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How can God encourage humans to beat other humans?

How do we explain God's statement in Exodus 21:20 where he says, "If a man beats his male or female slave with a rod... he is not to be punished if the slave gets up after a day or two, since the ...
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Why doesn't St. Paul use LOVE for each of the members, when he lays out the Rules for a Christian Households [Col 3:18-20]?

In laying out Rules for a Christian Households, St. Paul says in: Colossians 3:18-20 (RSVCE) Rules for Christian Households 18 Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. ...
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How do modalists understand the role of Jesus as mediator?

The Bible calls Jesus our mediator: Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. (Romans 8:34, ESV) For ...
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What is unique about Christianity?

Inspired by this question: How do Christians explain to commonalities between their religion, other major faiths and obscure isolated tribal belief systems? What is fundamentally unique about ...
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Why eat when there was no death?

In Genesis, God tells Adam and Eve not to eat of a certain tree, but they can eat from any other tree. The bible also apparently says that before sin there was no death. So... Why the need to eat? If ...
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How to answer “Why do evil and suffering exist?”

I believe that evil exists because God gave us free will. Adam and Eve disobeyed God. Because of this The Fall of man happened and drew us away from God. Suffering exists not only because God can ...
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How do Christians respond to and/or explain the similarities between other societies' Gods and that of Jesus [closed]

God: Attis Born of a virgin Born on December 25th Crucified Dead for 3 days Resurrected God: Krishna Born of a virgin Star in the east Performed miracles Resurrected God: Dionsyus Born of a ...
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Do Christian concepts of fellowship allow for a congregation to welcome atheists to participate in their community?

Due to family issues, I have come to distance people from me, mainly because the family issues made me a rough person and I am not "easy" to hang around. For the same reasons, I was never close to the ...
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How can Catholic Doctrine prove the connecting Metaphors? [on hold]

How can Catholic Doctrine prove the connecting Metaphors? "The Fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil" = "Works of the Flesh" = "Mosaic Laws (Life for Life)" = "Darkness" = "Salt Water ...
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Where do primary sources for the Bible reside?

Bible translations are made from sources. Where are these sources? In a university, museum, government agency or what?
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What is the justification for applying God's promises to Israel to modern day Christians?

One of the favourite verse, used as encouragement, is this from Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give ...
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When Jesus was born, what details of his early life are in the Bible?

When Jesus was born, what details of the early years do we have? I read in the Quran where it says he spoke in the cradle as one of his miracles: O sister of Aaron, your father was not a man of ...
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Was Onan really struck dead by God for masturbating?

Historically, Onan in Genesis 38 has been accused of masturbation, and for this supposed transgression was struck dead. The term Onanism (or in German Onanie) is still used to describe this practice. ...
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How are first-grade relics prepared?

Is there a formal practice to the preparation of first-grade relics? How are the remains of a saint divided? Is there a method of preservation involved? Is there now an authority in charge of ...
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What is the biblical basis for salvation by faith alone (sola fide)?

One of the key issues in the Reformation was the doctrine of Sola Fide, that is, that salvation is by faith alone, apart from works. What, then, is the biblical basis for this belief?
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Why isn't the cross considered an idol?

Exodus 20:1-15 ESV And God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. “You shall have no other gods ...
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How do we know Jesus is God incarnate?

In John 17:3 it says that Jesus called the Father the "only true God" and called himself sent by the Father. Also, in Matthew 4:10, Jesus himself says to: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve ...
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What is the specific meaning of “day” in Genesis 1?

In the Creation account in Genesis 1 (and 2), God's work of Creation is famously split into 7 "days". For example, the first "day" occurs in verse 5: Genesis 1:5 (NLT) God called the light "day" ...
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Why do Jehovah's Witnesses not celebrate birthdays?

Wikipedia states this as a fact but does not explain further. In conversations with JWs, I understood that this is based on two birthdays in the Bible: Job's eldest son: Job was attacked by Satan on ...
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How is offering X Hail Marys not considered vain repetition?

So if the Hail Mary is a prayer and saying the prayer multiple times is encouraged in Catholicism, what established reason does the Catholic church give to justify it not being a vain repetition. ...
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How do Jehovah's Witness view divorce?

My husband is a disfellowshipped Jehovah's Witness and he has filed for a divorce. What is the Jehovah's Witness belief about divorce and the responsibility of the husband to a non JW wife?
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Same DNA for Adam and Eve? [on hold]

If Eve was taken from Adam's rib would that mean the have same DNA? Why was not another portion of earth used to make Eve. Did they run out of resources?
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Is/will there be time in heaven?

An answer suggests that "time is meaningless in heaven." Do we know this to be true? It seems like an easy conclusion to draw, based on the following: God created the entire universe, including ...
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What biblical passage(s) reveal(s) what God says was the fallen angels' sin?

From this question: Does the Bible provide any passages that might help in understanding how Satan became sinful?, answers have attempted to find from a biblical-basis, how Satan became sinful. This ...
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Does the Bible provide any passages that might help in understanding how Satan became sinful?

