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A “version” of the bible with sentence structure written in English but retaining most of the original untranslated “nouns/verbs/adjectives”?

Is there a "version" of the bible that has it's sentence structure written in English, yet retaining most of the original untranslated "nouns/verbs/adjectives" ? Ok this is quite hard to explain, I'm ...
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What does Luke 11:5-8 mean?

Luke 11:5-8 (NIV) 5 Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 6 a friend of mine on a journey has come to ...
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How does entertainment glorify God at all? [closed]

In the modern context, we have many things to keep ourselves entertained and motivated to do work - music, videos, movies, games, magazines etc. According to 1 Corinthians 10:31 KJV Whether ...
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Comfort and strength in a storm from Psalm 29? [closed]

Psalm 29 (NRSV) describes a storm rolling over the Jordan valley. The congregation I serve is riding out a hurricane at this time; for safety's sake we didn't gather for worship. Can we, the church,...
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Profanity in entertainment? [closed]

Many comedians nowadays rely on the use of profanity to enhance their comedy. This is also present in movies and television (although limited). I know the bible says not to let "unwholesome talk" ...
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How is it that an unchanging and omniscient God can have “regret” as He did in Gen 6:7? [closed]

In Genesis 6:7, we read, "So the LORD said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—...
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Does God have free will? [closed]

To clarify the question - when I mention God here I am referring to God the Father and by free will, the best non-contradictory definition according to the Bible I have heard is "the ability to act ...
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Dialog between Jesus and Peter in John 21: what's going on?

In John 21: 15-17 there's a post-Resurrection dialog between Peter and Jesus. Here's the KJV translation of this dialog. So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, ...
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What is the true purpose of animals? [closed]

I'm no vegetarian, and I enjoy my fair share of steak. The idea of vegetarianism always intrigued me, because in my eyes animals are to be eaten by humans for nourishment. Obviously animals serve a ...
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Who were the Sons of God who seem to have begat the Nephilim? [duplicate]

Genesis 6:1--4 tells about the "sons of God" marrying whomsoever they pleased, and the Nephilim---"the heroes of old, men of renown"---were begotten then. How is this to be interpreted?
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What is a Nazirite?

In Judges 13 verse 7, There is an interesting passage. 7 But he said to me, 'You will become pregnant and will have a son. Don't drink wine or beer or eat anything that is unclean, because the boy ...
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What is the Biblical basis for “righteous anger”?

What would be defined as "righteous anger"? Ephesians 4:26 (ESV) says: 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, So, is all anger justifiable if you don't sin? Or are ...
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Is it wrong to consume alcohol? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How far is too far when it comes to drinking alcohol? Most Christians agree that getting drunk is wrong, and there's even a question about getting tipsy. But is it okay ...
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What is the Bible and Christian view on Astrology? [closed]

Being on this site has given me an opportunity to reflect and investigate more my beliefs and gain a greater understanding of the beliefs of other Christians. I was raised being taught that astrology ...
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Numerology and the Bible [closed]

The Bible has been the subject of many numerological attempts at applying greater / different meaning. The Bible Code being a popular example resulting in a book and a movie (at least one movie). My ...
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Is Political Correctness showing shame for our God? [closed]

Often times I see political correctness as an excuse to remove references to God. The excuse is that it is an effort to not offend those of different faiths. For example instead of Christmas it is the ...
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Scripted Prayers [closed]

Matthew 6:7 (KJV) 7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. My understanding of this scripture it is ...
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What can we do to grow closer to God? [closed]

Throughout my life, I've been close to God sometimes and further away at other times. This "distance" is present in both my emotions and also in my devotion. I mention both of those because there ...
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What is an overview of methods used by Christian churches to discipline their members?

The term discipline conjures up a huge range of actions in most people's minds. A parent disciplining a child could mean time-outs in the corner or a swat on the rear, not getting to hang out with ...
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What is the purpose of church discipline?

What is the end goal or purpose of church discipline and how is this defined in Scripture? What is the relation (if any) between church discipline and God's discipline? Lets keep the implementation ...
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“AD & BC” vs “CE & BCE” [closed]

Is there an official Christian statement for or against the use of AD & BC vs CE & BCE when it comes to the identification of the time before and after the birth of Christ? What is the ...
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Why did God create such complexity in man? [closed]

During Creation, God created man: Genesis 2:7 KJV And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Why ...
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Is the commandment to multiply, and replenish the earth in effect today? [closed]

Adam and Eve were commanded to multiply and replenish the earth. Genesis 1:28-30 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and ...
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What day of the week IS the Sabath on? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does Judaism celebrate Sabbath on Saturday and most Christians celebrate Sabbath on Sunday? We think that Sunday is the Sabath but the jews think that Saturday is the ...
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What was it about the death of Jesus that allows God to forgive us?

