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Is the Adam Eve story metaphorical? [closed]

I have heard the Adam Eve story from Bible numerous times. Once i was reading the Paramhansa Yogananda's biography , i found a very pure and intelligent explaination of the story. He says the story is ...
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Digital versions of Greek Bibles

Does anyone know if there are digital versions of these greek New Testament texts available? Not just online or pdf versions, but complete downloadable full Greek texts in unicode text format: ...
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Was the Tabernacle and its furnishings a copy of things in Heaven?

Revelation tells us that there is a Temple of God in Heaven, and that in that Temple is the Ark of his testament. Revelation 11:19 KJV And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was ...
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Is there a converse of “judge not, lest you be judged?” [closed]

One New Testament exhortation is "judge not, lest you be judged." On the other hand, Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God." Is there any Christian sect, or ...
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What is the difference between Belief and Faith?

I want to know what is the difference between Belief and Faith from a protestant perspective. Can anyone explain this to me?
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Are white lies sometime justified? [closed]

I was pondering whether a sin is still a sin even if it is done with good intention or if it is destined by God in that way. There are instances where in order to avoid hurting others or have a ...
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Will Elijah return before the final judgement? [closed]

I just read this passage and had never heard of this prophecy regarding Elijah. Malachi 4:5-6 ESV “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. ...
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Life of Jesus from the age of 12 to 30?

There is no scripture that tells about Jesus' life from 12 to 30 years. Is there evidence of Jesus' during this time?
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Did Jesus tell us that at the Bema judgment Minister, Evangelists, and etc. would face a higher standard of judgment than other Christians?

I have been unable to gain a consensus on whether Jesus was referring to Ministers etc in Luke 12:47 as David Guzik asserts or if both verses 47 & 48 refer to the amount of knowledge of one has ...
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Modern musical instruments in Catholic church service

These days we can see many churches using latest musical instruments to worship God in the church, example - Assembly of God. Once I attended a Catholic church. Some sisters were sitting at the ...
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Salvation Army and the brass band

I think it is a tradition to have a Brass Band in almost every church in the Salvation Army. I see them performing on many occasions like Easter Sunday and Christmas. Here is a sample image (source). ...
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Why do Salvation Army members wear uniforms in the church?

I have seen Salvation Army church members going to church in white uniforms. Here is a sample image (source). What is the role of uniforms in the Salvation Army? Is it compulsory for them to ...
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What word did Jesus use for God in Aramaic?

What is the word and pronunciation for God in Aramaic? I saw 'AaLaH' is the pronunciation for God from this link - http://www.peshitta.org/lexicon/. Did Jesus uses the word 'AaLaH' for God during ...
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How do Christians respond to and/or explain the similarities between other societies' Gods and that of Jesus [closed]

God: Attis Born of a virgin Born on December 25th Crucified Dead for 3 days Resurrected God: Krishna Born of a virgin Star in the east Performed miracles Resurrected God: Dionsyus Born of a ...
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Absolute unity and singularity of God [closed]

What is the idea of the Jews towards "absolute unity and singularity of God"? And I know that in Judaism they do not believe the Jesus was the Christ. However, another question would be in Judaism, ...
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Jesus said he was sent only for the lost sheep of Israel, so what is their destiny?

Jesus said that I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel. (http://biblehub.com/matthew/15-24.htm) It is safe to say he was rejected by the Jewish people (in general, excluding the few who may ...
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How do you get to be in Christ? [closed]

How do one get to be in Christ? Is it same as to be righteous before God? I consider Romans 8:1 as axiom. Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
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Clarifications on the concept of Trinity according to Catholic creed [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand what the correct understanding would be according to Catholic teachings. From what I understand the concept of Trinity is 3 persons who are one and the same. Is this ...
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How and when Pentecost People raised in this world recently [closed]

Now a Days we can see the Independent Pentecostal churches all over the world. I want to know When these Pentecost people raised ???? till 19th century there is o news about that people
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The stone in front of our Lord's Tomb

Did the stone in front of the tomb roll away or as in Greek terms it was Sizmos or fly away, from the front of the tomb?
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Can anyone explain Pope Paul VI's arguments in favor of Padre Pio?

Saint Pio (Pius) of Pietrelcina, O.F.M. Cap. (May 25, 1887 – September 23, 1968) was a Capuchin Catholic priest from Italy who is venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church. It is claimed that ...
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How does Pope Francis's popularity compare to Pope Benedict XVI's? [closed]

I'm doing a research paper on Pope Francis, and I need to know from a Catholic's view how Pope Francis's popularity ranks over Pope Benedict XVI's. Can you help?
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Should Catholic christians be obligated to use in vitro fertilisation? If not, why not?

I've been talking with friends about different methods of contraception and the relationship of the Catholic church towards them. If I understand correctly, most widespread means of contraception ...
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What's a list of theological terms to describe how one approaches the bible? [closed]

I know people who believe the bible is true and authoritative, and insist you get best meaning from King James Version. At the same time, I've heard a pastor quoted as saying, "You can trust the ...
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Is there any standard version of Bible?

