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Are There Biblical References to Good Magic?

I believe in God and Christianity and have had this question for a while. Are there scriptural references to good magic outside of heavenly miracles or priesthood? I know there are many stories of (...
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Any person/myth Moses Might Have Been Based On?

I know that Moses from the Bible is generally agreed to be a mythical figure and not a real person, especially since no historical sources from places like Egypt or the people of Sinai at the time ...
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Any stories in Bible/Christian mythology about person regaining Adam's primeval innocence?

I read about a sect of Early Christianity called the Adamites who claimed to have regained the innocence that Adam had in the Garden of Eden before he ate the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge. Has ...
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Reference texts for Christian mythos

I was wondering if anyone on here has a good reference for Christian mythos in the way of specific characters/Christian mythological creatures, i.e. Nephilim and Seraphim? Anything having to do with ...
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What is the oldest known religious song/chant?

In most branches of Christianity, there are choirs, solo song or even Christian rockbands. I remember reading that in the case of Christianity most people where illiterate when they started making ...
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What are the origins of Christmas? [closed]

I know that there are some Pagan origins of Christmas, but what exactly are they?
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What is the meaning of the inscriptions on Baphomet arms?

I refer to Latin words SOLVE and COAGULA on his arms. I understand literal translation of these words but it doesn't throw any light of the real designation and sacred meaning of them. All the ...
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What is the legend of the Knight Tondalo?

I was recently reading Martin Luther's commentary on the Sermon on the Mount (English translation by Charles A. Hay, 1892) and I was intrigued by a reference to "the legend of the Knight Tondalo". ...
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What Christian influences are there in the Prose Edda, besides the prologue?

I've often read that there are Christian influences in the Prose Edda: Snorri’s Edda was later nicknamed the 'Younger Edda' because much of it derives from older sources. What those sources were ...
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Satan and Angra Mainyu

Many people say that Satan(Lucifer's Devil side) completely originated from Ahriman. I don't know much about the Avesta of Zoroaster but is that true?
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Was the alleged Christian influence of Norse Mythology primarily due to Snorri Sturluson's writings?

Since Snorri himself was a Christian, and his works are some of the most popular sources for Norse Mythology, is he to blame for the modern "Christianized" interpretation of Norse gods and beliefs?
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Where does the idea that Satan rules hell come from?

This article on the history of the Devil suggests Dante was the first who portrayed Satan as ruler of hell: The idea that the Devil governs hell may have come from the poem by Dante Alighieri, The ...
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What do the four living creatures represent?

From Revelation 4 (KJ21): 6 and before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four living beings full of eyes in front ...
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What is the Ogdoad in the Coptic Apocalypse of Paul?

At the end of the Coptic Apocalypse of Paul, Paul enters the Ogdoad, where he sees the twelve apostles1: And then the heaven opened and we went up to the Ogdoad. And I saw the twelve apostles. ...
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Who is the old man in the Coptic Apocalypse of Paul?

In the Coptic Apocalypse of Paul, Paul meets an "old man" in seventh heaven1: Then we went up to the seventh heaven, and I saw an old man [...] light and whose garment was white. His throne, which ...
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Who are the two witnesses in Revelation?

From Revelation 11 (KJ21): 3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.” 4 These are the two olive trees ...
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Are the Nephilim the demi-gods of the bible?

The Nephilim were not aliens, angels, “Watchers,” or rock monsters; they were literal, physical beings produced from the union of the sons of God and the daughters of men. When man began to ...
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If an angel can fall, can a demon rise?

My understanding is that archangel Lucifer was cast out of Heaven was because he refused to accept the humans and that was a sin in God's eyes. This tells us that angels can be bad. From what I'm ...
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Where does the folk tradition of the Easter Bunny come from?

Easter eggs connect with Mary Magdalene, and chocolate ones were first marketed by the J S Fry chocolate company, but what is the origin of the Easter Bunny, the rabbit or hare that is now a popular ...
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What is the origin of the legend that Jesus visited what are now Cornwall and Somerset in England?

A legend holds that Jesus visited several places in what are now Cornwall and Somerset in England. What is the origin of this legend?
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Why is easter called 'easter'?

The Christian feast of 'easter' is based on the ancient Yewish religious feast (their main one), is widely spread and was linked to remember the 'Passion of Christ'. Recall that 'Christianity' started ...
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Where do Easter eggs come from?

In Christian cultures, many people give Easter eggs as presents at Easter. They can be painted chicken's eggs, or they can be chocolate. What are the origins of this practice as a Christian tradition?
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Who says Abraxas is a prince of hell?

I asked a previous question about Abraxas here, briefly talking about what he is and asking how the number 365 relates to him in so many ways. A few days later, I was talking to someone who happened ...
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Is there a connection between Odin or Zeus and the Christian God?

Could the Norse Odin or the Greek Zeus be Christianity's "The Creator" and father of Jesus?
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When did the Cross of Saint Peter start being used as a Satanic symbol?

Reading the Wikipedia article it seems unclear to me when the Cross of Saint Peter first became associated with Satanism. What is the earliest occurrence of the upside down cross being used as a ...
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Does the Christian bible forbid marriage out of Christianity? [closed]

Does the bible, specifically say a Christian can not marry someone who is not Christian?
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How do Dionysus and Jesus relate?

