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What has been said about happy unbelievers?

I've listened to many sermons, from Jerry Falwell to Tim Keller to Tullian Tchividjian. One common theme is that bad theology, that misapplication of Scripture, can be the direct cause of temporal ...
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What is the dominant “Other Christianity” of the Members of the US Congress from the Dakotas? [closed]

According to this map: the predominant religion of a given region is usually more or less close to that of the Member of Congress who represents it. Wisconsin and the Northeast are heavily ...
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How does Original Sin come back in man even after washed at the time of Baptism?

My Question is: If we are of from Original Sin at the time of Baptism, how come we transmit the original sin to our children? Or in other words I could say how is it that my child is born with ...
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Can you give example about prophecies that have and haven't been fulfilled? [closed]

Is it true that there are 735 prophecies in the bible of which 81 % have been fulfilled literally and 19% not yet? This fact is from David Pawson( Old testament revealed ) Can you give example about ...
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Does anyone know where CS Lewis said (or maybe implied) the following…?

"Several times, then, Lewis suggests that heaven will be a place where thinking and experiencing come together. On earth we think about what love is; in heaven Love is a Person we can experience. ...
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From a Fundamentalist Church standpoint, what is its equivalent of a catechumen?

From a Fundamentalist Church standpoint, what is its equivalent of a catechumen? In many denominations (Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, Anglican, Episcopalian), there is a concept called a ...
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Where did the mockery of Jesus take place?

Before he was crucified, Jesus was mocked by the soldiers and by members of the Sanhedrin. Where did this mockery take place?
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How to perceive Acts 15:28-29 & Matthew 11:28?

Acts 15:28-29 It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, ...
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To what extent can you be forgiven? [closed]

Is it really true that no matter what you do, you can still be saved, go to heaven, if you confess and repent? And, what if, due to crappy circumstances, you've become detached, and lost the ability ...
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Were (at least some) Babylonians (at least somewhat) righteous?

The book of Jonah tells the story of Jonah, God's most reluctant prophet. Commanded to preach to the Babylonians of Nineveh, he headed in the opposite direction, south, took a ship, which encountered ...
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Could there be any possible action proving Yahweh to be cruel? [closed]

Recently, one of my christian friends died of cancer. My Christian friends told me that Yahweh is very merciful. But if he got well, Yahweh would be merciful, too. So, HYPOTHETICALLY (see the note): ...
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Are those instructed before baptism considered catechumens before entering the catechumenate formally?

This question and its answer reminded me a question I wondered about a long time ago: the ritual of entering catechumenate usually takes place some time during the process of pre-baptismal catecheses ...
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Why is the Gospel of John said to present Jesus distinctively as “the Son of God”?

A common assertion is that the Gospel of John uniquely presents Jesus as "the Son of God", while Matthew presents Him as "the King of the Jews", Mark as the "Servant", and Luke as "the Son of Man". ...
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Is faith in The Holy Trinity a choice or a gift?

In the past and up till now, the majority of humans have believed in some form of deity. Now assume out of all those deities, only the The Holy Trinity is the only true God: And this is eternal ...
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When did sin and evil in the universe first appear?

According to Catholic, or Protestant (I am not aware of any division over this); 'When did evil in the universe first appear and what was the originating cause of it?' Note: I mean the immediate ...
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Did everything Christ did perfectly match what was required for salvation?

I was thinking about Christ's suffering for sinners and am wondering, 'Since everything he did as a man on earth was a form of suffering for the eternal son, did everything he do perfectly match what ...
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Is every sinful behavior a sin?

In particular, is it sin when someone: does something sinful, but he is not aware of the sinfulness does something sinful, someone told him it is sinful, but he still doesn't feel it as sin does ...
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What is the yoke?

In Mt11,29-30 Jesus said "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light". What is the ...
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In what way does the author of Hebrews argue that every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution?

Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or ...
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How Christians are expected to accommodate or view the existence and presence of other religions vis a vis Christianity?

We as Christians acknowledge the God’s plan of salvation at work first through Judaism in OT and then through Christianity in NT. So this question does not apply to Judaism. This plan of salvation ...
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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, Yitzchak ben Avraham of Trakai wrote, Acts 10:11-15, "And Peter saw heaven opened; and a certain vessel descending unto him, wherein were all manner of ...
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Two Editions of Pelikan's “Whose Bible Is It?”

Yaroslav Pelikan's final book "Whose Bible Is It?" has two editions. The first edition came out in 2005 and was sub-titled "A History of the Scriptures Through the Ages." The second edition came out ...
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How do we identify false prophets? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to test the spirits and identify false preachers one of the gifts of Holy Spirit is the gift to receive Prophecys. (1 Corinthians 12) Jesus also warns us in Matthew ...
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Where Catholicism lost influence and property during the reformation, what did Luther think should be done with the acquired assets?

As a man protesting against the mass of wealth accumulated by the Pope I was wondering what Luther proposed to do with all the lands and endowments obtained in those regions where the Catholic church ...
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Did Protestants get “Thine is the Kingdom etc…” from the Didache?

So, I was writing an answer to a question a few minutes ago, and I was going to smugly tell all you Protestants that your "thine is the Kingdom" doxology is so non-Biblical, it's apocryphal. Well, ...
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How do Calvinists go from “X is Sinful” to “X is unable to accept Christ on his own?”

