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Any instructions given by the church fathers on how to receive the gift of tongues?

1 Corinthians 14:39 (NIV) Therefore, my brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. In the early church, the gift of tongues was a common gift which ...
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When/why did the [N]RSV become a “Catholic” Bible instead of a “Protestant” Bible?

The Methodist church my aunt grew up in back in the 50s and 60s relied almost exlcusively on the RSV, and she continued to use it until her death a few years ago as her preferred translation. ...
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Did God create evil? [duplicate]

I would like to assume some points before asking the main questions. God did not have a beginning. God created everything. Not just tangible things but even dreams and imaginations. There is evil and ...
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Why didn't Adam and Eve die when they ate the fruit? [duplicate]

God gave Adam and Eve the following command, followed by a cause Genesis 2:17- But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest ...
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Question about the PCUSA treatment of Scriptures

I read an article the other day about the PCUSA church, and I will preface this question with the disclaimer that I have not done extensive research on the church, but it said that they hold the Bible ...
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Religious justification for creating a large angry scene with the ostensible purpose of making people not gay [closed]

Yesterday, as I imagine happens at many places, a person came to my university, and for 6 hours or so, talked about "thousands of ex-homosexuals experiencing the love of Jesus Christ" and about how ...
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How do Creationist Christians respond to the evidence for Evolution? [closed]

This is a question for people who believe in the creation. One point considered a serious proof of evolution is the scientific method of carbon dating. As per this method, humans haven't existed from ...
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Why doesn't the Bible tell us that Jesus was a virgin?

Christian religions constantly remind us that Mary was "forever virgin". So why doesn't the Bible tell us that Jesus was also a virgin?
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Is Jesus the reincarnation of Adam?

Somewhere in my travels, I read that Jesus can be considered as Adam reincarnated. Is that a possibility? "First Adam flops, second Adam triumphs" - is that an idea some of you know?
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Why do Evangelical Protestants reject the Catholic approach to venerating Mary?

When Elizabeth greeted Mary - 42 ...she exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord ...
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Why did Paul want God to repay Alexander the metalworker?

In II Timothy 4:14-15, Paul writes: Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. You too should be on your guard against him, because he ...
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How does Christianity explain the health benefits of sexual intercourse

I have a lot of friends (both Christians and non-Christians) that are currently taking human sexuality courses in school. These friends will come to me and tell me about the health benefits of sexual ...
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Does the Bible say if animals in Eden were carnivorous, or when animals on Earth became carnivorous?

Do the canonical writings of any Christian group say if animals in Eden were carnivorous, or when animals on Earth became carnivorous?
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Why does the Bible talk only about the people of Israel?

I am reading the Bible through these days, and I can say that I am a little surprised. I think God wants all the people, and that is why we are created. I don't understand why the Bible talks only ...
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Is the idea that the pleasures we experience now are mild foretastes of Heaven Biblical?

Several authors1 have suggested that the pleasures we can experience in our lives are but a small foretaste of the pleasure we could experience in Heaven. "It is a sudden and miraculous grace that ...
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Are the early followers of Christ considered Christians or Jews in today's context? If not, when was the religion created? [duplicate]

From sometime after 4 BC and up to and sometime between the destruction of the Second Temple (C. 70) and Council of Nicaea (AD 325), Christians were considered Jewish with Jesus as their leader. When ...
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Did Jesus pray to God in the Gospel?

Did Jesus pray to God according to the prevalent Jewish customs? How did he pray to God? What does the Gospel say about it?
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If God were going to send another Biblical flood, would He warn us?

It goes without saying - Before 'The Flood of Noah', God warned Noah that it was coming. But I wonder - If most of humanity turned evil again, and God was about to send another Biblical flood, would ...
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How does Christianity respond to scientific theory that Man originated through evolution? [closed]

Science claims that men originated through evolution. Christianity claims that men originated from Adam and Eves. How Christianity respond the claims of modern science?
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Does the New Testament have any mention of Kolob and if not, how come?

Kolob is a star or planet from the Book of Abraham - originally described in an ancient egyptian scroll - translated by Joseph Smith. Kolob is near the throne of God (in outer space to my ...
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How do mainstream Christians handle the Epistle of St. Barnabas' prophecy that Jesus will return in the next 50 years?

In the Epistle of Barnabas, it says Barnabas 15:3 Of the Sabbath He speaketh in the beginning of the creation; And God made the works of His hands in six days, and He ended on the seventh day, ...
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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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Is there any real significant difference between Protestantism and Catholicism?

I know a lot of people who have very strong views against Catholics and was really starting to wonder, just as the title suggests, other than Catholicism having priests, what differences are there?
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Is there a mentioning about the wisdom of a crowd in the Bible?

In the Bible is there any mention of how smart or stupid large groups of people are?
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Do we retain our gender in Heaven? [closed]

The Bible tells us repeatedly that our earthly actions will impact our ability to enter the gates of Heaven. Some Biblical passages say that our earthly actions can improve or lessen our experience of ...
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Which came first, Man or Animal?

