Jesus of Nazareth, generally held by Christians to be God incarnate.

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What biblical reasons are there for using the Lord's Prayer as a pattern for prayer rather than a prayer to repeat verbatim?

In Matthew 6:9-13, Jesus gave the disciples what we refer to as "The Lord's Prayer", (though Jesus Himself would never have prayed this, having no sin to confess). Some traditions use this prayer as ...
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What does the Bible say about giving your life away for Jesus?

On a Christian radio station I constantly hear the phrase "to give your life away for Jesus" but they never say what that means. I am very confused about this concept. Any clarification is helpful, ...
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How should we think about Jesus' mother being Jewish and his father being the Holy Spirit?

Science says it is impossible for a woman to conceive a child without the sperm of a man. I have seen Christians just gloss over this, romanticize about it, make it fairy tale or flat out deny it. ...
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Why did they choose Barabbas?

John 19:38 - 40 (NLT) 38 “What is truth?” Pilate asked. Then he went out again to the people and told them, “He is not guilty of any crime. 39 But you have a custom of asking me to release one ...
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How does the Snake in the Desert foreshadow the coming of Jesus?

In His conversation with Nicodemus, Jesus referenced the story of the snake in the desert and indicated that it foreshadowed Himself. How exactly does this story foreshadow Jesus? And as Moses ...
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What core, common beliefs are held by all (or most) Christians? [closed]

Are there any core beliefs that all Christian traditions agree on? Are there any that most (>90% of) Christian traditions agree on? If a list can be made for either, are there any caveats?
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How does the Passover foreshadow the coming of Jesus as the Messiah?

In 1 Corinthians 5:7, Paul refers to Jesus as "Christ, our Passover", suggesting that the Passover of Exodus somehow foreshadowed the life of Jesus. How specifically does the Passover do this? ...
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Why can't the Pope have children? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the basis for clerical celibacy? Why it is said to be a bad thing since Christians say that God had a Son? Why do humans deny that to themselves and accept it ...
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Why didn't God send Jesus during Noah's time instead of The Flood?

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. - John 3:16 John 3:16 tells us that God loved us, ...
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Does believing in Christ activate God's word or just make us think and act different?

I am confused about what it really means to activate God's power in my life, which I heard my pastor say. “But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice ...
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What differences will being a Christian make in this life?

What are the differences being a Christian will make in this life (on earth not entrance into heaven or hell)? Or is it just a group identity of a hopeful passage into Heaven upon the next life and ...
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Luke 8: Telling others - What's the difference between Jesus driving out demons & healing Jairus's daughter

In Luke 8, the man freed from the Legion demons is told by Jesus not to follow him, but to tell everyone round about. But later, Jesus heals Jairus's daughter and tells the family not to tell anyone. ...
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How is it that sinful people who do not believe, still get the blessings of the Lord?

Why do great things happen to unbelievers and even bad people? In Church there is talk about blessings of the Lord for those who love Him, etc. But what about those that are blessed that don't love ...
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Where was Jesus' tomb?

We can be pretty sure it isn't in Japan. The two most referenced sites are: The Aedicule of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and The Garden Tomb. However, both stake their claims by virtue of ...
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What did Jesus quote Psalm 22: “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”

What is the correlation between these two scripture? Why Jesus felt forsaken if he knew what was going on? Why was it mentioned in Old Testament as well as New Testament(in two places)? My God, ...
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Why did Jesus curse the fig tree?

“And on the morrow, when they had come out of Bethany, he [Jesus] hungered. And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if perhaps he might find anything thereon: and when he came to ...
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Did Jesus condemn contraception

Are there any passages in the New Testament where Jesus himself condemns the practice of contraception? As a virgin and the product of a miraculous conception himself it would seem odd for Him to have ...
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Was Jesus was sent to speak to the Jews only?

Matthew 15:24 KJV But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. I understand that he was talking specifically to a lady who was begging (successfully) ...
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What “things” is Jesus talking about in Matthew 11:25?

I really like this verse but I don't fully grasp what Jesus is talking about in his prayer (specifically 11:25) The Father Revealed in the Son 25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord ...
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Why do so many Christians call Paul “teacher”, when Jesus said it was forbidden? [closed]

I personally try to base everything I believe on the words of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels. I also take the Old Testament as truth because Jesus also did. I see Paul like I do CS Lewis, I happen ...
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How can we apply relying on Jesus in situations where it appears we have to rely on ourselves? [closed]

I ask the question for a real reason. I would like to make more money to support my family and live in better conditions. I feel I have to rely on myself to go back to school, work hard and then get a ...
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How did Jesus reconcile his teachings with Judaism?

The Gospels tell us that Jesus was a Jew. Yet Jesus revealed that he was the Son of God. It seems to me that Jesus' contemporaries must have been forced to decide if his teachings were either: ...
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Will good, God-fearing people who don't believe in Jesus' divinity be excluded from Heaven? [duplicate]

Will Jews, Buddhists, and all others who truly believe in God but not that Jesus is God, and who adhered to the Ten Commandments and who have done charitable acts throughout their lives, be excluded ...
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What does Jesus say about your spirit going to heaven?

