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What does Paul mean by “divine nature”, as revealed through creation?

In Romans 1, the Apostle Paul says 18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what ...
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Has the Catholic Church issued any guidelines in relation to the language(s) to be used by churches?

India is a country which boasts of rich cultural heritage including a large number of languages. In addition to the ancient Indo-Aryan language Sanskrit,India has 21 modern languages along with 19,...
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Is Unterbrink's theory that the Judas of Galilee in Acts 5 is Jesus tenable?

I am a Christian and came across a theory by atheist Daniel T Unterbrink where he claims that Judas of Galilee from Acts 5 is actually Jesus insofar that the gospel accounts of Judas of Galilee (not ...
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Are there any Christian groups or denominations that teach how to discern between Godly, demonic and psychological experiences?

According to a Christian worldview, experiences can be either natural or supernatural. And if they are supernatural, they can either come from God or Satan. In other words, only 3 possible options. ...
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What is the position of the UK Methodists on pre-marital sex?

The Guardian reports: [The UK Methodist Conference] also voted to recognise, accept, and celebrate the love and commitment of unmarried cohabiting couples. This statement is a little unclear to me, ...
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Has the Mass ever been translated and said in Sanskrit?

Has the Mass ever been translated and said in Sanskrit? I remember reading some years ago about this possibility in Rome, by some Jesuit scholars, but can not find any sources to affirm that it has ...
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Why did the members of the Local Churches not mention the name of Witness Lee in their prayers when he was on his deathbed?

When Witness Lee was terminally ill, all the members of the Local Churches (also known as Recovery) around the globe were asked to pray for him, yet without mentioning his name in their prayers. Why ...
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What is the basis for the belief that Ignatius of Antioch knew the Apostle John?

What is the basis for the belief that Ignatius of Antioch knew the Apostle John? This seems to be a traditional belief. For example, The Catholic Encyclopedia entry from 1910 says "It is also ...
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What are the most widely used simple-English bible translations in mainstream protestant churches?

For the purposes of reading longer sections of scripture as a story or for "un churched" audiences, more accessible versions can be really useful but there are a lot to choose between and ...
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What was the early Church Fathers' understanding of the “baptism with Holy Spirit and fire”?

The concept of "baptism with Holy Spirit and fire" is introduced for the first time by John the Baptist in Matthew 3:11, referencing Jesus as the baptizer. Jesus confirms this in Acts 1:4,8, ...
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Did James brother of Jesus, believe that Jesus is God? if so, why were some Jews in the city offended by his death according to Josephus?

According to Flavius Josephus, Antiquities of the Jew: AND now Caesar, upon hearing the death of Festus, sent Albinus into Judea, as procurator. But the king deprived Joseph of the high priesthood, ...
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According to the Catholic Church, can a priest hear a confession over a phone? [duplicate]

The Sacrament of Confession is central to Catholic practice, being closely tied to the Sacrament of Holy Communion. During a time of Covid-related lock-down measures and mandates restricting when, ...
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Is there a contradiction between the intent of St. Paul in 1 Cor 10: 27-29 vis-a-vis that in verses 29-30?

We read in 1 Cor 10: 27-29 how St. Paul takes a liberal view on the culinary habits of the faithful : If an unbeliever invites you to a meal and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you ...
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Does the Catholic Church accept that in-person Mass is not an 'essential service'?

In many places, in-person Masses were paused indefinitely due to Covid-19 related government mandates which labeled certain services as 'essential' and others are 'non-essential'. Ones that were '...
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Did God create the coronavirus? [closed]

If so, why? If not, why? If he didn’t create it, didn’t he at least know it would happen since he knows everything? Did he allow it to happen anyway? What reasons do we have to know this? Mention any ...
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For Pretrib believers, doesn't Luke 21:36 imply that Christians will go through the tribulation? If not please explain the meaning of this verse!

Luke 21:36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” Doesn't the verse mean that we should ...
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Are there any denominations that defend their doctrines by appealing to extra-biblical evidence from the 1st/2nd century of the early Church?

When it comes to controversial doctrines, I have a tendency to pay attention to what the early Church had to say on the subject. Of course, the most important early Church writings are compiled in the ...
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Can a Pentecostal marry a Jehovah witness [duplicate]

My girlfriend is a JW and I am pentecostal, 2 days ago she was in her meeting and the presenter said that according to 2 corinthians 6:14 "Be ye no unequally yokes together with unbelievers: for ...
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What is the Full Preterist view on Noah's flood and how it compares to the second coming of Christ?

Matthew 24:36-44 (ESV): 36 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. 37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of ...
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Was Noah and/or his family fully or partially descendant from Cain?

The patrilineal lineage of Noah is, according to Genesis, descendant from Seth. However, Genesis doesn't mention anything about the wives of those fathers, nor does it mention anything about the ...
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Are there any extra-biblical writings that document what the early Christians believed about the second coming of Christ?

Are there any extra-biblical writings that document what the early Christians believed about the second coming of Christ? For example, any preserved documents that explain what the early Christians ...
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Identifying Saints in Icon

Could anyone help identify the two Saints pictured in this icon? I believe they're pictured standing beneath the Image of Edessa. Also, if anyone has any sense of the date, I would greatly appreciate ...
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If the name of God and His Son are so important to the faith, then would it not be imperative that we use the proper name?

In order to appropriately answer the question, in my opinion there are few things to consider. First, there are those that have argued that the pronunciation of the name is not important and is ...
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What is the biblical and historical basis for the belief that the Second Coming of Christ hasn't happened yet (as of 2021)?

Simple question: many Christians believe that the Parousia (aka the Second Coming of Christ) hasn't happened yet (as of 2021). Why? What is the biblical and historical basis? What are the strongest ...
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Are the ordination-statuses in this list exclusive and comprehensive?

