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If flesh & blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor. 15:50), how did the Lord Jesus show His “hands and feet” after the resurrection? Luke 24:39

Greetings Brother and Sister in Christ, As blood and flesh can't inherit the King of God, how Lord Jesus could be resurrected with same blood and flesh , I mean He showed his hands and feet to ...
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Any instructions given by the church fathers on how to receive the gift of tongues?

1 Corinthians 14:39 (NIV) Therefore, my brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. In the early church, the gift of tongues was a common gift which ...
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Was Jesus present at the beginning of time.? Or when did the Trinity come into being?

Was Jesus present at the beginning of time? Is there any indication in the Bible about when the Trinity came into being? Or, put another way, whether Jesus existed at the beginning? Did the trinity ...
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How does Oneness Pentecostalism interpret Matthew 3:17?

Matthew 3:16-17 NIV 16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. ...
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What “new-to-protestants” things has the Eastern Orthodox Church acquired with time?

What things in general have been brought with time into the Eastern Orthodox Church that the main stream protestant Christianity considers as not being able to be traced back to the times of the ...
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Why is the line from Seth to Noah often called righteous?

The line of descendants from Seth to Noah is often called righteous, in comparison to Cain's descendants who are called evil. This comes up when discussing Methuselah who although he died in the year ...
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What do Christians mean by 'essence' of God?

R.C. Sproul discusses and defends the Trinity in this book, What is the Trinity? He explains that God is one essence, composed of three persons, and that the existence of three persons in one essence ...
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Did Jesus mean a truly spiritual man should feel this rewarded NOW, or in the world to come?

"Mark 10:28-31: Then Peter began to say to Him, "See, we have left all and followed You." So Jesus answered and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or ...
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In just how many ways does Christ “Divide”?

Perhaps you have seen the phrase in the gospels: Matthew 10:34 Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. The sword, as I ...
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Have the individual commands of the OT Law ever been categorized as “Moral,” “Ceremonial,” and “Civil?”

Are there any historic Christian documents that provide a comprehensive categorization of the commands of the OT Law / mitzvot using the three categories from the WCF? And, if so, then as a secondary ...
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What caused people in Jerusalem to change so much from “Palm entrance” to crucifixion day

Are the same people that received Jesus with flowers when he entered the city the ones that also condemned him for crucifixion a couple of days later? Every single preacher I've heard suggested they ...
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Is 'sola gratia' as a soteriology traceable in the period leading to the Protestant Reformation?

Protestants often consider the Roman Catholic church to have significantly distorted the gospel. Were there Christians pior to the Reformation who had essentially the same understanding of the ...
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The deceitful spirit sent by God

1 Kings 22:19-28 19 Micaiah continued, “Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne with all the multitudes of heaven standing around him on his right and on his ...
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Did the Christian practice of having a prayer before Bible study evolve during Martin Luther's time?

In Eric W. Gritsch's book, A History of Lutheranism, he reports, He memorized whole portions of the Bible (available in the Latin translation of St. Jerome, c. 348-420) and used various existing ...
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In which Christian group is “prosperity theology” derogatory?

What Christian denomination(s) believe(s) that "prosperity theology" is derogatory, and why? What are the justifications against prosperity theology? I know that some neo-Pentecostal churches preach ...
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Might icecream be a 'sunbeam' of God or a 'signpost' pointing at God?

It is, perhaps, a bad analogy as I don't enjoy icecream...but many do and, the question is, are enjoyable things (any enjoyable thing (given as evil cannot create, so an existing thing must, at ...
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On the validity of the anticipated absolution in absence of the related confession

According to Catholic Church, what are the cases in which the absolution can be anticipated and the confession left for a time in which it will be possible to make it? Also, in cases of anticipated ...
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Covering of the hair for women, and beards in 1st Century Palestine

Note: This is just a historical point, it isn't judging anyone, just trying to understand things in their historical context also. In a lecture I heard that in 1st century Palestine: 1. All women ...
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Confirmation vs born again

Are there conflicting views in Protestantism between confirmation vs born again (with "repentance")? (I guess that there are.) Could you list all main opinions on these different views of salvation? ...
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Which Christians refuse vaccinations on religious grounds?

