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Can the Holy Spirit take control of a person completely? [closed]

At any point, can the Holy Spirit take control of a person completely so that the person may act beyond his control? I am trying to understand the Biblical view on this. My understanding is that the ...
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According to reformed theology: Is loving God a choice? If not, do the elect differ from robots?

According to reformed theology: God, before the foundations of the universe, chose to elect some humans God ensures that the elect will come to believe and follow Christ Thus, the question: For ...
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If the Bible has been changed over the years, can we still trust it?

I read that there are passages that exist today that are not in some of the oldest scrolls. Since these passages were added along the way—maybe to help explain something—can we trust that ...
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Why is the Holy Spirit often referred as “Ghost”?

Why is the Holy Spirit often referred as the Holy "Ghost"? Does not the term ghost usually used in a negative connotation that relates to "scaring away"?
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Does any church denomination believe it possible to go one moment without sinning?

In looking at the opposite of this question posted here, I realized it seems better to raise this question in the reverse. Assuming the doctrine of original sin, and God's work of the holy Spirit in ...
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Is Salvation a State Function?

Does the salvation of a believer depend on the present state of her faith or are the different life transitions taken into account? Suppose a believer leads a life of faith in Christ. At the end of ...
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How do we make sure that we are on the rightful religion/path? [closed]

I borrowed (with permission) a question from Ahmed Han Which is: People of every religion claim that they are the ones in the right path. Even the people of sects in these religions think that ...
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What is the difference between a Bible College and a Seminary?

I see some Christian education institutions refer to themselves as "Bible College" and some as "Seminary" and some as "Bible College and Seminary". What is the difference between those, if any?
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Where can I find out more about other people rising from the dead, when Jesus died on the Cross?

51 When Jesus died, the curtain in the Temple was torn into two pieces. The tear started at the top and tore all the way to the bottom. Also, the earth shook and rocks were broken. 52 The ...
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What is the difference between baptism of the Holy Spirit and receiving the Holy Spirit?

What is the difference between baptism of the Holy Spirit and receiving the Holy Spirit (or being filled with the Holy Spirit)? Do these two mean the same? I am open to the different views given by ...
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Is it possible to achieve a life without sin on earth?

Based on the biblical doctrines, is it possible to achieve a completely holy life without any sin during our lifetime after salvation?
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How should a Christian object to those who say Paradise may be a little boring?

From time to time while reading fiction or poetry or whatever I stumble on a certain kind of, so to say, 'satire' of the Paradise the main point of which is that the everlasting live would be ...
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All the references where Jesus is offered worship

What are all the references to the instances where where Jesus is offered worship in the Bible? I am raising this question because some of my friends from some specific denomintations believe only ...
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Christian founding of American colonies

Were most of the initial founders of the North American colonies really dissident Christians fleeing religious persecution in Europe? I've heard it said a number of times, but I wondered if it is ...
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What is the difference between the Amish and Mennonites?

I've heard of different groups, typically technology-rejecting ones, being referred to as "Amish" or "Mennonite". Is there a difference between those two terms? What do they believe?
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Driving out spirits in Jesus's name with discrepancy in Bible

In Acts 19: 13-17. Several people tries to drive out demons by using Jesus's name. 13 Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who ...
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How could I locate a reference, for say, the passage that talks about Spiritual Gifts? [closed]

I'm trying to find a few verses about spiritual gifts. I belie that its in one of Paul's epistles. I believe it says Some are called to be preachers, some prophets, some counselors... Can ...
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Was baptism practiced before Christ?

A simple word search for "baptism" in the Old Testament turns up no matches. However by the time John the Baptist shows up on the scene and starts dunking people and calling it "for forgiveness of ...
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Why did John the Baptist exist? Did he have any purpose besides Baptizing Jesus?

I realize this question is somewhat vacuous, since one could ask: "Why do the OT prophets exist? Why wasn't the story just: Eve + Adam eat from the tree of knowledge of good + evil. Then, God, ...
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What were the reformers views of biblical inerrancy?

I have never researched but am very curious what views of Biblical Inerrancy did the reformers generally hold, such as Luther and Calvin? I found these description about different kinds of views: ...
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Why was Martin Harris punished for revealing the Lost 116 pages?

I am fully aware of the Messianic Secret in Mark, but I don't understand why Martin Harris would feel as though he should be punished for revealing the pages he recorded from Smith's translation of ...
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How did Brigham Young become the most well-known Mormon leader (after Joseph Smith left the scene)?

Recently, I had the chance to visit the birthplace of Mormonism (Hill Cumorah / Palmayra, NY), and learn the origin of the LDS Scriptures. In particular, I became quite interested in the Three ...
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Does Satan really have a physical location or dwelling place on earth

I read some articles years ago before I joined christianity.SE and I will like us to throw more light on the content. This article authoritatively states that Satan's dwelling place according to how ...
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What are the classics/giants in Systematic Theology

Two of the popular ways of analyzing the Bible are: Biblical Theology and Systematic Theology. Based on Biblical Theology vs Systematic Theology, Biblical Theology focuses more on verses; whereas ...
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What are the classics/giants of Biblical Theology?

Two of the popular ways of analyzing the Bible are: Biblical Theology and Systematic Theology. Based on Biblical Theology vs Systematic Theology, Biblical Theology focuses more on verses; whereas ...
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Status of the New Testament in the Church of the East in the ancient times

Which books from the current New Testament were used in the ancient Church of the East in, say, Mongolia in the days of Genghis Kahn? The books in the New Testament were fixed after the Church of ...
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Did most of the people that Jesus heal believe he was God? If so, why does the Bible not record them asking for salvation?

