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II Corinthians tells us we must all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. But by what will we be judged? [closed]

II Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. ...
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What does John Calvin mean to imply by the “suffrage” of the church?

In his Institutes of the Christian Religion, John Calvin discusses the idea that the Biblical canon depends on the ratifying action of the Church (Book 1, Chapter 7). He thinks it does not, preferring ...
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Why do some people get healed, and others don't?

Most of the Christian friends I have had (and family) have all believed in healing. Especially my grandmother, before she passed away. Why is it that (if it does work that way) God sometimes heals ...
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Who believes that reading Bible is a sign of a true believer? [closed]

Many Protestant preachers emphasize on reading Scripture daily. Are there any Protestant churches who believe that reading Bible is one of the evidence of Salvation? If there are, mention at least ...
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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 importance of reading Bible personally in Catholicism?

What is the importance of reading Bible in Catholicism? Can a Catholic anticipate going to heaven by only attending the masses and going to Confession, but never read the Bible at home? Does reading ...
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Can we call the New Testament with Psalm, a Bible? [closed]

Some Bibles are very small, containing only New Testament and Psalm. Some have Proverbs also. What is the reason for making such a Bible which has just 28 or 29 books? Can we really call this a ...
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Christening - what exactly does a Godparent have to promise to do / be?

I have been asked to be a godparent to my nephew. However, I'm not a Christian. In a Church of England ceremony, what exactly is asked of the godparents?
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Why do God and Jesus seem so different?

God destroyed the world with a flood, destroyed all the people in Sodom and Gomorrah, gruesome sacrifices, laws for stoning people, Jericho, requesting the sacrifice of Abraham's son, the sacrifice of ...
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What actions does the LDS church (Mormon) take when a member does not pay tithing?

According to official policy, what happens to members of the LDS church who do not pay their tithing? Specifically, what happens to those who: Forget to pay tithing for an extended period of time, ...
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In the Anglican and Catholic church, are any of man's creative ideas seen as original?

I mean, did Shakespeare invent 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' or was it a reflection of the pre-existing, eternal God? Ditto Dickens and Oliver Twist, ditto Spielburg and Jurassic Park, ditto the Beatles ...
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What did Paul mean when he called Jesus the firstborn of the dead?

note: All Scripture quoted is from the King James translation: Colossians 1:18 KJV And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all ...
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Where did the concept of separate races originate?

I want to preface what I say with a statement saying this is not in any way related to any kind of Prejudice! I only want to ask how we got from the family of Noah to having so many so called races. ...
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Is SIN a sin just because God says it is sin? [duplicate]

What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, ...
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What are the reported effects of a pilgrimage to Saint James of Compostela?

In Catholic traditions, pilgrimages are sometimes undertaken with a view that specific effects may adhere to the pilgrim. For St. James of Compostela, are there specific traditions about what a ...
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Who believe that innocent children will also go to Hell?

But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. (Luke 18:16, NIV) To those ...
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According to Jehovah's Witnesses, how many of the 144 000 have already been identified?

Jehovah's Witnesses believe1 that 144 000 of their number are different to the rest in that they will go to heaven, whereas the rest (presumably several million) will live on paradise Earth. I'm ...
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Why is smoking a sin? [duplicate]

Many Christians are saying that smoking is sin. However, there are no cigarettes in the Bible. Personally, I don't smoke because the cigarette cover says "Smoking is injurious to health". Hence, I ...
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In ancient time, why God allowed polygamy? [duplicate]

Some of God's servants in ancient time had 2 or more mate. For example, Abraham had 2 wife and king Solomon had thousand in total. Why God allowed it to happen, but Bible says that we should have just ...
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Question on Matthew 18:18

I have a question relating to Matthew 18:18. I want to specifically ask the Seventh-day Adventist church about this. It says: "I can assure you that when you speak judgment here on earth, it will ...
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Do Luke 1:48 and Luke 11:27-28 contradict each other?

I have been replaying Luke 1:48 and Luke 11:27-28 in my mind. Something doesn't make sense here. Luke 1:48 is the part of Mary's song where Mary announces that all successive generations will call her ...
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What is the biblical basis for Eternal salvation? [duplicate]

When a person has been saved, baptized and practiced their faith for many years and then a circumstance occurs that seems to steer them away from their practices and beliefs, there arises a question ...
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Who talked to Moses in Exodus 33:9?

Some translation says: Exodus 33:9 It happened, when Moses entered into the Tent, that the pillar of cloud descended, stood at the door of the Tent, and spoke with Moses. - ...
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How are penances decided?

In the Catholic tradition, are penances after confession predefined? For example would lying equate to a standard set of penances that are applied universally by all priests, or are penances set at ...
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How do Pentecostals theologically justifiy when “faithful” snake handlers die?

What does it mean to Pentecostal churches whose pastor dies from a snake bite? The faith in snake handling comes from the literal interpretation of: Mark 16:17-18 KJV And these signs shall ...
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What is the whole point of the book of Job?

