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If the Bible has been changed over the years, can we still trust it?

I read that there are passages that exist today that are not in some of the oldest scrolls. Since these passages were added along the way—maybe to help explain something—can we trust that ...
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Why did Jesus use the expression, “I tell you the truth”?

I used to think nothing of it until someone said, "it makes you wonder what he was saying the rest of the time". Now I don't believe for one moment Jesus was a liar, but why did He use that strange ...
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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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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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Are there any references to “four canonical Gospels” prior to 100 AD?

According to the "Institut für neutestamentliche Textforschung" eleven manuscripts of NT are from within the second century alone, which include: P52 (100-150), P90, 104 (2nd century), P66 (c. AD ...
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Different Bibles and Religions [closed]

First of all I would like to state that this is not an attempt to disprove religion, or the existence of God. There is just a lot of confusion, due to many contradictions. According to some people, ...
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What is the mental representation of God during prayer?

In the Bible, we find an internal representation of God, who is within us. For example: “Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke ...
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NIV Hidden Bible Verses

I'm wondering were are some passages in the NIV, like: Matthew 17:21 Matthew 18:11 Mark 9:44 Mark 11:26 Mark 15:28 Luke 17:36 And some more. Also there are some passages where the NIV delete some ...
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What is the significance of Jesus seeing Nathanael under the fig tree?

In John 1:46-50, Nathanael is introduced to Jesus for the first time. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son ...
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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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Why did they have such a good memory? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How was documented dialog observed? I have to say, my memory is not very good, but it is not too bad. (God helps me :) ). But I have a few questions concerning how the ...
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What does the Bible say about people with mental illness?

Some people with mental illness might do lots of things that are unpredictable and considered sin, up to killing themselves, or possibly forget anything about Jesus and salvation. So, what does the ...
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Which persons of the Trinity are attached to which noun in John 1:18

No one has ever seen God[1]; the only God[2], who[3] is at the Father's[4] side, he[5] has made him[6] known. (John 1:18 ESV) I have always had trouble understanding what this verse is actually ...
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Are today's Catholics encouraged to study the Bible at home?

How do Catholics view personal scripture study? Are members of the congregation encouraged to do any studying at home?
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What is the meaning of Psalm 137:9

Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones. Whenever I debate someone about Bible literal-ism they usually mention Psalm 137:9 KJV. Based on the Protestant ...
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Which book is more important - Old Testament or New Testament? [closed]

I'm just wondering about the Bible with the Old Testament and New. Most Christians prefer to use the New Testament (especially the rules). Some of them don't follow the rules in the Old Testament.But ...
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Can a Christian believe in Oni (Japanese Demons)?

I am a Christian but also I have a strong belief in demons Japanese (no better Tototro http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096283/ why edited anyway) style like beer demon, wine demon maybe cigars demon ...
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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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The voice of God vs the voice of Satan

I listen to heavy music and I have had people tell me on numerous occasions the vocals sound like the voice of Satan, even when the band is clearly Christian (see For Today if you are curious). Movies ...
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In what order should the books of the (Protestant) Bible be read? [closed]

The Bible is probably one of the most historically significant books for the Western civilization, so it should be a worthwhile read for many a literature geek. In which order should it be read, ...
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Is the Bible an inexhaustible source?

"I have heard many pastors on online and in sermons make the statement that the bible is inexhaustible. I am trying to wrap my mind around that. Isn't it a finite book. can't you know what it says ...
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What version of the Bible is closest to the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek manuscripts? [closed]

12-1-12 I know my post is long but I really need some clarification & help!!! Thanks for answering my post to the best of your ability!!! :) **There are so many versions of the Bible now the ...
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Does Christianity say that the events that happen to us are from God?

Does Christianity say that the events that happen to us are from God? Is it all free will, or free will and God steps in to veto if he wants, or everything from God. I ask because at the Church I go ...
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What does the Bible say in regards to technological development? [closed]

With regards to technological advances, the study of technology and continuing to make medical and convenience advancements that prolong life, and the "playing god" complex. What does the Bible have ...
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In the Bible, have “good men” often set their hand against each other?

