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why did God create both the tree of life and the tree of knowledge?

so its kind of strange to me, but to my understanding god knows all things before we even think it. so why did he create both the trees in the garden, and why didn't the serpent deceive Eve in eating ...
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What does “worship” mean in the Bible? [on hold]

The first mention of the word "worship" in the Old Testament of the Bible is found in Genesis 22:5 where Abraham says, "I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you." The first ...
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Difference between Systematics and Dogmatics?

In what ways does Systematic Theology differ from Dogmatic theology? If I'm understanding them correctly they seem to be almost identical in that they're dependent upon the particular denominations, ...
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What is the source and context of this St. Bernard of Clairvaux quote?

The quote: "What we love we shall grow to resemble." This quote seems remarkably popular, although it doesn't look like anyone who uses it knows which one of his works it came from or what the exact ...
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Why is not the most important component of the Christian faith (agapē) taught in Christian schools?

If love (agapē) is the most important component of Christian faith, and the very evidence to the world of the existence of God (John 17), then why is it not a formal and regular part of the curriculum ...
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Can faith literally move mountains [on hold]

In the Bible Jesus talks about being able to move mountains if you have but a mustard seed of faith. I know that this is generally interpreted as meaning that if you have enough faith then you can ...
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How would the Bible advise a Christian to cope with fear? [on hold]

At what part of the Bible is fear referenced, in a story? Or quote? If you know of any, an example of any quotes or stories would be ideal. It doesn't necessarily have to be about dealing with fear, ...
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Did the midwives in Exodus 1 sin by disobeying and lying to Pharaoh?

In Exodus 1:15-16, the king of Egypt orders the Hebrew midwives to kill the sons born to Hebrew women. However, they do not obey: But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt ...
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When was the last time, if ever, the secular world acknowledged a demonic possession?

The gospels seem to be peppered with demonic possessions that are nonchalantly noted by the author. Is there evidence that the ruling secular powers of the day acknowledged these as demonic ...
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How the 10 Commandments relate to legal material in Exodus- Deuteronomy [on hold]

Recently I have been given the essay topic of 'Choose any two of the Ten Commandments and describe how they relate to legal material in Exodus- Deuteronomy more widely. I'm finding it difficult to ...
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Can a practicing Catholic who joined a Protestant church still receive communion in the Catholic church?

If a person who has formerly received the sacraments in a Catholic Church now attends a Protestant church, can they still receive communion when visit a Catholic church?
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Is God imputable in our deeds? [on hold]

I am not a Christian... yet I am doing a research on the subject of Justice. I wanted to know what does Christianity say about; Please share with reference, yet if possible please try to make it ...
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Is Melchizedek the Holy Spirit?

My friend on the other day showed me verses in the Bible claiming that Melkizedek is in deed the Holy Spirit. His church teaches him that, In Hebrews 7:15: 21 15 And what we have said is even ...
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Where is there official writings from Perpetua or Felicity?

Supposedly there was a diary written by a woman named "Perpetua" just before she was killed in the arenas for her faith. Another similar account is concerning Felicity. Did these women actually ...
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What are some of the reasons for which Catholics are against gender-neutral secular marriage?

I get that Catholicism won't acknowledge religious gender-neutral or same-sex marriage (GNM) and why it won't support GNM, but why exactly does that extend to being outright against (as opposed to ...
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What are some of the reasons for which non-Catholic Christians are against gender-neutral secular marriage?

I get that some churches won't acknowledge religious gender-neutral or same-sex marriage (GNM) and why they won't support GNM, but why exactly does that extend to being outright against (as opposed ...
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Is there a hidden theological meaning in the sentence "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”?

In the English Standard Version of the Bible in Luke 23, 34 it is written that Jesus said upon his crucifixion: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” From the Wikipedia article on ...
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Are there any Christian denominations that incorporate Odinism ?

Are there any Christian denominations or specific churches that incorporate Odinism or Odinistic cultural traditions? Perhaps, as a way to show that the original religion of northern Europe was not ...
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What spirit was in Jesus?

There are a few possible views but I'm searching for whatever has the most "scriptural weight." 1) That Jesus inherited the spirit of Adam as all mankind does (this brings the problem of original ...
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My grandfather visited me from heaven is that possible? [on hold]

My grandfather came to me from heaven but i don't know if it is true. Here's The Story i am sitting in my bedroom by the bed, as i looked to the side of my room and back. i saw him. my grandfather, i ...
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61 views

Catholic marriage between a Catholic and baptised non-Christian [duplicate]

How does Catholicism handle the desired marriage of a Catholic to a baptized, yet non-Christian partner? As I understand it (i.e.: what Wikipedia told me), the Catholic church defines three versions ...
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Significance of the robe of purple colour which Jesus was made to wear

Was there any significance to the colour purple described by the evangelists while mentioning the robe that Jesus was made to put on before His crucifixion ? Both John at 19:2 and Mark at 15:7 ...
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If God is omni-* how can sin exist? [duplicate]

Like all philosophical topics of the sort this is a complex issue. Let's start with my understanding and hopefully an answer will spring forthwith. God exists infinitely. God has awareness ...
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Which was the first Roman Catholic hymnal to include Martin Luther's “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”?

Recently I learned that modern Roman Catholic hymnals include Martin Luther's well-known hymn, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God. Investigating further on hymnary.org, however, I find that the song is not ...
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Why didn't Protestants argue for traditional marriage by natural reason?

