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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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What is the difference between 'Biblical' and 'Systematic' theology?

Particularly among Protestant traditions, it is common to classify books and classes that cover broad looks at theological issues as either 'Biblical' or 'Systematic'. Sometimes this is even extended ...
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How could Jesus be born during the reign of Herod, and when Quirinius was governor of Syria, if those periods were not contemporary?

In Matthew 2, it makes it clear that Jesus was conceived during the reign of Herod and was a young child when Herod died. After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in ...
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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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What does the Bible say about sex before marriage / premarital sex? [closed]

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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Why is the Trinity a Trinity?

It's well established and accepted by most Christians that God is triune, consisting of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. However, while talking with a friend earlier about Wisdom (from Proverbs), I ...
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Which is the 'correct' bible for Catholics?

There are many versions of the bible, such as the: King James Bible NIV NRSV But which is the 'correct' bible that a catholic should read? I hope I have asked this question in the correct spot... ...
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What are the positions relative to each other in the Catholic church's clerical hierarchy?

I sometimes find myself lost in my own church's different levels of clergy and the Catholic church's seems even more complex? What different positions in the clergy exist within the Roman Catholic ...
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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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How did Judas die?

Judas Iscariot committed suicide when he realized the evil that he had done. Matthew 27:3-5 (KJV) 3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, ...
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Why is God asking questions or appearing uncertain in the Bible if He's omniscient?

Is God omniscient? lists all the passages were it is written that God is omniscient. Reading other passages, I found a few things that seemingly contradict this: In Genesis 3:8-13 God asks Adam and ...
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What works do the LDS Church recognize as Scripture?

I understand the LDS Church recognizes the Book of Mormon and the Old and New Testaments as well. What other works are also considered Scripture? Any Apocryphal works? Doctrines and Covenants?
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According to the Mormon doctrines, who created the universe?

This may be related to a previous question about the first god who began eternal progression. This is something I've really been wondering for a while. If the Almighty God began life as a man, he ...
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Basis for the concept of an “Age of accountability”

Having attended Baptist Churches for years, I've often heard the term "age of accountability" bandied about. The idea is that if a child dies at a young age - before reaching the "age of ...
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Do Christians believe that Jews must still follow the Mosaic law?

Deuteronomy 13:1-4 states: All this word which I command you, that shall ye observe to do; thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it. If there arise in the midst of thee a prophet, or ...
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What was the light of the first day of creation? [closed]

In the Genesis account, the sun and stars are created on the fourth day: Gen 1:14 And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them ...
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What are the different views regarding the order of events for end-times prophecy?

As an example for this question, Jack Chick has put together some stories on the end times, which are a compilation of prophecies in Daniel, Revelation, the gospels, and some other books. However, his ...
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Is Catholicism a “works” denomination?

Catholicism venerates people's works as that is the only way to become a saint - you actually have to DO something. I understand that there has been a strong debate regarding faith or works (or ...
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Is it Proper to State that Chalcedonianism is a Moderate Position In-between Nestorianism and Monophysitism?

I am reading the book The First Seven Ecumenical Councils by Leo Donald Davis. This is my first introduction to Trinitarian and Christological disputes within the Early Church. It appears to me: ...
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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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What is the difference between original sin and original guilt?

This is a question that every convert to Eastern Orthodoxy always asked. The question can be stated differently: Does the Catholic doctrine of Original Sin include Original Guilt? Fr. John Romanides ...
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What is the historical and theological basis for Protestant anti-Catholicism? [closed]

I am under the impression that Scripture teaches tolerance, not resentment. However it seems there has been some tension between Catholics and Protestants over the centuries – to the point of war in ...
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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 should Christians meditate?

In the recent years the word Meditation is used widely by everyone, and the word is used widely in non-religious context too. Should we, Christians meditate? If yes, what should we do while ...
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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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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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What exactly IS Hell? [on hold]

I'm not disputing that Hell exists, what I want to know is WHAT IS HELL? In my opinion there are only two possible answers, but you might inform me of something else. Many people have argued that ...
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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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What is the Biblical basis for disbelief in the doctrine of the Trinity?

In related form to a previous question on the basis for the Trinity, what is the Biblical basis for disbelief of the doctrine? Not all Christians (and perhaps not all branches of Christendom) hold to ...
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Is it historically inaccurate that Jesus is usually portrayed as European looking?

Is it historically inaccurate that Jesus is usually portrayed as European looking, having certain facial and bodily features (muscular)? Would most people follow Him if he did not look white or was ...
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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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What is the Biblical basis for Universal salvation?

Universal salvation, or universal reconciliation is the belief that God will eventually reconcile Himself with every immortal soul. That is, everyone will be saved. This doctrine has a long history. ...
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Scholarly discussion of claims that Paul is a “false apostle”

There is a claim in some circles that Paul is a "false apostle", creating a new religion from whole cloth. I fear trying to flesh out any one particular version of such a claim, but one such example ...
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What Bible verses support infant baptism?

I've studied the Bible and am a fundamental independent bible believing Baptist who believes what the scripture says about Baptism is clear. It is an ordinance after salvation, i.e. believers ...
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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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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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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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As a protestant, may I participate in the Eucharist (Communion) when visiting a Catholic church?

I think the title sums it up. I'm a protestant Christian, and have many Catholic friends. When I visit their churches, is it permissible for me to participate in the Eucharist/Communion ceremony by ...
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Why did Jesus have to die? [closed]

Some point to a blood-payment mechanic, but I wish to look deeper than this. If payment for sin is required, then why have that in the first place, even before Old Testament ritual was established. ...
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Does the Bible condemn white lies? [closed]

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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How do Catholics justify confessing to a priest?

Roman Catholic churches have a practice where congregational members confess their sins and the like to a priest in a confessional. As I was saying to a friend a couple days ago, the practice doesn't ...
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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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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 didn't the Jews understand “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani”?

Matthew 27: 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" 47 Some of those who stood ...
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses use different language for theological reasons?

They don't have churches: they have Kingdom Halls (though it's not wrong to refer to a Kingdom Hall as a type of church). They don't have hymns: they have Kingdom Songs (though it's not wrong to ...
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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 does “scripture” mean in NT writing?

This is slightly a take-off from: What does it mean that all scripture is God-Breathed? The Bible as we know it today wasn't canonized and compiled into a single volume until much later. In ...
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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 does the Bible say about vegetarian diets? [closed]

Is there any verse in Bible that says something about being a vegetarian or non-vegetarian? I know God set human beings above the other creatures, but what does it say about whether we can kill them?

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