An explanation of the bible or way of explaining the bible.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

2
votes
2answers
31 views

What are the differences between Apostles, Prophets, Peter and Jesus Christ in being the “foundation” whereon the church is built?

1 Corinthians 3:11 Jesus Christ is the foundation whereon the church is built. Ephesians 2:20 Both the Prophets and the Apostles are the foundation whereon the church is built. Matthew 16:18 Simon ...
2
votes
2answers
752 views

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 ...
-3
votes
4answers
107 views

How to reconcile God's promise to Abraham with the current Jewish population? [closed]

The current Jewish population in the world is c. 14 million (c. 0.2% of the world's population). In Gn 15:5, God asks Abraham to [l]ook toward heaven, and number the stars, if you he was able to ...
-1
votes
1answer
45 views

Is the unpardonable sin unpardonable? [duplicate]

I understand that in Matthew 12:31-32, Jesus says to the Pharisees, “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven ...
3
votes
2answers
160 views

“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 ...
6
votes
4answers
353 views

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 ...
1
vote
7answers
581 views

Is Jesus eternally the Son of God the Father?

Throughout scripture Jesus is identified as the “only begotten of the Father”. Is Jesus eternally the Only Begotten of the Father or did He become the Son at His incarnation? Scripture to me ...
1
vote
1answer
195 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
77 views

Why did God kill Uzzah ? - 2 Samuel 6:6-7 [closed]

6 When they came to the threshing floor of Nakon, Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of God, because the oxen stumbled. 7 The Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent ...
4
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
7
votes
4answers
4k views

Did Judas betray Jesus willfully?

Luke 22:3 "Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve" Does this verse imply that Judas had no more control over his own actions as he was possessed by the devil. Judas ...
3
votes
5answers
2k views

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 ...
-2
votes
5answers
900 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
75 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
50 views

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?
6
votes
3answers
194 views

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 ...
8
votes
7answers
5k views

What does being lukewarm mean in contrast with being hot or cold for the church of Laodicea?

From Rev. 3:14-22(ESV) 14 “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's creation. 15 “‘I know your ...
5
votes
2answers
221 views

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)
5
votes
1answer
71 views

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 ...
2
votes
4answers
150 views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
140 views

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 ...
6
votes
5answers
231 views

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 ...
8
votes
3answers
294 views

How do Protestants respond to the JW interpretation of John 14:28?

According to What does the Bible really teach?, a Watchtower publication, pp.41-42: The only-begotton Son never even considered trying to be equal to his Father. The Bible clearly teaches that the ...
2
votes
5answers
222 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
95 views

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 ...
3
votes
4answers
124 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
240 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
73 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
162 views

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 ...
4
votes
3answers
206 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
449 views

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 ...
14
votes
6answers
1k views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
189 views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
170 views

Has the Church historically considered biblical texts concerning slavery to be transcultural or finite?

How have the Bible's passages concerning slavery been interpreted and applied throughout Christian history, especially passages such as Exodus 21:2-11, Leviticus 25:44-46, and 1 Timothy 6:1-2? Have ...
5
votes
3answers
1k views

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?
3
votes
1answer
110 views

Has Protestant-led public bible study ever been viewed by Roman Catholics as violation of the Magisterium?

The Catholic Encyclopedia has this text on the topic of the Magisterium, and the problems of Protestant approaches to scripture: In a similar way they show that they cannot dispense with a ...
2
votes
1answer
69 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
150 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
51 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
39 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
190 views

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 ...
-1
votes
1answer
76 views

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 ...
4
votes
5answers
173 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
101 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
90 views

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 ...
8
votes
2answers
153 views

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 ...
4
votes
5answers
327 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
95 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
86 views

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) ...
1
vote
1answer
54 views

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 ...