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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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8answers
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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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3answers
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How did God's morality not change between OT and NT times?

I really have a problem at times explaining to the unbelievers the fact that God wants all people to be saved. The problem is the difference between the morality seen in the OT and the morality seen ...
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4answers
491 views

What is the Biblical basis for Total Depravity?

Calvin, among his other points starts with the point that we are totally depraved and sinful from birth. What is the Biblical basis for this point?
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Can one sin be worse than another sin, or are all sins equal?

Since all evil acts come down to disobedience against god, are all evil acts equivalent? Is no sin worse than any other sin? If one sin is worse than another sin does that imply that one act can be ...
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5answers
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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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3answers
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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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Would it have been possible for Jesus to sin? [closed]

I think most, if not all of us, agree that Jesus did not sin. However, the devil tempted Jesus, at least in the wilderness, prior to Jesus' public ministry (Matthew 4:1-11). Does this mean it would ...
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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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Are Lucifer and Satan different beings?

I have heard an interview where a Jesuit exorcist said that Lucifer and Satan were different beings. I'd always thought that they were the same. Are both Lucifer and Satan mentioned by name in the ...
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500 views

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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889 views

Was Jesus a separate god?

The New World Translation of John 1 seems to indicate that Jesus was a separate god from the Father. 1 In [the] beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god. 2 ...
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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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Isn't reincarnation affirmed by the Bible?

Malachi 4:5: I will send you the prophet Elijah. He will come before the day of the Lord arrives. It will be a great and terrifying day Jesus says in Matthew 11:14 "and if you are willing ...
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876 views

Why does the Bible say that people no longer need to ‘feel guilty’ under the gospel, as compared to the Old Testament?

There is the verse from Hebrews that makes me pose the question: 10 The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the ...
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What evidence is there that Jesus was a carpenter?

I was about to say this in another discussion somewhere else, and wondered: do we know that? As in "it's mentioned or at least hinted at in $book $chapter:$verse"? Or is it just a very likely ...
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Crucifixion — torture stake or cross?

The Jehovah's Witnesses state that Jesus was not nailed on a cross, but on a torture stake. The New World Translation of the Bible is phrased accordingly. For example: Matthew 10:38 (NWT) And ...
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3answers
599 views

What does the Bible say about tithing?

Do we have to tithe? Why does God need us to tithe? What are the results of NOT tithing?
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5answers
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Is incest a sin? [closed]

If we all descended from one man and one woman then it's quite apparent that a third generation was not possible without the sexual union of close relatives. Does the Bible (or other Christian ...
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4answers
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Is there a hierarchy in the Trinity?

It seems that there is some form of hierarchy within the Trinity. For example, these passages seem to indicate that the Holy Spirit is subservient to the Father and Jesus: John 14:26 (NIV) ...
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What does the Bible say about sex before marriage / premarital sex?

The title pretty much asks the question, but let's set the stage like this: Two people meet in High School, have sex, then eventually get married. What does the bible say about sex prior to ...
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Heaven/Paradise/Sheol, Hell/Hades/The Lake of Fire

What is the difference between Heaven/Paradise/Sheol How about Hell/Hades/The Lake of Fire? Are they synonyms, are they different places?
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Is the idea that the pleasures we experience now are mild foretastes of Heaven Biblical?

Several authors1 have suggested that the pleasures we can experience in our lives are but a small foretaste of the pleasure we could experience in Heaven. "It is a sudden and miraculous grace that ...
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Is repentance required for salvation?

I know that through faith alone I am saved. But is repentance a requirement for that salvation as a part of my faith? Is repentance a single act, or should it be continuous?
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Should Christians marry non-Christians?

The new testament talks of not being yoked with unbelievers - 2 Corinthians 6:14 "Do not be yoked together with unbelievers." The old testament forbids intermarriage with other nations - ...
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How do Protestants deal with pre-Reformation heresies?

Have any of the old heresies (i.e. Manichean, Arian, Nestorian, Iconoclasm) been resurrected and repackaged by main-line denominations -or- Do Protestants, in general, still accept the ...
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3answers
392 views

Does my monk go to heaven? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What happens to people who have never heard about Jesus? I have found this very basic question perplexing to different pastors, rectors, and members of churches: If ...
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3answers
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Why does God punish us when He gives us free-will? [closed]

God gives us free-will. But why does God punish us for exercising our free-will in certain ways (disobeying Him, sinning)? Why even both to give us free will, if we are to be punished for exercising ...
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Does the Trinity share one mind or are there three separate minds?

