Questions about the history, composition and canon of the Bible. Don't use this tag for beliefs and practices in the Bible.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

15
votes
4answers
2k views

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)?
2
votes
1answer
212 views

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, ...
8
votes
3answers
564 views

The effect of poison on Christians

Can someone explain me these passages about the effect of poison? Who is immune to poison? Why do they have this trait? Why isn't anyone today immune to poison? Mark 16:17-18 17And these ...
10
votes
4answers
2k views

Are tongues a sign for believers or unbelievers?

1 Corinthians 14:22-25 confuses me. Verse 22 states: Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is not for unbelievers but for believers. So, tongues is ...
4
votes
2answers
255 views

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 ...
-1
votes
3answers
429 views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
198 views

Old Roman Catholic Bibles having indulgence charts?

I just listened to a podcast of an Orthodox priest talking about his conversion into the Eastern Orthodox church. He mentioned something about how he once courted an irish Catholic girl who had a big ...
3
votes
3answers
308 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
245 views

What is the argument AGAINST the position that only Paul's writings are applicable to the church today?

In hyperdispensationalism (aka mid-acts dispensationalism), it is taught that only Paul's writings (from Romans to Philemon) are applicable to the church today and that the other parts of the Bible ...
3
votes
1answer
258 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
215 views

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
3
votes
1answer
59 views

What is the argument for the position that only Paul's writing are applicable to the church today?

In hyperdispensationalism (aka mid-acts dispensationalism), it is taught that only Paul's writings (from Romans to Philemon) are applicable to the church today and that the other parts of the Bible ...
16
votes
7answers
2k views

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 ...
5
votes
4answers
316 views

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 ...
8
votes
7answers
11k views

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., ...
13
votes
1answer
328 views

On what do Catholics base their doctrine of the eternal virginity of Mary?

I understand that the Catholic Church teaches that Mary is the eternal virgin in that she neither had sexual relations with Joseph (or any other man) either before or after the miraculous conception ...
2
votes
0answers
62 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
214 views

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.
12
votes
4answers
332 views

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?
7
votes
1answer
112 views

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 ...
5
votes
3answers
3k views

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?
9
votes
3answers
625 views

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.” ...
13
votes
3answers
14k views

Who never died in the Bible?

I know Jesus is risen and that whole story, but when I was much younger I remember hearing about some people who never actually died in the Bible. Who are these people and how did they leave this ...
3
votes
1answer
172 views

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.
3
votes
3answers
654 views

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 ...
-4
votes
1answer
334 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
2k views

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 ...
-1
votes
2answers
268 views

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?
3
votes
2answers
1k views

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?
7
votes
3answers
546 views

What is the biblical basis against baptismal regeneration?

Several different denominations teach that water baptism is a prerequisite for (or is essential for) salvation. What is the biblical basis against this teaching?
2
votes
2answers
403 views

According to Bible ,everyother living beings are created for humans, Then why so many food chains in which humans are not included? [closed]

Every other living beings are created for humans. But, there are thousands of species in earth and humans consume 0.1% (a very small percentage)of these species. Why? Also there are so many food ...
2
votes
1answer
140 views

Sunday a day of rest [closed]

As I have read the bible several times, I would like to know why Christians Think is not a sin to work on Sunday, or Why priest, preachers, and pastors, after Church service, it is ok to go eat at ...
8
votes
5answers
780 views

Any mentions of Environmental protection in Bible?

Is there any practical references about environmental protection as well as protection of earth? Whether Jesus mentioned about any of these topics somewhere?
4
votes
3answers
391 views

What is the difference between the grave and Hades?

John 5 vrs 28-29 (NIV) " Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out those who have done good will rise to live, and those who ...
5
votes
3answers
1k views

Do any denominations believe in reincarnation?

In discussion with others about God's will in situations that don't have any answers (i.e. - difficult prolonged situations) I hear a lot of (as also mentioned in this question and answer) that God is ...
11
votes
5answers
1k views

How does 1 John 2:19 fit with the teaching that Christians can lose their salvation

A common belief (not my own, but fairly common) is that believers may lose or abandon their salvation. A number of Bible verses seem to contradict this teaching, but in particular, 1 John 2:19 stands ...
0
votes
3answers
168 views

Bible Translations and Omissions [duplicate]

Why are there so many Bible translations? Moreover, why can't we believers in Christ just have one book? I think that Jesus said NOT to do that. I'm pretty sure that this is quoted at the end of the ...
8
votes
3answers
599 views

Is it biblical to burn the heretics?

This article has a list of people burned as heretics by the Church in the past. Is there any Biblical basis for burning the heretics? Which specific verse was used for the judgement on the heretics, ...
0
votes
3answers
293 views

Is there Biblical support for Christians basing their beliefs on extra biblical texts?

Considering the prominence of the works of popular authors like C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton and prominent theologians like Augustine and others in various Christian circles. Is there Biblical support ...
2
votes
2answers
169 views

Why is globalization the mark of the beast?

Was listening to a sermon on K-WAVE from Calvary Chapel on the radio. The pastor stated that "globalization" was a mark of the beast and that it signifies Jesus will be returning soon. What's the ...
7
votes
1answer
323 views

Is it true that Luther intentionally mistranslated Romans 3:28?

I recently listened to Dr. Scott Hahn's conversion testimony. One thing that really jumped out at me was that Dr. Hahn stated that Luther purposely inserted the German word "allein" (alone) into ...
3
votes
0answers
398 views

Who will go to Heaven according to Bible? [closed]

Has God put anybody already in hell? (Maybe Pharaoh?) If Yes to question 1, why did God put him into hell? What are the biggest sins? Is hell permanent or there is a time limit? Has God awarded ...
5
votes
2answers
389 views

Who are the 144,000? [closed]

Who are the 144,000 mentioned in Revelation 7:4-8 (NIV) Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel. From the tribe of Judah 12,000 were sealed, from ...
7
votes
6answers
1k views

What are the biblical arguments against the papacy and papal succession?

The Catholic Church teaches that Peter was the first pope and that papal succession continued down through history to the present day. However, neither the Orthodox nor the Protestant churches ...
6
votes
5answers
6k views

Christian view of why there are so many similarities between Quran and Bible? [closed]

Quran has a huge number of stories that originally came in Bible. To Muslims, this is almost a miracle that God revealed the same stories to prophet without the prophet knowing about it because he was ...
5
votes
2answers
824 views

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?
21
votes
3answers
2k views

Why do Protestants allow contraception?

The Catholic Church is strongly against contraception. Most Protestants nowadays accept it; I gather it was less common in the past. Of course it's possible that Protestants have just given in to ...
3
votes
0answers
76 views

Where does the Bible say that it is authoritative? [closed]

What is the passage in the Bible that claims that scripture is true? and how do people get around the circular nature of that argument?
2
votes
2answers
175 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
216 views

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 ...