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Does any church still provide a pension for widows?

In First Timothy there is a passage that talks about widows receiving a pension from the church: 1 Timothy 5 A widow is to be put on the list only if she is not less than sixty years old, ...
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“Holy Spirit” vs “Holy Ghost”

Is there any difference between Holy Spirit and Holy Ghost meaning? When should we use Holy Spirit and Holy Ghost? BTW, Wikipedia says: Holy Spirit, or Holy Ghost, is a term found in English ...
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How did Jesus perform miracles of healing? [closed]

There is much information about the miracles that Jesus did. However, unable to find how Jesus performed miracles, specifically of healing others. I understand it is sufficient to say - because He ...
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What does the Bible teach/say about luck?

Is there such a thing, do we have a measure of randomness and ability to shape our own destinies or ultimately are all things predestined.
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Does the Bible espouse moral absolutism or moral relativism?

I believe that throughout both the Old Testament and the New Testament, the Bible espouses moral absolutism. Yet, I recently read on this site a response to a question about slavery: As stated, ...
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Was there a reason Jesus came at the time he did?

Concerning what the Bible says and what might be said in commentary from prominent church leaders is there a particular reason Jesus came 2000 years ago and not some other time. One would think ...
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How do I track the history of changes to a given verse's actual text? How do I discover it's “lineage”?

Has there been a project that traces the genealogy of each verse of the scripture? I.e., for each verse, it traces back through all the documents it was translated from, the default translations at ...
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What is so special about a fig tree. Is it the tree of life?

The fig tree is used many times in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Why? What is so special about them that the Bible is not or is telling me? Is there any other kind of tree that is more used? ...
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What is the importance of reading Bible personally in Catholicism?

What is the importance of reading Bible in Catholicism? Can a Catholic anticipate going to heaven by only attending the masses and going to Confession, but never read the Bible at home? Does reading ...
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Why four Gospels?

We find that in the New Testament, teachings of Jesus Christ are recorded in four Gospels by four different apostles. Why did God give us four Gospels instead of just one?
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Can we call the New Testament with Psalm, a Bible? [closed]

Some Bibles are very small, containing only New Testament and Psalm. Some have Proverbs also. What is the reason for making such a Bible which has just 28 or 29 books? Can we really call this a ...
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What is the importance of reading the Bible?

I have heard many pastors encouraging their members to read the Bible daily. Why do we have to read the Bible daily? Is it going to church and listening to sermons not enough?
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Why was the Bible not available to common people in the Medieval period?

The Bible was not available in the hands of common people in Medieval times (5th - 15th century). Which of these possible reasons are plausible? The common people were poor and could not afford to ...
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Why did Jesus physically throw out the money changers instead of winning the argument with reason?

(I was asked this question by an atheist recently.) When Jesus cleared the money changers from the Temple, he drove them out by overturning their tables and (in John) even using a whip. Why did he ...
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Which Mormon doctrines does the Bible accually teach against? [closed]

The Bible can be interpreted many different ways to formulate the theology of the many different Christian religions. I am not looking at the doctrines that are subject to the differing biblical ...
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When/why did the [N]RSV become a “Catholic” Bible instead of a “Protestant” Bible?

The Methodist church my aunt grew up in back in the 50s and 60s relied almost exlcusively on the RSV, and she continued to use it until her death a few years ago as her preferred translation. ...
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What does the Bible say about life before conception?

I recently spoke with a friend of mine and he was wondering if we are alive before conception. We know that there is life after death according to the Bible, but what does the Bible say about "life" ...
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Is money the root of 'all' evil or 'some' evil?

I remember reading a Hebrew version of the Bible with English translation *right to left) many years ago and I am sure the English directly translated to 'some evil' rather than 'all evil'. Can anyone ...
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Which scripture was Paul referring this verse from?

Paul says while teaching about resurrection of the dead and resurrected body: 1 Corinth. 15:45 So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living person”; the last Adam became a ...
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Where did Noah find polar bears and penguins in Palestine?

The biblical account of Noah's Ark and the flood seems implausible to me due to this detail... How could animals accustom to thriving in extreme temperatures be found in a common place for ...
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Why is the second beast of Revelation called the Antichrist?

In many denominations of modern Christianity the Antichrist is the evil world leader who forces people to take the mark of the beast. After reading through Revelation and seeing for myself that the ...
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What is the scriptural basis for believing the judgement comes immediately at death? [closed]

In my discussions I've talked to Christians who had different concepts about the specifics of salvation which seem to make a significant difference, at least if one's only unrepented sin is not ...
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Why were verses taken out of the Bible when it was being formed? Was there any major stuff taken out? [closed]

I've heard that during the Roman times (AD) when the Bible was first being put together that a lot of texts and scriptures weren't allowed to go into the Bible. I just wondered why this would be and ...
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Where can I get Papyri 75 images? [closed]

It seems that it is not available anymore from this link Any secondary copy would be appreciated. UPD I need all leaves (~100 in good quality to be able to read), not one sample scattered over the ...
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Ruling on eating pork in Christianity as per Bible? [closed]

I am very new to Christanity and so kindly bear with me if my question appears novice. I want to know what is the ruling on eating pork in Christianity as per Bible?
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How does this fit in with “we are incapable of following the law”?

