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How has God destroyed the wisdom of the wise?

In 1 Corinthians 1:19, Paul writes: 1 Corinthians 1:19-20 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the ...
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Why did the RLDS start giving the priesthood to women?

There is a common belief amongst mainstream LDS that the reason the Community of Christ (formerly the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) started ordaining women with the ...
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Are there examples of God forgiving without sacrifice?

So far I have seen, some kind of sacrifice, direct or indirect, is required to have forgiveness from sin. So, my question is - Are there examples of God forgiving our sins without any sacrifice?
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Is there any evidence that some Christian leaders discourage lay Christians from reading the whole OT or NT?

I am interested in the three Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and their languages, Hebrew, Aramaic and Arabic. I have read the whole Hebrew Bible all the way through twice and the ...
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Did Jesus Christ certify that the Apostles were errorless?

As the question asks, which verses in the Bible show that Jesus Christ consecrated the disciples as apostles during his lifetime. Also are there any verses(with words of Jesus in his lifetime) which ...
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What is the biblical argument used by Protestants against the Catholic doctrine of Penance?

The Catholic Church holds to the doctrine of Penance. As I understand it, this refers to various deeds prescribed by a priest to the confessing person that must do to make amends for his own sin, ...
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Is polyandry legal in the bible? [on hold]

Polygyny is practiced in the Bible with God's full knowledge. What about polyandry? Many say that Western values are based on Judeo-Christian principles. One western value is that marriage is ...
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How does Jesus death affect people in other parts of the world outside Roman rule during the time of his death? [on hold]

I have been wondering this question for years and haven't found an answer could someone help answer this? How does Jesus death effect people in other parts of the world outside Roman rule at the time ...
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Which Christian groups prohibit playing cards, and what is their basis for doing so?

When I was a child I remember hearing that some Christians strongly opposed the use of playing cards. If I remember correctly, it wasn't just for gambling games such as Poker, but even for children's ...
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Phonetic sound of Uzziah

I am searching for a bible character whose name starts with the short u or /ʌ/ sound for my project. Can I use the name Uzziah? Or is there any other bible character whose name has the short u or /ʌ/ ...
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What are the genders of the people listed in Nehemiah 8:4 and 8:7 [migrated]

This might seem a little esoteric for my first question on this site, but it relates to some research I'm doing and I haven't found an answer among the resources I possess. When Ezra reads out the ...
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What specific scholarship is there behind the New World Translation?

The New World Translation of the Bible was produced by the Jehovah's Witnesses. I'm wondering what specific scholarship is behind the translation. Who were the translators? What Greek Manuscripts ...
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What is the difference between the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven?

I did a search and saw that the phrase "Kingdom of Heaven" appears exclusively in the Gospel according to Matthew. However, the phrase "Kingdom of God" appears a few times in Matthew, but is also ...
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Reasons many Christians not reading the Bible both OT and NT? [on hold]

As you can see from my 'autobiography' I am not particularly denominationaly religious but interested. I have read the whole Hebrew Bible all the way through twice and the whole four Canonical gospels ...
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Why is it said that the Gospel of Matthew presents Jesus as the King of the Jews?

I have heard it stated that the Gospel of Matthew presents Jesus as, specifically, the King of the Jews, rather than the Messiah, the Incarnate Word, or anything else. What is the basis for this ...
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What is the basis that some Protestants teach the non-necessity of baptism for salvation?

I have heard many Protestants say that "baptism is not necessary for salvation". They follow Paul I guess, who says all works including Baptism or circumcision are optional. But having read the ...
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Was Noah a Prophet?

So, I am kinda confused on this, I've searched a lot, but still I can't find an appropriate answer, The Question is pretty straight forward: Was Noah a prophet? and in-case if he was; was he ...
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Where do dead in Christ rise from if they're with Jesus?

In Revelation and 1 Thessalonians we read that the dead in Christ rise first. This makes sense if you do not believe that the dead are already in heaven, but very many Christians believe that the ...
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The differences between the NKJV and KJV Bible translations

I am planing to get one of these translations for my personal use. If these are too different from one another, I would like to get both. I love to compare (for my personal study) different versions ...
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Why was eating meat on Fridays forbidden in the Catholic Church for so many years?

I understand that the Catholic Church forbade people from eating meat on Fridays for many years. It seems that it is no longer every Friday, but just during Lent. Also, it is not all meat, but all ...
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Help the poor or hell? Westboro baptist church? [on hold]

Why do most(?) Christrians say you will go to heaven if you just believe in Jesus no matter how you live your life (I guess?), where some say if you don't give everything to the poor, you will go to ...
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Why does Mark 15:34 say “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani”?

In all Christian Bibles the translators wrote this verse in the same language and translated it, (maybe it's Hebrew which I don't know) but why only Mark 15:34 in the whole, is it because when Jesus ...
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What is the oldest hymn (with music) that is still sung in churches today?

Using any of the standard hymnals, what is the oldest hymn that people are still singing? e.g. The Baptist Hymnal 1975 / 1991 / 2008, The Faith We Sing (Methodist, right?), The (Episcopal) ...
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What is the basis for the doctrine of the Trinity in the Book of Mormon?

The Community of Christ--formerly the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints--is a rather unique branch of Christianity in that it stems from the LDS Church, recognizing the Book of ...
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Need help remembering CS Lewis Quote about Joy and Chemical Reactions

I know that there is a line by CS Lewis where he is talking about secular atheists have to try to forget their philosophy in order to find joy in life. The line goes something like... "But insofar ...
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Believing Metaphysical Dogma [on hold]

If (a) I believe that Jesus is Divine; and (b) My notion of Divinity is hopelessly wide of the mark; am I believing a truth or a falsehood ?
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Why is the Gospel of John said to present Jesus distinctively as “the Son of God”?

