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How can we be so sure about the authenticity and genuineness of all the new “versions” and translations of the Canonical Bible?

There are a lot of "versions" and translations of the bible. I've read just a few, like 5 or 6, and I've seen several differences, but the real deal is that I've seen a large and significant ...
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Is there such a thing as a Catholic commentary on the Bible?

In the Protestant world there are endless commentaries on Biblical books, or series of commentaries that cover either the whole Bible or at least the New Testament. Does the same exist in the ...
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Sedimentary deposits 2300 BC? [on hold]

I wanted to inquire on the possibility of geological evidence for a 2300 BC flood that would correspond to Noah. Are there are sedimentary deposits from 2300 BC? Flood layers from 2900 BC are ...
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Why weren't the dinosaurs taken on Noah's ark? [on hold]

If man was created before dinosaurs, and the earth was created 6,000 years ago, why aren't there dinosaurs now?
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Was Esau's Birthright also a physical token?

I read long ago in the Open Bible as a note, that birth rights were actually a physical carved token that Jacob tricked Esau out of, I guess a registered icon with the powers that be. Is this true? ...
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Why is Jesus looking on an oddly standing stone?

I am not a Christian, so please excuse my Philistinism if I'm missing the obvious, but ever since I saw this painting on my Grandma's wall I've been intrigued by it. Particularly the standing stone in ...
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Are there more verses which call Jesus the Bright Morning Star?

I Jesus have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches I am the Root and offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star. (Revelation 22:16) How you are fallen from heaven ...
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Jesus’ commandment to love our enemies [on hold]

Jesus commanded his followers to love their enemies. Are Christians to interpret this literally? If so, is this a departure of God’s character in the Old Testament, which constantly visits the enemies ...
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Burying a fish as a Christmas tradition?

To me this almost sounds like a joke, and I want to know if this is really a tradition... I was at a dinner tonight with some vendors, one of whom was from New England. He was telling the group ...
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Peter's response in Acts 2:16-23 [on hold]

Our Sunday school class is working through Acts, and I want to examine what Peter says in Acts 2:16-36 in more depth using Romans 11:11-12 and a dual purpose of Jesus Christ's 3 and a half year ...
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In the Catholic Church, what rules are to be followed when interpreting the Bible?

In the Catholic Church, what rules are to be followed when interpreting the Bible? After having followed the said rules seeking the meaning of inspired scripture, what senses of Scripture can one ...
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Differences between scriptural and pop culture Christianity? [on hold]

In the interests of confining my Christian beliefs to scripture, I'm curious what elements of modern Christianity were picked up over time from extra-biblical sources. For instance, angels are ...
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What is the biblical basis for Adam living forever after eating from the Tree of Life?

I have been considering Adam and what God said about Adam pertaining to the tree of life directly after the fall. After Adam had transgressed God commanded that the tree of life be withheld from him ...
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Is there a particular order in lighting candles on an advent wreath?

Is there a particular order in lighting the candles on an Advent Wreath? If there is, why? Which candle is lit first, and what order follows to the last candle? Where is the pink candle located ...
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Why didn't Adam eat from the Tree of Life?

The Lord God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. Out of the ground the Lord God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and ...
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What is the significance of 2 John being addressed to the “elect lady”?

2 John begins like this: The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all who know the truth (2 John 1, ESV) Is this a letter to Mary? Would this ...
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses object to praying with other Christians?

After receiving divergent comments on my question Why do Jehovah's Witnesses not pray with people of other faith?, I feel I need to ask the follow-up question that really should have been the ...
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Catholic Baptism Process Pre-Vatican II

Today the Catholic Church makes potential converts participate in the RCIA program. Before Vatican II could someone go into a Church and tell the priest he wants to be Catholic and receive baptism on ...
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Does Spiritual blindness mean not knowing Gods Word?

What does this verse mean? Jesus said, "If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains." (John 9:41) Does it imply that spiritual ...
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How does the Watchtower come to the belief that the Holy Spirit is a force?

If it has been long recognized that three primary attributes of personality are mind, emotion and will. Then how does the Watch Tower come to the belief it is a force when Corinthians 2:10 states ...
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What happens to those souls who have not been--nor ever will be--exposed to the teachings of the Bible? [duplicate]

My question relates to those who have only ever known one teaching which was derived from their birth religion, especially those who live secluded lives, far from society, and have their own spiritual ...
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In what churches does this set of beliefs and behaviors best fit?

The church in question believes or behaves in the following ways: Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus is the Son of God, but he is not God, nor is equal to God in anyway. He taught us about God and his ...
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Death before the second coming [on hold]

In Matthew 16:28; "Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom." is that referring to physical death ...
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Did Thomas Aquinas rate masturbation as a greater sin than rape?

It is sometimes said that St. Thomas Aquinas taught that rape is a lesser sin than masturbation. Is this actually the case? Here are two examples: [In Aquinas's view], Because sins against nature ...
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Is there any scriptual proof of annihilation?

