-3
votes
1answer
251 views

What details does the Bible have about Jesus' birth and childhood?

What details does the Bible have about Jesus' birth and childhood? The Quran has a story where Jesus miraculously spoke from the cradle: O sister of Aaron, your father was not a man of evil, nor ...
14
votes
6answers
13k views

What is the meaning of 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice'?

I've been reading through the book of Matthew, and in chapter 9 I came across verse 13. It's when Jesus was answering the Pharisees after they asked Him why He ate with the tax collectors and sinners: ...
3
votes
3answers
1k views

What is the significance of Jesus saying “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending”?

All Scriptures are quoted from the King James translation. Four times in the Revelation Jesus uses that phrase(they are all in red letters): Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning ...
1
vote
1answer
47 views

What does “labor or cost of a godly life” mean?

Richard Baxter, the famous Puritan writer, wrote: In a word, that in all your neglects of duty, your sticking at the supposed labor or cost of a godly life, yea, in all your cold and lazy prayers ...
11
votes
2answers
1k views

Where does the story of “the Cross on top of Adam's Skull” come from?

On my trip to Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the tour guide told us that inside the church, there is a place where the Cross was located, and right beneath the Cross, there buried the Adam's ( yes, ...
1
vote
5answers
486 views

Is there a need for Christians to believe in Christianity at all, if they don't believe in Resurrection and Salvation through Christ alone?

My question is directed to professing Christians who don't believe in any of the key doctrines held by evangelical churches, such as the Virgin Birth, the Resurrection, and Jesus Christ as the only ...
3
votes
1answer
222 views

Is there any reference to Abraham building a house of worship? Where is Bakkah?

Is there any reference to Abraham building a house for worship in the Bible? Where is the valley of Bakkah located? In Islam they say Bakkah and Mecca are the same word, and the Kabah is built on ...
6
votes
1answer
538 views

Did Hosea love Gomer the prostitute?

Hosea (NLT) 1:2-3 When the LORD first began speaking to Israel through Hosea, he said to him, "Go and marry a prostitute, so that some of her children will be conceived in prostitution. ...
10
votes
5answers
735 views

How do Trinitarians explain verses where Jesus claims to have a God?

According to orthodox trinitarian doctrine, the Father is God, Jesus is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. Jesus is co-eqaul, eternally begotten, not made. With that in mind, how could Jesus have a ...
2
votes
2answers
535 views

Which Christian churches have an entirely unpaid/lay clergy?

Of those Churches what is their form of governance that allows them to run smoothly lacking fulltime ecclesiastical professionals? How does one ascend into a leadership role in the Church?
6
votes
1answer
131 views

Is Lutheran confession necessary for salvation?

From what I understand... Although there are major differences, Lutheran confession and Catholic confession are similar. Catholicism teaches that one must confess mortal sin in order to be restored ...
2
votes
1answer
744 views

Different types of Cross shapes significance?

What is signified by different kinds of crosses? For example some graves have club(cards game) leaves type edges crosses, some graves have simple crosses?
3
votes
3answers
256 views

Music Ministry in Evangelical Free Church of America

I have a desire to start a Music Ministry in an EFCA local assembly that sings to recorded Contemporary Praise and Worship music. How long should I be committed to this assembly before being allowed ...
2
votes
3answers
110 views

Does Deuteronomy 17:18 prevent bible translation copyright

Many modern bible translations are published with copyright claims. However published in the work is not only permission but a command to make a copy. This can be found in. Deuteronomy 17:18 And ...
9
votes
4answers
347 views

Is there assurance of salvation in Catholicism?

Among some Protestant groups such as Evangelicals and Pentecostals, it is a very common question to ask "Are you saved?" or "Are you born again?". They say that the moment you believe in Jesus Christ, ...
12
votes
1answer
839 views

Did Martin Luther think John Calvin is a “son of the devil”?

