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[In case of necessity], [a]nyone [, even a non-baptized person, with the required intention], can baptize [CIC, can. 861.2.], provided he use water and the correct [Trinitarian baptismal] form[ula]: "I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen." [cf. CCC V. WHO CAN BAPTIZE?, 1256] In the case of extraterrestrials, ...


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There is NO EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER that such a thing is true. The Pope is, indeed, working on an encyclical, scheduled for release probably June 2015; but its subject is the environment (see for example this PDF on the website of the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops). The Catholic Church has no stand on the actual existence of life outside of Earth; it does ...


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In the link you cite, the Pope does not say he would baptize aliens. He is using the idea of Martians wanting to be baptized as an analogy to the strangeness Peter experienced when Gentiles wanted to be baptized in Acts 10. It's just a metaphor.


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Here is one of the most remarkable descriptive passages in scripture. If you believe in flying saucers, then you may think Ezekiel is describing one here. However, the other elements in the narrative rule out the idea of a flying saucer controlled by aliens from another planet. Cherubim and a Throne In this portion, Ezekiel sees four four-faced cheribim ...


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Firstly, anything and everything regarding "other planets" is speculation. The Bible is entirely silent on the matter. That includes the question of whether or not there is intelligent life on other planets. Scientists disagree on that question, as do theologians; most theologians, I gather, would say that there probably is not. But let's assume for the sake ...


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The Bible as we have it doesn't give an absolute answer to the idea of life on other planets. I say "as we have it" simply because the books of the bible have changed throughout history. Some argue that John 10:16 and first chapter of Ezekiel suggest life outside our planet and even possible visitation. Others would argue that the omission of life being ...


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The question is purely hypothetical, and would seem to fall under Paul's admonition in 1 Timothy 1:4 to avoid "...attention to fables..., which cause debates rather than godly edifying, which is in faith." As of now--April 12, 2020--there is no evidence of life anywhere else in the universe. There is an abundance of astro-biologists and other ...


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According to the program, Bruno was found guilty of questioning the Holy Trinity and the divinity of Jesus Christ, of believing that God's wrath is not eternal, that everyone will be saved, of asserting the existence of other worlds. To answer your first question, "What does it mean that God's wrath is infinite?" it appears, based on the quote from the ...


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I think Pastor Doug makes a great case for life on other worlds: http://www.amazingfacts.org/news-and-features/news/id/528/bible-answers-with-pastor-doug.aspx He highlights the idea that perhaps were the one fallen planet of many: “What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and ...


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What is an overview of Christian views on alien appearances and abductions? Most Christians, do not seem to even believe in aliens, at least not on an official level, so alien appearances and abductions are explained away in other manner of suggestions. Nevertheless some polls imply the opposite, but nothing on an official level by any denomination: You will ...


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Since "son" is a human term, the possibility that God could have sent messengers or even his own offspring to other planets with intelligent life is very real. Jesus Christ was God's only begotten "son," not some word for offspring that they use on other planets. Of course, it is all speculation about life on other planets, and perhaps some forum members ...


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Most of what I have read from the Christian world personally suggest that alien and UFO encounters are either false reports or related to the occult / demonic activity (rather than alien activity). There are Christians who leave open the possibility that aliens may exist but then you have the question of whether or not these aliens have souls and are in need ...


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If there were sentient aliens, would Jesus be their messiah also? That will depend on several a variety of things such as their origins of sin , if any or what some Christians call original sin. It will also depend if they are in some degree human! The discovery of life beyond Earth would be a triumph for science but might wreak havoc on certain religions. ...


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We have no idea, and we can't know apart from divine revelation, if our universe is the only one. The implications, however, indicate that this universe is the only universe. Nothing in Scripture talks about multiple universes. It seems unnecessary for God to have made multiple universes (what purpose would it serve?), and I feel it would be dishonest for ...


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What would Wesley do? Methodism developed from some very practical considerations: Why were so many "Christians" living unholy lives? What is the best way to encourage church life that is more consistent with the New Testament example? etc. Given Wesley's expansive views on evangelism: I look upon all the world as my parish; thus far I mean, that ...


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While not exactly official doctrine, Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), whose Christian doctrines and Bible interpretations are accepted in the various "New Church" or "Swedenborgian" denominations, published a book about life on other planets in Latin, London, 1758: Latin title: De Telluribus in Mundo Nostro Solari, Quae Vocantur Planetae, et de Telluribus in ...


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