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What does James mean when he says that Judging a Brother Equals Judging the Law?

James 4:11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art ...
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Was this scene really meant for Matthew and Peter

One scene that I find moving is the prodigal son, found here http://youtu.be/w7c-XY695hk. Was this scene really meant for Matthew and Peter or was this simply Hollywood. Did Jesus really want to ...
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Why or where were the 1000s of people who knew Jesus, why didn't they help

In several passages of the bible Jesus healed, drove demons out, forgave, cured, and showed compassion to thousands of people. He lifted a girl who was dead to her feet, and many more were supposedly ...
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James 2 Interpretation [duplicate]

How do Christians interpret James chapter 2 in regards to being saved through faith not works as explained in other parts of Scripture?
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Are there example writings of general refutation from Jesus' time?

There is an apologetic argument that goes like this: If the gospels were not factual, then we should expect to find other writings from the same time which refute them. We do not, therefore the ...
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According to Catholic theology, why does God have an only Son?

Catholics, and to my understanding other Trinitarian Christians, believe and teach what is borne by scripture [cf. Eph 4:4-5] i.e. there One God the Father, One God the Son, and one God the Holy ...
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Why do Roman Catholics consider eating fish on Friday a good work?

Please forgive me if there are caveats or circumstances to this idea that I am not aware of.
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What is the purpose of angels?

Aside from them being generically created "...for God..." like everything is, does the bible give a set of duties or purposes that angels have?
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People learning through trial and error [on hold]

God never told Cain that murder was a sin, but it is not until he does it that he learns that he will be punished by God. There were no laws by God that murder was a sin or someone Cain could ask for ...
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How is the Book of Enoch ascribing all sins of fallen angels to Azazel not Scriptural?

A member by the name Jas 3.1 in his list of false doctrines against the Book of Enoch in "Why is the Book of Enoch not regarded as canonical?" stated: "Ascribes all the sin of the fallen angels to ...
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According to Catholic theology, why are there two and only two processions in the Godhead? [duplicate]

Catholics, and to my understanding other Trinitarian Christians, believe and teach what is borne by scripture [cf. Eph 4:4-5] i.e. there One God the Father, One God the Son, and one God the Holy ...
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Is Catholicism the only religion to uphold the indissolubility of marriage?

Is Catholicism the only religion to uphold the indissolubility of marriage? If not, which others do?
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Why do Pentecostals believe in a closed canon?

Pentecostals believe the gift of prophecy continues to the present day. From what I understand, most Christians believe the gift of prophecy is what enabled the writers of Scripture to write ...
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What is the Biblical basis for continuationism?

Continuationism is the idea that extraordinary gifts of the Spirit (prophecy, tongues, healing) continue in the present day. This is contrasted with cessationism, which says that such gifts have ...
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How does the Jehovah's Witness denomination deal with the filial piety among its East Asian believers?

The Jehovah's Witness denomination has been preached in more than 300 different languages, apparently using the English text as the base instead of directly from the original biblical languages. ...
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Is there a method for looking up a count of scriptures that directly deal with a personal relationship with God? [on hold]

Part of a personal research project requires that I gather a count of all scripture that directly discusses the necessary steps to build a personal relationship with God. Without reading and scoring ...
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Do the Majority of Denominations believe in a literal flood or a metaphorical one?

The Bible says in Genesis that all of humanity was wiped out by a massive, world-encompassing flood. Only Noah and his family were saved because they were Godly people. Floods, even small ones and ...
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What is the basis for believing Hosea 6:7 is speaking about Adam the man and not men in general? [migrated]

It is the same word (Adam meaning man) but the KJV translates it as men, any other translations I have checked translate it as 'Adam' himself. What are the arguments for translating it as 'Adam'? ...
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Differences in Bible translation & Which one is the Best? [duplicate]

What are the main differences among popular Bible translations & Is it really possible for someone could say one particular translation is the Best & Most authentic? Ultimately there ...
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Christian treatments of the fact-value distinction

I would like to be referred to some good philosophical treatments/discussions of the fact-value distinction from a Christian perspective. The main question I have is: Is there such a thing as a ...
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Is it true that people in the Genesis and Exodus are only given promises for future blessings?

It seems like in Genesis and Exodus that God gave people promises of blessings in the future, but never in the present. He promised Abraham that his descendants would become great nations. The ...
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Should Christians tithe from the gross or the net of their income? [on hold]

Should Christians tithe from the gross or the net of their income? What's the reasoning for either case?
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Why God reveals Himself as a male? [on hold]

Why does God choose to reveal to us as a male instead of a female? Thanks.
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What is the position of the United Methodist Church on creationism and evolution

Reverend Paul Kottke, of the United Methodist Church, has preached that Christian faith and science, including Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, are not incompatible. This seems to be in accord ...
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What are the arguments for the Anabaptist kinship theory regarding Baptist history

Anabaptist kinship being the theory that Baptists rose from continental Anabaptists in the 16th century.
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Does Catholicism Share Some Beliefs with Deism?

