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The book of the Bible describing Jesus' life, usually attributed to Matthew.

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What did Jesus mean by saying even if Heaven and earth pass away his words won't? [on hold]

Does this verse mean that Heaven will be destroyed? I thought that heaven was eternal or everlasting. How should we understand it? "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass ...
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Could the Gospel of Matthew be dependent on Luke's Gospel? [migrated]

Why is it that a possible Gospel dependency order of Mark-Luke-Matthew without requiring 'Q' is considered particularly unlikely, when compared to other possible solutions to the synoptic problem? Do ...
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Why did John the Baptist lose his faith in Christ?

Clearly John was a prophet and he dedicated his life to God. God revealed to him that Jesus was the Messiah. In Matthew 3:13-17 he baptized Jesus, and proclaimed that he is The One in John 1:29 ...
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Whom are the 'least of these' in Matthew 25:45 refering to?

The Sheep and the Goats 31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will ...
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How did Matthew conclude that Isaiah 7:14 refers to Jesus?

The verse reads: "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." Matthew quotes it in Matthew 1:23, with it's ...
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Does Jesus have two kingdoms?

Do the two verses below signify that there are two kingdoms of Jesus Christ? If so, what are differences? The kingdom of heaven Matthew 16:19 (NKJV) 19 And I will give you the keys of the ...
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In Mathew 5:25 what does it mean to be in the way with our adversary?

Jesus Christ said the following words recorded in Matthew 5:25 "Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and ...
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Is there extra-biblical evidence for the earth going dark at the Crucifixion? [duplicate]

From noon to three, the whole earth was dark. (Matt 27:45, MSG) Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. (Matt 27:45, KJV) This is a bold claim that ...
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How does the Catholic church explain Matthew 19:9 which seems to allow divorce in case of sexual misconduct

Matthew 19:9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery. On a simple examination, it seems to imply that sexual ...
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Did Jonah die and raise from the dead?

I've heard from a friend a theory claiming Jonah died in the whale's belly and then he was raised from the dead to preach to the Ninevites. He told me it is based in those verses: "He said: “In my ...
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What does the Parable of the Vineyard Workers mean?

Does the Parable of the Vineyard Workers (in Matthew 20) mean that those who die exactly on judgement day will be the first to enter the Kingdom of Heaven? Does this mean that when people die they ...
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How is offering X Hail Marys not considered vain repetition?

So if the Hail Mary is a prayer and saying the prayer multiple times is encouraged in Catholicism, what established reason does the Catholic church give to justify it not being a vain repetition. ...
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If we mustn't serve money then how can we survive? [closed]

No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. (Matthew 6:24, NIV) How can we ...
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What does Catholicism teach about 'The Massacre of the Innocents'?

Matthew 2:16 says: When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and ...
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Malachi 4:6 vs Matthew 10:35: did Jesus come to reconcile parents and children or the reverse?

Malachi 4:6: He [Elijah] will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction. ...
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Unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees

My question is based on Matthew 5: 17-20 This question: Is one who is "least in the kingdom of heaven" still in heaven? addresses the first part of my question. Please feel free to go there ...
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Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God [closed]

In Matthew 5:9 Jesus states: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." If he sees peacemakers as sons of God, why couldn't he see himself as a peacemaker and therefore a son ...
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What did Jesus mean by 'take up your cross and follow me'?

What exactly did Jesus mean when He said, “Take up your cross and follow Me” (Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23). Does it mean we should carry our burdens in life, or what?
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What does “witness” refer to in Matthew 24:14?

And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. (Matt 24:14, KJV) What does "witness" refer to in this verse? Is it ...
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What did Jesus mean by “this generation will certainly not pass away..” in Matthew 24:34?

Matthew 24:34 says "I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.". I am a Christian, and it is my duty to seek out truth, not plainly ...
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How could Matthew change the same story found in Mark [duplicate]

The same story is found in both Mathew and Mark, yet Mathew, who is said to have written the Gospel after Mark's, but used Mark's skeleton structure and quotes him many many times, changes the story. ...
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What is the meaning of 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice'?

I've been reading through the book of Matthew, and in chapter 9 I came across verse 13. It's when Jesus was answering the Pharisees after they asked Him why He ate with the tax collectors and sinners: ...
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The New Testament teaches that Christ was baptized to “fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:14–15)--what does this mean?

In Matthew 3:14-15 it says, And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him. Can someone please expound ...
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Which churches today are the most missionary-minded (highly involved in missionary work)?

Was Jesus Christ's church (the primitive church) a missionary church? Matthew 28, verses 19-20 leads me to believe it was. It says, Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the ...
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Who is an “enemy” in this context?

In The Mission of CBI Japan and The Gospel Coalition at approximately 1:25, there's a reference to obeying Christ's call to "love your enemies". (Related question) I'm a bit confused as to what's ...
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There is ONE Guardian Angel for each person?

