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Can Christians be demon possessed? [closed]

Can somebody who is a born-again, saved Christian through faith in Jesus Christ be possessed, controlled, or otherwise manipulated by the devil, demons or any other spiritual force of evil? Are there ...
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How could Jesus be surprised?

Matthew 8:5-10 (NLT)  5 When Jesus returned to Capernaum, a Roman officer came and pleaded with him, 6 “Lord, my young servant lies in bed, paralyzed and in terrible pain.”  7 Jesus said,...
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Are people possessed by demons today? What is the modern Christian perspective? [closed]

In the three gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Jesus repeatedly casts out demons, speaks to them, etc. He tells his disciples to do the same. There are so many references it would be difficult to ...
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What is the Biblical basis for saying Lucifer is an angel?

Where in the Bible does it say that Lucifer was one of the angels or an archangel?
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Would the story of Jesus hold more significance if he were a man like us? [closed]

I feel that whatever Jesus did, if it is because He is special (the son of God in a way that I am not - because aren't we all God's children?) then it holds little relevance to my life - because it is ...
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Exorcisms: effective remedy or historical curiosity? [closed]

Are exorcisms considered, in the various Christian Professions, an effective remedy for possession? I thought they were just a curiosity from the past, but here's what I found on Wikipedia: ...
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How is Jesus not lying in John 7?

In John 7, Jesus tells his brothers that he is not going up to the festival. Then he goes up in secret. This sounds to me like a lie. John 7:6-10 (NIV) 6 Therefore Jesus told them, “My time is ...
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Has Christianity ever come down in opposition of arranged marriages?

Many cultures in many ages have practiced arranged marriages. I understand that in Jewish culture --at about the time of Christ-- arranged marriages were considered a normal way of life. Obviously if ...
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“Let this cup pass from me” - What is the cup?

Matthew 26:39 (KJV) And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. ...
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What is the “fear” of God? [closed]

The book of Proverbs, and several other places in the Bible, mention the "fear of the Lord". Proverbs 9:10 (ESV) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One ...
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Is there a mentioning about the wisdom of a crowd in the Bible? [closed]

In the Bible is there any mention of how smart or stupid large groups of people are?
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If we are saved by grace, then why does Jesus say we must be baptized in both spirit and water?

Ephesians 2:4-9 says: But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace ...
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What level of intimacy is generally acceptable for unmarried couples from the standpoint of the Bible? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Sex outside of marriage is a sin. But what about "less than sex"? Pre-marital sex is generally considered part of sexual immorality, [1] as such we should abstain ...
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What is the significance of adding “fiery” to Ephesians 6:16?

Ephesians 6:13–17 (NLT)  13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. ...
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Does the Trinity share one mind or are there three separate minds? [closed]

Curious what Christian theologians or the Bible may have said about this. It seems like Jesus speaks in terms of his father's will as if it is not quite his own, which suggests separate minded-ness. ...
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What is the Biblical evidence that there are ONLY three persons in the “Trinity”?

(This is a followup to the various answers for the question What is the Biblical basis for the doctrine of the Trinity?) The specific concept of 'trinity' isn't specifically spelled out in the Bible. ...
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Did reformation leaders throw out the Summa Theologica?

St. Thomas Aquinas's seminal work the Summa Theologica was an attempt to catalog all the theological arguments ever conceived. Much of the reasoning is rooted in the Natural Law and it's what ...
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Why is “elohim” translated as “God” and not “gods”? [closed]

I was looking at the Holman Christian Standard Bible and I saw that Elohim is plural. Were it to be translated plural it would read something like: "In the beginning, gods created the heavens and ...
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Do curses have any impact or effect on Christians? [closed]

Christians believe that Jesus saved us by His blood. Since God is the only true God and through Jesus we have victory over Satan, it is claimed that we do not have to fear on curses. But I hear many ...
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What is the biblical/logical basis for rejecting the “physical” interpretation of Christ's being the Only Begotten Son?

Is there any verse in the Bible or a logical construction disproving the "physical" position on Christ's being the Only Begotten Son? I had a conversation with a Mormon and he told me that Lucifer ...
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Is it a sin to do “works” for the sake of “rewards” in heaven? [closed]

I was reading up on an article that was talking about rewards in heavens. Then it struck me, is it a sin to do "works" for the sake of "rewards" in heaven ? What does the Bible have to say regarding ...
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What was the point of the laws written to the Gentile believers in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia? [closed]

In Acts 15, a letter was written to the beliving Gentiles. I can understand why they have to abstain from sexual immorality. However, I was wondering What's the point of the law which state that they ...
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Was Jesus' death legitimate? [closed]

Legitimate, not in the fact that He died, but in how specifically his blood was shed. It is said that Jesus' death was the final fulfillment of the old testament requirements. If this is true, then ...
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Would it have been possible for Jesus to sin? [closed]

I think most, if not all of us, agree that Jesus did not sin. However, the devil tempted Jesus, at least in the wilderness, prior to Jesus' public ministry (Matthew 4:1-11). Does this mean it would ...
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What is the theory that there is more than one “Satan” called, and what is its basis?

