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What do we know about the Council of Nicaea's ban of celebrating the Lord's Supper on the day before Passover?

I was reading the wiki on Constantine the Great and was struck by this passage: More significantly, in 325 he summoned the First Council of Nicaea, most known for its dealing with Arianism and for ...
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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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When someone converts to Christianity and is “reborn in Christ,” is it the body or the soul that is reborn, or both?

I understand this question can be approached from different denominational positions, depending on how one interprets John 3:3-5. Jesus replied, "Very truly I tell you, no one can see the ...
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What is an overview of classifications of the Sabbath (Exodus 20:8-11) by denominations who adhere to the tripartite division of the Law?

Many denominations believe in the tripartite division of the Old Testament Law into moral, ceremonial and civil (source 1, source 2, source 3, source 4). However, it is not clear to me how each ...
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Does the Catholic Church have an official definition of Easter/Paschal Season?

One of the precepts of the Catholic Church says :"You shall humbly receive your Creator in Holy Communion at least during the Easter season." At some places, the words Paschal Season replace the ...
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Any biblical passages, traditions or historical record of Virgin Mary's baptism?

Jesus was already thirty years old when He said to St. John the Baptist that it is the Will of the Father that He received baptism thru his anointed hands. St. John was baptizing Jews before Jesus ...
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Perseverance of the elects ---vs— blasphemy against the Spirit according to Calvinist?

I am in the middle of discussion with a Calvinist friend. He said that the Elect will be forgiven and never lose his salvation. Some verses which I thought the verses are showing that to the one ...
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Romans 11:32 according to Calvinist?

Romans 11:32 For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all Is the "everyone" including Adam and Eve before they are created ?
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What are the teachings or biblical understanding, why God assigned Lucifer to guard the Holy Mountain?

You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the Holy Mount of God. (Ezekiel 28:14, NIV) God is an all powerful God, the creator of Heaven and Earth both the visible ...
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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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Is there a consensus among early Christians on Romans 9?

How did the early church interpret St. Paul in Romans 9? Is there a consensus in early Christianity regarding the relation between predestination and free will?
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End time prophecies

As predicted by Jesus Matthew 17,11 He answered, "Elijah does come, and he will restore all things." and Malachi 4,5 See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful ...
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What is the basis of St. Pius X in 1906 that led to the approval of the prayer devotion; “Mary Virgin Priest, pray for us”?

In 1906, Pope Pius X approved a prayer which says “Mary, Virgin Priest, pray for us.” However, a Holy Office decree of 1916 forbade the use of any image that had Mary wearing vestments – some say for ...
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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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What did Paul believe about 1 Corinthians 10:4 with regards to the teaching about bread from heaven, spiritual food?

What did Paul believe about 1 Corinthians 10:4 with regards to the teaching about bread from heaven, spiritual food? 1 For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under ...
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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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How is the election of Adam and Eve according to the Calvinist?

The Westminster Confession : 3.1 "God from all eternity, did, by the most wise and holy counsel of His own will, freely, and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass; yet so, as thereby ...
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Do cases of scientific foreknowledge in the Bible come from Exegesis or Eisegesis?

There are many apologists who say that scientific knowledge can be found in the Scriptures, although they are not really explicit. [The only fact I can see clearly stated is that the Universe had a ...
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Why does the narrative of Last Judgement appear only in the Gospel according to Matthew?

We see the narrative of Last Judgement in Chapter 25 , Verses 31-46 of the Gospel accordingly to Matthew. One wonders why the Last Judgement which is one of the key aspects of Christian faith, does ...
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What are the biblical references and Catholic Church teachings that supported the phrase “Mary is God's dream”?

Archbishop Fulton Sheen (whose beatification has been delayed) had written a book titled "The World's First Love: Mary, Mother of God" and citing "Mary as God's Dream". What are the scripture ...
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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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