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How should a Christian put a decision in God's hands if there is no logical answer?

Lets say a Christian is in a position where he must make a hard decision (assume it has to either be a yes or no by a deadline) and each one has it's negatives (more negatives than positives) how ...
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Is Knuth's 3:16 project unique?

Famous computer scientist Donald Knuth is also the author of 3:16 Bible Texts Illuminated (A-R Editions, 1990). This is a tour of the Bible using the methodology of "stratified random sampling", where ...
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How do Christians exercise self-control in the abstinence of food during fasting?

I am aware of the Lord teaching us to pray, detailing how and how not it should be done, but the only thing he said about fasting was "Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad ...
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What is the meaning of God's omni-powers?

It is a common understanding among Christians I know that God has these four attributes: Omnipresence Omniscience Omnipotence Omnibenevolence A grammatical interpretation would explain them as ...
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What are the primary differences and implications of a propitiatory view of the atonement versus an expiatory view?

Western theology tends to view atonement as propitiation, while Eastern tends to view it as expiation. What are the primary differences and implications of each perspective? Are they antithetical or ...
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What does it mean that Jesus was tempted in every way like us (yet without sin)?

Hebrews 4:15 says that Jesus was tempted in every respect as we are. What does it mean that He was tempted "in every respect" as we are? For we do not have a high priest who is unable to ...
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Did Jesus undergo another temptation in the the garden?

The only temptation I know of in the bible concerning Jesus was when in the wilderness with the devil. A friend used Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ as his basis to claim Jesus was tempted by the ...
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Does Jesus contradict Himself in these verses?

Just to state, I don't necessarily believe Jesus contradicted Himself. But these parts of Scripture sound like a contradiction, and I would like to hear any thoughts on how this can be reconciled. ...
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Should one avoid fasting during Easter?

Tomorrow is the first Friday in Easter and in the Catholic Church Fridays are days of penance. If a person usually does something small, like not continuously munch on things while at his desk, in ...
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What's the deal with numbers?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that superstition is not supposed to be practiced and it is a violation of the 1st Commandment to honor God about all else. However, there's always ...
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How does Jesus fulfill the Protoevangelium (First Gospel) in Genesis 3:15?

In the judgment of the serpent in Genesis 3:15, God says the following: The Lord God said to the serpent, Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of ...
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Why did Jesus tell His disciples to buy a sword?

At the Last Supper, Luke records this dialogue: He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. It is written: ...
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Why did Jesus say “you will be put to death” and yet “not a hair of your head will perish”?

Jesus' words here contain an apparent contradiction: You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. All men will hate you because of ...
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Where did Moses write about Jesus?

Jesus said that Moses wrote about Him: If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. John 5:46 Where did Moses write about Jesus? My thoughts were: And I will put ...
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How should I fast? [closed]

Two weeks ago I was desperate to free myself from certain persistent, sinful acts that enslaved me for a long time. I could not talk to anyone about it and decided, for the very first time in my life, ...
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Why did Jesus question God on the cross?

Jesus was sent to earth to die for our sins. He knew it when the time came but from this verse: "And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that ...
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What is giving up free will and giving it to Jesus mean?

Is there a majority opinion as to what giving up free will and giving it to Jesus means? What does this action look like? Are there any real life examples?
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What biblical reasons are there for using the Lord's Prayer as a pattern for prayer rather than a prayer to repeat verbatim?

In Matthew 6:9-13, Jesus gave the disciples what we refer to as "The Lord's Prayer", (though Jesus Himself would never have prayed this, having no sin to confess). Some traditions use this prayer as ...
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What service is more 'important' in Orthodox Christianity?

If you can go to one as an Orthodox Christian, which one would be better to attend? Holy Thursday - 12 Gospels or Holy Friday - Lamentations
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How can I teach someone to pray?

So, the best question any pastor can be asked is "How can I learn to pray?" I know how I do it, but what resources (preferably in Scripture, although classic works are acceptable) would be useful for ...
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The Grace Gambit

You might be familiar with Pascal's Wager, also known as Pascal's Gambit. It states that one is best off believing in Christianity, because, if it is true, you'll be saved and go to heaven, and if it ...
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Is Galatians 6:8-9 teaching works salvation?

My understanding of the relationship between works and salvation is that works are the inevitable fruit of salvation by grace (1 John 3:6, Matthew 7:16-18). And my understanding of perseverance is ...
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Why aren't the Biblical Apocrypha included in the protestant Bible?

Biblical Apocrypha are portions of Bible that are printed in some editions of Bible between Old and New Testament, sometimes called inter-testament. When Martin Luther was translating Latin bible into ...
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What does the Bible say about giving your life away for Jesus?

On a Christian radio station I constantly hear the phrase "to give your life away for Jesus" but they never say what that means. I am very confused about this concept. Any clarification is helpful, ...
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What is the biblical basis for Postmillennialism?

Related: What are the differences between the different millenialisms? What is the biblical basis for Historical Premillennialism? What is the biblical basis for Dispensational ...
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The Fig Tree of Matthew 24 and prophecy

The subject of question concerns the Fig Tree of Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21. I understand very well that statistically it has not been fruitful to speculate on exact timings for prophetic events ...
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How can the logical impossibility of infinite self reference be reconciled in the case of God?

