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If God is power beyond this reality, is there an infinite measurement of possibilities?

Is there an infinite scale of beauty, goodness, joy and love that is God's power? Or do these have a fixed 'highest capacity' that God has/IS? Put it this way, nothing is 'wetter' than water...that ...
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If you have a strong desire, is it a given that it's ultimately from God?

I mean a desire that we might place within Plato's theory of The Forms: that is, that you experience longing 'through' an object/idea on Earth (say, a cat, film or landscape) because, in Heaven, there ...
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Can one be atheist even if you still pin your hope on Jesus? [closed]

As someone who follows a sense so sehnsucht that has brought him into faith and yet finds his efforts to prove that that desire is of God/Jesus frustrated at every turn because of very little evidence ...
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Does Luke chapter 16 verses 9 through 13 warn us that there is no middle ground between serving God and serving mammon?

Luke 16:9 through 13 KJV 9 And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. 10 He ...
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What does the phrase ve'lo shala mean? [closed]

Does anyone know what the above Hebrew phrase mean? I have asked everyone I know that might know some Hebrew, but to no avail? It may also be "velo shala".
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Is it allowed to do bad things for a good reason? [duplicate]

Generally speaking, doing know sins for a good reason is allowed? You suspect your brother is doing something wrong with his free time on the internet and you want to protect him, so, when he is out ...
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Can a non-christian be trusted to translate the Bible?

I've seen a number of comments and answers (here and elsewhere) regarding the [un]reliability of a specific translation. Occasionally, the angle of attack on a given translation is (kind of) ad ...
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Is pork ok to eat? [closed]

When the Lord let down from the heavens the blanket showing all the foods we could eat, pork was among them but I know that a few faiths still believe it is a sin to eat this unclean food. I don't ...
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What is the meaning of the parable in Luke 17:7-10?

In the first verse of Luke 17:5-10, the disciples ask Jesus to increase their faith. Here is the full passage, in the New King James Version (NKJV): 5 And the apostles said to the Lord, "Increase ...
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Is “Rapture” mentioned in the Book of Revelation?

In 1st Thessalonians Paul describes the Rapture: 1Th 4:13 through 17 KJV 13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as ...
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What is Christian about Christian Kabbalah?

There is a form of Jewish mysticism called “Kabbalah”. There is also a Christian form of this, called “Cabalah” or “Christian Kabbalah”. What is specifically Christian about Christian Kabbalah? How ...
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Jesus teaching about the Trinity [duplicate]

Are there any verses in the bible where Jesus is quoted teaching or supporting the trinity?
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What did C. S. Lewis base his idea of sehnsucht/joy on?

C. S. Lewis' idea of sehnsucht is that we sense that there is some ineffable object to our desires and that this proves that there is something beyond this world and life (for it makes the enjoyment ...
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The lake of fire and the New Jerusalem as two different perspectives of God

Has there been such a doctrine in Christianity that would put forth the idea that the sphere of eternal torments prepared for those who have rejected God, the sphere that is depicted as the lake of ...
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What is the Scriptural Basis Against the Trinity [duplicate]

Trinitarianism, or the Trinity, is the belief that God exists as three persons (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit) seperate, but co-equal. This view is labelled as a heresy by some ...
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Basis for Binitarianism

We hear a lot at times in church, seminary, general discussions, etc about the godhead, so that got me to wondering: what is the Scriptural basis for the Christian doctrine of Binitarianism? UPDATE: ...
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What is the Scriptural basis for Modalism?

We hear a lot at times about the godhead, so that got me wondering: what is the Scriptural basis for the Christian doctrine of Modalism?
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How many stalls for horses and chariots did Solomon have?

In 2 Chronicles we read: ... Solomon had 4,000 stalls for horses and chariots and 12,000 horsemen ...- 2 Chronicles 9:25 ... but in 1 Kings: Solomon had 40,000 stalls of horses for his ...
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What did CS Lewis think didn't reflect God?

Lewis followed Plato's notion of the Forms. He believed everything on Earth reflected the all-perfect, all-joyous God. Or did he? I asked a Christian recently if he thought CS Lewis thought 'all' ...
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How far do most Christians accept Plato's 'the Forms'? [duplicate]

I asked a question on Plato's the Forms to Justin Welby (using films as an example of what might reflect God- after all, if Plato was correct, everything reflects something perfect and heavenly). I ...
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What do the Nicene, Apostles, Chalcedonian, Creeds add to the concept of God, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost that is not found directly in the Bible?

There were opposing views especially on the nature of God and His relationship to Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. That was in part the reason for the councils. To try to unify the church and come to ...
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Fall Like Lightning from Heaven [closed]

Why did Christ not say cast Satan like lightning from Heaven and instead used "saw fall"? This seems to imply that Satan voluntarily fell like lightning from Heaven instead of being cast by God from ...
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What is so special about a fig tree. Is it the tree of life?

The fig tree is used many times in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Why? What is so special about them that the Bible is not or is telling me? Is there any other kind of tree that is more used? ...
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How did Paul know that Satan hindered his movements?

