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What is the scope of God's will?

Assuming that Protestant Christians believe that some outcomes and events in life are not necessarily God's will (correct me if this is an invalid assumption), what are some alternate explanations for ...
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When was the first occurrence of Jesus being used as a name?

I would suspect that Jesus himself was the first to have the name "Jesus", but was there anyone before him with the same name? In other words, was the name completely unique when the Angel Gabriel ...
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Purpose of prayer?

Let's assume both a non-believer and a Christian has a fever. The Christian prays to God for healing of his fever. The non-believer doesn't do anything. 1 week later both recover from their fever. ...
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What version of the Bible is closest to the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek manuscripts? [closed]

12-1-12 I know my post is long but I really need some clarification & help!!! Thanks for answering my post to the best of your ability!!! :) **There are so many versions of the Bible now the ...
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How many witnesses are there who physically saw and/or touched the golden plates from which the Book of Mormon was reportedly translated?

I understand the Book of Mormon has a list of witnesses. However, I have heard that these witnesses may not have actually ever seen the gold plates that contained the original manuscripts for the ...
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138 views

What is the relationship between international branches of the LDS Church?

According to this story on NPR, Mitt Romney's campaign and his anti-Russian remarks have apparently been the impetus for Putin's "Young Guard" to dog Mormon churches in Russia, accusing them of being ...
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238 views

Did Jesus suffer on the Cross in all possible senses?

I have read that it's more or less accepted that Jesus did suffer on the cross. What I do not understand is whether or not He suffered all possible sufferings. Imagine a war hero captured and ...
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How does “being born a sinner” compare to “being born perfect” affect one's outlook on life and problem solving? [closed]

I'm trying to understand how accepting the idea of "being born a sinner" contrasts with "being born perfect"... because once someone has the mental capacity to understand that they aren't perfect then ...
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Are animals under the curse? [closed]

Animals without a doubt go against the commandments of God. There are gay animals, animals that kill each other for no reason, etc. Does it say in the bible that the animals are under the curse of ...
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Under what circumstances is a priest supposed to deny forgiveness to a person?

As I understand it, in Roman Catholic practice, people regularly confess their sins to a priest, who then instructs them what they must do in order to be forgiven. However, it is apparently possible ...
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Do Priests, Cardinals, and Popes have a confessional to which they themselves can/should/must go?

The confessional is a standard practice of the Roman Catholic Church where church members may (or must) go to confess their sins to a priest. As I understand it, the priest then decides whether or ...
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Why do Biblical examples of polygamy include polygyny and not polyandry? [closed]

I was having a discussion recently about the history of polygamy (multiple marriage partners) and the question came up as to why was polygyny (one man, multiple wives) allowed while polyandry (one ...
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When did the practice of Confession in the Catholic Church begin?

Confession, specifically the practice of confessing one's sins to a priest, is a quite common practice in the Catholic Church. When and how did this sacrament first originate and become codified as ...
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How are Christians free from sin?

The gist of Romans 6 is that as Christians, we are dead to sin, and thus free from it. We are no longer slaves to sin, but are slaves to God and righteousness. Romans 6:16-18 (ESV) 16  Do ...
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608 views

Why shouldn't the UK have women bishops?

Just last week in the UK, the Church of England voted on the concept of having women bishops (who would then be eligible for appointment to the House of Lords, but that's not relevant.) They voted ...
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363 views

Do any Christian denominations have any policies to prevent nepotism?

Nepotism: The practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends, esp. by giving them jobs. In the secular world giving a friend a salaried position over another person ...
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How does leaving a 'gift at the altar' reconcile with reformed views of the need to 'approach the throne of grace' in everything?

Jesus said: “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go ...
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What happens with a soul after one's death according to Eastern Orthodox doctrine?

Inspired by this question and answers for it: what happens with a soul after one's death according to Eastern Orthodox doctrine? I'm interested in all variants.
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444 views

How does Reformed theology interpret 1 Corinthians 9:27

This questions is aimed at those Christians who frequently refer to living people as "saved" or "unsaved", and especially to those who believe that someone saved can't become "unsaved" later. At least ...
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129 views

Catholic Theology and Transubstantiation

I'm a bit rusty on my Catholic theology, but I don't every recall any specific set of rules or parameters that govern which substances can and cannot be subject to transubstantiation. Basically, the ...
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770 views

Isn't reincarnation affirmed by the Bible?

Malachi 4:5: I will send you the prophet Elijah. He will come before the day of the Lord arrives. It will be a great and terrifying day Jesus says in Matthew 11:14 "and if you are willing ...
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What does the Bible say in regards to technological development? [closed]

With regards to technological advances, the study of technology and continuing to make medical and convenience advancements that prolong life, and the "playing god" complex. What does the Bible have ...
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How can panentheism or God's immanence be reconciled with Satan?

Some Christians hold that the universe or creation are part of God (panentheism). More often than not, God is said to be both immanent and transcendental in relation to the universe. How can those be ...
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What is that passage in the Bible where Peter hopes that all will be saved?

As a child I was an avid Bible reader, now I don't do it anymore, and there are some time phrases still lingering in my mind from that period. Anybody knows what is the passage when Peter hopes and ...
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What are the key differences between the Western and Eastern Christianity?

