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

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What is the Biblical or traditional precedent or command regarding praying before meals?

A very common Christian practice is to "say grace" or to "give thanks" before each meal. What is the Biblical precedent or command for this? In other words, why do we give thanks then and not before ...
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How does 1 John 2:19 fit with the teaching that Christians can lose their salvation

A common belief (not my own, but fairly common) is that believers may lose or abandon their salvation. A number of Bible verses seem to contradict this teaching, but in particular, 1 John 2:19 stands ...
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What is the Biblical evidence against the day-age theory?

As many of you probably know, the day-age theory is an attempt to reconcile creation and evolution, by turning the days mentioned in Genesis into long periods of time. What is the Biblical evidence ...
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Why do Jehovah's Witnesses not celebrate birthdays?

Wikipedia states this as a fact but does not explain further. In conversations with JWs, I understood that this is based on two birthdays in the Bible: Job's eldest son: Job was attacked by Satan on ...
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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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What is the Authoritative Catholic explanation of why the Magi get a pass, yet Catholics are to reject astrology?

What is the authoritative Catholic explanation of why the Magi get a pass, yet Catholics are required to reject astrology? Catechism of the Catholic Church | Divination and magic, 2116 has: All ...
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Which Bible verses support adult-only baptism?

I am a Reformed Presbyterian and it seems that for most people I run into, baptism for 'adults' after confession of faith only is the default position. I always find myself fighting an uphill battle ...
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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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Is having a moment of silence for someone anti-Christian?

In our school, in one of my periods, one of my teachers told us the important things late Steve Jobs has done for the world and encouraged us to have a moment of silence for him for about 10 seconds. ...
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Does the Protestant Bible mention Satan punishing non-believers after death?

I have always heard people say that when you die and haven't accepted Christ and go to hell, that you're going to be punished by Satan, and we have this great plethora of contemporary culture showing ...
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Is it biblical to burn the heretics?

This article has a list of people burned as heretics by the Church in the past. Is there any Biblical basis for burning the heretics? Which specific verse was used for the judgement on the heretics, ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief that Satan was the serpent in the Garden of Eden?

This seems to be the generally accepted belief, and it's taught to children in Sunday School in many churches, but is there biblical basis for it? Here's the actual text: 1 Now the serpent was ...
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What is the Catholic stance against In Vitro Fertilization?

I was researching a different question and saw that some people find that In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is something that should be avoided on the basis of religious grounds. Does anyone know what ...
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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 biblical basis/justification for requiring a pastor be educated?

As a Baptist, while I don't know of any specific requirements for a pastor, it is generally accepted that a head pastor would have some sort of seminary education, be it a Masters or even a Doctorate ...
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What is the doctrinal or Scriptural basis for a central Church authority

As explained in a previous question, one Baptist Distinctive is the rejection of a central Church authority (whether an individual or a governing body). Instead, we hold fast to the autonomy of the ...
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Where does the Bible say to read itself? [closed]

It seems rather basic, but I'm having trouble finding verses that say to read God's Word often. It seems like something that Paul said quite a few times, and it's obviously a good thing, but I can't ...
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Does God's omnipresence extend to hell?

One of those attributes of God is his ability to be everywhere at all times. I'm not debating that it is an attribute of his, I'm just wondering how we know that. I ask, because I've been going ...
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What is the Biblical basis for a resistable enabling (prevenient) grace?

I see a few different uses of the term prevenient grace in questions here, so I will define what I meant first: a belief held by traditional Baptists and other non-reformed evangelicals, that though ...
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Basis for the concept of an “Age of accountability”

Having attended Baptist Churches for years, I've often heard the term "age of accountability" bandied about. The idea is that if a child dies at a young age - before reaching the "age of ...
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What Scriptures did Arius use to support teaching that Jesus was created?

Arius probably quoted the following: Revelation 3:14: These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God. Psalm 8:5-6: thou madest 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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What is the basis for why certain musical beats are deemed by some to be unchristian or immoral?

I have encountered people in the past that have asserted that certain musical rhythms or beats are inherently immoral or sinful. It seems to follow, then, that even if the words of Scriptures ...
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Christian response(s) to disaster survival, or Christian self-defense

Every year, "end times" and apocalyptic films, books, and articles are produced in both the wider popular culture, and in religious contexts. In almost every post-disaster scenario as typically ...
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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 there appear to be two very different variations of “tongues” in the New Testament? [closed]

The first variety seemed to be without need for interpretation because all those who heard it heard their own language being spoken. Acts 2:8 (NKJV): And how is it that we hear, each in our own ...
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What does the Bible say about vegetarian diets? [closed]

Is there any verse in Bible that says something about being a vegetarian or non-vegetarian? I know God set human beings above the other creatures, but what does it say about whether we can kill them?
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Is it historically inaccurate that Jesus is usually portrayed as European looking?

