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Why did God become angry with Balaam?

Numbers 22:20-22 NIV That night God came to Balaam and said, "Since these men have come to summon you, go with them, but do only what I tell you." Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his ...
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What does it mean to magnify or glorify the Lord?

'Magnify' can mean to make something look bigger than it is, but this is not possible to do with God. Certainly God can't obtain more glory than the infinite worth he had from all eternity. So if we ...
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What happened to the the practice of women covering their heads?

Why don't more Christian women wear a covering? Most people today might associate the idea with the Old Testament, but references to the custom are actually found in the New Testament too: 1 ...
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Why does God often permit his children to suffer in this world more than the wicked?

Jesus said: Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be ...
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Silly human laws

So Augustine, Aquinas and King agree that we, as Christians and free people are not required to follow human laws that do not comply with the natural moral law . One may well ask: "How can you ...
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What is the moral status of common-law marriage? [closed]

It is a common Christian belief that sex outside of marriage (whether extra-marital or pre-marital) is sinful. But what about common law marriage? In 10 US states and the District of Columbia ...
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What is the Plan of Salvation in LDS theology?

I know it's different than most Christian faiths' beliefs, and I know the missionaries teach it... I know it's a big part of Mormon curriculum and doctrine, and this site is replete with questions ...
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What are the requirements for each of the three levels of Glory?

In LDS theology, there are three levels of Glory for the Saints. What are the requirements for reaching each level? (In other words, what determines who goes to which?) Also, who goes to Hell (The ...
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses believe the 144 000 are from Israel?

I understand that Jehovah's Witnesses believe that "exactly 144,000 faithful Christians go to heaven to rule with Christ in the kingdom of God." However, in Revelation the 144 000 are from Israel ...
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Who are the sons God that married humans? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Sons of God begat famous people? Gen 6:2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose Who are the ...
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What Place was Jesus going to prepare

In John 14 Jesus tells the disciples that he was going to prepare a place for them. Isn't it that heaven was already founded from creation? So, what place was he referring to? Was this just a figure ...
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“God desires all men to be saved” from a Calvinist perspective?

If I understand correctly, Calvinists believe that God selects certain people for salvation based solely on His will... that is, the selection has nothing to do with the people themselves. My ...
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Grotius and the Orphic verses [closed]

This might not be the best place to ask, and I apologize if this is off-topic. In his of the Truth of the christian religion, Hugo Grotius quotes on several occasions the Orphic verses. I cannot find ...
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Was Billy Sunday the first evangelist to equate the “altar call” with salvation?

According to this article from the The Society for Effective Evangelism: Up until Billy Sunday, altar calls were invitations for seekers to come to an after-meeting or inquiry room where ...
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Do people in non-Christian cultures use swear words related to the dominant religion? [closed]

As I'm sure you're aware, people in English-speaking Christian countries often use the words "God" and "Jesus" or other Bible-related words like "damn" and "Hell" as swear words. Do people in ...
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For since the creation(ism)… men are without excuse

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest ...
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Why does Jesus feel only certain people that come into physical contact with Him?

Luke 8 43 A woman was there who had been bleeding for twelve years. She had spent all her money on doctors, but no doctor was able to heal her. 44 The woman came behind Jesus and touched the ...
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God is love, pure, and all good, and omnipotent?

In my opinion, if someone says, "God is" or "God is not" or "God looks like" or "God doesn't look like" they've limited him and he's no longer omnipresent, omnipotent, or omnificent. So then, how can ...
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Who goes to hell in LDS theology?

According to LDS teaching, who goes to hell, and why? I've heard that only really bad people and ex-Mormons will go to hell. Is this true?
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What is God's shape or form?

How do we describe God? Does He have a shape or form? Is He human-like, a light, or something else? Does He have a shape? What does Christianity say about it?
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Does the Catholic Church oppose universalism?

I've been reading George MacDonald as of late and have heard in a few places that he argues for universalism. I though that had something to do with unitarianism, but in looking it up a tad more, I ...
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Is 1:Cor 7:26-40 not the 'Word of God'?

Paul makes it clear that the following section is not a command from God but his own opinion: Now concerning the betrothed, I have no command from the Lord, but I give my judgment as one who by ...
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What is God's nature? [closed]

What is God's nature in simplest terms? What essential principles governs how God interacts within the trinity and with his creation?
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How do Young Earth Creationists counter scientific evidence for an old earth? [closed]

How do Young Earth Creationists defend their beliefs against articles like this: 100 million year old spider eating a wasp 100 million years ago, when dinosaurs were still around, this spider ...
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How to minister to fear over decisions [closed]

I often deal with anxiety over the decisions I've made. "Did I seek God's will enough?" "Did I care about God's will?" "Oh no! Now I'm stuck! I made this decision without seeking God's will! ...
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When did “tithing” come to mean “giving 10% of your gross income to the Church”?

