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The five of us who voted to close the question saw this first. There's some pretty obvious problems there. It's not exactly clear what he's asking. There isn't even a question in the body. Caleb's comment covers it pretty well: This questions seems to have two main issues. ① It reads as more of a statement than a question and ② whatever the question is ...


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I'm relatively new here, and I can't speak for those who closed the question. However, even in the few months I've been here I've discovered that since its early, freewheeling days, Christianity.SE has gone through a major refocusing and tightening of its standards for the scope and focus of questions and answers on the site. At the time you asked that ...


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There is not a problem here. This is not the result of one person's votes, it is at least a couple. One person cannot vote on the same post more than once. 7 downvotes across 3 days and 3 posts is not evidence of abuse. You do not—and cannot—know who votes on your post. If you think you can guess you are wrong in two ways. First, it is almost always ...


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The question was put on hold by David, as primarily opinion based. Then the OP deleted his own question, without any explanation, so I won't guess as to why the OP chose to delete rather than edit his question.


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I think your question is fine. It's on-topic, as it asks for the views of a particular Christian tradition. As for why it has been downvoted, that's something about which we can only speculate. Maybe the downvoters simply found your question uninteresting, but perhaps they didn't like the way your question/comments were presented. Again, I don't think ...


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I closed the question, and wasn't sure which close reason to use. The question runs afoul of several of the standard close reasons. It's primarily opinion-based in that if you ask several different people, you're likely to get several different opinions You can avoid that by asking for an official doctrinal teaching on the subject, ideally specifying a ...


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I favor the first revision. And the reason is as follows: The question, prior to editing starts with an a priori assumption that the act of SSA is sinful. Any attempt to alter this changes the meaning of the question significantly. None of the later revisions provide meaningful changes while adhering to the spirit of the original question. Based on point ...


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First of all, it shouldn't come as such a shock that your question was deemed to be too broad. I warned you specifically this would be a challenge before you even asked the question: @FMShyanguya I would like to see a question that helps sort out the different labels used both inside and outside the Catholic church. It seems it might be hard to do it ...


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You asked these questions: In what context are all these labels used, what do they signify, and what is their canonical status according to the RCC? Are some or all of them considered schismatics by the RCC? about these groups/labels: Traditional Catholics SSPX - Society of St. Pius X. Opus Dei 'Ultra-Conservative'. Jesuit. ...


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I can't vote to close, but I did flag it as too broad and commented something like: "This is more like 10 questions." It's too broad because what you're asking is, "what are all the different ways the Catholic Church can be considered to be structured." And that clearly - to me, at least - calls for several very long answers. You've kept your answer ...


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In a mixed Protestant / Catholic environment, using the capitalized proper name Wisdom is a little confusing because each group habitually recognizes a different usage in this. That being said, I believe the edit took a backwards tack in removing stuff that was relevant to the question and better explained where the OP was coming from. I think it should be ...


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Several close reasons might have been appropriate, but I chose one based on the feedback the question had already gotten: You're asking too many different things! ...in conjunction with the fact that you are asking for too broad a target audience. Very few questions can be addressed at all of Christianity without further scoping because the as far as ...


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It was off-topic (opinion-based), and not likely to be salvageable. Even after the edit, it was begging for opinion. It was deleted as many such questions are. If you want your questions to remain on the site, you need to ask questions that are on-topic. Here are some links to help you figure out how to do that. I recommend reading them instead of ...


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I personally don't believe that anyone is targetting your posts. I'm someone who votes frequently on this site (total votes since joining - 2,826 upvotes & 193 downvotes) and am very happy to upvote well-sourced and well-argued post even if they represent a viewpoint I disagree with. From the stats it is apparant that I am not a heavy downvoter, but I do ...


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There are no deleted answers on this question right now, so unless one was completely wiped from the database (which is done only in exceptional cases), you have not answered this question. You did, however, answer the following related question: Did Mary have other children? This answer cites the article you mention. Is that the one you are thinking of? ...


