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What is the basis for believing Hosea 6:7 is speaking about Adam the man and not men in general?

It is the same word (Adam meaning man) but the KJV translates it as men, any other translations I have checked translate it as 'Adam' himself. What are the arguments for translating it as 'Adam'? ...
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Differences in Bible translation & Which one is the Best? [duplicate]

What are the main differences among popular Bible translations & Is it really possible for someone could say one particular translation is the Best & Most authentic? Ultimately there ...
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Christian treatments of the fact-value distinction

I would like to be referred to some good philosophical treatments/discussions of the fact-value distinction from a Christian perspective. The main question I have is: Is there such a thing as a ...
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Is it true that people in the Genesis and Exodus are only given promises for future blessings?

It seems like in Genesis and Exodus that God gave people promises of blessings in the future, but never in the present. He promised Abraham that his descendants would become great nations. The ...
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Should Christians tithe from the gross or the net of their income? [on hold]

Should Christians tithe from the gross or the net of their income? What's the reasoning for either case?
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Why God reveals Himself as a male? [on hold]

Why does God choose to reveal to us as a male instead of a female? Thanks.
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What is the position of the United Methodist Church on creationism and evolution

Reverend Paul Kottke, of the United Methodist Church, has preached that Christian faith and science, including Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, are not incompatible. This seems to be in accord ...
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What are the arguments for the Anabaptist kinship theory regarding Baptist history

Anabaptist kinship being the theory that Baptists rose from continental Anabaptists in the 16th century.
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Does Catholicism Share Some Beliefs with Deism?

Deism teaches the watchmaker analogy, and Catholicism teaches about the gift of free will and the natural order of things. Those seem to have a lot in common. For instance: According to Catholic ...
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Did God have sex with Sarah? [on hold]

I'm confused after reading this passage from Genesis 21 about the Birth of Isaac: The Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised. And Sarah conceived and bore ...
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What is the difference between 'Hell', 'Sheol', 'Hades' and 'Gehenna'?

In Western imagination, Hell is a place of everlasting torment and suffering for the wicked. Brunlesschi's painting in Florence's Duomo illustrates it well: The word 'Hell' itself, however, doesn't ...
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Why is the name Jehovah not used more in the Book of Mormon?

In Jewish history around 150 years before Christ came Jews began taking the name Jehovah out of the Bible. In the book of Mormon, the record of the bible is on brass plates claimed from Laban 600 BC. ...
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How does mainstream Christianity's perception of Heaven differ from the Mormon perception of the Terrestrial Kingdom?

Unless I am mistaken, it seems to me that the Mormon definition of the Terrestrial Kingdom (the second highest kingdom of glory) is essentially identical to mainstream Christianity's definition of ...
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Are there any verses showing God being fooled or deceived?

Are there any passages in the bible (old or new) that display god as getting tricked by somebody? For example in the Garden of Eden God didn't know (or seemed to not know) about the apple being eaten ...
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What does it mean “ Jesus is only son begotten not made” in your language? [duplicate]

Is there someone show to me and give me enough explanation about Jesus Christ since he is "only begotten son " as cited in John 3:16 , and we know that every Christian believed that "Jesus is only ...
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Why is Ruth's child in the line of Boaz and not Mahlon?

It seems to me that according to this law the first-born child of Boaz and Ruth should have been recorded in the line of Mahlon: If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, ...
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What are the verses of all the Bible stories that deal with infertility? [on hold]

Many women in the Old and New Testaments were barren (infertile). What are the verses for all the Biblical stories that deal with infertile women, including those in the books Protestants call the ...
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What is the position of the Episcopal Church on the evolution of man?

Pope Francis, in a speech given at a Pontifical Academy of Sciences, has declared his support of evolution as the scientific explanation of the origin of man. Following on the statements of his recent ...
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If someone had the staff of Moses today, would it still work? [on hold]

If not, would the staff of Aaron still work to this present day? Just wondering.
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What is the Biblical basis that it was was the second person of the Trinity that walked in the garden of Eden? [on hold]

Genesis 3:8 tells us: Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the ...
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What are devotionals? [duplicate]

What the word "devotional" means in Christian context? Is it true that every devotional calls for prayer? Can a book on several topics in New Testament (grouped by topics) be called a devotional? (I ...
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Having trouble converting [on hold]

I'm having some trouble at home right now. I'm 17 years old and just recently I started to question what I believe in. Me and my family don't actually belong to a specific religion and my parents are ...
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Which race were Adam and Eve? [on hold]

I am asking which skin color Adam and Eve had when they were created? Also did they have brown, blond, red, or black hair color? And which eyes did they have — like Asian or European or African ...
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Why was, “for they were Ishmaelites” considered an explanation for why the Midianites had golden earrings in Judges 8:24 [migrated]

Gideon's Ephod Then the men of Israel said to Gideon, “Rule over us, you and your son and your grandson also, for you have saved us from the hand of Midian.” Gideon said to them, “I will ...
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Chronologically, when was the concept of Hell first mentioned in the Bible?

Chronologically, when was the concept of Hell first mentioned in the Bible? Is it mentioned in the Old Testament, or is it only in the New? Assuming a standard consensus view of when each book of ...
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According to LDS, what is the purpose of the final judgment?

