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How does dispensationalism reconcile Romans 11?

From my understanding of dispensationalism, at some point in the future, I believe either prior to or just after the rapture, the temple on Moriah will need to be rebuilt. However, presumably, the ...
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Thomism, Natural Law and our Fallen Nature

One of the foundations of Thomistic philosophy is Natural Law, which at its basis holds that "committing evil does not accord with human nature". (Thomas Storck, "Four Sins that Cry to Heaven." New ...
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if God wipes our memory of Earth and life then why save us? [closed]

I am not just a personality and an emotional being with responses to what I encounter and experience. I am the culmination of my past albeit not my sin but my mistakes but not my sin. I want to know ...
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Why was Jesus tested in the wilderness? [closed]

After Jesus was baptised, Matthews 4:1 (NASB) "Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. " Mark 1:12 (NASB) "Immediately the Spirit impelled Him to ...
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What is the biblical basis for the argument against the Catholic teaching on the primacy of Peter?

The Catholic Church uses, for example, the following NT passages in support of its teaching on the primacy of Peter: Mt 16:13-20. Lk 22-31-34. Jn 21:15-23. What is the biblical basis that argues ...
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From a Catholic perspective, what do family relationships look like in heaven?

According to Matthew 22:30, people in heaven do not marry. What do the family relationships look like there? Will our relations to parents, kids, wives and husbands disappear? The Catholic position ...
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Was Mary the first one possible mother of God? [closed]

Is it possible to think that another woman had been asked by angel before Mary to be mother of God, but the incarnation did not happen because that woman rejected this proposal? In the other words, ...
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How do these parables explain time in Heaven?

In many of the parables Jesus speaks of a time span completing some event. Examples: Mark 13:34 For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his ...
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If God exists outside of Time how can Man have free will? [closed]

If God exists outside of Time how can Man have free will? Please, let me know if I should provide more info.
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How should Christianity respond to the person who defames it? [closed]

In a Christian country (where the Christian law is obeyed), if a person insults Jesus, makes fun of him and defames the Bible, How should the Government, Church and Christians respond (according to ...
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Are there Biblical basis objections to Direct Democracy? [closed]

When the U.S.A. was founded, the lack of technology favored a Representative Democracy for our Republic. The only recourse of its citizens is to vote out the current so-called "Representatives" every ...
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Why must the hypostatic union be viewed as taking place at Jesus' conception?

What are the reasons why Trinitarian orthodoxy holds that the Word had to make his hypostatic union with the man Jesus Christ at the point of his conception in Mary's womb rather than later at his ...
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What is “Christ Consciousness”?

I have heard this term used and would like more info about this idea. From a Christian perspective, what is Christ Consciousness? Thanks.
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How did Matthew conclude that Isaiah 7:14 refers to Jesus?

The verse reads: "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." Matthew quotes it in Matthew 1:23, with it's ...
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Are there any denominations that reject Mary's virgin conception of Jesus?

Its hard to reconcile her virgin conception of Jesus with being a descendant of David since the genealogies in Matthew and Luke go through Joseph, who (according to the virgin conception theory) was ...
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Is there a non-Catholic view of purification of the spirit after physical death?

Is there a non-Catholic view of purification of the spirit after physical death? This is related to the phrase "saved by fire" in 1 Corinthians 3:15.
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According to the gospel of John, on which day of the week was Jesus crucified?

John 19:14-16: "Now it was the day of preparation for the Passover; it was about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, “Behold, your King!” So they cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him, ...
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What are the differences between Apostles, Prophets, Peter and Jesus Christ in being the “foundation” whereon the church is built?

1 Corinthians 3:11 Jesus Christ is the foundation whereon the church is built. Ephesians 2:20 Both the Prophets and the Apostles are the foundation whereon the church is built. Matthew 16:18 Simon ...
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Are Israel and the Church two different kingdoms?

Are Israel and the Church two different kingdoms? Israel - Psalm 114:2 Church - Matthew 16:18-19 I am asking this question because a Catholic friend of mine insists that there is one kingdom which ...
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The Eucharist and the supernatural Priesthood

This is probably a question mostly directed at Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christianity. Why is it that only a priest can consecrate the Eucharist? Is there the assumption that there is some sort of ...
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From a Lutheran perspective, how can we attain unity of mind while disagreeing with our brothers and sisters?

In 1 Peter 3:8 Peter writes, "Finally, all of you, have unity of mind" (ESV), which I believe is a clear call for unity of mind within the church. In Romans 14:5 Paul writes that, "Each one should be ...
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What is the Roman Catholic view of Christian perfection or entire sanctification?

Does the RC Church have a view on Christian perfection or entire sanctification? If so what is it? To what degree do they believe believers can experience any amount of freedom from sin in this life?
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What does the phrase “ saved as by fire” in 1 Corinthians 3:15 mean?

What does the phrase "saved as by fire" in 1 Corinthians 3:15 mean? If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
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What is the Wesleyan Church's View of Initial, Progressive, and Entire Sanctification?

Entire Sanctification, sometimes referred to as Christian Perfection, is a doctrine that was re-popularized by John Wesley. He rediscovered it in his readings of the Church Fathers, and through ...
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A Christian view of Mohammad [closed]

I would like to present a summary of the Muslim point of view about Christ and in return I ask for the same: Who was Muhammad according to Christians? It's not about who is right or wrong. I just want ...
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What is the significance of Ehud being left-handed?

