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Questions tagged [scriptures]

Writings considered as sacred by a particular religion or group. For questions on how an idea is supported from scripture use the "biblical-basis" tag.

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According to Catholicism, when is the Scripture source of infallible doctrine and when is it not?

Infallible doctrines and dogmas of the Catholic Church are directly or indirectly based on Scripture. As this page states: The Church's Magisterium exercises the authority it holds from Christ to ...
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Reference for Comprehensive Prophecy Analysis in Scripture?

What all resources/expositions/writings have been published as a comprehensive analysis of prophecy in Scripture? Any resources about prophecy in all of Scripture, its fulfillment, extrabiblical ...
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What is Poly Scriptura?

I'm not sure if this has been asked, I watched a video on YouTube where the person in the video mentions "Poly Scriptura" at about 17:28, I have tried to look it up just to get the basic information ...
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Has Protestantism relegated the scripture to be the 'Subordinate Standard'?

It was very necessary for the early church to stand against doctrinal errors, such as Arianism and Sabellianism but, in the doing so, some chose to state a creed (the Athanasian Creed), rather than ...
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Had Jesus formally been given authority to preach in the synagogue?

At Luke 4:16-17 we read: " When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet ...
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Why do many old churches face east?

Many of the old churches including Anglican, Catholic and Orthodox ones face east. My question is: Was the tradition of construction of churches facing east, a product of certain beliefs, or was it ...
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On what scriptural/traditional bases do some churches allow gay marriage? [duplicate]

I have seen some pro-gay-marriage churches lately. The thing is, I don't understand on what scriptural or traditional (to include Old Catholics and Anglicans) do they take such a stance? I'm not for ...
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When the early church was formalising the canon, what did they understand by the word 'Inspired'?

When the early church was formalising the Biblical canon, what specific definition of the word 'inspired' did they have in regard to the biblical literature? I'm curious about how this relates to the ...
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In a Venn diagram of the scriptures of Islam, Catholicism, and Judaism, what would be, roughly, the percentages of each portion? [closed]

In a Venn diagram of the scriptures of Islam, Catholicism, and Judaism, what would be, roughly, the percentages of each portion? I am wondering how much they overlap.
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What is the biblical basis for the idea that the Bible cannot be understood without aid from God?

I have heard this claim often in discussions and also read it several times on this site: The Bible cannot be properly understood without God's help. Is there a scriptural basis for this claim? ...
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Where are the manuscripts of Dean John Burgon?

Dean John Burgon (1813-1888) says in his book 'Revisions Revised' that he had catalogued 86,000 references to the scriptures in the early church fathers (such as Jerome, Eusebius, Augustine etc) in ...
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What Scriptures was Paul referring to in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 [duplicate]

What Scriptures was Paul referring to in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4? For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was ...
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Does the JEDP Theory propose that the Scriptures are not inerrant/inspired?

Does the JEDP Theory propose that the Scriptures are not inerrant/inspired?
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How do Theistic Evolutionists who are Christians reconcile these Scriptures with the adoption of evolutionary theory?

NOTE: This question assumes that Scripture is inerrant. That it does not err on any point. Scripture is explicit that death was brought into the world after the Fall of Man, the sin of Adam, which ...
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Is a word [letter] and [scripture] in 2 Peter 3:16 the same meaning?

2 Peter 3:16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people ...
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How do Christians reconcile this passage? [closed]

The old testament is God given Yet Christians no longer follow it, for example they eat pork and changed the sabbath day from Saturday to Sunday The reason for this is that Jesus told them the Old ...
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What are the details for the Catholic position on the inspiration of Scripture?

Catholicism teaches that Scripture is inspired by God and that the bible is free from error "in matters of faith and morals". I'm wondering what the Church means when it says that the scripture is "...
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When did versions of Scripture start being regarded as not fully infallible? [duplicate]

My questions is in regards to this snippet: ...almost no denomination believes that inspiration and infallibility are attributed to modern versions/translations of Scripture. -- David Stratton It ...
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What version of the bible do Greek speaking Christians use?

Do Greek speaking Christians still use the Septuagint and original New Testament text? Or do they have a "modern Greek translation"? I ask because the New Testament is 2000 years old, presumably the ...
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How did the Catholic Church function logistically/liturgically prior to the invention of the printing press?

During a Catholic Mass, there are a great amount of readings and prayers and scripture extracts/arrangements. There are different reading and set of prayers for almost every day of the year. This ...
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“All” Scripture? [duplicate]

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness... (2 Timothy 3:16) Certainly the New Testament wasn't ...
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Scripture explanation: spiritual person can evaluate everything [closed]

I'm reading 1 Corinthians and there are certain verses that just don't seem to make any sense to me. 1 Cor 2 15 The spiritual person, however, can evaluate everything, yet he himself cannot be ...
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How does scripture suggest “How Can I Love God More”? [closed]

One of the key concepts of Christianity is loving God. How does the bible define "loving God", and importantly, how to develop a deep love for God?
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Where does the book of Job come from?

What I mean is the following: Job stands out as being as old as the Torah (if not older) None of the characters are Israelites (especially if it was Abrahamic time when Israel didn't even exist) ...
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Can more recent revelation from LDS prophets nullify or change official Mormon scripture?

When an LDS prophet speaks, if what he says is different than canonized LDS scripture, do the words of the prophet take precedence?
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What is the evidence that the New Testament authors believed, or did not believe, that they were writing an inspired record?

