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How should we think about Jesus' mother being Jewish and his father being the Holy Spirit?

Science says it is impossible for a woman to conceive a child without the sperm of a man. I have seen Christians just gloss over this, romanticize about it, make it fairy tale or flat out deny it. ...
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What is the biblical basis for Dispensational Premillennialism?

Related: What are the differences between the different millenialisms? What is the biblical basis for Historical Premillennialism? Dispensational Premillennialism is a view of the ...
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Why did they choose Barabbas?

John 19:38 - 40 (NLT) 38 “What is truth?” Pilate asked. Then he went out again to the people and told them, “He is not guilty of any crime. 39 But you have a custom of asking me to release one ...
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Is it historically inaccurate that Jesus is usually portrayed as European looking?

Is it historically inaccurate that Jesus is usually portrayed as European looking, having certain facial and bodily features (muscular)? Would most people follow Him if he did not look white or was ...
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How does the Snake in the Desert foreshadow the coming of Jesus?

In His conversation with Nicodemus, Jesus referenced the story of the snake in the desert and indicated that it foreshadowed Himself. How exactly does this story foreshadow Jesus? And as Moses ...
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Is there a record of an association of prayer with pain?

It is well known and well documented that spiritual ecstasies (and the like) are present in Christianity (Paul caught up into heaven &c.). I am looking for theological works which expound on the ...
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What is the basis for Topical Preaching?

Related: What is the basis for Systematic Expository Preaching? Topical preaching is rather self-explanatory - the preacher picks a topic, then finds bible passages or verses related to or ...
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What is the basis for Systematic Expository Preaching?

Related: What is the basis for Topical Preaching? Expository preaching is, in short, preaching through the Bible or a complete portion of the Bible and expounding upon the topics and applications ...
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What core, common beliefs are held by all (or most) Christians? [closed]

Are there any core beliefs that all Christian traditions agree on? Are there any that most (>90% of) Christian traditions agree on? If a list can be made for either, are there any caveats?
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How does Absalom's death foreshadow Christ?

Absalom dies on a tree (2 Samuel 18). He's rebelled against his father, David, and taken the throne. He'd rallied all Israel to his side. David has fled, but he's sent in his army and they've totally ...
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What was Augustine's soteriology?

Can someone provide a summary of Augustine's soteriological views, and their differences from contemporary views? I'm particularly interested in a comparison of Augustine's soteriology with the ...
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Why are there fourteen stations of the cross?

So, I would have expected 12 stations of the cross. I mean, lets face it, a lot of things in the Bible happen in 12. 12 disciples, 12 tribes, etc... Seeing as the stations of the cross are not ...
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What's the big deal about God's love by allowing Jesus to die and resurrect? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How is Christ's death so significant? I actually expect lots of downvotes for this question as it's close to blasphemy and fear it will be closed. But with a purely ...
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Why would prayer cause pain? [closed]

Someone I know recently made a comment about how he feels a sort of pain durring prayer (and that this type of pain only happens during prayer). He says that it used to only be present during ...
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Why was God so upset with Moses for striking the rock the second time in the desert?

In Exodus, God commands Moses to strike a rock, and promises to make water flow in the desert for the people. Later on, God tells Moses to speak to a rock, promising to make water flow in the desert ...
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What is the earliest Christian use of a worship leader?

Music directors existed in Old Testament times (see these 56 references). But was there such a thing as what we now call a worship leader in Christian (New Testament and early church) times? Or is it ...
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Why do churches often have altars?

In Judaism, the template had an altar for sacrificing. But we believe our sacrifice is done. So, what is the point of a church altar?
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What's the point of the tenth commandment?

In the spirit of my previous question, what's the point of the tenth commandment? In Matthew 5:21-22 Christ reveals the true application of the sixth commandment: You have heard that it was said ...
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What is saving faith?

A common soteriological view among Evangelical Christians (such as myself) is that we are saved by grace, through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9). However, this belief is usually accompanied by a ...
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How does the Passover foreshadow the coming of Jesus as the Messiah?

In 1 Corinthians 5:7, Paul refers to Jesus as "Christ, our Passover", suggesting that the Passover of Exodus somehow foreshadowed the life of Jesus. How specifically does the Passover do this? ...
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How do Catholics justify confessing to a priest?