A common assertion is that the Gospel of John uniquely presents Jesus as "the Son of God", while Matthew presents Him as "the King of the Jews", Mark as the "Servant", and Luke as "the Son of Man". ...
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Nicene Creed says God the Father and God the Son are of the same substance?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicene_Creed says: And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, begotten of the Father [the only-begotten; that is, of the essence of the Father, God of God,] ...
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What does the Bible say about the desire for wealth as a Christian? [on hold]

I have been looking for Bible quotes and passages that say it is ok to be a good christian and still want to make lots of money. Everywhere I look it seems like it is a bad thing to want. I know it ...
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What was the purpose to animal sacrifices?

I've never completely understood the purpose as to why God required that the Israelite's should kill an animal in order for God to forgive them.
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Logic as applied to the Trinity doctrine [on hold]

The conception of the Trinity in Christianity is usually something like this: However, this violates the transitive property of the "is" relation, as can be plainly seen from the diagram above and ...
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How are justification and sanctification related to salvation?

Among Evangelicals there are subtle differences in emphasis on how justification relates to sanctification (e.g., Ordo Salutis vs. Historia Salutis).1 My question is not about those subtle ...
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Interpretation of the scripture “One Lord, one faith, one baptism?”

Ephesians 4:5 states there is "one Lord, one faith, one baptism." Some Christians interpret this to mean that a single denomination (with its beliefs, doctrines, and practices) constitutes the "one ...
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Why do some Christians believe it is moral to be a homosexual?

(Note: I know this may start a firestorm, so I will be careful here.) I believe that the Bible states that homosexuality is immoral. I also believe that it does NOT condemn them to hell (a sin is ...
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Does Satan have a physical dwelling place on earth?

I read some articles years ago before I joined Christianity.SE and I will like us to throw more light on the content. This article authoritatively states that Satan's dwelling place is in Turkey, ...
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1answer
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What do Jehovah's Witnesses believe about the nature of God?

What do Jehovah's Witnesses believe about the nature of God and, specifically, Jesus? A common Christian belief is that God is One in Three co-equal, co-eternal Persons--the Father, the Son, and the ...
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Are there any denominations that baptize ONLY in the Name of Jesus?

From this question, are there any Christian denominations that baptise ONLY in the Name of Jesus, i.e. and not by the Trinitarian baptismal formula? Would such a baptism be considered valid by those ...
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In 1 Samuel 20:30.. Is Saul saying: “SON of a *****?”?

After reading those verses from 1 sam 20:1-30, it seems like Saul is actually Screaming: You "SON of a *****?"?... but the Bible writers or translators seems to polish that verse with seemingly ...
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Italian Version of St. Maxilmian Kolbe writings

I am looking for a digital version of the Italian translations of St. Maxilmilian Kolbe's writings....Where can I find them in digital form? does that even exist? if not where then can I find hard ...
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Blessings of the Priest

Is there a list of objects that must be blessed by a priest for a variety of purposes? Example: religious coins, saint necklaces, anniversary gifts given to or from someone etc.
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What is source of myth that the deceased become angels?

An associate wrote an open letter (email) of condolence to a friend who'd lost a child. The letter stated that that deceased was now an angel in heaven with wings. What is the ultimate source of this ...
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First Occurrence of “Sea of Forgetfulness” in Christian Literature

Apparently "Sea of Forgetfulness" is a well known example of Christian jargon. This is news to me, as I have never heard this phrase before today (perhaps because I am relatively young, and this ...
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Genesis 1:3; 1:5 and 1:16 [duplicate]

This is a simple question but it's making me confused. In Genesis 1:3 God created light. In Genesis 1:5 "And the evening and the morning were the first day." In 1:16 "Genesis 1:16: And God made two ...
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what is Name of God in OT and in Quran and NT and Talmud? [on hold]

i listened to the muslim prayer, . they pray to god of abraham, isac, jacob, joseph, moses, and jesus. i was wondering if this is the same god as father, son and holy spirit. also, is this related to ...
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Which NT books were written after the destruction of the temple?

The temple was destroyed sometime around AD 70. Which New Testament books were written after that catastrophe? Do these books comment at all on the destruction of the temple?
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The original number of The Beast is 616 not 666; previous Bible prophesies effected?

The actual Number of The Beast is only mentioned in Revelation 13:18; In the Greek manuscripts, the number is rendered as χξϛ or "six hundred and sixty-six". In 2005 Oxford University's Ashmolean ...
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Why does God use an army of Angels to fight against evil when he could do it himself?

Many places in the Bible talk about a heavenly host or army of angels. Why does God use an army to fight against devil and evil spirits, when he is the powerful creator? Matthew 19:26 says, all things ...
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What does the LDS Church teach about Jesus being married, having children, and His position on polygamy?

In the Journal of Discourses, LDS apostles suggest that Jesus Himself was married, that He had children, and that He and His disciples endorsed polygamy. It will be borne in mind that once on a ...
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Why does the Battle Hymn of the Republic say Jesus was born “in the beauty of the lillies”?

A seldom-quoted stanza of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" says "In the beauty of the lillies Christ was born across the sea, with a beauty in his bosom that transfigures you and me. As he died to ...
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Why were both criminals that were crucified with Jesus abusing him in Mark, and not in Luke?

Two thing stick out to me in the gospel accounts of Jesus on the Cross: Mark 15:27-32 They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by hurled insults ...

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