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Do Protestants believe that all sins are equal?

I know that Protestants reject the Roman Catholic understanding of "mortal" and "venial" sins. I also know that there's biblical basis for seeing sins as both equal and different. But how do ...
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How do Protestants understand the “unforgivable” sin?

Scripture refers to an unpardonable sin in Matthew 12:31-32, Mark 3:29-30, and Luke 12:10, as well as Hebrews 6:4-6. There's also "sin that leads to death" (1 John 5:16-17). Given the Protestant ...
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Is there any Biblical argument against having a concubine?

It is generally accepted that "having a concubine" = "not socially accepted." However, Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines. Having concubines was mentioned in the Old Testament. I cannot find ...
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What is the argument AGAINST the position that only Paul's writings are applicable to the church today?

In mid-Acts dispensationalism (a form of hyperdispensationalism), it is taught that only Paul's writings (from Romans to Philemon) are applicable to the church today and that the other parts of the ...
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What is the Biblical basis for claiming that Paul upholds and teaches the Torah law?

What scriptural support is there to back the idea that Paul not only supported the Torah, but also promoted it? UPDATE: For those needing clarification: "support" be actively interested in and ...
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According to the penal substitutionary atonement view, why was Jesus' punishment not eternal?

Given Christianity believes that the "punishment for sin is death" (Rom. 6:23, etc.) and that punishment is eternal (2 Thes. 1:9, Matt. 25:41, Rev. 20:10, etc.), how was Christ's punishment a ...
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What is the “Hell's Best Kept Secret” teaching that's circulating in various Evangelical Churches?

There's a teaching called "Hell's Best Secret" that's been circulating for several years, originally preached by Ray Comfort, the a New Zealand-born minister, and founder of Living Waters ...
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What is the Biblical basis for requiring someone to have faithful children to become an elder?

Just had an enlightening chat with a preacher of a faith I'm not familiar with. When I congratulated him on his new pastorship, he corrected me saying that he wasn't a pastor, and among other things ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the concept of 'balance' between 'two extremes'? [on hold]

Any Christian at some point will be labeled an extremist. Also every Christian at some point will call other Christians extremists. Even in any given local church, some will label each other this way. ...
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Differences between the “son of man” and “son of God” [duplicate]

In the holy gospel, I see that Jesus is called as"son of man" in some occasions, whereas "son of God" in some other. By normal thinking it could be concluded that both are statements of ...
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How do protestant Christians keep the sabbath?

Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or ...
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How can one “buy” oil and “buy” gold, garments, and eye salve if these things can only attained by grace?

From the account of the 10 virgins in Matthew 25, and from the exhortation to the Laodicean Church in Revelation 3:14-22, What is meant by the instruction to "buy" oil, gold, garments and eye salve? ...
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What is the source of the belief that the deceased become angels?

An associate wrote an open letter (email) of condolence to a friend who'd lost a child. The letter stated that that deceased was now an angel in heaven with wings. What is the ultimate source of this ...
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Which NT books were written after the destruction of the temple?

The temple was destroyed sometime around AD 70. Which New Testament books were written after that catastrophe? Do these books comment at all on the destruction of the temple?
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Punishment for sins [closed]

It is written in the Bible that God is Just enough to forgive all sins and cleanse one from all unrighteousness, if we confess our sins. (1 John 1:9-10). The questions then: Is one still punished ...
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Where does Melchizedek come from?

First time poster, not sure if this the right site to ask this. In Genesis 14 Abram defeats some kings with 318 people in a night battle to rescue Lot and some other captives, as well as to retrieve ...
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Why has a Brazilian church built a replica of Solomon's Temple?

An Evangelical-Pentecostal church has built a huge replica of Solomon's Temple in Brazil. But why Solomon's Temple? What does it have to do with Jesus Christ and the Christian faith? It's very odd to ...
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Why doesn't the Catholic Church support female priests?

Understanding that the Catholic Church has its foundation in Judaism, which is a male based religion, how does she justify the fact that women cannot administer religious rites?
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What are the differences between Catholics and the Jehovah's Witnesses

What the are differences and similarities between Jehovah's Witnesses and Catholics? To what extent is the official bible accepted by the Catholic church different from the official JW translation? ...
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Why do translations use words like “servants” to mean “slaves”?

Luke 12:45-48 uses the word "servants". What kind of servants get beaten up by their master? That looks a lot like slaves to me. We have an English word for that thing. It's called slaves. So why use ...
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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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To which Saints may a Catholic pray, and when can this begin?

The Catholic Church teaches, as I understand it, that a person may pray to a Saint, and this Saint will then intercede along with that person to God concerning the request (or something like that). ...
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Does the Catholic Church verify whether candidates to the priesthood are really men?

In Catholic Church, only a baptized man can be ordained a priest. cf. CCC 1577 "Only a baptized man (vir) validly receives sacred ordination." The Lord Jesus chose men (viri) to form the ...
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Why do some Christian groups view the most common concept of God in Christianity (the Trinity) as a belief in three gods rather than in one God?

The vast bulk of Christian denominations, representing the overwhelming majority of Christians, subscribe to the doctrine of the Trinity, which, boiled down to its essence, is "one God in three ...
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To whom does Pope Francis confess?

