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Were there implicit laws not referenced in the Acts 15 letter to gentile believers?

In Acts 29 the Jewish Christian Elders in Jerusalem sent a letter to the gentile believers throughout the world, instructing them to be at peace, and stating that they were not required to follow ...
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What happened to the apostle John after the Biblical account of his life ends?

There is a legend that says that John traveled to Ephesus where he took care of Virgin Mary and that he lived there until the end of his life. Is this legend true? Are there any historical accounts ...
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Did the apostle James the Greater travel to Spain and was he martyred in Jerusalem?

There are some legends that say that the apostle James the Greater (brother of John) traveled to the actual territory of Spain where he spread the Word. Also there are some accounts that place his ...
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Was the apostle Peter martyred in Rome?

There are some legends that say that Peter traveled to Rome where he was martyred. Is this legend true? Are there any historical accounts that support the legend? Are there any other theories about ...
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Why are Matthew, Mark, and Luke called the synoptic gospels?

The first three gospels are sometimes known as the "synoptic" gospels. What does this term mean, and how does it differentiate them from the gospel of John?
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How did the cross come to be a symbol for Christianity?

I understand WHY the cross became a symbol for Christianity, but HOW did it become a symbol? How did it start and how did it evolve into the symbol (or symbols since there are many variants) we all ...
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How long did it take to form the Biblical canon?

How long did it take to collect all of the writings that eventually formed the first version of the Bible? In other words, starting with when the first writing was created (I'll say when it was ...
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What is Common Grace?

The term "Common Grace" is often thrown around in reformed circles. What is this concept? What is the scriptural basis for the belief?
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Why did Jesus protest before performing his first miracle?

In John 2:1-12 we read of Christ's first miracle, turning water into wine. Before he performs his miracle, though, he says to his mother: “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour ...
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Why did Jesus not want to be known as the Messiah? [duplicate]

Jesus, when talking to his disciples in Matthew 16 specifically instructed them not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah. Matthew 16:20 (NIV) Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone ...
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What does “gates of hell” mean in Matthew 16:18? [closed]

Matthew 16:18 (KJV): And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I take it "gates of hell" is a ...
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What is the argument *for* prosperity gospel?

Prosperity gospel, as I understand it, is the teaching that God wants to bless us with wealth and health. I can't really see this in the Bible. For example, Paul writes in 2 Cor 12:7-10 (ESV): 7 So ...
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Why are there so many translations of the Bible?

It seems confusing to have so many translations of the Bible. Why isn't there just a single (English) one? Or maybe a single "modern" one (given that KJV is hard to understand these days).
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Does God create some people Heterosexual and others Homosexual? [closed]

It is quite common for people who identify themselves as homosexual to say that God created them this way. Some way even go so far as to say it was a misfortune that they were born into: "...
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What was the problem at Babel?

In the Genesis account of the tower of Babel a bunch of guys got together to build a really tall tower somewhere in the desert. God gets wind of the affair but it doesn't sit well: Genesis 11:5–6 (...
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Is it possible to be a Christian by birth? [closed]

My parents are both Christians. When we were kids they always took us to church. Does that make me a Christian?
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What is the meaning of 1 Thessalonians 5:22?

Inspired by an answer to one of my other questions, what is the proper meaning of 1 Thessalonians 5:22? KJV Abstain from all appearance of evil. NIV: reject every kind of evil. NKJV ...
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For how long did the early Christians share all their possessions?

According to Acts 4:32-37, the early Christians pooled all their possessions and had no private ownership. Is there any record of how long this lasted, and why it ended?
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What do Lutherans mean when they talk about the Real Presence in the Eucharist?

The Lutheran Church is one of several denominations that teach the Real Presence, but they don't all understand it the same way. The Lutheran understanding differs significantly from the Orthodox and ...
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What do Orthodox Christians mean when they talk about the Real Presence in the Eucharist?

The Orthodox Church is one of several denominations that teach the Real Presence, but they don't all have the same understanding of this doctrine. What is the Orthodox understanding?
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Wave offering; What exactly was the point?

In Leviticus 7 verse 30, This passage is written: 30 With their own hands they are to present the food offering to the LORD; they are to bring the fat, together with the breast, and wave the breast ...
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Is the Golden Rule really the Gold Standard? [closed]

Does the Golden Rule, often stated as "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" originate from the Bible and the teachings of Jesus? If not where does it come from? If so how was it ...
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Do I have to attend church every Sunday?