While reading through the Torah, the following verses caught my eye. Deuteronomy 30:11 Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. 12 It is not up in ...
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Are these Bible verses referencing UFOs?

Ezekiel 1:16: This was the appearance and structure of the wheels: They sparkled like topaz, and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting a wheel. Exodus 13:22: ...
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Who tells us that the whole Bible is inspired?

I understand the inspiration concept, but I don't understand how to consider a quote if it's inspired from God [then we consider it God's Words], or if it explanations by the the apostle or prophet? ...
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What does it mean to interpret the Bible literally?

Here are some common definitions from a dictionary for ‘literal’: Being in accordance with, conforming to, or upholding the exact or primary meaning of a word or words. Word for word; verbatim: a ...
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Jesus teaching about the Trinity [duplicate]

Are there any verses in the bible where Jesus is quoted teaching or supporting the trinity?
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Is illness sometimes a result of a sin? [closed]

There are children born ill, blind or have heart or mental issues etc. But can an illness be a result of a sin: If a child is born ill, is it possible because of the parents' sins ? If someone ...
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When was “time” created in Genesis?

When was "time" created in Genesis? Was it on "day three", when day and night were created?
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Why did the apostle John call himself, “the disciple whom Jesus loved”?

John refers to himself, on at least four occasions, as "the disciple whom Jesus loved"? (John 13:23, 19:26, 21:7 & 21:20). Why is this? It seems a bit arrogant, especially as Jesus loved the ...
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What is the verse which includes "A-Z' english characters in whatever english Bible versions? [closed]

Well, I think this is the most suitable site to ask about this. I want to know a verse which includes "a-z" english characters in whatever english Bible versions because I want to show it on a dialog ...
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Don't The Translation missed God's words? [duplicate]

IMHO Bible Should not EVER be in any other language as a Bible , maybe as an explanation but not the main book , as it is God's word shouldn't we save it as it is? , beside this , it will be humans ...
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Possible sources of corruption in scripture a problem for creationists?

How can it be proved that there has been no "man made" corruption of the bible given the many documented, translations, interpretations, and "editings" of the text by subsequent emperors, kings, popes ...
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What does the parable of the Fig Tree mean?

Luke 13:6-9 (NIV) 6 Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. 7 So he said to the man who took ...
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Can the Word of God and God's wisdom be beneficial to an unbeliever?

More specifically I'm wondering in the way that we go to the Bible and to God about concerns or issues that we are facing for instruction and wisdom, can we think biblically about another's concerns ...
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Does Revelation 22:19 apply to the whole Biblical canon or only the Book of Revelation?

Revelation 22:19 KJV And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the ...
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What does “believe the Bible” mean? [closed]

What do Christians, namely Evangelicals, mean when they say it? To what extent must the Bible be "believed"? Does this connote a literal interpretation of the scriptures, or does this connote a ...
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What is saving faith?

A common soteriological view among Evangelical Christians (such as myself) is that we are saved by grace, through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9). However, this belief is usually accompanied by a ...
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The Truth about Rapture

I don't like questioning anyone's faith but one of my friends is a mainstream Christian (Uniting Church) and she believes very firmly in the phenomenon of "rapture". As I understand it, rapture is ...
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How do i get the original text of the bible? [closed]

I need this help. I am developing a bible API for my website and i want to know where to find the original text in html format. Do I need to write to the publishers or on which website can I get 100% ...
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How long did David live?

From my general knowledge I know that David lived 70 years. Can be this be demonstrated with the Bible? In 1 Kings 2:10, 11 we find how much he reigned over Israel: So David slept with his ...
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What does CS Lewis mean by True Myth?

I've heard the phrase and even used it before, in potentially dangerous and unintelligent ways. But what did CS Lewis mean when he came to the realization that Christianity was not just Myth, but ...
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Should Genesis 1:2 be translated “And the earth became without form…”?

The Gap theory seems to be based largely on translating Genesis 1:2 differently from the usual translations, eg. KJV: 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 1:2 And the ...
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In what countries is it illegal to own a Bible (the most banned book in the world)?

It is my understanding that in many countries of the world, it is illegal to print or own a copy of the Bible. Is there any compilation of which countries have banned the Bible? As an aside, if you ...
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Near death experience in relation to God's calling and the Holy Bible [duplicate]

Do they see God whenever throughout their experience or is it somewhat kind of "Divine Calling"? Is there a biblical reference about near-death experience? Hope to clear things out about this matter.
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Is there a Biblical basis for believing someone can be saved after dying and going to Hell?

As the title suggests, is there any Biblical reason to believe it is possible to escape Hell after dying and going there? Is there any way to save those people after these punishments? Or are they ...
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What sources are used for the Christian Bible translations?

When I was looking in the store to buy a bible, I noticed that the different bible translations not only differ in their style of translation, but also in the sources they use. What are the sources ...