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Why did God create a new covenant? [closed]

Why did God create a new covenant? It seems as if he had a covenant set in place in the Old Testament and provided a means for Israel to follow the covenant and offer sacrifices to atone for their ...
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What is the difference between “infallible” and “inerrant”?

As with many others I know, I believe in both the infallibility and inerrancy of the Bible. But what is the difference between these two important terms? If something has no errors (inerrant), then ...
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What does Love Mean? [closed]

1 John 4:7 NIV Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever loves has been born of God? I'm pretty confident that the ...
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Did God ever really help the Hebrews in battle? [closed]

Except for the Exodus story, im having serious doubts. The Hebrews never seem to win against any of the bigger enemies which would be seriously impressive, because they are outnumbered by many ...
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Do we have the right ten commandments?

While we usually refer to Exodus 20 as the Ten Commandments, and many versions of the Bible add the heading "The Ten Commandments", the phrase is not actually used there in the text of the Bible. (It ...
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Where do the names of books of Bible come from?

Where does the name of each book come from? (I am not a Christian and this should be treated like a novice question.)
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How are verses referenced?

How are Bible verses referenced? For example what is the meaning of: Revelation 21:5 (NIV)? Are there any other methods to reference a verse? (I am not a Christian and this should be treated like a ...
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What does Revelation 21:5 mean by “everything”?

Revelation 21:5 (NIV):: He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” My pastor included this verse ...
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How was the Old Testament compiled?

While this question is similar to this question, I'm certain the answer will be very different, and far more complex.... How was the Old Testament compiled?
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What is the origin of the Good Friday tradition?

As suggested by this question and this answer, it seems possible that Jesus actually died on a Wednesday, not on a Friday. In light of these competing theories, what is the origin of the Good Friday ...
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By what mechanism could the Bible be inerrant?

For those who believe in the inerrancy of the Bible (or those who understand the positions of those who do), how can the Bible have this status given all the opportunities for any message delivered by ...
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If God is omnipresent, is he also in hell? [duplicate]

Using the 'separation from God' concept of hell - how can God be in all places yet still place a soul into a chasm of separation.
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Why was neither David nor Solomon stoned to death?

David was a murderer and an adulterer. Both crimes were punishable by death under the law of Moses. Solomon had . . . how many wives and concubines? I don't even remember. Why was neither David nor ...
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Why do the Jews in the OT in Joshua, Kings, Chronicles always list their war spoils after each battle? [closed]

I have my doubts of the motivations, as we only ever hear of how great it was to fight enemy X and take their women, sheep and gold. Is this a fair statement? Why don't the Hebrews ever attack ...
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What's the biggest time gap between authorship of two books of the Bible?

What's the biggest time gap between authorship of two books of the Bible? Honestly, I don't even know the order in which the books of the Bible were written, but I am quite interested in what the ...
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Is tithing something necessary under the new covenant? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does the Bible say about tithing? Before you answer please remember that tithing and giving are not the same thing.
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Why did God use humans to write the Bible? [closed]

God is recorded in the Bible as doing many things directly: causing floods, making humans, etc. etc. - but chose to have his word written through people instead of imparting his wisdom directly. It ...
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What should a Christian do when the state permits something the church does not? [closed]

Some laws don't evolve or change, some laws are just objectively wrong to begin with. Laws and court rulings providing for abortion, same sex 'marriage' and no fault divorce are laws that require ...
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Why pray if God is omniscient? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the purpose of Prayer? What the question says, why do people pray if God knows everything?
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses use different language for theological reasons?

They don't have churches: they have Kingdom Halls (though it's not wrong to refer to a Kingdom Hall as a type of church). They don't have hymns: they have Kingdom Songs (though it's not wrong to ...
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Did Christians stop the practice of Berith (Brith, Bris?) immediately?

Did Christians stop the practice of Berith (Brith, Bris?) immediately and based on which scripture?
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Should we be able fast like the fasts described in Bible? [closed]

If you look carefully at the scripture, there are instances were some people fast to pray and/or to express their sorrow. However, the length of the fast seems to be astronomical; some people like ...
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Which prophecies have definitely been fulfilled? [closed]

The Bible (particularly the Old Testament) makes many predictions about the future, often regarding nations or peoples quite distant from those making the prophecy. If we ignore any arguments about ...
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What is the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit? [closed]

In Matthew 12:31-32, Jesus says: Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever speaks a word ...
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Luther's “Two Kingdoms” Theology

Can anyone give me a concise summary of Martin Luther's "Two Kingdoms" theology, and also provide some references back to his original works on the subject? Two kingdoms doctrine
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What are vows? Are they relevant even today? [closed]

Psalms 76:11 (NIV) says Make vows to the LORD your God and fulfill them. Many other passages in the old testament as well we hear about vows and fulfilling it. In New testament we read in Acts ...
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How should Christians participate in a democracy? [closed]

There is currently a debate in my country, Australia, about gay marriage. Amongst those who believe homosexual sex is wrong, there is a split with regards the correct approach. Some say that ...
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Who was Theophilus?

