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Are there theological explanations for why God allowed ambiguity to exist in Scripture?

In Matthew 13, Jesus reveals that it is God's will that some people understand and others be confused: 11 He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to ...
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Is the global Christian population increasing?

To answer your first question, yes, the total Christian population is growing, by about 1.5% per year. This number comes from one of several excellent studies of Christian populations, a 2013 report ...
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What is the source of the story about the melted gold in the destroyed temple in 70 AD?

The Mystery of the Temple's 'Molten Metals' Two recent apologists told the story, apparently independently, of molten gold seeping between the temple`s foundation stones during the Siege of Jerusalem ...
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Are there theological explanations for why God allowed ambiguity to exist in Scripture?

Why God allows ambiguities and what He does to help us Most denominations hold that the Holy Spirit inspires not only the Biblical book authors but also the Individual Bible reader, and/or the ...
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Bible with commentaries of the Church Fathers

The Catena Bible is freely available both at the linked website and as an app for Android and iOS, and provides related patristic commentaries for each verse.
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Bible with commentaries of the Church Fathers

The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture is the leading commentary series collecting the church fathers. At 29 volumes would be a big investment to buy, but most theological colleges/seminaries ...
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Where can I find the text of the documents produced at the Council of Quiercy (853)?

I've found two sources online for the Latin text, but unfortunately nothing in English. The Latin is available in Gousset's Les actes de la province ecclésiastique de Reims, page 233, as well as ...
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Is there any quiz or tool that identifies the denomination which is closest to my personal beliefs?

Is there any quiz or tool that identifies the denomination which is closest to my personal beliefs? Absolutely, but the true problem here is that there are so many denominations and subsets of those ...
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Looking for a website with the 1984 NIV Bible version

This appears to be what you are after here: http://biblemegasite.com/outline-niv1984.html As well as click through links (by book and then section) through to the NIV 1984 version hosted at ...
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Has any Latter-day Saint published a very detailed description of how the Holy Spirit confirmed to them the truth of the BofM, as per Moroni 10:3-7?

Many times. Although it is possible that the details they provide are not the details this question specifically seeks. One of my favorites is the account of Vincenzo di Francesca, who first read the ...
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Where can I find a complete set of Ante-Nicene Writings?

It's not free, and it's not complete, but The Fathers of the Church: A New Translation is the closest thing to a complete set of the writings of the church fathers that I've seen in English. It ...
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Find Bible passages by keyword/ topic

Much to my surprise, when I keyed in the word ‘equilibrium’ into a Christian web site I frequently use, it came up with an article about ‘punctuated equilibrium’: https://www.gotquestions.org/...
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Did John Wesley use to pray in Latin due to the bad relationship with his wife?

From the Wikipedia article on the subject: Though Wesley favoured celibacy rather than marital bond, he married very unhappily at the age of 48 to a widow, Mary Vazeille, described as "a well-to-...
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How to go about learning about Christianity for someone from a non-Christian background?

A very readable overview of Christian history may be found in Church History in Plain Language by Bruce Shelley. A deeper dive into more recent history is Eerdman's Handbook to Christianity in ...
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Are St. Maximilian Kolbe's writings available in English?

The writings of St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe are now available in English, published by Nerbini International. See the official web site of the MI: http://mi-international.org. In the U.S. the two-...
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Complete list of versification differences in the Tanakh

I have been working on some software which converts between different versification systems. As part of that, I have a file listing the various differences: transformations.data. There is no single "...
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Recommendations for Ancient Greek NT "versions"

The Nestle-Aland/UBS text is standard. This is an edited text which shows what the editors think the original text was most likely to be based on the evidence they have researched. The NA and UBS ...
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Are there theological explanations for why God allowed ambiguity to exist in Scripture?

One part might be that God wants to reveal hearts. A determined critic can always find a creative way to misunderstand. In politics for instance, it's surprising how creative people can be at ...
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Latin Lyrics for Gregorian Chants

The books you want are the "Kyriale" and the "Graduale". The former contains the words and music for the ordinary of the mass (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei), and the latter contains ...
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Where can one access Aland's 23rd edition which was used for the first edition of the New American Standard Bible (NASB)?

The 23rd edition of Nestle-Aland was published in 1957, and unfortunately, Google Books often does not have preview available for books of this age. This edition is no exception, at least right now. ...
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Introduction to Greek Texts; Byzantine vs. Alexandrian

The above resources are indeed excellent surveys of the issues surrounding textual criticism of the bible. A couple of extra points are worth noting: (1) The question asks about the textual history of ...
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Missing work of St. Augustine in Latin?

Though it was historically attributed to Augustine, this letter was actually written by Fulgentius of Ruspe in the early 6th century. It appears in English in volume 95 of the series The Fathers of ...
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Recommendations for Ancient Greek NT "versions"

The Englishman's Greek New Testament, available widely, has the Stephens Text of 1550 and an interlinear, literal, English translation. It is one of a few almost identical Greek texts which are ...
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Are there or have there been Christian healing ministries that have documented healing cases with supporting medical records?

Are there or have there been Christian healing ministries that have documented healing cases with supporting medical records? The Catholic Church has a long tradition of accepting medical miracles as ...
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Are there theological explanations for why God allowed ambiguity to exist in Scripture?

The Best Answer was chosen before I read this question (within 24 hours of it being posted) and, having read all the answers, I wish to point out that the scriptures of the Bible tell us exactly why ...
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What is the historical basis for the claim that there were hundreds of eyewitnesses to the resurrection of Jesus?

Below is a paragraph from Josephus’ ‘Antiquities of the Jews’ (18:63–64). At first I was hopeful that it would provide you with a secular, historical source to support eye-witness testimony to the ...
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Leipzig Debate Between Luther and Johann Eck

Yes, though I only know of one which I have here, on the table. I will extract quotes from it, to give a flavour of what the author says about the Leipzig debate between Martin Luther and Johann Ec, a ...
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What Conservative Catholic publication am I looking for?

There is the New Oxford Review, which is available online or in print. I can imagine it being described by a liberal bishop as a 'defamatory screed,' but I can find no evidence of it on the site. ...
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