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What is the source of hatred often perceived by Christians in western society? [closed]

Not everyone hates Christians, but it seems that most Christians have felt hated at some time by someone because of their faith. Is there a specific reason behind the hatred I've seen towards ...
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What are the differences between Roman Catholic and Irish Catholic?

I've heard the terms Roman Catholic and Irish Catholic since I was little, but I have never understood what, if any, are the differences between the two. Why the differentiation of the two? What ...
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How can one overcome lustful desires? [closed]

Eighty Three percent of college students and fifty five percent of pastors are said to be addicted to pornography. (link) Even the most Godly men, like David (OT) has been trapped by these desires. ...
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Which cup of wine did Jesus tell his disciples to drink during the Last Supper? [closed]

During the Last Supper, when Jesus told his disciples to drink the wine because it was his blood. Which cup of wine was this? Was it the third cup, or was it the cup of Elijah (or one of the other ...
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Does Joseph Smith fail the test of a prophet? [closed]

The test of a prophet. Deuteronomy 18 NKJV 21 And if you say in your heart, ‘How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?’— 22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing ...
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How far is too far when it comes to drinking alcohol? [closed]

Why does the Bible praise the effects of alcohol? How are we supposed to know when those effects have gone too far? I am mostly confused about this verse: Give strong drink unto him that is ready ...
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Is Mary's virginity evidence that sex is always sinful? [closed]

It seems that sex is always a sin, as evidenced by the fact that Jesus had to be born of a virgin and not by traditional conception in order to be sinless. Is this true? Any viewpoint is welcome.
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Why did Jesus wear the crown of thorns?

Right before his crucifixion, Jesus was made to carry his cross and to wear a crown of thorns. Why was he made to wear the crown of thorns?
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What does the Bible say about tithing? [closed]

Do we have to tithe? Why does God need us to tithe? What are the results of NOT tithing?
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What are the different names of God in the Bible and what do they mean? [closed]

I see that our current-day Bibles only refer to God as LORD. Can you explain to me what the different names of God are and what they mean?
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What does the Bible say about sex before marriage / premarital sex? [closed]

The title pretty much asks the question, but let's set the stage like this: Two people meet in High School, have sex, then eventually get married. What does the bible say about sex prior to ...
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What is the Biblical support for Purgatory?

Exactly as the title asks; where do Catholics get their Scriptural support for the idea of Purgatory? To be more specific, how I think of Purgatory (which may be incorrect) is that it's a temporary ...
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Why did Jesus use bread to turn into His body? [closed]

In the Catholic church you have communion, in which you receive the body and blood of Christ in the form of bread and wine. Why do bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ, rather than ...
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If you are forgiven through the Grace of God, why do you need an Indulgence?

Ephesians 2:8,9 (NIV) 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. And from Wikipedia's ...
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What is the non-abstract definition of love according to the Bible? [closed]

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV)  4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, ...
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Why did Luther curse those who oppose indulgences?

In the 95 Theses, Luther makes a stand against corruption in the Catholic church of that day. This resulted in events leading to the separation between the Catholic and Protestant churches. It seems ...
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What is the Biblical basis for withholding communion from believers who are unbaptized?

My home church has a policy of asking non-believers not to participate in communion, but never asks if a believer has yet been baptized. I have visited or attended several other churches where ...
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As a protestant, may I participate in the Eucharist (Communion) when visiting a Catholic church?

I think the title sums it up. I'm a protestant Christian, and have many Catholic friends. When I visit their churches, is it permissible for me to participate in the Eucharist/Communion ceremony by ...
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Are these Bible verses referencing UFOs? [closed]

Ezekiel 1:16: This was the appearance and structure of the wheels: They sparkled like topaz, and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting a wheel. Exodus 13:22: ...
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Was the flood of Noah global or local? [closed]

Genesis 7 and 8 describes the flood of Noah, and says in part: The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. They rose greatly on the earth, ...
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The voice of God vs the voice of Satan [closed]

I listen to heavy music and I have had people tell me on numerous occasions the vocals sound like the voice of Satan, even when the band is clearly Christian (see For Today if you are curious). Movies ...
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What is an overview of the main interpretations of “day” in Genesis 1?

In the Creation account in Genesis 1 (and 2), God's work of Creation is famously split into 7 "days". For example, the first "day" occurs in verse 5: Genesis 1:5 (NLT) God called the light "day" ...
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How is “Veneration” similar or different from “Adoration”?

Most Catholics teach about honoring the saints, and mostly about "venerating" the Blessed Virgin Mary. Though in my country (I'm from the Philippines), the line between honoring saints / Mary and the ...
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How should I understand the emphasis on “begotten, not made” in the Nicene Creed?

I'm trying to understand the importance the repetition of "begotten" in the Nicene creed. It states (emphasis mine): We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,     the only Son of God,     ...
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How does Matthew 25:31-46 (“The Sheep and the Goats”) reconcile with salvation by faith?

In Matthew 25:31-46 (a passage subtitled "The Sheep and the Goats" in the NIV), Jesus seems to be drawing a direct relationship between good works and salvation. Matthew 25:31-46 NIV: 31 “...
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What traditions believe that a woman's relationship with God must go through some man and how do they support it from the Bible?