Although, I might already now have a provisional indirect answer to my original question ("What Caused Satan's Unbelief ...?") I have tried to reword that question, while simultaneously trying to ...
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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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What does Satan look like?

Many people have seen the Classical depiction of Satan in paintings and statues, but what does scripture say about what Satan looks like?
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What is the context of Chesterton's quote: “When we bind our hearts, we free our hands.”?

In anticipation of watching the new Ragamuffin movie, I'm watching an interview with Rich Mullins. Found transcript here. During the interview, he is seeking to explain what it means by "centering ...
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What is the Catholic understanding of 'reign with him' in 2 Tim 2:12?

2 Timothy 2:11-13 (RSVCE) has: The saying is sure: If we have died with him, we shall also live with him; if we endure, we shall also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will ...
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Is modern Evangelical Protestant soteriology consistent with the early Christian idea of “theosis”?

Early Christians used the term theosis, which puts forth a "exaltation", "divinization" deification concept which the Eastern orthodox church still holds today. [T]he Word of God became man, that ...
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According to Catholic doctrine, Is every woman that has an abortion automatically going to hell?

This is something I've just heard but never verified. Does the Catholic church teach that every woman who has an abortion automatically earns hell no matter what? If so, then why? And how are other ...
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What is the reasoning behind the belief that Eve was NOT created on the sixth day?

I was talking with someone recently and the question was raised as to when Eve was created. I immediately replied that she was created on the sixth day, albeit later in the day than Adam. One person ...
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What types of signs are given by the “lights in the expanse of the heavens”?

On the fourth day, God created lights in the expanse of the heavens for "signs", among other things. Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the ...
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On the validity of the anticipated absolution in absence of the related confession

According to Catholic Church, what are the cases in which the absolution can be anticipated and the confession left for a time in which it will be possible to make it? Also, in cases of anticipated ...
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When is it okay to curse people in the name of the Lord? [on hold]

2 Kings 2:23-24 From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some boys came out of the town and jeered at him. “Get out of here, baldy!” they said. “Get out of here, ...
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Did God create Adam and Eve with free will and knowledge of right and wrong (good and evil)?

I just want to confirm based on scripture if God made Adam and Eve with both free will and knowledge of good and evil (right and wrong) or if one came after the other when they ate the forbidden ...
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How have prominent apologists answered those who claim that Jesus does not love his enemies?

Jesus says in Matthew 5:43: "You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be ...
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What are the differences between Catholics and the Jehovah's Witnesses

What the are differences and similarities between Jehovah's Witnesses and Catholics? To what extent is the official bible accepted by the Catholic church different from the official JW translation? ...
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Does Numbers 5:11-22 describe sactioned abortion?

Numbers 5:11-22 NIV 11 Then the Lord said to Moses, 12 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘If a man’s wife goes astray and is unfaithful to him 13 so that another man has sexual ...
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Premillennialist view of 1 Thessalonians 4:16

I've read books on Premillennialism (including Left Behind) and heard many people preach on the topic but I've never heard an explanation of 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17: 16 For the Lord himself will ...
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What is the Mormon doctrine regarding becoming a god?

Per the doctrine of the Latter Day Saints, it seems that God was once a man. Following this out just one step further leads me to the idea that it may be possible for other men to be come a god. ...
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Orthodox teaching about touching Jesus' body

I was reading answers to a question about Thomas touching Jesus. An answer came from an Orthodox person which said that Thomas was granted special permission to touch his body/wound. That person ...
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What are the views of Evangelical Christians on whether it is possible to go to heaven and back to earth?

I've heard some stories about how kids have died and come back to life a couple of minutes later with a note or something from heaven (e.g., Colton Burpo). Is this biblical? Is it possible? Could it ...
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Why are the wicked resurrected only to be destroyed and sent to the Lake of Fire?

In Revelation 20 the resurrection of the wicked is detailed. They are then judged and thrown in the lake of fire. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. ...
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In the LDS Church, who decides where to place new Churches, and how?

Fairly straightforward question: In the LDS Church, who decides where to place new Churches, and how? Are there specific criteria? Is there a process for determining whether a Church can be ...
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Where do Mormons believe heaven is right now?

Do Mormons believe heaven is outside of the universe or do they believe it's a city/kingdom floating in space or do they believe its on a planet in another star system? Where do Mormons believe the ...
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Is the Eastern Orthodox doctrine of “the Monarchy of the Father” consistent with the Athanasian creed?

Background: this particular question arose from considering the implied ground of the following question: Does the Holy Spirit's procession from the Father and Son infringe on the co-equality of the ...
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In Mormonism, how is the doctrine of Adam & Eve inability to have children prior to the Fall explained?

Inspired by this answer to a previous question, in which the answerer stated: "For example, the Book of Mormon adds the belief that Adam and Eve could not have children before the Fall." ...
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Is it ever revealed that Paul released those that he imprisoned?

So Paul (previously Saul) became a believer and an effective advocate for Christ, but only after he had imprisoned several believers. Acts 8:3 ESV But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering ...
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Did Martin Luther ever remove books from the New Testament canon?

Is it true that Luther removed James, Jude, and Revelation from the New Testament? If this is true then what were his reasons for doing so?

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