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Can the God of the Old Testament be seen as a consistent moral law giver?

There seems to be instances when God tolerates sin, since it is an improvement over the cultural conditions of the time. For instance, the laws regarding the treatment of slaves some have argued were ...
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What does it mean to test God?

I remember that while Jesus was being tempted in the desert by the devil, the devil had asked Him to jump down from a height, because the angels would be sure to rescue Him. But Jesus answered that ...
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Why do women have inferior rights in the Bible? [closed]

The Bible has many parts (in both the Old and New Testaments) that shows the inferior status of women. Does this come from status in ancient times or does it have another basis? Why do woman today ...
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What was Jesus' view on the authority of Scripture? [on hold]

What was Jesus' own personal view on the nature of the Scripture as far as the divine authority of the OT? Can his view on this issue be determined through his own use of it?
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How was the Old Testament compiled?

While this question is similar to this question, I'm certain the answer will be very different, and far more complex.... How was the Old Testament compiled?
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Did Jesus consider OT events to be literal history? [on hold]

Did Jesus consider the historic references in the OT to be literal in the sense that people and events where historical as recorded or did he view them as symbolic/figurative or did he pick and choose?...
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What was Satan's view on the authority of Scripture?

Does the Bible give us any indication about what Satan's own view of the Scriptures and their authority as divine testimony is? Does the way he uses it or the way he responds to those who use it tell ...
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How should other churches respond to a pastor and congregation who live contrary to the Gospel?

The news recently had a case of a pastor and two deacons who beat up the pastor's nephew and the nephew's boyfriend on church property in order to prevent the homosexual couple from entering. This ...
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Is the Israel of the NT the modern country? [closed]

The Israel talked about throughout the Old Testament is fairly clearly a specific people group and later a country. The New Testament also makes references to Israel. Are these references comparable? ...
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Is prayer to Jesus required for salvation? [closed]

According to the Bible, will those who have heard about Jesus (and, perhaps, even believed that Jesus existed or that he had a special role) and yet have never prayed directly to Him (i.e. never ...
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What is the earliest name ascribed to the book of Revelation?

I was teaching Catechism last night, going over 'Revelation'. I asked, "what's revelation?" and one girl answered, "It's the last book in the Bible". and I was like, "um yeah..." Well I wanted to say,...
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Once a believer, always a believer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Once saved always saved. Is eternal security Biblical? Recently, I had a conversation with a (new) friend that started off with him telling me how he had been a devout ...
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How can things considered bad when done by humans become good when God does them? [closed]

The following is one of the central questions concerning moral values in Christianity. I am referring to an answer Caleb gave earlier on here. There he says, and I believe this is the standard stance ...
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Who, and what, are the “chosen people”?

According to Deuteronomy 7:6, the Israelites are called the "chosen people". Who in fact are the chosen people, and does this include Christians? What sets the chosen people apart, are there special ...
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Did Jesus die earlier than expected? [closed]

The Bible seems to indicate that Jesus died before the others that were being crucified. John 19:31-33 (NIV) 31 Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. ...
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Are Christians allowed to practice Eastern martial arts? [closed]

I know some people, Christians, who study Eastern martial arts. They explain this by saying that they do not practice the spiritual aspects of karate or kung-fu; but they use only the physical ...
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What are the main points of Mormons' teaching that this group of people consider contradictory to the Bible? [closed]

Okay, before asking this question I want to establish the audience that I am about to address: people who consider themselves Christians and don't associate themselves with Mormons. So here is the ...
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Must a Christian accept the Bible to be infallible and/or inerrant? [closed]

Related question: What is the difference between "infallible" and "inerrant"? I have heard lists of requirements to be considered Christian; among those, I find these the most ...
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What Biblical basis do “separation traditions” have to support their beliefs?

There are a variety of Christian traditions that involve some level of separation from the world - monasticism, the Mennonites, Amish, Shakers, Quakers, etc. We are told in the New Testament to be "...
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When do we as Christians draw the line on self-defense? [closed]

At what line do Christians stop at self defense? Take a look here: Matthew 5:39 But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. ...
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Is it appropriate to say that some denominations are more “extreme” than others?

I've been thinking about the actions of people under the guise of religions. It is clear to me that there are extremists in any religion, under any denomination, just as there are more liberal people. ...
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Does the Bible talk about denominations?

Is there any talk of differing religious denominations (of Christianity) in the Bible? Specific references to passages would be quite useful.
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Is Communion still Communion under only the species of wine?

I was reading in the Youcat that Communion only under the species of bread is also a full communion with Christ I was always under the impression that both the bread and the wine when ...
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How do Christians justify their belief and how do they convince others of their belief? [closed]

First of all, I assume that everybody should have some sort of justification for his beliefs. Secondly, I assume that Christians are interested in convincing others to join them as evangelisation ...
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How should we judge the trustworthiness of a given Bible translation?

Given that both the humans who actually penned the Bible and the later humans who translated it all had free will, the issue of Biblical inerrancy is a tricky one. See also: By what mechanism could ...
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Why are the first five books of the old testament named differently in some translations?