There are reports of a measles outbreak in a Christian school in British Columbia, Canada. News reports speak of this as a community with "traditionally low vaccination rates" and say that many ...
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Which Orthodox Churches Accept the Baptism of Heretics?

Primary Question: Orthodoxy is divided on whether to baptize converts who were baptized by heretics under the Trinitarian formula. Some groups baptize them; some groups only require chrismation. ...
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Do any Early Church Fathers ever argue that the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (Gen. 2:9) is the Law/ Torah?

Did any early Church fathers ever reason that the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (Gen. 2:9) either is or symbolizes the Torah/ Law?
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Did any other philosophical systems have as much influence on the early Church as Platonism and Stoicism?

Many historians agree that the philosophical systems of Platonism and Stoicism had an important role in the efforts of the early Church to communicate the message of the Gospel to unbelievers, and ...
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Did God's curse on Cain extend to only Cain, Cain's descendants or to everyone?

When God cursed Cain for killing Abel, did that curse extend to Cain's offspring, to Cain alone, or to everyone? God tells Cain: "And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its ...
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What denominations subscribe to or accommodate the Conditionalist doctrine of hell?

I am interested in what denominations allow or require the belief that hell is the annihilation of a conditionally immortal soul rather than the eternal suffering or eventual redemption of such.
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Is Jesus talking about supererogatory merit in Matt 5:38-48? i.e. earning a reward rather than sin

I know the word "merit" will send up red flags for Protestants, but what I mean has nothing to do with justification. By supererogatory merit I mean doing something not required, and doing it for the ...
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Was the account of eating forbidden fruit a metaphor?

What is the established church's (Church of England's) view on the theology of the eating of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil as being a metaphor for the act of questioning God's ...
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Does Eph 3v10 hint at Gods supernatural purpose for creation, humanity and our history?

I'll get the obvious quote out of the way first. William Lane Craig states that the purpose of people is to "To glorify God and enjoy him forever." Now that's the purpose for us. In the book ...
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Barley and the first fruit offerings- what is the meaning of the barley as relates to messiah as first fruits

In Lev 24:9- 14 the Hebrews are told to hold a feast of first fruits of the land and messiah is said to be the first fruits of the work He did on the cross and resurrection. Does messiah fulfill every ...
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What Biblical evidence/evidence did CS Lewis base his idea of sehnsucht/Joy on?

That is, that we sense that there is some ineffable object to our desires and that this proves that there is something beyond this World and life (for it makes the enjoyment of those goods pale in ...
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How do opponents of Decision Theology distinguish themselves from Universal Salvation?

There is a tradition, perhaps strongest in Lutheranism, that opposes what it calls "Decision Theology". Biblical support for opposing Decision Theology would come in passages like, "No one can say ...
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Is there any way back from Hebrews 6:4-6:6

This could well apply to me. Is there any way back from this, it's like having the(or some) knowledge and experience of the spirit world but rejecting the actual call to Christ... You become a ...
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Why do some view God being 'infinite' only in a theoretical, metaphorical way?

I was talking to a scientist (a Christian one) who, though (I assume) he agreed that God is qualitively boundless, wasn't keen on the term 'infinite' when applied to Him. He explained but so cleverly ...
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What does “I who have been with you all this time you don't know me” mean?

The Book of John says that God is the Word in the beginning. How is Jesus Christ the son to the Word? Jesus, when he was with the Twelve Apostles, told his disciples that no one was going to the ...
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What part of the scripture is Jesus citing?

Jesus said: My doctrine is not mine but his who sent me. He who believes in me as the scriptures say will not die in his sin. Verily, if you don't believe I am he, you will ...

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