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Why should a sinner suffer forever in hell fire?

In my little knowledge I believe any form of punishment is a way of curbing crimes or wrong doings and for others to learn not to do wrong. When this life ends some would be in heaven and the rest in ...
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Does suffering in this life really matter?

So, recently I had the thought: suffering is irrelevant. I arrived at this conclusion using the idea of limits in Math. Say that suffering could be measured in units as a function of time (frowns ...
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Is the concept of God in Christianity (the Trinity) three Gods or One?

I don't understand the concept of God in Christianity. Based on what I do know, there is God, the Son of God and the Holy Spirit -- doesn't this add up to 3 Gods? In Christianity, is there there One ...
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Why the disciple took Jesus' mother unto his own home?

26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! 27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And ...
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if homosexuality is a sin, why isn't abstinence? [closed]

I've always wondered why homosexuality is a sin. The most common argument I hear though is that "They can't procreate and be fruitful, which is an integral part of God's design for us". But I notice a ...
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Reason for creating unnecessary creatures

When God first created this world, he made all the creatures that exist to this day. That ranges from Sophisticated beings like Humans to creatures that only have a life-span of a day or two. God must ...
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Biblical support of a Quadrichotomous view of Man

There are two common views of the Nature of Man - the Dichotomous, and the Trichotomous. However, a Quadrichotomous view can also be drawn from Jesus' answer to the challenge of what is the greatest ...
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Trichotomous vs Dichotomous views of Man

There are generally two* views of Man the Dichotomous (Soul & Body) the Trichotomous (Soul, Spirit, & Body) Notably, A W Pink ascribes to the Trichotomous view (or Tripartite). Also ...
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According to Calvinism: is it possible to believe in predestination, yet reject Christ?

This question is different from: Do Calvanists believe that it is possible to be saved without believing the doctrine of predestination? one asks "Does A => B?" the other asks "Does B => A" ? Given ...
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What did God mean when He said 'lest they live forever'?

I was talking to a Jehovah's witness who did not believe in the immortality of soul and he pointed out a scripture to me. Genesis 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold ... lest he put forth his ...
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Does God hate unborn children?

Did God hate unborn Esau? Romans 9:11 Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad ... 13 Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” How does this square ...
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Why did Jesus say the Son of Man was Lord over the Sabbath because the Sabbath was made for man?

Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” (NIV Mark 2:27-28) There seems to be a connection with the Sabbath ...
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How can Christians reconcile the request to prohibit same-sex marriage and the lawfulness of homosexuality itself?

Assuming one believes that the bible is the word of god, believes that the bible says homossexuality is wrong (or commonly quoted, an abomination), and because of that gays should not marry, how come ...
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Do Calvinists believe that it is possible to be saved without believing the doctrine of predestination?

From a theological view, is it possible for God to predestine that XYZ be saved, yet XYZ to reject predestination throughout their life?
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Why were Aaron and his son only ones eligible for being a Priest?

In ancient times, the only people who were offered a chance to become the priest were Aaron and his sons. Would not this be unfair? There might have been people who were more fitted to the position. ...
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How would a Reformed world view see the “Left Behind” series?

Are the teachings of Tim Lahaye as found in the Left Behind series consistent with the teachings of either Reformed theology or Calvanism? More generally, is the notion of "Biblical Fiction" ...
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Why did Jacob insist that Joseph's sons were his?

In Genesis, Before Jacob dies, he has a conversation with his son, Joseph. Genesis 48:1-6 Some time later Joseph was told, “Your father is ill.” So he took his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim ...
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How does Christianity view participation in dangerous sports?

Many of the sports we play today expose the participants to physical dangers they would not otherwise have been subject to. Examples could be skiing, surfing, high speed car races or stunt biking. ...
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What doctrines teach that people are inherently good or bad?

Are we "basically sinful" or "basically good" (are we born fundamentally sinful, or are we born holy but then "fall to temptation?). What I really want are the names of the doctrines associated with ...
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What reasons does Christianity give for “Why There Must Be A God?”

I realize this question could also be addressed on Philosophy.SE, but I am very interested to get specifically the Christian perspective on this issue. I was raised Catholic, but have left the Church ...
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Biblical View on Temporary vs Permanent Contraception

This question is NOT: What is the Biblical view of contraception? This question is: Is there any Biblical teaching that simultaneously: allows for temporary contraception AND ...
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What does it mean to say “Jesus died for our sins”?

When Christians say "Jesus died for our sins", what do they mean?       I went to Catholic school for 5 years and all I heard was "Jesus died for our sins", "Jesus ...
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Were Catholics originally offended by the Sacred Heart?

According to a comment by Mr. Hayword, the Sacred Heart was something which was originally opposed in Catholicism, but I have not found clear evidence of this, only a citation of an Anglican who cites ...
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What is synthetic theology?

