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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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When Jesus was nailed to the cross, did the nails go through his hands or through his wrists?

I have heard some people say that the nails went into Jesus's hands and I have also read that in a crucifixion, the nails went into the wrist. What really happened on the cross?
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Biblical literalness and the speed of light [duplicate]

How do biblical literalists defend that if a star is 10 million light years away and we can see the light from it, therefore the Earth would have to be at least 10 million years old? That is, ...
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Basis for saying “God bless you” when a person sneezes

It is common among many Christians to say "God bless you" (or simply "bless you"...which implies the former) to a person when they sneeze. I have heard that this may have originated with an old belief ...
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What is the biblical basis for singing in church?

I know music is a form of worship that is expressed several times throughout the Bible, but how did singing gain such a pivotal role in church services? What biblical basis is there for congregational ...
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How can we be sure the Old Testament is accurate if Elijah was the only prophet left?

This morning in church the service was about Elijah with the Baal's prophets. I read this verse and some questions arose which I could not find an answer on. 1 Kings 18:22 Then said Elijah unto ...
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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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Why did the council of Laodicea condemn “Judaizing” Sabbath rest?

The council of Laodicea states in cannon 29: Christians must not judaize by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day, rather honouring the Lord's Day; and, if they can, resting then as ...
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What is the significance of presenting the Apostles as acting foolishly many times in the Gospels?

Multiple times in the four Gospels, the Apostles seem to act foolishly. They are around Jesus for a long time, witness miracles, and still lose faith pretty easily. Another example: Jesus says a ...
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Do we have to tithe our time as well?

Some preachers teach that Tithing does not only mean material things, but it also means giving 10% of your time as well. Some even say 10% of your everything, like your thoughts, your desires, your ...
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How do Cessationists expect people to believe without seeing miracles today?

Classical Cessationism asserts that the "sign gifts" such as prophecy, healing and speaking in tongues ceased with the apostles and the finishing of the canon of Scripture. They only served as ...
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What's the Evangelical take on the Natural Moral Law?

Since it's not in the Bible, are Evangelicals taught to ignore or disapprove of the teachings of such folks as Aristotle and Plato? Would they belive a redacted version of the Summa Theologica or ...
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How did Luther view relics, like the 'preserved head of John the Baptist'?

According to wiki  Roman Catholic tradition holds that the head on display in San Silvestro in Capite in Rome is that of John the Baptist, discovered for the second time, as also maintained by ...
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Predestination, Sins of the Parents

This question is within the doctrine of predestination. Predestination states that God, even before the child has been born, decides whether the child is saved. Is there any biblical evidence as to ...
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From whom does faith come?

I've heard both of these claims, and they seem to have irreconcilable differences: God does his part (the call/invitation), now you do yours (respond in faith) God not only gave his son for you, but ...
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Can someone help me cite Luther's explanation of faith alone to Catholics

So, I've seen this quoted in The Faith of Millions, and on the Internet "You tell me what a great fuss the Papists are making because the word ‘alone’ is not in the text of Paul. If your Papist ...
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How should a Christian look at the Crusaders?

I studied in Methodist school from kindergarten to high school, but I never heard of Crusaders until I went to college - and people at church don't talk about it either. As far as I know, Crusaders ...
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Mary's painless birth

Where does the Catholic tradition that Mary's birth was painless come from? My wife just got home from a non-denominational study about Mary and she said she thought everybody knew this, but ...
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Why are people traditionally Buried facing East?

During a burial today, I noticed the coffin was buried facing East. Where does this Christian tradition come from?
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What do Christians mean by “Jesus took our illnesses upon himself on the cross” and why?

Having a bit of holiday over Christmas and New Year I'm going over some notes I've made of topics I want to look at. One such question regards the use of terminology such as "Jesus took our illnesses ...
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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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What is the basis for the idea of 7,000 years of human history, expressed by Larkin and others?

Clarence Larkin projects a 7,000 year timeline of human history with each 1,000 years tied to a day of creation. What is the doctrinal or biblical basis for this theory?
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Looking for the Bible Verse: “If any of you have more than one <some-thing> give that to another” [closed]

"If any of you have more than one <some-thing> give that to another" I'm pretty sure there's a Bible verse that reads something like this, I'm not sure what the <some-thing> is there, I ...
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What is the Baptist justification for anti-confessionalism?

According to Wikipedia, "Confessionalism, in a religious (and particularly Christian) sense, is a belief in the importance of full and unambiguous assent to the whole of a religious teaching. ...
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Where do Mormons believe heaven is right now?

Do Mormons believe heaven is outside of the universe or do they believe it's a city/kingdom floating in space or do they believe its on a planet in another star system? Where do Mormons believe the ...
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Why did Elisha curse children?

23 And he(Elisha) went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; ...
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What was Jesus' soul?

