Exegesis is the critical interpretation of a Biblical text, to explore its meaning, significance and relevance.

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What are the views of Evangelical Christians on whether it is possible to go to heaven and back to earth?

I've heard some stories about how kids have died and come back to life a couple of minutes later with a note or something from heaven (e.g., Colton Burpo). Is this biblical? Is it possible? Could it ...
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What happens to Hell after Revelation 21:1?

This question popped into my head after reading this question. God states, quite specifically, in v.5 that He would make everything new, "for the old order of things has passed away". Which leads to ...
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What scriptural evidence exists in support of our spirit's pre-mortal existence? [duplicate]

Some denominations believe that our spirit existed before we were born on this earth. What scriptural/historical evidence do they use to lay support for their claims?
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Did Jeremiah lie in Jeremiah 38:27

Is Jeremiah lying here? I know that Jeremiah had previously discussed not being sent back to Jonathan's house in Jeremiah 37:20, but that is not the conversation that the officials seem to be asking ...
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What is the Catholic understanding of 'reign with him' in 2 Tim 2:12?

2 Timothy 2:11-13 (RSVCE) has: The saying is sure: If we have died with him, we shall also live with him; if we endure, we shall also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will ...
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What does Paul mean when he speaks of “in Christ”?

Does Paul point to any type of mystical experience when he speaks of "in Christ"? What does he express? It seems this phrase cannot be taken literally - so what is the deeper meaning of it, possibly ...
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What is the specific meaning of “believe” in John 3:16? [duplicate]

I would like to know the specific meaning of the word "believe" in John 3:16 when it says whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. Many people that I know say that they ...
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In Mark 10:17-31, what did the rich man lack?

I tried searching for this on Christianity.SE, but couldn't find anything. Google searches brought up a lot of opinions based on different theologies and opinions. I'm looking for an answer to this ...
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What does it mean for Christ to have been slain before the creation of the world?

The book of Revelation describes Jesus as "slain before the foundations of the earth": All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast--all whose names have not been written in the book of ...
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What does being Born Again mean per Catholic teaching?

What does being Born Again mean per Catholic teaching? Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3 NKJV)
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If we mustn't serve money then how can we survive? [closed]

No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. (Matthew 6:24, NIV) How can we ...
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Why did Jesus tell his disciples to buy swords? [duplicate]

Why did Jesus tell his disciples to buy swords? Was he suggesting they be warriors like the ancient Israelites? “But now,” he said, “take your money and a traveler’s bag. And if you don’t have a ...
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What is the basis for an omnipotent God allowing imperfect transmission of his Word? [closed]

tl;dr> Assuming: God is all powerful The Bible is inspired There are copy mistakes that occur If so, Why? Some assumptions for my question first. First, God knows all things, even future ...
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How do Roman Catholics interpret 1 Timothy 4:3

In it's context in the NRSVCE (including section title): False Asceticism 4 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will renounce the faith by paying attention to deceitful ...
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Why did God tell David to go to the town of Hebron?

After the death of Saul, David asks God where he should Go. God indicates he should to to Hebron, where David is soon anointed king. 2 Samuel 2:1 (NIV): In the course of time, David inquired of ...
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If we want to know what the Bible says about an issue, what methods can help us to find all the relevant scriptures?

If we want to know what the Bible says about an issue, what methods can help us to find all the relevant scriptures? Particularly if someone is looking for a "clear, unambiguous, direct statement in ...
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Is receiving the Holy Spirit the completion of Salvation? [closed]

In Luke Chapter 11:1 through 13, Jesus exhorts us seek righteousness through persistence. Luke 11:9 and 10 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and ...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses explain John 8:58-59 in a way that accords with their doctrine?

The Jehovah's witness' version of the bible the NWT translates these verses as: 58 Jesus said to them: “Most truly I say to you, before Abraham came into existence, I have been.” 59 So they ...
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What is the difference between the first and second resurrection in the book of Revelation?

I want to understand What is the meaning of first resurrection and second resurrection. Revelation 20:5 KJV But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This ...
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Ephesians 4:5 what does “One faith” mean?

Paul says that there is one faith. I'm guessing that this mean theres only one faith that can save you. And that faith is in "believing" that Jesus died for your sins, and you're no longer a slave to ...
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What does Paul mean when he says “do not go beyond what is written.”

In 1 Cor 4:6, Paul instructs the church in Corinth to "not think above what is written." Did any early Christian scholars (before translation of the Bible into English) comment on this? If so, what ...
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Unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees

My question is based on Matthew 5: 17-20 This question addresses the first part of the passage. The second part is the phrase Unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes ...
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What do people fear in Jude 1:23?

I know fear can mean multiple things. But what I'm getting out of Jude 1:23 is that people saved others by fearing something. Do they fear Satan? Or do they fear God? The whole time, I was assuming ...
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Who is the Spirit hearing from in John 16:13? [closed]

I'm wondering who the Spirit is hearing from in this verse: John 16:13 (ESV) When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but ...
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Interpreting Acts 2:38 together with John 1:12

Acts 2:38, "Peter said to them, 'Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins ; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'" John ...
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Is salvation acheived by faith alone, or does it in fact require some works?

