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Is there evidence that Jesus was a Dalai Lama? [closed]

The stories of the wise men from the East giving gifts to the baby Jesus seem remarkably similar to the way a new Dalai Lama is found. For example... Magi, or astrologers, look in the stars to guess ...
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Are the notions of good and evil different in Christianity and Islam? [closed]

In Christianity I would assume that certain things that would be considered "evil" are not considered evil in Islam. Christianity, goes by the "do unto others" philosophy e.g. “All things whatsoever ...
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Why Does Luther Translate “Alpha and Omega”, in the Book of Revelation, as “A und O” (A and O)?

In Rev. 22:13, "I am the Alpha and the Omega", Alpha being the first Greek letter and Omega the last, thus meaning "I am the first and the last." I don't understand Greek, but in the Greek version it ...
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What have old Christian writers opined about a couple living with in-laws during marriage?

I understand a question has been asked and was closed on this topic previously, but I wanted to more specifically ask about Christian writings on it, preferably early ones. Often people today use ...
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Books of the New Testament for Greeks

What books of the Bible were written to the Greeks? I am interested in reading those books at this time.
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According to Reformed Theology, why did the 70 Jewish translators include the Apocrypha?

I read at carm.org: Paul tells us that the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. This means that they are the ones who understood what inspired Scriptures were, and they never accepted ...
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Did the 19th Century Anglican Church have exorcism rituals or prayers?

Did the 19th Century Anglican Church have exorcism rituals? I can't see any in the Book of Common Prayer. Is there somewhere else they might be? I heard somewhere that only bishops could perform ...
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For people who believe in Jesus and not the devil, what happened in the desert?

Some Christians believe in God and Jesus, but not the devil. If so, what is their explanation of the temptation of Christ in the desert?
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Why doesn't the Pope wear a biretta?

In several places around the Internet I have seen it stated that the Pope does not wear a biretta. Why not? Is it merely that there are no occasions when he would, because he is always presiding over ...
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How do we know the unmoved mover for any given change must be singular and lack potential?

I've finished with Ed Feser's treatment of Aquinas' First way in Aquinas, but he did not satisfactorily (or intelligibly for me) address my question: How do we know the unmoved mover for any given ...
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Why does the Fifth Ode (Prayer of Isaiah) begin at verse 9 and end at verse 20?

Ode 5 in the LXX Book of Odes, and in the canon at Byzantine Orthros/Matins, starts at Isaiah 26:9. Why does it skip the first nine verses which open with the introduction making it clear the whole ...
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Angelology: Can Archangels Have More Than 1 Set of Wings?

I know the seraphim, cherubs, and thrones have 3 sets of wings: According to Isaiah 6:1-8, the Seraphim are described as fiery six-winged beings. From the angelology wiki page. But, I've been ...
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Why is Rome referred to as Babylon in Rev 17 and 18?

At the time of Daniel, Rome was not yet powerful and known, but at the time of St. John at Patmos. So why it is referred to as Babylon by many Christians.
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Where is the reference in bible that JESUS preached for three and Half years?

Required bible reference that JESUS Preached for three and half years.
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Does the Catholic Church put the death of Samson in the category of suicide?

At Judges 16: 289-30 (NRSVCE) we see the account of death of Samson: Then Samson called to the Lord and said, “Lord God, remember me and strengthen me only this once, O God, so that with this one ...
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Does the Catholic Church explain why Jesus only appeared in short apparitions to his followers post-resurrection?

The Gospels give the account of ten apparitions of Jesus, which he allowed his followers after the resurrection. The longest time he spent with them was perhaps during the co-journey to Emmaus, that ...
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Were birthdays celebrated by believers anywhere in Holy Scriptures?

Is there any mention of a birthday celebration among Old Testament Israelites or New Testament Christians in the Holy Scriptures?
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What does Lewis mean by the things that stifle bitter resentment in elders in A Grief Observed

In A Grief Observed on page 7 Lewis writes: Our elders submitted and said, 'Thy will be done.' How often had bitter resentment been stifled through sheer terror and an act of love — yes, in every ...
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What is the proper title for someone who was a pope and is now canonized as a saint?

There are a number of men who became Pope who were later canonized as a saint, such as John Paul II and Paul VI. What is the proper title (in English) for such individuals when referring to them today ...
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Why did Jesus said she is come to anoint my body to the burying?

What is the significant of Burying . In Hebrew tradition anoint of oil will be done to dead person in their grave.
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What did Jesus mean by saying 'to the right of the boat '?

We see at Luke 5:3-4 (NRSVCE) He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. ...
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Is the Solar System Described in a Psalm?

Is there a Psalm that seems to describe the Solar System and that everything revolves around the Sun?
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What are the relationships of the Gifts of the Holy Ghost to the beatitudes and virtues?

According to Catholic theology, what are the relationships of the seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost to the beatitudes and virtues?
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Can a Bishop forbid some literature to the faithful under his rule?

Can a Bishop, forbid the reading of some books (or any kind of literature) to faithful under his rule, in such a way, that it would be sinful for the faithful to not follow his advice?
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Does Pope Francis write the books ascribed to him, or are they ghostwritten?

A number of books have been published with Pope Francis as the author, such as The Joy of the Gospel: Evangelii Gaudium in 2013 and Praise Be To You – Laudato Si'; On Care for Our Common Home in 2015. ...
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What non-canonical texts do Eastern Catholic liturgies use?