Roman Catholic churches have a practice where congregational members confess their sins and the like to a priest in a confessional. As I was saying to a friend a couple days ago, the practice doesn't ...
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In light of Mark 10, how can Christians in good conscience purchase luxury items?

In Mark 10:25, Jesus states... It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God." (Mark 10:25 NIV) After hearing his Disciples ...
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Do parts of Hebrews 3 and 4 imply that saved Christians can become unsaved?

A few nights ago, a friend and I were reading through Hebrews 3 and 4. A few verses in particular caught my attention... Hebrews 3:11-13 (NLT) 11 So in my anger I took an oath, ...
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How come Easter is associated with Eggs, Bunnies and Flowers?

On the note of soon to pass Good Friday, Good Friday is the time of the year where we remember the death of Jesus, and Easter is where we remember the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Correct me if I am ...
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When and how did men and women start sitting together in church?

As I understand it, the early church began in homes but then at some point (it's another question) started meeting together in larger meetings. My question is: did men and women sit together from the ...
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Why are the same palms used on Palm Sunday used for Ash Wednesday services the next year?

In the Episcopal church, the traditional source of ashes on Ash Wednesday comes from the burnt remains of the previous year's Palm Sunday fronds. How did this practice originate, and what is the ...
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Why do I sing, “Here I raise my Ebenezer?”

In "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing," the second verse, says, "Here I raise my Ebenezer, hither by thy help I've come." I have heard that an Ebenezer is a monument of some kind, but even armed with ...
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Does yearning to know more about God for a stronger relationship leave us hanging in confusion?

Many times we try to ask questions not to challenge the Christian faith but rather to know more and perhaps draw closer to God. How can one get the confidence in trying to explain to and convert a ...
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Why isn't God mentioned in Esther?

As you may know, God is never mentioned in the book of Esther, either by name (Yahweh), title (Adonai), or being (El). Neither is prayer. Why not? I realize this is rather open ended, so I'll try to ...
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Do the temples need cleaning?

I find a lot of church practices wrong and I always feel I have joined the wrong family, and fear my salvation will be affected in the end. Is it right for selling and buying to go on in or around ...
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What is the process by which Pope Shenuda (Coptic) will be replaced?

Following the death of the highest bishop of the Coptic church on March 17, 2012, what is the process by which he will be replaced?
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When I feel my church offering is being misused [closed]

As a member of my church is it wrong for me to stop paying tithe and offering when I feel that it just gets into the pockets of greedy leaders in the church? I know am not to judge but what do I do ...
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Why can't the Pope have children? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the basis for clerical celibacy? Why it is said to be a bad thing since Christians say that God had a Son? Why do humans deny that to themselves and accept it ...
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What is the biblical basis against Sola Fide (salvation by faith alone, apart from works)

One of the key points of the Reformation was the doctrine of Sola Fide, that salvation is by faith alone, apart from works. This was a contrast from the doctrine of the Catholic church. What, then, ...
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What are the theological implications/problems with theistic evolution?

Theistic evolution holds that God used evolution to create mankind. It seems to follow then that this view must also hold the creation account in Genesis to be unhistorical. So, Adam and Eve may ...
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Should women give sermons?

"Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let ...
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What's the point of the second commandment?

If the first commandment, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me" means that God, and God alone is to be worshipped, why do we have the Second Commandment? Aren't idols covered in the First ...
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Does Deuteronomy 18:21-22 still apply today?

Deuteronomy 18:21-22 (NLT) 21 “But you may wonder, ‘How will we know whether or not a prophecy is from the Lord?’ 22 If the prophet speaks in the Lord’s name but his prediction ...
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Why do Mormons use the term “elder” for their missionaries?

Most of the Mormon missionaries I've encountered are young men doing a couple year stint. They are typically identified as "elders", but my understanding is that this designation is only temporary ...
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How does the Bible describe the gender roles?

Although the question could go all over the place I am looking to know how evangelicals define the role of a man and of a woman from the Bible. What are the verses they use? Is there a short ...
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Did Luther Really Use Bar Tunes for his Hymns?

The title sums it up: I often hear it said during the debates on liturgy and music styles that are appropriate for worship that even Luther used common bar tunes (equivalent to days pop songs) for his ...
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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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