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Why do we explicitly need to ask for help through prayer? [duplicate]

Since God is omniscient not only does he know all of our hardships but he also knows that we want him to help us through said hardships. Why do we explicitly ask for help through prayer?
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What arguments do scholars present for historicity of the fall?

What arguments and writings have been used to defend the Genesis account of the fall as a historical event? Is there evidence apart from the writings in Genesis that man was at one time not fallen?
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Why was the significance of Jesus' upcoming betrayal hidden from His disciples?

Luke 9:43b-45 (NLT) Jesus Again Predicts His Death While everyone was marveling at everything he was doing, Jesus said to his disciples, 44 “Listen to me and remember what I say. ...
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Why is it said that the Gospel of Luke presents Jesus as “the Son of Man”?

It is said that the Gospel of Luke presents Jesus as "the Son of Man"--not the Christ or King or God Incarnate, but distinctively the Son of Man. What is it in the Gospel of Luke that gives rise to ...
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What is the significance of shouting “Hosanna” by the people of Jerusalem?

The word Hosanna has many meanings: "help", "save, I pray", "Save, now!" or Praising etc. If the people shouted "Hosanna" in order to praise Jesus merely as a great Prophet, it would be easier to ...
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What is the Biblical basis to declare that ‘justice necessitates the resurrection of the body’?

I found a very good description of what the human conscience is: Conscience is nothing but that judgment which men do make, and which they cannot but make, of their moral actions with reference ...
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What's the principle in the eyes of God behind Leviticus leprosy and unclean law?

I am reading Leviticus these days, and I have a few questions: To take one example, I don't understand 13:13: then the priest shall look, and if the leprous disease has covered all his body, he ...
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Did Justin Martyr have a personal interaction with Jesus Christ?

Justin narrates the manner of his conversion to Trypho the Jew. In Chapter III of his Dialogue with Trypho, he writes, "And while I was thus disposed, when I wished at one period to be filled with ...
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What does inherit the earth mean in Matthew 5:5

I had a discussion with some friends last night about the meaning of the phrase "the meek will inherit the earth" in Matthew 5:5. There were a whole lot of different ideas flying around. Just ...
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Lutheranism, Has God ordained all things?

According to the Westminster Confession of Faith God has, in some way, ordained everything that comes to pass. I. God from all eternity did by the most wise and holy counsel of his own will, ...
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Is this true that before the Quinisext Council it was not allowed to draw Jesus on icons in the form of a man?

Is this true that only at the Quinisext Council it was allowed to draw Jesus on icons as a man, and that before that time Jesus was only depicted on icons as a fish or a lamb? I've looked up the ...
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How do you know if you are under a trial or if you are just suffering?

Hypothetically, if you are going through a painful situation: Is it because God is trying to grow you/redirect you? Or is it a result of sinful actions?
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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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For since the creation(ism)… men are without excuse

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest ...
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According to reformed theology, how does the fall glorify God?

What this question is not about: This question is NOT about: Is God omniscient (all knowing?), omnipotent (all powerful?) and benevolent? Then if God foresaw the first sin, and had the power to stop ...
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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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The Servetus Controversy: What was Calvin's involvement?

I recently watched this YT video that talks about Calvin and Servetus. The "Servetus Controversy" tells of a man named Michael Servetus who was burned at the stake for heresy -- not by Roman Catholic ...
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Why was Jesus baptised by John the Baptist?

We know the story: 13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 Jesus ...
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What is the Biblical view of “the spiritual gift of leadership”?

Romans 12 is said to describe "spiritual gifts". (See this post, for instance.) Such gifts are often regarded as being granted supernaturally to specific Christians, who are then specially able to ...
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What is the biblical basis for elder disqualification?

The Bible speaks to the qualifications of overseers and deacons, and also mentions that they are to be held to a higher standard than the rest of the congregation. What Biblical basis exists, then, ...
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What denominations use gender-inclusive hymnology?

Recently, I was asked to substitute "souls" for "men" in the hymn, "Good Christian Men, Rejoice," in order to be more gender-inclusive. In this same congregation, I caused quite a stir by suggesting ...
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Is Tim Keller's view of idolatry Biblical?

I just finished reading Tim Keller's Every Good Endeavor. In it, he says that in Ezekiel, there is a part where it talks about idols within the heart, "which involves making good things into ultimate ...
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New Testament Poetry

In the Old Testament, there are lengthy poetic passages or entire books of poetry (e.g. Song of Songs). What poetry, if any is there in the New Testament? John 1:1-18 and Luke 1:46-55 seem like ...
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Boswell's adelphopoiesis?

