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

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Is Jesus talking about supererogatory merit in Matt 5:38-48? i.e. earning a reward rather than sin

I know the word "merit" will send up red flags for Protestants, but what I mean has nothing to do with justification. By supererogatory merit I mean doing something not required, and doing it for the ...
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Was Jesus present at the beginning of time? Or when did the Trinity come into being?

Was Jesus present at the beginning of time? Is there any indication in the Bible about when the Trinity came into being? Or, put another way, whether Jesus existed at the beginning? Did the Trinity ...
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Is there biblical evidence that the New Earth is our final destination?

In Revelation 21 we learn that following the resurrection Christians will inhabit a restored Earth called "The New Earth." What biblical evidence exists that this is the final destination for ...
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Do we have to obey the laws of the bible? If so, what laws?

I've read a ton about obedience in the bible and I realize that we have a responsibility to obey Jesus Christ. As it says in 2 Timothy 2:19 "God's foundation stands firm, sealed with his inscription. ...
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There is more to know than that which is written

I have heard it said many times in religious/spiritual and/or typical conversation that "there is more to know than that which is written [in the bible]." Is this comment scripturally inspired? If so ...
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What is the biblical argument against the claim that Jesus is just “a god”, but not “God Almighty”?

As I understand it, Jehovah's Witnesses teach that Jesus is a god, but not God Almighty. However, this goes against the teaching of the majority of Christian denominations and certainly evangelical ...
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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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Upside down cross in light of Sola scriptura [closed]

What is or is there biblical bases (Sola scriptura) to know when an upside down cross is attributed to Peter and when an upside down cross is denomonic? Peter's Prison (good cross) Satanic Cross ...
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What place does Lilith have in Christianity?

There was a show on the History channel stating that some scholars believe Adam and Eve were alive with a third human, Lilith. Lilith disobeyed Adam and Eve, so God sent her to live on earth as a ...
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Is there a basis for Christian holidays in the Bible?

I was just curious if holiday celebrations like Christmas and Easter were written in the Bible, not merely mentioned but specifically indicating that people should celebrate them. It seems to me that ...
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Noah's flood and Giants

What is the biblical bases for giants living through Noah's flood? Before flood: Genesis 6:4 KJV There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in ...
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Did Adam and Eve end up getting saved?

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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Can Elders of a church be young?

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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Why does a clever Satan fight with God even though he knows he will lose? [duplicate]

There was war in heaven (oh yes there was) and Satan lost his place in heaven when he was defeated. What biblical reason is there to show Satan's reasoning behind fighting with God (despite the fact ...
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How should we interpret Leviticus 18, 19? [duplicate]

Leviticus 18 talks about sexual morality, whereas Leviticus 19 talks about food and what to eat and what not to eat. It is quite difficult to read these two passages together. Modern Christians seem ...
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Divorce because of sexual immorality [closed]

Does adultery of the heart as described by Jesus in Matthew 5:28 constitute the same form of "sexual immorality" given as an exception for divorce being permissible in Matthew 19:9? In John 8:3-11 ...
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Is there a biblical ban on running a casino?

This is a spin on the question Is there a Biblical Ban on Gambling? Is opening a casino considered a "shady business" a Christian should not be involved in? (Yes, let's assume it's perfectly legal.) ...
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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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Jesus's atonement equivalent to sinners' punishments

When Jesus went to the cross, he experienced the ordeal of his arrest agony for three or so days The loss of the rest of his natural life When a sinner sins (without accepting Jesus), he ...
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What is the Biblical basis the for Immutable Nature of God?

Dei Filius sayeth this: God cannot deny himself, nor can truth ever be in opposition to truth. The appearance of this kind of specious contradiction is chiefly due to the fact that either the ...
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When is Isaiah 32 supposed to happen?

I'm reading Matt Perman's book What's Best Next and found this interesting: Knowing how to get things done enables us to fulfill God’s call to make plans for the good of others. This is one of ...
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Why was it necessary for some people to receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands and others just received it after believing?

Some people never received the gift of the Holy Ghost until Paul gave it to them through the laying on of hands. Others it appears received it just by believing or at least it is not mentioned that ...
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According to Scripture, where is Hell?

Do scriptures say where Hell is? I read another answer on this site, and they said that the Bible says the other planets in our solar system were referred to as "heavens". So if these other planets ...
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Can we visit loved ones in Hell?

According to an answer on this site, we can still be happy while knowing that people are in Hell and suffering. Growing up, they've always told us that the Bible says that when we enter Heaven, we are ...
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Visitors giving money to the church

(I apologize in advance if this question isn't appropriate for Christianity S.E. .... this seems to be a trending problem. With that said, I believe the ideas of the question are appropriate and I ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the belief that separation from God is in itself sin?

