Credulity is not a virtue.
Specifically, the question was whether baptisms conferred with the formula, “We baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” rather than the traditional, “I baptize you…”
The church is insisting that all baptisms done with a formula other than a strict following of the Church’s liturgical books are invalid.4 AnswersReligion & Spirituality2 months ago
Doesn't the story of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5 show that God frowns upon lying about real estate holdings?
If that's enough for church officials to have been sticking dead on the spot, why do some people today find it acceptable for their political leaders?10 AnswersReligion & Spirituality2 months ago
Some pro-gun people I know frequently point to the following verse.
Luke 22:36 ► He said to them, "But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.
However, when the sword Jesus explicitly instructed his disciples to buy was used, he instead says:
Matthew 26:52 ► "Put your sword back in its place," Jesus said to him, "for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.
Which position is better supported biblically?10 AnswersReligion & Spirituality5 months ago
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If so, have you ever heard of Edgardo Mortara?4 AnswersReligion & Spirituality2 years ago
How much wiggle room do you give things that "must shortly come to pass" or "must soon take place?"?
Five centuries? Two millennia? What's the cutoff? At what point can you no longer say 'soon' is a correct adverb?11 AnswersReligion & Spirituality2 years ago
If you see me set two coins on a table, can you choose to believe I set only one and sincerely believe that was the case? Or, can you merely lie, saying I set only one, but you'd still believe it was two? Do you choose to believe something, or is it a passive result of your observations?12 AnswersReligion & Spirituality2 years ago
Why would allowing priests to marry help the situation if there wasn't a rash of priests having consenting age-appropriate relationships?
I've heard the argument that priests should be allowed to marry, but I don't fully understand it. It isn't as if raping children at any time was more acceptable than finding a consenting adult relationship, or even getting a hooker. If they were going to break rules, why didn't they break them in that way? Why are we to expect allowing marriage would alleviate a problem if they were never tempted by consenting adult relationships in the first place?10 AnswersReligion & Spirituality2 years ago
Do you find any story about a god or gods emotionally compelling or amusing, even if you don't believe them to be true?9 AnswersReligion & Spirituality2 years ago
If so, what is the objection and what is the verse?5 AnswersReligion & Spirituality2 years ago
The Catholic church excommunicated a group of moles (not spies, but the tiny mammal variety) in Italy in 824 AD?
Were they part of some secret underground?2 AnswersReligion & Spirituality2 years ago
Luke 22:42 (KJV) "Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done."
How is it that the Father and Son are one if they have two separate wills?9 AnswersReligion & Spirituality2 years ago
For Christians who think the serpent in Genesis is supposed to be Satan, does Satan currently have legs?
Genesis 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:16 AnswersReligion & Spirituality2 years ago
I've seen a number of Christians claim this as prophecy, claiming to to be scripture. But, the closest verse I can find is Isaiah 11:6, saying the wolf will live with the lamb, and the lion shall eat hay. Does a verse saying lion and lamb shall lay also exist elsewhere? If not, how did this notion spread through Christianity?15 AnswersReligion & Spirituality2 years ago