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How do people become the sheep that Jesus speaks of in John 10?

In my daily Bible study, I've been working through the book of John, and have come to the point where Jesus makes several references to the sheep of His sheepfold. Today's passage, below, which marks ...
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How do we know the Saints, the Righteous and the Holy Ones are alive and in heaven? [duplicate]

Why should Catholics ask the Saints and Mother Mary to take our prayers to God for us? How does the Catholic church know they can canonize "Saints"? How do we know the angels and saints will intercede ...
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Do infant-baptizing Protestant denominations have any requirements on names?

Catholicism views infant baptism as the norm; a child born to a Catholic parent or parents is ordinarily to be baptized soon after birth: Parents are obliged to take care that infants are baptized ...
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Does Scripture mention whether it rained before the flood?

I've often heard it said that the flood of Noah was the first time that the earth experienced rain. This is the passage people use: Genesis 2:5-6 ESV When no bush of the field was yet in the land ...
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What was the population of the world at the time of the flood?

I understand that from the perspective of those who take the Bible literally, the global flood took place about 2400 B.C. and that the world began about 4000 B.C., giving 1600 years of human ...
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What is the difference between the Edomites and the Amalekites?

Esau is considered the ancestor of the Edomites. He is also the grandfather of Amalek. According to the Book of Genesis, Amalek was the son of Eliphaz and his concubine Timna. Eliphaz was the ...
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Where is the story that James (the 'brother') shared one-half of his inheritance with Jesus?

The story is, I believe, apocryphal; but the "brothers of Jesus, sons of Joseph" rejected sharing their inheritance with Jesus and James, a follower of Jesus and leader of the early church (per Acts), ...
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Contradiction between Ephesians 6:9 and Malachi 1:2-3

In the following verses we can see the uses of "God is not a respecter of persons" Recovery Version says, Act 10:34 - And opening his mouth, Peter said, In truth I perceive that God is not a ...
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How does the Catholic Church reconcile evolution with original sin?

According to Catholic doctrine: all men inherit ancestral sin from Adam; God descended upon Earth as the Son in order to free mankind from this sin, was crucified, died etc. From the Catechism of ...
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External reference of Jesus's resurrection?

After that he appeared to more than 500 brothers at one time, most of whom are still with us, though some have fallen asleep in death. - 1 Cor 15:6 I'm trying to find some ...
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Childless Christian [closed]

Question Given that in the 10 commandments of Moses, there is no: Married couples shalt not be childless how do Christians argue that willfully choosing to be childless is a Sin? Aside I ...
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What is the Scriptural basis for Catholics praying to Mary and the various saints?

While researching for this answer, I came across this quesion. It its answer it stated: Roman Catholics are taught to pray to Mary and various saints. Such prayers are not scriptural and are, in ...
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How old were Joseph & Mary when they marrried?

A nun in my Catholic school taught us that Mary was 14 and Joseph was 17 and that this was not atypical for the day. Also that in Joseph's case his Marriage to Mary was his second. Would there be any ...
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What theological teachings of Watchman Nee, Witness Lee, and the Local Churches differ from Reformed Theology

I recently moved and have been Church hunting (but this it not a question about Church advice) and attended a "Local Church." In this particular Church, service goes as follows: first part: ...
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40 views

Stars in the sky [duplicate]

Would Adam and Eve have been able to see a starry sky during the night? The nearest star is four light-years away, meaning it takes four years for light to reach Earth. Thus, the night sky must have ...
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What does the chaining and locking of Satan in the bottomless pit for the millennial reign accomplish?

In my study of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, I am puzzled by the chaining, and the locking of Satan in the Pit for the millennial reign of Christ. This question: (According to premillenial view, ...
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Are the Local Churches (associated with Watchman Nee) Calvinist? [duplicate]

Are the Local Churches, based on the teachings of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee, Calvinist (Reformed Theology)?
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What is the Biblical basis for cessationism? [duplicate]

What is the Biblical basis for the cessationism - the view that more miraculous gifts of the Spirit, such as speaking in tongues, healing, and prophecy, were only for the early Church, and not for our ...
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80 views

Genesis's Order of Events: Is there Unanimous Consent Among the Fathers?

Is there unanimous consent* among the Fathers of the Church who interpreted Genesis that the order of events as described in Genesis actually occurred in the order Genesis describes them? I know yom ...
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What's the name of the process by which the scriptures were written down?

The word 'concoursis' was used by a Sunday school teacher to describe the process by which Scripture was revealed by the Spirit to the Apostles and then written down. However, I can't find the word ...
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40 views

What was the early American church like? [closed]

Which denominations were prevalent among the churches of North America in the late 17th century and 18th century? During that time, was there significant of cooperation or communication between ...
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32 views

By what process were the Scriptures written down? [duplicate]

In a Sunday school class I recently attended, the teacher used a word to describe the process by which Scripture was revealed by the Spirit to the Apostles, then written down. I believe the word he ...
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Do any church writers compare or contrast Jesus and the burning bush?

From the Wikipedia article on Oneness Pentecostalism, Oneness theology specifically maintains that God is absolutely and indivisibly one. It equally proclaims that God is not made of a physical ...
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What does it mean to “pray in the Spirit?”

In a recent small group Bible study sponsored by a local Pentecostal church, attendees were encouraged to "pray in the Spirit". The study leader cited 1 Corinthians 4:15, Ephesians 6:18, and Jude 20. ...
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How does the Bible teach us to direct our prayers?

In a recent Pentecostal prayer meeting I attended, one member, who was a leader in the church, began his prayer with "Holy Spirit, please...", offering up requests for healing, instruction, and ...
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What is the Biblical basis for saying one won't be healed if they lack sufficient faith?

