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How to answer “Why do evil and suffering exist?”

I believe that evil exists because God gave us free will. Adam and Eve disobeyed God. Because of this The Fall of man happened and drew us away from God. Suffering exists not only because God can ...
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I thought the kingdom of God was something you can see only after death [duplicate]

Mark 9:1 Jesus went to say, "I assure you that some of you standing here right now will not die before you see the kingdom of God arrive in great power!" An what does this scripture mean by ...
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How does the Bible translator know if it is a poem? [migrated]

Let's take 1 Tim 3:16 as an example among many others, where Paul wrote or quoted (ESV): Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the ...
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Did Jesus need to die, or would mere shedding of blood have been sufficient?

Originally: St. Thomas Aquinas on salvation by a drop of Christ's Blood I heard on Relevant Radio a year or so ago something perplexing, I think it was a priest saying it, but it may have been a ...
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Does Catholic doctrine teach that atheists go to heaven, too?

From http://gawker.com/pope-says-atheists-can-be-as-good-as-catholics-509487907 Referencing a passage from the Gospel of Mark in his homily, the Pope recounted the story of a priest who told an ...
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Is the feast of 1 Corinthians 5:8 the same feast as 1 Cor 11?

Is the feast of 1 Corinthians 5:8 the same feast as 1 Cor 11? Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of ...
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What denominations subscribe to or accommodate the Conditionalist doctrine of hell?

I am interested in what denominations allow or require the belief that hell is the annihilation of a conditionally immortal soul rather than the eternal suffering or eventual redemption of such.
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Why was the Apostle Paul seemingly not that interested in baptizing believers?

Paul does not seem to put the same importance on baptism as he does on other things: For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross ...
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Why was the New Testament Written in Greek?

New Testament was written in Greek. But Jesus lived in Israel and was supposed to be the next King of Israel. I think it is probably fair to assume that he and his twelve apostles spoke Hebrew. Then ...
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Is it wrong to say Jesus is the God of the Old Testament?

Is it wrong to say that Jesus is the God of the Old Testament? Jesus is God, the Father is God, and the Holy spirit is God. With this is mind, is it wrong to say Jesus is the God of the Old ...
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Did God REALLY want to destroy the people of Israel?

When Moses led the people of Israel through the desert, there were two interesting occasions when God wanted to destroy the people of Israel and start over. (There may be more occasions that I don't ...
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Approximate amount of money per year the Catholic church spends for charity?

I'm curious of how much money the Catholic Church spends globally for charity per year. I could not find the information I wanted by a simple Google search, and even on Wikipedia, I could only find ...
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How many gospels are there in the Roman Catholic Bible?

How many gospels are there in the Roman Catholic Bible? Are there only gospels in the New Testament? What are the names of gospels? Is there a difference between books and gospels? I've read that ...
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Why did God not want man to have the knowledge of good and evil?

When God created man, he created him with the fore knowledge that man would eat from the forbidden tree, and even with the knowledge that man would bring sin into the World; God created the tree in ...
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Did those feet in ancient time walk upon England's mountains green?

William Blake's preface to Milton, commonly called Jerusalem and set to a famous hymn tune by Hubert Parry, questions whether the child Jesus might have visited England. And did those feet in ...
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Is there any Biblical basis for hating homosexuals?

As I was raised: God is all-loving, and He wants us to be all-loving too. But, as you may know, homosexuals—particularly in America—have been shown hatred, and even violence (1)(2)(3)(4) from some ...
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Did Adam and Eve end up getting saved?

After answering a recent question, it occurred to me to ask: Is there any biblical evidence regarding whether Adam and Eve have been redeemed in some fashion (and are thus going to Heaven/the New ...
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What feast is Paul referring to?

What feast is Paul referring to? Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. (1 ...
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What does it mean “my God my God why have you forsaken me”?

What is the correlation between these two scripture? Why Jesus felt forsaken if he knew what was going on? Why was it mentioned in Old Testament as well as New Testament(in two places)? Psalm ...
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Why didn't Jesus want the demon possessed people to tell who he was?

So Jesus healed great numbers of sick people who had many different kinds of diseases, and he ordered many demons to come out of their victims. But because they knew who he was, he refused to allow ...
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How does the Filioque affect Reformed Protestant theology?

In the past, extremely influential Eastern theologians (Photius the Great, Mark of Ephesus, etc.) have rejected the Filioque on important theological grounds. Likewise, the Latin Catholic church ...
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acts 16 Earthquake

Are there any other documents in church history or Roman history that indicate whether the earthquake experienced by Paul and the other prisoners in acts 16 was experienced elsewhere or just at the ...
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How should Christians act toward non-Christians?

How should Christians act toward non-Christians? One example I have found is 2 Corinthians 6:14 [KJV]. Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath ...
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What does it mean that Jesus fulfilled the law but did not abolish it?

We hear that we are no longer under the law. It even says so in Galations: Galations 3:23-25 Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith ...
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What are the biblical basis for membership in the church today? [closed]

When I am looking for a church to congregate, I have found that have different ideas about membership. Some churches require letter of transfer. Other churches need to see my behavior for a while. I ...
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What did Jesus mean by “this generation will certainly not pass away..” in Matthew 24:34?

