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Why was Jesus crucified?.....did he commit a 'crime'?

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Question found in Bible Studies
No Jesus had not committed any crime. He as accused of two crimes by the priestly community of the Jews, the major (or the only) religion of that region. Even they knew he did not commit any crime but they felt that they had to get rid of him as he was teaching things very contrary to what they were teaching and he was getting a large following. The main accusation against Jesus in the eyes of the Jews was blasphemy - that Jesus declared himself the son of god or that he showed that he had the power to forgive sins. But to convince the roman Governor the second crime that they accused against him was that he spoke against roman authority, against ceasas. Pilate the governor was not convinced of any crime but finally yielded to the demands of Jews out of cowardice.

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What is 3x = 15?

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Question found in Education In General
May I assume the question is: What is x if 3x = 15?

In that case, x = 5
because 3x5 = 15. so x stands for 5

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If there is no center, or edge to the universe, how do they know what direction the object within are moving? Who can they say the universe is expanding, if there is no starting reference point?

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Question found in Space & Astronomy
In cosmology there is much yet to be understood. We don't have all the answers. Yet today, the string theory has no strong backing and most of our concepts of the cosmos are based on the Big Bang theory. Now about the questions you posed, to the best of our present knowledge of the universe, I can make the following responses.

1. The fact that the universe is expanding is deduced from the observation that distant galaxies are receding from us - the observer - at a fast rate.
2. Accepting the Big Bang theory at its face value, there is a point in the universe where some 13.75 billion years back the universe started as a single minuscule point. That point, wherever it is is the center of the universe.
3. By observing what is called red-shift in the light from very distant galaxies and quasars they determine the direction of the movement.
4. The universe was very tiny at the start as mentioned (3). Now it is enormous, occupying a vast amount of space as a result of expansion, still growing bigger. This fact shows that the universe is not infinite. It has limits, edges. The fact that the edges may be beyond the limit of our perception does not mean it is infinite. It is finite - has limits - there are edges.

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Why is space black?

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Question found in Space & Astronomy
In the earth's atmosphere, sunlight reflected by the particles in the atmosphere - gas molecules, dust particles... - makes the atmosphere bright. This is diffused light. The outer space in the absence of diffused light, in the absence of an atmosphere to diffuse light, all around will appear dark. But it will not be like the darkness of night here, on earth where we cannot see what is just in front of us. All around we can see all the stars shining brightly and any object around us shall be visible because they reflect the stellar light falling on them.

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When is Maitreya coming?

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Question found in Spirituality In General
To each of us he shall come when we die. That will be 'the end of the world' as far as we are concerned.

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Why does a piece of meat contain the same amount of protein as it did before it was chewed and after?

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Question found in Science In General
As I understand it, the process of chewing removes from meat only the water, fat and those chemicals that provides taste, mostly liquids, not any of the tissue part. Protein is the solid part of meat, the tissue which stays even after the juices are extracted.

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I've asked a similar question before and received some good answers and would like to find out more. If an underwater landslide were to occur, how large would it have to be and is it possible for one to become as destructive as the Sumatra Tsunami?

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Question found in Science In General
Tsunamis are caused by volcanic activity, mainly quakes. The Sumatra tsunami was one exceptionally strong - not at all common. Landslides underwater are not common problems and if at all the effects will be very minimal. It can have only underwater effects not even tidal waves, let alone something comparable to tsunami.

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During the underwater tests of the atom bomb, was there any evidence of a tidal wave or the potential of one?

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Question found in Science In General
Every underwater tests of nuclear bombs had produced strong tidal waves, weakening with distance.

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List three non religious sites, where people go on a pilgrimage?

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Question found in Religion & Spirituality In General
The very word pilgrimage is associated with religious beliefs. So visits to non-religious sites cannot be called pilgrimages. such visits could be educational or simple tourism sightseeing.

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What kind of things have have made pilgrimage sites special to visit?

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Question found in Religion & Spirituality In General
1. Conviction that visiting the place is a very religious act, pleasing to God, a deity a saint or something like that.
2. Belief that going to that place and praying there can produce certain desired results, like healing.
3. Curiosity, to find out what makes the place special.

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