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How do we know Jews or ancient people thought leprosy was due to sin?

Some Jews seemed to think that lepersy was a punishment for sin, rather than a sin itself. This is most probably going to sound like a stupid question either because there is a specific verse ...
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If God went to another planet, would He still have been Jesus? [closed]

There is a question: Would aliens invalidate Christianity as we know it? Part of an answer to that question: The Eternal Triune God created the universe of time, space and matter and everything in ...
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Difference between Lazarus rising from the dead and Jesus resurrection and ascension? [closed]

What is the difference between the rising from the dead of Lazarus (by Jesus) and the resurrection and ascension of Jesus?
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Existence of Jesus Christ in old testament [closed]

I have few doubts to clear my mind about who Jesus is. Please help me to understand him in better way. There are few instance where Holy Spirit is mentioned in old testament. As we know Father, Son ...
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According to the Catholic Church, is practicing spiritism moral?

What does the Catholic Church teach about Spiritism, especially the Kardecist Spiritualism Doctrine (covered in the link above)? According to the Catholic Church, it is wrong to try to communicate ...
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What is the Biblical basis for man being created perfect, or for man not being created perfect?

I often hear that man was created perfect. Yet Genesis 3:7 says that "they knew that they were naked." Additionally, Genesis 2:25 says they were "naked yet not ashamed." Also, Genesis 2:18 says ...
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Marriage between Jehova witness and Christian [closed]

I am currently in a relationship with a Jehovah's Witness, I on the other hand am a Fundamental Baptist. When we first stared our relationship religion never came up. Until a few months ago when the ...
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In Galatians 4:19, what is the meaning of “Christ formed in you”?

When Paul is speaking of Christ being in the Galatians, what is the true meaning of that phrase, "Christ formed in you"? Does it relate directly to salvation? In the context of the letter, he ...
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Apparent contradiction in Joshua [migrated]

Joshua 15:63 says: But the Jebusites who lived in Jerusalem the Judahites could not dispossess; so the Jebusites dwell in Jerusalem beside the Judahites to the present day. Similarly, Joshua ...
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Why did Jesus pretend?

Luke 24:28 "So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther" After meeting the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, and after having "interpreted ...
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Is healing relevant in today's world [closed]

The though crossed my mind about healing and why there are not a lot of people being healed. I work in the community services industry so I am involved in helping people who are in all sorts of ...
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If a husband wants to recommit to Catholicism but his wife does not want to convert, will they be considered to be adulterers?

A couple in which the husband was baptized a Catholic as an infant but the wife was never baptized have married outside of the Catholic Church (but married legally, and in a Christian church). Neither ...
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What does Christian Science teach about mental illnesses?

I understand that Christian Science believes that a person with a physical disease should not seek out medical treatment, but instead rely on prayer. Wikipedia says that adherents believe …that ...
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What explanations have been offered for the “messianic secret” passages?

In a number of places in the Gospel accounts, Jesus performs a miracle and then tells the healed person and others who witnessed it not to spread the word. For example, After healing a leper, ...
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Can you still repent if you don't feel guilty? [closed]

If you commit a sin but you don't feel guilty about it, then is it still possible to repent and be forgiven? What about people who don't even know that what they did was a sin, or people who were ...
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What happens if you forget a sin you committed? [closed]

If you commit a sin, but you forget about it before you get the chance to confess, then does that mean that that sin will never be forgiven?
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Question on Divorce of a Wife that has literally walked out of the marriage? [closed]

On the question of divorce: most of the questions/answer relate to either sexual infidelty (of either partner) or physical abuse of man toward the female? What position does a husband take when the ...
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What is an overview of Protestant critiques of Swedenborgianism?

Swedenborgianism, or the New Church, is a religious movement based on the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772). My understanding is that he saw a series of visions, and based on what he learned ...
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Commenting on copyrighted bibles [closed]

No question here , unless, well, yes , it is a question ! I see very little mention of the King James Authorized Version of 1611 ( KJV / AV1611 ) which is not copyrighted. I have used this Bible since ...
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How do different denominations define what qualifies as prayer? [closed]

For the major denominations, such as Greek Orthodox, Catholic, Baptist, Pentecostal, Lutheran, Methodist, or other, how do they commonly and uniquely define what constitutes a prayer? Does it need to ...
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What are the biblical requirements for what is a prayer?

Are there any requirements for what constitutes a prayer based on the bible? My thoughts behind the question are, does a prayer have to be spoken out loud? Does any internal thought process get ...
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Whose DNA should we find on the Shroud of Turin? [closed]

In contrast to omnipotent non-bphysical God, the person of Jesus is theoretically observable. If the Shroud of Turin was real, what should we see? Firstly, there should be half-God DNA. Secondly, ...
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Why does the KJV capitilise 'Devil' in Revelation but not in Luke?

Throughout Luke 4, 'devil' is lowercase. For example: And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, Being forty days tempted of the ...
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What do you call the adherents of Covenant Theology (CT) and New Covenant Theology (NCT)?

An adherent of Dispensationalism is called a "dispensationalist" but would the proper term for an adherent of Covenant Theology and New Covenant Theology be, respectively, "Covenant Theologian" and ...
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What is the Protestant argument against Immaculate Conception?

The Roman Catholic Church teaches the idea of Immaculate Conception, which is defined by Pius IX as follows: "In the first instance of her [Mary's] conception, by a singular privilege and grace ...
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What did Alexander do to Paul in 2 Tim. 4:14?

