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Did Tertullian forbid Christians from being school teachers?

Prohibition on teaching Tertullian does indeed forbid Christians from pursuing the profession of a school teacher, in De Idololatria, Chapter 10: Undoubtedly Christians are not allowed to be ...
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Does Catholicism consider body building to be a sin?

The short answer is “no.” First of all, the Church is not in the habit of listing all possible sinful behavior. The vast majority of possible behaviors are left to the prudent judgment of the ...
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Does the Catholic Church have a list of Good Books?

Yes. They're called the Biblical Canon. The books of the Holy Bible were originally a number of separate documents that the Church leadership officially agreed to be the authoritative collection of ...
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How do the Seventh Day Adventist approach Old Testament laws?

We Seventh Day Adventists distinguish between three different kinds of laws in the Bible: Moral laws. Ceremonial laws. We also believe that there were laws in the OT specific to Israel as a nation. ...
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When Christians say "the Lord" in everyday speech, do they mean Jesus or the Father?

For most Christians "The Lord" or "Lord" will usually mean either God the Father or Jesus. Sometimes they may mean the Holy Spirit or just "God", meaning (for ...
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Philosophy - is there any point exploring?

Philosophy - is there any point exploring? The short answer is yes, at least from a Catholic perspective. I am sure that some other denominations will be like minded, but not all. What is Christian ...
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Does the LDS Church prohibit the use of caffeine?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that our bodies are temples where the Holy Ghost can dwell (1 Corinthians 6:19–20) and that they were given to us as a gift from God, therefore ...
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In Roman Catholicism, does an individual's history of miscarriage lead to different or more specific guidance on pregnancy prevention?

There are two ways of preventing miscarriages (spontaneous abortions): Not conceiving at all by abstaining from sexual intercourse (allowed) by contracepting (forbidden) Treating the underlying ...
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What is the basis of not following Halakha?

Most Christians do not believe that they are changing or ignoring any law. However, there are many laws which certain Gentile Christians do not believe apply directly to them. In the early days of ...
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What is the biblical basis for Christians NOT to quit their jobs, sell all their possessions, and preach the gospel?

You seem to be alluding to the account of the rich young man in the Gospels: Matthew 19:16-22 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have ...
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What's the meaning of this quote by C. S. Lewis, regarding the heart and head?

Perhaps reading the context of the quote will help make more sense of it. It is from The Abolition of Man: No emotion is, in itself, a judgement; in that sense all emotions and sentiments are ...
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Why is the ritual of baptism needed?

Catholic View Baptism necessary for justification Catholicism teaches that "without the laver of regeneration, or the desire thereof," (Council of Trent, Decree On Justification, Canon 4) ...
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What's Christians take on pirating authors books, software, movies etc?

There are several arguments sometimes made why "piracy" as OP calls it may be sinful. The Bible itself does not directly address the issue. Some say that it is stealing and therefore ...
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What is the significance of the phrase "Sic Transit Gloria Mundi"?

I've also answered the cross-posted version of this question on the Latin Language Stack Exchange. One common attribution for this phrase is Thomas à Kempis's Imitation of Christ (~1420), which reads: ...
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According to the Puritans, at what time did the Sabbath start and end?

Puritans hold several different views regarding the exact timing of the Sabbath. Perhaps the most widespread view is that the Christian Sabbath begins on Saturday at sunset and continues until sunset ...
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When Christians say "the Lord" in everyday speech, do they mean Jesus or the Father?

Seventh Day Adventist Christians - hold the Trinitarian view (I speak from that perspective because it is what I am most familiar with) that where the term Lord is used on its own, which one ...
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What are Christian guidelines for making the transition from "knowing about God" to "knowing God"?

The more relevant question is probably: Whom does the Lord know? Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is ...
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Is there a study that has been done showing the transformational power of the Holy Spirit in people's lives?

The simple answer to your question is yes, there are many such studies, and here is a good place to start looking for them: The Nature of Spiritual Transformation - A Review of the Literature, ...
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According to Catholicism, is it unlawful to cause others to work on Sunday?

At least as regards some of the activities mentioned in the O.P.—especially, eating out—it is not problematic for those who are dedicated to providing others with leisure to do so on Sunday or other ...
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In Reformed theology, are Christians still "totally depraved"?

Tullian Tchvidijian's vocabulary, if not his theology, is definitely not in line with the typical understanding of total depravity. We'll begin by explaining that, and then comparing Tchvidjian's ...
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What is the biblical basis against seeking medical advice?

The overwhelming majority of Christians, based on their understanding of the Bible, see nothing wrong with seeking medical advice and help. There are, however, a few passages which may deter people ...
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According to Reformed Theology, what is the doctrinal basis for belief in New Testament tithing?

Based on the frequency with which the word "tithe" is mentioned in Reformed churches, one might expect that Reformed theologians overwhelmingly believe in an obligation for giving 10%. But ...
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What is the biblical basis for Christians NOT to quit their jobs, sell all their possessions, and preach the gospel?

Yes, at least for the first two elements of quitting and selling. Let me explain. First, however, an illustrative anecdote. Years ago I had the privilege of interacting in person with the now late ...
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Jehovah's Witness view on a potential member marrying a non-Witness

A person who is studying while living with someone is usually encouraged to marry so that they are no longer living in sin. If the person not studying (you in this case) is strongly opposed to the ...
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How was the church structured during the time of 300 AD - 500 AD?

Introduction The early church had a church polity that had evolved through several centuries from being apostolic to presbytery culminating to predominantly being mono-episcopate. FIRST CENTURY (1 ...
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How to appropriately reply to "You're going to hell"?

How to reply to “You're going to hell”? ”May God mercy on my soul and yours as well.” And remember well that we will both face our Eternal Judge some day! "May God have mercy upon your soul" or "...
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How does the power of the Holy Spirit manifest in Christians, as opposed to non-Christians who don't have access to this power?

This seems to be a variety of a question often asked by atheists, "What is a good thing that only people who believe in God can do?" Although not without its own legitimate purpose, I think ...
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Is it right to say "Truly for Christ" or "Truly in Christ"?

The phrasing depends on which nuance you would like to communicate: "for Christ": align your will with Christ's agenda and dedicate your effort for Jesus "for Christ's sake" or &...
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