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Are there any texts from the Bible that summarize the Gospel?

Trying to come up with a list of essentials to center a gospel message on. I've seen the "Roman road of salvation" used before, but I am wondering if there are any specific summaries in the ...
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Which Events are Covered in All Four Gospel Accounts?

I have in mind to make two unified Gospel accounts as a project to help me focus on the essential aspects of the Life, Ministry,and Atonement of Jesus Christ. For the first, I want to draw from ...
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According to the Bible, which of Jesus' Apostles were baptised in water?

John the Baptist said to those who came to him to be baptised that he baptised with water for repentance: “But after me comes one who is more powerful than I. . . . He will baptise you with the Holy ...
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Is The Bible truly infallible? Is it inerrant without divine inspiration?

My question comes in two parts, the second being a direct result of the first. Is the Bible infallible? I have often heard that it is, but the most conclusive proof that I have heard essentially ...
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Is there a list of verses from the Bible which the Joseph Smith Translation has modified/restored?

Rather than busting out a KJV and a JST and comparing them verse by verse I am lazily hoping that there is, somewhere, a list which has already been generated providing all of the verses from the ...
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Is there any scientific evidence for God's existence?

I became a Christian a couple of years ago and then converted to the Roman Catholic faith, but very recently I have started having doubts in my faith, especially the evidence for God, so my question ...
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The plagues of egypt

I've been told that each of the plagues that God brought upon Egypt corresponded to a different Egyptian god. That is to say, to mock that particular god. For example, heqet, the goddess of fertility, ...
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Is self defense murder in the Christian context?

If a Christian kills someone while defending his family in the process, will God hold that person guilty for taking out someone who would have ended that Christian and the Christian's whole family? ...
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Would a Latter-day Saint ever be comfortable (or is it allowed) to refer to one of their other scriptures as the Bible?

This question is important to an on-going topic on CSE-Meta as to whether the biblical-basis tag has become obsolete. I understand that Latter-day Saints, in using the term Scripture, include not ...
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Was Stephen correct in his historical summation of Jewish history in the Book of Acts, Chapter 7?

Concerning the Book of Acts, Chapter 7, I would like to know if all Christians should accept that everything that Stephen had said about Jewish history in his speech before the Sanhedrin, particularly ...
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How can a reasonable faith be placed in the Being that inspired the Bible if it is "inspired" but not "inerrant"?

This question (and two related sub-questions) is directed towards those who believe that the Bible is inspired but not inerrant. I understand inerrant to simply mean "without error". "...
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Do Catholics have a religious duty to report possible cases of heresy committed by a priest to their local bishop?

I am a life-long Catholic. At almost all of the Catholic Churches I have attended over the years, the priests there have given sermons based on various Biblical passages/parables which have always ...
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What differences are between these study bibles of NIV? [closed]

I found that there are several NIV study bibles, which are all published by Zondervan: NIV Archaeological Study Bible, by Walter C. Kaiser Jr. NIV Study Bible, Fully Revised, by Kenneth L. Barker NIV ...
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Did Greek weigh more heavily on Bible study than Latin historically, while it is the opposite today?

I have heard that students of Christian Theology study Latin for a better understanding the religion. I haven't heard about them learning Greek. Is it the same case for both Catholics and Protestants? ...
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Is there any Bible version which provides titles for chapters that can somehow summarize the chapters?

In the books that I have found for Bible English translation versions, I found summarizing titles for sections, but not for chapters. Is it correct that no Bible version provides titles for chapters ...
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From which translation version do people usually quote the bible?

People speaking English around the world like to quote the Bible, e.g. verses in Psalm, Matthew, and Romans. Which translation versions do they usually quote? Is it correct that they only quote KJV ...
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How was each chapter in the bible divided into sections? [closed]

I was wondering how each chapter in the bible was divided into sections (a sub-chapter group of verses)? Is division of a chapter into sections subjective to the translation version? the author of ...
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What is the take of Catholic Church on Codex Gigas?

The National Library of Sweden has a rare manuscript by the name Codex Gigas. It is a compilation of texts including those of both Old and New Testaments, a medical book, chants etc. One curious thing ...
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What General Guidelines Should be Considered When Obtaining a Personal Bible?

There are so many different Bibles available in the market today. They have a plethora of features unavailable just a few year ago. There's a whole gamut of things to choose from that dear ...
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How is the content of the bible organized?

I am trying to find out how to navigate the bible as a big book, and so I was wondering how the content of the book is organized? Only parts have titles, while chapters and sections don't. If all of ...
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Is the Union Version not a direct translation of KJV?

The translation to Chinese by Union Version of Bible at this website says: 提 摩 太 前 书 1 Timothy 1:10 行 淫 和 亲 男 色 的 , 抢 人 口 和 说 谎 话 的 , 并 起 假 誓 的 , 或 是 为 别 样 敌 正 道 的 事 设 立 的 。 The corresponding ...
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Which versions of bible are Bible in Basic English and Union Version?

Does Bible in Basic English correspond to some popular version of bibles? Is it dynamic like NLT? Same questions about Union Version (和合本)? Thanks.
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What facts determine which Bible translation should be chosen? [closed]

It is correct that there are different English translations of the Bible; And different publishers, different editions, or prints. So, what facts would determine which translation one should consider ...
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How God has eyes when there was no light?

