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Example for children of common sense in the Bible

I'm looking for one or more examples, preferably stories, of common sense in the Bible. This is for teaching church children, aged 5-8. Ideally, the story will involve peer pressure, and someone ...
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How to live a life of blessing like Solomon [closed]

We all know that Solomon was the wisest & wealthiest man in the bible, however he moved away from God eventually. My question today is how to live a blessed life like Solomon did? By being Rich, ...
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The Eunuch being converted by Phillip? [closed]

There is a passage in the Bible talks about an eunuch traveling on the road and reading from Isaiah. The Phillip saw him, talked to him, and baptized him. Which passage is it? Is that passage enough ...
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Was Jesus perfect his entire life? - Isaiah 7

Was Jesus perfect his entire life? This passage seems to suggest otherwise. I've never had a good answer to this question when referring to this passage. Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, “Ask a sign ...
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Seeming paradox arising from idea of eternal life [closed]

Here is one of the things about the idea of eternal life that I don't understand and that seems paradox to me: If a human has no existence before having been begot by his parents, yet if a human has ...
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How do Old Earth Literalist handle the Biblical Earth age?

I find it a confusing paradox, maybe someone can help clear this up. If someone considers themselves to be a Biblical Literalist AND an Old Earth Creationist, how do you handle the dates within the ...
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Why did the disciples cast lots when the Holy Spirit was promised [closed]

In the book of Acts Chapter 1:v 4-5 regarding an earlier speech of Jesus, it is written On one occasion,while he was eating with them he gave them this command:Do not leave Jerusalem,but wait for ...
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What is the creationist view on animals equipped with lethal weapons?

If God created the world with the intention that his creatures should live in harmony (as pictured in Isaiah 11:6-9) why did he create some animals with lethal weapons? Why do spiders make webs to ...
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Catholic's view on artificial self-enhancement

I am writing a story wherein a pill to increase empathy and awareness of your fellow human being is invented. I was wondering what the view of the Catholic church is on self-enhancement. I went to a ...
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Was God living in darkness before the creation of light? [closed]

After reading this question, another question came to my mind. If God created the light only after the creation of the universe, then does it mean there was no light in Heaven? If we read the context ...
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Why does no one know what Jesus looks like? [duplicate]

Jesus came to Earth or was born roughly 2000 years ago. At least 500 years earlier, there were civilizations in the Middle Eastern / Near Eastern region that could carve the faces of their kings and ...
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so few churches acknowledge singles in light of 1 Corinthians 7: 6-9 is this an oversight?

In the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, etc.,) we really don't see Matthew & Rose, Mark & Betty, Luke & Beatrice, John & Sally, etc. Why do churches put so much emphasis on ...
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What translation of Augustine's Confessions is the easiest to read in English?

Not all translations are created equal, and often the public domain ones freely available online are some of the worst. Augustine fans out there - whose translation of Confessions or City of God is ...
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Comparison of worth to the Father between Jesus and His people

Who is more important to God the Father: Jesus His Only Son? The people Jesus died for? This was posed to me today by a friend and I have no idea how to answer it. If 1. is chosen, then it would ...
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Biblical literalness and the speed of light [duplicate]

How do biblical literalists defend that if a star is 10 million light years away and we can see the light from it, therefore the Earth would have to be at least 10 million years old? That is, ...
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To whom do the Eastern Orthodox Church's believe the “Keys to the Kingdom” were given by Jesus?

"I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:19) This is ...
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What is the history of the “Sunday School publishing industry”?

As I understand it, Christian education over the centuries often involved a catechism, decade after decade, where both the student and teacher memorized a long and complete set of doctrines, often in ...
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How does Jesus' death and resurrection save humanity?

Time and again we hear that Christ died for our sins, or that Christ died so that we could be saved. But I've never understood how exactly the two are connected? In what way does the death of Christ ...
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Does God require us to have faith because Adam and Eve sinned? [closed]

I remember when I first sought God, I felt like I was going out into the dark. I simply followed people at the church without really believing, but willing myself to believe. In other words, I didn't ...
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Which liturgical rites (forms of Mass) are presently used in the Roman Catholic Church?

A liturgical rite is a way to celebrate the Mass. At least for the purpose of this question I will assume this meaning of the term. The standard way Mass is celebrated by Roman Catholics is in the ...
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Are the Disciples of Christ trinitarian?

Are the Disciples of Christ trinitarian? The identity statement from their website is: We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. As part of the one body of ...
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For Eastern Orthodox churches, what are the main references concerning Biblical Interpretation methodology?

The Catholic Church has several encyclicals giving guidelines for Biblical Interpretation, such as Divino Afflante Spiritu or Providentissimus Deus. Are there any Eastern Orthodox equivalents to ...
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We can't say for sure when angels were created, but can we even say if angels were created at all? [duplicate]

So over the summer I was on a mission trip and was thinking of angels protecting us while we were in some sketch situations, then later I began to ask myself where in the Bible does it say angels were ...
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Can a Catholic ask for protection from a priest in case his/her spouse has filed a no-fault divorce?

In the case of no-fault divorce, if one spouse files for divorce and the other spouse does not want a divorce, then can the other spouse receive protection from the Catholic priest in order to prevent ...
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Does Exodus 19:8 imply a will of the Jews to fulfill the Law in their own strength? [closed]

In Exodus 19:8 it reads: 8 All the people answered together and said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do!” And Moses brought back the words of the people to the Lord. The part I am ...
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Why did Jesus change Peter's name, according to non-Catholic theology?