The US Supreme Court recently ruled that Homosexual couples can get married in all US States and that these marriages are legally equal to the Traditional model of marriage, one man and one woman. ...
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Is there any biblical basis for specifically associating armageddon with fire from heaven?

Imagine a bunch of people running from a city scared, the ground is cracking beneath their feet and fire is coming down from heaven. I'm sure you've seen the picture(s). Traditionally we think ...
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How does a lamb take a scroll and break its seals? (Revelation 5) [on hold]

Revelation 5 describes a vision of a lamb with seven eyes and seven horns, appearing to stand as if slain. It takes the scroll, and then goes on in chapter 6 to start breaking the seals of the scroll. ...
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Are there any active Christian ministries that preach from the Jefferson Bible?

I've recently read the Jefferson Bible and I am actively considering making it my primary Bible. Are there any current ministries that use this bible, and/or are there any active ministries that use ...
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Why does the Episcopal Church take votes on moral questions?

I read in the news today that the Episcopal Church is going to vote on same-sex 'marriage'. As a Catholic who looks to the Pope to issue statements on matters of faith and morals, and trusts the Holy ...
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What does the Orthodox church consider to be the defining features of Christian meditation?

There are many different kinds of meditation or prayer, Christian and non-Christian. However, I am confused regarding actual difference because these varieties, both Christian and non-Christian, seem ...
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In Romans 3:1-8, what is God being faithful towards?

Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? Much, in every way. For in the first place the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. What if some were unfaithful? Will ...
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In Luke 5 Levi is called by Jesus. He seems to become a disciple almost straight away. Is that what is happening here

In Luke 5 we have the conversion of Levi. It appears that he became an apostle almost straight away. Is that what is happening here? Regards, Fred
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Will there be more people in heaven or hell? (interpreting Matthew 7:13-14) [closed]

I have read Matthew 7:13-14 "Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is ...
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What is the base of the bible as the unique source of revelation?

I'm interested in know from where come the fact that, in these times, the bible is the unique source of revelation, even when there are verses in the bible that explicitly says the oppose. In John ...
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A word to describe someone who is not a Protestant

I've been wondering for a while if there is a word (or concise phrase) that can be used to mean someone who is not Protestant. Something that specifically groups Catholics, and Eastern Rite followers ...
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Whose voice is it in Revelation 4:1? (Inconsistent red letter usage) [migrated]

The first voice, described in Revelation 1:10-11 is heard (and written in red). Then John turns to see who or what is speaking, and sees what is described as Jesus. The words spoken by Jesus (verses ...
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Jesus' power to forgive sins and to cure the sick

If one is to answer this question which Jesus posed to the scribes : "..For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven ', or to say 'Rise and walk' ?... "(Matt. 9:5) one would opt in favor ...
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Who are the people explicity stated by God or people to be Prophets? [closed]

I would like to know because I am compiling a list of both male and female prophets. So far, I have: Abraham Genesis 20:7 Aaron Exodus 7:1 Miriam Exodus 15:20 Moses, Jesus Deuteronomy 18:1 ...
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Do we understand what is meant by the fig tree and Israelite in Christ seeing Nathanael? [closed]

Who sits under the Fig Tree. Strangely we are not crediting Christ as God knowing everything. The Buddha who sat under the fig to gain enlightenment is well known are we saying here that Christ knew ...
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Did God inadvertantly create evil? [duplicate]

I am a Christian but I struggle with this question; God knows everything past, present and future. He knew us while we were still in the earth. He picked the place, time and tree for Jesus to be ...
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why did God choose Mary to be the mother of jesus [closed]

In devotions today I wood like to tall you that why is God choose Mary to be the mother of jesus.
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“Blessed Virgin” - not Saint?

Probably the most common Catholic title for Mary, mother of Jesus, is "The Blessed Virgin" or "The Blessed Virgin Mary". But "Blessed", in Catholic hagiology, is typically used to denote people who ...
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Fasting from a OT and NT perspective [closed]

I'm interested to learn more about how both the Old Testament and New Testament considered the religious significance of fasting. How this different between Judaism?
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Are there any non-pacifist traditions that do not allow their members to serve as military chaplains?

I'd like to know if there are any non-pacifist Christian traditions or denominations, either historical or contemporary, that do not support participation in the military as a non-combat chaplain. I ...
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47 views

What distinguishes Christian meditation from the Catholic tradition from non-Christian meditation? [closed]

There are many different kinds of meditation or prayer, Christian and non-Christian. However, I am confused regarding actual difference because these varieties, both Christian and non-Christian, seem ...
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Did the Jews think it was immoral to have leprosy?

He stretched out his hand, and touched him, saying, “I want to. Be made clean.” Immediately the leprosy left him. He commanded him to tell no one, “But go your way, and show yourself to the ...
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Why don't young-earth creationists just explain things (usually considered as miracles) as miracles?

I've observed some young-earth creationists attempt to link the worldwide flood of Noah's day with melting icebergs. While not critical of the science behind such an explanation, I would really like ...
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Has Jesus ever directly said he would die as a voluntary sacrafice? If so, wasn't it double sense?

I know about mentioning Jesus died to redeem mankind in evangelical literature like: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have ...
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Carrying the cross: a profane act or religious act?

Recently, in Brazil, a transsexual performed the crucifixion of Jesus. As one would guess, this event had a very strong response from Christians around the country. I wonder, however, if the feelings ...
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Sense of humor that Jesus had

Is it possible that Jesus never laughed or smiled during His public life ? Are there verses in the Gospels which directly or indirectly bring out the sense of humor which Jesus ought to have had ?

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