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What are the views of Evangelical Christians on whether it is possible to go to heaven and back to earth?

I've heard some stories about how kids have died and come back to life a couple of minutes later with a note or something from heaven (e.g., Colton Burpo). Is this biblical? Is it possible? Could it ...
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What scriptural evidence exists in support of our spirit's pre-mortal existence? [duplicate]

Some denominations believe that our spirit existed before we were born on this earth. What scriptural/historical evidence do they use to lay support for their claims?
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What does being Born Again mean per Catholic teaching?

What does being Born Again mean per Catholic teaching? Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3 NKJV)
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What is the basis for an omnipotent God allowing imperfect transmission of his Word? [closed]

tl;dr> Assuming: God is all powerful The Bible is inspired There are copy mistakes that occur If so, Why? Some assumptions for my question first. First, God knows all things, even future ...
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If we want to know what the Bible says about an issue, what methods can help us to find all the relevant scriptures?

If we want to know what the Bible says about an issue, what methods can help us to find all the relevant scriptures? Particularly if someone is looking for a "clear, unambiguous, direct statement in ...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses explain John 8:58-59 in a way that accords with their doctrine?

The Jehovah's witness' version of the bible the NWT translates these verses as: 58 Jesus said to them: “Most truly I say to you, before Abraham came into existence, I have been.” 59 So they ...
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Interpreting Acts 2:38 together with John 1:12

Acts 2:38, "Peter said to them, 'Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins ; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'" John ...
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Is salvation acheived by faith alone, or does it in fact require some works?

I was raised a Lutheran, and am looking for an answer from someone (like a Lutheran) who believes in salvation by grace alone (by faith alone, etc.). I still believe in salvation by faith alone ...
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How can a Christian effectively explain the seeming contradiction between Gen 1:31 and Gen 6:6?

Gen 1:31 (KJV) And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Gen 6:6 (KJV) And it repented the LORD that he had ...
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Is it ever right to sin in order to potentially prevent others from committing far more damaging sins? [duplicate]

I am interested in the Christian and biblical view about when it is right to do something wrong in order to prevent something worse from happening. This question is mainly inspired by a documentary ...
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What does the bible say about people who see dead people on earth?

I have a friend who sees people who have passed away. Like she can see, hear, and talk to them. This isnt fake, she really can. She recently told me that she sees my deceased grandfather at our ball ...
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Is Jesus talking about supererogatory merit in Matt 5:38-48? i.e. earning a reward rather than sin

I know the word "merit" will send up red flags for Protestants, but what I mean has nothing to do with justification. By supererogatory merit I mean doing something not required, and doing it for the ...
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Accepting ones “station” in life: does this have any Biblical basis?

Often people say that they have a job, friend, or other "station" in life for a "reason" (including health, wealth, etc.). They feel that it is their obligation to stick it out in a job or personal ...
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What is the meaning of 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice'?

Am reading through the book of Matthew and in chapter 9 I came across verse 13. It's when Jesus was answering the Pharisees after they asked Him why He ate with the tax collectors and sinners: 13: ...
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How do sola-scriptura-people-who-reject-transubstantiation interpret these verses?

Luke 22:19 (The Message) Taking bread, he blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, given for you. Eat it in my memory.” It has been argued that even the grammar ...
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Which doctrine supports the idea that Daniel 2:44 is the Millenium Kingdom

After looking at Clarence Larkin's charts, I noticed that some (chart1, chart2) of them associate the Kingdom in Daniel 2:44 with the Millenium Kingdom. Is there any doctrine that supports this? I ...
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Is Jesus our Brother?

I am not inquiring if he is our earthly brother because he is not. He is the only begotten son of God in the flesh. I am meaning "spirit brother" with God being the Father of our spirits. In the Bible ...
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Does the word ONE in the verses listed below denote a physical oneness of substance or a oneness in unity, purpose and nature?

The Bible it talks of Jesus being one with the Father in scriptures like John 10:30 and 1 Jn. 5:7 but also says that we should be one with them as in John 17:11 and Rom. 12:5. If we look at the ...
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What is the meaning of the word “ONE” in the Bible?

In the Bible it talks of Jesus being one with the Father John 10:30 but also says that we should be one with them John 17:11. In the Bible's original Greek text, is the same word used for both, or is ...
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What does the word Glory mean in the Bible?

Does it mean Might, majesty, light, happiness or power? Or all those things ( in which case, how to tell what context it's being used in?
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Are 'treasures' all Earthly goods or wealth?

When it is often repeated in the Bible that we must cast aside our treasures to gain an everlasting treasure in Heaven, does this mean ALL worldly possessions or just money? Do modern desirables ...
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Does this mean He will help us overcome difficulties in this life?

Ephesians 3:20 - "Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us"... I, at first, read this as being about Heaven. A ...
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What does Leviticus 25:10 mean in context?

The Liberty Bell has an inscription with a quote from Leviticus 25:10: "Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof." My question is, what does that quote mean in its ...
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Did Jesus mean a truly spiritual man should feel this rewarded NOW, or in the world to come?

"Mark 10:28-31: Then Peter began to say to Him, "See, we have left all and followed You." So Jesus answered and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or ...
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Is this proof of Heavenly joy? [closed]

I have posted questions before about why we believe Heaven is utterly joyous when it says little, that is, next to nothing, about joy in Heaven in the Bible. Hebrews 12:2-3 2 fixing our eyes on ...
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Was the Scapegoat of Leviticus an allusion to Barabbas at the crucifixion?

