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Is Belief in the Historical Accuracy of Gospels a prerequisite to Christianity?

Is it a requirement of the faith that all adherents must believe in the literal flow of events as conveyed by the Bible surrounding the life of Jesus Christ? Is it possible for someone to accept his ...
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Does the triune God have will by nature, or by persons?

Given the triune God, one nature and three persons, do they experience their will in their singular nature or in their separate persons? That is, do they share one will, or does each have a separate ...
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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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Who created God?

The question of man's creation is addressed quite thoroughly in the Bible (whether you believe it is metaphorical or not). Does the Bible (or other relevant references) in any way answer who created ...
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Can we pray from any position?

I enjoy praying lying in bed just before I sleep ... until I fall asleep. In church I usually pray with my hands simply by my side or even with my hands in my pockets. I just let them stay wherever ...
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Is it right for a church to be wealthy?

Jesus preached that the faithful should give up their wealth and worldly possessions and spend a humble existence in servitude of God. A church must have a certain amount of wealth in order to ...
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Is it possible to know God from nature?

Is it possible for someone to learn about God without learning about him from the Bible or another believer, such as from nature?
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Are Christians “friends of God”?

I've heard Christians say that an appropriate title for a Christian is, "friend of God." I've also heard preachers (eg Beth Moore) say that this is inappropriate: only certain people (Abraham and the ...
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Who saved people before ~33AD?

The exact date isn't important but at some point about 2000 years ago Christ died on a cross. Since that point Christians everywhere have put their faith in Him. He claimed to be the Way, the Truth ...
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Jesus predicts that some will not die until he comes in his kingdom, but did this occur?

Matthew 16:28 I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom. Mark 9:1 And he said to them, "I tell you the truth, ...
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Why are there so many different denominations in Christianity? [closed]

Christianity seems to have many Denominations within it - Roman Catholic, Protestant, Presbyterian, Mormons, Baptists, Methodists to name a few. This is (as far as I know) a lot more than in other ...
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Why did Ezekiel say that God gave laws to the people that were not good?

Ezekiel 20:23-25 23 I lifted up mine hand unto them also in the wilderness, that I would scatter them among the heathen, and disperse them through the countries; 24 Because they had not executed ...
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Do you have to have a certain amount of intelligence to get into heaven?

Is there a certain level of intelligence required to get into heaven? I would expect someone to be able to understand at least some of scripture to be saved, but how much intelligence is needed to ...
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What is the basis for clerical celibacy?

In the Catholic Church, priests are required to stay celibate. (As far as I know, protestant priests that convert to Catholicism are allowed an exception -- they can become Catholic priests even if ...
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Who bought the Field of Blood, Judas or the Priests?

This is similar to another question "How did Judas Die", but is specifically addressing another aspect of the story. In Matthew we have the priests purchasing the field: Matthew 27:5-7 (NASB) ...
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Who was St. Joseph's Father? The New Testament seems to give two answers

Matthew 1:16 (NASB) 16 Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, by whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah. Luke 3:23 (ESV) 23 Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about ...
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Can an atheist go to heaven?

The question of who goes to heaven and who to hell seems to result in very different answers depending on which tradition the Christian answering belongs to. Some traditions, especially evangelical ...
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What is Joel's Army?

I've always heard that the army described in chapter 2 of Joel was some kind of end-time army, but reading about in my New Living Translation Bible the chapter subtitle is "Locusts Invade like an ...
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Should we honor our parents even if it leads us to sin?

In What does the Bible say about "bad" words? a comment was made that "I cuss in all the (two) languages I speak fluently. It's just my upbringing, and we should honor our parents, right?" ...
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Do Christians Regard Speaking in Tongues as Necessary?

I have heard that some Christians consider it the only sure sign of having received the Holy Spirit, which would seem quite important. If not generally, which groups hold to this belief, and in what ...
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What does Matthew 5:27-30 (“Cast off your eye/hand/etc”) mean?

For reference, here's the text of Matthew 5:27-30: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already ...
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Do I get a second chance to believe in Jesus after I die?

As if some people couldn't get far enough away from them on earth, several verses in the Bible seem to indicate that there will be preachers even in Hell. 1 Peter 4:6 (ESV) For this is why the ...
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Do not allow a sorceress/witch to live?

I saw a witch a while back being mistreated, which deeply troubled me. I am strong proponent for Luke 6:31. I am familiar with Exodus 22:18 which usually translates to something like: Do not allow a ...
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What happens to people who have never heard about Jesus? [closed]

There seems to be general consensus inside Christianity that in order to be saved, you must have faith, and that this faith has to be in Jesus Christ. Here is one verse sometimes cited for the ...
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Why does God not show Himself beyond reasonable doubt? [closed]

In this answer I commented that Christians believe that "God does not show himself as this would take away free will", to which I was answered "The only reason he would not show himself it's that it ...
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Does saying “Thank God!” count as using God's name in vain?

