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Does the Bible advocate ethical egoism?

Ethical egoism is the normative ethical position that moral agents ought to do what is in their own self-interest. According to ethical egoism, I should only do what benefits me. That doesn't ...
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Is there a mentioning (in the Bible) about why God exists?

I know Christianity at a glance as I haven't read the Bible thoroughly from start to finish. I haven't found bad things Jesus taught us. But I have a crucial question to raise my confidence in ...
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Why does the throne in Daniel 7:9 have wheels and are they literally wheels?

Daniel 7:9 He sat on a fiery throne with wheels of blazing fire. There are also references to wheels in Ezekiel Chapter 10 (which may or may not be related). Is there a significance to the ...
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Where was Jesus' tomb?

We can be pretty sure it isn't in Japan. The two most referenced sites are: The Aedicule of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and The Garden Tomb. However, both stake their claims by virtue of ...
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Does Christianity say that the events that happen to us are from God?

Does Christianity say that the events that happen to us are from God? Is it all free will, or free will and God steps in to veto if he wants, or everything from God. I ask because at the Church I go ...
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Per Ecclesiastes 7:16, Does the Bible want me to sin?

From Ecclesiastes 7:16, Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise— why destroy yourself? So, why does the Bible say, "don't be too righteous"? Encouraging one to be moderate in ...
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In which country is the Garden of Eden located?

Genesis 2:15(NIV) The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. I'm curious to know, now, in which which country is the Garden of Eden located? ...
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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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Why did God create man? [closed]

Genesis 2:7 KJV reads, And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Why do this? There must be a ...
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Why did God create the Heavens and the Earth?

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Why ? Does the Bible state a reason anywhere?
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What did Jesus quote Psalm 22: “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”

What is the correlation between these two scripture? Why Jesus felt forsaken if he knew what was going on? Why was it mentioned in Old Testament as well as New Testament(in two places)? My God, ...
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Why are some words in the King James Bible written in italics?

When reading the King James Bible, I've noticed that some words are marked with italics. I have yet to discover any pattern, but it seems that all of the marked words are short common English words. ...
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Why did Jesus curse the fig tree?

“And on the morrow, when they had come out of Bethany, he [Jesus] hungered. And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if perhaps he might find anything thereon: and when he came to ...
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Why does Jesus call his accusers God?

John 10 33The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. 34Jesus answered them, Is it not ...
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Why was Hebrews included in the canon?

Was Hebrews included in the canon solely because it was assumed to be authored by Paul, or was there any other basis for its canonization?
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Did Jesus condemn contraception

Are there any passages in the New Testament where Jesus himself condemns the practice of contraception? As a virgin and the product of a miraculous conception himself it would seem odd for Him to have ...
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Did Lucifer have any chance? [closed]

When Lucifer defied God he must have thought he stood a chance of winning. Did he? And if not how is it he didn't realize that?
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What was Martin Luther King, Jr.'s understanding of salvation?

I've been reading A Testament of Hope which is a compilation of sermons by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. I also know he's a Baptist. (I even got to stand and preach for a minute in his pulpit last ...
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Was Jesus was sent to speak to the Jews only?

Matthew 15:24 KJV But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. I understand that he was talking specifically to a lady who was begging (successfully) ...
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What is the meaning of the Psalm 37:29? [closed]

What does Psalm 37:29 mean when it said "The righteous themselves will possess the earth, and they will reside forever upon it.” Does this mean an earthly paradise that God has promised to restore? ...
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Why haven't we revised the Bible in centuries? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the biblical arguments that the Bible canon is closed? Preface: This question is not directed at a specific denomination. Why haven't we revised the Bible in ...
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Church/denomination with highest young adult attendance? [closed]

Which denominations (churches) have the highest attendance of young adults (say ~16 to ~32) as a percentage of the congregation? If statistics aren't available, then in your experience, what are some ...
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What does it mean to be “born of water” in John 3:5?

John 3:5 (NKJV) Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. Does "born of water" means baptism i.e., ...
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What were people called who believed in the “Christ” before Jesus was born?

About 2000 years ago Jesus Christ died on a cross. A person who is a believer in Jesus Christ and his teachings is called Christian. My question is what were people called who followed the Messiah ...
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How did the author of Jonah know about this conversation?

In Jonah 4:9 we read a dialog between God and Jonah: But God said to Jonah, Do you have a right to be angry about the vine? I do, he said. I am angry enough to die. But the LORD said, You have ...
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What is the discerning of spirits in 1 Cor. 12:10?

What is the discerning of spirits in 1 Cor. 12:10? It seems that it is a bit different from the trying of spirits in 1 John 4:1 as there John gives a particular method as to how to try them and find ...
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Important Western Soteriological Works

Does anyone know what works are considered to be principal elements of Western soteriological thought, primarily focused on Roman Catholic and Protestant ideologies? I'm interested mostly in primary ...
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Indication of the possibility to discern the spirit of a man by/without listening to his words

Is there any indication in the Bible (N.T. is preferred) that the spirit of man can be discerned properly from the words that he is speaking? And is there any indication of the opposite - that the ...
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Why does the Old Testament never mention unclean spirits and demon-posessed people?

