warren
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What is the biblical basis for the claim that abortion is immoral?
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A wide variety of scripture can be cited in obvious support of abortion (as an act of murder) is inherently immoral: Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were ...

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Can I believe in evolution and still be a Christian?
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While I have very strong beliefs on this subject, I cannot dogmatically say that if you believe evolution you cannot be truly saved. I am convinced that if you discount God's own eye-witness account ...

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What is the case for interpreting the Genesis creation account literally?
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The short version is that there are many places in the Bible that quote/reference the creation account in the book of Genesis literally (Exodus 16:16, Exodus 20:11, Exodus 31:17, Leviticus 23:3, ...

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Does the Bible give us a purpose to life?
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The Westminster Shorter Catechism has as its first question: What is the chief end of man? and the answer provided (with references): Man's chief end is to glorify God, [a] and to enjoy him for ...

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What was the problem at Babel?
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The problem was not with the building, but with the intent of the builders, as shown in verse 4: They said, "Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, ...

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Water Baptism - Is it still necessary?
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I would say that baptism is still highly "necessary", since Jesus Himself, in his final directions to His disciples, told them to: Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them ...

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Why did Satan tempt Jesus in the desert?
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The recorded three temptations of Christ mirror the steps Satan used to bring sin into the world in the first place: If you are the Son of God ... vs Genesis 3 Did God actually say ... Also, ...

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How do traditional Christians defend the teaching that Paul is an authentic apostle?
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The Apostle Peter believed him to be "authentic": Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless, and regard the patience of ...

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What does the Bible say about Capital Punishment?
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There are a host of references to capital punishment in the Bible - the first of which is in Genesis shortly after the Flood in Genesis 9:6: Whoever sheds man's blood, by man his blood shall be ...

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Can people speak in tongues today?
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The accounts of speaking in tongues in the Bible were always in the context of speaking in a language otherwise unknown to the speaker, but to which there are hearers who understand (on the Day of ...

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Does God create some people Heterosexual and others Homosexual?
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As homosexuality is a sin, it is safe to conclude that God did not "create them this way". Just like God didn't create thieves as such, murderers as such, liars as such, etc. It is as a byproduct of ...

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Are silent prayers heard?
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Both Genesis 6:5 and 1 Chronicles 28:9 (and myriad other passages) indicate God can understand our thoughts. So, can God "hear" our silent prayers? Of course! Is it better to pray out loud than to ...

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Did God ever really help the Hebrews in battle?
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Here's a list of several events just off the top of my head: capture/destruction of Jericho Othniel Gideon's 300 men against the Midianites Samson's final crush of the Philistines Elijah and the ...

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Is there a hierarchy in the Trinity?
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It's a role-delineation, not a "hierarchy" (at least, not in the way it is used in common English). God has distinct persons making up His one self - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They have distinct ...

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If we're not specifically instructed to do something, can we?
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If the Bible is God's Word, and it is to be read and understood in its entirety, then a dogmatic doctrine of vocal-only worship would seem to place large swaths of the Psalms (eg 150) in peril. It is ...

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Are birthday celebrations ungodly?
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First to address a couple fuzzy or incorrect conclusions drawn in the question: The book of Job does NOT say, "However and whenever they celebrated, Job knew it didn't please God." As you quoted, Job ...

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According to Protestants, is it sinful to practice Yoga?
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I personally believe this to be a matter of conscience and Christian liberty. The introduction to the wikipedia article on yoga reads: Yoga (Sanskrit, Pāli: योग yóga) is a physical, mental, and ...

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Apparent Discrepancy in Mark 2:26
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The very next chapter indicates that Ahimelek had a son named Abiathar. Priestly duties were typically within a given family at one time (eg Aaron and his sons). The title of "high priest", while ...

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Why are there so many translations of the Bible?
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Referencing the wikipedia article: theological issues also drive Bible translations. Some translations of the Bible, produced by single churches or groups of churches, may be seen as subject to a ...

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How is it that someone who lived thousands of years ago can "represent" me?
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I didn't get to vote or have any say in my forebears leaving their homelands and emigrating to the United States (or, The New World, as it was then known in Europe); nor did I have any say in whether ...

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Why did Abraham lie to Pharaoh about Sarah being his sister in Gen 12?
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Regardless of his faith, Abraham was still a man - he had not yet been perfected: he was still on his walk of progressive sanctification. The same question could be asked as to why David sinned with ...

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How literally is Romans 10:14 supposed to be taken?
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The letters to the seven churches in Revelation have a recurring theme, "he who has ears, let him hear" - and yet they were written letters! Literally believing a deaf person cannot be saved, I ...

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Why was Lot "let off the hook" for offering his daughters to be raped?
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I've heard a variety of theories on this topic: He "knew" (or hoped) the crowd wouldn't accept them (they were asking for men, after all) Females were considered a sub-class of society, and therefore ...

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How is love greater than faith?
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According to Christ, the greatest command is to "love the Lord your God with all you heart, soul, mind, and strength" and the second like is to "love your neighbor as yourself". Also according to ...

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How do you answer the unanswerable questions?
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My general response is to redirect the questioner to what their real issue is - most often, these questions are asked as a way of attacking fringe aspects of Christianity, and the real issue the ...

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Can Elders of a church be young?
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From Paul's own writing to Timothy, specifically verse 12: Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who ...

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What traditions espouse infant baptism and why?
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At least the Roman Catholic and Presbyterian churches do. A fairly comprehensive list is available on the wikipedia article. As to the why, at least from the Presbyterian perspective, children of ...

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Wave offering; What exactly was the point?
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From the other references to the same action (see here), it would appear that part of one (or more) of the sacrifices was to be held high and displayed before the gathered and before God that the ...

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Is the following rationale for sharing the gospel consistent with reformed theology?
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Perhaps the two "common" responses are not "intellectually satisfying", but at the very least, they are both highly biblical: And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to ...

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Did early church fathers understand the doctrine of trinity?
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To quote the wikipedia article on the Trinity: The first of the early church fathers recorded as using the word Trinity was Theophilus of Antioch writing in the late second century. He defines the ...

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