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It's not an ignorant question. You've touched on something that has great value to Latter-day Saints. Not only has the LDS Church partnered with Ancestry.com and others to make their genealogical records available to church members and developed FamilySearch to organize and collaborate family history research, the LDS Church also has the world's largest ...


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Short version: The rule is about appearing nice, clean-cut, and respectable in line with current cultural norms. It's a matter of practicality - just look nice, in order to better represent the Church and therefore, God. From an address President Dallin H. Oaks gave to the 25,000 students of Brigham Young University. Unlike modesty, which is an eternal ...


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The original concept album (on which the stage and film versions are based) was deliberately ambiguous about whether Jesus was, in fact, anything other than a man. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice came to the Gospel text with a humanistic premise. "We approached the opera from the point of view of Christ the man, rather than Christ the God," Rice ...


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The missionary dress code has changed a lot over the years to stay compatible with current trends and styles (without compromising modesty, of course). Until about 2010, sister missionaries were required to wear nylons and dark dresses/skirts that went down to at least mid-calf, as well as dark suit/jacket tops. In 2010, the dress code was updated, ...


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Before I can answer, I must clarify several terms that you are using incorrectly/ambiguously and define how I will approach this question. I also must begin with the disclaimer that I will be answering from an Eastern Orthodox perspective. Eastern Orthodox vs. Oriental 'Orthodox' vs. Nestorianism Nestorianism was condemned at the third and fourth ...


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It's actually NOTW, and stands for Not Of This World: It's a reference to Jesus's words in several places, including John 18:36: Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” [ESV] The logo ...


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First of all, Paul was the Roman citizen, and during his imprisonment he was been waiting for Caesar's judgment: (Acts 25:10-12) Then said Paul, I stand at Caesar's judgment seat, where I ought to be judged (...) I appeal unto Caesar. Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, Hast thou appealed unto Caesar? unto Caesar shalt thou go. ...


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Although it is granted that there are some Protestants that engage in a practice of "Church Shopping", it is somewhat tendentious to assert that "Church Shopping" is actually a "Tradition" within Protestantism (particularly from a Catholic interlocutor given their particular semantic usage of the term). The fact is, that many Protestant churches actively ...


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This answer will focus on the religious aspects of the Amish rather than the cultural aspects, as far as differentiation is possible. Even then, there are four major orders and each community is self-governing; therefore, all statements made will be generalizations, and will naturally have exceptions. The Amish find their roots in the Swiss Anabaptists (...


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I guess if I was in Italy and someone said "Jesus loves you" in Latin, I might reply "et tu frater" or "et tu sorror". Don't know if I could get away with "Jesus te amo" or if that would give out the wrong signal, though. In English, I would probably respond with "You too, brother" or "You too, sister". Or perhaps "Such love! Amazing love!" accompanied by ...


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'God bless you' is the most common courteous response I can think of. Or more simply : Bless you. Wikipedia comments on both varieties as does the Cambridge Dictionary and the Oxford English Dictionary (IV/9/b). It is in scripture (Numbers 6:24) : The LORD bless thee, and keep thee [KJV] Jesus commands to say it even to enemies (Matthew 5:44) : ...


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Proverbs 31:10-31 is a famous passage on The Virtuous Woman. In addition to taking care of her family, the passage describes a woman who contributes financially to her household. Proverbs 31:16-18 She considers a field and buys it;     out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously;     her arms are strong for her tasks. She ...


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For Mennonites and Amish, the issue is not about the technology itself, but about community. Community is of paramount importance, and a technology is accepted or not depending on its effect on the community. So, for example, cars are bad because they permit people to travel long distances on a regular basis, reducing the connection to the local community. ...


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No. Everyone in my local Church self-describes as fundamentalist, and we live like normal folk in cities, suburbs, farms, our own houses, apartments, underground survival bunkers with automated home defenses, abandoned missle silos, trees, caves, and just about anywhere else normal people live. Just joking about the last four on that list... Our group ...