(King) David, Samson, and Gideon, among others, were all robust slayers of enemies of Israel, most of whom were "bad" men. In at least one instance, David set his hand against a good man, Uriah, for ...
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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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What are the practical applications of “two will become one flesh”? [closed]

Mark 10:8 (NIV) and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What does this mean for a marriage? What are the practical applications of this? Obviously, this is ...
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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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Does Christianity address the difference between joy and pleasure and how to manage them? [closed]

Does Christianity explain the differences between pleasure and joy like in some far east religions? For example, I found this description: ...
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How long is it necessary to repent for an act of sin? [closed]

How long is it necessary to repent for an act of sin? For example, can just the thought "forgive me for my sin, Lord" immediately after the sin is committed enough (and truly mean it)....or does a ...
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Why is literary style not inspired?

During Religious Ed. last night the review book had a question that we didn't see explained in the text (using Faith and Life Series for 7th Grade). It asked, "what part of scripture was not ...
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Determining literary types in the Bible

Much of the Bible is historical narrative. Other parts, such as many of Psalms, are poems - rife with figurative phrases (often surrounding a specific event or need or desire). Other parts are ...
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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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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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Does Christianity have any other books besides the Bible that the disciples use for following? [closed]

Does Christianity have any other book beside Bible which narrate stories of the Jesus and Moses and is considered auspicious or sacred? Are there any other such books other than Bible which kind of ...
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Genesis 19. 8 Why should he protect strangers above protect his daughters? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why was Lot “let off the hook” for offering his daughters to be raped? I was interested in the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, cause I remembered at it as I ...
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Ruth, Solomon, Boaz

Was Ruth's husband, Boaz named after the column by the temple of Solomon or vice versa? Or was this a quiescence? Was this a common name for boys? Ruth 2:1 ESV Now Naomi had a relative of her ...
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How can I tell the difference between the Moral law and other laws in the old testament?

Many Christians believe that there are three kinds of law in the Old Testament: The moral law that declares how man should live. The civil law that was the legal structures for the ancient nation of ...
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Is there a Biblical Ban on Gambling?

Most churches and many Christians I know are strongly against gambling, but I can't recall any passage in the Bible that declares that we shouldn't gamble. Does such a passage exist? To clarify ...
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What could be the reason for Jesus not telling His disciples to write down whatever He was teaching them?

What could be the reason for Jesus not telling His disciples to write down whatever He was teaching them? He knew His mission here was to bring the Kingdom of God and He knew that the teaching He ...
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What is the significance of the number 666?

People always make jokes about the number 666, or how it's evil, etc. What is the basis of this, and is it really something that Christians should be concerned with?
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Why is the word Lord in all Capital letters in the Old Testament but not in the new?

My friend asked me the other day why the word Lord is in all capital letters in the old testament but not the new testament? I tend to lean towards the fact that the old testament was written 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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Where can one find out details about the Hebrew New Testament? (Peshitta) [closed]

Somewhat odd question: I am looking for information on the New Testament Hebrew sites also will be like הברית החדשה
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When is Isaiah 11:8 supposed to be fulfilled?

8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den. When is this verse supposed to be fulfilled? I would guess not today ...
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Why didn't God omit non-essential information from the Bible?

In the Bible you'll find passages like - Exodus 37 Bezalel made the ark of acacia wood—two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high.[a] 2 He overlaid it ...
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Did the gospels really copy from each other?

In school, I learned that the different gospels did copy a lot from each other. This was the explanation for why there are so many overlapping events between the gospels. Is there substantial ...
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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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Are there disadvantages to Chronological Study Bibles?

I recently bought a copy of The Chronological Study Bible. According to the preface, the Bible takes all of the verses of the KJV bible and rearranges them (with some debates on certain verses) into ...
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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?