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Is the al-Hallaj of the Yazidi religion Jesus?

I am a follower of Christ and am going to be a missionary. I am studying the culture and religion of the Yazidi (also spelled Yezidi) and I don't understand al-Hallaj. According to the Yazidi, is ...
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Know any Bible verses on 'faith,' 'knowledge' or what it means to 'believe'? [duplicate]

I was assigned to present a paper on epistemology, which is the philosophy of truth, knowledge and belief, and to convey it on the terms of my judgment. I am blessed to have a professor who encourages ...
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In which Christian group is “prosperity theology” derogatory?

What Christian denomination(s) believe(s) that "prosperity theology" is derogatory, and why? What are the justifications against prosperity theology? I know that some neo-Pentecostal churches preach ...
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Is SIN a sin just because God says it is sin? [duplicate]

What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, ...
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How do the Dead Sea Scrolls impact modern apologetics?

I understand that the 1946 discovery of almost a thousand ancient texts in caves on the West Bank has had a significant impact, I'm just trying to figure out what specific changes the discovery has ...
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Is there any holy language for Christians according to words of Jesus Christ and the apostles?

The Jews have Hebrew. Muslims have Arabic. Hindus have Sanskrit. For Christians, is there any holy language? Is there any holy language for Christians according to words of Jesus Christ and the ...
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Is there a difference between theology and apologetics?

I've heard that it all has to do with knowing the right audience. Perhaps, if the audience be Christian, it would be labelled as "theology", and if the audience is non-Christian, it would be labelled ...
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Which denomination(s) believe(s) there are many heavens?

Which denomination(s) believe(s) there are many heavens?
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Which churches today are the most missionary-minded (highly involved in missionary work)?

Was Jesus Christ's church (the primitive church) a missionary church? Matthew 28, verses 19-20 leads me to believe it was. It says, Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the ...
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Crucifixion, why the son? [duplicate]

Am very confused. I understand why Jesus died for us on the cross to pay for all of our sins and I understand how there had to be a virginal birth, so that Jesus could be perfect and without sin. Am ...
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What theolological distinctives are exhibited in 'The True Furqan'?

The book The True Furqan, a work first published in Arabic a little over a decade ago, has come up recently in several contexts from being a suspect in anti government plots1 to being proof that ...
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Can theology be defined “the science of faith” nowadays?

According to Wikipedia, Richard Hooker (March 1554 – 3 November 1600) was an English Anglican priest and an influential theologian. He was one of the most important English theologians of the ...
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Did original Christian theology that predated the birth of Jesus teach anything similar to the doctrine of the Trinity? [closed]

Since Christianity stems from Judaism did the Jews believe that their Messiah and their God would be the same person as described in the Trinity?
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What is so special about a fig tree. Is it the tree of life?

The fig tree is used many times in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Why? What is so special about them that the Bible is not or is telling me? Is there any other kind of tree that is more used? ...
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What does the church say about 1 Thessalonians 2:18?

It took me by surprise that Paul sounds very certain that Satan blocked him from coming back to Thessalonica. How is this so? How do we know, from the scriptures, that he is not just passing the blame ...
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Was the Scapegoat of Leviticus an allusion to Barabbas at the crucifixion?

There are several similarities between the selection of the Scapegoat, and the selection of Jesus as our sacrifice. Leviticus 16:7 KJV And he shall take the two goats, and present them before ...
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What is the 70 weeks prophesied in Daniel chapter nine?

In Daniel chapter nine, He prophesies: Daniel 9:24 KJV Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make ...
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How Does the Big Bang theory compare to Biblical Creation? [closed]

As Christian and an inquisitive nature the comparison of Scientific discovery with Biblical writings has always intrigued me, and as Science and Especially the deep space telescopes such as Hubble ...
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Why do Jehovah's Witnesses have a problem with my relationship with one of their members?

Hi I am new here but there is this question that bothers me. It concerns the marriage between JW and another congregation. I am currently dating a JW member who is also of that background. Everything ...
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Is this Aquinas idea largely accepted in Christianity?

Thomas Aquinas defined the beatific vision as the human being's "final end" in which one attains to a perfect happiness. Aquinas reasons that one is perfectly happy only when all one's desires are ...
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If there were no punishment for sin would salvation be necessary?

Every time I hear someone say that 'If God were a loving God he would not send people to Hell', It makes me wonder Why does God, who is such a loving God send unbelievers to Hell. Since Jesus said ...
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Can you refer to the Trinity as “Others”

Is it theologically correct to refer to the Trinity as "Others" when speaking about them in a particular sentence. ie You cannnot change yourself without the help of the Others
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Is the beast of Revelation 13 the same as the beast of Daniel 7?

There are several similarities between the Beast described in Revelation chapter 13 and the one described in Daniel chapter 7. Rev 13:1 and 2 KJV And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw ...
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Is Satan's rebellion against God unfinished? [closed]

Since God is Omniscient and already knew how things would unfold, why did he not just throw Lucifer and the rebellious angels into the lake of fire, and forget about it? Satan didn't stop after being ...
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What about the “beforelife”?

It is a common concern in all humans to know about the afterlife, but what do religions say about the beforelife? Some religions say reincarnation, and I think the vast majority of the rest just takes ...
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Is it a good guess that Heaven's joy surpasses even the keenest felt here?

