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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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What do Christians pay attention to in order to decide if a given piece of text or manuscript is divinely inspired?

Epistemologically speaking, when a Christian is faced with a given piece of text, manuscript, book, etc., how does he or she go about deciding whether the material at hand is divinely inspired or not? ...
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How do those who cite 2 Tim 3:16 to prove the inspiration of Scripture know that 2 Tim 3:16 is itself inspired and what is meant by "All Scripture"?

I really like the approach of asking people Socratic questions as a means of gaining deeper insight into why they believe what they believe. For example, when I've asked people to explain to me how ...
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Homilies during liturgical seasons?

I would like to know the differences, if any, seen in homilies offered at Mass during different liturgical seasons. For instance are both Marian and Rosary-based prayers included customarily or are ...
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Is the concept of theurgy used in bible or any Christian scripture? [closed]

Is the concept of theurgy, with the definition below, used in bible or any Christian scripture? the art or technique of compelling or persuading a god or beneficent or supernatural power to do or ...
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Are there theological explanations for why God allowed ambiguity to exist in Scripture?

Doctrinal differences abound in Christianity. This is attested to by the numerous times the Church has suffered splits and given birth to different denominations, branches, and sub-branches. The ...
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What a beginner need to study to be a good christian? [closed]

What are the main topics a beginner need to study to be a good christian? Is it important to know the catechisms (catholic, westminster, lutheran)?
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Is there a term for a theological principle that if a New Testament text is unclear about something, that point is not important for salvation?

One view is that a significant number of theological issues re Christianity are debated because they are debatable. So, this view says, a relevant text might admit of multiple plausible ...
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According to the Bible where exactly did God create Adam?

Where did God create Adam according to scripture? Is this in the garden or somewhere else according to scripture.
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Do cases of scientific foreknowledge in the Bible come from Exegesis or Eisegesis?

There are many apologists who say that scientific knowledge can be found in the Scriptures, although they are not really explicit. [The only fact I can see clearly stated is that the Universe had a ...
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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) ...
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What contemporary definitions of Sola Scriptura are there, from self-professed proponents, which do not call it the supreme spiritual authority?

The doctrine of Sola Scriptura is generally defined as the belief that, while tradition, reason, and experience may be sources of spiritual knowledge for the Christian, the scriptures are the only ...
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Why are the creeds still accepted as a belief system over scripture? [closed]

In this age of enlightenment, information and understanding, why are the creeds seen as superior to scripture? If the bible plainly and consistently expresses a view/truth that opposes a creedal dogma,...
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According to the Calvinist, why "believe" if something is known absolutely true?

From this link: Christians have said Scripture is infallible because they have believed that God’s Word is incapable of erring and thus contains no errors The above sentences maybe to everyone ...
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Did Jesus reject the apocrypha?

In this video, John Barnett says "Jesus rejected the apocrypha" at 2:06:46. He goes into detail to discuss how Jesus accepted particular writers but rejected others. Are there any scriptural ...
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Is "There's more sanctity in a dog's loyalty than there is in all your human laws." a quote from the Holy Bible?

I just saw an episode of The Simpson's on television (S28E22 - Dogtown), in which during a courtroom scene, the judge turns to the jury and says: Now, I have a brief instruction for the jury: ...
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2 Timothy 3:16-17 , if Paul teach Timothy that the Scripture is sufficient, then why make another Scripture according to the Calvinist?

Here is a quote from an article about the verse I read in this link : Verse 16 is a crucial text in our discussion. All Scripture (Greek: graphe which is refering to the sacred writings). Here is ...
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What non-canonical texts do Eastern Catholic liturgies use?

There are some books considered to be canonical by (some) Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Churches, but not by the Latin Church. E.g. 3+4 Maccabees. The Eastern Catholic Churches kept their own ...
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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 96,000 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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Is there a scriptural basis for treating the non-Gospel books of the New Testament as scripture?

Without citing any books of the New Testament besides the Gospels as evidence (since that would be self-referential), is there a scriptural basis (either in the Gospels or in the Old Testament) for ...
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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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Who or what established the divine inspiration for the authors of the bible? [closed]

Conventional Christianity would assert that all authors of the bible were divinely inspired to write exactly what they wrote. What evidence is used as the basis of this assertion? Is there recorded ...
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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 ...