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What is the biblical basis for the doctrine of the loss of salvation?

In contrast to the doctrine of Eternal Security, many denominations believe that a person can, in fact, lose his or her salvation. So, what is the biblical basis or biblical argument for the doctrine ...
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What is the biblical basis for the doctrine of Eternal Security?

The Doctrine of Eternal Security teaches that once a person truly experience salvation, that person's eternal destiny of eternal life is immutable. What is the biblical basis or biblically-based ...
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What is the biblical basis against the use or overuse of tobacco and other types of drugs?

A common position among many Christians in America is that the use of tobacco, alcohol, and other types of drugs (marijuana, etc.) is immoral and sinful. Paul seems to indicate that, in the context ...
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What does it mean that all scripture is God-Breathed?

In 2 Tim 3:16, Paul writes All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (NIV) All Scripture is breathed out by God and ...
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Resist not evil! What this means, not to fight evil?

Matthew 5:39: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. What does this mean? Not to fight evil? Does that mean ...
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Before the fall of Adam, did anything die?

This seems like a simple question, but I cannot find a clear answer. The book of Genesis (1:29,30), implies that Adam just ate "plants and herbs". So I think it is safe to assume animals were not ...
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How and when did the water come into being?

In Genesis 1:2, the Spirit of God is hovering over the face of the waters. So this is before creation, so where does water come from? why it exist before the first day? And if there is face of water, ...
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Where did Jesus go after he died at the cross? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Did Jesus spend time in Hell between the crucifixion and resurrection? In the dutch traditional creed, is written that Jesus went down to hell. And sometimes people say ...
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Why did foot washing become a common practice in Christianity?

I am aware that some, but certainly not all, Protestant denominations employ the practice of foot washing in their services. I understand that this is based on John 13, where Jesus washes the feet of ...
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Why do some churches eat leavened bread and wine for the Lord's Supper?

Why is it that many denominations partake of leavened bread and wine during the Lord's Supper when the bread and wine of the original Supper was unleavened? The Passover coincides with the start of ...
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Why do some denominations wash feet before taking communion?

Why is it that some denominations follow the ordinance of humility as described in John 13 while others do not? What reason is there for not performing the foot washing ceremony before partaking in ...
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Why is “JESUS” in white on green? [closed]

For the past several years, in the United States, I've seen many lawn signs and bumper stickers consisting of nothing more than the word "JESUS" (in capital letters). Invariably, the word is written ...
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How do Methodists understand the Apostle's Creed?

In Methodist churches, I usually see the following: I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of ...
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Sin and Animal Suffering before the fall?

This question, most likely, has the presumption of theistic evolution or at least 'old-earth' creationism, however answers without that presumption are welcome. Suffering and pain exist in our world ...
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Beatification/canonization process in Eastern Orthodox Church

What is necessary before someone is considered "saint" in Eastern Orthodox Church? Good life/martyrdom, any miracle/only preservation of the body/some other distinct miracle and cult of the saint? Is ...
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Of what nature is Satan?

Recently, a good friend of mine posed the question: What (or who) is Satan and how do we know? I answered him, saying that Satan is an evil angel because this is what I've been taught since I ...
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How is one supposed to “know” whether or not the Book of Mormon is true?

When one is introduced to the Book of Mormon, he is oftentimes asked to pray to find out whether or not the Book of Mormon is true. According to LDS theology, why is a person simply asked to pray ...
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Does Christianity approve wars for faith? [closed]

Does Christianity approve wars to protect or spread the faith or to defeat the enemies of the Christ? If so, what are the conditions where faith-wars are endorsed?
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Are Calvinism and Arminianism compatible?

This question may seem ridiculous at first glance, but bear with me... As I learn more about Calvinism and Arminianism I am struck with the notion that they are each based on Scripture, and each ...
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Do Calvinists believe that God is the author of evil?

"Arminius taught that Calvinist predestination and unconditional election made God the author of evil." -Wikipedia I have heard Calvinism presented in a similar way, where God has designed ...
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Would Calvinists classify themselves as determinists?

One of Joseph Arminius' arguments against Calvinism was that God's exhaustive foreknowledge does not require a doctrine of determinism.1 My question here is pretty straightforward: Do Calvinists ...
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What does INRI stand for?

On the crucifix there is sometimes a plate above Jesus' head that has the letters INRI. What does INRI mean or stand for? Why is it there?
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Is there a 'Third Heaven'?

2 Corinthians 12:2-4 (New International Version) 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not ...
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Does knowing a spirit's name give special powers in controlling that spirit according to Christian theology?

A while ago I was at a resort with a man who for many years worked as a church painter. He introduced me into some pieces of Christian doctrine. He told me that the humans' souls, the angels, demons ...
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Why does the NWT capitalize “YOU” in many verses?

Throughout many passages in the NWT (Jehovah's Witness specific New World Translation), all instances of of the pronoun "you" are written in all capitals. Here is an example from Acts 2:38: Peter ...
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How the trial of Jesus compares to the judical standards of the epoch and of the modern times?

I wonder whether Jesus was given enough opportunities to defend himself, whether his trial was fair and whether the investigation was thorough? I what to know this in comparison with typical ...
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What is the Church attitude to the belief that Jesus had a biological father?