Jonathan Edwards said terms like 'joy' and 'ecstasy' were too meager to describe the greatness of the happiness in Heaven. Was Edwards right in saying our strongest words come nowhere near the ...
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Do non-christians of other religions have salvation or not beacuse they don't believe Christ is Lord? [closed]

i mean in this question that many people don't believe he died and don't believe he is the true lord :Do other people of other religions have salvation if they do not believe in salvation by Jesus?
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Why is there so little written on the greatness of the happiness in Heaven?

Jonathan Edwards said that terms such as 'ecstacy' and 'joy' were too meager to describe Heaven but were 'low shadows' of the reality. This (if so) is obviously hugely exciting and, for me, (as a ...
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Who says, “If you are going to Heaven, you will know it”?

I heard from some preachers(not prominent) that assurance of going to Heaven is a self-consciousness. You yourself will have the evident, proof or confident that you are indeed going to heaven. If you ...
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What does the Bible say about a father walking his daughter down the aisle at her wedding?

I believe this came about as a Jewish tradition. Why is this done and what does it symbolize? Is a father walking his daughter down the aisle at her wedding a biblical tradition? What is the father's ...
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Does the outward and differing external practice of bible heroes express the meaning of their internal and peculiar messages?

I was just noticing that many bible characters had widely different styles. For example Moses was unique in being the messenger of so many miraculous curses and deaths. John the baptist almost ...
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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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Catholic's view on artificial self-enhancement

I am writing a story wherein a pill to increase empathy and awareness of your fellow human being is invented. I was wondering what the view of the Catholic church is on self-enhancement. I went to a ...
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Does God require us to have faith because Adam and Eve sinned?

I remember when I first sought God, I felt like I was going out into the dark. I simply followed people at the church without really believing, but willing myself to believe. In other words, I didn't ...
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Why was Christ's sacrifice such a big cost?

Many hymns refer to the immense cost that Jesus paid on the cross. In one sense this is consistent with evangelical theology in that Jesus was taking the sins of the world upon himself. But some ...
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Who uses the term “God-talk”, and what do they mean?

I've seen many books and articles that use the word God-talk. This seems, often, to be used as a friendlier alternative to theology, which comes from the Greek θεός (theos) for God, and λόγος (logos) ...
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Why is Jeremiah 31:31-34 interpreted by Catholic Christians to point toward Jesus?

Why is Jeremiah 31:31-34 interpreted by Catholic Christians to point toward Jesus? How and why has Christianity fused together the idea of a Hebrew מָשִׁיחַ, or messiah, with the concept of something ...
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On what basis does the Catholic Church teach that women cannot be ordained?

The Catholic Church maintains that it does not have the authority to ordain women. I.e., the Church can't ordain women. It's assumed then that God set a precedent or gave a mandate to ordain only men. ...
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If you don't believe in the inerrancy of scripture, on what basis can you interpret scripture?

I know there are several Christian traditions that do not claim that scripture is inerrant (and therefore do not interpret everything in the Bible literally). If this is the case, then it seems like a ...
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What is so appealing about Christianity? [closed]

Early Christianity soon after Jesus’ death, in spite of the whole powerful world being against the first believers, kept spreading rapidly in that region. More so because up to the point of Jesus' ...
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What is the role and significance of Zion in Christianity?

The meaning of Zion is uncertain. There is a hymn related to Zion. The refrain part says, We’re marching to Zion, Beautiful, beautiful Zion; We’re marching upward to Zion, The ...
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If Jesus is God, who/where does Jesus pray to?

I realize that some of Christianity believe God and Jesus to be one being, whereas some believe them to be separate and distinct beings. I come from the background of the latter group, which reasoning ...
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How does Christianity work with all the biblical covenants?

One major theme of the Bible is the number of covenants between God and humanity. How do Christians manage to work them out? Are the covenants prioritized from highest priority to lowest priority, or ...
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Christian denominations that view Jesus as a human moral teacher?

Are there any current Christian denominations that view Jesus as a human moral teacher, rather than as the supernatural Son of God? I am looking for specific examples of denominations that state this ...
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Which denominations follow “queer theology”?

According to this page, it briefly describes this: Queer theology begins with an assumption that gender non-conformity and homosexual desire have always been present in human history, and are ...
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What sort of Christians are proponents of just war?

Which sects of Christianity are support the idea of "Just War"? What are the arguments that they give that support this view? How do they see their views on this issue being related to the Bible?
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What happened to the resurrected after death?

In the Bible (primarily the New Testament), we see numerous people who were raised from the dead. Drawing from this link, we see the following were raised from death: Widow of Zarephath's son (1 ...
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Does Roman Catholic Church recognize some Eastern Orthodox Saints?

I heard that in some of Catholic churches (I mean parishes) in Europe there are icons of Russian Saints, such as Seraphim of Sarov, for example (may be I'm wrong, I personally haven't seen this). So ...
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Which denominations follow prosperity theology?

In the comments of an answer to another question, the topic of prosperity theology was raised, and someone stated that a large portion of Christianity is in some way supportive of prosperity theology. ...
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In what way is God the “Father” of Jesus?

Jesus identified God as His Father and Himself as the only begotten Son; these are familial names, which impose relational considerations. Biblically speaking, in what way is God the Father of ...