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Who was first, men or angels?

I know of the angel guarding over the entrance gate of the Eden preventing man from entering. Also, the devil, an angel, deceives the woman. It seems to me angels preceded man but I'm not so sure. ...
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Are there any conditions which make oneself completely unredeemable in the eyes of God?

I am curious if there are any actions or conditions which "seal your fate" so to speak, such that should you do them—no matter how much you repent or accept Jesus or pray—that you are doomed forever ...
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What is the Biblical basis for 'term eldership'?

Some churches who appoint elders do so for a term (3 years is typical from what I have seen). Other churches ordain elders for life. Is there a Biblical basis for ordaining elders for a term?
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According to LDS theology, did God create the world ex nihilo? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: According to the Mormon doctrines, who created the universe? I was listening to a story on NPR about Mormon business ethics, when the claim was made that according to ...
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What is the biblical basis for elder disqualification?

The Bible speaks to the qualifications of overseers and deacons, and also mentions that they are to be held to a higher standard than the rest of the congregation. What Biblical basis exists, then, ...
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Which Bible verses support adult-only baptism?

I am a Reformed Presbyterian and it seems that for most people I run into, baptism for 'adults' after confession of faith only is the default position. I always find myself fighting an uphill battle ...
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Is it valid to use grape juice at Communion? [closed]

Given that wine was used by Christ at the last supper. It is valid to use grape juice in the remembrance of the Lord's Table?
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What Bible verses support infant baptism?

I've studied the Bible and am a fundamental independent bible believing Baptist who believes what the scripture says about Baptism is clear. It is an ordinance after salvation, i.e. believers ...
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Why does the Messiah have to be God?

It seems to be incredibly important to numerous "brands" of Christianity that Jesus be God. So much so, that traditions that reject the deity of Christ are often dismissed as heretical by orthodox ...
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Can Angels die?

In Daniel, there is an angel who has to fight for nearly three weeks in order to deliver his message, and isn't able to overcome until Michael intervenes. If there was a battle this hard, it makes me ...
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When did the Oriental Orthodox Churches start being called 'Orthodox'?

The Eastern Orthodox (Greek, Russian and so on) are distinct from the Oriental Orthodox (Syriac, Armenian, Coptic and so on). Do we know when the term "Oriental Orthodox" started being used for these ...
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Who was the 12th Apostle - Matthais or Paul?

First off, a distinction between disciple and apostle - a disciple is a student, and the 12 disciples were Jesus' students. An Apostle is one who was "sent out." Eleven of Jesus' disciples were sent ...
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Should a Bible believing Christian be pleased at the death of Osama bin Laden?

I'm looking for a Biblical response to this question. And it's not specific to bin Laden but I'm just using him as an example. I know Jesus said love your enemies. And Paul even showed how this can ...
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Is Matthew 28 saying something about Baptism?

On our sister site I asked a question about what the correct grammatical interpretation of Matthew 28:19 is with relation to baptism. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing ...
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Who will judge the 12th tribe of Israel?

I was reading the Last Supper passage in Luke the other day and came across this verse: Luke 22:30 (KJV) 30 That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the ...
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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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Did Paul preach Jesus's message?

In the four Gospels, Jesus seems to talk a lot about the Law, about how to behave, about "the Kingdom" and how to restore social order. It doesn't seem like he talks about what Paul talks about: ...
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Do they use icons in the Roman Catholic Church?

Do they use icons in the Roman Catholic Church like they do in the East Orthodox Church? In my limited experience, I've only seen statues in the Roman Catholic Church, but not icons. I don't just mean ...
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What is the Biblical basis and support for and against the view of predestination?

Simple and easy. I am looking for Biblical support (not opinion) for and against the view of predestination. Predestination is the view that all events are willed by God. I'm looking for both sides of ...
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Will all that are lost be saved?

In Luke 15, Jesus gives one parable of a man that lost 1/100 sheep, and rejoiced when that sheep was found. And another parable of a woman who lost 1/10 silver coins, and rejoices much when she finds ...
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Should a woman cover her head in Christian worship?

Traditionally in many Christian churches the women would cover their heads in worship citing 1 Corinthians 11:2-16. Why has this practice stopped, and why has it stopped mostly in the last 70 years? ...
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What is the Biblical evidence against the day-age theory?

As many of you probably know, the day-age theory is an attempt to reconcile creation and evolution, by turning the days mentioned in Genesis into long periods of time. What is the Biblical evidence ...
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What biblical and historical support is there for the practice of child communion.

About seven years ago my wife and I (who are childless) left our old church and set out to find the best church we could in the area. We ended up in a church that practices paedo (child) communion. ...
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How can common believers in the Eastern Orthodox Church be sure that the Church's decisions are correct and not erroneous?

There have been some councils, the decisions of which were later reversed by some latter councils. Thus, if your position on a particular matter that was being considered at those councils was too ...
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How can common believers in the Roman Catholic Church be sure that the Church's decisions are correct and not erroneous?

