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Top new questions this week:

Is there evidence that Isaiah 53 was viewed as a Messianic prophecy within Judaism, or is it an exclusively Christian interpretation?

The modern Jewish interpretation of the so-called suffering servant song of Isaiah 52:13-53:12 is that it is a prophecy referring to the nation of Israel, not the Messiah. As such, it is sometimes ...

history prophecy judaism isaiah suffering-servant  
asked by ThaddeusB 12 votes
answered by ThaddeusB 12 votes

Why did this Early Version of the Watchtower Magazine include Crosses, and what do these other Symbols on the Magazine Represent?

The following is "Zion's Watch Tower and Herald of Christ's Presence, October 1, 1907." I was under the impression that symbols (especially crosses) were not allowed in the church. "Jehovah's ...

jehovahs-witnesses symbolism sign-of-the-cross  
asked by The Substitute 10 votes
answered by David Keel 5 votes

How do Jehovah's Witnesses explain Thomas's exclamation, "My Lord and my God"?

In John 20, Jesus is resurrected and is showing Thomas the wounds in his hands, to prove that he is risen. In John 20:28–29, we see Thomas's response: 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my ...

jesus exegesis gospel-of-john jehovahs-witnesses thomas-apostle  
asked by Nathaniel 7 votes
answered by hogarth45 1 vote

Among modern critics who believe in the attributed authorship of the Gospels, what are their arguments?

It seems everywhere I read online, lectures I listen to by Biblical scholars (on both sides of the table, liberal and conservative), Wikipedia, etc., it is stated that the 4 Gospels are actually ...

gospels tradition authorship historical-criticism  
asked by cool breeze 6 votes

Who first distinguished between the inerrancy of the Bible and the inerrancy of the original autographs?

It's common these days among those who believe in the inerrancy* of the Bible to limit the statement to the original manuscripts. For example, the Chicago Statement reads: We affirm that ...

bible church-history church-fathers inerrancy  
asked by Nathaniel 5 votes

What is the Biblical basis for the belief that there are humans in heaven now?

Most Christians believe that Enoch, Elijah, Moses, the thief on the cross who was pardoned by Jesus and all the saints who were resurrected during the crucifixion were all translated to heaven. What ...

biblical-basis heaven  
asked by Noble Verity 4 votes
answered by ryan c 1 vote

What is the purpose of asceticism?

Christians have been practicing asceticism for thousands of years. Why? I would prefer sources from before the Great Schism. If not are available I will accept Orthodox teaching from after that time. ...

early-church religious-practice  
asked by sirdank 3 votes
answered by Andarta 0 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

In Catholicism, what are the different kinds of sins?

I have heard various persons refer to different 'kinds' of sins on this site and in other places. I have heard of mortal sin grave sin venial sin Are there others? What is a basic definition of ...

catholicism sin  
asked by fredsbend 14 votes
answered by Alypius 11 votes

What are the Biblical reasons for getting married?

The basis for this question comes from a conversation I had with a friend. She said to me 'The only reason that two people should get together and get married is because they can do more for the ...

biblical-basis marriage  
asked by A. Still 11 votes
answered by metal 17 votes

Can you answer these?

Is there a way to know for sure that a given practice is true Catholic Tradition?

Is there a way to ascertain if a spiritual practice really comes from Catholic Tradition, and is not a fabrication? If, for example, I am told to look at the book of Athanasius in the New Testament in ...

catholicism virgin-mary tradition truth  
asked by Tiany Slowriver 2 votes

According to the Catholic Church, when Jesus speaks, is he is speaking as a Man or God or both?

I want to know if there is an official Catholic ruling on the quotes that occur in the New Testament. The belief is that Jesus is both 100% Man and 100% God. So when we come across a direct quote ...

catholicism jesus words-of-jesus hypostatic-union  
asked by cool breeze 2 votes
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