Curious what Christian theologians or the Bible may have said about this. It seems like Jesus speaks in terms of his father's will as if it is not quite his own, which suggests separate minded-ness. ...
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How do young earth creationists reconcile the age of the universe with the speed of light, and visible distant objects?

I am not trying to be argumentative, this is an earnest question, as this question got me in huge trouble when I was growing up attending a southern baptist Christian middle school. This question (and ...
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2answers
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What distinctive kinds of Bible translations are there?

Obviously there is a lot decisions and elbow-grease that go into producing any Bible translation. I hear a lot of different terms used to describe the different methodologies that guide those ...
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How can the sun be created after day and night? [closed]

"Light" was created on day 1 - Genesis 1:3-5. However the sun was created on day 4 - Genesis 1:14-19. How is this possible?
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How long was Jesus in the tomb?

All (most?) Christian denominations celebrate Good Friday as the day that Jesus was crucified on the cross, and then celebrate Easter as the day that Jesus rose from the tomb. Most spots in scripture ...
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3answers
275 views

When are souls “received”?

(I'd prefer a Biblically-based answer, but if an early-church author or someone like C.S. Lewis needs to be referenced, that's fine.) Few Christians will dispute that we humans have souls, but the ...
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2answers
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How old is old earth creationism?

The answers to What is the biblical evidence for an old Earth? say that biblical arguments for old Earth creationism are based on the ambiguous words used for describing lengths of time in Genesis. ...
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Under what conditions can a “good” or “charitable” act actually be sin?

In spite of a prevalent cultural attitude towards sin that excuses misbehavior if a person had "good intentions", most Christian traditions do not seem to include the persons feelings in the matter ...
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570 views

Are there truths that can only be known through spiritual means?

The motivation for this question basically comes from reading the discussion around the question Is it necessary to Biblically support arguments within discussions about Christianity? and a question ...
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1answer
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Universalism in the Orthodox Church?

Is this true that in the Orthodox Church there are still two quite opposite views existing, one of which holds that everybody will sooner or later be delivered by God from the hell, and another one ...
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5answers
497 views

How did the author of Jonah know about this conversation?

In Jonah 4:9 we read a dialog between God and Jonah: But God said to Jonah, Do you have a right to be angry about the vine? I do, he said. I am angry enough to die. But the LORD said, You have ...
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Was Christ the man created?

In historical Christian belief (of almost any type), it would be considered heresy to say that God the Son was created. The term "begat" is preferred, where this term does not imply creation. In such ...
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Why don't many churches obey Paul's command that women must be silent in church? [closed]

In 1 Corinthians 14 Paul says that women must be silent in churches and ask questions to their husbands when they get home: Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to ...
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Does the Bible condemn white lies?

Orthodox views on it state that any sort of lie is a sin by itself. More liberal Christians will say that it doesn't really mean that much provided it doesn't hurt anybody. But more importantly than ...
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3answers
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What is the biblical basis for the Immaculate Conception?

According to Catholic Doctrine, the Immaculate Conception refers to the teaching that Mary's own conception (not that of Jesus) was without the stain of original sin. What is the biblical basis for ...
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What evidence exists for post-Biblical miracles?

I think any Christian will agree that real-life miracles happened at the time of the Old and New Testament. I've also heard that modern day miracles are more common in developing countries than they ...
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Is God's name Yahweh or Jehovah?

God's name is written as the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH) in the Old Testament. The name is not vocalized in the manuscripts and it's considered ineffable, forbidden to say aloud, by Jews. For that ...
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Why were Deuterocanonical books rejected in the Reformation?

The Deuterocanonical books were included in the Septuagint, but not the Hebrew Bible. They are mostly included in the Catholic Old Testament, but not in the Protestant one. I understand the choice ...
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If we are saved by grace, then why does Jesus say we must be baptized in both spirit and water?

Ephesians 2:4-9 says: But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace ...
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What is the argument *for* prosperity gospel?

Prosperity gospel, as I understand it, is the teaching that God wants to bless us with wealth and health. I can't really see this in the Bible. For example, Paul writes in 2 Cor 12:7-10 (ESV): 7 ...
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When talking about the Trinity, what does “persons” mean?

The triune God is defined as three persons equal in nature. What does "persons" mean in this statement? Can the word "persons" be replaced with "personalities" or "roles"?
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What of all those who just don't know

Romans 10:9 That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. John 14:6 I am the way and the truth and the life. ...

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