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What does the Bible say about a father walking his daughter down the aisle at her wedding?

I believe this came about as a Jewish tradition. Why is this done and what does it symbolize? Is a father walking his daughter down the aisle at her wedding a biblical tradition? What is the father's ...
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What does Ravi Zacharias mean when he says “Intent is always prior to content”?

I am a constant listener to Ravi's Podcasts and he always says "Intent is always prior to content." What does that mean? Thanks
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Why did Jesus say that “Mary has chosen the better part”?

Why did Jesus tell Martha, who was serving the Lord and making preparations, that Mary had "chosen what is better"? As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a ...
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What is source of myth 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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Do Guardian Angels graduate?

I got two conflicting reports from two women whose catholicity I highly respect but sources are circumspect, or at the very least circumlocutory. One says, when/if we get to Heaven, our Guardian ...
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Where does the Old Testament mention “the devil”?

Yesterday, New York Magazine published an interview with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, in which is he quoted as saying that he believes "the Devil" has given up taking possession of ...
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When were the Fasting Patterns of the Eastern Orthodox Church Established?

I am under the impression that the fasting patterns of the Orthodox church were established over the course of several centuries. I am interested in some sources that would clarify when the pattern ...
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Did Plotinus get his ideas from the Bible? [closed]

Is there evidence that Plotinus and the Neoplatonists got their philosophy of their 'trinity' from the Bible or from Christian sources? Or the other way round, was Augustine influenced by Plotinus ...
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When Jesus was nailed to the cross, did the nails go through his hands or through his wrists?

I have heard some people say that the nails went into Jesus's hands and I have also read that in a crucifixion, the nails went into the wrist. What really happened on the cross?
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When Meister Eckhart deliniates the “ground” and “powers” of the soul, what is he differentiating?

I'd like to know where to look for scholarly articles that could help elucidate unclear points in ancient writings. For instance, Desert Fathers speak a lot about "heart", "spirit", "mind", ...
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Why are the other names of God not used in Christianity?

The Bible has lots of names and titles for God: the Tetragrammaton ("YHWH"), Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh, Yah, Adonai, HaShem, Adoshem, YHWH Tzevaot, as well as Adonai, Baali, El, Elah, Eloah, Elohim, El Roi, ...
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What's our afterlife really like?

I've heard and read that when we die, and we go to heaven, we won't have bodies. We'll be spirits only, but so happy that we won't need bodies or objects. In School we were taught that when we go to ...
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Age of accountability? [duplicate]

I have been raised in Prodestant church all of my life and I have heard several times from members of various churches about an age of accountability—which is an age once a person reaches it they are ...
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Why does Paul emphasise that Jesus is the Son of David in 2 Timothy

In 2 Timothy 2:8-9, Paul writes: 8 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, 9 for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a ...
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Lot and a Pillar of Salt

Are there more instances, in the Bible, of people turning into pillars of salt (Gen. 19:26) and does it have a specific meaning? 
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Why was Jesus called Jesus, and not Immanuel? [duplicate]

Was the choice of Jesus (Joshua) in addition to Immanuel(Matthew 1: 21 and 23) in order to fulfil the prophecy in Deuteronomy 18: 15? This gives a message that Jesus, like His namesake, would lead ...
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Unintentional loss of faith in the divinity of Jesus Christ [closed]

Once you accept Jesus Christ as Savior what happens to you if you unintentionally undergo a loss of faith in his divinity years later? You still believe in God and love God...you are just struggling ...
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What evidence is there that the Herodians were distinct from mainstream Phariseeism?

In the New Testament era were the political and religious interests of the Pharisees closely aligned with the Herodians? Or did the nationalistic elements of Phariseeism make them allies?
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Under a Protestant perspective what sort of ‘sacrifices’ as a symbolic priest can a believer perform within the ‘priesthood’ of all believers?

In 1 Peter believers are represented as a Priesthood that 'offer spiritual sacrifices'. Assuming that they can't be for expiation as only Christ was worthy to offer his own soul for that (represented ...
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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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Why did God give man an imagination? [closed]

This is a two-part question. First: Throughout the Old Testament we read of the “imagination of the heart” and in Genesis 6:5 “imagination of the thoughts of the heart”. In an earlier question ...
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What is biblical view on curiosity?

What is biblical view on curiosity? Is curiosity sin and therefore impossible for God? One reference is rom.10:17 that tells that first proclaiming the gospel, hearing it and faith cometh, but before ...
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What does it mean that Eve was beguiled?

In Genesis 3:13 we read that Eve was beguiled: And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. In this context, ...
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Other than the Bible, what should I read? [closed]

I am currently in the process of my first reading of the Bible as an adult, coming towards the end. Much of my knowledge about Christianity comes from the media which I don't honestly trust, and most ...
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Why do people say that God denounces the handicapped in the Bible? [closed]

I often hear people saying that God doesn't like the handicapped etc. What evidence is there in the Bible that suggests this? Of course there must be somewhere in the Bible that either directly ...
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Were the medieval popes examined on a toilet-lid-like chair to establish their masculinity?