Is it historically inaccurate that Jesus is usually portrayed as European looking, having certain facial and bodily features (muscular)? Would most people follow Him if he did not look white or was ...
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What does it mean to be “born of water” in John 3:5?

John 3:5 (NKJV) Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. Does "born of water" means baptism i.e., ...
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What does Satan look like?

Many people have seen the Classical depiction of Satan in paintings and statues, but what does scripture say about what Satan looks like?
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Does the Bible forbid a man from dressing like a woman?

Are there any verses in the Old or New Testaments that forbid a man from dressing like a woman? My question was prompted by this news article about the Harvest Crusade event and the comments that ...
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What is the biblical support that the Catholic Church is the custodian of truth?

The doctrine of papal infallibility is not founded on biblical texts specifically. It is founded on the "biblically supported" doctrine that the church is the custodian of truth. What is the ...
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Is there Biblical basis for idolatry being “things” we put higher than God?

In at least the Evangelical circles I'm involved in, we often suggest that "modern idolatry" is idols of the heart - things we put before God - and is described as the same as idolatry that is ...
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Is there any Biblical basis for baby dedications?

Many churches do not practice infant baptisms, because they believe that in the Bible baptism is taught to be something done after a person chooses to follow Christ. As an alternative, many of those ...
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What is the biblical basis against baptismal regeneration?

Several different denominations teach that water baptism is a prerequisite for (or is essential for) salvation. What is the biblical basis against this teaching?
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What is the scriptural basis for the conditionalist doctrine of hell?

By conditionalist doctrine, I mean the belief that hell is the destruction of those souls that go there, rather than the everlasting torment or eventual purification of said souls.
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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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Defending your honor against a superior who accuses you falsely

Does the Bible say that an individual has an obligation to defend themselves in court (or in the court of public opinion) against an individual who you believe has some authority over you (like a wife ...
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Are there any passages in Sacred Scripture that explicitly describe apocalyptic weather patterns?

I've heard my whole life that one of the major signs to look for concerning the end of the world is that no one will be able to tell what season it is. Most of my fundamentalist friends and family ...
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According to the Bible, does sin give Satan 'Legal Access' to your life in any sense?

I was talking to a Christian friend recently, and she brought up this teaching that when you sin you give the devil 'legal access' (her words) to your life. The conversation was in the context of a ...
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Reason for the choice of new 12th Apostle?

In Acts 1:20 to 23, the Apostles are choosing the 12th Apostle who will replace Judas. 20 Peter continued, “This was written in the book of Psalms, where it says, ‘Let his home become desolate, ...
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Which year did Jesus die? What is the most commonly held view

Is there a commonly held year for Jesus' crucifixion? What is the basis? In particular I would like to see biblical-basis. If not which Christian denominations teach a specific year for His ...
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What is the Catholic stance on Embryo Screening?

Embryo Screening is the process of fertilizing multiple eggs, checking their DNA makeup, and then screening out the eggs that do not meet the requirements. These requirements can be anything from ...
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Under what circumstances is disobeying a bad law justified or even obligatory?

Civil Disobedience Justified There is a Biblical precedent for civil disobedience. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego's refused to worship an idol in Daniel 3. The Israelites' openly rebelled against ...
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What is the biblical basis for the idea that the church is a hospital for sinners?

Pope Francis, in his recent interview, uses a very common metaphor for the church: “I see clearly,” the pope continues, “that the thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds ...
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What is the biblical basis for baptism by sprinkling?

As noted in the other question, there are two modes of water baptism of which I am familiar--immersion and sprinkling. As far as I know Catholics practice sprinkling along with many Protestant ...
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What are halos?

Art (particularly Christian art, it seems) is filled with halos. There's halos on Jesus at the Last Supper; Jesus, Moses, and Elijah at the transfiguration; on angels; the virgin Mary; etc. What ...
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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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Can I be homosexual and still be a Christian? [duplicate]

I am struggling with certain personal aspects of my life, and almost every Christian I ask about this issue seems to be against it. I know there are some few Christian people that are in favour of ...
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Why isn't the virgin birth of Jesus mentioned in all of the gospels? Does it matter?

I recently saw Bill Maher's documentary and he mentions that the virgin birth is only mentioned in two of the gospels. He goes on to bug Christian people several times by asking questions such as "How ...