The normal understanding in Christianity is that sin brings separation from God. However is there biblical basis for holding to the belief that separation from God is in itself sin rather than a ...
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How did the Willow Creek church come to allow and encourage women in leadership?

The Willow Creek Community Church has long had a policy of both men and women in leadership roles - which was (and is still) counter to what many other churches teach. From their site: We believe ...
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Acording to the Bible how does one recieve the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Does one automatically receive the Holy Ghost after they accept Christ or does it have to be received through the laying on of hands as spoken of in Acts 8? Acts 8:14 Now when the apostles which ...
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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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In ancient time, why God allowed polygamy? [duplicate]

Some of God's servants in ancient time had 2 or more mate. For example, Abraham had 2 wife and king Solomon had thousand in total. Why God allowed it to happen, but Bible says that we should have just ...
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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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Who is to administer The Holy Sacraments

What is the biblical support for the practice that only ordained church leaders should administer the only sacraments of baptism and the Lord's Supper?
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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 ...
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What is the biblical support for the moral-civil-ceremonial distinction of Old Testament laws?

I just asked this question looking for where this view point came from and when it was made popular. Ceremonial Law: This type of law relates to Israel's worship. (Lev 1:1-13) The laws pointed ...
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What scripture is James 4:5 referring to?

James 4:5 (ESV) Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, "He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us"? I don't know of an Old Testament passage ...
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Is the idea that the pleasures we experience now are mild foretastes of Heaven Biblical?

Several authors1 have suggested that the pleasures we can experience in our lives are but a small foretaste of the pleasure we could experience in Heaven. "It is a sudden and miraculous grace that ...
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Is there anything in the Bible that suggests joy in Heaven is greater than best of Earthly joy? [duplicate]

Writer Randy Alcorn suggests we CAN imagine Heaven. In fairness to his viewpoint the 'Eye hath not seen nor ears heard..." quote from Corintheans (if fully read through) does NOT mean we cannot ...
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Does Acts 20:33-34 suggest that a church should not have a paid ministry?

33 I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel. 34 Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.
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When did Satan get cast out of heaven? Or is that yet to come?

This answer explains that it happened after Jesus ascended, and might even be something that will happen in the "End Times", but this answer says that it happened before Adam and Eve sinned. What ...
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What is the Biblical basis for disbelief in the doctrine of the Trinity?

In related form to a previous question on the basis for the Trinity, what is the Biblical basis for disbelief of the doctrine? Not all Christians (and perhaps not all branches of Christendom) hold to ...
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What is the essential argument in favor of the Dual Nature of Man as opposed to the Tripartite Nature?

A common belief regarding the nature of mankind is that we have a body, a soul and a spirit. This is known as the Tripartite Nature of Man. Some, however, hold to only a Dual nature of man. What is ...
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What is the biblical basis against the use or overuse of tobacco and other types of drugs?

A common position among many Christians in America is that the use of tobacco, alcohol, and other types of drugs (marijuana, etc.) is immoral and sinful. Paul seems to indicate that, in the context ...
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Are 'treasures' all Earthly goods or wealth?

When it is often repeated in the Bible that we must cast aside our treasures to gain an everlasting treasure in Heaven, does this mean ALL worldly possessions or just money? Do modern desirables ...
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What is the biblical basis for restitution?

What is the New Testament Biblical basis for making restitution? I've read the story of Zacchaeus, and it's not completely set in stone as to what the structure is. The biggest question I have is if ...
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Is this proof of Heavenly joy? [closed]

I have posted questions before about why we believe Heaven is utterly joyous when it says little, that is, next to nothing, about joy in Heaven in the Bible. Hebrews 12:2-3 2 fixing our eyes on ...
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What is the biblical support for the original sin being an infinite sin?

I have heard a few times recently things like "an infinite sin debt requires an infinite Savior". What is the biblical basis for coming to the conclusion that Adam's sin was infinite?
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In Matthew chapter 26 verse 64 was Jesus saying that He would one day be their judge?

A friend and I have been talking about; Matthew 26:64 KJV Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of ...
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Did Jesus know how to read and write?

Is there any biblical evidence that suggests Jesus read or wrote anything, and was he literate?
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What is the basis for the idea of a seven year peace treaty with Israel in the end times?

I have heard the concept that in the end times there will be a 7 year peace treaty signed with the nation of Israel, and that three and a half years into that treaty, it will be broken. What is the ...
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Did Mary die, or was she translated like Enoch and Elijah?

According to the Bible, did Mary die? From a comment on another question, it seems that at least some denominations (including the Roman Catholic Church) teach that, like Elijah and Enoch, Mary did ...