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Is there any evidence that Romans viewed Christian teachings on sexual restraint as a liberating influence?

Sarah Ruden (via John Stonestreet) makes an interesting claim about the Roman Empire in the time of Paul: Dreher cites classics scholar Sarah Ruden, whose book “Paul Among the Gentiles” was the ...
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What's the position of main Christian churches about brothers of Jesus? [duplicate]

In this article about visit of Jerusalem's Orthodox Patriarch to Moscow, it is said (in Russian) "Первым епископом стал брат Господень по плоти Иаков" "The first bishop [of the Jerusalem Church] ...
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Did God create evil? [duplicate]

I would like to assume some points before asking the main questions. God did not have a beginning. God created everything. Not just tangible things but even dreams and imaginations. There is evil and ...
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If all our sins have been forgiven why do we need to keep asking to be forgiven?

We believe that Jesus died for all our sins, past and future, so why do we need to keep asking to be forgiven if Jesus already died to forgive that sin?
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What are the main differences between 7th Day Adventists and Catholic/Protestant churches?

What are the main differences between 7th Day Adventists and Catholic/Protestant churches?
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What is the background of the verse Heb 10:25

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:25 What would be the reasons ...
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Why did God accept Abel's offering and not Cain's?

In Genesis 4, we read the following account of Cain and Abel: So it came about in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the Lord of the fruit of the ground. Abel, on his part also ...
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What does it mean to be perfect? [duplicate]

Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:48 NKJV) So, God expects us to be perfect. What is meant by "perfect"? How can any human be without error, ...
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Who compared the Trinity to a triangle with three right angles?

Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464), wrote in part 1, chapter 12 of his De docta ignorantia (1440): Others who are very talented compared, to the Super-blessed Trinity, a triangle consisting of three ...
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How does one discern between thoughts inspired by the Holy Spirit and those produced from themselves [closed]

This question has been nagging at me for a while, how can one tell the difference between honest-to-God inspiration from the Holy Spirit and thoughts that are induced by themselves out of the needs or ...
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How to know whether God truly spoke to you? [duplicate]

In many churches nowadays, there are a lot of people claiming to have the gifts of the holy spirit(prophets, speaking in tongues etc). In my experience, most of them are just looking for personal gain ...
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Are there any other books, divined by God, regarding Christianity? [duplicate]

To my understanding, the bible is divinely inspired by God? However is this the only book that has been inspired or developed through this method? Are there other books equivalent or near equal to the ...
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How much were the 30 pieces of silver (Judas's payment) worth?

We often see ancient sums of money approximately described in terms of some modern currency. How much were the 30 pieces of silver which Judas received as payment for his betrayal worth, expressed in ...
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Is it possible the Biblical and scientific timelines for the age of the earth could link up? [duplicate]

In many versions of the Bible I have read, in footnotes/endnotes they say the Hebrew term for "day" could also mean "period of time." So if you took "period of time" to mean oh say, a billion years, ...
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What were the Nephilim, and what role did they play in the Bible beyond just being mentioned?

Did the Nephilim that are mentioned in Genesis 6:4 do anything beyond just existing?
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Who produced the first Concordance?

Prior to this new-fangled electronic thing called the internet, people who were looking to find a particular verse in the Bible resorted to a manual index called a concordance. In such a book, ...
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How have Christians dealt with “I prayed my way to moral behavior”?

I was in discussion with some friends about sin. I believe that passages like "Be Perfect (Mt 5:48)", as well as many of the other tough sayings from Jesus, inform us that the continuing standard is ...
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Who Made the Serpent?

In my Bible it says, Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. So, if the serpent is more subtle (sic) than any beast the Lord God made, ...
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What does it mean to “Bless the LORD”?

Psalm 103:1-2 (KJV) Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits What does it mean to say "Bless ...
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Who decides if a verse is literal and what parts of the Bible metaphorical? [closed]

Just to be clear, I'm not asking what parts of the Bible are literal and what parts aren't. I just want to know who decides which view verses are supposed to be followed and which ones are like ...
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Did Martin Luther take exception to the gospels in any way?

I was watching a video* that was about the "heresy" of Protestantism. It briefly discussed Martin Luther and his exceptions with certain books. He removed the so called "apocrypha" and also took ...
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Does Roman Catholic doctrine teach that Christ no longer has a body that possesses flesh?

Does Roman Catholic doctrine teach that Christ's incorruptible body no longer has flesh? I was translating a work of John of Damascus entitled Περὶ τοῦ ἀχράντου σώματος, οὗ μεταλαμβάνομεν. In this ...
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What happened to Job's family? [closed]

Why did God kill jobs family? What did they ever done wrong? What happened to them after God made a bet with the devil?
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Did the city of Nazareth exist in the time of Jesus?

The question stems from this video. Additionally, I would like to know any books, articles and other credible sources that deals with this question for further reading*. Thank you for your time. * ...
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Is there a projection of when Bible translation into all the languages of the world will be complete?

The Bible has been translated into more languages than any other book by far. Wycliffe Bible Translators and others continue to do this in more and more languages. This is seen by many to be part of ...
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To what are the scriptures referring when they speak of the books of the “chronicles of the kings”?