In 2 Tim. 4:14, Paul said that Alexander the copper-smith did many evil things to me; the Lord will recompense him according to his works. Is there any tradition on what exactly Alexander did ...
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What explanations have scholars proposed for the rejection of the Didache from the Canon?

The Didache (full text) is an early Christian document giving advice on various "practical matters" such as how to baptize, when to fast, how to celebrate the Lord's Supper, etc. It's hard to date, ...
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RUACH, PNEUMA, SPIRITUS, GEIST, SPIRIT - “breath” versus “spirit” [closed]

In neither Hebrew, Koine Greek, (I presume ancient Aramaic), Latin, German or early English was there a distinct word "spirit". In every case the word that was commonly used for "breath" or, perhaps ...
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How do the Orthodox and Catholics understand the spiration of the Holy Spirit?

The following are definition(s) of SPIRATION (source): 1 a obsolete : the action of breathing as a creative or life-giving function of the Deity b (1) : the act by or manner in which the Holy ...
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Why do people prosper after they hurt you? [duplicate]

Why does GOD allow some people to hurt others and prosper? I'm going thru a break up. I forgave the person but he's moved on like I never existed. Why does GOD allow this type of pain in me? Its a ...
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Was the church's stance on Galileo's discovery justified? [closed]

Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) lived before Isaac Newton (1643-1727). This would mean that the discovery of earth revolving around the sun, as propounded by Galileo came much before the discovery of ...
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Does Jesus forbid the making of contracts? [closed]

Jesus said: Matthew 5:33-37 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: 34 But I say unto you, ...
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From whom or what Jesus was hiding (afraid of) in the given cases during his ministry? [duplicate]

We know Jesus is not afraid of anybody or anything, but let us consider these scenarios during His ministry. Jesus healing a leper- Mark 1:43-44 "Jesus sent him away at once with a strong ...
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Forgiveness and nulling of foolish vows made as a child [closed]

I just have a question bothering me for sometime now. I'm now in my twenties, but when I was 13-15 years old I made a foolish vow to God. I said that if I ever masturbated or watched porn, God should ...
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Does Young Earth Creationism teach that Adam and Eve only had a concept of morality after the fall?

Does Young Earth Creationism teach that Adam and Eve only had a concept of morality after the fall, once they had eaten from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? If so, would they have been ...
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In what way was Isaac's blessing on Jacob manifested?

In Genesis 27, when elderly Isaac thought he was blessing his son Esau, but he was actually blessing his son Jacob through the deceit of Jacob's mother, he said to Jacob: See, the smell of my son ...
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What is the means of forgiveness in Purgatory?

And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come. Matthew 12:32 ...
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Jesus called God his own Father, and this is supposed to mean that Jesus is equal with God. Why?

John 5:18 reads as follows: This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself ...
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When and why did Protestantism begin moving away from liturgy?

I have been to some Protestant churches that have a liturgy on Sunday mornings (Lutherans, Presbyterians, etc) but most of the churches I've attended do not (Baptist, Assembly of God, etc). By ...
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Why was Jesus afraid/agonizing in the Garden of Gethsemane if the Spirit of God isn't one of fear but of power?

The scene of Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane has confused me for a time. How could Jesus be overcome with fear or anguish or what-have-you when his Spirit is one of power and self-control, ...
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What is meant by the “fullness of the Gentiles” or the “times of the Gentiles”?

In Luke 21:24, Jesus speaks of future events, including the destruction of Jerusalem and His return, saying: “Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles ...
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What is Thomas Aquinas' perspective on salvation for baptized heretics who believe in the Trinity?

St. Thomas Aquinas is praised globally for his intellect, and such has gained him the merit of being a 'Doctor of the Church'. I am curious about several things though: What are Aquinas's views on ...
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What is an overview of interpretations of “all Israel” in Romans 11:26?

The phrase "all Israel" in Romans 11:25–26 has been a source a significant disagreement in church history, particularly since the Reformation: 25 Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want ...
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Wilhelm Gesenius' vowel pointing of the tetragrammaton YHWH

Is there a writing of Wilhelm Gesenius in which he discusses the vowel pointing of the Tetragrammaton that produces the English transliteration "Yahweh"? Does someone have a URL for it?
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Did Augustine believe in Purgatory?

Purgatory was one of the doctrines the Reformers reacted most strongly against, though many Reformers claimed Augustine of Hippo as being in agreement with their theology. Did Augustine teach a ...
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The names of our god and meanings [duplicate]

From the bible I learned many names of god, such as EL, EL ELYON, YHVH. Does it imply us that god has many sons? From some sacred named such as Michael, Gabriel, I guess that the name of god is EL, ...
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How do local flood proponents explain God's promises to never do it again?

Some Christians believe that Noah's Flood was a local event, and that the author of the Flood narrative never intended it to be understood as global in scope. My question is, how then would we ...
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Reconciling Peter in Acts with Deuteronomy/Psalms on the burden of the Law?

Peter is cited in Acts 15:10-11 as saying to the Jerusalem Council, "Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of Gentiles a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors have been able to ...
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Did Jesus have suicidal thoughts?

In Matthew 4:5-6 - The Temptation of Jesus - it is written: Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. "If you are the Son of God," he said, ...
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Who is the “advocate” in John 16? [duplicate]

As I was reading Bible of John I came by these verses: John 16:7-8: "But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but ...

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