I used to be an avid church-goer, but as of late I haven't had the chance. This is primarily because of my scouting activities, which take place Sunday mornings (the same time the church service takes ...
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Does the Bible make any allusions to life on other planets? [closed]

What, if anything, does the Bible say either supporting the theory of life on other planets, or suggesting that there is none?
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What does the bible say about interracial marriages? [closed]

This has been a popular topic of debate, at least where I live. As Armenians, we like to...discourage marriages with spouses of a different ethnicity or nationality, simply in order to carry the ...
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Is “the ends justify the means” compatible with Christianity? [closed]

This cliche is usually quoted in the context of "the ends don't justify the means", but in practice most folks seem to live as if the ends did justify the means even if the means involved sin. However ...
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Are natural disasters the result of evil being allowed into our world? [closed]

I remember reading somewhere that the reason there are natural disasters on this earth is because of the evil which was allowed into it when Adam and Eve sinned. I have not been able to find this ...
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What happened to the main disciples after Pentecost? [closed]

We know that Jesus commanded his disciples to go to make disciples of all nations and to spread the word to the entire world (Matthew 28:19), but we know little of what happened to the twelve ...
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What is the scope of John 3:16? [closed]

I have never heard of any verse more quoted and memorized than this one. Many people know it without knowing a single other thing about Christianity.* If there was one verse we don't need to quote in ...
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Who wrote the book of Genesis? (Overview)

I've heard reference in other questions on this site that seem to indicate a belief that Genesis was written by "the same man." What do we actually know about wrote Genesis (whether a single, or ...
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How do Jehovah Witnesses support scripturely the idea that humans will live on earth after death?

A Jehovah Witness and I spoke the other day and he explained to me that JWs believe that we'll live on earth after we die. What scripture, if any, do they use to back this belief?
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What is the Biblical basis for “hate the sin, love the sinner”?

The expression "hate the sin, love the sinner" gets thrown about in both Christian and non-Christian circles, but it does not seem to be a bible verse. What Biblical concepts support this popular ...
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What exactly do we know about Heaven? [closed]

Most of us probably have a lot of vague ideas about Heaven, the place where the faithful are said to spend their afterlife. But when I really start to think about it, I can't back most of my ideas ...
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What exactly IS Hell? [closed]

I'm not disputing that Hell exists, what I want to know is WHAT IS HELL? In my opinion there are only two possible answers, but you might inform me of something else. Many people have argued that ...
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How should a Christian evaluate whether a particular action a sin or not? [closed]

Since they are directly addressed in the Ten Commandments, most people agree that committing adultery or murder is sin; yet this world is a complicated place full of things that are not so clearly ...
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According to personalism, is political libertarianism compatible with the Golden Rule?

This question poses a conflict between two philosophies, but is not meant to necessarily compare their strengths. Only if Love of Neighbor is indeed the antithesis of the libertarian philosophy. ...
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Is smoking sinful? [closed]

I know among some Christian groups (e.g. Laestadians) almost everyone smokes, while some other groups are very strict about it. However, the Bible doesn't have cigarettes. Is smoking sinful?
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What exactly is a “Hail Mary”?

The practice of a saying a "Hail Mary" is often referred to in colloquial speech, sometimes as a way to caricaturize Catholics. References to the practice instantly conjure up images of Catholicism, ...
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Are the Bible and God the same… thing/being? [closed]

Or why do people here always ask "What does the Bible say?"... why not ask the proper "What does God say?".
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What is the basis for saying Christians and Muslims worship the same God?

Muslims claim that they worship the same god as Christians do. (Similarly, Christians claim to worship the same God as the Jews do.) Are there any Christian denominations that accept this claim? If ...
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What process was used to translate the KJV?

Who were the translators that created the venerate KJV translation and what guidelines did they use? What "kind" of translation was intended and how is it generally categorized today? Note that there ...
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What distinctive kinds of Bible translations are there?

Obviously there is a lot decisions and elbow-grease that go into producing any Bible translation. I hear a lot of different terms used to describe the different methodologies that guide those ...
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What is the biblical basis for the eternal existence of the lost in hell?

I've heard particular denominations claim that although hell is definitely a real place and hell itself will burn forever, people who are condemned to hell don't actually exist forever in hell but ...
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What has the Bible said about appropriate Sabbath-day worship? [closed]

The Sabbath is important to every Christian, but everyone has varying ideas about what is appropriate. Instead of opening up the question for debate, I was wondering what the Bible has to say about ...
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Should Mark 16:9-20 be in the Bible? [closed]

The ending of the Gospel of Mark is a disputed passage, because different manuscripts have a different ending: Some end at Mark 16:8 Some include Mark 16:9-20, like most Bible translations Some ...
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Is saying “Oh My God” really using God's name in vain? [closed]

It's become habitual for me to say "Oh my God" in a situation where I am shocked or surprised, as I'm sure it's become for a lot of people. I said "Oh My God" in the presence of a friend of mine once,...
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What is the historical reason the King James Version was created?

Many years ago, I heard someone say that the KJV came about because King James I wanted a version of the Bible that supported him getting a divorce. Nowadays, I can't help but wonder how true this is. ...
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What does it mean to be an heir of God and a joint-heir with Christ? [closed]

Romans 8:16-17 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that ...
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A “version” of the bible with sentence structure written in English but retaining most of the original untranslated “nouns/verbs/adjectives”?

Is there a "version" of the bible that has it's sentence structure written in English, yet retaining most of the original untranslated "nouns/verbs/adjectives" ? Ok this is quite hard to explain, I'm ...
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What does Luke 11:5-8 mean?

Luke 11:5-8 (NIV) 5 Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 6 a friend of mine on a journey has come to ...

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