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How to find bible verses?

This is a question one of my Catechism students asked. We were playing a Bible based board game where if you don't know the answer you look it up in the Bible. That's pretty great, if you know how ...
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Was the flood of Noah global or local? [closed]

Genesis 7 and 8 describes the flood of Noah, and says in part: The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. They rose greatly on the earth, ...
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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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Passage in Bible saying: Every morning I wake up a new person?

There is a passage in the New Testament that says, I paraphrase: Every morning I wake up a new person. Or: Every morning I am born a new man. I think Apostle Peter or Apostle Paul is speaking it. Can ...
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What is the central idea of the Bible?

I know there are many denominations in the Christian circle. I was wondering if there is a consensus on what the Bible is about? Or in other words is there a consensus in Christianity today on what is ...
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Why doesn't God stop suffering? [duplicate]

Unarguably God could prevent any type of suffering, pain, and sadness. We see from the Bible accounts that he has the power to part great bodies of water, heal the sick and infirm. He can feed many ...
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Could there be a “Newer” Testament? If so, how would it become canonical?

Could there possibly ever be a new set of books added to the Bible which have modern stories and rules for future generations? Such as a book describing internet etiquette - which isn't so far out of ...
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Why is the Bible divided into Old Testament and New Testament?

All the Bible I have seen (Catholic and Protestant) have the books in the Bible divided into two groups - Old Testament and New Testament. There is always a dedicated page just before the Book of ...
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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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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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What Doctrine Supports The Christian Gun Culture? [closed]

In America, there is a large group of people where being a Christian, active in the gun culture and protecting their right to fire arms is proudly the basis of their identity. For example, at the ...
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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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What is meant by the expression “living in darkness”?

At my church (Calvary Chapel) we have guest speakers from time to time. Many of them mention the same phrase "living in darkness", refering to the time before they were saved. Are there Biblical (or ...
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What is so special about sitting at God's “right hand”?

This concept seems to show up in a few places: Psalms 110:1 (NIV) The LORD says to my lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” ...
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Man Exists in earth [closed]

According to Bible, Man exists on earth before 7000 years Ago. But science has got too much improvements recently in all kind of area.Did the science can prove that there was existence of human ...
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Is God still in the process of creation?

In view of John 5:17; Joh_5:17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. And the fact that Hubble shows us that new stars, etc. are forming in the Cosmos, it would appear ...
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Is there a projection of when Bible translation into all the languages of the world will be complete?

The Bible has been translated into more languages than any other book by far. Wycliffe Bible Translators and others continue to do this in more and more languages. This is seen by many to be part of ...
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What is the difference between Lust and Love in the heart?

How does one know the difference between Lust and Love? For example (Hypothetically speaking, of course):•if someone has sex before marriage but they have true love only God knows if it's sin or not. ...
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Is the Adam Eve story metaphorical? [closed]

I have heard the Adam Eve story from Bible numerous times. Once i was reading the Paramhansa Yogananda's biography , i found a very pure and intelligent explaination of the story. He says the story is ...
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Is there any standard version of Bible?

Is there any standard version of Bible, comparing to which all other versions will be considered as translations or explanations? If yes, when was the standardization done? And how common is it to ...
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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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What does the Bible say about this question- Why do Jesus and God have two seats in heaven when they are the same God?

Please answer! I have been wondering for ages! I have tried google and all sorts, but can't find the answer.
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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 evidence do we have that Blind Bartimaeus approached Jesus naked?

In Mark 10:46-52, we have the story of Blind Bartimaeus Receives His Sight So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to ...
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Eating of unclean meat [duplicate]

I have never read in the bible whether eating of unclean meat as described in the Old Testament where it is allowed to eat "unclean meat" or unclean meat is now clean meat. Except for one vision from ...
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Why do people say that God denounces the handicapped in the Bible? [closed]

I often hear people saying that God doesn't like the handicapped etc. What evidence is there in the Bible that suggests this? Of course there must be somewhere in the Bible that either directly ...
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What is the true purpose of animals?

