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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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Why do translations use words like “servants” to mean “slaves”?

Luke 12:45-48 uses the word "servants". What kind of servants get beaten up by their master? That looks a lot like slaves to me. We have an English word for that thing. It's called slaves. So why use ...
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How does the bible describe heaven [duplicate]

I have several questions regarding the main questions. The reason I'd like to know what the heaven is like, is because I'm wondering why would people rebel against God? I mean I'm thinking heaven as ...
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Is there a biblical reason to limit information about creation to Genesis?

Here's a debate between Hugh Ross of "Reasons to Believe" and Ken Ham. These men are popular spokesmen for each of Old Earth and Young Earth Creationism, respectively. In the hour-long discussion, ...
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Will Jesus reveal himeself to anyone with the name “Isa” [closed]

Last month, I went to a convention where a popular preacher narrated a story(real incident). According to the incident, a muslim youth had a vision in which God Jesus himself revealed to her with the ...
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Did God create Adam and Eve with free will and knowledge of right and wrong (good and evil)? [closed]

I just want to confirm based on scripture if God made Adam and Eve with both free will and knowledge of good and evil (right and wrong) or if one came after the other when they ate the forbidden ...
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How to determine a genuine call from God?

Imagine one day a person hears voices like God speaking to him (or as how he would describe as God), with bright lights, angels, burning bushes, and all. It would seem so real for him but only he ...
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What does the curse on the serpent mean?

When God cursed the Earth He also cursed the serpent. Genesis 3:14 NASB The Lord God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every ...
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Did 'evil' exist even before Satan? [duplicate]

"Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings" - Ezekiel 28:17 This ...
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Can Catholic works of ‘satisfaction’ (prayer, fasting, etc.) for the removal of temporal punishments of venial sin be credited to others still alive?

Here is what I think I understand: A Catholic believes in something called penance that is understood as a sacrament by which forgiveness of sins (committed after baptism) is granted through the ...
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Does the Bible give us any indication of why God created such a vast universe with so much stuff in it?

We all know the universe is enormous, and this isn't the place to debate that. But why does it need to be so enormous? The only celestial bodies that could be counted as truly necessary are the sun, ...
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Are people who “think a lot about” God, Jesus, right and wrong more likely to go to heaven? [closed]

King David (probably) went to heaven. That was in spite of the fact the he committed a number of sins, the most egregious of which was stealing Bathesheba from Uriah. The some is probably true of his ...
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How is Samson a witness for the Lord?

My choir is singing a spiritual called Witness for my Lord which tells several stories of men who proclaimed God in some manner or other: Methuselah who lived a long life. Daniel who survived the ...
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Why go to Church? [closed]

There are many different cases where biblical Christianity and the institutions of Christendom are not the same. More than I'd like to be forced to spell out here. Either way, why should a Christian ...
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If rules in the Bible can change, shouldn't Bibles be arranged chronologically so we know which one is right?

If there is a contradiction in the bible, you should listen to the newest rule (where I'm coming from is here). Wouldn't it make more sense for orthodox Christianity that the books of the bible be ...
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2 Chronicles 28:3 vs Genesis 22:2

How is the contradiction explained between 2 Chronicles 28:3 and Genesis 22:2 in the protestant tradition? Genesis 22:2 NIV Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and ...
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Genesis 9:7 fruitful and increase in number [duplicate]

Genesis 9:7 NIV As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it Today we struggle with food shortages, problems with clean water, and climate ...
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Did the Catholic Church have evidence to discredit the Gospel of Judas?

Christians accept four legitimate Gospels from Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. My Question: Did the Catholic Church have evidence to discredit the Gospel of Judas?
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Why can't Jesus periodically visit Earth? [closed]

“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. Matthew 24:36 The Gospel of Matthew tells us that Jesus will return someday. ...
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What happened to the two trees in the Garden of Eden?

In Genesis 2, we are told that there were two named trees in the Garden of Eden--the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life. When Adam and Eve ate fruit from the Tree of the ...
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Why didn't Syriac Christianity keep Aramaic as their liturgical language?

Syriac Christianity (as well as with other oriental orthodoxy denominations) today use Arabic as their liturgical language. It is known that they have been using Arabic since the times of Muslim ...
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Is guessing a way to God? [closed]

If I 'guess' that there is a God and live accordingly, could I be considered a true believer? Can faith only be revealed? Is believing not a form of guessing?
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What is the current relevance of Arianism?

Is there an active sect by this name? Are there any particular Christian denominations which might be described as 'Arian'?
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Was the mode of execution for Jesus required to be crucifixion?

Did Jesus need to die on a cross or were there alternative endings? Would being stabbed with a sword or if he died during the beatings have been good enough? Specifically, are there prophecies held ...
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Is every lie a sin? [duplicate]

We all know that lying is a sin in the Catholic's perspective. But sometimes we lie to protect someone. For example, a mother lies about sex to protect their children. Is every lie sinful in Gods ...
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Are the early followers of Christ considered Christians or Jews in today's context? If not, when was the religion created? [duplicate]

From sometime after 4 BC and up to and sometime between the destruction of the Second Temple (C. 70) and Council of Nicaea (AD 325), Christians were considered Jewish with Jesus as their leader. When ...
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Why does God ask Abraham to walk blameless?

This question is an offshoot from this question and it’s comments. The question is: Why does God remains silent for 13 long years after Hagar gives birth to Ishmael and then suddenly commands ...
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What mainstream denominations (if any) hold a Young Earth Creationist view? [closed]

As the title asks, which mainstream denominations hold a YEC View?
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Why isn't the soul (ψυχή) considered to be a “person” (ὑπόστασις)?

From my understanding, the unity of spirit, soul, and body is considered to be a ὑπόστασις, or "person." But, what argument is there against the soul itself (apart from the body) being a ὑπόστασις? It ...
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Why does the Litany of Saint Joseph call him “terror of demons”?

A litany for Joseph, the husband of Mary, was approved by Pope St Pius X in 1909 (*). Most of the invocations are straightforward to understand, referring to his life (eg. "husband of the Mother of ...
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What is the Biblical Basis of a “water canopy”, and is there scientific evidence to support it?

Some Creationists have asserted that in the pre-flood world that there may have been some sort of water vapor canopy that perhaps doubled the air pressure and caused things to be much healthier than ...
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How could animals have gotten all around the world after the flood?

I am a Christian, but this question has been troubling me for a long time. If all the world's animals dispersed from Mt. Ararat, it would stand to reason that there should be no animals in the ...

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