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Who will judge the 12th tribe of Israel?

I was reading the Last Supper passage in Luke the other day and came across this verse: Luke 22:30 (KJV) 30 That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the ...
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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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Does following Christian spiritual law extremely, cause one to sin more?

Let me start with this: Galatians 5:19-21 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, ...
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Does the 'Sons of Jacob' refer to only Jews, or also Christians and Muslims?

There is a song by Damian Marley that refers to "The sleeping sons of Jacob". I looked up 'Sons of Jacob' on Wikipedia and now understand them to represent the 12 tribes of Israel, but I have only ...
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Why don't young-earth creationists just explain things (usually considered as miracles) as miracles?

I've observed some young-earth creationists attempt to link the worldwide flood of Noah's day with melting icebergs. While not critical of the science behind such an explanation, I would really like ...
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How should Christianity respond to the person who defames it? [closed]

In a Christian country (where the Christian law is obeyed), if a person insults Jesus, makes fun of him and defames the Bible, How should the Government, Church and Christians respond (according to ...
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Is Asia in the Bible the Asia of today?

I have this sneaking suspicion that the Asia listed in Acts is not the continent of Asia. Acts 19:9-10 ESV But when some became stubborn and continued in unbelief, speaking evil of the Way before ...
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Why eat when there was no death? [closed]

In Genesis, God tells Adam and Eve not to eat of a certain tree, but they can eat from any other tree. The bible also apparently says that before sin there was no death. So... Why the need to eat? If ...
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What does Hebrews 10:26 mean? [duplicate]

I thought the knowledge of the truth was knowing that we are shaped in iniquity, sinners through and through, and destined to die that way. However, Jesus death which was the sacrifice that paid for ...
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Did Jesus say to preach to Gentiles, or not?

Besides Paul, who never met Christ, was Jesus' message ever meant to be told to the Gentiles?
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What is a non-denominational church?

Some Christians claim a non-denominational church is better. However, as a scientist I like to see all angles of the story: I was under the impression that since all Christians don't belong to one ...
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What is the official Roman Catholic Bible? [duplicate]

If I want to buy a copy of the Bible, which version does one buy that would be the official Roman Catholic version? It seems the Kings James version is the most popular, is that the one? Will this ...
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Was God living in darkness before the creation of light?

After reading this question, another question came to my mind. If God created the light only after the creation of the universe, then does it mean there was no light in Heaven? If we read the context ...
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Why Christian Translator Translate Rhea as Neighbor?

Why do Bible translator translate rhea into neighbor in "Love thy neighbor"? The Jews told me that rhea really means comrades. So why is it translated as neighbor? In Indonesia, it's translated as ...
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What happens when a Protestant doesn't tithe?

I heard in another question that some Protestants have to tithe. That is, they must give one-tenth of their salary, or more broadly, a specific amount or percentage. That seems a bit strange to me, ...
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NIV Hidden Bible Verses

I'm wondering were are some passages in the NIV, like: Matthew 17:21 Matthew 18:11 Mark 9:44 Mark 11:26 Mark 15:28 Luke 17:36 And some more. Also there are some passages where the NIV delete some ...
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How was 'a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger' a sign?

The angels told the shepards: For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you:you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and ...
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Does Mark 16:9-20 Prove the Bible is not the infallible word of God?

Regarding Mark 16:9-20: To my knowledge, most biblical scholars agree that the last 12 verses of the Gospel of Mark were added at a later date in order to give a more coherent finish to a seemingly ...
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Why is Jesus' name pronounced differently in each language? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do biblical names vary in different languages? We call him Jesus in English. But in the Tamil language, the word Jesus is pronounced as "Eeasu". I wonder why such ...
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Can we know anything about Jesus' appearance from the Bible?

We know something about Jesus' clothes, that He wore sandals and that He wore a seamless undergarment. Are there any other clues in the Bible as to His physical appearance?
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Why no specific names of false apostles and false brothers in Acts and epistles?

Why is it so that while we are told in the Acts and epistles of many false-apostles and false brothers, there are no specific names mentioned? Has this matter ever been considered in Christianity?
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Why are wise men common in contemporary [American] nativity scenes?

It is widely supported that the wise men were not present at the time of Jesus' birth. (ie. What is the basis for the belief that the wise men did not arrive in Bethlehem until several months after ...
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Is there a particular order in lighting candles on an advent wreath?

Is there a particular order in lighting the candles on an Advent Wreath? If there is, why? Which candle is lit first, and what order follows to the last candle? Where is the pink candle located ...
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Are Christians called to forgive Unbelievers?

In Matthew 18:21-22, we are asked to forgive not just seven, but "seventy times seven" (unlimited) times our brother. However, is there any verse concerning how we are to forgive non believers ?
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What is considered chaste behaviour from a Catholic perspective?

