Biblical basis is the way in which a practice or belief is derived from Scripture.

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Why is the number 666 considered evil?

People always make jokes about the number 666 and how it's evil and such. What is the basis of this?
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What is the biblical evidence for God's omnipotence and omniscience?

Does God tell us in the bible he is omnipotent and omniscient, or are these attributes which (Greek?) philosophers and theologians merely ascribed to him?
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Does Ezekiel 28 speak of Satan (as “king of Tyre”)? [closed]

Ezekiel 28 speaks of the king of Tyre. I've heard it both taught and refuted that this refers to Satan. I also just recently saw an answer making this assumption. Does the passage refer to Satan?
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Is there biblical reference to Michael, the arch angel - Role and being?

I am looking for the biblical references to Michael the angel ? And what are/were his/her role? There are some christian groups that attributes Michael same with Jesus. Is there any biblical ...
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What is the Biblical basis for unitarianism?

I ask this mostly in reaction to this question: What is the Biblical basis for the doctrine of the Trinity? From what I've seen, the majority of Christians believe in Trinitarianism, but some believe ...
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What is the Biblical basis for saying Lucifer is an angel?

Where in the Bible does it say that Lucifer was one of the angels or an archangel?
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What is the Biblical evidence that there are ONLY three persons in the “Trinity”?

A followup to the various answers provided to this question: The specific concept of 'trinity' isn't specifically spelled out in the Bible. Instead, we have deduced from various scripture verses ...
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What is the difference between justification and sanctification?

Christians use the terms justification and sanctification a lot, but it's not always clear where one concept leaves off and the other picks up. What do Protestants generally say is the difference ...
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How could Jesus get followers so easily?

Reading how Jesus called his disciples, I am always perplexed at how they just leave everything and start following him. An example passage: Matthew 4:18-22 (ESV)  18 While walking by the ...
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What's the significance of hyssop in John 19:29?

There is just one verse in the New Testament that refers to hyssop and is not referring to the Old Testament: John 19:29 (NLT) A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it,...
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Adam and Eve versus ecology [closed]

Estimates vary widely of the minimum viable population for humans to stably reproduce without being subject to significant detrimental effects of inbreeding. Minimum estimates (e.g., for space ...
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What is the Biblical basis for “Do Least Harm” or “Do Greatest Good”?

At one point in The Reason For God, Timothy Keller talks about how to pick which action to choose in a tough dilemma. He gave the example of a man having borrowed tools from another guy...and said guy ...
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Is there a Biblical ban on gambling? [closed]

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 I'm ...
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What is the argument and Biblical basis that it is possible to know God from nature?

What is the Biblical basis for the argument that it is possible for someone to learn limited (non-salvific) information about God without learning about him from the Bible or another believer, such as ...
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What is the Biblical basis for saying Christians are “friends of God”?

I've heard Christians say that an appropriate title for a Christian is, "friend of God." I've also heard preachers (e.g. Beth Moore) say that this is inappropriate: only certain people (Abraham and ...
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What is the basis for clerical celibacy?

In the Catholic Church, priests are required to stay celibate. (As far as I know, protestant priests that convert to Catholicism are allowed an exception -- they can become Catholic priests even if ...
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What is the basis for saying rock music is sinful?

It has been suggested to me that some Christians believe that rock music is inherently immoral, and as a result they believe that Christians would do well to avoid the entire genre. For example, ...
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What is the biblical basis for a one world religion in the end times?

I was just reading about eschatology and somebody was stating that this verse suggests that there will be a one world religion, a false religion: Revelation 17:1–18 (ESV) 1 Then one of the ...
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What is the Biblical basis against inter-faith marriages?

Setting aside marriages of couples from two different Christian denominations, what passages in the New Testament prohibit a Christian from marrying a non-Christian? I believe that the Old Testament ...
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Are we born sinners? [closed]

We can be quite certain that God didn't originally create us as sinners. Rather Adam and Eve chose sin in the Fall. The doctrine of original sin is widely held in Christian churches, but those ...
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What happens to marriage on the New Earth [closed]

I think I can safely say that humans were designed not to operate as a single solitary person but as part of a unit of two -- both as referenced by Gen 3:16-17 (see mentions of husband and wife in ...
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What is old earth creationism?

What is old earth creationism? What support does it have from the Bible? What mainstream denominations or groups, if any, support it?
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Can Elders of a church be young? [closed]

I am referring to 'Elders' in the sense of 1 Timothy 5:17 (NIV) : 17 The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and ...
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Did Adam and Eve end up getting saved? [closed]

After answering a recent question, it occurred to me to ask: Is there any biblical evidence regarding whether Adam and Eve have been redeemed in some fashion (and are thus going to Heaven/the New ...
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How do we get morals? [closed]

The Bible often makes references to the law being written on our hearts, for example: The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, And his tongue talks of justice. The law of his God is ...
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What is the basis for not believing sola scriptura?