Matthew 24:34 says "I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.". I am a Christian, and it is my duty to seek out truth, not plainly ...
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Is adultery grounds for excommunication or other discipline in a Jehovah's Witness Church?

I think the title says it all. Are there rules/guidelines for Church Discipline for members of the Church that are blatantly involved in adultery? Specifically, I'm referring to well-known, ...
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Did God create other people besides Adam and Eve? [closed]

After Cain killed Abel, he was cast away and said "whoever finds me will kill me", there he took a wife. This indicates there were other people on the face of the earth created by God or is there ...
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How do we know that when we get to Heaven we humans won't disobey again somehow? [duplicate]

After the rapture and when we as a church are finally all in Heaven, what happens then? Can we somehow mess up things by being sinful? When Adam and Eve were created, there didt seem to be a sign like ...
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In what denomination of Christ can I find these types of events? [closed]

In what denomination of Christ can I find these types of events? 1) Prophesy that can convince me by all that I am convicted by all? But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an uninformed person ...
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Can Elders of a church be young?

I am referring to 'Elders' in the sense of 1 Timothy 5:17 (NIV) : 17 The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and ...
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What are some of the benefits of going to church?

This question struck me last Sunday at church. People usually talk about the abstract benefits of prayer and proving things etc, but I'm asking this question because over the many years I've been ...
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Why does God want mankind in Heaven, after they have already shown that they have the tendency to disobey? [closed]

Since Adam willfully disobeyed God's command not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, man has consistently chosen to do the things that irritate God. Why then does God not just ...
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Can I just sin my whole life and in the end receive forgiveness and go to heaven?

And sit with Him on His throne? To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. Rev 3:21 ...
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How did the monastic tradition evolve?

In the 4th Century there was a strong monastic tradition, which usually involved living in solitude or small groups in the wilderness. By the 12th Century the monastic life was being lived in large ...
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How was the Apostle Paul a Debtor to the Greeks? [migrated]

Romans 1:14 I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. In what sense was Paul a debtor to these groups of people? I can't find any context in ...
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When does the Pope speak ex cathedra?

The Catholic Church considers the Pope infallible, but only in limited circumstances. The Pope is a human being like the rest of us, and capable of sinning. However, when the Pope speaks ex cathedra, ...
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Is/will there be time in heaven?

An answer suggests that "time is meaningless in heaven." Do we know this to be true? It seems like an easy conclusion to draw, based on the following: God created the entire universe, including ...
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How do opponents of Decision Theology distinguish themselves from Universal Salvation?

There is a tradition, perhaps strongest in Lutheranism, that opposes what it calls "Decision Theology". Biblical support for opposing Decision Theology would come in passages like, "No one can say ...
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Any instructions given by the church fathers on how to receive the gift of tongues?

1 Corinthians 14:39 (NIV) Therefore, my brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. In the early church, the gift of tongues was a common gift which ...
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Have the individual commands of the OT Law ever been categorized as “Moral,” “Ceremonial,” and “Civil?”

Are there any historic Christian documents that provide a comprehensive categorization of the commands of the OT Law / mitzvot using the three categories from the WCF? And, if so, then as a secondary ...
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Is the Roman Catholic understanding of forgiveness different from the Protestant understanding?

Recently I read Simon Wiesenthal's book, The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness, and I was challenged to flesh out my understanding of forgiveness. There were aspects which I ...
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Pre-flood Rock Monsters? Modern Noah Mythology? [closed]

How did the "Noah" movie decide to include rock monsters depicted as fallen angels? (helping him, nonetheless!) This is one of many, many biblical deviations the movie makes, but I'm curious what ...
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What does it mean to say an original Greek manuscript did not survive?

What does it mean when they say Greek manuscripts, written by the original authors, did not survive? I don't Understand this statement.
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Does the flesh of the peace offering get offered to women?

During the Laws for the sin offering in Lev Chapter 7, which Jesus replaced by his own sacrifice. A limitation for the actual food was given for only the Men to eat of it. Every male among the ...
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How are Romans 3:24 and James 2:17 reconciled? [duplicate]

I mean. I want to put my faith in Jesus, and I try to make myself believe that he is my Savior.. But I find myself putting more faith in "My" actions instead of his. And according to these two ...
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How does Protestantism explain Matthew 18:20 in this technology age?

Is Christ Jesus talking about a literal physical gathering of two or more? How does the Church explain Matthew 18:20 (NET) in this technology age? For where two or three gather in my name, there ...
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Which scriptures (if any) are cited by proponents of the 'don't go on feelings' teaching?

Having attended a number of churches, at least one of which claimed to be 'non-denominational', I have been subjected to listening to this teaching, which I have seen used to try to convince people ...
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Are these verses from Proverbs contradictory? [duplicate]

Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will become just like him. Proverbs 26:4 NIV Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes..Proverbs 26:5 NIV ...
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Ten commandments contradiction [duplicate]

Does the new testament override, or replace the commandment of honor your mother and father, and thy shall not murder?

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