The Catholic church teaches that sexual love between a man and a woman is to be reserved to within marriage. My question is in the opinion of the Catholic church what is defined as pre-marital1 ...
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How was Abraham able to rescue Lot?

Trouble began (in Genesis) when the Kings of Sodom and Gomorrah (and their allies) rebelled against their overlord, Chedoloamer, who swept down on them with an avenging army, killing or capturing ...
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What does Jesus mean that those that can be trusted on small matters can be trusted in large matter?

Imagine Madoff coming to your living room saying, "I got investment, I want you to invest your whole money to me." You test them. You left some changes on the table and pretend to do something else. ...
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Humans doing miracles

Jesus says quite a few times that if you have enough faith you can do anything. Matthew 21:21 Jesus replied, "Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what ...
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The Virgin Mary, “the perfect non-divine human being”

In a response in another thread, one individual mentioned that the virgin Mary was “the perfect non-divine human being.” Is this an accepted Catholic belief? If it is, what need was there for the ...
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Was Zacchaeus saved before he met Jesus?

If Zacchaeus was saved when he met Jesus, then wouldn't Zacchaeus be saved by works? 8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I ...
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How do YECs respond to the lack of non-Christian buy-in to their “creation science”?

The history of science is full of cases where a new, sound scientific theory didn't catch on right away, and was ridiculed by the scientific community, sometimes for decades or centuries, before ...
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In “take up your cross daily” what does “cross” refer to?

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. (Luke 9:23) What does Jesus mean here? What kind of cross is he ...
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What is the significance of Jesus saying “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending”?

All Scriptures are quoted from the King James translation. Four times in the Revelation Jesus uses that phrase(they are all in red letters): Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning ...
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Would aliens invalidate Christianity as we know it? [closed]

If we discover other intelligent life forms in the universe, would this change Christianity in any way or not? For the sake of the argument, let's presume we will find human-like life in a newly ...
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Modern musical instruments in Catholic church service

These days we can see many churches using latest musical instruments to worship God in the church, example - Assembly of God. Once I attended a Catholic church. Some sisters were sitting at the ...
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Resist not evil! What this means, not to fight evil?

Matthew 5:39: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. What does this mean? Not to fight evil? Does that mean ...
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Old testament accuracy of God's Word

As has been discussed before there are differences between the old and new testament. What I wish to know is this: How accurate is the word of God written in the old testament? How much of it is/was ...
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Why do some Catholics file up for commmunion?

My wife was telling me about how in Spain, it's common practice to just go up to receive communion pretty much at random whereas in my experience I've always filed up (even when I was in Germany for ...
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Why did Jesus leave?

With ascension day coming up so quickly, I have a question: Why did Jesus leave? I've read some ideas but few have any actual Biblical backing. Could anyone point me in the direction of this? Cheers ...
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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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What does “give that which is holy to dogs” mean?

What does this mean? You must not give that which is holy to dogs. Do not cast your pearls before swine, or the swine may trample them under foot, and then turn on you and tear you to pieces. ...
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Anne and Joachim are the parents of Mary - is this a Catholic dogma?

Apparently the Catholic Church has recognized Joachim and Anne as saints, and it is said that they are the father and mother of the virgin Mary. Is the belief that Joachim and Anne are the parents of ...
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Why aren't there any Baptist monasteries?

So, why aren't there any Baptist monasteries? Is there some sort of theological opposition, or do Baptists just don't do it?
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Why did Christ need to be the first person to be resurrected?

Christ is the firstfruits; he was the first person to be resurrected. Why did he need to be the first? Why couldn't anybody else be resurrected until after Christ was first resurrected? We are taught ...
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What does it mean to say an original Greek manuscript did not survive?

What does it mean when they say Greek manuscripts, written by the original authors, did not survive? I don't Understand this statement.
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Accepting ones “station” in life: does this have any Biblical basis?

Often people say that they have a job, friend, or other "station" in life for a "reason" (including health, wealth, etc.). They feel that it is their obligation to stick it out in a job or personal ...
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Which scripture was Paul referring this verse from?

Paul says while teaching about resurrection of the dead and resurrected body: 1 Corinth. 15:45 So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living person”; the last Adam became a ...
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Why do Jehovah's Witnesses believe that angels are doing the talking between God and mankind?

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that the conversations between God and the people are carried out by angels, but the angels are not mentioned in the Bible. They are merely assumed to be present, because ...
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Is the catechism of the Catholic Church seen as official doctrine for Catholics?

Or is it seen as something that can be challenged or even, in parts, refused?
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What's the difference between resurrection and reincarnation?

I'm pretty sure resurrection is vastly different from reincarnation, even though both describe living again. So what is the difference between them? And is one doctrine more typical of Christian ...

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