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Why did punishment differ in Leviticus 20:13 and 1 Kings 15:11-12?

Is there any reason behind why punishment differed in Leviticus 20:13 and 1 Kings 15:11-12? What's the context? Leviticus 20:13 If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have ...
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Did Zachariah ask for a son to God?

This is related to this question. I found this verses from Qur'an. Surah 19:1-7 Kaf- Ha-Ya-'Ain-Sad. (This is) a mention of the mercy of your Lord to His slave Zakariya (Zachariah). When ...
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What is the LDS meaning of the New Jerusalem?

The LDS (Mormon) Church has a visitor's center in Independence, MO, which area is apparently related to New Jerusalem. What is the significance of this in LDS theology and what is the LDS belief on ...
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Why do some denominations wash feet before taking communion?

Why is it that some denominations follow the ordinance of humility as described in John 13 while others do not? What reason is there for not performing the foot washing ceremony before partaking in ...
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Matthew 1:19, Divorce, and Virginity

In light of Joseph being called a righteous man in Matthew 1:19, does this mean that divorce because one of the two was not a virgin at the time of marriage is biblically valid?
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Does Satan actually laugh?

I've watched a lot of horror movies and I can't help noticing Satan or any demons are often portrayed 'diabolically' laughing somewhere in the movie. But then, Satan is supposed to be our prosecutor* ...
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According to reformed theology, are _all_ wealthy Christians required to give their wealth to the poor?

In Mark 10:17-31, we see Jesus talk to the rich young ruler, and tell him to sell his possessions and give it to the poor. According to reformed theologians, is this required of all wealthy followers ...
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Total Depravity vs the Rich Man

If I understand "Total Depravity" from Calvinism -- apart from God's grace, there is nothing good within us -- we are miserable, evil creatures. In light of this, I have some questions about the rich ...
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Will (or “do”) people in heaven get to interact with Jesus, independent of massive crowds?

When one considers the example Jesus set during his time on earth, and compares it with how individuals often treat each other, the sharp contrast between "how the world works" and "how things should ...
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Do the acts of the flesh reveal false Christians?

Galatians 5: 19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, ...
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Sponge in water vs water in sponge how to understand St. Teresa properly?

I've been reading on St. Teresa recently now she says: as water penetrates and is drunk in by the sponge, so, it seemed to me, did the Divinity fill my soul Does that mean that God is present ...
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Who was Tychicus?

In studying through the book of Colossians, I noted that the letter was carried from Paul to the church by some dude named Tychicus. Colossians 4:7 (ESV) 7  Tychicus will tell you all ...
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What is the Christian perspective on deceptive brain messages?

What is the Christian perspective on deceptive brain messages? Modern science now shows us proof that we can rewire our brains, so that it works in more beneficial ways. The concepts in a new book by ...
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Where can I find Patristic Commentary on the Golden Calf incident?

Is there any extant pre-Schism (i.e. Before 1054 AD, when the Eastern and Western chueches anathematized each other) commentary on the golden calf incident of Exodus 32:1--6, and if so, where?
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Priestly blessings via alternate media

When I went to World Youth Day in 2005 (wow, long time ago now) my wife and I were sick of walking and wanted to enjoy our honeymoon for a bit so we watched the Pope come into Cologne on a boat. We ...
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Is it known whether Adam and Eve had the ability to experience physical pain before the fall? [closed]

Did Adam and Eve have the ability to experience physical pain before the fall? It seems that there is no indication in Genesis of physical pain in the Garden of Eden. Is this issue mentioned ...
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Once a believer, always a believer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Once saved always saved. Is eternal security Biblical? Recently, I had a conversation with a (new) friend that started off with him telling me how he had been a devout ...
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Suppose all traces of Christianity were wiped out [closed]

As you may guess I come at this from the point of view of an atheist. Suppose all traces of Christianity were wiped out in some sort of disaster (any other religion can be substituted here). I'd like ...
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Should those who fall away and return to the church be baptized again?

Say someone was baptized as a young teenager, believed that Jesus died for his sins and rose three days later, and believed the bible and that it was all true, but as he got to be an older teenager ...
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Is BDSM dealt with in Scripture? [closed]

The Bible seems to be very specific about when sex is or isn't a sin. From my understanding, The Bible's stance on sexual activity could be summed up as "Any sexual activity unless it is consensual ...
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What types of signs are given by the “lights in the expanse of the heavens”?

On the fourth day, God created lights in the expanse of the heavens for "signs", among other things. Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the ...
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A True believer and Drinking Deadly poison | What does test of Mark 16:14-18 mean?

A true believer is the one who according to Mark does the following: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they ...
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Why do some Christians wear crosses? [closed]

Why do some Christians wear crosses? What is the purpose of wearing the cross? What is the point of wearing the cross with a tiny Jesus on it? Is wearing a cross with or without Jesus a violation of ...
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Why is there a modern misconception about Christianity and Science? [closed]

Those of us who care to look into history even the slightest can see that both devout Christian laymen and Christian leaders have been make scientific strides for almost two millennia. Some examples ...
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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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What is the meaning in the Bible for the “Branch”?