I'm remembering back to a conversation that I had with an individual who was adamant about the fact that Satan was a made up Angel. That instead of Satan being a singular object, satan was actually ...
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Can fallen angels be redeemed? [closed]

We know from the Bible that devils are fallen angels, once created good but who chose to join Lucifer's rebel uprising and consequently lost their place in heaven. Can those angels ever be saved? Can ...
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Is praying for the wealth of the Stocks Exchange blasphemy? [closed]

In the news I saw an American politician praying for growing stock market prices. Isn't this considered blasphemy, according to Christian beliefs, like praying to the golden calf?
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How is Lutheran apostolic succession conferred?

I noticed in a comment that Lutherans have apostolic succession I figured this was a purely Catholic/Anglican/Orthodox thing is there a comparable Sacrament of Holy Orders in the Lutheran world?
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What do you tithe from? Why tithe income? [closed]

According to Scripture, we should pay tithe from increase from our land and cattle. I don't find anything about tithing monetary income, so why do you pay from income or salary? Also, if the income ...
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Absent apostolic succession, what is the argument for the authority of the church?

I realize that Catholics believe in apostolic succession, and that they were explicitly given authority by Jesus himself. In other denominations, what, if anything, other than the choice made by its ...
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“I will lift Your Name”

Lots of Christian Rock songs have a curious metaphor about "Lifting Your Name". Is this a direct reference to the words of St. Paul, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend (Phil 2:10)? ...
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How do Roman Catholics understand salvation in light of Romans 3&4?

As far as I can understand it, Paul directly contradicts the Roman Catholic doctrine of salvation in Romans 3 & 4 (see verses 3:21-22, 3:28, 4:4-6 in particular, but I'm referring to the broad ...
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Was Christianity intended to have denominations? [closed]

Does the Bible guide us to break into denominations? There are plenty of verses about unity and the church but then there's the 12 tribes of Israel. From a biblical standpoint, are denominations our ...
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Why was it necessary for Mary to be a virgin? [closed]

A lot of emphasis seems to be placed on the virginity of Mary. (For discussion on that, see this question) Is there a theological reason why Jesus's birth had to be a virgin birth? Obviously God ...
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Was Enoch sinless? [closed]

I find this wording interesting in Genesis 5:24 (NIV) (my emphasis) Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away. To me, this means God took Enoch to heaven. So,...
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What passages support that God once walked the earth as a man?

I thought that God once walked on the earth as we do now, but I can't find that in the bible, offhand. I thought that Joseph Smith taught that he walked with us and was once a man. What bible ...
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Why did Mormons stop practicing polygamy?

I know that early in the formation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, polygamy was common. It's my understanding that it was an everlasting command from God to Joseph Smith. ...
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What are the practical applications of “two will become one flesh”? [closed]

Mark 10:8 (NIV) and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What does this mean for a marriage? What are the practical applications of this? Obviously, this is ...
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Why is the Bible subject to a high level of interpretation?

I realise there's always a level of interpretation neccesary when reading anything, but the level of interpretation needed to understand the Bible is very high when compared to everyday reading - some ...
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Should I condemn a church that might be teaching wrong doctrine? [closed]

I used to attend one church which felt quite weird for me. Here are a few things that I don't agree with: Everybody can speak in tongues. The steps are, first you need somebody to pray with you so ...
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If our body is the church, why should we go to a place called church?

In the old testament days, God asked Moses to construct a place for Him to reside. Exodus 25:8 (NKJV) And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them But in New testament, We read ...
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What is the difference between justification and sanctification?

Christians use the terms justification and sanctification a lot, but it's not always clear where one concept leaves off and the other picks up. What do Protestants generally say is the difference ...
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American and Southern Baptists

What are the principal differences between the Southern Baptist and American Baptist denominations in the US?
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What were the beliefs, teachings, and practices of the church regarding slavery in the New World?

When the New World was discovered, slavery was virtually unknown in Europe. Soon after the discovery of the New World, European powers began to make slaves there, and to transport slaves from Africa ...
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What is the doctrinal significance of repetition between the Gospels? [closed]

The four Gospels each cover roughly the same events, but the details differ, as illustrated here. Leaving aside the difference in similarity between the Synoptic Gospels and John, is there ...
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What is the argument for papal succession?

First off, I do not mean for this question to sound as an attack on the Catholic Church. I would like to know the stance of the church regarding this. I found this resource, which documents the ...
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What does 'first estate' mean in Jude 1:6 (KJV)?

Jude 1:6 (emphasis mine): And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. ...
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How could Jesus get followers so easily? [closed]

Reading how Jesus called his disciples, I am always perplexed at how they just leave everything and start following him. An example passage: Matthew 4:18-22 (ESV)  18 While walking by the ...
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Did Paul write the Epistle to the Hebrews?

The authorship of the Epistle to the Hebrews is an open question. The common scholarly opinion is that the author certainly wasn't Paul. Most modern Bible translations make no mention of the author, ...
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How is Christ's death so significant?

(the question title isn't quite right; I welcome any better phrasing - it is not intended to sound inflammatory) This is a genuine question, that regularly occurred to me during my youth, and was ...

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