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Are there any Messianic references in the OT apocrypha?

Are there any references to Jesus / the Messiah in the OT apocrypha? (See example of book list here.)
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What denomination uses church pews that face each other?

There are some denominations who arrange their pews so they are on opposite sides of the pulpit (or equivalent for their denomination), or otherwise have pews facing each other. Is there somebody ...
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Does 2 Timothy 1:9 prove the Doctrine of Election?

2 Timothy 1:9 states: Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before ...
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If humans are now genetically tainted by corruption, what was perfection like?

I have frequently heard the argument that various human frailties, such as dying of old age, are the result of corruption after the original sin; less frequently, but often enough to get my attention, ...
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What would inerrancy imply for Mormons?

Amongst many evangelicals, there is at least a question around inerrancy, such as is expressed by some in the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy. The issues regarding Joseph Smith's translation ...
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Relevance of the word 'ICTHUS'

I would like to know the meaning and the importance of the word 'ICTHUS' among Christians. I have learned that this is some sort of symbol. Can anyone help me on this?
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What is the opposite of Total Depravity?

One of the core beliefs of all Calvinists (and many Christians in general) is that of Total Depravity. Fundamentally, it suggests that mankind is inherently fallen, corrupt, and incapable of doing ...
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Is there a specific rebuttal of gnosticism in the New Testament?

I'm aware that the rise of Gnosticism was after the New Testament was written - but it would seem that a lot of the ideas on which it was built were floating around at the time. (Particularly Greek ...
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Is there biblical evidence of “cavemen”? [closed]

Do old earth Christians believe that there were cavemen in early times? This is not to say people who lived in caves but more as what is pictured in early evolution. I hope I'm wording this correctly ...
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Why didn't David ascend into Heaven? [closed]

Acts 2:34 NKJV: “For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself: ‘ The LORD said to my Lord,“ Sit at My right Why didn't David ascend to heaven? Is this past tense? Is David in ...
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Will there be a second chance for salvation after the Rapture? [closed]

Does the Bible say anything about there being a second chance for salvation after the time of rapture? I would assume that God is doing this rapture so that people would recognize Him and repent. But ...
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Is there any equivalent of the Shivoham experience in Christianity?

A seeker's question to followers of Christianity: In all the religions that originated from India, there is a concept of oneness with God. My question is: What is the equivalent of this in other ...
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Is impotence developed AFTER the marriage (and consummation) a ground for annulment in Catholic canon law?

I understand that antecedent impotence is ground for annulment in Catholic canon law. But what if the impotence develops AFTER the marriage? Would that also be a ground for annulment?
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What Bible passage does this $1,000,000 dollar bill reference?

Got this neat dollar bill on a trip to D.C.. Turns out it was an advertisement for a church. The back of the bill is a story about Jesus and something about becoming a Christian. But I digress: What ...
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Can Christians be judges

There is this 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 ...
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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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Was Christmas a replacement of the feast of Hanukkah or of the 'Invincible Sun'?

Was Christmas a replacement of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah that was celebrated by the early Christians or was it to replace the Pagan festival of the 'Invincible Sun' instituted in 274 CE.
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Do any denominations believe in reincarnation? [closed]

In discussion with others about God's will in situations that don't have any answers (i.e. - difficult prolonged situations) I hear a lot of (as also mentioned in this question and answer) that God is ...
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What did Paul mean by 'work out your salvation'? [closed]

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12) Does ...
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What is the argument against the ICOC doctrine of “Disciples Baptism”?

The International Church of Christ, as I understand, teach the idea of "Disciples Baptism", which is distinct from both "Believer's Baptism" and "Infant Baptism". It teaches that people who are just ...
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What could be the reason for Jesus not telling His disciples to write down whatever He was teaching them?

What could be the reason for Jesus not telling His disciples to write down whatever He was teaching them? He knew His mission here was to bring the Kingdom of God and He knew that the teaching He ...
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What is the Biblical definition of “prophecy”?

In common parlance, prophecy is often considered to be "predicting the future." For some, it conjures up images of telephone psychics and the like. Others might envision a crystal ball, or a Jamaican ...
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Are there any differences between Jesus's commandments and God's commandments?

I always read about Jesus's commandments as something new in the bible; those commandments changed the way Christians see the Moshe writings. The bible commentaries in this page of Rev 14:12 don't ...
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What arguments can be made that 1 Corinthians 15 is not about Physical Resurrection?

This is something of a long shot. I had a friend look at 1 Cor 15 (and other parts of the Bible) and he formed the conclusion that 1 Cor 15 was about a spiritual and not bodily resurrection. ie that ...
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Abortion and Biblical End Times Prophecy

Is there anything in scripture (or even private revelation to the saints) which says that near the end of the world, the world as a whole will come to accept abortion as morally acceptable?
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How do adherents to inerrancy reconcile the fact that some part of the bible were added later?

