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Secular Music and Christian Standards?

I am asking this question because I dont know if I'm being correct or in legalism. I don't have a problem listening to secular music with un-sinnful lyrics, for example: "She loves you" by ...

denomination-survey music ethics  
asked by Carlos Varas Tello 7 votes
answered by Lesley 9 votes

What is the difference between Arminianism, Molinism, and Calvinism?

I know the basic difference between Arminianism and Calvinism in the soteriology subject, but when Molinism comes I can't grasp the core doctrines that it teaches. I'm not asking for which is better, ...

soteriology protestantism reformed-theology arminianism molinism  
asked by wildmangrove 5 votes
answered by Lesley 6 votes

Jehovah's Witnesses claim Jerusalem was destroyed in 607 BCE. What is the evidence?

The usual date given for the destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar in academic and Christian publications is either 587 BCE or 586 BCE. The Watchtower claims it was destroyed in 607 BCE. This ...

jehovahs-witnesses chronology  
asked by Andrew Shanks 5 votes
answered by ctaylorgraphics 0 votes

Who first came up with the "four attributes of Scripture"?

There's a lot written about the "four attributes of Scripture", meaning it's "Sufficient, Necessary, Authoritative and Perspicuous". On the other hand, most sources (like this one) ...

church-history reformed-theology scriptures  
asked by Filipe Merker 5 votes

Evangelical Christians claim Jerusalem was destroyed in either 587 or 586 BCE. What is the evidence?

Whereas Jehovah's Witnesses believe Jerusalem was destroyed in 607 BC, many evangelical Christians who write on such things believe it was destroyed in either 587 or 586 BCE. Is there any Biblical ...

history jehovahs-witnesses chronology  
asked by Andrew Shanks 3 votes
answered by Nigel J 2 votes

Do Protestants believe it is easier for New Testament believers to fulfill the moral law than it was before Christ?

Jeremiah prophesied that on the new covenant the law would be written on the hearts of the believer (Jr 31:33) "But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those ...

protestantism mosaic-law judaism covenants sanctification  
asked by Davi Rolim 3 votes
answered by asg 3 votes

What is the support or arguments to indicate the age of the Virgin Mary?

On many occasions I have seen that the Virgin Mary is described as a 13 or 15 year old girl when she had Jesus Christ. The main argument I have heard is based on the fact that in the culture of Israel ...

asked by wildmangrove 2 votes
answered by Lucian -2 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Was the marriage between Abraham and Sarah incestuous?

In the comments to this answer to the question of why Abraham lied to Pharaoh about his relationship with Sarah, the following question which I am about to pose, appeared: Was the marriage between ...

sin genesis mosaic-law abraham incest  
asked by Shathur 13 votes
answered by Affable Geek 16 votes

What's is the case for premarital sex being an instance of πορνεία (porneia)?

This question is pretty much a spinoff of What does the Bible say about sex before marriage / premarital sex? because its current answer depends on the assumption that premarital sex is πορνεία ...

sexuality greek word-study liberal-christianity  
asked by StackExchange saddens dancek 23 votes
answered by Richard 31 votes

From where does the tradition come that Mary rode on a donkey to Bethlehem prior to the birth of Jesus?

It seems that most every movie or depiction of Mary and Joseph on the way to Bethlehem depicts Mary as riding on a donkey. However, I don't recall any place in Scripture from which this idea could be ...

virgin-mary tradition birth-of-jesus  
asked by Narnian 8 votes
answered by Jayarathina Madharasan 7 votes

What is the meaning and origin of bridal veils in Christian weddings?

Does the practice of brides wearing veils have its origin in either the Bible or Christian tradition? If so, where exactly did it originate and what is it supposed to symbolize?

marriage origin  
asked by Caleb 23 votes
answered by Peter Turner 4 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?

tradition religious-practice monasticism  
asked by David Stratton 24 votes
answered by Epitorial 15 votes

Why was David disqualified from building the temple?

In 2 Samuel 7, King David seems to have a heart to build a temple for God. However, he seems to be disqualified for some reason, but his son is identified as the one who will build it instead. What ...

old-testament david temple 2-samuel  
asked by Narnian 11 votes
answered by Mawia 12 votes

What are the main differences between Anglicanism and Catholicism?

The Anglican Church came from the Roman Catholic Church about the same time as the Reformation was starting, but that doesn't answer how they are different on a practical level. How is the Anglican ...

catholicism comparative-christianity anglicanism  
asked by jondinham 7 votes

Can you answer these questions?

How does John Owen account for scriptures which state that justification by faith is not through the law?

In my previous inquiry regarding the history of the doctrine which states that Jesus Christ, in the days of his flesh, kept the law on behalf of others as 'passive obedience' (which law-keeping is ...

mosaic-law justification puritanism  
asked by Nigel J 1 vote
answered by swarbrick85 -1 votes

Mere Christianity Chapter 7 ("Let's Pretend") Book IV: Reference to Story of Mask

In Mere Christianity Chapter 7 ("Let's Pretend") Book IV, Lewis writes that there is a story about someone who had to wear a mask; a mask which made him look much nicer than he really was. ...

asked by ActuarialNinja 1 vote
answered by Peter Turner 0 votes
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