In the Bible in Zechariah 3:8-10, 6:12-13, Isaiah 4:2-3 mention the Branch. What are they talking about?
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According to the Protestant faith, was God grieved when He cast Satan out of Heaven?

Ezekiel 28 and Isaiah 14 both describe Satan's rebellion and being "cast out" of heaven. This question here on this site has plenty of references about the actual "events": When did Satan get cast ...
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Is the Roman Catholic understanding of forgiveness different from the Protestant understanding?

Recently I read Simon Wiesenthal's book, The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness, and I was challenged to flesh out my understanding of forgiveness. There were aspects which I ...
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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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Is the tree of “knowledge of good and evil” the same as the “tree of life”?

Is there one off-limits tree in the Garden of Eden or two? Genesis speaks of the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:17) and then later talks of the tree of life (Genesis 3:22). Are they the ...
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What does the Bible teach/say about luck?

Is there such a thing, do we have a measure of randomness and ability to shape our own destinies or ultimately are all things predestined.
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From an LDS perspective, what is the difference between feeling the influence of the Holy Spirit and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit?

What is the difference between the two? What scriptures are used to best explain the differences? How does one receive the gift of the Holy Spirit?
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Different types of Cross shapes significance?

What is signified by different kinds of crosses? For example some graves have club(cards game) leaves type edges crosses, some graves have simple crosses?
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Is Naaman's actions considered an exception to the God's laws?

2 Kings 5:18 18 But may the Lord forgive your servant for this one thing: When my master enters the temple of Rimmon to bow down and he is leaning on my arm and I have to bow there also—when I ...
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According to the Catholic Church is the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act an unjust law?

After going off on HIPAA one of the kids brought up Barack Obama and said that, "he's going to make Catholic Hospitals perform abortions." I said that wasn't exactly true, for now, at least, but he ...
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Should the Catholic rosary be recited in Latin or the vernacular language?

Should the Catholic prayer be recited in Latin or the vernacular language? During recitation, should the Catholic recite by chanting the verses or by singing with a catchy melody? Is it a sin to use ...
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What time is the “sixth hour” in John 4?

"...and Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour." John 4:6 ASV It was translated as "noon" in the NIV ...
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Which portion of Revelation is the Rapture?

The Rapture is the belief that believers will be “caught up” into the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. Jesus will take away the faithful followers on earth, who patiently waited for His return. In ...
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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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How many stalls for horses and chariots did Solomon have?

In 2 Chronicles we read: ... Solomon had 4,000 stalls for horses and chariots and 12,000 horsemen ...- 2 Chronicles 9:25 ... but in 1 Kings: Solomon had 40,000 stalls of horses for his ...
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Does Romans 7:20 contradict Genesis 4:7?

In contrast with Romans 7:20: But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. Genesis 4:7: states 7“If you do well, will not ...
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Was the Scapegoat of Leviticus an allusion to Barabbas at the crucifixion?

There are several similarities between the selection of the Scapegoat, and the selection of Jesus as our sacrifice. Leviticus 16:7 KJV And he shall take the two goats, and present them before ...
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How does Calvinism explain how an omniscient, omnipotent, and omnibenevolent creator could NOT have a plan for universal salvation?

In the haze of discerning truth and wisdom by the hybrid application of scripture, tradition, philosophy, and experience it seems illogical that a loving creator with perfect and complete knowledge ...
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Does 'no more room in the Inn' mean spare room not big enough for a birth?

In this article - they say that 'no more room at the Inn' from Luke doesn't imply a Stable. The big idea is that "there was no more room at the inn" from Luke is misread, and instead of Mary giving ...
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What kind of star was shining when Jesus was born? [duplicate]

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they ...
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Does The Revelation chapter 20 tell us that the Rapture will take place after the millennial reign of Christ?

1st Thessalonians 4:16 says that those Christians who have already died when Christ returns, will rise first For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the ...
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Is there a Biblical basis for Transsexuality?

Transsexuality is a reality since the days of old but newly discovered as fact in the realm of science. Transsexuality is different from homosexuality in that transgenders believes that they were ...
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Are Left handers servants of the devil? [closed]

For thousands of years, the Devil has been associated with the left hand in various ways and is normally portrayed as being left-handed in pictures and other images. In the seventeenth century it was ...
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Is there a converse of “judge not, lest you be judged?”

One New Testament exhortation is "judge not, lest you be judged." On the other hand, Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God." Is there any Christian sect, or ...
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Is it a good guess that Heaven's joy surpasses even the keenest felt here? [duplicate]

Jonathan Edwards said terms like 'joy' and 'ecstasy' were too meager to describe the greatness of the happiness in Heaven. Was Edwards right in saying our strongest words come nowhere near the ...

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