I have been discussing Matthew 16:18 for years now with both Catholics and non-Catholics. This verse is obviously a very important verse concerning the doctrine of the Bishop of Rome being Supreme ...
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How does Christianity deal with biblical criticism related to the Old Testament?

As an orthodox Jew I have seen quite a stir lately regarding the topic of biblical criticism, specifically towards the Old Testament (Torah). I have perused several questions in this stack which ...
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What is the argument AGAINST the position that only Paul's writings are applicable to the church today?

In mid-Acts dispensationalism (a form of hyperdispensationalism), it is taught that only Paul's writings (from Romans to Philemon) are applicable to the church today and that the other parts of the ...
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What is the basis for the position that only Paul's writings are applicable to the church today?

In mid-Acts dispensationalism (a form of hyperdispensationalism), it is taught that only Paul's writings (from Romans to Philemon) are applicable to the church today and that the other parts of the ...
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Fallen Angels worshiped in ancient civilizations?

Ok, so I am doing research for a fictional book and in my research I have come across the names of 2 fallen angels (book of Enoch) that take advantage of mankind and allow man to worship them like ...
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What did Jesus mean in Luke 18 vs 25 [duplicate]

Indeed it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God (NIV) Is this a straight foward verse or he was meaning only that rich man
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Why was Christ's sacrifice such a big cost? [duplicate]

Many hymns refer to the immense cost that Jesus paid on the cross. In one sense this is consistent with evangelical theology in that Jesus was taking the sins of the world upon himself. But some ...
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What did Jesus mean by saying “only a few find the narrow gate”? [closed]

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and ...
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Is Christ's love for us greater than the Father's? [closed]

The Father's love for us: See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it ...
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Why didn't God decide where the temple should be built during the exodus?

I thought God is omniscient. So how come He doesn't know the place he will be worshiped during the exodus? Notice the Bible says the place God will choose, not the place God will reveal. there ...
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Do Pope Francis' recent comments on atheism represent a change in doctrine?

Pope Francis made some recent comments in a letter, which are being summarized in headlines like, "Pope Francis tells atheists to abide by their own consciences." Does the full context of the ...
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Was Charles Haddon Spurgeon a five-point Calvinist?

I think so, but some articles online indicates that he was a Fullerist. If so, was "Fullerism" orthodox? Ex: here. Any thought?
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Was “No prophet ever came out of Galilee” sarcastic?

Were the Pharisees being sarcastic in John 7:52, when they claimed that "no prophet ever came out of Galilee"? It is written that Jonah came from Gath-hepher, in Galilee (2 Kings 14:25).
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Where did the “humans become angels” tradition come from? [duplicate]

I'm clear that according to scripture, humans don't become angels. I read through the question on the topic (Can Humans become Angels?) and didn't find an answer to my question: Can anyone provide ...
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What is the “veil” that covers the heart when the Old Testament is read?

2 Corinthians 3:13-18 (NIV) We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. But their minds were made ...
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Is the “Dome of the Rock” the “Abomination of Desolation” spoken of by the prophet Daniel?

The Abomination of Desolation spoken of in both Matthew and Mark is specifically in reference to “End Time” perspectives. Are there any Christian teachings that the Dome of the Rock is the ...
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Who is Jesus referring to when he is speaking to the daughters of Jerusalem?

In the passage of Luke where Jesus is carrying the Cross, he turns and addresses the weeping women witnessing his Passion: “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for ...
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Who Were Mark and Luke?

From Luke 6:13–16 (NIV): When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, ...
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In what situations does the Bible say it's acceptable, perhaps, to do an action you might consider sinful?

Generally speaking, the bible is very clear that: Authority is set up by God. If this authority, eg, a the governing heirachy, is in conflict with God (as was the case in the book of Daniel), then ...
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What passages of Scripture were used by the popes and crusaders to justify the Crusades?

What passages of Scripture were used by the popes and crusaders to justify the Crusades? I am specifically interested what the individuals that were contemporary to the crusades were saying. For the ...
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Are the gospels comparable(equal) to contemporary works of historians?

Are the gospels (and especially claims on the identity of Jesus in the Gospels) comparable(equal) to contemporary works of contemporary historians like Tacitus and Josephus, in terms of objectivity( ...
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Is there a prescribed posture for prayer? [duplicate]

I want to know if it is wrong to lie in bed and pray. I know we should kneel and pray but when I do that I lose focus and is not as meaningful as when I am in bed so is it okay to lie in bed and give ...
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In which denomination(s) are Christians allowed to bury and hold a Christian funeral for their deceased nonreligious or just non-Christian relative? [closed]

In which denomination(s) are Christians allowed to bury or hold a Christian funeral for their deceased nonreligious or just non-Christian relative in a Christian cemetery near the church? I am ...
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Why does a beheaded saint have the halo above the stump?

Many Christian martyrs have been beheaded, and they are often shown in art carrying their own severed heads. Sometimes, the halo appears not around the head, but where the head should be, as in the ...
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Seraphs in the Bible?

Are there any mentions of seraphs intermingling with other characters in the Bible? All I know about them is that they are in hymns.

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