The practice of day-to-day living in a Christian manner.

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How is ignoring clear Biblical instructions in Leviticus justified?

Leviticus 11:7-8 And the pig, though it has a split hood completely divided, does not chew the cud; it is unclean for you. You must not eat their meat or touch their carcasses; they are ...
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What is the history of the concept of a “personal relationship with Jesus”?

It is common these days to hear questions like: Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus? Or... The most important thing is your personal relationship with Jesus. The Bible never ...
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Does the Bible give any rules for music? [closed]

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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Is it hypocritical to be a Christian and also be against welfare? [closed]

Recently someone informed me that it was hypocritical to call myself Christian, and to be against many progressive/liberal policies (the specific argument was about US-run welfare) So my question: is ...
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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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Did Tertullian forbid Christians from being school teachers?

While reading Bruce Shelley's Church History in Plain Language, I came across the following quote, in the context of how early Christians separated themselves from the world around them for fear of ...
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How is Freemasonry related to Christianity?

My community recently found out that one of our local priests is also a Freemason. I'm not entirely sure of what Freemasonry is about and how it relates to Christianity. What exactly can outsiders ...
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What is the difference between holiness and righteousness?

Both holiness and righteousness are used to describe God. Additionally, we as Christians are called to be holy and righteous as well. These are two distinct words, so they must have distinct ...
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Is it easy to live a Christian life? [closed]

Today in church I mentioned that I think living according to the gospel makes life easy. Immediately someone kindly disagreed with me. Then I remembered that I used to think living a Christian life ...
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Does “no part of this world” mean no involvement in politics? [closed]

Jesus is reported as having said that his kingdom was "no part of this world", and further of assuring Pontius Pilate that his followers posed no risk to the secular authorities. Given that, should ...
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Can you be Christian while wishing death upon another? [closed]

As an American on 9/11 I wanted death to come to all who planned or contributed to the attacks. As a Christian, I felt conflicted. Should I be feeling this anger? Am I right in thinking that Osama bin ...
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Do curses have any impact or effect on Christians? [closed]

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 is the spiritual significance of swearing on a Bible among the various churches and denominations? [closed]

When someone is deposed in court, they are asked to swear on a Bible. My premise is that the use of a printed Bible in this instance is derived from a pagan ritual or rituals, rather than a practice ...
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What is the meaning of 1 Thessalonians 5:22?

Inspired by an answer to one of my other questions, what is the proper meaning of 1 Thessalonians 5:22? KJV Abstain from all appearance of evil. NIV: reject every kind of evil. NKJV ...
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How do Protestants keep the Sabbath?

Exodus 20:9–11 (ESV) Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your ...
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Must everyone live a quiet life? [closed]

1 Thessalonians 4:11 says, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, If this was a blanket statement to ...
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Are there any mandatory prayers in Christianity?

Does Bible impose any type of mandatory prayer that you have to offer at particular time or particular day? If so, what are some important prayers? Is a prayer at Church more worthy than a prayer at ...
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Should a Christian watch horror movies? [closed]

A lot of Christians seem to think that it's wrong to watch horror movies. Others say that it's just another form of entertainment. I don't know for sure which position is right. Though whenever I ...
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When is it okay to curse people in the name of the Lord? [closed]

2 Kings 2:23-24 From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some boys came out of the town and jeered at him. “Get out of here, baldy!” they said. “Get out of here, ...
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What is the basis of the LDS/Mormon prohibition of facial hair for men?

I have read in a few places the LDS Church has at least a general practice, if not an official teaching, that prohibits men from growing facial hair--at least for men in any position of leadership. ...
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How should a Christian relate to pseudoscience? [closed]

This chart from Wikipedia quite nicely explains what pseudoscience is: I think it's quite clear from the Bible that we Christians shouldn't give room to superstitions. As pseudoscience is close to ...
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What is the history of silent prayer?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe there is much in the way of Biblical or early-church precedence for praying silently. It seems like prayers were generally spoken aloud. In modern times, ...
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What are vows? Are they relevant even today? [closed]

Psalms 76:11 (NIV) says Make vows to the LORD your God and fulfill them. Many other passages in the old testament as well we hear about vows and fulfilling it. In New testament we read in ...
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What is the context of Chesterton's quote, “When we bind our hearts, we free our hands”?

In anticipation of watching the new Ragamuffin movie, I'm watching an interview with Rich Mullins. Here's the transcript. During the interview, he is seeking to explain what it means by "centering ...
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How could Job be content with the second half of his life? [closed]

We all know that Job was ravaged by the Adversary in the first two chapters of Job, but in the end, he died content: Thus the Lord blessed the latter years of Job’s life more than the former. He ...
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What are the “signs of grief” for which a pastor should be on the look out?

