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What does it mean to interpret the Bible literally?

Here are some common definitions from a dictionary for ‘literal’: Being in accordance with, conforming to, or upholding the exact or primary meaning of a word or words. Word for word; verbatim: 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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How is modern day Christian morality reconciled with the morality of the Bible?

Morality changes over time Morality is not a constant; what a group of people finds to be morally acceptable or morally unacceptable evolves over time, generally because of an increased understanding ...
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Does the Bible condone bribery?

Proverbs 21:14 (NLT) "A secret gift calms anger; a bribe under the table pacifies fury." Reading this scripture it would seem to indicate that the Bible supports (at the very least some form ...
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Jacob wrestled with God

We had our small group meeting recently and the topic was about the life of Jacob and here were the questions that were asked during the discussion, hope you could help shed some light. If God ...
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Ruling on eating pork in Christianity as per Bible? [closed]

I am very new to Christanity and so kindly bear with me if my question appears novice. I want to know what is the ruling on eating pork in Christianity as per Bible?
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How should a Christian deal with destructive higher criticism of the Bible?

In recent times authorship of Biblical books has been called into question by modern scholars. It is believed that Isaiah didn't write Isaiah, John didn't write John, Matthew didn't write Matthew, ...
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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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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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Is it sinful to prophesy using the Bible?

My pastor correlates any event going on in the world as a sign of getting closer to the return of Christ, using all different quotes from the book of Revelation. I remember Jesus saying something ...
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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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Have there been such an attempt made to make the comprehensive list of all New Testament scrolls ever found?

Have there been any attempts made to make a comprehensive list of all scrolls or pieces of scrolls of the New Testament (in original languages) that have ever been discovered by archeologists?
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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 did the Lord create Goliath? [closed]

It seems the biblical perspective is that God creates everything, so why did He create Goliath - and choose not to help him in the battle with David? What did Goliath do (or not do) that he was not ...
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Is the name “Ahmed” found in scripture?

Some say that name "Ahmed" (the Muslims' prophet who is also known as "Mohamed") is mentioned in scripture, and it is foretold that he would be a prophet, but his name was censored years after Jesus. ...
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What are the expected results of sexual sin? [closed]

Was listening to K-WAVE yesterday and there was a lot of talk about sexual sin. What are the expected results of sexual sin? (More specifically focusing during this life, not the after life or going ...
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There is more to know than that which is written

I have heard it said many times in religious/spiritual and/or typical conversation that "there is more to know than that which is written [in the bible]." Is this comment scripturally inspired? If so ...
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Which apostles quote Jesus?

In inspired by this question Did Paul preach Jesus's message? Which apostles quoted Jesus and which ones did not? Did Paul meet Jesus in person and did he ever quote Jesus? Thanks.
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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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Is it possible for The Bible to contain errors?

For those who profess to follow the word of Christ, everyone agrees that the Bible is the infallible word of God as transcribed by many different men compiled together in one book. But for this ...
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Can Angels die?

In Daniel, there is an angel who has to fight for nearly three weeks in order to deliver his message, and isn't able to overcome until Michael intervenes. If there was a battle this hard, it makes me ...
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Should a Bible believing Christian be pleased at the death of Osama bin Laden?

I'm looking for a Biblical response to this question. And it's not specific to bin Laden but I'm just using him as an example. I know Jesus said love your enemies. And Paul even showed how this can ...
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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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Does the Bible support the concept of male spiritual headship? [on hold]

What I mean by this is a little beyond "Wives submit to your husbands." In Joshua 7:22-25 Joshua stones and burns the entire family of Achen, including his children, after he sins by keeping back ...
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Vacillating passion for Christ

Throughout a person's life they might experience some incredible highs in their relationship with Christ. They might receive answers to prayers and/or a bounty of unexpected blessings. A person might ...
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Open my eyes so I may see

2 Kings 6:15-17 (KJV) 15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, ...
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How to contemplate without the urge to have to comprehend

What makes people feel they have to figure it all out? How can someone strengthen their spirituality through contemplation while avoiding a desire to try to understand everything?
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What is the Christian perspective on deceptive brain messages?

