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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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How to handle a wife according to the bible? [closed]

I am facing very rough pace in my family life. My wife asked for mutual divorce. Her mother is supporting her in all her wrong doings, instead of stopping her and accusing me for the wrong doings. I ...
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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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Why does Jesus speak of himself in the third person?

There are a number of places where Jesus refers to himself in the third person. The most common is when he uses the title 'Son of Man' (by my count, there are some 78 times Jesus uses that title in ...
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Why would the God of Judaism require many rituals? [closed]

It seems to me there are many small rituals, my question is what is the sense in requiring them? Why would the God of the universe worry about such small things, and ignore much larger items. ...
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What about those who lived before Christ long outside the reach of Israel? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: What happens to people who have never heard about Jesus? Who saved people before ~33AD? Do I get a second chance to believe in Jesus after I die? Were there provisions ...
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Why do women have inferior rights in the Bible? [closed]

The Bible has many parts (in both the Old and New Testaments) that shows the inferior status of women. Does this come from status in ancient times or does it have another basis? Why do woman today ...
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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 ...
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What was Satan's view on the authority of Scripture?

Does the Bible give us any indication about what Satan's own view of the Scriptures and their authority as divine testimony is? Does the way he uses it or the way he responds to those who use it tell ...
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What was Jesus' view on the authority of Scripture?

What was Jesus' own personal view on the nature of the Scripture as far as the divine authority of the OT? Can his view on this issue be determined through his own use of it?
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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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Did the Romans not breaking Jesus' legs fulfill a prophecy?

I seem to remember that Jesus having already died and not needing his legs broken fulfilled an OT prophecy. Where was this prophecy recorded and what did it say?
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Did Jesus die earlier than expected? [closed]

The Bible seems to indicate that Jesus died before the others that were being crucified. John 19:31-33 (NIV) 31 Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. ...
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Looking for the Bible Verse: “If any of you have more than one <some-thing> give that to another”

"If any of you have more than one <some-thing> give that to another" I'm pretty sure there's a Bible verse that reads something like this, I'm not sure what the <some-thing> is there, I ...
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What is the meaning of “anything” in Matthew 18:19-20?

In Matthew 18:19-20, Jesus says: “Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come ...
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How could Adam and Eve have known not to eat from the Tree of Good and Evil?

How could Adam and Eve have known not to eat from the Tree of Good and Evil? As it was said that Adam and Eve did not know right from wrong. Genesis 3:22: And the LORD God said, "The man has now ...
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When do we as Christians draw the line on self-defense?

At what line do Christians stop at self defense? Take a look here: Matthew 5:39 But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. ...
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What were people supposed to do with an incomplete or nonexistent Bible?

If god wants everybody to be Christian and the Bible is the central text of Christianity, what were people supposed to do before it was completed, much less started? Also, is there anything on record ...
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How should we judge the trustworthiness of a given Bible translation?

Given that both the humans who actually penned the Bible and the later humans who translated it all had free will, the issue of Biblical inerrancy is a tricky one. See also: By what mechanism could ...
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How do we resolve the issue with the circular argument that the Bible is the basis for its own authority? [closed]

This is a continuation from the previous question, "Why is the Bible a foundation of theological evidence?" But this time I'd like the question to focus on the issue of what looks like a circular ...
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Must a Christian accept the Bible to be infallible and/or inerrant? [closed]

Related question: What is the difference between "infallible" and "inerrant"? I have heard lists of requirements to be considered Christian; among those, I find these the most ...
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What is the difference between “infallible” and “inerrant”?

As with many others I know, I believe in both the infallibility and inerrancy of the Bible. What is the difference between these two important terms? If something has no errors (inerrant), then must ...
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Where do the names of books of Bible come from?

Where does the name of each book come from? (I am not a Christian and this should be treated like a novice question.)
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How are verses referenced?

How are Bible verses referenced? For example what is the meaning of: Revelation 21:5 (NIV)? Are there any other methods to reference a verse? (I am not a Christian and this should be treated like a ...
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By what mechanism could the Bible be inerrant?