So, in my seminary pastoral care class, I remember being taken to a funeral home, and walked through the mechanics of a funeral. During that visit, I was told that "everyone's grief process is ...
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What are Christians called who believe in a non-intervening God?

Which branch(es) of Christianity takes the stance that there is a God who creates all things but once the creation is here on this earth, does not intervene? I heard an argument between coworkers ...
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Did the Saints commit mortal sin sometimes?

Does the Catholic tradition record if some saints committed mortal sin from time to time during their holy life or after conversion? There are many saints who converted and lived their lives in the ...
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Did Jesus tell us that we should give a tenth to The Church and then give of the excess to the poor?

Matthew 23:23 KJV Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: ...
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Question on John 4:13-14 - How do we drink of the water from Jesus?

I've been struggling with this passage for a while: Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be ...
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Looking for a resource discussing the Biblical principles on how to avoid a victim mentality

Beyond the obvious of: Jesus died on the Cross and drank down God's wrath, what do we have to complain about? All things that happen were things allowed by God to sanctify us. Read the book of Job ...
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Why did Justin Martyr speak so harshly about Christians who ate meat sacrificed to idols?

In his Dialogue with Trypho, Chapter XXXV, Justin replies to Trypho's charge that Christians eat meat sacrificed to idols by saying that such people serve to show more distinctly who are the true ...
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Attending two different churches

Does the Catholic Church teach that is a sin to attend another Christian Church that is truly focused on the Bible? If it is OK to attend another Christian Church can they take the Holy Bread and ...
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Does yearning to know more about God for a stronger relationship leave us hanging in confusion?

Many times we try to ask questions not to challenge the Christian faith but rather to know more and perhaps draw closer to God. How can one get the confidence in trying to explain to and convert a ...
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According to Roman Catholicism, in what way do wives need to submit to their husbands?

What is the Catholic teaching on the way a wife needs to obey her husband? In Ephesians 5:22, we read: Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. (NIV) I'd like to ...
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Holy Spirit vs Own option

When we are making decisions in church group, rather charismatic people will say things like I feel we should... which they sometimes connect to be input of holy guidance like the holy spirit. ...
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What do Chinese Christians wear to a Western or Chinese Christian funeral?

What do Chinese Christians wear to a Western or Chinese Christian funeral? In the West, it seems that black is the popular color for death and funerals. You see this in movies, where women would ...
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May Christians read self improvement books? [closed]

We know the best Book we have is the Bible, which has everything for life that we need to live a perfect life. I would like to know should we stop with Bible and Books that are based on Bible, or may ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the concept of 'balance' between 'two extremes'? [closed]

Any Christian at some point will be labeled an extremist. Also every Christian at some point will call other Christians extremists. Even in any given local church, some will label each other this way. ...
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How are Christians expected to live up to the standards of following Christ? [closed]

Just re-read the New Testament and this question has been at the front of my mind. These are just a few of similar quotes that are in question: Matthew 16:24: "Then Jesus said to his disciples: If ...
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What is the Catholic definition of meat for Lenten Fridays?

On English Language Learners, the definition of meat came up, and the question of what animals comprise meat. Tangentially, this led to a question about Catholics abstaining from meat on Lenten ...
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Is there such a thing as waiting too long to address personal issues? [closed]

Matthew 5:21–26 (NIV) 21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who ...
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What does Romans 13:13,14 mean by “behave decently, as in the daytime”?

Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus ...
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What specific good does Catholicism attribute to play and entertainment?

In cases where a leisure, entertainment, play activity is questioned for its morality, the moral analysis tends to hinge on at least one evil aspect of the activity—one that either glorifies an evil ...
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How does one “leave his wife” for the Kingdom of God?

What is an overview of doctrinal statements made by Christian theologians regarding Jesus' statements in Luke 18: Luke 18:29-30 ESV And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who ...
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At what level of detail does God lead His children? [closed]

It seems that some people worry and pray about every aspect of their life, while others only sweat the big stuff. For example, I doubt any believer does not pray about whether they should marry a ...
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Why is sex between two consenting adults sin? [closed]

My understanding is that murder is a sin because I don't have rights on another person's life in the same way that another person doesn't have rights over my life. Likewise stealing would be a sin ...
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Can you be a Christian and not go to church? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do I have to attend church every Sunday? Simply put, can you be a true christian and not go to church? Or is it a mandate to go to church on Sundays?
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What is the importance of reading the Bible? [closed]

I have heard many pastors encouraging their members to read the Bible daily. Why do we have to read the Bible daily? Is going to church and listening to sermons not enough?
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Where does C. S. Lewis teach that a virtuous attitude can be developed by acting virtuously?

I recall reading something by C. S. Lewis some time ago in which he recommends that a person who wants to develop a virtuous, right attitude in some area of life should begin acting virtuously in that ...