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We have many other questions about Christian language, such as the phrase tag, and other questions such as these: Is there any substantive difference between the verbal reference "second Corinthians" and "two Corinthians"? Why do some Christians use a period instead of a colon in verse references? What might the capitalization of the ...


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I thought for a second when I saw your original title that you might have been intending it literally. This is a fairly academic site, in which question content rather than expression is important. Therefore questions will tend to be taken literally. That probably explains the comment you got. I think the problem people are having with your question is ...


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No, it is not even close to "Is X a sin". The first paragraph expressly identifies a subset of Christians based on a particular belief ("ones that believe X is a sin"). The second and third paragraphs target a specific question about extant beliefs of these groups. Nowhere in this question is in trying to determine whether X is a sin or not or whether ...


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It wouldn't be particularly helpful over there in my view as it's fundamentally unanswerable from an analysis of that particular text in isolation without recourse to a theological framework. If you (as you should in this case) are specifying a particular theological framework - eg Trinitarianism - then it would be more appropriate on this site (but as I've ...


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It's possible. Your history also shows two down-voted deleted questions. Those factor in as well, so right now you're running about 50/50. The bounty didn't affect you. That doesn't factor into the calculations. Just focus on asking questions within the site's guidelines and you should be fine. All of the following should be helpful... Probably it's ...


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I agree that the four questions are closely related. I also agree that there is no existing really good version of the question and especially that there is no really good answer. As such, it would seem to be the best thing to do would be to create a new question along the lines of: In many places in the Gospel accounts, Jesus tells people he healed ...


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Since the Messianic Secret is a major topic, I propose that we have a tag for Messianic Secret. Just shoehorning all questions into just one question would not do justice to what we all agree to be a major topic. For example, the question, "To whom or what Jesus was hiding (afraid of) in the given cases during his ministry?" is never really going to be a ...


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I don't think you can make it on-topic. On-topic questions include those asking about the history of denominations (such as Roman Catholic, Anglican, Church of Christ or Latter Day Saints) and movements (such as Pentecostalism, Creationism, Calvinism) understanding the Bible from the perspective of a specific viewpoint (like those listed above) ...


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I think this would probably be too much to ask for here, and for most topics there probably isn't the expertise or people willing to put in the energy. Instead I think it would be better to simply make a reference request question for Catholic scholars who have written about the rewards Christians receive beyond salvation. I'd expect you'd be able to ...


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For me it's all about framing: the question is about seeing Jesus through today's issues, rather than seeing today's issues through Jesus. The Bible almost always has something that can be taken to be wisdom about any issue, but questions have to be phrased better. A question asking whether Paul wrote about austerity measures in southern Europe would be ...


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I don't think it's a rant. From both the text and Jon's comments it sounds like it's a question he's genuinely struggled with, making it meet the "practical answerable question you actually face" criteria in every FAQ, moreso than many other questions we get. I'll confess to bias here, I like Jon, I like both Edwards and Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,...


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This is a case of the question title and body not matching. The body was clearly asking for the basis for this belief, whereas the title was truthy. I edited the title so now it's all good.


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Nope, that edit was totally inappropriate. If it had ever preserved the "both sides" aspect of the original we might have discussed whether the subject matter was small enough to deal with it that way, but instead he completely reversed it. Looking at the material out there it looks like the issue is way too complex to deal with except one view at a time ...


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Please feel no pressure or compulsion to accept answer. It's not required and is a very personal choice. Personally I will object to anyone trying to pressure someone else to accept an answer (I'm far more likely to try to persuade someone to unaccept an answer rather than accept one). By accepting too early you essentially say "we're done here let's ...


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Multiple reasons have been given for closing your question. I'd like to interact with them here. I'm in favor of keeping it open. The comments on the question mention "Hebrew language." Well, sure it is. But it's about Hebrew names of God. Hebrew names of the Christian God. The Hebrew Bible is 2/3 of the Christian Bible. Why wouldn't this be on-topic? The ...


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