I had an interesting question presented to me by a rector of a church. He asked me to find anywhere in the bible where Jesus spoke of your spirit going to heaven and then research those specific ...
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Relationships between God the Father, Mary and the two natures of Jesus Christ

Would it be okay to say this: Jesus Christ is both God and Man, which means that He possesses both divine and human nature. Divine nature in Him is from God the Father and the human nature in ...
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Is there any possibility that 1 Cor 15 is not about Physical Resurrection?

This is something of a long shot. I had a friend look at 1 Cor 15 (and other parts of the Bible and he formed the conclusion that 1 Cor 15 was about a spiritual and not bodily resurrection. ie that ...
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What is God's good news before Jesus's death and resurrection?

In Mark 1, we learn about both John's baptism of repentance and Jesus's proclamation that "the time has come. Repent and believe in the good news!" John's baptism And so John the Baptist ...
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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 ...
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Jesus's genealogy: 28 generations or 41 since David? [duplicate]

These questions keep me wondering: Firstly, how is it possible that Matthew and Luke came up with completely different genealogies of Jesus's ancestors, if they are both following the masculine line? ...
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Resurrection importance in the Bible

I've often heard that if you lay out the books of the new testament chronologically by the order they were written, the story of Jesus' resurrection become more important. Some also say it become ...
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Why is it that God the Father is alone capitalised in the third person?

Usually Christians write He, His and Himself with a capital H when referring to God the Father. I'm not aware of this practice for either Jesus or The Holy Spirit. Why the distinction?
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Can we know anything about Jesus' appearance from the Bible?

We know something about Jesus' clothes, that He wore sandals and that He wore a seamless undergarment. Are there any other clues in the Bible as to His physical appearance?
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What did Jesus write on the ground?

John 8:6-8 NIV 6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. 7 So when ...
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What does Jesus mean when He says that we should be like children?

Matthew 18:1-4: At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell ...
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How does Jesus fulfill the offices of Prophet, Priest and King?

I have heard that Jesus fulfills the three Jewish "offices" of Prophet, Priest, and King. What is significant about this, and how specifically does or did Jesus fulfill those offices?
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From a biblical perspective, Who performs a miracle - the person or God?

In answering a question about kenosis, I said that Jesus emptied himself of his divinity, essentially, "giving up the perks of being God." Hammar replied, "but he still performed miracles, didn't he?" ...
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Reason for loving/worshiping Jesus

What's the reason for loving/worshiping Jesus? As an extension, what does it mean to love/worship Jesus and how does that help one accomplish spiritual goals (salvation, forgiveness, sanctification, ...
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Why are fathers missing in Mark 10:30?

Mark 10:29 mentions father, but Mark 10:30 doesn't. Mat 19:29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my ...
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What does the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints teach about who Jesus is and where He came from?

From the answer to another question, someone suggested that the LDS (Mormon) church teaches that Jesus is distinct from God--that though He is a part of the Godhead, the Godhead is not a Trinity ...
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According to LDS (Mormon) teaching, what is the relationship between Jesus and Lucifer?

What does the LDS/Mormon church teach about the relationship between Jesus and Lucifer? Are they beings on the same level or of the same origin? What are their natures? What texts are used to teach ...
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Do Old Testament individual, family and social laws and guidance apply to Christians or did Jesus come to discard OT laws and guidance?

If OT laws are to be ignored by Christians, does God/Jesus provide substitute laws in the New Testament texts? I.e., if God thought it important to provide laws (in addition to requiring certain ...
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Definition of light in Matthew 5:16

Matthew 5:14-16 14 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives ...
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What do Christians mean by “Jesus took our illnesses upon himself on the cross” and why?

Having a bit of holiday over Christmas and New Year I'm going over some notes I've made of topics I want to look at. One such question regards the use of terminology such as "Jesus took our illnesses ...
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Why is Christmas on December 25th?

Why was December 25th chosen as the day to celebrate Jesus' birth?
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Why does Jesus not want people to repent and be forgiven in Mark 4?

This is in response to the disciples asking why Jesus teaches in parables: He said to them, "The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those outside, everything is in ...
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“How do I get more faith?” - how to understand Jesus' answer? [closed]

The question, "How do I get more faith?" has been posted here. When I read it, my mind went to the time the disciples and Jesus had a similar dialogue: Luke 17:5-6 The apostles said to the ...
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Will there be “new people” or reproduction in heaven or “the next life?” [closed]

I'm looking for a Biblical answer to this question: will there be any new people in heaven? An equivalent question: are the people created in this life (on Earth) the only people who will ever exist? ...
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What sects believe Jesus is buried in Japan?

The town of Shingo in Japan claims to be the burial site of Jesus of Nazareth: someone took his place on the cross, and he made his way to Japan, where he died. (Wikipedia.) Do, or did, any ...
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Why does Jesus refer to himself as the “Son of Man”?

Why does Jesus refer to himself as the "Son of Man"? This is similar to Why does Jesus speak of himself in the third person?, but I am specifically looking for an explanation of the "Son of Man" ...
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Are there any Messianic references in the OT apocrypha?

Are there any references to Jesus / the Messiah in the OT apocrypha? (See example of book list here.)