Deism teaches the watchmaker analogy, and Catholicism teaches about the gift of free will and the natural order of things. Those seem to have a lot in common. For instance: According to Catholic ...
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Did God have sex with Sarah? [on hold]

I'm confused after reading this passage from Genesis 21 about the Birth of Isaac: The Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised. And Sarah conceived and bore ...
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What is the difference between 'Hell', 'Sheol', 'Hades' and 'Gehenna'?

In Western imagination, Hell is a place of everlasting torment and suffering for the wicked. Brunlesschi's painting in Florence's Duomo illustrates it well: The word 'Hell' itself, however, doesn't ...
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Why is the name Jehovah not used more in the Book of Mormon?

In Jewish history around 150 years before Christ came Jews began taking the name Jehovah out of the Bible. In the book of Mormon, the record of the bible is on brass plates claimed from Laban 600 BC. ...
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How does mainstream Christianity's perception of Heaven differ from the Mormon perception of the Terrestrial Kingdom?

Unless I am mistaken, it seems to me that the Mormon definition of the Terrestrial Kingdom (the second highest kingdom of glory) is essentially identical to mainstream Christianity's definition of ...
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Are there any verses showing God being fooled or deceived? [duplicate]

Are there any passages in the bible (old or new) that display god as getting tricked by somebody? For example in the Garden of Eden God didn't know (or seemed to not know) about the apple being eaten ...
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What does it mean “ Jesus is only son begotten not made” in your language? [duplicate]

Is there someone show to me and give me enough explanation about Jesus Christ since he is "only begotten son " as cited in John 3:16 , and we know that every Christian believed that "Jesus is only ...
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Why is Ruth's child in the line of Boaz and not Mahlon?

It seems to me that according to this law the first-born child of Boaz and Ruth should have been recorded in the line of Mahlon: If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, ...
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What are the verses of all the Bible stories that deal with infertility? [on hold]

Many women in the Old and New Testaments were barren (infertile). What are the verses for all the Biblical stories that deal with infertile women, including those in the books Protestants call the ...
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What is the position of the Episcopal Church on the evolution of man?

Pope Francis, in a speech given at a Pontifical Academy of Sciences, has declared his support of evolution as the scientific explanation of the origin of man. Following on the statements of his recent ...
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If someone had the staff of Moses today, would it still work? [on hold]

If not, would the staff of Aaron still work to this present day? Just wondering.
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What is the Biblical basis that it was was the second person of the Trinity that walked in the garden of Eden? [on hold]

Genesis 3:8 tells us: Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the ...
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What are devotionals? [duplicate]

What the word "devotional" means in Christian context? Is it true that every devotional calls for prayer? Can a book on several topics in New Testament (grouped by topics) be called a devotional? (I ...
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Having trouble converting [on hold]

I'm having some trouble at home right now. I'm 17 years old and just recently I started to question what I believe in. Me and my family don't actually belong to a specific religion and my parents are ...
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Which race were Adam and Eve? [on hold]

I am asking which skin color Adam and Eve had when they were created? Also did they have brown, blond, red, or black hair color? And which eyes did they have — like Asian or European or African ...
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Why was, “for they were Ishmaelites” considered an explanation for why the Midianites had golden earrings in Judges 8:24 [migrated]

Gideon's Ephod Then the men of Israel said to Gideon, “Rule over us, you and your son and your grandson also, for you have saved us from the hand of Midian.” Gideon said to them, “I will ...
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Chronologically, when was the concept of Hell first mentioned in the Bible?

Chronologically, when was the concept of Hell first mentioned in the Bible? Is it mentioned in the Old Testament, or is it only in the New? Assuming a standard consensus view of when each book of ...
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According to LDS, what is the purpose of the final judgment?

I used to think that the purpose of the final judgment was to determine which kingdom of glory we would inherit, and then once that was determined we could be resurrected with a body to match that ...
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Who is with the First? [duplicate]

Why is it that we think that only Adam and Eve are the first people on the earth. In Chapter 1 it states that He created male and female. Then in chapter 2, it states that he formed man. Formed ...
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Reading NIV bible for AR points

I am noticing that my child may earn Accelerated Reader points for reading sections of the Student NIV Bible. We are Catholic. Is it appropriate for my child to read the Student NIV version of the ...
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Where was God prior to creating the ***Heavens*** and the Earth? [closed]

Genesis chapter 1:1 says: Genesis 1:1 NKJV In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. That verse has always been an enigma to me. It clearly states that God created more than one ...
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Why do non believers hate being confronted with the truth? [closed]

As I understand the bible those who do not accept Jesus into their hearts go to hell. I understand it's more than just being a "christian", you actually have to have this relationship with god. And ...
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What do christians say before they die? [closed]

I know before some people die a pastor or a priest would come to the hospital and say something & the person would repeat it. What is it that they say? & Does it mean they going straight to ...
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How Does the Copper Serpent Relate to Jesus? [duplicate]

When the Israelites complained God sent serpents to bite them. As a way to reverse the plague, Moses put a copper serpent on a pole. Upon looking at the copper serpent, the israelites would be healed ...
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First Occurrence of “Sea of Forgetfulness” in Christian Literature

Apparently "Sea of Forgetfulness" is a well known example of Christian jargon. This is news to me, as I have never heard this phrase before today (perhaps because I am relatively young, and this ...

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