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The extent of different approaches to Revelation

There are of course a number of different approaches to, and interpretations of the book of Revelation. When I read theological works on end times I stumble upon some of those. But I never really ...
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Paul's suggestion to not marry vs Great Protestant Theologians

Paul states: 1 Cor: 27 Are you pledged to a woman? Do not seek to be released. Are you free from such a commitment? Do not look for a wife. Yet, if we look at the great Protestant theologians: ...
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Does the Dome of the Rock have any importance to Christianity?

The Dome of the Rock is right beside Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, Israel. Is it considered a sacred place in Christianity? If so, in what way?
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Predestination, Sins of the Parents

This question is within the doctrine of predestination. Predestination states that God, even before the child has been born, decides whether the child is saved. Is there any biblical evidence as to ...
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What is the significance of water from Jesus' side?

John 19:34 "one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water." I know this is supposed to be something great as in the next verse the apostle ...
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When, if ever, is eisegesis a valid interpretation of scripture over exegesis?

Typically, exegesis is used when interpreting scripture, so that value, meaning, and instruction is derived from the words. When is eisegesis, or reading-into scripture, a valid interpretational ...
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Did early church fathers understand the doctrine of trinity?

Many historians and religious scholars ... attest to the influence of Greek or Platonic philosophy in the development and acceptance of the Trinity doctrine in the fourth century. ... the ...
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Pre-Crucifixion Transubstantiation

The Roman Catholic church teaches the doctrine of transubstantiation--that the bread and wine literally become the body and blood of Jesus. It seems that the sacrament of taking the body and blood ...
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Why did Paul want God to repay Alexander the metalworker?

In II Timothy 4:14-15, Paul writes: Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. You too should be on your guard against him, because he ...
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Who is Wisdom in Proverbs?

In general, Wisdom can be (and is, and was) identified as Jesus. However, there is this verse... Proverbs 8:22 (NLT) 22 "The Lord formed me from the beginning, ...
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How do Catholics support transubstantiation?

As I understand it, the doctrine of transubstantiation maintains that bread and wine literally* become the body and blood of Christ...yet it is impossible to detect this. That is, they do not ...
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Why is the Trinity a Trinity?

It's well established and accepted by most Christians that God is triune, consisting of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. However, while talking with a friend earlier about Wisdom (from Proverbs), I ...
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what is essential to be a Christian? [closed]

What is essential to be a Christian? In other words, what are the necessary and sufficient condition that a person with them can be called Christian and without them cannot be called a Christian? What ...
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Old Testament and Christiantiy

I've seen different pastors use the Old Testament to fill gaps and sometimes to override information in the New Testament. However, the New Testament is supposed to be part of the new deal which is ...
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Has the Roman Catholic Church ever issued an official response to the accusations of the Reformers?

I just started reading Luther's Tabletalk, and the preface, written by Dr. John Aurifaber in 1569, roundly condemns the Roman Catholic Church, presenting an analogy which compares Christians' ...
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Apparent discrepancy in Isaiah 66:3-4

In Isaiah chapter 66: 3-4, God had this to say. 3 But whoever sacrifices a bull is like one who kills a person, and whoever offers a lamb is like one who breaks a dog’s neck; ...
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Dying for Christ

Matthew 16:25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. Dietrich Bonhoeffer When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and ...
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How does Christianity respond to scientific theory that Man originated through evolution? [closed]

Science claims that men originated through evolution. Christianity claims that men originated from Adam and Eves. How Christianity respond the claims of modern science?
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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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