Is one of the consequences of the Pope Joan story, whether it was true or false, the use of a marble chair with a large, toilet-like hole in its seat? As the picture above shows, it seems that that ...
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What is the nature of the theory for Pope Joan and the evidence that substantiates it?

Two films, each called Pope Joan one in 1972 and one in 2009 repeat an old legend about a female Pope. What is the nature of this theory, and is there anything to substantiate it?
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If there is no Condemnation in Jesus, can Jesus reject one who rejects him? [closed]

My pastor told me a tragic story of a brother. Who accepted Jesus Christ and was Born Again. But he was hiding his identity as a Christian. He went back to his home country and married a hindu wife, ...
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What is the endgame for sedevacantists?

"Sedevacantism" is the belief that the See of Rome is currently vacant; that is, there is no current Pope. There are not very many people who believe it, but they do seem to be pretty vocal on the ...
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What are the requirements for establishing an Eastern Orthodox church or mission?

As a former parish council member of a recently founded Catholic mission, I'm somewhat familiar with the process of establishing a Catholic mission/church within the parameters of canon law. What is ...
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What 'cubit' did the Lord refer to in Genesis 6:15? [closed]

Original: Genesis 6:15, 'the length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits': According to King James Bible, Genesis 6:15, when the Lord told Noah to make an ark of ...
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What ever happened to the ostiarius?

The ostiarius was a person that guarded the church door to prevent unbaptized people from entering the church during the Eucharist. What ever happened to this role? Relating to this subject, why do ...
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Does the Bible forbid a man from dressing like a woman?

Are there any verses in the Old or New Testaments that forbid a man from dressing like a woman? My question was prompted by this news article about the Harvest Crusade event and the comments that ...
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Did it ever happen that a Christian died simply because he had no food at his disposal?

This question can be restated as: how to interpret Matt 6:25-34 where Jesus tells us not to worry about food and clothes. Is it a promise that a Christian will never die for lack of food? Or is it ...
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Is manhood defined in the Bible? [closed]

I have recently started reasearching the differences and similarites between religion's and their definitions of manhood. I was very interested to find that this question had not been previously asked ...
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Who was the first to describe Methodists as the “People of the Extreme Center”?

I've heard Methodists describe themselves as the "People of the Extreme Center". It gets used to mean that Methodists take the center road on a lot of issues. But I would like to know where the ...
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How to interpret the ban of unions between believers and non-believers?

Having lately studied the bible from Second Epistle to the Corinthians I have pondered whether or not unions between nonbelievers and those in faith are really fully and undisputedly condemned by the ...
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What do Chinese Christians wear to a Western or Chinese Christian funeral?

What do Chinese Christians wear to a Western or Chinese Christian funeral? In the West, it seems that black is the popular color for death and funerals. You see this in movies, where women would ...
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Why do Catholics recite the phrase “Thanks be to God” during Mass?

Why do Catholics recite the phrase "Thanks be to God" during Mass? They say this many times too. After the priest speaks, the congregation follows in unison, "Thanks be to God."
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Under what circumstances is disobeying a bad law justified or even obligatory?

Civil Disobedience Justified There is a Biblical precedent for civil disobedience. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego's refused to worship an idol in Daniel 3. The Israelites' openly rebelled against ...
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Why does Jesus have to be fully God and fully man? Is it not sufficient to be the son of God and fully man?

First of all I do see that a form of this question has already been asked and answered. Why does the Messiah have to be God? This question is more specific though and I would appreciate it if the ...
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How do classic Trinitarians answer the implications of Revelation 1:1?

Revelation 1:1 reads: The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John. So this is ...
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What are the differences between Mormonism and Islam, and how do Mormons react to comparisons with it?

Before anything else, a point of order. This question has the ability to be construed as mean-spirited towards my Mormon brothers. I'd like to hope that I have the credibility on this site to be ...
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Is it impossible to think that after judgment day being thrown into hell and then not existing after that is way worse than being in hell? [duplicate]

I have always believed that if you go to hell your soul will be there for ever. After looking at all the versus talking about heaven and hell, is there any verse that clearly states your soul will ...
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Why was Jesus called the King of the Jews?

In Luke 23:38 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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Who pays for Protestant seminary education for aspiring ministers?

Not a tough question, just something I never knew or understood about Protestantism. I'm a Catholic, and in my diocese post-baccalaureate seminary education is subsidized by collections taken. It's ...
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Is there any Biblical prophecy about Damascus?

Recently I saw a video clip with pieces of an Christian lecturer telling about a Biblical end time prophecy about Damascus. And it may have some connection with the recent chemical attack happened ...
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Does the outward and differing external practice of bible heroes express the meaning of their internal and peculiar messages?

I was just noticing that many bible characters had widely different styles. For example Moses was unique in being the messenger of so many miraculous curses and deaths. John the baptist almost ...
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What did God mean by having dominion over animals?

What did God mean for man to do when he said in Genesis 1:26 when he said man should take dominion over all the Animals? Are there any practical examples cited by prominent theologians that would ...
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Can listening to sermons substitute for reading the Bible? [closed]

I have a voracious appetite for listening to sermons, and in my 3 years as a Christian, I have grown spiritually quite a bit. The question is, can this substitute for actually reading the Bible by ...

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