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What are the main theological frameworks for interpreting bible texts? [closed]

Interpretations of the protestant 66 bible texts may slightly differ based on church traditions, orthodox, protestant, catholic, pentecostal and such. But one could see bigger shift on interpretation ...
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Why not the Orthodox beliefs instead of splitting away? [duplicate]

Why not the Orthodox beliefs instead of the Protestant Reformation? What prompted the Reformers to "rewrite" everything?
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Other than the Bible, what should I read? [closed]

I am currently in the process of my first reading of the Bible as an adult, coming towards the end. Much of my knowledge about Christianity comes from the media which I don't honestly trust, and most ...
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Is it true that the Protestants have 66 books of the Bible, but Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians have 73 books? [duplicate]

I was reading a blog (http://philliphowell.wordpress.com/2013/07/25/answering-muslim-objections-to-the-bible/#more-2893) and I came across this sentence that rather bothers me: "Protestants have 66 ...
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Do humans have free will? [duplicate]

Something confuses me. God is omniscient, meaning He knows everything, including our decisions in life. God says we have free will, but how is that so if I can't make the choice to not do something ...
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The use of the term “scripture” in the Christian Bible [duplicate]

Something I've been curious about for some time. There is a verse stating that "scripture" is the inerrant word of the Christian god: "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, ...
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Can the demons perform miracles? [closed]

I've heard that people validate miracles that have occurred because someone prayed to a dead person. This way they consider them as if they came from God, but unfortunately, giving more importance to ...
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What does Psalm 146:3 mean? [closed]

Psalms 146: 1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul. 2 While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being. 3 Put not your trust in princes, nor in ...
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What is the biblical basis for the idea that organ donation is right or wrong? [closed]

Certain denominations such as Jehovah's Witness and Christian Scientists seem to discourage organ donation, while others support it. What is the basis for this doctrine?
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What does this quote mean? [closed]

This was in the context of surrendering our will to God. The quote goes "An over-weaning consideration for ourselves is the thing that keeps us from that decision (of surrendering our will), though we ...
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How does the bible describe heaven [duplicate]

I have several questions regarding the main questions. The reason I'd like to know what the heaven is like, is because I'm wondering why would people rebel against God? I mean I'm thinking heaven as ...
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How do Christians justify God's apparent neglect of those who cannot help themselves? [duplicate]

This is something that always confused me. Take as a simple example, one among many, children in Africa. The ones we've all seen pictures of. The ones that starve to death or are shot before they're ...
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According to mainstream Christianity, who is God? [duplicate]

This question also relates to it: Biblical basis for the doctrine of the Trinity Growing up I've been led to believe that God is God, and Jesus is God's son. But others have also preached that ...
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Love and Hate relationships [duplicate]

God says to love everyone, even your enemies, in church they preach to us that Satan is our #1 enemy. Are you supposed to love the devil or hate him. The devil loves hate but hates love. But if we ...
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Was there evil / darkness before god created everything? [duplicate]

When god created everything, the light was shining on darkness and the "darkness" never mastered it. The tree of knowledge of good and evil was also there when god created everything. The serpent ...
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Does the Prophecy of St. Malachy allow for any Popes between the Glory of the Olive and Petrus Romanus? [closed]

The Prophecy of St. Malachy was apparently supposed to have predicted the line of popes for that past few centuries. Recently, some have suggested that we were reaching the final pope in the prophecy ...
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Historical evidence other than Bible about Jesus [duplicate]

As the title sugests, besides the Bible, what sources are there about the existance of Jessus Christ. I can imagine if someone did many miracles and would have thousands of people following him on ...
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What is the place where Jesus went after death? [duplicate]

After Jesus died, he went to the place of the Dead. 1 Peter 8:19-20 19 After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— 20 to those who were disobedient long ago ...
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How old was Mary when she gave birth to Jesus? [duplicate]

Of course we may not know her real age when she gave birth, but what would be a good estimation? According to the Catholic Encyclopedia: "A year after his wife's death, as the priests announced ...
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Where did the moral-civil-ceremonial distinction of Old Testament laws come from and when was it popularized? [duplicate]

When answering this question: How many laws from Old Testament are still valid in New Testament? I was reminded that my answer is not Biblically derived in making the trinary distinction of Old ...
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Confirmation- How? When? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the steps to become Confirmed in the Catholic church? So I am a Christian who was baptized in a Catholic church. I am currently a senior in High School and ...
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Why is “JESUS” in white on green? [closed]

For the past several years, in the United States, I've seen many lawn signs and bumper stickers consisting of nothing more than the word "JESUS" (in capital letters). Invariably, the word is written ...
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Why do Biblical examples of polygamy include polygyny and not polyandry? [closed]

I was having a discussion recently about the history of polygamy (multiple marriage partners) and the question came up as to why was polygyny (one man, multiple wives) allowed while polyandry (one ...
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Who are the sons God that married humans? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Sons of God begat famous people? Gen 6:2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose Who are the ...
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How to minister to fear over decisions [closed]

I often deal with anxiety over the decisions I've made. "Did I seek God's will enough?" "Did I care about God's will?" "Oh no! Now I'm stuck! I made this decision without seeking God's will! ...
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Do we really have free-will? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: If God controls our decisions, does this mean we don't have free will? The bible says that God is omniscient, he knows about you even before you were born, he knew ...
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How did the early church respond to the accusation that Christianity forbid ‘all uses of images’ even if only ‘representing the Divine Being’?