In Judges 3 we find an interesting story about Israel's left-handed assassin and his hit on Moab's obese king, Eglon. Judges 3:15-22 ESV Then the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, and the ...
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What is the biblical basis for why the sending of the Holy Spirit was necessary?

Why couldn't the disciples begin following the great commission right after Jesus ascended into heaven? Why was the sending of the Holy Spirit necessary?
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Why do adherents to Hypostatic Union believe that God the Son (Jesus) must be fully Human?

Orthodox teaches that Jesus assumed the full human nature. Why is it necessary that he is fully human?
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What role does the New Covenant play in Reformed Theology?

After looking at @Affable Geek's answer to an overview question on different understandings of why Jesus had to die, and in particular after his comment on Catholicism in this respect, I went to look ...
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Is the tripartite God the judge in the Old Testament, and Jesus the appointed only judge in the New Testament?

In the Old Testament, Justice was meted out immediately by God, when Uzza touched the Ark, was this LORD the tripartite Godhead or the pre-incarnate Jesus. All Scripture is quoted from the King James ...
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Is this a christian symbol?

Can someone tell me which sect this comes from, if any? It's from the back of a book or folder used by an Officiant in a wedding video. Thanks!!
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What are the different uses of “heaven” in scripture?

In English, heaven is used through both testaments, but is often referencing different locations. What are the specific uses for this word?
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Why did God punish us for the sin of Adam and Eve? [closed]

God foreknew that Adam and Eve would fall before He created them and yet He went ahead and created them anyway. And after they fell, which He already knew they would, He cursed them, also cursing the ...
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Why did Jacob curse some of his sons?

When Jacob "blessed" his sons in Genesis 49, why does he seem to curse some of them? What kind of blessing is it to say "you will no longer excel"? Granted, the curses were meted out according to ...
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Are there any denominations that believe that Jesus' body was separate creation than was mankind?

Before starting I must begin by saying that as a Southern Baptist I believe with all my heart that Jesus was and always will be fully man and fully God. And I also believe that his death and ...
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which is more important. Unity [closed]

What is more important than believing in the Trinity for Christians to be united or what does God require for people to relate to him and love him and one another, that Christians can encourage each ...
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What are the general positions of different traditions on the question “did Jesus have to die?”

I wish to take a much closer look at the theology of the death of Jesus. I understand that the evangelical position is largely that he had to die to pay for our sins but I fully expect that there are ...
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What changed between the Old and New Testaments?

In the Old Testament God meted out his justice through people, or he himself meted out justice immediately through his own hands: All Scripture is quoted from the King James translation. Exodus ...
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Isn't “Jehovah-Jireh” (and other such names) just the name of a place?

It seems like many of what are referred to as the names of God are actually the names of places that have been dedicated to God: Jehovah-nissi - Moses built an altar and called that it Jehovah-nissi ...
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Does Mark 2:21-22 mean that we don't need to obey Old Testament Laws? [duplicate]

Jesus said: Mark 2:21-22 (NLT) “Besides, who would patch old clothing with new cloth? For the new patch would shrink and rip away from the old cloth, leaving an even bigger tear than before. And ...
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Verses that argue with those who are athiests? [closed]

Are there any verses in the NT that are for athiests to help them believe? i.e. Convincing arguements
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What churches identify themselves as being Modalist?

There are a number of denominations that are labeled as being Modalist, such as the United Pentecostals, and others associated with Oneness Pentecostalism whom subscribe to the nontrinitarian ...
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What is a Pacifist interpretation of the Cleansing of the Temple?

13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging ...
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Why did Christ have to pay the price?

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace. (Ephesians 1:7, NIV) He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased ...
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Did Calvinism borrow its scheme of predestination from Valentinian Gnosticism?

How does the Calvinist notion of predestination differ from that of the Valentinian Gnostics' predestination? There are several sources outlining the Valentinian Gnostic system (anti-heretic "church ...
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Is predestination predetermined by God, or is it a consequence of free will? [closed]

All Scripture is quoted from the King James translation, unless otherwise noted. According to A.W. Pink Predestination is based on God's foreknowledge. There are five links in the golden chain of ...
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Does Luke 20:34-36 tell us that Satan and the rebellious angels are eternal?

All Scripture is quoted from the King James translation, unless otherwise noted. Luke 20:34-36: And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: But ...
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Where is the prophecy of the star the wise men followed?

Is the star that the wise men saw to cause them to come to Bethlehem prophesied in the bible? Where is that prophecy? Edit: The wise men spoke about the star here. Matthew 2:1-2 1 Now when Jesus ...
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Does Jesus have two kingdoms?

Do the two verses below signify that there are two kingdoms of Jesus Christ? If so, what are differences? The kingdom of heaven Matthew 16:19 (NKJV) 19 And I will give you the keys of the ...
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Biblical basis for two aspects of the Gap Theory

According to the Gap Theory there was a large gap in time between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2. Two aspects of the theory are: Rather than Genesis 1:1 being a summary for what follows, it is a ...

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