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When is it okay to curse people in the name of the Lord? [closed]

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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Are Christians socialists because they are commanded to share their wealth?

Someone told me that wealthy Mormons are supposed to give their money to poor ones. Is that true? What is the biblical basis for this? Do they really do that? Is it mandated by certain denominations ...
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Are Paul's letters to be taken as God's word? [closed]

Sometimes, as I read the bible or listen to a speaker in church, I can't help but feel that while Paul's letters are full of well-grounded Christian wisdom and advice, they can also contain what seems ...
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Approximate amount of money per year the Catholic church spends for charity?

I'm curious of how much money the Catholic Church spends globally for charity per year. I could not find the information I wanted by a simple Google search, and even on Wikipedia, I could only find ...
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Are there any atheists in the Bible?

Do any people in the Bible self identify as atheists? Or are they all theists, differing in which god they follow? Apparently at least some atheists existed, since David had heard of them: The ...
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What are the “correct” steps for a layman to be a Christian? [closed]

Assume that I am a layman without knowledge other than science-related ones. How should I do to be a Christian in a correct way? In more strict words, what are the "correct" steps or algorithm to be ...
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Does the Bible advocate ethical egoism?

Ethical egoism is the normative ethical position that moral agents ought to do what is in their own self-interest. According to ethical egoism, I should only do what benefits me. That doesn't ...
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Is there a mentioning (in the Bible) about why God exists?

I know Christianity at a glance as I haven't read the Bible thoroughly from start to finish. I haven't found bad things Jesus taught us. But I have a crucial question to raise my confidence in ...
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Why does the throne in Daniel 7:9 have wheels and are they literally wheels?

Daniel 7:9 He sat on a fiery throne with wheels of blazing fire. There are also references to wheels in Ezekiel Chapter 10 (which may or may not be related). Is there a significance to the ...
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Where was Jesus' tomb?

We can be pretty sure it isn't in Japan. The two most referenced sites are: The Aedicule of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and The Garden Tomb. However, both stake their claims by virtue of ...
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Does Christianity say that the events that happen to us are from God?

Does Christianity say that the events that happen to us are from God? Is it all free will, or free will and God steps in to veto if he wants, or everything from God. I ask because at the Church I go ...
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Per Ecclesiastes 7:16, Does the Bible want me to sin?

From Ecclesiastes 7:16, Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise— why destroy yourself? So, why does the Bible say, "don't be too righteous"? Encouraging one to be moderate in ...
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In which country is the Garden of Eden located?

Genesis 2:15(NIV) The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. I'm curious to know, now, in which which country is the Garden of Eden located? ...
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Where did Jesus go after he arose from the grave?

In spirit of Easter coming up: Where did Jesus go after he arose from the grave? He was spotted walking, then.....? If he went to Heaven after rising, how long did he stay on earth and why not stay ...
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Why did God create man? [closed]

Genesis 2:7 KJV reads, And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Why do this? There must be a ...
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Why did God create the Heavens and the Earth?

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Why ? Does the Bible state a reason anywhere?
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What does it mean “my God my God why have you forsaken me”?

What is the correlation between these two scripture? Why Jesus felt forsaken if he knew what was going on? Why was it mentioned in Old Testament as well as New Testament(in two places)? Psalm ...
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Why are some words in the King James Bible written in italics?

When reading the King James Bible, I've noticed that some words are marked with italics. I have yet to discover any pattern, but it seems that all of the marked words are short common English words. ...
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Why did Jesus curse the fig tree?

“And on the morrow, when they had come out of Bethany, he [Jesus] hungered. And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if perhaps he might find anything thereon: and when he came to ...
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Why does Jesus call his accusers God?

John 10 33The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. 34Jesus answered them, Is it not ...
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Why was Hebrews included in the canon?

Was Hebrews included in the canon solely because it was assumed to be authored by Paul, or was there any other basis for its canonization?
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Did Jesus condemn contraception

Are there any passages in the New Testament where Jesus himself condemns the practice of contraception? As a virgin and the product of a miraculous conception himself it would seem odd for Him to have ...
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Did Lucifer have any chance? [closed]

When Lucifer defied God he must have thought he stood a chance of winning. Did he? And if not how is it he didn't realize that?
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What was Martin Luther King, Jr.'s understanding of salvation?

I've been reading A Testament of Hope which is a compilation of sermons by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. I also know he's a Baptist. (I even got to stand and preach for a minute in his pulpit last ...

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