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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 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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Does God know me personally?

Are there any quotations from the Bible from which the reader can conclude that God knows (in any sense) him/her personally (in any sense) ?
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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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Did King James really have his name put into the Bible?

I have heard it said that the name book of James would more properly be translated as something such as Joshua. As James is a name of apparent Germanic decent, is it true as I have heard that the ...
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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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How do Pentecostals theologically justifiy when “faithful” snake handlers die?

What does it mean to Pentecostal churches whose pastor dies from a snake bite? The faith in snake handling comes from the literal interpretation of: Mark 16:17-18 KJV And these signs shall ...
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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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Where did the disciples meet Jesus after the resurrection?

I was listening to a debate between a Muslim scholar and a Christian scholar, and the Muslim debater raised this and many other questions. The Christian debater did not address this issue in his ...
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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 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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What are the differences between God and mankind?

A lot has been said about man being made in God's image. However, when I once explained this to a Hindu lady, she said "God in man's image or man in God's image, it's all the same", implying that she ...
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Evidence towards Christianity [closed]

I have been a Christian for my entire life. Lately, I have been in a low spot in faith, and have had some skepticism towards a few things in the bible. I do have faith in the bible, but I would like ...
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What does it mean that the Virgin was assumed “in body” in Heaven?

... the Pope explained that the text from the Revelation, which speaks of a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon at her feet and a garland of twelve stars upon her head, refers both to the ...
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Who created heaven and hell?

I'm wondering if heaven and hell was created or it always existed. If it was created obviously God created it right? Because He is the only one capable of creating something like that. If so why make ...
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From a Fundamentalist viewpoint, what does it mean to “take the Bible literally”?

In my previous answer on this question, while discussing Biblical Inerrancy, I stated: The doctrine of inerrancy does not imply hyper-literalism. As noted above, in the second possible mechanism ...
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What is the controversy/issue surrounding Jerusalem as Israel's capital? [closed]

I was reading this article where representatives at the 2012 Democratic National Convention booed in disagreement over a platform position regarding Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. I'm not ...
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Is ex-nihilo creationism irreconcilable with the concept of individual free will?

Looking on this site in many answers involving the problem of evil I see affirmations of belief in free-will. According to Calvinist Mark Hausam, who presented a paper at a conference on Mormonism, ...
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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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Do Lutherans have a rebuttal for the Jesus > Religion argument

I hear it a lot in Christian rock and this youtube video articulates the idea that somehow we'd be better off following Jesus and not following the Church He started. As a Catholic that's about as ...
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What can we do to grow closer to God? [closed]

Throughout my life, I've been close to God sometimes and further away at other times. This "distance" is present in both my emotions and also in my devotion. I mention both of those because there ...
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What evidence is there that Jesus died on the cross? [closed]

Inspired by How long was Jesus in the tomb?, the question could be reasonably raised "if Jesus was only in the tomb for a day and a half, can we be sure that he really died, or were the witnesses ...
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Do Protestants believe that all sins are equal?

I know that Protestants reject the Roman Catholic understanding of "mortal" and "venial" sins. I also know that there's biblical basis for seeing sins as both equal and different. But how do ...
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Are there any active Christian ministries that preach from the Jefferson Bible?

I've recently read the Jefferson Bible and I am actively considering making it my primary Bible. Are there any current ministries that use this bible, and/or are there any active ministries that use ...

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