I've seen a few things lampooning John Boswell's interpretation of adelphopoiesis as a quasi civil union between men. However, I've not seen much on his side other than it being used by Christian gay ...
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What do bible authors mean by “they remain there till this day…”? [migrated]

Biblical authors like to proclaim how some monument/stone/altar/name remains intact to-this-day. Cool. Should I take that as till the day the author wrote it down (in which case: meh), or should I ...
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What was the 'testimony' where Aaron's rod was stored? [migrated]

Numbers 17:10 (KJV) And the LORD said unto Moses, Bring Aaron's rod again before the testimony, to be kept for a sign against the rebels; and you shall put away their murmurings from me, that they ...
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What does it mean for the Spirit to only speak of what he hears? [duplicate]

I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he ...
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Genesis's Order of Events: Is there Unanimous Consent Among the Fathers?

Is there unanimous consent* among the Fathers of the Church who interpreted Genesis that the order of events as described in Genesis actually occurred in the order Genesis describes them? I know yom ...
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Athanasian Creed article 6, meaning of “the glory equal”

In the Athanasian Creed, article 6, we read: But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit is all one, the glory equal, the majesty coeternal. Does the wording of this ...
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How well supported is the interpretation of Genesis 18 by Rublev's Icon of the Holy Trinity?

This was produced in the 15th century by Andrei Rublev's icon of the Trinity, a highly regarded Russian orthodox artist: It interprets the three men of Genesis 18 as being physical visitations of ...
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What is the Jehovah's Witnesses response to mixed marriage with a Christian of another denomination? [duplicate]

What are the consequences in the Jehovah's Witnesses church, when a member marries a non-JW Christian?
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Were a lot of 'Christians' in the past not Christians at all? [closed]

The intent of this question is not to define 'what is a true Christian?', but to ask: Given that each tradition has it's own well-defined understanding of what being a Christian means, how do they ...
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Why did the Apologists adopt Stoic Philosophy of the λόγος?

The Greek word λόγος is a prevalent concept in the first century Greco-Roman world. It has many meanings like divine principle, reason, word and revelation. All of these views regards the λόγος as ...
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Did God use man as a vehicle to bring about death? [closed]

Before creation there would have been no death. All of the Angels God created are eternal. When God Created everything then time was also created, but Earth and time are both temporary creations. ...
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What does John Calvin mean to imply by the “suffrage” of the church?

In his Institutes of the Christian Religion, John Calvin discusses the idea that the Biblical canon depends on the ratifying action of the Church (Book 1, Chapter 7). He thinks it does not, preferring ...
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Did God plan not to have any carnivores in his creation, and what is that teaching us?

Before the Flood man did not eat meat, and there were no carnivores: Genesis 1:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, ...
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Is God in control? [closed]

I have been confused by several people telling me different things concerning God being in control. Is God in control over each detail of our lives? For example: who we get married to who we date ...
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Does Christianity allow allegorical readings of creation and the deluge? [closed]

Please forgive me, I'm not Christian but I have wondered: Why do Christians seem to try to prove Noah's flood or a young earth? Considering the overwhelming evidence for human and geologic history ...
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What is the Obsolete Covenant? [duplicate]

By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear. (Hebrews 8:13, NIV) In the light of the Epistle to Hebrews, what did ...
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Why God will not destroy Satan? [closed]

Why God will not destroy Satan, which is the main perpetrator of sin ? Through him sin and turn away us from him.
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Who will go to Heaven according to Bible? [closed]

Has God put anybody already in hell? (Maybe Pharaoh?) If Yes to question 1, why did God put him into hell? What are the biggest sins? Is hell permanent or there is a time limit? Has God awarded ...
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Where does the Bible say that it is authoritative? [closed]

What is the passage in the Bible that claims that scripture is true? and how do people get around the circular nature of that argument?
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Who holds the keys to the Kindgom of Heaven? [duplicate]

Jesus says to Peter in Matthew 16:18,19: And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will ...
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How can all animals fit in Noah's ark [duplicate]

Genesis 6 14 So make yourself an ark of cypress[c] wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. 15 This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, ...
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Did everyone go to hell before Jesus died for our sins? [duplicate]

I've seen a couple of answers in this site which explained the meaning of "Jesus died for our sins". In these answers I gathered that Jesus (a representation of God himself) died so we could be ...
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If God is a God of love, why does God not make all souls in hell cease to exist? [closed]

If God is omnipotent, and a God of love, why does God not make all souls in hell cease to exist, and did it ever happen? Also, wouldn't a loving God end their suffering? Thank you for your answers.
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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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Does the spiritual life require faliure or can it be a continual ascent? [closed]

A neophyte Christian might just becoming aware of a personal relationship with God. But throughout the life of a Christian what does Sacred Scripture and/or Sacred Tradition say that a follower of ...
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Does purgatory have a symbol?

I haven't found it on the internet. Are there any symbol for purgatory, or related to purgatory?
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Biblically, is there such a thing as innocent by reason of mental defect? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does the Bible say about people with mental illness? Have a friend in Christ who is black/white; all are responsible for their actions all the time. "Mental ...

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