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How does Christianity explain suffering that ends in death?

Does suffering in this life really matter? How can suffering from natural causes be reconciled with an omnimax god? Both answers above contain the major theme of God refining us, making us more like ...
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Is illegal downloading a sin? [duplicate]

There are several places where the Bible says that stealing is a sin. Exodus 20,15 (KJV) Thou shalt not steal. But is downloading software content like games, music, or films illegally (i.e. ...
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Where does the belief the Bible is written by the Holy Spirit come from?

My pastor mentioned the Bible is written by the Holy Spirit, through man. Where does this concept come from (rather than just written by wise or experienced men)? Other than direct references to ...
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Where in the Bible does it say that God is creating a new earth?

I've heard from my parents/grandparents that God is in the process of building a new Earth. Where in the Bible does it say God is creating a new Earth? Why would God build a new Earth? I know it says ...
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Do the people God sends to challenge His people (for His Glory) have salvation?

Romans 9:17 17 In the Scriptures God says to Pharaoh: “I made you king so that you could do this for me. I wanted to show my power through you. I wanted my name to be announced throughout ...
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Why are there inconsistencies in the New Testament? [closed]

Reading the New Testament side by side, one can pick up inconsistencies in the Gospels by various Disciples. For example, some of them mentioned by this website: MT 1:6-7 The lineage of Jesus is ...
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How can we apply relying on Jesus in situations where it appears we have to rely on ourselves? [closed]

I ask the question for a real reason. I would like to make more money to support my family and live in better conditions. I feel I have to rely on myself to go back to school, work hard and then get a ...
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Has the Bible ever lied? [closed]

I'm not interested in supposed contradictions as these are normally caused from the translation process. What I'm looking for is an irrefutable lie that would hold up in court. Has the Bible ever ...
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Does the Bible give any rules for music?

Does the Bible provide any rules or even any indication about what kind or style of music is appropriate, both for worship and in general?
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How ambitious should a Christian be? [closed]

According to Luke 16:13 (ESV): No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God ...
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Should a Protestant read the apocryphal books of the Bible?

The Protestant Bible has 66 books. Should we read apocryphal books (e.g. 1&2 Maccabees and Gospel of Thomas)?
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Are there “rational” criteria for which books appear in the Bible?

When I looked into "canon criticism" or "canonology" a while back, I came across numerous (alleged) criteria for whether a book is/was included in canon, such as "Old Testament books had to be written ...
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Did Jesus die earlier than expected? [closed]

The Bible seems to indicate that Jesus died before the others that were being crucified. John 19:31-33 (NIV) 31 Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. ...
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What is meant by “Get behind me Satan”?

Considering Matthew 16:23: Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men." Why did Jesus ...
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What is the case for interpreting the Genesis creation account literally?

I think we can all agree that the entire Bible is not meant to be taken literally. Consider the Song of Solomon (what would his lover look like if we take it literally?) or the book of Revelation. ...
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Is it right for a church to be wealthy?

Jesus preached that the faithful should give up their wealth and worldly possessions and spend a humble existence in servitude of God. A church must have a certain amount of wealth in order to ...
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Did the Romans not breaking Jesus' legs fulfill a prophecy?

I seem to remember that Jesus having already died and not needing his legs broken fulfilled an OT prophecy. Where was this prophecy recorded and what did it say?
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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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What is the purpose of describing who is son of who?

In many excerpts of the Bible one can find an extended description of a person and his respective descendents. What's the purpose of this? Is it supposed to give an idea of how much time passed ...
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What is the theological import behind genealogies?

So, several places in the bible are just lists of names: Genesis 5 I Chronicles 1 - 10 Matthew 1 Luke 3 all come to mind. In Matthew 1, in particular, I have pulled sermons out of the only four ...
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What was Satan's view on the authority of Scripture?

Does the Bible give us any indication about what Satan's own view of the Scriptures and their authority as divine testimony is? Does the way he uses it or the way he responds to those who use it tell ...
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Where do Catholics believe the historical narrative of the Bible begins?