I've heard many people state that it was the punishment inflicted by the Romans that allows God to forgive us. This just doesn't make any sense to me. How can a man suffer for a short while here on ...
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What was the purpose to animal sacrifices?

I've never completely understood the purpose as to why God required that the Israelite's should kill an animal in order for God to forgive them.
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Did the pool of Bethesda have healing powers? [closed]

Recently while reading John 5 with my wife's family, we had a discussion about whether the pool of Bethesda really had healing powers. Some said the story is written as if the pool really could heal: ...
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How should Christians discipline their children today? [closed]

Proverbs 13:24 (NIV) teaches us that: 24 Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them. I realize child abuse is a serious ...
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What is the meaning of the question Luther's companions shouted on his deathbed?

In Martin Luther's Biography, In his final hour, Justus Jonas and Michael Coelius who were his companions shouted loudly and asked this question: "Reverend father, are you ready to die trusting ...
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Scripture against obscenity [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does the Bible say about "bad" words? I know that swearing and using obscenity is wrong, but I'm curious what exactly are the Scriptures that support this. ...
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Preventing nightmares through prayer? [closed]

We all have nightmares sometimes. I don't have them often, but when I do they're pretty bad. We Armenians usually recite a specific prayer before we go to bed. Translated, it looks something like ...
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Is Christianity continuing to grow worldwide?

Is there continuing growth in Christianity around the world or has it stalled/declined? I'm interested in worldwide stats rather than for individual countries.
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What does the Bible say about ecology? [closed]

What does the Bible say about ecology, or how we should relate to nature?
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What is the physical evidence for a local flood?

Some Christians believe Noah's flood was a local event rather than a global flood. What physical or geological evidence has been given by such Christians to support their position?
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What is the origin of “Jesus H Christ”? [closed]

I have always wondered how this meme started.
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What is the physical evidence for a global flood?

Young Earth Creationists, a subset of Christians, believe in a young earth, followed by a literal global flood based on the belief that Scripture is written as history. (reference here) Often, in ...
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Why does the (N)KJV put Jesus' name in all caps in Matthew 1:21 and Luke 1:31?

It's only in the King James and the New King James, but why is Jesus' name in all caps? And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from ...
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What's is the case for premarital sex being an instance of πορνεία (porneia)?

This question is pretty much a spinoff of What does the Bible say about sex before marriage / premarital sex? because its current answer depends on the assumption that premarital sex is πορνεία (...
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What does the Bible say about “bad” words? [closed]

I know the Bible says not to let "unwholesome talk" come out of our mouths (Ephesians 4:29), but to my knowledge it doesn't speak specifically about "bad words." In fact, to my knowledge, the English ...
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What is “intercession” and what kinds of “intercessory prayer” are there?

Different traditions seem to have different ideas about intercession. What are the major different types of "intercessory prayer" and which traditions employ them? If applicable to the definition, ...
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John Wesley's influence by ancient fathers

I have been told that John Wesley read the pre-Schism fathers a lot, and was influenced by them. Is this so, and if so, to what extent and how was his doctrine influenced by them?
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How did Judas die?

Judas Iscariot committed suicide when he realized the evil that he had done. Matthew 27:3-5 (KJV) 3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, ...
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How did the practice of soliciting the prayers of dead saints originate?

How did the practice of soliciting the prayers of dead saints originate? Did it start based on something in the bible? The apocrypha? A papal decree? On a side note, which groups practice this type ...
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Will God destroy the earth again? [closed]

A friend of mine once said that, "God said he would never destroy the earth again." I assume she was referencing the time of Noah's Ark, where the Great Flood wiped out the entire world. I was ...
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Is abortion okay if it is medically necessary? [closed]

I'm sure that most of us agree that abortion is sinful and certainly not okay...most of the time. However, I'm thinking of two rare circumstances that may be exceptions. The mother would die but the ...
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Sybils and Prophetesses in the Sistine Chapel

For what purpose did Michelangelo add each Sybils or Prophetesses to the ceiling of the Sistine chapel? This is an explanation to why they're there in the first place. The latter, although ...
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Can Christianity be objectively defined? [closed]

Orthodox Christianity is considered to be what comes from the Old and New Testament but many denominations/religions call themselves Christians without adhering strictly to the Bible as we know it ...
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How ambitious should a Christian be? [closed]

According to Luke 16:13 (ESV): No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God ...
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Is it appropriate to capitalize pronouns referring to Jesus Christ? [closed]

Somewhere along the line I picked up the habit of capitalizing He, His, Him, etc. when they are referring to Jesus Christ as a form of respect. Likewise I always capitalize Christ, which is the title ...
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What is the source of hatred often perceived by Christians in western society? [closed]

Not everyone hates Christians, but it seems that most Christians have felt hated at some time by someone because of their faith. Is there a specific reason behind the hatred I've seen towards ...

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