1) Most of the people that Jesus healed — did they believe Jesus was God? 2) If so, why did they ask for temporary things (let me walk; let me see; get rid of my diseases; heal my son/daughter) ...
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In Theistic Evolution, when did the alleged evolutionary animal/ape/man become accountable for his sins?

One answer to this previous question asks, One of the problems I have with theistic evolution is: when did this alleged evolutinary animal/ape/man become accountable for his sins? [sic] It would ...
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When God works 'all things' for the good, is anything excluded in the word 'all'?

Assuming these verses in Romans 8 apply to the elect, is anything past, present, or future, in all of creation, circumstance, and world events excluded, or is it literally to be understood as an ...
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How did Christians of WW1/WW2 view the book of Revelation?

I do not know of a single time period where Christians did not believe that "the end time was near." For many people in the centuries immediately after Christ's death, it's not unthinkable that they ...
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How do Arminians handle the case of Judas?

Unless I'm mis-reading this passage in John, it seems like Judas was predestined to be lost. John 17:12 (KJV) 12  While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that ...
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What is the difference between a professing and a non-professing Christian with regards to their faith, beliefs, etc?

I have come across these terms many times but didn’t really come to understand the difference between the two. Is it that a non professing Christians stopped believing in Christianity or is it that ...
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What's the tradition behind hand holding during the Our Father at Mass?

In traveling around my diocese I've noticed that there are some parishes that are hand-holders and some parishes that are non-hand-holders and some people in the non-hand-holder parishes who persist ...
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Which denominations hold the quartodecimanist interpretation of John 19?

According to Wikipedia: The modern Jewish Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread is seven days, starting with the sunset at the beginning of Nisan 15. and According to some interpretations, ...
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Which Protestant churches as of today officially recognize homosexual marriage unions? [closed]

Which Protestant churches as of today officially recognize homosexual marriage unions? Is there any such information available?
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Is man's ability to reason properly a gift by the Holy Spirit? [closed]

Is there any Christian denomination that views man's ability to reason properly as a gift by the Holy Spirit?
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For what human reason was Christ crucified?

I know that from God the Father's perspective, Christ had to die for the sins of the elect. However, from a secular perspective, why was Christ crucified? I know that the Jews were unhappy with ...
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Did Arminias believe in Adam's actual guilt imputed against all humanity?

All early reformers believed in the imputation of 'actual guilt' as far as I know. I am fairly certain, however, that Arminians of the 16th century did not believe in the 'imputation of guilt' as ...
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Did John Wesley admire and learn from Arminias or did he just have a couple similiar ideas?

I do not know a lot about Wesley, but when I encounter him, I tend to like what he says, even though I am a Calvinist. On the the other hand when I encounter people arguing for Arminian doctrines in ...
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How do Calvinists go from “X is Sinful” to “X is unable to accept Christ on his own?”

I was recently reviewing Piper's TULIP notes. I'm also aware of What is the Biblical Basis for Total Depravity Here, however, is something that I no longer understand. How do Calvinists jump from: ...
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Biblical Support for a Paul Washer Quote

Paul Washer often uses the following quote The last thing the accursed person will hear when they take their first step into hell, is all of creation standing to its feet and applauding God ...
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How do Cessationists view “being filled with the Holy Spirit”

I'm aware that Cessationists do not believe in spiritual gifts. However, how do they view the process of being filled with the Holy Spirit? Tozer's How to be filled with the holy spirit defines the ...
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Is swearing (making an oath) considered bad in Christianity?

My Catholic friend and I were chatting once and I said something along the lines of "I swear I'm not lying". She asked me to promise to her and not to swear since it's discouraged in her religion. I ...
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Are all things possible with God?

Every Christian knows the saying that "With God all things are possible." But is this actually a fact? I listened recently to a speaker, who said, that God cannot come in contact with anything ...
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According to Reformed Theology, are Catholics Christians?

In John MacArthur's Scandal of the Catholic Preisthood, Catholicism is not portrayed as the zenith of Christianity. Question: Is this a John MacArthur only view, not held by the majority of ...
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Why is Elijah missing from Tozer's “The Saint Must Walk Alone”?

Tozer's "The Saint Must Walk Alone" starts with: MOST OF THE WORLD'S GREAT SOULS have been lonely. Loneliness seems to be one price the saint must pay for his saintliness. He then goes on to ...
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What topic in Theology does Tozer's “The Saint Must Walk Alone” fit under?

Context: I recently read Tozer's "The Saint Must Walk Alone." I'm searching for similar material. Now, it's clear that it does not fit under "pre-destination" or "trinity". The closest thing I can ...
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What is the New Testament “process” for doing a church plant?

Given that new churches are to be started (eg the ministry of the Apostle Paul in partial fulfillment of the Great Commission), what is the New Testament model or process for how this should be done? ...
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Should we put God to test?

No – Luke 4:12 ... Do not put the Lord your God to the test. Yes – Judges 6:39 “Allow me one more test with the fleece, but this time make the fleece dry and let the ground be covered ...
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What does the Bible say about how we should pray?

Context In Matthew 6:7-15, we see Jesus telling his disciples to not use vain repetitions as the heathens do giving a specific example of how to pray It's furthermore noted that prayer is a ...

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