In my (norwegian) Bible, the first five books are titled the first through fifth books of Moses, instead of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, etc., which appear to be the common English names. The names of ...
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What did the animals eat when they emerged from the ark? [closed]

Given that Noah had to rescue 2 of a kind of every animal and fit them all in the ark, and given that he would've had to feed them while they were in his captivity: If after the flood there were only ...
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What were people supposed to do with an incomplete or nonexistent Bible?

If god wants everybody to be Christian and the Bible is the central text of Christianity, what were people supposed to do before it was completed, much less started? Also, is there anything on record ...
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Where can I learn about Catholic terms and phrases?

A number of very good questions and answers on this site refer to specifically Catholic doctrine or terminology. I've been one to ask for clarification on these terms at times, however I think it's ...
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How do we resolve the issue with the circular argument that the Bible is the basis for its own authority? [closed]

This is a continuation from the previous question, "Why is the Bible a foundation of theological evidence?" But this time I'd like the question to focus on the issue of what looks like a circular ...
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Should Christians uphold unjust laws that are not overtly immoral? [closed]

Inspired by this question, I'm left wondering how Christians ought to respond to laws that are unjust, but not overtly immoral. I think most of us will agree that Christians ought to disregard laws ...
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Are questions that begin “Is it ok to ___” of primary theological importance? [closed]

Questions that begin "Is it ok to _" are often asked and I believe it is helpful to ask "how now shall we live?". However, from a theological standpoint are these questions of primary importance when ...
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Distributing the bread before consecrating the wine

Martin Luther's Deutsche Messe was first celebrated on October 29, 1525, and the text was published the following year. I was surprised to see that for the consecration and distribution of the ...
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What does the bible say about sundays? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does the Bible say Christians should or should not do on the Sabbath? In the Bible it says that the 7th day should be set aside and be holy. It is the day of rest. ...
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Do the Dead Sea scrolls describe any prophecy which was fulfilled after they were written?

Is there any manuscript among the Dead Sea scrolls, which foretold something that happened after the manuscript was written?
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How was the earth divided? (Gen. 10:25)

Gen. 10:25 And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother's name was Joktan. Through some simple math, we know that Peleg ...
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Are OT verses in Hebrews 1 actually verses about Jesus?

In Hebrews chapter 1, the author notes several Old Testament verses as references to Jesus. I have read these Old Testament verses and some don't actually sound like they are about Jesus at all. For ...
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Could Jesus have been married?

There are some that teach that Christ was married (usually to Mary Magdalene), yet there are others that teach that Christ was not married. Does the Bible teach anything about Christ or His mission ...
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May Christians read self improvement books? [closed]

We know the best Book we have is the Bible, which has everything for life that we need to live a perfect life. I would like to know should we stop with Bible and Books that are based on Bible, or may ...
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Why and how do Creationists agree with microevolution but disagree with the idea of macroevolution [closed]

We had the question about the speed of light. But why do Creationists agree with microevolution and disagree with the idea of macroevolution at the same time? Macroevolution is thought of as the ...
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Were Adam and Eve the first? [closed]

Question: Reading Genesis, there seem to be quite a few references to some 'other' humans. How do scholars interpret those passages (and more importantly, why do they interpret them a certain way)? ...
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Why pray if God is omniscient? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the purpose of Prayer? What the question says, why do people pray if God knows everything?
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What are vows? Are they relevant even today? [closed]

Psalms 76:11 (NIV) says Make vows to the LORD your God and fulfill them. Many other passages in the old testament as well we hear about vows and fulfilling it. In New testament we read in ...
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Why has God created us? [closed]

Why has God created us? The Almighty Lord does not need anyone; he does not need the angels, the heaven, or the earth. Are there any written words in the Bible that tell the reason?
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Why do the Jews in the OT in Joshua, Kings, Chronicles always list their war spoils after each battle?

I have my doubts of the motivations, as we only ever hear of how great it was to fight enemy X and take their women, sheep and gold. Is this a fair statement? Why don't the Hebrews ever attack ...
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What does Revelation 21:5 mean by “everything”?

Revelation 21:5 (NIV):: He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” My pastor included this ...
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Do we have the right ten commandments?

While we usually refer to Exodus 20 as the Ten Commandments, and many versions of the Bible add the heading "The Ten Commandments", the phrase is not actually used there in the text of the Bible. (It ...
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Is it possible for an atheist to be moral? [closed]

This question is one that hasn't been hit (although it's been approached). Is it possible for a person to not believe in God but live according to a moral standard? Or is belief in God a ...
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Intelligent design - Creationism by a different name? [closed]

I've heard that many believe that intelligent design is creationism by a different name. However, if my understanding of intelligent design is correct, it does not deny the the big bang or evolution ...
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What is the Biblical basis for Irresistible Grace?

Calvin, among his other points, includes the point that when we are saved, we are irresistibly drawn to God and that there is nothing we can do to prevent this or cause this. What is the Biblical ...

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