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What is a Christian's justification for a legal prohibition of homosexual marriage?
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From Romans 1, we understand that homosexual activity is a result of a people who know God, but choose not to glorify Him as God. In other words, it is a symptom of a society that has rejected God. ...

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Was Onan really struck dead by God for masturbating?
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The story of Judah and Tamar is an interesting one, to say the least. Judah and Tamar are both explicitly mentioned in Jesus' lineage (Matthew 1 - and Tamar is only one of four women mentioned, all ...

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What major translations of the Bible are in the Public Domain?
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In the United States, Copyright law has two basic categories - protected works and public domain. When a work has been around long enough (currently 95 years after the first publication or 70 years ...

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Do Christian groups which think homosexuality is a sin think you can be a practicing homosexual and also a Christian?
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1. What you "are" is irrelevant Let us first distinguish between being a member of a class - in this case homosexuals - and engaging in any sort of behavior. For many people, being a member of the ...

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Why is there not a single date in the Bible?
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The "AD/BC" way of counting dates that you want dates to 525 AD by Dionysius Exiguus. Prior to that, people kept time in "regnal" time, meaning that they would count the Xth year of the reign of Y. ...

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Did Adam and Eve's Progeny Commit Incest?
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There is a third option - The prohibition on incest didn't come about until the covenant in Leviticus & Deuteronomy, and to accuse Cain, Abel, and Seth of incest is to accuse them ex post facto. ...

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Why isn't the virgin birth of Jesus mentioned in all of the gospels? Does it matter?
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The birth of Jesus is also only mentioned at all in Matthew and Luke. Following the logic, since only half of the Gospels mention that means we should discard the theory that he was ever born at all. ...

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Does God lie? And does the devil tell the truth?
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This is not necessarily a Catholic perspective, but I suspect the exegesis would pass muster. (Feel free to ignore if you wish) Faulty Premise #1: God is lying God did not lie. In the day she ate ...

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Isn't reincarnation affirmed by the Bible?
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Faulty Premise #1: John the Baptist was a reincarnation of Elijah When Jesus asked Peter who people said he was, he answered that some people thought that Jesus was Elijah come back. Peter knew ...

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Why are Matthew, Mark, and Luke called the synoptic gospels?
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A brief look at any harmony of the Gospels will immediately point out an obvious fact - namely, Matthew, Mark, and Luke go over a lot of the same ground, but John is very different. For the ...

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How do I track the history of changes to a given verse's actual text? How do I discover it's "lineage"?
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The type of work you are looking for is called an apparatus, such as Bruce Metzger's Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament which explains the choices made in compiling the UBS4 Nestle-Aland 27 ...

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What evidence is there that Jesus was a carpenter?
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We know that Joseph was a τέκτων (tekton)- traditionally a carpenter but literally, any craftsman who worked with his hands, from Matthew 13:55 (Is this not the carpenter's son?). Traditionally, boys ...

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What is the evidence that suggests that the Apostle Paul was married?
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The evidence for Paul being married is fairly scant. He writes in 1 Corinthians 9:5: "Don't we have the right to take a believing wife along with us, as do the other apostles and the Lord's ...

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Where did Noah find polar bears and penguins in Palestine?
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Gen 6:20 reads as follows in the KJV: Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep ...

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In Theistic Evolution when do the genealogies in Genesis become real?
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Traditionally, many liberal theologians (e.g. Walter Bruggeman) have separated Genesis into two parts - Genesis 1 - 11 and Genesis 12 - 50. The dividing point begins with Abraham, and the tone of ...

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What does it mean to interpret the Bible literally?
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There is a spectrum of literal biblical reading, but basically it boils down to the degree to which one believes in the historicity (in the modern sense) of the Bible. Archeological evidence only goes ...

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Why is the word 'Lord' in all caps in the OT but not in the NT?
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A convention in many Bibles is to do exactly as you say - convert the Tetragrammaton (YHWH) into LORD. To be sure, you should look at your Bible's preface. In the New Testament, which was composed in ...

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Who was the first Church Father to argue for executing heretics?
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Technically, the first ecclesiastical authority to say that heretics should be persecuted was Pope Gregory IX in 1229. The first Church Father to say that heretics should be compelled to recant would ...

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What are the Biblical arguments against modalism?
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Biblically the biggest problem with modalism is that you end up having God talking to himself several times in the NT. The idea of modalism is simple enough - God has different "modes" of being, ...

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Religious justification for creating a large angry scene with the ostensible purpose of making people not gay
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The motivations for protests against homosexuality differ based on the group, and as such the answers must be tailored to the groups. It should also be mentioned that overall (meaning as a percentage)...

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In which country is the Garden of Eden located?
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Per Genesis 2: 10 A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah,...

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What are the biblical arguments that the Bible canon is closed?
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The problem with this question is that the Bible is not a single book, and as such does not directly address what "other books" are considered canon. Peter, for instance, writes that Paul's books are ...

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Why does God resort to genocide and destruction?
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Remember that God is completely loving, but that he is also completely just. A truly just God who already decreed that the punishment for sin is death is morally obligated to follow through on that ...

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Jonah and the Whale - Is there any scientific proof that it is possible to survive in the belly of whale?
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Cecil Adams (aka "The Straight Dope") did a lot to debunk later-day Jonah stories here: http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2294/have-any-real-life-jonahs-been-swallowed-by-whales-and-lived ...

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How much were the 30 pieces of silver (Judas's payment) worth?
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Assuming that the 30 pieces of silver are the tetradachmas that Thayer suggests, the total weight of the 30 pieces of silver would be 15 troy ounces, or something not too far from 1 pound of english ...

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Why is the Gospel of Thomas considered heretical by Nicene Christians?
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Wikipedia does a good job of summarizing the heresy, but I want to pull out some source material. Some of the sayings do attest to the synpotic Gospels, but there is a lot of heresy in there too: ...

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Does the Bible support slavery and (white) superiority in the context of American slavery?
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As stated, slavery was a fact of the Ancient World, and so when the Bible addresses the topic, it should not be compared against the sensibilities of the modern world, but rather against the ...

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Which Christian denominations believe Jesus is buried in Japan?
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The Kakure Kirishitan literally Hidden Christians were a sect of Japanese believers who received the Gospel in the 1600s, but after foreigners were expelled and went underground. In the 200 years or ...

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Why was neither David nor Solomon stoned to death?
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Solomon married his concubines, so he wasn't practicing adultery - just polygamy, which was not forbidden. David murdered Uriah, but did it by proxy. He did not kill Uriah, rather he set up a ...

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Was the marriage between Abraham and Sarah incestuous?
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Like my answer here, you need to keep the chronology right. There is no levitical law at the time of Abraham. Thus, even if he did marry his sister, remember that he was breaking no covenantal ...

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