I know the word "tithe" has "tenth" built into it, and so some Christians assume that every usage of the word "tithe" in Scripture is referring to "giving 10% of your gross income to the church." But ...
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1answer
910 views

Jesus Christ purchased us with his blood - parties involved

According to these verses and others, God/Jesus purchased/redeemed us with his blood Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals ...
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Why did Lot's wife look back?

Genesis 19:15-26 (ESV) 15 As morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Up! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be swept away in the punishment of the ...
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Why Lot's daughters seduced their father?

According to the Bible, when Lot escaped out of Zoar, he went up to the mountains and settled in a cave. While in there, he was seduced by his daughters so that they could bear children and save ...
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To what degree could a person be “pro-polygamy” yet still obey the LDS church?

As I understand it, the LDS teaching is that polygamy is acceptable, in this mortal life, only when God decides to permit it, and that God has done so twice so far in history (1) during Biblical ...
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1answer
607 views

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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628 views

Why is the book of Hebrews named that?

The book of Hebrews in the New Testament shares a name with the Hebrew people of the Mosaic Law. Why was that book named Hebrews?
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Did Jesus put an end to all religious ways at the cross [closed]

Hebrews 8-10 made me think different and that the True church is one not made by human hands so that means everything else is counterfeit to the real thing. The true followers worship in Spirit and ...
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“Hell's Best Kept Secret” from a Calvinist Perspective

The Hell's Best Secret teaching is very popular, and is making an impact on Churches and Christians, crossing denominational borders, and having an influence on Christian movies, television, and ...
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273 views

Why do Evangelicals like a spirituality book by a 16th century Catholic monk?

I recall in my early days as a Christian I remember reading a book called ‘The Practice of the Presence of God’ by a Monk called Brother Lawrence in France. It always baffles me a bit that this book ...
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Does an evangelical understanding of the 'laws of nature' make God seem more distant or close?

The term 'law of nature' such as gravity, condensation, etc. is rarely if ever described in relation to God in modern schools and Universities. Yet I am wondering what the biblical view of the Laws of ...
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Is it a sin to believe Jesus deceives us, to protect our souls?

Jesus ultimately cares about the judgement of our eternal soul. Is it a sin to believe in a Holy deception that the reason He made His return unknown and mysterious is to keep us in line - or away ...
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1answer
604 views

How widely used is “beehive” imagery?

The LDS church uses the imagery of a beehive to represent the way the church [should] function. Notably lacking any sign of the cross or other usual Christian symbology in the temple, the main pulpit ...
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What is the “Hell's Best Kept Secret” teaching that's circulating in various Evangelical Churches?

There's a teaching called "Hell's Best Secret" that's been circulating for several years, originally preached by Ray Comfort, the a New Zealand-born minister, and founder of Living Waters ...
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What would happen to somebody voting in opposition to a proposition at LDS General Conference?

I'm watching the semi-annual LDS General Conference. One segment just went by that was some general business of voting to retain people in various roles or assign new ones. Several thousand people are ...
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Are “sin” and “transgression” different in LDS terminology?

I noticed in the opening address at the October 2012 General Conference, that -- at least in the context of a speech -- the terms "sin" and "transgression" were stressed independently and each more ...
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What roles are women allowed to play in LDS Sunday services?

On a Sunday when a Later Day Saint's Church meets, what roles are women allowed or not allowed to play in the service?
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What is an LDS general conference?

Tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday, the Mormon church is holding a general conference, which happens twice a year, in place of regular church meetings. There's some basic stuff on their website about it, ...
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1answer
447 views

Does the great great grandmother in George MacDonalds Princess and the Goblin represent a Catholic conception of God?

I just finished reading the Princess and the Goblin and the Princess and Curdie written by George MacDonald, a prolific author of Childrens books and a congregationalist minister (albeit not one ...
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Joseph reveals himself to his brothers, why the elaborate ruse?

Genesis chapter 42 - 45 recount story of Joseph tricking his brothers who are in Egypt to buy grain, into going back and forth several times from Canaan to Egypt in an attempt exonerate themselves in ...
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How about the outside of the Garden of Eden? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: From where did Cain get his wife? Indirectly, even for a beginner it's clear that outside the Garden of Eden some people lived. One may find more things about this in ...
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1answer
552 views

What does it mean for a priest 'to lose faith'?

In some movies, often comedies but sometimes not, they show a priest who is experiencing certain troubles/suffering because he 'has lost his faith'. It is possible, in the course of the movie, that ...
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741 views

Why do Young-Earth Creationists make such a big deal about the YEC view

For anyone who's unfamiliar with what the Young-Earth view, here's a starting point. I want to start out by saying that this question is not about whether or not the YEC view it true. It's not about ...
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504 views

Of whom is God jealous?

You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who ...
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142 views

Are there any traditions that believe in the complete cessation of miracles?

As I have learned from this question of mine, the general consensus is that Cessationists do not believe in the cessation of all miracles. This lead me to wonder what to call the people that do ...

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