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How do people who believe in immediate heaven for believers at death explain Tabitha?

In Acts 9:36-41 is the story of Tabitha (a.k.a. Dorcas) who died and was raised to life through the prayer of Peter. That would seem to conflict with a commonly held view among theologically ...
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In which language is the Bible most read today?

In which language is the Bible most read today? In a recent discussion, we surmised that the most read language translation of the Bible would be English. I am hoping to have a more definitive answer ...
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When is earliest mention of the Church tradition that Jesus was born in a cave?

The birth of Jesus as recounted by Luke says that: 7 And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them ...
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How do Baptists catechize children?

If Baptists do not believe in the formalized confessional creeds of the church, then how do they catechize children? In the Small Catechism, Martin Luther notes that learning the Creeds is very ...
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According to LDS, what is the purpose of the final judgment?

I used to think that the purpose of the final judgment was to determine which kingdom of glory we would inherit, and then once that was determined we could be resurrected with a body to match that ...
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Renouncing the devil during baptism

In "On the Mysteries" (De Mysteriis) [English], Chapter 2, St. Ambrose wrote, After this the Holy of holies was opened to you, you entered the sanctuary of regeneration; recall what you were ...
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Did Jesus own a home as an adult or was He a nomad?

Did Jesus own a home as an adult or was He a nomad? If He did own a home, did He live with someone else?
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If Noah's Flood was a historical global flood then how is the evidence that Egypt was founded before the Flood explained? [duplicate]

The common consensus is that Noah's flood occurred around the 2200-2300 BCE. If this is so, then how could Egypt have been founded by Narmer in 3100 BCE? Is Mizraim the founder of Egypt? Or is Mizraim ...
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Difference between Eutychianism and Monophysitism

I was reading about some Catholic Christological heresies. Then I came across Monophysitisism and Eutychianism. Both discuss the divine and human nature of Christ. They both theorize that Christ had ...
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Meaning of end of chapter 3 of the 2nd Helvetic Confession

What is the meaning of the last paragraph of Chapter 3 of the Second Helvetic Confession(?): HERESIES. Therefore we condemn the Jews and Mohammedans, and all those who blaspheme that sacred and ...
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Sex and Pleasure?

Is there any biblical defensible position for arguing that sex is for pleasure? Obviously this was not so to the early church fathers, but I also think it would be naive to miss that they were coming ...
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Why has “Devil's advocate” office been changed?

Pope John Paul II abolished* reduced the power and changed the role of the Promotor fidei (Promoter of the Faith) office, better known as Advocatus diaboli (Devil's advocate) in 1983, thereby the ...
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Are our sins of the future forgiven? (John 20:23)

Catholics say that our future sins are not forgiven (unless we confess them in the future) and say that John 20:23 (and maybe other verses which I can't remember), uses the past, i.e. "forgiven", so ...
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How does Protestantism explain Matthew 18:20 in this technology age? [duplicate]

Is Christ Jesus talking about a literal physical gathering of two or more? How does the Church explain Matthew 18:20 (NET) in this technology age? For where two or three gather in my name, there ...
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What is the basis for First Communion?

I understand that Catholics practice First Communion for kids. What is the basis for this practice in the Catholic church? What is the proper age?
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On what side was Jesus' stab wound?

I've always believed that Jesus was stabbed in his left side. That seems to be the common belief. How is that notion supported? I can't find anything the tells me absolutely in which side he was ...
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Is it wrong to say Jesus is the God of the Old Testament?

Is it wrong to say that Jesus is the God of the Old Testament? Jesus is God, the Father is God, and the Holy spirit is God. With this is mind, is it wrong to say Jesus is the God of the Old ...
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To what degree does the Church of England consider the Genesis creation account to be metaphoric?

Does the Church of England generally consider the Genesis creation account (first couple of chapters) more metaphor than literal history?
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Does “gospel-preaching church” have a shared meaning?

Does "gospel-preaching church" have a shared meaning among Christians? What is it supposed to mean, and what are the signs of this "gospel-preaching church"? Is the term a tautology? Or is the ...
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Are LDS members expected to contribute a certain amount of time as a full-time missionary?

As I understand it, all LDS members are expected to serve some time as Missionaries. It's been years since I attended an LDS Church, but when I was attending, I seem to recall being told several ...
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What is the biblical basis for ascribing theological worth to “human dignity”?

I was reading an interesting article suggesting that "Christians" should embrace economic freedom, and was rather taken by the following paragraph: Full article at ...
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How do decentralized churches/denominations practically deal with “brothers” from another denomination in light of Matthew 18:17

"If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private. If he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that 'every ...
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Why was Jesus called the King of the Jews?

In Luke 23:38 it is written, There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS Why was the notice placed at the crucifixion proclaiming Jesus to be King?
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Why did God only cure Naaman? [closed]

Jesus said (Luke 4:27): "There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian." Several possible interpretations occur ...
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Did CS Lewis see 'pleasure' as being the purpose of our existence?

In 'The Great Divorce' a character asks, destraught, why she was born and a spirit replies, "for infinite joy!" Is that what CS Lewis thought the meaning of life was? Ultimate joy? Is there any other ...
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What is the biblical and traditional support for the Catholic Marian devotion?