This assumes that God conforms to the laws of logic as without doing so we can make absolutely no deductions about him, his existence, or any of his actions or attributes. Within computer science, ...
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Does anybody teach specifically about the existence of ghosts?

Are there any Christian traditions that have specific teachings that supporting the existence of Ghosts (in the sense of being the spirits of or at least resembling dead people)? For example, I have ...
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Why is Jesus' name pronounced differently in each language? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do biblical names vary in different languages? We call him Jesus in English. But in the Tamil language, the word Jesus is pronounced as "Eeasu". I wonder why such ...
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Why don't we dance?

At my old church (PCA) occasionally there would be a few women who would dance at the front of the sanctuary. Later, after leaving the church, I began to feel a little bit biased against that dancing ...
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Did the church fathers or OT talk about the visible and invisible church?

In the Reformation, the doctrine of the distinction between the visible and invisible church was important in the Reformers' claim not to have started a rogue church. I am wondering... Given that it ...
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What is the biblical basis for Historical Premillennialism?

Related: What are the differences between the different millenialisms? What is the biblical basis for Dispensational Premillennialism? Historical Premillennialism is a view of the ...
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How should we think about Jesus' mother being Jewish and his father being the Holy Spirit?

Science says it is impossible for a woman to conceive a child without the sperm of a man. I have seen Christians just gloss over this, romanticize about it, make it fairy tale or flat out deny it. ...
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What is the biblical basis for Dispensational Premillennialism?

Related: What are the differences between the different millenialisms? What is the biblical basis for Historical Premillennialism? Dispensational Premillennialism is a view of the ...
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Why did they choose Barabbas?

John 19:38 - 40 (NLT) 38 “What is truth?” Pilate asked. Then he went out again to the people and told them, “He is not guilty of any crime. 39 But you have a custom of asking me to release one ...
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Is it historically inaccurate that Jesus is usually portrayed as European looking?

Is it historically inaccurate that Jesus is usually portrayed as European looking, having certain facial and bodily features (muscular)? Would most people follow Him if he did not look white or was ...
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How does the Snake in the Desert foreshadow the coming of Jesus?

In His conversation with Nicodemus, Jesus referenced the story of the snake in the desert and indicated that it foreshadowed Himself. How exactly does this story foreshadow Jesus? And as Moses ...
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Is there a record of an association of prayer with pain?

It is well known and well documented that spiritual ecstasies (and the like) are present in Christianity (Paul caught up into heaven &c.). I am looking for theological works which expound on the ...
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What is the basis for Topical Preaching?

Related: What is the basis for Systematic Expository Preaching? Topical preaching is rather self-explanatory - the preacher picks a topic, then finds bible passages or verses related to or ...
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What is the basis for Systematic Expository Preaching?

Related: What is the basis for Topical Preaching? Expository preaching is, in short, preaching through the Bible or a complete portion of the Bible and expounding upon the topics and applications ...
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What core, common beliefs are held by all (or most) Christians? [closed]

Are there any core beliefs that all Christian traditions agree on? Are there any that most (>90% of) Christian traditions agree on? If a list can be made for either, are there any caveats?
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How does Absalom's death foreshadow Christ?

Absalom dies on a tree (2 Samuel 18). He's rebelled against his father, David, and taken the throne. He'd rallied all Israel to his side. David has fled, but he's sent in his army and they've totally ...
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What was Augustine's soteriology?

Can someone provide a summary of Augustine's soteriological views, and their differences from contemporary views? I'm particularly interested in a comparison of Augustine's soteriology with the ...
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Why are there fourteen stations of the cross?

So, I would have expected 12 stations of the cross. I mean, lets face it, a lot of things in the Bible happen in 12. 12 disciples, 12 tribes, etc... Seeing as the stations of the cross are not ...
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What's the big deal about God's love by allowing Jesus to die and resurrect? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How is Christ's death so significant? I actually expect lots of downvotes for this question as it's close to blasphemy and fear it will be closed. But with a purely ...
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Why would prayer cause pain? [closed]

Someone I know recently made a comment about how he feels a sort of pain durring prayer (and that this type of pain only happens during prayer). He says that it used to only be present during ...
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Why was God so upset with Moses for striking the rock the second time in the desert?

In Exodus, God commands Moses to strike a rock, and promises to make water flow in the desert for the people. Later on, God tells Moses to speak to a rock, promising to make water flow in the desert ...
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What is the earliest Christian use of a worship leader?

Music directors existed in Old Testament times (see these 56 references). But was there such a thing as what we now call a worship leader in Christian (New Testament and early church) times? Or is it ...
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Why do churches often have altars?

In Judaism, the template had an altar for sacrificing. But we believe our sacrifice is done. So, what is the point of a church altar?
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What's the point of the tenth commandment?

In the spirit of my previous question, what's the point of the tenth commandment? In Matthew 5:21-22 Christ reveals the true application of the sixth commandment: You have heard that it was said ...

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