3
votes
2answers
1k views

What did David mean in Psalm 39:13?

In Psalm 39 (NIV) starting with verse 12, David said: "Hear my prayer, Lord, listen to my cry for help; do not be deaf to my weeping. I dwell with you as a foreigner, a stranger, as all my ...
3
votes
1answer
439 views

Female Sunday School teachers for 17, 18 year old male students?

This verse has been used to say that women should not hold the office of pastor: I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. 1 Tim 2:12. Yet at least ...
3
votes
1answer
135 views

Does Isaiah foretell any births that are not about Jesus?

Are there any births foretold in the book of Isaiah which scholars have held NOT to be about Jesus, the Messiah? What textual clues have been used to distinguish between passages that predict some ...
3
votes
3answers
2k views

How does Jesus describe God in the Gospels

How did Jesus explain the nature of God in the NT narratives ? Please cite only the relevant verses where Jesus himself describes the nature of God. I wanted to again clarify , that I am interested ...
3
votes
1answer
195 views

Why are some miracles hard to explain and some are not?

Here is a related question but they are not the same Do miracles violate the laws of physics? Looking at most miracles in the bible, they can be explained based on what we already understand ...
3
votes
1answer
3k views

Did the Lord God agree with “an eye for an eye”? [duplicate]

In the Old Testament there is a scripture about an eye for an eye law: [Exodus 21:23~25] And if [any] mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, ...
3
votes
2answers
109 views

What was the first Spiritual Gifts Inventory book published or who was the first to use the method?

Today there is a plethora of books using questionnaires or similar tools in order to identify what spiritual gifts a person might have. I am wondering who was the first using this methodology and/or ...
3
votes
2answers
414 views

Will there be ongoing co-creation (aka technological development) in heaven?

On Earth, the Catholic Church teaches that humans are co-creators with God. To human beings God even gives the power of freely sharing in his providence by entrusting them with the ...
3
votes
2answers
161 views

Is the term 'word of God' in the New Testament equal in authority to the designation 'scripture'?

I have noticed there are some that distinguish between the designation 'scripture' as only referring to the Old Testament and 'word of God' as some or all of the New Testament. This seems strange to ...
3
votes
2answers
5k views

What is the biblical support for the moral-civil-ceremonial distinction of Old Testament laws?

I just asked this question looking for where this view point came from and when it was made popular. Ceremonial Law: This type of law relates to Israel's worship. (Lev 1:1-13) The laws pointed ...
3
votes
1answer
255 views

“Actor's idolatry” problem - is it a sin? [closed]

Let's imagine an actor, a good Christian. As a part of his role of some pagan, he prays to Zeus or other ancient deity on stage. He just plays the role and there is no inclination to Zeus behind his ...
3
votes
1answer
315 views

Which is more important to the Roman Catholic Church today: Church unity or the actual text of scripture?

I recently did some study on the fact that Augustine objected to Jerome translating the OT into Latin from the Hebrew instead of the Greek because there were significant differences in the texts. ...
3
votes
3answers
5k views

What is temptation?

Temptation, in the common secular sense, seems to indicate an attraction to something. Temptation The act of tempting The condition of being tempted. Something attractive, tempting or ...
3
votes
1answer
398 views

Who were the the “Prophets of Zwickau”?

Who were the "Prophets of Zwickau" and what influence did they have on modern Christianity? I'm interested in their theology, history, and influence on Christianity in their day, and whether or not ...
3
votes
2answers
524 views

What is the Order of Special Full-Time Servants?

The Order of Special Full-Time Servants appears to be a religious order of Jehovah's Witnesses. What is a religious order in the context of Witness theology? Is it theologically meaningful at all? To ...
3
votes
1answer
150 views

Do Christadelphians believe Jesus is God

Do Christadelphians believe that Jesus is completely God and has been God since before the creation of the world? If not, when does Jesus become God (or take on God like attributes)? What is their ...
3
votes
1answer
103 views

How does one reconcile Sola Fide with the parable of the talents?