The term "canon" is used to describe the collection of books that are considered by Christians to be divinely inspired, and therefore to belong in the Bible. (See: How and when was the canon of the ...
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Can other “scripture” (such as the Quran) be used as ultimate authority in presuppositional apologetics?

I've been impressed lately with the presuppositional apologetic work of Sye Ten Bruggencate and how his arguments seem to be irrefutable by those he debates. The only problem I have is that he claims ...
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In Christ's time, who possessed the written word?

2000 years ago, written works were extremely valuable. It's not like every Jewish family had their own "family scroll" that they read to their children every night. It's doubtful even that every Rabbi ...
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How were the footnotes in LDS scriptures created?

The LDS scriptures have footnotes at the bottom of every page of every book. How were they made? That seems like an incredible amount of cross referencing for people to do. I am aware that there are ...
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Scriptural arguments against Prosperity Theology

Beyond the arguments that claim prosperity theology misinterprets the meaning of the passages it uses to support it, what are some of the main scriptural-based references that would be used in a ...
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Why are the letters and psalms and such considered God's Word if they are written by fallible men? [closed]

The Psalms was written by David and others, Proverbs, song of Solomon and several other books in the Old Testament; were written various people as well as letters in the New Testament were written by ...
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What does it mean that “many parts which are plain have been taken away”?

The question https://christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/35704/to-what-point-in-time-can-the-bible-be-proven-accurate made me wonder: Is the common interpretation of 1 Nephi 13:26-28 that ...
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In the Gospels, is there any recorded instance of the Pharisees quoting Scripture? [closed]

In a discussion, a family member said that the Pharisees often quoted Scripture. Do we have any record of this in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John)? I don't mean just referring to Biblical ...
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What's the name of the process by which the scriptures were written down?

The word 'concoursis' was used by a Sunday school teacher to describe the process by which Scripture was revealed by the Spirit to the Apostles and then written down. However, I can't find the word ...
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By what process were the Scriptures written down? [duplicate]

In a Sunday school class I recently attended, the teacher used a word to describe the process by which Scripture was revealed by the Spirit to the Apostles, then written down. I believe the word he ...
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Question about the PCUSA treatment of Scriptures [duplicate]

I read an article the other day about the PCUSA church, and I will preface this question with the disclaimer that I have not done extensive research on the church, but it said that they hold the Bible ...
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If the Bible contains all of the word of God and there can be no more, then why do we need the Nicene Creed?

There seems to be a huge contradiction in traditional Christianity that claims that there can be no more scripture or divine doctrine and yet the only way to determine whether a denomination is "...
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Where does the Bible say that nature will speak the word if men don't? [closed]

I am trying to remember a verse I've heard, and almost positive I've read, before. I do not remember the exact phrasing. It was similar to: 'If no one is there to witness, even the rocks of the ...
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What scripture speaks of filling a bag and “compressing” it?

When you purchase a box of cereal or bag of potato chips at the store, you often come home to find that 2/3 of the container is filled with air. This is because although the container may be filled up ...
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According to Scripture, where is Hell? [closed]

Do scriptures say where Hell is? I read another answer on this site, and they said that the Bible says the other planets in our solar system were referred to as "heavens". So if these other planets ...
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What are the facts concerning resurrection of Jesus Christ according to general documents like the Bible, contemporary historians etc? [closed]

What are the facts concerning resurrection of Jesus Christ according to general documents like the Bible, contemporary historians etc? I mean by facts, statements that authors wrote that are actual ...
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Is there a respectful way to dispose of old or worn out scriptures? [closed]

I'm finding myself accumulating various copies of the scriptures, and honestly, I don't need all of them laying around. Nowadays I study, read, and mark them electronically. So now I'm looking to ...
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Is manhood defined in the Bible? [closed]

I have recently started reasearching the differences and similarites between religion's and their definitions of manhood. I was very interested to find that this question had not been previously asked ...
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Did the devil reject God in heaven? [closed]

God created the devil, and in heaven Satan went to war with Him, correct? Did Satan reject God?
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Which kind of relations are considered incestous in Christianity?

My question, in strict propriety, is specifically what kind of relationships are defined as incestuous in Christianity? I am guessing that it is forbidden to marry one's parents/children or siblings ...
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Is there any manuscript or historical evidence to support the final 13 verses of Genesis 50 that appear in the Joseph Smith Translation?

The Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible is unique in its listing of 13 verses at the end of the last chapter of Genesis--chapter 50. These verses specifically name Moses, who would be born 400 ...
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Rephrase: Does the Bible claim itself to be inerrant? [duplicate]

Before I go on, I do realize that biblical claims for the inerrancy of the Bible is in fact self-satisfying and therefore questionable (at least in a court room), but bear with me. The old testament ...
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In Catholic understanding, did Paul speak/write ex cathedra while Peter was serving as Pope?

Catholic doctrine teaches that Peter was the first Pope and that Popes may speak "ex cathedra". When they do, that is considered infallible. However, while Peter was alive and presumably serving as ...
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Is there a difference between Scripture and inspired writings?

Take these two questions and their answers for consideration to this question: What does "scripture" mean in NT writing? What does it mean that all scripture is God-Breathed? I am having ...
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Why did Jesus not write any scripture himself? [closed]

Did Jesus write any of His own scripture or contribute to the Bible directly? If not, I do not understand why Jesus would not think to do that? Is there a reason stated anywhere and what is the ...