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Why did Jesus refer to humans as salt?

As with reference to the verse Matthew 5:13 13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be ...
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What place does Lilith have in Christianity?

There was a show on the History channel stating that some scholars believe Adam and Eve were alive with a third human, Lilith. Lilith disobeyed Adam and Eve, so God sent her to live on earth as a ...
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Can a non-christian be trusted to translate the Bible?

I've seen a number of comments and answers (here and elsewhere) regarding the [un]reliability of a specific translation. Occasionally, the angle of attack on a given translation is (kind of) ad ...
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Is it possible to be a good Christian and be psychic at the same time?

I've seen many conflicting biblical statements that have been interpreted as condemning psychics and others that promote using "gifts from God". How can a psychic reconcile such a gift without ...
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Is there a digitized version of the Tyndale Bible available?

Is there any websites that have a digitized version of William Tyndale's Bible online?
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Definition of “Prince” in Bible?

Quite often "prince" and "princes" are mentioned in the scriptures. Of particular interest are expressions such as these: "Prince of Persia" "Prince of Peace" And similar expressions - ...
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What is the role of Mohammed in Bible?

With reference to the below verse: John 14:16 and 14:26, referring to a Paraclete ("comforter"), have been read by Muslims as a prediction that Muhammad will follow Jesus. John 14:16 "And I will ...
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Does the Bible say for sure that Daniel was a eunuch?

Now God had brought Daniel into favor and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs. Dan 1:9 (KJV) The prince of the eunuchs is the guy Daniel asks for permission to eat the pulse and water ...
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Can anyone explain Galatians to me?

One minute Paul says anyone who tries to earn their way to heaven by obeying the law will die. An then he goes on to say don't obey the desires of your sinful nature. OK, I'm confused. Do we put ...
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What is the Book of David?

What is the Book of David and is it part of the Bible? In Islam we know it as Zaboor (زبور). What is Christianity's view on this book. Is it available today?
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Can anyone explain sacrilegious object in Mark 13:14 to me? [duplicate]

Mark 13:14 The time will come when you will see the sacrilegious object that causes desecration * standing where it should not be..NLT What would be considered as an sacrilegious object? An what ...
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Why was the New Testament Written in Greek?

New Testament was written in Greek. But Jesus lived in Israel and was supposed to be the next King of Israel. I think it is probably fair to assume that he and his twelve apostles spoke Hebrew. Then ...
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How many gospels are there in the Roman Catholic Bible?

How many gospels are there in the Roman Catholic Bible? Are there only gospels in the New Testament? What are the names of gospels? Is there a difference between books and gospels? I've read that ...
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How should Christians act toward non-Christians?

How should Christians act toward non-Christians? One example I have found is 2 Corinthians 6:14 [KJV]. Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath ...
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Did God create other people besides Adam and Eve? [closed]

After Cain killed Abel, he was cast away and said "whoever finds me will kill me", there he took a wife. This indicates there were other people on the face of the earth created by God or is there ...
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Pre-flood Rock Monsters? Modern Noah Mythology? [closed]

How did the "Noah" movie decide to include rock monsters depicted as fallen angels? (helping him, nonetheless!) This is one of many, many biblical deviations the movie makes, but I'm curious what ...
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What does it mean to say an original Greek manuscript did not survive?

What does it mean when they say Greek manuscripts, written by the original authors, did not survive? I don't Understand this statement.
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How does Protestantism explain Matthew 18:20 in this technology age? [duplicate]

Is Christ Jesus talking about a literal physical gathering of two or more? How does the Church explain Matthew 18:20 (NET) in this technology age? For where two or three gather in my name, there ...
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Are these verses from Proverbs contradictory? [duplicate]

Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will become just like him. Proverbs 26:4 NIV Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes..Proverbs 26:5 NIV ...
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What does the Bible say about giving one's word?

I want to show a Christian friend of mine that it is important to keep one's word once it's given. Is there anything in the Bible to help me ?
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How many Bibles--not translations--are there?

I've noticed recently on this site there is a push to enforce the rule that, in one's questions, one ought to state "which Bible" one is interested in learning about--whether that is the "Catholic ...
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Is there any biblical justification for referring to God as Mother?

On one occasion, I heard someone prayer, "To God, our Father and Mother." In The Shack, the Trinity is represented as three persons, where God the Father is a woman. Is there any biblical ...
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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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How do mainstream Christians handle the Epistle of St. Barnabas' prophecy that Jesus will return in the next 50 years?

In the Epistle of Barnabas, it says Barnabas 15:3 Of the Sabbath He speaketh in the beginning of the creation; And God made the works of His hands in six days, and He ended on the seventh day, ...
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What is the meaning of cross mentioned in Luke 9:23?

Luke 9:23, Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. So here what does Jesus mentioning about the cross we ...
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Why is there no marriage in Heaven?

Why did Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven? Mark 12:25 NIV When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. Is it because ...
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Is there any way back from Hebrews 6:4-6:6

This could well apply to me. Is there any way back from this, it's like having the(or some) knowledge and experience of the spirit world but rejecting the actual call to Christ... You become a ...
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What does Romans 13:13,14 mean about “daytime”?

13: Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14: Rather, clothe yourselves with the ...
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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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What does Hebrews 10:26 mean? [duplicate]

I thought the knowledge of the truth was knowing that we are shaped in iniquity, sinners through and through, and destined to die that way. However, Jesus death which was the sacrifice that paid for ...
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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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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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Was tithing 10% required or encouraged by the early church?

I cannot find in the New Testament an obligation on Christians to tithe 10% of their income. Instead I read that it is up the individual to decide: 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV1984) Each man should ...
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“Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani”?

In all Christian bibles the translators wrote this verse in the same language and translated it. ( Maybe its Hebrew which Í don't know) but why only Mark 15 vrs 34 in the whole, is it because when ...
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What is the biblical basis against Sola Fide (salvation by faith alone, apart from works)

One of the key points of the Reformation was the doctrine of Sola Fide, that salvation is by faith alone, apart from works. This was a contrast from the doctrine of the Catholic church. What, then, ...
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Shouldn't Mary’s genealogy be Jesus' family history?

Matthew 1 The Family History of Jesus the Messiah: Abraham was the father of Isaac . . . . Matthan was the father of Jacob. 16 Jacob was the father of Joseph. Joseph was the ...
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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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Of whom is God jealous?

Exodus 20:5 NIV You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation ...
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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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Is 1 Corinthians 7:26-40 not the 'Word of God'?

Paul makes clear in 1 Corinthians 7:25 that the following section is not a word from God but his (Paul's) opinion: Now concerning the betrothed, I have no command from the Lord, but I give my ...
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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 ...