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According to Scripture, where is Hell?

Do scriptures say where Hell is? I read another answer on this site, and they said that the Bible says the other planets in our solar system were referred to as "heavens". So if these other planets ...
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Can we visit loved ones in Hell?

According to an answer on this site, we can still be happy while knowing that people are in Hell and suffering. Growing up, they've always told us that the Bible says that when we enter Heaven, we are ...
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Was Jesus' stab wound on the left side? How do we know?

I've always believed that Jesus was stabbed in his left side. Now, however, I can't find anything the tells me absolutely in which side he was stabbed.
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What are the name(s) of the archaeological artifact(s)/scroll(s) where the New Testament was based? [duplicate]

I'm wondering about the roots of the New Testament. What are the name(s) of the archaeological artifact(s)/scroll(s) where the New Testament was based?
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What is the Difference Between ROCOR-MP and ROCOR-A (ROCA)

What differentiates the various synods within the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia aka ROCOR? I met someone who stated that their particular synod was in communion with ROCOR-A (ROCA), but ...
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When is Isaiah 32 supposed to happen?

I'm reading Matt Perman's book What's Best Next and found this interesting: Knowing how to get things done enables us to fulfill God’s call to make plans for the good of others. This is one of ...
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How did early “street evangelization” differ from the modern practice?

Biblical "street preachers" gathered interested and/or interactive crowds, often followed by mass conversions. We could conceivably chalk some of this up to the "signs and wonders" they tended to ...
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When was it established that there were 14,000 innocents martyred?

In the Orthodox Church tradition, as I understand it, the Feast of the 14,000 Martyrs commemorates the deaths of the children massacred by Herod in what is otherwise known as the 'Massacre of the ...
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How does Oneness Pentecostalism interpret Matthew 3:17?

Matthew 3:16-17 NIV 16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. ...
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When are we forgiven ? Parable of the unforgiving debtor [closed]

In Matthew 18:23-35, the parable of the unforgiving debtor, it tells the story of a debtor who owes a king money. The king forgives the debtor, yet the debtor doesn't forgive the the one who owed ...
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What does Paul mean when he says that we are no longer under the law but under grace? [closed]

Romans 6:14:15 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. 15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God ...
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Is Cecil B. DeMille's narration of Moses in the desert based on the Bible?

In Cecil B. DeMille's classic 1956 movie "The Ten Commandments", there is a scene where Moses is wandering through the desert. Demille provides the following narration: Into the blistering ...
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How can I understand the connection between laughing and sin and joy? [closed]

I have heard that laughter is the best of medicines, and when filled with the Spirit there is joy. Many of the books through Solomon separate the wise from the foolish. And here is what Yeshoush has ...
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What of Augustine's ecclesiology was rejected in the Reformation?

BB Warfield is famous for saying that the Reformation was a triumph of Augustine's soteriology over his ecclesiology. For those who believe that Augustine's ecclesiology was rejected in the ...
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Have Christians ever followed Leviticus?

Has there ever been a group, or groups, of Christians that tried to follow Leviticus (not just parts of it, but all of it or most of it)? Alternatively, what groups (Christian or otherwise) did try ...
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What is the argument supporting that there is a break between the 69th and 70th week in the book of Daniel?

In the book of Daniel it mentions the 70 weeks. “Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, there shall be ...
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Did God trick Satan into causing the fall of man?

All scripture is quoted from the King James translation God is omniscient and therefore nothing that happens takes him by surprise, and so that Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good ...
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Why did Zechariah's neighbours make signs to him?

In Luke chapter 1 verses 20-22 we read that Zechariah was stricken with muteness, and he makes signs to his fellow priests cuz he can't talk. But then in verse 62 his neighbours make signs to him, as ...
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Why did Elizabeth keep herself hidden while pregnant?

In Luke chapter 1 verses 24-25 we read: 24 After these days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she kept herself hidden, saying, 25 “Thus the Lord has done for me in the days when he ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the belief that separation from God is in itself sin?

The normal understanding in Christianity is that sin brings separation from God. However is there biblical basis for holding to the belief that separation from God is in itself sin rather than a ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the belief that Jesus is Michael?

Congregations such as the Jehovah's Witness and Seventh day Adventists believe that Jesus is Michael. What is the Biblical basis for the belief that Jesus is Michael? Jehovah's Witness ...it is ...
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What do Chinese Catholics call their priests?

This Catholic article explains and defends the usage of the word, "Father," in reference to priests. Now, in the Chinese language, people have a tendency to use the same familial words for society at ...
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Did God use man as a vehicle to bring about death? [closed]

Before creation there would have been no death. All of the Angels God created are eternal. When God Created everything then time was also created, but Earth and time are both temporary creations. ...
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Why did God not want man to have the knowledge of good and evil?

When God created man, he created him with the fore knowledge that man would eat from the forbidden tree, and even with the knowledge that man would bring sin into the World; God created the tree in ...
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Understanding the idea that Jesus descended into Hell

The Christian understanding that everyone was born with origin sin, and then when Jesus/God was killed at the cross, and then he was resurrected from death after 3 days. From what I understand, there ...
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Use of “the LORD” in Old Testament names

Many traditional Hebrew personal names contain a reference to God in their meaning. For example the name יְהוֹשֻֽׁעַ׃ Joshua means 'Yahwah is salvation'. But what about Yahwah itself [יְהוָ֨ה] ? Is ...
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What is the history of offertories?

