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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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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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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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What does Paul intend to say in 1 Corinthians 5:5?

To be more clear, how can the person be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus Christ by delivering such person (sexual immoral) to Satan for the destruction of the flesh? 1 Corinthians 5:5 (NKJV) ...
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Proverbs VS Ecclesiastes - Polar Opposite Views Of Wisdom?

I've noticed that Proverbs and Ecclesiastes have shockingly differing views of wisdom and knowledge: “Her [wisdom and understanding personified] ways are pleasant ways and all her paths are peace.” ...
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What does being lukewarm means 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 ...
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How do Protestants understand major differences in doctrine between denominations?

As a Catholic I believe that the Catholic Church was established by Jesus and given the authority to teach infallibly on the topics of faith and morals. My understanding is that many Protestants ...
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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 ...
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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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What does it mean to be perfect?

Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:48 NKJV) So, God expects us to be perfect. What is meant by "perfect"? How can any human be without error, ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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Why Mathew and Luke Presented a Different Order of Satan's Temptation

Matthew 4:1-11 and Luke 4:1-13 presented a different order of the temptations Satan offered after Christ completed his forty days fasting in the wilderness Matthew If you are the Son of God, ...
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If you don't believe in the inerrancy of scripture, on what basis can you interpret scripture?

I know there are several Christian traditions that do not claim that scripture is inerrant (and therefore do not interpret everything in the Bible literally). If this is the case, then it seems like a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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'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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Do any Lutheran denominations (or parachurch reform groups) successfully represent “repristination theology”?

A Tweet by some fans of Franz Pieper recently said, God has blessed the "repristination theology" of our fathers with success also in this country. #lcms #lutheran Growing up in Lutheranism, ...
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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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Witchcraft in Christianity?

I recently came across this: Gal 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Gal 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, ...
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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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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 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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Is it a correct to say that Jesus did not entertain His family’s request in Mark 3:31-35? [closed]

The verse clearly states by itself: Mark 3:31 Then Jesus’ mother and his brothers came. Standing outside, they sent word to him, to summon him. 3:32 A crowd was sitting around him and they said ...
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What is being said in Proverbs 25:2

Proverbs 25:2 King James Version (KJV) 2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. I came across this today on this site when I found the ...
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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 ...
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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 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 way of Cain, the error of Balaam and the gainsaying of Core (Korah)?

KJV Jude 1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. NIV Jude 1:11 Woe to them! ...
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What are “all things” in “Let all things be tested, keep to what is good”?

In 1 Thessalonians 5:21 there is: "Let all things be tested; keep to what is good" "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good” What is "all things" here?
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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 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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In what way does the author of Hebrews argue that every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution?

Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or ...
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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 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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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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How can one explain the apparent contradiction between Ex 31:17 and Is 40:28

Exodus 31:17 (NIV) It will be a sign between me and the Israelites forever, for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed. Isaiah ...
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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 ...
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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 ...