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Why do some Christians believe it is moral to be a homosexual?

(Note: I know this may start a firestorm, so I will be careful here.) I believe that the Bible states that homosexuality is immoral. I also believe that it does NOT condemn them to hell (a sin is ...
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Can we pray from any position?

I enjoy praying lying in bed just before I sleep ... until I fall asleep. In church I usually pray with my hands simply by my side or even with my hands in my pockets. I just let them stay wherever ...
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What is the verdict on an unjust judge?

In order to ask this, let me set a stage. This is just a scenario that will be recast in a second. As Christians we believe that God is good. We trumpet his justice, rightness, holiness, and so on ...
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How should a Christian evaluate whether a particular action a sin or not?

Since they are directly addressed in the Ten Commandments, most people agree that committing adultery or murder is sin; yet this world is a complicated place full of things that are not so clearly ...
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What is the basis for Cessationism?

Cessationism is the belief held by some protestants that the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as prophecy, do not occur in present day. The general thinking is that these gifts "ceased" at ...
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Who were the Sons of God who seem to have begat the Nephilim?

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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Biblical basis for baptism as a prerequisite for salvation

Some people believe that if you have not been baptized, you cannot be saved. Others (including myself) believe that it is merely the outward declaration of what has already happened in the heart. ...
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If Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) don't believe in a Holy Trinity, then who do they believe is God?

It's a pretty well known fact that Latter-Day Saint members (aka Mormons) do not believe in the Holy Trinity as far as that God, Christ and the Holy Ghost are 'one'. So what exactly do they believe ...
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What is old earth creationism?

What is old earth creationism? What support does it have from the Bible? What mainstream denominations or groups, if any, support it?
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What are the biblical arguments that the Bible canon is closed?

Some religions claim to have a newer revelation of God: the Book of Mormon and the Qur'an are presented to be the latest revelation of God. The Old Testament closes with a climax of expectation of ...
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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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What was the Biblical basis for testing the truthfulness of every statement made by 'real' Prophets or Apostles?

I have encountered a famous individual who claimed to be a prophet and warned ‘critics’ who tested the validity of his healings and words as ‘endangering themselves’ as they were thereby ‘resisting ...
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How many laws from Old Testament are still valid in New Testament? [duplicate]

I don't know this question is within the scope or not. Its straightforward. How many of the Laws in OT can be transported to NT and usable? These are some of the OT laws which are no longer useful ...
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Bishops have no free will? [closed]

Titus 1:7 KJV For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; Why wouldn't Bishops have free ...
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Who created God?

The question of man's creation is addressed quite thoroughly in the Bible (whether you believe it is metaphorical or not). Does the Bible (or other relevant references) in any way answer who created ...
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Are there unforgivable sins?

Jesus came and died for our sins so that we may be forgiven and have salvation. But Matthew 12:32 (NIV) says there is at least one thing to prevent being forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks a word ...
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What major discrepancies exist between “versions” of the Bible?

Based on a comment from @AndrewThompson, 'the' Bible (any one you care to name) is no more evidence of anything than the BOM is. You might take the numerous discrepancies between versions of ...
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How do we know Paul wasn't a false Apostle?

I want to preface this by saying I don't believe Paul was a false Apostle. I must either view his Apostleship as authentic, or throw away everything I believe. Removing Paul's writings and influence ...
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When does the Pope speak ex cathedra?

The Catholic Church considers the Pope infallible, but only in limited circumstances. The Pope is a human being like the rest of us, and capable of sinning. However, when the Pope speaks ex cathedra, ...
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Is there Biblical basis for unitarianism?

I ask this mostly in reaction to this question: Biblical basis for the doctrine of the Trinity From what I've seen, the majority of Christians believe in Trinitarianism, but some believe in ...
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Were the Jews expecting the Messiah to suffer at all?

When Jesus spoke about his future suffering it did not seem to register properly. For example: (Matthew 16:22) Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall ...
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What happens to non-believers or believers of other religions after death?

What happens (according to Christians) to people who specificially rejected the idea of God, the Bible and the christian teachings after they die? Is there a difference to people who believed in ...
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Can a Christian walk away from his or her salvation?

There is a plethora of verses that say that people can not cause a saved Christian to lose his salvation, such as John 10:29 (NLT) 29 for my Father has given them to me, and he is ...
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At what point did Judaism and Christianity diverge?

At what point did Judaism and Christianity diverge? Christianity and Judaism share the Old Testament (The Hebrew Bible), so it should be safe to assume they are the same people at least during the Old ...
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Under what conditions does the Bible support divorce?

It seems that Jesus talks out against divorce. But in other places, divorce is allowed. How does this all play out and where does the bible really stand on this? Is it a sin or is it just part of ...
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Are inter-faith marriages prohibited by the Bible?