I heard on the Relevant Radio recently that the Genesis account of the deluge is prehistorical. Meaning, it wasn't really recorded in histories the way other more specific accounts of historical ...
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What does “two becoming one flesh” refer to?

In the bible when it refers to the two becoming one flesh, does it mean: The physical act of sex creates a position where both body's are connected or The flesh from man and flesh from woman ...
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Is the Christian Old Testament the Jewish Bible?

Is the Christian old testament comprised of exactly the same books that are in the Jewish Bible (I think labelled Tanakh)? Are there any differences between the Christian old testament and the Jewish ...
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Biblical basis for Catholic blessings

What is the Biblical basis for the catholic blessings? And what are those blessings? Being a evangelical, I do not understand from the Bible, the reason for papal, priestly, or other blessings. How ...
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Are angels spirits?

John 4:24 (KJV) God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. The Gospel of John tells us that God is a Spirit. What about the angels? According to the ...
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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 were the reformers views of biblical inerrancy?

I have never researched but am very curious what views of Biblical Inerrancy did the reformers generally hold, such as Luther and Calvin? I found these description about different kinds of views: ...
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Are there any differences between Jesus's commandments and God's commandments?

I always read about Jesus's commandments as something new in the bible; those commandments changed the way Christians see the Moshe writings. The bible commentaries in this page of Rev 14:12 don't ...
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What core, common beliefs are held by all (or most) Christians? [closed]

Are there any core beliefs that all Christian traditions agree on? Are there any that most (>90% of) Christian traditions agree on? If a list can be made for either, are there any caveats?
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Which kind of relations are considered incestous in Christianity?

My question, in strict propriety, is specifically what kind of relationships are defined as incestuous in Christianity? I am guessing that it is forbidden to marry one's parents/children or siblings ...
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How does Christianity work with all the biblical covenants?

One major theme of the Bible is the number of covenants between God and humanity. How do Christians manage to work them out? Are the covenants prioritized from highest priority to lowest priority, or ...
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What does the Bible have to say about dinosaurs? [duplicate]

Archaeology has found many dinosaur fossils. Does the Bible have anything to say about the existence of dinosaurs?
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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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What 'cubit' did the Lord refer to in Genesis 6:15? [closed]

Original: Genesis 6:15, 'the length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits': According to King James Bible, Genesis 6:15, when the Lord told Noah to make an ark of ...
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Example for children of common sense in the Bible

I'm looking for one or more examples, preferably stories, of common sense in the Bible. This is for teaching church children, aged 5-8. Ideally, the story will involve peer pressure, and someone ...
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Does God punish babies and children who die in sin? [closed]

I've always wondered this. Before they even have a chance to think for themselves, and they die in sin, does God send them to Hell?
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Who were the 40 men who wrote the Bible?

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that the Bible is made up of "66 smaller books". God used about "40 faithful men" to write them. According to them, the first five books were written by Moses about 3,500 ...
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Old Testament and Christiantiy

I've seen different pastors use the Old Testament to fill gaps and sometimes to override information in the New Testament. However, the New Testament is supposed to be part of the new deal which is ...
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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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Is the Bible literally the word of God? [duplicate]

As someone from a Muslim background, I have noted a major distinction between the Quran and the Bible; The Quran is seen by its adherents as the ipsissima verba of God, while (I've heard) the Bible ...
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Where did Jesus go after he arose from the grave?

In spirit of Easter coming up: Where did Jesus go after he arose from the grave? He was spotted walking, then.....? If he went to Heaven after rising, how long did he stay on earth and why not stay ...
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Biblical Verse confusion (John 12:25)

What does this bible verse mean? Is this the reason why many good people die and lots of bad person are living the greed and wealth in this world? This keeps on bugging me. John 12:25 ...
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Are biblical laws suppose to be part of Government? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should biblical laws apply to non-Christians? In the Bible (old and new testemanets) there are various laws, some controversial but clearly written otherwise. Are these ...
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Why do Christians worship Jesus? [closed]

How can God be the father and the son and then die like a human? Why do Christians worship Jesus when he had never told anyone to worship him when he was on Earth? If he wanted people to worship him ...