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The best bet is probably to talk with the leader of the group you are considering going to. Many Bible studies welcome non-Christians. You don't have to be Christian to study the Bible and people are unlikely to get offended in most cases. Some Bible studies may be more uncomfortable for you than others depending on how they are run and what kind of ...


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It seems to be down to an ambiguous instruction issued by Pope Innocent III around 1200. The Catholic Encyclopedia has this [extract]: [In the eleventh century] the manner of making [the sign of the Cross] in the West seems to have been identical with that followed at present in the East, i.e. only three fingers were used, and the hand traveled from the ...


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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 sit, or recline ? One may ask, how should one read the bible : should one be seated or kneeling ? These are matters of preference and matters of practicality,...


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While A J Henderson's answer is excellent and I agree with it, I would like to add something. Many churches specifically run Bible Studies aimed at 'seekers' (which means those who are not Christians ... yet). Some of them are little more than a leader telling you what to think, while asking you trivial questions that can be answered by reading the passage ...


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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 Protestantism (particularly from a Catholic interlocutor given their particular semantic usage of the term). The fact is, that many Protestant churches actively ...


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There are no rules in Christianity about which hand you eat with. As NigelJ writes, Christianity does not consider how you eat to be important (see Matthew 15). Such rules as there were under Judaism were abolished in Christianity (and those Jewish rules did not prohibit eating with any hand). So, given this, allow me to explain the story you read. While ...


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And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding? Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. [Matthew 15: 16-18 KJV translation.] Jesus himself made it very clear in the ...


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It is common for Christians to stand while singing in church because it is common to sing while standing regardless of context. Standing allows the singer to make better usage of their diaphragm and lungs. Additionally, it may also result in a better timbre. The University of Kansas has published a web page which briefly discusses posture for singers. It ...


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The answer to this would really depend on what tradition you come from. Some traditions teach that it is baptism in water that brings salvation. Thus, it could be argued that baptism, bringing salvation to an individual, would be the inception of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. This, then, would, in fact, be a sort of protection. However, for ...


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As for a Biblical basis, take a look at 2 Chronicles 5:12: 12 all the Levite singers who belonged to Asaph, to Heman, to Jeduthun, and to their sons and their brothers were clothed in fine fabric, holding cymbals, stringed instruments, and harps; they were standing east of the altar, and along with them 120 priests were sounding the trumpets. When King David ...


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I don't know your denomination, but in roman-catholic church there are times when you are standing and other times when you are sitting. If a hymn is sung during the time when you are sitting (this is typically the case in the time between the lecture of the old testament and the lecture of the apostle's letter), the people are singing the hymn sitting. If ...


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Why do Christians stand when we sing? Because the day of the Lord is consecrated to the Resurrection, it is a kind of image of our hope in the Resurrection, the attitude of standing had for the early Christians an eschatological meaning: it was considered the proper attitude for those awaiting with confidence the Parousia. So we sing while we stand! Singing ...


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I would add that the Alpha series of Bible studies is very open, and non-christian friendly. It lays out the basics of the Christian belief quite well. These courses are offered by varying denominations (its not denomination specific on purpose) in most cities. You can see if there is one here: Find an Alpha near you P.S. I have nothing to do with Alpha. ...


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If you look at the Biblical account, baptism has always accompanied entry into the church. It is offered "for the forgiveness of your sins" (Ac 2:38 or to "wash your sins away." (Ac 22:16) It frequently precedes/accompanies the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and is never far behind. If committing your life to Jesus and being baptized puts you under God's ...


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In silent movies, actors had to do things in an exaggerated way in order to communicate the idea to the audience: People made that praying-hands gesture to indicate "thank God". Women put the back of their arms to their foreheads to show that they were about to faint. Gangsters pumped their guns forward each time they fired. Heads were tipped back ...


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There is a basis for sacramental items, but even those items can become idols. Below is part of the scripture that talks how items like handkerchiefs that were brought from Paul carried power of God to heal the sick. As in regards to power to ward of evil spirits there is no basis for that the bible. As seen in verse 15 that evil spirit was not even afraid ...


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The Book of Concord is the seminal collection of Lutheran doctrine. The only power it claims that garlic has is to temporarily reduce the power of magnets: Or that original sin is not a despoliation or deficiency, but only an external impediment to these spiritual good powers, as when a magnet is smeared with garlic-juice, whereby its natural power is ...


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Like many people have said. It is in one sense a reward, while in the larger sense not at all. The Bible says the following in Mathew 10:28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Well, destroying both soul and body would be a terrible consequence. ...


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