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What did the serpent look like?

The account of creation mentions the serpent being wise among all beasts. After the temptation God curses the serpent. "And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this,...upon ...
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Why did Jesus weep when Lazarus's friends agreed to show him his body?

After Lazarus died, Jesus led his disciples to visit Lazarus's sisters, Mary & Martha. When the friends of Lazarus agreed to show Jesus the cave where Lazarus's body was laid, Jesus wept. Is ...
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How can Pharaoh and Abhimelech be attracted to Sarah?

http://helpmewithbiblestudy.org/5system_moses/print/dh11AbrahamHalfTruthWifeSister.pdf In the sojourn to Egypt (Gen 12), Sarah was about 65 years old and was considered very beautiful. In the ...
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Why did God create man with an evil nature?

I've read a highly favored answer here in the forums that when people get to heaven they are no longer capable of sinning yet they still have free will. So my question is simple, why did he ever ...
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What does Paul mean when he speaks of “in Christ”?

Does Paul point to any type of mystical experience when he speaks of "in Christ"? What does he express? It seems this phrase cannot be taken literally - so what is the deeper meaning of it, possibly ...
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From a Trinitarian perspective, does the term 'only begotten Son' make sense outside of the concept of the incarnation?

From a Trinitarian perspective, does the term 'only begotten Son' make sense outside of the concept of the incarnation? If so, how? If not, why not? The Niceno–Constantinopolitan Creed states (in ...
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why do catholics worship mary? [duplicate]

Why do catholics worship and call mary "the mother of God" when God is the supreme and does not have a mother or father because he has always existed? If God has always existed and never had a mother ...
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Why was Jesus called the King of the Jews?

In Luke 23:v38 it is written, There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS Why was the notice placed at the crucifixion proclaiming Jesus to be King?
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Does The Revelation chapter 20 tell us that the Rapture will take place after the millennial reign of Christ?

1st Thessalonians 4:16 says that those Christians who have already died when Christ returns, will rise first For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the ...
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How could Matthew change the same story found in Mark [duplicate]

The same story is found in both Mathew and Mark, yet Mathew, who is said to have written the Gospel after Mark's, but used Mark's skeleton structure and quotes him many many times, changes the story. ...
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How to store up treasures in Heaven? [closed]

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin ...
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What is the meaning of Holy Spirit in Mark 3:28-29? [duplicate]

Mark 3:28-29 28 : Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, 29 : but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; ...
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Interfaith marriage in Christianity with Bible reference [closed]

I am a Muslim...and I need to learn about interfaith marriage in Christianity with Bible references.
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Ark of the Covenant [closed]

Is it possible to find the Ark of the Covenant? According to some reports, it is hidden in a cave in the Dumghe Mountains in Africa; other report mention a Lake Qum. Where this lake could be? The real ...
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What is the Evangelical view on tithing?

Do Evangelical (by which I mean, taking the Bible as the ultimate earthly source of authority) Christians believe giving 10% of your income is a law for Christians? Note: this question is related to ...
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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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145 views

In Reformed Theology, what are seen as the implications of Traducianism versus Creationism (of the soul)?

Traducianism says that one's soul is derived from one's parents' souls, but creationism says that God creates a soul for each body. The Wikipedia articles are a start, but I'm especially interested ...
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Was Christ's suffering unusually harsh for the standard of the Roman times?

I can understand the political reasons behind His execution. What I can't really understand is why did the Romans go through such a lengthy and gruesome process. I know crucifixion used to be a ...
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How do non-sacramental denominations identify and ordain pastors and other leaders?

I'm aware that not all Christian denominations call the leaders/pastors of local congregations "priests" (as Catholics, Orthodox, some Anglicans, and apparently some Lutherans do, perhaps among ...
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What happened to the wives of priests when celibacy was first instituted in the Catholic church?

Since priests were not originally expected to be celibate, many must have been married when celibacy was first introduced. So what happened to the wives during this time when the institution started? ...
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Did Judas betray Jesus willfully?

Luke 22:3 "Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve" Does this verse imply that Judas had no more control over his own actions as he was possessed by the devil. Judas ...
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602 views

What Christian denominations do not require belief in mainstream Christian core doctrines?

I grew up in a non-denominational church and was heavily involved until a few years ago. Some of my personal beliefs don't agree with the commonly accepted "core doctrines" of Christianity (which is ...
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What is the hope in Roman Catholicism?

I'm coming at this from the evangelical reform side of salvation. For the evangelical, salvation is made for us by Jesus on the cross. There is nothing else we can add to make us more saved, or less ...
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Does the Holy Spirit's procession from the Father and Son infringe on the co-equality of the Trinity?

The following is intended to correlate to classical scholastic terminology, such as: Nature = essence, as in "the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit all have the Trinitarian 'nature' of God." Person = ...
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Character of God and His Creation [closed]

I came out of Mormonism 7 years ago in the summer of 2007. After I realized the unorthodoxy of Mormonism, I began a search to learn about other religions. I was surprised at what I learned about ...
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Why do some Christians (Coptic orthodox and catholic) kiss the priest's hand?