I read from here (a Chinese website) that Martin Luther called John Calvin a son of the Devil. Now I have never seen this quote anywhere. Did Luther say something like this to Calvin? If yes, why?
1
vote
5answers
2k views

How does Christianity explain the health benefits of sexual intercourse

I have a lot of friends (both Christians and non-Christians) that are currently taking human sexuality courses in school. These friends will come to me and tell me about the health benefits of sexual ...
2
votes
2answers
371 views

Is Naaman's actions considered an exception to the God's laws?

2 Kings 5:18 18 But may the Lord forgive your servant for this one thing: When my master enters the temple of Rimmon to bow down and he is leaning on my arm and I have to bow there also—when I ...
4
votes
3answers
464 views

The deceitful spirit sent by God

1 Kings 22:19-28 19 Micaiah continued, “Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne with all the multitudes of heaven standing around him on his right and on his ...
2
votes
2answers
156 views

How do you reconcile Hebrews 9:27 with Elijah and Enoch?

Hebrews 9:27 says Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment (NIV) Elijah and Enoch are both presented in the bible as men who do not die. Are they exceptions to the ...
1
vote
0answers
59 views

Real vs fake pastors [duplicate]

I recently moved from home after college, starting my own life and all, and am currently looking for a church I can join and become part of. In my country, we have had many cases of 'fake' pastors ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

Why is the Roman Catholic infant baptism called “christening”?

In popular culture, particularly in stories and fairy tales, infants are christened. The story of Sleeping Beauty begins with the christening of the princess, and at her christening ceremony, there ...
4
votes
2answers
267 views

What is the purpose of attending the mass and going to Confession?

(My curiosity is going to cost me my reputation again. Anyway, here it goes...) In Catholicism, how important is attending the mass, going to Confession and other liturgical rituals? Do these ...
4
votes
3answers
417 views

Are there female devils cited in scriptures?

I have understood that Satan and other devils are all male entities. Question: Are there female devils cited in scriptures?
1
vote
0answers
76 views

II Corinthians tells us we must all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. But by what will we be judged? [closed]

II Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. ...
8
votes
1answer
189 views

What does John Calvin mean to imply by the “suffrage” of the church?

In his Institutes of the Christian Religion, John Calvin discusses the idea that the Biblical canon depends on the ratifying action of the Church (Book 1, Chapter 7). He thinks it does not, preferring ...
4
votes
4answers
6k views

Why do some people get healed, and others don't? [closed]

Most of the Christian friends I have had (and family) have all believed in healing. Especially my grandmother, before she passed away. Why is it that (if it does work that way) God sometimes heals ...
5
votes
4answers
353 views

What is the importance of reading the Bible?

I have heard many pastors encouraging their members to read the Bible daily. Why do we have to read the Bible daily? Is it going to church and listening to sermons not enough?
-1
votes
4answers
535 views

What is the importance of reading Bible personally in Catholicism?

What is the importance of reading Bible in Catholicism? Can a Catholic anticipate going to heaven by only attending the masses and going to Confession, but never read the Bible at home? Does reading ...
-3
votes
2answers
272 views

How should we call a book with New Testament and Psalms? [closed]

I have seen some smaller version of the Bible(?), containing only New Testament and Psalms. Some have Proverbs also. What name should we give to such a book? A mini Bible? New Testament Bible?
3
votes
1answer
3k views

Christening - what exactly does a Godparent have to promise to do / be?

I have been asked to be a godparent to my nephew. However, I'm not a Christian. In a Church of England ceremony, what exactly is asked of the godparents?
2
votes
5answers
608 views

Why do God and Jesus seem so different? [closed]

God destroyed the world with a flood, destroyed all the people in Sodom and Gomorrah, gruesome sacrifices, laws for stoning people, Jericho, requesting the sacrifice of Abraham's son, the sacrifice of ...
8
votes
2answers
5k views

What actions does the LDS church (Mormon) take when a member does not pay tithing?

According to official policy, what happens to members of the LDS church who do not pay their tithing? Specifically, what happens to those who: Forget to pay tithing for an extended period of time, ...
-3
votes
1answer
58 views

In the Anglican and Catholic church, are any of man's creative ideas seen as original?