Why does the Old Testament never mention unclean spirits and demon-possessed people? Or I am missing something?
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What “things” is Jesus talking about in Matthew 11:25?

I really like this verse but I don't fully grasp what Jesus is talking about in his prayer (specifically 11:25) The Father Revealed in the Son 25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord ...
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Why do so many Christians call Paul “teacher”, when Jesus said it was forbidden? [closed]

I personally try to base everything I believe on the words of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels. I also take the Old Testament as truth because Jesus also did. I see Paul like I do CS Lewis, I happen ...
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Does Calvary Chapel assume everything is wrong in this world?

(I ask this question because my only exposure to Jesus has been through Calvary Chapels for many years.) If you attend Calvary Chapel (or ever listened to the radio station K-WVE broadcasted ...
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Why and when did allegorical interpretations of Scripture lose their appeal?

Gregory of Nyssa's book The Life of Moses is, if nothing else, a very interesting read. He goes through Moses' account in Exodus and ascribes spiritual meanings to every little detail, although it is ...
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How can we apply relying on Jesus in situations where it appears we have to rely on ourselves? [closed]

I ask the question for a real reason. I would like to make more money to support my family and live in better conditions. I feel I have to rely on myself to go back to school, work hard and then get a ...
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Where do Catholics believe the historical narrative of the Bible begins?

I heard on the Relevant Radio recently that the Genesis account of the deluge is prehistorical. Meaning, it wasn't really recorded in histories the way other more specific accounts of historical ...
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What Bible versions can be used for free applications? [closed]

My group and I have a free Christian app on the Android Market (we plan to extend this to Apple etc..) called ''Moodverse''. You simply enter your mood and it gives you a verse/ scripture matching ...
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How literally do you take and universally apply what Jesus said? [closed]

It seems like people take some Biblical passages word for word and live it, others not so much. I do not see many people giving their life away for Jesus or i.e. - Jesus said if you want to be perfect ...
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What did the carnivores/predators eat on the Ark?

It's something that has stumped me since I was a kid: What did the carnivores/predators eat on the Ark? Did Noah also round up sufficient vegetation to feed all of the animals? Or did they somehow ...
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How should a Christian respond to “Does this dress me look fat?”? [closed]

If your wife asks, "Does this dress make me look fat?" And you think it does, but you tell her, "Of course not, honey!" Is that a sin?
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What is the sacramental principle at work with Anointing of the Sick?

Of the seven sacraments in the Catholic Church. I see how each of them are some form of Sacramentum, an oath between man and God. Marriage has a marital vow Holy orders is a vow to be a priest, ...
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Exodus 29 and Communion

Today, while reading Exodus, I noticed a possible link between communion as defined in the New Testament, and priests eating the flesh of sacrifices as mentioned in the Torah. I haven't studied this ...
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Was the first gospel written in Hebrew?

I found this website that basically says that some if not all of the gospel could have been written in Hebrew. Is this theory supported today and by whom? Scholars and school of though would be ...
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The origin of celibacy for Catholic Priests [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When did the prohibition of marriage for priests in the Catholic church originate? When and why did the Vatican decide that Catholic priests should take a vow of ...
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How did Jesus reconcile his teachings with Judaism?

The Gospels tell us that Jesus was a Jew. Yet Jesus revealed that he was the Son of God. It seems to me that Jesus' contemporaries must have been forced to decide if his teachings were either: ...
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While on Noah's Ark, did the animals remain celibate?

While on Noah's Ark, did the animals remain celibate? If the elephants, rhinos, or giraffes, for instance, did not remain celibate, I'd imagine that things could get pretty hectic and pretty crowded ...
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Was that Pentecost in the Acts also a time of the year of jubilee?

Was that Pentecost, during which the Holy Spirit was poured out on the apostles in the book of Acts was also a time of jubilee? From what I see, the Pentecost was a holiday to commemorate God's giving ...
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What is the oldest hymn (with music) that is still sung in churches today?

Using any of the standard hymnals, what is the oldest hymn that people are still singing? e.g. The Baptist Hymnal 1975 / 1991 / 2008, The Faith We Sing (Methodist, right?), The (Episcopal) ...
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Is the phrase, “Heaven is the presence of God, but Hell is the absence of God” an orthodox viewpoint?

Is the phrase, "Heaven is the presence of God, but Hell is the absence of God" an orthodox viewpoint? By orthodox I mean orthodox with a lower case o, not an upper case O, as in Orthodox. I used ...
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What denominations don't believe in fasting? And Why?

There is a question on here about the importance of fasting. But this is different because I want to know what denominations don't believe in fasting and why they think that its not important. I ...
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Refuse the Call of God? [closed]

I am a Christian, I want to teach and share the word of God as I wish but I do no want the call of God upon my life. This may sound weird but please hear me out first. I want to spread the word of ...

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