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Is it OK to question God about doubts? [closed]

Are there any biblical references that indicate that it's ok (or not ok) to bring any doubts to God in prayer?
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What is the archaeological evidence for Sodom and Gomorrah?

Exactly as the title says. What is the archaeological evidence that Sodom and Gomorrah existed and were destroyed by fire from the heavens (Genesis 19:24)?
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Why does Intelligent Design reject evolution, even intelligently designed and executed evolution? [closed]

Intelligent Design is a current brand of natural philosophy that at its simplest holds that the Universe (ie, everything) has been designed intelligently. It opposes ideas like a spontaneous beginning ...
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What is Timothy's role in the early church?

It's pretty obvious to me that Paul was mentoring Timothy in the new testament, but what was Timothy's role within the church? Was he an assistant to Paul, Paul's representative, or was he actually a ...
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What is the significance of the name, “The Word”

God / Jesus has many names which reveal something of His nature / character, e.g.: Son of God (reveals His divine nature) Son of Man (reveals His human nature) etc. But "The Word" is more puzzling ...
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Has the Bible ever lied? [closed]

I'm not interested in supposed contradictions as these are normally caused from the translation process. What I'm looking for is an irrefutable lie that would hold up in court. Has the Bible ever ...
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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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How far is too far when it comes to drinking alcohol? [closed]

Why does the Bible praise the effects of alcohol? How are we supposed to know when those effects have gone too far? I am mostly confused about this verse: Give strong drink unto him that is ready ...
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Is Christianity an experiential practice? [closed]

It has been stated to me that Christianity is "experiential" meaning it is experienced and not necessarily understood. Do I have that definition correct? Is this true?
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How does the Bible explain the existence of fossils that are millions of years old? [closed]

People have been finding fossils for many years. Millions of fossils fill museums and storage vaults around the world, and we've yet to find a single one of a human. This suggests that the animals and ...
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404 views

What are the common arguments against theistic evolution? [closed]

What are the common arguments from Christians against the idea that God used evolution to create Earth over millions of years? This is not a place to argue. I'm interested in a rundown of the common ...
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What is a Council?

In this other question a Council was mentioned - Are Orthodox Christians all the same faith? What is a council? Was it something in the early church? What was its purpose and function?
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How to get past anger with God? [closed]

Did you ever become angry with God for something bad that occured in your life? If so how do you heal and "get past it"?
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Is there a point when “be fruitful and multiply” should no longer apply? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is the commandment to multiply, and replenish the earth in effect today? Well mainly I'm talking about the multiply bit...there are 7 billion people on the planet, is ...
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How does the Bible say I should find a mate? [closed]

I've read some books on the subject and they always seem to state that you shouldn't really go looking for a woman to date, you should just "let it happen". However I've also read some books that say ...
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Constructive ways to pursue a relationship (with a partner/spouse)? [closed]

As a single man I find it difficult to meet people, not only with good values, but who share my faith. I struggle with finding environments in which mingle with eligible people that may actually lead ...
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121 views

What is the SBC's stance on what/how salvation is/works?

What is the Southern Baptist Convention's stance on what salvation is and how it works? Is there an official doctrine? Is it challenged by prominent members?
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What is the biblical justification for allowing only male pastors? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the biblical justification for permitting female pastors? What is the biblical justification for allowing only male pastors? How do churches excluding women ...
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How do you define a Christian or a brother in Christ? [closed]

How do you define a Christian? How do you define what kind of person is your brother in Christ and what kind of person is not?
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314 views

What symbols have represented Christianity through the years? [closed]

Today the cross is the primary icon of Christianity, but I'm aware of a few others, such as the Ichthys. What symbols have represented the faith through the centuries?
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Reading the scripture in common worship

Do all Christian Churches/Denominations have a common set of readings they read throughout the year and repeat on a 2-3 year cycle? If not, how do pastors in churches without a common set of ...
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Were there implicit laws not referenced in the Acts 15 letter to gentile believers?

In Acts 29 the Jewish Christian Elders in Jerusalem sent a letter to the gentile believers throughout the world, instructing them to be at peace, and stating that they were not required to follow ...
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147 views

What is Common Grace?

The term "Common Grace" is often thrown around in reformed circles. What is this concept? What is the scriptural basis for the belief?
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What happened to the main disciples after Pentecost? [closed]

We know that Jesus commanded his disciples to go to make disciples of all nations and to spread the word to the entire world (Matthew 28:19), but we know little of what happened to the twelve ...
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Is smoking sinful? [closed]

I know among some Christian groups (e.g. Laestadians) almost everyone smokes, while some other groups are very strict about it. However, the Bible doesn't have cigarettes. Is smoking sinful?
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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 ...
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1answer
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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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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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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 ...
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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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How can I be sure someone I know is going to Heaven? [closed]

I am sure that through my faith my sins have been forgiven and I will get into Heaven. However, how can I be sure someone else will be forgiven and allowed in Heaven? Are there any good questions I ...
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1answer
406 views

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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63 views

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 ...
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1answer
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The anointing of Jesus - one event or multiple events?

The Anointing of Jesus is recorded in all four Gospels. A woman anoints Jesus' feet with expensive perfume and wipes the perfume with her hair. Was this one event, or multiple events? (I tend to ...
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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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226 views

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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What is the origin of Zoe (ζωή) vs Psyche (ψυχή) life in St. John?

It seems in John's gospel and and in other letters by John, there is a big theological emphasis on the difference between (in the Greek) ζωή "Zoe" life and ψυχή "Psyche" life. John 12:25 (NIV) ...
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279 views

If you are forgiven through the Grace of God, why do you need an Indulgence?

Ephesians 2:8,9 (NIV) 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. And from ...
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375 views

What was the reasons for documentary hypothesis?

Documentary Hypothesis assumes that the text of the Torah as preserved can be divided into identifiable sources that predate its compilations by centuries, the Jahwist (J) source being the ...
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188 views

Are all who are saved, saved equally? [closed]

If two people are saved, are they "equally saved?" I don't doubt that both people are completely forgiven, but is it possible for one Christian to be more revered by God than another Christian? Is ...
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279 views

How does God speak today? [closed]

I've heard people say, "God has spoken to me." In the OT there were prophets proclaiming what God said. Sometimes in the Bible God speaks audibly (e.g. to Samuel). But today: in what way does God ...
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316 views

What do non-Catholic Christians do with the power of binding and loosing? [closed]

In Catholicism, we believe that the Bishops in Communion with the Pope (as Vicar of Christ) have authority over Church doctrine. The authority comes straight from the mouth of our Savior. ...
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1answer
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How does the Protestant OT canon differ from the Jewish scriptures? [duplicate]

Is the OT canon currently accepted by Protestants the same as the Jewish scriptures? If not, where and how do they differ?
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What evidence is there that Jesus died on the cross? [closed]

Inspired by How long was Jesus in the tomb?, the question could be reasonably raised "if Jesus was only in the tomb for a day and a half, can we be sure that he really died, or were the witnesses ...

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