It took me by surprise that Paul sounds very certain that Satan blocked him from coming back to Thessalonica. How could he know that? And how do we know, from the scriptures, that he is not just ...
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Why did Adam and Eve not die after eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? [duplicate]

I just began reading the Bible. In Genesis 2, it says And Jehovah God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and ...
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Separation Water in the Heavens [closed]

If GOD said that he created the HEAVENS and the Earth, why do you not think that HE created the water in the heavens when he created Heaven?
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Into how many languages has the Pearl of Great Price and the Doctrines and Covenants been translated?

The Bible is by far the most translated book in the world at over 470 languages. Another question asks specifically about the Book of Mormon, which has apparently been translated into 82 languages. ...
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On the validity of the anticipated absolution in absence of the related confession

According to Catholic Church, what are the cases in which the absolution can be anticipated and the confession left for a time in which it will be possible to make it? Also, in cases of anticipated ...
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When we forgive our offenders, does it mean we do not want God to punish them anymore?

On of the biggest issues i have had with easily forgiving is because of some (ill advised?) thought that doing so automatically exempts the person from punishment, i know its naive, but when one is ...
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What is the essential argument in favor of the Dual Nature of Man as opposed to the Tripartite Nature?

A common belief regarding the nature of mankind is that we have a body, a soul and a spirit. This is known as the Tripartite Nature of Man. Some, however, hold to only a Dual nature of man. What is ...
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What is the essential argument in favor of the tripartite nature of man?

A common belief regarding the nature of mankind is that we have a body, a soul and a spirit. This is known as the Tripartite Nature of Man. What is the essential argument in favor of this view? I ...
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Do angels possess 1) a body, soul and spirit, 2) a soul and spirit or 3) just a spirit?

My personal understanding is that plants have a body, animals have both a body and a soul, and mankind has a body, a soul and a spirit. However, angels, as I understand, do not have a body that is ...
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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 are the differences between Catholic and Episcopal saints?

The title says it all, really. What is the difference between Catholic and Episcopal saints?
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Is there a specific eternal abode for the Souls of aborted children go? [closed]

Despite the argument of when a fetus becomes a person, as a Christian I do not question: Jeremiah 1:5 KJV Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the ...
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Is David's Love for Jonathan erotic?

The following verses about David and Jonathan's relationship have lead some to say their relationship was more than platonic. Is there any reason to think that was the case? Now it came about when ...
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Where is my miscarried baby? [closed]

I had an early miscarriage when I was 20. I found out I was pregnant at around five weeks' gestation and lost the baby shortly thereafter. My question is: is my baby in Heaven? Will I see him/her ...
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Does Platonism have a denomination/group/following within Christianity?

I wish to follow Plato's belief of the forms and find other's who do so. Erm, question is, in Christianity is that actually a 'thing'? CS Lewis followed Plato. Peter Kreeft does...so Christians CAN ...
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Jesus' completed messianic prophecies

When we look for the messianic prophecies that Jesus completed, should we only look at the Old Testament? What would be the basis for using the prophecies which were in books written after his death? ...
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Will executioners of capital punishments be saved?

'(...)Look, today you drive me from the surface of the earth. I must hide from you, and be a restless wanderer on earth. Why, whoever comes across me will kill me!' 'Very well, then,' Yahweh ...
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Are 'treasures' all Earthly goods or wealth?

When it is often repeated in the Bible that we must cast aside our treasures to gain an everlasting treasure in Heaven, does this mean ALL worldly possessions or just money? Do modern desirables ...
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Does this mean He will help us overcome difficulties in this life?

Ephesians 3:20 - "Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us"... I, at first, read this as being about Heaven. A ...
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Origin and details of -10 to +10 model of becoming a Christian

I've heard of a model for showing how a person can become a Christian: they start at -10 (as far away from God as possible) and gradually work their way to 0 (becoming a Christian) and then, ...
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Mark 10:29-30 vs Matthew 19:28-29: when will we receive our reward?

Why is there a difference between Mark 10:29-30 and Matthew 19:28-29? Matthew 19:28-29 (NIV) Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on ...
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What does Leviticus 25:10 mean in context?

The Liberty Bell has an inscription with a quote from Leviticus 25:10: Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof. My question is, what does that quote mean in ...
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Did Jesus mean a truly spiritual man should feel this rewarded NOW, or in the world to come?

"Mark 10:28-31: Then Peter began to say to Him, "See, we have left all and followed You." So Jesus answered and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or ...
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Vain Repetition in Prayers, What Does it mean?

Matthew 6:7 New Living Translation "When you pray, don't babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and ...
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What exactly are 'private vows'?

What exactly are private vows? After somebody I vaguely know noted that she has taken private vows, I have been rather too fearful to admit my ignorance. I went home, looked through the Code of Canon ...
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Are people 'made for each other'? [duplicate]

If Eve was made by Yahweh to be a partner for Adam, are we able to then accurately know that there really is someone out there 'made for you'? And if so, does this partnership (even if not called a ...
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how does the bible WORD FOR WORD say that homosexuality is wrong? [duplicate]

I'm just really curious and trying to put down some speculations my friends and I have.

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