When I consider how my light is spent   E're half my days, in this dark world and wide,   And that one Talent which is death to hide,   Lodg'd with me useless, though my Soul ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

Why do some churches eat leavened bread and wine for the Lord's Supper?

Why is it that many denominations partake of leavened bread and wine during the Lord's Supper when the bread and wine of the original Supper was unleavened? The Passover coincides with the start of ...
3
votes
1answer
153 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 ...
3
votes
2answers
244 views

“Hell's Best Kept Secret” from a Calvinist Perspective

The Hell's Best Secret teaching is very popular, and is making an impact on Churches and Christians, crossing denominational borders, and having an influence on Christian movies, television, and ...
3
votes
2answers
98 views

According to premillenial view, What is the point of the Millenium reign?

Here's my understanding: Some people believe during the tribulation. They make into the 1000 year reign. During this reign, there is peace on earth. At the end of the 1000 years, Satan is released. ...
3
votes
5answers
4k views

What does the Bible say about how we should pray?

Context In Matthew 6:7-15, we see Jesus telling his disciples to not use vain repetitions as the heathens do giving a specific example of how to pray It's furthermore noted that prayer is a ...
3
votes
1answer
582 views

What did Calvin think about Knox's “Monstrous Regiment”?

Scottish Protestant reformer John Knox (1514-1572) is the author of the work of vile misogyny, The first blast of the trumpet against the monstruous regiment of women (1558). In the book, Knox rails ...
3
votes
1answer
206 views

Non-movable feasts in the Lent and Easter seasons

The latest possible date for Ash Wednesday is March 10th and the earliest possible date for Pentecost is May 10th. Besides the movable feasts, is there any indication that the Catholic Church places ...
3
votes
1answer
520 views

How do Christians exercise self-control in the abstinence of food during fasting?

I am aware of the Lord teaching us to pray, detailing how and how not it should be done, but the only thing he said about fasting was "Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad ...
3
votes
1answer
179 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
189 views

Why do so many Christians call Paul “teacher”, when Jesus said it was forbidden? [closed]

I personally try to base everything I believe on the words of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels. I also take the Old Testament as truth because Jesus also did. I see Paul like I do CS Lewis, I happen ...
3
votes
1answer
438 views

What's the main point of supplication prayers?

What's the point of supplication prayers when the living believers are asking the other living ones to pray for them? I mean apostle Paul asked other believers to pray for him. Why did he do that ...
3
votes
1answer
225 views

Sources on Historical Reliability of the New Testament

Unlike many of the other great religions of the world - Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, even Judaism to some extent - Christianity is founded not on a philosophy or a metaphysical idea, but on an ...
3
votes
1answer
230 views

When did the older English spelling of the endings of Isaiah and Elijah stop being used in the Catholic Church?

I was reading Archbishop Fulton Sheen's Life of Christ and he always refers to Isaiah and Isaias and Elijah as Elias. I know that's one of the traditional English spellings, but when did it change ...
3
votes
1answer
151 views

What is the biblical basis for the position that Embryonic Stem Cell Research is immoral/sinful?

Many churches teach the embryonic stem cell Research is strictly wrong, while adult stem cell research is alright. What is the biblical basis for this teaching and why are the two distinguished?
3
votes
1answer
2k views

What are the “evangelical counsels”?

The question Was "love your enemies" ever included among the evangelical counsels? mentions evangelical counsels. In the question James T mentions that they are something to be kept by ...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

Does God forgive those who take his name in vain? [on hold]

Christianity teaches the forgiveness of sins by God, but Exodus 20:7, one of the Ten Commandments, says: "You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him ...
3
votes
2answers
82 views

What is “spirit” in Holy Spirit?

