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Hand Picked Bible Applications

I understand that my question pokes at a sensitive area, but being a nonreligious person in a largely Christian region, I find it extremely dissatisfying to leave such a core aspect of my neighbor's ...
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Does the Bible itself give us clues about which parts to interpret literally and which figuratively?

I know that the question may seem a little bit self-referential but I ask it anyway: There is often great controversy among Christians what parts of the Bible are to be interpreted literally and what ...
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Does the Bible give any reason as to why its content is sometimes difficult to interpret?

As evidenced by this site, and the divisions between various Christian denominations, there seems to be a lot of different ways some passages in the bible can be interpreted. One example is ...
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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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Has the Bible ever lied? [closed]

I'm not interested in supposed contradictions as these are normally caused from the translation process. What I'm looking for is an irrefutable lie that would hold up in court. Has the Bible ever ...
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What does it mean to comment on scripture with scripture?

What does it mean to "comment on a verse with a verse" or "only scripture can explain scripture"? I see these kinds of comments popping up in comment threads that discuss the meaning of a verse. What ...
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How do we know the events described in the bible are true? [closed]

Many Christians will quote passages from the bible as proof or evidence when needed. However, given that it is a story written, translated, interpreted, re-written, re-translated and re-interpreted by ...
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How does the Bible explain the existence of fossils that are millions of years old? [closed]

People have been finding fossils for many years. Millions of fossils fill museums and storage vaults around the world, and we've yet to find a single one of a human. This suggests that the animals and ...
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Is there a point when “be fruitful and multiply” should no longer apply? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is the commandment to multiply, and replenish the earth in effect today? Well mainly I'm talking about the multiply bit...there are 7 billion people on the planet, is ...
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Does the Bible say anything about what demons *are*?

I've thought all my life that demons (and evil spirits) were fallen angels, but I recently encountered the viewpoint that these demons are actually the souls of men who have already died but wouldn't ...
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How does the Bible say I should find a mate? [closed]

I've read some books on the subject and they always seem to state that you shouldn't really go looking for a woman to date, you should just "let it happen". However I've also read some books that say ...
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What is the biblical justification for allowing only male pastors? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the biblical justification for permitting female pastors? What is the biblical justification for allowing only male pastors? How do churches excluding women ...
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How long did it take to form the Biblical canon?

How long did it take to collect all of the writings that eventually formed the first version of the Bible? In other words, starting with when the first writing was created (I'll say when it was ...
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What does the bible say about interracial marriages?

This has been a popular topic of debate, at least where I live. As Armenians, we like to...discourage marriages with spouses of a different ethnicity or nationality, simply in order to carry the ...
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Are the Bible and God the same… thing/being?

Or why do people here always ask "What does the Bible say?"... why not ask the proper "What does God say?".
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A “version” of the bible with sentence structure written in English but retaining most of the original untranslated “nouns/verbs/adjectives”?

Is there a "version" of the bible that has it's sentence structure written in English, yet retaining most of the original untranslated "nouns/verbs/adjectives" ? Ok this is quite hard to explain, I'm ...
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How does entertainment glorify God at all? [closed]

In the modern context, we have many things to keep ourselves entertained and motivated to do work - music, videos, movies, games, magazines etc. According to 1 Corinthians 10:31 KJV Whether ...
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Profanity in entertainment?

Many comedians nowadays rely on the use of profanity to enhance their comedy. This is also present in movies and television (although limited). I know the bible says not to let "unwholesome talk" ...
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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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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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What are the different names of God in the Bible and what do they mean? [closed]

I see that our current-day Bibles only refer to God as LORD. Can you explain to me what the different names of God are and what they mean?
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If you are forgiven through the Grace of God, why do you need an Indulgence?

Ephesians 2:8,9 (NIV) 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. And from ...
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Are these Bible verses referencing UFOs?

Ezekiel 1:16: This was the appearance and structure of the wheels: They sparkled like topaz, and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting a wheel. Exodus 13:22: ...
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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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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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Why did the apostle John call himself, “the disciple whom Jesus loved”?

John refers to himself, on at least four occasions, as "the disciple whom Jesus loved"? (John 13:23, 19:26, 21:7 & 21:20). Why is this? It seems a bit arrogant, especially as Jesus loved the ...
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Why has God created us?

Why has God created us? The Almighty Lord does not need anyone; he does not need the angels, the heaven, or the earth. Are there any written words in the Bible that tell the reason?
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What is the biblical meaning of “sanctification”

I understand that sanctification is used as a post-reformational theological term to refer to the ongoing process of Christian growth. But, biblically speaking, is this always what is meant? I know ...
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The anointing of Jesus - one event or multiple events?

The Anointing of Jesus is recorded in all four Gospels. A woman anoints Jesus' feet with expensive perfume and wipes the perfume with her hair. Was this one event, or multiple events? (I tend to ...
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What does the Bible say about Science?

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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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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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)?
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Does the Bible give any rules for music?

Does the Bible provide any rules or even any indication about what kind or style of music is appropriate, both for worship and in general?
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The symbolic use of “horn”

It has proved difficult to find an answer to this question A quick concordance search of "horn" and you will find many different uses for the word. My center-column notes say "strength." But why? ...
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Should Genesis 1:2 be translated “And the earth became without form…”?

The Gap theory seems to be based largely on translating Genesis 1:2 differently from the usual translations, eg. KJV: 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 1:2 And the ...
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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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Does being a Christian mean being a Bible literalist?

Where are the lines for Bible literalism in the Christian faith? Are all aspects of the Bible treated with the same level of literal belief (as actual history), or are some parts considered to be ...
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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, ...