I'm no vegetarian, and I enjoy my fair share of steak. The idea of vegetarianism always intrigued me, because in my eyes animals are to be eaten by humans for nourishment. Obviously animals serve a ...
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Is manhood defined in the Bible? [closed]

I have recently started reasearching the differences and similarites between religion's and their definitions of manhood. I was very interested to find that this question had not been previously asked ...
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Other than the Bible, what should I read? [closed]

I am currently in the process of my first reading of the Bible as an adult, coming towards the end. Much of my knowledge about Christianity comes from the media which I don't honestly trust, and most ...
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Should a Protestant read the apocryphal books of the Bible? [closed]

The Protestant Bible has 66 books. Should we read apocryphal books (e.g. 1&2 Maccabees and Gospel of Thomas)?
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If there is no Condemnation in Jesus, can Jesus reject one who rejects him? [closed]

My pastor told me a tragic story of a brother. Who accepted Jesus Christ and was Born Again. But he was hiding his identity as a Christian. He went back to his home country and married a hindu wife, ...
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Can listening to sermons substitute for reading the Bible? [closed]

I have a voracious appetite for listening to sermons, and in my 3 years as a Christian, I have grown spiritually quite a bit. The question is, can this substitute for actually reading the Bible by ...
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How is it that sinful people who do not believe, still get the blessings of the Lord?

Why do great things happen to unbelievers and even bad people? In Church there is talk about blessings of the Lord for those who love Him, etc. But what about those that are blessed that don't love ...
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Is there a good example of believers seeking out advice from other believers in the Bible, especially one that is a story children would understand?

I am also looking for an example of believers (Old Testament Jews or New Testament Christians) getting advice from other believers. Again, this is for teaching children aged 5-8 so ideally it will be ...
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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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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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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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In what situations does the Bible say it's acceptable, perhaps, to do an action you might consider sinful?

Generally speaking, the bible is very clear that: Authority is set up by God. If this authority, eg, a the governing heirachy, is in conflict with God (as was the case in the book of Daniel), then ...
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What does it mean to be “born of water” in John 3:5?

John 3:5 (NKJV) Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. Does "born of water" means baptism i.e., ...
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What is the Bible's take on the existence of dinosaurs? [duplicate]

It seems contradictory that our school system teaches about prehistoric Dinosaurs, that roamed the earth far before humans arrived, and yet at the same time (in Catholic schools) the children are ...
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Seraphs in the Bible?

Are there any mentions of seraphs intermingling with other characters in the Bible? All I know about them is that they are in hymns.
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Criteria for translation

I know there are a TON of translations out there and that some people prefer things like King James Only. But I was wondering: What are some good criteria for choosing a translation and why?
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Harmony in the pseudepigraphal writings?

It is not uncommon when talking to someone about the authenticity or composition of the Biblical canon to for the subject of the so-called "lost" gospels to be brought up. An explanation of the ...
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Why aren't the books of the Bible in chronological order?

Don't we have a good idea of when each was written? Wouldn't it make more sense?
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If God is omniscient how can he “Forget our Sins”? [duplicate]

God is all knowing. It says in the bible that God forgets our sins and transgressions. Is this a correct translation? It seems very contradictory.
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How do trinity-believers explain these verses from John 17?

Christians that believe in the Trinity believe that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost are one and the same God. How then, do they explain John 17:21 where Jesus prays that his ...
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If God is omniscient , He would have forseen how He would send the flood and kill everyone [duplicate]

If God is omniscient, he would have known that in the future he would have to kill everyone by sending the flood. He would have known about the ark. So, why start with Cain and Abel if sin would haunt ...
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Do humans have free will? [duplicate]

Something confuses me. God is omniscient, meaning He knows everything, including our decisions in life. God says we have free will, but how is that so if I can't make the choice to not do something ...
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Did the devil reject God in heaven? [closed]

God created the devil, and in heaven Satan went to war with Him, correct? Did Satan reject God?
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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?