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Interfaith marriage in Christianity with Bible reference [closed]

I am a Muslim...and I need to learn about interfaith marriage in Christianity with Bible references.
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Why did the Apologists adopt Stoic Philosophy of the λόγος?

The Greek word λόγος is a prevalent concept in the first century Greco-Roman world. It has many meanings like divine principle, reason, word and revelation. All of these views regards the λόγος as ...
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Sodom and Gomorrah and God's judgement in the Christian age [closed]

From my understanding of the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, God agrees to spare the cities even if a few righteous people live there. In the Christian age, our righteousness is imputed to us by Christ's ...
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How did “credibile est, quia ineptum est” become “credo quia absurdum”?

The quote "Credo quia absurdum" (I believe, because it is absurd) is ascribed to Tertullian. But Tertullian never wrote this: what he wrote (De Carne Christi, V, 4) was "Prorsus credibile est, quia ...
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Do non-Catholic traditions ever have family altars?

Catholics may have a special place in their homes designated as the family altar. This is mentioned many places: In contradistinction to the typical home which has a television set as its ...
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Did God still dwell in the temple while Jesus was on Earth?

This is just a question that has intrigued me and I can't think of a definite answer. I understand that the presence of God dwelt first in the Tabernacle and then in Solomon's temple in Jerusalem. ...
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What was the point of the third article of Remonstrance?

The other four points of the Remonstrants seem to articulate significant departures from Calvin's soteriology, but not this one: THIRD ARTICLE. Saving Faith.—Man in his fallen state is unable to ...
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Is there a reason why female Mormon missionaries wear such varied dresses but male Mormon missionaries wear uniforms?

Is there a reason why female Mormon missionaries wear such varied dresses but male Mormon missionaries wear uniforms? I see male missionaries often. They are easily recognizable, because they all ...
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What do the Apologists mean by three persons as “one in nature” if the Son and Spirit are not eternal?

The christology of the Apologists is known to be the Logos Christology. Their teaching is summarized as follows: Logos endiathetos - eternal reason within God Logos prophorikos - the spoken word of ...
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Ark of the Covenent

Why the Christian churches are not concerned with finding the Ark of the Covenant? Nothing about this question is in the Bible. Too many opinions on the internet as to where the Ark could be. It would ...
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Is Jesus alive? Or did he die 2000 years ago? [closed]

People believe Jesus is alive and will never die. Has this belief any value or is it a mere opinion, desire, without any evidence supporting it? Isn't this belief a desire of it being true out of fear ...
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Who did Abraham worship? [closed]

1) How did Abraham worship God? Isn't it a bit inconsistent, since Abraham would not worship Jesus, as technically he is the ancestor of him. So, who did Abraham worship? 2) If he didn't worship ...
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592 views

Miracle of the loaves and fishes, multiplication or sharing?

Did Pope Francis say these words about the miracle of the loaves and fishes or not: "This is the miracle: rather than a multiplication it is a sharing, inspired by faith and prayer"? Can we ...
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Why do Daily Office readings in the BCP 1928 sometimes repeat?

Can anyone explain why the Daily Office readings in the 1928 (Episcopalian) Book of Common Prayer (containing the 1943/45 revision of the lectionary) sometimes repeat on Sundays readings that were ...
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201 views

1 Timothy 4:1-3 - Are We Still Living in the Great Apostasy? [closed]

1 Timothy 4:1-3: Amplified Bible (AMP) 4 But the [Holy] Spirit distinctly and expressly declares that in latter times some will turn away from the faith, giving attention to deluding and ...
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Why do we have to go to organized institutions to practice our beliefs?

I believe in God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. People insist on going to church to express these feelings, beliefs, etc. Why are religious institutions necessary? My personal experiences with Church ...
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How do I know that an “Orthodox” theological work is officially Orthodox doctrine?

Whenever I read theological works written by Roman Catholics I know that, as long as there is an "Imprimatur" from a legitimate Bishop, I can trust it to be official Catholic doctrine. On the other ...
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58 views

Freemasons and Christains [duplicate]

The bible talks about being transparent. Could you be in a secret society such as Freemasonry and not be waling in error as a Christian? If we are to work in the body of Christ, in the church, could ...
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What is the meaning of Holy Spirit in Mark 3:28-29? [duplicate]

Mark 3:28-29 28 : Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, 29 : but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; ...
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154 views

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God [closed]

In Matthew 5:9 Jesus states: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." If he sees peacemakers as sons of God, why couldn't he see himself as a peacemaker and therefore a son ...
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The Virgin Mary, “the perfect non-divine human being”

In a response in another thread, one individual mentioned that the virgin Mary was “the perfect non-divine human being.” Is this an accepted Catholic belief? If it is, what need was there for the ...
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196 views

Who is Jesus' Father?

Jesus talks about his father a lot. Is it Yahweh? How do we know that when Jesus says, "My father" he means Yahweh from the Old Testament?
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Why must we obey the ten commandments if Jesus died for our sins? [duplicate]

I was told that you must please God if you want to have paradise after life, therefore you should follow the Ten Commandments, but then what does that mean about Jesus? I realized he died for our sins ...
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Why doesn't the Catholic Church support female priests?

Understanding that the Catholic Church has its foundation in Judaism, which is a male based religion, how does she justify the fact that women cannot administer religious rites?
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625 views

What are the biblical reasons for why a Christian should not participate in an election process

I know a not-insignificant number of Christians who believe it is not their duty (nor even their place) to vote in elections. Most of the ones I know don't have reasons for it other than cited ...
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What happened to Jesus' physical body after his death and resurrection?