In the books of 1 and 2 Kings, there are quite a few places where the author refers to "the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah" or "the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel". ...
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When did female missionaries appear after the Reformation?

Assuming that prior to the Reformation, Jesuit priests did not bring missionary wives or families along, as they were not married, when did women become a normal sighting among missionary work around ...
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Did the American Constitution and independence from England usher in the first full separation of Church and state?

I have noticed that even among theologians that postulated full separation of church and state, like Luther, they did not force the subject so fully as our modern world understands. In fact there was ...
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What is the basis of the argument that Open Theism is heretical?

John Piper has said that open theism (i.e. the notion that God himself changes over time and can choose to be ignorant of His own future if He so chooses) "is an attack, however unwittingly, on the ...
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What evidence is there that the New Testament was originally written in Aramaic?

The Hebraic Roots Bible makes the claim, The original New Testament was not written in Greek, but Aramaic. I thought that only the Gospel of Matthew might have been written in Aramaic, and that ...
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Can the grace of God depart from a Christian? [closed]

Can a Christian fall from grace? Please refer to the verse below and shed some light. Galatians 5:4 “You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen ...
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What do protestants who believe our old bodies will be resurrected think that will look like?

Some Protestants believe that in the "resurrection" we will receive new bodies. Other Protestants believe that in the resurrection, our old bodies will literally rise up out of the ground for us to ...
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Do Rob Bell and Tullian Tchividjian represent sides of any prior Christian controversy?

Both Rob Bell and Tullian Tchividjian have each taken heat for talking too much about grace.[*] Here is, for example, an interview on John Piper's objections to Rob Bell, and here is David Murray's ...
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Are the souls in heaven conscious of their previous earthly existence? [closed]

Is there any continuity between both stages of existence? Or does resurrection mean a complete new begin on a completely different level?
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The concept of being bought at a price

1 Cor 6:18-20 (NEB) Shun fornication. Every other sin that a man can commit is outside the body, but the fornicator sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a shrine of the ...
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How does Sacrifice work

2 Kings 3:27 says: Then the king of Moab took his oldest son, who would have been the next king, and sacrificed him as a burnt offering on the wall. So there was great anger against Israel, and the ...
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Innocent until conception or birth?

Does Psalm 51 imply that an unborn child will have no sin? Assuming that is true, are there any denominations that support that all unborn children have salvation? Is there newer scripture (in the ...
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What is a historicist’s view of the seven seals in Revelation?

Historicism is a method of interpretation in Christian eschatology that associates biblical prophecies with actual historical events (which may also be symbolic of repeated occurrences). This means ...
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Where will believers spend eternity? [closed]

Since Jesus said, "No man goeth into Heaven, but He who hath come from Heaven," John 3:13. Where then is the place that Jesus will prepare for us...that we will be with for eternity?
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Why do we only pray for things that are possible to happen? [closed]

Why don't we pray for something that is impossible for natural phenomenon to happen. Like for example when a guy has a POLIO and his feet got amputated why don't we pray that his feet grows again ...
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Are sermons from The Second Book of Homilies still read in Anglican Churches?

In the 39 articles of faith, article 35 says the following: XXXV. Of the Homilies. The Second Book of Homilies, the several titles whereof we have joined under this Article, doth contain a godly ...
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From where does the tradition come that Mary rode on a donkey to Bethlehem prior to the birth of Jesus?

It seems that most every movie or depiction of Mary and Joseph on the way to Bethlehem depicts Mary as riding on a donkey. However, I don't recall any place in Scripture from which this idea could be ...
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Can God Change his mind?

I was recently thinking about the passage in exodus that talks about how the Israelites fell into sin while Moses was up on the mountain. God said that he would destroy all the Israelites but Moses ...
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What does St. Augustine mean by predestination?

St. Augustine says somewhere (quoted in the old Catholic Encyclopedia): Predestination is nothing else than the foreknowledge and foreordaining of those gracious gifts which make certain the ...
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What is The Second book of Homilies mentioned in the Anglican 39 articles of faith?

In the 39 articles of faith, article 35 says the following: XXXV. Of the Homilies. The Second Book of Homilies, the several titles whereof we have joined under this Article, doth contain a ...
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Does swearing on the Bible have any spiritual significance? [closed]

When someone is deposed in court, they are (at least in the old movies) asked to swear on the Bible. My premise is that the use of the printed paper of the Bible in this instance is more of a pagan ...
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Why do Mormons/LDS refer to God as “Heavenly Father” rather than “Our Heavenly Father”?

I have noticed a very subtle distinction in the way Protestants and LDS refer to God. When Protestants pray to God, he may address Him as "Heavenly Father", but when they speak about God, they seem ...
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How will Jesus be recognized at the time of “Second Coming”?

All major Christian denominations await the "Second Coming" or the "Return" of Jesus the Christ. How will he be recognized by Christians at that time? What are the criteria to be fulfilled? Surely, ...
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How does Christianity define idolatry?

How does Christianity define idolatry which is prohibited in the 2nd of the ten commandments? Is there any general consensus among the different branches or are there different opinions? What are the ...
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Why did God make garments of skin for Adam and Eve when they had already made clothing for themselves?

Immediately after Adam and Eve sinned, we are told that they made clothing for themselves. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together ...

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