His 3 friends who said bad things don't happen to good people were wrong. He was also queried by God for his own view (which was asking why. Or was it self pity?). So what was the lesson learnt?
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In which denominations do people consider Mary, mother of Jesus, to be the “Second Eve”?

I was reading DK Publishing's The Illustrated Bible Story By Story. The authors claim to be biblical scholars, historians, and pastors, which may give a Christian slant to the Bible, even though the ...
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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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What does “biblical Christianity” mean to evangelical Protestants?

What does "biblical Christianity" mean to evangelical Protestants, and does it entail the emphasis on and especial attention to sola scriptura? I think this question is important, because it may be ...
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Are there any denominations that accept the gap theory?

Some Christians have expressed doubt about a literal 24 hour day, before the sun and moon were created in: Genesis 1:16 KJV And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and ...
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Where did the Young Earth Creationist doctrine originate from?

I heard the other day that the literalist interpretation of biblical creation (A literal 7 day creation of the universe) isn't the classical historical interpretation that past Christians held. I was ...
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Is it true that the Southern Baptist denomination marks no distinction between member and non-member?

Is it true that the Southern Baptist denomination marks no distinction between member and non-member, Christian or non-Christian, in that everyone is encouraged to participate in the events (sitting ...
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How did the second Vatican council (aka Vatican II) address the concept of limbo?

I've heard that the second Vatican council eliminated the concept of limbo. Or maybe that it never existed to begin with. Was limbo part of "official" Catholicism before Vatican II? What changes were ...
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Can I project more than 500 verses of Scripture over the course of a year? Or, an entire book of the Bible?

In this question What major translations of the Bible are in the Public Domain and therefore not subject to Copyright? we established that most modern translations allow for fair use of a certain ...
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Why do some view God being 'infinite' only in a theoretical, metaphorical way?

I was talking to a scientist (a Christian one) who, though (I assume) he agreed that God is qualitively boundless, wasn't keen on the term 'infinite' when applied to Him. He explained but so cleverly ...
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Is the King James Version Bible in the Public Domain [duplicate]

I am writing a memoir and want to use some quotes from the King James Version Bible. Will this be considered Public Domain because of the age. Thank you
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What is the scriptural basis for the conditionalist doctrine of hell?

By conditionalist doctrine, I mean the belief that hell is the destruction of those souls that go there, rather than the everlasting torment or eventual purification of said souls.
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What denominations subscribe to or accommodate the Conditionalist doctrine of hell?

I am interested in what denominations allow or require the belief that hell is the annihilation of a conditionally immortal soul rather than the eternal suffering or eventual redemption of such.
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How do the Dead Sea Scrolls impact modern apologetics?

I understand that the 1946 discovery of almost a thousand ancient texts in caves on the West Bank has had a significant impact, I'm just trying to figure out what specific changes the discovery has ...
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What is the waving cloth in the Creed and what does it mean?

I was recently at an Eastern Orthodox celebration of the Divine Liturgy. During the recitation of the Creed, there was a coloured cloth (I think the veil that had covered the chalice) which was waved ...
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Why did Jesus physically throw out the money changers instead of winning the argument with reason?

(I was asked this question by an atheist recently.) When Jesus cleared the money changers from the Temple, he drove them out by overturning their tables and (in John) even using a whip. Why did he ...
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Is there any holy language for Christians according to words of Jesus Christ and the apostles?

The Jews have Hebrew. Muslims have Arabic. Hindus have Sanskrit. For Christians, is there any holy language? Is there any holy language for Christians according to words of Jesus Christ and the ...
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According to the Catholic Church is the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act an unjust law?

After going off on HIPAA one of the kids brought up Barack Obama and said that, "he's going to make Catholic Hospitals perform abortions." I said that wasn't exactly true, for now, at least, but he ...
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Does the Roman Catholic church consider HIPAA to be an unjust law?

HIPAA, the United States Health Care Privacy Law has been in effect for nearly two decades. It's the law that makes people all nervous about talking about other people's well being with their doctors ...
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Trying to understand Original Sin in light of OT

From what I understand so far, is that Adam's sin of eating from the tree is past down and everyone born has this sin on their record. This Sin is only washed away if one is Baptized, so if a child ...
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Should the Catholic rosary be recited in Latin or the vernacular language?

Should the Catholic prayer be recited in Latin or the vernacular language? During recitation, should the Catholic recite by chanting the verses or by singing with a catchy melody? Is it a sin to use ...
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What does 'come upon thee' and 'overshadow thee' mean?

When reading the verse regarding the miraculous birth of Jesus, there are certain terms used which I find very confusing. How do you understand the terms: And the angel answered and said unto her, ...
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When did the African-American population become Christian?

As someone who's never been to the USA I might be making a completely wrong assumption, but from all the media, it seems that the majority of the African-American population were traditionally ...
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Does Paul ever actually quote Jesus anywhere?

Is it true that Paul did not quote Jesus a single time in the entire New Testament (of which he wrote 50%)? Did he ever refer to the virgin birth?
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God creator vs. god small g the devil or satan [closed]

Does the bible refer to satan as god small g anywhere?

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