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Why is the RCA church more literal in scripture where the UCC church is allegorical?

I’ve attended numerous churches in both RCA and UCC denominations in which RCA had a very literal take on the crucifixion and resurrection where the UCC church has a very allegorical approach. ...
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Are there any Eastern-Orthodox theologians who question the historicity of, for example, Moses and Joshua?

Some of the early church fathers seem to condone allegorical interpretations of certain part of scripture (for example Gregory of Nyssa concerning God's killing of the firstborn in Egypt). Are there ...
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Which Reformed Christians deny the doctrine of common grace and why?

Common grace is the doctrine that states that God has a general sense in which he gives all people, not just believers, gifts that proceed from his own graciousness. Most of these gifts concern ...
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Was Saint Augustine a Calvinist on divine foreknowledge?

It is my understanding that Calvinism conflates God's passive will with His active will—i.e., the fact that He knows something will occur due to His divine foreknowledge and allows said thing to occur ...
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Atonement in Eastern Orthodoxy

The mainline protestant idea of Atonement is, as Luther himself put it, this: Jesus Christ, our God and Lord, died for our sins and was raised again for our justification (Romans 3:24–25). He ...
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Who was God talking to, at Babel?

At Genesis 11: 5-7 we read: " The Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which mortals had built. And the Lord said, “Look, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is ...
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What was the Jewish understanding of baptism?

Considering the message of John the Baptist and the Jewish leaders reaction to it, what was the existing Jewish thought about Baptism? Who needed to be baptized and when?
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Little drummer boy cassette

My daughter would like to have the “Little Drummer Boy” story she used to listen to when she was little. It was on cassette tape. I don’t remember a lot about it but he had a donkey I think his name ...
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Assuming the Gospels are eye-witness accounts, how were certain events recorded where Jesus was alone?

For instance, the temptation in the desert. It was only Jesus and Satan there. Who could have recorded that? Or the prayers of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane? Jesus went up alone while the ...
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Is there an English Bible translation that includes all of these books?

Apostolic Constitutions Bk. 8. XLVII Let the following books be esteemed venerable and holy by you, both of the clergy and laity. Of the Old Covenant: the five books of Moses— Genesis, Exodus, ...
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Which church fathers taught involuntary universal salvation?

Which early church fathers (including those now considered heretics like Origen) pre 1054 taught that "all will be saved", including all of the dead without "hearing and believing"? In other words, ...
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According to Preterism when do the meek inherit the land (Matthew 5:5)?

In Matthew 5:5 Jesus repeats the promise of Psalm 37:11: Psalm 37:11 But the meek will inherit the land and delight in abundant prosperity. YLT Matthew 5:5 'Happy the meek -- because they ...
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Which versions of the Bible do contemporary British Pentecostal churches typically use?

I am writing a novel where one of the characters is a Black British Pentecostal Christian from London. In the interests of accuracy, I am trying to work out which version of the Bible he would be ...
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What is the Current Official View of the Catholic Church on the Redemptive Work of Christ?

This question is not about whether Catholics think salvation is a process or a one time thing, it is more nuanced than that. I am looking for precise theological interpretations of Christ's ...
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If the flood was recent and local, then when did humans become omnivores?

After the flood, in Genesis 9:2-3, God gives humans permission to begin eating animals. We are finding traces of human civilization going back tens of thousands of years for Native Americans, so they ...
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What is the ‘Gospel of the Grace of God’?

I just encountered a teaching about ‘The Gospel of Promised Grace to Abraham’ or ‘The Gospel of Grace of God.’ It talks about the everlasting covenant of God to Abraham. I know how the promise of God ...
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Who was Jasher, the author of a book referenced in the bible?

Who was Jasher? Are there any historical references Jasher other than Author of a book referred in the bible?
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Are there any other judgments of Solomon in Christian tradition?

Today I told the story of the Judgement of Solomon to my children, and they were so fascinated I proceeded to read them the Biblical text 1 Kings 3:16-28. They then asked me for 'more' of Solomon's ...
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According to the Calvinist, how to choose which one is the meaning when the word Thanatos ---VS— Neukros appear in a sentence?

verse-A (Romans 5:12) Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned verse-B (Romans 5:10) For ...
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What does it really mean [not able not to sin] according to Augustine?

From this link, it is said that a newly born baby in relation to sin enumerated by Augustine of Hippo is [not able not to sin] (non posse non peccare). What I thought from that [not able no to sin] ...
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In what year was the letter to the Galatians written?

I found conflicting sources on the internet: The first source said the Letter to the Galatians was written between 52-55 AD. The second source said it was written between 48-49 AD. Just comparing ...
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Has the Catholic Church made a list of events in the life of Jesus which took place in fulfillment of prophecies of the Old Testament?

There appears to be a number of events in the life of Jesus which took place in order to fulfill one prophecy or other of the Old Testament, but are not specifically quoted as such by the evangelists. ...
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Was God “unmerciful” to Ananias & Sapphira in Acts 5:1-10?