I've heard it said in discussion with teachers in a Pentecostal church, "If you pray and believe, God will heal you." The teaching seems especially motivated by passages like Mark 5:34 and Mark 10:52 ...
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60 views

What is the Biblical basis that God does not punish disobedient Christians beyond the immediate natural consequences?

Suppose that a person is faithful and counted among those in Christ, and the person is disobedient in some manner. What is the biblical basis that God does not intervene to punish this Christian ...
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Does God punish Christians for disobedience?

Suppose that a person is faithful and counted among those in Christ, and the person is disobedient in some manner. What is the biblical basis that God punishes this Christian beyond the immediate ...
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61 views

Is the sermon on the mount intended for unbelievers? [closed]

I'd like to know if Jesus' sermon on the mount (Matthew 5-7) is directed at an unbelieving audience or an audience of believers. I'd argue its for unbelievers. At this point in time the disciples ...
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Are these LDS scriptures consistent with LDS doctrine?

In an answer to this question Calvin quoted some LDS scripture from this search on the LDS scripture site. It seems that the word "eternal" might mean continuing forever from some point in time in ...
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What is Alvin Plantinga's view on divine sovereignty and free will?

The main Wikipedia page on Molinism lists Plantinga as one of its (Molinism's) best known advocates. However, Plantinga, in a speech given at Azusa Pacific University, describes himself as "a ...
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60 views

does God know the people that are going to hell? [duplicate]

This is a tricky question that i've wanted to ask a long time ago...We christians believe that God is omnipotent, omnipresent and all powerful, and there is also a saying that he knows the beginning ...
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Is there anything like a curse on some people? [closed]

I was having a debate with one of my friend on whether God exists, and I was in support of this statement.. Then he asked if there is a real God, then why there is so much differentiations without ...
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Does the Bible prohibit women from having any position of power over men? [closed]

For example, (i.e. no women presidents or judges), or just the specific roles of head-of-household (earning more money, etc.) and pastor? I got this thought because of Genesis 3:16, where God is ...
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How to reconcile God's promise to Abraham with the current Jewish population? [closed]

The current Jewish population in the world is c. 14 million (c. 0.2% of the world's population). In Gn 15:5, God asks Abraham to [l]ook toward heaven, and number the stars, if you he was able to ...
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Is there Christian scripture or literature absolving the old Jewish laws of usury?

Most people are aware that Jewish law forbade earning interest from the lending of money to another. As Christianity gained momentum in the early first and second century, many of the Mosaic laws were ...
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Are there any Catholic sects which disagree with the sinlessness of Mary?

As a protestant, the concept of the sinless state of Mary is one of the hardest aspects of Catholicism to swallow. The historical account of the adoption of this doctrine doesn't lend any credibility ...
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101 views

American evangelist Jean Darnell, “UK prophecy 1967” True or false? [closed]

In 1967, American evangelist Jean Darnell, whilst passing through the UK had a ‘prophetic vision’ about the future of faith in these Islands- particularly regarding Scotland. It was such a powerful ...
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Is God bound to future events? [closed]

Logically considering the doctrine that God knows the future exhaustively, especially in the versions of it that claim he has absolutist knowledge of the future, I see one major flaw, of which I want ...
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Where does the tradition come from that Noah's sons went separate directions?

I have heard in many places, and was even taught as a child, that Noah's sons, sometime after the Flood, separated and went North, South, and East to repopulate the Earth. The story is commonly used ...
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Is the height of first century Judeans evidence against the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin? [closed]

Does the fact that the average height of Jews in the Roman Province of Judea in the first century was 5'0 impact negatively on the authenticity of the shroud since the height of the figure on the ...
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190 views

Skin color of Adam and Eve [closed]

Were Adam and Eve of the same skin color? If so, how can one explain the different variations of skin color? For example, if Adam and Eve were both of a lighter skin tone, why is it that we have ...
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Why does God ignore amputees but listens to invisible disease patients? [closed]

So no matter how hard an amputee prays they will never get their arm back. But anyone with an invisible disease can pray to God and if it heals it is a miracle attributed to God and it is claimed that ...
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49 views

Is the unpardonable sin unpardonable? [duplicate]

I understand that in Matthew 12:31-32, Jesus says to the Pharisees, “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven ...
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104 views

Does human effort oppose God's grace?

A pastor in my church once told me that "human effort does not oppose God's grace", I.E. to say, as long as you do your best (which is impossible to attain, but you try any way), God will indeed do ...
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How can an omniscient God say that all he created was good and then make changes as though he forgot something? [closed]

When God created all things, he said it was very good (Genesis 1:31). Yet he went ahead and made changes, as though it wasn't good enough. As an example of a change, God decided to create Eve out of ...
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1answer
101 views

science and God [closed]

Being a high-schooler, I have taken biology and anatomy. People have said that science has disproved the existence of God... I am nowhere NEAR losing faith in the Lord, but how do I combine the two? ...
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LDS Church and Genealogy Research (What is the connection?)

Forgive my ignorance in asking this question, or if I am making a sweeping generalization. But I feel like my observation is a very common one, and I am surprised that nobody else has asked the ...
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Judas in heaven [closed]

Question regarding Judas Iscariot. Judas was a Jew by both religion and ethnicity, which would qualify him as one of the chosen. Can we therefore expect to see Judas in heaven? Thanks for your ...
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Where did the term “Jew” come from? [closed]

At what point did the Israelites start being called Jews and more importantly, why? Answers can cite biblical and extra-biblical sources.

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