I used to think that the purpose of the final judgment was to determine which kingdom of glory we would inherit, and then once that was determined we could be resurrected with a body to match that ...
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Who is with the First? [duplicate]

Why is it that we think that only Adam and Eve are the first people on the earth. In Chapter 1 it states that He created male and female. Then in chapter 2, it states that he formed man. Formed ...
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Reading NIV bible for AR points

I am noticing that my child may earn Accelerated Reader points for reading sections of the Student NIV Bible. We are Catholic. Is it appropriate for my child to read the Student NIV version of the ...
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Where was God prior to creating the ***Heavens*** and the Earth? [on hold]

Genesis chapter 1:1 says: Genesis 1:1 NKJV In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. That verse has always been an enigma to me. It clearly states that God created more than one ...
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Why do non believers hate being confronted with the truth? [on hold]

As I understand the bible those who do not accept Jesus into their hearts go to hell. I understand it's more than just being a "christian", you actually have to have this relationship with god. And ...
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What do christians say before they die? [on hold]

I know before some people die a pastor or a priest would come to the hospital and say something & the person would repeat it. What is it that they say? & Does it mean they going straight to ...
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How Does the Copper Serpent Relate to Jesus? [duplicate]

When the Israelites complained God sent serpents to bite them. As a way to reverse the plague, Moses put a copper serpent on a pole. Upon looking at the copper serpent, the israelites would be healed ...
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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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How are omnipotence and omniscience interpreted by Orthodox Christians? [on hold]

Is it possible for God to invent new knowledge or a new ability beyond what he already has? If so does this mean he wasn't omnipotent or omniscient to start with? Also does this even make sense when ...
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When Abraham met 3 guys at Mamre, is one of them God himself? [on hold]

Is this one of the pre christ God's incarnate? And Jehovah appeared unto him by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; He lifted up his eyes and looked, and ...
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Who are the man child and the woman in Revelation 12? [on hold]

I am wanting to know who the man child and the woman in Revelation 12 are. If the man child is Christ then question comes up, is he a created being and has not always been. If he is the Anti-Christ ...
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Age difference between Mary and Jesus [on hold]

What is the difference in age between Mary and Jesus. I have read that Mary was 12 or 13 when pregnant. If Jesus was born in 6 BC, and died in 33 CE that would conclude that Jesus was 38 or 39 when he ...
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Ezekiel Temple and Prophecy [on hold]

The temple detailed in prophecy by Ezekiel chapters 40-48 is very specific in detail. Does anybody have any theological evidence or would like to apply a reasoned assertion that it may ever be ...
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Why does the Coptic church still perform circumcisions?

Circumcision is a requirement from The Mosaic Law: Any uncircumcised male who has not been circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin will be cut off from his people – he has failed to carry out ...
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Which Reformation theologians used the analogy of water and ink for sin?

On page 98 of Miroslav Volf's Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving, he says: But even if all of us are sinners from head to toe, none of us is a sinner through and through, with nothing good ...
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When was the idea of all humans worth equal incorporated into Lutheran Christianity?

Why am I here In Swedish Lutheran church today (which I belong to), it seems to be "obvious" that All humans are worth equal. I'm not questioning the statement itself, I am just interested in the ...
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Is the LDS observance of the Sabbath on Sunday based on revelation?

Is there modern revelation as to the day of the week where we should observe the Sabbath? I hear that in countries where saturday is the official day of rest, church meetings are held on saturday. So, ...
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When did the idea of a scriptural “canon” originate?

This question What are the biblical arguments that the Bible canon is NOT closed? made me wonder: 1) When did the idea of a canon originate? I would suppose this should be quite early, and Jews ...
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What evidence is there that Peter was a bishop in Rome?

The Encyclopaedia Brittanica says The claims that the church of Rome was founded by Peter or that he served as its first bishop are in dispute and rest on evidence that is not earlier than the ...
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Is there a logical flow in 2 Timothy 2:4-7?

No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, ...
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What is your system for studying the scriptures? [closed]

I am looking for general strategies for studying the scriptures. What strategies have worked for you to get out of simply reading the text? Consider the following questions: What would be your ideal ...
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Why do Protestants worship on Sunday? [duplicate]

If the Sabbath is Saturday and it's known that the Roman Catholic Church changed the day week to worship from Saturday to Sunday, why then would Protestants continue to worship on Sunday? I ...
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What are the biblical arguments that the Bible canon is NOT closed?

Related: What are the biblical arguments that the Bible canon is closed? Most people are familiar with the warning in the Book of Revelation: "And if any man shall take away from the words of the ...
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In LDS canon, is the Final Judgement before or after the resurrection?

I've always understood the Final Judgment to occur just before the resurrection because the judgement determines which glory you are resurrected to. The Gospel Principles lesson on the Final Judgement ...
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Is it possible that a new book could be added to the Bible? [duplicate]

In my early years as a Christian I was taught that Revelation 22:18-20 was a warning that the Bible could not be added to or taken away from. However reasonable study of this scripture bears out that ...

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