Considering kissing priest's hand is a christianity learning, where did this learning came from? Considering kissing priest's hand is a custom Where did this custom came from, Why it is wide ...
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What's the reasoning behind sacramental architecture?

What is the basis for catholic sacred architecture, or sacramental architecture as I've heard it said and what are it's main components? Is this a doctrine rooted in scripture somewhere? When was ...
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Criteria of a Christian denominations? [duplicate]

HI i was reading these questions, What Christian denominations (if any) permit gay marriage? [closed]What Christian denominations do not require belief in mainstream Christian core doctrines?What is ...
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From a biblical perspective, Who performs a miracle - the person or God?

In answering a question about kenosis, I said that Jesus emptied himself of his divinity, essentially, "giving up the perks of being God." Hammar replied, "but he still performed miracles, didn't he?" ...
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What's the origin of the Catholic object that is a staff with a cross on top?

Like I asked in the title, what's the name and origin of a staff with a cross on top? Like the one depicted in the picture.
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606 views

What is the process for starting a new Christian denomination?

There are thousands of Christian denominations. How did these groups form? What is the typical process for organizing a denomination?
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523 views

Does the passage in Luke 9:49-50 support the diversity of denominations?

It appears that this passage in Luke allows for the diversity of denominations. Luke 9:49-50 KJV And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad ...
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Is it appropriate to leave a Catholic rosary in place on a cemetary headstone?

Is it appropriate to put a rosary on a relatives headstone and leave it there even if it starts to discolor and rust the headstone? Would it be a desecration of the grave if someone removed it ...
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Why are Matthew, Mark, and Luke called the synoptic gospels?

The first three gospels are sometimes known as the "synoptic" gospels. What does this term mean, and how does it differentiate them from the gospel of John?
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How to prove that Jesus is true God using the Bible alone? [duplicate]

How to prove that Jesus is true God using the Bible alone? Christians love the Nicene Creed and it is a product of Christians who faithfully preserves and contends for the faith that was once and ...
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1answer
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What is the difference between complaining and being honest before God? [closed]

As we know one is something we should not do and the other is commanded. But what is the real difference between casting my anxieties onto God and complaining to him? I would like to deal with ...
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Should there more Dialogue between Jews Christians and Moslems [closed]

It is about time that more interfaith dialogue took place in terms of Religion. And of course for young people more music festivals and Sporting events ought to take place between us. Anyways I want ...
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What is the Perspective of American Christians on Foreigners [closed]

Immigration has become the most divisive topic in American History since Segregation and Slavery with hard arguments on both sides some support it and some are against it. There is no doubt on the ...
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What does it mean for Christ to have been slain before the creation of the world?

The book of Revelation describes Jesus as "slain before the foundations of the earth": All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast--all whose names have not been written in the book of ...
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Do Catholicism and Protestantism “fall under” the umbrella of Christianity? [closed]

In sum, religion is imposed by human beings; Christianity is proposed by (the Triune) God. Jesus concisely defined this in the Gospel of John, 17th chapter (and elsewhere in Holy Writ). Clearly, the ...
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Pictured is the Ancient Hebrew Conception of the Universe. What is the parallel Catholic view of the Universe? [closed]

Pictured is the Ancient Hebrew Conception of the Universe. What is the parallel Catholic view of the Universe?
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What is the significance of water from Jesus' side?

John 19:34 "one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water." I know this is supposed to be something great as in the next verse the apostle ...
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94 views

God creator vs. god small g the devil or satan [closed]

Does the bible refer to satan as god small g anywhere?
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103 views

Do you have to have a certain amount of intelligence to get into heaven? [closed]

Is there a certain level of intelligence required to get into heaven? I would expect someone to be able to understand at least some of scripture to be saved, but how much intelligence is needed to ...
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1answer
488 views

Will there be sex in Heaven (the new Earth)? [duplicate]

I have heard many people ask and now I have been considering the question myself. Will there be sex on the new Earth? What is the reasoning for either position?
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66 views

Christians search for meaning [closed]

I personally accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour and would definitely consider myself religious. The problem is although I do think of myself as religious I cannot escape this nagging feeling that we ...
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2answers
59 views

In Mark 10:17-31, what did the rich man lack?

I tried searching for this on Christianity.SE, but couldn't find anything. Google searches brought up a lot of opinions based on different theologies and opinions. I'm looking for an answer to this ...
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3answers
666 views

Are there any Christian doctrines that cover lucid dreaming?

Do any Christian traditions have doctrines that cover the issue of lucid dreaming? In particular, do any of these cover whether we control our minds at all times or if God can/does sometimes control ...
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4answers
342 views

Are Many Christians postmodern in their approach to modesty? [closed]

Christians have a wide variety of opinions concerning modesty. Many say that if you believe you should dress a different way than that is fine for you--just don't impose your beliefs on us--because ...
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Who is “Samuel” in the story of Saul, Samuel, and the Medium?

In 1st Samuel 28, Saul gets the witch of Endor to summon Samuel back from the dead. Is this really Samuel or some demon impersonating Samuel? If it is the real Samuel here, how does this woman have ...

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