I was reading Dan Brown and found out that Dionysus's birthday (I assume 2nd birth from Zeus's calf) is the same as Jesus. What similarities do they share other than this?
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Who is the woman “clothed with the sun” in Revelation?

From Revelation 12 (KJ21): 1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars. 2 And she, being with ...
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Why did Christians, who take a huge part of their Bible from Jews, not have to follow the same rules as Jews?

As I'm sure all of you know, the Old Testament is the Hebrew bible. Why then do Christians not follow the same rules as the Jews? When Christianity was attracting attention, Paul said that Jews who ...
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Why is there silence in Heaven after the seventh seal is opened?

When the seventh seal is opened, there is half an hour of silence in Heaven (KJ21): 8:1 And when He had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in Heaven about the space of half an hour. Why? ...
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What are the “beasts of the earth” in the fourth seal of Revelation?

When the fourth seal is opened, Death and Hell will kill "a fourth part of the earth" (KJ21): 6:8 And I looked, and behold, a pale horse, and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed ...
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Who or what are the seven spirits of God in Revelation?

The "seven spirits [of God]" are mentioned multiple times in Revelation (KJ21): 1:4 John, To the seven churches in Asia: Grace be unto you and peace from Him who is, and who was, and who is ...
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Who are the twenty four elders in Revelation?

From Revelation 4 (KJ21): 4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats; and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment, and they had on their heads ...
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Who are the seven kings mentioned in the book of Revelation?

From Revelation 17 (KJ21): 10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other has not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. 11 And the beast that was, ...
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What is the mythological significance/symbolism of oxen?

There was a question on Lit regarding Thomas Hardy's poem "The Oxen". The poem features heavily Christian symbolism. It is set on Christmas Eve, features a manger (a "strawy pen"), and vocabulary ...
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How does the Devil come to be horned?

One of the most popular depictions of the Christian Devil is having horns. From whence does this derive? altarpiece by Michael Pacher depicting the Devil with Saint Wolfgang, Bishop of Regensburg ...
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How does the Christian Hell come to be called Hell? Is it related to the Norse Hel?

In the Greek New Testament, Hell is referred to by three names, two Greek (Hades, Tartarus) and one Hebrew (Gehenna). But in English, it becomes Hell. This is related to the Old Norse hellir, and ...
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How did Christianity come to equate the place of punishment and the place of demons?

In Hinduism, the cosmology works roughly like this: there's Earth; there are worlds above the Earth called Swargas where you go as a reward for good deeds; there are worlds under the Earth called ...
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Did Greeks and Romans allow for belief in only some of their gods?

Did Greeks and Romans believe in all their gods, or was it permissible to believe in some of them only (e.g., only in Diana, Jupiter, Apollo, Mercury, etc.)? {It seems it was permissible to believe ...
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Are there Christian influences in the Dionysiaca?

Two works by Nonnus of Panopolis survive to this day: The Dionysiaca, an epic poem about the life of Dionysus, The Paraphrase of John, a rewording of the Gospel of John. This is a rare example of ...
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Why are Dido and Cleopatra in the second circle of Hell?

Dante places Cleopatra and Dido in the second circle of Hell, on account of their lust. However, both queens took their own lives. Shouldn't they be placed in the seventh circle, with the other ...
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Why does Dante spend so much time in Malebolge?

Dante spends thirteen cantos in Malebolge, the eighth circle of Hell. This is a lot longer than he spends with any other circle. Why do the sinners in this circle get so much of his attention?
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Did Ragnarök influence the Apocalypse of John?

In my younger days I was convinced the story of Ragnarök was influenced by the New Testament's Armageddon. As I started to learn about the existence of pagan ideas in Christianity, I began to wonder ...
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Is Satan a seraph or a cherub?

Satan was once an angel, but was expelled from heaven because of his pride. What type of angel is he now? A seraph, a cherub, or something else?
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Why is Lucifer three-faced?

In Canto XXXIV Lucifer is presented as a winged giant with three faces: Oh, what a wonder it appeared to me when I perceived three faces on his head. The first, in front, was red in color. ...
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What are the punishments for the seven deadly sins?

In the first season of the TV show Slasher the antagonist is killing people he judges are guilty of the seven deadly sins. Each murder is different, supposedly reflecting the specific punishment the ...
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Who/what is Lilith?

So I was playing The Binding of Isaac the other day, and there's this character called Lilith. Now I have good reason to believe that this is mythological. For one thing, all of the characters are ...
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Traditional beliefs regarding guardians of burial grounds

Many years ago (the mid-1980s) someone described to me a belief that a Christian burial ground was guarded by the spirit of the most recently interred body. For this reason, when a burial ground was ...
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What was Jesus's original name?

It seems that the name of Jesus is mentioned in the Bible under a few different names. Hence the curiosity to know what His real name was when he walked on earth.
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Female representations of Satan

Most folkloric representations of the Devil seem to be male. For example, (female) witches were sometimes imagined to have had carnal knowledge of Satan. In most folktales about the devil, said entity ...