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There's probably no general explanation for the different reference styles. Both are just as easy to understand, but using the colon is the more common. Wikipedia says that the Chicago Manual of Style specifies a colon while MLA style specifies a period, but only a tiny fraction of Bible verse references would be from people strictly following either style. ...


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This calls for a rapid, pithy, meaningful, unambiguous (choose any four) response as the truck begins to recede into the distance :-)! I suggest a loud immediate "Hallelujah!" Arm raised in air / "fist pump" A smile helps. The following are somewhat related. They need to be 'meaningful' and not just ritual formula to be useful: To the more mundane ...


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According to The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord's Dealings With George Müller, his autobiography: I began the service of caring for children who are bereaved of both parents, by death, born in wedlock, and are in destitute circumstances, on Dec. 9, 1835. —Chapter XVII, "Reaping Bountifully", p. 294. That, it seems, confirms the ...


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As a gamer and Christian who's been both since the 1980s I can explain the general history of Christian attitudes toward fantasy role-playing games. This is largely crossposted from a newer and somewhat identical question on the RPG Stack Exchange, Background of Christian resistance to role-playing. Ancient History The Church was initially quite ...


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I suspect a very influential factor is how Christianity was linked to Korean nationalism in opposition of the Japan occupation and the effort to eradicate Korean culture. I've read other analysis of this, but wikipedia puts it fairly succinctly as: "One of the most important factors leading to widespread acceptance of Christianity in Korea was the ...


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Since the question does not specify a denomination, I am assuming that any denomination is OK. I thus am basing my answers with one of the clearest doctrinal statements I could find. However, it is pretty representative of most arguments that argue against obligatory head coverings, coming from a variety of theologies. Here is a statement by the Reformed ...


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There are a couple main reasons, some of them I believe subconscious, for why Catholics are singled out. They believe themselves to be exclusively the Church that Christ established, and other Christian sects (with a few exceptions) as adhering to heresies which bar them from ecclesiastical unity with them. This is an example of the Catholic Church drawing ...


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Christianity isn't fixated on ancient Israelite culture, Christianity is fixated on the history of God's dealings with his people. You won't find in the Bible: Ancient Israelite sports Ancient Israelite childrens' games Ancient Israelite recipes Ancient Israelite fashion Ancient Israelite hair and makeup styling Ancient Israelite marriage rituals or ...


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"The problem" with consumerism, says a Christianity Today article, is "living to consume." Consumerism "defines our relationships and actions primarily through a matrix of consumption." In the encyclical, Pope Francis says that consumerism "prioritizes short-term gain and private interest." Similarly, this blog post by a Lutheran pastor states that ...


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While there may be some differences in how some particular Christian groups respond in such a situation, it's safe to say that the vast majority will not be offended by what you're doing. Bowing your head is certainly a sign of respect - primarily to God, but also to the community you are with. In most cases it would be neither here nor there if you close ...


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Is there an appropriate response to “Jesus Loves You”? One either returns with another such compliment or one increases the value return so to speak. One could respond as such: Jesus loves you too! Or something similar to the following. Jesus loves all (mankind)! Let us always recall the words of St. John the Apostle: 16For God so loved the ...


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While I haven't had this particular experience, I'm pretty sure that an average person who attends my church would be likely to respond with "Amen." My church isn't very ritualized, though, so a variety of responses would be possible, even likely. "Amen" would be common and I can't think of any other specific response that I could expect to hear--I think ...


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Mormons would be one to say yes. According to LDS belief, any who die without a complete or necessary knowledge of Jesus will be taught about Him in the Spirit World after this life, where they may choose to accept or reject the gospel. (This is why they build temples: to redeem the living and the dead.) On a related note, they also believe that Christ came ...


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Historically, these verses have not been applied to employer/employee relations, at least not in the sense that we understand employment today. In ancient times slavery was fairly common; employment, however, was not. Most free people lived and worked on the family farm. Employment contracts did exist, but only to protect the employer's interests. Contracts ...


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