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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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According to Trinitarians, are the Jews correct at John 5:18 in claiming Jesus is "making Himself equal with God"?

John 5:18 says "Because of this, the Jews tried all the harder to kill Him. Not only was He breaking the Sabbath, but He was even calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God." ...
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Why wasn't the Logos included in the Nicene Creed?

When the First Ecumenical Council was summoned by Emperor Constantine I at Nicea, in 325 CE, Eusebius of Caesarea came with his local Creed, convinced that it would be accepted, or anyway used as a ...
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What are the reasons for German Bishops who favor the "Synodal Path" for not just becoming Protestants?

I was reading an interesting article on the National Catholic Register where the pastor at Martin Luther's church in Wittenburg said he thought that people who disagree with the Catholic Church and ...
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What is the origin of the "Fire Tunnel" ritual at Bethel Church?

According to Wikipedia: Bethel Church is an American non-denominational hyper-charismatic megachurch in Redding, California with over 11,000 members. The church was established in 1952 and is ...
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Did some Christians ,before the 7th century read the Jewish Mishnah?

Did some Christians ,before the 7th century read the Jewish Mishnah? was it possible for some Christians to get a written copy of the Mishnah?
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What is the difference between Joshua 15:14-19 and Judges 1:12-15

Joshua is retold during his life, whereas Judges is told post burial, after his death (Judges 1:1). However, we see the story repeat itself where Caleb offers his daughter in exchange for conquering ...
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What is the biblical basis against the personhood of Satan and demons?

In recent conversations I came to the realization that not every Christian necessarily believes in the existence of Satan and demons as 'personal beings'. Instead, some view Satan and his minions as ...
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Are there any denominations that are or have been both unitarian and think the parousia happened in A.D. 70?

Are there any denominations currently or throughout the history of Christianity that are or have been both a) unitarian and b) think the events described in the Olivet discourse of Matthew (in ...
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Because Paul (Saul) was part of the Sanhedrin was he required to be married?

Because Paul (Saul) was a member of the sanhedrin was he required to be married?
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Are there any denominations that expect prophecy instead of (or in addition to) tongues as a sign of being filled with the Holy Spirit?

I think everybody is aware of the existence of charismatic denominations that overemphasize tongues as a sign of being baptized in the Holy Spirit. But what about prophecy? There are examples in both ...
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Was Isaac Newton a Heretic?

(Related to Was Leo Tolstoy a heretic?) Most know Sir Isaac Newton as the person who discovered gravity when he observed the fall of an apple or his discovery of light being a particle, but few are ...
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What is the importance of God informing that Jesus Christ is the only begotten?

Exactly what God wants to teach us, in describing that Jesus is the only begotten son (only begotten - monogenes), because we see a parallel in generating Eve from Adam's ribs.
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Protoevangelium (Genesis 3:15) translational differences

When reading on Biblical Prophecies, a big one is Genesis 3:15. The Douay-Rheims translation says "I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy ...
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What is the function of permanent acolytes and lectors in the Catholic Church?

Prior to this motu proprio the only purpose of the order of acolyte or lector in the Catholic Church that I knew of was to prepare permanent deacons for ordination. So, if the purpose is expanded to ...
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How does the Catholic Church reconcile Jn 16:7 with Jn 20:22?

We read at Jn 16:7 (NRSVCE) "Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him ...
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Imaginary or legendary saints associated with Catholicism?

Imaginary or legendary saints associated with Catholicism? I am doing a little research on so called imaginary or completely legendary saints that have been associated with Catholicism in one way or ...
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What is the status of Eunuchs now in the Church and also in the world to come?

Eunuchs, who are considered to be the third gender, are also human beings. Some eunuchs are made by other human beings, particularly in the ancient times. Some people voluntarily become eunuchs as an ...
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What are the Catholic Church's instruction on kneeling down in prayer in churches?