I was recently reviewing Piper's TULIP notes. I'm also aware of What is the Biblical Basis for Total Depravity Here, however, is something that I no longer understand. How do Calvinists jump from: ...
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Why is Elijah missing from Tozer's “The Saint Must Walk Alone”?

Tozer's "The Saint Must Walk Alone" starts with: MOST OF THE WORLD'S GREAT SOULS have been lonely. Loneliness seems to be one price the saint must pay for his saintliness. He then goes on to ...
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Identifying the Three and the One in Scripture in light of the Trinity

I am very interested in learning more about the Trinity. I love God, and really want to understand Them better. ..I mean Him. This came to my mind earlier, and I laughed, but then caught myself, ...
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Harshness and nihilism

I hope you will allow me to ask another question. We all know that there are many harsh statements in the Bible (Matthew 12:31-32, Hebrews 10). Sometimes, these harsh statements are along the lines ...
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Historicity of which Biblical characters is recognized by Archaeology/History?

I know that Historicity of certain Old testament Kings is recognized. However some like Jonah or Job aren't know to fields of Archaeology or History. What information, evidence do we have and for ...
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What is specified complexity?

I've read several summaries of William Dembski's concept of specified complexity, including one by Dembski himself, and I've got to confess I have no idea what he is talking about. Is it an attempt ...
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Is there any proof from the Bible that the second Person of the Trinity was the Only-begotten Son of the Father before His incarnation?

Do we have any proof from the Bible that the second Person of the Trinity was the Only-begotten Son of the Father before His incarnation?
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Martin Luther's take on Roman Catholic clergy individuals living (immediately) before him

Is there any evidence that Martin Luther considered any of the Roman Catholic clergymen who lived in the centuries preceding his own lifetime (evidence related to those living in the centuries ...
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How do we apply Matthew 12:25

"And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast ...
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Martin Luther: “Therefore it is not a Christian Church either”?

Martin Luther, The Large Catechism, The Apostles' Creed, Article III, paragraphs 43-45: 43] For where He does not cause it to be preached and made alive in the heart, so that it is understood, ...
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Where did Jesus go after he arose from the grave?

In spirit of Easter coming up: Where did Jesus go after he arose from the grave? He was spotted walking, then.....? If he went to Heaven after rising, how long did he stay on earth and why not stay ...
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What is the significance of the message “every case must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses” in 2 Corinthians 13:1?

In 2 Corinthians, Paul mentioned that it was the third time he was going to visit the people there, and he added that "As the scriptures say, the facts of every case must be established by the ...
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Is the “belly of a whore” phrase from the Bible?

Several times, I have heard a phrase along the lines of "It is better to plant thy seed in the belly of a whore than to be cast upon the ground." Is there a biblical reference for this phrase? I ...
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Is there any specific difference between a “Christian” and a 'true' disciple of Christ? [closed]

What is the Biblical definition of "disciple"? Can you be "merely" a 'follower of Christ' or a 'Christian' and not be a 'disciple'?
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Should a Christian wear clothing of mixed fibers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: To what extent does the Law of Moses still apply? How should a christian evaluate whether a particular action a sin or not? I hear Leviticus 19:19 brought up from time ...
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Can our own spiritual gifts be given to others?

Are we able to impart our own spiritual gifts on others? That seemed to be what Paul was doing here. Romans 9:1-11 ESV For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, ...
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Is there biblical basis for the “blood moons”?

Most of the members of Christianity.SE have probably heard about the latest craze on the subject of End Times prophecy - the Blood Moons. We are currently in the midst of what is referred to as a ...
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Examples of people who fell from grace and earned it back? [closed]

In the bible, it reads (forgive me as I don't have the exact passage) that the Holy Spirit will be given to those who are righteous. My question is, are there any examples of people who were ...
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Why do Protestants hold “prayer services”? [closed]

Why do Protestants hold "prayer services"? Since "prayer service" is an English term, are there equivalents in other languages? When did this service start? How did it get started? How are "prayer ...
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How can God be Sovereign (in the Reformed sense) If a man can ignore His call to repentance?

The Scriptures tell us: The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by ...
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What is the Reformed perspective on “All people are called by God to salvation in Christ.”?

The quote in the title is taken from paragraph 16 of the JOINT DECLARATION ON THE DOCTRINE OF JUSTIFICATION by the Lutheran World Federation and the Catholic Church - linked here. Is such a statement ...
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Stephen, The First Saint?

I was told that St. Stephen was the first saint but read that Ulrich of Augsburg was the first to be officially canonized. Chronologically, however, shouldn't Joseph or John the Baptist be the first ...
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Which group adhears to the idea of heavenly amnesia?

Ok related to this questions Will people in hell be able to remember people in heaven? , either some individuals or indeed whole groups believe in some form of (for lack of a better term) "heavenly ...
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Why does a clever Satan fight with God even though he knows he will lose? [duplicate]

There was war in heaven (oh yes there was) and Satan lost his place in heaven when he was defeated. What biblical reason is there to show Satan's reasoning behind fighting with God (despite the fact ...
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What is the mark placed on Cain?

"And the Lord put a mark on Cain, lest any who found him should attack him." Genesis 4:15 ESV What is the mark placed on Cain?

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