In a comment conversation on another question I suspect (at the chastisement of my interlocutor) I may have misused the term "synthetic theology" (or, perhaps, theological synthesis?). I think I had ...
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How is Derek Prince viewed by mainstream Christianity [closed]

The goal here is NOT to compare preachers/pastors, and create arguments. This question came from the following: I found a book on Amazon on a topic on Christianity that I like the author is Derek ...
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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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Homoousios (same substance) God

Is the Trinity considered Homoousios in spirit only or also in matter? We are taught that matter cannot be created nor destroyed. That would be a problem if Jesus was Homoousios physically.
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Is Roman Catholic reconciliation with the Orthodox likely (or possible)?

I have consistently heard rumors that the Orthodox and the Roman Catholics will be reconciling at some point (at least to the point of Catholics being able to receive Orthodox sacraments). Sometimes ...
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Did the cross permanently affect the intra-trinitarian relationship?

I have heard a religious definition of death as separation from God. This makes the death of Christ--God himself--a matter of incomprehensible existential crisis. Adding to this the imputation of sin ...
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Calvinist view on Tribulation

What view of the tribulation do Calvinists generally tend to take? I am aware of the Westminister Confession http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_with_proofs/ , but I don't see anything related to ...
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Luke 9:49-50: Christ is the only way

I have been under the impression that Christ's teaching is very much along the way of "Christ is the only path." What's going on here in this passage? Luke 9:49-50 (KJV) 49  And John ...
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The Servetus Controversy: What was Calvin's involvement?

I recently watched this YT video that talks about Calvin and Servetus. The "Servetus Controversy" tells of a man named Michael Servetus who was burned at the stake for heresy -- not by Roman Catholic ...
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When and how did Martin Luther arrive at the justification by faith?

When and how did Martin Luther arrive at the justification by faith teaching? Was it something that he came up with as a result of his stance against the indulgences and later against the Pope, or did ...
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What is morphological analysis, as it applies to bible study?

As far as I can tell, it's a technique used by bible students to better understand the original languages in context. How does one go about using a tool such as Robinson's Morphological Analysis ...
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Why are Christian books not Public Domain?

In Matthew 10:8, disciples were told to even freely heal people, since it was freely given. Paul, in order to not be a burden to others, made tents to support himself. Given this, why are most ...
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Are biblical laws suppose to be part of Government? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should biblical laws apply to non-Christians? In the Bible (old and new testemanets) there are various laws, some controversial but clearly written otherwise. Are these ...
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Is there punishment for sinner in christianity?

As far as I know Christianity believes in the fact that we are all sinners. There is a story in john 8:2-11, the store of a women and Jesus which basically means that we cannot punish a sinner because ...
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Do the acts of the flesh reveal false Christians?

Galatians 5: 19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, ...
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Can Christians handle rattlesnakes? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: The effect of poison on Christians How should I understand the following verse? Mark 16:18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly ...
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Who is Father or God in Christianity

The following are some lines in which Jesus (Peace be upon him) mentions "Father" or "God". Is Islam we consider "Father" or "God" to be referring to Allah as Jesus (Peace be upon him) is ...
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Christianity and eating pork or other restrictions from Leviticus [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How is ignoring clear Biblical instructions in Leviticus justified? I am a non-Christian, however I have wondered why Christians are not restricted by the Jewish dietary ...
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Does the Church in general need to revisit and revise its strategy in maintaining the faith? [closed]

Is it a high time that we need to impart the young Christians (children) a comprehensive knowledge of all the doctrines of Christianity, or do we tend to raise them as unconvinced Christians ...
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What is the purpose and basis for the special garments issued to temple-going Mormons?

I understand that there are certain garments which temple-going Mormons are obliged to wear after going through their initial Temple Ceremony. My question is regarding the basis for this. When did ...
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What is the basis of the Jehovah's Witnesses' belief that Jesus died on a Stake instead of a Cross? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Crucifixion — torture stake or cross? I understand that the Jehovah's Witnesses teach that Jesus died on a Stake (a vertical pole) instead of a Cross. What is ...
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How can a loving God make a deal with the devil?

In the book of Job, as best as I can see, God ruined Job's life over a bet (Job 1:9-12, 2:4-6). People and livestock who weren't even involved died (Job 1:13-19). Moreover, God literally made this ...
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Should a Christian watch horror movies? [closed]

A lot of Christians seem to think that it's wrong to watch horror movies. Others say that it's just another form of entertainment. I don't know for sure which position is right. Though whenever I ...
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To what extent should the Apostles' speech be considered infallible?

It is my understanding that all known writings of the Apostles are considered infallible and are Canonical. However, I am unclear as to what extent recorded speech of the Apostles should be ...
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Are any writings of the Apostles non-Canonical?

Do we have any writings that are reasonably likely to be written by Apostles, but are not included in the Bible?
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Did the ancient Hebrews believe that blood had unique spiritual properties?

I seem to recall learning at some point during an Old Testament study that they did, and that the belief explained things like the significance of the blood that was part of the animal offerings ...
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Do the dietary prohibitions in Acts 15:20 apply to Christians today?

An answer to this question references Acts 15:20, which says -- (19) Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who turn to God, (20) but should write to them to ...

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