So, Popes sin too. (At least, I assume they do.) Presumably, they confess their sin and do penance. Who hears his confession? Is it an office that rotates, or one individual? And, does the Pope ...
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According to New Testament doctrine, is autocannibalism a sin? (Updated) [closed]

Is there New-Testament scripture that forbids eating yourself? I believe there is scripture that makes it unclean in the old testament, but cannot find reference to anything coming from the new ...
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If someone claims himself to be Jesus Christ does The Bible tell me to immediately disbelieve him? [on hold]

I, as a Christian, believe everything in The Bible. Then I meet a man who claims himself to be Jesus Christ. Can I immediately disbelieve that man based on some arguments from The Bible?
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How can common believers in the Roman Catholic Church be sure that the Church's decisions are correct and not erroneous?

There have been some councils, the decisions of which were later reversed by some latter councils. Thus, if your position on a particular matter that was being considered at those councils was too ...
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What is the Lake of Fire?

Revelation 20:14 is what I'm talking about. It is only confusing because nearly every translation says something like this: 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the ...
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How do JWs respond to Jude 9 in light of Matthew 4:10?

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Jesus and Michael the Archangel are one in the same. However, in light of these two verses: Jude 9 (NIV): But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing ...
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Why is Jesus named the Prince of Peace instead of the King of Peace?

In Isaiah 9:6, the child to be born will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall ...
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What exactly is monster seed? [closed]

I was contacted by a priest that was told he was to help me through a problem. He gave me some items to use. One was "monster seed" What exactly is monster seed. I believe he told me Jesus used it as ...
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Why is Jesus often depicted as having long hair if it's disgraceful for men?

Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him, (1 Corinthians 11:14) Why is Jesus often depicted in paintings with long hair, if it's disgraceful for ...
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What is the origin of the tradition that Thaddeus founded the Armenian Church?

According to tradition, Thaddeus (aka Jude) and Bartholomew were the first disciples to bring the Gospel to Armenia. As such, they are commemorated as the patron saints of that church. What is the ...
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Is the concept of God in Christianity (the Trinity) three Gods or One?

I don't understand the concept of God in Christianity. Based on what I do know, there is God, the Son of God and the Holy Spirit -- doesn't this add up to 3 Gods? In Christianity, is there there One ...
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How would God be a mother if he isn't human, or made out of flesh and blood. [closed]

I'm just trying to understand the logic of people calling God the Mother. Last time I check, God doesn't have a vagina, or a penis. He doesn't get boners, and he doesn't get periods either, so how is ...
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What is the biblical basis for considering gender to be not merely physical/biological?

From the perspective of the tripartite nature of man--that men and women have a body, a soul, and a spirit--is there a biblical basis for the position that gender is not merely present in the body or ...
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Why do LDS use water and leavened bread in communion when the Jews used wine and unleavened bread?

I recently read somewhere that in the LDS observance of communion, water and leavened bread is used. The practice of communion comes from the Jewish Passover ceremony where wine and unleavened bread ...
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smell of sulfur [closed]

Whenever I speak or connect with a certain friend, I always smell sulfur. Never happens any other time. Even when on the phone at a long distance. She has been doing some thing I find immoral. ...
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Is this “4 laws of creation” accurate or does it clash with Christianity? [closed]

I got this from Spirit Science, its a page on facebook thats really capturing my attention, my hunger for God and salvation is at a begginers level.. please inform me asap.. for "the wolves are on the ...
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What is the Biblical basis for multiple judgments after death?

I recently heard a talk on the notion of "multiple judgments"; the idea is one is initially judged simply on the fact of their salvation - did that person put their life in Christ's hands and accept ...
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Catholic Church's History Reflects The life of Christ?

Background: A while back I had a very devout friend of mine explain to me that the life (or as I understood, the History) of the Catholic Church sort of paralleled the life of Jesus. That, like Jesus, ...
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how to cast out a demon, spirit that has attached to a women [closed]

A dear friend and her husband are dealing with a demon in their home. I am a born again Christian. I went to visit and felt the presence of this spirit all over me. When I told her about what I felt ...
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If God cannot tempt anyone, what is the meaning of the following scriptures?

In light of James 1:13, I would like to know the meaning of the remaining scriptures quoted below. James 1:13 “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with ...
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What is the Biblical basis for Peter being the leader of the apostles?

The Roman Catholic church claims that the apostle Peter was the first bishop of Rome, that he was the leader of the other apostles/bishops, and that since the pope is the rightful heir of Peter's ...
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Does the Bible command women to cover their breasts?

Tribal women in Africa, South America and Papua New Guinea have gone around with bare breasts for countless generations. When Christian missionaries arrived they convinced the women to cover their ...
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What is the Biblical support for Hell as a singular concept?

One of the common tenets of Christian Universalism (as well as Annihilationism) is the non-existence of Hell as an eternal punishment for non-Christians, that everyone has been granted salvation ...
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What is the basis of the argument that Open Theism is heretical?

John Piper has said that open theism (i.e. the notion that God himself changes over time and can choose to be ignorant of His own future if He so chooses) "is an attack, however unwittingly, on the ...
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What is the Catholic explanation for temptation?

I have recently been thinking: Why am I tempted to sin at all? If a Higher Power created me and the universe, as well as a set of laws for me to follow, why am I tempted to break these laws? Did he ...
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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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