Sola scriptura is Latin for "by scripture alone" it is the slogan used by early Protestants to indicate their belief (contra Catholicism) that the Bible contains all knowledge necessary for salvation. ...
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What is the Biblical Basis for Sola Scriptura? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the basis for Sola Scriptura? Is there anywhere in the Bible that says Christians should be Sola Scriptura?
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Does the Bible say anything about what demons *are*? [closed]

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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What is the Biblical support for Hell as a singular concept?

One of the common tenets of Christian Universalism (as well as Annihilationism) is the non-existence of Hell as an eternal punishment for non-Christians, that everyone has been granted salvation ...
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What is the basis for the doctrine of Biblical inerrancy?

Referencing one or more passage of scripture, and any seconday external sources, what is the supportable, Biblical basis for the doctrine of the innerrancy of the Bible?
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Why do some Christians think it's not a sin to charge interest?

This article presents the view that Christians should not charge interest on loans. As evidence, it cites Nehemiah 5:9-10: 9 Also I said, It is not good that ye do: ought ye not to walk in the ...
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Were there implicit laws not referenced in the Acts 15 letter to gentile believers?

In Acts 29 the Jewish Christian Elders in Jerusalem sent a letter to the gentile believers throughout the world, instructing them to be at peace, and stating that they were not required to follow ...
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What is Common Grace?

The term "Common Grace" is often thrown around in reformed circles. What is this concept? What is the scriptural basis for the belief?
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What is the argument *for* prosperity gospel?

Prosperity gospel, as I understand it, is the teaching that God wants to bless us with wealth and health. I can't really see this in the Bible. For example, Paul writes in 2 Cor 12:7-10 (ESV): 7 ...
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Does the Bible make any allusions to life on other planets? [closed]

What, if anything, does the Bible say either supporting the theory of life on other planets, or suggesting that there is none?
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How do Jehovah Witnesses support scripturely the idea that humans will live on earth after death?

A Jehovah Witness and I spoke the other day and he explained to me that JWs believe that we'll live on earth after we die. What scripture, if any, do they use to back this belief?
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What is the Biblical basis for “hate the sin, love the sinner”?

The expression "hate the sin, love the sinner" gets thrown about in both Christian and non-Christian circles, but it does not seem to be a bible verse. What Biblical concepts support this popular ...
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What exactly do we know about Heaven? [closed]

Most of us probably have a lot of vague ideas about Heaven, the place where the faithful are said to spend their afterlife. But when I really start to think about it, I can't back most of my ideas ...
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What is the biblical basis for the eternal existence of the lost in hell?

I've heard particular denominations claim that although hell is definitely a real place and hell itself will burn forever, people who are condemned to hell don't actually exist forever in hell but ...
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What is the Biblical basis for “righteous anger”?

What would be defined as "righteous anger"? Ephesians 4:26 (ESV) says: 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, So, is all anger justifiable if you don't sin? Or are ...
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What is the Bible and Christian view on Astrology? [closed]

Being on this site has given me an opportunity to reflect and investigate more my beliefs and gain a greater understanding of the beliefs of other Christians. I was raised being taught that astrology ...
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What is the purpose of church discipline?

What is the end goal or purpose of church discipline and how is this defined in Scripture? What is the relation (if any) between church discipline and God's discipline? Lets keep the implementation ...
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What does the Bible say about ecology? [closed]

What does the Bible say about ecology, or how we should relate to nature?
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What does the Bible say about tithing? [closed]

Do we have to tithe? Why does God need us to tithe? What are the results of NOT tithing?
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What is the Biblical support for Purgatory?

Exactly as the title asks; where do Catholics get their Scriptural support for the idea of Purgatory? To be more specific, how I think of Purgatory (which may be incorrect) is that it's a temporary ...
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What is the Biblical basis for withholding communion from believers who are unbaptized?

My home church has a policy of asking non-believers not to participate in communion, but never asks if a believer has yet been baptized. I have visited or attended several other churches where ...
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What is the Biblical basis for Universal salvation?

Universal salvation, or universal reconciliation is the belief that God will eventually reconcile Himself with every immortal soul. That is, everyone will be saved. This doctrine has a long history. ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the concept that Jesus spent time in Hell?

The Apostles Creed makes reference to Jesus descending into Hell. I have heard it claimed that His time spent in Hell was part of His redemptive work--in other words, that was necessary for Him to ...
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What is the Bible basis for the idea of a temporary holding place?

A friend once told me about the idea that there are two temporary "holding places", so to speak. If a person died and would go to Heaven, but that time had not yet come, they would go to a temporary ...
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Why do some Christians believe it is moral to be a homosexual?

(Note: I know this may start a firestorm, so I will be careful here.) I believe that the Bible states that homosexuality is immoral. I also believe that it does NOT condemn homosexuals to hell (a ...