As the title asks, what do modern Christian religions believe happened to Jesus' physical body after the resurrection? From John 20:11 - 14: Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, ...
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Why was having concubines not a sin like adultery?

The Old Testament records many instances of men having concubines or many wives. Why did having concubines not fall under the sin of adultery? 2 Samuel 5:13 - "After he left Hebron, David took more ...
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Was Zacchaeus saved before he met Jesus?

If Zacchaeus was saved when he met Jesus, then wouldn't Zacchaeus be saved by works? 8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I ...
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Why is it important for people who believe in Trinity that Jesus is God?

I've heard a lot of discussion lately about whether Jesus is God, or not. I know there are arguments for Trinity, and arguments against. But I am wondering, why is it so important for those who ...
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Support for fulfilled prophecies [closed]

Many claim that the fulfilled prophecies in the New Testament were written by people who wanted to support the belief that Jesus had been the Messiah, so they wrote the fulfillment of the prophecies ...
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Why has “Devil's advocate” office been changed?

Pope John Paul II abolished* reduced the power and changed the role of the Promotor fidei (Promoter of the Faith) office, better known as Advocatus diaboli (Devil's advocate) in 1983, thereby the ...
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Does the Bible support Christian faith-based solutions to drug addiction? [closed]

I was chatting with some Christians about solutions for drug addiction. I seemed to be of the flavor that scientific based secular rehabs are most helpful...yet the others where very firm in their ...
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Philo of Alexandria and logos

Philo of Alexandria (20 BC – 50 AD), a Hellenized Jew, used the term Logos to mean an intermediary divine being, or demiurge. Philo followed the Platonic distinction between imperfect matter and ...
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What is the history of the doctrine of inerrancy?

Is there any reason, biblical or otherwise, not to believe that the doctrine of inerrancy is relatively new (past two hundred years). I found the following statement on Wikipedia. "It has in fact ...
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471 views

Fake Jesus reincarnations [closed]

Is the Church (Body of Christ) active in any way, to expose fake Jesus reincarnations? For clarification: are there any missions that include reaching the victims of false Jesus reincarnations that ...
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563 views

Is it okay for Christians to study philosophy? [closed]

With this question I regard the general makeup of philosophy. Many claim that both philosophy and Christianity contradict and therefore cannot coexist. I do not mention this to ask, 'can a Christian ...
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What are the 'things offered to idols'?

What are the 'things offered to idols' written about in Acts 15:29 and the 'things polluted by idols' of Acts 15:20? How was this understood by the Apostles and their followers? On what laws in the ...
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Does the Bible say that it is better to have been born after Christ?

I have often imagined living as a Jew before Christ and can never really hold the thought that I would enjoy it that much. At first it seemed like a bit of a poor attitude on my part, but then I ...
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What is the Orthodox teaching about touching Jesus' body?

I was reading answers to a question about Thomas touching Jesus. An answer came from an Orthodox person which said that Thomas was granted special permission to touch his body/wound. That person ...
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Why does the Bible talk only about the people of Israel?

I am reading the Bible through these days, and I can say that I am a little surprised. I think God wants all the people, and that is why we are created. I don't understand why the Bible talks only ...
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Where in the Bible does it say we have a sin nature?

Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: Notice the verse says death is passed on and not that ...
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Why did Christ need to be the first person to be resurrected?

Christ is the firstfruits; he was the first person to be resurrected. Why did he need to be the first? Why couldn't anybody else be resurrected until after Christ was first resurrected? We are taught ...
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Does Joyce Meyer preach salvation by faith in Jesus alone (ie not works)?

A non-Christian colleague is really interested in Joyce Meyer and is watching a lot of her talks. I don't know much about her (I only saw one talk and it was soundly Biblical). Does she preach the ...
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Why are there no longer large-scale miracles from God? [closed]

I'll put my frustrations as concisely as I can. I would really appreciate all below points being addressed to some extent. Why are things not the way they were? In the old testament, literally ...
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Does Eph 3v10 hint at Gods supernatural purpose for creation, humanity and our history? [closed]

I'll get the obvious quote out of the way first. William Lane Craig states that the purpose of people is to "To glorify God and enjoy him forever." Now that's the purpose for us. In the book ...
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Why did God tell Moses to make a bronze serpent on a stick?

In Numbers 21:4-9, Moses makes a bronze serpent on a stick to heal the Hebrews' snake bites, as per God's instructions. They don't worship it, but they are to look at it in order to live. Isn't this ...
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Can you renounce part of the bible, and still be a Christian? [closed]

A really simple question, the title says it all really. Just to provide some background as to what I'm on about: I was raised Roman Catholic. As, I suspect, many of you know, the Catholics and ...
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Stephen, The First Saint?

I was told that St. Stephen was the first saint but read that Ulrich of Augsburg was the first to be officially canonized. Chronologically, however, shouldn't Joseph or John the Baptist be the first ...
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Moses - did he kill thousands?

Someone said that Moses was a mass murderer having killed thousands of of his own people out of anger and frustration. Where in the Bible does it state this, if anywhere?
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Do Christians need to keep the Passover? [duplicate]

Do Christians need to keep the Passover on the 14th day of the first month? If not, why?

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