What is the Christian perspective on deceptive brain messages? Modern science now shows us proof that we can rewire our brains, so that it works in more beneficial ways. The concepts in a new book by ...
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Does Christianity give a reason for life experiences, such as in Hinduism?

In Hinduism, there is a concept of past life karma. Meaning if someone is born into an unfortunate situation (in a slum, for example) it is because they are paying for sin from a past life. Does ...
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Why in the Book of Exodus did God let the people travel for exactly 40 years?

What is the symbolic idea behind this number? Also, what might be His intention behind the travel?
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How are Christians expected to live up to the standards of following Christ?

Just re-read the New Testament and this question has been at the front of my mind. These are just a few of similar quotes that are in question: Matthew 16:24: "Then Jesus said to his disciples: If ...
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Christian Position on the meaning of Faith

We are told, 'The just (upright) shall live by faith.' So I have a question for the Christians here. How do you understand faith? This does not have to be strictly biblical (since the scripture does ...
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Are High School Pride Pep Rallies anti-Christian? [closed]

In America, High Schools have pep rallies for sport events usually labeld "X's Pride Pep Rally!"(X = the High School name) During the ceremony the sports players are built up by the other students in ...
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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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How should a Christian feel inside? [closed]

What does the Bible say about how a Christian should feel inside? Should it be: Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be ...
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How should a Christian put a decision in God's hands if there is no logical answer?

Lets say a Christian is in a position where he must make a hard decision (assume it has to either be a yes or no by a deadline) and each one has it's negatives (more negatives than positives) how ...
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Is Knuth's 3:16 project unique?

Famous computer scientist Donald Knuth is also the author of 3:16 Bible Texts Illuminated (A-R Editions, 1990). This is a tour of the Bible using the methodology of "stratified random sampling", where ...
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What does the Bible say about giving your life away for Jesus?

On a Christian radio station I constantly hear the phrase "to give your life away for Jesus" but they never say what that means. I am very confused about this concept. Any clarification is helpful, ...
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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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What is saving faith?

A common soteriological view among Evangelical Christians (such as myself) is that we are saved by grace, through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9). However, this belief is usually accompanied by a ...
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How does the Bible describe the gender roles?

Although the question could go all over the place I am looking to know how evangelicals define the role of a man and of a woman from the Bible. What are the verses they use? Is there a short ...
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How does this fit in with “we are incapable of following the law”?

While reading through the Torah, the following verses caught my eye. Deuteronomy 30:11 Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. 12 It is not up in ...
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Does believing in Christ activate God's word or just make us think and act different?

I am confused about what it really means to activate God's power in my life, which I heard my pastor say. “But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice ...
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What does the Bible say about life before conception?

I recently spoke with a friend of mine and he was wondering if we are alive before conception. We know that there is life after death according to the Bible, but what does the Bible say about "life" ...
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Will we experience heaven (or hell) with our consciousness?

In Christianity, is heaven something we will comprehend with the consciousness we have now? Will we be the same consciousness, brain and memories of this world, or is it just the energy of our soul ...
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Where can I find Patristic Commentary on the Golden Calf incident?

Is there any extant pre-Schism (i.e. Before 1054 AD, when the Eastern and Western chueches anathematized each other) commentary on the golden calf incident of Exodus 32:1--6, and if so, where?
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What does CS Lewis mean by True Myth?

I've heard the phrase and even used it before, in potentially dangerous and unintelligent ways. But what did CS Lewis mean when he came to the realization that Christianity was not just Myth, but ...
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What differences will being a Christian make in this life?

What are the differences being a Christian will make in this life (on earth not entrance into heaven or hell)? Or is it just a group identity of a hopeful passage into Heaven upon the next life and ...
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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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Why doesn't the Bible tell us that Jesus was a virgin?

Christian religions constantly remind us that Mary was "forever virgin". So why doesn't the Bible tell us that Jesus was also a virgin?