For those who believe in the inerrancy of the Bible (or those who understand the positions of those who do), how can the Bible have this status given all the opportunities for any message delivered by ...
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What's the biggest time gap between two chronologically consecutive books of the Bible?

What's the biggest time gap between two chronologically consecutive books of the Bible? Honestly I don't even know the correct chronological sequence of all the books of the Bible, but I am quite ...
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Why did God use humans to write the Bible?

God's on record for doing a lot of things directly - causing floods, making humans, etc. etc. - but chose to have his word written through people instead of imparting his wisdom himself. It seems ...
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Who was Theophilus?

Acts 1:1 "In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach" Who was he? Is it also possible that, since Theophilus means, "friend of God", as Richard ...
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Why is the Bible a foundation of theological evidence?

Please excuse my ignorance I'm new to this. I've been looking through the Q&A on the site and I've noticed scripture and especially passages from the Bible are cited as evidence for one argument ...
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What is so special about sitting at God's “right hand”?

This concept seems to show up in a few places: Psalms 110:1 (NIV) The LORD says to my lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” ...
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Where is the dead body in Luke 17?

Jesus talks about the coming of the Kingdom of God in Luke 17:20-37. This passage raises four related questions for me: Is this talking about the Rapture? Where is "a dead body", that Jesus mentions ...
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Is there any correlation between national prosperity and percentage of Christians?

I have heard of anecdotal evidence suggesting that the proportion of Christians in a population directly (positively) impacts national prosperity. In other words, the more Christians in a nation, the ...
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How many resurrections (raptures) will there be?

Revelations 20:4-6 NIV 4 I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus ...
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Why is God asking questions or appearing uncertain in the Bible if He's omniscient?

Is God omniscient? lists all the passages were it is written that God is omniscient. Reading other passages, I found a few things that seemingly contradict this: In Genesis 3:8-13 God asks Adam and ...
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Just how accurate is the Bible? [closed]

Some people say that the Bible is just a book, others say that its 100% accurate. The statistics might lie, so what I want to know is how the Bible compares to other books. Books like the ...
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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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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 is the significance of “Zealot” in Acts 1:13?

When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and ...
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What is the Biblical and historical basis for Christian pacifism?

My understanding is that early Christians were generally pacifists. Today (at least in the U.S.) Christian pacifists are a bit hard to come by. Many quote Romans 13:1-3 to support Christian ...
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Why did Jesus refer to Gentiles as dogs?

The passage below raises two questions in my mind but I suspect they both have the same answer. My questions are: Why did Jesus at first refuse to speak to the Canaanite woman? We know He had no ...
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Is a moral society more open to the gospel than an immoral one? [closed]

One of the answers to Why do many Christians object to same-sex civil marriage? got me thinking. If we work to make the common morals of our society more in line with Biblical morality does that make ...
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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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What are the benefits of a red letter edition Bible?

Red letter edition Bibles seem to be popular in the US. The difference to a plain Bible is that words of Jesus are printed in red. The first red-letter Bible was published in 1900, and the practice ...
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Do 'Bible Christians' find paraphrasing the Bible distasteful?

This might be a meta question, but I really mean it in a scholarly way. Does paraphrasing the Bible for conversational use make Sola Scriptura folks cringe? I'm not even sure what my Church thinks ...
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How should Christians act toward non-Christians?

How should Christians act toward non-Christians? One example I have found is 2 Corinthians 6:14 [KJV]. Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath ...
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Is there a mentioning about the wisdom of a crowd in the Bible?

In the Bible is there any mention of how smart or stupid large groups of people are?
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What level of intimacy is generally acceptable for unmarried couples from the standpoint of the Bible? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Sex outside of marriage is a sin. But what about "less than sex"? Pre-marital sex is generally considered part of sexual immorality, [1] as such we should ...
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Will curses have any impact or effect on Christians?

Christians believe that Jesus saved us by His blood. Since God is the only true God and through Jesus we have victory over Satan, it is claimed that we do not have to fear on curses. But I hear many ...
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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 does 'first estate' mean in Jude 1:6 (KJV)?

Jude 1:6 (emphasis mine): And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. ...