There are some books considered to be canonical by (some) Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Churches, but not by the Latin Church. E.g. 3+4 Maccabees. The Eastern Catholic Churches kept their own ...
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Why do other religions exist if Yahweh is the one true God?

God is omnipotent and loves his human children. If that is the case why does he allow the continued propagation and existence of other religions. Does this signify that there is in fact no reason for ...
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Why is there a need for a sacrifice by Jesus?

In the biblical texts of Genesis, God is the one who creates everything into existence. If that was the case then why would God need to send Jesus as a sacrifice for the sins of humanity? God should ...
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What was the impetus for restoring the Consecration of a Virgin in the 20th Century?

The United States Association of Consecrated Virgins says the following about their sacramental: The Consecration of a Virgin is one of the oldest sacramentals in the Church, and one of the fruits ...
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What are St. Thomas Aquinas's views on fatherhood?

What are St. Thomas Aquinas's views on fatherhood? Did he define fatherhood (paternitas)?
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Do Jehovah’s Witnesses recognize marriage out of their religion? [duplicate]

I am dating a Jehovah Witness male who is a marvelous man. He is divorced from his wife after 22 years of sub standard wife treatment. I am born and raised Christian and we have open dialog over our ...
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If an Eastern Rite Catholic marries in the Western rite, does he/she need to formally change rites?

All the Eastern rites of the church are in communion with the Pope, else they would be a variant of Orthodox Christianity. However, say there was an Eastern Rite man marrying a Western Rite woman. ...
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Do Catholics believe in other apparitions like Mary? Or is she unique in this respect?

From the outside looking in, it appears that the Catholic believe that Mary has and does appear to people somewhat frequently. It seems to be called "apparitions" . You read more about them on this ...
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Who were the Black Canons on the Augustinian Priory of Inchmahome in Scotland?

Recently, while on holiday in Scotland, I visited the ruins of the Augustinian Priory of Inchmahome on the Lake of Mentieth, near to Aberfoyle and Loch Lomond. The priory was founded in 1238 by the ...
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Aside from St. Vincent Ferrer, are there any other saints said to have had the “gift of tongues”?

What I am not asking about: Glossolalia, as practiced by Charismatics in the modern day. What I am asking about: St. Vincent Ferrer was born in Spain and travelled as far north as Germany and ...
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Why did Our Lady of Lourdes say “I am the Immaculate Conception” and not “I am immacutalely conceived” or “I am the Mother of God”?

In 1858 St. Bernadette asked for the name of the beautiful Lady who was appearing to her. The Beautiful Lady answered her "I am the Immaculate Conception." Why didn't she simply tell her she was the ...
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Why was it said Salvation is only through Jesus?

It was stated in the answer (https://christianity.stackexchange.com/a/15634/45797) to a question (How were people saved before ~33AD?), as follows; No one, either prior to the cross or since the ...
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Magi Kings. Good or bad?

Recently I have a doubt related to the Three Magi Kings. Although, we all know that there are "denominations"that celebrate a special day in honor of them, there are others that do not. In Matthew ...
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Difference between Christ and Messiah? [closed]

Really need to understand the difference between Christ and Messiah
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Tackling Catholic philosophy and theology

I'd like to read and understand Catholic theology, philosophy and Tradition as best as I can. I'm a biologist and not a philosopher/theologian -- and as such, I cannot (and thus far have not) ...
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Does God need food and water to stay alive?

Peace be with you! Does God need food and water to stay alive? Did Jesus Christ need food and water to stay alive? Was Jesus Christ the God when he needed food and water to stay alive?
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Did God want Satan to tempt Jesus as a means of showing the spiritual realm that Jesus's love for and loyalty to God was undeniable?

Matthew 4:1 "Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil." I am wondering if God wanted Jesus to be tempted by Satan as a means of showing Satan and the demons, ...
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How did Jethro know Moses's God?

Jethro appeared to be a friendly guy to Moses, and even appeared to agree with what Moses believed in, especially in theological terms (i.e. worshipping Yahweh). If that's the case, then how did ...
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Were the early Christians known by any other name?

We see in Acts 11:24-26 (NRSVCE): "For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were brought to the Lord. Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and ...
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Is Jesus the last Prophet?

Many Muslims believe that the Prophet of Islam is the Last prophet of God. Does this belief of 'last' Prophet exist in Christianity as well? Do any Christians believe that any other prophet will ...
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James first or Paul's letters

Is the letter of James promoting "Faith without deeds . . .is empty" in response to Paul or are the Pauline references to "Faith alone" a response to James? In reading them it seems James might the ...
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Can a Catholic priest excommunicate someone for premarital sex?

I was a Catholic. I did my sacraments according to the Catholic lifestyle. When I was born, I was baptized. Around age of 8 years, I got my First Holy Communion, and around 14 years of age, I went to ...
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Where did people who lived in Jesus's time go to when they died?

This sounds weird but when Jesus existed between approx. 6-3 BCE to 33 CE in Judea as a man (still retained His God nature) how were people living in this exact time frame judged after they died? ...
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Aren't Romans Catholics cults? As they have different doctrine comparing to Christianity [closed]

In Christianity, the churches always teach about the doctrine of Christianity, the fundamental beliefs, how Christian view God as a Trinity God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are equally al-...
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Why is the Gospel of Luke the only Gospel to claim Jesus was John the Baptist's cousin?

Why is Luke's Gospel the only of the four Gospels to make the assertion that Jesus was the cousin of John the Baptist?

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