I've asked it on Hermeneutics, but they told me to ask here. A (Roman Catholic) friend of mine told me that each person has a guardian angel. He told me it is based on Matthew 18:10. "Take heed that ...
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What does “therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves” mean?

In Matthew 10:16 we read, I am sending you out like sheep among wolves.Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. What does "be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves ...
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Mark 10:29-30 vs Matthew 19:28-29: when will we receive our reward?

Why is there a difference between Mark 10:29-30 and Matthew 19:28-29? Matthew 19:28-29 (NIV) Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on ...
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Are Bartholomew and Nathanael the same?

Comparing the lists of disciples in Matthew 10:1-4, Mark 3:13-19, Luke 6:12-16, Acts 1:12-14 We find the name Bartholomew, but in John 1 We read about Nathanael. In John 1:46-50, Nathanael is ...
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What does it mean when Jesus say “Love your enemies” (Matthew 5:43-45)?

This always confused me. We read this in Matthew 5:43-45 Matthew 5:43-45 (NIV) - “You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray ...
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Doing Good Deeds In the Sight of Others

The Bible (NT) seems to have contrasting views on this. Matthew 5:14 says: In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in ...
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Does James contradict Jesus when he says some foods should not be eaten?

In Matthew 15, we read: [Jesus] called the people to him and said to them, "Hear and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this ...
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Does the story of the Rich Young Ruler preclude Jesus from having any money of his own? [closed]

Jesus, himself, said this: Matthew 19:21 If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me. Ref. ...
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Why is the Lord's Prayer different in the NIV and KJV?

Why in NIV, the book of Matthew 6:13 is different from some of the other translations? Matthew 6:13 NIV (the latest version, I think is 2010) And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from ...
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Why did Jesus refer to humans as salt?

As with reference to the verse Matthew 5:13 13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be ...
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Has a papyrus been found that was written by a disciple of Jesus?

My list of papyri discoveries is a little dated. Has any new papyrus been found from the 1st. cent. that one of the immediate disciples of Jesus wrote? It would be in Aramaic, I expect. There was a ...
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Matthew 26:24, is God Omnibenevolent?

I'm really interested about Matthew 26:24 in which Jesus said that The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for ...
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Why do those who take Matthew 23:9 literally not emphasize 23:8 and 23:10 similarly?

This could be seen as a follow-up question for "Is there any Christian group that takes Matthew 23:8-10 literally?". There are some groups (usually evangelical) who emphasize Matthew 23:9, especially ...
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Why is Lust a sin in Matthew, but praised in Proverbs?

Jesus says in the gospel of Matthew [paraphrasing] "if you look at a woman and lust for her, you have already sinned in your heart." In proverbs, they say, [again, paraphrasing] "let her [the ...
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Who goes to heaven?

Jesus was to have said in Matthew 5:20: For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. ...
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Why can't Jesus periodically visit Earth? [closed]

“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. Matthew 24:36 The Gospel of Matthew tells us that Jesus will return someday. ...
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Why is it said that the Gospel of Matthew presents Jesus as the King of the Jews?

I have heard it stated that the Gospel of Matthew presents Jesus as, specifically, the King of the Jews, rather than the Messiah, the Incarnate Word, or anything else. What is the basis for this ...
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What is the difference between the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven?

I did a search and saw that the phrase "Kingdom of Heaven" appears exclusively in the Gospel according to Matthew. However, the phrase "Kingdom of God" appears a few times in Matthew, but is also ...
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What does Matthew 13:11-12 mean?

He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does ...
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Who was the intended audience for the Book of Matthew?

See my other question first. I have heard it taught in several places that Matthew was originally written in Hebrew and its intended audience was the Jew (which does help explain why it seems a bit ...
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In what language was the Book of Matthew written?

I have heard it taught in several places that Matthew was originally written in Hebrew and it's intended audience was the Jew (which does help explain why it seems a bit more vague on key Christian ...
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Do we have any more information on Jesus's Sisters?

Matthew 13:55 “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get ...
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What does inherit the earth mean in Matthew 5:5

I had a discussion with some friends last night about the meaning of the phrase "the meek will inherit the earth" in Matthew 5:5. There were a whole lot of different ideas flying around. Just ...
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Christian description of “self-love” (from Matthew 22)

Matthew 22: 39 And the second command is like the first: ‘Love your neighbor the same as you love yourself. Self love, esteem, worth, etc are matters of the spirit and personality - that are ...
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Jesus' Brothers (Matthew 12:46)

What exactly did Matthew mean when he is talking about Jesus' brothers in Matthew 12:46? From Matthew 12:49, its clear that he didn't mean Jesus' disciples as his brothers. So who are the Jesus' ...