I'm currently reading about Eastern Christianity as a part of my study. Those are the churches that have existed since early times, such as the Nestorians, the Jacobites, the Coptics, and others. But ...
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212 views

Were there any ancient prophets B.C. considered of the same God? [duplicate]

EDIT - New question. Christianity has only been around for a very small percentage of time, when we look at all the prophets and world religions that came before Christianity. Were there any ...
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1answer
343 views

Reformed perspective on “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us” (Acts 15:28)

Acts 15 records the Council of Jerusalem, a meeting in about 50AD of early Church leaders regarding whether Gentiles could be Christians without first becoming Jews. "After much discussion" (15:7) ...
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Christian view of why there are so many similarities between Quran and Bible? [closed]

Quran has a huge number of stories that originally came in Bible. To Muslims, this is almost a miracle that God revealed the same stories to prophet without the prophet knowing about it because he was ...
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1answer
86 views

What relationship, if any, does the Feeding of the Multitudes in Mark have to this passage in Goethe's Faust?

I'm reading Goethe's Faust and I came upon this passage, spoken by Mephistopheles: For Devils and for spectres this is law: Where they have entered in, there also they withdraw. The first is ...
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In the Bible, have “good men” often set their hand against each other?

(King) David, Samson, and Gideon, among others, were all robust slayers of enemies of Israel, most of whom were "bad" men. In at least one instance, David set his hand against a good man, Uriah, for ...
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1answer
156 views

What translations differ (and where) in regards to whether a text is a direct quotation of Jesus?

Previously: Controversy over which Gospel passages to color "red" in "red letter editions"? Some editions of the Bible print the words of Jesus in red. Some limit this to the words He spoke prior to ...
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Where does one draw the line between spritiual attack and spiritual defense? [closed]

I recently uploaded a picture to Facebook in the style of the KEEP CALM posters, which said "KEEP CALM, JESUS IS COMING". I knew before I posted it that I would likely receive spiritual attack from ...
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955 views

Did Esau go to heaven or hell? [closed]

Does the Bible make any indication of whether Esau went to hell or heaven? Argument for hell: Romans 9:13. Argument for heaven: ... any? ... Thanks!
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709 views

Is Romans 1:26 a reference to female homosexuality? [closed]

Most commonly, Romans 1:26 is taken to be a reference to female homosexuality - the sole explicit reference in the entire Bible. However, there is an alternative theory: rather than prohibiting ...
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4answers
608 views

Is female homosexuality against the law of Moses?

While there are a number of passages in the OT which are taken to condemn male homosexuality (e.g. Lev 18:22, 20:13), I am not aware of any which condemn female homosexuality. It seems to me that all ...
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Matthew 1:19, Divorce, and Virginity

In light of Joseph being called a righteous man in Matthew 1:19, does this mean that divorce because one of the two was not a virgin at the time of marriage is biblically valid?
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Does God control “demons”?

Okay... It is my understanding that a "demon" (either Greek δαιμόνιον or δαίμων) is an "evil spirit" (Greek πνεῦμα πονηρός). In Acts 19:13, it is written, Then certain of the vagabond Jews, ...
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What person(s) of the Trinity were the people of the Old Testament interacting with?

When a someone or groups of people were interacting with God, as recorded in the Old Testament, in general were they simply interacting with person of 'God the Father' within the Trinity? Or were they ...
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Are Christians required to believe the teachings of their own denomination?

My friend is struggling right now to discern what is right and wrong in the Church and his Christian life. He has been brought up in a Catholic church where he had learned about Jesus and what he did ...
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How should Reformed Christians deal with homosexual marriage of individuals prior to their conversion to Christianity?

I've been pondering this for several weeks and I believe that the reformed church (really, the church in general) is woefully unprepared to answer the following question: How should the church deal ...
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If the dead are already in heaven, how do they rise at the second coming? [closed]

1 Thessalonians 4:16 says: For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: It's ...
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When did the one-way monologue sermon first become a normal feature of church assemblies?

Of course Jesus preached a lot of monologue sermons, but I have noticed that Jesus did not usually preach sermons like nearly every church does today. He never seems to have, or at least rarely ...
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1answer
102 views

Are there any surviving hymns from the Valdensian movement?

The Valdensians preached and celebrated the Lords Supper in the native tongue of the people, not in Latin. However, every source I've read about their customs focus on what was spoken, and I also want ...
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6answers
384 views

Is it a sin or forbidden to follow any of the parts of the Law of Moses?

In John 7:53-8:11, Jesus condemns fulfilling the Law of Moses when it requires that a crowd stone an adulteress to death. This seems to imply (if these passages are authentic, which is in question) ...
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652 views

How do LDS know that Brigham Young and his successors are true prophets?

Many LDS have a testimony that Joseph Smith Jr was a true prophet. Let us suppose someone studies the life and teachings of Joseph Smith, and reaches the conclusion that he is a true prophet. But, to ...
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285 views

In the book of John, is the Holy Spirit not in Jesus until the dove descends on Him?

When Jesus was baptized by John, and the Holy Spirit descended on Him like a dove, was the Holy Spirit not with Him up until then?
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Apologetic on suffering using a reference to Jesus [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to answer “Why does evil and suffering exist?” Doing some study at the moment, one of the questions has provoked a few thoughts between me and my wife but we have no ...
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1answer
110 views

How do non-reformed theologists argue against “God alone matters”? [closed]

Edit For anyone that might stumble across this by accident: This is not a position that reformed theologists hold. (I.e. my assumption is incorrect.) Original Question If I understand reformed ...
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Where in the Bible is the restoration of the nation of Israel prophesied?

I have heard that the restoration of the state of Israel is a fulfillment of one or more Biblical prophecies. But I cannot find any explicit reference to it. Is this really a fulfillment of prophecy, ...
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2answers
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Do we retain our gender in Heaven? [closed]

The Bible tells us repeatedly that our earthly actions will impact our ability to enter the gates of Heaven. Some Biblical passages say that our earthly actions can improve or lessen our experience of ...

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