Jesus taught the woman of Samaria that "God is spirit". The answer to the Penny Catechism Q17. What is God? is God is the supreme Spirit, who alone exists of himself, and is infinite in all ...
3
votes
2answers
67 views

Why did God instruct the Israelites to perform so many different types of sacrificial offerings? [closed]

In the Bible, there are many different sacrificial offerings (Leviticus 1-5) which were to be performed in the Tabernacle/Temple. Burnt Offering Sin Offering Meat offering or Drink Offering ...
3
votes
1answer
103 views

How do the LDS interpret Matthew 19:12?

From this verse in Matthew 19, it may appear that the Savior approved of celibacy or self-mutilation: "For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are some ...
3
votes
2answers
113 views

Was the Roman Catholic Church responsible for the change of Sabbath to Sunday as day of rest?

Some historians--both Catholic and Protestants--make reference to Constantine, the emperor, circa 527, as paving the way for the Bishop of Rome as responsible for the change that historically took ...
3
votes
1answer
65 views

What do Southen Baptists believe about Jesus' dual nature?

It's Catholic Dogma that Jesus was one man with two natures. I was reading an answer to a question on this site where a brother in Christ of the Southern Baptist persuasion was talking about "the man ...
3
votes
1answer
104 views

From a Catholic perspective, what do family relationships look like in heaven?

According to Matthew 22:30, people in heaven do not marry. What do the family relationships look like there? Will our relations to parents, kids, wives and husbands disappear? The Catholic position ...
3
votes
3answers
212 views

Are there any denominations that reject Mary's virgin conception of Jesus?

Its hard to reconcile her virgin conception of Jesus with being a descendant of David since the genealogies in Matthew and Luke go through Joseph, who (according to the virgin conception theory) was ...
3
votes
1answer
53 views

Is there a non-Catholic view of purification of the spirit after physical death?

Is there a non-Catholic view of purification of the spirit after physical death? This is related to the phrase "saved by fire" in 1 Corinthians 3:15.
3
votes
1answer
88 views

Where is the prophecy of the star the wise men followed?

Is the star that the wise men saw to cause them to come to Bethlehem prophesied in the bible? Where is that prophecy? Edit: The wise men spoke about the star here. Matthew 2:1-2 1 Now when Jesus ...
3
votes
2answers
47 views

Where did Aaron die?

At the Lord’s command Aaron the priest went up Mount Hor, where he died on the first day of the fifth month of the fortieth year after the Israelites came out of Egypt. (Numbers 33:38, NIV) ...
3
votes
2answers
169 views

In modern times, what would happen to a Roman Catholic monk if he were to violate his monastic vows?

So, I was watching a documentary about the Codex Gigas, or "Devil's Bible", and it said that the Codex Gigas was written by a single scribe over the course of decades as a way of doing penance of what ...
3
votes
1answer
500 views

Why shouldn't we swear or curse- LDS

So here are the reasons I've come up with why we are commanded not to curse or swear. Some curse words have vulgar and awful meanings. Culturally it is seen as unprofessional, unintelligent and ...
3
votes
1answer
75 views

What is the origin of the tradition that Mary lived in Turkey after John took her there?

This website says that the last home of Mary, the mother of Jesus, was in Ephesus, Turkey. Where did this idea originate?
3
votes
4answers
197 views

What biblical passage(s) reveal(s) what God says was the fallen angels' sin?

From this question: Does the Bible provide any passages that might help in understanding how Satan became sinful?, answers have attempted to find from a biblical-basis, how Satan became sinful. This ...
3
votes
2answers
48 views

Is it ever revealed that Paul released those that he imprisoned?

So Paul (previously Saul) became a believer and an effective advocate for Christ, but only after he had imprisoned several believers. Acts 8:3 ESV But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering ...
3
votes
3answers
132 views

Looking for a specific sermon about Barnabas

I remember hearing a sermon1 in the last few years (so probably after 2010). I think it was a series of three about Josephs in the Bible (hence one sermon per Joseph). The first was about Joseph, son ...
3
votes
2answers
375 views

Why did Paul go to Arabia?

In the first chapter of Galatians, paul said, 17 Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus. After he his ...

15 30 50 per page