Setting aside marriages of couples from two different Christian faiths, does the Bible address whether a Christian may marry a non-Christian? I believe that the Old Testament prohibits Jews from ...
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Was Catholicism the first denomination?

In doing research on Martin Luther, I stumbled upon this article. Which had the following quote: If you are Catholic, you know that your religion was founded in the year 33 by Jesus Christ, ...
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Why are the books of the Protestant Bible in the order that they are in?

I am curious why the books of the Protestant Bible are in the order that they are in? Someone told me they thought the books were in some sort of chronological order - is that true? (I know the ...
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How many 'Books' never made it to the Bible (Old and New Testament)?

Alternatively: How many books were included in early Bible compilations and then later removed? A book in the bible, to my understanding, is one of the many named divisions in the Old and New ...
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Does God need our praise and glory? [closed]

From what I've heard, God wants us to glorify him and give him praise, and he enjoys when we do this. Does God need us to do this for some reason?
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Was Onan really struck dead by God for masturbating?

Historically, Onan in Genesis 38 has been accused of masturbation, and for this supposed transgression was struck dead. The term Onanism (or in German Onanie) is still used to describe this practice. ...
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What is Young-Earth Creationism?

What is Young-Earth Creationism, and the Biblical basis for it?
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Why four Gospels?

We find that in the New Testament, teachings of Jesus Christ are recorded in four Gospels by four different apostles. Why did God give us four Gospels instead of just one?
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Were the Gospels considered Scripture when the rest of the New Testament was written?

When the New Testament was written1, were the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John already considered Scripture? 1 Acts - Revelation. Obviously there is overlap in when these were written (they are ...
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Why are there so many translations of the Bible?

It seems confusing to have so many translations of the Bible. Why isn't there just a single (English) one? Or maybe a single "modern" one (given that KJV is hard to understand these days).
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What are the different names of God in the Bible and what do they mean? [closed]

I see that our current-day Bibles only refer to God as LORD. Can you explain to me what the different names of God are and what they mean?
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Does believing in Jesus Christ save me, or do I have to do something more? [closed]

James 2:17 says that faith is not enough. Does that apply to salvation? Is belief (or faith) in Jesus Christ enough to be saved, or is one expected to act on that faith? If works are required for ...
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Why should a sinner suffer forever in hell fire?

In my little knowledge I believe any form of punishment is a way of curbing crimes or wrong doings and for others to learn not to do wrong. When this life ends some would be in heaven and the rest in ...
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How did all the animals fit into Noah's ark?

During the great flood Noah was ordered by God to fetch two animals of each species and put them into his ark. 19 And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind ...
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What is the origin of the moral-civil-ceremonial distinction of the Old Testament law?

This distinction is often called tripartite division of the law. I ran across this series of blog posts: http://maelandcindy.blogspot.com/2008/06/is-mosaic-law-tripartite.html ...
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Where was Jesus during the period from His death to resurruction? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Did Jesus spend time in Hell between the crucifixion and resurrection? Jesus died and was raised from death on the third day. Where did Jesus go during the period from ...
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How is ignoring clear Biblical instructions in Leviticus justified?

Leviticus 11:7-8 And the pig, though it has a split hood completely divided, does not chew the cud; it is unclean for you. You must not eat their meat or touch their carcasses; they are ...
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What extrabiblical sources support the existence of Jesus in history?

What sources outside of the Bible give supporting evidence to the existence of Jesus and any of the events in His life?
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Does the Bible make any allusions to life on other planets?

What, if anything, does the Bible say either supporting the theory of life on other planets, or suggesting that there is none?
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Is premarital sex 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 people with mental illness?

Some people with mental illness might do lots of things that are unpredictable and considered sin, up to killing themselves, or possibly forget anything about Jesus and salvation. So, what does the ...
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What is the Christian perspective on the description of God?

My pastor (Calvary Chapel) referred to God as His father, then once said that God is everywhere and in everything (i.e. - inside each person) and then that God is Love. So now I am confused as to ...
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Protestant arguments for perpetual virginity of Mary

It's common knowledge that Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodoxy have the doctrine of the perpetual virginity of Mary. Protestants generally don't have that belief. Less known is that Zwingli and ...
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What is the Mormon doctrine regarding becoming a god?

Per the doctrine of the Latter Day Saints, it seems that God was once a man. Following this out just one step further leads me to the idea that it may be possible for other men to be come a god. ...
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What is the biblical basis for salvation by faith alone (sola fide)?

One of the key issues in the Reformation was the doctrine of Sola Fide, that is, that salvation is by faith alone, apart from works. What, then, is the biblical basis for this belief?

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