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Why the difference in depiction of the cross between Catholics and Protestants?

As I understand it, Roman Catholic crosses have Jesus hanging on them, but Protestant crosses do not. I understood that Protestant crosses do not because they want to focus on the Resurrection, not ...
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Does Christianity provide the right elements for democracy?

I understand that Christianity does not enforce any way of governing. And that democracy has been invented by the Greeks before Jesus. But my question his this: Does Christianity teaches the values ...
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Is Christianity the sum of the actions and beliefs of its adherents or a set of actions and beliefs defined by the Bible? [closed]

This question is closely related to those regarding the definition of a Christian that was also discussed on the meta site here and here. While I consider that question answered and outside the scope ...
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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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Has the Catholic church ever voiced its view on the possibility of aliens' existence?

Has the Catholic church ever acknowledged such a possibility as not contradicting the Bible? Or has it once said that the whole idea of aliens is absolutely non-Biblical as the humans are the center ...
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The nature of Jesus's 40 days post-resurrection but pre-ascension

I recently learned that the gap in time between the resurrection and the ascension of Jesus into heaven was given as "40 days". I'm curious about that period and have a few related questions about it ...
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What scholarship exists behind the WikiSource translation of the Bible?

In response to a question about Onan, @RonMaimon chose the WikiSource translation. Not being familiar with it, I tried to examine it's pedigree, but could not find one. I'd like to know a little about ...
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Are there Biblical reasons why a Christian should not believe that Global Warming is happening

This is something that has confused me over the years. It appears that many christians stand against the belief global warming or climate change. But I have yet to hear any biblical reasoning. I would ...
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What “God's law” is Matthew Henry referring to?

Part of Matthew Henry's commentary on Exodus 22 says: A man's house is his castle, and God's law, as well as man's, sets a guard upon it; he that assaults it does so at his peril. What is he ...
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Why isn't the cross considered an idol?

Exodus 20:1-15 ESV And God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. “You shall have no other gods ...
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What is the biblical basis for salvation by faith alone (sola fide)?

One of the key issues in the Reformation was the doctrine of Sola Fide, that is, that salvation is by faith alone, apart from works. What, then, is the biblical basis for this belief?
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Is belief a work into salvation?

Is the placing of one's faith in Christ for salvation, a work? - Can I produce faith on my own? How does the Bible answer that question?
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Do Old Testament individual, family and social laws and guidance apply to Christians or did Jesus come to discard OT laws and guidance?

If OT laws are to be ignored by Christians, does God/Jesus provide substitute laws in the New Testament texts? I.e., if God thought it important to provide laws (in addition to requiring certain ...
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Does Genesis 9:5 say that God holds animals accountable for killing humans?

I was looking back over Genesis 9, just after the flood, when God allowed man to eat animals for food. The text is fairly interesting here: 4 “But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood ...
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Was the marriage between Abraham and Sarah incestuous?

In the comments to this answer to the question of why Abraham lied to Pharaoh about his relationship with Sarah, the following question which I am about to pose, appeared: Was the marriage between ...
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How diverse or united is Christian history on the imagery of “Father” and “Son”?

The original languages of the Bible itself and, to my knowledge, most of Christian history, are replete with the filial language of God being known as a “Father” and Jesus being known as his “Son”. ...
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Is Christianity just a belief system, or is it also a system for organizing and governing society?

Works like "Mere Christianity" try and address common Christian beliefs and help recognize the diversity of belief systems within Christian sects. The question is whether this is what all of ...
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Is it possible to believe in Jesus, pray to Him and be baptized and yet not get regenerated?

What I mean here by "regenerated" is being born of God, i.e. become a child of God. Has this matter been discussed in Christianity? If the question is too broad, then I am firstly after the ...
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Has the name “Jesus” ever been used for naming Jewish children since the Savior's incarnation?

I mean we still have a lot of men named Mohamed in the Muslim community. Is it the same with the name "Jesus" in the Jewish community? Do we have any evidence of Jewish men named Jesus that have lived ...
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Is Christmas biblical? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Christmas on December 25th When did Christmas (the birth of Christ) first begin as a Christian celebration? On which date was Christ born? Also Related: Why do some ...
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What's the right terminology here for what God's allowing something, but not blessing it?

What's the right terminology here for when God's allowing something, but not blessing it? I once had it, but now I forgot. It's something about two different types of God's will. One is kind of ...
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Is Christianity with reason wrong?

Is it wrong to try to reach God with reason instead of faith? I really believe that logical reasoning is the way to get closer to God but since I was a kid my parents and relatives keep telling me ...
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What is the use of faith if God doesn't need/require anything from humans to save them?

According to soteriologies (e.g. Calvinism) that believe God makes the choice to save people without expecting any decision from them first, what is the role of faith? If the decision making process ...
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Did the first Christian believers keep the Sabbath and if so on which day?

According to Colossians, there appears to be some disagreement amongst the first century church on whether to keep the Sabbath: Colossians 2:16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what ...
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Apparent Bible Contradiction regarding who killed Goliath

For instance: 1º The LORD said to him, "Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD? (Exodus 4:11) For he does not ...
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Can angels be disguised as humans?

