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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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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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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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553 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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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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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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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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Does Christianity have any other books besides the Bible that the disciples use for following? [closed]

Does Christianity have any other book beside Bible which narrate stories of the Jesus and Moses and is considered auspicious or sacred? Are there any other such books other than Bible which kind of ...
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956 views

Genesis 19. 8 Why should he protect strangers above protect his daughters? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why was Lot “let off the hook” for offering his daughters to be raped? I was interested in the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, cause I remembered at it as I ...
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Is it possible to get into heaven, but then be cast out at a later date? [closed]

People struggle to enter Heaven, but what guarantees you that once you get there you won't be cast out from Heaven? In the Bible there is no guarantee about that. What will prevent you from making bad ...
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Original sin and its consequences [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How could a loving, just, merciful God have created such an unfair test for humans? It's said that death came into the world due to the primary sin of Adam and Eve. But ...
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365 views

Do Cessationists believe that there are no modern miracles?

The general concept of Cessationism that I have is that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are not given these days, having fulfilled their purpose nearly 2000 years ago. What I'm not sure about is whether ...
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When do catechumens go to confession?

I thought I'd answer a question asked here about non-Catholics receiving the sacrament of reconciliation by using the RCIA book, but in skimming all the steps, there doesn't seem to be much said about ...
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187 views

Was Boaz named after the column in the temple?

Was Ruth's husband, Boaz named after the column by the temple of Solomon or vice versa? Or was this a quiescence? Was this a common name for boys? Ruth 2:1 ESV Now Naomi had a relative of her ...
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Why do we like to do what is called to be a sin? [closed]

For instance, I like some colours, I like some sort of music, I like a specific weather since I was young, I like mathematics, but not because I decided that. These all come from inside and I cannot ...
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What could persuade a presumably otherwise-rational Satan to turn on God?

It's said that Satan is a very smart creature. Satan, and 1/3 of the other angels, chose what seems to be a very foolish fate. Knowing that God is all-powerful, we ask, what could have compelled ...
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Why did Satan tempt Jesus in the desert?

In Matthew 4:1-13 and Luke 4:1-11, Jesus was in the desert for 40 days and tempted by Satan. Of particular interest is the first temptation. Luke 4:3-4 (NLT) 3 Then the devil said to ...
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Why are Independent Baptist Fundamentalists labelled Protestants?

Something that always bothers me which I witness to Catholics: the well-meaning ones tell me I am a Protestant and say that "we protested the Catholic Church". This isn't true, the Baptist Church was ...
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147 views

What is the origin of a stole?

Most priests wear a stole, a vestment that appears to be similiar to a long scarf, although it is flat and worn against the chest, rather than 'round the neck. Reading through the wikipedia article, ...
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74 views

What Scriptural basis has been used in Christianity to support the idea that a fetus posseses the soul? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do Fetuses have souls? Is the aquisition of a soul instantenous or continuous? What Scriptural basis has been used in Christianity to support the idea that the soul is ...
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What kind of clothes did Jesus wear?

There are a couple references in the gospels indicating what Jesus wore but not many. His undergarment was 'seamless' according to John 19:23. He also may have had the 'fringes' or 'tassels' of the ...
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Are non-Catholics allowed to go to confession?

As an Episcopalian, we technically have the rite of Confession and Reconciliation as one of the things we are supposed to do, but I've never seen it done in actual practice. In contrast, I know that ...
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses believe in annihilation?

What is the official position of the Jehovah's Witnesses in regards to hell, specifically the doctrine of annihilation which says that people will not go on existing, that eventually God will just ...
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371 views

You might be a “fundamentalist” if ___

What sources could one appeal to if trying to argue if a doctrine was or was not consistent with fundamentalism? The question What is fundamentalism? identifies the historical source and some of the ...
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Do we really have free-will? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: If God controls our decisions, does this mean we don't have free will? The bible says that God is omniscient, he knows about you even before you were born, he knew ...
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From a Fundamentalist viewpoint, what does it mean to “take the Bible literally”?

In my previous answer on this question, while discussing Biblical Inerrancy, I stated: The doctrine of inerrancy does not imply hyper-literalism. As noted above, in the second possible mechanism ...
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Was the Mosaic Covenant a covenant of “works” or “grace”?

In Exodus 20 (but all of Exodus/Leviticus/Numbers/Deuteronomy as well) we read of what many refer to as the Mosaic Covenant - enacted at Sinai, where God gives the Ten Commandments (and later the rest ...
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From a Fundamentalist standpoint, what does the phrase “Inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God” mean?

Many denominations teach that the Bible is the "Inspired, inerrant, infallible Word of God." Detractors of Christianity, and even other denominations within Christianity disagree with all or some of ...
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284 views

What makes a confession sacramental?

In the Catholic tradition, confession to a priest is treated with special protection as a sacred rite. The priest is charged with maintaining the confidential nature of the confession, something they ...
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What is “Manuscript Evidence” and how is it useful?

In several Apologetics articles (including one answer of mine on a different question), I see the statement that "there is overwhelming manuscript evidence to support the fact that the Bible has been ...
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According to the Bible, what kind of debt, if any, is lawful?

The Bible has some strong things to say about debt. In the total witness of the Bible, is all debt considered sinful? Or can we differentiate between types of debt, and say that some are lawful while ...
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Are Christians supposed to suffer? [closed]

Consider the following scriptures: James 1:2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let ...
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127 views

Where Catholicism lost influence and property during the reformation, what did Luther think should be done with the acquired assets?

As a man protesting against the mass of wealth accumulated by the Pope I was wondering what Luther proposed to do with all the lands and endowments obtained in those regions where the Catholic church ...
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866 views

What does the Bible have to say about dinosaurs? [duplicate]

Archaeology has found many dinosaur fossils. Does the Bible have anything to say about the existence of dinosaurs?
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442 views

Is the following rationale for sharing the gospel consistent with reformed theology?

One can ask: if one believes in predestination, then why share the Gospel? A common response one often hears is: because God also said to share the gospel or perhaps God predestined you to be ...
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How to compare Christian pastor credentials?

Requirements for ordination vary across denominations. Baptists and Pentecostals, for example, will ordain people without even a high school diploma, whereas many of the more liturgical denominations ...
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356 views

Did the early Church Fathers have a complete agreement on how to interpret 1 Peter 3:18-20?

Did the early Church Fathers have a complete agreement on how to interpret 1 Peter 3:18-20 or did they also have some differences in the way they interpreted these words by Peter? I specifically mean ...
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The attitude of animals before and after fall

According to the verse below I believe this is how it was in the garden of eden, and how it should be Isaiah 11:6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down ...
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Are other religions treated differently by any major branch of Christianity?

In Judaism, some religions are considered to be Avodah Zarah, and others are not. So, for example, if Christianity or certain of its denominations is Avodah Zarah, that has implications for Jews' ...
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When did the teaching that salvation can still be obtained by people after their physical death first appear in the Christianity?

Since the time canon was formed, when did the teaching that salvation can still be obtained by people after their physical death first appear in Christianity?
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How do protestant youth group ministers reach apathetic parents of religious education students?

Another year of teaching religious ed. is starting for me next week and one thing our DRE wants to emphasize, with the new diocesan norms mandating tests, of all things, is that we need more parental ...
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Do Catholic priests have to report child abuse confessed in secret?

Is there any canon, regulation, norm or diocesan norm which requires priests to report confessions of child abuse? Are priests obliged to follow laws to this effect? I'm not asking in regard to ...

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