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What Bible passages do Jehovah’s Witnesses use to support their view on free will?

I’m given to understand Jehovah’s Witnesses hold to something similar to libertarian free will, the belief that a person’s choices are free from the determination or constraints of human nature and ...
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What biblical support do Latter-day Saints find for their moral agency doctrine?

My understanding is Mormons hold to something similar to libertarian free will, the belief that a person’s choices are free from the determination or constraints of human nature and free from any ...
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Requesting help identifying contemporary Bible Scholars supporting inerrancy

Biblical inerrancy is such a hot topic of debate these days that there is at least one website directly devoted to defending it (DefendingInerrancy.com), and of course many multiple Christian ...
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Recommended Online Ordination Site? [on hold]

Good afternoon! I was wondering if anyone here could point me in the direction of a solid online ordination website. Quick background: Lifelong christian, attended and completed YWAM Discipleship ...
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Why is Eben Ezer used as a shop's name in Chile?

I'm Chilean and I want to know the meaning and origin of the name Eben Ezer because in my country is a custom to put that name to trade places, specially small grocery stores. I have consulted many ...
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According to Ravi Zacharias's apologetic argument, how could love have existed prior to the fall?

Ravi Zacharias explained in a Q&A (14:50) that for true love to exist between God and man, the current creation is the only possible way for it to exist. He gave four possible examples of ...
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How old was Timothy when he became a Christian?

Some people think he was a child or a teenager, others believe he was a young man when he converted to Christianity. Is there a way to support any of these assumptions?
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What biblical support do Arminians and open theists find for libertarian free will?

Libertarian free will is the position that a person’s choices are free from the determination or constraints of human nature and free from any predetermination by God. Libertarians generally argue ...
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Did Jesus call his disciples before or after going to the Capernaum synagogue?

I have a question concerning a potential contradiction in the order of events in Galilee. In Luke 5, Jesus calls his disciples after he heals an impure spirit at the Capernaum synagogue. But in Mark ...
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Would reading “The Street Bible” help me understand the KJV Bible?

I've not read the Bible yet but I'm planning on purchasing the KJV Bible, once I've got the money. But I've came across a book called The Street Bible: would reading this first help me to understand ...
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Is there non religious historical proof of Jesus existance? [duplicate]

I was told when younger that Jesus was mentioned on "Rome's official history", not as the son of God, but as a person who was starting some religious movement. Is this true? Recently I heard there is ...
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True love in the garden of Eden [on hold]

Dr Ravi Zacharias explained in a Q&A that for true love to exist it can only be in the current, knowing good and evil universe. He gave four possible examples of the creation but concluded the ...
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Do beliefs in different denominations affect salvation? [on hold]

Among many denominations (Lutheran, Anglican, Seventh Day Adventist, Calvinism, Orthodox, etc), there are slight variations when it comes to salvation. Does this have anything to do with personal ...
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200 Denarri sufficient for purchasing Bread?

In Mark 6:37, some disciples comments and indicate that the 200 denarii would have been enough to purchase bread needed to feed the 5000. But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” ...
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What is/are the Hebrew/Aramaic word(s) for “devil” in The Passion of the Christ movie?

What is the word used for "devil" in Mel Gibson's movie "The Passion of the Christ" during the scene where Christ is interrogated by the Sanhedrin? The word "devil" appears in the English subtitles ...
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According to transubstantiation, would the Eucharist still be the body and blood of Christ if it came from a Star Trek-style replicator? [on hold]

As described in What is transubstantiation?, transubstantiation means that the Eucharist has the "substance" of the body and blood of Christ, yet still have the measurable properties of bread and ...
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Three days in the grave [on hold]

How did Jesus spend the 3 days in the grave? I have been told that he went back to preach to those who died before was crucified.
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How do trinitarians explain Luke 4:8, if he's a God himself? [on hold]

How do trinitarians explain Luke 4:8, where Jesus responded to Satan's question his request to worship him: Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and ...
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Why does the Salvation Army not administer the sacraments of baptism and the Lord's Supper?

While reading a book on Reformed theology (The Shorter Westminster Catechism, by G. I. Williamson), I came across a brief criticism of the Salvation Army's views on the sacraments: A very ...
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Is it necessary to read Aristotle's books in order to understand St. Thomas Aquinas's «Summa Theologica»? [on hold]

Is it necessary to read Aristotle's books in order to understand St. Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologica?
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What do day-age theorists do with “very good” in Genesis 1:31?

I would like to know what day-age theorists do with what God says at the end of creation - that everything was "very good" (Genesis 1:31)? That is to say, if you look at the fossil record, you see ...
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What are the English translations of St. Thomas Aquinas's «Summa Theologica»? [on hold]

What are all the English translations of St. Thomas Aquinas's «Summa Theologica»?
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Prophets fortelling of Christ in Acts 7

In Acts 7:52, Stephen says that the Jews as a people persecuted and killed the prophets who foretold the coming of Jesus. How can this be reconciled with the fact that Moses was not killed (Acts ...
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Name of the woman who committed adultery and was brought to Jesus? [on hold]

I would really like find out the name of the woman who committed adultery, and was brought to Jesus.
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Did any ancient source believe in more than four gospels?

I'm listening to a lecture series by Dale Martin (Professor of Religious Studies, Yale), and he makes the passing claim that during development of the New Testament canon there were some who thought ...
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Who told Eve about the fruit?