As the question's title states, some traditions believe that there must be some man between every woman and God, be it her husband or a priest or whoever. What is the Biblical support for this view, ...
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Reading the scripture in common worship

Do all Christian Churches/Denominations have a common set of readings they read throughout the year and repeat on a 2-3 year cycle? If not, how do pastors in churches without a common set of ...
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What is the significance of Noah, after the flood, getting drunk and cursing his son who saw him Naked? [closed]

A strange passage in the beginning of Genesis contains the account of Noah who, after surviving the flood, planted a vineyard and made wine. After he drank the wine and became drunk one of his sons (...
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How do Mormons interpret the warning in Revelation about adding to the book?

How do Mormons interpret the following passage and justify the addition of the Book of Mormon to the canon of scripture? Revelation 22:18-19 (NIV) 18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the ...
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How do you answer the unanswerable questions? [closed]

How do you respond to the "trivia" or "only God knows" type questions which cannot be answered from the Bible or science (yet)? This is more of a general question, such as do you blow them off or ...
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What was the reasons for documentary hypothesis?

Documentary Hypothesis assumes that the text of the Torah as preserved can be divided into identifiable sources that predate its compilations by centuries, the Jahwist (J) source being the oldest, ...
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Why did the apostle John call himself, “the disciple whom Jesus loved”? [closed]

John refers to himself, on at least four occasions, as "the disciple whom Jesus loved"? (John 13:23, 19:26, 21:7 & 21:20). Why is this? It seems a bit arrogant, especially as Jesus loved the ...
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Why has God created us? [closed]

Why has God created us? The Almighty Lord does not need anyone; he does not need the angels, the heaven, or the earth. Are there any written words in the Bible that tell the reason?
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What does it mean to “be saved” [closed]

It seems common in Christian communities (and in questions on this site) for people to say they have been saved. What does someone mean by this when they say it? How would I know that I have been ...
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Are tongues a sign for believers or unbelievers? [closed]

1 Corinthians 14:22-25 confuses me. Verse 22 states: Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is not for unbelievers but for believers. So, tongues is a ...
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Does God need our praise and glory? [closed]

From what I've heard, God wants us to glorify him and give him praise, and he enjoys when we do this. Does God need us to do this for some reason?
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How did Cain and Abel know to offer sacrifices before the Law of Moses?

Genesis 4 has always bothered me. The story of God accepting Abel's sacrifice and not Cain's has led me to wonder: How did they even know to sacrifice? Was this practice started by Adam? Or did God ...
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When people sin against us but don't repent, should we forgive and forget?

Someone sins against us, e.g. says something unkind. They are completely unrepentant. That might be because they don't think it is a sin or they don't care (yes, I'm deliberately mentioning two ...
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Is there any sense in being baptized as an adult after being baptized as an infant?

Around the time I was born, my parents were going to a Lutheran church. As such, I was baptized as an infant. In most cases in the Bible, baptism is connected with receiving the Holy Spirit. If so, ...
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Are pride and boasting ever okay? [closed]

We are proud of our son for being able to write his name, and my wife was boasting that she helped him learn to write it. Ultimately, we both know it's from God that he is able to learn this skill ...
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Are all who are saved, saved equally? [closed]

If two people are saved, are they "equally saved?" I don't doubt that both people are completely forgiven, but is it possible for one Christian to be more revered by God than another Christian? Is ...
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What is dispensationalism?

Several years ago, I took a class on the book of Revelation and learned about dispensationalism. It made sense to me then, but I can't seem to wrap my head around it now. Also, I hear the term from ...
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Is repentance required for salvation? [closed]

I know that through faith alone I am saved. But is repentance a requirement for that salvation as a part of my faith? Is repentance a single act, or should it be continuous?
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Can Satan read our minds? [closed]

I come from the assumption that God can read our minds. That we can pray silently and that God will hear our prayers. However, can Satan hear our prayers as well? Can he hear our other thoughts? I ...
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Why (how) does Jesus' coat have no seam?

When Jesus is arrested and His captors take His clothes, they split them in four parts. However, His coat they did not split, as John records, "the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout....
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How to verify if a “message from God” came from God? [closed]

If I doubted on the authenticity of a "message", must I automatically associate it with the enemy's attacks? Message here refers to any information that might be related to God's Will in our lives.
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What do Catholics mean when they talk about the Real Presence in the Eucharist?

The Catholic 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 Catholic understanding?
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How do you “Convert” somebody to Christianity? [closed]

A highly debated topic I know. There are hundreds of answers for this, but I would personally like to know what the Bible says about this. If somebody was interested in being saved, what is my ...
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Do not Judge others, or do we Judge others? [closed]

I hear so much about "Do not judge others, lest you be judged." I know that there's more scripture out there that gives us a better insight into our responsibilities. Can you please answer this ...
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What is the Biblical basis for Universal salvation?

Universal salvation, or universal reconciliation is the belief that God will eventually reconcile Himself with every immortal soul. That is, everyone will be saved. This doctrine has a long history. ...

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