Mercy in the words of the Popes; “God’s face is the face of a merciful Father who is always patient. Have you thought about God’s patience, the patience he has with each one of us? That is his ...
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According to Vatican II Catholicism, what is the counterfeit church and what are its marks?

Words of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (1948): “[Satan] will set up a counterfeit church which will be the ape of the [Catholic] Church… It will have all the notes and characteristics of the Church, ...
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Looking for a cassette tape of bible/Christian songs from the early 90s?

I'm looking for the name of a tape I remember my parents playing for me when I was a kid. I've looked up some cassette names I do remember from that time, and I know it's not a tape made by either Wee ...
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Why did Jesus keep himself and the disciples hungry and thirsty on some occasions?

We see at Matthew 12:1 (NRSVCE) : "At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the sabbath; his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat." We also see at Mark ...
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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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Does a list of people mentioned in the bible who got saved exist?

I am studying about being saved. According to scripture : Ephesians 2 : 8 - For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; I want to study ...
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Is the Eucharist a Christian fulfillment of the Jewish OT Passover?

"Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 29 But I ...
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Did St. Thomas Aquinas deny the Holy Spirit proceeds immediately from the Father alone?

There have been many attempts from among both Catholic1 and Eastern Orthodox2 theologians to revisit the theology behind the eternal procession of the Holy Spirit from the Father and the Son in light ...
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Is the dignity of man pertains to his soul only or to the wholeness of his being meaning body & soul?

The Teaching of Tradition that support the Council of Trent interpretation on death penalty cited the reflections or teaching of St.Thomas Aquinas and St.Augustine; "They will never be beasts, but ...
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Why does church tradition teach that one third of the angels fell with Lucifer when no verse supports that

The verse used is Rev. 12:4, but the context takes place in the midst of the great tribulation and not before Adam sinned. Daniel 8:10 seems to confirm that the stars that the dragon flung down were ...
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Why did Jesus predict martyrdom of some of his disciples?

At Luke 21:16-19 (RSVCE) we read : You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and kinsmen and friends, and some of you they will put to death; you will be hated by all for my name’s ...
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According to the Catholic Church, who taught Moses the Law?

Who taught Moses the Law? (Meaning the Law given to him on Sinai, that he would teach to all of Israel.) Judaism says it was angels. What does the Catholic Church say?
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Does the Jerusalem Bible teach that Adam had a wife before Eve?

A Friend told me that the Jerusalem Bible says that Adam had a wife before Eve, she was only together with the devil and not with Adam, so God took her away and created Eve from Adam's Rib. I am a ...
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Where does the Bible support the idea of church budgets, for those traditions that think it does?

Most churches work under a budget system, and have meetings every year to discuss this. What are their Biblical justifications for doing so?
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How are American non-denominational campus outreach lay ministries conducted?

How are American non-denominational campus outreach lay ministries conducted? I think the purpose is either to serve the greater community's needs as a form of community service or to convert people ...
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What did St. Thomas Aquinas write about Christ's passion?

St. Thomas Aquinas never wrote a complete treatise devoted solely to Christ's passion. So what did St. Thomas Aquinas have to say about Christ's passion?
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What were the findings of the Acts Seminar?

The Seminar on Acts of the Apostles sat for ten years until 2011, examining the Acts of the Apostles. What were its main findings and how were they arrived at?
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Does God have jurisdiction on the moon?

If there are astronauts on the moon, will my thoughts and prayers reach the moon on their behalf? Does God also rule the moon?
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Biblical basis for Open Borders policy

Main Question: Do you think it is an accurate use of the biblical example of ancient Israel, and how God directed her to treat foreigners, when political activists (or others) call for an Open ...
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Immanuel - How is the association between El and Jesus derived?

Why is Jesus associated with 'El' while others with theophoric names none are attributed to be 'El'? How is Immanuel linguistically different in comparison to other theophoric names? Names similar ...
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Has the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary ever been viewed as a dual maternity?

The Old Roman Symbol was a forerunner of the Apostles Creed. The structure seems to imply a dual maternity. I believe in God the Father almighty; and in Christ Jesus His only Son, our Lord, Who was ...
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What is the Catholic process for establishing orthodoxy?

After reading and doing light research concerning this question, I'm compelled to ask, what is the process for establishing the orthodoxy of a belief in the Catholic church today? From m-w.com: 1 :...
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Was there a judgment before the Last Judgment? (Catholic perspective)

It is evident that the Last Judgment is the last one in the sense that it comes at the end of times, after which no other judgment will occur. However, the adjective "last" indicates that there have ...
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The water and light in Genesis 1:1-3

The Nicene Creed says that Jesus was "begotten before the ages" (begotten not made). Col 1:15 calls Jesus the ""Firstborn of all creation," Proverbs 8:22 says that, referring to wisdom, it was ...
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Why does the Catholic Church hold Mary's virginity and the absence of brothers against the historians?

Jesus does not have a brother in the catholic tradition, his mother Mary is a perpetual virgin, which can hardly be compatible with having several children. Yet in his epistle to the Galatians (1, 19)...

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