What is the Church attitude to the belief that Jesus had a biological father Josef or another man and that divin conception was only a metaphor? Allegedly there was an ancient prophecy that the ...
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Is there a group of Christians that believes that Jesus was resurrected metaphorically rather than physically?

Is there a group of Christians or confession that believes that Jesus was resurrected metaphorically rather than physically? Sometimes I encountered with opinions that Jesus was resurrected in the ...
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In the book of Job, it suggests that angels sin. Do they?

In the 4th chapter in the book of Job, it states in verses 17 and 18 that: ‘Can mortal man be in the right before[b] God? Can a man be pure before his Maker? Even in his servants he puts no trust, and ...
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What is the difference between holiness and righteousness?

Both holiness and righteousness are used to describe God. Additionally, we as Christians are called to be holy and righteous as well. These are two distinct words, so they must have distinct ...
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Does the theology of Arians and Jehovah's Witnesses admit that God was at one point ἄλογος?

According to the article on “The Word” in the Watchtower publication Insight on the Scriptures, This Word, or Lo′gos, was God’s only direct creation, the only-begotten son of God, and evidently ...
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Are chapter and verse divisions international?

If someone quotes e.g. Leviticus 6:7, will this be the correct position no matter the language or translation?
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If Christians believe that Christ was a God and immortal (or resurrected), why do some avenge his killing in his name? [closed]

Arguably the killing of Jesus Christ was the most avenged killing in history. There is no other person for whom there were so many other people killed in the name of retaliation. In Russian Empire ...
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What different acts do Catholic priests require of people who go to confession?

I understand that when people go to confessional in the Catholic Church, the priest will often prescribe certain things for them to do for penance in order for their sins to be forgiven. I have heard ...
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If most of the Jehovah's Witnesses today are not a part of the 144,000, then what exactly are they?

I understand that the Jehovah's Witnesses believe that there are few of their members today who are part of the 144,000 mentioned in the book of Revelations. This implies that most of their members ...
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What is the Biblical basis against the Calvinist doctrine of Irresistible Grace?

The question of what the Biblical basis is in favor of Irresistible Grace has been asked here. However, the question regarding the Biblical argument against it does not seem to have been addressed ...
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Do Calvinists believe that God does not love the world, but only the elect?

I seem to remember hearing somewhere that at least some Calvinists believe that, contrary to what seems to be a literal reading of John 3:16 and other verses, that God, in fact, does not love the ...
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Have the Jehovah's Witnesses predicted the end of the world?

I have heard somewhere that at various times in the past, the Jehovah's Witnesses (Watchtower Bible & Tract Society) have predicted when the end of the world would be and perhaps when Jesus would ...
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How does the Bible differentiate between sickness and sin?

Jay Adams is probably the most pre-eminent Christian counselor who is still living. His nouthetic style of counseling, as explored in books such as Competent to Counsel, The Christian Counselor's ...
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What are the differences between the spirit of God and spirit of Man?

First, I thought that the spirit Christians get from God is the same as the spirit of God. Recently, I heard a sermon that asserted they are different, but gave no more details. Which verses describe ...
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Is the Bible an inexhaustible source?

"I have heard many pastors on online and in sermons make the statement that the bible is inexhaustible. I am trying to wrap my mind around that. Isn't it a finite book. can't you know what it says ...
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How much time did medieval Christians devote to prayer?

I was critiqued on this answer concerning it taking less time out of the day for someone to be a Muslim than a Christian, and that may be untrue for a majority of Christians today. But how much ...
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In what way are we to be one, as Jesus and the Father are one?

In his prayer for the disciples at the last super, Jesus prays this verse. John 17:11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy ...
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What is the scope of God's will?

Assuming that Protestant Christians believe that some outcomes and events in life are not necessarily God's will (correct me if this is an invalid assumption), what are some alternate explanations for ...
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When was the first occurrence of Jesus being used as a name?

I would suspect that Jesus himself was the first to have the name "Jesus", but was there anyone before him with the same name? In other words, was the name completely unique when the Angel Gabriel ...
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Purpose of prayer?

Let's assume both a non-believer and a Christian has a fever. The Christian prays to God for healing of his fever. The non-believer doesn't do anything. 1 week later both recover from their fever. ...
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What version of the Bible is closest to the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek manuscripts? [closed]

12-1-12 I know my post is long but I really need some clarification & help!!! Thanks for answering my post to the best of your ability!!! :) **There are so many versions of the Bible now the ...
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How many witnesses are there who physically saw and/or touched the golden plates from which the Book of Mormon was reportedly translated?

I understand the Book of Mormon has a list of witnesses. However, I have heard that these witnesses may not have actually ever seen the gold plates that contained the original manuscripts for the ...
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What is the relationship between international branches of the LDS Church?

According to this story on NPR, Mitt Romney's campaign and his anti-Russian remarks have apparently been the impetus for Putin's "Young Guard" to dog Mormon churches in Russia, accusing them of being ...
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Did Jesus suffer on the Cross in all possible senses?

I have read that it's more or less accepted that Jesus did suffer on the cross. What I do not understand is whether or not He suffered all possible sufferings. Imagine a war hero captured and ...

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