Origen. Contra Celsus BOOK VII. responds to an attack from Celsus on this issue, Celsus accuses Christians and being just like Jews in selecting all forms of images without exception. In this ...
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Can a person lose his/her salvation? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can a Christian walk away from their salvation? The Bible teaches that when you accept Christ as you personal savior, your name is written in the book of life. Is it ...
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What is the basis of the Jehovah's Witnesses' belief that Jesus died on a Stake instead of a Cross? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Crucifixion — torture stake or cross? I understand that the Jehovah's Witnesses teach that Jesus died on a Stake (a vertical pole) instead of a Cross. What is ...
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The Creation of the World [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can the sun be created after day and night? I had this question for sometime on my mind, but couldn't find anyone to answer this. On the first day God created the ...
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According to LDS theology, did God create the world ex nihilo? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: According to the Mormon doctrines, who created the universe? I was listening to a story on NPR about Mormon business ethics, when the claim was made that according to ...
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What's the pope's justification today? [closed]

I heard in college that the first popes basically used this to claim power over the christian world: The Donatio Constantini, which proved to be a falsification in the early Renaissance. It was ...
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If Abraham really believed in God, why did he lie and let Pharaoh take Sarah? Why didn't God protect him? [closed]

I just read the Abraham story. Given he was a friend of God I'm amazed that he needed to be so bad and let Sarah be taken by Pharaoh.
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In Luke 5 Levi is called by Jesus. He seems to become a disciple almost straight away. Is that what is happening here

In Luke 5 we have the conversion of Levi. It appears that he became an apostle almost straight away. Is that what is happening here? Regards, Fred
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Is the Holy Bible more about the death or resurrection of Jesus? [closed]

Is the Holy Bible more about the death or resurrection of Jesus? Which of the two does the Bible put more light on?
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When did the “upside down cross” become a sign of anti-Christianity?

When did the "upside down cross" become a sign of anti-Christianity? I can find no mention of it in the Bible. However there is, in Christian history, the story of Peter's execution - which really ...
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What if Israel had accepted Jesus as their Lord?

Reading Romans 11:11-12 Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. 12 But if ...
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Ezekiel Temple and Prophecy [closed]

The temple detailed in prophecy by Ezekiel chapters 40-48 is very specific in detail. Does anybody have any theological evidence or would like to apply a reasoned assertion that it may ever be ...
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Is this age the only opportunity for salvation? [duplicate]

The majority of mainstream Protestant churches in the U.S. proclaim this age is the only opportunity for salvation. There's a prominent minority, mostly non-denominational, that claim the period ...
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Are there Christians who believe Jesus was an ideology and not a person?

Is there a denomination or Christian religion that believes that Jesus Christ was just an idea or way of thinking and that the apostles must have personalized him for the people to understand it ...
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Under what conditions can a re-married catholic couple receive the sacrament of eucharist

According to familiaris consortio the only case where a "civilly" re-married catholic may receive communion, is where they repent and live like brother-sister, so to speak. Are there other, perhaps ...
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Does the Bible prohibit women from having any position of power over men? [closed]

For example, (i.e. no women presidents or judges), or just the specific roles of head-of-household (earning more money, etc.) and pastor? I got this thought because of Genesis 3:16, where God is ...
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What is the theology behind bodily relics?

In the Middle Ages body parts of saints were often put on display and pilgrims would visit them. There are still some on display to this day. What was the original theology justifying taking them? ...
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Why didn't Protestants argue for traditional marriage by natural reason?

The US Supreme Court recently ruled that Homosexual couples can get married in all US States and that these marriages are legally equal to the Traditional model of marriage, one man and one woman. ...
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Are there one or two covenants in Exodus? Clarifying the role of the first set of laws compared to the second set

Im a little confused by some commentaries as to how they describe the laws given to Moses. We see a first set of commands listed in Exodus 20:1-17 and 20:22-23:33. These are then agreed upon by ...
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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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Why was it important that Isaac's wife be from within Abraham's family?

In Genesis 24, Abraham tells his servant to go back to his homeland and find a wife for Isaac from Abraham's country and Abraham's relatives. First of all, I suppose I can understand why Isaac was ...
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Blaspheme one part of the Trinity but not the whole?

Luke 12:10 NIV And anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven How is it possible to ...
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Forgiveness Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit [duplicate]

Here is a conundrum, If we take what Jesus said in the Bible I find there is a problem with this particular sin - Could it be that the early church added it to make a point about something else and ...
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What is the meaning of Holy Spirit in Mark 3:28-29? [duplicate]

Mark 3:28-29 28 : Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, 29 : but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; ...

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