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As for a Biblical basis, take a look at 2 Chronicles 5:12: 12 all the Levite singers who belonged to Asaph, to Heman, to Jeduthun, and to their sons and their brothers were clothed in fine fabric, holding cymbals, stringed instruments, and harps; they were standing east of the altar, and along with them 120 priests were sounding the trumpets. When King David ...


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I don't know your denomination, but in roman-catholic church there are times when you are standing and other times when you are sitting. If a hymn is sung during the time when you are sitting (this is typically the case in the time between the lecture of the old testament and the lecture of the apostle's letter), the people are singing the hymn sitting. If ...


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One reason is it's a sign of respect. Most countries request you stand when the flag is presented, or the national anthem played. King George II supposedly did so during Handel's Messiah If you’re one of the hundreds of thousands (or maybe millions) of people attending a performance of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah this holiday season, you may find ...


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Why do Christians stand when we sing? Because the day of the Lord is consecrated to the Resurrection, it is a kind of image of our hope in the Resurrection, the attitude of standing had for the early Christians an eschatological meaning: it was considered the proper attitude for those awaiting with confidence the Parousia. So we sing while we stand! Singing ...


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It is common for Christians to stand while singing in church because it is common to sing while standing regardless of context. Standing allows the singer to make better usage of their diaphragm and lungs. Additionally, it may also result in a better timbre. The University of Kansas has published a web page which briefly discusses posture for singers. It ...


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Why do Christians stand to sing ? I think the reasons are fundamental to the act, so I do not see biblical instructions or precedents to be relevant. One may ask, how one should eat a meal : should one sit, or recline ? One may ask, how should one read the bible : should one be seated or kneeling ? These are matters of preference and matters of practicality,...


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You are describing a system in which authority is transferred from person to person. In the Bible, authority comes from God. All those that are faithful in submitting to God's will have authority to represent Him to some degree, although I do believe that God also puts people into positions. But just because, for example, Nebuchadnezzar was put into a ...


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Firstly, lets acknowledge that a lot of Protestants do practice apostolic succession, including the Anglicans, which is how some of their priests are able to be accepted as Catholic Clergy, but also Presbyterians, Lutherans, Methodists, and more. But many Protestants, including people who belong to such denominations, would say that while it is helpful for ...


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Protestants are not generally against the idea of certain individuals having been called and gifted by God to exercise authority over a local assembly of believers, nor a hierarchy within that assembly, nor even a limited regional hierarchy within a denomination. If this authority were what the idea of apostolic succession detailed there would be little ...


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My considered answer to the question of depicting Jesus as European is 'No' . . . . . because there is no biblical reason to depict Jesus at all. If people persist in depicting Jesus of Nazareth and then (also) depicting him as non-Jewish and non-Middle Eastern, they give the impression that they are guilty of anti-semiticism and racism, denying a person (...


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Is there any biblical basis for Churches in the West (Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican or Protestant) to depict Jesus as European or some other ethnic race? It seems to a certain point that men tend to maintain different depictions of Jesus, sometimes reflecting local racial characteristics, as do the Catholic and Orthodox depictions. As to whether there is any ...


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If we look at the demographics of the period of the rise of Christianity from the Constantine era (4th century) to shortly before the global exploration period (early 15th century), we can safely say that the majority of Christians are Europeans living in Western Europe, Byzantine empire, and Russia. Therefore, Jesus's portrayal in European art made sense. ...


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Intriguing question, although I do not subscribe to theistic evolution, nor have I ever given a second thought to the possibility of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. Curious, I went searching for information. I found one published paper about the implications of the discovery of extra-terrestrial life for religion, which I partially quote below. ...


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I would describe myself as an Old Earth Creationist, and I am largely lurking here to avoid pointless controversy with opposite viewpoints. That said, what we can say that the issues raised as a result of Genesis 3 & alluded to in Job, chapters 1 & 2 were first raised on earth, and therefore God chose to settle them here. Speculation is free. I ...


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I do not have the knowledge to address specific Catholic doctrine concerning sin (even though I was raised Catholic), but your question did include “or lack support for” the Catholic belief. Catholicism makes me think of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Some were well intentioned (Nicodemus -- John Ch 3 and Joseph of Arimathea – Luke 23:50) while others were ...


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