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Why are Adam and Eve considered married?

Genesis 2:24–25 (ESV): Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ...
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Is there any Biblical Basis for 400 years of silence between Old and New Testament?

In Amos 8, the prophet declares (NIV trans.): 11 “The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign Lord, “when I will send a famine through the land— not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the doctrine of the Trinity consisting of different persons?

General references to there being separate personages in the Godhead. Luke 3:21-22 (Matthew 3:13-17 similar story/wording) 21 Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also ...
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Black and white races are equal - in the New Testament?

As far as the Jews were/are concerned, the most significant difference between differing people groups in the Bible was/is the distinction between Jews and Gentiles. All other distinctions, such as ...
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What is the biblical basis for seeing Saint Peter at the gates of heaven?

This view is based primarily on Matthew 16:18–19, in which Jesus says: And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 ...
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What is the Biblical basis for prohibiting sex outside marriage?

It's one of the 10 commandments: Thou shalt not commit adultery (see Exodus 20:14) The 18th chapter of Leviticus is devoted to condemning all manner of other sexual sins, lest any seek for loopholes ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief that Mary is the mother of God?

Short answer There is no usage of the title "Mother of God" in the Bible. The title was used for Mary as early as AD 250-280 and was made official church teaching at the Council of Ephesus in 431. ...
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Are there any biblical examples of Early Church disciples praying to deceased saints in order to request their intercessory prayer?

Is there any biblical evidence that [asking dead saints for intercession] was a common practice in the early church? The New Testament contains neither any example of nor any reference to this ...
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What evidence is there from scripture for why Daniel did not eat the King's food?

There are two primary, though related reasons for why Daniel would not eat the king's food and drink. Daniel was an Israelite (Dan 1:3) of the tribe of Judah (Dan 1:6). He would be bound by the ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the belief that Michael is not Jesus?

The "archangel" Michael is named in only three books in the Bible: in Daniel, Revelation, and Jude. While what Daniel and Revelation say about Michael is compatible with the idea that ...
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Why do Christians stand when we sing?

Why do Christians stand to sing? I think the reasons are fundamental to the act, so I do not see biblical instructions or precedents to be relevant. One may ask, how one should eat a meal: should one ...
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Are there any biblical examples of Early Church disciples praying to deceased saints in order to request their intercessory prayer?

Are there any biblical examples of Christians in the Early Church communicating with dead saints in order to request their intercessory prayer? The short answer seems to be no. There are no clear ...
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What is the biblical basis for seeing Saint Peter at the gates of heaven?

The idea of Peter at the gates of heaven with the keys has a long history that is sourced to the bible. Of course, as things go, sourcing alone and understanding the source may be two different ...
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What is the biblical basis for the historicity of the Bible?

That professor hasn't read the Bible, apparently. Eyewitness Account Luke 1:1-4 (my translation) Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compose a narrative of the things which have taken place among us, ...
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Why are Adam and Eve considered married?

There were no priests then who could marry them. But given that priests are only God's representatives on Earth, God clearly could marry them. Genesis 1:28, already quoted by others, can be understood ...
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What is the Biblical Basis for Christ returning with a physical body at the Second Coming?

Question: Will Christ at the second coming be made of flesh? Answer: Yes. This is what the Bible says: It is true that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). The Word gave up the ...
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According to Protestant interpretations why does God want people to serve Him when He doesn’t need it?

The question (said to be in the mouth of an atheist) lacks heart. We love him (and thus only do we serve him) because he first loved us. [1 John 4:19.] The question is, in reality, a refusal to serve ...
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Why did Jesus come?

You have left out what the angel told Joseph; "He will save his people from their sins" (Matthew ch1 v21). In other words, reversing the alienation of God and man described in Genesis ch3. ...
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What is the biblical basis for libertarian free will (no predestination)?

Although the Bible does contain a certain amount of direct, doctrinal teaching, much of its teaching comes in the form of stories. In the Old Testament, there are the various narratives of people and ...
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What is the biblical basis for identifying the Lazarus Jesus raised from the dead and the Lazarus in the story of the rich man and Lazarus?

The earliest Christians' knowledge of Lazarus came not from the Gospel accounts, but rather from personal acquaintance or acquaintance with those who knew Lazarus. In short, they knew Lazarus ...
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What is the Biblical Basis for saying that we "go to heaven"?

This is actually the dominant view of Christianity: the doctrine of an intermediate state after death and before the resurrection. "Going to heaven" means being with God in a non-bodied but conscious ...
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What is the basis for "Church Shopping"?

Although it is granted that there are some Protestants that engage in a practice of "Church Shopping", it is somewhat tendentious to assert that "Church Shopping" is actually a "Tradition" within ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief that people do not go to heaven or hell immediately when they die?

Introduction I intend to show that the concept of a universal realm for all, outside Heaven, where all await the resurrection (Waiting in the Grave, WitG hereafter) is united against other beliefs ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the doctrine of the Trinity consisting of different persons?

A huge number of scriptures could be brought to bear as evidence for distinctions between the three persons of the godhead. I'll limit myself to following Louis Berkhof's treatment, which calls ...
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What is the biblical basis for identifying the Lazarus Jesus raised from the dead and the Lazarus in the story of the rich man and Lazarus?

I think taken together the Gospels do make us think about this possibility. God has inspired not just the texts of each Biblical book in isolation, but in relation to each other. Lazarus himself is ...
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Was Peter ever in Rome?

Biblical The only Biblical information we have that Peter might have been in Rome is the cryptic reference in 1 Peter 5:13, "She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you her greetings, ...
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What is the difference between LORD and GOD?

The all upper-case "LORD" and "GOD" are used where the original Hebrew used the sacred name of god, YHWH (יהוה). Traditionally, that four letter name (Tetragrammaton) is not supposed to be pronounced ...
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What is the Biblical basis for civil disobedience, by not wearing a mask in the midst of COVID-19, despite health department rules?

I think the difference between Paul's exhortation to obey civil authorities by paying taxes in Romans and the type of civil disobedience MLK partook in, is that paying taxes to the govt does not ...
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According to Protestant interpretations why does God want people to serve Him when He doesn’t need it?

We do not serve God because He needs it but because we need it. Servants is what we are. It is what we were created to be and what sin has destroyed in us: And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do ...
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