In the following Scriptures Jesus refers to my soul: Matthew 26:38 KJV Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. Mark 14:34 ...
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If I was christened am I not Catholic?

I was christened as an infant in the Catholic faith. Due to where I lived, a Catholic church was not available, so I attended a Baptist church. I married a Catholic man, when we went to mass with his ...
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Why is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception treated differently?

I know that the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is a seemingly immoveable feast. Unlike the other holy days the obligation is not transferred when it falls on a Saturday or a Monday (so you ...
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How did Moses write the events which happened ~2000 years before him?

Except the book of Genesis, I believe that it is possible to make some plausible possibilities on how the books of the Bible were written. Moses wrote about himself, Joshua recorded his conquest of ...
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What Doctrine Supports The Christian Gun Culture? [closed]

In America, there is a large group of people where being a Christian, active in the gun culture and protecting their right to fire arms is proudly the basis of their identity. For example, at the ...
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Can the grace of God depart from a Christian? [closed]

Can a Christian fall from grace? Please refer to the verse below and shed some light. Galatians 5:4 “You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen ...
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What do churches that prohibit the use of icons think an idol is?

In the Orthodox and the Catholic Church icons and statues are permitted, and members of those churches look at such in much the same way they look at photographs of loved ones. We also talk to people ...
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What does “Habemus Papam” mean?

I'm seeing this phrase being displayed on all the news channels, in conjunction with a lot of cheering people under umbrellas who have been waiting for the new pope to be elected. Is there some sort ...
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How was Saul changed to Paul?

Acts 13:9 (NIV) Then Saul, who was also called Paul, ..... This verse does not explain much how Saul became Paul. Who changed his name? Why was it changed?
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Where in Scripture is the Holy Spirit said to be speaking directly?

God the Son speaks in Luke 5:31-32: Jesus said to them in reply, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do. I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” ...
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How does leaving a 'gift at the altar' reconcile with reformed views of the need to 'approach the throne of grace' in everything?

Jesus said: “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go ...
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Where in the Bible is the restoration of the nation of Israel prophesied?

I have heard that the restoration of the state of Israel is a fulfillment of one or more Biblical prophecies. But I cannot find any explicit reference to it. Is this really a fulfillment of prophecy, ...
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What is home and visiting teaching in LDS tradition?

What is the LDS practice of home/visiting teaching? Are they the same thing? Where did this originate, as I don't know of other sects which have the same practice... at least with those terms.
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Was the Mosaic Covenant a covenant of “works” or “grace”?

In Exodus 20 (but all of Exodus/Leviticus/Numbers/Deuteronomy as well) we read of what many refer to as the Mosaic Covenant - enacted at Sinai, where God gives the Ten Commandments (and later the rest ...
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Cross with P loop atop

I have seen in a church a cross with a loop off the top that makes the vertical look like a P. Does this symbol have a name? What is its meaning? From what does it derive? Can you supply any more ...
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What was the pre-Babel language and what can be said about the mechanism used to confuse the languages?

The Tower of Babel episode in human history is known to many. This can be found in Genesis 11. As we know, it resulted in the languages of mankind becoming confused. Question: Are there opinions, ...
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Why did Jesus keep some in the dark by using parables?

I once heard someone say that parables are the best way to teach, because Jesus used them.  Of course this makes no sense because parables are very difficult to understand unless explained. Jesus ...
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Did Pope Benedict XVI grant permission for hetrosexual couples to use artifical birth control methods?

In a book of interviews by Peter Seewald "Light of the World" the Pope is quoted as saying something to the effect that homosexual prostitutes would be better off if they used condoms than if they ...
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Should one avoid fasting during Easter?

Tomorrow is the first Friday in Easter and in the Catholic Church Fridays are days of penance. If a person usually does something small, like not continuously munch on things while at his desk, in ...
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What does giving up free will and giving it to Jesus mean? [closed]

Is there a majority opinion as to what giving up free will and giving it to Jesus means? What does this action look like? Are there any real life examples?
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What's the point of the tenth commandment?

In the spirit of my previous question, what's the point of the tenth commandment? In Matthew 5:21-22 Christ reveals the true application of the sixth commandment: You have heard that it was said ...
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Resurrection importance in the Bible

I've often heard that if you lay out the books of the new testament chronologically by the order they were written, the story of Jesus' resurrection become more important. Some also say it become ...
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Nahum and Jonah - Ordering of Events

I was reading the book of Nahum and it was speaking about Ninevah. Is the book of Nahum foretelling the destruction of Ninevah, for which the people of Ninevah averted by repenting of their sins, or ...
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Should we refrain from sin to avoid damnation or to be good?

An answer on my question regarding the comparative magnitude of sins suggested that we should not sin so as to avoid damnation, I believe the contributor may amend that answer but it is something we ...

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