The story about Jesus forgiving an adulterous women is not in the original copy, but that's the version we most commonly have. So how does that make the Bible inerrant, given that many important parts ...
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How can one tell if God is in favor of a modern value or not?

The Bible seems to condone slavery and accept wives as their husband's property. But these are generally acknowledged to be immoral in modern civilization. Yet, there are other modern societal ...
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Does Jewish tradition predate Christian tradition in any meaningful way?

Many people assume that because Judaism is the super ancient religion and Christianity relatively modern, although ancient by any standards, that if someone wants to dig up some meaningful bit of ...
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Can you re-enter the catholic church after leaving?

I was a Catholic. I did my sacraments according to the Catholic lifestyle. When I was born, I was baptized. Around age of 8 years, I got my First Holy Communion, and around 14 years of age, I went to ...
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Are LDS church manuals considered to be the words of God?

In some manuals I've read in the intro that it is official church doctrine, and in some books written by apostles (like Miracle of Forgiveness) it says it's not official church doctrine. Anyway, if a ...
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Is creationism falsifiable? [closed]

Falsifiability of a theory is an inherent possibility to prove it to be false. Which is a requirement in the field of scientific methodology for a theory to be regarded valuable. As by Karl Popper's ...
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Why is the Holy Spirit never spoken of as the Father of Jesus?

The sixth article of the creed recites: He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Now a woman conceives by the agency of a man who becomes the father of ...
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What is the view of Islam within the Catholic Church?

Ever since Islam arose what has been the view of Islam within the Catholic Church? The desired answer will include papal and Church magisterium and pronouncements, the view of saints, and while not ...
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Why do some Christains feel the obligation to remove their hats during prayer?

As far as I know, Judaism has no tradition of removing a head covering / hat during prayer. Therefore, the Christian tradition started sometime after the split and it is not an inherited tradition. ...
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Was Absalom's hair really that strong? [closed]

So David's son had some pretty awesome hair: 2 Samuel 14:25-26 ESV Now in all Israel there was no one so much to be praised for his handsome appearance as Absalom. From the sole of his foot to the ...
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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?
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What is the difference between lust and sexual desire?

How can two people possibly have a sexual relationship without each objectifying the other to some degree, which is lust? I was taught that lust is "excessive or unrestrained sexual desire" — assuming ...
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What is the reason why Joseph Smith returned the golden plates to the angel to be buried?

As I understand LDS teaching, an angel--perhaps Moroni--showed Joseph Smith the place where plates of gold had been hidden for many centuries. He retrieved these tablets of gold and translated the ...
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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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Are there any other books, divined by God, regarding Christianity? [duplicate]

To my understanding, the bible is divinely inspired by God? However is this the only book that has been inspired or developed through this method? Are there other books equivalent or near equal to the ...
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Did God ever talk about his other creations? [duplicate]

I have always been a lover of all things "Science", space, other life forms, etc. I excelled in Science in School but a few years ago I started questioning things and now believe that "Science" and ...
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Christian description of “self-love” (from Matthew 22)

Matthew 22: 39 And the second command is like the first: ‘Love your neighbor the same as you love yourself. Self love, esteem, worth, etc are matters of the spirit and personality - that are ...
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How many are there of God's angels?

According to Revelation 5:11, there are many: 11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the ...
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Why is the fish often used as a symbol of Christ?

In the United States, you've probably seen it. Many Christians like to put a fish on their cars to show their faith. What is the origin of this symbol?
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Does every sin affect other people?

Clearly Adam's sin in the Garden of Eden affected everyone. And clearly if you murder someone, or commit adultery, it affects others. But are there sins which do not affect other people? What I am ...
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The “eye of the needle gate” today

There is a great set of answers that covers some of my question regarding the interpretation of this passage over on the Biblical Hermeneutics site, but it didn't answer all of my questions. Today I ...
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What is the “path” of a prayer?

When we pray, does Jesus hear us? Is there a direct point of contact or is it received by all three persons of the trinity simultaneously?
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Is there any Biblical argument against using “cuss words”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does the Bible say about “bad” words? In modern Christianity, we tend to hold a certain set of (approximately) four letter words as taboo words. In ...
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Why was Ezra included in the canon?

As a Christian, I know we shouldn't have a "canon within the canon", but I'll admit, I just can't get worked up over Ezra. I love Malachi. I could for a long time on 2 Peter. I can even find stuff ...
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Christianity certainty and other religions certainty [closed]

The same certainty we have on the Bible and Jesus Christ, other people from other religions have on their gods and "holy books" (between commas because I'm one of those who have the certainty about ...

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