How could Eve know not to eat from the fruit when there are no lines of verse showing she was ever told? It said "God told the man..." Eve wasn't made until later. I've checked several versions. Is ...
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When was the name of Sinai first applied to the Sinai peninsular?

When was the name of Sinai first applied to what we now know as the 'Sinai peninsular'? Some modern scholars maintain that Mt Sinai = Mt Horeb = 'the Mountain of God' which is located in northwest ...
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How do Protestants regard the handling of money owed to a Christian business? [on hold]

How should one deal with the "collection" of money owed? The principles of Christian business is essentially dealing with God's business. I have pulled out an excerpt on Christian Business Ethics. ...
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How to understand the word Heaven? [on hold]

I'm sorry for my question, instead of understanding it should be believing for this and following the teachings. I found some explanations about Heaven. In the bible I read also something, I think ...
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Verses in Genesis [on hold]

Greetings, i'm looking for true light in the Holy Bible, and as I neophyte I found some verses that I may be interpreting not as intended and need some guidance. I have the New International Version ...
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The order of Communion in Luke 22:17-20 versus Mark 14:22-25 and Matthew 26:26-29

In Matt. 26:26-29 and Mark 14:22-25, Jesus presents the bread before the wine in the performance of Communion. Matt. 26:26-29 26 While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a ...
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Was Pharaoh or a king ruling over Egypt in the book of Exodus? [on hold]

If Rameses was the Pharaoh in the book of Exodus, then who was the king? Or was Egypt under the sole rule of Rameses and no king?
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Does the Catholic Church teach that humans are superior to all other creations on Earth?

Does the Catholic Church teach that humans are superior to all other creations on Earth, or does it teach that each creation is equally precious and that not one type of creation is better than the ...
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Does Jesus mean a branch when he says sword in Matthew 10.34? [on hold]

Was Jesus figuratively speaking of a branch in Matthew 10.34 referring to Deuteronomy 20.10 to make peace with nations far off? Here, in Matthew 10.34 he says, "Do not think I come to send peace, I ...
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Resurrection rapture or what [on hold]

Paul sounds as though he is sure that Jesus' return is at hand in 1Thessalonians 4:14-17. So, was it for that generation or for future generation still to come?
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What is the difference between confession and repentance in Protestantism? [on hold]

What is the difference between confession and repentance in Protestantism? Protestantism is the teaching that holds onto the five solas of the Reformation. Sola Christus Sola Gratia Sola Fidei ...
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Is it important to know what the spirit of the word is saying [on hold]

Is it important to know what the spirit of the word is saying, for exegesis, or is it totally irrelevant?
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If there is No sin in heaven and God is all love then how could the devil ever have sinned [duplicate]

Again, it is said that there is no sin in heaven. Jesus also told Mary to not touch him because he had not yet ascended to heaven. But how could the devil had sinned if he only knew God. It would have ...
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Does the Old Testament anywhere imply that the Law of Moses may be abrogated?

I am wondering if there are any statements in the Old Testament which either: A) Foretell a time when the Law of Moses will be abrogated (in the way Christ does in the NT) or B) States that some ...
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Why wouldn't a practicing Catholic joke about the Sacraments and what would happen if they did?

Stephen Colbert is a high profile entertainer and an out-an-proud Roman Catholic. As reported by the Daily Beast, prior to taking on his new role as host of the The Late Show, he sat down in an ...
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Did the New Testament writers use a specific word to refer to the personhood of the Trinity? [closed]

Did the New Testament writers use a specific word to refer to the personhood of the Trinity? The following are Greek words found in the New Testament. They are commonly referred to as individual ...
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Why did the Western and Eastern churches react to their respective states so differently?

In Church History in Plain Language, Bruce Shelley points out a key distinction between Western and Eastern Christianity: how each has related to the State through history. Ambrose had hit upon ...
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What was the explicit purpose of Jesus' question to James and John?

At Matthew 20:20-23, we read about the request of the mother of James and John thus: Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favor ...
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The bible is a history book [closed]

Have all the bible prophecies such as the return of Jesus Christ happen?
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Can a practicing Catholic be an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church Monastery?

Stephen Colbert's wikipedia bio states: Colbert is a practicing Roman Catholic and a Sunday school teacher and an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church Monastery. These two (bolded) ...
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What does the Catholic Church think John the Baptist was referring when making the statement on greatness of Jesus?

John 3:30 (NIV) presents John the Baptist as saying about Jesus: " He must become greater; I must become less.” My question is: What exactly is the Baptist referring to (for example, public ...
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Why are you calling Satan- Lucifer the Morning Star [closed]

King James Bible. Isaiah 14: 12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! Jesus is the Morning Star, Not! Lucifer. You make it look like Jesus is the one that fell. That ...
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Is there a moral goodness in In vitro fertilization?

I may have a couple of questions here but it's basically the same subject. My first question: does the Catholic Church see any moral goodness in having a baby through In vitro fertilization (IVF)? ...
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According to proponents of penal substitutionary atonement, were the Levitical sacrifices also penal substitutions?

I am not a proponent of penal substitutionary atonement. While considering this question, I considered whether my position is incorrect, and the language of Isaiah 53 necessarily implies penal ...
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How do opponents of penal substitutionary atonement theory handle Isaiah 53?

How do opponents of the penal substitution theory of atonement handle Isaiah 53? This seems to describe penal substitution quite well: 4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, ...

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