There have been some councils, the decisions of which were later reversed by some latter councils. Thus, if your position on a particular matter that was being considered at those councils was too ...
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How does an adult become a Catholic? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the requirements for a Protestant joining the Catholic church? So, a Protestant decides he wants to become a Catholic. What does she need to do?
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Does the Roman Catholic church recognize marriages outside of the church?

I'm curious about the status of marriages performed outside the auspices of the church. For example, if a non Catholic converts to the Roman church, but was married beforehand, does it "count". Based ...
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May divorced men become Roman Catholic priests?

In reading through canon law ( I think around 1037 or so ), it says that unmarried men must be celibate and 25 years old, or married men must be at least 35 and have their wife's consent before being ...
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What is the origin and explanation of the Catholic teaching that Mary was and is sinless? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the biblical basis for the Immaculate Conception? I saw on another post where someone indicated that the Catholic church teaches that Mary was, in fact, sinless ...
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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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Are non-Anglican Protestant churches ever named after extra-biblical saints?

Catholic and Orthodox Churches are often named after saints because we believe in the communion of Saints and like to put our congregations under some sort of patronage. I've seen Episcopal churches ...
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Are there any differences between Jesus's commandments and God's commandments?

I always read about Jesus's commandments as something new in the bible; those commandments changed the way Christians see the Moshe writings. The bible commentaries in this page of Rev 14:12 don't ...
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What are the main points of dissent between Cyril of Alexandria and John Chrysostom?

What were the main differences or points of dissent between Cyril of Alexandria and John Chrysostom? Can anyone give a summary, please?
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How can common believers be sure that the Church's decisions are correct and not erroneous? [closed]

There have been some councils, the decisions of which were later reversed by some latter councils. Thus, if your position on a particular matter that was being considered at those councils was too ...
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Which prophecies are fulfilled outside of Scripture?

In thinking over the "fulfillment" of certain prophecies in AD 70, it struck me that this is really the only prophecy (other than the Second Coming) that isn't fulfilled in Scripture. Even the ...
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Has there been any explanation given on the murder of Joan of Arc?

Joan of Arc was burned as a heretic. Now she is a saint. How does the Roman Catholic Church explain this? It turned out that the Roman Catholic Church has murdered its own saint? Has any logical ...
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Does the Bible support the concept of male spiritual headship?

What I mean by this is a little beyond "Wives submit to your husbands." In Joshua 7:22-25 Joshua stones and burns the entire family of Achen, including his children, after he sins by keeping back ...
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How is original sin transmitted?

Assuming the doctrine of original sin is true, how exactly is original sin passed down to the rest of mankind? Was the nature of man changed? If so, what exempted Christ from sin but allowed him to ...
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An open atheist's fate in the middle ages in Europe

What would happen to me if, while living in Europe, say, in the 13th or in the 15th century - in fact, in any time of the existence of the Roman Catholic Church before reformation - I openly declared ...
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What does Satan look like?

Many people have seen the Classical depiction of Satan in paintings and statues, but what does scripture say about what Satan looks like?
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The “eye of the needle gate” today

There is a great set of answers that covers some of my question regarding the interpretation of this passage over on the Biblical Hermeneutics site, but it didn't answer all of my questions. Today I ...
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Vacillating passion for Christ

Throughout a person's life they might experience some incredible highs in their relationship with Christ. They might receive answers to prayers and/or a bounty of unexpected blessings. A person might ...
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Who was Luke in the bible?

I have seen his name appear in "Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you." (Colossians 4:14). What more do we know about the author of the book of Luke? Where did he come from? Was he a ...
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What were the circumstances behind the loss of the “True Cross?”

It is my understanding that there was a relic, used by the Crusaders, that was claimed to be the very Cross on which Jesus was crucified. I also understand that sometime around 1187, it was captured ...
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Any Roman Catholic Church martyrs from 10 - 15th centuries?

Do we know of any martyrs from among the Roman Catholic Church that lived during the 5 centuries before Martin Luther (i.e. 10 - 15th centuries). I am especially interested in those who have been ...
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Explanation of slaying demand in Luke

The Parable of the Ten Minas Luke 19:27 (NIV) But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and kill them in front of me. Now, this is spoken in the 3rd ...
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Martin Luther's take on Roman Catholic clergy individuals living (immediately) before him

Is there any evidence that Martin Luther considered any of the Roman Catholic clergymen who lived in the centuries preceding his own lifetime (evidence related to those living in the centuries ...
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Do angels still visit us on earth [closed]

I know that throughout the Bible Angels met with humans for very specific reasons. An obvious example can be found in Luke 1:26-38. Gabriel speaks to Mary and informs her she will give birth to a son ...
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Does proclaiming that all non-believers won't be saved count as passing judgement?

Romans 10:9 (KJV) That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. If I interpret Romans ...
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Open my eyes so I may see

2 Kings 6:15-17 (KJV) 15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, ...

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