In this answer it was stated that the Bible does support Marian devotion, which the Catholics practice. In Luke, Mary says "all generations will call me blessed." I can see how this lends credence to ...
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Why is being gay considered more sinful than being divorced or commiting adultery? [closed]

I am looking for Biblical evidence that homosexuality is a greater sin than adultery or divorce (for any reason other than adultery). Prohibitions of "sexual immorality" could cover homosexuality, ...
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Torah and the Old Testament [closed]

Both Torah and the Old Testament relate to Jews. How different or similar is Torah and the Old Testament of Bible?
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What are “all things” in “Let all things be tested, keep to what is good”?

1 Thessalonians 5:21 reads: Put all things to the test: keep what is good [GNT] Prove all things; hold fast that which is good [KJV] What is "all things" here?
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How does Christianity explain suffering that ends in death?

Does suffering in this life really matter? How can suffering from natural causes be reconciled with an omnimax god? Both answers above contain the major theme of God refining us, making us more like ...
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In general, in the Protestant branch, who can baptize a new believer?

I know quite well that the plethora of Protestant denominations means that there are almost no universal traditions. However, there are a number of particular traditions or beliefs that are held by ...
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We might find Judas in Heaven?

We all know how Judas sold Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. The thing is he hanged himself before Jesus died on the cross so he went to (supposedly) hell. But after Jesus died on the cross he went to ...
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Must one believe that there is only one True and Living God to be saved? [closed]

Must one believe that there is only one True and Living God to be saved? Obviously the scripture states in various places that God is one (Deut 6:4, Isaiah 45:5), and I do believe this and I am fully ...
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Does a Christian who commits sins against Christian doctrine and commandments still remain Christian? [duplicate]

What is the position of the Christian denominations about whether a person who commits sins and lives un-Christian lifestyle, yet believes he is Christian, still remains Christian? This question is ...
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Refutation of Chizzuk Emunah, Part II, Ch. LXVI: “Inconsistencies in Christian text regarding food”

In Chizzuk Emunah, Part II, Ch. LXVI, 16th century Jewish theologian Yitzchak ben Avraham of Trakai wrote, Acts 10:11-15, "And Peter saw heaven opened; and a certain vessel descending unto him, ...
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How does one reconcile the idea that physical disability is the result of sin with Exodus 4:11?

I believe that disability is a result of Adam and Chavva's sin. Here's the logic behind my reasoning. Adam and Chavva were not disabled according to scripture. Adam and Chavva committed sin. ...
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How is the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus interpreted?

I have always been puzzled by this in Scripture. Can someone clarify these points: If Jesus was speaking of reality then 'The End' had technically already come. Is this correct? From Hell it would ...
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Shouldn't Mary’s genealogy be Jesus' family history? [closed]

Matthew 1:1-17 provides a genealogy of Jesus, traced back to Abraham: The Family History of Jesus the Messiah: . . . Abraham was the father of Isaac . . . Matthan was the father of ...
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Biblical support of a Quadrichotomous view of Man

There are two common views of the Nature of Man - the Dichotomous, and the Trichotomous. However, a Quadrichotomous view can also be drawn from Jesus' answer to the challenge of what is the greatest ...
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Who is Father or God in Christianity

The following are some lines in which Jesus (Peace be upon him) mentions "Father" or "God". Is Islam we consider "Father" or "God" to be referring to Allah as Jesus (Peace be upon him) is ...
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What privileges and powers does the Prophet of the LDS Church have in his office as Seer?

From what I know, the Prophet of the LDS Church holds the position of Seer, as Joseph Smith did. If this is so, what specific privileges and powers come with that position? Does this include the ...
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What do Jehovah's Witnesses believe about the nature of God?

What do Jehovah's Witnesses believe about the nature of God and, specifically, Jesus? A common Christian belief is that God is One in Three co-equal, co-eternal Persons--the Father, the Son, and the ...
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How could God's form be seen prior to His incarnation?

In a seeker's Bible discussion last week, I had explained that God created the physical world and, therefore, existed outside the physical world. I stated that He entered into the physical world in ...
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Why does the Bible say that people no longer need to ‘feel guilty’ under the gospel, as compared to the Old Testament?

There is the verse from Hebrews that makes me pose the question: 10 The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the ...
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What is the Christian perspective on the description of God? [closed]

My pastor (Calvary Chapel) referred to God as His father, then once said that God is everywhere and in everything (i.e. - inside each person) and then that God is Love. So now I am confused as to ...
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Do the people God sends to challenge His people (for His Glory) have salvation?

Romans 9:17 17 In the Scriptures God says to Pharaoh: “I made you king so that you could do this for me. I wanted to show my power through you. I wanted my name to be announced throughout ...
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Any Roman Catholic Church martyrs from 10 - 15th centuries?

Do we know of any martyrs from among the Roman Catholic Church that lived during the 5 centuries before Martin Luther (i.e. 10 - 15th centuries). I am especially interested in those who have been ...
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Is it possible to believe in Jesus, pray to Him and be baptized and yet not get regenerated?

What I mean here by "regenerated" is being born of God, i.e. become a child of God. Has this matter been discussed in Christianity? If the question is too broad, then I am firstly after the ...
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Is 1 Thessalonians 4:17 the only verse that supports the rapture?

Are there any verses in the Bible besides 1 Thessalonians 4:17 that support the doctrine of the rapture?
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Any dangers for the usage of sacramentals that are not-yet-blessed-by-a-priest?

I just bought a new Rosary, and I haven't asked our priest in the locality to bless it. Is there any danger when I pray the Rosary (or use of any "not-yet-blessed" sacramental for this matter) using ...

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