Jehovah’s Witnesses?

The Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that Jesus Christ is a created being. What is the Biblical basis for this position?
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Do any authorities have anything to say about “criminality” as grounds for divorce in addition to “adultery,” alluded to in the New Testament?

A (Christian) acquaintance of mine offered the opinion that the two valid grounds for divorce are adultery and criminality. Matthew 5:32 says, "Everyone who divorces their spouse, except on grounds ...
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How is Union with Christ understood across Christianity?

1 Corinthians 1:30 (NIV): It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Union with Christ is an ...
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How old was Zedekiah when he became king?

1 Chronicles 3:15 says Jehoiakim was born 2nd, Zedekiah was born 3rd, and Shallum [Jehoahaz] was born 4th. Jehoahaz was 23 years old when he became king, and Jehoiakim was 25 years old when he became ...
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Is the Greek word Protoktistos used anywhere in the Bible?

Arguing against the teaching that Jesus is a created being, some point out that calling him the firstborn of all creation (Colossians 1:15) does not mean the first created. The trinitarian will often ...
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Hippolytus’ difference between hearing the Word and hearing the Gospel?

In Apostolic Traditions, Hippolytus (starting at section 15 through section 20 (it is too much to copy and paste)) lines out the qualifications that a catechumen must meet for acceptance as such and a ...
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Does any Church currently incorporate exorcism, three dunkings, and anointing in their baptism rite?

Hippolytus of Rome, in relating the rites and liturgies in use in Rome in the 3rd Century AD in his work called Apostolic Tradition, describes a process of exorcism first to expel evil spirits whereby ...
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Romans 9:14 to 9:24 and free will

Do all Christians believe in predestination? If not, for those who don't, how do they explain Romans 9:14 - 9:24? 14 What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never ...
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Canon law - vows, acquired rights meaning problem [closed]

I have a problem with meaning of dispensation from vow restrictions (canon law 1196). I have read that dispensation must not injured rights acquired by others (i have read that it's regards lawfully ...
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If the Pope were to commit suicide would he go to hell? [closed]

This question may sound rude but, if someone as holy as the pope were to commit suicide would he go to hell? Considering his devotion to god wouldn't he get some sort of pass? I think someone who ...
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The first conception or the first coitus?

Genesis 4:1 Now the man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, “I have gotten a manchild with the help of the Lord." Why do some theologians (...
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Last married pope?

Catholics regard Peter as the first pope. In the gospel we learn that Peter's mother-in-law was healed, thus Peter was married. On the other hand, today the popes are never married and married men ...
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Biblical basis for claiming Eve was a virgin prior to the Fall

In Against Heresies (book 3, chapter 22) Irenaeus attempts to draw a comparison between Eve and Mary similar to the comparison Paul draws between Adam and Christ. He says that Mary obeyed in a state ...
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Do any denominations teach that humans exist before birth? [closed]

I'm agnostic, and there is is a specific symmetry in the timeline of life, when looking at it over all time. To me, a person does not exist before it is born, and does not exist after it died. During ...
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Do you think Satan needs Jesus’ love and forgiveness as much we do? [closed]

Would the devil’s acceptance of Jesus as the Sovereign will accelerate the return of His coming?
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Why is it wrong to refer to “Jesus” by his given true name Yeshua? [closed]

The name Yeshua is the name of the true figure most commonly referred to as Jesus. Why was his named changed? If it was strictly a change of language than his name would be Joshua as it is the most ...
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Why does the Catholic Church not celebrate the Feast of Naming of Jesus?

We read at Luke 2:21: "After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb." It is surprising ...
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According to Catholicism can you be saved without being baptised?

Is faith through Jesus Christ without baptism enough for salvation? According to the bible, “without faith, it is hard to please God”. If someone at a young age whose been baptised didn’t have faith ...
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What reasons do Catholics have for believing Jesus is God?

Through natural reason and personal experience, I have come to be convinced that many of the Catholic Church's teachings are good and accurate. In addition, by reading Aristotle and Aquinas, I have ...
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What does the perpetual virginity of Mary add to our salvation?

I tried this question earlier and it was closed due to so many other similar questions but, having looked through I didn't find an answer. What, if any, is the salvific benefit of the perpetual ...
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Was James the early church leader?

In Acts 15 Paul goes to the Jerusalem council and, although Peter speaks, James has the last word and announces his judgement: "Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the ...
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Did Paul recognize Peter as the earthly leader of the Church?

By suggestion this is a re-posting of one part of a multipart question. Paul appears (under inspiration of the Spirit) indifferent to whatever reputation may have been ascribed to James, Peter, and ...
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Does Catholicism teach that there is a just interest rate?

Is there a 'just interest rate'? We see banks having interest rates when loaning money. Can this be done justly? I am interested in the Catholic viewpoint.
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Why did God banish Adam and Eve for eating fruit? [closed]

Yes, He told them not to but if you can humour me a little, why should this punishment be regarded as fitting the crime? It’s just fruit, right? Isn’t God testing our patience with such an injunction? ...

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