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Why do people believe that the 7 kingdom parables and the 7 churches of revelation represent the same things?

Why do some people believe that the 7 kingdom parables (Matt 13:3-52) and the 7 churches of revelation (chapter 2 and 3) represent the same things? What textual support is there for this? And which ...
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What is the original source of summary of the 10 Commandments, which Jesus quotes in Mtt 22: 35-40?

We read in Lk 10: 25-28 : Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?...
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Is it true that in Bible certain brothers are favored more than others?

God favored certain brothers more than others. I want an assurance from this forum. For example God blessed Jacob's son Joseph. Samuel and not his teacher's son. We all know Cain and Abel story. David ...
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Is there any homeless hospice run by Archdiocese of Toronto?

I might get homeless. Is there any holy sacred good clean Christ-like homeless hospice run by Archdiocese of Toronto? Cardinal Collin's administration.
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According to Catholicism, if we sin and become repentant will our sins be forgiven too like St. Peter?

At the catechism class we learned that as Peter was repentant after betraying Jesus his sin was forgiven. If we sin, become repentant and do confessions will our sins be forgiven too? Or do we have to ...
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Does John 1:3 contradict Isaiah 44:24? [closed]

How could all things come into being and "apart or without" Him come into being that has come into being? This question is for those groups or others that deny the deity of Jesus Christ, who ...
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Did King David lose his adult son during a revolt when he revolted against him as a punishment of King David's adultery? [closed]

King David lost his adult son when he rebelled against him and his Kingdom. Was this the punishment of God or the curse of God because King David committed adultery and murder and also because he had ...
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How to not awkwardly bow to thurifer during Mass?

I've been going to the extraordinary form of the Mass (i.e. Latin Mass) for about a year now, every time I go I keep meaning to write down the questions I have and ask them here, so this may be the ...
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When the Pope says “We commend to the Lord the souls…” what does it mean exactly? It it a symbolic gesture, a prayer, something else?

The recent NPR news item Pope Francis Expresses Sorrow But No Apology For Indigenous School Deaths In Canada includes the following quote: "We commend to the Lord the souls of all the children ...
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Would it be correct to say that we could associate Christianity with terms like “way of life”, “lifestyle”, “philosophy” etc.?

I suppose this is a very broad subject with varying opinions. According to Britannica, Confucianism is associated with the following terms & definitions: ( Reference: https://www.britannica.com/...
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How do Unitarians respond to quotations from Ignatius of Antioch that seem to show Ignatius believes Jesus is God?

Ignatius of Antioch is one of the Apostolic Church Fathers - one of 4 from whom we have significant writings (along with Pope Clement I, Polycarp of Smyrna, and Papias of Hierapolis). Of the 4, the ...
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Are the words in the Lord's Prayer “Hallowed BE Thy Name” or “Hallowed BY Thy Name”?

I was recently caught off guard when encountering a version of the Lord's Prayer that has it as hallowed-by; the page goes so far as to cite Matthew 6:9-10, even as exactly none of the English ...
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Does the Catholic church support its participation in genocide? [closed]

In Canada, the residential school system - run by the Catholic church took children from their families and indoctrinated them in Catholic ideology. They abused and buried children in unmarked graves, ...
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What is Christianity's view of Jew's rejection of Jesus as Messiah? [duplicate]

An article that discuss why Jews don't believe in Jesus highlights four reasons why Jesus is not the Messiah, these are the following: Jesus did not fulfill the messianic prophecies. Jesus did not ...
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The Sacrament of the Present Moment? [closed]

What did Jean-Pierre De Caussade mean in "God Living in Souls and Souls Living in God?" This is chapter 2: "How to Arrive at the State of Self-Surrender and How to Act Before Reaching ...
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According to Trinitarians, is Jesus the begotten Son of God the Father, or the begotten Son of God?

A typical translation of a line from the Nicene Creed from the First Council of Constantinople (381) is "And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father" ...
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How do 'soul sleep' adherents explain reports of personal experiences with deceased saints, friends and relatives by Catholics and other Christians?

Adherents of the 'soul sleep' doctrine believe that human beings become unconscious upon death, and that they will only recover their consciousness at the time of the resurrection. Therefore, a ...
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According to adherents of 'soul sleep', how did Moses and Elijah appear to Jesus, Peter, James, and John?

At Matthew 17:3-4 "Suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared before them, talking with Jesus. 4 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If You wish, I will put up three shelters - one ...
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What's the official Catholic position regarding the literal truth of incidents described in the Old Testament?

Someone recently told me that passages like Samuel 15:3 and Numbers 31:17-18 which talk of God and Moses giving orders for violence, are considered by the Catholic church as exaggerations and ...
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What is an overview of how different denominations interpret Colossians 1:15 - that Jesus is “the firstborn of all creation”?

Jesus is called the firstborn multiple times. In Colossians 1:15-20 (ESV): 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and ...
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Can a divorcee get married in a Catholic Church?

Can a man who has divorced a couple of times get married again in a Catholic Church in accordance with the conventions and teachings of the church? I desire to ask primarily about the Catholic Church. ...
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Does the Holy Spirit speak on behalf of the Father , or the Son or both?

We see in John 16:13, Jesus giving his disciples a foresight into the role of the Holy Spirit: When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, ...
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How do deniers of Jesus' preincarnate existence interpret 2 Corinthians 8:9?

2 Corinthians 8:9 (ESV): 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. A related ...
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Did the early Church become full preterist after AD 70?