There are several similarities between the selection of the Scapegoat, and the selection of Jesus as our sacrifice. Leviticus 16:7 KJV And he shall take the two goats, and present them before ...
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Interpreting the Bible as a cultural piece of literature?

A lot of churches I've gone to and conversations I've had with family and friends always speak so absolute and/or literal about the bible. Are there thoughts on the bible as being a cultural piece of ...
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Does the Bible suggest that there would be a literal apostasy of the early Christian church?

In 2 Thes 2:3 and Acts 20:29 I interpret them to mean that there would be a literal apostasy of the early Christian church or is there another meaning to them that I am missing? 2 Thes 2:3 Let no ...
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What is the basis that many mainstream Christian groups justify labeling groups like the Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses as Non Christians?

If there is no clear definition stemming from the Bible of what makes one a Christian, how does mainstream Christianity justify labeling groups like the Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses as Non ...
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What is the Biblical definition of what makes one a Christian?

Many religious leaders/organizations place the "cult" label on groups of people or churches who interpret the Bible differently than them. If we claim the Bible as our only authoritative source for ...
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How does the LDS Church handle verses that imply there is no one like God?

There are quite a number of verses that seem to contrast the LDS teaching of exaltation, where man may become like God and God was once like man, in submission to a God like Him on a different world ...
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Is Jesus using a rhetorical device when he says “turn the other cheek”?

I would like to know how to best interpret "turning the other cheek". I think that it is reasonable to assume that Jesus is using a rhetorical tactic, in much the same way as he does when he says ...
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If Adam and Eve were exempt from death, why did they need to eat? [closed]

Genesis 2:17 "but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die." Is giving the implication that they are exempt from death prior to ...
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According to Acts 20:7, which day was the first day of the week? [duplicate]

According to Acts 20:7, And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until ...
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Does Christianity as described in the Bible support Dualism?

Certain passages in the Bible seem to support Dualism, while others seem to support Materialism. Definitions of Dualism and Materialism: Dualism is the concept that our mind is more than just our ...
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What does these death in bible verses mean?

What does these bible verses mean? Why does it demand the death of so many innocent people in the Bible? Leviticus 20:13 – demands the death of homosexuals. “If a man has sexual relations with ...
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What is the role of human judgement given God's omnipotence and his plans [closed]

For example, some people view evangelism to be "most effective" using one method, whislt another person might view it as "most effective" to use another method. Ie, our opinions (and hence actions) ...
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“Ask and you shall recieve” Can we ask for anything?

I bet I've got it wrong but does "ask and thou shalt recieve" mean we can ask for anything and recieve anything? In which case, could I have a 'wish-list' of things I want glorified in heaven? Like ...
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Does it actually SAY that Heaven will be joyous in The Bible?

...and, come to that, does it actually state, beyond doubt (or a different interpretation) that the joy there is far, far beyond that we can experience in this world or even imagine? BEFORE anyone ...
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Why does John 1 say “the Word was with God” and not “scripture was with God”?

Given that the Bible and Scripture is referred to as God's word, would the meaning of John 1:1 and John 1:14 be changed if the word 'scripture' was interchanged for the word 'word'? John 1:1 ...
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What are the main theological frameworks for interpreting bible texts? [closed]

Interpretations of the protestant 66 bible texts may slightly differ based on church traditions, orthodox, protestant, catholic, pentecostal and such. But one could see bigger shift on interpretation ...
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What's a list of theological terms to describe how one approaches the bible? [closed]

I know people who believe the bible is true and authoritative, and insist you get best meaning from King James Version. At the same time, I've heard a pastor quoted as saying, "You can trust the ...
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Were those who perished in the flood of Noah eternally damned?

The following passages from Genesis led me to think that all who perished at the time of Noah were cast into Sheol to await the great white throne judgment. Gen 6:5-7,17 KJV 5And GOD saw that the ...
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What is the meaning of the following Bible quote [closed]

"I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance." If people don't repent then they are not ...
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What is the difference between an “issue of covenant” and an “abomination to God”?

When looking at Old Testament Mosaic law, I'm confused as to what applies to Christians and what does not. In an answer to a previous question that I asked, it was said that a certain law did "not ...
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Why is the Bible said to be twisted like a wax nose?

The unusual image of a "wax nose" has been used in a few different ways, to describe some sort of "twisting" of the meaning of Scripture. It appears to have been used by both Protestants and ...
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For Eastern Orthodox churches, what are the main references concerning Biblical Interpretation methodology?

The Catholic Church have several encyclicals giving guidelines for Biblical Interpretation, such as Divino Afflante Spiritu or Providentissimus Deus, but is there any Eastern Orthodox equivalent to ...
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Why did Jesus change Peter's name, according to non-Catholic theology?

I have been discussing Matthew 16:18 for years now with both Catholics and non-Catholics. This verse is obviously a very important verse concerning the doctrine of the Bishop of Rome being Supreme ...
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What did Jesus mean in Luke 18 vs 25 [duplicate]

Indeed it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God (NIV) Is this a straight foward verse or he was meaning only that rich man
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Who is Jesus referring to when he is speaking to the daughters of Jerusalem?

In the passage of Luke where Jesus is carrying the Cross, he turns and addresses the weeping women witnessing his Passion: “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for ...