I mean, did Shakespeare invent 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' or was it a reflection of the pre-existing, eternal God? Ditto Dickens and Oliver Twist, ditto Spielburg and Jurassic Park, ditto the Beatles ...
5
votes
2answers
729 views

What did Paul mean when he called Jesus the firstborn of the dead?

note: All Scripture quoted is from the King James translation: Colossians 1:18 KJV And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all ...
5
votes
4answers
1k views

Where did the concept of separate races originate?

I want to preface what I say with a statement saying this is not in any way related to any kind of Prejudice! I only want to ask how we got from the family of Noah to having so many so called races. ...
-1
votes
1answer
136 views

Is SIN a sin just because God says it is sin? [duplicate]

What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, ...
3
votes
1answer
75 views

What are the reported effects of a pilgrimage to Saint James of Compostela?

In Catholic traditions, pilgrimages are sometimes undertaken with a view that specific effects may adhere to the pilgrim. For St. James of Compostela, are there specific traditions about what a ...
4
votes
2answers
424 views

Who believe that innocent children will also go to Hell?

But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. (Luke 18:16, NIV) To those ...
5
votes
3answers
1k views

According to Jehovah's Witnesses, how many of the 144 000 have already been identified?

Jehovah's Witnesses believe1 that 144 000 of their number are different to the rest in that they will go to heaven, whereas the rest (presumably several million) will live on paradise Earth. I'm ...
4
votes
1answer
209 views

Why is smoking a sin? [duplicate]

Many Christians are saying that smoking is sin. However, there are no cigarettes in the Bible. Personally, I don't smoke because the cigarette cover says "Smoking is injurious to health". Hence, I ...
6
votes
3answers
237 views

According to SDA can all pastors forgive sin, or just the original twelve apostles?

I have a question relating to Matthew 18:18. I want to specifically ask the Seventh-day Adventist church about this. It says: "I can assure you that when you speak judgment here on earth, it will ...
7
votes
3answers
455 views

Do Luke 1:48 and Luke 11:27-28 contradict each other?

I have been replaying Luke 1:48 and Luke 11:27-28 in my mind. Something doesn't make sense here. Luke 1:48 is the part of Mary's song where Mary announces that all successive generations will call her ...
0
votes
0answers
27 views

What is the biblical basis for Eternal salvation? [duplicate]

When a person has been saved, baptized and practiced their faith for many years and then a circumstance occurs that seems to steer them away from their practices and beliefs, there arises a question ...
-6
votes
3answers
141 views

Who talked to Moses in Exodus 33:9?

Some translations say: It happened, when Moses entered into the Tent, that the pillar of cloud descended, stood at the door of the Tent, and spoke with Moses. - Exodus 33:9 World English Bible ...
3
votes
2answers
123 views

How are penances decided?

In the Catholic tradition, are penances after confession predefined? For example would lying equate to a standard set of penances that are applied universally by all priests, or are penances set at ...
3
votes
1answer
268 views

How do Pentecostals theologically justifiy when “faithful” snake handlers die?

What does it mean to Pentecostal churches whose pastor dies from a snake bite? The faith in snake handling comes from the literal interpretation of: Mark 16:17-18 KJV And these signs shall ...
2
votes
2answers
292 views

In which denominations do people consider Mary, mother of Jesus, to be the “Second Eve”?

I was reading DK Publishing's The Illustrated Bible Story By Story. The authors claim to be biblical scholars, historians, and pastors, which may give a Christian slant to the Bible, even though the ...
6
votes
3answers
253 views

Can Christians be judges?

There is a famous, often (ab)used phrase, "judge not, lest you be judged" , which implies (to me at least) that people on the whole, and Christians in particular, should defer from judging other ...
4
votes
2answers
218 views

What does “biblical Christianity” mean to evangelical Protestants?

What does "biblical Christianity" mean to evangelical Protestants, and does it entail the emphasis on and especial attention to sola scriptura? I think this question is important, because it may be ...

15 30 50 per page