Would it be alright if I was to say "Thank God?" I'm not sure, as I'm quite a new Christian. This is the context: I am late for the plane. I rush through the check-ins and stuff, and I reach the ...
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What hope is there for a person when he has to ask forgiveness everyday for sins he will do during that day?

A lot of people ask forgiveness for all the sins they will do during the day in thought, word and deed. What hope is there in it? Will our lives never become better? Is it meant to be that we sin ...
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Who were the “giants” mentioned in the Bible?

I've come across several verses in the Bible that speak of "giants". For example: Gen 6:4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the ...
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Why is the use of certain common words offensive? [closed]

Why does writing words such as "hell" and "damn" trigger internet filters that insert asterisks into my writing? What is it about these words that makes them offensive to the point that people use ...
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Three men appeared to Abraham in Genesis 18, was one Christophany?

Genesis 18:1-2 1 The LORD appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. 2 Abraham looked up and saw three men standing ...
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Why were Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed?

I think many people assume that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because of their sexual immortality, and this may at least be part of the reason. However, I recently read Ezekiel and in Ezekiel ...
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What is the significance of the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden?

If Adam and Eve were created perfect and without death (immortal), then what is the significance and purpose of the Tree of Life in the middle of the Garden of Eden?
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Hand Picked Bible Applications

I understand that my question pokes at a sensitive area, but being a nonreligious person in a largely Christian region, I find it extremely dissatisfying to leave such a core aspect of my neighbor's ...
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Is rock music sinful / immoral?

It has been suggested to me that some Christians believe that rock music is inherently immoral, and as a result they believe that Christians would do well to avoid the entire genre. For example, ...
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Is it ok to pray in public?

Matthew 6:6 (NIV) says: But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Does this ...
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How do Christians understand the omniscience of God in relation to the Uncertainty Principle?

One of the foundations of modern quantum mechanics is the Uncertainty Principle. This principle is not an assumption, but rather is derived from assumptions made with regard to the structure of ...
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Does the Bible itself give us clues about which parts to interpret literally and which figuratively?

I know that the question may seem a little bit self-referential but I ask it anyway: There is often great controversy among Christians what parts of the Bible are to be interpreted literally and what ...
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What traditions espouse infant baptism and why?

What traditions espouse infant baptism and why? In those traditions, why do parents often baptize their children at very young age, and why is this better than giving their children the opportunity ...
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Who are the two witnesses in the book of Revelation?

I have read tidbits about the two witnesses in the book of revelation. What I don't know is whether or not these are Angels, or Humans and what their purpose is.
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What is “dominion theology”?

I've read a little bit about "dominion theology", and don't feel I understand it. What distinguishes this movement from mainstream modern Christianity?
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Will there be a second chance for salvation after the Rapture?

Does the Bible say anything about there being a second chance for salvation after the time of rapture? I would assume that God is doing this rapture so that people would recognize Him and repent. But ...
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Does the Bible give any reason as to why its content is sometimes difficult to interpret?

As evidenced by this site, and the divisions between various Christian denominations, there seems to be a lot of different ways some passages in the bible can be interpreted. One example is ...
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What is the greatest sin? [closed]

I understand that there is one sin that cannot be forgiven and that is to blaspheme the Holy Spirit. But beyond this, what is the greatest sin that a person can commit? Either voluntarily or ...
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Does the end times talk about a one world religion?

I was just reading about end times and somebody was stating that this verse suggest that there will be a one world religion, a false religion. Is this backed by any other scripture? Revelation ...
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What is the significance of Jesus seeing Nathanael under the fig tree?

In John 1:46-50, Nathanael is introduced to Jesus for the first time. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son ...
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Does Jewish tradition predate Christian tradition in any meaningful way?

Many people assume that because Judaism is the super ancient religion and Christianity relatively modern, although ancient by any standards, that if someone wants to dig up some meaningful bit of ...
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Resurrection of the body

How is the resurrection of the body supposed to work in Catholicism? E.g. If I die at 90, will I resurrect with the body of an old man? What about babies, will they simply resurrect as very young ...
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What criteria do Catholics use to determine if an old testament character prefigures Mary?

I was at a Catechetical training seminar in my parish and the presenter on topic of the creed when touching on the Blessed Virgin Mary said that lots and lots of characters prefigure Mary in the old ...
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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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How can suffering from natural causes be reconciled with an omnimax god?

The christian god is omnipotent, omniscient and omnibenevolent according to all christian denominations I know of. These attributes seem to be contradicted by all the suffering we observe here on ...

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