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Is there any biblical support for the Church to allow governments to close churches and prevent public worship?

From your comments you are asking about the case where governments have made regulations in response to a pandemic (Covid19) preventing in-person meetings, or limited their size, and not given ...
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What crime was committed by the "thieves" crucified with Jesus?

Survey of Roman law A now deleted (near) duplicate of this question asked if a claim that the Roman law forbid the crucifixion of thieves, so I'll start with that question, which is highly relevant to ...
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Do Jehovah Witnesses believe it is immoral to pay for blood transfusions through taxation?

I found an article from the Jehovah’s Witness official web site that indirectly answers your question. It uses the example of governments using income taxes to pay for wars and points out that it is ...
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What is an overview of different stances on whether and why it is a sin to pay taxes?

Some Protestant groups, like those represented by the conservative R.C. Sproul Jr and the Acton Institute, believe that even if the government does nothing but evil, one nonetheless is obligated to ...
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What is the Catholic Church's historical position on capital punishment: how did we get here?

Wikipedia's article on this topic is a pretty good place to start, and for in-depth treatment, you'll want By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed (Feser and Bessette; in favor of the death penalty) and ...
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According to Roman Catholicism, is it a sin to vote for pro-choice politicians?

Yes, if the candidate was voted for because they were pro-abortion Pope Benedict XVI (formerly Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) succinctly summed up the Catholic Church's teachings in the memorandum "...
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How is the amazement of the Jews explained by those who believe that "Render Unto Caesar" affirmed the paying of taxes?

What lies below is certainly not the only way to interpret this scripture, but it is one way I find extremely compelling, and to my knowledge, provides a reasonable historical understanding. This ...
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What is the biblical basis for the freedom of religion?

In Revelation 22 it says: Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person ...
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What is the theological background to the belief that taxation is theft?

Foundations: Taxation and private property are in tension The commandment (Exodus 20) "Thou shalt not steal" implies the right to private property, and this is everywhere assumed in ...
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Did Rahab sin by hiding the Hebrew spies and lying to the leaders of Jericho? (Catholic/Protestant overview)

Summary: Rahab is widely praised for protecting the Hebrew spies, despite her betrayal of her countrymen, but opinion among both church fathers and modern commentators is divided with respect to her ...
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Why do Latter-day Saints believe that the US Constitution is divinely inspired and what does that mean?

This belief can be traced to 1833 where in D&C 101:77 it states 77 According to the laws and constitution of the people, which I have suffered to be established, and should be maintained for the ...
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According to Roman Catholicism, is it a sin to vote for pro-choice politicians?

Catholicism does not keep a comprehensive list of what does and does not constitute a sin; there are too many actions with moral consequence to allow for such a list. Although the Catechism of the ...
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What is the Biblical basis for civil disobedience, by not wearing a mask in the midst of COVID-19, despite health department rules?

I think the difference between Paul's exhortation to obey civil authorities by paying taxes in Romans and the type of civil disobedience MLK partook in, is that paying taxes to the govt does not ...
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Is there any biblical support for the Church to allow governments to close churches and prevent public worship?

I found a quote I like from an online news source called The Week (emphasis mine). Like everything else in this world, Romans 13 makes sense within its broader context. And in the New Testament, this ...
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Why do Latter-day Saints believe that the US Constitution is divinely inspired and what does that mean?

I'd like to supplement the excellent answer by depperm with a few other scriptures and some theological background to address some of the discussion raised in the comments. -- High-level overview on ...
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What is the argument that we should honour government laws?

The requirement to obey government laws is based on the Book of Romans, chapter 13, where the Apostle Paul writes: Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority ...
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What is an overview of early church opposition to authorities?

To be clear, the Church Fathers were specifically against rebellion. This being said however, some Church Fathers have in fact rather bluntly suggested that the affairs of the state and the power ...
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What is Catholic Church's view on capital punishment?

The Catholic Church does not forbid capital punishment. See the section on the 5th Commandment ("Thou shalt not kill") of the Catechism of the Council of Trent: Another kind of lawful slaying ...
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Did the midwives in Exodus 1 sin by disobeying and lying to Pharaoh? (Catholic/Protestant overview)

The consensus among Catholic and Protestant commentators is that the midwives did not sin by disobeying Pharaoh, but if they did lie to him, they sinned. Handling each point separately: Disobedience ...
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Does the Catholic Church believe prostitution should be legalized?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church has a paragraph on each of pornography and prostitution. I've emphasised a couple of passages which indicate an opinion that neither should be legalised: 2354 ...
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Do Mormons respect the EU "Data Protection Directive" of right of access to personal data?

I know that software first-hand because I served as a ward clerk. The quote is misleading. On the "members record" appears information about parents, children and husband/wife, along with their ...
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What were the Jehovah's Witness arguments against doing the Nazi salute?

As you state (emphasis mine): the reasoning against these smaller acts of loyalty to the "state" or ruler, such as the Nazi salute Jehovah's Witnesses are only loyal to Gods Kingdom, as Jesus said ...
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What's the biblical basis for protesting government mandates that threaten basic democratic rights?

To take a honest look at the Bible’s approach to government we have a few obvious high level principles that outline an approach to the political . In the Old Testament God directly ruled an often ...
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What is the biblical basis for the freedom of religion?

In John 18:36 Jesus states: My kingdom is not of this world; if my kingdom were of this world, My attendants would fight that I might not be betrayed to the Jews. But now My kingdom is not from ...
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Can a priest act on a confession of molestation?

Canon law is very explicit on this... The priest can't betray the person confessing (983.1) The sacramental seal is inviolable; therefore it is absolutely forbidden for a confessor to betray in ...
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Can a secular government ever be a moral authority?

Normally we require questions like this to specify a particular denomination/tradition that they are asking about, because different Christian groups take different approaches. But in this case ...
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Does Catholic Church condemn cruelty to animals?

CCC 2415-2418 in the 7th commandment section concerns this. Note, it is under the 7th commandment (thou shalt not steal) not the 5th commandment (thou shalt not kill) because animals are not people. ...
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How to pray for a corrupt government involved in drug trafficking?

The Bible tells Christians to pray for those in positions of authority. Such authorities include government officials (international, national, and local) and pastors, church elders, school boards, ...
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