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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Any mentions of Environmental protection in Bible? [closed]

Is there any practical references about environmental protection as well as protection of earth? Whether Jesus mentioned about any of these topics somewhere?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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?
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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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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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Does the Bible say when this event will occur, and does it go into more detail about this particular event?

I have been reading about the Bible and saw 2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements ...
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Were Adam and Eve of the same species as the modern human? [closed]

Science dates the earth at 4.54 billion years old. Also, the modern human species at around 200,000 years old with a split at that time from neanderthals - considered very different than modern ...
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When was the first man created? [closed]

As with reference to the Genesis when did the God create man? And also the difference between two verses below Genesis 1:27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he ...
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What does Psalm 146:3 mean? [closed]

Psalms 146: 1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul. 2 While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being. 3 Put not your trust in princes, nor in ...
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Is there any specific difference between a “Christian” and a 'true' disciple of Christ? [closed]

What is the Biblical definition of "disciple"? Can you be "merely" a 'follower of Christ' or a 'Christian' and not be a 'disciple'?
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If God is unable to change, why did he (after the Flood)? [closed]

If God is All-Knowing (as I've heard) and unable to change, then why did he change his mind after the Flood? And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again ...
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What is the biblical basis for the idea that organ donation is right or wrong? [closed]

Certain denominations such as Jehovah's Witness and Christian Scientists seem to discourage organ donation, while others support it. What is the basis for this doctrine?
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What does the Bible say about birth control?

This is my first question here! I'm Christian and I've read the Bible for a while, but I haven't seen anything related to birth control. I know that Paul says that husband and wife can agree to ...
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Does Christ explicitly say that this was his first time on Earth?

Is it possible that other historical figures like Buddha and Krishna could be prior incarnations of Jesus? Note I'm specifically asking if Christ said it was exclusive, not other Biblical texts.
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Who are innocent people according to Bible?

My question stemmed from this wiki article under the heading "Views and Marches" where I was bit puzzled on the definition of innocent people as given by this personality in UK. How does ...
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Where does the Bible stand on vegetarianism? [closed]

The subject of vegetarianism (or dietary recommendations in general) appears to me to be a bit ambivalent in the Bible. For example, Genesis 1:29 , Romans 14:21 and Isaiah 65:21-25 appear to endorse ...
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Which book of Scripture is most esteemed by the LDS church?

I understand that the LDS church regards the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Pearl of Great Price, and the Doctrine and Covenants all as Scripture. In practice, which of these works is most highly ...
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Is there a difference between Scripture and inspired writings?

Take these two questions and their answers for consideration to this question: What does "scripture" mean in NT writing? What does it mean that all scripture is God-Breathed? I am having ...
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Were humans worshipped as gods in Biblical times?

Word "god" in Bible is not always interpreted as idols but sometimes they are depicted as humans like in these following verses. Ex. 12:12 I will pass through the land of Egypt in the same ...
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Why did the Catholic Church decide to have a Bible?

As far as I know, the Catholic Church considers God's revealed truth in Sacred Scripture to be part of, but by no means the sum total of Divine Revelation. Sacred Scripture is the written part of our ...
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Torah and the Old Testament [closed]

Both Torah and the Old Testament relate to Jews. How different or similar is Torah and the Old Testament of Bible?
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Whose morals are being referenced by NT authors in the expression “sexual immorality”?

When the expression "Sexual Immorality" appears in bible translations (Namely, when Paul uses that word/phrase 1 Corinthians) — to whose morals is it referring? The morals of the body of the church ...
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How did the world get populated according to Bible?

Adam and Eve had only three sons (Cain, Abel, and Seth), but no daughters: how did the world get populated?
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Troubled people showing interest in reading the Bible: how to explain to them that faith is a lifestyle and not an “ATM”?

I get that often. I meet a lot of people who have some sort of troubles in their life and they show interest in reading the Bible to heal themselves. However, the majority of these people just ...
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Did the Lord God agree with “an eye for an eye”? [duplicate]

In the Old Testament there is a scripture about an eye for an eye law: [Exodus 21:23~25] And if [any] mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, ...
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Are there any other books, divined by God, regarding Christianity? [duplicate]

To my understanding, the bible is divinely inspired by God? However is this the only book that has been inspired or developed through this method? Are there other books equivalent or near equal to the ...
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What does the Bible say about Science? [closed]

It's a debate that atheists seem to thrive on. Fact vs. Faith. Personally, I believe in a co-existence of the two, but I'm interested in what the Bible has to say about us learning about our ...
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Who produced the first Concordance?

Prior to this new-fangled electronic thing called the internet, people who were looking to find a particular verse in the Bible resorted to a manual index called a concordance. In such a book, ...
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Who decides if a verse is literal and what part is metaphorical [closed]

Just to be clear.. im not asking what parts of the bible are literal and what parts aren't. I just want to know who decides which one are supposed to be followed and which ones are like obsolete. ...
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To what are the scriptures referring when they speak of the books of the “chronicles of the kings”?

In the books of 1 and 2 Kings, there are quite a few places where the author refers to "the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah" or "the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel". ...
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What is stopping Christians from having just one doctrine/interpretation?

As far as I know, there is only one God, one Jesus, and one Holy Spirit, and they are ONE. But, what we have here is dozens of different doctrines (I'm not sure if "doctrine" is the right word for ...
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What does Jesus say about your spirit going to heaven?

I had an interesting question presented to me by a rector of a church. He asked me to find anywhere in the bible where Jesus spoke of your spirit going to heaven and then research those specific ...
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What do those who practice the gift of 'tongues' consider the purpose to be?

In Acts 2, we read of how the apostles received the gift of tongues so that people heard the gospel in their own languages. Is the gift of tongues, then, specifically evangelistic or does it have a ...