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What Christian groups believe sex was the original sin, and not disobedience?

There is a story in the Bible that Adam and Eve ate the fruit and sinned against us god. But other religions, including some Christians, describe that they were having intercourse and that's why God ...
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What is theological root of global warming skepticism?

Ed Stetzer, a renowned evangelist and church planter with 100k followers on Twitter, made two tweets today on the IPCC report on global warming. In one he said that "... I'm sure they are all lying." ...
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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 are the theological roots of “my testimony” in evangelism?

I have noticed in evangelical / Baptist circles that the phrase "your testimony" is mentioned heavily in suggestions as to how you ought to witness to nonbelievers. It is said that citing personal ...
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How do Calvinists interpret 2 Peter 2:1?

2Pe 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, ...
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Is it necessary to be a Christian to be saved? [duplicate]

Is it necessary to have a Christian faith to be saved and not go to hell? Is it possible for a Muslim to go to heaven? Or do the bible specifically say that they are all going to hell (Muslims, ...
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Do I Belong to Christianity? [closed]

I've recently started doing bible study with a good friend (a devoted Christian). I started at first out of curiosity about what Christianity really is about. However, as the study went on (half way ...
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What does it mean for God to be a person?

What does it mean when Christians say that God is a person? (Representative example here.) Does this mean that Christians believe that God is human? My experience is with Judaism (in Judaism, God is ...
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According to the Holy Spirit's infallible inspiration of scripture, is anything ever recorded that is unnecessary or curious?

I wonder sometimes where the role of Bible trivia and extensive historical research plays into the Bible. For example, Melchisedec, is a type of Christ in a great part because the Bible does not ...
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Does God tempt Abraham in Genesis 22:1?

In James 1:13 it says: Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But in Genesis 22:1 it is written: And it ...
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Which Person(s) of the Trinity were in Jesus?

The doctrine of the Trinity teaches that God is one, and God is three (Father, Son, Holy Spirit.) From what I understand the Eternal Son came in human flesh, and we know that resultant man as Jesus of ...
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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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According to the YEC view, Did the animals eat the forbidden fruit?

Assuming the Young Earth Creationist view that the Genesis account is literal history... When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit they were condemned to death which caused every subsequent human to ...
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Why do Christians thank God for specific things?

Ideally this question is addressed to non-Calvinists...to those who believe in free will and that much of what is wrong with the world (e.g. genetically unhealthy infants) is due to the existence of ...
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Why couldn't we reconcile ourselves to God? [closed]

I always hear people say things like, 'the debt was too large' ... well, why? Why couldn't I pay for my own sin? I don't like that Jesus took punishment for me, I would hate for my earthly father to ...
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Are there any denominations that teach a Hell that is not a place?

To be more specific (and also more broad), are there any major groups within Christianity that consider Hell not to be a specific place, but rather a specific state of being? I expect the list to be ...
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Where does the Bible talk about marriage to non-Christians? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are inter-faith marriages prohibited by the Bible? 1st & 2nd Corinthians speak of how Christians should not be "unequally yolked" in marriage to non-Christians. ...
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Why blame for Jesus's death

My understanding is that Christians believe that Jesus died in order that his death might effect atonement for their sins. Over the years, there's been a lot of assigning blame for his death. Why has ...
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Why did Jesus refuse to accommodate the Pharisees insistence on washing hands before eating bread?

In the New Testament we find various rules of accommodating others in the spirit of love and peace. For example: To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became ...
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Where does the belief the Bible is written by the Holy Spirit come from?

My pastor mentioned the Bible is written by the Holy Spirit, through man. Where does this concept come from (rather than just written by wise or experienced men)? Other than direct references to ...
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Why is Cain afraid when he is driven away from God? [closed]

When God punishes Cain, he replies: Gen 4:14 Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me ...
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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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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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A set of traits common for all protestant believers

What is a set of traits that are common for all protestants (excluding those who call themselves Christians, but don't pray to Christ), yet setting them apart from other Christians (the Catholic, the ...
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In the parable of the sower, what exegetical reasons are there to interpret the third type of soil to be genuine Christians?

In the parable of the sower, four types of soil are mentioned. It seems to be pretty commonly accepted that the first two types of soils represent unbelievers or "make believers". The fourth type of ...
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How do Christians justify their belief and how do they convince others of their belief? [closed]

First of all, I assume that everybody should have some sort of justification for his beliefs. Secondly, I assume that Christians are interested in convincing others to join them as evangelisation ...
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What is the doctrinal significance of repetition between the Gospels?

The four Gospels each cover roughly the same events, but the details differ, as illustrated here. Leaving aside the difference in similarity between the Synoptic Gospels and John, is there ...
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What is Timothy's role in the early church?