Many churches take up tithes and offerings in the middle of a service, and many have an offeratory or music during that time of the service. I'm curious as to the history of this practice. It seems it ...
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What evidence is there to show that John Wesley and John Calvin did not believe that Jesus is Michael?

Upon seeing certain statements in John Calvin and John Wesley's writings some have concluded that these men believed Jesus is Michael. What evidence is there to show that John Wesley and John Calvin ...
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Are there any writings from the church fathers teaching Original Sin before Augustine?

It has been said by some that Augustine was the first to teach Original Sin, "It was Augustine (354-430 A.D.) who first promoted the idea that; "the fallen nature of Adam was transmitted ...
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From an LDS perspective, what is the difference between feeling the influence of the Holy Spirit and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit?

What is the difference between the two? What scriptures are used to best explain the differences? How does one receive the gift of the Holy Spirit?
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Is enjoying an apocryphal book a sin? [closed]

I've been reading some apocryphal books, like gnostic books, and was enjoying them as they seem so unusual and otherworldly to me. I'm not a devoted Christian but, if I'd been a devoted Christian ...
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On animal's origin [closed]

My limited knowledge of Bible, Adam & Eve were the common ancestor for all human. Who were the ancestors for different kinds of animals? What about animals who grow asexually (example amoeba, many ...
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In LDS doctrine, why isn't repentance possible without eternal punishment?

Alma 42:16 Now, repentance could not come unto men except there were a punishment, which also was eternal as the life of the soul should be, affixed opposite to the plan of happiness, ...
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According to the Bible how many times can a typical man die and be resurrected?

Many believe that just like in the case of Lazarus and many other examples, people will be brought back to life on earth. Interestingly, Lazarus had been resurrected and died again. Yet obviously he ...
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Question regarding the nature of moral absolutes [closed]

I was having a highly spirited debate with one of my best friends about religion. He is an avowed atheist. When I brought up the subject of morality, he countered me with an interesting argument that ...
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Was the Nicene Creed accepted under duress?

In the book Are you Really that Stupid? Observations of a Skeptical Believer, author Joshua Christian makes the claim that the Nicene Creed was accepted under less than ideal (from a theological ...
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Why was it necessary for some people to receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands and others just received it after believing?

Some people never received the gift of the Holy Ghost until Paul gave it to them through the laying on of hands. Others it appears received it just by believing or at least it is not mentioned that ...
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Why is the Ark always depicted as a ship?

All the depictions of Noah's Ark picture it in the shape of a ship. However, the Ark had no need for navigation. And the first known ship shaped vessels were those of the Vikings, who had harnessed ...
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Where can I find sources showing ecclesiastical vestments of the 1200s?

In 1215 at Runneymeade, barons and clerics gathered to get King John to set his seal to the Barons' Charter. According to Roger of Wendover, among them were the pope's representative, Master (bishop) ...
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Acording to the Bible how does one recieve the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Does one automatically receive the Holy Ghost after they accept Christ or does it have to be received through the laying on of hands as spoken of in Acts 8? Acts 8:14 Now when the apostles which ...
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What can we infer from the dialogue in Luke 22:70 that Jesus is the son of god?

What can we infer from the dialogue? They all asked, "Are you then the Son of God?" He replied, "You say that I am." In my understanding we cannot infer anything because Jesus' reply does not ...
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How biblical is group prayer?

Mathew 6:6 "But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you." I've been curious about this ...
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Accepting ones “station” in life: does this have any Biblical basis?

Often people say that they have a job, friend, or other "station" in life for a "reason" (including health, wealth, etc.). They feel that it is their obligation to stick it out in a job or personal ...
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What does the Bible say about being a witness to sin?

I want to know what guidance the Bible has for Christians who are witness to sin, and adultery specifically?
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When Jesus was born, what details of his early life are in the Bible?

When Jesus was born, what details of the early years do we have? I read in the Quran where it says he spoke in the cradle as one of his miracles: O sister of Aaron, your father was not a man of ...
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What is the meaning of 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice'?

Am reading through the book of Matthew and in chapter 9 I came across verse 13. It's when Jesus was answering the Pharisees after they asked Him why He ate with the tax collectors and sinners: 13: ...
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What is the significance of Jesus saying “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending”?

All Scriptures are quoted from the King James translation. Four times in the Revelation Jesus uses that phrase(they are all in red letters): Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning ...
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What does “labor or cost of a godly life” mean?

Richard Baxter, the famous Puritan writer, wrote: In a word, that in all your neglects of duty, your sticking at the supposed labor or cost of a godly life, yea, in all your cold and lazy prayers ...
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Where does the story of “the Cross on top of Adam's Skull” come from?

On my trip to Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the tour guide told us that inside the church, there is a place where the Cross was located, and right beneath the Cross, there buried the Adam's ( yes, ...
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Is there a need for Christians to believe in Christianity at all, if they don't believe in Resurrection and Salvation through Christ alone?

My question is directed to those professing Christians who don't believe in any of the key doctrines as propounded by evangelical Churches ( such as virgin birth, Resurrection, Jesus the only path to ...

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