In the beginning of the bible it is said that God created man in his image and likeness. That means by the way that god had eyes. That he had eyes from eternity on is also obvious because he made ...
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Pertaining to Genesis 12:3 "I will curse those who curse you" is God referring only to unbelievers in Jesus?

Pertaining to Genesis 12:3 "I will curse those who curse you" is God referring only to unbelievers in Jesus? Is God referring to any human regardless of religious belief when He says: I will ...
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On Biblical Verses Invoked in Papal Encyclicals or Ecumenical Councils

Is there an expedient way to find out if a given some particular biblical verse, it has been invoked in either a papal encyclical or a document of an ecumenical council without having to retrieve that ...
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On Bible Translations That Catholics are Permitted to Read

I have started to read "Introduction to the Bible" by Fr. John Laux, M.A.. The following is extracted from pg. 20: The Third Plenary Council of Baltimore (1884) says in its Pastoral Letter: ...
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Comparison of Abraham and prophet from 1 Kings chapter 13

In Genesis when Abraham was about to sacrifice Isaac on the altar he was stopped by an angel of God in Genesis 22:12. In this case Abraham somehow knew that the angel of God was sent by God and it was ...
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What's the moral of John 12:3-8? (Mary anointing Jesus's feet)

John 12:3-8: 3 "Mary then took a pound of very expensive perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ...
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Where do the related verse cross references in the CSB Bibles come from?

Many Bible editions include related verse cross references, which is separate from the translator's footnotes, such as this edition of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) Bible (see excerpt here for ...
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Is the Bible God?

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God According to John 1:1, "The Word is god". We all know that the Bible is the word of God; therefore, is John 1:...
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On Bible Verses Defined by the Catholic Church

The following link seems to provide some good insight into Bible verses whose meanings have been definitively declared by the Catholic Church. https://www.catholicfidelity.com/apologetics-topics/bible/...
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Bible Stories on LP from the 80s

I am looking for the name of a set of records that I listened to as a child in the 80s. My parents bought it for me from Church. I want to say it was 8 records, but may have been 4 and I'm thinking 8 ...
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Where else is anything to be prized above life to be found in the Old Testament?

According to Psalms 63:4 in the NAB: For your love is better than life; my lips shall ever praise you! Now, according to the commentary contained therein: For your love is better than life: only ...
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Does the Bible teach us to be truthful or nice?

If a person has a choice of being truthful or nice to a friend, what does the Bible tell us to do? Example: Suppose you will hurt the feelings of your friend if you tell them the truth. Is it better ...
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What Original language used in writing the Scripture is the most accurate? [closed]

There are many translations used in writing the content of the Scripture. But can you tell us the most accurate language/translation?
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Self-Referencing by the Gospel Writers

Aside from the literary prologue of Luke, are there any instances where any of the four Gospel writers refer to themselves by the personal pronoun I? It seems, for example, that in the case of the ...
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God’s View on Incorrect Theology [closed]

While there is a ton of material on correct theology, I’m curious to find out God’s view on bad theology. In Paul’s letters, he seems to acknowledge the churches he addresses as brothers and sisters, ...
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What is the definition of fornication and why? [closed]

In technical terms, that have objective meaning.
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Does the Bible support Pedophilia? [closed]

So being a Christian on the internet, I’ve encountered alot of things being said about the Bible. Like how there are many contradictions and that it supports horrible things like slavery and God is ...
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Why not "Word is God"? Why past tense? Does it mean word was god initially but not anymore?

John says that in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Why not "Word is God" - in present tense (because the scriptures are still valid)? It looks ...
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Is the King James Bible banned in China?

I understand there are state-sanctioned churches in China, but that implies that Bibles in China are edited by the CCP. Would an Anglican Bible be legal, or at least easy, to bring into China?
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Remembering vital scriptures?

How do churches expect for their people to memorize scriptures when there is such a large array of translations? How can you quote a scripture when there is no common text from which to quote? With ...
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Do the various branches of Christianity all claim to be representing the true content of the original foundation and original founder?

Someone I know made the following claim to me: "The various branches of Christianity all claim to be representing the true content of the original foundation and original founder." (As ...
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What does the Bible say about drugs?

What does the Bible say about taking drugs like heroin and marijuana? Does the Bible say anything about that or not?
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Cajetan's view on the canon

Did the famous Papal Legate, Cardinal Cajetan reject the catholic view of deuterocanonical books? “Here we close our commentaries on the historical books of the Old Testament. For the rest (that is, ...
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Did Philo influence the contents of the New Testament?

Internet Encyclopedia (IE) article on Philo claims that Philo “laid the foundations for the development of Christianity … as we know it today.” It says, “Philo’s primary importance is in the ...
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Is there a website that links words in the Bible to relevant wikipedia articles?

I'm looking for something like Strong's Concordance but for historical cities and other things that the average modern Westerner wouldn't understand without research. I'm reading Isaiah 15 and there ...
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What is the Chronology of the Feast of Holy Innocents vis a vis the Visit of the Magi as per the events in the Gospels?

On 28th December the church commemorates the Sacrifice of the Holy Innocents As per Matthew 2:16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill ...
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What is the Biblical Basis for the Closure of the Canon? [duplicate]

What is the Biblical Basis for a Closed Canon?
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