The Greek word aionion is translated everlasting. It is used to describe heaven and hell in Matthew 25:46. In Luke 16:22-28 there's a rich man in hell. Christ spoke of people in hell, Matthew 8:12; ...
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Why should the book of Enoch be considered canonical? [on hold]

Most would agree that context is the primary principle in any sound interpretation of individual verses. In that case we must consider the whole epistle of Jude. It appears that those who degrade ...
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Sisters giving the concluding talk in a sacrament meeting, where did my source go?

Broad context: I have seen at least one question on this site asking about the customs in LDS meetings regarding women, and this question sometimes comes up offline as well. I think I remember, not ...
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Where is the mentioning of people still living from the time of Christ in New Testament?

I remember reading in New Testament somewhere where The Christ said that some people present at that time will live to see His second coming. Can't seem to find that verse again. Do you know which ...
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Requesting to staff action: [migrated]

Requesting to merge with account http://christianity.stackexchange.com/users/17561/31415926 followed by deletion of both accounts. [Posted here, since impossible to post to meta without 5 rep.] ...
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Is the fruit referred to in John 15:5 the same as the fruit of the Spirit?

I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. (John 15:5) What is the fruit mentioned here? Is it the same as we ...
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christian teenager having a girlfriend [on hold]

Is a christian teenager allowed to have girlfriend if he's just going to have sex with her, but does not plan on getting married?
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Where did the translators of the New World translation study the Biblical languages?

In Crisis of conscience, written by Raymond Franz, the translators of the New World Translation are identified as Nathan Knorr, Frederick Franz, Albert Schroeder, George Gangas, and Milton Henschel. ...
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How many Wisemen were there?

The wise men are commonly thought of as three men, each bearing a gift for the baby Jesus. When in fact the scriptures don't indicate exactly how many wise men there were, only what gifts they ...
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What did Mary and Joseph do with the gold, frankincense, and myrrh?

And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him ...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses interpret verses like Isaiah 9:6 which call the messiah 'God'?

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, THE MIGHTY GOD, The everlasting Father, ...
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Devil's Sons (Wheat and tares) [on hold]

When we read the Jesus's parables Matthew 13:24-26 we read: 24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: ...
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Why did Daniel feel the need to pray towards Jerusalem, even at the cost of his own life?

After Darius signed a decree which said that anyone praying to any god but Darius should be thrown into the Lion's den, Daniel goes and prays anyway. Daniel 6:10-11 ESV When Daniel knew that the ...
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Are Catholic Bishops the successors of the Apostles alone or the Elders too?

In researching my answer for this question I started to think about the doctrine that the Bishops are the successors of the Apostles as being a bit unfair to the other folks. For instance, if St. ...
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How have Christian theologians historically reconciled the idea of creation ex-nihlo with the creation account? [on hold]

Creation ex-nihlo seems to be the de-facto position amongst Christians. It seems to make good logical sense and jives well with certain statements in Scripture about God speaking things into ...
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Is this age the only opportunity for salvation? [on hold]

The majority of mainstream Protestant churches in the U.S. proclaim this age is the only opportunity for salvation. There's a prominent minority, mostly non-denominational, that claim the period ...
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What's the Biblical basis for “all Christians will be together in heaven some day”?

Christians often say that "some day we will all be together in heaven." I'm wondering if this idea comes from scripture. The closest I can think of is the end of Revelation, which discusses a "new ...
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overpopulation of the earth [on hold]

We currently live under the curse of the first sin that Adam and Eve caused in the garden. One of the results of this sin is that we die. God provided us with the ability to reproduce and have ...
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Concept of lying pre-fall [duplicate]

I was wondering if before Adam and Eve ate the fruit they had a concept of lying. We take lying for granted, but if it was something they had never encountered, how would they have known to distrust ...
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According to the Tablet theory, why do the authors of Genesis write in third person? [on hold]

There is this proposal known as the Tablet theory that provides legitimate information about colophons located at the end of some of the chapters within Genesis. My question is, if Noah recorded ...
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Does God have a “soul”? [on hold]

In Lev. 26:11, it is written, And I will set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you. (KJV) וְנָתַתִּי מִשְׁכָּנִי בְּתוֹכְכֶם וְלֹא תִגְעַל נַפְשִׁי אֶתְכֶם (Masoretic text) ...
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Is God using the current time to teach mankind what it would be like had Satan succeeded in his attempt usurp God’s throne? [on hold]

In my Bible study I have often wondered much about Satan, and have consulted many writings concerning him. One of the most intriguing concepts I have encountered is the following: The Angels are ...
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Could Jesus Christ hate something or someone? [on hold]

Love and hatred are often described as polar feelings, therefore one cannot exist without the other. Just like magnet poles. Jesus is known as a person who could love all the people. Does it emphasize ...
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What does childbearing have to do with the salvation of a woman?

Verse concerning saved: 12But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 13For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14And Adam was not deceived, but the ...
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From a reformed theology perspective, is there any Biblical argument against having a concubine?

It is generally accepted that "having a concubine" = "not socially accepted" However, Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines. Having concubines was mentioned in the old testament. I can not ...
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How is the contradiction explained between 1 Chronicles 1:32 and Genesis 25:1

Keturah was Abrhams Wife? Genesis 25:1-4 Abraham had taken another wife, whose name was Keturah. 2 She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah. Keturah was Abrahams concubine? 1 ...

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