Is there any standard version of Bible, comparing to which all other versions will be considered as translations or explanations? If yes, when was the standardization done? And how common is it to ...
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Do spirits/souls make decisions/think?

Today I heard an instructor (a monk) saying: At The Third Council of Constantinople, counted as the Sixth Ecumenical Council by the Orthodox Church, the Catholic Church and other Christian groups, ...
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Why did Jesus say he came to create division?

In Luke 12:51-53 Jesus said: Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against ...
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Why didn't the Jews understand “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani”?

Matthew 27: 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" 47 Some of those who stood ...
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Is the Babylon of Revelation 14 the same as the Babylon of Revelation 18?

The Babylon spoken of in Revelation chapter 14;8 KJV is clearly labeled as a city, and in Chapter 18:1 & 2 it seems to be more of a systematic degradation of God's holy words. In chapter 19:1, 2 ...
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What is the definition of 'free will' as explained in the Bible?

Reading a question on this site I suddenly realized that I do not know what 'free will' means. I cannot find a definition in other questions asked and my philosophy books clouded the whole issue. ...
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Why did God create man with an evil nature?

I've read a highly favored answer here in the forums that when people get to heaven they are no longer capable of sinning yet they still have free will. So my question is simple, why did he ever ...
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What have prominent theologians said about Halloween? [closed]

I am not interested in the Truth Question of whether it is a sin to celebrate. I'm particularly interested in citations of what has been said about having too much fear of evil spirits, and a fear ...
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Do mainstream believers believe there was a large interval of time that elapsed between the fall of angels and God speaking creating the universe?

Lucifer willed to become "like the most high." Do mainstream believers agree that there was an invisible war in the spiritual realm that was an interval of time before God spoke creating our known ...
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Who was Chuck Smith, and what was his place in Christianity?

Lately, the Christian Post uploaded several articles on the late beloved Pastor Chuck Smith. The reception was ambivalent. Some people said he was chosen by God to lead them, while others claimed he ...
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What did CS Lewis mean by 'art'? [closed]

In the Transposition, when CS Lewis talks of the negations of what will be in heaven in their temporal form, when he said 'art' did he mean art as in 'painting' or books, music, sculpture, etc. ...
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Which were the languages used during Mass from paleochristianty until Trent council?

I know latin has been a vulgarization in attempting to make Mass more accessible to christians. So which were the languages used in paleochristian Mass? Koine Greek, pure Greek or what else? And which ...
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Christian Toleration

Please keep in mind Matthew 5:39 NIV But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. I was searching for something to ...
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Did Jesus ascend to Heaven twice?

While studying the book of John I came to: Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your ...
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Saint Thomas in India

Did St.Thomas come to India? Most of the Indian people believe that he came to south India, and spread the good news even the RC church is formed. But the church didn't accept that things. What is ...
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What are the good Bahasa / Malay / Indonesian words to refer to the Christian God?

Recently there has been a ban on the use of the word Allah to refer to the Christian God. What are the good alternatives to the word Allah in countries where it is banned? I heard Tuhan is one of ...
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What made Luther a heretic and not a schismatic?

I know the difference between heresy and schism, but I don't know why various Protestant reformation leaders, Martin Luther in particular, wouldn't have been satisfied by merely being a schismatic ...
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Other than Augustine, which Church Fathers have directly influenced John Calvin's teaching of “double-predestination?”

"By predestination we mean the eternal decree of God, by which he determined with himself whatever he wished to happen with regard to every man. All are not created on equal terms, but some are ...
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What properties does Christianity attribute to God [closed]

What are the claimed properties of God that define Christianity, and what is the basis or reason for each attribution?
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What is the difference between Presbyterianism and Evangelicalism?

I understand the main differences with Evangelicals vs. protestants are the strong beliefs in being "born again" and Biblical fundamentalism. However, what are some of the main differences in ...
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Where can I find the Orthodox response to the Ausburg Confession?

According to Stephen Runciman's The Great Church in Captivity (excerpt), the Orthodox Patriarch Jeremias II wrote a letter detailing the differences between the Orthodox doctrines and Lutheran ...
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Is “Rapture” or “Caught up alive” in contradiction to God's words “Dust to dust”?

By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return. (Genesis 3:19, NIV) Just as ...
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Can humans fall in love with each other in heaven? [closed]

How does falling in love work in heaven? Do we still fall in love? Is it possible to fall in love with more than one person? Or are we set to love just one person or none at all? Are intimate ...
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Would God really demand human sacrifice? [closed]

God asked Abraham to offer his son as a burnt sacrifice but then stops him when he is about to do it. Is it safe to assume that God would not want any human sacrifice even if he asked for it, because ...
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What is the role of a “Methodist lay pastor”?

This site makes mention of a "Methodist lay pastor." What does this person do? How is this role different from the "pastor" in the Methodist Church? What type of religious training or education does ...
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Why not the Orthodox beliefs instead of splitting away? [duplicate]

Why not the Orthodox beliefs instead of the Protestant Reformation? What prompted the Reformers to "rewrite" everything?

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