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How does one reconcile the sinlessness of Mary with her sin offering in Luke 2:24?

There are two facets to the answer, one regarding the nature of the sin offering itself, and one regarding Mary’s motivations for making the offering. In summary, in Israel, so-called “sin” offerings ...
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Does Numbers 5:11-22 describe sanctioned abortion?

It is not about abortion, it's about Jealousy and the Lord acting as a witness in trials that otherwise had none. Note that the NIV is the only translation to use the word 'miscarriage' (see Numbers ...
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What is the difference between "love one another" and "love your neighbour"?

Wikipedia gives a brief overview of how the commandment has generally been seen as "new." It accords with what I've heard through the years: The "New Commandment", the Wycliffe Bible Commentary ...
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According to Catholicism, why was the rabbit declared as unclean for the people of Israel?

I find no reference to Leviticus 11:6 on the websites of the Vatican or the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The USCCB does maintain on its website the text of the New American Bible (...
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Conscience: Christ's sacrifice vs the blood of bulls and goats?

The answer to your question is further on in the chapter. Hebrews 10:11-14 ESV And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. ...
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If flour seems to be accepted as sin offering/atonement, then why is blood needed?

From a Christian viewpoint, the Jewish sacrificial system was a metaphor pointing to Christ's sacrifice as the ultimate fulfilment. The concessions concerning what was acceptable to offer in sacrifice ...
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If flour seems to be accepted as sin offering/atonement, then why is blood needed?

Blood, flour, or whatever was offered in the temple didn't "actually" take away sin. It was faith directed toward God in participation of the process that God had instituted which covered ...
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Does Numbers 5:11-22 describe sanctioned abortion?

That passage doesn't even say the woman was pregnant, yet pro-aborts use it to rationalize abortion! It shows how desperate they are -- as if they actually cared about what the Book of Numbers said. ...
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How do those who believe in the immortality of the soul explain Leviticus 21:11?

To my knowledge no serious theologian who doesn't believe in the immortality of the soul uses examples such as Lev 21:11 as proof-texts, so those who do (believe in the immortality of the soul) have ...
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What is the biblical basis for believing that the Feast Days / Appointed Festivals / Holy Convocations are NOT morally binding for Christians today?

The answer is at Acts 15:28,29, but the context is important in order to understand why it answers your question. The book of Acts chronicles the development of the early Christian congregations ...
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Why do the SDA abstain from pork?

The principal argument made by Seventh Day Adventists for their prohibition on eating pork and other "unclean" foods is that while the moral and ceremonial requirement to abstain from them ...
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"Truth Matters 2013: Strange fire" conference" - What does the biblical term "strange fire" signify about the Charismatic movement?

The question asks what it implies to the Charismatic movement, but the topic of "strange fire" applies to any natural initiative outside the commandment and anointing of the Lord. Then ...
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What is the biblical basis for only keeping the weekly Sabbath while disregarding all the other feasts/holy convocations (Lev 23, Num 28, 29)?

A biblical basis for some Christians to claim that the weekly Sabbath is still in effect while the Feasts of Leviticus 23 need not be kept is that it's not clear that the Sabbath is included in the ...
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"Truth Matters 2013: Strange fire" conference" - What does the biblical term "strange fire" signify about the Charismatic movement?

You refer to "the first "Strange fire Conference" launched in October 2013" and a new book by John MacArthur on the dangers of "strange fire". That reminded me of a book ...
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If flour seems to be accepted as sin offering/atonement, then why is blood needed?

To quote from Dr Brown's Answering Jewish Objections book series: CLAIM: Orthodox Jewish interpreters often argue that the NT authors often overemphasize the importance of blood sacrifices in the OT. ...
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Why does God say we shouldn't eat Crab & Pork but Jesus says that doesn't really matter

No, Jesus is not 'lessening' the dietery law ('can but shouldn't'). He is explaining that it does not pertain to the New Covenant ('what you eat cannot be a sin intrinsically'). The Law The Law had ...
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What is the biblical basis for only keeping the weekly Sabbath while disregarding all the other feasts/holy convocations (Lev 23, Num 28, 29)?

Technically, Christians today do not and are not "Keeping the weekly Sabbath". The Sabbath was never changed in scripture, by Christ or any writer. The Sabbath is still sundown on Friday to ...
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What is the real biblical reasons why Joseph & Mary did not offer a one year old lamb?

Luke 2:24: And to offer a sacrifice, according as it is written in the law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons: Venerable Bede commentates on this verse (quoted in St. Thomas ...
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From the Baptist perspective: Does Leviticus 20:13 prove that God is advocating for the murder of homosexuals?

Numbers 23:19 says: God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? Since He handed ...
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From the Baptist perspective: Does Leviticus 20:13 prove that God is advocating for the murder of homosexuals?

I will give you a quick answer for this, because I feel for you in your state of confusion! this can be a tough predicament, but this is really no predicament at all, like most seeming "contradictions"...
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What do Catholics believe about Yom kippur and judgment?

It is not the practice of the Catholic Church to have doctrines or precepts about particular Jewish Holy Days or celebrations. If the Church did, it would be easily found in the Catholic Encyclopedia. ...
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Conscience: Christ's sacrifice vs the blood of bulls and goats?

It was different. They looked at Jesus through the symbols and shadows of the sacrifice, nevertheless that is all they were symbols and shadows of the "Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the ...
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What is the Christian position on sleeping with a menstruating woman?

Regarding having sex with a woman during her menstrual period, the topic is not addressed directly in the New Testament, and so the conclusion one draws about the matter depends largely on the method ...
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How is ignoring clear Biblical instructions in Leviticus justified?

The dietary restrictions God gave to the nation of Israel included prohibitions against eating pork, shrimp, shellfish and many types of seafood, most insects, scavenger birds, and various other ...
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What is the difference between "love one another" and "love your neighbour"?

The most obvious difference is that "Love one another" is a directive to those in the group, to respect those in the group, while "Love your neighbor" is a directive to love a larger number of people, ...
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Why does God forbid Aaron's descendants with "defects" from offering food?

From context, we get this command was given to Aaron and his descendants, those ordained for Priesthood. It mentions there these are considered "defects"; an imperfection. It's a symbol of ...
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What is the biblical basis for believing that the Feast Days / Appointed Festivals / Holy Convocations are still morally binding for Christians today?

There are many booklets and articles that discuss this subject in detail, such as: God's Holy Day Plan: The Promise of Hope for All Mankind | United Church of God The Holy Days: God's Master Plan | ...
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As Christians can we support immigration control?

The state (as a secular entity) and its inhabitants have interests that they hope to further by establishing immigration controls. Some of these interests are supportable by Biblical principles and ...
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What is the biblical basis for only keeping the weekly Sabbath while disregarding all the other feasts/holy convocations (Lev 23, Num 28, 29)?

There are several sources or examples from scripture that people use to support the practice of only keeping the Sabbath, but disregarding all the other feasts/holy convocations. First, I want to ...
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