I was reading Genesis 19: Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed and in the first verse, two angels are greeted by Lot as they arrive at the gates of Sodom. But instead of the "do not be afraid" speech that ...
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Does God need/demand humans' faith for them to be saved? If so, why?

According to soteriologies (e.g. Arminianism) that require humans to make a decision to come to God, why is that the case? What does God gain from faith? Put another way, why does he require a ...
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What's the main logical basis that is put forth by those Christians who don't believe in the existence of God?

What's the main logical or doctrinal basis that is put forth by those Christians who don't believe in the existence of God. I mean, in the Bible Jesus spoke of God the Father many times, so how do ...
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Was Onan really struck dead by God for masturbating?

Historically, Onan in Genesis 38 has been accused of masturbation, and for this supposed transgression was struck dead. The term Onanism (or in German Onanie) is still used to describe this practice. ...
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What is the meaning of Psalm 137:9

Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones. Whenever I debate someone about Bible literal-ism they usually mention Psalm 137:9 KJV. Based on the Protestant ...
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How long was it before Adam and Eve sinned?

Do we have any idea how long Adam and Eve were together sinless in the Garden of Eden before they sinned? They were created on the sixth day. They sinned before they had children. Any other clues as ...
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Did the gospels really copy from each other?

In school, I learned that the different gospels did copy a lot from each other. This was the explanation for why there are so many overlapping events between the gospels. Is there substantial ...
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What sources are used for the Christian Bible translations?

When I was looking in the store to buy a bible, I noticed that the different bible translations not only differ in their style of translation, but also in the sources they use. What are the sources ...
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Are bad things in life Satan's doing or God testing/punishing me?

I've always wondered this. God likes to test us and Satan likes to hurt us. Are the two the same or even related? I've kinda had the view that Satan is God's mercenary. So when God says "this city ...
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What is the basis for Cessationism?

Cessationism is the belief held by some protestants that the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as prophecy, do not occur in present day. The general thinking is that these gifts "ceased" at ...
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Is Divine Simplicity Coherent?

From Wikipedia In theology, the doctrine of divine simplicity says that God is without parts Personally, I have a hard time grasping this concept. Moreover, I couldn't find any scriptural ...
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What evidence do we have today about Christian groups not represented at the first four ecumenical councils?

Were there any Christian groups that existed during the time of the first four ecumenical councils and that were not represented at them either because they chose not to attend or they were not ...
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Is it known whether Adam and Eve had the ability to experience physical pain before the fall? [closed]

Did Adam and Eve have the ability to experience physical pain before the fall? It seems that there is no indication in Genesis of physical pain in the Garden of Eden. Is this issue mentioned ...
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Is the God Calvinists believe in unjust?

Who I am: ex worship leader / lifelong "Christian" of 18 years, now agnostic. Why I ask: If God is the way I am about to describe (unjust from a human perspective), why follow him? From my ...
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Is the eternal life unique as it is? [closed]

Is the eternal life unique as it is? Can there be two or three eternal lives? Apostle John said that those who believe in Christ the Son of God have eternal life (1 John 5:13). When the fall of man ...
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How much realization of one's own sinfulness is needed for a person to be saved? [closed]

I have met some Christians who seemed to put a lot of emphasis on their realization of how sinful they were. Others, however, didn't seem to be stressing this point that much. Honestly, in my ...
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Where does Jesus stand on war and peace? [closed]

I see this quote “Do not think that I came to bring peace on Earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a ...
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A set of traits common for all protestant believers

What is a set of traits that are common for all protestants (excluding those who call themselves Christians, but don't pray to Christ), yet setting them apart from other Christians (the Catholic, the ...
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How does the Catholic Church understand the priesthood of all believers?

In the process of answering a question on the Sacraments, I discovered that Catholic Church accepts the doctrine of the "priesthood of all believers". This rather surprised me since the Church has ...
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What are the protestant arguments against a sacramental economy?

Given that all the 7 sacraments (Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Marriage, Holy Orders Anointing of the Sick and Reconciliation) are each explicitly mentioned in the Bible as commands put forth ...
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Does “Mere Christianity” represent the core of Christian belief?

I just finished reading C. S. Lewis in A Time of War by Justin Phillips. It seems Lewis went to great lengths to ensure that everything he said in his BBC talks that became Mere Christianity was ...
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Spiritual gifts tests

What do you think, based on the Scriptures, about spiritual gifts tests that try to determine what your gifts are? To me, they seem mostly bogus. One of my main reasons for this is a lot of the ...
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What is the New Testament basis for the idea the God is a God of judgment and vengeance?

The New Testament is frequently seen as presenting a God of love, compassion and mercy, while the Old Testament is often viewed as presenting a God of judgment and vengeance. However, the Bible ...
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What is the Old Testament basis for the position that God is a God of love, compassion, and mercy?

Love, compassion and mercy are typically associated with the God of the New Testament, while the God of the Old Testament is typically associated with judgment and vengeance. However, the Bible also ...
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Is it true that Martin Luther used some bad language in his own writings?

Is it true that Martin Luther cursed a lot and even used some bad language in his own writings?

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