Full preterists believe that the last trumpet call took place in AD 70. A very elaborate presentation of this view can be found in Gina's answer in one of my previous questions. A quote from the ...
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How would believers in Jesus' deity paraphrase 1 Clement 59:4, “Let all the Gentiles know that Thou art the God alone, and Jesus Christ is Thy Son”? [closed]

1 Clement is the only extant uncontested writing of Pope Clement I. It is generally dated to the 1st Century. Along with the Didache and Old Roman Creed, it is an early Christian 'dog that didn't bark'...
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What do Latter Day Saints believe happens to persons who have rejected Christ Jesus?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints says this in their third article of faith: We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ...
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Why do many orthodox pastors grow long hair?

I've noticed that many of the orthodox pastors are with long hair. I believe it isn't just because but it has a religious background. What's the reason for that? Is it something wrong with short hair ...
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What is the oldest recorded filmed Catholic mass?

Where can I view the oldest filmed recording of a mass?
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The Mormon Church teaches that Jesus Christ created under the direction of Heavenly Father and He did not create the world “out of nothing.”

The following is what they say. "Under the direction of Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ created the heavens and the earth (see Mosiah 3:8; Moses 2:1). From scripture revealed through the Prophet ...
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What is the Biblical basis of the idea that men can be given authority to forgive sins?

This question is inspired by the question What is the Old Testament basis to the idea that only God can forgive sins? What is the Biblical basis (Old or New Testament) for the idea that men can be ...
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Is the Book of Mormon in English as authentic as in the original, or is Joseph Smith's translation imperfect? [closed]

It is commonly held in religion that the authenticity and authority of Scripture is highest in its original text, since human translators can introduce errors and misunderstandings not present ...
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May a Catholic have thier cremated remains poured out at sea?

My mother, a Roman Catholic in good standing, passed recently and wished to be cremated and her ashes poured out at sea. A young priest at her parish, fresh out of seminary, indicated that such a ...
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What is the present position of the Catholic Church on resurrection vs “immortality of the soul”?

The Catholic Church has traditionally affirmed the unconditional "immortality of the soul", with its final destination either to the blessedness of Heaven or to the eternal torments of Hell. ...
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Existence of Hell in Christianity [duplicate]

What are the biblical basis for hell in Christianity? Are there any and if there are what are they based on in bible or in Christianity in general. I have seen many articles about the bible not ...
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Is abortion okay, if the mother's life is at risk, according to Catholicism?

Is it okay to abort a baby when the continuation of the pregnancy may result in the death of his or her mother, according to Catholicism?
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Is repentance of sins possible outside the Gospel?

Does every human being, at least once in their lifetime, have a genuine chance to repent of their sins, turn away from them and start living a righteous life? If so, does this also include people who ...
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Should every mandatory and unambiguous truth from the Scriptures have to have a dogma? [duplicate]

My question is connected with my previous question Does Catholic Church have any dogma about homosexuality? AFAIK there is no dogma about homosexuality. This my question asks - whether there should be ...
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Does Catholic Church have any dogma about homosexuality?

Does Catholic Church have any dogma about homosexuality? I have not heard nor found any. One is tempted to make the comparison with the "conditional nature of the private property rights" ...
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Who actually were writers of the Gospels? [duplicate]

Who actually wrote the Gospels? Take the example of Matthew, is it Matthew who wrote this book himself or did someone consolidate all the materials from what Matthew had?
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According to the Catholic Church, whom does Jesus refer to as the “ruler of this world” in Jn 16:11?

We read in Jn 16:7-11 (NRSVCE), the pre-crucifixion message of Jesus to his disciples: "Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the ...
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How to find the articles from the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of Synod of Bishops (Synod of the Family) and the votes on them?

Frédéric Martel in his book In the Closet of the Vatican has the following remarks on the Synod of the Family: In fact, a ‘liberal* majority emerged from the Synod, but the quorum required for the ...
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What is the biblical basis for “spiritual drunkenness”?

According to Wikipedia, Spiritual drunkenness refers to a phenomenon seen in some Christian denominations, particularly those associated with Pentecostalism and the Charismatic Movement, in which ...
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Verse on evangelizing those in the Church first?

What New Testament verse (I think it was St. Paul) says that we must first evangelize those who are already in the Church first before making converts of others outside the Church?
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What reason is there to believe that 1st C Jews thought that being the Son of God = God?

One poster ask me the above question. Does anyone have a scriptural answer? I have one and will post it soon.
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Is Satan capable of love?

Is Satan capable of love? It does not matter what name we give to the leader of the fallen angels: Satan, Lucifer or the Devil. What I desire to know is if the leader of the fallen angels, commonly ...
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In Oriental Orthodox sacramental theology can a mixed marriage be valid?

The Armenians and Syriac allow mixed marriages with trinitarian christians. But generally only the orthodox can take sacraments . How is such a mixed marriage valid then?
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What if Hell isn't a punishment? [closed]

If Hell isn't a punishment but instead the logical consequence of our rejection of God, if God doesn't send us to Hell, but we choose to go there on our own; how can Jesus' death on the Cross help us ...
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Is the “righteousness of God” more than a life of perfect submission?

Many reformed protestants believe in "double imputation" - the idea that our sin is imputed to Christ, and his righteousness is imputed to us. 2 Corinthians 5 is often the source quoted for ...
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Why did Jesus submit to the authority of God while Jesus was a man?

The Bible tells us that Jesus emptied himself and set aside his heavenly glory and submitted himself to the will of his Father (God). In order to do the will of his Father (God) who sent him, and to ...
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Is it correct to say Bible has 2 eyewitness accounts (Matthew, Mark and Luke as comprehensive one & John being the other) of Jesus Christ's lifetime?

Since the Synoptic problem indicates that the Synoptic gospels form a comprehensive view that gives a holistic perspective, therefore, bible readers can Not use the argument that the 3 gospels of ...

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