Acts 1:1 "In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach" Who was he? Is it also possible that, since Theophilus means, "friend of God", as Richard states, ...
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What is masturbation, according to the Catholic Catechism?

By masturbation is to be understood the deliberate stimulation of the genital organs in order to derive sexual pleasure. CCC 2352 So does this mean I need to buy extra gold bond medicated powder to ...
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Was the Last Supper not the Passover meal?

The accepted answer on How long was Jesus in the tomb? would only have been possible if the Last Supper was not the Passover meal, which I had always thought it was. Was the Last Supper in fact not ...
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Why is the Bible a foundation of theological evidence?

Please excuse my ignorance I'm new to this. I've been looking through the Q&A on the site and I've noticed scripture and especially passages from the Bible are cited as evidence for one argument ...
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Does God have a sense of humor? Does he laugh?

I've always heard "God must have a sense of humor because he created X". Usually X is "the platypus" or "me". Also, it should be evident that Jesus, being human, had a sense of humor. It's part of ...
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If the Bible is open to interpretation, how does one know which one is right? [closed]

Often times when I cite a particularly egregious passage from the Bible in an argument with a Christian, they just shrug and say it's not meant be taken literally, that it's parable, or worse - that ...
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Is “Love and Respect” consistent with Eph 5:33

The title is a bit broader than what I really intend to ask. More precisely, I am interested in whether Dr. Eggerichs's understanding of the terms "love" and "respect" in "Love and Respect" is ...
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Is this distinction of biblical “love” terminology compatible with scripture?

I very frequently hear repeated that there are three Greek words (or word-groups, more precisely) that are translated into the same English word "love"; the words being ἀγάπη, φιλíα, and ἔρως. ἔρως is ...
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Is there any Biblical basis for hating homosexuals? [closed]

As I was raised: God is all-loving, and He wants us to be all-loving too. But, as you may know, homosexuals—particularly in America—have been shown hatred, and even violence (1)(2)(3)(4) from some ...
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Does God test us?

I was working on a different question and I found that I couldn't actually find anywhere that shows that God actually tests us. Psalms 26:2 (NIV) Test me, LORD, and try me, examine my heart and ...
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What is so special about sitting at God's “right hand”?

This concept seems to show up in a few places: Psalms 110:1 (NIV) The LORD says to my lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” ...
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Why would cold running water be preferred for baptism?

The Didache, or Teaching of the Twelve Apostles (an early Christian text not part of the New Testament) says of baptism (chapter 7): On the subject of baptism, baptise thus: after having taught all ...
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Is morality possible apart from God? [closed]

Can an individual live according to Christian morals taught by Jesus, but not live according to the "greatest command" (to "love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with ...
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Does God love unconditionally? [closed]

Like the title, does God love forever, unconditionally? I can't think of a being who is supposed to be more loving than God, so this is kind of a big question for me.
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According to Protestants, is it sinful to practice Yoga?

I know a lot of people who claim to be Christian but practice Yoga. I always thought (and Wikipedia seems to back me up on this) that Yoga was about meditation in Hinduism or Buddhism. Is practicing ...
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Why doesn't the Catholic Bible include all books from Septuagint?

The Catholic Bible (as opposed to the Protestant Bible) includes the so-called deuterocanonical books. It's commonly simply stated that the books in Septuagint are included in the Catholic canon. ...
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Why were Deuterocanonical books rejected in the Reformation?

The Deuterocanonical books were included in the Septuagint, but not the Hebrew Bible. They are mostly included in the Catholic Old Testament, but not in the Protestant one. I understand the choice ...
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Is it given by God in human nature to be a creator too?

We humans have a significant ability to create using our fantasy. Was this ability given to us by God, a Creator as He created man in His image, according to His likeness, or was this ability ...
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What was the purpose of creating the world? [closed]

Why did God create a world? Was the act of creation for some profit, or did God in His grace create world only because it was good? Genesis 1 (KJV) And God called the dry land Earth; and the ...
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Where is the dead body in Luke 17? [closed]

Jesus talks about the coming of the Kingdom of God in Luke 17:20-37. This passage raises four related questions for me: Is this talking about the Rapture? Where is "a dead body", that Jesus ...
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Is there any correlation between national prosperity and percentage of Christians?

I have heard of anecdotal evidence suggesting that the proportion of Christians in a population directly (positively) impacts national prosperity. In other words, the more Christians in a nation, the ...
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Is rape condoned in the Bible? If so, why? [closed]

Rape is not a judgment that's commanded upon those that violate the law, whether in the new testament or the old. So why does God choose to use rape as a means of judgement? In america we have a bill ...
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What is the Meaning of Hebrews 2:11 - he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one [closed]

Hebrews 2:11 (KJV) For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, It is very confusing to read "he that ...

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