It's pretty obvious to me that Paul was mentoring Timothy in the new testament, but what was Timothy's role within the church? Was he an assistant to Paul, Paul's representative, or was he actually a ...
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Sense of humor that Jesus had

Is it possible that Jesus never laughed or smiled during His public life ? Are there verses in the Gospels which directly or indirectly bring out the sense of humor which Jesus ought to have had ?
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Is there a concise eschatology in the Catholic Church?

In many Protestant traditions, eschatology has a major bearing on many other aspects of the faith, including soteriology and Christology. Especially in Pentacostal and Charismatic churches, as well as ...
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According to Emanuel Swedenborg, will a good person who rejects Jesus go to Heaven?

According to Emanuel Swedenborg, or The New Church, can a good person go to Heaven if he rejects Jesus? If all religions are inherently good, it would mean the a good person who believes only in Allah ...
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How were the footnotes in LDS scriptures created?

The LDS scriptures have footnotes at the bottom of every page of every book. How were they made? That seems like an incredible amount of cross referencing for people to do. I am aware that there are ...
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Do prayers offered to anyone but God the Father go unheard?

What is the opinion of the LDS Church concerning prayers offered to Saints, Mary, and Jesus Christ? Are they simply vain words? Are they in anyway acknowledged? Is it considered unrighteous to pray to ...
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Does the RCC allow confirmation names that aren't based on saints?

I was wondering if it is mandatory for it to be named after a saint or optional?
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Why do Protestants worship on Sunday? [duplicate]

If the Sabbath is Saturday and it's known that the Roman Catholic Church changed the day week to worship from Saturday to Sunday, why then would Protestants continue to worship on Sunday? I ...
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Latin Lyrics for Gregorian Chants

Does the Catholic Church have a particular book that contains the Latin lyrics for Gregorian chants? I suppose most of these chants are sung as part of a liturgy. One such chant is named Communio: ...
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Burying a fish as a Christmas tradition?

To me this almost sounds like a joke, and I want to know if this is really a tradition... I was at a dinner tonight with some vendors, one of whom was from New England. He was telling the group ...
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Was David aware that his words were prophetic according to any doctrines, traditions, or exegesis?

Often times Christians cite some of the writings of David as prophetically applicable towards Jesus. Therefore, I'm curious if there are any doctrines, traditions or textual evidence that suggest ...
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Is sacred music still sacred if performed by non-believers? [closed]

Whilst listening to Wednesday Morning 3AM and enjoying the Benedictus, I found myself pondering the question of whether or not this could be considered sacred music as neither the performers were ...
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How can God judge us if we are born sinful?

This question was asked by my Atheist friend who was raised Jewish. His point was basically that if we are all inherently sinners (Rom.3:23) than how can God hold us accountable for something we ...
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Why did God want a Tabernacle built by Moses?

Is there a biblical basis why God wanted a Tabernacle to live among Israel (Exodus 25:8)? And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst. Exodus 25:8 ESV What is the ...
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Anglican Minor Orders?

Do Anglicans have the minor orders of subdeacon, acolyte, exorcist, lector, and door-keeper (porter), like in the Catholic Church (cf. Council of Trent ses. 23 ch. 2), and the major order of deacon? ...
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What is the difference between the Edomites and the Amalekites?

Esau is considered the ancestor of the Edomites. He is also the grandfather of Amalek. According to the Book of Genesis, Amalek was the son of Eliphaz and his concubine Timna. Eliphaz was the ...
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What are all the different species of intelligent beings that God has created? [closed]

According to scripture, what intelligent life has God created in addition to humans, angels, and demons? One example I can think of are the 4 living creatures talked about in Revelation. Then there's ...
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The Messiah and Joseph's genealogy [duplicate]

One of the requisite of the Messiah is to be from the line of David (Lk 3:23-38 and Mt 1:1-17) but we know that Joseph wasn't Jesus's biological father. Thoughts on this? Thanks.
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Looking for source for quote from Christian author

Some years ago I read in a book about Christianity an attempt to explain the apparent paradox between predestination and free will. I have forgotten the name of the book and its author (it could be ...
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Why Don't Christians Accept the Oral Torah? [closed]

Why do Christians accept the Jewish belief that the Hebrew Bible is the Word of God, but not accept the Oral Torah which the Jewish people believe also represents the Word of God? "According to ...
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What is the Roman Catholic method of salvation?

Evangelicals believe that salvation is by grace alone through faith that Christ death and resurrection alone is the basis of their Salvation. Is this comparable to the Roman Catholic concept of ...
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What did Jesus mean by 'take up your cross and follow me'?

What exactly did Jesus mean when He said, “Take up your cross and follow Me” (Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23). Does it mean we should carry our burdens in life, or what?
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Pre-flood Rock Monsters? Modern Noah Mythology? [closed]

How did the "Noah" movie decide to include rock monsters depicted as fallen angels? (helping him, nonetheless!) This is one of many, many biblical deviations the movie makes, but I'm curious what ...

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