I was raised a Lutheran, and am looking for an answer from someone (like a Lutheran) who believes in salvation by grace alone (by faith alone, etc.). I still believe in salvation by faith alone ...
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Is it possible (intellectually honest) to 'contextualise' the 'anti-divorce' passages, but not the 'anti-homosexual' ones?

(Disclaimer: This is an honest question, I'm not trying to be inflammatory. Also I confess to not having done a great deal of research on this one) I'm not familiar with the positions of all ...
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What does Romans 11:32 mean? [closed]

For God has imprisoned everyone in disobedience so he could have mercy on everyone. NLT Does this scripture mean that God made everyone disobedient just to have mercy on us?
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How does calling someone an “idiot” make one bound for Gehenna?

How does calling someone an "idiot" make one bound for Gehenna? I'm sure there is something of translation, meaning, or ancient culture to be considered here. ...and whoever says, You cursed fool! ...
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Does God care about Denominational differences? [closed]

As a Protestant and Catholic household, we are aware of the differences between our two Denominations, but as Christians we are also well aware that we are bonded by a common belief that Jesus death ...
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Are only Christians allowed to speak directly to God or can anyone?

In the book of Deuteronomy chapter 5 we are given the summation by Moses of God having spoken directly to the Nation of Israel and giving them the ten commandments from fire. All Scripture is quoted ...
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What are the 'things offered to idols'?

What are the 'things offered to idols' written about in Acts 15:29 and the 'things polluted by idols' of Acts 15:20? How was this understood by the Apostles and their followers? On what laws in the ...
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Who is entitled to partake in the Lord's Supper? [closed]

1 Cor 11:27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. What does this mean, "unworthily"? (cp. 1 Cor. ...
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How can a Christian effectively explain the seeming contradiction between Gen 1:31 and Gen 6:6?

Gen 1:31 (KJV) And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Gen 6:6 (KJV) And it repented the LORD that he had ...
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Is it ever right to sin in order to potentially prevent others from committing far more damaging sins? [duplicate]

I am interested in the Christian and biblical view about when it is right to do something wrong in order to prevent something worse from happening. This question is mainly inspired by a documentary ...
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What did Jesus mean by 'take up your cross and follow me'?

What exactly did Jesus mean when He said, “Take up your cross and follow Me” (Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23). Does it mean we should carry our burdens in life, or what?
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Does the Bible say for sure that Daniel was a eunuch?

Now God had brought Daniel into favor and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs. (Dan 1:9, KJV) The prince of the eunuchs is the guy Daniel asks for permission to eat the pulse and water ...
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Does Paul say in Galatians that we put our faith in Jesus or work to stop sinning?

One minute Paul says anyone who tries to earn their way to heaven by obeying the law will die. An then he goes on to say don't obey the desires of your sinful nature. OK, I'm confused. Do we put ...
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Why did Elisha curse children?

2 Kings 2:23-24 (KJV) 23 And he [Elisha] went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto ...
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What does “witness” refer to in Matthew 24:14?

And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. (Matt 24:14, KJV) What does "witness" refer to in this verse? Is it ...
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Can anyone explain sacrilegious object in Mark 13:14 to me? [duplicate]

Mark 13:14 The time will come when you will see the sacrilegious object that causes desecration * standing where it should not be..NLT What would be considered as an sacrilegious object? An what ...
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What does the bible say about people who see dead people on earth?

I have a friend who sees people who have passed away. Like she can see, hear, and talk to them. This isnt fake, she really can. She recently told me that she sees my deceased grandfather at our ball ...
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Is the feast of 1 Corinthians 5:8 the same feast as 1 Cor 11? [duplicate]

Is the feast of 1 Corinthians 5:8 the same feast as 1 Cor 11? Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of ...
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What feast does Paul refer to in 1 Corinthians 5:8?

What feast is Paul referring to? Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. (1 ...
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How does Protestantism explain Matthew 18:20 in this technology age? [duplicate]

Is Christ Jesus talking about a literal physical gathering of two or more? How does the Church explain Matthew 18:20 (NET) in this technology age? For where two or three gather in my name, there ...
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Why is Christianity so despised in the World? [closed]

Since its inception, Christianity has been ill received through out the world. This is true not only of people, but of Governments as well. It is easy to understand why the Sanhedrin was so opposed ...
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Why are the men of Genesis so old? Were the dating systems just different? Are all of these old ages supposed to have symbolic meaning? [duplicate]

Genesis 5:3-32 ESV spends a great deal of time describing the age of the men in Adam's lineage through Seth. Why are the men of Genesis so old? Were the dating systems just different? Are all of ...
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Why are we given details about what the descendants of Cain did? Is there special significance to these details?

Genesis 4 discusses the descendants of Cain: "Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. When he built a city, he called the name of the city after the name of his son, Enoch. To Enoch ...
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What is the mark placed on Cain?

"And the Lord put a mark on Cain, lest any who found him should attack him." Genesis 4:15 ESV What is the mark placed on Cain?
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Did God's curse on Cain extend to only Cain, Cain's descendants or to everyone?

When God cursed Cain for killing Abel, did that curse extend to Cain's offspring, to Cain alone, or to everyone? God tells Cain: "And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth ...