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What is the view of Jehovah's Witnesses on John 18:36 “My kingdom is not from this world”?

A lot of people don't consider JWs to be Christian, usually for the reason of their view on the Kingdom of Jesus to be a kingdom here on Earth. I respect the guidelines of this site, so I do not wish ...
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A.W. Pink and the Tripartite Theory of Man

Related I have asked a similar question on Philosophy.SE. Background Reading Arthur W. Pink's pamphlet Regeneration: Or, the New Birth recently, I was surprised to find that he had a tripartite ...
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How does this fit in with “we are incapable of following the law”?

While reading through the Torah, the following verses caught my eye. Deuteronomy 30:11 Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. 12 It is not up in ...
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What do 1st century extra-biblical sources say about hell?

Do we have any information about what 1st century Christians and Jews believed about hell? I know what the Bible says on the subject, and am curious about the extra-biblical context.
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What is known (and/or alleged) about the moral character of the 12 disciples?

I've been following some (often less than civil) conversations about the character of pastors lately in which how morally upstanding a church leader should be expected to be is questioned. At several ...
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a Christian response to dying in dignity or assisted suicide?

There is a raging debate in the province of Quebec on the question "Does someone have the right to kill another because the first one is suffering?" There are more and more cases in the news that look ...
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What are the arguments for and against the Anglican Covenant?

The Anglican Covenant is a proposal for governing how the member churches of the Anglican Communion should relate to one another. Paul Avis writes (Ecclesiology 7.3, 2011): The Anglican Communion ...
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What process will be followed for the Anglican Covenant after its rejection by the Church of England?

The Anglican Covenant is a document long in the making; it is a proposed formal statement of how the member churches of the Anglican Communion should relate to one another. It is particularly ...
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How did the Seven Deadly Sins originate and how is it used?

The "List enumerating character attributes guaranteeing political success" (Lust, Envy, Covetousness, Anger, Gluttony, Pride, and Sloth) has a long career as "the seven deadly sins." What I don't see ...
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Does following Christian spiritual law extremely, cause one to sin more?

Let me start with this: Galatians 5:19-21 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, ...
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If Christianity speaks out against the use of “magic” does this mean “magic” is literally real?

If the bible opposes the practice of magic does this mean its claims of "magic" are literally real (as opposed to metaphorically)? If so, is there scientific proof of the existence of "magic"? Is ...
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Why is purple the color of Lent?

I was just reading Mark 15:17-20 (ESV) (emphasis mine): And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him. And they began to salute him, “Hail, ...
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Does transcendental meditation conflict with any Christian beliefs? [closed]

I've seen many testimonies and case studies lauding the benefits of transcendental meditation. It is said that it isn't a religion and people of all religions participate in this practice. As a ...
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Why do some Christian churches have classes about other churches?

The context of my question is is directed mostly toward "non-denominational" or independent Christian groups, though feedback from the perspective of more established (e.g. Protestant) churches is ...
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Can you explain this Free Will / Predestination illustration?

I've heard multiple preachers explain Free Will and Predestination with this illustration: Free Will and Predestination are like a door. The side of the door toward us says, "Free Will." Once you ...
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Why didn't God send Jesus during Noah's time instead of The Flood?

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. - John 3:16 John 3:16 tells us that God loved us, ...
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Are there truths that can only be known through spiritual means?

The motivation for this question basically comes from reading the discussion around the question Is it necessary to Biblically support arguments within discussions about Christianity? and a question ...
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What is God's definition of forgiveness?

I have wrestled with this topic for years and have come to all sorts of conclusions along the way. Please, I'm searching for what others perceive is God's definition of forgiveness. If we are ...
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What was the Christian response to death-loving practices of Ancient Roman society?

In Ancient Rome, gladiators would fight to the death for the amusement of the crowd. What did Christians do to stop this?
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Does believing in Christ activate God's word or just make us think and act different?

I am confused about what it really means to activate God's power in my life, which I heard my pastor say. “But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice ...
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Why did Rome and Constantinople split in 1054 AD?

The Great Schism represents the break between the Eastern and Western churches. I know that a primary bone contention that the East had with the West was Rome's insistence on Papal Supremacy. My ...
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What did Luther think of the Eastern Orthodox and vice versa?

When the Reformation began to take hold, the Orthodox may have been in decline, but were definately still present. I'm curious to know what what the two "breakaways" thought of each other - is it a ...
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How are devout Christians viewed by other believers, when they are not delivered from “evil”?

If a devout Christian is not "delivered" in this life, how are they viewed by other Christians? For example, a black Christian pastor in segregated America, who truly loves the Lord, is killed by ...
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When is it okay to curse people in the name of the Lord? [on hold]

2 Kings 2:23-24 From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some boys came out of the town and jeered at him. “Get out of here, baldy!” they said. “Get out of here, ...
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What should be a Christian's attitude when his prayers are not answered?

Not all prayers are answered by God. When one is facing some heavy burden God does not move away, what should our attitude be? The Bible often talks about waiting for God patient. How do we apply ...
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Changes in Rome since Trent versus the Evangelicals

I am aware that there have been two wide spread movements to bring the Evangelical and Roman Catholic Churches closer together (ECT and ECT2). My question is this: What has changed in Roman Catholic ...
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Religious justification for creating a large angry scene with the ostensible purpose of making people not gay [closed]

Yesterday, as I imagine happens at many places, a person came to my university, and for 6 hours or so, talked about "thousands of ex-homosexuals experiencing the love of Jesus Christ" and about how ...
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What does the Bible say about life before conception?

I recently spoke with a friend of mine and he was wondering if we are alive before conception. We know that there is life after death according to the Bible, but what does the Bible say about "life" ...
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Will we experience heaven (or hell) with our consciousness?

In Christianity, is heaven something we will comprehend with the consciousness we have now? Will we be the same consciousness, brain and memories of this world, or is it just the energy of our soul ...
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Does the act of sex constitute marriage in God's eyes?

I came across this verse today (bold added): 1 Corinthians 6:15-17 (NASB) 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them ...
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Why does Paul pay special attention to the sexually immoral in 1 Corinthians 5:9-11?

1 Corinthians 5:9-11 states that I have written you in my letter no to associate with sexually immoral people -- not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and ...
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When did Martin Luther lose his Apostolic succession according to Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churchеs?

As far as I understand Martin Luther according to the Catholic and the Eastern Orthodox Churches possessed the Apostolic succession while he was in the Roman Catholic Church (he was a priest, after ...
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Where can I find Patristic Commentary on the Golden Calf incident?

Is there any extant pre-Schism (i.e. Before 1054 AD, when the Eastern and Western chueches anathematized each other) commentary on the golden calf incident of Exodus 32:1--6, and if so, where?
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Do miracles violate the laws of physics?

I asked a Christian today whether he believed that Jesus turning water into wine literally happened, or was just a metaphor. He said it literally happened, and also that other miracles literally ...
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Who might replace Rowan Williams as Archbishop of Canterbury? [closed]

With the recent announcement that the archbishop of Canterbury will resign, there is bound to at least be a presumed set of replacements, each with a particular vision of the future. At the most ...
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What does CS Lewis mean by True Myth?

I've heard the phrase and even used it before, in potentially dangerous and unintelligent ways. But what did CS Lewis mean when he came to the realization that Christianity was not just Myth, but ...
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Is there any Biblical argument against using “cuss words”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does the Bible say about “bad” words? In modern Christianity, we tend to hold a certain set of (approximately) four letter words as taboo words. In ...
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Why is the word “Ark” used for Noah's boat and the Ark of the Covenant?

What exactly is the meaning of an "ark" that applies to a boat and that thing that melts off the Nazi's faces in the first Indiana Jones movie?
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Is it more important that a worship service be contemplative or instructive, and how do we know?

Per this link, there is a very definite effect of technology in worship. The benefits of using, say, an iPad to reference Scripture and all of the additional source material (commentaries, ...
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What differences will being a Christian make in this life?

What are the differences being a Christian will make in this life (on earth not entrance into heaven or hell)? Or is it just a group identity of a hopeful passage into Heaven upon the next life and ...
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Luke 8: Telling others - What's the difference between Jesus driving out demons & healing Jairus's daughter

In Luke 8, the man freed from the Legion demons is told by Jesus not to follow him, but to tell everyone round about. But later, Jesus heals Jairus's daughter and tells the family not to tell anyone. ...
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What “new-to-protestants” things has the Eastern Orthodox Church acquired with time?

What things in general have been brought with time into the Eastern Orthodox Church that the main stream protestant Christianity considers as not being able to be traced back to the times of the ...
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What narrative purpose does the Flood story fulfill?

In the Epic of Atrahasis and Epic of Gilgamesh flood myth, the gods are rash, foolish, even weak. Genesis copies most of the myth. And although it's sanitized quite a bit, some actions seem to be ...
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Does Christianity solve personal problems?

If I pray and truly believe God will turn around a personal problem, does Christianity support that will help solve the issue? Example: What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye ...
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Martin Luther: “Therefore it is not a Christian Church either”?

Martin Luther, The Large Catechism, The Apostles' Creed, Article III, paragraphs 43-45: 43] For where He does not cause it to be preached and made alive in the heart, so that it is understood, ...
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How is it that sinful people who do not believe, still get the blessings of the Lord?

Why do great things happen to unbelievers and even bad people? In Church there is talk about blessings of the Lord for those who love Him, etc. But what about those that are blessed that don't love ...
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How do I have self confidence, self esteem and work hard if I am a true Christian?

In church we learn to not lean on ourselves. We learn we can do nothing with our own power. That we must completely let go of control and let God. That everything that happens is from God and that we ...
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Are Many Christians postmodern in their approach to modesty? [closed]

Christians have a wide variety of opinions concerning modesty. Many say that if you believe you should dress a different way than that is fine for you--just don't impose your beliefs on us--because ...
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How does the devil work?

In Christianity what are specific real life examples of how the devil works? Also, any specific examples of how the devil works in the Bible?
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Why doesn't the Bible tell us that Jesus was a virgin?

Christian religions constantly remind us that Mary was "forever virgin". So why doesn't the Bible tell us that Jesus was also a virgin?

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