In Catholic churches where pews are in place, one rarely notices the faithful kneeling down in prayer except perhaps during the Prayer of Consecration . In fact, in earlier times, the faithful would ...
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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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Is the quote "there is no saint without a past and no sinner without a future" attributed to St. Augustine?

This quote is often attributed to St. Augustine, but I have not been able to find anything that cites where in his works he writes this, nor have I found any historical account where he says this in a ...
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What does the Catholic Church teach on claiming as our "right / inheritance" the Abrahamic blessings before we die?

Background My friend is influenced by what I think is a prosperity-gospel leaning church, although I don't see heretical excesses like "positive confession", "name-it claim-it", ...
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what are the correlations or what are the 2 most common types, concerning the # of the beast?

1 is reference to a single entity, the other is a broader subject. The answer is as vague as it is exact and its a positive thing not just optimistic ^^ cuz i dont like people using #s an events ...
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Almond branch or watcher?

What does Jeremiah 1:11 mean with regards to almond branch? The Lord’s response about watching is not clear with regards to almond trees. 11 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, "...
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Given that original Greek had no verses should Acts 13:21-23 be retranslated?

Given that original Greek had no verses should Acts 13:21-23 be more aptly translated to read: 21 And afterward they asked for a king; so God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of ...
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What exactly does civil law mean?

The laws in the Old Testament can be separated into 3 categories as useful guides: Moral laws. Ceremonial laws. Civil laws. Moral laws deal with right and wrong behaviour, in relations to the ...
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Under what conditions does the Catholic Church explicitly call the laity extraordinary ministers?

Under what conditions does the Catholic Church explicitly call the laity extraordinary ministers? Extraordinary ministers are seen in almost every parish. For the most part, they help the parish ...
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According to Catholicism do priests ever receive spiritual graces on account of changes in discipline?

Can the actions of the Pope in changing sacramental discipline result in clerics having spiritual ability to read souls? (This was brought up as a a theory in a chat in relation to a different topic)....
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Does the Bible ever describe the Fall in ways different than Genesis 3?

In his book In the Beginning, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger wrote the following with regards to the pre-Pauline hymn of Phil 2:5-11: We cannot consider this extraordinarily rich and profound text [Phil ...
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Are these Messages between Pontius Pilate and Herod real?

Are the messages between Pontius Pilate and Herod real or are there no real epistles found between Herod and Pilate? The source, here is the exact part that I am talking about: From Pilate to ...
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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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What is the term for God's chosen people who were inspired to write the Bible?

God chose men to write different parts of the Bible. What were these men called?
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Is it more Participatio Actuosa if the congregation hears the words of the Consecration?

I have a question on Participatio Actuosa. This is a term that makes a lot of people confused. Anyway, in the EF of the Roman rite the Priest says the words of the Consecration in silence. He is the ...
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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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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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What is the Biblical basis for using fake 'vaccine passes'?

With many regions now moving toward using or already having in place medical passes ('vaccine passes') that only allow people to engage in certain basic aspects of civic life if they have had certain ...
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How do Cessationists make sense of Paul's backing and promotion of the gift of tongues in 1 Corinthians 14?

1 Cor 14:5 (ESV): 5 Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the ...
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Why isn't the Spanish bullfight immoral, according to Catholicism?

The Catholic Church has never condemned this traditional event in Spain and the Catholic Encyclopedia (which received Nihil obstat from the Church, that is, apparently the Catholic Encyclopedia is ...
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Scriptures that suggest there will be things found in the latter days to support the Bible?

Someone made a comment a while back that the Bible mentions that in the latter days, things will be discovered, eg. archeology etc, that prove many of things in the Bible as being true. I am pretty ...
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Does Catholic Church believe that Jews suffered because of the curse of their forefathers at Matthew 27:25?

We read in Matthew 27: 24-25: So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of ...
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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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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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What language did Adam speak?

Is it possible know the language of Adam and Eve spoke? I am not interested in "how did Adam and then Eve, learned to speak", but rather is it possible to know the language that was spoken ...
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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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