Genesis 1:24-27 states that humans were created after the other animals, and the first man and woman were created simultaneously. 1:24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature ...
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Is smoking sinful? [closed]

I know among some Christian groups (e.g. Laestadians) almost everyone smokes, while some other groups are very strict about it. However, the Bible doesn't have cigarettes. Is smoking sinful?
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If Jesus was God, then why did he pray?

I don't know much about Christianity so I was watching this video: Is Jesus God? I was stunned by the following things: At the start of the debate Stanley Sjoberg says Jesus is the Son of God. Near ...
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Is the Genesis creation account consistent with the Big Bang theory according to Catholic theology?

I'm doing some research and am trying to determine whether the creation story of Genesis, chapter 1 (7 days-let there be light) is consistent with the Big Bang Theory. I am finding sources that ...
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Does the story of the Rich Young Ruler preclude Jesus from having any money of his own? [closed]

Jesus, himself, said this: Matthew 19:21 If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me. Ref. ...
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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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Reason for creating unnecessary creatures

When God first created this world, he made all the creatures that exist to this day. That ranges from Sophisticated beings like Humans to creatures that only have a life-span of a day or two. God must ...
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How is modern day Christian morality reconciled with the morality of the Bible?

Morality changes over time Morality is not a constant; what a group of people finds to be morally acceptable or morally unacceptable evolves over time, generally because of an increased understanding ...
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Does the Bible say it is sinful for a woman (mother) to work outside of the home?

Does the Bible say it is sinful for a woman (mother) to work outside of the home? Does 1 Timothy 5:8 mean that only the husband is to provide for the family? Anyone who does not provide for their ...
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What is the sentence for adultery in the New Testament? [closed]

I'm just curious to know what the New Testament says about adultery? How is the adulterer supposed to be sentenced?
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Is there biblical basis for the claim that Pilate had no choice?

There is a trend among Christians to put the guilt of killing Jesus on Jews rather than on Romans. Some Christians go as far as to proclaiming Pilate a saint (as did either Ethiopian or Coptic church ...
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If Christians believe that Christ was a God and immortal (or resurrected), why do some avenge his killing in his name?

Arguably the killing of Jesus Christ was the most avenged killing in history. There is no other person for whom there were so many other people killed in the name of retaliation. In Russian Empire ...
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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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Are parents responsible/accountable for the sins of their children?

Reading 1 Samuel 2:12 et seq, one could say that Eli is treated the same way as his wicked sons, although he tried to dissuade them from doing their sins. Generally speaking, are parents today ...
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What does the Bible say about ecology? [closed]

What does the Bible say about ecology, or how we should relate to nature?
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Genesis 28:18 Where Did Jacob Get the Oil?

Genesis 28:18 New International Version (NIV) 18 Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. Do you have ...
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Can theology be defined “the science of faith” nowadays?

According to Wikipedia, Richard Hooker (March 1554 – 3 November 1600) was an English Anglican priest and an influential theologian. He was one of the most important English theologians of the ...
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The land of bread and honey or just a diversion?

Was God holding back on the Israelites when it came to the promised land? For example, they were promised fertile land, creating lots of food, bread and honey, beautiful landscape, a place of their ...
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Is the Thief on the Cross the exception or the norm for quick salvation?

It seems that often we find answers to "What must I do to be saved?" that haul out a long laundry list of things to be done that could take hours-- weeks if the word "daily" is part of your answer. ...
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Why is circumcision not a requirement for Christians?

I recently read an argument which was basically 'Paul against Jesus' type and was something like this: Jesus said that He didn't come to abolish the Jewish laws but to fulfill them. Matt. 5:17 ...
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What do the verses in Luke 5:20-25 teach us?

They have always puzzled me and I fail to understand what is what. Luke 5:20-23 When Jesus saw their faith he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” Then the experts in the law and the ...
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Are Christians required to believe the teachings of their own denomination?

My friend is struggling right now to discern what is right and wrong in the Church and his Christian life. He has been brought up in a Catholic church where he had learned about Jesus and what he did ...
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Will we be able to eat anything in Heaven? [closed]

Eating meat and potatoes for lunch after missing breakfast, I was thanking God for such delicious foods. Then I came up with a question; will we be able to eat in Heaven? I love eating, and I wouldn't ...
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When, if ever, is eisegesis a valid interpretation of scripture over exegesis?

Typically, exegesis is used when interpreting scripture, so that value, meaning, and instruction is derived from the words. When is eisegesis, or reading-into scripture, a valid interpretational ...
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Could Adam calculate the age of the earth using science?

I some times wonder when God made the garden, to beautify it, the trees for example must have been differing height and width.  Therefore, assuming a literal 7 day creation, if Adam were to cut a ...

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