I'm constructing a survey of Anglican worshippers in England. One of the questions asks about ordination-status, with the following options: I am ordained I am a curate I am a licensed lay-person I ...
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What is the biblical basis that Jesus could not sin?

We all know Jesus was without sin. That he did not sin has little to do with whether he could or could not sin. The core reasoning of Jesus being able to sin is that he was tempted. This temptation ...
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What is the basis for the belief that the Apostle John died around AD 100?

The date of the Apostle John's death seems to typically be put at around AD 100. However, the accounts I've found only attribute this to 'tradition'. For example, this article How did the apostle John ...
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Exactly what does “to love” mean for the Catholic Church?

God is Love. Where there is Love, there God is for sure. When we love, we make God present. Where there is no love, there is hatred. True Love is always of the same nature, whether it is for your ...
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What steps are involved in Catholic churches divorce investigation?

I was civilly married and then got divorced 2 years later. I am now civilly married again and would like to get married properly in church. The Dean of my diocese has asked me and my current wife to ...
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Which verses in the Bible say that God is omniscient? [duplicate]

Which verses in the Bible say that God is omniscient? Sorry for a verse-inquiring question. I know that such questions are not welcome on this site, but I am kind of urgent. Wikipedia page on ...
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What did Martin Luther really mean by saying “Reason is the Devil’s greatest whore” and how do Protestants view this?

From some of Luther's quotes shown by his critics (such as Peter Hermann Wehner's book, Martin Luther: Hitler's Spiritual Ancestor), it seems Luther had an aversion to reasoning and free will. These ...
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Was the weeping of Jesus in Jn 11:35 an integral part of the divine scheme of things? [closed]

We see the spontaneous reaction of Jesus when he joins the sisters of his dead friend Lazarus in an emotional union , in Jn 11:32-35: When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his ...
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The gates of hell won't prevail against the church (Matt 16:18), but the beast is given authority to conquer the saints (Rev 13:7)

How would someone who doesn't believe in a pretribulation rapture harmonize the following two verses? "...and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against ...
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How do Word-of-Faith and Pentecostal churches interpret Romans 12 when Paul says to think “according to the measure of faith that God has assigned”

The little personal interaction I've had with Word-of-Faith and Pentecostal churches is that they believe that with enough faith God can and will do anything through you. Is my summary correct? If so, ...
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Does hatred protect us and make us strong?

God is love, but, can't hatred be good and necessary in some cases? What does the catholic church say about hate? Hate can make you stronger, because it can be a motivation to do something, to defend ...
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How common are apparitions of Mary and/or other Saints amongst non-Catholics?

How common are apparitions of Mary and/or other Saints amongst non-Catholics? There are many testimonies about these sorts of apparitions published on the web, but people who report these experiences ...
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According to Biblical Unitarians, who resurrected Jesus - the Father or the Son?

In John 2:19-22 Jesus tells the Jews that he will perform a miraculous sign by raising the temple of his body in three days. "Jesus answered, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise ...
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Why is the burial of Jesus in a rich man's tomb not mentioned as fulfillment of OT prophesy?

We read in Matt 27:57-60 (NIV), of the burial of Jesus arranged by Joseph of Arimathea: As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of ...
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Were verse 35 and part of verse 34 in John 19 added by the Evangelist as an afterthought?

We read in Jn 19:33-35 : But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a ...
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How do Christians apply the Parable of the Ten Virgins to their lives?

Matthew 25:1-12 (ESV): “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 For when the ...
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Which Church Fathers say the New Adam married the New Eve at the wedding of Cana?

Bishop Josephus Meile (†1957) claims in Die jungfräulichen Seelen in der Welt (The Virgin Souls in the World) p. 28 that At the time of the wedding at Cana, as the Fathers of the Church testify, ...
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Should Adam’s and Eve’s death be regarded as a sacrifice?

Should Adam’s and Eve’s death(loss of immortality) be regarded as a sacrifice? In a similar way to Christ dying on the cross for our sins, I would assume Adam’s and Eve’s death contributes to their ...
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Is the Eucharist more holy than the other Sacraments in the Catholic Church?

From a recent New York Times article, (emphasis added): Some conservatives want to use such a statement as theological justification to deny communion to Mr. Biden and Catholic politicians like him ...
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How do Christians who believe in libertarian free will explain the large imbalance in the ratio of people saved vs. condemned?

In principle, the decisions made by an agent endowed with freedom of the will (in the libertarian sense) are not determined. That is, a free agent's decisions cannot be the result of a sequence of ...
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Why did God allow polygamy in the Old Testament?

I’ve been reading a bit into 1 Samuel, and came across something that confused me: 1 Samuel 25:43 NIV David had also married Ahinoam of Jezreel, and they both were his wives. But, in Genesis, we ...
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According to Full Preterists, what historical facts fulfilled the signs and wonders prophesied by Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2:9?

2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 (ESV): Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, 2 not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by ...
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What do Lutherans distinguish between Sabbath and the Lord's day?

Do Lutherans in any Church documents or their historical confessions have any teachings regarding the Sabbath and the Lord's day? Are they distinct are they the same?
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How do 'soul sleep' adherents explain Mark 12:27, “He is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”?

Mark 12:26-27 (also see Matthew 22:32, Luke 20:38) is "But concerning the dead rising, have you not read about the burning bush in the Book of Moses, how God told him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, ...
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What are the arguments against the feeding miracles really happened?

The gospel narratives straightforwardly present the stories of the feeding the multitude miracles as something that really happened and witnessed by thousands of people (i.e. not symbolic, not ...
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Was Pilate mandated to withhold the body of Jesus after the Crucifixion?

We read in Jn 19:38 of the preparation for burial of Jesus after his death on the cross: After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear ...

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