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What is the biblical basis against contraception?

I don't have hard statistics at hand, but a quick search on the web can easily reveal that the use of contraception is controversial among Christians, as not every denomination or church openly ...

biblical-basis contraception  
asked by Spirit Realm Investigator 8 votes
answered by Geremia 1 vote

Is there any historical evidence of Early Church Christians denying the divinity of Jesus during the 1st and 2nd centuries AD?

I'm essentially asking the counter-question to this one. Is there any historical evidence of Early Church Christians (post-New Testament) openly denying the divinity of Jesus in the 1st and 2nd ...

church-history christology early-church non-trinitarian apostolic-fathers  
asked by Spirit Realm Investigator 7 votes
answered by יהודה -1 votes

How has the Chinese Patriotic Society modified the Bible in China?

Listening to The World Over Live from April 8th 2021, Raymond Arroyo said that Xi Jianping was adding the "Ten Commandments of Xi" into the Bible. That might have been hyperbole, but does ...

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asked by Peter Turner 6 votes
answered by Nigel J 3 votes

What mainstream sects object to infant baptism?

I recently had an interesting discussion with a person who did piercing for a living at one point in time in his life. He told me that the shop he worked had a policy where the would not pierce a baby'...

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asked by Neil Meyer 6 votes
answered by Lesley 8 votes

What exactly did Yahshua/Jesus do during his 40 day fast after being baptized?

It is stated in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke that during the 40 day period Christ was tempted by The Devil/Satan but not many other details are given. In the book of Isaiah (Isaiah 58:1-12), ...

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asked by יהודה 4 votes
answered by Lesley 4 votes

How do Christians who adhere to the maxim “in essentials unity; in non-essentials liberty; and in all things charity” determine what is essential?

The phrase has been worded in different but equivalent ways. For example, the Wikipedia article titled In necessariis unitas, in dubiis libertas, in omnibus caritas says: In necessariis unitas, in ...

exegesis soteriology christian-living dogma discernment  
asked by Spirit Realm Investigator 3 votes

Identifying a source for this C.S. Lewis quote "This also is Thou: neither is this Thou" (possibly came from St. Augustine)

In C.S. Lewis's Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer Letter 14 about different ways of conceptualizing God's presence among His creation, balancing between complete otherness and Pantheism. The ...

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asked by GratefulDisciple 3 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Moses' age when before the burning bush

I am trying to find Moses’ age when he was standing before the Burning Bush before delivering the Israelites from slavery. Later in Scripture it says he was 80 years when he first spoke to Pharaoh. ...

asked by Van M 10 votes
answered by Jesse 9 votes

What is the significance of the names of the 4 rivers in the Garden of Eden?

What is the significance of the names of the 4 rivers in the Garden of Eden, mentioned in Genesis (English Standard Version Bible)? Do they all correspond to actual rivers today? I know the 3rd, ...

exegesis genesis  
asked by RW-S 8 votes
answered by Narnian 4 votes

Why is it hard for a rich man to go to heaven?

Jesus said that it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to go to heaven. Why would this be? Does this mean that it will be hard for e.g. Warren Buffett to go ...

asked by Tom Au 12 votes
answered by Jeremiah Prummer 16 votes

What is the story behind a monk’s tonsure?

As the title asks: What is the significance of this particular haircut (the tonsure), why is it associated with monks and what is the history behind it?

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asked by David Stratton 24 votes
answered by Epitorial 15 votes

Why was Jeremiah called the "weeping prophet"

I would like to know why Jeremiah is called the "weeping prophet" I have looked in Scripture, but I cannot find the answer.

asked by 77 Clash 4 votes
answered by Affable Geek 11 votes

Why does John 1 say "the Word was with God" and not "scripture was with God"?

Given that the Bible and Scripture is referred to as God's word, would the meaning of John 1:1 and John 1:14 be changed if the word 'scripture' was interchanged for the word 'word'? John 1:1 ...

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asked by The Coordinator 5 votes
answered by Mawia 18 votes

What is the significance of Jesus' spitting on the ground in the book of John?

Why does Jesus spit on the ground and make clay to anoint the blind man's eyes? What does this represent? Is the need to wash the anointing off significant? John 9:6-7 NIV After saying this, he ...

life-of-jesus gospel-of-john miracles symbolism  
asked by CDN 5 votes
answered by Double U 7 votes

Can you answer these questions?

Does the concept of Godhead (one God, but multiple persons) predate Christianity? Can we find evidence of this concept in Judaism before 0 A.D.?

Was the concept of Godhead (one God, but multiple persons) known by the Jews prior to the advent of Christianity? Were there Jews that held a Binitarian, Trinitarian or similar "Godhead" ...

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asked by Spirit Realm Investigator 2 votes

Can Anselm's reasoning for the Incarnation be adapted to the Resurrection?

In Cur Deus Homo, Anselm provides an argument primarily in natural theology (as I understand it, anyway) for the proposition that the divine nature assumed a human nature for itself, without confusion ...

resurrection-of-jesus resurrection incarnation biblical-theology anselm  
asked by Kristian Berry 1 vote

Judges vs kings

What is the difference between judges and kings in the OT? I understand that judges judged disputes between people; but, I have finally started reading the Bible cover to cover and am shocked at the ...

asked by Eva Lados 2 votes
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